A shower product that appears to belong in the fridge caused a stir for a Sydney reporter when it was repeatedly mistaken for a sex tool.
“Why do you have a box of whipped cream in your shower?”
That’s the question I’ve been asked several times this week by friends who’ve seen photos of my recent bathroom remodel.
While the can was actually ‘whipped shower foam’ – tragically dashing my friends’ hopes that I had been caught in the act of some sort of weird sexual problem involving squirty cream – it made me realize that sometimes fun beauty products are the best.
Of course, we all want our foundation to give us flawless skin and no one likes mascara that gives you panda eyes. But sometimes going through your daily beauty regimen can get a little boring.
I mean, have you ever timed how long it takes to get ready just to face a normal day? It takes me 20-30 minutes to get ready on a standard bog day (telecommuting days don’t apply, obviously) – and on days I wash my hair, work can take up to an hour.
So it’s easy to see how something you love can quickly become mundane.
That’s why I’m a big fan of playing around with my beauty stash, with fun products that reinvigorate that boring routine and make it enjoyable again.
Here are some of my favorite beauty products that never fail to “spark joy” and make me smile.
SUNDAE COCONUT CREAM WHIPPED SHOWER FOAM
Available at Woolworths, Priceline and sundaebody.com
This stuff looks and smells good enough to eat, but don’t make the same mistake my friends did – this mousse is for your body, not your plate. Although it is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a shower gel, it will certainly remain at the forefront. To use the product, you squirt the foam, just like the edible version. The foam is super light and massages easily into the skin with a lush, velvety feel. If you’re not a fan of fragrances, this probably isn’t for you, as the product smells divine. There are eight “flavors” in total, two of which are sold in wool, making this delicious shower product super easy to pick up. Yay.
LANEIGE LIP GUMMY BEAR SLEEP MASK
Available at Sephora and Adore Beauty
My favorite lip product recently launched a few new varieties in limited-edition, drool-worthy “flavors,” including Chocolate and Caramel. But my favorite is “Gummy Bear”. The delicious lollipop-scented lip mask will no doubt make you want to lick your lips – but don’t, or you’ll miss out on its incredible healing and plumping benefits. You can read a previous review I wrote about this lip mask before here. Trust me, if you’re not already using it, you should be.
ABH NORVINA PRO PIGMENT PALETTE VOL 5
Available at Sephora
If this palette doesn’t fill your heart with happiness, there’s something wrong with you. The range of pinks, purples and sparkles just makes me want to grab a glass of bubbles with my best friends and hit a dance floor. Also, it helps that the product is NEXT-LEVEL. The pigment is crazy and the shades blend perfectly. This palette is sure to make even the dullest days a little brighter. Obsessed.
SOL DE JANEIRO BRAZILIAN BUM BUM CREAM
Available in Makkah
It’s one of my most loved products although I’m guilty of not using it as often as I should. But when I take the time to cover my body with this stuff, I stay grinning from ear to ear. The cream absorbs very quickly and leaves the skin softer than a baby’s bottom. It also smells like you’ve just spent a week on a tropical island thanks to its signature scent, a blend of pistachio, salted caramel and vanilla. If these benefits aren’t enough to put you in a good mood, the cheeky name is sure to put you over the edge.
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