New Beauty Discoveries | Haul & Review

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Hello, everyone!  I’m sorry things have been a bit quiet around here, but I’m going through a bit of a weird phase at the moment.  It’s probably just because we’re getting closer to December (and Christmas), so everyone is starting to wind down.  It’s hard for me to explain, but I’m feeling uninspired and demotivated.  I want to put all my thoughts and feelings into a blog post, so I think I’ll write something this weekend and hopefully publish it on Monday.  Neal keeps telling me it’s nothing to worry about because everyone feels tired, lethargic and run-down around this time of the year – but I am holding thumbs and toes my creative spirit will be back in full swing in January 2017!

Speaking of winding down, I’ve noticed in previous years that November, December, and even January months are usually very quiet in terms of new product launches – and this year is no exception.  There weren’t that many new product releases for November (hence, no ‘Products Popping Up’ this month) BUT I wanted to make it up to you in some way.  So, in today’s blog post I’ll be reviewing most of November’s new product launches – I was lucky enough to be sent some of the products, plus I went out and bought the rest.  There are a couple of other products / brands that launched earlier in November i.e. L.O.V Cosmetics, but I will dedicate a blog post to reviewing some of their products soon (I bought a couple of their products at my local Dis-Chem last week).

I hope you enjoy this blog post, it was fun to put a different spin on introducing some of the new products that launched during November to you.

Oh!  And before I forget: I have LOTS of new essence makeup products that I want to show you (all from their latest range update).  I’m still thinking of ideas on how I want to feature most of the products in the new range – if you have any ideas, let me know!

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FREEMAN SWEET TEA & LEMON PEEL-AWAY CLAY MASK ♥ R99,95

I spotted the new Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask from Freeman at my local Dis-Chem store last week, and immediately popped it into my basket.  By the way – have you been to the brand new Dis-Chem in Centurion Mall?  Pretty darn snazzy, hey?  Anyway, I remembered mentioning this mask in my ‘Realistic Beauty Wish List’ blog post a while ago and so I was very keen to test it out as soon as I arrived home.  I was very intrigued by this specific face mask, because it contains clay and yet it’s a peel-off mask.

I’ve used this mask only once since I bought it, but let me tell you: It’s a winner!  I love the scent, it has a very subtle iced tea fragrance with a hint (or squeeze) of lemon.  The consistency of the mask is very interesting – it’s quite runny (so be careful the first time you use it) but at the same time it is also quite thick and sticky (like white craft glue).  I recommend applying this mask with an old flat foundation brush (or something similar), as I imagine it will become quite messy if you use your fingers to apply it.  I don’t use flat foundation brushes (like this one) to blend my foundation, so I always keep them in my skincare drawer to use for applying my clay-based face masks.  Don’t worry, though, it spreads quite easily and because it has a thickness to it, it won’t run down your face / neck.

What I love about this mask is that it combines the oil absorption of a clay mask with the tightening effect of a peel-off mask.  There’s no denying the Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask will unclog pores, prevent excessive sebum production, and keep blemishes / blackheads / whiteheads at bay.

Did you know?  Bentonite clay (a very popular healing clay) is made from minerals such as iron, sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium formed from volcanic ash.  In addition to unclogging pores, this type of clay also removes dead cells, helping any skincare products you apply on top to penetrate more effectively.

As with any peel-off mask, you want to apply a thin layer otherwise it will take forever to dry down completely.   Keep in mind, though, you want to apply it thick enough so that you can peel it off in one piece.  There’s nothing quite as satisfying as peeling off a face mask in one go!  Another tip is to spread it as quickly as possible (that’s also why a paddle-shaped foundation brush works best) because it starts to dry down as soon as it comes in contact with air.

I like to apply it to my entire face (except the delicate under eye area), it feels nice & cool with absolutely no stinging sensation.  I like to keep the mask on for about 15 minutes (the packaging says 10 minutes but I find it’s just not long enough) and when it’s ready to be removed, the edges around your mouth and jawline start to lift up, so you can start peeling very gently from there.

