August 2013 Favourites

It’s favourites time!  I did things a little bit different this month, I decided to challenge myself to a … well … challenge.  I called it the ‘Beauty Brand FOTD Challenge’ on Instagram – the idea came to me when I noticed on my FOTD (Face Of The Day) photos that I tend to favour certain items in my makeup collection.  Now, I own A LOT of makeup (and should probably be on an episode of ‘Hoarders’) and to always use the same old, same old makeup is a total waste!  So, I decided that every week I would use a specific brand of makeup i.e. the 1st week was NYX – so I had to do a full face of makeup using most (if not all) of the NYX products I own.  BUT if for example, I didn’t own a NYX foundation, I allowed myself to use a foundation from another brand.  This forces me to use all the makeup in my current collection.  The 2nd week I decided to do a more high-end brand (still drugstore though) and went with L’Oreal.  And this past week was dedicated to Essence.

Ok, so in doing this little challenge I have rediscovered products that I used to love (but just forgot about) and I also discovered a few products (1 of which I will mention in this post as an ‘Unfavourite’) that I loathed.

First up we have my most loved product of the month – MoroccanOil Glimmer Shine Finishing Spray.

This is my special friend – it’s an amazing shine enhancing spray that adds a glossy sheen to the hair.  The scent of this (in fact all MoroccanOil products) is incredible, I would describe it as an exotic floral fragrance that lingers in the hair for quite some time.  Every single time I spray this in my hair, Neal compliments me.  Nothing better than cuddling and your husband (or boyfriend) comments on how lovely your hair smells and you’re like:  “Oh, thank you but this is just the natural scent of my hair…”  Haha!  In addition to the amazing scent, this spray leaves the hair feeling soft and looking super healthy.  My hair is in the worst state of my life at the moment (no jokes!)  and this spray combined with my Hot Tools Curling Iron makes my hair look fantastic.  It’s a very light spray (almost like a dry oil spray) and does not weigh my hair down.

Favourite because it’s infused with argan oil, vitamins an anti-oxidants which give my hair a healthy, luminous shine.

Next up we have the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Light.

I’m actually surprised this hasn’t been featured  in a previous monthly favourite because it is a constant favourite of mine.  I reckoned it’s about time I mentioned this little tube!  I own this BB cream in shades Light and Medium.  Medium is a bit dark for me during the colder months, so I’ve been using the Light shade for the last couple of months (and I’ll have to repurchase another one soon as this one probably only contains enough product for another 1 or 2 uses – boo!).  This BB cream is unlike any of the other BB creams I own, the shade of this perfect (not too yellow and not too muddy) and it moisturises so well while providing light to medium coverage.  The coverage of this is definitely buildable (just wait a couple of minutes between applications / layers) and it leaves the skin looking youthful with a gorgeous glow.  When my skin was super dry a couple of months ago, I could get away with not having to set it with a powder but now I need to set it.  I wouldn’t suggest this for oily skin, it’s a bit too moisturising.  But good news is Garnier recently released another BB cream suitable for combo to oily skin, I purchased it just the other day and am currently testing it out.

Favourite because it moisturises, brightens, smoothes out the skin and covers imperfections and redness.

Then we have a wonderful lippie called L’Oreal Caresse Lipstick in Fashionista Pink.

A rediscovery while doing the ‘Beauty Brand FOTD Challenge’, I loved this lipstick when I first tried it and then kind of forgot about it.  I would say this is more of a balm, than a lipstick as it doesn’t provide a whole lot of colour but it does give the lips an insane amount of shine.  It glides on beautifully and keeps the lips moisturised and glossy.  I also love the packaging of these, they look so luxurious!

Favourite because it gives a high gloss finish without the sticky feeling of some glosses.

Next up we have another L’Oreal product called the True Match Super-Blendable Blush in Innocent Flush.

Another rediscovered gem – I used to wear this blush every single day for like 3 months straight when I first bought it (you can see how banged up the packaging is).  The name of this blush is so fitting because it’s exactly what it gives you – the blushing cheeks of an innocent girl (like the ones in the movies).  It’s a pretty peach shade with finely milled shimmer throughout the blush.  It’s so easy to blend and lasts all day long – LOVE!

Favourite because it gives my cheeks a natural peachy-toned glow.  No highlighter need = bonus!

Last favourite of the month (but certainly not the least) we have the BlendBox Hand Cream in Soft.

