Holy moly, it feels like I posted one of these blog posts just the other day! Today I’m sharing new products / collections launching during the month of May – I have makeup, skin care, bath & body care, hair care and nail polishes to share with you.
Remember: It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, and I’ve decided to mention a few gift ideas for Mum at the end of this blog post. If you hurry, you might still be able to find a few of the LUSH Mother’s Day goodies in-store (almost everything is sold out online). I can personally recommend the Mother Superior Bubble Bar (her scent-sister is the LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub, which smells like fresh, clean laundry) and the Yummy Mummy Shower Gel (it features an uplifting fruity fragrance & contains silver glitters).
As always go grab your favourite cup of yummy (my current beverage of choice is the Nespresso Monsoon Malabar) and let’s jump right in!
The Body Shop is launching some pretty amazing goodies this month & I’m very excited! Here’s what they have to say about their new ‘Honey Bronze’ range: “We can’t promise you holidays that last all year…but we can help you get that ‘just stepped off the beach’ look any time with our Honey Bronze range. A head-to-toe sunkissed glow with a totally natural look. Remember, smart girls fake it!”
Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist (R 220,00) – This innovative leg mist gives an instant, even bronzed glow whilst leaving your legs feeling refreshed. No oil, no shimmer, no transfer…just a natural-looking matte tan!
Honey Bronze Highlighting Domes (R 145,00 each) – Highlight cheeks with a natural-looking flush of warm shimmer, whatever your skin tone. The creamy, lightweight texture glides onto skin for a soft finish with a delicious honey fragrance.
Honey Bronze Face Gel (R 120,00) – Get a subtle sun glow. This translucent lightweight formula leaves skin with a sunkissed matte tan that looks utterly natural, never orange or streaky: It really is foolproof! The refreshing gel texture quenches skin all day whilst adding a natural bronze glow to the skin.
Vitamin C is a great nutrient for overall skin health, helping to maintain plump, moisturised skin. It helps skin cell renewal and regeneration, revealing skin that feels smoother and looks more glowing. It is also a powerful antioxidant, fighting against free radicals that damage & age the skin.
The Body Shop sourced one of the most potent natural sources of Vitamin C in the world: The mighty camu camu berry, from the depths of the Amazonian rainforest. Each berry is traditionally harvested on canoes during the rainy season and packs a punch with up to 60 TIMES THE VITAMIN C POWER of an orange!
Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser (R 155,00) – Say goodbye to grumpy, dull, fatigued skin with this gel cream moisturiser. Skin is clarified, revealing your natural, healthy glow. Fresh, lightweight formula fights signs of fatigue, with a new, invigorating fragrance. Also infuses skin with juicy moisture.
Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer (R 140,00) – An instant fix for a healthy-looking glow! Enhances skin with a fresh rosy tint, whilst leaving it feeling velvety soft and silky. Use as the last step of your skincare regime and as a touch up throughout the day to boost your glow.
Bourjois launches their Dark Privilège collection this month, which will features a mascara, plus eyeliners and pencils. Bourjois products are available at selected Clicks stores.
Twist Up The Volume Ultra Black Edition Mascara (R 149,95) – You already know Twist Up The Volume Mascara, but now you can find it in an extraordinarily intense Ultra-Black version. Black pigments strengthen the formula and create an intense and vibrant black that lasts all day long. Thanks to the two-position brush, Twist Up The Volume Mascara lengthens, separates and coats lashes, for an ultra-complete result.
Position 1: The bristles are fanned out and offer optimal length and separation.
Position 2: The bristles are close together to maximise the amount of mascara and produce even more volume and intensity.
Ultra Black Liner Pinceau (R 129,95) – An even more intense liquid formula means this liner brush offers a denser line with the same ideal curve and lasts up to 16 hours.
Ultra Black Liner Pen (R 109,95) – Thanks to its precise retractable point and its soft and intense texture, the Ultra-Black Liner Pen is just as easy to use as a pencil! In addition to being long-wearing, it also offers a saturated shade of black. An integrated pull out pencil sharpener at the base of the pencil makes it user-friendly & easy to sharpen.
Ultra Black Felt-Tip Liner (R 129,95) – A high-precision felt-tip liner for a well-defined and precise result. With this liner, black is ultra-black!
