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 –…

Shopping The Stash

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Given the abundance of makeup that I own, you’d think it would be almost impossible for me to fall into a product rut, wouldn’t you? Well, it ain’t so! Lately I have found myself reaching for the same products every morning, so I decided to shop my stash in an effort to switch things up and get through all the makeup. I had a good rummage around my collection and discovered some forgotten gems, and here they are… Stila Colour Correcting Cream in ‘Light’ Disclaimer: This has been discontinued. I know, I know, I shouldn’t even be writing about it, but…

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

Cult Beauty Wishlist

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Cult Beauty is hands-down my favourite online beauty retailer – I often spend hours browsing the site, wishing I was a millionaire/still based in London so that I could get my hands on their expertly curated products. These are some of the items currently on my wishlist… iBeauty Skin Brush 21 I am most intrigued by this new style of brush that seems to be taking the makeup world by storm, aren’t you? I never thought I would find myself coveting something which looks like a ginormous toothbrush, but it turns out that I do! These densely packed synthetic fiber bristles promise to buff…

The Great Foundation Audit

The Great Foundation Audit

By now, you’re no doubt aware that I’m a bit of a hoarder. I’ve been meaning to clear out my foundation drawer for a while now, so when I watched Anna’s “Makeup Declutter” video I was finally inspired to trawl through it and identify the good, the bad and the long ago expired… What I use every day You’ll notice two common denominators in my everyday base products: they’re all lightweight and they’re all from the drugstore. If I had to choose one to take to a desert island, it would be the L.A. Girl Pro BB Cream, of which…