We’ve gone from a scarcity of facial cleansing brushes in South Africa to being in a position to pick and choose at last! The Clinique Purifying Cleansing Brush has just arrived and everyone is saving up for the January launch of the Clarisonic, but if you’re looking for something that will be around for Christmas, then we now have a third option, the Foreo Luna!
Foreo is a Swedish brand and I’ve been aware of the Luna for the last year but didn’t think it would reach our shores, until I got the exciting news that they will be available in the first week of October on Zando. So what makes it exciting?
The Luna uses sonic pulses delivered through a silicone pad. Unlike the Clarisonic it doesn’t have an oscillating brush which could trouble very sensitive skin, like mine. You use it while cleansing for 2 minutes twice a day. It is a gentler system, but still penetrates deeply to remove impurities and eliminate breakouts. It also improves skin texture. The traditional Luna has an anti-ageing setting and silicone points for each skin type, while the Luna Mini is more travel and budget friendly. There is even a Luna for Men.
They cater for all skin types, and are 100% waterproof. They also last 300 uses on one full USB charge, and there is no need to buy replacement brush heads, which saves on cost down the road. The cherry on the top is that they come in a range of fun colours like pink and turquoise, so I guess they would brighten up your day as well as your skin.
As a heads up for those early Christmas shoppers, they will retail for R1900 for the Luna Mini and R2790 for the Luna and Luna for Men on Zando.
This year my skin has definitely become more combination. and anyone who gets a shiny t-zone by midday will agree that it is quite annoying. I’ve been searching all year for just the right mattifying primer. I’ve tried the Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer and the Clinique Superprimer, and while I liked both, especially the Clinique one, I found it slightly powdery. So the last time I had an Edgars voucher I decided to dive in and get the Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer (what a mouthful…!). Dive in isn’t quite the truth, I would say I was pushed in by the very convincing consultant.
This primer is very similar to the two mentioned above, but has more of a lotion texture than the Clinique which is quite a thick cream which turns a bit powdery on application. I tried some on my hand and was really impressed with how it smoothed over lines and pores. It has a light pearly pink tint which keeps skin looking alive, but has a matte finish without being drying at all. I’m not kidding when I say it really evens things out. It’s full of silicone, so if you’re intolerant then you had better stay off it. Oh, and the pump dispenser is so useful and the opposite of Chanel’s ridiculous Le Blanc packaging.
This pump with nozzle just wins all round
One of the great things about this primer is that you can also apply it over makeup to take oiliness away without having to powder, so it mattifies without any cakiness. I’ve found of the three matte primers I’ve tried recently this one does the best job at actually keeping the shiny t-zone at bay. Makeup really lasts over this primer, which is it’s main job to begin with, Amazingly, even Beautypedia rated this with a “best” rating, and they’re a hard crowd to please.
After (like you can see anything…)
I don’t want to say you get what you pay for, because that isn’t always the case, but this is certainly one of those times where the product lives up to its price. I think it was R540, which is pricey, but the next time Edgars has a Red Carpet it’s worth picking up when you can get R150 off. Or it would make an excellent gift, so put it on your wishlist!
I’m assuming everyone knows how awesome the Real Techniques brushes are, and I know a lot bloggers and readers own some already, even though they’re not directly available in South Africa. They are a lot easier to order now that Real Techniques’ website ships internationally, and for very low shipping rates at that. On 1st October the new Nic’s Picks limited edition collection will be available on their site, so if you think these are must-haves like I do, then you’ll want to have your credit card ready and waiting. I’m not sure of what the exact price on the Real Techniques site will be. A while ago they were selling Sam’s Picks for $30 but this set is already selling for $48.66 on allbeauty.com. So it will be a bit of a surprise to me, unless someone out there knows and can put my mind to rest.
This collection has gorgeous silver handles and includes three brushes exclusive to this set. As soon as I saw this I knew I had to get my hands on it, because of the five brushes I can see myself getting a lot of use from four (with the exception maybe of the eyeliner brush). These are the brushes included (as taken directly from pixiwoo.com)…
- A duo-fiber powder brush to gently pick up the powder pigments and softly buff it into the skin.
- A cheek brush (set exclusive) which has denser bristles to enable you to build colour. Imagine an expert face brush but softer and rounder. The tapered finish means you can use this for bronzer and highlighter application also.
- An angled shadow brush (set exclusive) designed to fit in the crease of the eye to add depth. The soft angle also makes applying shadow under the eyebrow arch simple.
- A base shadow brush which is one of Nic’s all time favourite brushes. Flat enough to pack on the colour with but firm enough to blend with. Also great for buffing over concealer.
- An eyeliner brush (set exclusive) which is softly angled. Perfect brush to apply shadow to the lashline and for creating a blown out liner look with eye shadow. Use with gel liner to create a feline flick which is made easy by the angle of the brush.
I don’t know about you, but for me it was love at first sight and I will be very sad if I don’t get my order in on the day they launch! These brushes are worth every hard-earned cent.
For anyone who doesn’t know, The Moo is my five year old who has an animal obsession but also likes to shop. She loves buying clothes, but her favourite place to bankrupt me is Lush. She loves products which entertain, or smell nice, create bubbles, have a colour…in fact the number of times she uses the word “product” is a bit scary for a five year old, and made me think she might be a budding beauty blogger. When I suggested she does a monthly review on Mother City Mom she was all over the idea like a rash…so here is the first Moo Review. This month I asked her a few questions about her thoughts on Granny Takes a Dip ballistic from Lush, and here are her answers.
Why did you pick this one?
Because it was colourful and big.
It’s like as big as my head!
That’s true. What do you think of the smell? What does it smell like?
Like vanilla and cocktail.
What the hell does cocktail smell like?
(For the record, it smells like ginger, pepper and lemon. I love lemon, so I really like the scent of this. However it is quite subtle in the bath, not a very strong scent like Think Pink or Twilight have for instance.)
What happened when you put it in the water?
It was My Little Pony water!! It made rainbows and it made the letter M for Madison.
(That’s a blatant lie, the bit about the M, just so you know)
What else did it do?
It made purple water. I turned purple (another fib btw) and it made my skin very, very, very, very soft. Guess what my new favourite bath bomb is?
What do you think was missing or could have been added to make it better?
Yes, and cupcakes. So it can be sweet and I can drink the bath water.
I did explain that that would be unhygienic, but apparently she does it anyhow… This ballistic foams for quite a long time and does in fact product rainbow foam. It definitely joins my top favourites along with Dragon’s Egg and Lord of Misrule. It’s a pretty standard ballistic price at R44.50.
Moo will be back next month with another Moo Review and is apparently quite excited to “be on people’s iPads” so if you like the series you can leave her a comment!