Another thing I really like about this mask is that it doesn’t dry as hard or tight as traditional clay masks, plus it also doesn’t leave my skin feeling as dry after I have removed it.  This mask is suitable for normal, combination and oily skin types and helps to clarify, renew and soothe congested skin.  It degunks & deslicks, and leaves my skin looking (and feeling) smooth, mattified, fresh & clean.  Freeman hit the ball out of the park with the Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask, and I can see it becoming a staple in my skincare routine.

I also bought the Freeman ‘Apple Cider Vinegar 4-in-1 Foaming Clay’ and ‘Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud Mask’ – keen to see a review on these too?

Top Tip:  To read more about peel-off masks and how to use them, take a look at this blog post where I reviewed the Freeman Cucumber Peel-Off Mask.

Freeman products are available at Dis-Chem stores nationwide.

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KIEHL’S JEREMYVILLE ♥ STARTING AT R375,95

Each year, to celebrate the upcoming holiday season, Kiehl’s partners with a different artist to design a special limited edition label collection.  This year, Kiehl’s teamed up with Jeremyville, and recently unveiled the Kiehl’s x Jeremyville holiday collection – a series of cheerful, winter wonderland-inspired holiday designs.  Through the collection, Jeremyville and Kiehl’s offer customers a vibrant array of holiday scenes and characters that adorn some of the brand’s most beloved formulas i.e. Creme de Corps and Ultra Facial Cream (which is currently my ultimate favourite moisturiser).

The centerpiece of the Kiehl’s x Jeremyville collection is visually inspired by one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, Central Park.  Eeeep!  It has always been a dream of mine to one day visit New York and take a stroll around Central Park.  I’m sure I’m not the only one!  I love the creative design of each label featuring happy snowmen, smiling skaters, and shining stars to infuse the warmth and energy of the holidays.  What better way to spoil a loved one this Christmas, than with a bright and cheerful Kiehl’s skincare or body care product?

As mentioned, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (R375,00) is definitely a favourite of mine.  This lightweight facial hydrator leaves my skin feeling comfortable and visibly well-balanced.  I reviewed it in my ‘Review – Kiehl’s Pioneer Products’ blog post, and also featured it in my ‘Best Of Beauty 2015 – Skincare’ blog post.  One thing I didn’t mention in those 2 blog posts, is that this daily moisturiser can double up as a lightweight makeup primer – it contains Glycerin, which almost acts like a glue so any foundation that you apply on top will last longer on the skin.  Glycerin is also non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog up your pores!  Yay!  For reference, my skin type is combination (oily T-zone and dehydrated cheeks) and I find the Ultra Facial Cream is suitable all year round.  I did, however, recently purchase the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Lotion (in the bottle) just to see if it is even more lightweight – plus, it retails for R550,00 for 250ml…BARGAIN!  The little tub contains 50ml and retails for R375,00.

Creme de Corps (R695,00 for 500ml) is definitely a cult favourite amongst beauty lovers around the world, it’s a luxuriously creamy body lotion that hydrates and nourishes dry, tired skin.  I like low scented body lotions like this one because it doesn’t compete with my perfume – so I can wear any fragrance (woody, fruity, spicy, floral, zesty).  It feels silky smooth when you apply it and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple with a subtle sheen.  One of the main ingredients is shea butter, which is known for its ability to retain moisture.  Other ingredients include avocado-, almond-, olive- and sesame oil – all of which are perfect for ensuring your skin is left soothed and softened.  The Creme de Corps lotion (in the top photo of this blog post) absorbs much faster than the Creme de Corps Whipped Body Butter, and yet I feel it provides the same amount of hydration.  Because of this, I prefer this lightweight version (I’m usually not the biggest fan of body butters because they can sometimes feel a bit too rich and sticky).

Kiehl’s products are available at the Kiehl’s stand-alone store in V&A Waterfront, or at Kiehl’s counters in selected Edgars stores.

