Beauty Snoop #4 – Scholl, NIVEA, Nip + Fab, Philips & More!

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I enjoy preparing for all my blog posts, but there are certain blog posts I really, REALLY enjoy writing (and taking photos for) – ‘Beauty Snoop’ is one of them.  ‘Beauty Snoop’ posts are short review / first impression blog posts, I usually feature 5 or 6 different products (skin care, hair care, nail care, makeup, fragrance or even makeup application tools) and give you my initial 2 cents worth on each item.  You can take a look at my previous ‘Beauty Snoop’ blog posts here, and in case you are wondering what the asterisks (**) next to certain product names mean, I cover all that in this blog post.

Today we’re chatting about a wide variety of beauty products – everything from makeup brushes, to skin care and even a dental hygiene tool.  Without further ado, let’s take a look:

NIVEA Q10 Plus Energy Eye Roll-on

NIVEA Q10 Plus Energy Eye Roll-on (R 149,99) ** – It’s like an espresso shot for your eye area, the light & quick absorbing formula revitalises and reduces the appearance of fine lines, while the cooling massage ball roller tip depuffs the under eye area.  I’ve been using this nifty little little roller ball eye cream for a few months now and can confirm it moisturises and reduces puffiness quite nicely, plus also serves as a good base for applying my concealer.

I consider this to be more of a daytime than a night-time eye cream, since it is so lightweight but that’s down to personal preference as I love rich night creams.  If you don’t struggle with a very dry under eye area and you feel you don’t need a potent anti-aging eye cream, this will be perfect for you.

NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Aging Energy Eye Roll-on is available at Clicks, Dis-Chem and other selected retail outlets & pharmacies.  If you’re more of an online shopping type of gal, you can purchase this on Spree (it’s also a bit cheaper on their website) or in the Woolworths online store.

Woolworths Makeup Finishing Spray

Woolworths Make-Up Finishing Spray (R 85,00) – As a makeup finishing spray, this works great.  As a product for increasing the longevity of your makeup, not so much.  I find it is comparable to my MAC Fix+ in that it takes the ‘edge’ off that super flat and powdery look.  You know when you’ve just finished applying your makeup (foundation, powder etc.) and your face looks a bit too matte & one-dimensional?  This makeup finishing spray adds a bit of glow to your look and removes the ‘cake factor’, but doesn’t really work as a proper setting spray.

It’s an ever-so-slightly fragranced spray that is formulated with a blend of chamomile extract and cucumber juice to condition the skin.  I love the scent and it feels invigorating when spritzed on the face but in terms of adding staying power to your makeup, it unfortunately doesn’t compare to my MAC Fix+.

Woolworths W Face Make-Up Finishing Spray is available at Woolworths stores or online here.

LOccitane Fleurs De Cerisier Eau De Toilette

L’Occitane Fleurs De Cerisier L’Eau Eau De Toilette (R 580,00) ** – This smells so beautiful and it’s times like these where I wish all computers came with ‘smell-o-vision’ or ‘smell-o-puter’.  The scent is slightly sweet, refreshingly fruity and very uplifting.  Cherry blossoms and roses are at the heart of this fragrance with juicy watermelon and fresh lemon as top notes.  Base notes of musk and wood add a sensual & feminine twist.

Get ready to drop some coins, ladies, because once you sniff this in-store you will lust after it until you decide to purchase something (anything!) from this limited edition collection.  Since it is an Eau De Toilette, it lasts on me for about 5 to 6 hours.  It is perfect for the office and won’t intoxicate your co-workers.  I also love the simple clear glass bottle, etched with cherry blossom designs.

L’Occitane Fleurs De Cerisier Eau De Toilette is available in the L’Occitane SA online store or at their boutique stores nationwide (take a look at their list of boutiques here).

Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File

Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File (R 399,99) ** – I don’t know about you, but I prefer smooth & ‘well maintained’ feet.  There is nothing quite like soft and silky feet, and on the other end of the spectrum, there is also nothing quite like dry, cracked heels (I’ll leave the unsightly look of rough heels to your imagination).

In the past I used a pumice to exfoliate the dry areas on my feet, but it’s quite labour-intensive and time-consuming and most days I couldn’t be bothered spending all that time buffing away at my feet (I’m a lazy little bugger, I know).  When I heard the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File was coming to South Africa, I was both intrigued and excited.  An electronic foot file that does all the work for me?  Yes, please!

