Products Popping Up – February 2015

Products Popping Up - February 2015

Wow!  I have so many new & exciting products to how you in this blog post, so I’m going to keep this intro short and sweet…  February is a very special month for me – it’s my birthday month (I wish I could physically look as young as I feel in my heart, these wrinkles are KILLING me), it’s our anniversary month (Neal and I will be married 3 years on the 25th), plus it’s the month of pink hearts & romantic makeup looks and manicures.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, check out this stunning travel mug I bought at Woolworths a few weeks ago – rose gold glitter, a pink heart and filled with marshmallows…it’s like it was made just for me!  These retail for R 89,95 at Woolworths stores or online here (they still have in stock).

Glitter Travel Mug Woolworths

Let’s move on to the new products releases for the month of February 2015:

Smashbox Contour Kit

The Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit is also launching this month and it looks like a beaut (I’ll definitely be taking a look at the kit when I go to swatch the Full Exposure palette in-store)!  Define your cheekbones, perfect your nose and sculpt your jawline with this palette of blendable powders in universal shades to match your skin tone.  Contains 3 powders to contour, bronze and highlight, plus an angled contour brush and a #SHAPEMATTERS insert with how-to’s for your face shape.  This contour and highlight kit will retail for R 550,00 at Smashbox counters in selected Edgars, Red Square and Woolworths stores.

Scholl Electronic Foot File

Boy, am I excited about this launch!  Scholl will be launching their new Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File – with each spin of the specially designed Micralumina roller, Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File buffs away dry, hard skin in minutes leaving you with fabulous feet that you’ll want to show off.  The battery operated device spins the foot-friendly roller in a rotating action that is gentle but firm enough to buff away rough, hard skin as you run it over your trouble spots (for me, it’s my heels).  The electronic foot file will retail for R 399,99, replacement heads will retail for R 149,99 (for 2) and their daily foot moisturiser will retail for R 99,99 at Pick n Pay, Dis-Chem & Clicks stores and online at Takealot & Rubybox.

Scholl very kindly sent me a Velvet Smooth kit and I must say, my feet are loving it.  It’s perfect for both Summer and Winter feet and is now a staple in my pedicure routine.  I love that I don’t have to deal with sharp blades (like those scary callus removers) and the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File is equipped with a safety stop that switches off as soon as too much pressure is applied to the skin.

Morgan Taylor Enchantment Collection

Morgan Taylor The Enchantment Collection launches this month – it’s a limited edition nail polish collection featuring 6 brand new shades that were apparently inspired by the mystical storybook forests we used to dream about as children.  Taylor Daniel and Morgan Haile (the namesakes of the brand) then goes on to say: “Though the colour spectrum is sophisticated, it is lighthearted and evokes the fanciful feelings of childhood.”  You guys have no idea how long I have waited for this collection to arrive in South Africa – when I first saw it on the Morgan Taylor Twitter page last year, my heart skipped a beat and I retweeted most of their Enchantment Collection tweets.  Morgan Taylor nail polishes retail for R 110,00 but this collection will be exclusive to Dis-Chem stores & Sorbet salons.

‘Now You See Me’ (second from the right, a rich chocolate brown shimmer), ‘Magician’s Assistant’ (third from the right, a soft pink with lavender & pink shimmers) and ‘Hocus Pocus’ (first, a muted minty green creme) WILL be mine.  I’m scooping them up as soon as I see them in-store!

Aromatics In White

Clinique has launched their Aromatics In White Eau De Parfum – pure and refined, this fragrance celebrates the complexity of surprising dimensions (there’s a hint of the original Aromatics Elixir fragrance but this one has definitely been modernised to suit the twenty-first century woman).  With its confident interplay of serene woods, transparent petals and warm amber notes, this alluring scent will leave a trail of intrigue.  Top notes of sichuan pepper, elegant violet leaves and labdanum and a gentle transition towards the heart comes with floral shades of roses and orange blossom, surrounded with patchouli, creating a harmonious union of floral and earthy textures.  Depth and sensual aromas are ensured by leather musk, intertwined with warm grey amber and vanilla.  Aromatics in White will retail for R 660,00 (30ml), R 865,00 (50ml) and R 1135,00 (100ml).

