Products Popping Up – April 2017

Products Popping Up April

Hello, everyone!  I hope you had a lovely long weekend – Neal and I were at home relaxing, watching movies, fixing small things around the house, and on Saturday we spent the day with our niece.  She’s turning 15 this year, and wanted to spend some time with me learning a bit more about makeup.  So she got to play around with my makeup collection, I did her makeup and shared some tips & tricks while I was applying various products to her face.  I couldn’t decide on an eyeshadow palette, so I asked her to choose – she went straight for the Urban Decay NAKED palette!  Haha!  She sure knows a good palette when she sees one!  I also sent her home with some makeup & brushes – so that she can practice at home.

All in all, it was a good long weekend!

Since I missed out on the March edition of ‘Products Popping Up’, I decided to include new products that launched last month as well – so in today’s blog post, you’ll see new product launches for March 2017 and April 2017.  If there’s something that catches your eye, it should be out in-store already…but if you don’t see it on the shelves yet, don’t worry – it will be out soon!  Sometimes brands experience delays, for example: The new Urban Decay primers and makeup setting sprays were supposed to have launched at the end of March, but there was unfortunately a delay in the shipment.  But, they’re hoping the new products should arrive before the end of April.  As soon as the products are actually available for purchase, I’ll do a review for you.

As always, please remember the below product descriptions are not reviews of the actual products themselves – they are excerpts taken from press release documents.  I’ll be sure to write up proper reviews in upcoming blog posts – but for now, I hope you enjoy today’s blog post!

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant ♥ R1180,00 – This highly-active resurfacer delivers your smoothest skin ever, and helps fight the biochemical and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin aging.  The advanced powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing powerful enzymes, skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids and anti-pollution technology.  Activated Binchotan Charcoal purifies the skin, helping to adsorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores, while Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract help guard against the damaging effects of pollution.  Formulated without artificial fragrances, colours or parabens.

Stockists: Dermalogica stores (list here), selected Sorbet salons, or online in the Dermalogica South Africa online store.

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex ♥ R990,00 – Advanced, microencapsulated Retinol helps smooth away the signs of skin aging around the eyes.  A powerful Age Reversal Firming Complex works synergistically with antioxidant Vitamin C, powerful peptides and botanical extracts to fortify and smooth skin.  Microencapsulation technology optimises Retinol potency and absorption to help reduce the appearance of fine lines.  Niacinamide and Ash Tree Bark Extract maintain hydration and reduce visible dark circles.  Formulated without artificial fragrances, colours or parabens.

Stockists: Dermalogica stores (list here), selected Sorbet salons, or online in the Dermalogica South Africa online store.

Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine

Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine ♥ R290,00 – The light-reflecting, high-shine gloss enhances the appearance of lips, making them appear plump and smooth.  Feels refreshing and cool upon application. Available in 8 shades ranging from nudes to bright pops of colour.

Stockists: Clinique counters in department stores, or in the Clinique South Africa online store.

Clinique Fresh Pressed System

Clinique Fresh Pressed System ♥ R455,00 – This kit harnesses the full power of pure Vitamin C to brighten, even and retexturize skin.  The unique stay-fresh packaging isolates the pure Vitamin C until activation, maintaining its freshness and full power, to deliver remarkable results in just 7 days.  With continued use, see skin that’s noticeably firmer, more even-toned, smoother, with visibly diminished lines and wrinkles and a radiant, youthful glow.  The kit contains 7 packettes of Fresh Pressed™ Renewing Powder Cleanser with Pure Vitamin C & 1 vial of Clinique Fresh Pressed™ Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%.

Step 1: Activate the ultra-fine powder (cleanser) with water for an cleansing experience that reveals healthier, younger-looking skin with proven results from the first application.  Its non-drying, non-stripping formula is gentle enough for use each morning, jump-starts skin’s natural cellular renewal process and preps skin for treatment with the Booster.

Step 2: Activate this unique booster to release the full de-aging power of 10% fresh Vitamin C to refresh and renew.  Just press the button to release the pure Vitamin C, shake to mix with the de-aging soothing emulsion, and it’s ready to deliver its rejuvenating power.

Stockists: Clinique counters in department stores, or in the Clinique South Africa online store.

Clinique Lash Power Flutter To Full Mascara

Clinique Lash Power Flutter-to-Full Mascara ♥ R345,00 – A custom-fit mascara that delivers a variety of looks, from fluttery natural lashes to full dramatic lashes that is wearable for 24 hours without smudging or flaking.  Through new, innovative packaging, a simple twist of the dial on the barrel tightens or loosens the wiper of the brush head and controls the amount of mascara that is deposited on the brush.  Workable for any lash type and eye shape, the bristles of the brush perfectly comb through lashes and provide length and separation while remaining soft to the touch.

Stockists: Clinique counters in department stores, or in the Clinique South Africa online store.

Clinique Even Better Clinical

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer ♥ starting at R635,00 – Even Better just got even better!  Clinique’s two-pronged approach to lasting brightness and even tone.  The clinical-strength serum with CL-302 complex is proven to help reverse the appearance of dark spots and blemish marks.  The new second cylinder contains a soothing optimizer, a powerful ingredient all the way from Japan: Gyokuru tea . This will keep your skin calm and add powerful anti-oxidants to your skin, helping it better resist future darkening too.

Stockists: Clinique counters in department stores, or in the Clinique South Africa online store.

