April 2014 Favourites

My late monthly favourites blog posts have become a bit of a tradition at this point, so we’re just going to roll with it!  I considered not doing an ‘April Favourites’ blog post, but then thought that some of the products I loved in April really deserved a little mention, so here I am, doing my favourites blog post while probably looking like a fool to some of you guys.

I’ll try harder to load my next monthly favourites within the first week of the new month, I promise…


No, really…  I’ll try my best!

In the meantime, though, let’s jump right in.  Let me start off by saying there will be no un-favourite this time around because I didn’t NOT like anything last month.  There was that heat protectant I really don’t like but I still want to do a blog post about it, and to be honest, I haven’t liked it since March…so technically it wouldn’t be an ‘April un-favourite’ anyway.

I posted a photo of this first favourite on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and actually mentioned that it would definitely be in my ‘April 2014 Favourites’ blog post.  I have found a new holy grail makeup remover wipe, and it’s the Garnier Goodbye Dry Cleansing Wipes.  I received a goodie bag a couple of months ago when I went to a Garnier event and a pack of these wipes were included in the bag.  I didn’t use them for a while because 1. they are actually more suited for dry skin; and 2. I wanted to finish my opened pack of makeup remover wipes since they dry out quite fast.

I am loving these wipes – each wipe smells like a fresh rose garden, and does a sterling job of removing makeup (even waterproof makeup).  The wipes contain not 1, but 2 doses of cleansing milk to effortlessly remove makeup, plus the formula is enriched with Rose extract and Vitamin E to moisturise whilst providing anti-aging benefits.  My skin feels soft and comfortable after using one of these wipes, which is a welcomed change because my previous pack (it was a TLC Q10 pack) left my skin feeling tight and dehydrated.  I’m always on the lookout for great makeup remover wipes because they are such a hit or miss for me – they’re either too dry (the actual wipe isn’t saturated with the cleansing product), or too drying on the skin, or too abrasive, or too expensive.  These Garnier ones are a winner!  A pack of 25 wipes retails for R 39,00 at Dis-Chem and Clicks stores.

I have been on a MISSION to get my hair back to a healthy state these past couple of months.  The first step I took was  quite a big step for me, but I did it:  I went from being a blonde (faux blonde) for more than 10 years back to my brunette roots.  My natural hair colour is a mousy brown (which I’m not a fan of for myself), so I asked the hair stylist at Gary Rom (she’s a miracle worker by the way – if you live in Centurion and you need a new hair stylist, go to the Gary Rom salon in Southdowns Shopping Centre and ask for Carla) to jzeush it up by adding a bit of warmth to the brown.

Ok, so first step was no more bleach and giving my ends a bit of a trim.  Second step was investing in good quality products that would not only protect my hair from future damage, but would nourish it to improve the current state.  I received a press pack from John Frieda for Valentine’s Day this year and the Full Repair Perfect Ends Deep Infusion was included in the pack, this was the first product I started testing because it intrigued me.  We all know split ends cannot be reversed / repaired by any product, the only thing you can do to take care of split ends is to give your hair a good trim.  First thing I noticed when I used this a couple of times is that my hair loves it, my hair literally drinks up the stuff.  I apply it to towel dried hair, let my hair air dry and then I go in with a straightener (have you entered my ghd giveaway here?) or curling iron.  Unlike other serums this does not sit on the surface of the hair giving the illusion of repair, but it actually absorbs into worn areas of the hair (that’s why I say my hair likes to drink it up).  This light oil contains Inca Inchi which is richest plant based source of omega 3, 6 & 9.  It is weightless, so it doesn’t weigh down the hair  and really helps to repair the look and feel of damaged hair.  The end result?  Soft, shiny hair with a healthy bounce!  This serum also doubles up as a heat protectant, so no need to use a separate product for that.  I have also used the oil as an after-styling finishing product as it acts like a barrier against humidity, plus it’s light enough to smooth over flyaways and dry ends.  The Full Repair Perfect Ends Deep Infusion serum retails for R 110,00 at Clicks stores.

I picked up this Maybelline Color Show lipgloss a little over a month ago not really expecting anything, definitely not expecting it to be mentioned in a monthly favourites blog post.  Not because Maybelline products aren’t great – they definitely are – but because the lipgloss is a light nude shade and not really something I gravitate towards normally.  I saw a big container of these smaller sized glosses at a Dis-Chem store and immediately started swatching the colours, especially since they are quite affordable – R 39,95.  Wow, I am in love with this shade called Pearl My Gloss, number 475 (my gloss only has the number written on it and I had to do a bit of research online to look up the actual name).  It is the perfect shimmery nude gloss, not too shimmery (no glitter particles, thank goodness) and not too nude either – it gives the lips a perfect healthy sheen.

