It’s the last cold snap before we say hello to spring. So, I thought I’d showcase three of my absolute must-have beauty winter wonders, all available online at www.redsquare.co.za. I’ve included my tried and tested favourites for body, skin and face.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15 R495 – buy it here – was the first foundation I fell truly in love with when I started out as a beauty editor. Because I like weightless coverage that looks like skin, this is still one of my favourites. It’s best for normal and combination skin types, or anyone looking for a hydrating formula that gives the skin a glow. It has a very thin and watery consistency, ensuring it blends really easily. You can use your fingers to apply it (I often do), but find the finish when applied with a flat top foundation brush is SUPERB! I’m always surprised at how this lightweight foundation yields such good coverage. It works well to conceal redness and minor imperfections, but you’ll need to apply two layers. The finish is natural looking and dewy and also works well to minimize the appearance of pores. Skin foundation is best for those with good skin that don’t need much coverage.
Tip: Mix a little foundation with your day cream to create a tinted moisturiser perfectly suited to your skin.
Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil R490 –buy it here – Because summer bodies are made in winter! I used this for the first time about 20 years ago and have been a fan since. This preservative free formula includes Rosemary, Geranium and Mint that helps firm, tone and improves elasticity, thereby reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Hazelnut oil locks in moisture, leaving the skin soft and hydrated.
I apply mine in two ways:
- Onto damp skin as I get out the shower, concentrating on areas like my tummy, upper arms, hips and thighs.
- I mix a little with my regular body lotion and apply it all over my body
This oil leaves skin super soft and supple and if you have dry skin, you absolutely must try it out. Oh, and I almost forgot to add that it’s safe to use during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks.
Tip: Body oils absorb SO much more effectively if you apply them onto damp skin.
I count Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask R460 – buy it here – as one of my all-time favourite beauty fixes. I’ve blogged about it before here and here. Because I’m so exhausted in the evenings, I like that I can just slap this onto clean skin and go snooze. When you wake up, the skin has a beautiful radiant glow. This creamy mask replenishes dry skin and I love that it can also be used around the eye area. It’s loaded with hydrating ingredients and antioxidants and is colour and fragrance free, making it a great option for sensitive skin types. Even though it’s recommended for all skin types, I think normal, dehydrated or dry skins will see the most benefit.
Tip: This mask is excellent to apply on long haul flights to keep skin hydrated.
Then…Besides the highly anticipated launch of Benefit Cosmetics on www.redsquare.co.za (along with select stores), there has been a number of other, highly covetable brands recently added to the online lineup. These include Bobbi Brown, Catrice and Essence, adding up to 92 different beauty brands in total across skincare, make-up and fragrance, for both women and men. Keep an eye out for more brands launching later this year. And, if the idea of having a whole lot of beauty in one place appeals to you, do yourself a favour and visit the Red Square Gateway store and pop into Red Square Rosebank Mall to experience the CHANEL BEAUTÉ counter – it’s to DIE for!
I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win a R1000 shopping voucher to spend at www.redsquare.co.za – To enter, subscribe to In My Bag (if you haven’t already), then leave a comment below this post telling me what your 3 favourite winter wonder beauty products are. I’ll announce the winner next week Thursday 20 August.