The Realistic Beauty Wish List

Beauty Wish List

I enjoy creating wish lists…  I enjoy the process of snooping around on other beauty blogs (or YouTube videos) and seeing which new & interesting products are out there in the world.  Some days, I’m disappointed because I know most of the products I see will probably never make their way to South African shores.  It’s such a let-down when you see products from brands such as Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Colour Pop, MakeupGeek and you know you’ll probably never be able to get your hands on them.

Fortunately a few South African online stores stocking interesting brands have popped up in the past year or so.  I’m particularly excited about a specific online store that launched just a few weeks ago – it stocks brands such a Colour Pop (I’ve wanted to try their Lippiestix ever since I first laid eyes on ‘Lumiere’), Anastasia Beverly Hills, Beautyblender, MakeupGeek and Z Palettes.  The website is called Beauty Link, they are based in South Africa and offer courier delivery starting at R 49,00.  But more on that in another blog post.

So, I thought it would be a good idea to create a wish list of products that actually really might come to our shores soon, in this blog post I am only featuring brands that are already sold in our local shops.  I have no idea whether these specific products will eventually make their way to our shelves, but a girl can most certainly dream…

Freeman Beauty Face Masks

Freeman Beauty Banana-Oat Instant Smoothing Mask – Whip up a little skin nourishment with this sensational facial smoothie!  Deliciously-fragrant banana-oat blend contains softening ingredients for gorgeous skin.  Highly active Alpha Hydroxy Acids rapidly exfoliate dull skin cells and reveal a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion.  Antioxidant-rich Bananas nourish freshly exfoliated skin with minerals and antioxidants to keep bumpy skin issues away.  Soothing Oat works double-time to nourish and keep skin calm, cool and collected.

Freeman Beauty Key Lime Face Scrub – Scrub away dull skin in a snap!  This skin-smoothing facial scrub contains exfoliating pumice to gently buff away old skin to reveal newer, fresher smoother cells on the surface.  Refreshing key lime helps tone and re-energise while stimulating the senses.

Freeman Beauty Coconut Glow Leave-On Bronzing Mask – Apply the lightweight, ultra-moisturising mask to hydrate, soften, smooth, and infuse skin with a natural bronze glow.  The streak-free, leave-on moisture mask has a radiance-boosting bronzing tint that’s ideal for all skin shades and delivers a healthy, warm glow year round.  Moisture-rich coconut oil helps deeply hydrate and visibly smooth with every use.

Freeman Beauty Golden Grain Brightening Mask – This illuminating gel mask with natural golden grain helps lift moisture levels for a dewy-smooth look and feel.  Triple skin benefits of Vitamin C are known to help control the formation of dark spots, firm, and brighten.

Freeman Beauty Face Sheet Masks

Freeman Beauty Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask – Charm skin with a little southern comfort in the form of Sweet Tea spritzed with a squeeze of refreshing Lemon.  This peel-away clay mask delivers the cleansing, oil-absorbing benefits you expect from clay…plus the all-over toning and refining perks of an easy-to-peel-off mask.  Antioxidant-rich tea and lemon fruit extract calm for the ultimate in toning and soothing benefits.

Freeman Beauty Goji Berry Hydration Mask – Soothe away skin stress with this nourishing gel / cream mask, fortified with soothing chamomile and antioxidant goji berry.  Replenish to rebalance skin’s equilibrium for super smooth, super-hydrated skin that’s in a state of bliss.

Freeman Beauty Pumpkin Peeling Mask – This fast-acting 7-minute peel with highly active enzymes and Alpha Hydroxy Acids reveals sensationally toned skin that’s smoother and brighter than ever before. Natural pumpkin, papaya and pineapple exfoliants gently but effectively resurface and rejuvenate to make lacklustre skin a thing of the past.  Lactic and glycolic acids simultaneously exfoliate, hydrate, and brighten without over stimulating skin.

Freeman Beauty Cinnamon & Moroccan Lava Clay Mask – Super-fine moroccan lava clay mask works in 2 ways: First, by getting deep down into pores to purify and absorb excess oils, then, by soothing aggravation caused by unbalanced, stressed and breakout prone skin.  Salicylic Acid naturally exfoliates, helping to minimise breakouts caused by clogged pores.  Aromatic cinnamon helps counteract breakouts and balance skin, as tea tree oil helps restore and soothe skin.

Freeman Beauty Sheet Masks

Freeman Beauty Coffee & Chai Energizing Paper Eye Mask – Perk up tired eyes with this serum-infused antioxidant paper mask, containing caffeine to reduce puffiness and tone, and a delicious, chai-inspired blend of spices to invigorate the senses.  Ultra-hydrating Hyaluronic Acid helps skin hold tight to water for a dewy look and feel.  Mica imparts an iridescent finish to brighten dark circles and help skin look refreshed.

