Take 5: New beauty goodies I’ve tried and liked

It’s been raining new beauty goodies in the last few weeks; some were cool and some were kak but I only want to tell you about the winners so let’s get stuck right in shall we? First up, we’ve got a brand new lip balm from Blistex, specially formulated for the sensitive sort…

Blistex Simple and Sensitive Lip Balm, R45

Blistex Simple and Sensitive lip balm

If you’ve got reactive lips that freak out from heavily fragranced or coloured lip balms but don’t want to lug around a nasty jar of Vaseline, perhaps take a look at Blistex’s new formula for sensitive lips. It goes on clear, feels nice and light on your lips and, much like Fresca, it tastes and smells like nothing.

Unlike Vaseline, however, which will just form a barrier over your slips to stop moisture from escaping as opposed to hydrate, Blistex’s new baby will help nourish your lips with cocoa butter, jojoba and sunflower oil as well as antioxidant vitamin E.

Sanctum Hydrating gel mask R210, harmlesshouse.co.za

Sanctum Hydrating Gel mask
Sanctum Hydrating Gel mask

I’ve rambled on about Australian eco-brand Sanctum before. They’re pretty much the most heavenly-smelling, reasonably priced certified organic range I know of. I was sent their hydrating gel mas (thanks Harmless House!) to try and it promises to deliver intense hydration to dry, dehydrated skin.

Ingredients-wise, you’re looking at cooling anti-inflammatory aloe leaf juice and cucumber extract spiked with antioxidant-rich olive leaf extract, collagen-encouraging vitamin E, astringent oak extract and honeysuckle flower extract. Regarding the latter, as it turns out, vitamin C-rich honeysuckle offers an array of skin benefits that range from being a great anti-inflammatory antioxidant to having anti-bacterial and sun protection properties.

I like the way this gel feels on my skin; nice and cool but not icy like an after sun. Afterwards, my skin feels ever so slightly tighter, like it’s had a good tone, but very comfortable thanks to all the hydrating ingredients. Personally, if you’re an oily-combo girl like me and in need of a little extra hydration, this is a very nice treatment. Women with very dry skin, however, might want something a little more intensive. A goodie, if you’re looking, is Nimue’s Super Hydrating serum.

Garnier PureActive Fruit Energy daily energising gel wash, R65

Garnier Fruit Energy
Garnier PureActive Fruit Energy daily energising gel wash

Garnier’s been churning out the hits lately; their new Dark Spot Corrector is nothing short of awesome. Their new grapefruit-infused face wash, however, is very nice too. I absolutely adore it’s fresh, zingy scent, like that it leaves my skin almost squeaky clean (I’m a combination-skin girl, cream cleansers don’t do it for me) and contains a bit of spot-busting salicylic acid and antioxidant vitamin C.

The new range includes a scrub wash too but it’s not particularly ‘scrubby’. If you’re really after an exfoliating wash I recommend you try their new charcoal-infused scrub; it’s a serious goodie.

Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot, R175

Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot, PRICE.
Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot zit zapping-treatment

Vichy’s new spot treatment, Hyaluspot, contains two different types of zit-zapping salicylic acid. One is the regular kind and the other is capryloyl salicylic acid (AKA lipo hydroxyl acid) that does much the same thing as the regular kind. However, when teamed together they’re a lot more effective. There’s also a bit of hydrating hyaluronic acid in the mix so, this way, you can treat your pimple without drying out the skin around it. The most interesting bit, however, is that the treatment promises to create an invisible shield around the spot, almost like a virtual plaster, to protect it from bacteria. I mean come on, just think how many times you touch your face subconsciously during the day!

I tried it on two forehead pimples the other day before jumping into bed and, when I woke up, they weren’t completely gone but were much smaller and less angry-looking. A few more applications of Hyaluspot and they should bugger off without my forehead drying out.

Just one thing; don’t attempt to apply foundation over your spot with a sponge after application; you then lose the ‘plaster effect’ as it rolls off into little silicone-y bolletjies. Perhaps dab a bit of concealer over the blemish instead or apply a powder foundation with a brush.

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream R390, selected Woolworths stores

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream
Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

Smashbox’s CC cream is a ‘colour correcting’ foundation. It’s formulated with actives to help fade the look of dark spots and the blemishes that are sometimes left behind by a bad pimple. (Not an acne scar, but a dark mark; the kind you could blitz with AHA acid.)

I haven’t been wearing this long enough to know if it’ll fade dark marks; for that I rely on a hydroquinone-infused treatment. However, if dark marks were a serious issue for me I’d want to use a proven treatment product and then team it with this or another colour-correcting BB or CC to contribute to fighting the good fight. I mean, every little bit helps right?

As far as coverage goes, this feels like a nice fluid foundation and sets to a satin finish that ever so slightly illuminates your complexion. It does a good job of evening out my skin tone but I still need to reach for a concealer for under eye circles and blemishes. Just bear in mind that the shades run towards the dark side; while ‘Medium’ would usually suit me just fine, I’m better suited to ‘Light/Medium’ or maybe even ‘Light’ in regards to this CC. If you’re very pale, don’t think ‘Light’ will do it for you; rather opt for ‘Fair’.

So, seen anything you’d be keen to try yourself?

Chat to me in the comments section.

Love, love


2 thoughts on “Take 5: New beauty goodies I’ve tried and liked

  1. The Vichy spot buster sounds great. Def something my pimple prone skin would welcome. Also, the volcanic ash scrub sounds a goodie. I like a scrub to FEEL like a scrub.

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