27 January 2015

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2014 Beauty Favourites: Honourable Mentions

Best Beauty Products of 2014: Honourable Mentions

It was pretty hard to narrow down our ten Best Beauty Discoveries of 2014 so I thought I would sneak in a few “honourable mentions” that I also really enjoyed using last year. These are more favourites than discoveries technically, but let’s not get bogged down in the details:

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation | All Dolled Up

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

If you’re looking for a medium coverage foundation that is luminous but not shiny and has an extremely natural finish, then Liquid Halo could be for you. Application is smooth and silky and it wears really well throughout the day on my combination skin (even better with a primer underneath). The formula is also really adaptable – the colour adjusts well to variations in skin tone and its weightless texture is even suitable for normal-dry skin, as long as your face is well moisturised.

Price: R430 – Available from Woolworths

Soap & Glory Archery Pencil | All Dolled Up

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil

I’ve always been a big fan of the Anastasia Brow Wiz but it’s hard to get hold of and makes a big dent in my wallet. Behold S&G’s latest and greatest invention: the Archery pencil is basically identical to Brow Wiz, it just comes in fewer shade options. The super-fine nib makes light work of feathering in your brow hairs and gives plenty of control over the shape and depth of colour. I use this every day and already have two backups in my stash.

Price: £8 – Available from Boots

The Body Shop Body Butters | All Dolled Up

The Body Shop Body Butters

I can’t even count the number of these body butters I went though last year; all I know is that I was completely devoted to them. I buy a different scent every time and so far I’ve tried Shea, Coconut, Sweet Almond (mah fave), Olive and Fijian Water Lotus. They are AMAZING value (especially since TBS seems to always be on sale) and while the scent disappears after a couple of hours, it leaves my skin super soft all day long.

Price: R150 – Available at The Body Shop and selected Clicks stores

L'Oréal Miss Manga Mascara | All Dolled Up

L’Oréal Miss Manga Mascara

Who would have thought that one of my favourite beauty products of 2014 would have been a purple mascara?! The Miss Manga formula is awesome – it gives lashes loads of volume without being clumpy and the flexible wand, although it looks gimmicky, somehow helps to prevent you getting mascara all over your eyelids during application. The purple shade, called “Tropical Violet”, is dark enough to give lashes plenty of definition but looks sensational when it catches the light. I also use it on my bottom lashes as it doesn’t smudge or flake; it’s a total winner.

Price: R135 – Available at Dischem, Clicks, selected pharmacies and supermarkets

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm | All Dolled Up

Aēsop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

I didn’t really used to care about hand cream – I mean, it was nice but it didn’t exactly get my blood pumping. That was until my friend Murray (that’s right, a DUDE) gave me this hand cream for my birthday and a new standard was set. Not only does it do all sorts of magic tricks to make your hands soft and smooth, but it smells like you’re walking through a field in the South of France, dotted with lavender and rosemary bushes. It’s not cheap but this tube lasted me over a year and I used it almost every single day. Dreamy stuff. I dare you to go and smell it and see if you can resist!

Price: R340 – Available from The Loading Bay in Cape Town

Lorac Pro Palette | All Dolled Up

Lorac Pro Palette

Behold the most beautiful eyeshadow texture of all time! MAC eyeshadows are nice, Urban Decay eyeshadows are glorious, Stila eyeshadows are sublime. But Lorac eyeshadows are from a totally different planet. I’ve never used a formula that is so buttery and soft with such amazing colour pay-off; these are total perfection. Comprising eight matte and eight shimmer shades, the colours are neutral but interesting and complement rather than compete with the shades in my other natural palettes e.g. Urban Decay Naked 2. I can already feel the inevitable pull towards the Unzipped Palette

Price: $42 – Available from Amazon

Nyx Taupe Blush | All Dolled Up

Nyx Powder Blush in “Taupe”

You have to love a good beauty bargain and Nyx blushers certainly fall into that category. They’re great quality and very affordable, and lots of the shades are dupes for popular MAC and NARS blush colours. I discovered the Taupe shade when Sharon the Makeup Artist (current favourite beauty YouTuber) mentioned it and I thought it would make a great budget option for contouring. It’s not as pigmented as I expected but it turns out that’s a good thing, because it makes it difficult to go overboard with the colour. I apply it under my cheekbones, along my hairline and around my jaw and blend it out for a bit of soft, subtle definition. You can get Nyx products in Clicks but this blush shade is not available in SA for some odd reason.

