31 October 2016


I have to say that September and October have been very busy months and they seem to have flown by, but here are some of my "Faves" from these past 2 months.



This Tweexy has been such a find and I can't believe that after all of these years of precariously balancing different shaped nail polish bottles, I finally have a stable aide to painting my nails.



I have seen the nail polishes in Woolworths over the months, if not over the years and rather foolishly just dismissed them as being cheap, so therefore they can't be that great.
Well these have been such a great find and how wrong I was...


benefit Suagrbomb

Yet again another benefit product appears on my monthly favourites post.
I am really enjoying using this sugarbomb blush/powder and it seems as though its going to be long-lasting, as it hasn't worn down very much over the past month of use.

Benefit Sugarbomb Review


Buff Beauty Parlour

This isn't a product but was most definitely one of my "faves" of October and I highly recommend that you visit Buff Beauty Parlour in Umhlanga New Town, whether it be for treatment or just a donut and a coffee.

Buff Beauty Parlour

28 October 2016


If you follow me on my other social media platforms 
(if you don't you can click on the icons on the right hand side bar)
 you will no doubt already be aware of my current love affair with benefit and I think I can now officially bestow upon myself, the name...

(due to the amount of products I now own and use on a daily basis)

I had been looking for sometime for a new blusher and benefit have a good selection of blushers,powders and bronzers on offer.
After a consultation with Natasha, the counter manager at Red Square Gateway,
(who is a true benebabe with lots of passion and enthusiasm for her brand) 
I opted for the dual purpose sugar bomb, which can be used as an all over powder or just on the cheek area.

benefit suagrbomb R385

This square packaging consists of four shimmering shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose, which together gives a natural colour and radiance to the cheeks.
It gives an instant sugary flush that looks both natural and flattering.
I very rarely rave about the brushes that come with cosmetics and more often than not I recommend you to throw them away as they are not fit for purpose.
However ignore my previous advise and keep this soft natural bristle brush, as it's an absolute pleasure to use,it picks up the colour nicely and the shape of the brush makes for a really easy application.
It is on the pricey side retailing for R385, but so far I'm very impressed with all aspects of the product and would look at repurchasing the same again.


is available online and at selected Red Squares and Edgars countrywide

27 October 2016







{DURBAN 2016}

Please contact me urgently via e.mail @hazel@beautyshoutbox.co.za
so I can make arrangements for you to get your tickets.
(Tickets are valid for either of the 3 days of the show 28-30th October at the Durban Exhibition Centre)


26 October 2016


Before I tell you of my experiences with the product here is some background to the cosmeceutical brand


Dermatologists and surgeons specialising in facial rejuvenation wanted to offer technologically advanced skin care products for their patients, to accompany general medical and cosmetic procedures.

Their research led to the development of DERMACEUTIC – a range of cosmeceuticals to prepare, optimise and maintain the results of all medical and cosmetic procedures. 
 Hence you won't find this brand in any mainstream stores or beauty salons.

The DERMACEUTIC home care range focuses on the three essential areas of skin


DERMACEUTIC Nourishing Restoring Ointment 30g R450

I was lucky enough to be sent, sometime ago, their Nourishing Restoring Ointment to try.
Not having had any medical or cosmetic procedures I really haven't been able to review this product fully, but what I can say - if I were to have any procedure DERMACEUTIC would, without a doubt be a range that I would reach for to help care, restore and comfort my skin following any aesthetic procedures.
After reading about their products and history and previously experiencing their 
DERMACEUTIC Advanced Cleanser it's clear to see that this company are the trusted experts.

This colourless, non fragranced, hypoallergenic, paraben free ointment has been formulated using high concentrations of active ingredients to provide long lasting hydration, protection and more importantly, immediate skin comfort.

With sensitive and very dry skins in mind this product does feel far heavier than what I'm used to and initially I thought that this gel ointment would sit on the surface of my skin, but I was amazed at how it was readily absorbed and left no greasy surface residue.
I personally would advise that you use less rather than more as a small amount really does go a long way.

I recognise all of the ingredients below and again it reassures me that 
DERMACEUTIC products are the way to go.

Panthenol 5%
A restoring complex to provide an immediate calming effect on irritated skin.

Bisabolol 1%

A highly tolerated restoring antioxident active to soothe skin and restore comfort.

Shea Butter and Beeswax
Intensely hydrate and nourish the skin.

Vitamins E

Renowned for it's antioxidant properties, vitamin E combats the signs of photoaging and limits their appearance.

