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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 – 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 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 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 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.
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!