29 August 2014


Thanks, Back to MAC!

Vegas Volt

I’m sure that Jules and I have mentioned the Back to MAC Program before, but for those who don’t know, it’s an initiative by MAC  to encourage the recycling  of their empty products. So, if you take 6 empty MAC products to any MAC counter or MAC Cosmetics online, you’ll receive a free MAC lipstick of your choice. Sweet deal or what?! 

I recently saved up enough empties to cash in and get a free lipstick, and I decided on ‘Vegas Volt’, a brightened orange-coral with a creamy, opaque finish (it’s an amplified creme formulation). It immediately went onto my lust list after seeing it in Alix from I Covet Thee’s June Favourites video: 

It’s a very rich, intense color that definitely brightens the complexion. Although it can be worn opaque, I like to dial it down a notch my mixing it with some lip balm for more of a sheer finish, and it looks stunning. This is my new spring/summer lippie for sure (although as I type this, the sky is black and it’s pouring with rain, so who knows when that’ll be)!

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27 August 2014


Holiday Hauls: Travel Minis

Kalimera! Greetings from Greece! The past week has been super relaxing (eat, swim, sleep, and repeat) and now that I’m feeling refreshed I thought I would share a few holiday purchases with you. This haul is from a quick stopover in London where I picked up some travel minis from Boots (don’t you just LOVE minis?!):

Holiday Hauls: Travel Minis

Soap & Glory Hand Maid and Hand Food

As you have know doubt picked up from frequent mentions on this site, I’m a die-hard S&G fan and can’t resist their pocket-sized versions of classic products. Both Hand Maid anti-bac waterless cleanser and Hand Food hydrating hand cream have the brand’s signature “Original Pink” fragrance and are an essential for looking after your hands when traveling, especially in London.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

No brainer.

Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner

I had packed a half-full travel-size conditioner but I knew it would run out during the course of my holiday so I needed a back-up. I also knew that my hair would probably be fried from the sun after a few weeks on the beach so I chose the Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner to help inject some much-needed hydration into the lengths.

Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray

I was thrilled to spot a little 75ml bottle of Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray in the travel aisle at Boots. I’ve raved about this product before – it gives your hair great texture and movement but without making it crunchy or sticky. In hindsight, it was probably slightly redundant given that I now have real-life beach hair on a daily basis, but it’s a good mini to have in your stash nonetheless.

Boots Moisturising Nail Polish Remover Pads

I hate taking nail polish remover with me when I go away because the idea of it leaking in my bag and spilling all over my clothes gives me cold chills. These little pre-soaked wipes give me peace of mind and take up very little space so they’re perfect for manicures on-the-go. They’re definitely a bit more fiddly and annoying to use than regular nail polish remover but I’ll put up with it for the sake of convenience.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant

This little gem was the result of a panicked last-minute visit to Duty Free when I thought I had forgotten to pack my beloved Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm (I hadn’t). This tiny little tin of the best-selling multi-purpose formula (R85) kept my lips conditioned on two consecutive long-haul flights and has made an extremely useful addition to my handbag ever since. I can’t seem to find it online so it must be a duty free exclusive – check it out the next time you fly!

Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel

The Original Source range of shower gels has always intrigued me with their zesty scents like lime, pink grapefruit and orange & ginger. They had a few variants in miniature form so I decided to try Mint & Tea Tree (you know how I love a bit of tea tree!); a combination that sounded fresh and invigorating. It didn’t disappoint, and the tingly fragrance reminded me a lot of the Mio QuickStart Shower Gel but at a fraction of the price!

Nivea Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes

I don’t generally approve of face wipes but they do sometimes serve a function and none more so than on a long-haul flight. I usually use Bioderma Sensibio H2O on a cotton pad to keep my face clean when I’m flying but it can be a bit of a mission to remember to pack the cotton pads and decant the micellar solution into a smaller bottle. This little pack of seven cleansing face wipes do the trick just as well and with much less effort.

