March 2014 Favourites

I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon with what I’m about to say, it always feels like all the beauty bloggers and beauty vloggers on Youtube say the same ol’ thing every month.  So here it comes:  March really did a fly-by on me and to be quite honest, I feel kind of cheated.  Seriously, where did March go?  We’re already a week into April, which means Easter is just around the corner!  If you love Easter & bunnies as much as I do (ok, let’s be real….I have a bunny obsession), then head over here for my ‘SA Shopping – Hoppy Easter’ blog post.  The post is filled with all kinds of goodies, pretties and foodies.

So I’m trying something a bit different this time around with my monthly favourites, you’ll see my photos are a bit different.  Let me know if you like them, love them or hate them.  Don’t worry, the cute style items I usually use in my blog post photos (the owl, pastel bottle, Miss Piggy etc) have NOT retired, but I thought I’d change the look of my photos up a bit.  What do you think?

I used a good mix of new products last month, some really impressed me and others left me with stained nails and crunchy hair.  I considered having 2 ‘un-favourite’ products in this blog post but then decided to dedicate a full review blog post to the one product, so keep your eyes peeled for the product that made my hair so crunchy, I should have been in a bad 80’s music video.

Grab a snack, my preferred snack at this moment in time is a McVities Digestive biscuit, and let’s get cracking…

Top favourite of the month is the Dermalogica Age Smart Super Rich Repair cream.  The very first time I applied this cream to my skin, I knew I was going to love it.  This is both a good and a bad thing for me, because when my little sample runs out (which will be VERY soon), I will have to purchase the full size.  Here’s what I love about this product: It soothes and deeply moisturises dehydrated skin.  Even though I have combination skin (oily T-zone), my skin is also dehydrated – this means even though my skin produces quite a bit of sebum (oil), it lacks actual moisture.  This could be due to a number of factors but environmental elements is the most common reason.  I only use this thick, luxurious cream when my skin feels a bit tight after cleansing and only at night (even though you can use it in the morning too) to make sure it really sinks into the skin.  The scent of this cream is another thing I love – it contains tea tree oil and lavender oil, which to me almost smells eucalyptus-y (definitely a very pleasant & invigorating scent).

Now I am NOT going to lie to you and say it has transformed my complexion and I’ve already seen a massive difference in my skin because quite frankly, I haven’t been using this cream for long enough (and a sample size isn’t sufficient for me to draw a full conclusion) but I can tell you that it soothes my parched skin instantaneously and I wake up in the morning plump-looking skin.  And we all know moisturised skin makes for a great canvas for foundation as there are no dry patches for the foundation to cling to and accentuate.  This is an anti-aging cream, so over a period of time it promises to minimise lines / wrinkles whilst soothing dry skin.  Full size retails for R 1050,00 (a hefty price tag, yes, but definitely worth it if you have dry / dehydrated skin that needs both soothing and wrinkle reducing).

Next up we have the Honeymania Eau De Toilette from The Body Shop.  I have mentioned products from the Honeymania range on the blog so many times, I’ve lost count!  As mentioned before, every time I slap on my Honeymania body butter, a stranger will walk up to me and ask what perfume I am wearing (no jokes!).  That tells me people love the scent as much as I do.  The scent is not as sickly sweet as you would expect, but that’s because it contains community fair trade honey harvested from the nectar of wild flowers.  So your first whiff is a beautiful rich (and yet not overpowering at all) floral scent and somewhere in the mix the scent of honey lingers.  I bought this little EDT because, well, it’s affordable and I like it when random people walk up to me and ask what perfume I’m wearing.  I get an even bigger kick out of it when I get to tell them they can also smell this pretty by popping in to The Body Shop and picking up this little bottle for only R 150,00.

The Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer…I was 100% sold on this primer based on that little smile on the packaging.  It sounds totally ridiculous, I know, but I’m pretty sure each and every one of you have bought something at some stage in your life, based on the packaging of a product.  And if you haven’t…you just wait, your day will come.