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BOURJOIS RADIANCE REVEAL CONCEALER ♥ R159,95

I’m always on the hunt for a good (and inexpensive) concealer, especially since I struggle with both dark circles and a dry under eye area.  I find the concealers that provide good coverage (like MAC Studio Finish Concealer) are often times not hydrating enough for my parched under eyes.  I was skipping around the makeup aisles of Clicks (okay, not really skipping) and noticed a couple of new product launches in the Bourjois makeup stand.  My interest was piqued, because 1. I always get excited when I see new Bourjois product launches; and 2. I saw the word ‘Radiance’ in the product names.

Side note: This new range will be permanent, and it currently features 2 products – the ‘City Radiance Foundation’ (available in 6 shades) and the ‘Radiance Reveal Concealer’ (available in 3 shades).  I really do hope Bourjois will expand their shade selection on all their makeup products to cater for deep / dark skin tones soon.

Anyway, so I picked up the lightest shade in the range (called ‘Ivory’) and started using it the very next day.  Here’s what I like about it: It does a brilliant job of concealing my dark circles, all while hydrating my under eye area thanks to ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and water from the glaciers of Month Blanc.  Doesn’t the packaging remind you of the ‘Diorskin Star Concealer’?  Same square shaped bottle, but in all honesty, I actually think Bourjois’ frosted glass packaging is even more sleek & stylish.  I adore the doe foot applicator tip because it enables me to be very precise with my application.

The creamy (yet featherlight) texture of the Radiance Reveal Concealer is perfect for the delicate eye area, it blends out like a dream (no tugging or pulling of the skin) and I’ve even used it as a type of eyeshadow primer.  Since it is so hydrating, you do need to set the concealer with a powder to prevent it from creasing.  Some bloggers have compared the formula of this to the NARS Creamy Concealer – I can’t confirm it a dupe, because I don’t own the NARS concealer but it might be something to keep in mind.  The Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer brightens and illuminates the skin (it doesn’t contain any shimmers though) and disguises dark circles very well.  You can also use it to conceal blemishes or hyperpigmentation, and I have found it lasts for +-10 hours when set with a powder.  I’m usually an NW15 or NW20 in a MAC foundation, and found this concealer is light enough to brighten up my under eyes really nicely.  It also has a subtle peachy undertone to is, so I like to think it corrects the dark areas under my eyes too.

If fragranced makeup products bother you, then you might want to give this a skip.  It has a rather intense (and yet very pleasant) floral scent to it…like a bouquet of fresh roses.  It doesn’t bother me too much, though, because it is such a brilliant concealer!

Bourjois products are available in the Cosmetiques de France online store (South African-based), or at selected Clicks stores nationwide.

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CATRICE DELUXE GLOW HIGHLIGHTER ♥ R79,95

I was really hoping to fall in love with this highlighter, especially since my other CATRICE highlighter turned out to be such a gem.  The CATRICE Deluxe Glow Highlighter is part of their range update for 2016 – I was sent a couple of the new products, and immediately started testing the highlighter.  I loved the idea of having a trio of illuminating powders, and thought it would be perfect for travelling (if I turned out liking it).

Unfortunately I was quite disappointed by this little palette – I find the powders are hard to the touch (not soft & buttery) so it’s very difficult to pick up the product with a makeup brush.  In fact, they’re quite powdery / chalky and lack a certain level of sheen…so in all honesty, these highlighters don’t do much of anything really.  I’ve tried applying the highlighting shades with a fluffy brush (like this one), then with a more dense brush (like this one), and also using my fingers but I just can’t get the glow to show up on my skin.

Here’s what I do like about this trio, though, it features 3 shades that will suite most skin tones (pale, medium, and dark).  There’s a champagne shade, a light frosted cream shade, and a golden tan shade.  When I first looked at all 3 shades in the pan, they actually looked quite matte – I could see some sparkles in the first champagne shade, but for the most part the other 2 shades looked like they had a satiny matte finish.  For the swatches below, I had to really build each shade up in order to get them to show up on the skin (which wasn’t all that easy because the pans are so stiff).  If you like a very VERY subtle highlight (maybe because you have oily skin), then you might decide to give this highlighting trio a go…but for me, it’s unfortunately a miss.

