27 March 2015

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March Favourites: Camilla

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Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

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This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise! I wrote about this in my recent ‘Currently Loving: Drugstore Edition’ post and have used it every single day since I bought it. I have been playing around with it a bit and have tried mixing it with a few of my foundations to see which one gives me the glowiest finish. Although the MAC Mineralise Moisture Foundation + Skinlights does create a beautiful effect, I have to say that the real winning combination is Clarins True Radiance Foundation + Skinlights. Wow. This foundation imparts a youthful glow all on its own, but with a drop of Skinlights added to it, it really does make the skin look utterly radiant. Look into this.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer

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I very rarely wear primers…in fact, I can’t remember the last time I wore one. So when Jules told me recently that not only does she always wear a primer, but sometimes more than one at a time,  I decided to investigate (in case you were wondering, she’s my biggest beauty enabler too, so we’re in the same boat). She highly recommended the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer, which she spoke about in her February Favourites so I decided to follow her advice and treat. my. self. I cannot believe what a huge difference it has made to my make-up application and how much it prolongs the wear of my foundation and concealer – I put my face on at 6:30am and everything still looks peachy keen when I take it off at night (sometimes as late at 10pm/11pm *winces*). If that isn’t something to write home about, then I don’t know what is.

Body Brush

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Dry brushing. Do you do it? I didn’t until very recently and I’m here to tell you that if you aren’t doing it, you should (PEER PRESSURE). It basically involves circulating a natural fibre brush all over your dry limbs for a couple of minutes pre-shower to stimulate circulation and slough away dead skin cells. You can either work the brush in long strokes, or in circular motions, but the most important thing is to work the brush in the direction of your heart in order to keep your lymphatic system moving. It feels a little bit weird and scratchy at first, but the results are so worth it, I promise! After I’ve dry-brushed and showered, I apply a body oil (currently loving the Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Oil) onto my skin while it’s still wet and dab myself dry with a towel. I like to do the whole process at night because body oil during the day is too slippy and uncomfortable, and also, I’m too sleepy in the mornings to be bothered with dry brushing. I pop on my PJ’s, let the oil sink in, and in the morning my skin is baby soft. I can say without question that the dry brushing has improved the texture of my skin and has almost eliminated my keratosis pilaris.

I searched high and low for a body brush that didn’t have an annoying handle (if a handle doesn’t bother you, then head to the Body Shop – they do a good one) and I eventually found one with a removable handle from Dishcem and it was dirt cheap – I think R36.00. However, apparently Mama Mio are releasing stock of their Body Brush in the next couple of weeks, so I think I might upgrade.

Get on it, ladies. And if not for yourself, then do it for a person who touches your body on the regular. You/they are welcome!

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask

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I have been ploughing through my charcoal/clay-based masks recently. I somehow managed to finish the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask,  Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask AND the Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment all within a few weeks of each other. Although I loved them all and would definitely repurchase (although maybe not the Glamglow one as it costs R880 *insert screaming face emoji here*), I’m always on the lookout for different products to try, so I decided to give the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask a go.  If you’ve used traditional charcoal/clay masks before, you’ll know that removing them can be a real pain, literally. Luckily this one doesn’t actually dry/set, so it’s a total breeze to remove – one swipe with a warm washcloth and everything is gone. Lovely. It definitely helped zap a blemish I could feel brewing under my skin, and it calmed the redness around my nose and on my cheeks. Can’t ask for much more than that, can you?

Avène Tolérance Extrême*

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This rich, soothing moisturiser is formulated to hydrate the skin, restore its barrier and reduce reactivity. It’s 100% sterile and contains no preservatives or fragrances so it’s safe for even the most allergic of skin types. My skin is by no means allergic, but it sometimes needs a break from all the lotions and potions I slap onto it daily and requires a little extra TLC. This cream is that TLC. It is simple, comforting, calming and hydrating – all the things my skin needs when it’s fed up with all the active ingredients I try and force on it. The equivalent of cloaking your face in a soft, snuggly blanket – very pleasing.