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour Highlight

Clinique also launches their Sculpting Chubby Sticks (it’s already online) this month, with 1 contour and 1 highlight creamy stick.  Both sculpting sticks are long-wearing and oil-free.  If you are not sure how to contour or highlight, you can take a look at this blog post.  Sculpting Chubby Sticks retail for R 280,00 each at Clinique counters and online here.

Curvy Contour – Creamy contouring stick creates the illusion of depth; makes areas appear to recede.

Hefty Highlight – Luminous cream highlighting stick with light-reflecting optics brings your best features forward.

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy

The Body Shop launched their new limited edition Smoky Poppy body care range yesterday – enriched with real, hand-picked poppy flowers from the Ankara region of Turkey.  This sensual and indulgent range is infused with a seductive, euphoric scent that will leave you longing for more.  The range includes a shower gel (R 99,00), body butter (R 150,00), body lotion (R 110,00), Eau de Toilette (R 150,00), bath bombs (R 185,00), body scrub (R 140,00), massage oil (R 130,00) and various gift sets too.

I’m definitely buying a container of the bath bombs, as I’d like to see how they compare to the LUSH bath bombs!

The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Sticks

Also, part of this range is their new Lip & Cheek Velvet Sticks – inspired by the super bright and sensual poppy flowers these cute matte chubby sticks give lips a pop of colour and cheeks a natural flushed glow.  There will be 5 shades available, plus a universal shade that adapts to the unique pH of your skin & turns into your own unique poppy shade.  These will retail for R 120,00 each and will be available at The Body Shop stores nationwide.

LOccitane Fleurs De Cerisier

L’Occitane launches their Fleurs De Cerisier collection this month, and let me tell you, it’s a winner!  The collection abounds in natural scents and colourful landscapes from Southern France, Luberon region, winning us over with sweet & fruity cherry aroma blended with a gentle and feminine bouquet.  L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau reveals lush cherry blossoms on tree branches while the air is filled with the freshness of lemon, black currant and watermelon in the top notes.  The heart of the composition develops cherry blossom, rose, orchid and white flowers, while the base features shades of warm wood and sensual musk.  The collection will feature an Eau De Toilette (R 560,00), Shower Milk (R 230,00 for 250ml or R 135,00 for 75ml), a Hand Cream (R 120,00) and a Moisturising Milk (R 370,00 for 250ml or R 135,00 for 75ml) and will be available in L’Occitane boutiques or online here.

I was lucky enough to receive the Eau De Toilette, hand cream and Shower Milk and I am in love with the scent (and the packaging) – it’s a perfect mix of fresh, juicy, floralfeminine and fruity.

Filorga Perfect Serum

FILORGA launches their new Perfect+ Serum for improved texture, reduced pores and a healthy glow.  To improve upon the skin texture Perfect+ contains a peeling-like exfoliating complex of 5 Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) derived from lemon, orange, sugarcane, bilberry and sugar maple fruit extracts.  Neurobiox, a powerful skin-boosting ingredient boosts cell renewal.  To assist with oiliness and enlarged pores, Perfect+ contains Mastic, a powerful astringent active ingredient known for its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and ability to tighten pores.  PMMA spheres have an immediate effect on shiny skin, absorbing excess sebum on the surface of the skin for an instantly visible mattifying effect that lasts all day.  A plant-based active ingredient acts in harmony with the amino acids in the skin’s outer layer and generates brown-coloured polymers called melanoids.  This effect gives skin a golden glow which is completely water resistant and fades in about a week.  Perfect+ is available at selected Edgars & Red Square stores and retails for R 865,00.

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer

Two very exciting new releases from Dermalogica – their Redness Relief SPF20 Primer and the Breakout Control gel.