Top Tip:  Spritz a makeup setting spray on top of the highlighted areas on your face to make these specific highlighting powders less powdery, this will also intensify the metallic sheen just a tiny little bit.

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive highlighter, I would highly recommend this highlighter from CATRICE – it’s a winner!

CATRICE products are available at selected Dis-Chem, Red Square and PnP stores, or in the Takealot.com online store.

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SWATCHES

Above are swatches of the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer (Ivory) and the CATRICE Deluxe Glow Highlighter.

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ELIZABETH ARDEN GREEN TEA NECTARINE BLOSSOM EDT ♥ R425,00

Aaaaah, the good ol’ days…  I remember the original Elizabeth Arden Green Tea fragrance was one of the first fragrances I ever owned (this was about 100 years ago when I was in high school).  I loved the freshness of it, and used it only on special occasions…like getting tipsy at Morgan’s and Dropzone on weekends – haha!  Who remembers those 2 clubs at Hatfield (Pretoria)?  They were my home away from home, and yes – I did manage to get into Dropzone, even though I wasn’t 21 at the time.  We all do silly things when we’re in high school, right?  Right.

Getting back to fragrances, the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Nectarine Blosson Eau De Toilette is a recent addition to the EA Green Tea collection  and I think it might just be my favourite one to date!  In past years, I’ve owned most of the Green Tea EDT variations i.e. Green Tea Cherry Blossom, Green Tea Cucumber, and Green Tea Yuzu.

As always, it’s difficult for me to describe a fragrance because I feel one needs to actually smell it in order to really appreciate each note, as well as the entire fragrance bouquet.

This is definitely a fragrance for warmer weather – to me, fruity and floral fragrances remind me of Summer dresses and sunshine.  The base of this fragrance is the original Green Tea EDT that we all know and love, but with a fresh & juicy nectarine twist.  It’s the type of fragrance that will put a spring in your step (pun intended), it’s uplifting and zesty thanks to the lingering accents of fresh bergamot, apricot, and a hint of musk.

It truly is dreamy – it’s light and comfortable to wear, perfect for the Summery holidays months ahead!

Elizabeth Arden products are available at selected department stores and pharmacies nationwide.

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FILORGA EYES-ABSOLUTE ♥ R1150,00

Wrinkles, droopy eyelids, dark circles, and dull eyes…no, thanks!  These are just some of the areas of concern when it comes to ageing around the eye area.  Let’s be real, I’m not getting any younger and the signs are definitely there.  Filorga recently developed an ultimate 6-in-1, cryo-boosted eye care formula called ‘Eyes-Absolute’.  I’ve been using Filorga skin care products for the past couple of years, and I can honestly say they have some of the best skincare products I’ve used in a very long time.  Filorga products are results-driven, and a lot of research and developments goes into formulating each and every product.  If you’ve been a regular around these parts (the blog), then you might recall I featured their ‘Perfect+ Perfect Skin Serum’ in my ‘Best Of Beauty 2015 – Skincare’ blog post.  Their ‘Anti-Ageing Micellar Solution’ is also bomb, but more on that in an upcoming blog post.

As mentioned, this is a very new product release from Filorga, so I can’t give you a proper review yet as I’ve only been using this for 2 weeks.  So, I’ll give you a bit of information on the actual product (ingredients etc) and will end off with my first impression of this eye cream.

Here’s what Filorga says about their ‘Eyes-Absolute’: “Wrinkles around the eyes are smoothed through a powerful restructuring complex composed of a combination of a peptide, provitamin B5, a low-molelcular weight hyaluronic acid and an extract of green algae found in salt marshes.  A Botox-like tripeptide acts on neuromuscular contractions, reducing the frequency of muscle contractions for reinforced activity on wrinkles on the outer corners of the eyes.  An extract of the silk tree (originally from Asia) along with common St. Paul’s Wort assist with collagen and elastin synthesis and reduce the glycation of elastin, to reinforce the retracting ability of the eyelids.  This results in a lifting of the eyelid fold.”

