My Manicure Routine & Demo + Mani Must-Haves

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Today we’re chatting about my top nail care products, including my favourite nail polishes.  Boy, was it a struggle to narrow down my list of manicure must-haves – I initially wanted to feature almost 20 products but eventually gave myself a stern talking to and whittled it down to only my top of the pops products.

Nothing makes me feel more polished (excuse the pun) than sporting a fab manicure.  Sure…a good manicure isn’t too hard to come by, but a winning manicure – that’s a whole different ball game.  In today’s video I show which products I have been LOVING lately (some I have actually been loving for years), plus I have also included a demo for you on how I like to paint my nails.

If you struggle with chipping manis, or maybe it looks like a 4-year-old painted your nails?  Don’t fret, check out my ‘How To: The Perfect Manicure’ video here (I filmed that video about 2 years ago, and people stil enjoy watching it).

In this video, however, I’ll hopefully introduce you to your own future favourites.  Grab a cup of yummy (today I’m drinking a mango, strawberry & pineapple smoothie) and let’s jump right in!

Please note: If you’re only interested in certain products, then I have included time stamps for each product in the ‘Show More’ section of the video.  For example, if you only want to hear my thoughts on my favourite nail file, then you can skip to 2:35 in the video (2 minutes 35 seconds).

Please remember to give the video a ‘thumbs up’ if you enjoyed it (it really helps me out), and share on your social media platforms if you think it’s something that might interest your friends or family.  Remember to watch in HD (720p) – all you have to do is click on the gear icon at the bottom right corner of the video screen and choose 720p.

Oh!  Oh!  Oh!  And I’ve also included a little story from when I used to work at Woolworths

I hope you enjoy!

PRODUCTS, PRICING & STOCKISTS:

♥  essence Nail Polish Remover – R29,95 at Clicks, Takealot.com & Dis-Chem; and selected Red Square & Pick n Pay stores.

♥  QVS Beauty Nail Clipper – R99,95 at Woolworths (but Clicks also has straight edge nail clippers).

♥  essence Studio 4-In-1 Professional Nail File – R34,95 at Clicks, Takealot.com & Dis-Chem; and selected Red Square & Pick n Pay stores.

♥  LUSH Salted Coconut Hand Scrub – R160,00 at LUSH stores or in the LUSH South Africa online store.

♥  Woolworths Paradise Hand Lotion – R99,95 at Woolworths stores (it’s a new range).

♥  LUSH Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter – R145,00 at LUSH stores or in the LUSH South Africa online store.

♥  Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel – R119,00 at Clicks, Woolworths, Edgars, Red Square & Dis-Chem stores; and online at Takealot.com and Zando.

♥  Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat – R119,00 at Clicks, Woolworths, Edgars, Red Square & Dis-Chem stores; and online at Takealot.com and Zando.

♥  essie Mod Square Nail Polish – R124,95 at Dis-Chem, Clicks and selected Foschini stores.

♥  essie Good To Go Top Coat – R159,95 at Dis-Chem, Clicks and selected Foschini stores.

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I feel there isn’t much more to say about how great the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy polishes are – in the video you’ll see what my nails look like after wearing the ‘All Or Nothing’ shade for almost a week.  Absolutely no chips, splits or tip wear – I have honestly never had a normal nail polish last this long on me.  I still refer to this as a ‘normal’ nail polish, because there’s no UV lamp involved.  As you will see in the demo part of the video, just paint the nail polish and add the top coat – that’s it!  A full review on these nail polishes is in the video, I highly recommend you check them out!

P.S. Clicks is currently running a 3-for-2 promotion on the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Polishes (until 21 November 2016) – check it out here (online and in-store).

Disclaimer: The Revlon section of the video is in sponsored collaboration with Revlon South Africa, but ya’ll know I only feature products that I really love.

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31 Comments

  1. melissa 1 November 2016 / 14:01

    Thank you for the post , i surely will get some items .

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:24

      Thank you for watching, Melissa! :)

  2. Fiona Swart 1 November 2016 / 15:07

    Loved this, thanx Luzanne 😀

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:24

      You’re most welcome, Fiona. 😉

  3. Shanita Ruddick 1 November 2016 / 15:08

    Great video, I definitely want to get the gel envy polishes. That pink is gorge!

