July 2013 Favourites

Yep, it’s time for my monthly favourites blog post again!  I won’t go on about how this month has gone by at the speed of light because I say it every month.  I’m officially over Winter now, it’s been a good couple of cold months but I’m ready for Spring to get here.  I’m looking forward to gardening, popsicles, self-tanning, summer salads, vibrant nails and sandals.

This month I enjoyed testing out quite a few new skincare and makeup products – reviews will follow soon!

First in line, we have my number 1 favourite of the month.

I have really enjoyed using my Urban Decay NAKED palette this past month.  The colours in the palette are so versatile – 9 of the 12 colours contain shimmer in various amounts (some have a frosted finish and others have a satin finish), 1 contains straight-up glitter (Half-Baked) and then 2 are neutral matte brown shades.  If you are the ‘Queen of the Neutral Eye’ like me, then this palette will fulfil all your needs.  The 2 matte shades are perfect for defining the crease (Naked will work best with pale skin and Buck will work best with darker skin tones as Buck is a warmer, darker version of Naked) and then you have an array of coppers, golds, bronzes, chocolates, a grey and a black to choose from.  There are also 2 gorgeous highlighting shades in the palette called Virgin and Sin.  The eyeshadows are great – they’re smooth, super pigmented and a dream to work with.  Urban Decay products are available on BeautyBay (but the duties / taxes on their parcels are quite steep) or eBay (but beware of fake products).  Rubybox started to stock some Urban Decay products under their VIP section but none of the NAKED palettes.

Favourite because I can create a variety of eye-looks with just this one palette.

Then we have a primer by L’Oreal called Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer.

I either mix this primer with foundation or I apply it directly onto my skin before applying my foundation.  It reminds me of the MAC Lustre Drops but the L’Oreal one is 1. more affordable and 2. a multi-tasker.  It works well as a primer because it doesn’t sit on the skin like a silicone-based primer, it melts into the skin.  But then, it also works well as a light-infusing product because it contains very fine white shimmer particles.  Don’t let the idea of white shimmer particles scare you – yes, the primer is white but it doesn’t give a white tinge to the skin at all.

Favourite because it gives my dull Winter skin a beautiful glow, without looking oily.

Next up we have a non-beauty, but rather nail care product – Concord Instant Nail Polish Remover.

I remember using this when I was still in high school and I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t been using it ever since…  I ‘rediscovered’ this little pot a few months ago while browsing around in Dischem.  I immediately snatched it up because I could remember how well it worked for me back in the day.  I think the price of this is like R 15,00 but the fact that it’s so cheap is just an added bonus.  The real reason why this is a favourite is because it gets the job done – FAST!  Pop your finger in the jar (inside the jar there’s a circular sponge with a hole in the middle) and swirl it around for a couple of seconds.  When you take your finger out, you nail will be free of nail polish.  Who has time for cotton pads and nail polish remover and all that rubbing?  I don’t!  Now, I know what you’re wondering:  Doesn’t the liquid inside get dirty / stained?  It does after a while but it doesn’t transfer to your fingers at all.  Now if only they would correct that horrible typo on the jar…

Favourite because it is effective & efficient.

Then we have a wonderful blush called Corallina from Milani.

This is the perfect blush for when you’re looking for a pop of colour on your Winter cheeks.  It gives you those ‘I-have-been-playing-outside-in-the-snow’ rosy cheeks, which I personally love because it’s different to all the other blushes I have.  Corallina is the darker, more vibrant version of Milani Luminoso (which has developed quite the cult following).  One thing I must add about this blush, though, is that a little tiny bit goes a long way.  You only need to touch this baked blush dome with a brush and it will be more than enough for your cheek.  In the pan it looks quite frosty but it actually provides just the perfect amount of ‘glow’ (not shine).  Milani products are not available in South Africa but you can purchase them on Cherry Culture or BeautyJoint (they offer affordable shipping plus the duties / taxes on their parcels are not bad at all).