I love eye creams that have a metal tip, it feels refreshing & cool on the delicate skin around the eyes and helps to depuff under eye bags.  The shape of the tip also provides a precise application, so it glides in and around those hard to reach places.  The creamy texture is very lightweight and absorbs almost instantly into the skin.  I really like that the formula contains tiny shimmer particles (hardly noticeable) that help to illuminate and brighten any dark areas around the eyes.  It’s quite a refreshing product and I find it’s really nice to use in the mornings.  The lightweight consistency means you can apply the cream before or after your makeup, and it won’t cause cakey concealer.  Yay!  For now, that’s all I have to say about the new Filorga Eyes-Absolute – who knows….I might feature it in my annual ‘Best Of Beauty’ blog post early next year.

Filorga products are available at selected Edgars and Red Square stores nationwide.

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TANGLE TEEZER THE ULTIMATE FINISHING HAIRBRUSH ♥ R300,00

I swear, this is the product launch I have been waiting for from Tangle Teezer ever since I first started using their detangling brushes.  I really like their brushes (gosh, I own 4 of them!) but I always wished they had a handle to hold on to.  I often found the absence of a brush handle made it a bit more cumbersome and difficult to use.  FINALLY – a Tangle Teezer brush I can hold on to!  Now, strictly speaking the new ‘The Ultimate Finishing Hairbrush’ was created for dry-styling and dressing your hair but I use it on damp hair as well.  The unique teeth are a bit longer (compared to the original Tangle Teezers) with softer tips which lightly detangle and smooth hair cuticles for a high shine finish.  It’s designed to achieve style up-dos, light teasing for volume and texture and to maintain and blend in hair extensions, clip-ins and weaves.

Did you know?  When hair is wet or damp it’s at its weakest point, this is because water breaks down the natural hydrogen bonds in the hair.  They reform again when the hair dries but while wet, they are most fragile so I always make a point of using a hairbrush that is specifically designed to be used on wet hair.  Also, the skin around hair roots is usually swollen after a hot shower and hair strands are most prone to uprooting.  I also like to spritz my hair with a leave-in hair treatment (like this one), this also helps with detangling.

If you’ve ever used a Tangle Teezer, then you’ll know how gentle the bristles are on your luscious locks.  It detangles with subtle tension allowing hair to flow freely through each bristle (no tugging or pulling).  I’ve been using this brush non-stop for the last couple of days, on wet and dry hair, and I’m super impressed!  If you’ve been contemplating investing in a detangling hair brush, then I highly recommend checking out this new product launch from Tangle Teezer.

Tangle Teezer products are available at selected Clicks stores nationwide.

That’s it!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll be back on Monday with a new blog post!  I’m also going to start compiling my ‘Christmas Gift Guide’ blog posts this weekend – so I’m very excited about that!  I’m a bit slow in getting into the Christmas spirit this year, so hopefully looking for Christmas gift ideas will put me in a festive mood.

PINK PEONIES POLL:  Have you discovered any new products or brands lately that you think I should check out?  Let me know in the comments section below!

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46 Comments

  1. melissa martin 25 November 2016 / 14:47

    Thanks for the post love and hope you get some good rest , get inspired and most of all enjoy the festivity.

    Love you much

    Enjoy the weekend

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:16

      Thank you so much, Melissa! :) xo

  2. Natalie M 25 November 2016 / 15:04

    I have heard good things about the Freeman’s ‘Apple Cider Vinegar 4-in-1 Foaming Clay’ , I have however not been able to find one yet. Please do a review on that so I know whether to keep looking and just leave it :)

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:17

      I’ll definitely review the foaming clay product for you – it’s an interesting product because Freeman says it’s a mask, scrub, cleanser and toner in one! :)

  3. Em Cameron 25 November 2016 / 15:14

    Love your blog, Luzanne! :) I think we all get to a point at the end of each year when we’re just gatvol of everything. I’m there too right now. Just take it easy and don’t stress yourself out too much. Your readers know how hard you work on your blog posts, I always say: Quality over quantity. And your posts and photos are always the best.

