I’m a teensy bit late with this month’s new product launches blog post – I apologise for that. The past few weeks have been hectic for me, so Neal & I went on a short getaway to Karkloof Safari Spa last weekend and only arrived back home on Wednesday. I’ve also been waiting for a few brands to send me their new launch information, so here we are today with a long list of new product & collection launches. I’m particularly excited about the ghd Vintage Pink styler, L’Occitane Peony skin care range, the Kiehl’s primer and BB cream, NYX highlighters and the Bourjois Aqua Laque glosses.
Go pop on the kettle, make yourself a cup of your favourite yummy and let’s take a look at all the goodies that are launching during the month of July.
Let’s start off with Benefit Cosmetics, they launched their first counter at Edgars (Sandton) this past Saturday. Even better news, though, is that Benefit products are also available online right NOW in the Red Square online store (good news for those of us who live a bit far from the stores below OR who can’t wait for all the stores to roll-out). Here are the rest of the store roll-out dates (with more stores to come later this year):
♥ Edgars in Sandton City (Johannesburg) – 11 July 2015
♥ Edgars in Clearwater Mall (Johannesburg) – 13 July 2015
♥ Red Square in Cresta Shopping Centre (Johannesburg) – 15 July 2015
♥ Red Square in Canal Walk (Cape Town) – 17 July 2015
♥ Edgars in Canal Walk (Cape Town) – 18 July 2015
I bought only 2 products in the Red Square online store on Friday, mainly because I already own quite a few Benefit products but also because I was a bit shocked at the prices of some of the products. I’m hoping the counters will stock mini kits of their products (not sold in the Red Square online store), because I feel they are better value for money. To check out the pricing of their products, click here.
OH! And the Red Square online store is running a promo at the moment, where you get a FREE gift with the purchase of 2 Benefit Cosmetics products here.
ghd Vintage Pink ♥ R 2399,00 – The award-winning ghd V gold classic styler has been given a retro makeover to support PinkDrive. In a new limited edition pink finish, each sale of this stylish styler contributes R 239,00 to help fight breast cancer. The smooth 1″ plates have a contoured, high-gloss finish, perfect for gliding through the hair effortlessly, providing the ultimate shine and healthy, long lasting results, on all hair types. With its limited edition vintage pink carry case, perfect for stowing your styler when traveling.
The collection features the ghd Vintage Pink styler, a set of sectioning clips (R 20,00), and a paddle brush (R 299,00). This is a limited edition collection that is currently available online at Everything Hair, Hair HQ and Retail Box, or in selected hair salons nationwide. Hair HQ actually has the best deal, you get the ghd Vintage Pink styler plus paddle brush for R 2399,00 here.
Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector ♥ R 510,00 – A lightweight water-based skin-smoothing formula that provides both an immediate blurring effect to visibly transform the look of skin in seconds, and an improvement of pores and skin texture over time. Micro-Blur Skin Perfector offers women the opportunity to treat immediate and long-term skincare concerns with just 1 product. The formula contains light reflectors to visibly transform skin, creating a smooth, pristine complexion. The result is a healthy-looking finish and a texture that isn’t heavy or waxy on the skin. Offering immediate benefits, this Kiehl’s formula can be used day and night. It is non-comedogenic, therefore it will not clog pores. It is sheer upon application, and is suitable for all skin tones.
Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF50/PA +++ ♥ R 525,00 – Kiehl’s very first BB cream, offering immediate natural-looking coverage and longer term skin tone correction. It offers instantly even skin tone coverage, true colour hues and hydration all day. Formulated with sensitive skins in mind, yet effective for all skin types, this BB cream is available in 5 shades suited to South African skin tones. All shades are fragrance-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, dermatologist and allergy tested for sensitive skin, and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores).
I’ve had the pleasure of testing both these Kiehl’s products and I am very impressed. That’s all I’m going to say, because you can expect a review soon. Kiehl’s products are available at Kiehl’s counters (in selected Edgars stores) nationwide.
NIVEA Irresistibly Smooth Shower Cream ♥ R 29,99 – While showering revives the body, mind and soul, many shower gels strip the skin of additional moisture, leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. Irresistibly Smooth is a mild and caring shower cream formula which leaves you with an extraordinary smooth-skin feeling and an all-round cared for sensation. Enriched with shea butter, a natural skin moisturiser with high levels of Vitamin A, E, and F. Available at leading retail outlets and pharmacies nationwide.
Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel & Brush ♥ R 395,00 – A truly innovative, water-proof, transfer-proof and nourishing long-wearing brow gel that provides rich, stay-true, no-fade color in 5 shades to match all hair colors. The brow gel adds the perfect combination of instant definition and fullness for thin, barely-there brow hairs. The innovative tube dispenser with an angled well holds the perfectly dispensed dose of brow gel. The double-ended brow brush with spooly mimics the arch of the brow to fill and shape with precision.
Stila Stay All Day Bronzer ♥ R 390,00 – A lightweight, matte-satin powder that is ideal for accenting the face and body to perfection. Features are sculpted and shaped with long-wearing pigments that blend effortlessly for a natural-looking result. The sun-kissed, bronze hue adds a touch of sun for a healthy glow all year round.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ♥ R 245,00 – Delivers intense moisture and long-lasting colour that stays in place for up to 6 hours of continuous wear. Stila’s Summer 2015 collection features 5 new bold shades, but South Africa will only receive three of the shades: Amalfi, Bella and Venezia.
I am holding thumbs and big toes the Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush and Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer (also part of the Summer 2015 collection) will arrive on our shores for Summer. Stila products are available at Woolworths and Stuttafords stores, or online at Spree, Retail Box or Zando.
Palladio Herbal Glam Intense Gel Liner ♥ R 99,95 – The long-lasting, extreme pigment formula helps create the ultimate glam look. Candelilla wax helps make for a smooth, creamy application while Vitamin E and green tea extract help protect the delicate eye area against free-radical damage. Available in 5 glam shades (charcoal gray, violet, deep blue, brown and black) at Dis-Chem pharmacies.
Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter Volume Mascara ♥ R 420,00 – In a single stroke, lashes are instantly voluminised. Its melt-in cream formula is re-workable and smudge-proof designed for optimum hold. Its 306 bristles guarantee even and generous application, without overloading. The soft brush gently combs the lashes, its shorter bristles coat them with mascara all the way from the root, while the longer bristles work the formula through to the tips. As the weeks go by, its complex which is enriched with an exclusive Lancôme Native Rose Cell extract helps leave bare lashes softer and more resistant for a denser, thicker lash fringe.
I used the Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-à-porter mascara in this video, and it is an absolute pleasure to work with. It has taken the place of my previous favourite mascara – no jokes! Available at all Lancôme counters in selected Edgars, Red Square, Stuttafords, Woolworths, Truworths and Foschini stores.
Moroccanoil Smooth ♥ starting at R 350,00 – A lightweight smoothing formula that transform frizzy hair into manageable and calm, healthy-looking locks. Its gentle formula contains AminoRenew to strengthen the hair’s keratin structure and restore amino acids. Enriched with argan oil and argan butter for smooth, healthy looking and manageable hair, with results that last up to 72 hours. Colour-safe and sulfate-, phosphate- and paraben-free.
Dermaceutic Mela Cream ♥ R 1200,00 – Reduces the appearance of pigment spots, harmonizes complexion and evens skin tone, regulates pigment production and boosts depigmenting action of Mela Peel Treatment (R 2000,00). Dermaceutic products are available at selected skin care centres and dermatologists nationwide.
Essie Winter 2015 Collection ♥ R 125,00 each – ‘Tis the season for self-gifting, so indulge with dazzling shades that set off holiday looks to perfection. Does the occasion call for festive attire? Let the ultra-glamorous ‘Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low’ or the enchanting ‘Tuck It In My Tux’ be your entrance-maker. Whether you’re stepping out on the red carpet at the gala of the season or just want to glow by a candlelit dinner for two, you’re sure to find the perfect shade in Essie’s Winter collection.
♥ Tuck It In My Tux – A silken ivory crème.
♥ Back In The Limo – A sheer bright ripe melon.
♥ Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low – A shimmery bold molten gold.
♥ Bump Up The Pumps – A raucous coral.
♥ Double Breasted Jacket – A tourmaline ruby red.
♥ Jump In My Jumpsuit – A bright, yet slightly vampy red.
Keep in mind, Essie is a US-based company, thus this was their holiday collection in 2014. Our seasons are never the same as countries in the northern hemisphere, when they have Winter, we have Summer & vice versa. Essie nail polishes are available at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks, Foschini and beauty salons nationwide.
