Review: The 10 Best New Beauty Products We Tried in December

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With so many new beauty products launching every month, it can be straight-up overwhelming trying to figure out what’s worth the splurge, and what’s better left as a distant memory from your Instagram feed. Fortunately for you, dear reader, I’m always willing to put my body on the line to test out the newest beauty products on the market, so you don’t have to. So, what’s good this month? Here are my picks for 10 of the best beauty products available in South Africa to get you through the month… Because I support your decision to treat yourself to yet another lipstick you probably don’t need but deserve.

Woolworths Orange Peel & Wild Mint Leaf Energise Body Wash

Woolworths Orange Peel & Wild Mint Leaf Energise Body Wash

This fresh and invigorating body wash is enriched with orange peel as well as wild mint and eucalyptus leaf oils to energise your senses whilst gently cleansing and helping moisturise your skin. Formulated without the sulphates SLS and SLES, this skin-loving body wash is lower in foam and doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry or stripped after cleansing. It’s also paraben and azo dye-free and contains no synthetic colours. The vegan body wash is a great choice for anyone who struggles with dry skin and is in search of a wash that is nourishing and effective. My skin feels oh-so-fresh and clean after using this body wash and the beautiful scent invigorates the senses, giving you that just-left-the-spa feeling.

Find it at Woolworths for R64.99 (250ml).

Lulu & Marula Balancing Cleansing Bar

Lulu & Marula Balancing Cleansing Bar 

A must-try for low-maintenance lasses who love a good multi-tasking product! This nifty cleansing bar can be used on the face and body is ideal to keep in the shower for those days when you’re after a quick and refreshing head-to-toe pamper. It’s suitable for all skin types and is gentle and moisturising enough to be used daily on your face, body and hands.

The bar is enriched with French Green and Bentonite Clays to help detox the skin while also gently cleansing away dirt and impurities without drying out the skin. It is made from a rich blend of Olive, Coconut, Marula and Avocado oils to soften the skin, while Shea butter works to nourish and protect delicate skin. This dual-purpose cleansing bar also smells divine! It’s scented with Sweet Orange, Bergamot and Neroli essential oils to create a fragrance that delights the senses while also enveloping you with a sense of calm and relaxation. My skin felt super soft and nourished after every cleanse with this product, leaving a squeaky clean canvas ready to soak up the goodness of the moisturiser and serums that followed.

Buy the Balancing Cleansing Bar online from Lulu and Marula at R110.

Goodleaf CBD Body Lotion

Goodleaf CBD Body Lotion

This ultra-hydrating and nourishing body lotion is just what the doctor ordered for tired, lack-lustre skin this summer. Formulated to unveil your natural glow, this luxurious and fast-absorbing lotion is the ultimate nourisher for skin that is sun-tired and in need of some extra hydration. The lotion contains 120mg of full-spectrum CBD combined with calming botanicals to care for skin and offer all the healing properties of CBD in an easy-to-apply cream. The incorporation of omega-rich Kalahari melon and marula oil with shea butter brings lightweight but permeating moisture to the skin, keeping it soft, supple and botanically scented. The hypoallergenic product leaves skin that may be prone to irritation and dullness feeling softer, more comforted and restored, while a delicately subtle scent of green and herbaceous flora lightly refreshes the senses.

I love this lotion because it soaks into the skin super quickly, without leaving an oily residue. My skin feels so soft after applying this replenishing lotion, and it works wonders to help calm and soothe my skin when I’m struggling with a psoriasis flare-up. The 500ml bottle will last you ages and is definitely a worthwhile investment if you struggle to find body care products that won’t irritate your reactive skin. It’s also paraben-free and isn’t tested on animals, so it ticks the environmental and animal-friendly boxes too!