Natural Lab Rose Lavender Hand Wash*

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Natural Lab is a South African company which has created a small line of personal care products which are formulated without parabens, petroleum or sulphates, and contain no artificial colourants, fragrances or preservatives (and, most importantly, they don’t test on animals). We were sent a few goodies to try recently and this hand wash has become a firm favourite of mine and will always be a staple in my bathroom from now on. My biggest gripe with hand washes is that they can be quite drying, and if I don’t apply hand cream afterwards, my hands feel uncomfortable. However, this offering from Natural Lab isn’t drying in the slightest and my hands feel, and smell, great after I’ve washed them.

This 500ml bottle retails for only R99.95 – so affordable and it will last you ages. If you want to learn more about the brand and where to find their products, you can visit their website here.

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24 March 2015

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Favourite Five: Rosy Nude Drugstore Lipsticks

Favourite Drugstore Nude Lipsticks | All Dolled Up

I only really discovered nude lipsticks last year; they’ve always been Camilla’s thing but I tended to gravitate towards bright colours. I was even a bit naive about how much one nude can differ from another – there are pink nudes and neutral nudes and brown nudes and peachy nudes and caramel nudes and… Luckily, I feel that I have now educated myself on the value of these subtle but chic lip options and started to amass something of a collection. Here are my favourite five within the “rosy nude” category, let me know if you want more posts like this!

Almay Butter Kiss in Nude Light/Medium swatch | All Dolled Up

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss in “Nude – Light/Medium”*

I love this range of super-hydrating semi-sheer lipsticks which has been designed in a variety of very wearable shades to suit different skin tones. Each skin tone (Light, Light/Medium and Medium) has four colours; berry, pink, nude and red, which makes it really easy to choose the colour most likely to suit you. This particular colour is kind of the lipstick equivalent of my beloved Benefit Dallas blusher and I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of it in winter, as it’s slightly darker than my other nude lippies. The formula is so smooth and moisturising which makes it very easy to apply and comfortable to wear.

Rimmel Colour Rush in Drive Me Nude swatch | All Dolled Up

Rimmel Colour Rush in “Drive Me Nude”

It’s amazing to see how the “Chubby Stick” craze has hit the drugstore in the past year or so; I can hardly think of a single affordable brand that doesn’t do some kind of lip crayon now. Rimmel’s range is particularly good, with a small but gorgeous selection of twist-up shades that gives lips a glossy wash of sheer colour. “Drive Me Nude” is quite light which makes it more versatile and would look beautiful with a smoky eye or bronzy, sunkissed skin.

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Rose-bud swatch | All Dolled Up

Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in “Rose-bud”

Along with Essence, Wet ‘n Wild produce some of the best and most affordable lipsticks at the drugstore. The Mega Last lipsticks come in a wide colour range and are completely matte, yet creamy and easy to wear. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re moisturising but then again, what matte lipsticks are?! It’s nothing that a bit of lip balm can’t sort out plus it makes the colour super long-lasting so it’s a great one if you can’t be bothered with touch-ups. This colour is lovely and rosy so it really livens up the face (although now, looking at the swatches, I realise that it isn’t really a nude at all – although you could pat it in for a less full-on effect) and “Just Peachy” is also lovely; a lighter, creamy, coral-toned nude.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in "Rose" swatch | All Dolled Up

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in “Rose”*

I’ve been dying to try this new range from Revlon so I was thrilled when some landed on our desk. They are extremely smooth and creamy and deliver solid colour in one swipe. The shade selection is extensive, with everything from rich berries and bright reds to bold pinks and more subtle nudes. “Rose” is a lovely, neutral pinky nude but “Magnolia” and “Peony” are also very pretty rose-toned nudes. The range includes Ultra HD Lip Lacquers which are super shiny and pigmented glosses – not my cup of tea personally but beautiful if that’s your thing.

