Your out of office is on, you’ve turned off you’re 6am alarm, you’re officially on holiday! It’s finally time for you to catch up on some sleep after a long year, or that book you’ve been wanting to read, or to try that new anti-aging face-product you’ve been fantasising about, and to try that new recipe you’ve been salivating over. While practicing some self -love, we’ve crafted a checklist of some of our recent loves, that we recommend you try out. These are our top eight must-have travel beauty items for the season of Summer. From fragrances, to skincare, you should find at-least one love that you’re willing to try out.
Redken ABC Range
The Acidic Bonding Concentrate range is fondly known as the ABC range. The ABC range is available in a shampoo, conditioner and leave in conditioner option. It is perfect for every-day use, and we love that this range is ultra-rich, luxurious, and sulphate-free. It is a concentrated formula for strength repair for all damaged hair types and it provides the ultimate strength repair, intense conditioning, and hair colour fade protection to damaged hair.
Redken ABC features citric acid, and concentrated bonding care that reinforces weakened bonds to improve hair strength. And because it is pH balanced it is specifically formulated with an acidic pH to defend against the negative effects of hair colouring, styling tools and water. This results in hair that looks and feels healthy and happy. We love that this range offers 56% less breakage, 82% less visible split ends, 11x smoother hair, and its pH balancing for all hair types and textures. T&C apply. I love that this range smells fresh and citrusy, so you can walk around smelling like a freshly sugared grapefruit at the end of your shower.
R355 from all good salons
Essence, my power is matt lipstick:
Nothing says sexy Spring lips quite like a super-light, highly pigmented lipstick right. This lipstick provides an intensive matt finish with its long-lasting formula. It comes in four shades that represent the four elements. A deep dark red (fire), a bright red pink (water), a warm nude (earth) and an intense berry tone (air). Personally, I’m an air sign and between these four shades, the intense berry is the light, matt shade I would naturally gravitate towards. Which one would put a spring in your step? Available from Dis-Chem.
R52.95 from Dis-Chem
After a few dips in the ocean, or in your family pool, your hair may be feeling a knottier than usual. And as though it requires a little TLC. Introducing one of our favourite brushes on the market now. The original tangle teezer, now available in coral glitter. In both a full and travel size option. This range has the same teeth technology as the Wet Detangler, the only difference is that now the superior detangling benefits are now spread over a bigger surface area – this is ideal for users with thick, curly hair.
The brush has 433 flexible, unique teeth, it flexes over tangles without pulling at the hair and it is ideal for drawing through shampoo for a superior hair cleanse. It also helps to evenly distribute conditioner, treatments, and masques through the hair, to help prevent breakage. It is comfortable to hold, easy to grip and control and I LOVE that it is available in a travel size too. Best believe you will see this baby in my Prada handbag, on my next holiday abroad.
R250 from Retail Box, Superbalist and Dis-Chem
Vice Reversa Micro-Needling Plumping Patches
These are a lot less painful than they sound. When we first read about these plumping patches, we were a little apprehensive to try them out. As we imagined this to be a painful experience – it 100% was not. In fact, it was a pleasant experience. Now you can tackle wrinkles while on holiday with Vice Reversa microneedle skincare.
These patches were specifically designed for around the eye area and smile lines. Each micro wrinkle patch contains thousands of microneedles formed from crystallised serum, packed densely on a medical-grade hydrocolloid patch. Infused with hyaluronic acid, collagen, and peptides, these patches deliver actives deep into the dermal layers of the skin, to help diminish the appearance of fine lines. The ultra-fine needles painlessly penetrate the epidermis, then self-dissolve to deliver hydrating and firming hyaluronic acid, collagen, and peptides deep in the skin. The patches are completely painless and leave the skin looking and feeling great after just one application.
The patches are clear and need about 8h to work. For best results apply onto clean skin before bed, as you jump onto an airplane for an 8h flight, or as you jump into the car for an 8h road trip. These single-use patches are sterile, disposable and there’s no downtime.
Vice Reversa Patches are available online for R680 for a box of 8 patches
Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Line Erasing Eye Cream
Introducing Elizabeth Arden’s latest skincare launch, and it’s a much-anticipated eye cream. This opulent emulsion encompasses clinically proven retinol and moisture boosting ceramides to smooth, de-puff and brighten skin, for younger looking eyes. This cream features smart retinol technology to deliver a formula strong enough for visible results and suited for the delicate eye area. It promises to that their encapsulated retinol absorbs 5x deeper, with an 8-hour continuous release. Their airless pump allows you to effortlessly dispense the perfect amount, for optimal formula potency.
R760 from Takealot, Edgars, Truworths and www.elizabethrrden.co.za
Revlon Superlustrous Glass Shine Lipstick:
If you’re all about a lipstick with a showstopping shine, then this may be the lippie that appeals to you. This is a lipstick with brilliant shine and colour that instantly melts on to the lips. This lipstick has a decadently moisturising formula infused with hyaluronic spheres, aloe, rose and peptides to soften and smooth the lips. This buttery soft glass shine lipstick offers a brilliant colour, as well as a glass-like shine. This lipstick is available in 13 shades, including ‘cherries in the snow’, ‘Sparkling quartz’, and ‘toasting glasses.
R129 from leading pharmacies and department stores nationwide.
Davines Oi Oil Masque:
This antioxidant, nourishing butter has a delicious sensory scent. It has an anti-frizz disciplinary action giving your hair extraordinary softness and brightness, with an immediate cosmetic effect. These products can easily be purchased at any Carlton salon, or online. This range is also environmentally friendly, which makes it a feel-good product too.
We love using this treatment after I have double cleansed my hair, conditioned, and then treated it with this hair butter. I use this hair butter as a weekly treatment and my hair thanks me every week after I do. It is so important to give your hair a tall drink of water weekly, especially in Summer when we are drying it out with all our outdoor activities.
R660 from Carlton salons nationwide,
Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Translucent
This is the Clarins’ brands first UV and pollution sun cream, and it protects against 5 pollutants encountered in everyday life. This pioneering city sun cream protects against pollutants such as indoor, atmospheric, pollen, blue light, and photo-pollution. This formula is an easily absorbed gel cream, that offers a perfectly invisible finish. It’s powdered by organic mango leaf extract and is suitable for all skin types. We love that it’s a sun protector that also moisturises the skin.
R505 from www.clarins.com, Dis-Chem, and Truworths