24 November 2014

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London Beauty Wishlist

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Jules is in London at the moment (lucky), so I took the opportunity to place an order and stock up on some much lusted-after goodies. In the next two weeks, these beautiful items will be mine, all mine (*quivers with excitement*).

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in ‘Elizabeth Violet’

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After seeing this in Anna’s (Vivanna Does Makeup) latest video, I knew it had to be mine. I’m a huge fan of coloured eyeliners, as I think they really enhance your eye colour and look so incredibly pretty. I rarely use black eyeliner as I find it to be too harsh on me, so these make a great alternative for adding definition.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in ‘Marlene Midnight’

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Another Anna-inspired purchase (you can read more here), for the same reasons as above. Jules swatched a couple of these liners in Selfridges last week and said that the consistency is out of this world – I literally cannot wait!

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in ‘Amethyst Aphrodisiac’

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This was inspired by my friend Rosie, who arrived at dinner a few weeks ago looking absolutley mesmerising (she is a stunner anyway, but that night she looked extra gorgeous). Her eyes looked so green – greener than I’d ever seen them, and she said it was all down to this little gem. I am hoping that it has the same effect on my peepers!

Charlotte Tilbury Pencil Sharpener

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Because Rosie said that she hasn’t been able to find a pencil sharpener big enough to sharpen the Colour Chameleon. A boring, but necessary, purchase.

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint and Precision Pencil in ‘Brownie Points’, Archery Brow Pencil 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush in ‘Hot Chocolate’, and Solar Powder

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Stocking up on an old favourite, the Archery Brow Tint Precision Pencil (I absolutely adore this product – I’ve now made my way through several of them). Then I decided to try the new kid of the block, the Archery Brow Pencil 2-in-1 Filling Pencil and Brush – which (apparently) is a Anastasia Brow Whiz dupe. I was recently given the Brow Whiz by my friend Jes (thanks, Jes!) and it’s every bit as good as they say. I am interested to see how the Soap & Glory equivalent matches up. Lastly, I decided to add another bronzer to my collection, this time: Solar Powder. I had been eyeing this out for a while, but after seeing it in Anna’s video (I think there’s a trend here – everything she uses, I want), I knew I had to have it.

So that’s it, so far…is there anything else you think I should ask Jules to bring back for me?

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20 November 2014

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Quick Reviews #8

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Today is all complexion-focused, courtesy of some lovely new goodies from Clarins

Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in ‘Champagne’*

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I did a lot of research about this product because I couldn’t quite figure out its purpose: is it a primer? Is it a highlighter? Can it be worn on its own? After testing it solidly for the past week, I can confirm that the answer is ‘yes’ to all of the above, and I cannot imagine how I lived without it until now. The colour, ‘Champagne’, is a lovely iridescent peach, and it complements my complexion perfectly. I like to apply it all over my face, as I would a primer, and apply my foundation/BB cream on top – I find that it adds a real glow (but not in a sweaty way, as some highlighters do) and makes my skin look happy and healthy. If you have good skin, you could definitely get away with wearing this on its own – it doesn’t provide any coverage, but it does subtly even out your skin tone and will leave you looking fresh and dewy. You can also use it as you would a normal highlighter – simply pat it onto the high-points of your cheeks, down your nose, and onto your Cupid’s bow and you’ll be supermodel-esque in no time.

Retails for R345.00. Available in three shades: Rose (to brighten all skin tones), Champagne (to correct redness) and Peach (restores lustre to medium and matte skin).

True Radiance Foundation SPF 15*

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This foundation is lightweight and moisturising, yet it provides a good amount of coverage. The result: luminous, even-toned, radiant skin. It contains Moringa seed, which reduces the adherence of polluting molecules to the skin, so if you’re running around in the city all day, this foundation will help protect your skin from all the nasty smog and fumes. Although the coverage is good, your skin still shines through, which I really like (as much as I worship foundation, I never want to look like I’m wearing any…you feel me?). I find that it wears well on my skin, I would say I get a solid 8 hours of wear before it starts to fade away – but if you set it with some kind of translucent powder, I am sure you could eke out a little more wear.

I have been using this pretty much non-stop since I got it – I like to apply it over the Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base for maximum glow, and the effect is really gorgeous. Highly, highly recommend.  

Retails for R415.00. Available in nine shades.