Essence Longlasting Lipstick in "Natural Beauty" swatch | All Dolled Up

Essence Longlasting Lipstick in “Natural Beauty”

This made it’s way into my shopping basket at Dischem the other day (at R42, how could it NOT?!) and I’ve been swooning over it ever since. It’s surprisingly creamy and pigmented and incredibly moisturising – I wore it without lip balm underneath for about three hours and it wasn’t drying at all. The packaging is sleek and robust and the bullet is even embossed with the Essence logo, like a fancy luxury lipstick! All in all, a much better product than I would expect at that price point. Added bonus? It’s a straight-up dupe for MAC Syrup, one of my all time faves.

Swatches of rosy nudes | All Dolled Up

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23 March 2015

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Autumn Trend Tutorial with Shahnaz

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A few weeks ago we attended the MAC AW14 Trend Forecast presentation with Shahnaz and were totally inspired by the variety of looks that were demonstrated. In this mini tutorial that she did on Camilla, Shahnaz combines a few of the key trends into one wearable look: fresh, highlighted skin and a hazy smokey eye. Enjoy!

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11 March 2015

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Currently Loving: ‘Drugstore’ Edition

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I love a high-end purchase as much as the next girl, but there is something equally satisfying about finding something cheap and cheerful from the pharmacy that actually does a brilliant job. I stalk the isles of Clicks and Dischem on the regular, and I am pleased as punch with the items I’ve picked up lately. In no particular order:

Revlon Nail Enamel in ‘Revlon Red’

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I spoke about this formulation in our January Favourites video – I have been using ‘Fearless’, a bright orangey-coral, all summer long and I adore it. I decided to treat myself to another bottle and picked up ‘Revlon Red’, the ultimate pillar-box, screen-siren red. With the streak-free application, opaque colour and impressive wear, what’s not to like?

Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover

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This French dermo-cosmetic brand is dedicated to alleviating a whole range of skin sensitivities from sensitive, intolerant to allergic.  Each product contains the Avène Thermal Spring Water, a unique ingredient whose properties have been endorsed by dermatologists over the years. This was my go-to brand when I lived in London many moons ago – I knew I could rely on it to calm my red, sensitive skin, and the products always felt so comforting and soothing to use. Avène is officially launching in South Africa today, although you might have already seen it in your local Clicks as some stores got their stock a few weeks ago. Jules and I are attending the official launch later this month so will do a full report back then, but in the meantime I just wanted to let you know about their micellar water, which I picked up a little while ago. This is utterly brilliant and, in my humble opinion, better than Bioderma (*sharp intake of breath*). It removes every last trace of makeup (and I mean everything) and leaves the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. This is my new skincare routine staple for sure.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara

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An oldie but a goodie. Jules mentioned this in her February Favourites last month, so I won’t go into too much detail here, but man, it’s good. I have used this off and on over the years and have always been impressed by it, and although my favourite mascara of all time will always be the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara, at R345 a tube it’s a bit too pricey for every day use (unless you are a millionaire, in which case, carry on). This is a wonderful, more affordable, alternative and really does a fantastic job of creating volume and length without smudging or flaking.

NYX Cosmetics Slide On Pencils

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This is another purchase inspired by Jules (as per her Beauty Haul video). After filming the video I promptly got myself to Clicks and picked up two colours – ‘Jewel’ and ‘Golden Olive’. Golden Olive is honestly just the most gorgeous colour: a deep bronzey, khaki green that complements my eye colour perfectly. I have been wearing it every single day – it goes with anything and everything. The pencil is so soft and smooth, so it doesn’t pull or drag at your eyelids at all – it just glides along gently. It also blends well and once it sets, it does not budge. Thank you for introducing me to this, Jules!

