New In This Week // Local Lovelies, Lancôme & Invisibobble

We’ve had some pretty exciting new launches landing on our desks this week, so we thought we’d give you a brief rundown of our favourites, and we’ll follow up with formal reviews in the next few weeks once we’ve had a chance to test them all properly…

SKOON Retinin Resurfacing Moisturiser

Regular readers will be well aware of how much we rate SKOON – their Glow Drops, Concentrate Squalane and Ruby Marine Overnight Hydrating Mask are some of our all time favourite products. Their latest offering, the Retinin Mini Resurfacing Moisturiser, contains a special type of Vitamin A which makes the product suitable for sensitive skins which are prone to breakouts. All product info has been taken from the SKOON website:

What does it do?

Anti-ageing cream that targets enlarged pores, blackheads and breakouts. Formulated with premium (and stabilised) Vitamin A, PerfectionPeptide P3 and White Willow Bark to help provide micro-relief for skin texture and refine clarity. It contains:
Marula Oil: high anti-oxidant oil for improved skin pliancy and texture
White Willow Bark: a natural source of salicylic acid, it promotes exfoliation without associated irritation.
Mastic Gum: Reduces shininess, blemishes and clogged pores
Vitamin A: Best form for treating acne. Has an antibacterial effect without destroying healthy skin flora. Remodels collagen and elastin.
Progeline: a Biomimetic Peptide which encourages firmer, fuller and denser skin.
PerfectionPeptide P3: Has a natural peeling effect. It speeds up cell renewal to refine the skin’s texture.

How much does it cost?

R325.00 for 15ml

Is it available now?

Yes –> Buy online here »

Skin Creamery Oil Milk Cleanser & Skin Creamery Skin Tonic


I’ve lost count of the number of times Jules and I have professed our love for Skin Creamery – this local brand just gets it so right.  The latest releases include an oil-milk facial cleanser and a skin tonic, both of which look and smell divine. All product info has been taken from the Skin Creamery website:

What do they do?

The Sesame Oil, Baobab and Melon Seed Oil Milk Facial Cleanser glides onto the skin, gently nourishing as it lifts make-up and impurities. It can safely be used around the eye area, conditioning lashes and brows in the process. Though gentle, this silky oil formulation can remove even waterproof products with ease. Treat your skin to a unique blend of omega-rich, certified organic oils of Kalahari Melon Seed, Jojoba and Baobab. When rinsed off with warm water, these oils emulsify, dissolving all impurities into a creamy milk.

The Baobab, Malachite and Rose Skin Tonic is a two-phase skin tonic formulated to hydrate, restore and nurture. The water phase contains Malachite, a mineral-rich crystal extract with powerful antioxidant and skin protecting properties. Baobab fruit powder, which is high in vitamin C, is infused into organic rose water to create a vitamin-rich floral splash. Rose water gently balances the skin’s PH and adds a touch of toning magic.The omega-rich oil layer gently hydrates and conditions the skin. This oil layer mixes effortlessly with the water phase to form a rejuvenating tonic for damaged or tired skin.

How much do they cost?

Sesame Oil, Baobab and Melon Seed Oil Milk Facial Cleanser: R300 for 200ml
Baobab, Malachite and Rose Skin Tonic: R420 for 100ml

Are they available now?

Yes –> Buy online here »

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Lipsticks

Lisa Eldridge, the Official Global Creative Makeup Director of Lancôme, has created 25 new lipstick shades in a variety of textures. The shade range comprises of nudes, reds, raspberries, oranges and pinks, with a choice between a cream or a matte finish. There is something for everyone in this new L’Absolu Rouge collection!

What does it do?

Needs no explanation, really. These lipsticks are housed in a black lacquered metal casing with a gold top and bottom – the packaging is weighty, chic and feels completely luxurious. If you click the Lancôme rose emblem on the top of the tube, and it releases the lipstick and you’re a-for-away. We were sent shades 343 Suspense (nude shade with a cream finish), 368 Rose Lancôme (pinky red shade with a cream finish) and 198 Rouge Flamboyant (a classic red with a matte finish).

How much do they cost?

R399 each

Are they available yet?

Not yet, I’m afraid. Launching in November 2016.

invisibobble POWER and invisibobble NANO

Jules and I have been using invisibobbles since they launched a few years ago, and we refuse to use anything else – they have been a complete game changer. Their smooth surface means that the hair doesn’t get tangled/snagged, and their unique design leaves no imprints on the hair once they’re removed – so if you’ve had your hair in a top-knot all day, you won’t be left with any unsightly hair tie kinks if you use an invisibobble. Invisibobble have just released two new products: the POWER and the NANO.

What do they do?

The invisibobble POWER is aimed at those with thicker, more voluminous hair. The intensified spiral shape gives the hair an extra strong grip during sports events, without compromising on comfort. And because the resin used to create invisibobbles is water and sweat proof, the POWER can be easily removed from wet/sweaty hair without tangling.

The invisibobble NANO has been designed to be used as a styling tool, so think of it more as a bobby pin than a traditional hair tie. It provides a firm grip in the hair, and helps creates a stable base on which to build your desired up-do/braid/bun.

How much do they cost?

invisibobble POWER: R100 for a set of 3
invisibobble NANO: R80 for a set of 3

Are they available yet?

Yes –> Buy online here »

All items in this post were supplied as PR samples.

2 comments on New In This Week // Local Lovelies, Lancôme & Invisibobble

  • Franzel du Toit

    Hi. Have you used the Skoon moisturiser for some time to be able to prove if it really works/makes a difference? I also have sensitive adult skin prone to breakouts and would like to try this!

    • Jules

      Not yet – we only got it a few days ago!

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