It’s the month of scary movies, Halloween décor, Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks for my US readers (I’m so jelly of you guys!) and Halloween makeup tutorials on YouTube. We’re not big into Halloween here in South Africa, but I always add a bit of Halloween décor to our home and I ALWAYS watch horror movies during the month of October.
October is also #ThinkPink month and I will be wearing a whole lot of pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
There are LOTS of new Essence products launching this month. Metallic finishes for your eyes, innovative mascaras, long-lasting and effective lip styles, multi-functional and pampering foundations with airy, light formulas and a subtle glow as well as the latest IT nail polishes. I’m only showing you guys the products that tickled my fancy, though, otherwise this blog post would be way too long.
This season, you can conjure-up metallic, holographic or sparkling effects on your eyelids in liquid form using the Essence Effect Eyeshadows. The long-lasting, non-sticky eyeshadows are available in 6 different colours with different effects: metallic bronze, shimmering beige, shiny rosé-gold, bright apricot, sparkling taupe and holographic green-gold. Essence Effect Eyeshadow will retail for R 57,95 at selected Clicks & Dis-Chem stores.
Mascara clumping and chaotic eyebrows are now a thing of the past. The practical 2-in-1 Lash And Brow Comb unites two useful beauty tools in just one product. Comes in a practical pouch so it’s also ideal for use when you’re on the go. The 2-in-1 Lash And Brow Comb will retail for R 34,95 at selected Clicks & Dis-Chem stores.
The new Soo Blush! and Soo Glow! from Essence give your complexion a touch of colour or glow for a healthy, fresh-faced look. Their creamy texture turns into a velvety, powdery formula upon application. Easy to apply with your fingers, and set gorgeous accents on the cheekbones, underneath the brows or in the inner corners of the eyes. The Essence Soo Glow! (highlighter) and Soo Blush! (blusher) will retail for R 53,95 each at selected Clicks & Dis-Chem stores.
Hello Foils! Transfer Solution & Transfer Foils – these nail foils bring cool graffiti styles straight to your nails in the most fashionable effects – holographic, metallic and glitter. Apply the transfer solution on your nails and wait for 80 – 90 seconds, separate a piece of the foil (not pictured above) and press it onto your nail with the shiny side up. Remove the foil again and seal with a top coat – and you’re done! Transfer foils are available in a total of 3 versions for R 24,95 and the transfer solution (pictures above) will retail for R 34,95 at selected Clicks & Dis-Chem stores.
Studio Nails Jelly Pearls Hydrating Gel – vitamin for your nails, the moisturising care gel with a fruity scent repairs stressed nails. Massage the moisturising nail care gel with pro-vitamin B5 to release the almond oil encapsulated in the pearls. This care gel absorbs really fast and won’t leave behind an oily film on your nails. Retail price will be R 34,95 at selected Clicks & Dis-Chem stores.
Nail Art Sparkle Sand Top Coat – this top coat gives your manicure a sand-effect finish. Apply your favourite nail polish, leave to dry and then apply the sand top coat on top to give any colour a slightly matte 3D finish with subtle shimmer particles. Retail price will be R 38,95 at selected Clicks & Dis-Chem stores.
Do you avoid using sunscreen because it makes your skin feel sticky or oily, or look shiny or ashy? Bioderma Photoderm Max Dry Touch Cream (SPF50+) instantly blends into your skin, leaving it matte, shine-free and dry to the touch, with no white residue. It suits all skin types and skin tones, and is especially ideal for people with oilier and darker complexions. Photoderm Max Dry Touch Cream is water-resistant, photostable and won’t block pores. This product will retail for R 227,95 at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks stores, as well as pharmacies that stock Bioderma products.
Kiehl’s is launching their new Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum, a ‘super smart’ 5-in-1, anti-aging solution to visibly smooth, visibly lift, visibly firm, and restore youthful shape to eyes. Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum was developed to address aging around the full orbital area with key ingredients to help target the distinct behaviours of the entire eye area. Most eye creams and serums address fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and some loss of elasticity, this new eyes serum contains an effective, yet gentle ingredient – botanically derived Rhamnose (this promotes cell proliferation helping to increase epidermal thickness, key to addressing the thinning eye area ), plus an extremely well documented hydrating polymer, Sodium Hyaluronate (ability to hold large quantities of water within the skin’s surface). The Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum will retail for R 495,00 at your nearest Kiehl’s outlet (in Edgars stores).
Catrice is also launching quite a range of products this month, but I am only going to show you guys the products that really stood out to me.