You can see swatches of all the colours here.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

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Our good friend Shahnaz, from Shahnaz Loves Beauty, recommended this recently – she said mixing this in with your regular foundation will create supermodel skin. Where do I sign? I got the lightest shade (Bare Light) and I have been mixing it in with my MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation and the effect is pretty spectacular, even if I do say so myself. It banishes dull skin and leaves you looking glowy and dewy – my personal favourite. You can mix it in with your foundation, as I have been doing, for a all-over glow, or use it as a highlighter on more specific areas, such as your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and cupids bow. My only complaint would be that it isn’t the most long-lasting, but I am going to try using a primer first and hopefully that will help. I will keep you posted!

Cala Wet ‘n Dry Detangling Brush

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A few months back all of my favourite British beauty bloggers were raving about The Wet Brush (see here and here) – a detangling brush designed to prevent hair breakage when combing through wet hair (in a nutshell). Although my hair isn’t particularly knotty or prone to tangling, I still find using a comb a bit ‘meh’. I was recently pursuing the isles of Dischem when I spotted the Cala Wet ‘n Dry Brush – it looks identical to The Wet Brush, so I figured I had to give it a go. The bristles are so soft and flexible, so they don’t pull or tug at your hair in the slightest – they just glide through, gently detangling any knots you may have. I have been using it on both wet and dry hair and I love it so much that I am going to buy one of the travel size ones to keep in my handbag.

(Out of interest, I see The Wet Brush is available from Takealot.)

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9 March 2015

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All of the Lights: Maintaining Blonde Hair

I vividly remember the first time I got highlights. It was a special treat for my Matric dance (along with getting my ears pierced) and involved the very old-fashioned “cap” method of dying the hair. It turned out natural enough to get away with for school so I kept it and here we are 14 years later and I’ve never gone back… except for three miserable months spent as a brunette but that’s a story for another day.

How to maintain blonde hair | All Dolled Up

Chemically-treated blondes like myself run the risk of the tones turning brassy after a while, which is why an at-home maintenance routine is essential. Here are the products I use to preserve that “fresh-from-the-salon” colour:

How to maintain blonde hair | All Dolled Up

Purple shampoo

The easiest way to ensure that your blonde hair keeps its platinum brightness is with a weekly dose of purple shampoo. And when I say purple, I mean PURPLE. The pigment acts as a wash-out toner that cools down the golden shades in your hair so it leans more ashy than brassy. My favourites are L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Silver and Philip Kingsley Pure Silver. Drugstore alternatives don’t tend to have as much pigment and therefore don’t work as well but if you’re counting your pennies then try the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew and Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes ranges; both affordable brands available from Clicks. You can also get purple conditioners that do a similar thing but I tend to let the shampoo handle the colour and then follow up with more of a treatment product, which brings us to:

How to maintain blonde hair | All Dolled Up

Nourishing masks and conditioners

It is a fact of life that hair that is well cared for and hydrated keeps its colour much better than deep-fried strands. I use a combination of rich conditioners, masks and treatments to achieve this as they leave my hair very soft and nourished, which helps to lock in the colour. The products currently on rotation in my shower are Wella SP Color Save Conditioner and Mask, and Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse.

How to maintain blonde hair | All Dolled Up

Treatment products

On top of my in-shower routine, there are also some styling and treatment products that I use regularly to keep my processed hair in tip top condition. It will come as no surprise that Moroccanoil Light is at the top of my list, as well as Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse – both are very nourishing and smoothing and happen to smell like heaven. I also use Lush Marilyn every couple of weeks as a pre-wash treatment that helps give me “swishy” hair.

Do you have any tips for maintaining blonde hair or specialist products to recommend?

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6 March 2015

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February Favourites: Camilla

This is going to be a very MAC-heavy favourites post, so apologies in advance for the lack of diversity! Jules and I attended the MAC Trends Presentation earlier this month and after seeing the glowing, dewy skin that Michelle-Lee Collins, their senior artist, created, I knew my life wouldn’t be complete until I could create that kind of skin for myself. So I went back to MAC the very next day and Gareth (V&A Waterfront branch) gave me the most magnificent, subtle make-over I’ve ever had, and I ended up buying almost all of the products he used on me (Gareth, you are the master *bows down*).