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25 August 2014


Review: The “O” Heated Rollers by Cloud 9

Big hair

*Disclaimer: this post contains selfies, sorry (and I used filters…double sorry). But I can’t show you the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots of my hair without including my face.

Two years ago I convinced my mother that she needed The “O” from Cloud 9, knowing full well that she would lose interest and eventually let me have them. I must admit, she held onto them for longer than I anticipated/would have liked, but no matter, they are finally mine! For those who don’t know, The “O” is a hot roller system from Cloud 9, a UK based company specialising in heat-styling tools. So far, so ordinary. However, the difference with these rollers is that they heat up in less than 4 seconds (FOUR SECONDS, PEOPLE) and they give your hair the most phenomenal volume ever. I think I just saw your ears prick up…


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21 August 2014


The Best Beauty Instagrammers: Who To Follow

Best Beauty Instagrammers

I don’t know about you, but I can get lost in the world of Instragram for hours. Searching beauty hashtags is a particular favourite of mine – I find myself gazing appreciatively at all the lovingly styled photographs of fellow beauty enthusiasts. If you’ve ever tried to take photographs of cosmetics or styling tools, you’ll know just how frustratingly difficult it can be to make them look chic. I wanted to share some of my current favourite beauty Instagrammers with you because the photographs always inspire me, and I hope they will inspire you too! Please let me know who your favourite beauty Instagrammers are  - I’m always on the hunt for new accounts to stalk…

PS If you don’t already follow All Dolled Up on Instagram (rude), you can find us here.


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18 August 2014


Updated: Camilla’s Skincare Routine

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It’s been a couple of months since I last gave you a run down of my skin care routine, so I thought it was high time to give you an update (I assume, of course, that you are interested…here’s hoping). There are still some tried and tested favourites firmly in rotation, but there are also a few newcomers which have been really impressed me. I’m going to try and keep this as short and sweet as possible, so here we go…


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14 August 2014


Carry On Beauty

Travel Beauty: Carry-On Only | All Dolled Up

Tomorrow I will be getting on a plane and heading back to Greece for a well-deserved three week holiday and I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. This time we are going to limit our luggage to carry-on only which seems wonderfully practical when you have to catch four flights and a ferry to get to your destination, but it also poses some packing problems in the beauty department.

Travel Beauty: Carry-On Only | All Dolled Up

I’ve taken up the challenge though, and whittled down my toiletry bag to include only limited liquids and plenty of travel-size items to maximise space. Using up samples and testers is a great way to do this, so I’m taking some Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes, a mini Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara and a little pot of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. Baby-size bottles of my favourite multi-tasking oils also make a handy addition to the stash, like the REFerence of Sweden Argan Oil (for hair, cuticles, dry elbows, etc.) and Treemendus Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil (for its myriad anti-bacterial uses).

Travel Beauty: Carry-On Only | All Dolled Up

One of my travel beauty secret weapons is the Seanik solid shampoo from Lush – it cleans without stripping and adds some texture and volume, plus you don’t need to decant your liquid shampoo into a little bottle that is likely to explode in your toiletry bag (review here). Rounding off the carry-on kit are a couple of Glamglow BrightMud Eye Treatment pods (perfect for de-puffing tired plane eyes), Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45 (a powerful sunscreen with an added tint so you get protection and light coverage in one step) and NARS Multiple in Orgasm, a creamy blush stick that I can apply with fingers (so no need for a separate brush) and since it has a subtle sheen to it, I don’t need to pack a separate highlighter either.

Do you have any tips for packing light and avoiding the dreaded 100ml rule? 

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11 August 2014


Quick Reviews #6

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Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream and Leave In Conditioner

Milk_Shake uses milk proteins and various fruits to create a natural haircare range to suit every hair type. The range aims to restore the hair’s natural components and nourish the hair fibre to ensure that the hair looks bright and soft.