I also find the packaging reminds me so much of the MAC Lipglass packaging, but the consistency of the gloss is better than the MAC glosses because it’s not sticky at all.  It’s light and glossy, perfect if you’re on the go.  As mentioned above, these glosses retail for R 39,95 at selected Dis-Chem stores (I haven’t seen them sold at any other stores).

Brightside…I can’t even describe how incredible this bubble bar from LUSH smells – if you like a zesty scent (almost to the point of smelling like Game – the powdered energy drink), then this is right up your alley.  This generously sized bubble bar is enough for more than one bubbleicious bath (I cut mine into 4 pieces).  Brightside features tangerine oil (which reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks), mandarin oil (to relieve stress & restlessness as well as improve circulation and maintaining water balance in the skin) and bergamot oil (to lift the spirits and relieve muscle tension).  This lovely bubble bar gives boring ol’ bathwater a bright orange hue and produces luscious long lasting bubbles that leave the scent on your skin for hours.  LUSH recently informed me that Brightside is now part of the permanent collection (it was initially limited edition in the Easter collection) and I can’t be happier!  Brightside retails for R 54,50 at LUSH stores and online (but it’s currently out of stock online, they’re probably waiting for a truckload I asked them to get for me – haha!).

Don’t shoot!  I know Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser isn’t available in South Africa as yet, but I had to mention it as a favourite because it was THE ONLY primer I used in April.  This primer is completely transparent and even though it looks thick, it becomes very thin the moment you apply it to the skin.  Because this primer has a high silicone content, foundation application is a dream as it glides onto the skin and helps the foundation to blend very well too.  Baby Skin blurs and minimizes the appearance  pores but does not fill your pores, so if you have very enlarged pores, then you might notice a bit of pooling.  My foundation lasts longer when I use Baby Skin (as most primers should extend the wear of your foundation), plus even though it’s a silicone-base primer, it also helps to control oil in my T-zone.  I apply a pea-sized amount (a little goes a long way) of this primer all over the face, because it creates such a smooth canvas for my foundation.  And we can all agree that the packaging is adorable – mint & pink are a match made in heaven!

If you are looking for a more affordable version of the Benefit Porefessional (which is slightly tinted and actually fills in the pores) or the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, then this is for you.  I purchased mine on eBay and it set me back R 140,00 (including shipping) but if you have friends or family in the UK / US, then maybe twist their arm to send you a little gift – it’s definitely worth it.  I am hoping Baby Skin will come to South Africa soon, as I would love to repurchase it once my little tube is finished.

So, those are all the products I loved during the month of April.  I hope you are having a wonderful month of May!



  1. 15 May 2014 / 11:06

    would really love that Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. Hope it comes to SA soon 🙁

    • Luzanne
      15 May 2014 / 18:39

      Me too, Sophia! I’m holding thumbs and toes it comes to South Africa, will definitely repurchase it if I can! 🙂

  2. Samantha
    15 May 2014 / 11:57

    I’m actually in the market for a new miracle hair product so will definitely check out that John Frieda one. And I totes agree with you, the Brightside is my new favorite Lush product. x

    • Luzanne
      15 May 2014 / 18:38

      Yay! So glad you also love Brightside! Actually….I can’t really imagine anyone not liking (ahem…LOVING) Brightside. 😀

  3. Zee Mohlapi
    15 May 2014 / 12:54

    That lip gloss looks beautiful, Lu! I am going to check out what other shades they have available at Dis-Chem especially since you said they are not sticky.

    Loved your photos. xZeex

    • Luzanne
      15 May 2014 / 18:37

      They have about 5 or 6 shades available in this Color Show gloss, but most of them are pearly pinks or nudes – really pretty! 🙂

      Thank you for commenting, Zee. x

  4. alissa
    15 May 2014 / 13:34

    Don’t even worry about the lateness, Luzanne, we’re always happy to read any blog post you load up for us! 🙂

    Loved seeing all your favourites. x

    • Luzanne
      15 May 2014 / 18:36

      So happy to hear that, Alissa – and it’s always nice to see your name come up in my inbox (even thought we’ve never even met!).

      Have a lovely day (or night), can’t remember which country you are from oops! 😉

  5. 15 May 2014 / 13:58

    I love baby skin too, I find the Optiphi primer is similiar in effect, and readily available!

    I bought my baby skin is Singapore in December, and I really should have stocked up on more.

    • Luzanne
      15 May 2014 / 18:35

      Thank you so much for commenting, Azraa! 🙂

  6. Lida Bruwer
    15 May 2014 / 16:03

    I havent seen those lipglosses in the shops yet, but now Ill definitely lookout for them. Im always all over gloss that isnt sticky.