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation

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This is a very liquid, very luminous foundation – if you’re looking for that ‘lit from within’ glow, look no further. It is very moisturising, and the first time I used it I copied Michelle’s technique of prepping the skin with a mixture of moisturiser and the Prep + Prime Essential Oils before applying the foundation. I won’t go into too much detail but lets just say I was an oil slick (and for someone with dry skin, that takes some doing) – I actually had to powder my entire face! I have since tweaked the application method and I am honestly thrilled with the results – this foundation provides just the right amount of coverage together with just the right amount of luminosity. It’s not the most long-lasting for formulations (very moisturising, very liquid foundations never are) so if you want a bit more staying power, I can highly recommend mixing in a bit of Estee Lauder Double Wear Light – it adds a little bit of oomph and helps everything stay put without taking away any of the glow. If you want to ramp up the dewiness, Shahnaz from Shahnaz Loves Beauty, recommends mixing the foundation with a little bit of the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator – apparently the effect is stunning. I only managed to track down a bottle of this stuff last night (elusive), so will keep you posted on the results!

MAC Prep+ Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 in ‘Refined Golden’

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This is not a product I would ever have gravitated towards because, as a BB cream, it’s far too dark for me. However, Gareth used it as a cream bronzer and, well…wow! The colour is just right for me and it imparts a warm, healthy glow that makes me look tanned but not overly bronzed. The texture is creamy and incredibly easy to work with – so if you do overdo it, you can blend it out in a jiffy. You could use it as a contour or as an all-over bronzer – it works fantastically for both.

Swatches here.

MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush

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I have had this brush for forever and a day and have never used it. Not once. Mainly because I just never knew how and  managed to get along just fine with all my other brushes. That all changed when Gareth used it to apply the foundation, the beauty balm and the blush – all of which blended together seamlessly on my face. I have been using it non-stop since that day and I can’t even imagine life without it now (dramatic? Me?!). It is made from goat hairs and synthetic fibres, so works best with cream/liquid formulations. It picks up just the right amount of product and buffs it into the skin, creating a flawless, evenly blended finish. There is also a smaller version (188  Small Duo Fibre Face Brush) which is a little bit cheaper and is much-loved by Harry Makes it Up and Lily Pebbles.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in ‘Soft & Gentle’*

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I have been wanting this product for the longest time but for some arbitrary reason I never got around to buying it. Luckily for me, we were all given one at the MAC Trends Presentation and I have used it almost every single day since. This highlighting powder imparts such a lovely glow to the skin and it can be used either dry or wet. Both Michelle and Gareth recommended spritzing the skin with Fix+ before applying it to get a really beautiful sheen on the cheekbones (it really works). I have also been using it on the inner corners of my eyes, under my brows, on my cupid’s bow…you name it! Love this product.

Swatches here.

MAC Cremeblend Blush in ‘Ladyblush’

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Funnily enough, this blush has been on my list since I saw it in this Tanya Burr tutorial (it looks like a cream equivalent to my beloved Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in ‘Exposed’), so when Gareth used it on me I took it as a sign that it had to be mine (logical). I absolutely adore this, it’s the perfect muted pink blush for everyday use – nothing wild or fancy, just a natural, pretty colour, Being a cream formulation, the longevity isn’t great, but if I am dead-set on wanting it to last all day, I’ll just dust a bit of the Tarte blush on top to set it.

Swatches here.

Eucerin Aquaphor

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Hey, a product that isn’t by MAC (a round of applause for Eucerin, everybody)! I won’t go into details but this month I started sleeping with a bite plate to stop me from grinding my teeth, and I had an allergic reaction to the resin they used to make it. I have never had such swollen, red, sore lips in my life, and Aquaphor was the only product (besides the antihistamines)  that could soothe them (everything else, even Bactroban, stung like hell). I always have a tube of this with me, but new and interesting lip balms come along and the staple product often gets forgotten about – you know what it’s like. This product saved my lips and gently nursed them back to health, and I promise to never again forsake it in favour of another fancy lipbalm. You and me forever, Aquaphor.