The Conditioning Whipped Cream contains milk and wheat proteins to condition the hair, and special emollients provide deep and long-lasting hydration. I found this product a real pleasure to use – it has a mousse texture but absorbs into the hair quickly leaving no stickiness whatsoever. I was expecting it to weigh my hair down, but it didn’t at all – instead my hair felt soft, smooth and bouncy (lightweight formula + intense hydration = might as well be a bullseye). The sweet-milk smell is also rather delicious – but if that isn’t your flavour profile then don’t let it deter you as it doesn’t linger on the hair and after a little while you won’t be able to smell it.

The Leave In Conditioner is aimed at those with normal to slightly dry hair. The milk proteins strengthen the structure of the hair, while the combination of fruit extracts, honey and silicon leave the hair looking shiny and healthy. This formula is lighter and not quite as intensive as the Conditioning Whipped Cream, but it still did a great job of injecting some moisture into my locks. If you colour your hair you will be pleased to know that both of these products contain ingredients which will extend the life of your colour – bonus!

The verdict: I’m not sure that I would forgo my beloved L’Oreal Pureology Hydrate conditioner permanently, but these Milk_Shake conditioners are a nice alternative for when I need to save a bit of time in the morning. They are easy to use, they smell great and they do a fantastic job. I would recommend the Leave-In Conditioner for those with slightly dry hair, and the Conditioning Whipped Cream for those with properly dry hair, like mine.

If you’d like to give Milk_Shake a try for yourself, you can call (021) 552 2369 to find your nearest stockist. 

QVS Deluxe Egg Sponge

Finally, a decent Beauty Blender dupe! I stumbled upon this sponge in Woolies the other day and knew I had to give it a try to see if it compared to the hallowed Beauty Blender. Whilst it’s not as soft or bouncy as the Beauty Blender, it still creates a beautiful effect and gets into all the little nooks and crannies to ensure a completely seamless finish. As with a Beauty Blender, I dampen it before I use it – it helps to soften the sponge so you can really work your foundation into your skin (without that bit of moisture it’s too compact and not as pleasant to use – plus it absorbs far more product). Given the choice between the two I have to say that I would choose my Beauty Blender, but if you’re not able to get your hands on one then this Deluxe Egg Sponge is a great alternative.

Available from Woolworths for R130.00.

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

Jules and I were sent some Bourjois goodies recently and, never having tried a Bourjois mascara, I couldn’t wait to give this one a try. The wand itself it quite fat and the bristles are very short, so you can really wriggle it into the base of the lashes to create the impression of a fuller lashline.


The wand is also rather flexible, which allows you to maneuver it around all the tricky spots to make sure that every single lash is properly coated. Handy. It adds a decent amount of length too, and the bristles do a great job of separating and defining each and every lash. Another thing I appreciate about this mascara is that it washes off easily – nothing aggravates me more than stubborn mascaras which require multiple dousings of Bioderma to remove. The only negative point would be that it does tend to smear a little bit after a couple of hours (by “a couple” I mean after 8-10 hours of wear) – so I sometimes see that annoying mascara stain just below my eyebrows (who know the one). But besides that one little gripe, I think this is a stellar offering from Bourjois – if you’re in the market for a new drugstore mascara, I would highly recommend it.

Available from Clicks for R139.95 (also comes in a waterproof version).

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7 August 2014


Shopping the Stash #2

Shop the Stash | All Dolled Up

The problem with having too much make-up and a short attention span, is that lots of lovely products tend to get forgotten and start to gather dust in the shadow of the shiny and new. I’m making a huge effort to work through the stuff I have (hence all the recent empties posts!) instead of constantly buying new things, and part of that is “shopping the stash”. I had a rummage around in my kit and brought out some goodies I know I love that I’m going to try and use more often:

Shop the Stash: Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells | All Dolled Up

Wet ‘n Wild “Walking on Eggshells” Colour Icon Eyeshadow Trio

I bought this nearly a year ago (review here) and have hardly used it, which is a shame because it’s great. The quality is ridiculously good – especially for something under R100! – and the colours are really wearable and versatile. Wet ‘n Wild recently rolled out to Clicks stores nationwide (previously it was only in selected stores) so it’s much more easily available and super affordable. If you haven’t tried anything from the brand yet, then do yourself a favour and pick up a couple of their signature products, like the Pearlescent Pink blush (NARS Orgasm dupe), Megalast nail polishes and fabulous semi-matte lipsticks.

