Budget Beauty for Busy Moms: Body Care

I used to always have perfectly painted toes and smooth legs. I have fond memories of those days. Now time and budget is allocated a little differently. I’m not complaining, but it would be nice to have a little more me-time (and me-money). I think most moms are in the same boat.

I thought I’d share my favourite body care budget buys and tips with you today. Also working on skincare and make-up …

Budget Beauty for Busy Moms: Body Care

First up is Cara’s body cream that turned out to be my favourite too. Epi-max is a wonderful brand that offer lotions and creams perfect for sensitive, dry and eczema-prone skins. I posted about their range HERE. A pot goes for about R60 and they are often on special at Clicks. Can I get a ‘hell yeah’ for Clicks’ 3 for 2 promotions?! Epi-max has a new look, so keep an eye out.

Budget Beauty for Busy Moms: Body Care tips Pretty Please Charlie

Another great brand that I rediscovered a couple of months ago, is Dawn. You can’t get more budget-friendly than this. I’m talking under R20. They have a great selection of body lotions and creams and it works. Plus you pop it in your trolley when you do grocery shopping. Bonus.

Budget Beauty for Busy Moms: Body Care tips Pretty Please Charlie

If you are not a fan of body cream, or you just don’t have the energy or time to apply it from head to toe every day, you can go for a moisturing body wash. Dove has great options that will leave your skin silky soft and smooth after your shower. And it won’t break the bank. Talk about budget beauty!

Budget Beauty for Busy Moms: Body Care tips Pretty Please Charlie

Another favourite of mine is the Lipidol Cleansing Body Oil. This may not make much sense if you read my original review HERE, but it does leave your skin feeling soft and moisturised. No need for a body lotion.

Now on to self tan. Don’t close your browser!  I know that applying self tan sounds like a daunting task, but things have changed. And get those streaky legs and orange palm images out of your head. There are many affordable and easy to use self-tanning products on the market today. Caribbean Tan stands out for me. They have a great selection of products to suit all skin tones. They also released brilliant how-to videos last year so now there is no excuse. Check out the videos HERE. Here’s to glowing, ‘sun-kissed’ skin.

Budget Beauty for Busy Moms: Body Care tips Pretty Please Charlie

Last but by no means least, exfoliation. Skin will not glow if you don’t get rid of the old, no matter how much you moisturise. I love dry body brushing and a good body scrub, but that takes a bit of time. Solution… exfoliating mittens. Put one on each hand whilst in the shower or bath. Add a moisturising body wash and you will emerge with beautiful smooth skin. These are the ones I’m using at the moment. Around R30 for a two pack.

budget beauty for busy moms Clicks exfoliating bath gloves

If you prefer body scrub I suggest Sorbet. They have a great range that is affordable and smell heavenly.

Do you have any budget beauty tips to share? Please leave a comment and tell me your secret!


Beauty: My favourite favourites of 2015

My sister often gets upset with me when I tell her about a product that I love. ‘But you said that one is your favourite?!’ She likes to give me the third degree. I try not to use the word favourite too often when talking about the things I love as there is just too many. There are a few products and services that stood out last year, so I have decided to share my favourite favourites of 2015 with you today. Let’s jump right in with my Beauty Favourites of 2015.

Beauty Favourites of 2015

Dermaceutic Mask 15 (and pretty much everything from this brand)

Dermaceutic mask 15 for oily skin review pretty please charlie

If I had to choose just one skincare brand to use for the rest of my life, chances are that Dermaceutic will come up tops. I have raved about Mask 15 many times and I am still amazed by the results. Every. Single. Time. You can read my thoughts on the mask HERE. I have also been using Activ Retinol 1.0 and Turn Over. I will be posting a review on these two shortly. Keep an eye out as these products are amazing.

REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial

REN Skincare Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial review

Want to wake up with smooth, bright, fresh-looking skin? Then this product is a must have. I love it. Pop over to read my full review HERE.

BABOR New Skin Fluids Ampoule Concentrates FP

BABOR Moist Lipid New Skin FluidLove. That is what it is. I used these ampules when I started at home derma rolling and my skin loves it. This product is definitely one of the top 5 best skincare products that I have ever used. Visible results almost instantly. Fresh-looking, plump and radiant skin. I would use these ampoules every night if I could. I can’t wait to try the other ampoules that BABOR has on offer. Full review over HERE.

Eucerin Sun Gel-Creme Oil Control Dry Touch Face SPF50+

Eucerin Sun Gel-Creme Oil Control Dry Touch Face SPF50+ high protection sunscreen for oily skin

If you struggle with oily skin, this sunscreen is a must try. LOVE IT! I am really struggling in this heat and a heavy sun protection cream just makes it worse. I hate that ‘aangeplakte’ feeling. My skin needs to breathe. If you feel the same way, then this is the SPF for you. Read more HERE.

Rain Biologie Winter Therapy Bath Soak

Rain Africa Biologie Winter Therapy Bath Soak review Pretty Please Charlie

This stuff is awesome. The fact that I am including a bath product in this post already says a great deal. I don’t really enjoy lying in the bath. There are also only a handful of bath goodies that I truly enjoy as my skin (and nose) is very sensitive. I think I may be the only woman in the world who is not crazy for Lush. But this Rain Africa soak is amazing. I would buy it by the bucket if I could. More about this beauty HERE.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Hair Care Range

Beauty Favourites of 2015

This range has been my best hair discovery since I started blogging. I have tried amazing high-end products that I would recommend in a heartbeat, but I am always on the lookout for a budget alternative. I rate Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula range up there with the best of the best. The shampoo is amazing. I don’t think I will buy another shampoo again. If you have dry, damaged, colour treated and/or curly hair, this is a must. Since posting my review (HERE) I have also tried more products from the range and I have not been disappointed.  Hey Palmer’s, I spotted Hair Pudding on the web! When are you bringing it to our shores?! My curls are waiting…

Style Bar is my no.1 choice for highlights

Style Bar highlights Pretty Please Charlie The Best of 2015

I think my colour and smile says it all. It is perfect every, single time. You have one extremely happy customer Style Bar.

BambiShoes Semi-permanent Hair Colour

BambiShoes semi-permanent hair colour best of 2015 pretty please charlie

A full review is coming your way shortly, but I had to mention it as it is one of my ultimate favourite finds. BambiShoes semi-permanent hair colour is an all natural, vegan, cruelty-free product that gives you vibrant colour without any damage. And it is very affordable. I am obsessed. The pop of colour in the selfie is thanks to the pink in the above pic. Keep an eye out for that review and pics of how stunning the colour truly is.

What are your Beauty Favourites of 2015? Please share!