The beauty world is full of surprises! Just when you thought you’d seen it all when it comes to exciting beauty launches, the clever sausages keep pulling more rabbits out of the hat. I tried a lot of beauty products in June but these 5 finds were indeed my favourite of them all. Here are my picks for the top 5 new beauty products to try in June and beyond.
1. Optiphi Classic Clarity Serum
This new serum from local skincare brand, Optiphi is a boss at calming breakouts! The soothing serum has skin calming properties that help to soothe inflamed and irritated areas while also helping to prevent further breakouts on the skin. The serum is best used to as a treatment for affected zones to soothe blemishes and acne prone skin conditions. The product contains a powerful blend of seven synergistic actives that help to normalise oil production on the skin, minimise redness, improve the appearance of skin imperfections, and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Salicylic Acid and Lipohydroxy Acid are two of the hero actives that penetrate into the skin slowly and deeply to unclog the pores and leave the skin clearer and brighter. I struggle with redness and inflamation on my skin and I definitely noticed a difference when using this serum. It’s wonderfully soothing and even has a slight slight mattifying effect, helping to minimise any shine on the face.
The Optiphi Clarity Serum is available at selected Optiphi skin clinics, doctors’ rooms and spas at a recommended price of R545.00 (15ml).
2. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Bouncy Makeup
This 2-in-1 wonder combines powder and cream to give you a foundation with a real difference. The bouncy gel-like texture helps to create a flawless, natural-finish that will last for hours. What’s more, the product is enriched with all sorts of good-for-you ingredients that will help to treat your skin while you wear it. Enriched with caffeine, ginseng and peppermint oil, this foundation is said to help wake up tired, dull skin and instantly perfect any imperfections to make you look like you’re well rested. Other key ingredients include Hylauronic Acid, Apple, Watermelon and Lentil Extracts, which all work together to help hydrate and smooth the cheeks, as well as Ceramides, Vitamins C, D, E, and Mushroom Extract to help minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles while giving the skin a firmer appearance. I love this super light-weight foundation because it gives amazing light, natural-looking coverage that really does look like your own skin. This is a great product for those who don’t want to look like their wearing makeup. The texture is also super innovative and unlike any other foundation I’ve tried before and while it feels a little like gel or putty to the touch, the product feels like an ultra-smooth, velvety powder when applied. Light and compact, the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish foundation is perfect for ladies on-the-go, while you won’t really need to touch up this makeup for at least 8 hours it does come with a handy sponge applicator that is brilliant for oil blotting and touch ups during the day. Plus, with 14 shades available in this range you’re bound to find a colour that works for you.
The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish compact is available at selected retailers at a recommended price R485.
3. Marc Anthony Refreshing Coconut Clear Dry Shampoo
I love the range of dry shampoos from March Anthony and this refreshing coconut dry shampoo is quickly becoming one of my favourites of the range! The light, fresh coconut scent is divine and helps to mask any unwanted odours on the hair, making it smell like you’ve just washed it. Besides smelling great, it’s also an excellent dry shampoo and works to absorb oil and sweat in no time at all, leaving you with soft, clean looking hair without any white residue. With its clear formula, this is nothing like your typical powdery dry shampoo, you can spray it all over dark roots without looking like you stuck your head in the fire place. The product also has great volumising properties and unlike a lot of other dry shampoos, it won’t leave your hair limp and flat, making it ideal to restore volume to a blowout if you don’t have time to wash your hair. Free from Sulfates, SLS, Parabens, and Phthalates, this dry shampoo is a winner of note in my books.
Marc Anthony Refreshing Coconut Clear Dry Shampoo is available from Dis-Chem at R99.
4. BaoCare Radiance
Brand new from EcoProducts, the one hundred percent natural BaoCare skincare range was developed with a focus on healing the skin through the use of its hero ingredient, baobab oil. The BaoCare Radiance oil is the first product to be launched in the range and is ideal for men and women aged 40 and over. The product is made up of a luxurious blend of oils including Baobab oil, Jojoba oil, and Pomegranate extract which work together to offer deep moisturising properties while also helping to promote collagen synthesis. regenerate skin cells, increase elasticity in the skin, and soften the skin. The oil absorbs into the skin super quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue on the skin. What’s more, it’s also got a beautifully luxurious scent that is calming and comforting to the skin and your senses. BaoCare Radiance is free from synthetic chemical ingredients, parabens, and mineral oils and the product can be used on its own after cleansing and before applying your moisteriser or along with the full Boa skincare range.
BaoCare Radiance is available from independent health shops as well as online from Faithful to Nature and the Baocare website.
5. Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender & Espresso Calming
When the working day gets too much, enjoy a moment of tranquility with the new Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender & Espresso range. This wonderful scent is both calming and regenerating at the same time. Charged with a stimulating hint of espresso and soothed with the calming fragrance of lavender, this range of bath and body products is a real treat to the senses. The range includes a Lavender & Espresso Body Cream, Handy Therapy, Hand Wash, Soap Bar, Body Lotion, and Body Wash. I’ve been using the body washing when I need to unwind after a long day and the scent really does wonders for the soul. After a few minutes of enveloping myself in this scent in the shower I feel re-energised and relaxed. I also love this body wash because it leaves your skin feeling moisturised and nourished after a shower, rather than stripped down. For a real treat pair it with Lavender & Espresso Body Lotion or Lavender & Espresso Body Cream as part of a pre-bedtime pampering ritual. This range would also make for the ideal gift for a stressed out friend or family member.
Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender & Espresso Body Wash is available from Crabtree and Evelyn stores, selected Dis-Chem stores as well as online from the Crabtree and Evelyn website at R450 (250ml).
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After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.