My All Time Favourites – Camilla from All Dolled Up

Friday, 27 May 2016

Following on from my ‘All Time Favourites’ post a few weeks back where I shared my one go-to product in each category which WAS NOT an easy task, I obviously roped in my two favourite beauty gals (Camilla and Jules from All Dolled Up). I am not sure if it was purely for my own nosey info, or to share here, but let's get to it anyway (I know you are keen to hear their choices too).

I’m starting off with Camilla’s picks. When I sent her an email about this she went as far as to state that this was like picking her favourite child, we really need to get out more. Camilla is a girl after my own heart, us two love a good beauty product launch and will move mountains to ensure we get hold of what we are after. Camilla is studying a make-up course part-time (whilst casually being an attorney in between, as one does) so really is passionate and I have no doubt our next SA Lisa Eldrige! Also, come hell or high water I am going on an overseas trip with this girl one day to a place that has a very large Sephora. How cultural of us!

Thanks for sharing Cam, you have most definitely contributed a few more additions to my always-growing beauty shopping list!


My all-time favourite cleanser... Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser
My all-time favourite serum... Environ Hydrating Oil Capsules (not technically a serum, but they give me life)
My all-time favourite face mask... If I'm spotty: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. If my skin is dull: REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. If my skin is dry: SKOON Overnight Hydrating Mask (not pictured).
My all-time favourite moisturiser...  Environ Super Moisturiser+
My all-time favourite exfoliant... Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish
My all-time favourite make up remover... The Body Shop Silky Chamomile Cleansing Oil.

Make Up:

My all-time favourite foundation... Yoh. Yoh Yoh Yoh. If I HAD to choose I think I would go for the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick -it's creamy, buildable and long wearing, but if you want light coverage, it sheers out really beautifully.
My all-time favourite BB/CC cream/tinted... Mine would be the Bourjois CC Cream
My all-time favourite blusher... Stila Convertivle Color in 'Lilium'
My all-time favourite bronzer... Topshop Matte Bronzer in 'Mohawke'
My all-time favourite highlighter... Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in 'Pearl'
My all-time favourite mascara... Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' Mascara
My all-time favourite eye-shadow... Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in 'Spice"
My all-time favourite lip product... Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors
My all-time favourite setting spray... Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Review: Lancôme Juicy Shakers are here!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The new, and very much anticipated, Lancôme Juicy Shakers are here and, my word, Lisa Eldridge really did get me excited about this launch!!! The build-up was pretty amazing overseas, if any of you follow the beauty influencers that side of the world then you would have shared my excitement!
No girl can ever have too many lip colours, and (as I’m sure you can imagine, I am no exception).The Juicy Shakers are an innovative, first-of-their kind lip product, inspired by the ever so popular Juicy Tubes that I used to love! Remember those colours and scents!!!

The concept was based on a product from Lancôme from way back when (1946, to be exact) and this product was called The Shaker. It was also a lip product. Anyhoo, fast forward to now and we have the 2016 version of The Shaker which is made up of an incredibly wide array of shades of oil-like treatment glosses for the lips. The product does quite literally, as its name suggests, require a good shake before application – this will ensure the nourishing oil (apricot, peach, cranberry, almond and rose de muscat) blends with the specific colour before application. The whole shaking concept is quite therapeutic too!

My best part is the actual applicator which is a never-seen-before domed-cushion applicator that seems rather large at first but makes application onto the lips a dream – it’s almost like a mini, mini Beauty Blender that you dab onto the lips. The colour is build-able too, so you can dab until you get the effect you want. It’s quite an addictive feeling!
There are 20 different shades available and the colours are just as great, if not better, than the Juicy Tubes that we all know and love. Wait for it, the best part is that each and every shade has its unique scent to match it. The colours are very sheer, so don’t expect any pops of colours here, more like a sheer wash of hydration. I guess I love mine so much as it’s quite a difference compared to what I normally wear on my lips which is matte, full colour – nothing with a shine or nothing sheer. So these are fantastic for casual day-time wearing, plus you get the hydration too.

Fabulash Review - Russian Volume Lash Extensions

Monday, 23 May 2016

I often get asked for Joburg recommendations with regards to general beauty treatments and, more frequently, about recommendations for wedding prep type spots before your big day. I have Cape Town recommendations coming out of my ears and know Natal pretty well but, sadly, am not too clued up when it comes to Joburg.