Buy Goodleaf CBD Body Lotion online at R475 (500ml) or at Wellness Warehouse 

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation

This high-performing foundation is affordable and punches way above its weight. You wouldn’t expect a foundation priced at under R150 to work so well, but this foundation is a skin-perfecting gem. With 20 inclusive shades to choose from, you’re bound to find your match! This foundation is all about helping you create that flawless look, so you can look and feel your best in photos. During the manufacturing process, the foundation underwent testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to ensure it works to deliver flawless camera-ready make-up every time. The product was developed with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin ‘no filter’ perfection and to help prevent white cast in photos.

I absolutely love what this foundation does for my skin. It doesn’t feel overly heavy, yet offers great coverage for a truly flawless complexion. I love that you don’t look overly ‘done up’ when wearing this foundation; so wearing it feels like you’re rocking your skin, only better. You get a beautiful dewy finish with this product, plus. it’s long-wearing and works great on normal to dry skin. It’s extremely buildable, so you can go as light or as heavy-handed as you need to. I love the shade ‘Classic Beige’ for my fair skin, and finding your ideal shade is super easy with the Wet n Wild Foundation Finder tool.

Buy Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation from Clicks at R129 (30ml).

SVR Eye Ampoule Refresh

SVR Eye Ampoule Refresh

The skin around the eye is the first area to show signs of ageing in the form of dark circles, under-eye bags, and fine lines followed by wrinkles. The skin around your eyes is 5 times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face, so it is essential to care for it using a targeted treatment like this results-driven eyecare serum from SVR. This ultra-fresh morning serum awakens, tones, soothes, and smooths the eye area and is a godsend on days when you wake up feeling and looking, a little worse for wear.

Enriched with caffeine, the serum works to stimulate the skin around the eyes, encouraging micro-circulation and decongesting the skin to act on dark circles and under-eye bags effectively. Formulated with peptides and hyaluronic acid, the eye area is smoothed, firmed and hydrated after applying this refreshing serum. The product comes with an applicator pipette that is designed to massage the product directly onto the targeted area for an instant comforting effect and refreshing effect. I always feel a little more bright-eyed and ready for the day after using this serum.

SVR Eye Ampoule Refresh (15ml) is available online at Absolute Skin at R500 as well as at selected salons and doctors.

RVB Lab Glimmer Instinct: Illuminante Fluido Viso

RVB Lab Glimmer Instinct

Show off your glow this summer with this limited-edition gem from RVB Lab. With this highlighter for the face, precious drops of golden pearls capture and intensify the skin’s natural radiance, enhancing its shapes and angles. The fluid highlighter is dual-purpose and can be applied alone to enhance strategic points on the face (such as cheekbones, lips, browbones and eyelids) or mixed with your own foundation for an overall luminous, bronzed effect.

If you are a fan of liquid highlighters, then you will adore this RVB Lab version. It has a soft, velvety texture and feels ultralight, almost weightless, on the skin. It blends effortlessly with your complexion to create a natural-looking glow wherever you need it most. I love using it alone to highlight my cheekbones, but I’ve also added it to my liquid foundation to add luminosity to my skin for a night out on the town when I want a ‘wow’ effect.

Buy RVB Lab Glimmer Instinct – Illuminante Fluido Viso online at R495 (30ml).

Bramley Argan Oil & Macadmia Hand Cream

Bramley Gifts from Nature Range With Natural Oils

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, but oh-so-lovely, pampering hand cream then you can’t go wrong with the Bramley Argan Oil & Macadamia Hand Cream. Known for its restorative properties, Argan oil works to treat the skin and leave it feeling soft and nourished all day long. This handbag-friendly sized hand cream contains a blend of Argan and other natural oils, resulting in an indulgent cream your hands will love.

The cream has a silky soft, yet rich texture, that spreads easily and is quickly absorbed. It leaves my hands feeling nourished, and it has an utterly delicious scent that lingers on your skin for hours after applying. I keep this tube in my handbag for instant relief in-between all the sanitising when I’m out and about running errands. The range also includes an indulgent body butter and tissue oil for an overall skin treat!

Bramley Argan Oil & Macadmia Hand Cream is available exclusively at Pep at R15,99 (100ml).