Redken Color Rebel ♥ R 485,00 each – Available in 5 stylish shades and 5 natural shades, Color Rebel allows you to change your look in a minute. Using makeup technology with direct colour pigments, Color Rebel deposits a very fine coloured micro-coating on the surface of the hair, making it resistant against water and mechanical aggressors, such as brushing and heat tools. Color Rebel is non-permanent and washes out after 2 shampoos. Available at hair salons nationwide.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Liquid Lipstick ♥ R 139,95 – Combining a high concentration of water and which has great moisturising ability, and intense colour pigment. Provides intense hydration but isn’t sticky on the lips (it actually feels quite refreshing and cooling on the lips). Available in 8 shades ranging from nudes to bright pops of colour.
Bourjois Sweet Kiss Gloss ♥ R 119,95 – The gloss that combines comfort and brightness. A serum formula enriched with vegetable oil that does not stick, and brings comfort and hydration for 10 hours. Available in 6 translucent and bright shades (minus shimmer or glitter) which naturally enhance the lips.
Bourjois La Laque Nail Enamel ♥ R 104,95 – The formula is concentrated in pure, saturated pigments, for full coverage and shine from the first coat. A generous, precise round brush is suitable for all nail shapes, wide or narrow, long or short. Available in 6 shades.
Bourjois products are available online at Spree or selected Clicks stores.
Kérastase Densifique Sérum Jeunesse ♥ R 900,00 – The first youth activator serum created to compensate the loss of quality due to greying process. This hair serum preserves the hair’s capacity for youthfulness and protects the scalp from the oxidative stress that causes melanin loss. The fiber regains its initial youthfulness and glows with supple softness and dazzling volume. In just 3 months, a new type of density comes to the fore. For who ? Men & women (even coloured hair), greying hair and thinning hair. Kérastase Densifique Serum Jeunesse Potion transforms thinning hair to leave you with voluminous locks.
Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3-In-1 Mascara ♥ R 109,95 – Contains volumising prills which form spherical wax particles, that act as spacers between lashes to make them appear fuller. In tandem, this lash extending formula contains over 30,000 carbon black fibres in each tube. When applied, these fibres weave into the smooth sculptable formula for an instant lash extension effect. Available in 2 shades (black and black brown) at selected Clicks stores countrywide.
Filorga Detox Body Treatment ♥ R 550,00 – French anti-ageing experts, Filorga, have created the first all-in-one skincare solution for the body. A detoxifying, ultra-nourishing body treatment that both rejuvenates and improves the quality of your skin. A feather-light, creamy mousse containing shea butter nourishes, softens and protects the skin from within, repairing damage caused by environmental factors. An extract of the flowers of Sophora japonica (a tree native to China), act as a skin-purifying agent. These molecules contain physical antioxidant properties, whilst at the same time stimulating the skin’s natural detoxifying mechanisms. Includes glycolic acid for a skin-resurfacing effect on the legs, thighs, neck and décolleté, resulting in smoother skin with fewer imperfections. Filorga’s patented NCTF formula with Hyaluronic acid helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, improves skin elasticity, hydration and radiance, giving the skin a healthy glow. Available at selected Edgars and Red Square stores.
NYX Illuminators ♥ R 174,95 – Brighten up your skin with these powder highlighters, available in 5 shades. The radiant shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer while adding a youthful glow. Complements the structure of the face with a touch of luminosity.
NYX Matte Bronzers ♥ R 174,95 – Gives you the bronze effect without the shimmer. Achieve a natural and healthy looking complexion using any of the powder bronzers available in 5 warm-toned shades. Perfect for that desired honey glow all year long.
NYX products are available online at Spree or at selected Clicks stores.
Wella Professionals Elements ♥ starting at R 207,00 – A ‘free of’ care system that instantly repairs and prevents against keratin degeneration. Formulated with the new NuTREE complex, enriched with natural tree extract, for renewed hair vitality. Provides up to 10 times more keratin protection. Free of sulfates, parabens and artificial colorants. Renew hair vitality and reveal its natural beauty.
The range features a Renewing Shampoo, Renewing Conditioner, Reconstructing Mask, and Leave-in Conditioning Spray. Available online at Retail Box.
L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime ♥ starting at R 210,00 – Discover the perfecting powers of peony extract. Integrated into beauty skincare products, this patented extract immediately and lastingly improves skin’s condition, treating its texture irregularities (pores, blemishes and fine lines), and tone unevenness (redness and dullness).
