While spring may be taking its sweet time to unfold, after months of braving a wintry mix we’re in the mood to celebrate – and a delicate fragrance as warm and bright as a weekend escape or a rose-spiked exfoliating mask that promises to put the life back into your skin might be just the thing. With balmy days and colourful buds on their way, we’re welcoming the season with these five new beauty buys that you’ll want for the months ahead.
SVR Microgommage Lift
Looking for a triple-threat of anti-ageing ingredients? One of French skincare brand SVR’s latest launches, the Microgommage Lift exfoliating mask enriched with vitamin A has three anti-ageing actions – 0.1% pure retinol or vitamin A, 2.5% quartz and volcanic ash as well as 5% musk rose oil – to leave your skin feeling totally renewed. Aimed at targeting the accumulation of dead cells and signs of ageing such as uneven skin tone, imperfections, enlarged pores and wrinkles, this mask cleans pores and leaves your complexion looking noticeably more radiant. We also love that it smells warm and a little flowery (which is really very cosy) and that it rinses off as a soothing milk for the ultimate skin-nourishing treatment.
R475 from www.riekiemedaesthetic.co.za, www.absoluteskin.co.za and www.shopfomo.com as well as at selected salons and doctors
Wet n Wild Jungle Rock 3-in-1 Hydrating Face Mist
If you’ve been searching for a multitasking face mist, the limited-edition Wet n Wild Jungle Rock 3-in-1 Hydrating Face Mist can be used to prep your skin before applying makeup or as a refreshing spray throughout the day. It’s no mystery that we’re big fans of a glow, so naturally we gravitated toward this glow-enhancing spray that gently coats the entire face with just one spritz of its revitalising formula. Post-spritz, your skin will look slightly dewier – and, call us crazy, but happier – which we chalk up to the aroma of tropical flowers. Enriched with a blend of papaya, coconut, dragon fruit and extracts of kakadu plum, it straight-up smells like a flower shop, which is joy to the nose (and skin).
R199.95 from Clicks
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Pear Blossom Eau de Toilette
Spring weather calls for a lighter and fresher take on perfume. The Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Pear Blossom Eau de Toilette, which captivates joy and happiness and will please anyone who loves florals, is one of our favourite new fragrances to pick up. Bursting with a far-reaching, sweet floral scent, this is the one fragrance you won’t mind reapplying. Made of pear flowers, green tea, musk, bergamot, jasmine, juicy pears, mash and amber, it’s best described as a soft, crisp and feminine scent with an unmatched pear purity that delightfully awakens your senses. It’s the next best thing to actually sitting underneath a pear tree in full bloom. All you have to do is spritz, close your eyes and image.
R480 for 100ml from Edgars, Woolworths, Foschini, www.takealot.com and www.superbalist.com
Citrusway Foot Restoration Spray
Mist, spray, repeat! If silky-soft feet is the goal, the Citrusway Foot Restoration Spray is a lazy girl’s option that pretty much works magic on dry skin and calluses. It combines a powerful and effective blend of grapefruit seed and pulp extract to help revitalise damaged skin and imperfections for a more beautiful appearance. We like that this spray creates the look and feel of hydration without the slip of creams or lotions and that it yields results in as little as one day. It’s definitely ideal should you have a special occasion and need to get rid of the look of dry, cracked heels in a pinch. It’s also fragrance-free and contains no chemicals, preservatives, parabens or oils.
R199 from Dis-Chem
White Glo Deep Stain Remover Toothpaste Charcoal
It can be a little jarring to brush your teeth with the White Glo Deep Stain Remover Toothpaste Charcoal for the first time, but we’re fans of the effects of its activated charcoal. Although this formula might not be as strong as targeted strips, this toothpaste gently scrubs away fussy stains and discolouration while detoxifying your mouth at the same time. It’s also one of the best teeth-whitening products to use on sensitive teeth, as it helps soothe sensitivity (if any). Since your teeth aren’t going to get whiter on their own – and you probably aren’t about to stop drinking coffee or red wine – this affordable toothpaste is a necessity. It will save you in moments when you simply don’t have time to slap on some white strips.
R64.99 from Clicks and Dis-Chem