Part 1: Skincare


As a beauty blogger, I am constantly being sent different products to review. It comes with the territory, so when people ask me “what’s your beauty routine?” or “what’s your favourite product?” I usually um and ah a few times before just mumbling what I’m currently reviewing (if it’s working for me).

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Last year, however, there were products that were sent to me that I loved enough to finish the whole bottle (a rare occasion!) and even repurchased despite having rival products on my beauty desk to review.

I divided this into three separate posts because it’s pretty detail-oriented. First up: skincare

Garnier Oil-infused Micellar Water

Price: R67, 95 for 400ml (available at Clicks and other leading pharmacies/supermarkets)

I’m already almost at the end of my third bottle of this magical elixir, and to be honest as much as I have loved and reviewed other makeup removers, this is the one I always turn to for three simple reasons: it’s cheap; the bottle lasts forever; it does the job well (especially when it comes to mascara). I use it with a cotton pad to remove everything, but even though it is a no rinse formula, I like to be extra and wash my face again with a face wash, which brings me to my next holy grail product

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Cleanser

Price: R145 for 200ml (available at Clicks and other leading pharmacies)

Do I have acne prone skin? Not really, but even though this product is aimed for skin that is prone to breakouts, I still use it because it seriously keeps spots at bay. If you’re someone who frequents the gym I highly recommend this product, because it’s for use for your back, neck and chest as well. When you gym, sweat often gets trapped underneath your clothing that causes breakouts, so this is a worthy product to have. I actually keep the 400ml bottle in the shower, and believe me a little goes a long way.


Price: R329,95 for 50ml (available at Dischem and other leading pharmacies)

Another product on the list that’s not targeted for my skin but still works; this facial oil is designed for mature skin, but I swear it is the best thing to wear underneath makeup if you want a dewy look (you can read more about that here). It’s one of the few facial oils that doesn’t make my skin breakout too. It smells divine and absorbs well, and sort of gives that healthy glow from within appearance. It lasts for ages even if you use it daily because you only need a few drops. Besides, prevention is better than cure when it comes to anti-aging so you’ll be doing your skin good.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream

Price: R355 for 50ml (available at Kiehls stores nationwide)

This product is amazing, and every friend and family member of mine has purchased a tub since trying out mine. It doesn’t come cheap, and it lasts for about 6-8 months but this product is probably my favourite out of them all. It’s incredible, to say the least. I use it as both a day and night cream, which is such a bonus because I hate having to buy two separate products. My skin has never felt softer. It’s very cooling, light and absorbs very quickly and keeps your skin hydrated for the entire day or night.

Crabtree and Evelyn Hand Creams

Price: R400 for 100ml (available at Crabtree and Evelyn stores and selected Dischem pharmacies)

I have notoriously dry hands (and horrendous cracked knuckles) especially in Winter, and my go-to product is the Crabtree and Evelyn hand creams. I’m currently using the Tarocco Orange scent which is quite fresh for Summer. I particularly like this brand because it feels absolutely luxurious, and you use the tiniest amount at a time. If we’re spending extra on our face care products, we should be spending a bit on hand care too (since it ages just as fast!)

Also worth mentioning: Vaseline Intensive Care essential healing spray moisturizer

Price: R59,95 for 190ml (available at Clicks pharmacies)

If you’re like me and hate the feeling of lotion on your body, these sprays are exactly what you need: quick absorbing, easy to use, not sticky or greasy and moisturizes really really well (as all the Vaseline Intensive Care products do).

What are the beauty products that you constantly repurchase?