I really love writing these blog posts, because I always get so excited about all the new products that will be launching during the month ahead. Today we’re taking a look at all the goodies that will be popping up around the shops, and this time around I’m featuring beauty products, a few food-y type items, and DIY home décor goodies too. If you’re into flavoured coffees (for example Ginger Bread, Irish Cream, Double Chocolate), then you’re going to want to keep reading…
It’s going to be a long one, so go grab a nice cup of tea (or coffee) plus a snack…I’m sure you have a few Easter eggs or hot cross buns lying around? By the way, have you tasted the Woolworths Apricot & White Chocolate hot cross buns? They’re soooo goooood… *smacks lips*
Catrice Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette (R 89,95) – Soft nudes and trendy rose shades, some matte & some shimmery. If you missed out on this eyeshadow palette, you might want to check the Catrice one out. I bought this palette at Dis-Chem last week, would you like me to do a review on it?
Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette (R 89,95) – Six silky matte shades with a soft texture and intense pigmentation in just 1 palette. This everyday neutrals palette features shades ranging from soft rose to warm / neutral browns.
Maybelline is launching their limited edition Baby Lips in the Dr. Rescue version, you can take a look at this video where I featured the Coral Crave balm. Baby Lips Dr. Rescue medicated lip balm provides care that soothes sore lips, with a hint of eucalyptus that combats dryness. Available in natural tints to even out lip tone for healthier-looking lips. Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue is available at Dis-Chem, Clicks and Foschini stores and retails for R 34,95.
I really like these lip balms, they smell like a mix of Zam-Buk and Wicks chappies to me.
Beanies flavoured instant coffee will be popping up in Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores during the month of April – and I’m SO excited! The lucky people of Cape Town have apparently already seen these at selected stores in March already, but the official release date is April 2015. The best part about Beanies coffee? Only 2 calories per cup and it’s sugar free! Take a look at the flavours above and tell me they don’t get you all excited…? Each jar will retail for R 39,99 – not a bad price, hey?
L’Oréal is launching their much anticipated Skin Perfection range. In your 20’s and early 30’s, your skin is young but not always perfect. Stress, fatigue and an unbalanced lifestyle can affect skin quality causing irregularities to appear including enlarged pores, uneven skin texture and fine lines. This is their first correcting skincare range that acts on pores, texture and fine lines to visibly improve the appearance of skin quality. Get yours at Clicks and Dis-Chem stores.
♥ Skin Perfection Correcting Serum (R 124,95) – A powerful formula enriched with ingredients to soothe redness and reduce pores. This serum optimises the structure of the epidermis to help transform the appearance of skin quality. Apply morning and evening before using your day moisturiser.
♥ Correcting Day Moisturiser (R 124,95) – Enriched with actives this formula helps transform the skin to look pixel perfect. Pores look virtually undetectable, tone looks more even, and skin texture feels silky-soft.
♥ Skin Perfection Correcting Eye Care (R 124,95) – Helps transform the appearance of the eye contour. Dark circles, eye bags and fine lines appear reduced. The tinted, refreshing eye cream brightens and illuminates tired-looking eyes.
The Essie Fall / Autumn 2015 collection will be on Dis-Chem, Clicks, Foschini and selected beauty salon shelves this month, and will retail for R 110,00 per bottle. Essie’s new nail polish collection, Dress to Kilt, encompasses all of the trends we saw walk down the runway, bringing them right to your fingertips. The 6 shades will allow you to go bold with a splash of cobalt blue, or keep things understated with a muted shade of teal. Seasonal staples like mahogany and taupe are ideal neutrals that work with any fashionable fall / autumn frock.
♥ Style Cartel – an inky cobalt blue.
♥ Take It Outside – a punchy, fresh taupe.
♥ The Perfect Cover Up – a powerful peacock teal.
♥ Dress To Kilt – a seductive red.
♥ Fall In Line – an enigmatic jade green.
♥ Partner In Crime – a rich, dark chocolate brown.
Lancôme Belle de Teint is their first natural glow, healthy skin powder. Belle de Teint recreates the natural radiance of healthy, luminous skin; perfect skin’s surface texture, thus amplifying its radiance; naturally beautify and enhance the complexion’s colour. Because fair skin does not reflect light in the same way as more intense complexions, the iridescence level of Belle de Teint is tailored to suit each shade for an even more natural look. The lighter the shade, the lower the pearl pigment concentration; the darker it is, the greater the concentration of pearl pigments to create contrast. Belle de Teint has a complete range of 8 shades to fuse with every complexion, from the fairest to the darkest.
♥ Shades 01 to 03 are created for fairer complexions and thus contain no pearl pigments, for a matte natural glow effect.
♥ Shades 04 to 06 are created for more tanned complexions and are subtly iridescent for a luminous natural glow effect.
♥ Shades 07 and 08 are designed for the darkest complexions and are highly iridescent for an ultra-luminous natural glow effect and to combat ‘ashen’ undertones.