Redness Relief Primer (R 630,00) – as part of the brand’s UltraCalming line, this is a facial primer with a sheer green tint (to counteract redness).  This new formula calms irritation, protects skin from UVA/UVB exposure which can further aggravate sensitisation, produces a smooth, translucent, red-neutralising finish for an even skin tone, and primes the skin surface for more flawless makeup application and longer make-up wear.

Breakout Control (R 620,00) – a new product developed to treat adult acne WITHOUT Benzoyl Peroxide, a common irritant for sensitive skin.  This fast-absorbing gel contains natural antibacterial agents to help clear and prevent breakouts without over-drying the skin.  Stimulates the removal of impaction plugs (whiteheads / blackheads) and regulates sebum (oil) production to help skin clear and heal without the use of Benzoyl Peroxide.  Breakout Control contains a non-tinted formula that may be used as a spot-treatment or as an all-over treatment for adult acne.  Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.

theBalm Retail Box

Finally!!  theBalm products are now available in South Africa – thanks to Retail Box.  If you’re unfamiliar with theBalm products, then take a look at their website here.  Basically they’re a brand that produces some of the most beautiful makeup products I have ever seen (the packaging has that retro pinup vibe) and if there’s one product you NEED to get your hands on, it’s the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter.  Retail Box doesn’t stock the whole range, but they do stock the best sellers i.e. Nude ‘Tude eyeshadow palette (already sold out but will hopefully be back in stock soon), Schwing Liquid Eyeliner and Hot Mama Blush (which is apparently a good dupe for NARS Orgasm).  Product prices range from R 220,00 to R 529,99 online here.

MAC Viva Glam Miley

MAC Cosmetics will be releasing the Viva Glam Miley duo on the 13th of February, you can take a look at the most beautiful lip swatch I have ever seen on the Nikkie Tutorials blog here (seriously, the swatch is so perfect it kind of makes me sick…in a good way).  The lipstick will retail for R 195,00 and the Lipglass lipgloss for R 185,00 at MAC counters & online here.

Did you know?  Every single cent of the selling price of a Viva Glam Lipstick & Lipglass goes toward helping women, men and children affected by HIV / AIDS.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde

John Frieda is launching their Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir and Conditioning Treatment this month and will be available at Clicks stores.  Blonde gals know that with time, hair can sometimes look darker and duller than they would like.  This is because any product build-up or residue left on the hair shaft is more apparent in lighter shades of colour.  To optimise shine for blonde hair, any dulling residues must be removed without stripping or drying the hair out.  Whilst most shampoos cleanse the hair’s surface dirt, oil and styling products, the Sheer Blonde range goes beyond this to remove mineral deposits commonly found in even normal tap water.  Blonde hair is immediately energised and uplifted to look its best and a bright and dazzling colour is revealed.

Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir (R 110,00) – designed exclusively for blonde hair, each drop revives dull, dry hair for improved blonde colour.  Doubles up as a heat protectant and treatment containing Argan- and Sunflower oils.

Sheer Blonde Hair Repair Conditioning Treatment (R 95,00) – nourishes and strengthens blonde hair restoring dry, damaged blonde hair to a silky & manageable condition.  Can be used as a daily or weekly deep-conditioning treatment.

Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Sale

Don’t forget – the Crabtree & Evelyn online Summer SALE starts on the 9th of February and ends on the 10th!  You can expect between 30% and 60% off selected products in the online store. Apart from stocking up on some of your own personal favourites, the Summer SALE is timed at the beginning of the year to give you the opportunity to plan your gifting schedule for those special people and occasions coming up soon.  Remember:  The product line-up is refreshed daily, so there’s always a good reason to pop in again and again – you never know what you’ll find.

♥  Just to keep you updated:  It’s my birthday on the 8th (this weekend) and Neal is whisking me away to Karkloof Safari Spa for a delectable spa weekend.  Karkloof is my number 1 favourite spa for so many reasons, the most important being there is a sense of ‘timelessness’, which means there are no set times for meals, spa treatments or other activities (i.e. game drives) – time is their gift to you.  You can have as many spa treatments as you would like on a day (I usually spend the whole day, every day at the spa), all meals & beverage are included and you can go on private game drives whenever you want.

