Ok, so I know I’m a bit late with this blog post but things have been so crazy busy for me lately. I was in Namibia for 3 days last week attending my uncle’s funeral, which left me feeling both drained and despondent. As Beauty South Africa’s blogger of the month I’ve had to write 2 articles and film & edit a YouTube video for their YouTube channel. I’ve also had sponsored blog posts (Giorgio Armani and upcoming Kiehl’s campaigns) and giveaways that I needed to write and prep for this past week and a half, so I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and write my ‘Products Popping Up’ blog post. This is probably one of my favourite blog posts to write, mainly because I know my readers enjoy them so much, so it has been a pink elephant in one of the corners of my mind these past 2 weeks.
Today is Saturday, I woke up bright & early this morning to sit down, write the blog post and create the images. It’s going to be a long one because I have A LOT of new product launches to show you. I’m sipping away on a fruit smoothie – I recently bought a Nutribullet (I have the grey one) and I’m obsessed! Today’s recipe includes banana, frozen mango, frozen raspberries, fresh pineapple, chia seeds and coconut water. I’ve tried the whole adding kale or spinach to your smoothies thing, but I can still taste the greens. Blegh… So I’m sticking to fruit smoothies. I know fruit contains a lot of sucrose and it might make me gain some weight, but I only have one small smoothie each morning for breakfast so it should be alright. And I eat loads of veggies throughout the day, so I don’t really need the added greens.
Anyway, now that I’ve bored you to death with my smoothie story…try to wake up and go get yourself something to drink (or eat). I’ll wait here until you get back… Ready? Ok, let’s go!
Stila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner (R 335,00) – Bold eye liner looks, from tight lines to cat eyes, have never been so easy to achieve. Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner is a lightweight, yet richly pigmented liquid eye liner dispensed through a unique cushion soaked in colour. A full range of 6 dazzling colours, from flat to metallic finishes, can be expertly applied with the custom designed La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush that dips into the sponge like a calligraphy pen and draws across the lid in a slow, smooth, fluid motion. Stila products are available at Woolworths and Stuttafords stores, or online at Spree, Retail Box or Zando but I’m not sure if the online stores will receive this limited edition stock (so best to check in-store).
Stila La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush (R 385,00) – A perfectly precise eyeliner brush that can create bold eye liner looks, from tight lines to cat eyes. The brush is designed to dispense liquid eye liner evenly and precisely in a thin or bold line. The brush acts like a calligraphy pen, depositing the formula effortlessly for chic precise lines. La Quill can also be used with other types of eyeliners.
Physician’s Formula Argan Wear – Escape a basic beauty routine and take an exotic journey to Morocco with Physicians Formula’s NEW Argan Wear’ Ultra-Nourishing Makeup. For the first time at mass, the new Argan Wear collection features 100% pure argan oil that is infused in a variety of ultra-luxurious beauty products for a healthy, glamorous glow from head-to-toe. An ancient beauty secret from Morocco, argan oil, often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ because it is so highly revered, is rich in conditioning benefits that improve skin’s brightness, tone, texture and elasticity. The collection features Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil (R 229,95), Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil BB Cream (R 229,95), Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer (R 229,95) and Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush (R 199,95) all available in 2 shades. This collection will be exclusive to Dis-Chem stores nationwide.
I NEED that bronzer in my life, and I’m keen to see what Physician’s Formula BB creams are like. Have you ever tried any of their BB creams?
Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear – The high-performance formulas help undo the visible signs of aging, restoring firmness and elasticity and improving skin’s appearance instantly and long-term. The powerful, brightening formula helps to visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots, sun spots and uneven skin tone. Additionally this range also helps provide visible improvements in skin clarity, brightness, smoothness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Youthful Wear range includes Youth-Boosting Foundation & Brush (R 229,95), Youth-Boosting Concealer (R 199,95), Youth-Boosting 2-in-1 Dark Circle Corrector + Concealer (R 199,95) and Youth-Boosting Mattifying Face Powder (R 219,95).
The Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Spotless range includes Youth-Boosting Spotless Foundation & Brush SPF15 (R 229,95), Youth-Boosting Spotless CC Cream SPF30 (R 229,95) and Youth-Boosting Spotless Powder SPF15 (R 219,95). Physician’s Formula products are available at Dis-Chem stores nationwide.
