18 December 2014


Christmas Gift Guides // Beach Goddess

Gift ideas for beach goddess

Gift ideas for beach goddess

Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum – R790 (find a store)

Kerastase Spray à Porter – R295 (buy online)

Korres Cooling After Sun Face & Body – R260

Kiehl’s Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter – R615

Essie “Too Too Hot” nail polish – R130 (buy online)

Dior Fluidstick in “373 Rieuse” – R495

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR – R177* (buy online)

*Currently on sale at Kalahari.com (full price usually R295)

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8 December 2014


Christmas Giveaway

Watch the video (rules below) and enter to win!

Win an Urban Decay Naked 2 palette!


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5 December 2014


What to Buy at the RetailBox Sale

What to Buy at the RetailBox Sale

Our favourite professional haircare store is having a massive sale until 22 December, with 20% off everything on the site*! Here are our top picks if you’re looking to stock up or need some Christmas shopping inspiration:

What to Buy at the RetailBox Sale

Kerastase Spray à Porter

My number one salt spray (and I’ve tried a LOT of them) and my number one sale recommendation overall. It smells totally delicious, the spray nozzle produces a fine mist for even distribution and it gives limp hair loads of texture without making it crispy. This is my holy grail hair product.

R295 R236

ghd Curl Hold Spray

I love a good multi-tasker and this stuff does the trick of protecting your hair from the heat of your styling tool while adding hold and shine to your curls. You use it on dry hair (I spray it onto each section right before I curl it) and it sets the curl so you don’t have to follow up with hairspray. The ghd Heat Protect Spray is also fab if you’re just straightening or blow-drying your hair.

R195 R156

Moroccanoil Light Oil Treatment

The ultimate strand smoother, this version of the best-selling and best-smelling oil treatment is especially formulated for fine hair so it doesn’t weigh it down or make it look greasy. The versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool and is great for banishing frizz.

R225 R180

Nioxin Diaboost

I’ve been wanting to try this ever since seeing Leigh from Lipgloss is my Life review it and give it a thumbs up. It’s extremely rare that thickening treatments for fine hair actually work (I rely more on styling products to give my hair body and texture) but apparently this stuff is totally legit and plumps up individual strands, while improving your hair’s strength and resilience.

R748 R598.40

Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer

This is another product on our wishlist; the Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer by Redken is designed to reduce blow drying time and protect hair from breakage and heat. It’s getting rave reviews (check out Beautezine’s glowing recommendation) and would be ideal for those of you who blow dry your hair regularly or have fine hair that tends to lose body and movement after a few hours.

R514 R411.20

What to Buy at the RetailBox Sale

ghd Wonderland Styler

This sexy little straightener from last year’s Christmas collection for ghd has a special teal-purple duochrome finish but otherwise is identical to the ghd V. Each styler is packed with handy features such as an extra long cord to allow for flexible styling, automatic sleep mode after 30 minutes without use and universal voltage. The gift set is completed with two sectioning clips and a co-ordinating styler bag that unzips to become a heat-resistant mat – perfect for using at home or when travelling.

R2 380 R1 340


A very recent discovery of mine and a total game changer. I’m a fan of a good, tight ponytail or bun but that often leaves me with an awful headache. The Invisibobble gives the secure grip that I’m looking for but without putting pressure on my scalp – it’s genius. It comes in loads of colours and can be used in ANY hair type, plus it’s “traceless” so you don’t get that telltale dent in your hair from where the band has been (here’s the product science if you’re interested). Small but nifty.

R80 R64

Tangle Teezer Elite

If you have fine hair that likes to tie itself up in knots, or you have a sensitive scalp like me (brushing my hair with a normal brush is so painful that it makes me want to cry), then you need a Tangle Teezer in your life. It somehow manages to glide easily through wet or dry hair without catching or snagging EVER, and is also a great dressing tool for brushing out curls to make them look more natural. I’ve had one for years and often give it to others as a gift – I can’t live without it.

R230 R184

*Excludes already marked down items and ghd Curve

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4 December 2014


November Favourites: Jules

November Beauty Favourites | All Dolled Up

The Body Shop Olive Body Butter and Body Scrub

The Body Shop Olive Body Butter and Body Scrub

I know, I know, ANOTHER Body Shop body butter! I’m sorry, I can’t help it – they’re all so good and such great value. The flavour of the month is Olive – an earthier, more subtle scent than my beloved Almond one, it’s packed with super-moisturising organic olive oil and keeps skin soft and smooth all day long.

The cream-based exfoliator from the same range uses crushed walnut shells and olive stones to slough away dead skin cells and leave the skin beautifully smooth without being too scratchy. I use it mainly on my upper arms and shins and the oil blend (olive, sunflower and carrot) makes my limbs soft without leaving any greasy residue. It’s a really effective, no-fuss product.

P.S. Everything at TBS is currently on 3 for 2. Just saying.