Freeman Beauty Rose Brightening Facial Paper Mask – Serum-infused paper facial mask with rose extract, rich in skin-brightening Vitamin C, illuminates dull skin.  Reveal a smoother surface with lactic and glycolic alpha hydroxy acids.  White tea and licorice antioxidants help reduce age spots for more even-toned skin.  Lift the paper mask and apply excess serum onto skin to prep for moisturiser and prime for make-up.

Freeman Beauty Star Fruit Purifying Facial Paper Mask – Breakouts?  Irritation?  Skin needs serious soothing.  This serum-infused paper facial mask with star fruit helps calm skin stressed by flare-ups.  Lavender and niacinamide help balance oil production.  Tea tree soothes breakout-stressed skin.  Witch Hazel refreshes and minimises the appearance of pores.

Freeman Beauty Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask – This delightfully indulgent mask with sparkleberry extract helps fight off environmental assaults to enhance skin’s look and feel over time.  Dazzling diamond dust flecks glisten as you wear this clarifying clay mask…plus, they polish away dullness to reveal multi-faceted radiance.  Unique mask rinses clean for a lasting, super-cool finish.

Freeman Beauty products are available at Dis-Chem stores.

NYX Contour Highlight Palette

NYX Contour & Highlight Pro Palette – Define your features like a pro with the refillable highlight and contour palette.  Each set includes 8 customisable highlighting and contouring shades perfect for emphasising your favourite features.

NYX Contour Highlight Palette Refills

When it’s time to swap out a pan or two, you can pro single pans separately.

NYX Cosmetics products are sold at selected Clicks stores.

LOreal Color Riche La Palette Nude

L’Oréal Color Riche La Palette Nude – Master the art of nude.  Inspirited by makeup designer ‘must have’ palettes, everything you need to master the art of nude eye shadow is included in just 1 palette.  Each palette features 3 shadow finishes: shimmery satin, buttery matte, and lustrous sheens in 10 highly pigmented shades curated to blend harmoniously for endless eye makeup looks.  There are 2 palettes available overseas – 1 warm neutral palette, and 1 rose-toned neutral palette.

L’Oréal products are sold at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini, Edgars and Red Square stores.

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Collection – An irresistible blend of the extracts of zesty lime and fresh, crushed mint from the Caribbean, The Body Shop has created the ultimate cooling Virgin Mojito body cocktail.  The collection features a shower gel, body butter, body scrub, body sorbet and Mojito splash (an innovative, brand-new fragrance format.  Lets you splash on the crisp, refreshing scent of lime and fresh mint after the shower to extend the feeling of freshness all day).

The Body Shop products are available at The Body Shop stores and selected Clicks stores.


L.A. Girl PRO Prep Smoothing Face Primer – Ensure your makeup lasts all day with this face primer.  Creates a smooth appearance by filling in fines lines and pores while providing the perfect surface for foundation.  Formulated with light diffusing particles and skin nourishing Vitamin E giving you a flawless finish on or off camera.  Paraben- and fragrance free.

L.A. Girl HD PRO Setting Powder – A luxe finishing powder that sets the foundation and mattifies skin.  Made of 100% mineral silica, this powder is a luxurious and versatile tool that perfectly sets your makeup while evening out the complexion, softening lines and imperfections for a glowing, radiant look.

L.A. Girl PRO Setting Spray – To keep that matte finish of freshly applied makeup, mist evenly with PRO Setting Spray after makeup has been applied.  The lightweight, non-sticky formula sets makeup for all day wear.  The ultra-fine mist is refreshing and dries quickly setting makeup to help you stay beautiful longer. Paraben- and fragrance free.

L.A. Girl products are sold at Dis-Chem stores nationwide.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear

Physician’s Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer – Exotic bronzer treats skin with ultra nourishing ingredients and delivers a sunlit glow as if you’ve escaped to Morocco.  Infused with 100% pure argan oil, it smoothes the appearance of fine lines, brightens dull skin and renews suppleness, helping to enhance skin’s youthful glow.

Physician’s Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush – Ultra-luxe formula features luminous, light-reflecting pigments that deliver a skin perfecting effect for a youthful and glowing radiance.  Infused with 100% pure argan oil, know as liquid gold for its rich conditioning benefits that can improve skin’s brightness, tone, texture, and elasticity.

Physician’s Formula products are sold at Dis-Chem stores.