I find great joy in purchasing a product on a whim (with absolutely NO research done beforehand) and it turns out to be a winner.  That is the case with this little primer, I bought it just because of the ‘happy’ packaging and apparently also because my money was burning a hole in my pocket.  I didn’t use the primer for a good couple of weeks and then eventually decided to give it a bash – and so glad I did.  This light, creamy gel primer smooths over the skin nicely to give a slightly matte finish.  It’s not the most heavy duty primer, which is a good thing, because there’s nothing worse than skin that is too matte (it just looks unnatural).  I have found it keeps my oily T-zone matte for about 6 – 7 hours and from then onwards I start to get a ‘glow’ around the areas where I would normally get full-on oily.  Two additional things I need to mention:  It doesn’t dry out the skin at all & you can also use this alone (without foundation), on days when you’re in a hurry but you need something to smooth over your pores and give you a natural matte finish.  Retails for R 155,95 at selected Clicks stores & online at Rubybox.

Next up we have the Stila Lip Glaze in Watermelon, which has been such a nice surprise for me this month.  I received this beaut in my humongous goodie bag at the Jozi Blogger Meetup last year and at the time I was super excited to try it out, specifically because the shade is called ‘Watermelon’ and I was secretly hoping it would have a delectable watermelon scent too.  I then kind of forgot about it for a while and then heard a couple of other bloggers mention that they didn’t like it because it’s too sticky.  It kills me to say this because normally I’m NOT a sheep, but this time I decided to hold off on trying it because I thought I wouldn’t like it as well.

Huge mistake, girls, because we all know that everyone is different.  I tried it out at the beginning of March because the poor thing was just sitting there unopened, and I LOVED it!  The shade is a very subtle pink – perfect for layering over a nude lippie that is just ‘too nude’ and will give life to any lipstick shade that is a bit dull.  I personally don’t find this lipgloss to be too sticky and to be quite honest, I think MAC Lipglass glosses are stickier than this little guy.  The scent is AH-mazing, it smells 100% like a big, juicy watermelon.  And remember, a little bit of stickiness is a good thing because your lip product will last longer.  I also really enjoy the fact that it contains no glitter / sparkles, which makes it a great every day gloss.  It has a little click style applicator with a lip brush tip for easy, mess-free application.  Retails for R 169,00 at Zando and R 200,00 at selected Woolworths & Truworths stores and online at Spree & Kalahari.  Get yours on Zando – it saves you R 31,00!

In March I discovered 2 incredible polishes from Essie – now, you guys know I have been a fan of Essie polishes for the longest time.  I probably own about 150 nail polishes and I’d say about 100 of them are Essie polishes.  Let’s talk about the polish on the left called Hors D’oeuvres – this stunner is part of their ‘Encrusted Treasures’ collection and to be quite honest, it does look like something you would find in a treasure chest.  It is described as a platinum gold with iridescent silver hex glitters, pretty spot on!  It gives the nails a foiled look and will really draw attention to your nails.  With its beautiful mix of both silver and gold tones, it manages to stay both cool and warm at the same time, which means it will suit most skin tones.  For a full opaque finish, I have to apply 3 layers but once it’s on, you’ll be mesmerized by its beauty.  I have heard finishing off this polish with a matte top coat completely transforms it, so looking forward to doing that soon!  This one retails for R 139,00 at selected Dischem and Stuttafords stores but it is a limited edition shade, so you might have a bit of trouble finding it.

Essie’s The Lace Is On is my new favourite shade for the colder months ahead.  Don’t get me wrong, though, you can wear this shade any time during the year because it’s so versatile.  This polish was part of the Fall 2013 collection in the US, which makes it our Fall 2014 collection here in South Africa.  I first saw this beauty on Pinterest and just knew I had to get my fat little fingers on it.  This isn’t really a shade I would normally go for, it’s a metallic pink toned purple shimmer – I used to be more into my cream shades in the past, but this year I’ve really started to branch out to shimmer shades.  I also own ‘For The Twill Of It’ (same collection) because I picked up a little mini collection box that contains 4 of the shades in the collection on eBay and ‘FTWOI’ is an absolutely stunning duochrome polish (google it, you’ll be swooning in no time!).  The formula of this polish is perfection, no streaking, easy to work with and insanely opaque.  Retails for R 119,00 at selected Dischem and Stuttafords stores NOW (I bought a full-size of this polish for a friend last week at the Dischem in Centurion Mall).  If you can’t get your hands on this polish, Essie ‘Sure Shot’ is a pretty good dupe for it and ‘Sure Shot’ is on Zando for R 109,00.