Lancôme Belle De Teint will retail for R 599,00 and will be available at Lancôme counters in selected Edgars, Red Square, Stuttafords, Woolworths, Foschini and Truworths stores.
L’Oréal will also be launching their NutriLift Gold Anti-Aging Foundation, enriched with 6 active ingredients this foundation is marketed toward suiting more mature skin types. Gold micro particles are used for a radiance boosting lift, plus Pro Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid and collagen will give the appearance of smoother, firmer and more radiant looking skin. This foundation also contains an SPF20, which is always a great addition to any foundation. NutriLift Gold will be available in 6 shades & will retail for R 234,95 at your local Clicks, Dis-Chem, Edgars and Foschini stores.
The new limited edition Monsoon Malabar promises to take you on a sensory journey, courtesy of Nespresso. With an intensity of 8, Monsoon Malabar is an intense coffee that will delight those looking for strength thanks to its bold character and its unique taste. Monsoon Malabar also possesses the perfect profile to be paired with milk, which reveals cereal and biscuit aromas while keeping its intense character. Priced at R 79,00 per sleeve Monsoon Malabar will be available for a limited period at Nespresso boutiques or online here.
I have been waiting for the REN Hot Cloth Cleanser to arrive in SA for quite some time, I even mentioned it in my ‘July 2014 Favourites’ blog post. You guys know me, anything that features the words ‘hot cloth’ and ‘cleanser’ in the product name will be scouted out & tested by me. A rich and velvety two-phase cleanser, formulated with toning and reviving Rosa Centifolia extract and nourishing Cocoa butter. Thoroughly removes dirt, makeup and mascara, and gently polishes away dead skin cells to leave the skin purified, refreshed and radiant. Apply to dry skin and gently massage over the face, neck and closed eyes for a couple of minutes. Place the hot cloth over your face to open pores, before gently wiping away the cleanser. Finally, rinse face with cool water to close pores. The REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser will only be available at Woolworths stores from the 20th of April, and will retail for R 330,00.
FHI Heat unveiled their Stylus this month – it has all of the qualities of a brush, but can heat up to 400°F. With this one hair tool you can smooth, touch-up, de-frizz, style, re-style, control or create volume, lift, waves, curls, bumps, flips and bends. Stylus uses a ceramic heater that produces quick, even heating across the brush for long-lasting styling results. The brush tips have 6 rows of short, smooth nylon teeth for tangle-free glide and effortless styling. The tourmaline technology (red area) conducts heat for styling power, locks in moisture, reduces static and leaves hair silky smooth. FHI Heat Stylus is available online at Everything Hair (R 1995,00) and Retail Box (R 1999,00).
The Stylus also features:
♥ 5 fingertip-control temperature settings from LOW 250°F to HIGH 400°F for safely styling all hair types, from fragile to coarse.
♥ On/Off and temperature control button.
♥ 1 hour Auto shut-off.
♥ Extra-long 360° swivel cord.
L’Occitane will be launching their new La Collection de Grasse Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc fragrance during the month of April. This magnificent composition brings together the most beautiful species of Iris: Iris Pallida (the blue Iris) and Iris Florentina (the white Iris). The blue Iris Pallida used in this scent has been grown in Grasse region (in France), specially for L’Occitane. With its rich, velvety notes, it shapes the fragrance. A white Iris Florentina, chosen in its native Mediterranean lands, lights up this precious scent, enveloping it in a luminous transparency.
Top notes feature blackcurrant and citrus, with heart notes of iris, ylang-ylang & peach, and base notes of iris, cedar and white musk linger. The collection will feature a shower gel (R 235,00), a body milk (R 370,00), a hand cream (R 120,00) and a beautifully packaged Eau De Toilette (R 825,00). Available at L’Occitane boutiques (click here to find your nearest boutique) and in the L’Occitane SA online store.
Lip Ice is launching their new range of tinted gloss balms, available in 4 variants: Bubblegum Kisses, Summer Melon, Strawberry Sorbet and Sweet Mint. The new Lip Ice Tinted Gloss has the ultimate 3-in-1 benefit: Moisture & care (shea butter & Vitamin E), a subtle tint for your lips, and a glossy finish. These will retail for R 19,99 at Dis-Chem, Clicks and other retail outlets.
Boy, oh boy…am I excited about this new collection from The Body Shop! I haven’t had the pleasure of sniffing anything from the range yet, but will definitely be doing so as soon as I see the new range in-store. We all know that green tea has antioxidant qualities. With its detoxifying health benefits, green tea has been revered for over 400 years in social and cultural activities, including the Japanese Tea Ceremony. But did you know that some Japanese women apply it to their skin and bathe in it? It’s a skincare secret that’s been part of beauty regimes for generations, believed to help retain moisture and tighten pores.