*PR Sample

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4 March 2015

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February Favourites: Jules

February Favourites 2015 | All Dolled Up

Essence Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil | All Dolled Up

Essence Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil

One of my makeup missions is to find a black eyeliner in pencil form that I can use for tightlining but that doesn’t transfer to the lower waterline. Potted gel liners applied with a brush work well but I find this a bit fiddly for day-to-day so I crave the convenience of a pencil alternative. I spotted this in the Allure Best of Beauty 2014 and finally tracked one down at my local Clicks. It’s not 100% budge-proof in the waterline but it’s a lot better than anything else I’ve tried and is super creamy so it glides on really smoothly, making it ideal for a smoky eye too. Did I mention that it’s R45?!
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Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow

I’ve seen a few beauty bloggers use this to set under-eye concealer as the shade helps to brighten the area as well as set the makeup and prevent creasing. I was going to go and buy some when I realised that I had a teeny little pan of it in my long-forgotten Creamy Concealer Kit. So I’ve been applying it over corrector (Benefit Erase Paste) and highlighting concealer (Clinique Airbush) with my Real Techniques Setting Brush and find that it’s very light and non-cakey. The brightening effect is really subtle so I’m not sure I’d necessarily spend the money on a full sized version, but the powder is excellent and comes in loads of other shades so it would make a good all-over setting option too.
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Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara

Re-discovering an old favourite is always fun, especially when it’s a little drugstore gem. I’ve always loved Max Factor mascaras but I got distracted by sparkly newness like Lancôme Grandiôse mascara (which is fabulous). False Lash Effect is described as giving “full lashes with a natural look” which is spot on – you get lots of volume and definition so it looks like you’re wearing a gorgeous pair of fluttery falsies. No flaking, smudging or eye irritation – just perfect lashes. Incidentally, I also recently went through a tube of Max Factor Clump Defy (identical to Covergirl Clump Crusher, it’s just branded differently here and in the UK) but I thought it was a little TOO natural-looking for me.
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Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer

This will be familiar to you in you watched my recent haul video; it’s the hydrating version of Smashbox’s best-selling foundation primer. The oil-free formula feels like a gel-cream (not silicone-y) and does a great job of helping my skin retain water all day so it doesn’t drink up my foundation instead. I use this all over my face (on top of serum and moisturiser) with a more pore-filling primer layered over it on my T-zone e.g. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. Smashbox’s primers are the best of the best and they come in a variety of formulations for every skin type and concern. I also really like the Blemish Control one which contains 2% salicylic acid to help manage breakouts.

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Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil*

I have always wanted to try the legendary Clarins face treatment oils so I was thrilled when one arrived in the post a few months ago. I’ve used it nearly every night since (often layered under The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Mask) and my skin is positively glowing! It is made of 100% pure plant extracts and acts as a natural astringent for oily or combination skin. Yummy-smelling rosewood, geranium and lotus purify, tighten pores and refine the skin texture, while hazelnut oil softens, soothes and seals in moisture to prevent fine lines. There are also two other variants – Santal for dry skin and Blue Orchid for dehydrated ski, which is next on my hit list!

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25 February 2015

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The Goodie Bag You Don’t Want To Miss

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Being a beauty blog, fashion doesn’t get much of a look-in over here at All Dolled Up. However, we were recently invited to the Nicci Boutiques Winter 2015 Launch and when we saw what was on offer in terms of the goodie bag, we knew we had to tell you all about it! On the 3rd of March 2015, the Hyde Park Corner (Johannesburg) store will be launching their 2015 Winter Collection, and if you spend over R950.00, you will receive the most fantastic goodie bag – seriously, it’s incredible. We were kindly sent the goodie bag ahead of time so that we could play around with some of the products and provide you with a quick review of some of them. So without any further ado, let’s get cracking!