Avene Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector Light

Avène Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector Light SPF30 ♥ R199,95 – A mattifying moisturiser for normal to combination skin that brings immediate and long-lasting hydration.  It unifies the complexion using transparent mineral pigments to reflect light and coloured pigments that adapt to your skin tone and blur imperfections, for naturally radiant skin.  Mattifies, blurs fine lines and blemishes.  Enriched with the brand’s Thermal Spring Water, the replenishing moisturiser soothes and hydrates skin, whilst providing SPF30 to protect from environmental aggressors.

Avène Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector Rich SPF30 ♥ R199,95 – A nourishing moisturiser for dry to very dry skin that brings immediate and long-lasting hydration.  Catering specifically for dry to very dry skin, the deeply nourishing formula utilises light-reflecting, transparent mineral pigments to conceal the appearance of imperfections, and unique colour pigments that adapt to suit individual skin tone.  Enriched with the brand’s Thermal Spring Water, the replenishing moisturiser soothes and hydrates skin, whilst providing SPF30 to protect from environmental aggressors, allowing you to experience a smoother, more refined complexion with restored luminosity and an even tone.

Stockists: Selected Clicks & Dis-Chem stores.

Gucci Flora Gardenia Limited Edition

Gucci Flora Gardenia Limited Edition EDT ♥ R1205,00 – Flora Gardenia, the scent from the Flora fragrance collection, is an elegy to the delicate gardenia flower.  The original eau de toilette’s composition celebrates the lightness of the gardenia shrub’s first blossom and its addictive richness when it is in full flower. Intensely feminine, the notes of red berries, white gardenia at the heart and patchouli and brown sugar at the base make a contemporary statement of elegance and beauty.  The new Flora Gardenia limited edition scent is tinted a radiant modern pop pink. The eclectic shade of pink is also beautifully executed in a new outer carton, where it meets the flora and fauna of the botanical Flora print.

Stockists: Department stores nationwide.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist ♥ R350,00 – The iconic Eight Hour Cream has been long acclaimed for its intense moisturising and multi-tasking properties and is one of the most well-known beauty products in the world.  Continuing this legacy, Elizabeth Arden introduces the Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist, an instantly invigorating facial spray that hydrates, soothes and refreshes skin.  Powered by their antioxidant-rich superfruit blend that works to leave skin feeling reinvigorated and looking healthy. Infused with soothing extracts, each mist helps to cool and calm skin on contact while providing instant moisturisation.  Uplifting in every way, the formula is delicately fragranced with a blend of lemon water, rose and bergamot for a light and energising aromatic experience.  Packaged in a portable, airline-approved travel size, this ultra-fine face mist is perfect for on-the-go use.

Stockists: Selected department stores (Edgars, Red Square etc) and prestige pharmacies.

Elizabeth Arden White Tea

Elizabeth Arden White Tea EDT ♥ starting at R495,00 – A pure and exquisitely uncomplicated new fragrance that invites you to revel in the moment and lose yourself in a warm memory.  Expertly crafted to echo peaceful simplicity, the White Tea fragrance features crisp and sparkling Italian Mandarin complimented by sensual notes of Sea Breeze Accord.  Its blissful, Zen-like heart of White Tea Extract, Turkish Rose Absolute and Mate Absolute Paraguay transports you to a place of luxurious indulgence, while lingering notes of Madras Wood, Ambrette Seed Absolute and a Trio of Tranquility Musks lead to a harmonious finale.

FREE Gift With Purchase: Receive a beautiful white tote bag to customers with the purchase of a 100ml White Tea fragrance (while stocks last).

Stockists: Selected department stores (Edgars, Red Square etc) and prestige pharmacies.

Filorga Nutri Filler Lips Nutri Plumping Lip Balm

Filorga Nutri-Filler Lips Nutri-Plumping Lip Balm ♥ R445,00 – An ultra-nourishing lip balm-oil that provides relief for dry lips, whilst at the same time plumping lips and boosting the natural lip colour for enhanced brightness.  An ultra-nourishing oil duo of soy oil and castor oil provides instant comfort and moisture for the driest lips.  A shea component repairs damaged lips and restores vitality by soothing inflammation, healing any lip damage and rebuilding the lip integrity.  Nutri-Filler Lips contains a pro-collagen peptide that provides a triple action on the lips: volumising; smoothing and redefining of the lip contours.  Nutri-Filler Lips is ideal for women aged 25 and older and comes in a flexible, silicone twist-pen applicator with a soft-touch tip.  The balm-like texture melts into light, non-sticky oil upon application.

Stockists: Edgars and Red Square stores.

Did you know?  Filorga is now also sold at the following Clicks stores: Clicks Eastgate, Clicks Springs Mall, Clicks Brooklyn, Clicks Menlyn, Clicks Secunda, Clicks Ballito, Clicks Gateway, Clicks Canal Walk, Clicks Cavendish – PLUS in the Clicks online store.

Filorga Hydra-Filler Mask Time-Filler Mask

Filorga Fabric Sheet Masks ♥ R175,00 each – New Time-Filler Mask and Hydra-Filler Mask are once-off, individual sheet-masks that provide intense treatment and rapid results in just 15 minutes.  Both masks contain active ingredients derived from aesthetic medicine and provide express effectiveness through targeted actions and innovative technologies.

