Products Popping Up – January 2015

New Products Launching - January 2015

First ‘Products Popping Up’ blog post for 2015 and it’s a good one!  I don’t have a heck of a lot of products to show you because December and January are usually very quiet months for this sort of thing BUT I do have some interesting new launches to show you.  Let’s not waste time with me going on about how I can’t believe it’s 2015, but believe me when I say, I am SO HAPPY 2014 ended – if you would like to read why…then take a look at this blog post.

Grab an ice lolly (Woolworths sell the most amazing Marks & Spencer Pineapple, Coconut & Lime popsicle lollies) or an iced tea because it’s hella hot in my neck of the woods, and let’s take a look:

Stila Color Balm Limited Edition Nudes

Stila’s beloved ultra creamy, hydrating Color Balm Lipstick range will now also feature a new classic nude collection consisting of 3 shades for fair (Meg), medium (Sophie) and dark (Elyssa) skin tones.  These 3 shades were specifically chosen to suit all skin tones.  These lippies feature a comfortable balm-like texture with a luxe-satin finish, excellent pigmentation, a handy mirror on top of the cap for easy application & cooling peppermint oil to provide a fresh, rejuvenating tingle.  These lipsticks are limited edition for Valentine’s Day, will be available from end of January & will retail for R 225,00 each at selected Woolworths, Truworths & Edgars stores.

I am in love with the rose gold packaging of these new Stila Color Balm lippies and will definitely be checking them out once they’re in-store.  I think Elyssa (the darkest shade) will be perfect for any skin tone, actually, and will be the perfect Autumn / Winter shade for even pale skin.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Smashbox is launching their SUPER popular (and highly anticipated here in SA) eyeshadow palette called Full Exposure at the end of this month – eeeeeep!  I’m so excited about this one!  The Full Exposure palette features a set of universally awesome neutrals (14 shades to be exact), ranging from nudes to blacks, long-wearing shimmers (7) to velvety-smooth mattes (7) and includes a double-ended makeup brush, plus an eye shape chart (how-to’s for 6 eye shapes).  The Smashbox Full Exposure palette will retail for R 895,00 at Red Square, Woolworths and Edgars stores.

Dermalogica PowerBright TRx

Dermalogica will be launching their brand spanking new PowerBright TRx™ range this month.  With a consumer demand for powerful brightening products to offset hyperpigmentation and dark spots caused by UV damage, age and hormones, Dermalogica introduces new PowerBrightTRx™, a potent trio of skin-brighteners, which incorporate the newest technologies to produce more even, luminous skin tone.  This new range from Dermalogica will be available at Dermalogica Concept Stores, Sorbet salons and selected beauty salons.

Pure Light SPF 50 ♥ R 895,00 – this advanced daytime treatment moisturiser shields the skin from pigment-inducing UV light.  Moisture-rich spheres made from Saffl ower seeds, allow for increased SPF performance of a product while using fewer chemical sunscreens, resulting in a product that is more wearable and less likely to cause sensitised reactions in the skin.  A powerful peptide helps regulate melanin production, Hyaluronic Acid helps restore moisture balance, while a potent blend of Red Algae and botanical extracts helps balance uneven skin tone.  It blends invisibly into skin without leaving a white residue.

C-12 Pure Bright Serum ♥ R 1200,00 – this highly active topical treatment helps address pigmentation imbalance and fight melanin formation. This serum absorbs quickly to optimise efficacy, while helping to increase skin luminosity.

Pure Night ♥ R 1080,00 – a rich and nourishing overnight treatment that helps control melanin formation, restore brightness while the skin is at rest.  Formulated with an active blend of Oligopeptide-34 and skin brightening Vitamin C, along with cranberry and raspberry seed oils that help restore critical barrier lipids, optimising skin hydration and reducing the appearance of fine dehydration lines.

Please note:  PowerBright TRx™ replaces ChromaWhite TRx®.

