Top 5 editor-approved beauty buys this July

Does most of your monthly salary go on beauty bits? We get it – with brands dropping newness every other week, feeding the addiction can be hard. That’s why we’re ever-diligent in our search for the latest and greatest skincare, hair care and makeup that will revolutionise your routines. After testing many new products and tools, we’re pleased to announce that this month’s offerings have exceeded expectations. These are the beauty buys we’re totally obsessed with right now – every single one is a game-changer. We’ll take two, thanks! 

Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly Detangler 

Is it just us, or does the word ‘detangling’ transport you to a memory of your mum attacking you with a hairbrush, too? This handleless, palm-sized plastic brush with flexible bristles – available in Azure Blue and Lilac Fondant – is the most gentle, effective brush for detangling wet or dry hair. We love that it fits perfectly in your palm and that the long, soft two-tiered teeth bend easily, but snap right back to shape – this allows for less of the tugging that makes hair snap. It’s specifically designed to be gentle enough to use on thick, curly or textured hair, but it’s fabulous for all hair types. Bring it into the shower with you to eliminate any knots and work conditioner through your hair evenly. Life. Changing. 

R255 from Sorbet Drybar and Candy & Co 

HASK Hemp Oil & Agave Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner 

It’s time for your hair to break up with the chemicals! If you’re looking to clean up your beauty routine, this cruelty-free shampoo-and-conditioner combination is a great first step. Made with hemp seed oil and agave extract (a natural humectant) – and free of sulphates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and aluminum starch – it’s perfect for naturally cleansing without stripping away your hair’s natural oils. The real ingredients in this lush formula team up to quench and plump thirsty hair or brittle strands. Even better: You’ll be hypnotised by its amazing earthy scent and deeply effective clean. Yes, please. We recommend it for fortifying hair that’s weakened from colouring, heat styling or just day-to-day life. 

R179.95 each from Clicks 

REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream 

In the Zoom era, we all so desperately want to achieve bright eyes. Brought to you by the brand that really needs no introduction, this eye cream is another REN hit; a powerhouse for those who want to see big results. Smoothing it around your eyes each day is guaranteed to refresh tired eyes and keep them looking rested even if you didn’t get eight hours of sleep. A potent little pot, brimming with 95% natural-origin ingredients such as elderberry flower extract and glycogen (which brighten and firm the skin around the eyes), it’s the ultimate pick-me-up product when eyes are in need of a boost. Half a pump is all you need – it works well under makeup and sensitive eyes won’t blink at the gentle formula. 

R1,075 from www.rencleanskincare.co.za, Woolworths, Edgars, Foschini, Truworths, ARC Store, Wellness Warehouse, Superbalist and Takealot 

SKOON. Beautifuel Double Thick Cream 

Why, yes … we did wake up like this. For skin that seems to lack that ever-covetable glow, swap your regular moisturiser for this incredibly rich one. This bouncy, whipped cream boasts an impressive ingredients list that includes indigenous Cape antioxidants, rooibos and honeybush, meaning you can trust it to balance blemishes and bring radiance back to sallow, neglected skin. These are blended with African shea butter, ceramide 3 and omega 6-rich safflower oil to keep your skin looking supple and youthful. With over 200 pumps in the 50ml bottle, trust you’ll get your money’s worth! Our top tip? Apply it nightly and let the potent natural ingredients soften dry patches and fine lines while you rest. 

R299.95 for 15ml or R799.95 for 50ml from www.skoonskin.com 

NUXE BIO Organic Replenishing Nourishing Body Oil 

There’s something undeniably decadent about this delicious-smelling body oil that’s wildly luxurious to the touch. Laced with organic botanical oils – hazelnut, which is rich in fatty acids, as well as sesame, safflower and sunflower – this is astonishingly light on skin. It leaves the senses awakened, the skin feeling invigorated, and the body super-soft, hydrated and gleamy. There’s nothing better than having a warm shower before bed, then smoothing a few pumps over your limbs. A month later, you’ve never felt skin so velvety! We also love using it dabbed at our wrists and neck as a subtle orange blossom perfume, or as a supremely indulgent bath oil – add a few drops and let the moisturising process begin. 

R650 from select Woolworths, Foschini and Truworths stores 

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