Filorga Time-Filler Mask – This mask has a double smoothing effect, which lifts and visibly smoothes wrinkles, whilst stimulating skin regeneration for a reinforced anti-ageing action.  An active tightening mesh composed of sugar derivatives provides a 3D matrix that helps to tighten the skin.  Natural collagen, with a similar structure to the collagen in the skin, is soaked into the skin via the black oak fibre of the mask for firmer skin with a lasting anti-ageing effect.

Filorga Hydra-Filler Mask – A super-moisturising mask that delivers concentrated, instant and long-term hydration whilst reinvigorating the skin to restore radiance and freshness.  Low weight hyaluronic acid is easily absorbed into the skin, providing hydration and plumping.  Natural moisturising factors inherent to the skin, regulate the hydration of the skin. These consist of mainly amino acids, lactic acid, urea, sugars and mineral ions which all have hygroscopic components, meaning they retain water like a sponge on the skin’s surface.  Aloe Vera contains over 200 beneficial molecules including Vitamin A, B, C and E, Iron and Zinc, all of which contribute towards a fresh and luminous complexion.

Stockists: Selected Edgars, Red Square and Clicks stores.

NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Serum Pearls

NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Serum Pearls ♥ R229,99 – This is NIVEA’s most sophisticated and highly concentrated Q10 formula yet!  The highly powerful NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Serum Pearls formula replenishes the levels of Q10 in the skin, thus reducing the appearance of existing wrinkles as well as slowing down the formation of new ones.  The concentrated high-performance Q10 Plus Pearls are embedded in a moisturising hydrogel that contains Creatine and Hyaluronic Acid.  With every use, the pearls are freshly activated, guaranteeing an effective supply of the active ingredients to the skin. By pressing the nozzle, the moisturising gel and the high-performance pearls are drawn into the dispenser head, where the pearls are broken down and mixed with the moisturising gel.  When applied to the skin, the mixture is finally activated, creating a silky texture that leaves the skin looking and feeling sensationally smooth and younger looking, while reducing even deep wrinkles visibly.

Stockists: Clicks and Dis-Chem stores.


Kiehls Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream

Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream ♥ R895,00 – A 99.6% naturally-derived formula that is the first of its kind to leverage the combined efficacy of 2 world-renowned wellness ingredients – New Zealand Manuka Honey and Korean Red Ginseng Root.  While cocooning the skin in a comforting and nourishing texture, this breakthrough moisturiser helps skin resist hydration loss while also aiding in recovery from existing skin damage.  Manuka Honey is a dark, creamy mono-floral honey is valued for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and ability to treat skin wounds, even post surgery.  Compared to any other form of honey, it has the highest polyphenol level and anti-oxidant activity, which help to protect the skin from oxidative damage such as pollution and UV.  It is also known to stimulate collagen producing fibroblasts and keratinocytes, helping repair damage and maintain skin barrier hydration due to its high sugar content and 4x more minerals than any other honey.

Stockists: Kiehl’s counters in selected Edgars stores, or in the Kiehl’s South Africa online store and Red Square online store.

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray Quick Fix Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Priming Spray

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray ♥ R450,00 – This soothing spray preps, primes and balances the complexion while evening out skin tone, absorbing oil and reducing shine.  The formula is so scientifically advanced, it contains the first patented, stabilized form of topical vitamin B6.  Spritz B6 on any time of day to hydrate, prep and soften your skin with vitamins and antioxidants.  Versatile enough for people of all ages and skin types (men included!), this energizing formula is great for your skin and feels amazing.  In addition to stabilized vitamin B6, this high-tech formula contains antioxidant vitamin E and exfoliating willow bark.

Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Priming Spray ♥ R450,00 – This hydrating, soothing prep priming spray visibly reduces the appearance of pores, brightens and smoothes skin, and replaces lost moisture.  Light enough to use throughout the day (without messing up your makeup), Quick Fix instantly hydrates and softens skin. Use this spray in the morning to prep and ‘wake up’ your skin before you apply your makeup, at night before your treatment, or anytime you need a quick boost.  The formula is loaded with ingredients that are good for your skin, including vitamin B3, Sepitonic M3 and coconut water.

Stockists: Urban Decay Stuttafords Sandton, Foschini Eastgate, and the Foschini For Beauty online store.

Urban Decay De Slick All Nighter Chill Makeup Setting Spray Prep Prime Set

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray ♥ R450,00 – Makes makeup last as it controls oil, deflects surface shine and keeps skin looking beautifully matte.  High-tech ingredients help keep makeup from smudging, sliding or fading – so you hardly ever need to touch up.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ♥ R450,00 – Keeps makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hours – without melting, fading or settling into fine lines.

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray ♥ R450,00 – Features time-release technology that actually cools the surface of your makeup to help it last for up to 12 hours without smudging or settling into fine lines.

Each one of the above weightless formulas is free of oil and parabens.

Stockists: Urban Decay Stuttafords Sandton, Foschini Eastgate, and the Foschini For Beauty online store.

Urban Decay De-Slick Self Adjusting Optical Illusion Urban Defense Complexion Primer Prep Prime Set

Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer ♥ R450,00 – This lightweight, oil-absorbing primer not only controls shine, but also helps makeup go on better and last all day.  De-Slick Complexion Primer keeps oil in check even in the most extreme conditions.  Mattify and smooth skin while minimizing the appearance of pores – the sheer nude formula dries down invisibly, so it’s great for midday touch-ups on top of makeup too!  The oil-free, paraben-free formula contains a high-tech, mattifying blend of veegum (a natural clay derivative) and silica (which can absorb up to three times its weight in oil!).  The result?  Beautifully perfected, shine-free skin and tighter pores.  De-Slick also contains conditioning ingredients like aloe vera.

