Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY AWARDS SPECIAL -

ev­ery year, when we judge beauty prod­ucts for the Prix d’Ex­cel­lence de la Beauté, we cat­e­go­rize them into three sec­tions: Skin Care, Make-up and Lo­cal. This year, I was amazed by how many prod­ucts scored re­ally high when it came to in­no­va­tion. This just demon­strates the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments made in the beauty in­dus­try ev­ery year. It is also why I love this in­dus­try so dearly – new dis­cov­er­ies pop up lit­er­ally ev­ery sin­gle day. One prod­uct im­pressed us so much that we felt it de­served an hon­orary award, as it is a brand new in­ven­tion in beauty. Look out for it as you go through the win­ners – I’d hate to spoil the sur­prise. Thank you to all the brands that sub­mit­ted prod­ucts as en­trants. It’s a mon­u­men­tal task, hav­ing to test and re­view ev­ery one, but we did it at the beau­ti­ful Man­naBay Ho­tel in Oran­jezicht – with breath­tak­ing views of Ta­ble Moun­tain – on a scorch­ing day in Jan­uary, and de­cided on the win­ners. Thank you to our pa­tient judges who took their time with each prod­uct in or­der to come to a fair con­clu­sion: As­pa­sia Kar­ras ( Marie Claire edi­tor), Candice-Lee Kan­nemeyer (beauty blog­ger), Chereen Gibson ( O, The Oprah Mag­a­zine then beauty edi­tor/beauty blog­ger), Asanda Sizani (cre­ative con­sul­tant and stylist), Cathi Trevor ( Good House­keep­ing beauty edi­tor) and Juana Parathyras ( Cos­mopoli­tan beauty edi­tor).

This year, we also de­cided to in­volve you, the reader, to vote for some of your all-time favourite beauty prod­ucts at We were blown away by your re­sponse and have in­cluded the win­ners af­ter tal­ly­ing up the num­bers ac­cord­ing to your votes. Thank you so much for par­tic­i­pat­ing!


Clock­wise from above Beauty prod­ucts in the run­ning for the an­nual awards; the beau­ti­fully laid judg­ing ta­bles at Man­naBay Ho­tel; skin-care prod­ucts; won­der serums; MarieClaire beauty edi­tor Mathahle Stofile; edi­tor As­pa­sia Kar­ras try­ing and test­ing; judges (from left):As­pa­sia, Mathahle,

Cathi Trevor, Candice-Lee Kan­nemeyer and Asanda Sizani (not pic­tured: Juana Parathyras and Chereen Gibson);

make-up prod­ucts.

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