February 2014 Favourites

I know, I know…  I’m a bit late with my February Favourites blog post – but better late than never (…and never late is better).  I’m sitting here with the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask on my face, my Sorbet Moisture Infusing Socks on my feet, a plate of shortbread biscuits and a cup of Earl Grey tea whilst writing this blog post – I’m feeling  pretty relaxed for a change…  Life has been hectic these past couple of weeks, guys.  I’m not going to lie, life (you know the adult life we all wish didn’t exist) has given me a few knocks but I got up each time feeling grateful for the life I have.

Anyway, let’s get on to the fun stuff – I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear about my trials and tribulations these past few weeks, because where’s the fun in that?

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – I used the heck out of this foundation last month!  I tried the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation last year and found my skin was too oily for it (you could see your reflection in my forehead by lunch time each time I used it).  It looks stunning on ladies with dry skin (believe me, I’ve read numerous rave reviews on the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation) but it was just too ‘dewy’ for me.  I decided to give the original Healthy Mix Foundation a run for its money and I’m so glad I did – the coverage is sublime, it is lasts all day and it actually controls oil quite well.  There is a reason why Lisa Eldridge loves this foundation so much – the consistency is thin and yet it provides medium coverage that is most definitely buildable.  My skin looks healthy and glowing (even on the days when I wake up looking like a zombie).  Retails for R 189,99 at selected Clicks stores (Rubybox is R 20,00 more expensive).

Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask – I was gifted this face mask by the lovely Cassidy last year and even though I have used this quite a few times, you can see there is still a lot left.  This is a grainy powder form face mask – so you mix it with a bit of water until it forms a paste and then apply it to your skin.  It dries to  a cement-like consistency (it’s not as scary as it sounds, it’s kind of fun!) within 10 minutes & when you move your face it creates little cracks (like I said, fun because you all know I’m still a kid at heart) and you then rinse it off using circular motions to exfoliate the skin.  The mask is 100% organic with main ingredients being brown rice flour, ground hibiscus and rose geranium essential oil.  I love it because it leaves my skin feeling soft and dry-patch-free, plus I find it minimises the look of my pores too! Retails for R 215,00 at Luhla, Rubybox, Faithful To Nature, Organic Choice & The Spa Shop (pricing actually varies on all these websites).

Eeeek!  Better go rinse this REN face mask before I have no face left!  It’s an exfoliating face mask (a non-abrasive one) containing fruit acids from grape, pineapple, lemon and papaya, this means it’s a natural exfoliating peel that promises to shift dead skin cells, get rid of any blockages in the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve firmness, and give a healthy, radiant look to the skin.  This is my second time using it and I’ve got to say, I am loving it!

Went a bit off topic there – you know you’re a beauty blogger when you feel the need to explain what a beauty product does without anyone asking you to do so…haha!

*goes to rinse face*

*…and makes a fresh cup of tea*

Ok, I’m back!

Essie Fluid-e Nail Polish Thinner – I can’t emphasise how this little bottle of goodness has changed my life (and prolonged the life of my nail polishes).  Who hates it when your nail polishes go all goopy and thick after a while?  *raises hand* I do!  This nail polish thinner solves that problem ASAP – you drop a couple of droplets into your nail polish using the dropper (how many times can I say ‘drop’ in once sentence?), shake the nail polish to distribute and after a couple of shakes your nail polish is considerably thinner & easier to apply.  Fluid-e doesn’t change the colour of your polishes, nor does it make them streaky.  I have only ever seen these at Dischem (I bought mine on eBay though) and they retail for R 159,99.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm – the love I have developed for this balm cannot be put into words – I have used the Lip Protectant Stick (the one that looks like a lipstick) in the past but it didn’t impress me at all.  Maybe it’s because I’m pretty fickle when it comes to lip balms, I could fill a 5l Addis container with all the chapsticks and lip balms I own.  And because I own so many, I very easily move on to the next lipbalm when a specific one disappoints me.  This little jar is a completely different story, though, because it is so multi-functional.  Like the original Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, this little guy contains Shea and Palm Tree Butter, Petrolatum, Arnica Oil, Vitamins A and E, Honey extract and Menthol and all of the above are great for dry skin, lips, cuts, cuticles, nails.  Yes, this is a tiny little jar so you probably won’t use it on all the dry bits on your body BUT you do have the option to treat the occasional cut, scrape or dry patch, should you need to.  Unlike most potted balms, this one is a super soft balm & I would describe it as the perfect mix between a gel, cream and balm, plus it doesn’t smell too much like the original formula (which I know you either love or hate).