    You have convinced me to go out and buy that concealer, face mask and eye cream from Filorga.

    Please review the essence new products and the Apple Cider Vinegar face wash from Freeman.

    Sending you love! XO

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:18

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment, Em. 😀 I’m sure you are going to love your new goodies!

      I’ve added your review requests to my list – very excited to feature the new essence products. xo

  4. Ronel Marais 25 November 2016 / 15:56

    Daardie gesigsmasker klink wonderlik, ek gaan verseker hierdie naweek ‘n draaitjie by Dischem maak.

    Jy moet ‘n lekker naweek hê, Luzanne. 😀

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:19

      Ek hoop jy het jou Freeman masker gekry, Ronel? :)

  5. Prettiful Blog 25 November 2016 / 15:59

    I haven’t seen LOV in store yet. I actually emailed Cosmetix back in August about it, and they said they weren’t getting it in. I am glad they were wrong!

    Oh, and totally agree about the Tangleteezer, I also love it, but find it a bit awkward to hold, and I always wondered if it was just me. This brush is heavenly!

    Btw, did you get the Freeman Beauty Infusion Masks too? They look really good, about R50 more expensive but look worth it.

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:21

      I’ve seen the LOV stand at the Dis-Chem in Centurion Mall and at Brooklyn Mall too – they’re probably still rolling it out to the rest of South Africa. Their products look really nice (and swatched really well too) – so I’m quite keen to start testing the products I bought.

      I actually went to Dis-Chem this past weekend to purchase the new Beauty Infusion Masks (I bought 2 of the 3 that were available). Hopefully the R50,00 extra a pop is worth it… 😉

  6. Jean 25 November 2016 / 16:04

    This is why I love your blog so much, you always write honest reviews even though something may have been sent to you by the brand. I was thinking about getting that highlighter palette but now I think I’ll rather go for the single one you linked in the blog post, I think you get more product in that single one too hey?

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:26

      Thanks so much for being so kind, Jean – I really appreciate it. :) That single highlighter from CATRICE is amazing – I actually like it more than most of my other high-end highlighters. I checked for you – the single highlighter weighs 8g, whereas the trio weighs 10g…but I still prefer the single one. It’s so much easier to use – soft, buttery and packs a punch! :)

  7. Lalannie 25 November 2016 / 16:07

    Take it easy!!

    Thanks for another well written post.

    I love the Freeman masks and definately keen to try this one. Please review the ‘Apple Cider Vinegar 4-in-1 Foaming Clay’ and ‘Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud Mask.

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:27

      I’ll definitely review the 2 Freeman products for you – I always enjoy featuring their products on the blog, because I know a lot of my readers love the brand too. 😀

  8. Zee Mohlapi 25 November 2016 / 17:36

    I like the sound of that eye cream and the Arden perfume, will add them to my Xmas list.

    Thanks for giving honest feedback about the Catrice highlighters, always good to read truthful reviews. I can always count on your to keep it real. :)

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:28

      I definitely wouldn’t mind received the Elizabeth Arden fragrance as a Christmas gift! 😉

      Thank you for always interacting with me, Zee – I really appreciate it.

  9. Sophia 25 November 2016 / 18:26

    To be totally honest . I feel exactly like you do. Just tired all day :( its just our body telling us its time to relax :)

    That Catrice Highlighter looks so pigmented.
    Also love that tangle teaser. Finally with a handle yay :)

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:30

      I think you’re right – we all need a break! :) I can’t wait to go on holiday in Cape Town soon, Neal and I both need a good rest.

      I really hope Tangle Teezer create more brushes with a handle – that would be awesome!

