Cadbury Big Taste
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Current favourites {September 2019}

What a huge slab you have there Simone…. Why yes I do…. *insert smirky face* Guys, today’s post is a goodie!! I haven’t done a current favourites post since April! Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long! Honestly though, favourites don’t just change on the 1st of every month, so I do prefer spacing these sort of posts out a bit. It gives me a chance to try new products, fall in love with existing products, etc. As I’m typing this line though, I have no idea what I’m even including yet…. So this post will be a surprise for me too ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s get comfy and read about my current favourites……

Wet n Wild Sponge

Wet n Wild Beauty Sponge

This is a newer addition to my makeup collection, but I am besotted with this sponge. I just feel like it is super soft, blends my foundation well, and it’s soooo affordable!! What’s not to love? Also, I’ve washed it a few times now and it’s not torn or bled. You should go pick one up if you haven’t yet gotten one! Many of you already have picked this up and I know you love it as much as I do.

California Love Palette

Colourpop California Love Palette

California Love….. no, not the Tupac song (I really hope you’re not asking: Who is this Tupac??)….one of Colourpop’s 12 pan eyeshadow palettes was a gift from Shop Betty Online. I wish I could explain the euphoria I felt when I opened this palette. It is pure perfection for my warm tone loving soul! I’ve reviewed a few Colourpop palettes in my day and I can say without a doubt, you can’t go wrong with any of their palettes. Their mattes blend like a dream, always…. I’ve owned 5 palettes I think, and I’ve never had an issue with a matte shadow. Sometimes the shimmers can be a little ‘fall-outty’, but with this palette, I haven’t experienced that. I reached for it so many times after receiving it, I’ve banned myself from using it for a month. The love affair is real.

Bad Gal Lash Mascara

I know this mascara is like a stuck record on the blog…..but I’m super in to it at the moment. My beloved Essence mascara is due to be repurchased, but I am trying to use what I have first. I’m glad, because I’ve forgotten how much I love this mascara!

Maybelline’s Snapscara

This is also a newer item, and I am a bit meh about the size of the brush (it’s HUGE), but I love the formula on this mascara. With some patience and practice, you get the most gorgeous, wispy lashes. Also, this can be removed with just water….it’s a breeze to remove. Yay for no panda eyes!

Eight Hour Great 8 Moisturizer

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Great 8 Moisturiser

1 step, 8 great benefits. More than a moisturizer, more than an SPF, Great 8โ„ข is your all-in-one protector and perfector for healthy-looking, glowing skin. Addictive, translucent gel formula goes on clearโ€“โ€“no white cast or residue. Suitable for all skin types.

  • UVA/UVB: Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 35
  • POLLUTION: Protects against damaging effects of pollution
  • INFRARED: Protects against infrared rays
  • BLUE LIGHT: Protects against the effects of blue light
  • HYDRATE: All-day hydration
  • BRIGHTEN: Leaves skin with a luminous, healthy glow
  • PURIFY: Helps eliminate free radical damage
  • OIL CONTROL: Controls excess oil and visibly minimizes pores with continued use

I recently finished my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + moisturiser (why I’ve never featured it in a faves, I have NO IDEA) and was on the hunt for a new SPF/Moisturiser combo. When I saw Elizabeth Arden launching the Great 8 moisturiser, I knew I needed to try it…BUT I was thinking…eeek, is it going to feel like the actual Eight Hour cream? Rest assured, this doesn’t feel like Eight Hour cream on your face. This is amazingly lightweight, with a gel-like consistency and it’s fast absorbing. Also, there’s no white cast like some products containing SPF can leave on your face. This also makes an excellent primer, so moisturiser, SPF AND primer??? Does it get any more multi-purpose than that? I absolutely love this moisturiser…test it out if you get the opportunity.

Ellips Hair Vitamins

Ellips Hair Treatment Capsules

When I first saw these, I had never heard of the brand and I thought….#IssaGimmick! Boy am I eating humble pie! These capsules have changed the game when it comes to heat drying my hair and Addison’s. I never actually blow dry my hair, because I just feel like it comes out not looking like I even tried. Dry, frizzes fast…and it just looks damaged. Since using the Ellips Hair treatment capsules…those days are gone. My hair feels so soft and sleek…and nourished, without being weighed down at all. I’m a huge fan…. particularly of the pink and orange capsules, but also partial to the black. I reckon they’re all just fantastic. Have you tried them?

Cadbury Big Taste

Cadbury Big Taste Choco Biscuit Crunch

NEW A BIG bar with a big taste and 26 cm long!! Cadbury Dairy Milk combined with biscuit crunch with chocolate and milk crรจme filling. Milk chocolate with cocoa creme filling (27%), milk creme filling (18% and a layer of biscuit (13%).