Phew!  See what I mean?  That paragraph is already too long and I haven’t even mentioned how or when I use the balm.  I apply it on my lips as needed throughout the day, especially before bed & find it is very hydrating and moisturising on my lips.  It also adds a very subtle gloss to the lips during the day and I even apply it over my matte lipsticks to transform them from matte to glossy.  The refreshing Eucalyptus-based fragrance also adds a certain freshness to your mouth area and that’s always a plus!  I have no doubt in my mind, this balm will impress the socks off you if you have dry, chapped lips.  Retails for R 175,00 at selected Red Square, Edgars, Foschini, Truworths and Woolworths stores.

Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment Razor – I must admit, I have become quite lazy when it comes to shaving my legs in my old age.  I’ve always been a slacker in the leg shaving department, I find the whole process too time-consuming and boring.  Who’s with me?  So when Schick released their Intuition razor a couple of years ago, I was S-O-L-D on the idea because it removed the whole shaving cream step (actually a couple of steps if you want to get technical).  I’ve been using the Intuition razor ever since because it’s quick & painless (I find I have no nicks / cuts when I use this type of razor).  This specific variation has been designed for women with dry skin as it lathers, shaves and moisturises during shaving – it’s like a one-hit-wonder, that just keeps…hitting?  No idea where I went with that…  Anyway, the scent of this heavenly because it smells like COCONUTS (and by now you guys should know how much I love a coconutty scent) and the scent grows in intensity when you use the razor – it’s like taking a shower in coconut water.  Infused with coconut milk and almond oil, the Pure Nourishment Skin Conditioning Solid leaves dry skin feeling soft, and its four blades and pivoting head follow the contours of your body for a delicately close shave.  As with the other Schick Intuition razors, this one comes with 2 cartridges & a handy suction cup holder so you can hang it in the shower or non-porous tiles next to your bath.  I really hope this is not a limited edition razor, and if it is, I will be forced to cash in my chips to buy a truck load of these!  Retails for R 72,95 (R 79,95 for the refill pack of 3 blades) at Dischem, Clicks and other selected grocery stores & pharmacies.

And as with most of my monthly favourites blog posts, I have an ‘un-favourite’ product too – the Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara.  I am someone who can tell after using a mascara only once, whether I am going to like it or not.  This mascara fell into the ‘or not’ category…  The Define-A-Lash mascara claims to lengthen the lashes while also ensuring clump-free application.  Did it lengthen my lashes?  Meeeeh…not more so than any other mascara I have tried.  Did it give me clump-free lashes?  If you work really hard at separating the lashes using the mascara wand, then yes, but if you’re in a hurry then you will probably end up with clumpy lashes.  I like a voluminising mascara that adds length and curl too (the Jordana Best Lash Extreme ticks all of these boxes, but it’s not available in SA), and unfortunately this mascara only adds a very thin layer of product to the lashes which means I have to apply at least 3 coats each time.  P.S. Do NOT poke yourself in the eye with this mascara wand, it is very painful and feels like someone has stabbed you in the eye with voodoo needles.  Yowch!

Happy Wednesday – you know what that means?  We’re halfway to the weekend!




  1. Estee 12 March 2014 / 10:04

    Stunning photos!

    I agree with you, if you want your lashes to look very natural, as in very natural then this define-a-lash is ok but not if you want it to look like you are wearing mascara.

    Must keep a lookout for the Schick razor, Im also a big fan of coconut smells.

    Loved this post. Estee x

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 11:49

      Thank you, Estee! Yes, it’s a VERY natural-looking mascara. I must be honest, I only ever use it now when I’m working at home because it doesn’t do anything for my lashes.