Here are the swatches:

Sorry for the long blog post, guys…  It seems I am feeling VERY chatty today.

And lastly, we have the un-favourite for last month.

I really, really wanted to like this nail polish from Revlon.  When these scented polishes from Revlon first came out, I wasn’t really into it for some reason.  I then caved and bought ‘Wintermint’ which I love, I loved it the very first time I wore it because it’s a beautiful minty shimmer polish and then it also smells like After Eight choccies once it has dried.  I then decided to try another one of these scented polishes and zoomed in on ‘Autumn Spice’ because I knew there would be cinnamon in the scent.  Yes, there is a warm cinnamon fragrance BUT unfortunately the scent only lasts a couple of hours (at most) on the nails.  But the thing that really made me super grumpy, was that this polish stained my nails really badly (even with a base coat).  The polish looks gorgeous in the bottle – a rich chocolate shade with flecks of bronze and golden shimmers throughout.  But it dries to a semi-matte finish and only applying one top coat doesn’t do the trick (it still looks a bit unfinished with only one layer of a top coat).  So I had to apply TWO top coat layers, which is just too much of an effort.  This polish will unfortunately definitely be going into my ‘donate bag’.

And there you have it…all the products I loved in March.  There’s a definitely Winter chill in the air today, which calls for a pot of homemade tomato or beef & veggie soup.  Have a lovely Wednesday, beauties!



  1. Bianca
    9 April 2014 / 13:25

    Oh I was looking at the Revlon Autumn Spice just yesterday and pondering a purchase! Glad I didn’t – sorry that it was a bad purchase! Do you know if the Bourjois Happy Light Foundation is coming to SA soon? Have seen rave reviews on YouTube about it x

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:50

      I’m happy to be a guinea pig, always up for trying out new things. 🙂 And glad if it helps someone not waste money on a product that isn’t all that great.

      As mentioned to you yesterday on Twitter, it is available in SA. Spree and Rubybox are selling in online & its also available at the Bourjois Kiosk in Centurion Mall. Definitely picking up the Happy Light foundation! x

  2. Andrea Madikoto
    9 April 2014 / 13:33

    oh man ermalogica sounds like just the product i need for my eczema but the prices wowza…

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:52

      Yes, I imagine it would work really well for someone with severely dry skin BUT I would suggest going to test it first, because it does contain Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil, and they might irritate your sensitive Eczema skin. Maybe go to a salon and ask if they have a sample size they can give you?

      Thank you for commenting, Andrea. 🙂

  3. Alison
    9 April 2014 / 14:23

    I really like the new/changed-up style of your photo’s, and thanks for this review I have been curious about the Bourjois Matte primer… 🙂

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:53

      Yay! Thanks so much, Alison! 🙂

      If you can, try to get the primer (especially if you have combo / oily skin)…you’ll love it!

  4. Dee
    9 April 2014 / 14:35

    Love the new photo styles, Luzanne. Your photos have always been amazing, but these look SO crisp. Great job!

    The Dermalogica cream is a must-have for me, I have severly dry skin and it does wonders for me.

    I am picking up Lace Is On or Sure Shot as soon as I can get my hands on it. Dee x

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:54

      Thank you, Dee. It means so much to me knowing you guys enjoy my photos! 😀

      I’m so happy to hear you also love the Dermalogica Rich Repair cream, I’m so glad I discovered it.

      I hope you enjoy the Essie polish, it will look stunning! x

  5. Kelly M
    9 April 2014 / 14:41

    What a stunner of a blog you have!!! I love everything in this post, especially the Essie nail lacquers and Stila lipgloss. Definitely adding some of these to my birthday list. <3

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:47

      Wow! Thank you, Kelly! Have a lovely Thursday!! 🙂

  6. 9 April 2014 / 14:52

    I love For the Twill of It, it is on my wishlist! I was also after it since seeing it online for international bloggers, and so glad it has arrived!