Price: $6 – Available on Cherry Culture (ships to SA)

Invisbobble | All Dolled Up

I couldn’t take a pretty pic of my neon yellow Invisibobble so I repurposed this image from crystalsparklydreams.co.uk

Invisibobble

I was so skeptical about these weird little hairbands that I only got around to trying one when they were sent to us as part of a branded PR kit. It’s supposed to be a “traceless hair ring” that grips your hair firmly in place without leaving a kink or causing headaches. These are two of my biggest gripes about wearing my hair in a ponytail so I put it to the test and guess what, it works! I have very thin, fine hair so putting it up in a bun normally results in a birds nest on top of my head, but not with the Invisibobble – I haven’t used a “regular” hair elastic since I got these. Total game changer.

Price: R80 for 3 – Available from Retailbox

Dermalogica V&A Concept Store | All Dolled Up

Dermalogica Face Mapping Skin Analysis

Visiting the Dermalogica Concept Store at the V&A Waterfront was a real turning point for my skin last year. Catherine, the knowledgeable and friendly consultant, advised that I was over-exfoliating and that I needed to treat my dehydration and pigmentation with more targeted products (read all about it here). I was given a few no-obligation samples and went home to put her words into practice, with remarkable results. I stopped breaking out on my forehead all the time and the skin around my nose and mouth was less inflamed. The best bit? It didn’t cost me a cent.

Price: FREE! Available at Dermalogica Concept Stores

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22 January 2015

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Smooth, Soft Summer Feet: Three Products You Need

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The majority of us tend to neglect our feet – I know I am guilty of hastily painting over chipped polish instead of re-doing my pedicure; of leaving my foot file covered in a layer of dust; of depriving my heels of much-needed moisturiser. We can get away with it in winter (although we shouldn’t – our feet deserve TLC year round) when our feet are safely ensconced in thick socks and boots. However, the summer months are less forgiving – cracked heels and dodgy pedi’s are on show for all to see. The shame. Time for a change ladies, and I’ve been doing the foot work (see what I did there?) to find out which products work best to keep your kippers in tip-top shape.

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First up, we have the SkinLogic Foot Peel, available from Red Square and Rubybox for R99.95. I first learned about foot peels from Beauty Editor when she reviewed a similar product from Footner (you can read the review here) and I was instantly intrigued. Basically you pop your feet into plastic booties which are lined with alpha hydroxy acids and leave them on for an hour and half/two hours and then, a week later, all of the dead skins peels off your feet. In.CREDIBLE. I left mine on for an hour and half and waited patiently for things to start happening. After a week of eagerly examining my feet each morning only to find no signs of peeling, I wrote the product off as a waste of time. However, it appears I was a bit hasty, as a mere three days later, my feet started peeling! Man, it’s so satisfying – the skin literally peels away in thick layers, leaving you with the softest feet you’ve had since birth (probably). I also pumiced my feet a few times to help speed the process along a bit (and also because watching the dead skin fall away from my feet was a little addictive…no judgement please – we’re all friends here). The peeling process lasts for a good 5-7 days, which can make wearing open-toe shoes a bit awkward (as my boyfriend says, it looks like you’ve got “vrot pootjies” [‘rotten feet’ for those who don’t understand Afrikaans]), but the results are so worth it. I’ll spare you the trauma of pictures of the peeling process, but please trust me what I tell you this is something you really need to try.

