On Thursday 17 March, we invited South African beauty industry insiders to join us at Shepstone Gardens in Johannesburg to celebrate the best in beauty at the 2016 Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence de la Beauté awards presented by JC Le Roux.

Our judges – Kelly Fung, Marie Claire’s fashion and beauty director, Nokubonga Thusi, fashion and beauty assistant, Cathi Trevor, fashion & beauty editor of Good Housekeeping, Juana Parathyras, beauty editor of Cosmopolitan, beauty consultant Sally Harvey and TV personality Bonnie Mbuli – spent two months deliberating over the best local and international products in skincare and beauty and were excited to finally announce the winners on the night.

The evening started off on a bubbly note with a JC Le Roux MCC Brut welcome cocktail, their Scintilla MCC as well as refreshing ice tea from Bos to keep the spirits up throughout the evening.

Our gorgeous MC for the evening, Bonnie Mbuli, brought a regal mood to the stage with a blush pink KLûK CGDT gown. As the winners were announced, we served delicious canapés by Vicky Crease Catering (our favourite was the mini cheesecake pots!) Local musician Josh Kempen made guests swoon with his performance while DJ Half ‘n Half got guests including Nandi Ngoma and Anele Mdoda onto the dancefloor.


Now that was a party! #mcprix #jcexperience with @zintathu @officialbonbizzle @nandimngoma @minormatters @x_kellyfung_x


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Each guest was also treated with a goodie bag filled with gifts from African Extracts, Nuxe, Bos Ice Tea, Clarins, Dermalogica, Lipidol, Biosense, Lindt, MAC, ghd, Maybelline, Revlon, Eucerin, Labello, Nivea, Benefit and various fragrance samples from Oscar de La Renta, Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dreams and Moschino Stars.

See more of the glamourous evening below and get your copy of the Marie Claire April issue to find out more about the winning beauty products.

  • Musician Nandi Ngoma and MC Fashion and Beauty director Kelly Fung


In our April issue, the following two award winners were incorrectly printed:

Best local product winner: Dr Gobac Cosmeceuticals Biorestore Needle-Free

International winner (France): Bioderma Moisturising Anti-UV Mist

We apologise.