Last, but certainly not least….. Okay, gals…don’t hate me if you can’t find this monster of a chocolate anywhere. lol. I spotted this in Dischem a few weeks ago and of course, HAD TO buy it. Boy did I practice restraint…..I told my husband we could not touch this until the time was right. There needed to be an occasion worthy of this slab. It did not disappoint…..yummo… I wish I had one right now. All this post has done, is make me crave this monster of a chocolate. lol. It’s crunchy and sweet (but not overly crazy sweet)….and different. Chocolate has gotten pretty crazy in the last few years….and we’ve kind of seen it all, so big props to Cadbury for this one. I think it’s a great slab. At R89,95….you need to really be a chocolate lover for the splurge…. and I am that chocolate lover, so I will be going to pick up another one. Also, it contains the #CocoaLife logo, so I’m also doing my part for the people ๐Ÿ˜‰

Side note: I was hoping the white was more of a marshmallow sort of texture, from looking at the picture. Reading the description though, I see it’s a creme and that’s exactly what it is.ย 

That’s a wrap….

So that’s a wrap for this current favourites post! Once I started thinking about what I’ve been loving….I realised, quite a bit….but I don’t want this post to go on forever, so I’m hitting the brakes on it. It was a good month in terms of makeup wearing, skin care products and in fact, there’s a few more items I want to speak about. So I may have an additional favourites sort of post up soon.

Let me know what you’ve been loving….because maybe I’m missing out and I need to go and hunt down your favourite….to make it my favourite ๐Ÿ˜‰

GIVEAWAY ALERT – I currently have a HUGE giveaway happening on my social accounts, to check them out to enter:

Note: The Colourpop palette, Ellips Hair Treatment capsules and the Elizabeth Arden Moisturiser was received in PR. I have been using it for weeks and in some cases, months. I would go and buy all of these products with my kids school fees if I needed to….the love is real. So please know that I won’t just feature something in favourites to stay on a PR list or to dupe you into buying something. I shouldn’t need to say this, but just in case…. <3ย 






Iโ€™m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


    • Simone

      Sherry I must say, I bought the 2nd last one at Dischem and I’ve never spotted another one since then. So I think they could have been a limited edition or once off sort of launch. So could very well be that it has been discontinued. ๐Ÿ™

  • Zoleka

    Chocolate is my weakness and you are killing me with that Cadbury’s 26cm slab.

    I’m trying so hard to stick to a meal plan but you are tempting me.

    Ok I’m going to buy it!

  • adri

    #bonus entry :)!
    Thanks for the Ellips hair treatment review – Im definitely going to have a look at this as I’m kinda in the same boat as you were… Frizzy hair all around!.
    Where do I get my hands on this?.
    P.s love ur blog – keep it up!

  • Bernice

    ‘bonus entry’
    So want the SnapScara in Blue & Purple, still availible at a Clicks here in Jozi. You should try the Nestle Coconut white Choc. Mmm. Just dont put it in the fridge, because you want it to melt in your mouth๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ
    And for the Elips hair treats, want to try the pink spray & Colourpop ๐Ÿ˜ฑ, so need to add to my basket, but it will have to wait for Dec, till this momma got some moola. Lol๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

    • Anusha Naidoo

      Oooh all these Favourites.
      What a delight to read through this thank you.
      Love the Cadbury….delicious. Mouthwatering right now.

      Bonus Entry ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

  • Charndrรฉ Emma Kippie

    I love this format! Very cool picks for your September favourites. I enjoyed reading it. Looking forward to trying out the California Love palette sometime soon. is the BOMB! Best service ever! What a great recommendation.

  • Emaransa

    #bonus entry

    Wet and wild products are always a favorite in my books, I will give the sponge a try. The Cadbury chocolate as I close my one eye,I am on a wellness diet.

    I have never owned an Elizabeth Arden 8hour cream.


  • Yolanda Jeftha

    Omg. This wet n wild sponge though. I keep saying I have to buy it but just not getting around to it. Well, tomorrow is THE DAY!
    Also, the Colourpop California love palettes just looked heavenly and I agree my friend. One can never go wrong with Colourpop’s eyeshadow palettes.

    Love these kinda post and come to think of it, I also haven’t done one of these in FOREVER ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

  • Donna

    Bonus entry

    Gosh Moni… You make me feel like I need to try all these favourites… Goodness. The pressure. So love this post. I feel like I know what’s happening out there when I head into your world. Mwa and thank you

  • Stacey Mattison

    Bonus entry ๐Ÿ˜

    I absolutely love your reviews I am definitely going to be looking out for some of these products โค๐Ÿ˜ thank you for this post โค

  • Cindy Kotze

    Simone, you always make me want to go out and buy everything!
    I definitely want to try the Elizabeth Arden moisturiser. I was at Clicks today and saw all the 3for2 specials but alas, nothing for Elizabeth Arden. I will just have to wait for the next one.

    *bonus entry*

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