April Haul

April was supposed to be abstinence month. But I’ve postponed that till May because I’m not really good with the old self control. I got some exciting new products in April that I wanted to share, and although I usually just leave these videos to my YouTube channel I thought I would do a ‘New in April’ blog post too.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Face & Body Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel

I have had this Nuxe cleanser for over a month already, and although I use it daily I just haven’t gotten around to mentioning it on my blog. The Reve de Miel Face & Body Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel is great value for money as it comes in a huge 400ml pump bottle and obviously it can be used as a facial cleanser or a shower gel. It is an opaque foaming liquid cleanser but doesn’t contain soap, sodium laureth sulphate or anything like that. In fact, most of the ingredients are natural, the main component being honey. I also had the perseverance to look up every ingredient on the Paula’s Choice cosmetic ingredient dictionary and it seems they are all considered good, gentle ingredients for your skin.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel

I’m usually very wary of foaming cleansers and usually always opt for a cleansing cream or balm, but this one is so gentle and non-drying that I’m happy to make an exception for it. It is targeted at sensitive and dry skin, but it works just as well for normal and combination skin. It is gentle enough not to strip the natural moisture from your skin, but still leaves your face feeling clean with no residue left behind. The only thing you need to be aware of is that it is very strongly scented of honey. I am hopeless at describing fragrance (which is why you won’t ever see a perfume review on this blog, sorry). If you don’t like scented skincare then I would stay away from this one. If like me you enjoy the sensory experience, then I can wholeheartedly recommend this cleanser.

Nuxe gel

I got mine for R189.95 on Rubybox, but it ought to also be available at the selected Truworths stores which stock Nuxe.

My Week in Instagram #11 and a Happy Easter

I hope everyone is having a relaxing long weekend. I just wanted to say Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it, and I hope the Easter Bunny has visited! I have been enjoying the Supergorgeous April photo challenge on Instagram this month and I’ve used it as inspiration and, well, a good excuse for getting way more creative than usual. I wouldn’t always leave the house in my makeup creations, but it has been a lot of fun. So this week’s roundup of my favourite Easter/SuperGorgeousApril pics.

 

Splurge vs. Steal: Glowy primers

I was going to do two separate reviews on these products but I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between them, and because the price points are so different I thought I would do a combined review and comparison of the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer and the Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base.

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Both of these primers claim to deliver a radiant glow and prime skin for makeup. Side by side the white liquids look nearly identical. You can use both as a primer to add luminosity to your skin or mix with foundation to add a bit of a glow and even lighten the colour of a foundation which is perhaps a shade too dark come winter. The packaging is pretty in both products, but obviously the luxurious frosted glass bottle of the Chanel is in keeping with its price tag, while the L’Oreal version is plastic packaging. It must be said right upfront that L’Oreal got it right here by adding the pump dispenser. Chanel focussed on the aesthetics and then totally forgot to make the primer easily accessible by adding no pump. What the hell are you meant to do when you get to the bottom of the glass jar?

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Anyway, luckily I don’t judge a book by its cover, because it is what’s inside that counts. The difference between the two products becomes apparent when you blend it into the skin.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique is quite pearlescent and although it doesn’t look white when blended in (thank goodness, can you imagine?) it does leave a noticeable pearly shine on the skin which very obviously needs to be covered up by makeup. On the plus side, it can therefore also be used as a highlighter on top of foundation along the cheekbones or down the bridge of the nose, and it looks subtle but definitely light-reflecting. If your t-zone gets oily or your makeup melts a bit during the day then I would stay away from this as an all-over primer as it exacerbates shininess. At R179 it is good value for money and quite versatile, so if you’re normal to dry skin and looking for an affordable glow-enhancing primer or liquid highlighter then this is a nice option.

Chanel le Blanc blends into the skin and disappears. This effect can hopefully be seen in the swatches below. When I bought this primer it sent the Lumi Magique to the back of a drawer, because this one just came out tops. It contains no obvious pearlescence or shimmer at all, yet somehow manages to even out the skin and provide luminosity. It is lightening and brightening and smooths over pores, and also does a good job of keeping my makeup intact for longer – which is the whole point of a primer really, isn’t it? You can also mix it with foundation to lighten the shade slightly or add a bit of glow. It will never make you look shiny though. It does seem to help reduce the oiliness I get around my nose, but it is very comfortable to wear and feels hydrating on the skin. It isn’t necessarily designed to be a mattifying primer. At R480 it is a lot more expensive, and the lack of a pump is a bit daft, but I feel it is worth it. I don’t think it would work as a liquid highlighter over makeup due to it’s mysterious disappearing quality, but I’ve got actual highlighters for that purpose so I don’t mind that it isn’t as multi-purpose.

Primer swatches