Peony Perfecting Cream (R 595,00) – Formulated with skin-perfecting peony extract and mineral-based optical correctors, this 24h-moisturising cream helps create perfect-looking skin.
Peony Skin Perfector (R 590,00) – Ideal for all skin types, this fresh and ultra-light serum, with an expert second-skin-like texture helps to visibly improve skin quality. Skin texture looks smoothed and refined, pores seem tightened, fine lines and imperfections seem reduced.
Peony CC Tone Perfecting Cream SPF20 (R 450,00) – Combining skin-perfecting peony extract with unifying CC pigments and illuminating pearly particles, this light velvety hydrating and protecting cream immediately create perfect-looking skin. The complexion is even, fresh and luminous. Available in 2 shades: Light & Medium.
Peony Lip Balm SPF20 (R 210,00) – Enriched with perfecting peony extract, this creamy beauty balm nourishes and protects (SPF 25) while giving them a natural rosy shine. Lips feel comfortable and look evenly coloured.
L’Occitane products are available in the L’Occitane SA online store or at L’Occitane boutiques nationwide.
MAC Le Disko ♥ starting at R 220,00 – Where glitter and glamour intoxicate and colour gets physical. It’s all see and be seen as the crowd converges under a sparkling aura of lights and erupts into a dazzling sea of eyes and lips. Feel the fever with Dazzle Eye Shadow in riotous hues, while Dazzleglass drops it like it’s hot for colour-popped lips that’ll make the boys go crazy. It’s a full on colour disco, and you’re the reigning queen.
Dazzleshadow (R 220,00) – The rich, stay-true pigments adhere to the lid with minimal fallout, imparting eyes with a beautiful, twinkling sheen. The creamy, talc-free formula delivers a texture that’s the perfect union of cream and powder, creating a multidimensional, reflective surface that leaves lids looking dazzling yet delicate.
Dazzleglass (R 220,00) – Lip colour that dazzles with light and shine to bring an exciting dimensional pop to your lips. Large particle pearls reflect and refract light to mimic the brilliance of quartz and opal crystal. Non-sticky, non-tacky, lightweight and moisturizing.
Superslick Liquid Eyeliner (R 225,00) – Water-based, water resistant, quick and precise to apply. Dries in 15 seconds to provide a sleek, longwearing, wet-look, no-smudge line.
MAC 247 Flat Shader Brush R 330,00) – Made of a blend of Natrafil and traditional synthetic fibres for powder and liquid / cream application. The flat, medium-sized paddle shape makes it ideal for applying product on the eyelid.
MAC products are available in the MAC SA online store or at your nearest MAC counter.
Garnier Even & Matte ♥ starting at R 24,95 – The line includes an face wash, exfoliating scrub, toner, and 3 moisturisers to suit each skin type – normal to dry, normal to oily, and very oily skin. Each product contains pure lemon essence (brightens) and vitamin B3 (hydrates) to help inhibit the production of melanin (hyperpigmentation). The Garnier Even product range has been around for quite a while, this new line features new products & updated packaging. Available at leading retail outlets and pharmacies nationwide.
Hill’s Promo – Hill’s Science Plan and Hill’s Ideal Balance foods are naturally preserved, completely balanced and scientifically-formulated to meet your pet’s specific nutritional needs. Let your best friend snuggle up on a cosy new #hillslazybed this Winter. The giant lazy pillows (worth R 350,00) are FREE when you purchase two bags of Hill’s Science Plan or Ideal Balance Canine sized between 10kg and 13.6kg. The pillow comes in 3 colour variations and is ideal for medium and large dogs. For mini breeds the super cute lazy pouch (available in 5 colours and worth R 250,00) is FREE when you purchase 2 bags of Hill’s Science Plan or Ideal Balance Canine Mini sized between 1.81kg and 3kg. The #hillslazybed offer is available at participating veterinary outlets from 1 July, while stocks last.
Jezebelle received her lazy pouch on Friday and it’s her new favourite spot to snooze. She’s so smart, I only told her once that the bed was hers (not Charlie’s) and she’s been favouring the lazy pouch above all the other beds we have in the lounge and patio. Yep, I also hoard dog beds.
Last but definitely not least you can look forward to seeing some quirky diner style products at Typo this month, the collection is called ‘Vintage Diner’. I had a look at the collection photos, and these tumblers are my personal favourites. Looking at these beauties, I’ll probably buy number 2 and number 5 – which ones tickle your pickle?