The Catrice Eyebrow Filler Perfecting & Shaping Gel, this naturally tinted eyebrow filler grooms, thickens and defines your brows. Fibres integrated in the texture fill in small gaps and irregularities (this reminds me of the Benefit Gimme Brow). Easy to use and fast-drying without a sticky sensation, available in a blonde and a brunette shade. This brow gel will retail for R 61,95 at Catrice-stocking Dis-Chem stores.
Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother complements every natural makeup look – a subtle colour-dispersion in pastel rosé and gentle nude shades with a glossy finish ensure a soft, well-groomed appearance. The Lip Smoother visibly evens out fine lines around your lips for flawless results. Doesn’t the packaging remind you of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector tubes? Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother will be availabe in 3 shades and will retail for R 61,95 each at Catrice-stocking Dis-Chem stores.
The Catrice Ombre Top Coat ensures you can now transform your manicure to be on-trend with the ombre look. Simply apply a pastel or light nail colour polish, leave to dry and then reach for the new Ombre Top Coat. With each application of the top coat, the colour nail polish becomes one shade darker. Always let the individual layers of the top coat dry really well before applying the next one. The colour gradient will be especially visible when each neighbouring nail is one shade darker: if you start off with your thumb in the original colour, then apply one layer of the Ombre Top Coat on your index finger, two on your middle finger and four on your little finger. This product will retail for R 52,95 at Catrice-stocking Dis-Chem stores.
FOREO’s award-winning LUNA™ skincare range lands at Zando – using T-Sonic™ pulsations that are channeled through a unique brush surface of soft silicone touch-points. This combination allows for the effective yet gentle cleansing of dirt, oil and other impurities from the skin’s pores, leaving behind nothing but clearer, brighter and healthier-looking skin. The LUNA™ delivers clearer, glowing and naturally beautiful skin, while its anti-aging function helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – all after just 2 minutes’ use morning and night. The LUNA™ also helps to enhance the absorption of skincare products, and is available in 3 models, each catering to a specific skin type. Each device in the LUNA™ range is 100% waterproof, can be used at least 300 times after one full charge, and comes with a 2-year limited warranty and 10-year quality guarantee. LUNA™ & LUNA™ for Men will retail for R 2790,00 and the LUNA™ Mini will retail for R 1900,00 online on Zando.
Blondes know that their hair can sometimes look darker and duller than they would like. This is because any sediment or residue left on the hair shaft is more apparent in lighter shades of colour. John Frieda understand that 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 John Frieda 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. The John Frieda Everlasting Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner preserves your freshly-coloured blonde for up to 12 weeks, with safflower oil and bergamot extract, this colour preserving formula helps keep your blonde from fading while leaving hair soft. The Everlasting Blonde range is suitable for all shades of colour-treated or highlighted blonde hair and will retail for R 95,00 each at Clicks stores.
Nespresso has launched its most cutting-edge machine yet – the Lattissima Pro (and what a gorgeous machine it is!). From its one touch fresh milk system Lattissima Pro brings indulgent fresh milk recipes within easy reach at home. A Cappuccino, perhaps? A Latte Machiatto maybe? Or just some warm milk froth? With the Lattissma Pro you can enjoy incomparable Cappucino or Latte Macchiato at the touch of a button. Milk froth density can be adjusted to personal preference through a simple milk froth texture regulator and milk froth quality is optimised through advanced steamer technology. Its operations are driven from a theatrically-lit touch screen and display. So simple to use – the Lattissima Pro advanced technology and intuitive display is presented in a sleek design. The making and programming of coffee experiences has intuitive and clear text guidance making the experience one of ease for users of any level of familiarity. Coffee in 3 sizes can be created from this LCD touch screen. With a simple turn of the nob the machine moves into its automatic rinse mode and its parts are safely washable in the dishwasher.
The machine has an elegant brushed aluminium finish together with metal elements including the cup support and drip tray. The Lattissima Pro machine is now available at a retail price of R 7500,00 from all Nespresso Boutiques in South Africa. Nespresso Boutiques are located in Sandton City, as well as Canal Walk and the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The Lattissima Pro can also be purchased online here.
Turquoise Studio celebrates their 1st birthday this month – so keep a lookout for giveaways and promotions! I will also be doing a giveaway to celebrate their Birthday Blowout soon, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.
I am SUPER excited to tell you guys that Turquoise Studio be stocking the new Sigma 3DHD brushes this month – eeeeep! The Sigma 3DHD Kabuki and Precision brushes are multi-functional brushes designed for all areas of the face to apply liquid, cream and powder products uniformly on every curve, crease and angle, while the 3DHD Precision brush was uniquely designed for smaller areas of the face. The angled points allow products to be perfectly applied in the under eye area and around the mouth. The dimensions of the brush head were developed to provide fast product application, while the density of the fibers allow for buffing products into the skin. The 3DHD Kabuki will retail for R 415,00 and the 3DHD Precision for R 375,00 and will be available in all 3 colours (pink, white or black).
