Beauty: 15 top prod­ucts

From mois­turis­ers and sun­screen to brow kits and foun­da­tions, Nthabiseng Makhokha shares her favourite re­cent beauty finds

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1Body crème

This prod­uct smells so de­li­cious you’ll be tempted to eat it. It’s got added glyc­er­ine for hy­dra­tion and vi­ta­mins A and E for ra­di­ant skin. Plus the 500ml tub means it will go the ex­tra mile. It’s a lim­ited edi­tion though, so get it while you still can. Clere Berries & Cream Pam­per­ing Body Crème 500ml R27,99

2 Skin pol­isher

What I love most about this prod­uct is it’s easy to use. Just add wa­ter to the pow­der and rub onto the skin. It con­tains sal­i­cylic acid for deep cleans­ing and cell re­newal. With a good skin reg­i­men and this ex­fo­li­at­ing prod­uct you can kiss oili­ness good­bye. Sor­bet Sa­lon Skin Daily Skin Pol­ish Pow­der 75g R229

5Holo­graphic lip gloss

Holo­graphic tones are all the rage, but they can seem a bit out there. What makes this prod­uct so great is it has just the right amount of shim­mer with­out be­ing over the top. Wear it on its own for a hint of gloss or ap­ply it over your lip­stick for a funky ef­fect. L.A. Girl Holo­graphic Gloss Top­per R49,95

6Set­ting spray

This dou­bles as a primer. It’s ef­fec­tive and su­per-easy to use – you just spray it on! And it’s al­co­hol-free so won’t dry out your skin. Pal­la­dio 4Ever + Ever Makeup Set­ting Spray 100ml R161,95

12Light foun­da­tion

I pre­fer makeup that’s light and feels com­fort­able. If I wear heavy makeup for a photo­shoot, I can’t wait to re­move it af­ter­wards. If you’re like me, then you’ll love this new foun­da­tion and con­cealer range. The prod­ucts feel light and look nat­u­ral – great for peo­ple who pre­fer a min­i­mal­ist look. Revlon Nat­u­ral Fin­ish Anti-Pol­lu­tion Foun­da­tion in 340 and 550 22ml R129,95 each Revlon An­tiox­i­dant Con­cealer in 050 10ml R129,95

13Brow kit 7An­tiper­spi­rant

I used to shave my armpits un­til I learnt that do­ing so dark­ens the skin. This prod­uct is great be­cause it mois­turises my un­der­arm area while keep­ing it sweat-free, and it works on light­en­ing the dark­ened area. Plus it smells amaz­ing! Dove EvenTone 48h Moisturisi­ng Cream + Cal­en­dula An­tiPer­spi­rant 150ml R30,99

I’ve got fine brows, which makes me a bit ob­sessed with any prod­uct that can en­hance my nat­u­ral eye­brows. I love these be­cause they have a rich pig­ment and are wa­ter-re­sis­tant so I can en­joy the ben­e­fits of brows that are on fleek with­out wor­ry­ing about smudg­ing These prod­ucts are avail­able in Light Brown, Dark Brown and Mid­night Black: Juli­enne Re­tractable Brow Pen­cil R89,50 Juli­enne Brow Po­made R119,50 Juli­enne Brow Tint Kit Per­ma­nent Colour R199 Juli­enne Brow Cush­ion R129,50

3 Face mask sheet

I love prod­ucts that have more than one use or ben­e­fit be­cause they save time. With this primer you’re load­ing a whole lot of nu­tri­ents into the skin while pre­par­ing it for makeup. Af­ter us­ing the mask, makeup ad­heres to the skin bet­ter and lasts longer. Try it for a spe­cial day that re­quires a 16-hour look. Skin Repub­lic Prime + Re­fine 3 Minute Primer Face Mask Sheet 18ml R55,99

4Per­fume

Black Opium is so­phis­ti­cated, and the EDP In­tense is a height­ened ver­sion of the orig­i­nal. You need only one or two spritzes for it to linger on your skin. A must if you love flo­ral scents. Yves Saint Lau­rent Black Opium In­tense Eau de Par­fum 50ml R1 520

8Sun­screen

What I love about this sun­screen is it’s suit­able for all skin types and it’s hydrating but doesn’t leave a white residue. It ab­sorbs read­ily into the skin, mak­ing it suit­able for oily skin too. For me, it’s the go-to sun­screen for all skin types. La Roche-Posay Ul­tra-Light 50+ Tinted Fluid 50ml R270

9Spot treat­ment

Scars and marks can make you feel self­con­scious. They’re caused by a range of fac­tors such as the sun and in­flam­ma­tion. The trick is to treat them as soon as they ap­pear. What makes this prod­uct ef­fec­tive is that it not only treats marks, but also pre­vents break­outs. Der­ma­log­ica Age Bright Spot Fader 15ml R849 10Body wash Prod­ucts that make life eas­ier are the best! When you pump this body wash it foams on its own, so you don’t have to rub it to cre­ate a lather. It comes in a va­ri­ety of scents that leave you feel­ing re­freshed. The larger bot­tle also means it lasts longer – per­fect for fam­i­lies. Palmer’s Co­coa But­ter & Vanilla Nour­ish­ing Foam­ing Body Wash 400ml R66,99

11Co­conut oil

Co­conut oil can be too greasy for daily use on some hair types but makes curly or dam­aged hair more man­age­able. If you have finer hair, rather use it once a week to strengthen your hair and add shine. Inoar Óleo de Coco Virgem (vir­gin co­conut oil) 200ml R350

14 Moisturisi­ng cream

Sen­si­tive and re­ac­tive skin needs non-scented, colour-free prod­ucts that are highly moisturisi­ng. This balm can be used by the whole fam­ily as it’s hydrating, sooth­ing and suit­able for sen­si­tive or dry skin. Avène TriXera Nutri­tion Nutri-Fluid Balm 400ml R215

15 Moisturisi­ng spray

Nat­u­ral hair can be a hand­ful and this prod­uct makes life eas­ier as it pro­vides the most im­por­tant thing – mois­ture. It also tack­les dan­druff and an itchy scalp. All these ben­e­fits leave your hair feel­ing soft and your scalp feel­ing fresh. Con­sider it if you’re a nat­u­ral­ista like me. Dr. Hauschka Strength­en­ing Hair Treat­ment 100ml R530

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