OGX Cherry Blossom Eucalyptus Mint

OGX Cherry Blossom Shampoo & Conditioner – Slip away with the sweet scents of a peaceful Japanese garden.  This exotic formula blend made with antioxidant-rich cherry blossom extract and fortifying green tea embraces every strand with volume and moisture for luscious locks that shine.

OGX Eucalyptus Mint Shampoo & Conditioner – Awaken your senses with an invigorating scent experience to start your day.  This one-of-a-kind lightweight formula blend combines eucalyptus oil, cooling mint and tea tree oil to gently cleanse while helping soothe the scalp for healthy hair balance.

OGX Sea Mineral Moisture

OGX Sea Mineral Moisture – This nutrient-packed blend combines a few of the ocean’s gems: hydrating sea minerals, healing algae and supercharged sea kelp, to repair and moisturise even the most land-locked hair.

OGX (Organix) products are sold at Foschini and Dis-Chem stores.  Their Coconut Milk range is one of my favourites, very nourishing and leaves my hair feeling soft & smelling like coconuts.

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturiser

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray & Go Body Moisturiser – A quick-absorbing and convenient spray lotion.  The continuous spray is designed for easy application and even all-over coverage, plus the unique formula is infused with micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly and leaves skin soft, not greasy or sticky.  Moisturises and absorbs in seconds to help heal dry skin.  I featured one of these in my ‘Best Of 2014 – Bath & Body’ blog post (a friend who lives in the UK gave me a bottle last year when she came to visit and I’m hooked!).

Vaseline products are sold at PnP, Checkers, Clicks, Dis-Chem and other pharmacies.

Essence Brit Tea

Essence Brit-Tea Collection – Makeup and nail care products with a retro look featuring soft colours such as cream, apricot, mint and lilac.  Decorated with cute blossom prints and floral elements, the design is reminiscent of the décor at a stylish tea party.  The collection features glosses, nail polishes, an eyeshadow palette, a lip balm, a gorgeous flower embossed blush, a highlighter pencil, makeup application tools, a set of earrings and an illuminating base.

Essence products are available at Clicks, Dis-Chem, selected Edgars & selected Red Square stores.

Benefit Cosmetics South Africa

Benefit Posiebalm – Conditions & hydrates with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate.  This poppy-pink tinted kiss of sheer, buildable colour gives you the softest, prettiest lips.

Benefit Benebalm – This rose-tinted kiss of sheer, buildable colour gives you the softest lips.  Conditions & hydrates with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate.

Benefit Puff Off – Puffies & creases look ‘satiny smooth’ with this innovative undereye gel. The custom ‘ironing’ tip instantly helps smooth the look of undereye puffies & fine lines.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – It’s a roller for lashes!  The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls, while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours.

Benefit Cosmetics will be sold at Edgars & Red Square stores – here’s the first list of stores they will launch in to:  Edgars Sandton (11 July), Edgars Clearwater (13 July), Red Square Cresta (15 July), Red Square Canal Walk (17 July) and Edgars Canal Walk (18 July).  The above products are at the top of my ‘To Buy’ list, I’m hoping they’ll stock the whole range.

Real Techniques Bold Metals

I’m actually only interested in 3 of the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection brushes (there are 7 brushes in the collection):

Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush – A dense head creates shadows and highlights on targeted areas of face to play up favourite features.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder Brush – The domed cut sweeps perfectly across the face for flawless application of pressed or loose powders.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Tapered Brush – Specially-designed tip highlights and sculpts across cheeks for seamless finish.

Real Techniques makeup brushes are sold at selected Foschini stores (but a little birdy told me they might be expanding to other ‘drugstores’ soon).

As mentioned the products I mentioned in this blog post are currently not available in South Africa (well, not to my knowledge) but I am holding thumbs and toes they will get here soon!



    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:42

      Thanks, Janneke. :) I agree, the RT Bold Metals brushes look gorgeous!

      • Emma 4 May 2016 / 13:54

        You can buy them at woolworths – I think I saw them at Brooklyn and menlyn

        • Luzanne 4 May 2016 / 14:10

          Hi Emma – you can buy them at Foschini too, and on :) Since I wrote the blog post last year, Real Techniques has launched most of their brushes in South Africa. :)

  1. Anina 25 June 2015 / 11:29

    Ek is SO SO SO bly dis byna payday vir my…..Ek wil alles he!

    Dit was n great post, baie dankie L, dis altyd lekker om jou stuff te lees!