One of the most important aspects of a finished makeup look is the brows. Full, dark and defined, there is nothing that caps a beautiful look better. Getting a complete look for brows has been, up until now, a salon offering. Eylure’s new brow category achieves the most professional brow look possible, at home.
Eylure Permanent Tint For Brows – achieve dark glossy brows in 10 minutes, with this single permanent colour application. Available in dark brown and mid-brown, simply mix and apply the formulation on to brows and enjoy full colour, for up to 6 weeks. R 129,99 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
Brow Stencils – shape your brows in seconds with Eylure’s reusable easy-to-style brow templates. Each pack contains 4 different arch shapes, making it easy to achieve the desired shape. R 64,99 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
Brow Shapers – the ever popular cold wax style brow shapers ensure brow shaping is made easy. Shaped pieces work below, between and above the brows, helping to easily remove fine hairs from the brow area. Contains up to 9 applications, brows will be perfectly shaped for weeks. R 64,99 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
Brow Palette – a complete and long-lasting waterproof brow collection, designed to sculpt, shape and define brows. The palette contains a firm hold wax, a highlighter, plus a pigmented powder shade. Available in mid brown, dark brown and blonde. R 162,99 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
Brow Pencil – a waterproof, firm brow pencil containing, Rosemary Oil and Vitamin E, to build up colour of brows. Available in black, dark brown, mid brown and blonde, this pencil conditions and nourishes the brows, whilst providing long-lasting results. R 97,99 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
Brow Crayon – a soft, smudge-proof, high performance brow pencil, enriched with Rosemary Oil and Vitamin E, to create an intense, long-lasting colour. R 124,25 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
Brow Ink – create a tattoo-type finish with Eylure’s unique, double-ended, intense brow ink. Providing a slim end for fine detail and wide end for smooth colour, this is all you need to achieve a precise, tidy brow. R 108,99 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
Brow Tame & Define Wax – a durable and effective fixing wax that conditions, nourishes and helps promotes healthy hair growth. Enriched with Rosemary Oil, plant waxes and Sweet Almond Oil to strengthen and restructure the hair, leaving the brows to grow groomed and glossy. R 108,99 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
Brow Control & Shape Gel – a long-hold brow fixer gel, that treats the follicle whilst keeping the brow in shape. Enriched with Aloe Vera, Panthenol, Nettle Leaf Extract, this daily treatment will keep your brows in line. R 108,99 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
Brow Nourishing Oil – groom your brows whilst you sleep… this indulgent, fragranced oil is packed full of natural ingredients to promote healthy hair growth. Argan oil conditions, nourishes and cares for the brows, whilst Rosemary Oil naturally promotes healthy hair growth. R 108,99 at selected Dis-Chem stores.
The new L’Occitane Aromachologie collection offers the effectiveness of essential oils, which capture the highest concentration of a plant’s benefits. Awaken your body & mind! Rosemary was first distilled by the L’Occitane founder, Olivier Baussan, in 1976. Essential oils are at the heart of the Aromachologie collection. The new Relaxing and Revitalizing body care rituals contain Mediterranean essentials oils featuring 100% natural scents which help to soothe or to revitalize. The hair care ranges each contain a different blend of five essential oils adapted to various concerns from repairing to volumising. The Revitalising collection contains a shampoo, conditioner, detangling spray, scalp tonic, body scrub, shower gel and roll-on. The Relaxing range contains a shower gel, bath salt, body cream, massage oil and pillow mist. The products in the collections will range from R 90,00 to R 560,00 online at L’Occitane or in L’Occitane stores.
Ok, so once again, I basically want everything mentioned in this blog post! The Eylure brow products look incredible (I love the old-school packaging), I’m definitely going to look into getting the L’Occitane Pillow Mist (I’ve been struggling to fall asleep at night lately) and don’t even get me started on the Sigma 3DHD brushes! That Kabuki brush MUST BE MINE! If you haven’t seen the sneak peeks of this new brush from Sigma, take a look at this video. I’m also keen to try the Catrice Brow Filler Gel (I just hope their colour shades are not too warm-toned), the Essence Lash & Brow Comb, the Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother, aaand the Catrice Ombre Top Coat. I wish I had the money to spend on the new Nespresso Lattissima Pro (because I do love a good, frothy coffee) but alas, we do have the Nespresso Essenza here at home and he’s just perfect!