November 2014 Favourites

November 2014 Beauty Favourites

Right, then!  I’m going to sound like aaaaaaaaall the humans in the world when I say:  Where has this year gone!?  We are officially in the month of December, 21 days away from Christmas, 28 days away from 2015, and about 2 months away from my birthday – yaaaay!  *counting down the days*

Would you like to know what I’m most excited about this month?  All the festive makeup looks I’ll be creating, and all the face masks I’ll be slapping on my face to combat the effects of all the aforementioned makeup.  Festive manicures also get my blood pumping, and delectable Christmassy food…  Yum!

November was a month of new discoveries for me – and an appreciation for ‘oldies but goodies’ too!  Before we jump into all the products I loved during the month of November, let me ask you one question:  Have you entered my LUSH Hamper Giveaway yet?  If you haven’t…why on earth not?  It’s an international giveaway, so anyone can enter.  Click here to check it out!

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

One product that absolutely knocked my socks off was the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minizing Primer, I hoped I would like it (it is a pretty pricey primer) but had no idea I would love it this much.  Makeup always looks better when you use a primer, not only does this primer reduce the appearance of pores but it is also oil-free, which means it is perfect for combo or oily skin types (even if you’re an oily beast like me, on a hot Summer’s day).  It doesn’t clog my pores – I have had ZERO breakouts this month, and absorbs oil throughout the day.  Another bonus?  I can wear it alone (without foundation), because it blurs the look of pores and ever so slightly evens out my skintone too since it is a tinted primer.  I imagine this primer is suitable for sensitive skin too, as I don’t see any ingredients listed that might aggravate sensitised skin.  Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minizing Primer retails for R 395,00 at selected Red Square, Edgars and Woolworths stores.

LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel

You’re probably sick of me talking about LUSH here on the blog by now, especially after reading 12 LUSH Christmas 2014 collection review as part of my ’12 Days Of LUSHmas’ series.  For the record, I will never get sick of LUSH…so you’re stuck with me and my LUSH posts (you secretly enjoy all of them, don’t you?).  I fell in love with the LUSH Snow Fairy shower gel last year and decided to splurge on 2 BIG mama 250g bottles this year.  So glad I did, because Snow Fairy and I are officially in a long-term relationship.  I’m almost done with my first bottle (eeeek!) because I use it so much!  This pink shower gel smells as sweet as candy, the scent is apparently not for everyone and I have no idea why, because I think it smells heavenly…almost like unicorn farts.  Use it as a shower gel on your bath lily / loofah, or as a shampoo (yes, you heard me!) or squirt it under the running tap to create mounds of fluffy bubbles in your bath.  The sweet, sugary scent of Snow Fairy instantly perks me up, even after a particularly crappy day.  LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel retails for R 65,00 (100g), R 120,00 (250g) or R 195,00 (500g) and is currently available in the LUSH South Africa online store as well as in-store (Cavendish, V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk and Gateway).


FOREO, my skin thanks you.  I took this nifty little skin care tool along with me on holiday in October, and have been using it non-stop since…it’s a total game-changer.  FOREO arrived in South Africa a couple of months ago and very kindly sent me one of their devices to trial.  What makes the FOREO skin care devices so unique, is that they have special silicone touch-points on the one side, that are gentle enough to cleanse even the most sensitive skin.  It vibrates (8000 T-sonic pulsations per minute) and the vibrations help to clear the pores of dirt as you cleanse, almost like pushing the dirt out of the pores.  The silicone bristles are non-porous so they don’t absorb any bacteria which would otherwise lead to breakouts and blemishes.

This is an electric device (100% waterproof), so it does need to be charged BUT each battery charge gives you 450 x 2 minute uses – amazing, right?  You use it with your everyday cleanser, it just gives your cleanser that extra boost, making the ingredients in the cleanser just that much more effective.

After cleansing I use the reverse side (you can see the reverse side in the reflection of the mirror above) on areas that I feel need some ‘anti-aging TLC’, the lower-frequency anti-aging mode help to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It also helps your anti-aging products to penetrate deeper into the skin.  Another bonus?  No replacement heads are required, just make sure you clean your FOREO well after each use.  There are 3 FOREO Luna variants available (Sensitive/Normal skin, Combination skin & Ultra-Sensitive skin) retails for R 2790,00 in the FOREO online store (free shipping & delivery is via courier, not the post office) and Zando.

If R 2790,00 is a bit steep for you, you can also purchase the FOREO Luna Mini (in 5 gorgeous colours) for R 1900,00 – it’s very similar to the original, just a bit smaller, a fully charged battery lasts for 300 uses, and doesn’t have the anti-aging side.


