10 holy grail beauty products as voted by BSA readers

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

We asked you, our #BeautyBesties, to share your holy grail products with us. Some of them were already on our radar, while others have officially been added to our online shopping carts. Here are some beauty basics that’ll give you value for your money, as voted by BeautySouthAfrica readers.

Face wash

I swear by Hannon Gentle Facial Wash. The gel removes grime and make-up effortlessly, without leaving a greasy film or drying skin out. The product also prevents breakouts and banishes blemishes. Hannon Gentle Facial Wash leaves skin squeaky clean, smooth, supple and free of acne as well as blemishes. The wash is suitable for all skin types. The product retails for approximately R 270 for 150 ml but a little goes a very long way and the beautiful skin results make it worth every cent! – Arlene Beukes

Face mask/scrub/wash

Garnier 3-in-1 Anti-blackheads Charcoal Musk Scrub Wash has done magic on my skin. Within a week I was able to see a change in my face. Pimples started minimising, pores started unclogging, blackheads started vanishing. Today I am on my fourth week of using it and I am completely happy with the product. My face is completely free, fresh and young. No more horrible pimples… no blackheads. I swear it is magic in my hand. – Khethiwe Dladla


I swear by Cetaphil Daily Cleanser. I’ve been using it for years after my dermatologist recommended it and I’ve never looked back. I’ve realised that all the pretty smelling toners and facial washers are not good for my skin type. I’ve now also added the Cetaphil day long sunblock for face and body into my daily skin routine. – Rachel Ward

Hand lotion

I use the Rooibos Antioxidants brand from Clicks… it works perfectly. I’m  struggling with a very sensitive skin and it’s very soft and gentle on the skin and works 100%. I recommend it to everyone! – Jenni Van Dyk

Body lotion

I swear by Palmer’s products for my body and face. – Kelly Jennings

Body oil

B.O.N Natural oils are fantastic… I have been using this for months and my skin looks and feels amazing. It gives my skin a younger, more radiant look and I’m 100% happy with this fantastic product. – Diane Pather

I Love B.O.N Natural Oils and SPF Cream it is very soft and gentle on my skin.  I love beauty products and looking after my skin – Erinda Esterhuizen

Eye shadow

My favourite is the essence eyeshadow palettes♥️I love Essence products! It’s affordable and the range is extensive and colourful. – Shantal Naidoo


I swear by Elizabeth Arden Mascara. It’s the best lengthening mascara which means no need for three to four coats or false lashes. – Joshlene Naidoo


I love essence matt matt matt lipgloss. This is the only matte lipstick I will be wearing from now on. It doesn’t dry out my lips, doesn’t bleed, actually lasts and if it wears off my lips I still have a tint. Absolutely love it! – Sonell


The MAC Pro Longwear Foundation is the best. During my teen years, I had flawless skin. However, all those years of eating junk food and neglecting my skin have led to adult acne. It has increased over the years and it becomes very difficult for me to deal with as I am not used to seeing my face with all these scars, but I have found the best cover up. I live by this. I generally use a small squirt of the foundation and it instantly covers up my marks. I also have a birthmark on my face and the foundation does the trick. I simply apply a small amount to my entire face and add a translucent powder over. I have tried other foundations like Revlon, Clinique, Kryolan and even other MAC concealers but the Pro Longwear foundation does the trick for me. I simply love it. It is smooth and easy to apply as I prefer to apply my make-up with my fingers. It is non-greasy and doesn’t leave any streaks. It’s amazing and blends perfectly onto the skin. – Pixie

Have we missed your favourite beauty products? Share your holy grail products with us below!


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  1. Nickay Heyman

    Labello is one of the most safest options available to everyone especially when you have sensitive lips. It works well very time for me, I even use it as a bottom coat before applying my lipstick due to the sensitivity in my lips. It never disappoints.

    13 hours ago •

  1. Samantha Kerchhoff

    Labello…..defintiely a must have…cant start my day or night without it!

    3 days ago •

  1. Zubeidah Tasriet

    What about good old Vaseline, applied to the lips every evening as part of my routine.

    2 weeks ago •

  1. Carla Paulo

    The matt matt lipgloss by Essence is amazing!! Have to agree!!

    4 weeks ago •

  1. Chantay Dudgeon

    Okay, all of these are on my fav list!

    4 weeks ago •

  1. zeena

    Pro Longwear MAC is literally my fave product to use. An excellent product if you have acne as the ingredients aren’t that harsh.

    1 month ago •

  1. Ruweida Moorad

    The Cetaphil range is excellent, is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and fragrance free. It is recommended by most dermatologists and is well-priced and very effective.

    1 month ago •

  1. Siobhan Hughes

    I only have one shade in the Essence matt matt matt lipgloss, but think it’s time I increased my shade range! I also really want to try out the MAC Pro Longwear foundation.. it’s been on my wishlist for ages!

    1 month ago •

  1. Devi Samuel

    I used MAC foundation and I loved the coverage.

    1 month ago •

  1. Karen Barends

    I absolutely love the LA Girl liquid foundation and agree the essence lipgloss is to die for!

    1 month ago •

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