Urban Decay Self-Adjusting Complexion Primer ♥ R450,00 – This colour-correcting formula features encapsulated pigments that actually adjust to your skin tone.  Micro-encapsulated beads of pigment are suspended in the formula and burst on your skin, adapting to your skin tone as you apply.  Self-Adjusting Complexion Primer creates the perfect soft-focus effect so flaws seem to disappear and makes your makeup last all day.  This high-tech formula even fills in fine lines, minimizes pores and controls shine. Lightweight yet velvety, Self-Adjusting Complexion Primer dries down to a beautifully perfected matte finish.  You can see the little flecks of pigment in the opaque formula, which also contains conditioning vitamin E, along with corn powder to absorb oil and control shine.

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer ♥ R450,00 – Instantly blur flaws as you smooth out your skin.  Optical Illusion reduces fine lines and makes pores seem to vanish – for a gorgeous, porcelain-like texture.  This velvety soft, lightweight primer has a slight pink tint to illuminate skin pre-makeup, but dries down to a translucent, matte finish.  Like the name suggests, Optical Illusion creates an optical veil of scattered light, giving skin a soft-focus effect.  The cushy formula provides just enough glide to fill in lines for a smoothed-out complexion, and dries down to the perfect powdery finish.  A luxurious blend of argan, rosehip and meadow foam seed oils provides moisturizing and antioxidant benefits.

Urban Decay Urban Defense Complexion Primer ♥ R600,00 – Like a force field, this crystal-clear primer protects your skin from whatever the day throws at you.  SPF 30 guards against the sun, and the invisible-on-the-skin formula doesn’t leave a trace.  Urban Defense not only protects, but also primes and smoothes skin as it minimises the look of pores – so makeup applies better and lasts all day.  The hydrating gel formula contains conditioning ingredients like sesame seed extract, tomato fruit extract, squalane and bisabolol (derived from the Brazilian candeia tree).

Stockists: Urban Decay Stuttafords Sandton, Foschini Eastgate, and the Foschini For Beauty online store.

Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Activated Water Gel Concentrate

Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate ♥ R500,00 – An instant 179% moisture boost.  The water-gel formula is ultra light, yet intensely hydrates to boost skin’s moisture reserves for a full 24 hours.  Innovative liquid-sphere technology combines water-binding ingredients with encapsulated antioxidants to help break the cycle of dryness and environmental stress that can age skin’s appearance.  Absorbs instantly, leaving skin soothed, comfortable, fresh.

Stockists: Clinique counters in department stores, or in the Clinique South Africa online store.


GLAMGLOW POUTMUD ♥ R290,00 each – Get a sexier pout as GLAMGLOW’s cult favourite POUTMUD is doused with kissable colour.  These creamy buildable balms come in 6 irresistible super sexy, sheer shades that enhance lips’ natural hue.  Loaded with hydrating ingredients including sweet almond oil, cocoa oil, murumuru butter, shea butters, tamanu oil and babassu oil plus moroccan mint leaf technology, GLAMGLOW’s POUTMUD renews, energises, smoothes and hydrates in sexy shades of hot pink, red, plum, pink nude, peach and coral.

Stockists: Selected Edgars, Red Square and Woolworths stores, or in the Red Square online store.

Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler

Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler ♥ R109,95 – Delivers full and coloured brows in a few easy strokes.  Their fiber-infused gel formula adds volume and colour for an instant brow boost.  The tapered spoon brush delivers precise application from corner to corner.

Stockists: Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini, and selected Pick n Pay stores nationwide.

Maybelline The Blushes Nudes Palette

Maybelline The Blushes Nudes Palette ♥ R249,95 – The new rose-toned palette features 12 expertly curated shades for custom eye makeup looks.  This eyeshadow palette contains 12 dazzling colours infused with rose gold pigments.  From bold beiges and sultry sands to brazen bronzes and tempting taupes, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye makeup looks.

Stockists: Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini, and selected Pick n Pay stores nationwide.

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara

Maybelline The Falsies Push-Up Angel Mascara ♥ R149,95 – This new mascara delivers a voluminous winged arch for dramatic eye makeup looks.  The exclusive push-up wing brush sweeps lashes to the side, while lifting and plumping from the roots.  The styling formula holds the lifted wing look in place.

Stockists: Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini, and selected Pick n Pay stores nationwide.

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick ♥ R159,95 – An illuminating highlighting stick that adds targeted dimension to the face for the ultimate strobe effect.  The creamy formula with micro-fine pearls combine to boost skin glow.  Available in 3 shades for light, medium, and dark skin tones.

Stockists: Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini, and selected Pick n Pay stores nationwide.

Maybelline Super Stay 24H Makeup Primer Makeup Setting Spray

Maybelline Super Stay 24H Makeup Primer ♥ R159,95 – The ultra-smoothing formula instantly evens the appearance of the skin’s surface for the most perfect finish and controls shine to keep makeup fresh & flawless all day long.

Maybelline Super Stay 24H Makeup setting Spray ♥ R149,95 – A makeup locking-spray that extends both wear and freshness for a flawless look that lasts as if just applied.

Stockists: Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini, and selected Pick n Pay stores nationwide.

OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen

OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen ♥ R169,95 each – Biotin & collagen immerse skinny strands with the nutrients needed for thicker, fuller hair after just one use.  A high performance blend of powerful ProVitamin B7 Biotin infuses unique nutrients into every strand, while plumping collagen adds volume and dimension, and hydrolyzed wheat proteins strengthen for thicker, fuller, healthier looking hair.  The end result leaves hair volumised and luminous.

Stockists: Selected Clicks stores.

OGX Strength & Body Bamboo Fiber Full

OGX Strength & Body + Bamboo Fiber-Full ♥ R169,95 each – This specially formulated blend is infused with bamboo fibers and soy protein.  It helps to provide thick, full, voluptuous hair with healthy body.  OGX is the first brand to include the fiber from the actual bamboo plant, as opposed to the extract, to help create friction between hair strands, creating the appearance of fuller, thicker hair.  This collection also helps to increase elasticity and prevent hair breakage, while fortifying strands.

Stockists: Selected Clicks stores.

beautyblender bubble

beautyblender bubble makeup sponge ♥ R405,00 – In celebration of their 15th year anniversary as the category creator, beautyblender is showing off their sweeter side with the introduction of a newest shade.  beautyblender bubble captures the effervescence of pink champagne, the cheers and celebration of the anniversary all wrapped up in a soft baby pink shade.  The perfect accompaniment to your daily makeup routine, this new shade is beautyblender’s colour of 2017.

Stockists: Placecol online store, or Eye See Hue Makeup online store (it’s actually a bit cheaper here – R350,00).

YSL Black Opium Floral Shock

YSL Black Opium Floral Shock ♥ starting at R1245,00 – A fresh and invigorating interpretation of the iconic Black Opium coffee signature.  Black Opium Floral Shock hits like that first jolt of espresso when you wake up in the morning.  A shot of sensuality.  The iconic coffee and vanilla accord is now combined with new floral notes of gardenia and orange blossom that instantly add the feeling of a sea breeze.  It’s Black Opium on ice.

Stockists: Department stores nationwide.

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils THE SHOCK

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils THE SHOCK ♥ R520,00 – Dark, intense, and dazzling!  The Shock promises a new ferocity in mascara, offering unprecedented coverage from the very first stroke.  Ultra thick, ultra-long eyelashes to frame hypnotic, sensual eyes; bold, powerful and dangerously sexy.

Stockist: Only at the YSL Boutique in Sandton City.

Gucci Bamboo Limited Edition

Gucci Bamboo Limited Edition EDP ♥ R1400,00 – Alessandro Michele recasts the Gucci Bamboo fragrance with a limited edition design and jewel tone tint.  Soft yet intense, the scent blooms with notes of exotic Casablanca lily and Tahitian vanilla, balanced with sandalwood and grey amber.

Stockists: Edgars, Red Square, and Foschini stores.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion ♥ R499,00 – Designed to adapt to a thicker, creamier texture offering higher coverage.  A reinvented sponge-cushion covered with an unprecedented mesh is composed of interlacing fibres with larger spaces to give the formula more room.  The rigidity of these fibres also ensures optimal preservation of the formula inside the sponge.  The mesh covering the sponge and activated during the first use, it filters the formula to guarantee thin, even application, all while maintaining freshness.  Both lightweight and high-coverage, the new Teint Idole Ultra Cushion formula is rich in micro-pigments to blur the slightest imperfection, while remaining wonderfully discreet for a satiny glowing finish that enhances the complexion.   The refillable Teint Idole Ultra Cushion case can hold a new cushion in just one click (the refill retails for R350,00).  Perfect to switch shades or adapt them to changing skin tones or seasons.  Available in 7 shades.

Stockists: Edgars, Red Square, Stuttafords, Woolworths, Truworths and Foschini, as well as in the Red Square, Woolworths, and Foschini For Beauty online stores.

avon MARK South Africa

Avon MARK ♥ starting at R74,90 – The entire brand portfolio for ‘Mark’ was designed to inspire, bringing cutting-edge makeup, innovative textures, on-trend colours and precision tools to markets that will allow women to celebrate their own individuality through makeup.  The collection of products offers a palette of possibilities with everything a beauty lover needs to express herself, from a mousse foundation to cover imperfections with ultra-light texture and a comfortable matte finish, to a 24-hour volumising mascara that provides 360 degree volume that never dares to clump or smudge.  Mark’s product line also includes eyeliners, powders, lip gloss, nail polishes, blushes, eye shadows, concealers and much more for a true makeup enthusiast.

Stockists: Avon Representatives or at an Avon Beauty Centre (list of stores here).

Revlon Insta Blush

Revlon Insta-Blush ♥ R220,00 each – A sheer, blendable stick blush designed for mistake-proof application.  Each Revlon Insta-Blush features a luxurious cream-to-powder formula, with unique mica-coated pigments to diffuse light, leaving cheeks looking naturally flushed and beautiful.  Available in 4 shades suitable for fair, light, medium and deep skin tones.

Stockists: Clicks, Dis-Chem and leading department stores (Edgars, Red Square etc) nationwide.

Sorbet Sonic Facial Cleanser Brush

Sorbet Sonic Facial Cleanser Brush ♥ R899,00 – Sonic oscillation and pulsation technology allows for deep cleansing and skin exfoliation, which enables more dirt, oil and makeup to be removed.  Gentle enough to use twice daily, the tool features 3 replacement brush heads: A Daily cleansing brush head removes dead skin cells, brighten your complexion leaving your skin feeling soft and refreshed.  A Sensitive brush has super-soft bristles for deep, yet gentle cleansing.  And an Exfoliating brush head helps flush and dislodge oil and debris which clog pores.  It also has 3 speed sonic vibration settings, a charging station, and a smart timer that indicates when to move to another area.