BB Skin Perfecting Cream in ‘Light’*

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For those of you who aren’t fans of medium/full coverage foundations, this BB cream will be right up your alley. It is nice and light, and provides a sheer wash of coverage to even out the skin tone. It is also incredibly moisturising, so it’s a great option for those of us with drier skins. This is my preferred ‘weekend’ base, as it’s substantial enough to cover what needs covering, yet still light enough to look like I’m not wearing anything. It leaves you looking polished, but not made-up, if that makes sense. The colour ‘Light’ is a tad too dark for me (although not noticeably so), so if you are pale, I would suggest you give ‘Fair’ a try instead.

Retails for R415.00. Available in 4 shades.

As with all Clarins products, these are all quite fragranced, so if you are prone to sensitivities, ask for samples before you buy. I have very sensitive skin and have experienced no reaction whatsoever.

*PR Samples

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19 November 2014

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Get R50 Off the 2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove!

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Heads up, ladies! The lovely people at Turquoise Studio are offering All Dolled Up readers an exclusive discount code if you purchase the 2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove! Simply enter the code ALLDOLLEDUP at checkout to get R50 off (valid until 30 November 2014). Buy now »

We both raved about this game-changing brush care tool in last month’s favourites video and Camilla wrote a full review here. It makes such a huge difference to the speed and effectiveness of your brush cleaning routine; our brushes have literally NEVER been so clean. It has two sides – one for face brushes, one for eye brushes – with eight different textures that help to get product out of the bristles. Essential for any makeup lover or professional MUAs and a great Christmas prezzie idea!

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18 November 2014

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Which luxury beauty item do you want to win?

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In case you missed it, last week we ran a poll so that you could choose whether this year’s Christmas Giveaway prize would be a selection of UK drugstore favourites or a single item of luxury makeup/haircare/skincare. The winner was the luxury beauty so now you get to choose exactly what this is!

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You can vote for up to three different items from the list below and we’ll pick the main prize from the three most popular ones (in case there are stock or sourcing issues when we come to purchase the prize). We’ve limited the list to items that are not readily available in SA to make it extra special and tried to pick things that will suit most hair colours and skin tones.

Vote now:

Which item of luxury makeup do you want to win?

  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (35%, 36 Votes)
  • NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret (27%, 28 Votes)
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in "Dim Light" (27%, 28 Votes)
  • Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection (26%, 27 Votes)
  • Charlotte Tilbury "La Dolce Vita" eyeshadow palette (25%, 26 Votes)
  • Alpha H Liquid Gold (21%, 22 Votes)
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (18%, 19 Votes)
  • Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque (15%, 16 Votes)
  • Oribe Dry Texturising Spray (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 104

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If you want to find out more about each of these products, click the links below:
Charlotte Tilbury “La Dolce Vita” eyeshadow palette
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret (limited edition for Holiday 2014)
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection
Oribe Dry Texturising Spray
Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Alpha H Liquid Gold

The poll closes at midnight on Sunday 23 November.

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14 November 2014

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Sexy 70s Waves: A Hair Tutorial with Brandslut

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Today the lovely Misha from Brandslut shows us how to get her signature bouncy waves using the Glampalm Standard Magic Series Iron. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to curl your hair with a straightening iron, this is the video for you!

Exclusive Discount Code for All Dolled Up Readers:

Get R200 off any Glampalm hair styler when you shop on their official website by using this coupon code: adup225. Simply enter that code at the checkout – happy shopping!

Products mentioned:

Glampalm Standard Magic Series Iron
Tresemme Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray
Tangle Teezer

Follow Brandslut online:

Blog: brandslut.co.za
Twitter: @brandslut_
Facebook: /brandslut
Instagram: @brandslut

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12 November 2014

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Foreo LUNA Mini Review // Clarisonic Comparison

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A few months ago we were sent a Foreo LUNA Mini (“Luna”) to test, but we didn’t want to review it until it was available for purchase in South Africa (which has only happened recently). The Luna is a facial cleansing device which uses transdermal sonic pulsations to provide an extremely deep, but gentle, clean. The pulsations rid the pores of impurities, which in turn reduce the likelihood of any blemishes coming to the surface of the skin. The pulsations also help refine the texture of your skin, leaving it softer and smoother. The Luna is made up of 1,300 touch-points, all of which are coated with smooth silicone. They are specially configured into 3 zones, so whatever your skin type, it’s got you covered. Initially, Jules started testing it, but found that she couldn’t gauge how well it was working (because her skin is already perfect – shame), so I decided to give a go and see if it would improve the condition of my decidedly un-perfect skin. I would please ask that you bear my skin type in mind when you read this review/comparison: dry, dehydrated, sensitive and prone to redness/breakouts – what works for me may not work for you. Now that that’s out of the way, lets get started…

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I thought it would be easiest to first highlight all the things I love about the Luna (before you ask, there is nothing I don’t like about it), before I start comparing it to the Clarisonic. So, in no particular order:

  • The silicone touch-points are incredibly soft and gentle; and
  • It’s hygienic and easy to clean; and
  • It’s completely waterproof, so you can use it in the shower; and
  • A full charge will last you up to one year; and
  • It’s light, compact and easy to travel with; and
  • It comes with a 10-year quality guarantee.

