Beauty News #33 – Colab, Arden, Max Factor & Locycare

I’m basically bursting at the seams with new beauty launches, so let’s get straight into it.

Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream lineup has expanded to now include an Eight Hour Cream All Over Miracle Oil – you guessed it, it’s an oil version of the cult ointment. It’s a multi purpose product that’s intended for face, body and hair – I can already envision the perfectly sized 100ml bottle becoming a travel staple.

I’ve played around with it a little and I love it on my body but I was too heavy-handed with it on my hair – so much so that I had to go re-wash – so I would advise to start with one small spray only and add if necessary. It has a feint 8-hour scent.

You’ll have to hang tight as it only launches locally in the second week of January, R385. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All Over Body Oil

If you have dehydrated nails that are prone to splitting and flaking you might want to look into Locycare Nail Gel. It’s a humectant-rich product that’s applied to clean nails twice a day and promises to improve dryness and even discoloration within two weeks. You’ll have to keep your nails free from nail polish while you’re treating them – I think I might just give mine a break and report back.

Price TBC, available from pharmacies.

Locycare Nail Gel

I’m thrilled that Colab Dry Shampoo is now available in South Africa. I’ve mentioned it before but if you’ve missed it, it’s the most truly translucent dry shampoo I’ve ever used that’s still effective in sorting out oily roots and adding a dash of volume. There are four or five variants available which all smell pretty good, as well as volumising versions which I haven’t yet tried.

Colab is exclusive to Clicks and the dry shampoos are around R100 each.

Colab Dry Shampoo South Africa

Another long-anticipated product line that launched recently is the Max Factor Creme Puff blushes. The worst kept secret in the beauty world is that they’re dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes. After a quick comparison I’ll admit that Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve is a pretty good dupe for Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure in both colour and texture.

I’ll play around a little bit and let you know how they compare once I’ve worn the Creme Puff a couple of times.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes are R120 each, exclusive to Clicks.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve

C x




  1. Marné
    Nov 23, 2015 / 11:49 AM

    Hi again! How does Colab’s dry shampoo compare to those of salon brands’ like Redken’s Pillow Proof or Kerastase’s Powder Bluff? Can we forget the expensive stuff and stick with this? Thanks xx

    • Chantelle Bester
      Nov 25, 2015 / 9:14 AM

      I prefer it over Powder Bluff and I haven’t tried Pillow Proof yet 🙂

  2. Bianca
    Nov 23, 2015 / 1:06 PM

    Gosh have been waiting for the blushes for AGES! Can’t wait to finally see them in store and pick them up. Co Lab is my best – went and stocked up over the weekend. Yay for this being available in SA.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Nov 25, 2015 / 9:13 AM

      It feels like they took ages, right? So happy that I don’t have to convince friends to bring Colab for me from the UK anymore 🙂

  3. R Fourie
    Nov 23, 2015 / 8:19 PM

    I swatch the Maxfactor Nude Mauve and Alluring Rose – both very beautiful but I like the Nude Mauve more and now, after reading your blog its definetly on my next shopping list?

    • Chantelle Bester
      Nov 25, 2015 / 9:12 AM

      It’s very subtle so it would depend on what you’re after! I think all 4 of them are pretty tbh 😛

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