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:25

      I’m sure you are going to LOVE the Gel Envy nail polishes! :)

  4. alissa 1 November 2016 / 15:24

    woohoo! Luv your videos, looking forward to the next 1!

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:25

      Thanks, Alissa! 😀

  5. Jackie 1 November 2016 / 16:36

    Aaaawwww dankie vir ‘n *awesome* video (wink wink) :)))
    jy lyk pragtig ook ….
    dankie vir nog inspirasie dolla ….
    :)))

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:25

      😀 Baie dankie, Jackie! 😀

  6. Wardah 2 November 2016 / 09:24

    South Africa’s best youtuber!!!

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:26

      Wow! Thank you so much for that amazing compliment, Wardah! :)

  7. Daphne 2 November 2016 / 11:34

    Your videos are always so entertaining – thanks Luzanne :)

    xox

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:26

      Thank you so much for watching, Daphne – I really appreciate your support. :) xo

  8. Ziyanda M 2 November 2016 / 12:30

    Hi Luzanne :) I sent you a tweet a few minutes ago :) Plz can you review the clinique superbalanced silk foundation on your channel, I luv your wear test reviews.

    XO, Ziyanda

    • Em Cameron 2 November 2016 / 12:56

      Yes! I have also seen this foundation ins-tore and I want to know if its worth the money. I’m looking for a nice light foundation but it must still cover my redness.

      • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:28

        I am definitely going to film a review & wear-test video on the foundation – I’ve heard great things about it! 😉

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:27

      Great idea, Ziyanda! I’ve been eyeing that foundation for a while now…will definitely get my hands on it soon! xo

  9. Em Cameron 2 November 2016 / 12:56

    You look beautiful in this video, Luzanne ♥ ♥ ♥

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:29

      Thank you so much for the compliment, Em. xo

  10. Porchia 2 November 2016 / 14:49

    Please please please do a tutorial on the makeup look from this video – it’s gorgeous! 😀

  11. Holly Morello 3 November 2016 / 09:02

    Looking forward to your next video! :) I’m definitely buying the Lush cuticle cream and the Revlon gel envy nail polishes – that Clicks promo is just too good to pass up on. 😉

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:33

      So true! If you take advantage of the promo, it works out to about R79 per gel polish – not bad at all!!

      Oh, and I know you are going to love the LUSH Lemony Flutter. :)

  12. Paulina 3 November 2016 / 10:26

    Thanks for the video, very informative. Love the nail colour and the gel envy range from Revlon, it has prolonged my manicure, especially with being a mom to a busy toddler :-) What is your view on the essie gel coutoure range, worth the hype? Would be great to have a review on that as well. xxx

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:37

      You’re welcome, Paulina – and thank you for taking the time to watch the video. :) I’ve tried a couple of the essie Gel Couture polishes, and I really like them too. I would say I get the same amount of days’ wear from the Revlon and essie gel polishes, but the Revlon ones are a bit more affordable. BUT the essie range has more shades available… Tough choice, I’ll try to feature the essie Gel Couture polishes in a blog post soon. xo

  13. Olwethu B 4 November 2016 / 09:21

    Luv ur videos, looking fwd to the next makeup tutorial. :)

    I agree with Ziyanda, pls review the Clinique Silk foundation? XX

    • Luzanne 4 November 2016 / 09:37

      Thank you s0o much, Olwethu! A review video of the Clinique Superbalanced Silk foundation is in the works! 😉 xo

  14. Ayanda Moloi 5 November 2016 / 18:20

    I love your blog so much!I recently discovered it,along with beauty blogs,well let me just say I recently discovered beauty as a whole.I now (proudly,without feeling akward at all) wear make-up and put in effort in the way I look.I dont mean to sound self-absorbed or anything but,since my new found interest in beauty,I have never been so happy and confident.Keep doing what you do.I LOVE it.

  15. Nina b 8 November 2016 / 00:02

    Much needed video :) I have to get that top coat in my life. .chipped nail polish on day 2 make me cringe

  16. Simone 8 November 2016 / 18:35

    The tip about the hand cream at night is life!! I saw a difference honestly after the first night already. I’M ocd about washing my hands…so my hands and cuticles suffer as I wash my hands way too much. The poor hand cream barely gets 5 minutes on my hands before the next wash. LOL

    This was a fantastic video! I echo the reader above… definitely South Africa’s best beauty blogger!

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