So now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: how does it compare to the Clarisonic?

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*Not to scale – the Luna is much smaller than the Clarisonic

  • As someone with very sensitive skin, even the softest Clarisonic brush head can, at times, feel too abrasive. With the Luna, the touch-points are so soft and gentle, they don’t scratch or pull at my skin in the slightest. It feels comforting to use, as opposed to the buffing/polishing feel of the Clarisonic, which can at times be a bit much for me. The first thing I noticed after I used the Luna was that my skin wasn’t red. At all. This is sadly not the case with the Clarisonic, which can leave my skin feeling a bit irritated.
  • I have found that I can use the Luna more frequently than I can use the Clarisonic – if I use my Clarisonic more than once a week, my skin reacts. However, I have been using the Luna three to four times a week and my skin has been absolutely fine. In fact, it looks the best its looked in a very long time.
  • Clarisonic recommends that the brush heads be replaced every 3 months – which, if you are using it daily, sounds about right (I don’t know how you could use it daily and still have skin left, but whatever). With the Luna, there are no replacement brush heads to worry about, which is a massive cost saving.
  • The Clarisonic requires regular charging and the brush heads require regular cleaning. One charge of the Luna will last you up to one year (ONE YEAR), and cleaning it is a total breeze – simply spritz on some of the antibacterial cleanser which comes with it, rinse it off, and you’re done.
  • After using the Luna, which is extremely light and compact, I found the Clarisonic to feel quite heavy and cumbersome by comparison.
  • The cheapest Clarisonic will set you back R2,499, whereas the Luna retails for R1,900.
  • The one thing I can’t really comment on is how they compare on make-up removal because I’ve only ever used both of them for my second cleanse. I don’t like using cleansing tools for my first cleanse – I far prefer the idea of swiftly removing my make-up with a face cloth, as opposed to rubbing it all over my face for one minute using a cleansing tool.

I think you know by now what my verdict is going to be: the Luna is a far superior cleansing tool for my skin type. After using it, my skin looks plumper and healthier, and feels incredibly soft and smooth. It does not aggrevate my skin in the slightest, and every time I use it, it feels like I’m giving myself a nice little facial massage – it’s such a treat. This does not, however mean that the Clarisonic is a redundant tool – I know many people who swear by theirs and would sooner sell their mothers than part with it. All I’m saying is that for my skin type, the Clarisonic is simply too harsh. If you have skin like mine, and you’re trying to decide whether or not to invest in a cleansing tool, I highly recommend that you consider a Luna.

 Available online from Zando and in selected Stuttafords stores.

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10 November 2014

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Vote for the Christmas Giveaway Prize!

win Following on from the wild success of last year’s massive Christmas Giveaway, we are planning another competition but this time we need your help. This year you get to choose the big prize between a selection of drugstore favourites from the UK high street (something similar to last year’s prize) or a single luxury make-up item to the same value (e.g. Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder or Diptyche candle). Once you’ve voted on the two options, we’ll go through a round of further voting so that you can pick exactly what you want to win.

Vote now:

Which Christmas Giveaway prize would you prefer to compete for?

  • Luxury make-up (64%, 70 Votes)
  • Drugstore favourites (36%, 39 Votes)

Total Voters: 109

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This poll will be open until midnight on Friday 14 November, then we’ll tally the votes and put together a list of exciting products for you to vote for next. Feel free to let us know in the comments if there’s anything on your wishlist already though… You never know, we might be feeling extra generous this Christmas!

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7 November 2014

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3 for 2 Madness!

Happy Friday! As we all wait for the hours to tick by so that we are released from our desks, I thought I would help you with some weekend shopping inspiration. There happen to be three stores running “3 for 2″ promotions at the moment so I’ve rounded them up for your convenience. These specials can save you lots of cash on regular purchases but it’s also a great way to score some Christmas gifts at bargain prices. Here are the details plus our top buys from each store:

Spree

3 for 2 at Spree | All Dolled Up
Valid: 3 November – 10 November
Offer: Buy 3 and pay for 2 across all beauty products including fragrances and mens grooming products
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3 for 2: Spree

The Body Shop

3 for 2 at The Body Shop | All Dolled Up
Valid: 24 October – 7 December
Offer: Applies to all products, the lowest priced product is free. Excludes gift sets. Limited to Love Your Body members only.
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3 for 2: The Body Shop

P.S. Check out their Christmas Catalogue!