    I love Stila glazes! I have 19!

    The glitter Essie polish is stunning too!

    I tested the revlon polishes, and found the scent didnt last long either, and wasnt worth it. There old previous scented polishes were way better!

    Oh, and love the new look!

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:58

      It’s so beautiful, Azraa! 🙂 I think I’ll put it on my nails the next time I paint them – they’re due for a mani soon.

      Wow!! That’s A LOT of Stila glosses! After trying Watermelon, I definitely want to get my hands on a couple more…

      I have never tried the old Revlon scented polishes, I remember them very vaguely though.

      Thank you, Azraa. And thank you for leaving a comment. 🙂

  7. 9 April 2014 / 15:17

    Almost my whole goody bag is still lying in my room. I think after staring at the products for longer than a month I’m a bit tired of seeing them. But now it will be a nice surprise to see what’s inside. As I have actually forgotten.
    Lovely post!

    • 10 April 2014 / 15:01

      LOL! To be honest, my goody bag was also left untouched for quite a while…but I then started to feel bad and tried a whole lots of things. Slowly but surely starting to mention the products in posts (if I like them).

      Thank you for leaving a comment, Johlet. I hope you are doing well. 🙂

  8. Zee Mohlapi
    9 April 2014 / 15:34

    How I love your blog, Luzanne. I do check in on other SA blogs but yours is always top of my list, never miss a post.

    I love the Bourjois primer, I have proper oily skin and it definitely helps to keep my oily spots from getting out of hand. I also tried that brown revlon polish and I really couldnt stand it on my fingers, I totes know what you saying about it just looking unfinished with only one top coat but I didn’t add anyother top coat becoz I just took it off. Good thing it wasnt on my nails for very long otherwise i would hav had stained nails too and that would have made me very angry.

    The boyf said the other night he wishes he cud meet this blogger who keeps makign me add stuff to my list of things I need in my life heheheheeeeee!!!!!

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:46

      Aaaaaaah, Zee, your comments always bring a smile to my face!! 😀

      Bwahahahaaaaa!! I’d love to meet him, but I’m scared he’ll tell me off! 😉

  9. Stephanie
    9 April 2014 / 16:41

    I want that Essie colour – The lace is on!!!!

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:45

      It’s a stunner, Stephanie! You should still be able to get your hands on it over there? I hope so… 🙂 x

  10. alissa
    9 April 2014 / 16:48

    Can’t get over that Essie fuchsia shade – wowie!!

    Fortunately we have Bourjois here and I have tried both the mattifying and luminising primers; and the Happy foundation. These are my new Holy Grail combos, you have to try the foundation.

    Thank you for a beautiful blog, as always your photos are spot on!!

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:45

      It’s super gorgeous, isn’t it? I am dying to get my hands on the Happy Light Foundation, will definitely get it now that you’ve said you love it.

      Thank you for the compliment, Alissa. 😀

  11. Ronel Marais
    9 April 2014 / 18:18

    I’m not a fan of any of the Revlon scented polishes to be honest, their scent doesn’t last all that long but I must say some of the colours are pretty.

    The Honeymania perfume is something I keep in my handbag, thanks to your mention in the ‘Beauty Besties’ blog post. 🙂

    Are you going to be purchasing the Dermalogica Rich Repair cream?

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:42

      Haha! So glad my ‘Beauty Besties’ convinced you to purchase something from the Honeymania range, it’s definitely my favourite scent at The Body Shop at the moment.

      I’ll have to see how my skin holds up this Winter, but if it gets any drier than it is now…then yes, I will be purchasing it. Will have to save up to get it, though, but it’s worth it. 🙂

  12. Ronel Marais
    9 April 2014 / 18:19

    Oh and your previous photos were beautiful, Luzanne, but these are gorgeous too. It’s always nice to change things up a bit. x

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:40

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Ronel. 🙂

  13. 9 April 2014 / 19:12

    I have my eye on that Dermalogica Age Smart Super Rich Repair cream for my forever dry skin. It’s just THE PRICE *faints*

    Great post! I always love your pics! X

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:40

      Yep, the price is quite a shocker! But I really do think it will work really well for people who have very dry and flaky skin. 🙂

      Thank you, Ali! Always nice to see you around these parts… x

  14. Clara Dinkelmann
    9 April 2014 / 19:17

    That’s it! I just got a raise at work and I’ll be spending most of it on these products you mentioned, you make everything sound just so amazing!