Physician’s Formula Nude Wear – Strip down to your natural beauty with the glowing finish of our one-of-a-kind no-makeup makeup. 100% Nude Glow pigments let your skin breathe for a beautiful bare skin effect. Physician’s Formula are adding 3 exciting products to their existing Nude Wear range: Touch Of Glow Foundation (R 229,95), Touch of Glow Stick (R 199,95) and Touch Of Glow Palette (R 219,95).
Physician’s Formula definitely wins the award for ‘Most Beautiful Packaging’ with their Nude Wear collection.
Essie Spring 2015 Collection (R 125,00 each) – Whether the look is futuristsic minimalism or nouveau bohemian, the name of the game is flower power. The Spring 2015 collection is in full bloom, celebrating the fresh perspectives and energetic nature of the spring season. the spring collection marks the first collaboration with designer Rebecca Minkoff joining Essie as global colour designer. This collection is available at selected Clicks, Dis-Chem and Foschini stores.
Essie Bridal 2015 (R 125,00) – Essie introduced 3 new must0have bridal shades, sure to be on every blushing bride’s wedding wish list. Elegant and timeless Essie’s sheers and creams are the perfect fit for big dreamers and blissful brides who strive for flawless graceful looks. The new shades are ‘Worth The Wait’, ‘Hubby For Desert’ (it’s my favourite one of all 3 shades, such a beautiful pastel purple) and ‘Brides To Be’. This collection is exclusive to selected Clicks stores.
Essie Resort 2015 Collection (R 125,00) – Escape the madding crowd and follow your bliss to a place of infinite tranquility and calm. Resort season is here at last with fresh, compelling looks to keep you cool when the sun is blazing. A little me-time will pave the way to vacation elation in no time. So splurge on the oceanview suite, curl up on a chaise and admire the view – your personal party in paradise has begun. This collection is exclusive to selected beauty salons nationwide.
Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm (R 109,95) – Joining the Color Elixir Boutique, it’s the first buildable balm that covers the full spectrum of colour intensity from a subtle sheen to an extreme colour hit. Until now, even make-up artists have used two separate products: lipstick for bold colour and lip balm for a neutral, conditioned lip look. Now, Colour Intensifying Balm delivers both these results in just 1 product – the 9 luscious shades allow multiple glamour transformations, from subtle to stand out lips, in an instant. Exclusive to selected Clicks stores nationwide.
Max Factor Crème Puff Blush (R 119,95) – Research shows women are perceived to look younger with an added flush of colour – making blush a must-have product for a youthful, radiant complexion. However, a common fear when applying blush is risk of an ageing, caked on effect, giving the opposite desired result. Max Factor provides the ultimate answer with its new Crème Puff Blush as its lightweight, baked formula contains finely milled, multi-tonal pigments that blend evenly, enhancing individual skin tones, for a truly natural, polished skin finish. The baked formula features a soft, velvet smooth feel and allows for a lightweight end look. The blushes are finely milled to complement and enhance skin tones, while ultra-fine particles blend effortlessly for controllable contouring and buildable natural colour. Available in 4 shades (that second shade has my name written all over it) at selected Clicks stores.
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation (R 380,00) – The latest product in their Studio lineup is innovative foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, elegantly thin, elastic gel serum formula. With stay-true colour and sheer medium buildable coverage, it softly blurs imperfections such as pores and fine lines. The addition of Moisture Fusion Complex provides immediate and all-day hydration, leaving skin feeling quenched and soft, supple, silky to the touch. Available in 23 shades (starting at NW12 going up to NC50) you are guaranteed to find the perfect shade to suit your skin tone.
MAC Vamplify (R 380,00) – Be seduced by their most dramatic lip gloss yet. Loaded with high-powered pigments that hug lips in shades that glisten with a delicious shine, one swipe loads lips with a combination of lush natural oils and impeccable, moisturizing colour that wears comfortably for hours. Available in 17 stunning lip gloss shades with 12 accompanying Pro Longwear Lip Pencils (R 220,00).
MAC Haute Dogs – (Wo)man’s best friend is barking up the right tree in a well-groomed collection of new canine-inspired hues featuring luscious, buttery fur tones, gold-spun sculpting powders, and regal berries for lips. From aristocratic to collars-off cool, shades of every pooch are perched to prime your every mood. With Haute Dogs, you’ll be lapping up accolades as best in show!