    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:43

      Haha! Ek ook, Anina! Ek het klaar al ‘n hele paar goedjies op Beauty Link ook gekoop, ek hoop dit arriveer vinnig sodat ek kan begin speel en fotos neem. 😉

      Baie dankie dat jy altyd tyd vat om my blog posts te lees en ‘n comment te laat vir my om te lees – ek geniet dit altyd om hulle te lees. xo

  2. Anina 25 June 2015 / 11:34

    Virgin Mojito?! I am drooling…. Ek het ook n hele Benefit lysie, so opgewonde!

    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:44

      Jip, toemaar ek drool ook lekker hier waar ek sit. Ek hoop die reeks kom vinnig SA toe! 😉

  3. Megan 25 June 2015 / 11:44

    you have just made my day.

    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:44

      Yay! Thanks for checking in on the blog, Megan. 😀

  4. Dani 25 June 2015 / 11:50

    Hi Luzanne

    The LA Girl HD Pro setting powder is available in SA…bought 2 of them at Dischem Centurion several weeks ago…they are found on the same stand aa the LA Girl BB creams (on the right hand side of all the BB creams) :) About R60 each if I remember correctly.


    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:46

      Oh, that’s great news!! Thanks for letting me know, Dani. 😀 I’ll go take a look next time I go to Dis-Chem again – I was there yesterday and didn’t see the powders (was at the Dis-Chem in Centurion Mall). But it’s very possible I was looking into my eyelids – haha! 😉

  5. Janei Viljoen 25 June 2015 / 14:12

    Vertel ons meer van daai “little birdy” hoop dit is waar, dis vrek moeilik om Real Techniques in die winkels te kry het dit nog nooit gesien nie, so ek het maar van Biovea af bestel. En op NYX se facebook het hul gese hul beplan nie om die pro contour kit Suid-Afrika toe te bring nie :(

    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:49

      Haha! Ware storie, ek was by ‘n media launch vir Physician’s Formula, Wet n Wild en Real Techniques en die PR dame het vir my en Chantelle vertel hulle het planne om dalk uit te brei na ander winkels toe. Ek kan nie die spesifieke winkel franchise noem nie, want dis nog nie gefinaliseer nie – maar hopelik gou!! 😀

      Toemaar, ek het ook nog glad nie Real Techniques by die Foschini winkels hier in my area gesien nie (hulle het in baie min winkels gelaunch want hulle het nie geweet hoe goed die reeks sal doen nie). BIOVEA is buitendien goedkoper met hulle RT borsels, so ek het ook sommer op hulle website bestel.

      Dis baie jammer oor die NYX palette, ek het so uitgesien om hom dalk hier een of ander tyd te sien. :(

  6. Sophia 25 June 2015 / 15:08

    Loved this post, Luzanne! Always nice to discover new products, holding thumbs the NYX palette and Freeman masks get here very soon! 😉

    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:53

      Thanks for checking in on the blog, Sophia. The Banana-Oat mask, Coconut Bronzing mask, Key Lime face scrub, Pumpkin mask, Cinnamon & Moroccan Clay mask, Coffee & Chai eye mask AND Rose sheet mask are top of my list! Way too many masks for just one person, but still…I want them ALL! 😉

  7. Geraldine 25 June 2015 / 15:50

    Those L’oreal eyeshadow palettes are so pretty! P.s saw the Vaseline sprays in my Clicks just yesterday, I stay in Durb’s btw. Great post.

    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:55

      I agree, they look very similar to the Urban Decay palettes…

      Oh, wow! Really!? That’s awesome news, I’m going to check at my local Clicks store tomorrow! Thanks for the heads-up, Geraldine. 😉

  8. Jess 25 June 2015 / 16:07

    Oh my gosh, that Freeman Bronzing Mask!!!! OMG!!! I need it! xx

  9. Ursula 25 June 2015 / 16:24

    Those Vaseline spray moisturisers sound like something I would love, I am so lazy when it comes to applying a body lotion and somehow I think these will make the whole process more interesting for me. 😉

    Hoping those Freeman masks and the Virgin Mojito range arrive here soon. XO

    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:56

      They are just incredible, so easy to use and absorb really fast into the skin too. I’m exactly the same, so bad with applying a moisturiser to my body.

      I’m hoping these products arrive in stages, otherwise my bank account is going to hate me – haha! 😉

  10. Talitha ❤ 25 June 2015 / 18:21

    Loved this post, so good to see a wish list containing products from brands we already have available to us.

    Checking out the Beauty Link website NOW!

    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:57

      Thanks, Talitha. :)

      I’m sure you are going to love their website, I’ve already spent way too much money buying ABH, ColourPop and a Beautyblender! Eeeep!

  11. Wendy H 25 June 2015 / 18:57

    Those Physicians Formula products have my name written all over them. In love!

