Is it just me, or is everything becoming hellishly expensive here in South Africa? Food, clothing, décor, beauty – the whole lot!
With the above in mind, I set off to Clicks to see how far I could stretch R500 when it came to beauty products.
I decided to split the R500 into two categories: hair & makeup. For hair, I decided on the “Hair in a hurry” and, as a theme and for makeup, I chose “Luscious Lips”.
Because I’m ALWAYS in a rush, I look for products that help me save time and effort, while still delivering great results.
Hair in a Hurry – allocated budget R200
First up, I had to choose the new Schwarzkopf ROOT Retoucher (R99.99) in brown. It is a temporary, root cover spray that covers lighter & grey regrowth in an instant. It washes out after one shampoo, has a precise point nozzle that makes for a very precise colour application and it dries immediately with any stickiness (this is an issue with other roots sprays I’ve tried). The Schwarzkopf ROOT Retoucher is available in 6 shades.
Add a bit of interest to your hairstyle, or simply conceal unwashed hair with a bun. And, the Essentials medium size donut (R19.99) makes it so easy to achieve this style with ease. It would take a few words to explain how to use it, so rather watch this quick & easy tutorial below
Honestly, I couldn’t cope without my dry shampoo (very dramatic, I know!). I use it daily, even when my hair is clean. I spritz it onto clean hair after a workout, onto dirty hair to get me by for just one more day, and onto my roots to give my hair some lift. I love the COLAB Dry Shampoo (R79.99) and this one with its cool packaging and Candy fragrance spoke to me (actually, it shouted BUY ME!)
Total spend on hair: R198.98
Next up is Luscious Lips – allocated budget: R300
With the onset of winter comes dry lips. Now, aside from a good balm to hydrate and nourish the pout, it’s also a good idea to invest in a lip exfoliator. If you are a fan of matte lipsticks, you’ll know that you need super soft, smooth lips to ensure the lipstick looks it’s best. But what if you have dry, peeling lips? The answer is a quick lip exfoliation. I’m keen to try the NYX #thisiseverything Lip Scrub (R99) which is infused with jojoba oils and smells lovely.
The Revolution Makeup Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit (R124.95) in Echelon is a favourite and this is the second time I’ve purchased it. I think it’s great value for money as you get a lip pencil and a liquid lipstick. The Echelon colour is a neutral pink that will suit most women. The formula of the liquid lipstick is very lightweight and dries quickly. It lasts for hours, doesn’t peel or split and is not too drying on the lips.
To counteract the drying effects of matte lip formulas (and winter weather, in general), I like a good lip butter and The Body Shop’s coconut version (R70) is an old favourite. I love the rich, buttery texture that’s enriched with organic coconut oil. It leaves a subtle shine on the pout while working hard to nourish dry lips.
Total Spend: R293.93
In total, I managed to purchase 6 really great products (okay 7, if you count the lipstick & lip liner separately) for R492.93. There is value to be found, one just needs to shop with a purpose, set a budget and stick to it.
Win a R500 Clicks Voucher
I have one Clicks voucher valued at R500 up for grabs. To enter, leave a comment below this blog post telling me why you’d like to win it, and which product/s for my shopping haul and you most keen to try.
Please ensure you include your email address (only I can see it), so I can contact you, should you be the winner.
This giveaway is only open to South African residents.
I’ll announce the winner on In My bag’s Facebook page (FOLLOW HERE) next week 30 May.
*This blog post is sponsored by Clicks*