Urban Decay – my favourites and my wishlist

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Urban Decay is a brand I have loved for many years. The fact that you could only ever get it abroad obviously meant I could only get my hands on it if and when I was travelling or a friend was willing to be a mule. So you can only imagine my excitement at the fact that they are launching in South Africa soon (standalone store in Sandton in June and no dates announced just yet for CT, will keep you postred).

I thought I would do a post on some of my favourites that you have to pop onto your shopping list and then also share my wishlist (that is saved on my iPhone, ready to get shopping):

My favourites

Review: Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

On my recent quest to take my skin care to the next level, I started having regular facials at a salon I had been recommended by a friend. My therapist at the salon has been in the skincare industry for years and years and I guess I always naively felt that I knew it all, having studied Health & Skincare. Because of my background knowledge I can read my skin pretty well and know when it is lacking in certain things and how to help whatever skin crisis may arise. In doing all of my intense at-home skincare routines, I didn’t realise one major part I was totally missing; and this was that I was unsettling my skins natural barrier which is vital to keep intact and in good health.
For those who don’t understand this term, your natural barrier is what protects your skin and can easily be unsettled through loads of different factors such as over stimulation, water that is too hot, affecting the skins PH through products that are too harsh and poor protection from free radicals. Your barrier is vital in keeping out the bad things and keeping in the good things (for lack of a better explanation). You can read this article on Paula's Choice for more detail on this. So, I guess this explains my skins dehydration (no matter how much oil/hydrating masks I pile on!)

How I faux that glow - my tips for faking glowey, rested skin when life is everything but!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

I wrote this post a while ago at a time when my skin wasn't being its usual self. I put this down to my serious lack of routine at the time (being bad with yoga and with that came not-so-good eating/drinking habits). It's come around again, and thankfully been good for the last few weeks
thanks to an improved routine and less late nights but, unfortunately, when life happens (late nights, lots of social activities etc) I know this will happen again. Therefore this post is about how to fake that glow, we all know that drinking loads of water, getting enough rest, eating our greens etc result in glowey skin but this is also not going to always be the case, so in those times of need here are some cheat products that will make your skin look better than it really is.

My All-Time Favourites - by Kiss, Blush & Tell

Thursday, 5 May 2016

This is a new mini series on the blog that’s all about some of my favourite beauty peoples ‘all-time favourite products’. I am often asked this question and, being the beauty junkie that I am, it is pretty much an impossible one to answer as there are just so many great products out there.

However, I have put myself up to the challenge, so here is my best shot. Following this post you will also see some all-time favourites from other friends and enablers that I love.

As a rule, the below products are ones that I have used for ages (in most cases) and pretty much am never without – I also see myself using them for many years to come. As you will see, in some cases I broke the rules and mentioned a few as I just couldn't help myself :)


My all​-​time favourite​ ​cleanser... Babor Mild Cleanser Foam
My all​-​time favourite serum... Sisley Black Rose Facial Oil

My all​-​time favourite face mask...​1) Origins Drink Up for hydration 2) Eve Lom Rescue Mask for problem skin and 3) Rodial Super Acids X-Treme Hangover Mask for radiance (this is too hard, I have so many more favourites: Sisley Black Rose and Kiehl's Cilantro & Orange Extract Mask)

My all-time favourite toner... Dermalogica Anti-Oxidant Hydramist

My all​-​time favourite moisturiser...​ QMS 24 Hr Moisturiser

My all​-​time favourite exfoliant...​ Dermalogica Microfoliant

My all​-​time favourite make up remover... Bioderma Micellar Water

Make Up

My all​-​time favourite foundation...​ Nars Sheer Glow

My all​-​time favourite BB cream/tinted...​ Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (although this is too new) so probably Stila CC cream 

My all​-​time favourite blusher... ​Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Radiant Magenta

My all-time favourite highlighter... Becca Champagne Pop (cheating a bit here as this is new, but I can see my love affair lasting a very, very long time). My old fave would have to be Mac Soft n Gentle - owned this years ago and recently bought a new one and it's as great as I remember it being!

My all​-​time favourite bronzer... ​Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light 

My all​-​time favourite mascara...​ Benefit They're Real (although a hack to remove!)

My all​-​time favourite eye-shadow... Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Pure Finish Radiant - a bronzing palette that I use for eyes and have been obsessed with for years - perfect combo of bronze shades and perfect amount of subtle shimmer - also very build-able depending on how dramatic I want to go!

