Beauty Gifting Ideas


October is a big birthday month for me – between best friends and family members, there are many, many presents which need to be bought. It will come as no surprise that beauty products are the gifts I tend to give most often – they’re generally the items people can’t justify buying for themselves, which make them all the more special to receive! I thought it might be helpful to give you a quick run-down of some of my favourite gifting items in case you’ve got a big birthday month coming up too (or, you know, Christmas): Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream…

Three Really Good Face Masks for Congested Skin

Best face masks for clogged pores

Blocked pores and bumpy skin texture are daily struggles for those of us with more oily skin. To be fair, it’s on the less traumatic end of the acne scale but it can be frustrating nonetheless, and luckily it’s fairly easy to treat. Ingredients like salycilic acid, glycolic acid and other gentle exfoliants are a great way to reduce and prevent clogged pores, but a good blackhead-busting face mask can also be wonderfully effective. Here are three of my favourites:

Ask the Expert: Differences between Botox and Fillers


We’ve had a lot of questions regarding the differences between botox and fillers recently, it seems to be somewhat of a hot topic. I (Camilla) have been getting Botox every 3-6 months for the past 5 years, and I swear by it. Although I haven’t had dermal fillers, I am open to the idea if/when I feel I need them. I see Dr Alek Nikolic, and have done since day one – my fabulous godmother referred me to him and I’ve never looked back. He has always taken a very measured approach with me, and I trust him implicitly. He is soft-spoken,…

Introducing La Roche-Posay


Jules and I have mentioned La Roche-Posay a few times before on All Dolled Up, but now that the brand is finally available in South Africa, I thought it was time for a more formal introduction. This French dermatology skin care brand was founded in 1975, and its main focus has always been to create an effective skin care line for sensitive skins. Every product contains thermal water from the natural springs of La Roche-Posay, which contains high levels of elenium – a mineral proven to protect cellular metabolism with its powerful antioxidant properties. All ingredients are strictly selected to be…

Camilla’s September Favourites


NYX Micro Brow Pencil in ‘Ash Brown/Medium Beige’ + Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in ‘Brownie Brows’ This drugstore combo has really been floating my boat this month. The NYX pencil is the perfect shade for my brows (the shade ‘Brunette’ is a touch too warm), and the nib is nice and small, so it makes easy work of drawing a precise, sculpted brow. I then go in with the Essence eyebrow gel mascara to add some oomph and secure the hairs in place – the fibers really bulk up the appearance of my brows, which I love.…

Review: 5 New Affordable Mascaras

Affordable drugstore mascaras

Mascara launches come thick and fast these days, each with increasingly bold (and sometimes ludicrous) claims. There is so much “technology” in the category these days that it can be dizzying to keep up, and the find one that you really love. We were sent a few recently so I decided to pit them against each other, and see if any lived up to their marketing message. Here they are in order of preference from the mascara I liked the most, to the one I liked the least. You might as well be warned – this is not a gushing…

Quick Reviews #22

WASS Skin Food Summer Body Balm* If you read Jules’ post about her favourite local, natural skincare products, then you’ll already be familiar with the brand WASS. WASS uses locally sourced organic and natural ingredients to create a range of ‘skin food’ inspired by the seasons. The products don’t contain any nasties, so no parabens, sulphates, unnatural preservatives, silicones, dyes, synthetic perfumes or fragrances. This ‘summer’ balm comprises of a blend of botanical oils to nourish and restore dry and damaged skin, and it will also assist with the healing of scars, and the treatment of burns or eczema. I love the colour and scent –…