Clarisonic South Africa

Clarisonic is coming to town this month, everyone!  It’s time to think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level.  Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology gently removes the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing 6 times better than your hands alone.  In just 60 seconds, its sonic action removes impurities from pores so that creams, serums, and moisturisers are more effective. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes.  Three devices will be available for purchase in SA: the Mia 2 (entry level device), Aria (latest technology device) and the Plus (which also features a body brush head).  Pricing will start at R 2499,00 per device, replacement brush heads will retail for R 399,00 and will exclusively be sold at Stuttafords.

I’ve been meaning to write a comprehensive blog post about my experience with the Clarisonic Mia (which I’ve owned for 2+ years now) and the Clarisonic Aria – as mentioned in this blog post, I had the best intentions of loading at least 2 extra blog posts before the end of 2014 but sadly that didn’t happen.  I have almost finished writing my review blog post and it should be up this week!

Moroccanoil Brushes

Moroccanoil has added a new collection of high-performance Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic hair brushes to their comprehensive line of styling, conditioning and finishing products.  All 3 brushes are specially designed with an exclusive hidden sectioning tip located at the base of the handle – the tip can be pulled out, inverted and re-inserted to help part and section the hair.  These ionic ceramic tourmaline hair brushes create shiny-looking hair, while helping to speed up drying time.  Negative ions help water to evaporate more quickly, eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle of the hair.  These brushes will be sold at selected hair salons (I’m finding out whether Retail Box & Everything Hair will be selling them too, will update the post as soon as I have confirmation).

55″ Round Brush ♥ R 250,00 – perfect for all hair types, ideal to create shape, enhance curls, add volume, and increase shine.

25″ Round Brush ♥ R 170,00 – this small round barrel brush allows for more control and precise styling, perfect for short hair.  It is ideal for adding shape, volume and creating curls.

Paddle Brush ♥ R 200,00 – flat and wide, this paddle brush is ideal for everyday use.  It works to help detangle hair while special bristles provide the added benefit of massaging the scalp.

The Test Box

There’s a new subscription box in town, ladies, and it is called The Test Box (a very fitting name indeed).  The Test Box website has been around for a couple of months now, but initially only sold hair care products (think brands like Kevin Murphy, Goldwell, ghd, Sexy Hair, Moroccanoil & Paul Mitchell).  In December they launched a concept called ‘Gift Box’ where you were actually able to choose how much you wanted to spend (pricing started at R 200,00 if I remember correctly) and they filled it with hair care products suitable for your hair type (you indicated your hair type, hair concerns, gender and favourite colour when you placed your order), they even included mini-sized OPI nail polishes in some of the boxes, plus delivery is FREE (you do pay for delivery if you purchase something from their online store though).  There are still a few of these ‘Gift Box’ boxes left, so you can check them out here.

HOWEVER, The Test Box recently launched their subscription box service (first box will be delivered in March, you are able to sign up now & the amount will only be debited first week of March, it retails for R 160,00 per month and is delivered to your door (free of charge).  These boxes will contain sample products from professional brands, will never include sample sachets and full sizes of all product samples received in the box will be available for purchase in their online shop.  3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions are available and payment is via debit order.

I think I’m going to sign up for a 3-month subscription to put them to the test and will do ‘Unboxing’ blog posts / videos to let you guys know exactly how I feel about this service.  The box you see above was sent to me to introduce me to their brand – so far I am loving the Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me.Rinse, the Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil, the Kevin Murphy Body Builder Voluminising Mousse (it comes with a spray nozzle, so interesting!) and obviously the little mini OPI polishes.

Beauty Besties of 2014 blog post is coming your way this week, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Monday…if not, go grab yourself a cupcake…you deserve it!