My all​-​time favourite lip product... ​Piz Buin Sun Lipstick - dull and not a colour but I use it all day every day and it makes any lip product I use underneath it or on top of it look amazing so it has to be this!!! Otherwise Mac Blankety is my oldest favourite lip colour.

My all​-​time favourite setting spray... ​Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to keep things in place and Dermalogica Anti Oxidant Hydramist to add faux glow.
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Charlotte Rhys: Supporting local

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Charlotte Rhys is a local beauty brand that I've never really known all that well. That was until my friends gifted me with one of their candles last year - it was the No. 17 scent and I completely fell in love. I am such a sucker for a luxury scented candle, but this is always something I have thought I couldn't get locally. I was wrong. This candle got me totally intrigued by the brand as, for one, the scent is INSANE and the packaging is so slick and expensive feeling and looking. It makes the perfect gift and you can tell they haven't skimped on packaging or ingredients! I love this candle so much that I have since bought two more (one is a Mother's Day gift) - they costs R341.

MY DIY Mani with Scholl

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

I am a tad pedantic when it comes to my nails. I always have been and it is something I do splurge on. I have my manicure and pedicure booked religiously every second week and I always get Shellac on hands and toes. Yes, I know it’s not the best for my nails but they look flawless and my nails are pretty strong and hardy.

Anyway, my nail technician has been telling me to take a break to give my nails a chance to breathe for a while now and on Friday I decided it was a good time to do that (for a little while). I wanted to nourish my nails and hydrate my cuticle area as much as possible and get my nails back to tip top condition. Cue the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System which was the perfect tool to aid me in my DIY home mani’s.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Toilette {New}

Monday, 4 April 2016

I spoilt myself to the latest launch from Tom Ford which is the Eau de Toilette version of the Black Orchid fragrance. The original Black Orchid Eau de Parfum has been my go-to signature scent for years, hence the splurge on the EDT version and I loved the fact that this newer addition is a tad softer and more wearable for every day. Oh, and the matte black bottle may have swayed me a bit too…

Products I fell in love with on my travels

Monday, 14 March 2016

As you may have seen, I returned from 2 weeks in Australia yesterday – 10 days in Melbourne and 4 days in Sydney. I went for work so between tackling normal work emails and blog mails I am pretty snowed under. This combined with jet lag is not for the faint hearted. Anyway, this post is about a handful of products that I really enjoyed using on my trip.

Clarins Instant Glow Collection

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The latest collection from Clarins is landing soon (April, to be exact) and it's rather beautiful. I have to say, the last collection wasn't really my kind of thing as, let's be honest, I am rather dull when it comes to colour and, sadly, can never ever get enough of a neutral eye-shadow palette. Ever. Clarins have reigned it in a bit with this collection, going for very wearable shades and I am extremely happy about that (and think you will be too).

The collection is made up of a few completely new launches and some other products are just new shades (you all know my excitement around the lip perfector shades!!!)
BB Skin Detox Fluid spf 25 - brand new
5 Colour Eye Palette - Limited Edition
Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector - two new shades
Ombre Iridescente Eye Shadows - brand new
Rouge Eclat - four new shades
Multi-Blush - one new shade

NEW: Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque & Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

Monday, 22 February 2016

Kiehl's recently welcome these two masks to their skincare range and when it comes to skincare products that excite me, a good face mask is my ultimate! I am such a die-hard face mask user and truly believe you can rescue your skin from most skin dilemma's by using a good mask as long as it is targeted to your concern.
I know many people battle to include a mask religiously into their routine, but I end up doing a mask at least 3 times a week. You can read my Face Mask 101 post to explain the different types of masks out there and what may be best suited to your issues. I do believe everyone should own a variety of masks, even if it's just two, as your skin is constantly changing, for example when I am looking dull, dehydrated and congested I reach for a detoxifying clay mask, however, when I am wanted that extra bit of radiance and glow I sleep with a hydrating mask of sorts. They are so easy to incorporate and take so little time, plus are such an indulgent treat to incorporate.


Monday, 15 February 2016

My first ever Chanel make up item landed on my desk about a month ago and I literally have not been able to stop staring at it, plus I refuse to throw the box away! I actually have no idea why I haven't owned a Chanel item before, I guess I haven't really known where to start and knowing what I know now; the foundations are a pretty good starting point.
My sister is an avid Chanel make up user - it's pretty much all she uses and what she swears by. She actually bought me my first ever Chanel lipstick this past weekend and promised me "you will never want to use anything else!' - she's probably right.