Stockists: Sorbet salons and Clicks stores nationwide.

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum ♥ starting at R825,00 – As a market leader in ceramide technology, Elizabeth Arden is now introducing the next generation of capsules: Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum.  This clinically and dermatologically tested formula delivers triple the anti-aging power to enhance skin’s barrier repair, increase moisturisation within the surface of the skin, and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while still providing the Ceramide experience.  A combination of new ingredients and higher levels of existing ingredients work to not only replenish essential, naturally-occurring lipids, but also support skin’s natural renewal process.  Each capsule is biodegradable, fragrance- and preservative free, designed to deliver a concentrated dose packed with even more advanced ceramide technology.  This lightweight, silky-smooth serum helps to maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin and correct the visible signs of aging.

Stockists: Selected department stores (Edgars, Red Square etc) and prestige pharmacies.

ghd Wanderlust ghd tropic sky platinum styler gift set

ghd Wanderlust Tropic Sky Platinum Styler Gift Set ♥ R2999,00 – Get inspired with the brand new, limited edition Wanderlust collection from ghd.  With a tropical makeover, the ghd Platinum Styler is looking better than ever while delivering the same amazing results you love.  The wishbone hinge allows for perfect plate alignment, giving you full control whether you opt for poker straight locks or beachy waves. It’s also the kindest styler for your hair, with sensor-controlled heat distribution leading to 50% less breakage and 20% more shine.  With a coordinating heat-resistant bag, the ghd Wanderlust Platinum is sure to be a hit!

Stockists: Selected hair salons, or in the ghd South Africa online store and Retail Box online store.

ghd Amber Sunrise Gold V Styler Gift Set

ghd Wanderlust Amber Sunrise Gold V Styler Gift Set ♥ R2499,00 – Open up a world of styling possibilities with the new V Gold Wanderlust Amber Sunrise styler from ghd.  The classic styler has been given a vibrant makeover, and with its complimentary heat-resistant bag, is a must-have for all style-savvy globetrotters.  The smooth plates of the V Gold styler have been designed to glide through hair effortlessly.  With contoured edges, the plates allow for quick and easy styling, whether you’re creating waves, curls or a super-sleek style.  Universal voltage means the styler can be used wherever you are in the world, while the automatic sleep mode takes effect after 30 minutes to give you complete peace of mind.

Stockists: Selected hair salons, or in the ghd South Africa online store and Retail Box online store.

ghd Ruby Sunset Gold V Styler Gift Set

ghd Wanderlust Ruby Sunset Gold V Styler Gift Set ♥ R2499,00 – With a tropical makeover for the new season, the bestselling V Gold Styler in Ruby Sunset looks just as good as the results you get.  Whether you want to create a sleek, straight style, beachy waves or glamorous curls, the contoured plates of the ghd V Gold styler make it easier than ever.  The universal voltage and heat-resistant travel bag make it the perfect addition to your suitcase, allowing you to transform your hair while away.  Additional features include an automatic 30-minute Sleep Mode and protective plate guard, giving you peace of mind after styling.

All stylers come with a matching wanderlust heat-resistant bag.

Stockists: Selected hair salons, or in the ghd South Africa online store and Retail Box online store.


3INA Art Freedom Collection

3INA Art Freedom Collection ♥ starting at R89,95 – 3INA invites Marie-Sophie Lockhart to reflect on the theme of art freedom for the brand’s new makeup collection and first ever  collaboration.  The bespoke packaging builds further on the Art Freedom theme, using designs by Lockhart that encompass a range of mixed media including paint, collage and the make-up itself.  The Art Freedom collection is versatile with both natural, sophisticated shades and also bolder, fun colours so you can develop your look depending on how you use the products and what you want to express.

Stockists: 3INA stores nationwide (Eastgate Shopping Centre, Menlyn Park, and Sandton City).

Olgani Detoxifying Charcoal Toothpaste

Olgani Detoxifying Charcoal Toothpaste ♥ R110,00 – Black toothpaste designed to keep your teeth white. The well-known ability of activated charcoal to absorb tannins and toxins in its millions of tiny pores makes it an ideal ingredient for natural oral-care products.  Detoxifying Charcoal Toothpaste contains Olgani’s signature NutrireB base, coconut-shell activated charcoal and bentonite clay among its ingredients.  This non-abrasive, bleach-free formula gently cleans without any damage to tooth enamel.  Essential oils of peppermint, spearmint and tea tree will leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh.  Olgani Detoxifying Charcoal Toothpaste can be used as a regular toothpaste, twice a day by both adults and children.

Stockists: Selected Clicks stores and health shops (i.e. Wellness Warehouse), or online at Faithful To Nature and Wellness Warehouse.

LUSH Mothers Day 2017

LUSH Mother’s Day 2017 ♥ starting at R59,50 – Handcrafted with luxurious ingredients like organic coconut milk, fair trade organic cocoa butter and pure essential oils, these colourful treats and gifts will make her day.  This year’s collection features Bubble Bars, Bath Bombs, a lip scrub, a Shower Cream, a Shower Jelly, an exfoliating Body Butter, and a selection of exclusive gift sets.