We’ll be leaving on Thursday afternoon and will return on Monday morning – eeeep!  I am so looking forward to a nice weekend filled with relaxing pamper sessions!  Only natural ingredients and essential oils are used in their spa treatments – my personal faves are:  Thai Melon & Honey Facial, Coconut Body Polish, Coconut Body Wrap, Lanna Hot Oil Hair & Scalp Treatment, and the Aroma Thai Massage.  Bliss…



  1. Odette
    3 February 2015 / 11:37

    So many great products launching this month, Im so excited! And that glitter travel mug? I die!

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:32

      It’s gorgeous, isn’t it!? Definitely made for all the girly-girls in the world! 😉

      • 5 February 2015 / 16:33

        Well…not in the world…in South Africa. 😉

  2. Taz
    3 February 2015 / 11:38

    Enjoy your weekend away, Luzanne, you deserve it!!! 🙂

  3. Simone
    3 February 2015 / 12:17

    Hi Luzanne

    Oh my word…so many awesome products!!! There are so many I want to try out…

    Will definitely be checking the crabtree & Evelyn sale out.

    I’m getting one of those foot files sent to me and then I have to do a video review. I’m dying inside… I’m not a blogger or a you tuber! Not sure why I agreed to it…probably the allure of a freebie was too much to pass up. Lol. I may pester you for some advice. He he

    Let us know if you spot those Morgan Taylor nail polishes in stored please! Would love to get my hands on one or three of those 🙂

    Your birthday weekend sounds like it’s going to be AH-Mazing! ! You must enjoy it!

    And lastly…wrinkle…what wrinkles? ? 😉

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:31

      I’m hoping there will be some good stuff in the online sale!

      Gaaaah, the foot file is amazing! I used it again today because I wanted my feet to be nice & smooth for the spa and it works like a BOMB! You’re welcome to ‘pester’ me, although I can’t imagine it will be pestering at all!

      I’ll let you know as soon as I see the nail polishes in-store, I’m hoping it will be soon!

      Trust me, there are quite a few wrinkles on this face. 😉

  4. Carmen
    3 February 2015 / 12:25

    Thank you for all the updates….. I love the nail polishes. I might give The body shop products a whirl.
    Hope you have a fantastic weekend (by the sounds of the spa My guess is you will)!!!!!!!!

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:28

      It’s a pleasure, Carmen. 🙂 I have a feeling it’s going to be a great weekend! 😉

  5. Rebecca S
    3 February 2015 / 12:38

    Everything must go on my shopping list..especially the contour stick, Dermalogica primer, MT nail polishes and the Body Shop stuff. So many things, so little time hehehe!

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:26

      Haha!! So true, Rebecca…so true! 😉

  6. Hannah
    3 February 2015 / 13:27

    OMG, this blog post just made my day

    Im so excited to see all these products in the stores!

    Hannah XO

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:25

      So happy to hear that, Hannah. 😉 Me too!! I can’t wait to see these products in-store, so that I can swatch & sniff. 😀

  7. Melissa ❀
    3 February 2015 / 15:04

    Enjoy your pamper weekend, Lu – I’m so jealous! 😀

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:24

      Thank you, Melissa! 🙂

  8. 3 February 2015 / 15:58

    Lovely post as always my friend… I am so coveting the Morgan Taylor nail polishes (hope that I will be able to pick some up when we go to Cape Town end of March)… Enjoy your weekend away and have a lovely Birthday. Lord knows you deserve to be spoiled.

    And I have to agree with Simone, Wrinkles? What wrinkles?….

    Lots of love my sweet friend.

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:23

      Aaaaah…thanks so much, Martie! 🙂 Your comments are always so sweet & kind. x We’re also going to Cape Town towards the end of March but haven’t finalised dates yet – can’t wait, I’m really missing the ocean & mountain (even the seagulls – haha!).