Gift Guide: Valentine's Day 2016

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

For those who have been hiding under a rock, Valentine’s Day is around the corner and, if you’re anything like me you are waking up to the fact that you have done nothing for it. I’m not really one for celebrating Valentine’s Day with loads of gifts (more of a Christmas type-of-gal), but I do think it’s a good excuse for a little spoiling, even if it’s just for yourself.

I will be spending my Valentine’s Day with my family who are all out from the UK and from Natal and my boyfriend and I might squeeze in a dinner later on that eve. Nothing too exciting, but below are a handful of new launches for Valentine’s Day as well as other little gifts that range in price. Hope this helps and for those of you who are single #treatyoself. You will also see a suggestion below from Red Square which I think is such a brilliant gift idea!

Face of the month: January 2016

Monday, 8 February 2016

I'm rather impressed with myself that I am actually sticking to a vague sort of schedule (second post in, let's see how long this lasts). 
So first, the ramble: January was a great month but by no means chilled. I really was hoping that going into 2016 I would have more 'me' time, but January was jam packed with friends visiting from abroad, weddings, engagement parties, birthdays etc. and until the end of April I pretty much have every single weekend booked up. All good things, so I mustn't complain. 

Anyway, around mid-Jan I went to see a dermatologist for my usual mole mapping (I have lots of freckles and moles that I am pretty paranoid about). On my visit I bought an Alpha Hydroxy Acid cream and proceeded to use it continuously for around 4 nights. This resulted in my skin completely freaking out and, for the first time since high-school, my skin broke out on a level I've never had before. It was awful as not only did I have spots everywhere, but the redness was shocking, it was raw. Anyway, it's on the mend after loads of TLC.

Poppy X superga

Thursday, 4 February 2016

I am sure a few of you have seen my Instagram posts about my new Superga's from the PoppyIsMyName limited edition collection for Superga which is their collaboratyion with Poppy Ntshongwana (who clearly has impeccable taste). You guys, I actually got a sneak peak of these a while back and have literally been obsessed since (and now finally own a pair).

Win two palm print cushions with The Design Group

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Be sure to check out my Instagram competition that closes at the end of this week (05 Feb). You stand the chance of winning two of the below palm print cushions.

Simply follow The Design Group on Instagram and reshare on your Instagram page with the hashtag #KBTGiveaway :)

Maaji - my latest obsession

Monday, 25 January 2016

Workout gear, or should we call it 'active-wear', is my go to uniform and is something I really have no problem splurging on. There are a few reasons for this, 1 - being that it motivates me and makes exercising that much more enjoyable, 2 – I often run errands before or after exercising so don’t really want to look like a complete site-for-sore eyes (aside from my blood-shot red face) and 3 – I do actually use it and need a variety of active wear items to switch between.

My Face of The Month - December 2015

Thursday, 14 January 2016

This is going to be a new monthly series on my blog which is pretty similar to a monthly favourites but is about what products (in all make up categories) I have been using religiously. I know some of these will stay the same, but I am pretty good about switching up my makeup bag each month and trying out old favourites again (and testing out newbies), so this will be a snapshot of the products I have used the most that month (not necessarily new) and a quick summation of why I have loved them. There may be products that remain here for a few months in a row but that way, it gives you an honest sneak peek into my firm favourites that remain there each month. Oh, and I can't promise I will be on-time and do this post on the first of each month but I will get around to it at some stage :) (says me posting this mid-way through Jan - good start!)


My Skinny Brew 28 Day Teatox Review

Monday, 11 January 2016

I have been a fan of detoxing teas for a while now. I have to be honest, I don’t really use these teas religiously as a full on daily detox, however, I swear by them a few times a week before bed to help my digestive system kick into gear and to make myself feel energised and good.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer VS Urban Decay Naked Concealer

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

In the on-going quest to find the ultimate concealer I (being the beauty junkie that I am) try and get my hands on every raved about concealer that comes onto the market. A concealer that does the job well goes a long way. It means that you can wear less make up than you usually would, and rather focus on concealing problematic areas (not the entire face) – giving you the ultimate flawless no-make up look we all strive for (after 45 minutes in front of the mirror, but hey!).