And now I kind of want the FOREO ISSA (in lavender shade, please Santa?) too – it’s the world’s first electric toothbrush made completely from non-porous silicone.  It promises to brighten and whiten your teeth while a gentle gum-massage function will help with gum issues.  Instead of scratching the tooth’s surface, the ISSA’s rounded silicone bristles effectively remove stains and won’t damage tooth enamel or irritate gums.

Labello Fruity Shine Watermelon

I just have to give a shoutout to the Labello Fruity Shine lip balm in Watermelon, it’s the perfect hydrating lip balm for Summer.  This shimmering pink lip balm gives my lips a shiny tint of pink, whilst the Hydra IQ complex provides long-lasting moisture.  I also adore the delicous fruity fragrance of this balm, so much so that I own 2 of them – one lives on my desk & one lives in my handbag.  Labello Fruity Shine lip balms (there is a Peach variant too) retail for R 17,99 at Clicks, Dis-Chem, PnP and Checkers stores.

Dirty Works Pore-Fect Facial Hot Cloth Cleanser

Guys, you need to try this hot cloth cleanser from Dirty Works!  I must admit, in the past I always refrained from buying Dirty Works products because well…I made the mistake of thinking the quality must be average if the price tag is so affordable.  You and I both know, it’s not always the case with budget beauty products (read this blog post here).  Anyway, while we were on holiday in Cape Town I saw this at Clicks and IMMEDIATELY popped it into my basket – anything with the words ‘Hot Cloth Cleanser’ in the name will always be tested by moi!

In a nutshell:  I love the Dirty Works Pore-fect Facial Hot Cloth Cleanser so, so much!  The idea behind these hot cloth cleansers are, you work the cleanser onto the skin using circular motions, and then follow up by placing a hot wet muslin cloth over the face to open your pores.  Using a damp, hot cloth (not super hot, though) not only removes every last trace of makeup, but also gently scrubs the skin, leaving it glowing and ready to drink up your favourite serum.

The Eucalyptus in this hot cloth cleanser has a cooling and refreshing effect on the skin, leaving it feeling revitalised.  It also contains Shea Butter and Vitamin E, so it’s a really creamy cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin at all.  Compared to other cleansers, I can use this product on my eyes to remove every last smidgeon of eye makeup without any irritation or stinging reaction.  Dirty Works Pore-fect Facial Hot Cloth Cleanser dissolves all my makeup in one clean sweep, leaving my skin feeling fresh and plump.

However… I do think the Eycalyptus oil will irritate super sensitive skin, so if you struggle with skin that is very reactive, I suggest you steer clear from this one.  The box also includes not one, but TWO muslin cloths – very generous, Dirty Works!  The Dirty Works Pore-fect Facial Hot Cloth Cleanser retails for R 79,95 at Clicks stores.

No unfavourites this month, well none worth mentioning since I already mentioned quite a few FAILS in my ‘Beauty Lessons Learnt Whilst On Holiday’ blog post.

Those are all the products I loved during the month of November!  If you have any product(s) you think I should pick up and try because you love it so much, let me know in the comments section below.  We’re all here to enable each other – enabling each other to start a support group called ‘Beauty Product Hoarders Anonymous’ – haha!



  1. Simone
    4 December 2014 / 15:41

    I definitely want to try that hot cloth cleaner:)

    I tried that primer at their counter and it felt so good on my skin…I just need to wait on the bonus now to splurge on it. he he

    Also adding that shower gel to my list for my online order!! I’ve seen on a blog video that Lush overseas always has a big boxing day sale. Do they have that in SA as well and is it worth it to wait for it?

    • 7 December 2014 / 16:17

      It’s not too pricey, that’s what I like about that cleanser…so anyone can test it out (and fall in love with it – haha!).

      Nah, they don’t have Boxing Day sales here in SA unfortunately… 🙁 Wish they did! Although, then I would REALLY have to add an extension to the house – a special room for all my LUSH stuff! 😉

  2. farzana
    4 December 2014 / 16:02

    You have me lusting after that Smashbox primer now, Luzanne. And also going to get the hot cloth cleanser, sounds divine…

    • 7 December 2014 / 16:14

      It is amazeballs, Farzana!! Go swatch the primer next time you walk past a Smashbox counter, guaranteed you’ll want to pick it up! 😉

  3. Porchia
    4 December 2014 / 16:03

    Your piccies are always so bright, I love them.