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash*

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Kiehl’s (who isn’t?) and especially their Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser which is my favourite face wash to use with my Clarisonic. This new cleanser, designed for normal/oily skin, is packed with glycerin which makes it really smooth and hydrating but also sulfate- and soap-free so it shouldn’t irritate sensitive skin. It dissolves impurities, dirt and oil in a flash but doesn’t feel stripping at all. The light lemony scent is totally inoffensive and a little goes a long way – I reckon one 230ml bottle would last you at least six months. It also gets bonus points for the pump-top dispenser.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 001 India Intrigue

This is one of the most exciting lip products that I’ve tried in a while, especially considering that I don’t usually like lip stains. I find that they don’t wear evenly and tend to stain the outside edge of my lips more than the middle, and they make my lips feel dry and papery. Not so with this new release from Revlon; the colour is glossy and intense and the formula is truly moisturising and comfortable enough to wear all day. This shade in particular is a gorgeous berry fuchsia that’s bright enough to wear in summer but also rich enough to rock in winter. It’s also totally non-sticky. Definitely check out the range the next time you’re near a Revlon counter – these are an absolute winner and would make a great Christmas gift for girlfriends!

I couldn’t get a decent swatch so visit this site to see what the colour looks like on. The Revlon website also has true-to-colour photos of the colour on different skin tones.

*PR sample

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1 December 2014


November Favourites: Camilla

November Favourites



A Smitten (Smart Mitten) is a microfiber mitten that is used to deep cleanse your skin using nothing but warm water. No cleanser – just this mitten and warm water *disbelief*. I know – I was very skeptical and didn’t understand how it could possibly work, but I am asking you to trust me when I tell you that it just DOES. You can use it with a cleanser, if you wish, but you don’t need it – I promise.

So here is a quick run-down of how it works: the Smitten cloth is a super fine density synthetic fiber which is able to penetrate the finest, microscopic particles of oil, dirt and bacteria and actually capture/pull particles into the internal structure of the cloth and away from your skin. You will feel how it connects to your skin as you use it – there is a definite traction, a pull – and you can feel the dirt/grime/oil being swept from the surface of your face. I have been using it morning and evening for the past month and I don’t see myself going back to using a traditional face cloth anytime soon – the Smitten is just so much more gentle and effective.

You must clean your Smitten using a mild hand soap after every use, and it should last you up to three months if you look after it properly. Because of my OCD I don’t like to use it to remove my eye makeup (although it does remove mascara effortlessly), so I stick to using it on my face only. I cannot explain how great this is – I never expected it to work as well as it does. I am a complete Smitten convert, and I hope that after reading this, you will be too.

You can find Smitten stockists on their Facebook page.

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in ‘Spice’

Tom Ford Cream Eye Colour

I recently rediscovered this after reading Anna’s post – whilst I was reading it I thought “Wow, that’s so pretty, I must get…WAIT A MINUTE I already have it!” Don’t you love it when that happens? I actually used this in a tutorial before if you want to see it in action:

The consistency is incredibly creamy, so I like to use a primer first to lock it in place. I pat it on using a flat brush and then blend the edges using a fluffy brush, and then layer on maybe one or two more coats to get the full effect of the colour. It is the perfect golden cream shadow, ideal as we head into summer. Sadly I haven’t been able to find an exact dupe in SA yet, but as soon as I do, I will let you know.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in ‘Champagne’*

Clarins Eclat Minute

I wrote about this recently, and my love for it continues to grow. I have used it every single day since I got it, and I adore the way it makes my skin look and feel. Although it is fragranced, the scent dulls down a lot on application, so you can’t smell it on yourself at all after you’ve put your foundation on. Last weekend I actually wore this on its own all weekend (in a rare moment of my skin behaving itself) and it did a brilliant job.

Anastasia Brow Whiz in ‘Dark Brown’

Anastasia Brow Whiz

My friend Jes gave this to me earlier in the month as it was too dark for her (sorry, Jes, but score for me). We are obviously all well-versed in the amazingness that IS Brow Whiz, and I dabbled with the idea of buying one for myself when I was in the States earlier this year, but in the end I opted not to (I think I had buying fatigue by that stage). I am beyond thrilled to finally be in possession of this glorious piece of make-up – it truly is a work of art. The nib is so delicate that you are able to recreate the most life-life brow hairs I have ever seen, and the colour does not budge. Having a spoolie on the other side truly is a game-changer, and I fear I may never be able to use a brow pencil sans spoolie again. Ruined for life.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium*

YSL Black Opium

Black Opium is the latest release from YSL, and after I read this review from A Model Recommends, I knew I had to try it. This is a very sexy fragrance – it’s rich and warm and reminds me a little bit of Tom Ford Velvet Orchid. I would say that it’s more of an autumn/winter fragrance, as it’s quite heavy, but I love it so much that I have been wearing it every single day since I got. Absolutely delicious.

Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil*

Clarins Face Oil

If any of you are trying to get your dry, dehydrated skin under control, this treatment oil from Clarins will be your saving grace. It contains essential oils of sandalwood, cardamon and lavender to tone, soothe, comfort dry, irritated or stressed skin, and hazelnut oil to reduce redness. This oil helps prevent moisture loss and can be used to protect your skin from pollution and other aggressive environmental elements. I have been using it 5 evenings a week, and it feels so luxurious and calming on my skin – I feel a mini-obsession coming on. Plus, I haven’t had any reaction at all, so I can safely recommend it for those of you with sensitive skin.

Foreo LUNA Mini*


I wrote a full review about this cleansing tool earlier in the month – you can have a read of it here. I use this about three to four times a week, and I find it to be far more gentle on my skin than the Clarisonic ever was. I highly recommend this if you’re looking to invest in a cleansing device and your skin is on the sensitive side.

*PR Sample

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