Favourite because it gives a gorgeous coral glow to the cheeks and doesn’t emphasize pores.

Nextly (yes, I said nextly) we have a life saver – the amazing Bioderma Sensibio H2O.

Another product with quite the cult following, and with good reason!  It removes makeup (waterproof included) plus cleanses, refreshes and soothes the skin all in one go.  With just one swipe of a soaked cotton pad, my foundation, eyeshadows, mascara and blush is removed.  I like to use this right before I get in the shower to remove most of my makeup.  It’s also effective enough to use on those nights when you just can’t be bothered to wash your face with a cleanser and water (I don’t do this very often, don’t worry).  Bioderma products are available at Dischem stores.

Favourite because I have used it through all the phases my skin has gone through this past year (this is my second bottle).  It’s suitable for sensitive, normal, combo, oily or dry skin and cleanses the skin without aggravating it.  It also doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight and dry like some toners do.

Lastly we have Jordana’s Fabuliner in Brown.

I like my eyeliners, whether in liquid or pencil form (I’m not all that crazy about gel liners though).  This liquid eyeliner is affordable ($ 2,99 or R 30,00) on Cherry Culture, it’s easy to work with and the felt-tip point is flexible enough so that it doesn’t feel like you’re scratching the skin whilst applying.  The colour pigmentation of this pen is intense, it’s a dark brown colour, and doesn’t flake-off by lunch time.  I have back-ups of back-ups of these eyeliner pens (in black and brown) because they’re so awesome.  Jordana products are not available in South Africa but you can purchase them on Cherry Culture or BeautyJoint (they offer affordable shipping plus the duties / taxes on their parcels are not bad at all).

Favourite because the colour applies evenly, it doesn’t fade or smudge and it’s very affordable.

Un-favourite of the month goes to the imPress Press-on Manicure.

These did not impress me at all (haha – see what I did there?) because although the pamphlet says they last up to 7 days, within the HOUR one of the nails had already peeled off.  I received this in a Rubybox / Glossybox / Glambox last year and rediscovered it a couple of weeks ago as I was reorganising my nail things.  I decided to give it a go just because it looked interesting and I wanted to see exactly how long it would last.  It didn’t last and to be quite honest, they look extremely fake on the nails.

Happy August, everyone!



  1. Tjoppie
    1 August 2013 / 13:13

    What gorgeous pics of the lovely grinning MinPin! Sure she enjoys all the attention.
    I’m going to try the Bioderma and remember the Concord Instant Nail Polish Remover from days gone by!
    Lovely blog!

    • 1 August 2013 / 23:42

      Thank you for the compliment 🙂 Bioderma is a great skincare brand, their moisturisers are the only ones I could use while I was on Ruaccutane. Everything else caused my skin to become inflamed… 🙁

  2. 1 August 2013 / 16:03

    It goes without saying that I am completely green… I also want a UD Naked palette!

    The primer sounds fab, I think my dull skin could do with some of that 🙂

    OMW. I didn’t know that you could still get that Concord polish remover. It works like a charm. Never noticed that typo, ha-ha 🙂

    • 1 August 2013 / 23:44

      Hopefully Rubybox will be stocking more Urban Decay products soon – let’s hold thumbs! 🙂

      Hahah! Thanks to my OCD tendencies, it’s the first thing I noticed when I looked at the jar! x

  3. 1 August 2013 / 19:51

    I also really want a Naked palette but I must be happy with my Stila in the light one. Too many other things on my shopping list!! I answered your question about the Stila primer. It isn’t silicone either. Have you tried their One Step Illuminate? That sounds similar-ish and you might like it! Lastly, I love the idea of a monthly favourites post. I might do a video once a month with the same concept, perhaps. 🙂

    • 1 August 2013 / 23:49

      Thanks for your reply to my question on the primer. 🙂 I haven’t tried the One Step Illuminate, the only primer I’ve tried from Stila is the colour correcting one (think it’s called One Step Correct) but I’m not sure it does a great job of actually correcting any redness.