Ultra Black Mega Liner (R 129,95) – A felt-tip liner with a wide angled tip for thin or thick graphic lines.
Morgan Taylor is launching their stunning limited edition nail polish collection called ‘Midnight Masquerade’. Inspired by the mystery and intrigue of a masquerade ball, this colour palette features deep sensual shades balanced by opulent and adventurous tones. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know Morgan Taylor is firmly up there with my favourite brands. They have fantastic formulas & a growing range of gorgeous colours! Midnight Masquerade is their Winter 2015 collection and features 6 shades – 2 glitters, 2 metallics and 2 cremes. Morgan Taylor nail polishes retail for R 123,00 at selected Dis-Chem stores & nail salons.
Your nearest Clinique counter will be stocking the brand new Pop Lip Colour and Primer lipsticks this month (already available online). Luxurious yet weightless formula merges bold, saturated colour with a smoothing primer. Colour stays true, keeps lips comfortably moisturised for 8 hours. I was fortunate to receive 2 of the shades (Grape Pop & Melon Pop) about a month ago when I met up with the Clinique SA PR team, and I must say, these lippies are incredible. There are 16 beautiful shades available ranging from muted nudes to bold pops of colour. The Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer lipsticks retail for R 280,00 each.
MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster (R 460,00) – A colour-correcting cream that reduces imperfections while increasing the natural radiance of your skin. Infused with a Lightful Radiance Booster and Vitamin C, it works to correct your overall complexion by reducing the appearance of pores and diminishing dark spots and hyper-pigmentation, while SPF 30 protects against UVA/UVB rays. Available in 7 shades ranging from ‘Light’ to ‘Dark Deep’.
It’s full steam ahead as the MAC Wash & Dry laundromat opens for business, so make a date with good, clean fun. The suds are rising and the gossip is flowing with this breezy bronzing collection inspired by bright, fresh hues perfect for a full spin or just a quick tumble. All in super-sleek packaging to set your cycle to chic! This is a HUGE collection featuring Technakohl liners, lipsticks, Veluxe Pearlfusion eyeshadow trios, powder blushes, highlighters, nail lacquers, Fluidline Brow Gelcremes, a clear Brow Set gel, Studio Sculpt Defining bronzing powders, Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set gels, makeup brushes, matte bronzing powders and a False Lashes Waterproof mascara. Prices range from R 200,00 (brow pencils) to R 660,00 (MAC 125 Split Fibre Dense Face Brush).
Billion Dollar Brows has arrived in South Africa, ladies! This exciting new range offers speciality tailor-made cosmetics for eyebrows & will be launched in selected Stuttafords stores at the end of May 2015. Billion Dollar Brows offer effective products, among them the patented Brow Buddy tool, the Universal Brow Pencil, plus their exclusive brushes, gels, powders, and tints. I don’t have pricing on the products as yet, but will try to get my hands on a few of their products as soon as they’re in-store & will do a review for you.
Everything Hair will be adding the ghd V Opal Styler to their online store this month. This new limited edition styler sparkles with every colour of the spectrum in a beautiful opalescent shade that will make any dressing table glisten. The ghd V Opal Styler smoothes, straightens, curls and waves, giving a luxe, high-shine finish. You can find this gorgeous styler retailing for R 2299,00 here.
Everything Hair also recently added the Tangle Teezer Men’s Compact Groomer to their online store. As smart as the hair style you wear, Tangle Teezer created a detangling hairbrush that’s all man! This matte slate chrome groomer with grey teeth flex just the right amount to detangle and smooth your style into shape. Slip into your rucksack, gym or desk drawer for a last minute tidy & style. The Tangle Teezer Men’s Compact Groomer retails for R 260,00 here (and remember you can earn Beauty Bucks for writing reviews on products in the Everything Hair online store). This looks like something Neal really needs in his life, so I might get it for him as a little prezzie!
Smashbox launched their Photo Finish Primer Water (R 400,00) end of April / beginning of May. I have been waiting for this to arrive in South Africa for such a long time (it’s a firm favourite amongst international beauty bloggers & vloggers) and my heart literally skipped a beat when I saw it at Red Square this past weekend (I bought it on the spot!). A makeup primer spray that hydrates and revitalizes skin. Get the benefits of priming, hydration, and sheer radiance with this all-in-one Photo Finish Primer Water. Free of silicone, alcohol, and oil, it’s packed with revitalizing electrolytes that work to reawaken skin and restore moisture. This enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration, leaving skin looking refreshed while it locks in makeup (it can also be used as a makeup setting spray). I have also seen this at Edgars and Woolworths stores.
