[BEAUTY]: Currently Testing – The Month of November 2019

What’s On My Beauty Desk This Month

It’s right at the end of the month, but hey – better late than never right? Last month I had so many products that I split it into two parts but I squeezed the latest beauty products to hit my desk into one post this time. Let’s dive right in!

Zero Bar Shampoo Bars which are water-free; plastic-free and cruelty free. Locally made in South Africa.

Zero Bar – Shampoo Bar

My first impression of these products? IMPRESSED! Yep, capitalized with italics. A bar that is water-free, plastic-free and cruelty free and is locally made. This was my first time using a shampoo bar and I’ve been loving it. I haven’t bought myself one yet as I have quite a few bottles of shampoos (which you’ll know from previous posts) but I was kindly sent these 4 bars to test out. I was telling my dad about them and he even asked if he could take one up to Zambia with him for his last fishing tour of the year. How handy are these for traveling?

There are 4 bars available at the moment, all made with different oils for different types of hair. Each retails for R75.00 and should last for 55-70 washes. Now, if you are like me and don’t wash your hair too often – that will last a long time! I’m currently testing the Desert Melon Shampoo Bar (the yellow one) and apart from it working well for my hair, it smells really good! I leave it in my shower on the shelf, so each time I step into the shower, I smell it – yummy! For more information on these shampoo bars – click here .

The 4 different types of shampoo bars available from Zero Bar in South Africa.

Sorbet 365 Skin Workout

I was kindly sent some products by Sorbet to test out from their 365 Skin Workout range. A range that is meant to help treat the damage of the past on your skin; re-train the skin to help to return it to optimal functioning; strengthen the skin by preventing and repairing damage and to maintain healthy skin. Seeing as Sorbet is in the skincare industry, I would trust that their products would be effective and so far, I’ve enjoyed using them this month!

The Multicleanse removes makeup and has a deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation effect. You actually don’t even know that it’s exfoliating our skin while you use it, that’s how gentle it is. It retails for R275.00. The Skin Hydrating Serum is a serum and a little bit of it goes a long way. I enjoy that it’s so lightweight especially in this summer heat. It retails for R775.00 which is quite a hefty price tag but I read that it can also be used on your delicate eye area.

Lastly, we have the Rejuvenating Active which packs a powerful punch in the sense that it exfoliates the skin as well. So if your skin is feeling a bit too sensitive from it, skip a day in between uses. It retails for R895.00. I would recommend this over the hydrating serum as I feel it would be more beneficial in the long run.

3 of the products I'm currently testing this month from the Sorbet 365 Skin Workout range available from Sorbet.

The Body Shop – Sheet Masks

Oh man, I love sheet masks and that’s saying a lot as I usually don’t enjoy the admin of putting on face masks. I think it’s because my skin instantly feels the effects of using a sheet mask. The Body Shop offers sheet masks that are even biodegradable which is awesome in my books! There’s the Aloe Calm Sheet Mask that calms, soothes and hydrates skin thanks to its aloe vera-based formula. You then get the Seaweed Balance Sheet Mask  which uses mineral-rich seaweed to draw impurities and excess oil out of the skin, leaving it mattified and moisturised. Last but not least, the Vitamin E Quench Sheet Mask which is my favourite thanks to the vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, wheat germ oil, and aloe vera. These sheet masks are R95.00 each so best to save them for your self-care days when you treat yourself.

The Vitamin E Quench Sheet Mask; Aloe Calm Sheet Mask and the Seaweed Balance Sheet Mask from The Body Shop that I'm testing out this month.

Urban Decay On The Run Mini – Detour

This mini palette was a birthday gift from friends – and as usual, with all Urban Decay products, it’s a hit in my opinion. Definitely not on the level of the full Born To Run palette which I reviewed last year, but perfect for small getaways and everyday looks. This is the Detour palette, I saw it’s sold out online on the SA Urban Decay site but international Urban Decay still has stock, plus they’ve added 2 new minis. Shortcut, which is more pink toned is still in stock if you’re keen to get one.

Packed with curated mattes and metallics, including a transformer shade that can switch up your look or add a hit of shimmer, the shade I reach for the most is Confidential. I’ve been using this palette about 4 times a week this month. Detour is loaded with sienna-hued neutrals, a deep metallic teal, and an unexpected holographic transformer shade. These mini palettes are awesome gift ideas – hint, hint! R460.00 from Urban Decay SA.

Detour is loaded with sienna-hued neutrals, a deep metallic teal, and an unexpected holographic transformer shade. An Urban Decay palette I received for my birthday this month.
My top pick from the On The Run Mini palette in Detour is Confidential.

Bellabaci Pure Concentrate Oils

This month I was introduced to Bellabaci when they kindly sent me some of their products to test out. I posted a bit about their products on my Instagram stories (saved under Mail) but one of the products I was most excited to test out apart was the concentrate oils. It’s been a hectic month, workwise, so the Deep Relax one has been delightful to use in my bath. Add a few drops and enjoy the essential oils. Containing Rosehip Seed Oil; St John’s Wort; Geranium Essential Oil; Jasmine Essential Oil; Lime Essential Oil; Patchouli Essential Oil; Ylang Ylang Essential Oil. Available online for R265.00.

Containing Rosehip Seed Oil; St John’s Wort; Geranium Essential Oil; Jasmine Essential Oil; Lime Essential Oil; Patchouli Essential Oil; Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Let me know if you want any more information on any of these products?

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