Review: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance mascara

Like your lashes dramatic yet defined? That’s the best way I can describe Arden’s new Grand Entrance mascara (R275). It’s all about boosting volume, curl and length and delivers the most on the latter.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance mascara

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance mascara

Arden suggests you first hold the brush so that it’s curve creates a ‘U’ to load your lashes with the mascara and then flip it (so that it’s an upside down ‘U’) to lift.

Between you and me, I just slap it on willy nilly (OMG, did I just say willy nilly?) and still get a good result.

I’ve tried Arden’s method and it didn’t really ‘lift’ my lashes so I now just slap it on willy nilly (OMG, did I just say willy nilly?) and get the same result.

The rubber bristle brush’s tiny li’l teeth do a nice job of separating each lash so things don’t ever get clumpy. The best way to describe the look would be fluttery and defined.

Mooi, ne?

Mooi, ne?

As far as the actual formula’s concerned, it’s enriched with vitamins and natural conditioners like olive and rice bran esters and, as it’s jet black, it makes a nice impact.

Grand Entrance is definitely one of the nicer mascaras I’ve tried this month (I try a lot more than I feature, just so you know) but in saying that I still consider Arden’s Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing mascara the best they’ve ever made as it’s a bit more volumising and I prefer that over length. Still, if you’re after jet black, longer-looking lashes, Grand Entrance is going to impress.

Love, love


Review: Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel concentrate

Ah Kiehl’s. Some of their products are fabulous and others just don’t hit the spot for me. But when they crank out a goodie it’s great. Examples? Their Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is the bomb diggity in that you only need the teensiest little drop and it foams up like a boss. I can honestly make a tube last almost a year. I’m also a fan of their Original Musk cologne – very sexy stuff – and their Epidermal Re-Texturising Micro-Dermabrasion scrub is Amazing with a captial A.

Now, I have a new favourite to add to my fab list and that’s new Nightly Refining Micro-Peel concentrate (R750).

Oh hello there!

Oh hello there!

Essentially a gentle chemical exfoliater, Kiehl’s formula makes use of sustainably sourced quinoa seed husk that contains enzymes that are able to speed up your skin’s cellular turnover to reveal a brighter, fresher-looking face. Other exfoliators in the mix include a form of urea and sugar cane extract and you’ll  find antioxidant-rich bilberry extract (vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract) sitting fairly high on the ingredients list.


Hydrating glycerine and soothing aloe leaf juice make an appearance too.

So, does it work? Yep, it totally does. I’ve been slapping it on my face every other night or so and when I wake up I can definitely tell my skin looks more ‘refined’ and fresher-looking. It also does a nice job of blitzing any teensy little flakes I sometimes get around my nose when I’ve been hitting up the retinol too hard. Also, it’s important to note that, despite the fact that I’m currently throwing a potent 2% retinol serum at my skin, it’s not finding Kiehl’s concentrate irritating in the least.

Kiehl's just love giving their products the longest, most complicated names.

Kiehl’s just love giving their products the longest, most complicated names.

In the past, I’ve used and liked Kiehl’s other chemical exfoliator, Over-Night Biological Peel, but it never became a fixture in my beauty routine as I didn’t like it’s texture. It kind of felt like I was going to bed with heel balm slathered on my face. Kiehl’s new micro-peel, however, doesn’t feel tacky at all and you could happily use it like a serum under another product, provided it’s at night time as most chemical exfoliators can increase your sensitivity to the sun.

Since taking this shot I've decanted this into a spritzer bottle as I don't like exposing my ingredients to air.

Since taking this shot I’ve decanted this into a spritzer bottle as I don’t like exposing my ingredients to air.

As far as the price point goes, a cool R750 means it’s not exactly wallet-friendly, but if you’re not on a budget and want a nice non-irritating chemical exfoliator, it’s a nice pick. If, however, you are pinching your pennies, never fear. Chemical exfoliators aren’t unique to Kiehl’s. Just a few that I’ve used and adored include Environ Derma-Lac lotion (R220), Dr. Dermal Texture Correction pads (R475 for 30) and Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix pads (R265). These are all AHA-based (glycolic acid in particular) so they’re a little more potent than Kiehl’s peel, something to keep in mind if you’ve got very sensitive skin.

Love, love


Review: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil body oil

Palmer’s are kind of killing it right now. I still adore that Shea butter lotion they sent me the other day but now, as we move into winter, it’s time to bump up the hydration factor. For this, I generally like to rely on body oils as opposed to body butter. To me, it’s a way to get max moisture but without any heaviness and this where Palmer’s new Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil body oil (R62,95) comes in.

Hello new friend!

Hello new friend!

I like that it’s a cheap as chips and has a super subtle coconut scent that doesn’t linger or remind you of that time your bestie knocked her pina colada all over you and your new (possibly faux) Michael Kors in Thailand.

Currently, I’ve got enough body oil in my stash to fill a kiddie pool and host a wrestling competition so I gave this one to my flatmate, Gaylord, but am now sitting with major regrets as every time I sniff it on her I want to lick her arm. She’s also crazy in love with it so there’s no way I’m getting it back so I just have to settle for sneaking into her room every now and again to steal a little.

Natural hydrators for days...