Lux Ignite the Spark: My perfect pampering evening in

Thursday, 17 December 2015

I have partnered with Lux for their Soft Touch launch of their latest collection: silk essence with pink rose and floral infusions. The campaign they are doing around this launch is one I ( and I'm sure all of you) can relate to; it's about 'igniting the spark'. Yes, this can relate to your relationship, but I feel that igniting the spark in any relationship starts with you and making sure you are feeling the absolute best version of yourself. I know when I am run-down, exhausted and burning the candle at both ends that it can take it's toll on my relationship if I let it. Therefore, a night in where I rest, look after myself and take some 'me' time is the best way of igniting all the relationships in my life. The ripple effect is only a positive one!

To prepare for your night make sure you have zero plans, some space to yourself, some healthy food ingredients and some of your favourite beauty treats (of course!):

Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Dad's, Boyfriends + Brothers

Friday, 11 December 2015

This is probably one of the hardest gifts for me to buy when it comes to Christmas: what do you get for your Dad/Boyfriend/brother?!? Every gift always seems to unexciting compared to the options that there are for us girls. I hope this guide can help you in some way!

This is the last of my gift guides, if you missed the others have a look below:
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Home Decor Lovers
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Stocking Fillers Under R100
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Beauty Junkies
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For The Fitness Freak / Health-Nut-Foodie
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Mum's/Mother-In-Laws
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Fashion Lovers

Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Home Decor Lovers

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

These gift guide posts are some of my best posts to do as 1) Christmas time is everything to me and 2) I love buying people gifts and these guides are genuinely items I would either LOVE myself, or that I think would be suited to certain family members/friends. I hope they can help you out with your Christmas shopping! I have included all prices below and links to the product online, where possible.

Product Review: Lux Soft Touch

Lux has recently launched their latest Soft Touch collection which is pretty much as feminine as things get which I’ve never complained about!


Monday, 7 December 2015

I have teamed up with Clarins to giveaway my SIX ultimate holy-grail summer holiday products that are always in my toiletry bag and that I simply can’t live without, especially when it comes to my summer holiday!

The products include: 

1) Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (for perfectly glowey skin)
2) Clarins Bright Plus Serum (love this serum to help combat pigmentation from sun damage)
3) Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base (the best for that all over sun-kissed glow)
4) Clarins Instant Concealer (my best radiant concealer to cover those dark circles)
5) Clarins Delicious Self Tan Cream (because we all love a faux tan) and, of course
6) Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (the best hydrating gloss for a pretty pout).

A True Miracle Product

Friday, 4 December 2015

I have been on the lookout for a good spot treatment as, of late, I have been getting the odd rather red and angry pimple – always at the most inconvenient of times and in the most inconvenient of places. Isn’t it always that way!?!

Anyway, I have always used one of two pimple products, both of which you can’t get in South Africa (my dear sister has hauled them home for me). One is the Eve Lom Dynaspot and the other is the Origins Super SpotRemover. Both work well but neither work miracles and, to be honest, I didn’t really expect more from a topical treatment so was happy with them.

…Cue – Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Stocking Fillers Under R100

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Jeepers, finding Christmas gift ideas for under R100 proved to be much harder than I thought. R100 can pretty much get you very little these days, but after some scrummaging around, I actually found some great gifts that would be perfect for Secret Santa ideas, stocking fillers or just a small gift for a special friend.

Remember that pretty gift wrapping and packaging can also go a long way in making a smaller gift look very thought-through and special. Here is my gift-wrapping Pinterest board for some inspiration :)

If you missed by other gift guide, see below and watch out for the rest of them which will be up over the next two weeks:
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Beauty Junkies
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Mum's/Mother-In-Laws
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Fashion Lovers
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For The Fitness Freak / Health-Nut-Foodie

Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Beauty Junkies

Monday, 30 November 2015

Ahhhh - and now for one of my favourites - the gift guide that pretty much any girl I know would be pretty chuffed to receive! There's quite a selection here, from high end perfumes and lip products to indulgent hand scrubs and bargain dupe blushes. Some stocking filler ideas are included, however, a full post of stocking ideas under R100 will be up later this week.

See my other gift guides that have already gone up:
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Mum's/Mother-In-Laws
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For Fashion Lovers
Christmas Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts For The Fitness Freak / Health-Nut-Foodie