    Im always happy to read your posts, Luzanne. Whether they are a bit late or not, it’s always a pleasure. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      15 May 2014 / 18:34

      Yes, the Maybelline glosses are great because they’re so easy to wear (plus they don’t break the bank!).

      Thank you so much, Lida! 🙂

  7. 15 May 2014 / 17:19

    I’m so glad I read this post! I have also been struggling to find a makeup remover wipe that worked for me. My current one leaves my skin feeling tight and horrid AND it doesn’t take all my makeup off – ugh! Thanks to you I will be buying the Garnier ones the next time I’m out and I’m looking forward to a better makeup removing experience!


    • Luzanne
      15 May 2014 / 18:41

      Yay!! You should definitely give the Garnier wipes a try, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it!

      Let me know how you find them, I’m interested to know. 🙂

  8. farzana
    15 May 2014 / 18:14

    Picking up that John Frieda product tomorro, my hair is in a state of note and I need sumthing to bring it back to life.

    Garnier makeup remover wipes FTW, I only use Garnier ones as they never disappoint!

    Your pics are always on point. Fx

    • Luzanne
      15 May 2014 / 18:33

      Great, I’d love to hear what you think about the product. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do though! 🙂

      I agree with you, Farzana – Garnier makeup remover wipes have been my favourite so far, they’re super affordable and does a great job!

      Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it.

  9. 15 May 2014 / 23:32

    Love reading your monthly favorites!
    I had no idea you were a brunette, I always thought your were a natural blonde, you sure did pull it off very well!
    You look gorgeous both ways!
    I still haven’t tried the Baby Skin, but it’s not something that just screams my name for some reason.
    Love the color of the gloss!

    • Luzanne
      16 May 2014 / 16:12

      Oh yes, I rocked the brunette tresses up until I was about 15 and then started experimenting with colouring my hair every shade of the rainbow (except blue, purple and green). 😉

      Thank you for your kind words, Lily – it’s always nice to receive a compliment. 🙂

      Wow, I can’t believe you still haven’t tried it & it’s so readily available where you are!! I do respect that you don’t necessarily get what everyone else raves about. xxx

  10. Carolyn
    16 May 2014 / 14:47

    I’m actually enjoying the fact that your monthly favorites are late! It’s nice to have a monthly favorites later in the month to read. You have a great selection of products. I am definitely going to give the John Frieda hair serum and the Maybeline lipgloss a go.

    • Luzanne
      16 May 2014 / 16:14

      Your comment just put a huge smile on my face, Carolyn! Thank you for loving my very late monthly favourites. 😀

      I hope you love the products as much as I do! Have a lovely weekend… 🙂

  11. 17 May 2014 / 16:42

    Wow, that Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser sounds amazing. Thanx for sharing. I would love to share your review of it in my beauty tips slot on radio… 🙂

    • Luzanne
      20 May 2014 / 16:13

      That would be awesome, Victoria! Thank you so much!

      Baby Skin needs to come to South Africa, EVERYONE is waiting for it to arrive. 🙂

  12. CarmenD
    19 May 2014 / 07:56

    Love your blog, you so down to earth and I love the fact that you do budget makeup as well. Can you do some makeup tutorials as well.

    • Luzanne
      20 May 2014 / 16:15

      Hey Carmen! I’ve been thinking about starting a Youtube channel to do hauls, makeup tutorials and hair tutorials but I’m still figuring the whole lighting and editing videos thing out… It’s definitely on my “To-Do” list, though. 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. 🙂

  13. 20 May 2014 / 16:09

    Great article, well written!!
    Next time you need some shampoo and conditioner, give me a a shout and I will send you some Gary Rom Hair care, guaranteed to love it!
    speak soon,

    • Luzanne
      20 May 2014 / 16:17

      Thank you, Gary – I actually visited your Southdowns salon again today and loved every minute of it! Carla really is an amazing stylist. 🙂

      Very keen to try some of your hair care products, so will definitely be in touch!

      Thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my blog.

  14. 2 June 2014 / 14:14

    ah man i hope the baby skin comes soon, I hate that here in south africa we end up being a little left / late on the bandwagon a bit especially after following so many UK bloggers/youtubers.


  15. 4 November 2014 / 22:56

    I am in love with your blog already! so cute, x

    • Luzanne
      17 November 2014 / 17:06

      Thank you so much, Natalie. 🙂 xox

  16. Mala
    1 April 2015 / 14:38

    Is the baby skin available in south Africa yet? I’ve seen so many great reviews about it!

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