    Wendy x

    • Luzanne 25 June 2015 / 20:57

      So true, that bronzer look bomb! :) xo

  12. Simone Cameron 26 June 2015 / 09:16

    Those real technique brushes are SOOOO pretty!!! *drools*

    I would be keen to try the LA Girl stuff, as so far I love the BB cream and the concealer.

    Any banana/oat mask…I’m there like white on rice! An awesome wishlist…. I know you will update us if there is even a hint that any of these items will be available on our shores in the near future!

    • Luzanne 29 June 2015 / 17:22

      I know, right!? Rose gold is everything!

      I must admit, I’m most excited about the primer and makeup setting spray from L.A. Girl. Not usually a fan of loose powders.

      I’ll definitely keep you updated! 😉

  13. Marné 26 June 2015 / 12:18

    Ons het Vaal Driehoek toe getrek vir my man se werk so 18maande terug (kom oorspronklik ook van Pretoria af). So dis omtrent ‘n struggle om “high end” produkte hier te kry, wat nog van new releases 😀 So elke keer as ek ‘n trippie Jhb / Pretoria toe beplan, weet my man ek het alweer gesit en beauty blogs lees, haha. Moet sê, ek het nog nooit iets gekoop wat jy voorgestel het, waarmee ek nie tevrede was nie, dankie so baie vir jou omvattende reviews xx

    • Luzanne 29 June 2015 / 17:23

      Agge nee, dit klink omtrent of dit moeilik is om die lekker makeup en beauty goed in die hande te kry daar… Baie dankie vir die kompliment, dis altyd lekker om te hoor as iemand van die produkte hou wat ek op die blog voorgestel het. :) xo

    • Luzanne 29 June 2015 / 17:24

      It’s a powder product. :) xo

  14. Marné 26 June 2015 / 13:52

    Nog ‘n vraag!! Ek dink ons almal weet hoe lief jy vir gesigmaskers is, met goeie rede. Dankie vir die wysheid wat jy altyd daaruit deel. Hoe gereeld sal jy sê moet mens maskers gebruik? Een keer ‘n week / elke dag / ??

    • Luzanne 29 June 2015 / 17:26

      Ek persoonlike gebruik ‘n gesigsmasker so 2 keer ‘n week. Ek dink definitief nie dis nodig om ‘n masker elke dag te gebruik nie. Gesigsmaskers is meer intensief en ‘potent’ as ek dit so kan beskryf, so dis lekker om jou vel daardie ekstra ‘boost’ te gee so 2 maal ‘n week. :)

  15. Lulu 27 June 2015 / 11:06

    My wish list will definitely include the OGX Cherry blossom shampoo&conditioner and the Vaseline Intensive Spray&Go moisturizer for dry skin!

    • Luzanne 29 June 2015 / 17:26

      I think the Cherry Blossom range must smell absolutely amazing!

  16. Arleen Marree 29 June 2015 / 09:38

    I haven’t seen the Vaseline Spray & Go in South Africa yet, but Palmers Coco Butter do a range that is available in South Africa. Having used both brands, I would say the Palmers one is better.

    • Luzanne 29 June 2015 / 17:28

      I’ve tried the Palmer’s gradual tanner spray product and I didn’t like it at all because of the scent – it reminds me of really cheap chocolates. I know it sounds terrible, but that’s what it reminds me of. Do the normal Palmer’s body moisturiser sprays have the same scent?

  17. Lee-Anne 29 June 2015 / 15:06

    SO keen for a Virgin Mojito shower gel. Do you know if there’s any chance of that collection coming to SA?

    • Luzanne 29 June 2015 / 17:28

      It will most likely arrive in South Africa just before Spring, I’m very hopeful. :) I’ll find out for you and will let you know in another reply comment.

  18. Lalannie 30 June 2015 / 17:37

    Thank you Luzanne.
    The freeman masks are fab – bought the overnight one on your recommendation and loving it.
    Yay to the L’Oréal Color Riche La Palette Nude – hopefully this one is readily available as the LA Girl one has been sold out since forever!
    Those RT brushes – swoon!!!

  19. Anye 6 July 2015 / 08:56

    Ek het gister die OGX Sea Mineral Moisture by ons in Foschini gekry!! Baie goeie reeks.

  20. Natalie 11 August 2015 / 13:21

    The Clicks in Eastgate stocks some of the RT Bold Metals brushes. I picked up 2 yesterday as a bit of a treat. And I mean treat because they are extremely expensive!

  21. Lize-Mari 6 October 2015 / 10:04 is stocking these real techniques brushes!! 😀

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