I have been testing out quite a few new products in the last couple of weeks and thought it was high time I shared them with you. To read more about what this new ‘Beauty Snoop’ series on the blog is about (including what the asterisks next to each product name means), click here. In this blog post I’ll be featuring makeup, skin care, body care , nail polishes, hair care and even a makeup application tool – I loved writing this blog post and I hope you enjoy!
Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised by products, and other times…well, let’s just say I am left feeling a bit disappointed. Today, I give both positive and negative reviews – let’s jump right in, shall we?
Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash (R 49,99) ** – I’ve only just started using this cream wash from Nivea but here’s what I can tell you so far, I love it. My skin has been going through a dry phase lately (even though we’re experiencing warmer weather) and I have found this facial cleanser not only moisturises my skin whilst cleansing, but it also calms the dry, sensitive areas as well. I have been struggling with super dry & flaky skin on my forehead and since I’ve been using this cream cleanser with my Clarisonic, my skin has definitely calmed down and returned to a somewhat normal state (the flakiness has not disappeared completely, but it is definitely getting better). This mild cleanser contains natural almond oil to soothe & moisturise, and yet, is effective enough to remove makeup and impurities.
You can find Nivea Daily Essentials Face Care range at leading retail outlets (Clicks, Dis-Chem, Checkers, PnP etc) and pharmacies.
Maybelline Dream Pure 8-in-1 BB Cream (R 99,95) ** – this is a BB cream for oily and blemish prone skin. Thanks to my trusty LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty face mask, I haven’t had a blemish in quite some time. But nevertheless, I still decided to test this little BB cream because…well…I love BB creams (especially during the hot Summer months). The Dream Pure BB contains 2% Salicylic Acid, which helps to clear acne whilst giving you the coverage of a tinted moisturiser. This BB cream is very sheer, and doesn’t cover the hyperpigmentation I have on my upper cheek area but what I like about it, is that it controls oil. I have been using this BB cream as a type of makeup primer on top of my daily moisturiser, because it adds a little bit of coverage and keeps my makeup matte for longer. I have shade Medium and I find it is quite light (in tone) to be a true medium shade, so I suggest you swatch the 3 shades available first to find your perfect shade.
The Maybelline Dream Pure BB is available at Clicks and Dis-Chem stores, as well as online on Takealot.
Lipidol After Shower Oil (R 79,95) ** – the makers of Bio Oil have launched a new oil-based skincare range called Lipidol. The Lipidol range is a collection of oil-based products, as the makers believe oil is best for moisture retention in the skin as it supplements the skin’s natural oily layer. I love the packaging of the Lipidol products, the clear plastic bottles have a clean, lab-feel design and each oil (cleansing face oil, cleansing body oil, sunscreen oil, after shave oil etc) is a different colour, the After Shower Oil is clear / transparent. I really, really like this body oil! It feels extremely nourishing when applied to the skin, and yet, it absorbs quite quickly as well (no oily film / residue is left on the skin so you can immediately put on your favourite pair of PJs). I’ve also tested whether applying an exorbitant amount of this oil will leave the skin feeling sticky, and have found that every last drop is absorbed into the skin within a minute or two. As for the long term benefits, I can’t comment on that right now as I’ve only used the oil twice, so far – but I have found that I need not apply a body lotion in the morning before I get dressed (I usually shower at night right before I go to bed) because my skin still feels soft and supple.
Lipidol products are exclusive to Clicks stores.
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Oxford Street Fuchsia (R 99,95) – I’m not exactly sure when Rimmel came out with the newly formulated Moisture Renew lipsticks. The packaging has also been updated, as the original Moisture Renew lipsticks were packaging in a purple metallic tube. This is my first Rimmel lippie I’ve bought in a LONG TIME, and I’m not sure why, as there was never anything I disliked about their lip products. The finish of this lipstick reminds me a lot of the MAC Cremesheen lipsticks, as they give the lips a beautiful shine. Oxford Street Fuchsia has great pigmentation but the colour doesn’t really correspond with the name, I see this lipstick as a cool-toned bubblegum pink shade – definitely not a fuchsia. The formula feels extremely hydrating on the lips, but with creaminess comes a lack of staying power unfortunately. I find this lippie lasts for about 2 hours on me and then starts to fade quite quickly.
Rimmel lipsticks are available from Foschini, Clicks and Dis-Chem stores.
