It’s a new month, which means it is time to chat about a few of my new beauty favourites. While these aren’t brand new launches for January, they’ve all launched over the last few months so I thought I would pop them into this video. I hope you find a few goodies to add to your kit.
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette (LIMITED EDITION)
R999 for 21 shades, Urban Decay Sandton City, Foschini Eastgate Mall, foschiniforbeauty.co.za
This new limited edition palette contains 21 shades, with 18 new colours and three exlusive to this palette. The shadows have been organised according to a colour family, from pinks to oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, and a few monochromes. Visually it is vivid and striking, and as always there is so much to play with. Even if you aren’t a colour junky, you’ll find a range of options, which can be played down if you stick to the earthy and metallic shades, or turned to full drama if you add some bright pops.
The palette also comes with a large inner mirror and a double-ended brush that is easy to work with. The Tapered Crease Brush has been designed to lay down shadow, define the crease or to blend, and the Shadow Brush can be used to pack colour on the lid and do detailed shading.
YSL Top Secrets Oil in Balm Makeup Remover
R550 for 125ml, Yves Saint Laurent Boutique Sandton City
I am utterly obsessed with this. I have been meaning to post about it for a while but you know, life happens. I think the new year is a good time to promote better skincare habits, and taking off makeup is right up at the top in my books. This balm works like magic to melt off all your stubborn makeup in seconds, and then it quickly rinses off. It smells incredible and it leaves your skin feeling clean but still soft and nourished. It’s one of those products that I’ve started using super selfishly, and I actually look forward to using it each evening.
Filorga Scrub & Mask
R770 for 55ml, Edgars and Red Square
This two-in-one exfoliating mask contains perlite microspheres from volcanic rock that provide mechanical exfoliation, while Protease provide an enzymatic action that stimulates your skin to naturally shed dead cells. It is also said to transport oxygen to the cells, thereby aiding the renewal process.
I’ll be honest, I just think it is so much fun to use. As soon as you apply it the scrub transforms into a soft foam. Massage it off, and it quickly returns. It’s like chasing foam around on your face. That being said I did find my skin looked smooth, clear and glowing after using it.
You can use it between one and three times a week depending on your skin type to improve dull, uneven skin tone. You apply it in a thick layer to dry skin, then massage in a light, circular motion for one minute. You’ll start to see bubbles, which means that oxygen is being released into the product. Once the bubbles have disappeared you can rinse it off.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation with SPF30
R650 for 30ml, Elizabeth Arden counters
I’ve really been enjoying this foundation. It gives medium to light coverage, helping to even out your skintone and leaving it looking fresh and dewy. I think it’s ideal if you’re skin is on the drier side, but I’ll normally just set my T-zone with some powder to curb oiliness.
The foundation has been formulated with Hydra-Pigments that help to create a shied that retains moisture while blurring imperfections. It also contains antioxidants including Idebenone, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin C that helps protect your skin against free radical damage and oxidative stress.
It’s available in 8 shades and will suit most light to medium skin tones.
Cleanser R395 for 100ml, Day Cream R575 – R600 for 50ml and Night Cream R575 for 50ml, dermastore.co.za
The Restylane skincare line has been developed to complement injectable Retylane treatments, but even if you aren’t getting botox of fillers this is a lovely line to use. I tried the Facial Cleanser, Day Cream and Night Cream.
The cleanser was mild but still refreshing with a soft foaming action. It also contains organic sunflower oil and ceramide 3 that help to moisturise your skin as you cleanse. The Day Cream has a light, silky feel and kept my skin feeling soft and hydrated through the day. It contains stabilized Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide 3 to hydrate, Vitamin B3 to smooth the skin, and Co-enzyme Q10 that protects against oxidative damage. The cream also mimics the skin’s natural lipid barrier, allowing it to breathe while it protects against moisture loss. You have the option to buy it with or without SPF.
The night cream also contains stabilized Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide 3 to moisturise, as well as soothing liquorice extract and oat extract. Overall it is a pretty simple cream so you can add a more potent serum if you want to boost your skincare routine.
Redken High Rise Volume Lifting Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo R275 for 300ml and conditioner R315 for 250ml, retailbox.co.za
I love the fact that this line gave volume – and LOTS OF IT – but my hair remained soft and manageable. More often than not volumising haircare lines leave my hair feeling increasingly dryer the more I use it. It also foams nicely, rinses out easily and smells wonderfully fresh.
The system has been formulated with filloxane, which plumps up the strands to create a fuller appearance. It consists of a shampoo, conditioner and a Duo Volumizer, a lightweight volumising cream/gel combo that gives you the big finish.
The Ultimate Tangle Teezer
Tangle Teezer has long been a favourite among beauties, but there was one thing we couldn’t quite come to grips with (catching my puns?). The lack of a handle on the Tangle Teezer brush meant that it would frequently fly off as you were working out those knots. Happily their latest launch solves that problem.
Cross my heart, a Tangle Teezer really is magic when it comes to tangles and knots. I’ve seen a friend pull and stretch her hair to smithereens with a standard brush and when I tackled the problem with my Tangle Teezer Salon Elite brush it was a matter of minutes before her locks were flowing freely. The trick lies in the configuration of the teeth, which detangles with minimal tension, smoothing out the cuticle to increase shine.
The shape of the actual brush is, however, different from the Salon Elite, curving out instead of inward. I must say, I miss the concave shape, which worked with the shape of my scalp. The new brush is slighty harder on my skin than the ones that came before. However I am still thoroughly excited to have this in my kit.
Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Pop your comments below, I would love to hear from you.