Beauty News #40

I sincerely hope you’re comfortable, because I have a substantial list of products I’d like to share here today.

invisibobble secret garden

I’ve mentioned Invisibobble before, and I always have a few of them floating around the house and in my handbag. If you’re not familiar with Invisibobble, they’re hair ties that resemble old school telephone cords. They minimise hair breakage and they leave less trace marks in your hair after its been tied up. They also have a much longer life span than regular hair ties – a couple of mine are two years old. If I can just stop losing them and giving them away that would be great.

I initially only used the clear and dark brown ones to make them as invisible as possible, but I gradually started adding colourful ones when I saw how nice they looked on other people. They’ve just launched the Invisibobble Secret Garden collection with four pretty summer colours – Forbidden Fruit, Cherry Blossom, Sweet Clementine and Lucky Fountain.

R80 for a pack of 3 from Retailbox and hair salons. And because I love a good bargain: there are 4 sets of Invisibobble for R160 here.

tangle teezer ultimate

While we’re on the topic of hair, we HAVE to chat about the Tangle Teezer Ultimate. It’s the first Tangle Teezer with a handle, and it’s intended for use on dry hair. Full disclosure, I’ve been using all the other kinds of Tangle Teezers on dry hair too, but if you have thicker, coarser hair that might not work for you. You can see the review of my three (!) other Tangle Teezers here. Don’t know what you mean, I definitely don’t have a problem.

Anyway, back to Tangle Teezer Ultimate. The bristles are much longer and they feel firmer, and I really like that it gives you a good scalp massage when you use it. It’s also suitable if you wear extensions (can’t vouch since I don’t have any but that’s their claim) so that should sort out a whole bunch of problems there too.

It also helps that the thing is designed like a damn sports car. It looks crazy sleek and smooth and it’s all curves and shine.

Get the Tangle Teezer Ultimate from Clicks online and in-store for R300.

kiehls jeremyville

This year for the holiday season Kiehl’s collaborated with artist Jeremyville for some limited edition packaging. My favourite is the gorgeous Creme de Corps packaging – it’s super cute and festive, and it’s just all Christmassy.

Get the Kiehl’s X Jeremyville products for a limited time from Kiehl’s counters.

elegant touch after dark

The new Elegant Touch After Dark nails are freaking amazing. I’ll say upfront that I haven’t worn either of the two that I have because I’m useless with long nails, but stick-on nails have come such a long way since the days where all you could buy were square french tips. I often use the Elegant Touch Xpress nails (see them here) – they’re great if you want a quick nail makeover in a manageable length.

I particularly like the coffin shaped nails and I’m itching to try them, but I think I’ll wait till I’m on leave since I type on my fingertips (as opposed to the pads of my fingers like other normal people).

Get them at Dis-Chem in-store or online for R92 a set.

maybelline the rock nudes

If you like your eyeshadow with a side of grunge, Maybelline The Rock Nudes is a great choice. It has a selection of 12 matte, shimmer and glitter shades in a nifty palette – but it’s limited edition, so don’t take too long to make up your mind.

The shimmer shades definitely have the best pigmentation, but the mattes and glitters are decent too. I hope this is the first of many Maybelline palettes to make its way to SA!

Get Maybelline The Rock Nudes from Foschini, Dis-Chem and Clicks for R200 for a limited time only.

prevage foundation

Elizabeth’s Arden’s Prevage range has long been hailed as one of the most active skincare lines that you can buy in department stores – the antioxidant levels in there is great to treat hyperpigmentation and general age-related concerns.

A couple of weeks ago I received a few of their products, including the Prevage Anti Ageing Foudation SPF30 that launched recently. I’ve been testing it for the past few weeks and it’s a really brilliant treatment foundation, but it’s not for skin that needs high coverage. It’s gorgeously glowy which makes it perfect for dry and dull skin types, and I then just supplement with dabs of concealer where necessary.

Because it’s not high coverage the fade is also gradual and natural, so there’s never any patchiness. I really enjoy this one and would recommend it if you like a dewy, radiant finish with light coverage.

R650 from department stores, available in 8 shades. They seem to run a little dark as I have shade 1 and I ideally would have preferred it to be half a shade lighter.

wet n wild 1 step gel nails

I snorted (in a very feminine way, of course) when I saw that Wet n Wild has a long wearing nail polish that you use WITHOUT BASE AND TOP COAT. I’ve gotten used to long wearing, gel-like polished having built-in base coats, but the magic has always been in the top coat. Enter Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Color.

So I tried it, and it doesn’t suck. At all. I get 4-5 days wear which is nothing short of a miracle for me (this now makes it my second longest wearing nail polish after essie Gel Couture, review and details here), and it’s super affordable. I’m definitely going to try a few more shades.

Get it from Clicks in store and online for R80.

See anything you like? My shopping list is growing by the minute.

C x



  1. Laurene
    December 7, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Hi Chantelle, I really enjoy your blog and thanks for keeping me up to date with beauty news, etc. I like them all!

    • Chantelle Bester
      December 8, 2016 / 8:03 am

      Thank you so much for reading Laurene, so happy that you enjoy it!

  2. Deidre
    December 7, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Essie Gel Couture definitely a keeper. I’ve had mine on for over a week, and only now it is showing signs of wear and tear. Really good product. Top coat which comes in a white bottle, is great. And what is more, it dries relatively quickly! Really enjoy using this product.

    • Chantelle Bester
      December 8, 2016 / 8:02 am

      Same here!

  3. R Fourie
    December 9, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    I want to try the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Color – looking for a soft, pale pink:-)

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