The collection features Mineralize Rich Lipstick (R 260,00), Mineralize Glass (R 280,00), Lip Pencil (R 190,00), Mineralize Eye Shadow x 4 (R 800,00), Fluidline (R 220,00), Veluxe Brow Liner (R 350,00), Mineralize Skinfinish (R 380,00), Sculpting Powder / Shaping Powder (R 400,00), MAC Studio Nail Lacquer (R 250,00), 288SE Duo Fibre Eye Shader Brush (R 400,00), 209 Eye Liner Brush (R 245,00), 139SE Duo Fibre Tapered Face Brush (R 710,00) and the 161SE Duo Fibre Face Glider Brush (R 710,00).
All MAC products and collection are available in the MAC South Africa online store, or in-store at your nearest MAC counter.
NIVEA Perfect & Radiant – A radiant, even skin tone is by far the most sought-after beauty asset women wish for. NIVEA launched the new Perfect & Radiant range to reduce dark marks and restore even skin tone for skin that’s visibly more radiant. NIVEA’s Eventone Pure Active contains licorice root extract and a Vitamin C derivative. These work in conjunction to reduce tyrosinase activity, and that means a reduction in melanin production, helping skin cells to rid themselves of dark marks. NIVEA products are available at Dis-Chem, Clicks, other leading retail outlets and pharmacies nationwide.
The range includes Perfect & Radiant Cleansing Foam (R 59,99), Perfect & Radiant Facial Day Cream SPF15 (R 79,99), Perfect & Radiant Facial Night Cream (R 79,99), Perfect & Radiant 3-in-1 Mattifying Cleanser (R 79,99) and Perfect & Radiant Light Moisturiser SPF15 for oily skin (R 79,99).
Lancôme La vie est belle L’Eau de Parfum Intense (R 1300,00 to R 1700,00) – The number three top-selling women’s fragrance in the world, number two in Europe, and number one in France in 2014, La vie est belle now enjoys the status of an icon, a modern-day classic. This Intense version of La vie est belle adds two major assets to the composition: intriguing tuberose and exquisite hazelnut. Zesty fresh top notes of a trio of bergamot, orange and pear are expanded with a hint of tangy, fruity blackcurrant bud. A touch of pink pepper adds in a joyful, sparkling and quirky twist. Soft, smooth and powdered, iris brings this fragrance its magical touch. Alongside it, the captivating and mesmerising tuberose. Lancôme La vie est belle L’Eau de Parfum Intense is available at your local Lancôme counter.
HASK Mint Almond Oil (R 115,95) – Did you know that almonds, in addition to being good for you and super tasty, have amazing benefits for limp, lifeless locks? Take your hair to new heights with HASK Mint Almond Oil filled with omega fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium, which help increase body and volume while adding nourishing shine to hair. Complete with Bio3 Thickening Complex (a specialty formula blend) and peppermint oil that amplifies, fortifies and stimulates your hair and scalp. All HASK products are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colourants. The collection consists of a thickening shampoo, thickening conditioner and root thickening spray. Each product retails for R 115,95 and is exclusive to Clicks.
Real Techniques Bold Metals – Introducing a new line of luxury make up brushes designed by sisters Sam & Nic Chapman, professional makeup artists behind the top-rated YouTube channel Pixiwoo. The Bold Metals make up brush collection pairs unbelievably soft bristles with striking metallic detail. Handles are weighted for optimal control and comfort.
Ooooh, am I excited about these gorgeous brushes! The collection consists of an Oval Shadow brush (R 299,95), a Pointed Crease brush (R 299,95), an Angled Liner brush (R 249,95), an Arched Powder Brush (R 399,95), a Triangle Foundation brush (R 399,95), a Tapered Blush brush (R 399,95) and my personal favourite a Flat Contour brush (R 399,95). Real Techniques Bold Metals will be launching in selected Foschini and Woolworths stores, and is already available in Clicks Eastgate Shopping Centre. If you’re more of an online shopping type of gal, then you can buy these on Takealot as well.
Filorga Nutri-Filler Nutri-Replenishing Cream (R 910,00) – French skincare experts Filorga have introduced a rich day cream that deeply nourishes and replenishes skin, whilst redefining the facial contours. Filorga’s new Nutri-Filler helps to tackle these major ageing effects, by providing intense nourishment, extreme regeneration and a lifting effect for the U-zone, the rounded area along the chin and jawline of the face. Filorga Nutri-Filler Nutri-Replenishing Cream is available at selected Edgars and Red Square stores.
BABOR Ampoule Concentrate Fluids FP – An exquisite composition of natural, highly concentrated ingredients, sealed in a glass ampoule. According to BABOR philosophy, natural ingredients have a more intense effect if they are highly concentrated. BABOR products are available in the BABOR South Africa online store, or at selected beauty salons nationwide.