The Micralumina roller spins while gently buffing away rough callused skin in just a few minutes.  The Velvet Smooth is battery operated, plus the exfoliating roller is replaceable (the refill pack contains 2 rollers).   Just switch it on by twisting the head of the unit and run the gritty roller over all the troublesome areas on the feet, you’ll see it buffing away all the dead skin.  What I really like about this pedicure tool is that it features no sharp blades (those old-school callus removers scare the heck out of me!) and is equipped with a safety stop that switches off when you apply too much pressure.  The Scholl Velvet Smooth has become part of my weekly at-home pedicure routine as it really does a great job of buffing away rough skin – and I know I will find it particularly handy during the cold, dry Winter months ahead too!

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File and refill rollers (R 149,99) are available at major retail outlets (PnP, Dis-Chem, Clicks) and online at Takealot & Rubybox.

Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads (R 264,95) – This little tub of goodness contains 60 round pads which can be used up to twice a day (morning and night) over the entire face and neck area.  These pads are soaked in exfoliating Glycolic Acid (2.8%) to refine and resurface the skin, with added Witch Hazel to help the improve the tone of the skin.  Moisturising Hyaluronic Acid and soothing Blue Daisy help to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin.

Each pad has a slightly textured surface (a gentle bumpy texture) which help the exfoliation process even more.   I personally only use 1 pad once a day (I find using this product twice a day is a bit too intense for me) after I have cleansed my skin, then follow up with my serum and moisturiser.  After each and every use my skin feels soft and smooth, and the dry patches on my forehead have been reduced significantly.  I have also noticed my pigmentation spots (top cheek area) and acne scarring have faded considerably since the combination of ingredients also have a brightening effect.  My complexion looks more radiant, plus the congestion on my forehead is also a lot less visible.  I won’t recommend this for sensitive skin types as the Glycolic Acid may sensitise the skin even more.

Out of interest sake:  I didn’t know ANYTHING about Glycolic Acid before I started using this product.  I only knew that it’s used for exfoliation purposes.  After researching it a bit more, I found out it removes dead skin cells (it’s a chemical exfoliator, not a physical exfoliator) to reveal a fresh new layer of skin, this also helps with anti-ageing.

Nip + Fab products are available at Clicks stores nationwide.

Kandy Kane Makeup Brushes

Kandy Kane Makeup Brushes (R 70,00 each) ** – These makeup brushes from Kandy Kane (a South African beauty vlogger) are such good quality for the affordable price.  I’ve been testing out a couple of her brushes for about 3 months now (you can take a look at this video to hear my first impressions) and I must say, I’m impressed.  I would imagine it’s not an easy task to create and brand your own makeup brush collection, especially when you are based in South Africa.  Marlize has done exceptionally well with her makeup brush line and works so hard to bring us new & exciting brush sets – in fact, she just launched a new set of minty hued synthetic face brushes yesterday (take a squiz here).

We’ll start with the bottom brush in the photo, this is called the Angled Eyeshadow Brush.  I use it to apply & blend my under eye concealer or to set my concealer with a powder.  It’s small enough to fit perfectly in the contours of the face, plus the bristles are soft enough for the gentle eye area.  You can also use this as an eyeshadow blending brush to diffuse a shade in the crease.

The middle brush is called the Tapered Eyeshadow Brush, I use it to apply a highlighting eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eye since the tapered tip gives me precision.  In my ‘Face Of First Impressions’ video I also used it to clean up my eyeshadow look around the outer edge (creating a clean, crisp line) with a bit of concealer.

And the top brush is called the Flat Top Eyeshadow Brush (it’s currently on sale for R 50,00) and I like to use it to apply cream, liquid or powder highlighters to my upper cheek area.  It blends cream- and powder-based products out really well since it is so fluffy.

You can purchase all Kandy Kane makeup brushes in the Kandy Kane online store.

Philips Sonicare Airfloss Review

Philips Sonicare Airfloss (R 1499,00) – I have been lusting after this unique flosser for more than a year now and was so excited when I received it as a birthday gift from Neal.  He is really good like that, he will always ask me EXACTLY what I want for my birthday & Christmas because he likes to give gifts that I will use and love.  I know what you’re thinking:  “R 1500,00 for a flosser is madness!”  All I can say is, just you wait until you take one of these bad boys for a test run, the Sonicare Airfloss has changed my life!  I kid you not…

Not going to lie, I never used to be the world’s most consistent flosser.  Anything that will upgrade my oral hygiene routine & save me some grief at the dentist gets an approving nod from me.  You see, I used to visit the dentist quite often (I just have to look at a sweetie and a cavity will pop up in a tooth) and every time the dentist would tell me to start flossing more often.  Brushing just isn’t enough apparently, and although I totally get the logic behind why flossing is so important, I just couldn’t get myself to floss on a daily basis. It’s boring, it’s time-consuming, I’m lazy and most of the time I’m in such a hurry, I cut my gums with the string floss.