Stockists: LUSH stores nationwide (list here), or in the LUSH South Africa online store.

LOccitane Terre De Lumiere

L’Occitane Terre De Lumière ♥ starting at R110,00 – In Provence, there is a unique moment in time, when the light embraces the sky and blesses the earth with a fleeting interval of grace. This is the Golden Hour. The perfect accord, an unexpected fusion of mesmerising gourmand notes and aromatic freshness. Terre de Lumière is the first gourmand aromatic fragrance from L’Occitane. This fragrance recreates an emotion felt during the Golden Hour – a moment of well-being and serenity.  A sparkling bergamot on top, an intense and unique lavender honey accord on heart with two gourmand notes: one made with beeswax and a sensual base made with white flowers and white musks.

Stockists: L’Occitane Boutiques nationwide, or in the L’Occitane South Africa online store.

Kerastase Aura Botanica

Kerastase Aura Botanica ♥ starting at R300,00 – Remarkable, glowing hair is no longer an ideal, it’s now a reality.  Aura Botanica channels the purity of nature with a 96% natural origin formula featuring handpicked coconut and argan oils with no silicones, sulfates or parabens.  The range consists of: Bain Micellaire – Gentle Aromatic Shampoo, Soin Fondamental – Moisturizing Deep Conditioner, Essence D’eclat – Moisturizing Oil-Mist, Concentre Essentiel – Aromatic Nourishing Oil Blend.

Stockists: Selected hair salons, or online at Retail Box and Everything Hair.

Now tell me…

Products Popping Up Question



  1. Kelly
    19 April 2017 / 14:33

    Was wondering where these posts were but so glad that you uploaded! I have my eye on the maybelline palette. Looks really pretty! I stopped by the local Dischem and saw that there’s an essence collection about being under the umbrella or something lol I kinda forgot the entire name. I feel like I’ve seen it somewhere before and I was so sure that I had seen it on your blog, coz your blog is the only one I follow x_x but I went back and couldn’t find it . Oh well, the theme has cute packaging, two matte lipsticks. Either berry (Dark maroon) or some shade of pink leaning toward the darker mink side (don’t ask me to describe the spectrum of colours, I suck at it x_x I still don’t know what salmon is, there is only peach :D) The eye shadows are along the smokey eye (grey) line. Just two colours as well. They also have a highlighter and contour kit shaped like crayons and a blush compact. Cute edition 🙂 Anyhoo, can’t wait for your next blog post! Take care!

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:11

      Yes, essence launched the ‘Me & My Umbrella’ collection in Dis-Chem recently. I honestly didn’t even know it was coming until I saw someone tweet a photo. Unfortunately they can’t always send me the info on their new limited editions in time for me to include them in these blog posts. I bought the contour brush from that little collection and it’s a really good brush for the price tag. 🙂

  2. Deirdre
    19 April 2017 / 14:46

    The products from Lush ❤️ super excited for those, and the Clinique chubby sticks!!

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:11

      I looooove LUSH products, been obsessed with them ever since they opened their first store in Cape Town a few years ago. 😉

  3. Anina
    19 April 2017 / 15:06

    Oe lekker! So baie wat ek wil he!

    Stel baie belang om te hoor wat jy dink van die Maybelline setting spray – sien baie melding wat gemaak word van wit kolletjies wat dit op jou gesig laat soos wat dit droograak….Hou ons op hoogte!

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:12

      Ek gaan verseker ‘n blog post oor die Maybelline primer en setting spray doen – ek het alklaar die fotos geneem. 😉 xo

  4. Patricia
    19 April 2017 / 15:10

    Wowza, this is a long one! I like the long products popping up blog posts, so many new things to look out for. I want the Clinique chubby sticks, the ghd ruby sunset, the maybelline mascara, and the revlon cream blush.

    Thanx for compiling these, Luzanne, it must take you ages! 😀

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:14

      The Clinique Chubby Sticks look SO fab, but I wonder if they might be too tingly for me. I don’t enjoy lip plumping products that are too plumping, they can sometimes become a bit painful after wearing them for a few hours.

      You’re most welcome, Patricia. 😉

  5. Whitney J
    19 April 2017 / 15:17

    Easter weekend was good, we spent the entire weekend at home with the kids.

    Love these posts, they’re definitely my favourite. I have my eye on the UD primers and setting sprays, and the Kiehls current daily face moisturiser is almost finished so Im looking for a new one.

    W x

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:14

      That sounds great! 🙂

  6. Ronel
    19 April 2017 / 16:20

    Sjoe, daai Lush goedjies lyk verskriklik oulik! En ek sal ‘n paar van die Maybelline produkte moet kry, hulle mascaras is altyd wenners!

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:15

      Ek wil verskriklik graag die LUSH Pink Custard en die kameelperdjie kry. 🙂

      • Luzanne
        3 May 2017 / 13:16

        Oh ja, en Maybelline maak van my gunsteling maskaras in die wêreld! 😉

  7. R Fourie
    19 April 2017 / 18:21

    The NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Serum Pearls – a “must have” in my books 🙂

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:16

      I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now, and I must say, I’m really enjoying it. 😉

  8. jenny
    19 April 2017 / 20:00

    Excited for all the products you showed!! Wow, imagine if I could own everything..