New Skin Fluid (R 732,00) – The answer for skin that is flaky, uneven and dull. This fluid works to regenerate the upper layers of the skin while instantly creating a pleasantly smooth look and feel. The innovative Lipid Repair Complex, formulated with ceramides, white lupin and plantain effectively regenerates the lipid matrix and restores the skin’s protective barrier, which is essential for healthy skin.
3D Lifting Fluid (R 769,00) – This fluid contains active ingredients which help to give the skin a firmer and more youthful appearance. Contains a triple-action formula which works to reduce wrinkles, tighten the skin, and strengthen its natural contours. Also contains valuable silicone and yellow poppy extract which thins the layers of fat underneath the skin’s surface, preventing the double-chin effect and thus remodels the facial contours.
Collagen Booster Fluid (R 730,00) – For skin in need of regeneration. The specific BABOR tripeptide found in this fluid stimulates skin’s natural collagen production. It plumps up the skin and helps to preserve elasticity and firmness. Small wrinkles are lifted from the inside and the skin appears smoother. A film of moisture over the skin supplies it with moisture all day long.
Algae Active Fluid (R 499,00) – This fluid acts like a wave of intensive, sea-fresh moisture for the skin. The active marine ingredients extracted from the purest deep-sea plankton algae are rich in precious trace elements. Algae active fluid stores moisture in the skin – with lasting affects you can see and feel. Suitable for all skin types. A moisturizing and detoxifying fluid which fights aging, and helps mild congestion.
Schwarzkopf GLISS Serum Deep-Repair – Extremely strained hair needs one thing above all – an extra dose of genuine care that can also penetrate to the depths. The recently developed, GLISS Serum Deep-Repair range does just that, thanks to innovative technology and an Amino-Protein-Serum. Amino and protein are natural components of the hair and strained hair loses these natural building blocks. The effective serum-formula contains a micro-repair ingredient that is so tiny that it can penetrate the hair to its deepest layers to profoundly reconstruct extremely stressed hair substance in only one week. The GLISS Serum Deep-Repair hair care range consists of a shampoo (R 52,99), conditioner (R 52,99), Express-Repair leave-in conditioner (R 89,99), deep repair treatment mask (R 89,99) and serum R 99,99). The GLISS products are available at all leading Clicks, Dis-Chem and other retailers nationwide.
REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial (R 620,00) – A transforming all-in-one treatment with a unique complex of actives that work in 3 ways to exfoliate, revitalise and plump the skin while you sleep. Phase 1: The exfoliating and brightening effect of REN’s unique acid / enzyme complex is delivered to the skin on application. Phase 2: Glycogen and magnesium take over to revitalise and boost skin cell vitality. Phase 3: Sodium Lactate kicks in to gradually raise skin pH, leaving the skin rejuvenated and infused with plumping moisture. REN products are available in the REN South Africa online store.
Tangle Angel (R 220,00 to R 380,00) – This is a new professional detangling brush, heaven sent to gently tease away tangled tresses with elegance and ease. With heat resistant, anti-bacterial and anti-static properties, the Tangle Angel is stunning to look at, suitable for all hair types and has a range of unique built-in technologies to keep hair smooth, silky, tangle-free and clean. There are so many beautiful colours available, plus a mini size for children’s hair AND even pet brushes too. Now available online at Retail Box and selected hair salons nationwide.
I have wanted to get my hands on one of these brushes ever since I heard about them last year – I LOVE the look of that black / graphite one.
Herbalife SKIN (R 178,50 to R 514,00) – A solution-based skin care nutrition range that balances ingredients, botanicals, and extracts with proven science for a luxurious experience and healthier-looking skin every day. Enhance the appearance of your skin with their optimum blend of vitamin B3, antioxidant vitamins C and E, aloe vera and other botanical ingredients. Herbalife SKIN is paraben-free, sulfate-free and dermatologist tested. Herbalife SKIN products are clinically-tested to help you achieve maximum daily results including softer, smoother, more radiant skin and long-term benefits of a diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I will update this section with a list of stockists as soon as I have received confirmation.
The skin care range consists of Soothing Aloe Cleanser, Polishing Citrus Cleanser, Instant Reveal Berry Scrub, Purifying Mint Clay Mask, Energising Herbal Toner, Line Minimising Serum, Firming Eye Gel, Hydrating Eye Cream, Daily Glow Moisturiser, SPF30 Protective Moisturiser, and Replenishing Night Cream.
Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste – A hair care range that gives very damaged, over-processed hair a second life. The formulas of Resistance Thérapiste are enriched with FIBRA-KAP, a powerful complex designed to compensate for the missing KAPs in damaged hair and RESURRECTION SAP, an extract from a plant able to come back to life after 10 years of near death. Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste is available online at Retail Box and Everything Hair, or in selected hair salons nationwide.
The Résistance Thérapiste consists of Soin Premier Thérapiste (R 325,00) which is a pre-shampoo conditioner, Bain Thérapiste (R 270,00), Masque Thérapiste (R 425,00) and Sérum Thérapiste (R 450,00).
The Body Shop Spa Of The World (R 190,00 to R 320,00) – The Body Shop knows the importance of ‘me’ time, so they’ve created a luxurious Spa Of The World range including bath milk, body clays, creams, massage oils and scrubs. With a relaxing, revitalising and a blissful ritual to choose from, you can bring that #spathroom experience directly into your home! The Body Shop products are available at your nearest The Body Shop store (I’m holding thumbs they will open an online store soon!).
I was fortunate enough to have received a few of the products from the new Spa Of The World range and I will do a review on the products soon.
Eucerin AntiREDNESS Concealing Day Care SPF25 (R 229,00) – This day cream has been especially developed for hypersensitive and Rosacea / Couperose-prone skin. Applied after cleansing, it instantly calms irritation and covers visible redness. Alongside its 2 active ingredients (SymSitive and Licochalcone A) the cream also contains green pigments that cover and neutralise reddened skin resulting in an instant even-toned complexion. This day cream is non-comedogenic, preservatives-free, paraben-free, paraffin-free, fragrance-free and alcohol-free. Available at Dis-Chem, selected Clicks stores and selected pharmacies nationwide.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Extrême (R 1545,00) – The ultimate elixir, a promise of infinity, enveloped by crystal facets playing with the light. Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Extrême shimmers in hues from dark rose to mauve, from the black violet of the orchid to the purple of dangerous beauty. Creamy, balmy notes reveal a sensuous, almost ‘tactile’ perfume. The amber in the base note is enriched by a pure vanilla absolute and benzoin, giving the strength of a powerful elixir. Victor & Rolf fragrances are available at Edgars, Red Square and Stuttafords stores.
Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme (R 1095,00 to R 1395,00) – Spicebomb Extreme reveals an intense explosion of “heat”. The sparkling grapefruit top notes are enhanced by notes of pimento berries along with black pepper to deliver even more bite. The aromatic heart is surrounded by the scent of warm spices; cumin, cinnamon and saffron, giving it a masculine yet sensual personality. The note of tobacco is strengthened by the balsamic notes of vanilla and bourbon which are sensually contrasted with mesmerising woody amber for an oriental experience.
Nespresso Palermo & Milano (R 79,00 per sleeve) – Each year Nespresso creates eagerly anticipated limited edition coffees to continually surprise and delight. This year Nespresso is launching Tribute to Milano (Intensity 9) and Tribute to Palermo (Intensity 11), two new limited edition ristrettos which are a tribute to the diversity and richness of Italian coffee culture, inspired by the 2 contrasting cities, Milano and Palermo. Nespresso says: “We were inspired by the scents of the Sicilian outdoor markets, alive with colourful spices, so the cacao aromas and spicy peppery notes evoke an experience in amongst the locals at the market.” Both limited edition ristrettos will appeal to intense coffee fans and can be enjoyed black but also blend perfectly with milk. Available at all Nespresso boutiques countrywide as well as online for a limited period.
Did you know September is Hill’s Pet Dental month? Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d and Hill’s Science Plan Oral Care are the only complete foods in South Africa that have been awarded the US Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance for plaque and tartar control. The kibbles have a patented fibre matrix that works like an edible toothbrush as your pet eats, gently scrubbing the exposed tooth and cleaning away plaque, thus avoiding tartar build-up. Available exclusively from veterinary practices.
As you can see in the photo above, Jezebelle was VERY excited about this special delivery (isn’t she a little cutie patootie!?). Please excuse the bad quality photo, I took it with my phone. By the way, she’s not wearing her collar because I bathed her earlier that day.
And that’s the end of probably the longest blog post I have ever loaded on the blog – phew!
P.S. I have TWO giveaways currently live on the blog – have you entered them? Enter to win a big acrylic makeup organiser from GlamCubes here, and enter to win 1 of 3 Giorgio Armani Sì fragrances here.