      That razor is incredible – I want to get backups of backups of backups! x

  2. Charlene 12 March 2014 / 10:43

    Love the list again – I also hate shaving but that is because I recently developed an alergy to the moisturising strips on razors. So basically I can’t use any decent razor and have to resort to horrid cheap ones with no gel strip. If use a razor with a moisturing strip I end up with the most itchy legs – it becomes so bad that I almost want to cry. Since switching my legs don’t itch anymore but the shavng process is painful because the cheap blades just doesn’t ever give a good smooth finish… :( My sad sob story.

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 11:50

      Oh no, that sounds horrific Charlene! Such a pity you are so sensitive to the strips because this razor takes all the effort and time out of the shaving process (and it smells too yummy!).

      Hopefully it’s a temporary thing, I’m holding thumbs! :) x

  3. Melissa ❀ 12 March 2014 / 11:18

    The EA Eight Hour lip balm is the shizz, I can’t live without it. Never heard of the fluid-e thinner but I know I need it in my life becoz all my polishes seem to be getting thicker and thicker.

    Pretty blog!

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 11:52

      Yep, it is definitely fast becoming a Holy Grail product for me – I love how balmy and soft it is on the lips!

      So glad my blog post introduced you to Fluid-e, everyone should have it in their nail polish collection in my honest opinion. :)

  4. Nicole Best 12 March 2014 / 11:35

    That is so strange, Define-A-Lash is my holy grail mascara – people constantly ask me if I’m wearing false lashes when I use it. I love the non-clumpy consistency and the brush really does define and lengthen my lashes.

    Isn’t it funny how differently beauty products can work for different people? 😛

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 11:56

      Exactly, Nicole – that’s what I always say: Everyone’s experiences are different. I’ve read a couple of product reviews / blog posts where I think: “Wow, I love this specific product and have never had any of the issues mentioned.” It’s all about personal preference. I know there is a purple / pink Define-A-Lash mascara as well which is the Voluminising one, perhaps that one will work a bit better for me.

      Thank you for commenting, Nicole. :)

  5. Anye 12 March 2014 / 11:57

    The Bourjois sales lady at a Clicks told me that they will no longer be selling the Healthy Mix Foundation, apparently the CC foundation will be replacing it. I could not believe what I was hearing! I love that foundation! Maybe someone else will be able to tell if she was misinformed. If not, then I need to stock up.

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 12:05

      Nooooooo! Don’t say that, Anye!! :(

      I am sending my contact at Bourjois an email right NOW to find out if it’s true – I’ll let you know in the comments section once I have received feedback. :)

      • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 14:01

        Great news, Anye! The sales lady had her facts wrong… My contact at Bourjois just confirmed the Healthy Mix SERUM foundation will be discontinued – apparently the original Healthy Mix foundation is their best seller so they definitely won’t be discontinuing it anytime soon! YAY!

        Which Clicks store was this?

        • Anye 12 March 2014 / 16:28

          Aw thank goodness for your contact! Saved the day! It was at Clicks, Tygervalley.

          • Luzanne 14 March 2014 / 12:41

            Thanks for letting me know, Anye. :)

  6. Clara Dinkelmann 12 March 2014 / 12:04

    Lolz! Had a good laugh at your ‘no face left’ comment!

    I gave this specific mascara to my mom after using it a couple of time and deciding that it was too natural-looking for me.

    I really want to get my hands on the Balm Balm face mask, Hibiscus flowers are my fave flowers. Thanks for listing all the stockists.

    And as for the Bourjois foundation, I’m all about a healthy glow to the skin so I will be picking this up for sure!

    Thank you for a lovely blog post. x

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 12:07


      You should definitely try the Balm Balm face mask, it’s such a treat! Thank you for commenting and for your sweet words, Clara. x

  7. Paula 12 March 2014 / 12:14

    Love these monthly favourites posts!I am an avid user of the EA Eight Hour Cream (the original in the tube) but this jar looks too adorbs to pass up on.Will get it from the shops this weekend because it’s perfect for the handbag. xo

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 13:56

      Hi Paula! :) I’ve also used the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant for years, it’s such a great product! You are too right, it’s perfect for your makeup bag or handbag!