  10. Wilma 25 November 2016 / 18:38

    OMG! Hahahahaaaa! I remember Morgans and Dropzone! My friends and I used to spend Friday and Saturday nights there… 😀

    I love how you said ‘tipsy’…we just got straightup drunk. 😀

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:30

      Bwahahahaaaa! 😀 😀 😀

  11. Patricia 25 November 2016 / 18:40

    I recently discovered the L.O.V. cosmetics brand and Dischem (pls do a review on their products) and also the Revlon face and eye palettes but I didnt like the palette I bought at all. Total waste of money. :(

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:32

      I am going to review the LOV products I bought for sure – I’m keen to purchase a couple more of their products, so that I can do a proper review of a few different items in the collection.

      To be honest, I swatched the one Revlon Face & Eye Palette and didn’t like the pigmentation – so didn’t end up buying it (it would have been a waste of like R300,00).

  12. Britney 25 November 2016 / 19:13

    I think I’ll pass on that highlighter..but the concealer looks really good. Maybe do a type of makeup tutorial video featuring the new Essence products? That would be nice. :)

    Have a good weekend, Luzanne. Sending hugs, I hope you feel better soon. Your blog readers are all rooting for you!

    Xo, Britney

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:34

      Great idea, Britney!! Love your idea!

      Thank you for your kind words, it’s readers like you that encourage me to keep producing content. xo

  13. Xoliswa 25 November 2016 / 19:17

    Don’t worry about it, L – I’m also feeling drained these days. Thankfully the December holidays are around the corner, so we can all rest up.

    Looking forward to your review of the LOV Cosmetics products and the new Essence stuff.

    Thank you for always putting in so much effort into your blog posts and photos, we all appreciate it.

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:35

      I can’t WAIT for the December holidays – we’re going to Cape Town (like we always do) and I know it’s going to be exactly what Neal and I need. 😀

  14. Nisa 25 November 2016 / 20:21

    I’m hoping I see LOV items in stores soon cos they look so gorgeous.

    I completely agree with your thoughts on the Catrice Trio, very disappointing and chalky. Do like the new Essence Trio though which I picked up.

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:37

      The LOV products are beautiful – I love all the rounded edges of the products. 😉 I still need to test the essence trio, but I’ve heard great things! I want to do like a first impressions video on the new products, and incorporate a makeup tutorial too.

      • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:37

        P.S. After our discussion the other day, you’ve encouraged me to get my bum into gear and film more videos! 😀

  15. R Fourie 25 November 2016 / 20:22

    Hi Luzanne,

    Thank you for a very thorough post. I would like to try the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer. What setting powder did you use?

    Hope you get some well deserved rest :-)

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:40

      I am currently alternating between 2 powders (1 loose, and 1 pressed powder) – the LUSH Emotional Brilliance Translucent Loose Setting Powder and the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder. I love both, but I find the LUSH one is great for setting and brightening up the under eye area. :)

  16. Nousheen 25 November 2016 / 23:11

    I literally was so happy when I saw a new blog post from you, it always cheers me up! Love your sense of humor, the quality of your content and just the type of person you are. Don’t worry too much about feeling tired and demotivated, I think we are all starting to feel it. :) Just keep your head up and if you need to take a break, then take a break. We’ll be here waiting.. 😀

    I am going to buy the Elizabeth Arden fragrance (loved the throwback story), the face mask and the hair brush. You should look out for the LOV makeup brushes, they look really good.

    Very excited to see a review on the new Essence makeup products, maybe do a video?

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:41

      Yay! Thanks so much, Nousheen – your comment definitely brightened up my day! 😉

      I actually bought the LOV makeup brushes when I first visited their stand in Dis-Chem – I love how soft the bristles felt.

      Great idea – I’m thinking of doing a first impressions makeup tutorial type video using the new essence products. :)

  17. Cara 26 November 2016 / 12:11

    Loved this blog post, always happy to see a blog post from you pop up on Twitter. :)

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:42

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post, Cara! 😀

  18. Kim 26 November 2016 / 19:19

    I’m also feeling really tired lately, it’s definitely the because Xmas and the holidays are around the corner. Don’t stress about it too much, Luzanne. x

    You have twisted my arm to invest in the Filorga eye cream and the Tangle teezer brush, I’m almost out of my current eye cream so this one will be a great upgrade.

