Ready or not, I have a boat load of beauty news to share with you so I hope you at least have a comfortable seat.
If you’re counting down the days until Urban Decay launches in South Africa you’re going to have to add a few crosses to your calendar because the launch date has been postponed until June. This is, unfortunately, something that can happen when large shipments from international suppliers are what’s being dealt with.
But rest assured that they’re definitely on their way, and as you may know by now the first standalone store will open in Sandton City. The second store will open in Foschini in Eastgate Shopping Centre. I’m busy testing the products below, I’ll do a review post next month to let you know how I’ve been getting along with them.
You’ll see all kinds of Revlon gift sets in stores soon, as they’re doing very cool pre-packaged Mother’s Day gifts. All the packs are discounted really well, and to be honest I think you’ll have a hard time not picking up a little something for yourself too. I think I received the best one though – it has Revlon HD Lipstick in Sweet Pea, Revlon Colorburst Balm in Unapologetic and Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow all for R299 – you save a cool R180. There are five gift sets starting from R170, and they should be in stores already.
If you have a Woolworths Rewards card and you need hand cream, take them up on their 3 for 2 offer. The packaging is oh so chic, and aside from making nifty little handbag creams they make pretty gifts too.
GOSH just launched a set of face brushes and while they’re not dirt cheap, they’re at a reasonable price point. They’ve made a complete switch to synthetic-only bristles, which wins them mega bonus points in the cruelty free department. But bunny-hugging aside, synthetic brushes are often better at picking up powder products. Of the bunch of them I most like the kabuki brush – it’s super dense yet fluffy, and it does indeed pick up product like a boss.
R170 – R240 each, exclusive to Edgars.
I’ve yet to test it, but I’m very intrigued by the latest from Kiehl’s, which is their Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate. It makes use of Quinoa husk as an exfoliant, and they really had me with a study that proves that the results are on par with a 20% Glycolic peel. I’ll report back as soon as I’ve figured out where to fit it in with my now-nightly retinol usage.
R750, available from Kiehl’s counters.
I’ve made no secret about my feelings on eye cream – I think they’re completely unnecessary, and that you’re better off investing your money in a great all-over serum and applying that around your eyes too.
If you are a fan though, the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux (or Intense Smoothing Hydrating Eye Gel) feels amazing around the eye area – it’s really as if you can feel the hydration being absorbed by your skin in a flash, and it’s very refreshing to use in the morning especially. If you insist on using an eye gel it’s definitely not the worst thing you can buy.
R915, launches on April 21st.