Clicks

3 for 2 at Clicks | All Dolled Up
Valid: 7 November – 7 December
Offer: Buy any 3 gifts marked with a purple sticker and get the cheapest 1 free
Shop now »

3 for 2: Clicks

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6 November 2014

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Lush Christmas Preview

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Last Thursday evening I attended the Lush Christmas Preview with my darling friend Tori from Kiss, Blush and Tell (you can read her write-up of the event here). If there is anyone who knows how to get you into the festive spirit, it’s Lush. The products were displayed beautifully and there were plenty of staff on hand to talk us through all of the latest offerings and to answer any of our questions. They were all so enthusiastic and excitable, it was impossible not to get swept up in it! There are obviously many, many incredible products available for Christmas, but instead of talking you through each one, I thought I would just tell you about my favourites (I prefer more ‘traditional’ Christmas scents, so think cinnamon-y, spicy, citrusy scents – you won’t find anything even remotely sweet in here, sorry).

Hot Toddy Shower Gel

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This is number one on my lust-list – it smells so delicious, I can’t even begin to explain. If you’ve ever been in a colder climate for Christmas, then you will know exactly what I mean when I say that it smells just like a Christmas market, where the smell of glühwein and roasted chestnuts fill the air – heaven. It contains fresh ginger, cinnamon leaf oil and lemon oil, so it smells really warming, but at the same time, refreshing and rejuvenating. I popped into Lush at the V&A Waterfront on Monday evening to see if it was in stock yet, but sadly not (apparently only next week). I plan on clearing the shelves, so if you want to get in on the action, I suggest you act fast.

Celebrate Body Lotion

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This has been on my list for almost an entire year! Julia bought it last year and when I smelt it on her, I went into some kind of trance – it’s that good. However, as it’s a limited edition Christmas body lotion, it was sold out by the time I went to buy it. This citrusy body lotion contains a splash of cognac (naturally, for Christmas), lime oil and brazilian orange oil – if that combination doesn’t life your spirits then I don’t know what will. It is also loaded with cocoa butter and almond oil, so it is incredibly hydrating and leaves your skin looking silky soft and glowy. This is already in-stores – I bought myself a tub on Monday and have been slathering myself with it. Delicious.

Northern Lights Bath Bomb

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We were given a little show-and-tell at the event and this bath bomb is very impressive indeed. Lush describes it better than I could ever hope to: “as the ends fizz away, the middle slowly dissolves to reveal blue and neon green, turning your water into a calming jasmine and ylang ylang-scented swirling night sky scattered with stars”. It also comes in yellow, called ‘Sparkler’, which contains rose oil, Sicilian lemon oil and popping candy (FUN) so it literally fizzes, crackles and pops in your bath. These aren’t in store yet, but I plan on treating myself to both.

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

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We were each given one of these as a gift at the event, and I was particularly excited to try it because I know that this is Julia’s favourite Lush bath bomb (so I knew it was going to be a goodie). The scent of this one is similar to the Celebrate Body Lotion in that is contains an uplifting blend of sweet orange, lime and cognac oils which, as you know by now, totally floats my boat! Watching this bath bomb fizzle away in the water is pretty spectacular – even my boyfriend was impressed. The bath water turns a variety of different colours before settling into a deep, turquoise blue with fine, gold flecks everywhere – it feels like you’re bathing in gold dust. Expensive (I like it)! It also makes the water ridiculously soft so your skin feels smooth and moisturised when you get out. I will definitely be getting a few more of these for myself, and a few extra as stocking-fillers for friends and family.

I couldn’t find all of these products on the local Lush website, but I have been assured that everything will be online and in-stores very soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

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5 November 2014

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October Favourites

October Favourites | All Dolled Up

Products mentioned:

2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove
Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove (Slightly different version that’s a bit cheaper too)
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo*
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Conditioner*
Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask*
The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Rough Scrub
Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo
Korres Vanilla Freesia Lychee Shower Gel
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (launching in SA in Janaury)
Lorac Pro Palette (available on Amazon)
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

Jules’ review of the new Moroccanoil Volume range is here.
Camilla’s “Three Nifty Hair Tricks” post is here.
Jules’ review of the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette is here.

*PR sample

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