Beauty News #36

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.

urban decay south africa

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.

revlon mother's day gift sets


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.

gosh synthetic makeup brushes

kiehl's nightly refining micro peel concentrate

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.

chanel hydra beauty micro gel yeux

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.

C x


  1. April 20, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the update Chantelle.

    I’m definitely gonna pick up a Revlon box and the Woolies hands creams are awesome. I’m gutted about UD but I guess it just gives me more time to save up for all the goodies.

    Xoxox ?

    • Chantelle Bester
      April 21, 2016 / 10:00 am

      Times are tough and so is the exchange rate so I guess another month to save won’t hurt us! I’m totally in love with the Revlon highlighter x

  2. April 20, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Quite sad that the launch date has been postponed 🙁 Love those Revlon goodies you picked up.

    • Chantelle Bester
      April 21, 2016 / 9:59 am

      More time to save as Nisa points out! The Revlon highlighting palette is a winner.

  3. R Fourie
    April 20, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    What do you think of the Revlon Highlighting palette? It looks beautiful.

    • Chantelle Bester
      April 21, 2016 / 9:58 am

      I’ve only used it for the second time today but I’m so impressed! No glittery bits and a beautiful sheen. It’s more of a blush than a highlighter on my skin tone though.

  4. April 20, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Would love your thoughts on how the UD eyeshadow primer potion compares to Smashbox’s 24 hour shadow primer xx

    • Chantelle Bester
      April 21, 2016 / 9:57 am

      I’ll definitely compare the two!

  5. Simone Cameron
    April 21, 2016 / 10:42 am

    That Revlon Highlighting palette really is beautiful!! Will definitely look out for these sets when they hit the stores.

    I love Kiehl’s so much…so would love to know if this is worth the money 🙂

    Can’t wait for the UD reviews!

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