Shop the Stash: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre | All Dolled Up

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

I can’t decide how I feel about this product – on the one hand, it’s a lovely moisturiser that forms a beautiful, smooth base for make-up but on the other hand, it’s quite a low-tech, mineral-oil-rich formula that doesn’t really do enough for my dehydrated skin. Having used it a few times recently as a make-up base I can say that it’s one of the better primers in my collection and I think that’s probably the only role it will fulfil for me. Those with dry skin that isn’t particularly demanding might love it though so worth a try if you fit the bill. I bought mine from Cult Beauty.

Shop the Stash: Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder | All Dolled Up

Shop the Stash: Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder | All Dolled Up

Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder

Ooooh I love Sleek, it’s such a pity it’s so hard to find. As far as I know, the only place you can find it in Cape Town is the Foschini in Golden Acre, which is utterly ridiculous. It’s another affordable but high quality brand with an awesome product range and worthy of a lot more attention than it gets (certainly in this country). This powder is perfect – non-cakey, good neutral golden tone (I have Shade 02), offering light coverage that leaves skin with a healthy glow. Another one of their products that I don’t use enough is the Natural eyeshadow palette – it’s only R100! Highly recommended.

Shop the Stash: MAC Naked pigment | All Dolled Up

MAC Naked Pigment

I picked this up as part of the MAC Nocturnals collection last year, knowing in my heart that while the set looked very pretty, I probably wouldn’t get much use out of it. This turned out to be true but only because they hide in a part of my make-up drawer that is difficult to see so I basically keep forgetting about them. I decided to reacquaint myself with the most wearable shade, Naked (which is also sold individually as part of the permanent collection), and have been loving it. MAC pigments are gorgeous applied wet or dry and last for ages on the eyes with minimal creasing (zero if you use a primer). They’re a bit fiddly to work with but the super-fine texture makes blending a dream. Nyx also do a very similar product called Loose Pearl Powders if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative.

Shop the Stash: Catrice Eyebrow Filler | All Dolled Up

Catrice Eyebrow Filler

My fine, blonde eyebrows are my most frustrating feature by far – at least with my hair, I can curl it and load it up with styling products to make it look full and volumised. Try doing that with your eyebrows! There is only so much I can do to fake the Cara Delevingne look, including monthly eyebrow shaping and tinting (go to Danielle at Mooi – just trust me) and filling in my eyebrows every single day with a pencil and/or powder. I don’t have the discipline or patience for hair growth serums so a tinted eyebrow gel is a great addition to my routine, as it gives my brows some much-needed but very natural-looking definition. This one from Catrice is cheap and cheerful, and does a great job of adding dimension and texture to my drawn-on face framers.

Have you rediscovered any old products recently?

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5 August 2014

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My Everyday Make-up Kit

My Everyday Make-up Kit

My Everyday Make-up Kit

In case you missed it, last week professional make-up artist, all-round cool girl and fellow beauty blogger, Shahnaz Loves Beauty, featured us on her site. Shahnaz won the Fairlady Beauty Blogger of the Year in 2013 so she sure knows her stuff, plus she also has a fab YouTube channel where she does great tutorials – we highly recommend that you check it out.

My Everyday Make-up Kit

My Everyday Make-up Kit

I shared my everyday make-up kit so the products that I use when I’m not doing a full-on eyeshadow look or lots of contouring. Read more »

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