  8. Ronnel 12 March 2014 / 12:15

    Hi Luzanne
    I too LOVE lip balms – may fav being the Bobbi Brown one in the silver pot. As a bit of a “germ-a-phob” – I hate sticking my fingers in the pot, especially at work. I have just started using the Dior Lip Glow (in a tube) – it was sold out at Gateway and I had to wait about a week whilst they re-ordered but it comes highly recommended.

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 13:58

      Ooooh the Bobbi Brown one sounds delightful! Don’t worry, I’m exactly the same. I will never stick my finger in the jar unless I have washed my hands, all those germs are just too much for me to even think about! Yuck!

      I have been wanting to try the Dior Lip Glow for the longest time – thanks for the recommendation, I MUST get my little paws on it asap! 😉

  9. Cassidy Taylor-Memmory 12 March 2014 / 12:28

    Such a great post (as usual) with amazing products!Thank you for the shout out :) So glad you are enjoying the mask! xXx

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 13:59

      Jippieee! And thank YOU for giving me the opportunity to try out this lovely little mask, Cass! x

  10. Zee Mohlapi 12 March 2014 / 12:30

    I hope you are feeling much much better, Luzanne. Remember, life only deals us what we can handle. These experiences make us stronger as human beings. Keep that chin up! xZeex

    • Luzanne 12 March 2014 / 13:59

      Thank you, Zee. Your words have brought a big smile to my face, thank you for caring enough to comment. :)

  11. Jackie 13 March 2014 / 02:06

    That nail polish thinner sounds amazing! I hope they sell that here in the U.S. And that mask just sounds heavenly! My face needs a good detox once in a while especially when I have put on makeup more than three days in a row! Thanks for sharing your monthly faves and it’s never too late to share!

    • Luzanne 14 March 2014 / 12:41

      I hope so too, Jackie! Let me know if you find it over there – if you do find it, it should be a bit less expensive than here in South Africa.

      I agree, it’s always a good thing to give your skin a good deep cleaning especially if you wear makeup quite often. :)

      Thank you so much for commenting, Jackie!

  12. Tjoppie 13 March 2014 / 12:39

    Great post and lovely clear photos. The Essence nail polish thinner sounds like just what I need for my nail polishes! When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

  13. Gloria 13 March 2014 / 14:39

    Such a beautiful review, thank you!

    • Luzanne 14 March 2014 / 12:38

      Thank you so much, Gloria! :)

    • Luzanne 14 March 2014 / 12:37

      Bwahahahaha! Love it, Megan! 😀

  14. Lily 14 March 2014 / 00:07

    Ohhh, how I hear all of the goodness about Bourjois…I’d love to try some of their products!
    I think I need the nail polish thinner in my life NOW! Sounds like a life saver haha! I hate when my nail polish gets goopy!

    • Luzanne 14 March 2014 / 12:37

      No idea why you guys don’t have Bourjois in the US – it’s such a great brand!?

      You are SO right, Lily – you DO need the nail polish thinner in your life! Should be fairly inexpensive in the US? xxx

  15. Stephanie 14 March 2014 / 01:46

    The US seriously needs to start getting the Bourjouis beauty products. I am dying to try one of their products.

    • Luzanne 14 March 2014 / 12:35

      I can’t believe you guys don’t have access to Bourjois? I am so in love with some of their products – their lipsticks are divine! x

  16. hildegarde_k 15 March 2014 / 21:48

    Hi Luzanne! I love reading your “Favourite” posts! I also love the Intuition razor (I have the pink pomegranate one). It’s just a pain to travel with. :) I have a question about the Essie nail polish thinner. Do you think I’ll be able to use it on my rock-hard Seche Vite? Or do I need to use the Seche Vite Restore specifically?

  17. Michelle 19 March 2014 / 13:28

    I love these posts so much but I kinda you too. Because now I have so much I want to (need to?) try 😛

    great post!

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