    Have you seen the Freeman Beauty Infusions face masks at Dischem? Please review the Sea Kelp (I think) one and the Manuka Honey one. :)

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:45

      :) Thank you, Kim. :)

      You are going to love the Filorga eye cream – I haven’t touched my other daytime eye creams since I started using the Eyes-Absolute! 😉

      Yep, I actually saw the new Beauty Infusions masks this past weekend and purchased both the ones you requested.

  19. Kaylee 27 November 2016 / 11:33

    I picked up the Boujois Radiance concealer based on your recommendation and I’m happy I did!

    I struggle to find a good concealer whether it be high end or drugstore. Because I’m so pale most concealers are too dark for my skin tone (especially because I like to highlight with concealer) but this one is just light enough and covers so well!

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:46

      Yay! So happy to year that, Kaylee! I have the same problem with not being able to find concealers that are actually able to brighten up the areas I want to highlight – this one is a gem! :)

  20. Simone Cameron 28 November 2016 / 12:56

    I could literally picture you actually SKIPPING in the aisles. lol.

    I always love it when you show us new Freeman goodies. That mask sounds lovely. Will definitely pick it up. I’m loving the Cettua sheet masks, BUT there are one or two that burnt the crap out of my skin which I will be avoiding.

    I was telling my hubby: Luzanne is so quiet, I’m sure she’s super busy! Now you say you’re just lazy??? Um no….lol. Just kidding..everybody is so over 2016….so I can imagine how you feel. It’s been a big year and a busy one for you!! Just hoping 2017 brings us little Luzanne or Neal babies <3

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:50

      Haha! When I know there are new product launches waiting at Dis-Chem or Clicks, I actually do feel like skipping around the aisles. 😉

      Freeman is definitely my favourite face mask brand at the moment – I love how many products they have available for different skin care needs and preferences (plus their packaging is always so bright & cheerful).

      Oh no! Which Cettua masks are you talking about? I still have 2 or 3 in my cabinet that I need to use…

      Haha! I have been busy lately BUT the time I had available to dedicate to blog posts, I just didn’t feel inspired to do anything… I haven’t been managing my time very well… 😉

  21. Elizabeth 29 November 2016 / 12:54

    Hi Luzanne,

    Do you know how the Freeman’s Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask compares to Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask?

    I will definitely be trying the Bourjois concealer. Thanks for the review

    • Luzanne 29 November 2016 / 13:58

      Hi Elizabeth! :) I actually own the Origins Clear Improvement mask, and I actually prefer the Freeman one so much more! The Origins mask is just a traditional clay mask (to be honest, the first few times I used it I wasn’t that impressed with the results), whereas the Freeman one is a clay mask that peels off. So the Freeman one also gets rid of any dry, flaky areas on the skin – for example, I always have tiny little hard bumps on my nose where my enlarged / clogged pores are. The Freeman Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask actually extracts those hard bumps (it’s not painful or bad for your skin, don’t worry) and the skin on my nose is so much smoother and softer as a result. It’s a temporary fix because I do wear makeup etc. (which will clog up the pores again) but I like that I can use it to smoothen and brighten my skin. :)

  22. Camilla | Jane Wonder Blog 29 November 2016 / 14:19

    Great post, Lou! That Bourjois concealer looks like a winner! I’ve tried the Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud Mask – didn’t like it at all :( thank goodness I got a small pack and not a huge bottle! xxx

  23. Shannin 30 November 2016 / 10:32

    Great honest and in-depth reviews, thanks Luzanne. I’m so disappointed that the Catrice palette isn’t all that, but I’m most definitely going to buy that Bourjois concealer pronto! I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on ALL the Freeman masks. I currently have the dead sea minerals one ( which I adore) and have been dying to try more from their range but am not sure which ones to get.

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