      You should def do a monthly faves, I would LOVE to see what you pick every month! 😉

  4. 1 August 2013 / 21:14

    Love the post…also LOVE the urban decay!!!

    • 1 August 2013 / 23:49

      Thank you, Charlene! 🙂 xxx

  5. Betsie
    2 August 2013 / 00:20

    Goodness gracious Luzanne, finally something I could have told YOU about, hee-hee! I have been using Concord for a long time now and it’s a great product.

    btw, your Min Pin looks SO well behaved!

    • 2 August 2013 / 08:21


      She’s well-behaved when she wants to be lol!

  6. Bianca
    2 August 2013 / 08:57

    Luzanne which eye shadow brush do you use to apply the more shimmery Naked colours? I have the Naked 2 palette and I find that the more metallic shades don’t really transfer to my eyelid nicely with a brush, so I just use my finger :-/ Any tips? Am also a HUGE fan of Bioderma – best make up remover ever and really gets everything off your face with minimal rubbing. Great post!

    • 2 August 2013 / 16:09

      First off, don’t use the brush you get in the Naked 2 Palette (I only use the flat side for cream shadows, the ‘blending’ side I can’t use for anything). Use a brush with dense natural bristles, I use the Sigma E55 (this is the best pic I could find so that you can see how dense the brush is http://www.swatchandlearn.com/sigma-travel-kit-review-nice-in-pink/ ). Or you can use the Sedona Lace 305 brush, basically any brush you can get your hands on that is dense and natural bristles is key. Synthetic bristles don’t hold on to the shadows like natural bristles do. I use brushes like these for any eyeshadows that could potentially have fall-out i.e. Half-Baked in the Naked palette, and I never have any fall-out.

      Also, do you use an eyelid primer? My fave is the MAC Painterly, eyeshadow sticks to it like ‘you-know-what’ to a blanket! 🙂

      Thank you for the compliment, Bianca, and for always checking in on my blog!

    • 2 August 2013 / 16:10

      Thanks, Nicole! xxx Luminoso is amazing – it gives you that ‘pregnant glow’, without actually having to be pregnant lol! 🙂

  7. Chicara
    2 August 2013 / 16:03

    Fab post! I need to get one of those R15 nail polish remover things. I’m using the Bioderma Sensibio H2O but I’m not sure if I love it though. I do however LOVE my Urban Decay naked palette. 🙂 xx

    p.s – stunning pics as always.

    • 2 August 2013 / 16:13

      Thank you 🙂 What don’t you like about it? I forgot to mention in the blog post, I also like it because it doesn’t leave your eyelids / face feeling oily like other makeup removers do. I know it sounds weird, but the idea of oil potentially getting into my eyes kind of freaks me out… xxx

      • Chicara
        2 August 2013 / 16:16

        I’m not sure. I’ve just heard so many bloggers/youtubers rave about it and I’m not sure how effective it really is. It does an okay job of removing makeup if used as a toner, but it doesn’t work nicely on my eyes. Yes, it isn’t oily and doesn’t leave a residue and it doesn’t sting, which is great. But it doesn’t remove all my eye makeup. 🙁

  8. 2 August 2013 / 20:57

    Such a great post!
    I remember that nail polish remover from my youth- it was like magic dipping your nail in and it coming out spotless 😉 haha!

    The impress nail thingies look a bit blah, I don’t think they’d have impressed me much either :/

    Loren xxx

    • 2 August 2013 / 21:24

      Thanks, Loren 😉 You are not missing anything, those press-on nails are a gigantic fail! x

  9. Zee Mohlapi
    3 August 2013 / 22:45

    I lurv my Bioderma makeup remover but its not stocked at the Dischem here were I live so I have to buy mine when I come to Gauteng / Western Cape.

    Great post, Luzanne, as always xxxxxxxx

    • 4 August 2013 / 12:18

      Oh no, that sucks… 🙁

      Thank you, Zee! x

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