Quick Reviews #20 // Affordable Products from Clicks

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Almay Age Essentials Makeup SPF 15 in ‘140 Light/Medium Warm’ This latest foundation from Almay contains a built-in moisturiser, as well a combination of collagen, hyaluronic acid and peptides. The purpose of adding these skincare ingredients is to provide a solution for busy women who are looking to maximise what their foundation can do for them ie offer skincare benefits at the same time. The combination of ingredients contained in this foundation promises to smooth the skin, relax expression lines, boost hydration and restore the skin’s luminosity. This reminds me a lot of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation, a…

Quick Reviews #19

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Environ Alpha Hydroxy Cream  This is the latest addition to my Environ arsenal and I am very much enjoying it. I wanted to incorporate more exfoliation into my routine, so my facialist, Nina, recommended that I start using the Alpha Hydroxy Cream two/three nights a week. It contains a combination of fruit acids to help promote the skin’s natural exfoliation process, and it’s suitable for problem and sensitive skins (mine) as it decongests without irritation.  I have been using it twice a week for the past three months or so, and I’m really pleased with the results: I do feel like…

5 Things I’m Testing This Week

5 Products I'm Testing This Week | All Dolled Up

The PR samples are piling up on my desk at the moment so this week I’m going to make a concerted effort to put a few of them through their paces. I’m busy testing the new Restylane skincare range too but that will take me a few weeks to assess, but I should be able to give you my opinion on these products in a shorter timeframe. Look out for a mini review on Instagram next week: TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Range One of the newest releases from this super-affordable brand is “a revolutionary new reverse wash haircare system, formulated for…

NEW: Restylane Skincare

Restylane Skincare | All Dolled Up

If the term “Restylane” sounds familiar, it’s because you’re probably familiar with the Swedish brand of dermal fillers used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, create fuller lips and accentuate contours. Well now the range has been expanded to include some luxurious at-home skincare designed to complement their injectables or if, like me, you’re not that way inclined, just form the base of a nourishing daily skincare routine. The USP of the range is its use of “unique NASHATM technology”, which is basically a stabilized form of hyaluronic acid in maximum concentration that helps to bind water and naturally improve…

Mini Korean Skincare Haul

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My family and I recently traveled to Vietnam to visit my baby sister, and on our final day in Hanoi I stumbled upon a TonyMoly store, much to my delight! TonyMoly is a Korean beauty brand which is famed not only for its effective skincare, but also for it’s adorable packaging. Had I been left unattended, I would have done a great deal more damage, but because I had my sweaty and irritable family watching me shop, I had to work fast! Here’s what I bought… TonyMoly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm This mask claims to soften your pores without the use…

What to Buy from Lush

What to buy from Lush

Last week, I asked on Twitter which brand you would like to see in a “What to buy from…” blog post. The options were Benefit, Revlon and Lush and the latter won by a landslide! I’ve included only permanent items in this list (otherwise you’d be reading this all day) and I’ve been quite strict about only listing my absolute favourites. There are tons of other Lush products that I like but these are the cream of the crop!

The Best Skincare for Oily Skin

The Best Skincare for Oily Skin | All Dolled Up

Although it’s much more under control now, I’ve had some version of oily/combination skin for as long as I can remember. Learning how to properly hydrate my face has made the biggest difference but I definitely still battle a shiny T-zone on a daily basis, especially in summer. The following list of skincare products are the ones that I have found best to help control and manage oily skin* and its effects. First, a quick overview of the skincare strategy for oily skin: In the words of skincare expert Tata Harper: “In an ideal world, our skin maintains a healthy…