Alright, before we all get excited (and/or disgusted) thinking that this post is going to be some sort of revealing look into my menstrual cycle a la #LiveTweetYourPeriod, let it be known that My Monthlies is not actually about my monthlies (I just decided to name it that because I am a saucy individual, obviously). Anyway, as much as I’m sure that you all are dying to know the details of that monthly delight, I thought that instead I’d share some things that brought me actual delight this month and didn’t have me in the foetal position, demanding large slabs of chocolate whilst crying at that DialDirect ad where the little boy does all the chores so his mom will have time to go to his school play (just me? … Oh, okay).
How about we just get into it before I scar us all with more awkward period stories?
This month I’ve been loving:
Essence How To Make Brows Wow Kit
It’s no secret that I’m a self-confessed brow girl. I mean, I wrote a whole post on my unadulterated love affair with the furry fellows. Fact of the matter is that I love a good bold brow and as much as it may seem that I am the possessor of the beautifully crafted facial furs arched above my eyes, sadly that is not the case. My natural brows tend to sparse out towards the ends and the left one is particularly patchy (I still don’t quite know what I could have done to offend those hairs right off my face, never to return *cue more hormonal sobbing*). That being said, my brows know their way around fillers and this nifty little brow kit is by far one of the best I’ve ever used.
The kit contains three shades of eyebrow powders, one for blondes, one for brunettes and one for the inbetweenies. The powder itself is a great consistency that is both long lasting as well as completely natural-looking. The kit also comes with a highlighter which, applied along the brow bone, does wonders and adds definition to the brow and facial structure.
Proof that I really do love the things I feature in these posts: most of them have unsightly holes in them because I use them so much.
Finally, a mini tweezer and double-ended applicator brush are included. Now, I’m going to be honest and say that the little tweezer is pretty much useless. It’s far too tiny to do any real shaping, but is perfect for grabbing that one rogue hair (with a bit of effort). The applicator with it’s firm-but-not-uncomfortably-hard bristles (for applying the eyebrow filler) on the one end and spongey bit on the other (for applying the highlighter) are great, especially the bristley part which works just as well as any expensive Angled Brush and holds the product well while allowing for effortless shaping.
The kits retail for R115.50 and can be picked up at your local Dischem or (if you’re lucky) Clicks pharmacy.
Rubi Cosmetics Nail Varnishes
I’m big on nail polish. Think about it, when last have you seen my nails naked? I picked up a couple of these polishes by Rubi (a sister brand to the Cotton On group) a while back and have been loving these shades for winter. “Grey” and “Mint” (Yep, that’s literally what they’re called) have been firm favourites and I’ve been reaching for them over and over this month. While Rubi’s lackluster polish names are a bit of a disappointment (I mean who doesn’t love a cheeky nail polish name?), the products are far from it. The polishes are quick-drying and the opaqueness of the formula means that I can get away with just one coat if I’m a bit pressed for time. I can go for just under a week without any major chippage (sans topcoat ’cause I’m rebellious like that) and a little longer on the odd occasion that I do happen to apply a good topcoat. Not bad for 50 bucks a pop, I’d say.
Rubi Nail Varnishes retail for R49.00 and are available at most Cotton On stores.
Guess Dare Perfume
I’d never really associated Guess with perfume to be perfectly honest. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s not exactly one of those brands that has you
drowning yourself reaching for the Tester bottle in Edgars. I was lucky enough to snag a bottle of this scent when I attended the Cosmo Jeans Fashion Show a few weeks back and it’s not half bad. In fact, it’s pretty darn delicious!
The glass bottle is simple and elegant and features rose gold detailing which complements the rosy pink colouring of the perfume. The scent itself is of a florally-woody-musk composition and while sweet, is not overwhelming, allowing it to work well as a transitional scent that can be worn across seasons.
Guess Dare Eau De Toilette 100ml is available for purchase online through Zando here at R595.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 120 ‘Cutting Edge’
This isn’t the first time I’ve featured this lipstick on the blog, I am absolutely obsessed with bold lips at the moment and this stunning plum colour is both edgy and chic and so easy to pull off. I wear it with just about everything and it has literally been living in my handbag since I got it. The colour is really rich and the lipstick glides on smoothly and is not drying in spite of its matte look.
Its packaging might be unassuming but this lipstick sure does pack a punch, it has great staying power and I love that I’m not constantly having to re-apply or worry about whether or not I have a creepy clown outline around my mouth after eating.
Pick it up for R89.95 at Clicks.
Clicks 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Wipes
Here’s the thing about me and make up; I love wearing it but absolutely loathe taking it off. I hate how expensive make up remover is, I hate having to use 5 cotton pads to get it all off, I hate that my eyes get all burny, but most of all I hate it because I’m lazy. I find the whole process exhausting, and so unnecessary when I’m just going to hit my face up with the full cleanse, tone and moisturiser straight after anyway.
Yeah I know facial wipes aren’t the greatest but they get my eyeliner off and when my main objective is not waking up with a raccoon face, that’s pretty darn okay for R26.99.
You can buy them at Clicks, obviously.
Oh So Heavenly Creme Oil Collection Caring Body Cream in Pomegranate & Rosehip Oil
It is very important to me to smell delicious at all times. Honestly, I do not feel like I am fulfilling my life’s duties unless I am leaving a delicious scent of deliciousness in my wake. This means that I am really particular about things like shower gel and body lotion because well … deliciousness is key. I have always been a fan of The Body Shop and have been using (and adoring) their body butters for ages but they’re not exactly the cheapest and my student budget doesn’t always allow for R120 lotions. Being a little strapped for cash this month, I dragged myself away from The Body Shop and into Clicks’ lotion aisle in search of an alternative that would compromise on price but not deliciousness.
The pretty pearly packaging drew me in but it was the utterly yummy smell that had me skipping to the tills. I have no idea what a rosehip is but combined with pomegranate it really makes for a calming and luxurious scent. The lotion is super moisturising too and the scent lingers long after you’ve massaged it into the skin.
It’s such a steal as well for just R24.99!
Is there anything you’ve been loving this month? Tell me about your monthlies (no, not your monthlies man. I mean, I suppose you could tell me about those too … if you reeeeaaally wanted to) in the comments below 🙂