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:39

      LOL!! Congratulations on your raise, Clara!! The best things to spend extra cash on would be beauty products and clothes for sure! 🙂

  15. adajeannie
    9 April 2014 / 19:47

    Love your photos Luzanne! Great post, i couldn’t tear myself away from the pc until i read all of it….. Best I get Layla to bed NOW! xxx

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:38

      Hahah! Love it! Thank you for commenting, Ada! 😉 x

  16. Martie Lightley
    9 April 2014 / 19:53

    Ok, enough now, I am going to be one broke mama once I am done buying all the lovely products on your latest few posts 😉 Loving the new pics Luzanne, they are looking amazing! xxx

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:38

      Hahaha!! If you do get anything from my list of faves, let me know how you like them!

      Thank you for the compliment, Marie! x

      • Martie Lightley
        11 April 2014 / 15:35

        I will definitely do so… think first up will have to be the two lovely Essie shades. They go so well together! Love the bling mixed with the more “serious” shade of The Lace is On 😉

        • 14 April 2014 / 19:39

          Yep! I wore the 2 shades in an Instagram photo of mine a couple of weeks ago and it looks really lovely paired together. 🙂 x

  17. 9 April 2014 / 23:14

    Wow, the Essie Hors D’oeuvres looks gorgeous! I actually like sticky lip glosses. I don’t like my lips feeling naked. The Stila packaging is very nice too. I definitely buy things because of the packaging as much as the actual product.

    • 10 April 2014 / 14:37

      It is an amazing shade, Natasha!!

      I don’t mind sticky glosses either, unless they’re VERY sticky (like so sticky I have trouble moving my lips haha!).

      So glad I’m not the only one who gets sucked in by cute packaging! 😉

  18. Em Cameron
    10 April 2014 / 10:45

    Haha love your bad 80’s music vid reference!

    I agree about the Revlon polishes, they’re not as amazing as people make them out to be. A lot of SA bloggers have been raving about them and I think you are the first one that has said: “Wait! Like most things in life, some are good and some are bad!” As always your honesty is so refreshing.

    As for the other products, I’ve added the Dermalogica, Bourjois and Essie products to my list of goods to get as I already own everything from the Honeymania range.


    • 10 April 2014 / 14:36

      Aaaah, thank you Em! You are so right, brands sometimes do get it wrong with a product (and then some of their other products are great).

      Let me know if you get any of those products, and what you think about them? 🙂

  19. 11 April 2014 / 04:04

    GORGEOUS pictures, Luzanne! You always have the best pictures and set up! So cute and creative.

    You have me lusting over Dermalogica products! Definitely something I’m keeping a radar on!

    I only own one Stila Lip Glaze, I really like the formula, but it’s a bit too shimmery for my liking. I usually top it with other lipsticks right on the center of my lips.

    Thanks for sharing your faves and unfave!


    • 14 April 2014 / 19:45

      Aaaah, thanks Lily! x

      Fortunately this specific Stila shade doesn’t contain shimmer, I do own 3 other shades (one of which is ‘Kitten’ and that one does contain quite some shimmer).

      Hope you’re having a lovely week, Lily! xxx

  20. Tjoppie
    11 April 2014 / 13:23

    Love the smell of Honeymania, a great favourite of mine!

    • 14 April 2014 / 19:40

      Honeymania is the bomb-digs!! x

  21. 20 April 2014 / 20:14

    Your photo’s look gorgeous. But then they always do. 🙂
    Not sure if you will believe it but I don’t own a single Essie polish. I am not the biggest fan but when I see posts like these I want to try them. The colours are gorgeous.

    Urgh about the revlon. It looks like such a beautiful shade. Such a pity.

    • 22 April 2014 / 08:42

      Aaaaah, thank you Michelle. 🙂

      Heck NO! Not a single one!? I l-o-v-e Essie polishes, why are you not the biggest fan?

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