I am totally in love with this hand cream – I never used to struggle with very dry hands but this Winter has been particularly cruel on them.  I was so excited when Miemie sent me some of her products for review because I knew they were great quality.  I have used her products before (the Soft Body Scrub is divine) and love the scent of the ‘Soft’ range.  This little tub of hand cream has been a life saver, it moisturises the hands amazingly well without leaving them feeling oily or slippery.  I have been using this every night before I go to sleep and the dryness has definitely improved a lot.  Chicara described the scent perfectly in this blog post, it smells like soft melted marshmallows. *sniffs tub*  Hhhmmmm…  I’ll be doing a review on 2 BlendBox products this week, so keep a lookout for that.

Favourite because my hands have done a complete 180, they feel soft, moisturised and nourished.

Now for the ‘unfavourite’ of the month.  Dun-duun-duuuuuun!

The Essence Match 2 Cover Cream Concealer – I’ve tried to like this, I promise, but I just can’t.  It’s such a pity because I really like Essence as a brand, their products are usually good quality at an affordable price.  This product, however, was a total fail for me.  It’s supposed to be a concealer, but to be honest, it doesn’t conceal anything.  It’s just too sheer and not really buildable plus it cakes around the undereye area.  I don’t like just throwing products away so I’m currently using this to clean up around my eyebrows (after I’ve filled them in), it does an ok job of that.  The shades in this little palette are also a bit weird, the light shade is seriously light and the darker shade is most suitable for my skintone.  I’m an NW20 at the moment so I have no idea what a poor NW30 (or upwards) lady would do.  Nope, rather save a couple of Rands extra and get the Revlon Age Defying Concealer.

Good news, girls – all the above favourites are available in South Africa!  Even the ‘un-favourite’ in case you want to try it for yourself.

Happy Spring, everyone!



  1. Chicara
    2 September 2013 / 11:37

    Thanks for the mention! 🙂 Such a great list of products. I’m glad I never bought that Essence concealer – it looks like a dupe of the Bobbi Brown concealer/corrector set. But obviously fails at being a dupe.

    I’m glad a fellow blogger enjoys the Garnier BB cream as well. I’ve seen so many girls complain about it. But it’s still my fave! 🙂

    L’Oreal lipstick looks gorgeous!

    • 2 September 2013 / 21:59

      That’s why I bought the concealer, I (somewhat stupidly) thought it might be a dupe for the Bobbi Brown duo. #epicfail

      Yes, I’ve also seen a few bad reviews on the BB cream and I have no idea why. This is definitely my favourite BB cream at the moment (and I own quite a few BB creams!). xx

  2. Tjoppie
    2 September 2013 / 12:11

    I love the BlendBox products! The Soft hand cream smells divine and really works well on my hands! I also love the lip balm, so buttery and the cuticle balm works very well for my old dry cuticles! Oh, and the Calm Pillow/Room spray, what can I say, it smells gorgeous!

    • 2 September 2013 / 22:01

      Thanks for giving me a lip balm to test, I’m really enjoying using it!

      I used the Soft Linen Spray last night, and I LOVE IT!

  3. Imka
    2 September 2013 / 13:56

    I agree with you about the concealer! I hate it!

    • 2 September 2013 / 22:03

      Yes, it’s such a pity the pigmentation isn’t up to scratch. 🙁

  4. 2 September 2013 / 20:37

    Thank you for giving me products to look at. Cheered up my dismal day a bit! 🙂

    • 2 September 2013 / 22:07

      Shame, Bronwyn… 🙁 I’m so glad you guys are ok! It must have been such a stressful day for you.

      I’m glad my blog cheered you up a little bit! 🙂 x

    • 2 September 2013 / 22:05

      Thanks, Charlene! 🙂

  5. hb13
    3 September 2013 / 12:57

    I have a L’Oreal lipstick and while it is very moisturising when I apply it, it unfortunately dries out my lips badly once it starts wearing off. I therefore reapply often!

    • 3 September 2013 / 16:32

      Oh no, sounds awful – is it this Caresse Lipstick or another one? I have a coral shade in this Caresse line as well and it’s very moisturising. 🙂

  6. Betsie
    6 September 2013 / 18:36

    Thank you for this challenge Luzanne, it’s a clever idea.

    • 6 September 2013 / 22:24

      Thank you for commenting, Betsie! x

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