Next week I'm off overseas to a wintry UK for 3 weeks and I will pack my tube of rescue ointment to give my skin some TLC during its "shock" phase, which it will go into after leaving the hot and humid Durban spring temperatures of 25c+, to be plunged into temperatures as low as 5c.
On a side note this ointment is also great to use on dry lips and on any skin irritations that need to be either soothed,calmed or nourished

To find out more about the DERMACEUTIC range and stockists


24 October 2016


It's that time of the year again and the much awaited new, improved and rebranded

Good Food and Wine Show 2016

 descends over Durban like a cloud of freshly dusted icing sugar this coming weekend 28th-30th October at the Durban Exhibition Centre.
After reading what they have lined up for the 3 days, this culinary extravaganza is not to be missed and there truly is something for everyone of all abilities and foodie interests.

This years theme FRESH is being driven by a worldwide foodie revolution and a desire to grow local and eat fresh. The Good Food & Wine Show offers an exciting range of FRESH foodie experiences.

This years event is crammed full of Informative,interactive and entertaining cooking demos and masterclasses based around wine, baking, and health and wellness.

Whether you are an armchair chef, a wanna be chef or an avid follower of the International hit series MasterChef then you are in for such a sweet treat as one of Australia’s top chefs, 
George Calombaris (MasterChef Australia judge) 
will be headlining along with other well know and much loved chefs e.g.

Neill Anthony (Private Chef), 
Jenny Morris (Giggling gourmet) 
Sarah Graham (TV chef)

Special guest appearances include many past finalists and winner of MasterChef SA and I'm particularly interested in watching the entertaining Short Chef Skinny Chef duo of our home grown KZN girl Claire Allen (skinny)
 and the Transkei granny Siphokazi Mdlankomo (short).

These two MasterChef celebs will have their own theatre at this year’s Good Food & Wine Show and performances will take place on Friday (28th Oct) from 11h30 until 19h30, on Saturday (29th Oct) from 10h30 until 19h30 and on Sunday (30th Oct) from 10h30 until 16h30. 

I highly recommend that you visit the website below to find out more details on demo scheduling and  the full line up of chefs, speakers and special guests.

Tickets can be pre booked via the Computicket or at the door.

Early bird - R85 (on or before 25 October)
Adults - R100 
Students - R70
Age 13-18 - R50
Under 12 Free
Senior R70 and free entry on Friday 28 October
Weekend Pass - R150
International chefs table  - R800 (George Calombaris)
Local chefs table - R300 (Neill Anthony and Siba Mtongana)


You can win 2 Adult Tickets to attend on either of the 3
 days and its easy to win with Rafflecopter.
Hurry as the competition ends in a couple of days


a Rafflecopter giveaway

23 October 2016


I'm back to Woolworths again for this weeks Sundays Savings and what a good one it is...


This collection of Dermatologically tested Bath & Body products caught my eye some weeks ago for several reasons:
Its lovely black packaging, the extent of the range 
(which consists of shimmering body butters,lotions,scrubs,hand and cuticle serums and massage oils)
and I like the fact it's based on a variety of African Ingredients that have been selected for the well being of the body and consists of the following sub ranges :


I am drawn like a magnet to all things that claim to calm and relaxing, plus I love all things for the bath and of course fragrant candles, so this collection of products appeals to me on several counts. 
Here are a few of my picks and best of all... they are currently on special offer, 
so now is the best time to either spoil yourself or just stock up on pre holiday gifts.


African Ingredients Massage Candle




Featuring the antioxidant and intensive hydrating properties of soybean oil, this calming massage candle is a clean-burning soy candle that will help to relax your mind and restore balance to your skin. Dip your fingers into the candle's warm oil and gently massage into skin. With nourishing soybean oil for a healthy, radiant glow. 
Burns for up to 30 hours. 

Massage Candle 500mls


African Ingredients Detoxing Bath Salts




These detoxing bath salts with revitalising organic Cape aloe, sea minerals and green tea, will help hydrate and nourish your skin.

Detoxing  Bath Salts 300g


African Ingredients Luxury Bath Milk




This luxury bath milk will help to let the stress of your daily life gently slip away as you lie back in a soothing bath. 
Oats are also known to nourish the skin while the sweet lavender adds tranquillity.

Calming Luxury Bath Milk 500mls


African Ingredients Lip Butter




This Energising Lip Butter will give your lips a refreshing moisture burst with revitalising wild Kalahari melon, mint and aloe vera.

Energising Lip Butter 10mls


African Ingredients Detoxing Clay Scrub




This detoxing clay scrub from the African Ingredients range, with revitalising organic Cape aloe, sea minerals and green tea, will help detoxify, cleanse and nourish your skin.