Philips Sonicare Airfloss

Let me start by explaining how the Sonicare Airfloss works:  Quick bursts of compressed air and water droplets clean deep between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.  Basically you add water (or mouthwash) to the reservoir, switch it on (the Lithium-ion battery is rechargeable), place the nozzle between your teeth and press down on the button at the top of the handle.  Short bursts of air and water blasts away plaque and bits of food (trapped food can cause bad breath, gum disease and even tooth decay).  I can clean my entire mouth in just 30 seconds, no string floss needed and it’s fun too!

Constantly struggling with sensitive gums and fragile teeth is not fun, trust me.  I’ve been using the Sonicare Airfloss consistently for almost 2 months now and have noticed a huge difference – my teeth look whiter and brighter, my teeth feel smoother and I don’t struggle with sensitive gums anymore.  I have also noticed I can drink red wine without having to worry that it will temporarily stain any fuzzy areas on my teeth.  The Sonicare Airfloss keeps my teeth pearly white throughout the day and night.

This nifty little gadget takes the hassle out of flossing, plus provides long-term oral health benefits (it removes up to 5 times more plaque than manual brushing alone), which means you won’t have to visit the dentist as often.  If you struggle with teeth that are prone to cavities, or you like the look & feel of clean healthy teeth, I would highly recommend investing in something like this.

The Philips Sonicare Airflosser is available at selected Dis-Chem stores.

P.S.  My gums went through an adjustment phase in the beginning where they bled after using the Sonicare Airfloss but it’s totally normal and didn’t last very long.

My final ‘Blog Birthday Giveaway’ will be loaded tomorrow, can you guess what the prize will be?  Here are a couple of clues:  It smells like chocolate.  It’s an eyeshadow palette.  And it is a cult favourite amongst beauty lovers worldwide.

I’ve extended my current giveaway (the prize is a hamper filled with some of my current favourite beauty products) until midnight – and I will announce the winner tomorrow morning.  Get those final entries in here!



  1. Chereen 24 March 2015 / 13:59

    Love these posts! Very excited about Kandy Kane’s brushes – think I need to get my hands on a few! So great to hear about South African bloggers broadening their horizons and expanding their brands!

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:34

      It really is, Chereen – I’m so happy Marlize is doing so well! :)

  2. Missy 24 March 2015 / 14:02

    OOoooooooh do i smell a Two Faced Chocolate Bar palette :-)

    the Scholl Velvet Electronic Foot file is on my wishlist.

    Wow that airflosser sounds amazing. I also struggle with real sensitive teeth :-(

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:35

      Haha!! It is an amazing little foot care tool, and I love that the filing heads can be replaced. :)

  3. Monique Els 24 March 2015 / 14:10

    Wow!! Such nice products! I’ll have to try out the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads and Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File.
    Thanks for sharing Luzanne

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:35

      You’re welcome, Monique! :) xo

  4. Lalannie 24 March 2015 / 14:11

    The post I was waiting for. Thank you Luzanne for your awesome honest product reviews!!
    Ok, so won’t waste my time and money with the ww make up finishing spray and rather try the mac one.
    I have seen the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File popping up on a few blogs and you are the first to answer my concern about the blades. I think I need this now.
    Quite excited about the Kandy Kane brushes as I bought the Cala brushes after your review and still loving it.
    I really enjoy and love that your buys range from cheap to expensive to suit all wallets and getting the value for money.

    And the final giveaway price must be the Too faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:36

      You are so welcome, Lalannie! 😀

      Yes, rather save up to get the MAC Fix+, it works like a bomb! I’m so happy to hear I answered your question regarding the blades. :)

      You are indeed correct – it is the Chocolate Bar Palette…and it smells delish!

  5. Bonang M 24 March 2015 / 14:22

    I just love these blog posts so much, love your honest reviews and love that you feature both cheap and expensive brands. Keep you the great work, Luzanne! :)

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:37

      Thank you for your kind words, Bonang! :)

  6. Melissa ❀ 24 March 2015 / 14:31

    So excited about those Kandy Kane brushes and the Scholl foot file thing-a-mabob, I’d love to try them. Adding to my birthday wish list. 😀

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:37

      I hope you receive them for your birthday, Melissa – I’m sure you will love them! 😉

  7. Geraldine 24 March 2015 / 14:40

    Wow, I’ve been waiting for another Beauty Snoop post! YAAAASS!

    That’s it, I’m getting the Nip & Fab pads and the Nivea eye cream, all about skincare for me at the moment. XO

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:38

      Great stuff! Let me know if you love them as much as I do… 😉

  8. Carla B 24 March 2015 / 16:09

    Just love your photos, you make everything look drool worthy!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:38

      Thank you so much, Carla! :)

  9. Taylor 24 March 2015 / 16:15

    I am so getting that Philips Airfloss, it sounds like exactly what I need for my teeth. I am so anal when it comes to dental hygiene, I sometimes even brush my teeth 4 times a day.

