Hidden Gems of the Drugstore

Hidden gems of the drugstore | All Dolled Up

Beauty blogs and YouTube channels all over the world are bursting with great, affordable makeup and skincare product recommendations. Some of those products get raved about to such a degree that they achieve cult status (think Real Techniques brushes, Maybelline Great Lash mascara and Carmex lip treatment) but others are much less likely to get a rave review online. I rifled through my collection and picked out the unsung heroes that I think deserve more notice: Skin There are two primers that I use regularly (see my entire primer collection here) that are so good, I’d pick them over the…

What’s in my On-the-Go Beauty Bag

Whats in my On-the-Go Beauty Bag | All Dolled Up

This has the potential to be the most boring blog post of all time… but for some reason, I love taking a sneaky peek inside other people’s handbags so I figure a couple of you might too! “What’s in my Bag” videos are my guilty pleasure on YouTube (anyone else?!) so I thought I’d show you what goes into the little pouch that I keep in my main handbag. It’s a short list of absolute essentials:

What to buy from: Dermalogica

What to buy from Dermalogica | All Dolled Up

Let’s be real: beauty is a minefield. It’s a completely saturated industry and yet every day we see more products being launched and categories being invented, which makes picking the best makeup and skincare for you even more complicated and confusing. We’ve had a lot of conversations with women recently about what skincare and makeup we would recommend and why, and we find ourselves suggesting the same things over and over. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to break things down by brand so you can get an idea of what we think each company does…

Currently Obsessed With: Revlon Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact

Revlon Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup | All Dolled Up

Revlon recently released their best selling Colorstay foundation in a compact form, and I am into it! Having never used the liquid version of Colorstay, I can’t draw any comparisons, but what I can tell you is that the compact version is a lovely foundation in its own right. I have traditionally steered clear of compact foundations for fear of them being too drying for my skin, however this offering from Revlon had me pleasantly surprised by just how creamy and moisturising it was. That being said, the finish isn’t dewy – it’s more of demi-matte, so if you want glow, you will…

REVIEW: New Bioderma Hydrabio Range

Bioderma Hydrabio Review | All Dolled Up

One of our all-time favourite skincare brands, Bioderma, is launching a new range of products directly targeting dehydrated skin. Dehydration (caused by a lack of water in the skin; as opposed to dryness which is the result of a lack of oil) is something that affects most of us to one degree or another but is easily rectified with the right treatment. These products usually contain humectants like hyaluronic acid or glycerin which help the skin to retain water, but Hydrabio, Bioderma’s targeted new range, uses a different approach. Aquagenium®, which is found in the full range of Hydrabio products,…

April Favourites // Jules

April Favourites: Jules | All Dolled Up

I tried out quite a few new things this month and there were a lot of hits, so here’s the lowdown. Shower I feel about shower gels the same way I feel about facial cleansers: getting clean is such a boring task that to keep me interested, they have to feel amazing and/or smell delicious otherwise I’ll move onto something else. Tori introduced me to the Creightons brand which she found in Pick ‘n Pay and so far I’ve ploughed through a bottle of Coconut & Honey and now I’m onto the zingy Lime & Grapefruit plus I have Vanilla &…

April Favourites // Camilla

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Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in ‘Beach Bronze’ After seeing Bobbi Brown Pro Hannah Martin using this in her most recent video, I promptly went out and bought it (the power of YouTube!). This is the closest locally available dupe that I have found to my beloved Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in ‘Spice’ – it has the same smooth, yet iridescent brown tone that gets my pulse racing. The texture is a little bit stiff to start with (unlike the Tom Ford version, which has a really creamy, almost mousse-like consistency), but once you warm it up…

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Tutorial

Products used: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion  Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil in ‘Jet’ Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in ‘Hot Chocolate’ Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in ‘Nude Mauve’ Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in ‘Brilliant Light’ MAC Lipstick in ‘Velvet Teddy’