The Fuji Green Tea collection is the first body care range infused with real green tea leaves hand-picked in the heartland of Japan. The collection will feature an exfoliating soap bar (R 80,00), a body butter (R 150,00), a body scrub (R 140,00), a body sorbet (R 130,00), a body lotion (R 130,00), a body wash (R 99,00), a Eau De Cologne (R 180,00), a very interesting bath tea (R 225,00), plus a bath infuser (R 115,00) that is to be used with the Fuji Green Tea bath tea.
The bath tea and infuser uses real whole green tea leaves to create a detox tea bath for your body, cleansing and helping to remove toxins. Awaken and revive the senses with the sophisticated aroma of the citrus-fresh scent of Fuji Green Tea Eau de Cologne. It’s the perfect blend of green tea, bergamot, lemon and mandarin top notes with a floral heart of camellia, jasmine and violet. Refreshingly light and crisp, it’s a classic scent for daytime sophistication.
The Style Link collection from Matrix allows you to create endless possibilities that work with all hair types. With 8 products in the Prep, Play and Perfect lineups – from smoothing creams to heat protectors and styling pastes. Shape Switcher Molding Paste, Volume Building Voluminising Mousse, Matte Definer Clay Texturiser and Super Fixer Strong Hold Gel will all retail for R 210,00 each; while Heat Buffer Thermal Styling Spray, Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray, Turbo Dryer Blow Dry Oil Spray and Over Achiever 3-in-1 Cream Paste Wax will all retail for R 230,00 each at selected hair salons nationwide. I’m not sure whether Retail Box will be stocking this range but will keep you updated!
Dermaceutic Laboratoire, an international leader in peel and cosmeceutical treatments announced the launch of their new high performance lifting serum, Derma Lift 5.0, as well as two new anti-aging serums called Activ Retinol 0.5, and Activ Retinol 1.0. You can purchase Dermaceutic products at selected skin care centres and dermatologists nationwide.
♥ Activ Retinol 0.5 (R 700,00) and Activ Retinol 1.0 (R 770,00) are medium and extra strength serums that contain optimal concentrations of Retinol, assuring top-end results for younger-looking, revitalised and smoother skin. Retinol Complex, proven to accelerate cellular metabolism, repairs and protects dry and damaged skin. This powerful active ingredient stimulates the renewal of skin cells and regulates the migration and transformation of keratinocytes, making skin appear smoother and younger-looking.
♥ Derma Lift 5.0 (R 730,00) contains a peptide complex, proven to stimulate collagen production and helps prevent the appearance of signs of skin aging. This powerful active ingredient restores moisture and increases skin elasticity for a visible, anti-wrinkle and optimal lifting effect.
Harnessing the caring properties of milk & honey, NIVEA launches its new Honey & Milk Cream Liquid Hand Wash, which feels decadently creamy and lathers up to a soft foam. The rich and nourishing cleansing formula is infused with milk proteins and honey to protect and deeply nourish your skin, caring for your hands as you wash. Your hands feel luxuriously soft and smooth after washing, and to top it off, the gentle scent of honey, emphasized by soft floral notes, leaves you feeling indulgently pampered. Milk contains lactic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), serving as a natural, gentle skin exfoliant which also moisturises the skin. Honey is highly regarded for its anti-bacterial and skin-nourishing properties. The NIVEA Honey & Milk Cream Liquid Hand Wash will retail for R 27,99 at Dis-Chem & Clicks stores, and other leading retail outlets.
What is the number one concern of women about their hair? Frizz! Redken comes to the rescue with a new way to control frizz on all hair types and in all humidity conditions. New Frizz Dismiss offers the first-ever Frizz Protection Factor (FPF): 4 levels of smoothing and humidity protection that address all frizzy hair types – from fine to coarse and unruly. The collection includes a sulphate-free shampoo (R 250,00), a protecting conditioner (R 288,00), a smoothing treatment mask (R 429,00) and 4 FPF treatments:
♥ FPF10 Fly-Away Fix Finishing Sheets – R 429,00
♥ FPF20 Smooth Force Lightweight Smoothing Lotion Spray – R 429,00
♥ FPF30 Instant Deflate Leave-In Smoothing Oil Serum – R 429,00
♥ FPF40 Rebel Tame Leave-In Smoothing Control Cream – R 429,00
Frizz Dismiss offers a cleansing system, leave-in treatments with heat protection, and is safe for chemically straightened hair. This range will be available at selected hair salons and hopefully online at Everything Hair and Retail Box too.
It’s all about DIY in Typo land this month, so you can look forward to seeing ‘Do-It-Yourself’ kits popping up at Typo stores. If you’re a crafty gal (or guy), then make sure you go take a squiz at their new ‘Art Studio’ collection which features everything from stencil books, to DIY tote bag kits, to canvas paint kits, stencil brushes and watercolor pencils. Take a look at their short YouTube videos here, to see how you can use these cute & creative products.
I hope you had a lovely long weekend (whether you celebrated Easter, or not) – I’ll be working hard to get a few new blog posts up for you this week. YouTube tutorial will also be coming to a computer screen near you very soon (I hope!).