Pick n Pay stores will stock the Café de Bain range this month, featuring an indulgent ‘french patisserie inspired’ luxury bath & body collection. Relax and treat yourself to some deliciously-scented, delectably pampering bath and body delicacies from the Café de Bain range.
The collection contains 3 scents with a selection of 2 bath products each – a 500ml bath crème (R 59,95) and a 250ml shower crème (R 49,95).
Sweet Vanilla Madeleine – Flavoured with warm vanilla and a hint of toasted macadamia, this decadent creamy-rich lather will moisturise and nourish your skin.
Coconut Macaroon – Scented with the tropical taste of sweet, creamy coconut & inspired by the rich caramel fragrance of lightly toasted coconut.
Raspberry & Rose Crème Tarte – Raspberry and rose are just the most delicious fragrance combination! The sharp summer fruitiness of raspberries, and the beautiful sweetness of rosewater with a hint of vanilla crème patissière and butter pastry tarte.
Retail Box recently added the Tangle Teezer Blow Styling Brush to their online store. This is a different kind of paddle brush for a quicker, smoother blow-dry. For all hair types the innovative teeth allows for free-flow tension so there’s no pulling and tugging. Excess moisture is removed from the hair shaft to guarantee a quicker blow-dry. Your style is left voluminous and shiny with reduced frizz. The Tangle Teezer Blow Styling Brush retails for R 399,00.
In one of my previous ‘Products Popping Up’ blog posts I mentioned that Retail Box recently started stocking theBalm products. Very exciting as theBalm a very popular US makeup brand! Anyway, they recently added the Balm Desert bronzer / blush to their expanding range of products. Dive right into theBalm’s latest sun-kissed must-have…Balm Desert. This blush and bronzer is paraben- and talc free, and specially formulated to be long-wearing and fade-resistant. The Balm Desert retails for R 399,00 online here.
Maybelline is launching their new Super Stay 24H Ultimate Reds lipsticks, these are smudge proof, fade proof, relentless reds. Super Stay 24H Ultimate Reds are highly pigmented and offer completely opaque coverage. Available in 5 relentlessly red shades and will retail for R 144,95 at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini and Edgars stores.
Maybelline also celebrates their 100th birthday in May 2015 – Happy Birthday, Maybelline!!
The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat is now available in the Turquoise Studio online store! I mentioned in my ‘Best Of Beauty 2014 – Beauty Tools’ blog post back in February that I was holding thumbs Turquoise Studio would be stocking this nifty little mat from Sigma Beauty. I immediately placed an order as soon as I saw the tweet from Turquoise Studio notifying their followers that it was added to their online store. The Spa Brush Cleaning Mat retails for R 525,00 and I will DEFINITELY be doing a review on it very soon! I’m planning on doing a ‘How I Clean My Makeup Brushes’ blog post and it will hopefully be up in the next week or so.
Head on over to Woolworths to stock up on some pretty darn cute slippers – the ones you see above are part of the Mother’s Day 2015 range. I already bought the top middle ones, but will be going back for the the bow pair (bottom middle). Pricing ranges from R 99,95 to R 160,00 per pair.
Don’t forget to spoil Mom this coming Sunday! Typo has some amazing Mother’s Day goodies in-store, you’re guaranteed to find something special for her. My personal favourites = the above set (includes an oven mitt, apron & a dish towel) and their scented & embossed candles.
Benefit Cosmetics are coming back to South Africa! Hurraaaah! I was so sad when they upped and left a few years ago but I’ve heard rumours they’re coming back for good. I’m not 100% sure exactly when they’ll be back in-store but I’ll keep you posted!
Have a wonderful Monday, everyone! I’m heading out the door now to go buy food & groceries for the week but I’ll reply to all comments and emails when I’m back. I’ve been so slack with replying to comments on the blog lately & it has really been bothering me. I’m the type of person who believes that if someone has taken the time to send you a comment or email, the least you can do is reply. I’ve been going through a bit of a tough time lately (more on that in another blog post later this week) but I promise I’ll reply to all tweets, emails and comments a bit later today.