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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Tatum is an all-round digital being with a penchant for lipstick and a slight shopping addiction. After completing her Honours in Communications and Media she was thrust into the world of publishing and has since worked for some of the biggest magazines in South Africa. As a writer, editor and social media consultant, she’s all about spreading body positivity and a revised attitude towards beauty.

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  1. Chulumanco Kate

    The Garnier 3 in 1 worked perfectly on my skin, it is soft on the skin it is an amazing Wash, Scrub and Mask. It purified , unclogged my pores and matified my skin. The packaging is also perfect size if you’re a frequent traveler .

    2 months ago •

  1. Demishka Maharaj

    Rooibos Antioxidants brand from Clicks

    This brand as a whole is amazing! I am also a big fan of the Aloe vera body lotion and the Cocoa butter body lotion. Perfect for the whole family and easy on the pocket

    3 months ago •

  1. Carin

    I would really love to try Elizabeth Arden Mascara for extra length…

    4 months ago •

  1. Zelda24 Du Plessis

    I love all Essence products. Its affordable and quality!

    5 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    B.O.N Natural oils

    Well winter is here and i guess we all have the same problem dry skin ; this product will lock in that moisture leaving your skin hudrated and looking younger.

    7 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Cetaphil Daily Cleanser
    Cleans without drying out your skin ? Sounds like a miricle tonner …must try

    7 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Hannon Gentle Facial Wash
    I am always on the look out for a great face wash and this product sounds amazing and can be used on sensitive skin which is exciting for me must try!

    7 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Essence matt matt matt lipgloss.

    I am big lover of matt lipgloss and essence is one of my go to gloss when i am on the run perfect for everyday.

    7 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Elizabeth Arden Mascara.

    For those short fine eyelashes i highly recommend Elizabeth Arden Mascara great for that extra length ;great buy .

    7 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Essence eyeshadow palettes
    I have a big collection of eyeshadow pellets but essence eyeshadow is one of my favourite and is of a good quality there is a huge colour collection for every season of the year.

    7 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Rooibos Antioxidants hand cream

    If you looking for something cost effective and of a good quality Rooibos Antioxidants hand cream is perfect i have always had this hand cream in my purse; perfect for sensitive skin like myself with rooibos extracts.Must Buy

    7 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Mac Pro longwear foundation is truly phenomenal.
    This gives you that extra cover ,does not give you breakouts and last all day no need to retouch with this foundation you will always be photo ready.

    7 months ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    Garnier 3-in-1 Anti-blackheads Charcoal Musk Scrub Wash is truly amazing I cant do without this product leaves my face cleased smooth and silky ……
    Elizabeth Arden Mascara is alo a must have which I always have in my purse no need for layering great to use on the go.
    MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
    The best ever for my even skin tone it gives me phenomenal coverage so i can be camera ready at all times and last all day

    8 months ago •

  1. Siwelile

    I feel like I’ve been searching for a bronzer or highlighter (for that glazed donought finish) forever. Any suggestions on where to find it?

    9 months ago •

  1. El Jones

    I’m struggling to find perfect facial products. I used a lot of products and it doesn’t give me the results I want and expected.. I have oily skin and would really like to know which skincare products work best. I think I need to try clinique

    10 months ago •

  1. Tyler Henry

    I use the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 and it has really made my skin feel and look amazing. I use it as a mask and and an exfoliating wash 3 times a week and trust me guys it works like a dream. My skin feels smoother and i hardly ever breakout. I use the mask whenever i feel my skin needs a deep cleanse. Its my go to and it’s super cheap.

    12 months ago •

  1. TamIam Cole

    I enjoy all of Palmer’s products and love the smell of all the lotions I’ve tried of theirs eespecially the coconut oil lotion. I’ve also had my eye on the BON products for a while now and I just might give it a try now after seeing this!

    1 year ago •

  1. Zahraa Salie

    Garnier 3-in-1 Anti-blackheads Charcoal Musk Scrub Wash
    Love of my skin’s life. I love using it as a mask, even though i look like the boogeyman.
    It dries out my pimples which is awesome because I have a tendency to pop them so that definitely helps

    1 year ago •

  1. Angela Goniwe

    The MAC studio fix, is the absolute best. good foundation for young skin. it was my very foundation and I have loved it since. it is pricey but its definitely worth it. one of the best foundations honestly

    1 year ago •

  1. Angela Goniwe

    I personalllly didn’t enjoy the essence matte longlasting lipgloss, in the pink colour. it felt rather cakey on the lips, the colour aswell didn’t sit in very well with my skin colour (fair African). I’m still yet to try out other colours. I do however love the smell of the lipgloss but I don’t find it very matifying

    1 year ago •

  1. Asma Muhammedy

    I use the MAC studio fix foundation and it gives a perfect builable coverage . The essence lip gloss sounds great.. have to try it out!

    1 year ago •

  1. Shakeera Essop

    I’ve used mac foundation .absolutely wonderful. Awsome coverage and long lasting ..almost like a airbrush look

    1 year ago •

  1. Yamkela Tofu

    I use the MAC foundation in the shade NC45 and i must say its amazing. Apart from the fact that it oxidises which is the only thing i dont like about it, its the only foundation I’ve tried out thats exactly my shade.

    1 year ago •

  1. Tanya Lawrence

    I use MAC Pro Longwear Foundation and let me tell you – it is AWESOME, it is worth every penny. Glides on and stays on – covers all blemishes, dark under eye circles. So you end up looking as gorgeous as ever. Great product MAC

    1 year ago •

  1. Christina Somduth

    Essence mascaras is a must try. No clumping or flaking. Long lasting. By far my favourite product. Hope they make them in colours soon

    1 year ago •

    1. Ayanda Maleka

      I keep hearing great things about essence mascaras I hope i find my match as I have the worst lashes!

      1 year ago •

  1. Fana_kw Karani-wookey

    OOH that feeling you get after a you apply PALMER’S COCOBUTTER is just amazing. I would say it most certainly is a winter necessity.

    1 year ago •

  1. Nickay Heyman

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

    1 year ago •

  1. Samantha Kerchhoff

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

    1 year ago •

  1. Zubeidah Tasriet

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

    1 year ago •

  1. Carla Paulo

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

    1 year ago •

    1. Ayanda Maleka

      Is it not drying on the lips? and how easily does it come off? I actually want to try it

      1 year ago •

  1. Chantay Dudgeon

    Okay, all of these are on my fav list!

    1 year 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 year 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 year 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 year ago •

  1. Devi Samuel

    I used MAC foundation and I loved the coverage.

    2 years ago •

  1. Karen Barends

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

    2 years ago •

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