Beauty Besties 2013 – Nail Care & Polishes

My last instalment of my ‘Beauty Besties 2013’ series, today I’m talking about nail care products and polishes.  To take a look at my previous ‘Beauty Besties 2013’ blog posts – click here, here, here and here.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the polishes because there’s a swatch wheel at the end of this post where you can see exactly what the colours are like.  The 2 OPI glitter polishes (1 is a Liquid Sand) are newbies in my collection, but I fell so deeply in love with them, I just had to mention them!

LUSH Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter – wow, I don’t think there’s a person in the world that will have something negative to say about this product after using it for a couple of weeks.  I mentioned this in my ‘SA Shopping – Bath & Body’ blog post.  LUSH has hit the ball out of the park with this one, that’s for sure.  The scent of this is similar to that of a lemony cocktail – delicious and refreshing!  This cream is quite thick in consistency but unlike other cuticle creams that may just sit on the skin, this one actually sinks in to nourish and moisturise.  I even sometimes use this on the really dry spots of my body (elbows and heels).  I apply it every night before I go to bed and the result has been more manageable, supple and softer cuticles.  Retails for R 95,00 at LUSH stores or the LUSH online store.

OPI Liquid Sand in Make Him Mine (Mariah Carey Holiday Collection) – Textured rosy metallic with silver glitters and shimmer in different sizes.  Available from Twincare International (based in Sunninghill, Johannesburg) and salon supply stores.  I bought mine in a mini set (contains 3 mini Liquid Sand polishes) on eBay for R 130,00 (including shipping).

OPI I’m Not Really A Waitress – Deep shimmery cherry red polish.  Retails for R 150,00 at selected Red Square, Clicks (yes, the Clicks in Centurion Mall now sells OPI and Essie polishes), Stuttafords, Twincare International and salon supply stores.  I bought mine on eBay for R 105,00 (including shipping).

Essie Van D’Go – Pastel pinky peach creme polish mentioned in my ‘Top 5 Spring Nail Polishes’ blog post.  Retails for R 100,00 to R 130,00 at selected Dischem, Clicks and salon supply stores (this particular shade isn’t available on Rubybox or Style36).  I bought mine on eBay for R 105,00 (including shipping).

Essie Play Date – Bright purple creme polish mentioned in my ‘November 2013 Favourites’ blog post.  Retails for R 100,00 to R 130,00 at selected Dischem, Clicks and salon supply stores.  I bought mine on Style36 for R 110,00 but it’s also available on Zando for R 109,00.

Essie Fiji – Pale baby pink creme polish.  Retails for R 100,00 to R 130,00 at selected Dischem, Clicks and salon supply stores (this particular shade isn’t available on Rubybox or Style36).  Currently selling for R 109,00 on Zando.  I bought mine on eBay for R 90,00 (including shipping).

OPI My Favourite Ornament (Mariah Carey Holiday Collection) – Champagne coloured glitter polish (very saturated with glitter particles).  Available from Twincare International and salon supply stores.  I bought mine on eBay for R 120,00 (including shipping).

Essie Luxe Effects in A Cut Above – Mix of rose gold small, medium and hex glitter in a clear base.  I usually layer this over another rose gold nail polish like Sally Hansen’s Jewel Chrome to give my mani a 3D effect.  I bought mine on eBay for R 130,00 (including shipping), not sure if this shade is still available in South Africa as it was part of a collection.

China Glaze Fairy Dust – Clear holographic topcoat.  I received another holographic top coat as a Christmas present, that is quite similar to this one.  I have an extra China Glaze Fairy Dust nail polish that I will include in my Blog Birthday Giveaway because I love it so much!  The retailers in South Africa charge way too much for China Glaze polishes in my opinion (double the price), so I buy mine off Cherry Culture for $ 4,00 (around R 40,00).

Concord Instant Nail Polish Remover – this is one of those old-school nail polish removers where you pop you finger in the jar, twist around for a couple of seconds and the sponge and nail polish remover inside the jar does all the removing for you.  It was a favourite in my ‘July 2013 Favourites’ blog post.  Super fast and simple.  Retails for R 17,00 at selected Dischem stores.


I know this is not the best swatch photo but I had to take it in full sun light to get the sparkles, shimmers and glitters to show up on camera.

I tried to take a photo to show the holographic glitters in the China Glaze polish, since it’s not showing up in the photo above.  Gosh, what a mission!  Holographic polishes are SO difficult to photograph!  I know the photo below is blurry but it’s the only way I could get the holographic glitters to sparkle in the photo (click on the photo to enlarge).

So that marks the end of my ‘Beauty Besties 2013’ blog posts.  I won’t be loading a ‘Smoothie Sunday’ smoothie recipe today, but I have one planned for next week.



  1. Lauren Henderson 5 January 2014 / 19:04

    That’s it!!! I want all of these products!!! You are so bad for my budget, Luzanne :)

    And wow! Your nails look amazing, I wish I could do nail art like that…


    • Luzanne 6 January 2014 / 10:03

      LOL! Happy to be of service, Lauren. 😉

      Thank you so much for your kind words! x

  2. Stephanie 5 January 2014 / 20:33

    I neded to get the Essie Lux Effect. L’OREAL also has the sand like effect nailpolish now. I will have to grab a few once my nails are grow back. I have enjoyed all your Beauty Besties :)Happy Sunday

    • Luzanne 6 January 2014 / 10:02

      You really do need it in your life, Stephanie. I’ll be using it in my mani for today (I’m doing that Instagram #nailartjan challenge and today’s theme is sparkles), it’s SO gorgeous on the nails!

      I hope the L’Oreal textures polishes come to SA, I’d love to see a review on them on your blog?

  3. adajeannie 5 January 2014 / 21:42

    I absolutely have to have that OPI I’m not really a waitress polish! It is so gorgeous. Thank you for your post, love reading these. xx

    • Luzanne 6 January 2014 / 10:01

      Yes, you do! Haha! You can borrow it from me if you want and see how you like it? x

  4. Lily 5 January 2014 / 23:34

    I love these picks Luzanne!
    I have Essie’s Luxe Effects, but never wear it…why? Because I HATE taking off glitter polish! I HATE it with a passion, so I’d rather skip on it! LOL!

    I love your nail art here, absolutely adorable!! <3

    • Luzanne 6 January 2014 / 10:00

      Girl, it’s so easy to remove glitter polish when you use the ‘foil technique’!! I should do a blog post on it, not enough people know about this technique!

      Thanks for your sweet words, my friend! :) x

  5. Nicole (@PrincessNoo) 6 January 2014 / 08:53

    Gorgeous picks – I love Essie Cut Above (also bought mine online). You have the best nails…so jelly 😉

    • Luzanne 6 January 2014 / 10:05

      I’ll be doing a mani using the Essie A Cut Above today, it’s so stunning!

      Thanks, Nicole. 😀 xxx

    • Luzanne 8 March 2014 / 22:12

      It’s super stunning, Chicara! :)

  6. Michelle 20 January 2014 / 10:16

    You are the ebay queen. I wish I could find the bargains you do!! On second though….I would probably be broke in a week. 😛

    Loved this post!

    • Luzanne 20 January 2014 / 15:20

      Hahaha! I love finding a good deal on eBay… 😉 😀

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