Full size Morrocanoil Heat Styling Protection (valued at R320.00). We are huge fans of the Morroccanoil haircare range, as you are no doubt aware by now! This product combines heat protection and styling in one: it creates a thermal protective veil that lets hair withstand extreme heat, and provides soft hold and a glossy finish to extend the life of every style. The formula is infused with vitamins which nourish the hair shaft, and contains an innovative heat-protecting agent which prevents breakage and split ends.

Full size SalonCare Enzyme Exfoliant (valued at R105.00). This skin polisher contains pineapple and papaya enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin. It has a cream-gel texture (no horrible scrubby particles – wonderful) and can be massaged into the face for 1-2 minutes, or it can be left on for up to 15 minutes for a more intensive treatment.

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dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 (10ml). This emollient daily moisturizer contains a broad spectrum SPF50, as well as Antioxidant White Tea which helps to neutralize free radicals, and a unique polypeptide to encourage the production of collagen. It is formulated without artificial fragrances, colours or parabens.

dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (13g sample). Jules is a massive fan of this exfoliating powder, and you can read her reviews here and here. The unique rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. It is suitable for all skin types.

dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist (10ml). Our darling friend Tori from Kiss, Blush & Tell raved about this product earlier this year (you can read her review here). This refreshing peptide toner creates a hydrating, antioxidant shield over skin to help reduce fine dryness lines and prevent the signs of aging. It can be used at any and every stage of your skincare and/or make-up routine and can also be used throughout the day as a refreshing spritz.

dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser (30ml). This product is aimed at those with oilier skins – the deep-cleansing clay formula purifies the skin, removes excess oils and refines the skin’s texture.

dermalogica microZone voucher for the dermalogica V&A Waterfront, dermalogica on Wembley and the dermalogica Rosebank stores. For those not familiar with microZone, they are cost-effective, 20-minute treatments (as opposed to the full 60 minute treatments) which are ideal for targeting pressing skin issues such as breakouts, dull skin and tired eyes. This is a great option is you are pressed for time, or if you are a newcomer to Dermalogica.

Full size Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in ‘Tease’. This glossy, vibrant coral lip balm is an absolute must-have. Jules’ did a video review last year when they were released:

Full size Stila Lip Glaze in ‘Orchard’ (valued at R225.00). A cult classic! This soft, copper-shimmer gloss will leave your lips looking peachy, and it has good staying power too.

Selection of Elizabeth Arden makeup from their 2014 Summer Escape collection, including the Beautiful Color Define and Highlight Eyeliner Duo in ‘Midnight Sail’ (a dual-ended navy blue/champagne shimmer eyeliner), the Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara in ‘Ocean Blue’, and the Pure Finish Cream Eye Shadows in ‘Sand Dollar’ (a soft, peachy shimmer)  and ‘Overboard’ (a powdery, baby blue). Also included is a mini Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant – the perfect handbag size. The Summer Escape products are valued at over R1,000.00 and are exclusive to this goodie bag, so you won’t be able to find them at the Elizabeth Arden counters.

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There are also a selection of perfume samples from Jimmy Choo and Elizabeth Arden (‘Untold Absolu’ being one of them), a full size Tropitone Aftersun Cooling Gel, a Dessata Professional Detangling Brush, as well as a few other haircare and skincare samples.

The event will be taking place between 9am and 6pm on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at Hyde Park Corner. There will be make-overs courtesy of Elizabeth Arden, mini-manicures courtesy of Sorbet, and hand massages courtesy of Mangwanani Spa. Cape Town ladies, never fear, you are not being left out! The Cape Town event is being held on Wednesday 1 April 2015 at the V&A Waterfront and I will update this post with details closer to the time.

Happy shopping, ladies!

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