Detoxing Clay Scrub 250g

20 October 2016


Despite this new beauty parlour being literally on my doorstep I hadn't heard anything about its 
arrival via the beauty "grapevine".
My first knowledge of Betty Boops Wonderland in Umhlanga was when Buff Beauty followed me on Instagram and I promptly followed back, only for them to un follow me!
I love it when people do that...

Luckily for both of us my curiosity got the better of me and just a short drive from home led me to The Boulevard, 19 Park Lane, Umhlanga Ridge. 
The Buff Beauty Parlour "where miracles are performed daily" so they claim, is a sister salon to the well known Teremok Spa in lower Umhlanga, which immediately indicates to me that good salon genes have been passed down!
Buff is well worth a visit for both Buff Girls and Buff Guys.

Their treatment menu is specific and focuses on perfectly polished nails, precision waxing and all things lashes and brows. I did experience a pedicure last week, which I will write and post soon, but in this post I wanted to let my photos show you why this little haven of retro Hollywood delight is a must visit and soon...

Pedi area

Retail Area

Betty Boop and the secret X rated cupboard

Pretty Flamingo Mani Stations

Cubicles complete with tvs

Buff Guys Station

Buff Guys Retail

Pop in any time to the Soda Fountain

Wicked Donuts are on the Menu

Function room for pamper parties

To find out more and to make a booking visit

16 October 2016


I cannot emphasise to you how much love and passion I have developed for benefit since the brands re launch into South Africa in 2015.

I have been doing series of review posts over the past few months on budget concealers and just to point out that this award winning fake up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer from benefit  at R335
does not fall into the budget category, but more high end.

benefit fake up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer 

fake up 
is a fragrance free "stick" concealer which gets my approval straight away, as I feel that I have more control with the application and I can see exactly when the product is coming to an end.As you can see from my photo the concealing colour runs down the 
centre of the bullet with the moisturising element surrounding it.

    This hydrating crease-control concealer contains vitamin E & apple seed extract and
    glides beautifully onto the skin, however you will need to blend in a little with your finger or blender to ensure that there are no streaks and the colour is evenly distributed.
     Even though I apply an eye treatment every morning I liked the comfort that the double product layer provided. At no point during the day did my foundation or concealer crease under my eye, which can sometimes happen with non moisturising concealers, so on that claim benefit fake up scores top marks.
    fake up 
    is formulated to hide dark circles and diffuse fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look and again on this point it scores highly on the cover factor.It soon becomes apparent with use that fake up is more than a concealer it's a 2 in 1 concealer and an under eye hydrating stick, hence the price.
     Available in three shades 
    01 Light/02 Medium/03 Dark 
    I bought the 02 Medium which is a good colour match for my under eye skin tone.
    If you are looking for an extremely hydrating concealing product that doesn't cake or crease and provides good coverage, then check out fake up.

    Benefit fake up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer

    Available from Benefit counters in selected Edgars and Red Squares countrywide


    14 October 2016


    I just had to do a quick blog post to tell you about some nail polishes that I recently bought from Woolworths...

    Having been a self confessed nail polish snob for many, many years now, I came across these Pretty Paint nail colours from Woolworths JT ONE range.
    I was drawn to the pretty shades in the bowl at the till point and not so much the price, but the price was a pleasant surprise, as they retail for only R29.95.

    Pretty Paint JT ONE Nail Polish - Delicious and Princess

    My first snobbish thought was "how good can they be for that price"
     and my second was 
    "at that price I will just throw them away if they are rubbish".

    Take it from me, who has used more nail polishes than I care to remember,
     there is absolutely no way I will be throwing these away, in fact I have purchased another colour.

    I found the brush to be good, the application was smooth and it dried really quickly, but my biggest surprise was the longevity. 
    I always do at least 3 coats of most polishes and this polish was no different. I didn't apply a top coat and my mani lasted for 6 days without any chips, but there was slight wear on the tips, but for the price I certainly wasn't complaining. 
    (I have paid 10 times more than the R29.95  on other polishes only to find chips after a couple of days)

    There is only a small selection of colours and the focus seems to be on pastel, summer shades, but I like the look of most of them.
    By the way, they are also Vegan Friendly.

    I bought the shades Delicious, Princess and RoseQuartz, and I'm very happy with my new 
    CnC (cheap n cheerful) nail polish finds.

    Below are several of the colours that will most probably be my next purchases.







    Available from Woolworths countrywide or online