  1. Nicole 12 January 2015 / 12:23

    Welcome Back! Hope you’re feeling much better. Love the new layout – so cute!
    So Clarisonic is fiiiiiiiinally coming – any idea which stores and what exact date? (need to reserve s colour :P)

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:30

      Thanks, Nicole! :)

      Yep, it will be here in the next couple of weeks! I have contacted Clarisonic and they don’t have a specific launch date as yet, nor can they tell me right now exactly which stores will be receiving stock first. I will update the blog post as soon as I have received proper feedback (and will send you a tweet). I also asked them about colours and the Mia 2 will only be available in pink, Aria will be available in white, and Plus will be available in white. xox

  2. Elrese 12 January 2015 / 12:23

    Ek soek daai smashbox palette met ‘n seer hart! Dis net in tyd vir ons wedding anni so raai wat kom op my wenslysie lol. PS — Hoop jy voel al tonne beter xxx

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:28

      Sjoe, ek is netso mal oor daai Smashbox palette…dit gaan definitief gekoop MOET word. :)

      Haha!! Ons wedding anni is eers in Februarie, maar ek is seker ek sal Neal se arm kan draai om ‘n ou geskenkie bietjie vroeër te koop? 😉

      Ek voel al baie beter, dankie Elrese – ek wens net nou my energie wil terugkom. xoxox

  3. Ursula 12 January 2015 / 12:31

    L.o.v.e. the new layout, Luzanne! It’s so sleek and stylish, just like you!!

    Definitely getting my hands on a Stila lipstick, the Smashbox palette and hopefully a Clarisonic (just need to save up).

    I hope you are feeling better?

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:26

      Yay! Thank you so much, Ursula – I’m so happy with the new design. It feels like a fresh, new start! 😀

      I am feeling better, thank you for asking. :) Just struggling with a bit of a nasty tummy bug at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll be back to my old self in no time at all! x

  4. Chane van Wyk 12 January 2015 / 12:32

    Yeaaah :) Love die post. Ek kan nie wag vir die review oor die Clarisonic nie….

    Lekker daggie vir jou


    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:23

      Dankie, Chane – ek is druk besig met die blog post en hy sal hopelik Woensdag (of dalk Donderdag) opgaan. :)

      Ek hoop jy het ‘n great week verder! xox

  5. Carmen 12 January 2015 / 12:34

    That smashbox palette is a must have for me. It is beautiful!!! The Test box looks interesting I might give the 3 month sub a whirl.

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:22

      I agree, the palette looks so beautiful (and I’ve heard the quality is phenomenal)!

  6. Simone Cameron 12 January 2015 / 12:39

    So nice to see a post from you:)

    The Stila lipstick looks good…I may be getting one of those.

    I wish I could afford those clarisonic devices…that I only know about because of your blog. lol. Will have to go onto my xmas wishlist at this point. how sad??? lol.

    Still toying with signing up for the testbox….I think i should just do it!

    Hope you’re feeling better 😉

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:20

      How are you feeling, Simone? I hope you’re feeling much better?

      I totally agree with you, the Stila lippie looks amazing…definitely swatching all three once they’re in the shops (obviously only if there are testers – haha!).

      Trust me, if there is ANY WAY you can get your hands on a Clarisonic (even if a few family members have to all put money together to get you an early Christmas & birthday gift), then you should definitely get it. I agree, though, the price tag is quite steep and I kind of wish Clarisonic would roll out to other stores where people can perhaps purchase it on their store account.


      • Simone Cameron 16 January 2015 / 15:02

        That would be great! I’d totally max out an Edgars account for one :)

  7. Taylor 12 January 2015 / 12:52

    YAAAAASSS!!! Been looking fwd to your new products launching post & it didnt disappoint! The Clarisonic is a bit out of my price range but the Stila balm and Smashbox palette is going on my birthday list. x

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:16

      I hope you receive them as birthday gifts, Taylor – I think they will make for the PERFECT gifts! I wouldn’t mind receiving them as gifts, that’s for sure! 😉 😀

  8. Inge 12 January 2015 / 13:05

    Wow! Love the new blog design, stunning!

