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Quick Reviews #33: Concealer Showdown!

We’ve recently had a couple of new concealers land on our desks, so I thought I would take the opportunity to give you a rundown of the pros and cons of each. I tested each of these under the eyes only, so I can’t vouch for how they address redness/blemishes (my skin has been very well behaved recently, which is great for me, but not so great for the purposes of this review). Ready? Maybelline Fit Me Concealer Despite launching internationally light years ago, these have only recently landed on our shores, and I am sure I speak for all…

Quick Reviews #32: Some New Mascaras

Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara This latest release from Benefit claims to build massive volume without weighing down the lashes, and it does so by including aero-particles (one of the lightest known materials) in the formulation. Riiiight. I enjoyed the slim, flexible wand and short plastic bristles – it really helps you nestle the wand into the roots of the lashes and distribute the mascara in one even coat from root to tip. However, this formulation is wetter than an otter’s pocket, so I found that even though the first coat went on smoothly, I wasn’t able to properly build volume with…

Review // Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 0.5

SPONSORED POST If, like me, you’ve delayed incorporating a dedicated retinol serum into your routine because you are either terrified, or haven’t found one that works for you, then I’ve got some good news for you! I’ve found ‘The One’ for beginners: the Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 0.5. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and is the form most easily absorbed by the body. It acts as an antioxidant and collagen stimulator simultaneously, so not only does it protect your skin against damage by free radicals (sun, pollution etc), but it also stimulates cell turnover, thereby lessening the appearance of…

Some New High-End Skincare Discoveries

I tested these three products over the festive season and honestly, I was so impressed: an antioxidant to help protect your skin from the harsh South African sun, a serum to help zap those nasty blemishes which tend to pop up after weeks of indulgence, and an eye cream to help minimise the tell-tale signs of too many late nights. A dream team, if ever I saw one! SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE If you’re not familiar with antioxidants and how/why they should be incorporated into your skincare routine, then have a read of this post that Jules penned a while ago…

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer: Worth the Splurge?

I was very fortunate to be sent a Dyson Supersonic to test for two weeks – I literally squealed with excitement when it arrived. I have been blow drying my hair for nearly 20 years, and have been using a salon-quality hairdryer (Parlux) for almost 15 of those years, so I really feel like I am qualified to give you a thorough review on the pros and cons (of which there is only one, to be fair) of this magnificent piece of equipment. The engineers (103 of them!) behind the Dyson Supersonic aimed to create a dryer that could style…

Quick Reviews #30 // Some New Summer Body Products

Summer is just around the corner, and the thought of having to bare my winter limbs has me in a bit of a panic. I loathe lying in the sun/going to the beach, so I have to fake it when it comes to tanning/not looking like Powder. Today I’m going to run you through some new additions which I think are brilliant: a wash-off bronzing lotion, a body butter that smells like summer in a tube, and a body oil so glorious, you will never want to wash it off. CHANEL N°5 Fragments D’Or* Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?…

Jules’ October Favourites

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter in 200 Medium* Good highlighters are unfortunately rather difficult to find at the drugstore, let alone in a subtle, creamy formula that isn’t full of chunky glitter. Luckily for me, Maybelline sent us their version so I put it to the test in a First Impressions video earlier in the year and was thrilled with the result! I’ve been using it regularly ever since but for some reason I keep forgetting to put it in my monthly favourites. The shade 200 is spot on for me – it gives the cheekbones a slightly peachy…