      Trust me, there are some rather pesky wrinkles lurking around my eye area… 😀 xox

  9. Candice
    3 February 2015 / 16:17

    Some exciting launches I’d say!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves


    • 5 February 2015 / 16:19

      They totally are, aren’t they? 🙂 x

  10. farzana
    3 February 2015 / 19:19

    That travel mug is to die for, I’m telling my hubs he needs to get one for me asap!

    Enjoy your weekend away, Luzanne, it sounds like heaven. 🙂

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:19

      I am in love with mine, it’s so purty! 😀

      Thanks, Farzana – I’m going to try my best to just switch off & enjoy all the spa treatments…

  11. adajeannie
    3 February 2015 / 19:24

    oh gosh the polish…………. my drawer is busting out of its sides already..

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:18

      I know, right!? They look stunning! There’s always space for 1 or 3 extra polishes… 😉

  12. Johline
    3 February 2015 / 21:52

    I must tell you that I love your product reviews. Your blog is amazing !!! I have the Smashbox contour kit. Bought it about 2 years ago from Woolworths. It is great and even the brush is good.

  13. Johline
    3 February 2015 / 21:54

    I love your product reviews. Your blog is amazing !!! I have the Smashbox contour kit. Bought it about 2 years ago from Woolworths. It is great and even the brush is good.

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:17

      Thank you so very much for your sweet words, Johline. 🙂

      That’s great news!! Definitely going to go check it out once it’s available.

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:16

      They look gorgeous online, so I’m hoping to see them in-store soon so I can get my hands on a few of the shades! 😉

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:14

      Thank you for your kind words, Simone! 😉 I can’t wait to get my hands on a couple of them too, hoping to see them in-store soon! xo

  14. 4 February 2015 / 10:05

    Wowee! So much popping up.

    Have you tried the Smashbox contouring sticks? I don’t know whether to get the Smashbox ones or the Clinique Sculpting Chubby Stick….


    • 5 February 2015 / 16:12

      No, not yet – the Smashbox ones aren’t available in SA yet (not even sure if they’re coming). I do hope they will be sold here in SA as the shades look PER-FECT! To be honest, the Clinique contouring pencil looks a bit too warm-toned to be a true contouring shade, I’d say it’s more of a bronzer to warm up the skin (although I don’t own it). I’ve seen some swatches of the Clinique Sculpting Chubby Sticks and the highlighter looks super pretty, but like I said, the contouring one looks a bit too warm. xox

  15. Ashona Kshetrapaul
    4 February 2015 / 14:12

    Hi, Great blog and very informative

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:09

      Thank you, Ashona. 🙂

  16. 5 February 2015 / 10:59

    Happy birthday and have a wonderful time!

    I bought myself the Woolies travel mug and on the same day my mom went and bought it as a gift for me too, as I was feeling all meh and weepy and yuck with pms. I now have 2! I use one and I’m keeping the other one sealed and pretty 🙂

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:07

      Thank you, Siobhan! 🙂 I’m quite excited for my birthday (although it means I’m getting older too!). 😉

      Aaaaah, that’s so sweet of your mom! Moms are the best! That’s actually not a bad idea…I should go pick up another one to use when this one starts to look worn. 😀

  17. Pippa
    8 February 2015 / 18:43

    i love your blog so freaking much! All the good things are coming to SA and thanks to you I know to look out for them!! (And save!)


    • 15 February 2015 / 10:15

      Thank you for being so kind, Pippa! 🙂 xo

  18. Linelle
    9 February 2015 / 11:11

    Thanks for a great article…again! I definitely want to try the Clinique Sculpting Chubby Sticks – looks really nice and easy to use 🙂

    • 15 February 2015 / 10:13

      Thank you for popping by, Linelle – I’m dying to go swatch the Clinique Chubby Sticks to see what the shades are like. 🙂

  19. Suzaane
    2 April 2015 / 12:04

    I love this site. Is there any way I can get regular mails regarding new products or anything in in this blog? Will love to be up to date. 🙂

  20. Tarryn-lee
    11 May 2015 / 12:44

    Hi hun,

    Please tell me where I can buy the Clinique Sculpting Contour Chubby Sticks online?

    Tx a mill! 😉

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