    That Foreo device looks so interesting, I like that it cleans the skin and has the anti-wrinkle mode as well. Sigh…maybe I’ll get it for myself for Xmas. Its a huge present though.

    • 7 December 2014 / 16:14

      Thank you, Porchia. 🙂

      Yes, that’s what I love about it – the 2 modes (cleansing and anti-aging). It’s definitely a luxury buy, but I also think it’s an investment for your skin’s future. 🙂 x

  4. Melissa ❀
    4 December 2014 / 16:23

    Hehehehe! Unicorn farts!!!!!

    I’ve been wondering about that Foreo tool, it looks very interesting but its also very pricey.

    • 7 December 2014 / 16:12

      Yes, it is quite pricey… I guess it’s for each person to decide whether they can afford something like that. That’s why I like featuring both affordable and high-end products here on the blog, everyone has different situations and budgets. 🙂

  5. Talya
    4 December 2014 / 20:31

    I want to try that Hot Cloth cleanser. I love my Labello Peach balm, its so shiny. 🙂

    Those tooth brushes look so awesome! xxoxx

    • 7 December 2014 / 16:11

      Yep, love how shiny the Labello Fruity Shine balms made the lips…

      I wonder how the FOREO ISSI feels on the teeth and gums while you’re brushes, I would image it takes some getting used to. But definitely keen to try it out! 🙂

  6. Veronique
    4 December 2014 / 20:42

    Snow Fairy and Candy Mountain are my favourite scents everrrrr

    • 7 December 2014 / 16:10

      They have such a yummy scent!!! So sweet and happy! 😉

  7. Lulu
    5 December 2014 / 07:55

    The hot cloth cleanser sounds great! Will look for it next time I visit Clicks!

    • 7 December 2014 / 16:09

      Let me know if you like it as much as I do, Lulu 😀

  8. Estee
    5 December 2014 / 08:24

    Ok, I basically want everything in this faves blog post..even the Foreo toothbrush!

    Love your blog, Luzanne

    xo Esteee

    • 7 December 2014 / 16:09

      That toothbrush will be miiiiiine…at some stage. 😉

      Thank you for popping by the blog, Estee xx

  9. Carmen
    5 December 2014 / 08:30

    I so badly wanted to try the Dirty Works cleanser but I have a super sensitive skin :(.Do you know of any other affordable cleanser I could use that will be easy on my skin?

    • 7 December 2014 / 16:08

      Hi Carmen…that’s such a shame… 🙁 It’s always difficult to find an affordable mild cleanser because cheaper ingredients sometimes do cause sensitivity & breakouts. The Good Stuff Manuka Honey cleanser (it’s a cream cleanser) is suitable for sensitive skin and I am loving it at the moment, also the NIVEA Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash (I mentioned it in my Beauty Snoop #2 blog post). 🙂

      • Carmen
        8 December 2014 / 10:59

        Thank you so much Im going to try both cleansers and see how it goes.Otherwise I should just stick to the more pricey ones – for beauty’s sake LOL. Will let you know.

  10. Faatima
    5 December 2014 / 12:19

    Thank you! Now i have to pop into clicks for the Hot Cloth Cleanser.
    Yesterday i purchased the new Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Pure Red Eva and i am soooo in love!!! 🙂

    • 7 December 2014 / 15:58

      You’re welcome, Faatima. 🙂

      The Pure Reds are so beautiful, I have 3 that I’ll be doing a blog post on soon…and I swatched the other ones this morning – so gorgeous! *swoon*

  11. Sibahle
    6 December 2014 / 00:09

    Hahaha a lot of women definitely need to join the Beauty Product Hoarders Anonymous support group. I love the Smashbox primer too as it makes my skin so soft after applying it. The toothbrush sounds amazing and looks so cool.

    • 7 December 2014 / 15:56

      That primer is so awesome, my foundation glides on after I’ve used the primer…I love it! 🙂

      They look so unique, don’t they?

    • 7 December 2014 / 15:55

      It really is, Abby… I love my pink FOREO! 🙂

  12. 7 December 2014 / 17:47

    Snow Fairy smells delicious, I think I’ll have to get one for these holidays 😀
    and I also love Labello fruit balms, they’re always nice for summertime 🙂
    Nice pictures as always ♥

  13. Inês
    23 November 2016 / 10:08

    Hi Luzanne

    I really want to buy the Luna 2. I am just worried that there will be import duties.

    From your post it seems like there aren’t but I just wanted to confirm 🙂 please let me know.

    Inês 🙂

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