4 beauty products that make me happy

It’s not every day a girl manages to gather a combination of skin- and hair-care products that just work… simultaneously.

You know how it goes – you get a face wash that makes your skin feel all dewy and fresh, but every shampoo you try keeps leaving your hair limp and sad. Or the moisturiser a friend swears by has you breaking out in zits, but at least that conditioner you started using makes your hair bounce and shine.

Yup, if you aren’t blessed with great hair and skin naturally, finding products that help you feel (and hopefully also look) good can be a real drag. Doubly so, if you’re an utter beauty product noob, like me!

Miracles do happen, however, as I recently hit the jackpot with a couple of good buys that have seriously given me hope for a more sustainable ‘feel-good’ future. Some are surprising new finds, while others are old faithfuls that keep proving their worth.

Check them out below:

Oily Roots and Dry Ends Shampoo & Conditioner by Lee Stafford

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I’ve had a lifelong struggle with my hair, because… well… I feel like it could be really great… if I only knew how to look after it properly.

But, sadly, I’ve never really managed.

Some days I just wake up in a good hair day and, since I seriously don’t know how I got there, snap a selfie for posterity’s sake and resign myself to the fact that the next few will probably waver between completely average and all-out terrible.

The problem lies in the fact that I have A LOT of relatively fine hair that tends to go oily at the roots super quickly, while the ends are dry and poofy.

So, when I stumbled upon these attractive little pink bottles in Clicks and saw how they offered a solution to my exact problem, I almost wept! But held back, because, the proof would only be in the pudding.

Well, I’ve been using both the shampoo and conditioner for just over a month now and am extremely happy with the results. My roots take a lot longer to get greasy now, while my ends seem to be healthy enough to have a bit of bounce and even a wave or two.

Cost: Look, at R129 each, they’re not exactly cheap. But it’s totally worth it! Plus, you end up using so little – concentrating the shampoo on your roots and the conditioner on your ends – that it lasts for quite a while.

Stockists: Clicks – online or in store.

Read more about the product: Lee Stafford’s website

Resque Hair Nutrition by Annique

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Apart from my winning shampoo and conditioner, I’ve also found that Annique’s Resque Hair Nutrition has done wonders for the bounce, shine and texture of my hair.

The fact that it is produced locally and contains the proudly South African secret ingredient – Rooibos extract – adds to my fondness for this lightweight, leave-in treatment. Spray a few spritzes onto your scalp after every wash and you’re guaranteed to have a much happier head of hair in no time.

Apart from all the health benefits of Rooibos, it also contains a potent vitamin complex that helps nourish, repair, soothe and revitalise scalp and hair.

Special thanks to my Mom for first introducing it to me!

Cost: About R130

Stockists: Your local Annique consultant (don’t worry, I can almost guarantee you have one living close-by) or at an Annique store/salon

Read more about the product: Annique website

Botanicals Cleansing Gel by Beaucience

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As with my hair, I’ve always had problem skin and really ENVY girls who would walk around looking fresh and unblemished like it ain’t no thing.

Apart from being sensitive, oily (complete with large pores) and prone to breakouts, especially on my forehead, nose and chin, my skin has also started to show signs of aging – fine lines, wrinkles, dullness… you know what I’m talking about.

It’s quite sobering. But, luckily, Beaucience is helping me fight the good fight with their amazing pH-balanced, mild, soap-free cleansing gel.

Seriously, I bought this once a while ago and absolutely loved the way it helped neutralise my skin’s oiliness, while making it feel soft and fresh. Being curious, I tried a couple of other brands after, none of which did me any favours, so I returned to this old faithful recently and haven’t regretted it for a moment. I’ll have to live my curiosity out elswehere.

As with Annique, Beaucience is a proudly South African skin care brand that focuses on using natural formulations and organic ingredients where possible. Plus, most of their products are surprisingly affordable!

Cost: About R80

Stockists: You can buy it on the Beaucience website or I always get mine from Faithful to Nature.

Read more about the product: Beaucience website

Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel & Glow-Protect Lotion by The Body Shop

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A little while ago, my sis-in-law, Tamara, told me that she was trying out The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Revealing Peel and that it was really good, leaving her skin feeling silky smooth after. What really got me intrigued though was her description of how it worked: “you rub it onto your face and massage it in, then it starts to form little balls of your dead skin. Gross, but satisfying.”

It sounded just the right kind of gross. So, the next time I passed a Body Shop, I popped in to see if I could find it. Well, I did… and also the whole rest of the Vitamin C range that I wanted to try out.

Unfortunately, this would have been a bit of a burden on my pocket, but luckily they were running a special, so I treated myself to two products: the liquid peel AND a lotion with an SPF of 30.

I use the peel about twice a week and can’t get over how deliciously light my skin feels afterwards, while I’ve been using the lotion as my moisturiser ever day and simply love the faint citrus scent and the way it offers light, but solid protection from the sun and the elements.

Cost: In the vicinity of R200 each. But, as mentioned, keep your eyes peeled (see what I did there) for specials – The Body Shop often has nifty little discounts.

Stockists: Any The Body Shop store or Clicks

Read more about the products: The Body Shop website

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