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:15

      Thanks, Inge – I’m in love with it too! 😉

  9. Candice 12 January 2015 / 13:07

    Love the new template! Such amazing products launching

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:14

      Thanks, Candice – really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. :)

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:14

      I am SO jealous!!! You received the BEST Christmas gift E-V-E-R, Cam! xox

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:11

      I am so excited for the other Smashbox product that is launching in Februaru 2015 – I’m already saving up to get my hands on some of these goodies! 😉

  10. Bonang M 12 January 2015 / 15:24

    Ah, so many beautiful products coming to our shops this month! My bank acc is going to cry! x

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:10

      Haha! Probably a good idea to start saving up, Bonang! 😉

  11. Talitha ❤ 12 January 2015 / 16:32

    The Test Box sounds very interesting but I’ll wait for your reviews first before I sub. :)

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:10

      I’ll be sure to load my reviews or Unboxing videos as soon as I have received each box. :)

  12. Marisha Naidoo 12 January 2015 / 18:37

    I literally want everything in the blog post and those products in the Test Box..OMG

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:09

      You and me both, Marisha – haha! Fortunately Dermalogica sent me the PowerBright TRx™ products and I attended the Clarisonic SA press launch (so received the Aria), but definitely keen to try the Stila lippies, Morroccanoil paddle brush and the Smashbox Full Exposure palette *swoon*

  13. Lulu 13 January 2015 / 13:02

    Love the new look! Lots of lovely new stuff and The Test Box sounds great!

    • Luzanne 13 January 2015 / 15:07

      Thanks so much!! Going to give The Test Box a go and will let everyone know what my boxes contain. :)

  14. Martie {Living Lightley Blo} 13 January 2015 / 18:09

    Yay, so nice to see you are feeling better and posting again Lu… Can only imagine how much you have missed it :-) Loving the new template and design, and the first picture in the post is soooo CUTE! Love it! Oe, I would love the Smashbox Palette and the Clarisonic (but sadly these will have to go on my wish list for now) xxx

    PS: I sent you a little something something last week, hope you get it soonish 😉


    • Luzanne 19 January 2015 / 10:03

      Thank you, Martie! It really wasn’t necessary but I appreciate it. :)

      I can’t wait to go swatch the Full Exposure palette, dying to see what the texture and pigmentation is like! 😉 x

  15. Sandra 13 January 2015 / 21:49

    So bly jy is terug! Geniet jou blog so!

    • Luzanne 19 January 2015 / 10:03

      Baie dankie, Sandra. :)

  16. Shaney Vijendranath 15 January 2015 / 20:57

    I so want Clarisonic! Eeeek I just love reading your blog. Hope you feeling better.

    • Luzanne 19 January 2015 / 10:01

      I hope you read my full review on the Clarisonic devices? 😉 Which one are you thinking of getting?

      Thank you for popping by the blog and leaving a comment, Shan! x

  17. Charlene 16 January 2015 / 11:23

    I am going to say this again – your graphics and photos are FANTASTIC! Really love the new design as well – although I loved your “old” design just as much. You have a stunning blog :)

    • Luzanne 19 January 2015 / 10:00

      YAY! Thank you so very much, Charlene – you always only have words of support and encouragement for me & I really appreciate that. xox

  18. Anina 20 January 2015 / 16:20

    Dis lekker om jou weer terug te he! :-)
    Sien vreeslik uit na jou Scholl post – I need that in my life, yessss….

    • Luzanne 21 January 2015 / 09:29

      Dankie, Anina! :) Die Scholl Electronic Foot File is so ‘n lekker produk, gaan definitief ‘n “must-have” in my pedicure roetine word. :)

  19. Nina 9 February 2015 / 14:14

    Hi Luzanne

    Do you know if the Full Exposure palette is available yet?


    • Luzanne 15 February 2015 / 10:12

      I’ve been looking ALL OVER for it, and one of the Smashbox consultants told me it will only be out mid Feb now… I think they might have had an issue with imports – I saw the contour palette in-store yesterday, though. :) x

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