Natural hydrators for days…

Just a note for the purists – this boytjie isn’t 100-percent coconut oil so please don’t attempt to whip up any almond-flour pancakes with it if you’re in a pinch. It’s a blend of natural oils that includes Monoi infused with Tiare flowers as well as sweet almond. It is, however, free of sulfates, mineral oil, paraben, pthalates, gluten and dyes.

Love, love


Did you catch me chatting mooi ‘n modely celebrity kids on Expresso’s Fash Pack the other day?

If you missed it or, like me, simply don’t own a TV, you can catch up over here.

My bit involved talking about the new wave of celebrity kids making their way into the fashion world and while I have no strong feelings about Madonna’s Lourdes I have a bit of a confession to make – I’m completely obsessed with Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s 14-year daughter. I’ve been following her on Insta for a while now in a bid to live my childhood Cindy obsession all over again. Girl is pretty much a carbon copy of her mama…

...and she's only FOURTEEN!

…and she’s only FOURTEEN!

You don’t have to be a genius to safely assume we’ll be seeing a lot of Ms Gerber in the future. In fact, Revlon should just get it over with and snap her up right now.

Speaking of Revlon, if you haven’t read it yet, I’ve reviewed their new Ultimate All-In-One mascara over here.

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Review: Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara

Confession time! I adore Revlon for their nail polish, chubby stick-style lip lines and the odd stand out product, but have never been a fan of their mascara. Pretty much every one I’ve ever tried has left me with an extreme case of ‘meh’ so I wasn’t too excited about their newly revamped mascara line up. But, as it turns out, the new crop has a real goodie in it and that’s Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara (R159).

Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara

Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara

When I saw the brush, I didn’t think we’d be friends as it’s super duper tiny.

What is this?! A mascara wand for ants?!

What is this?! A mascara wand for ants?!

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of the gigantic brushes that have been rolling out of late, but this one’s ultra small, almost like the kind of wand you’d use to do your lower lashes only. Thing is, it’s its ‘littleness’ that makes it a good pick if you want to pick up every single lash you own, even those teeny ones in the corner of your eye.

The only semi-downer here is that, as the brush is so small, it takes three times as long to build and stroke through your entire lash line, but it’s worth it ‘cos once you’re done you’ve got a fabulously defined, beautifully lifted-looking ‘every day’ lash look.

Looks good, right?

Looks good, right?

Also, I’ve read reviews online where people have mentioned this mascara is prone to flaking so I feel it’s important to mention I didn’t experience that at all.

Love, love


Review: L’Oreal Infallible Matte Max lip colour

Matte lips are going to be a big deal for winter and L’Oreal’s made your life a little easier if you want to get in on the trend by serving up L’Oreal Infallible Matte Max lip colours (R169 each).

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Max lip colours

Apologies for the slight over exposure of this pic. The obsessive perfectionist part of me is just dying right now.

What makes these guys a little different to most matte lip colours is the fact that they’re powder-based. But don’t freak out just yet! The powder pigment contains micro-oils so they won’t dry out your lips.

Also, if you lick them, it doesn't 'convert' and go running. Somehow it manages to stay put.

The precision tip makes it super easy to apply.

Also, if you lick them, it doesn’t ‘convert’ and go running. In fact, the staying power is fantastic.


This shade’s called Say My Name, a bright poppy red.

A word of warning though – make sure your lips are in top nick before you put it on. This is the kind of formula that’ll enhance any chapping.


We like?

I’m not sure what other shades are available in South Africa right now but if there’s a fuchsia in the mix I’ll be buying it.

Love, love



Get your NYFW runway-inspired braid on and you could win a hair care hamper from TRESemme

Good news, lovelies! TRESemmé have given me a hair care hamper to give away but you’re going to have to get your style on if you want to win it.


She’s pulling it off, but can you?

The twisted punk braid, as worn by the models for Herve Leger at New York’s recent fashion week was a big hit and TRESemmé wants you to recreate the look, snap a selfie and slap it up on Instagram or twitter. (To make sure both myself and TRESemmé see it, please tag us in using @lipglossgirl and @tresemme_sa for twitter and @lipglossgirlxoxo and @tresemmesa on Insta.)

To help you out, here’s a step by step guide on how to pull off the look.

Step 1:
Build your hair’s body by using TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Healthy Volume shampoo and conditioner.

Step 2:
Apply TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Volume and Lift mousse to the roots and roughly dry your hair to enhance its natural texture.

Step 3:
Create an uneven deep side part then begin plaiting and twisting from your forehead to the nape of your neck.

Step 4:
Secure the twisted plait with a small elastic band and bobby pins, allowing small strands to fall out. Messy is good!

Step 5:
Toss your hair over your shoulders to cover up the end of the plait.

Step 6:
Finish up with a misting of TRESemmé Firm Hold hairspray for touchable hold.

Et voila!

Et voila!

So, what’s in the hamper? All the products mentioned in the tutorial plus a TRESemme styling brush.

Good luck girls! I’m looking forward to seeing your pretty plaits and remember, this isn’t a hair dressing contest. Showing off your style gains you an entry but I’ll be drawing a winner via a random number generator at 5pm on Wednesday.

Love, love


This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Tayla Calcott on winning.