    Looking forward to the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette prize, I hope I will be the lucky winner! 😉

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:39

      If oral hygiene is important to you, then you will LOVE the Airfloss. 😀

  10. Elmarie Pienaar 24 March 2015 / 17:11

    Awesome, been looking forward to another Beauty Snoop blog post. :)

    I have hearty eyes for those Kandy Kane brushes, Loccitane perfume and the School velvet smooth foot file. Thank you for introducing us to new and exciting products, I enjoy these blog posts so much.

    Elmarie xo

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:40

      Thank you for checking in on the blog and taking the time to leave such a sweet comment, Elmarie. :) xo

  11. Kandy Kane Makeup 24 March 2015 / 18:27

    Wow. I feel sou proud and very privileged to have been featured on your blog! Thank you soooo much for the lovely scoop and featuring the links , you are such a sweetie pie xxxx i love the photo you took xxx Lots of Love

    Kandy Kane

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:40

      You are welcome, sweet Marlize! xoxoxox

  12. Talitha ❤ 24 March 2015 / 19:49

    Beautiful post!

  13. Simone Cameron 24 March 2015 / 20:52

    I was thinking. …R1500 for a flosser? Then I read it…and now I want it. He he. #PinkPeoniesPowerOfPersuasion in full effect 😉

    I plan to get a few of those Kandy Kane brushes. I love the cute mint brushes she just released.

    Great post. I also got the WW spray. How much is the Mac spray?

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:44

      LOL! You always post the BEST comments, Simone! 😀

      MAC Fix+ is R 210,00 – a bit more expensive but totally worth the money in my opinion! I’ve tried other makeup setting sprays, and nothing compares to Fix+.

  14. Lulu 25 March 2015 / 06:50

    Great post and lovely photos! Will look out for the Nivea eye-roll on!

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:44

      Thanks, Lulu – let me know if you like the eye cream. 😉

  15. Carmen 25 March 2015 / 08:53

    This is one of my favourite post!!!!
    The nivea Q10 plus sounds so refreshing and I have been needing something for tired puffy eyes because most mornings I wake up and it seems I have left my face in dreamland. However the nivea Q10 body lotion does not agree with me so Im wondering if it has the same ingredients and fragrance because of course I would like to try it but my sentive skin might not let me.
    Can we talk about those NIP + FAB exfoliating pads. I was noticing my moisturiser was sitting on my face it wasnt soaking in and then I used a moisturising mask and that did the same so I thought I might need to gently exfoliator. When I started reading the part about NIP + FAB I thought oh yeh and got very excited until I read ” I won’t recommend this for sensitive skin types as the Glycolic Acid may sensitise the skin even more :( . Do you have any other suggestions for me.

    Again love the post and Im sorry for long comments. I just get so excited :)

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:49

      Yay!! :)

      My eye bags have been so bad lately, and the NIVEA eye cream has been such a lifesaver. Hhhhmmm, I’ll try to find out whether they contain the same ingredients, they shouldn’t because skin care products usually contain better quality ingredients. I just sniffed my Q10 body lotion and this Q10 eye cream and they definitely don’t have the same scent. Maybe take a chance on the eye cream and if it doesn’t work for you, maybe pass it on to a friend or family member?

      Gosh, it must REALLY suck to have such sensitive skin… Let me ask my skin care guru friends and I’ll get back to you on other recommendations. :)

      I L.O.V.E long comments, never apologise for leaving me awesome comments! x

  16. Lindsay 25 March 2015 / 15:36

    Ah ha Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, cannot wait to enter

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:49

      Coooooorrect! :) Blog post should be up on Monday – sorry for the delay, Lindsay, but I’ve been having issues with my photos for the blog post.

  17. Anina 26 March 2015 / 12:11

    The foot file is currently on sale at Clicks – think I must pop in!

    • Luzanne 27 March 2015 / 11:50

      Awesome news!! I hope you love it as much as I do, Anina! :)

  18. Tanya 30 March 2015 / 13:17

    I like that Woolies have a finishing spray! Won’t it make an oily T-zone shinier or cause shininess to appear sooner during the day (as opposed to not using a finishing spray)?
    I also use the foot file and I really like it but I expected something a little bit more powerful that could tackle really cracked heels (not that I have really cracked heels). For smoothing it is great though. I just wouldn’t tackle a man’s foot with it! Hehe!

  19. Chane van Wyk 31 March 2015 / 13:48

    Luzanne – Always love your posts, after I read this, I went out and bought the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pad, and its AWESOME, my skin is brighter and my congestion is less, loving it so far!


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