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Second in line: Environ Derma-Lac Lotion. This is another alpha hydroxy acid-rich product, so it sloughs away dead skin cells in a jiffy. It makes light work of rough, cracked heels, and if you are diligent and apply it every evening, you will see results in a very short space of time. The texture is a bit sticky/tacky, but don’t let that deter you – just massage it in and put your feet up for a bit while it sinks in.

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Last, but certainly not least, the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File*. This electronic foot file buffs away hard skin in minutes, leaving you with soft, silky feet – a fantastic little gadget if you can’t be bothered to put in some elbow grease and buff your feet with a traditional foot file. You simply turn it on, and roll it over your feet until you have the desired results and then go on your merry way. The device turns off automatically if you apply too much pressure, so there’s no danger of overdoing it or hurting yourself. Here is a little ‘before and after’ shot of my heels for your viewing pleasure:

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Having used traditional foot files my whole life, I can’t definitively say that you will get better results from the Scholl Velvet Electronic Foot File, because I don’t think the results differ that much. It’s the ease and convenience of the device that makes it superior – you just turn it on and go. No labouring over your callouses, no working up a sweat as you vigorously pummice your feet…no, no. This is an effortless, effective option and I think it’s a really fantastic little tool. It launches in February and will be available at major retailers including Pick ‘n Pay, Dischem and Clicks as well as online at Takealot and Rubybox. It retails for R399.99 (the The Velvet Smooth Foot File Refill retails for R149.00 for two, and the Velvet Smooth Daily Moisturiser retails for R99.99/60ml).

 *PR Sample

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19 January 2015

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Most Used Products This Holiday

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Fear not, we are alive. Apologies for the extended absence from blogging, but a proper break was needed. After weeks of copious amounts of drinking, eating, staying up too late and catching a little too much sun, I thought I would share a few tried and tested products which proved to come in very handy over this festive season.

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8 January 2015

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Best Beauty Discoveries of 2014

Discover the top ten (okay, eleven) beauty products that made their way into our stash in 2014.

Best Beauty Discoveries of 2014

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24 December 2014

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from All Dolled Up

Merry Christmas lovelies! We hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow with your families and here’s hoping that there are a few treats from our gift guides under the tree for you!

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Look out for our Best Beauty Discoveries of 2014 video early in January and don’t forget to enter our Christmas Giveaway if you haven’t already! It’s open until midnight on 31 December 2014 (full rules here):

Lots of love,
Jules & Camilla xxx

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23 December 2014

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Christmas Gift Guides // Hipster

Beauty gift ideas for hipster girls

Beauty gift ideas for hipster girls

Aēsop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm – R340 (Loading Bay, Cape Town)

Revlon Moisture Stain – R170 (buy online)

Stila Convertible Colour Lip & Cheek Cream – R295 (buy online)

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 Fragrance – R1820 (buy online)

Kevin Murphy Color Bug Shimmer – R190 (buy online)

MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow – R450 (buy online)

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22 December 2014

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Christmas Gift Guides // Haute Hippie

Beauty gift ideas for haute hippies

Beauty gift ideas for haute hippies

Lulu & Marula Refreshing Tonic Mist – R310 (buy online)

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – R120 (buy online)

REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm – R395 (buy online)

LUSH Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner – R255 (buy online)

Aromatic Apothecary Body Pamper Hamper – R400 (buy online)

Smitten – R100 (see stockists)

Mio Liquid Yoga Bath Soak – R550 (buy online)

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19 December 2014

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Christmas Gift Guides // Active & Sporty

Beauty gift ideas for active women

Beauty gift ideas for active women

Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 – R620 (buy online)

Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Waterproof Mascara – R126 (buy online)

Foreo Luna Mini – R1900 (buy online)

Korres Citrus Shower Gel – R120

Clinique Chubby Stick – R230 (buy online)

LUSH I Love Juicy Shampoo – R78 (buy online)

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18 December 2014

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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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