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Review // Lash Lift at The Urban Beauty Lounge

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All of the most interesting beauty recommendations tend to come from my dear friend Tori, and this one is no exception. During a dinner towards the end of last year I couldn’t stop looking at her eyelashes as they look so perfectly curled, dense and fluffy (dream lashes). She told me she’d been for a lash lift, a procedure I was familiar with but had never really been tempted to try…until I saw the results in real life. I quickly booked an appointment at The Urban Beauty Lounge, and based on the before-and-after, I am sure that you will agree that the…

Quick Reviews #23

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Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-Aging Foundation SPF 30 PA++ I was a huge fan of the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude foundation, so I was really excited when their latest offering landed on our desk. This anti-aging skincare-foundation hybrid is enriched with a powerful antioxidant which, when used daily, repairs the skin’s appearance and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains hydra-pigments to instantly blur imperfections, while helping to seal in moisture for a radiant look. Elizabeth Arden even goes so far to claim that you can sleep with it on to reap added skincare benefits, with studies…

Just Launched // Chanel Collection Libre


Chanel has just released their latest collection, Collection Libre, and it is stunning. Lucia Pica was inspired by cityscapes and urban materials – glass, metal, rubber – when creating this collection, with the aim being to offer up a contrasting palette of textures, colours and lights. Whereas the Le Rouge Collection No.1 (which I adore and use constantly) leaned very warm, I feel like this collection is perfect for those who prefer cooler tones. Collection Libre launched on 14 November 2016. These limited edition items tend to sell like hotcakes, so I’d get myself to a Chanel counter sharpish if you want to…

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…

Favourite Five: Local, Natural Skincare Products

Best Natural South African Skincare Products

I’ve got a real soft spot for local, cruelty-free, beautifully designed, handmade, natural beauty products, especially those from small businesses. I think it’s so important to support these brands, not only because they’re South African, but because they produce high quality skincare that’s good for your skin and the environment. Here are the five products I use regularly in my routine and would highly recommend, none of which are likely to surprise you! All products were initially supplied as PR samples, but I’ve subsequently purchased all the items that I’ve finished, and bought a few more as gifts:

August Favourites

August Favourites 2016 - All Dolled Up

Camilla’s Favourites: TONYMOLY Pocket Bunny Moist Mist Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (launching 10 October 2016)* Exuviance Microdermabrasion Face Polish* Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial Chanel Le Vernis Longue Tenue in Rouge Puissant* and Rouge Noir Chanel Le 4 Ombres Candeur et Expérience* Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil* Jules’ Favourites: Clarins Fix’ Makeup (launching 10 October 2016)* Clarins Sunkissed Bronzing Compact (launching 10 October 2016)* Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara* Skoon Glow Drops Laniege Water Sleeping Mask Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream the Balm Mary-Loumanizer Highlighter, Shadow & Shimmer *PR Sample

New In // Skincare

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Environ Ionzyme C-Quence Eye Gel  I recently finished my Environ Firming Eye Gel, and whilst I liked it, it didn’t particularly blow me away, so I decided to give the C-Quence version a try. It contains a cocktail of vitamins, anti-oxidants and peptides to improve the appearance of fine lines (that’d be me, then), and to provide a daily defence against aging by keeping the under-eye area hydrated and cared for. I have been using it every morning and I officially cannot be without it now. It sinks in quickly, but still leaves the skin feeling hydrated and silky all day…