A new season calls for a fresh set of beauty products, especially when that season is spring. From mix and match scents to a moisturiser that’s a non-invasive alternative to Botox, these are the brand-spanking-new products that are bringing us pure joy right now. We can’t and won’t shut up about them – grab them before they sell out this month!
Editor’s pick: NUXE BIO Organic Range
While some beauty brands’ claims about being natural or organic are arguably getting more opaque, there’s zero ambiguity about what it takes to bear our editor’s ‘best of clean beauty’ seal. The NUXE BIO Organic range walks the walk when it comes to transparency, offering highly efficacious, plant-based products that take sustainability seriously. The range has all the ingredients you want – and none of the ones you don’t. On average, the products contain 99% natural-origin ingredients and over 52% organic ingredients, such as botanical oils and natural-origin scents. What’s more, the socially responsible aspect of the range is considered at each step of the life cycle, from formula to packaging to recycling. So, not only will these products improve your complexion, but your carbon footprint too.
The range includes a serum, face care, eye care, a night oil, a cleanser, masks and a body oil. Our top pick is the Ultimate Night Recovery Oil. What’s in the bottle is nearly as pure as it gets: Rice oil extract combined with organic botanical oils (avocado, sesame, jojoba and macadamia). Plus, a little goes a long way with this bottle, so it will last you a long time too. We’re also huge fans of the Radiance Detox Mask – thanks to sesame seed oil and citrus extract, skin will be left looking and feeling smooth post-rinse and beyond. To get the rest of your body in on the hydrating action, try the Replenishing Nourishing Body Oil; an iridescent oil with hazelnut, sesame, safflower and sunflower oils that melts into the skin within 30 seconds and has a delicate orange flower scent that makes you smell fresh-out-the-shower, all day long. The best part about the range is that it eliminates gender stereotypes, so couples can adopt an ecological attitude by sharing their skincare. It’s guaranteed to save space in the bathroom!
R795, R495 and R650 respectively from select Woolworths, Truworths and Foschini stores
Claire Hill S8-28 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser
This nourishing moisturiser from Claire Hill, a science-based skincare company from Australia, is a non-invasive alternative to Botox (and in chic packaging no less). We love the free-radical fighter for its texture – satiny and neither too thick nor too matte – which plays nice under makeup. Luxurious and rich in natural oils, this moisturiser keeps it simple yet effective, assuming you’re looking to smooth away fine lines by naturally relaxing your facial muscles in a light, smoothing lotion. It feels fabulous going on and your skin will feel fabulous hours later too, as it feeds the skin with radiance-reviving nutrients. Use it for several weeks and you’ll start getting compliments on your radiant skin.
R1,475 from www.clairehill.co.za
Beaucience Botanicals Eye Resque Gel
When it comes to ageing, prevention is better than cure, which is why it’s imperative you start caring for those eyes ASAP. Packed with eye-opening ingredients like organic green tea, this non-sticky, quickly absorbed gel helps you perk up those peepers and fake a full night’s rest. Rather than dropping a hefty load of cash on a super-luxe eye cream, cop this blend of natural ingredients, organic oils and all-natural peptide and essential oils that gently moisturises without leaving the skin greasy or overloaded. Not only does it re-energise tired eyes and protect them against future damage, it also helps neutralise blue and purple tones under your eyes, making it a great pick for dark circles too.
R144.99 from www.beaucience.co.za, www.absoluteskin.co.za, http://www.takealot.com and Wellness Warehouse
Berdoues Collection Grands Crus Mix & Match – Sunrise Beach & Bondi Beach
Wearing just one perfume can be boring. Thankfully, French perfume house Berdoues has launched a summer collection of mix and match fragrances inspired by the most beautiful beaches in the world, which can be worn individually or combined. The Sunrise Beach and Bondi Beach perfumes are both energised scents that bottle up the season for a much-needed seasonal refresh.
Sunrise Beach could only be described as sunny and exotic with notes of tangerine, davana and coconut, while Bondi Beach is salty and sunny made indefinitely more interesting with notes of bergamot, lemon, neroli and vanilla. The packaging of both perfumes is aptly colourful, conveying the truly vibrant fragrances within.