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:16

      Imagine that!!! 😀

  9. Tasneem P
    19 April 2017 / 20:03

    Defs have shark eyes for the gucci bamboo perfume, elizabeth arden face mist and the ghd platinum.. Its my birthday in May, hopefully I can twist my boyfriend’ arm to get me something from this list..? 😉

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:18

      The Gucci fragrance smells amazing, I have been reaching for it quite often these last few weeks. 🙂

      You definitely need to try the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist, it’s sooooo refreshing! I’ll hold thumbs your boyfriend spoils you for your birthday with some of these goodies, Tasneem. 😉

  10. Natalie van der Merwe
    19 April 2017 / 20:05

    YAAASSS!!! Need that Dermalogica Superfoliant in my life!!! Have you used it, Luzanne? What’s the difference between it and the original Microfoliant? I’ve been religiously using my Microfoliant ever since you reviewed it on your blog a few years ago, best exfoliator! 🙂

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:20

      I have used it, and although I think it’s a great product, I do love the original Microfoliant a bit more. 🙂 The original one is more suited for normal and mature skin types, whereas the Superfoliant works best on combo and oily skin types.

      So happy to hear you bought (and loved) the Microfoliant based on my recommendation!

  11. Claudette
    20 April 2017 / 09:07

    Hi , great post, thank you! , Could you possibly do a tutorial for teenage girls around 16y to do make up, maybe suggest products and just show nice, natural starting up make up?
    C xx

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:21

      You’re so welcome, Claudette. 🙂

      That sounds like a GREAT idea – I would love to film a video like that (natural makeup looks are my jam!). 😉 xo

  12. 20 April 2017 / 09:29

    There are so many things to lust after – I want to try the Filorga lip balm, the Lancome cushion foundation and the Kiehl’s face cream so badly it hurts!
    I’ve already got the Nivea Serum Pearls and I’ve been loving it! A really nice, basic serum that does the job.

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:22

      The Filorga lip balm is so so sooo good! I’ll be featuring it in a blog post later this week (the Kiehl’s moisturiser too). 🙂

      • Luzanne
        3 May 2017 / 13:23

        P.S. The Lancôme foundation is TO DIE FOR!! Great coverage but doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all. x

  13. farzana
    20 April 2017 / 11:21

    I love a good sheet mask, will be keeping my eyes open for the Filorga ones. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:23

      I’ll keep you updated on the sheet masks – Filorga will be sending them to me soon. 🙂

  14. Leighann
    20 April 2017 / 15:09

    Hi Lu,

    Great post as always. I’m definitely gonna try the Urban Decay Primers, seeing as I have such oily skin. I’d really like a review on the Maybelline 24hr setting spray, if you can. I trust your reviews and I’m more likely​ to purchase if you have a good reviews on it.

    Also, did you know that you are featured on the Cosmopolitan SA website as one of the best beauty bloggers to follow?? Congrats!! Before I read the post, I decided that if you weren’t there, I’d let Cosmopolitan SA know about you! Lol. I’m so proud of you.

    Check it out here

    Thanks so much for all your posts, I look forward to each one!

    Have a beautiful day 🙂

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:25

      Hi Leighann! 🙂 The review on the Maybelline primer and setting spray will be up later this week – I’ve already taken photos and started writing the post.

      I did know, thanks! 😉 One of my followers on Twitter tagged me in their article, I honestly couldn’t believe it! Such an honour! You are so kind for saying that, I really appreciate your support so much. xxx

  15. Odette
    21 April 2017 / 11:04

    Please review the Maybelline products? 🙂

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:26

      Will definitely do! I’ve already taken the pics, just need to finish writing up the review. 🙂

  16. 26 April 2017 / 10:50

    I want to try L’Occitane Terre De Lumière ♥ but first have to smell it to be sure, the scent sounds amazing.

    • Luzanne
      3 May 2017 / 13:27

      Definitely pop in to your nearest L’Occitane store – it’s already there. 🙂

      • 3 May 2017 / 15:10

        I was at the V & A Waterfront store on Saturday and the scent is’s not too strong or too soft. I have already hinted to the loved ones that they must spoil me with some lotion or perfume.

  17. Shannin
    3 May 2017 / 20:11

    Looking forward to trying the primer for oily skin from Urban Decay. If anyone is interested, I bought the Lancome Teint Idole cushion and it’s absolutely amazing…especially when applied with the sponge it comes with. Thanks for the awesome post.

  18. Vanessa
    11 May 2017 / 13:45

    Wow, everything above that you’ve reviewed is what make up dreams are made of! I absolutely love Opium – it’s amazing how the Fragrance has transitioned as it smells nothing like the Opium I used to buy for myself when I first started working, the very same one my Mom used for many a year. It’s just gotten better, spicier, sexier – deep dark and sassy! Totally love it!

    The Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Product range is awesome – I have the lip balm and it’s awesome!

    The Kiehl’s Masks that don’t have to be removed nowadays are amazing, I have the Cilantro & Orange Extract one and you apply it and just allow it to do its magic! I can’t stand to use a mask that one has to leave on and wash off again, the new age masks are awesome, I never have to tissue any exess off a’s my skin is do dry it just drinks it up.

  19. Jo
    7 September 2017 / 11:59

    Hi. Have you used the Sorbet Pro Sonic Facial Cleanser brush? Any thoughts on it?

  20. 18 September 2017 / 15:16


    Wow, so many products to choose. I can’t imagine all these as my skincare and cosmetics products. I think I wanna try that Gucci and Blushed Nudes from Maybelline.. ♥♥♥

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