See Also

Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipstick

Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipstick

If you’re in the market for a new-favourite lippy (I mean, who isn’t?) then look no further than this newbie from Revlon. Say hello to, Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipstick; for lips so brilliant, they shine! Wrap your lips in beautifully soft colour with this fabulous indulgent new lipstick that hydrates like a balm and shines like a gloss. The lipstick’s moisturising formula instantly melts onto the lips to offer a generous dose of hydration before leaving behind a rich, glass-like shine that won’t bleed or feather.

Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipstick comes in 13 different shades and is formulated with a nourishing blend of aloe, hyaluronic acid and rose quartz to care for the delicate skin on your lips, while making them pop! I adore this lipstick because it has a balm-like, buttery-soft feel, but with an irresistible, glossy colour. With this lipstick, less is definitely more. It’s not super pigmented, but more like a subtle tint. The result is very natural-looking, with just a kiss of colour and a generous dash of shine. When applied, the lipstick glides onto the lips easily, helping to create a sleek, smooth surface for lips that look like they’re ready to steal the show. If you only invest in one lipstick this summer, make sure it’s Revlon’s Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipstick!

Buy Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipstick at Clicks for R149.

Inoar +Amor – Sodio Shampoo

Inoar +Amor - Sodio Shampoo

If you’re searching for a fabulous sulphate-free professional shampoo, then you can’t go wrong with Inoar’s +Amor – Sodio range. This sulphate-free salon-approved range is gentle on the scalp and hair strands, making it ideal for anyone who suffers from sensitive or reactive skin. We all know the benefits of using sulphate-free shampoos but many of us also want a foamy shampoo that makes us feel like our hair is squeaky clean. Sadly, the two have always been mutually exclusive… until now. Inoar’s +Amor – Sodio foaming, sulphate-free shampoo promises beauties more love and less salt, in a shampoo that looks after the condition of the scalp as much as the strands.

Inoar’s +Amor – Sodio Shampoo is formulated with potassium-rich Banana Flower Oil as well as Tribulus Terrestris, a herb rich in vitamin C and saponins (a plant-derived compound that has a foaming quality when it interacts with water). This combination substitutes sodium and cleanses the scalp, resulting in healthy, soft, and shiny hair. The shampoo works particularly well on all dry hair types, including chemically treated and curly hair types. Tribulus Terrestris and Banana Flower Oil are both excellent facilitators in soothing the scalp, eliminating dandruff and helping with skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and scabies. These compounds further have the benefits of slowing down hair loss and boosting hair growth.

There’s no doubt this shampoo has worked wonders on my scalp psoriasis over the last few weeks. My scalp feels soothed and super clean whenever I use it and my hair strands don’t feel dry like they’ve been stripped (which often happens with the medicated scalp shampoos I use). My hair and scalp have been thriving since I started using this shampoo and I’ve beyond excited it has arrived in my life just in time for the summer season.

Buy Inoar +Amor – Sodio Shampoo online at R480 (400ml).

Bic Miss Soleil Sensitive Razors

Bic Miss Soleil Sensitive Razors

Feel smooth and confident this summer with the Miss Soleil Sensitive razor. BIC Soleil’s new disposable razor features three flexible blades that adjust to the unique curves of the body, while the lubricating strips with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E ensure a smooth shave and pampered skin. The Miss Soleil Sensitive razor promises less irritation for sensitive legs, making it suitable for all skin types.

The skin on my legs is especially reactive so I have to be very careful which hair removal products and methods I use. Shaving is the least irritating for my legs but I still struggle with in-grown hairs and irritated skin if I don’t use super gentle products when shaving. The Bic Miss Soleil Sensitive razors have proven to be a lifesaver for me; offering a close shave without causing a painful reaction! When paired with the Soleil Lady Shaving Gel, it’s a match made in Heaven. The gel contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soothe the skin when shaving and leave it feeling super soft and moisturised. It’s a killer combo that is sure to impress during the summer months when you’re rocking shorts and soaking up the sun by the pool.

Buy Miss Soleil Sensitive Razors from Dis-Chem at R62.95 (3-pack).

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