R595 each from select Truworths and Foschini stores
MINK Pot of Glow Luminizing Pudding
Glowy skin, we’re coming for ya! Lock in all your hard work before blending your foundation into airbrushed perfection with this natural-based, cruelty-free glow-enhancing product. It can be used as a daily moisturiser, mixed into foundation, as a highlight for a soft, natural dew or – our favourite – as a treat to create the silky-smooth canvas your skin needs for flawless foundation application. If you want to hide pores, soak up oil and refine your skin texture, this multi-purpose product has got your back. A pea-sized amount is enough to prep your whole face for foundation and the scent is addictive – think a minty, chocolatey Mint Frappuccino that will have you feeling all types of nostalgia.
R495 from www.uniqbrows.com
UniQBrows Growth Serum
Eyebrows speak louder than words. Lash and brow serums can really get up there in terms of price, but this one by brow queen Unaiza Suliman works better than serums twice as expensive in our opinion. It’s packed with potent ingredients like vitamins B5 and B7 and amino acids that stimulate the hair follicles while feeding them with all the nutrients they need to grow thicker, longer hair. Swipe this product on the base of your lashes (like you would liquid eyeliner) and your brows twice a day, and the lightweight formula dries down and gets to work ASAP. The formula helps to hydrate even the most brittle of lashes and, best of all, you don’t have to worry about it irritating your eyes. Falsies, who?
R550 from www.uniqbrows.com
Azana Spa Micellar Water – Coconut & Hyaluronic Acid
Just call it the minimalist’s skin cure-all. Like actual water, this micellar water by The Cape Town Toiletry Company can do it all. Enriched with coconut extract for hydration and radiance as well as hyaluronic acid to cleanse, it’s a great makeup remover – even liquid lipstick and waterproof mascara that doesn’t budget for anything. Our favourite way to use it is by squirting some on a cotton pad in the morning and using it to refresh our skin. We also love using it as a second cleanser in the evening on days that we wear foundation, just to catch anything we missed. Your face will feel oh-so-soft, all of the day’s makeup and buildup will be gone and you’ll be left with the tropical fragrance of fresh coconuts.
R89.95 from Dis-Chem
Yves Saint Laurent Y Live Eau de Toilette
Yves Saint Laurent knows how to bottle elegance. Treat the man in your life with this stimulating, punchy and passionate fragrance that you’ll want to steal. Its charm is built on subtlety – sparkling notes are present in the form of grapefruit, pear, juniper and absolute orange blossom, but the scent isn’t heavy. Packed with intrigue, in the background amber woods have been given life with delectable inflections of intense cocoa and vanilla for a modern scent that’s far from one-dimensional. This exceptional summer scent designed for the perfectly groomed gentleman is set to be a signature of many, and is perfect paired with the latest luxe sportswear.
R1,970 for 100ml from Woolworths, Edgars, Foschini and Truworths
John Frieda Detox & Repair Range
The reality of living a modern life is daily exposure to pollution, UV rays and other aggressors that leave our hair feeling stressed and dull. When you’ve overtaxed your tresses, check them into rehab with John Frieda’s Detox & Repair collection, including a Shampoo, Conditioner, Masque, and Care & Protect Spray. Made with avocado oil, antioxidant-rich green tea and vitamins B and E, these hair saviours really get to the root of the problem. Together, they give you a solid foundation for amazing-looking hair and bring your hair back to its healthiest state. Our number-one product is the miracle-working mask with nourishing ingredients, which gives hair its energy back and makes it feel soft and silky.
R119.99 each from Clicks
Inoar Hydrating Sanitiser Gel
No, this isn’t a normal, boring hand sanitiser. This is a cool sanitiser. Seriously. If you’re all about hydrating formulas, this is a luxurious cream-gel derived from the Inoar’s star ingredient, argan oil. Every pump will make you feel like you’re spending a day at the spa, thanks to the slightly nutty scent. And to make sure it destroys any bacteria in its way, it’s flanked by 70% alcohol, ensuring that 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and germs are eliminated immediately. Hate the sticky feeling after using hand sanitiser? You’ll be happy to know that this one dries almost instantly and keeps hands moisturised, even after the 25th cleanse of the day. Like all the brand’s products, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
R150 from www.inoar.co.za