With so many new products going on sale each month, it’s hard to decide which ones you should hit. Or miss. Each month we bring you a selection of the latest products on our radar…
Bodyography Hydrating Foundation Primer
Available: From selected Placecol, Dream Nails and Perfect 10 salons countrywide or shop online at www.placecol.com
This is a fairly new brand on our radar and we’ve been pretty impressed with what we’ve been asked to test so far. We also love the fact that their whole range is cruelty-free and PETA-approved.
Their latest ground-breaking primer formula contains rose water which is extremely hydrating and refreshes and replenishes skin, while other key ingredients such as jojoba seed oil and Shea butter work to rejuvenate while aloe and chamomile calms and soothes skin. It’s formulated to prolong the wear of your foundation whilst adding key health benefits to your skin, giving it a natural glow and finish.
The verdict: Who doesn’t love a multi-tasker? It glides on smoothly, dries quickly and made applying foundation a dream. The first time we used this we were a bit rushed (and sweaty) but our make-up stayed put. Definitely on our future to-buy list.
COLAB Active Dry Shampoo
The latest addition to the Colab Dry Shampoo* range, Active is a dry shampoo that has been formulated for gym bunnies, sports heroes and people who generally like tents and the great outdoors. It delivers on its promise to be oil-absorbing, and is ultra light and leaves a very minimal residue. For those who walk to work or pound the pavements on lunchtime jogs, you’ll love the UV and pollution protection courtesy of the active ingredients like Moringa Seed extract.
The verdict: A perfect addition to any gym bag. It’s also very reasonably priced and we love the citrus smell, just not enough to taking up running.
Eros pour Femme Eau de Toilette
Price: R830 for 30ml, R1 165 for 50ml and R1 460 for 100ml
Available: Selected Red Squares
Versace launched it’their latest fragrance Eros Pour Femme Eau de Toilette at the end of January. The feminine counterpart to 2012’s Versace Eros, it’s a dewy and fresh scent boasting a combination of Sicilian lemon and mandarin, and crisp fruity notes of raspberry and white currant. The floral heart of freesia and magnolia create soft femininity, while touches of orange blossom and jasmine add intensity and character. At the base, notes of wood, musk and ambrox add a sensual dimension.
The verdict: The packaging is lovely, but as huge fans of citrusy scents somehow we really wanted to love this more than we did. Lovers of floral scents will love this.
Price: R1 150
Available: From selected Edgars and Red Square stores.
It seems like a new eye cream is launched every day at the moment. But this one is pretty special. The sleek, airtight bottle sports a ‘cyro-applicator’, that’s posh for the metal tip you apply the cream with and it’s composed of several metals and provides an immediate cold effect.
Promise-wise, it aims to help minimise the look of fine lines and dark circles while improving firmness, ‘brightness’ and the condition of your lashes.
After a month’s use, we were convinced our eyelashes were getting thicker. So we had a quick reread of the ingredients list and realised we weren’t crazy. It contains an isoflavone called Biochanin-1 extracted from red clover, and a Tetrapeptide mix that inhibits the creation of DHT. DHT shortens the growth cycle of the eyelashes. So, with regular use, your lashes basically get the message to stick around longer than they normally would.
The verdict: It’s ideal for women over 45 years of age and should be used both morning and evening after cleansing.
Soil Ugandan Shea Butters
Price: R120 each for 100ml tub
Available: See here for a list of stockists.
Shea butter is an off-white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree and the moisturising and skin smoothing effects of it are well documented. Soil Organic Aromatherapy decided to add some essential oils to their shea butter and the result is two new kinds of butter in this blended range, Lavender and Citrus.
The verdict: They smell divine – the citrus is our favourite but don’t tell the lavender one – the essential oils contain various healing properties that work with the butter to benefit your skin and overall health. Moving into overshare territory, we’ve been using it to fix a slightly dodgy looking cracked heel problem and it’s working wonders.
Yardley Mono Eyeshadows
Available: Selected Clicks, Dis-Chem, Edgars, Foschini stores and leading pharmacies nationwide.
We’re a little late with this news but Yardley Mono Eyeshadows got a makeover in December 2016. We must confess we found the modern clear compacts a huge improvement and their convenient size makes them even the smallest evening bag friendly.
The eyeshadows are available in five neutral colours (Husk, Eos, Stealth, Marvel and Stone) and are perfect for the on-trend natural look.
The verdict: The formulation has a higher percentage of pearl pigments which means you get an incredible colour pay off with a silky finish.