Pantene Instant Protection & Shine Spray (R 56,99) ** – this leave-in spray is part of the Pantene Colour Protect & Shine range. It claims to provide colour protection, add shine, plus protect against the damaging effects of using heat styling tools on the hair. I spray this treatment all over towel-dried hair and leave in overnight. As mentioned before, I don’t blow dry my hair with a hairdryer – I like to let it air-dry (less damaging). So this spray works really nicely for me because it’s not activated by heat, it’s a good leave-in protecting treatment. I still use another heat protectant right before I start to style my hair, but only because I wash my hair at night, and let it air-dry while I sleep. So by morning, when I style my hair using a curling iron or straigthener, I feel like my hair needs a little extra protection against heat damage. All in all, I really like this leave-in spray – it smells divine plus adds shine to my locks without weighing my hair down.
Pantene products are available at leading retail outlets (Clicks, Dis-Chem, Checkers, PnP etc).
The Makeup Bullet (R 300,00) ** – there aren’t a lot of reviews on this nifty little makeup application tool on the web, and I would imagine it’s because it’s still new to the industry. I can’t compare this to the Beautyblender because they are completely different, the main reason being you don’t saturate the Makeup Bullet with water – you use it dry. The Makeup Bullet is a makeup applicator and blender sponge that fits snugly on the index finger. I like to use this sponge for blending my undereye concealer, because the tip is just so precise and gets into all the crevices of the face so well. Because this sponge is used dry, I have found it soaks up a bit of product so I mostly use it to apply my Bobbi Brown corrector and concealer (which are cream products). I definitely am still using my Beautyblender to apply my liquid foundation but reach for the Makeup Bullet every single time I apply my undereye concealer as it makes blending super quick and effortless.
I also like that the Makeup Bullet is latex-free, plus hypoallergenic – this makes it safe for ladies (or gents) who have a latex allergy.
You can find the Makeup Bullet online at 27Pinkx.
Essie Too Taboo Neon Collection 2014 (R 145,00 each) ** – the limited edition Summer collection from Essie features 6 bright nail polishes. I personally wouldn’t call these polishes neons, as they are more bright than neon in my honest opinion. There are 2 polishes in the collection that could pass as neons (Vices Versa and Serial Shopper) but they are also not true neons as one needs to apply a white base in order for them to pop. Don’t get me wrong, the shades are gorgeous but they’re just not neons. Neon polishes, to me, are the China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy type polishes that are 1. opaque; 2. super bright & neon; and 3. do not require a white base. I was unfortunately very disappointed by this collection, and it kills me, because you guys know I LOVE Essie polishes. In order of photos above, here are short descriptions of each shade:
♥ Chills & Thrills – blue violet shade that is unfortunately quite sheer and streaky.
♥ I’m Addicted – aquamarine blue shade with a semi-matte finish. This shade is more opaque than Chills & Thrills but still requires 2 to 3 coats.
♥ Sittin’ Pretty – lavender shade that is VERY similar to Essie Play Date, only Play Date is brighter and more opaque as well (Sittin’ Pretty is the most sheer nail polish in the collection).
♥ Too Taboo – fuchsia berry shade that is opaque, non-streaky, with a semi-matte finish (probably my favourite shade in the collection).
♥ Serial Shopper – bright true orange shade, a little bit on the streaky and sheer side with a semi-matte finish.
♥ Vices Versa – sheer super bright lime shade with a semi-matte finish.
The Essie Too Taboo Neon Collection 2014 is only available at selected beauty salons and nail bars (not in retail stores).
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum (R 700,00) ** – this is a ‘smart serum’ that claims to understands the particular needs of each individual’s skin, repairing the damage you see and the damage you don’t. It promises to address uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and radiance. It’s supposed to be able to identify trouble spots on the skin and respond to the various signals the skin sends when, for example, dark spots are present, by releasing repairing ingredients. The Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum contains barrier-repairing ingredients (to reduce signs of sun damage), antioxidants (stimulates collagen production and reduces inflammation), as well as salicylic acid (to gently exfoliate the skin).
It all sounds very interesting and exciting but I am yet to see a major difference in my own trouble areas on my face i.e. hyperpigmentation on my upper cheek area, acne scarring, wrinkles around my eye area etc. I do like that this serum is suitable for all skin types – it feels light, silky, and contains mineral pigments for a subtle glow. Since it gives the skin a slight matte finish, I have also used it as a foundation primer.
The Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum can be purchased in the Clinique South Africa online store, or in-store at selected Edgars, Red Square, Truworths & Foschini stores.
There you have it! These are all the new products I have been testing out lately… Let me know if there’s anything you’ve seen me Instagram or tweet about, that you would like me to include in one of these ‘Beauty Snoop’ blog posts.
I did some serious damage in the shops this past weekend and will be filming a haul video in the next couple of days, so there are more product reviews coming your way in the next couple of weeks!