When I was in New York a couple of years ago, I remember seeing the Kardashian Beauty makeup products in a bargain bin at a Ricky’s. I also remember the negative reviews they got. I don’t think anybody actually liked or used their products.

When I was invited to the Kardashian Beauty Hair launch I was a little skeptical and really didn’t hold out much hope for the products.

The event was a sparkly, stylish, cocktail and coffee laden affair, but my skepticism wouldn’t leave me. The entire range, from heat stylers to brushes, masques and serums seemed overpriced (compared to what they go for in the States – but hey, the Rand/Dollar exchange will do that to you) and a little cheap. The shampoo and conditioner were priced identically to well-established and well known brands and also smelled bad. I wasn’t having it. I was introduced to a number of their products as the night went on, but left empty handed.

Everyone but me seemed impressed with the Kardashian sisters’ latest offering, so when I got home, I jumped onto Youtube to see what the general opinion was. In Youtube land I found a split between haters and likers. I also found out that the sisters collaborated with Farouk Systems – the same company that developed Chi and BioSilk. The general feeling on the web was that the Kardashian sisters have gorgeous hair, so they know what’s up.

The next day I received a Zando voucher and decided it could go towards satisfying my curiosity for two of the products. I’m obsessed with dry shampoo, and their dry shampoo had gotten rave reviews from beauty bloggers and magazine editors alike. I was also really intrigued by the dry conditioner (because what is it?) as well as their teasing comb. Khloe has said theirs is the only teasing comb that works to give her mega volume because of the unique bristles. As luck would have it, Zando were selling a kit consisting of the Dry Shampoo, Dry Conditioner, the teasing comb and a hair band. For the price of R950, I got the Kardashian Beauty Take 2 Style Extend Set.

my thoughts

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The Take 2 Dry Shampoo promises to instantly refresh hair and help to extend the life of your style by absorbing excess oils that weigh hair down. It claims to be a fast drying spray, formulated with Black Seed Oil, that restores volume & lift to the hair with added texture.

I agree with everything that it claims to deliver. It instantly refreshes my roots and the best part about it is that it’s completely transparent! No white hair. Ever. I promise. It also doesn’t feel chalky. It comes out with gusto from the aerosol and adds texture and volume to my roots. It smells faintly floral and is very pleasant. Last, but definitely not least, can we just talk about the packaging for a second? It’s seriously gorgeous! Rose gold and black. Perfection.

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The Take 2 Dry Conditioner is described as a lightweight conditioning spray that revives dull or dry hair by adding shine and moisture to second & third day styles. This moisturizing formula contains small conditioning molecules that instantly hydrate and smooth your hair, leaving it incredibly soft & irresistibly smooth.  Nourishing Black Seed Oil provides added radiance & shine for the ultimate glamorous finish.

I was a bit confused when I first saw this product, and I wondered about the formulation. It’s essentially a dry oil that you spray onto your hair once you’ve finished styling it. I use it every day to add a bit of extra shine to my hair. It’s more convenient than a serum in that there’s no squirting into hands, rubbing hands, washing hands. You simply spray and you’re done! I don’t know why, but I feel so luxe when I use this dry conditioner. I feel like I’m pampering my hair. Even though it smells similar to the dry shampoo, I can’t quite describe the scent, but I can say that it smells really pretty. The idea behind this product is simple and genius: once you’ve sprayed dry shampoo onto your hair, it can end up looking a bit dry and lacklustre. By using the dry conditioner you add a bit of shine to your lengths. Remember to never spray it on your roots! Mid-length to ends only.

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I’m probably the wrong person to ask because I don’t do a lot of teasing, but the Kardashian Beauty Back Comb gives a little more teasing effect than the regular teasing combs I own. I can only agree that the bristles have a lot to do with that. In terms of looks, this comb is a winner.

Would I buy again?

The Dry Shampoo is a tad on the expensive side for me. Because I use it every day on washed and unwashed hair, it runs out too quickly for my liking. If it was cheaper, I’d definitely continue buying it because I feel like it does offer something unique and different to other dry shampoos. The Dry Conditioner on the other hand, I love! A little goes a long way and I love the shine it gives my hair. I love it so much that I bought a second can on special from Retail Box. You can see if the special is still running here. The Back Comb isn’t a must-have for me.

You can get your hands on these at Foschini, Takealot, Zando and Retail Box. The dry shampoo and dry conditioner go for R395 and the back comb goes for R185.

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Metallic silver, gold and copper tones are all the rage right now and will keep on going strong all spring/summer long. In honour of this pretty metallic trend, I did a beauty snoop and rounded up some beautiful eye makeup products to review. Witness the fitness right here…

CATRICE LIMITED EDITION TREASURE TROVE EYE SHADOW PALETTE C01 BLAZE OF GLORY

These neutral shadows are a limited edition and come in a solid white palette decorated with gold stars. While the packaging is pretty, the casing isn’t the easiest to open. The case has a big, beautiful mirror, which I love because sometimes palettes are super stingy, giving you only a small strip of mirror. Inside, there are 8 colours, a great mix of browns, nudes and golds. The shadows are smooth, creamy and nicely pigmented and the colour payoff is great. Over an eyeshadow primer, they really pop and last nicely – from morning until early evening. Not all the shadows are the same though, with some of them being a bit chalky and not the easiest  to apply, coming off patchy and uneven. I feel like the palette is missing a light medium matte brown eye shadow for use as a transition shade. The applicator is nothing special, with both sides being the standard sponge applicator. I wish they would have made one end a brush because I don’t use the applicator at all. If you’re interested in this palette, swatch the shades on your hand before to see if you like the texture of the eye shadows. Around R150, available from Dis Chem.

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CATRICE TREASURE TROVE GOLDEN GRACE EYELINER

In a previous post about what products to get rid of in your 30’s, I mentioned glitter eyeliner. While that still stands, I’m not averse to a chic hint of metallic liner. This gold liquid liner from Catrice is the perfect accompaniment to a heavy smoky eye, a simple winged liner look or to glam up your ordinary eyeshadow for a fabulous event. The applicator brush is a very thin and is good for applying a thin line of gold to your look. If you don’t have a steady hand, the pressure squishes the brush tip from being skinny to thick and your line ends up quite uneven. It’s a beautiful shade of gold (it looks slightly more green in the tube but goes on gold) and it brightens up my makeup when I wear it. Whenever I wear it I catch people looking at my eyes to figure out what’s going on. With this liner, I can have totally different look and for around R55, it’s an affordable way to add a little but of fun and glamour to your makeup looks.

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RIMMEL MAGNIF’EYES DOUBLE ENDED SHADOW KISSED BY A ROSE GOLD

The first time I saw this on a fellow blogger, I went mad. She looked so good and I decided I had to have it. While I prefer more of an understated, matte makeup look for every day, this is SO beautiful for adding a hit of rose gold to your look. I specifically love to use this pencil for a smoky rose gold eye and bubblegum pink lips. I think it would also work well with a gorgeous red lip. The product is dual ended, with a deep brown kohl kajal liner on one side and a rose gold shimmer cream shadow on the other. Both ends are incredibly soft and this makes them easy to blend. Having said that, it’s quite easy to smoosh the tips, so go in with a light hand. Once you’ve applied and blended the cream shadow, it sets firmly in place thanks to the waterproof formula. It doesn’t smudge or migrate and is so long-wearing. The liner also sets, but comes off a lot more easily. Both ends are so highly pigmented and the rose gold shade is just sooooo beautiful. For around R95 (available from ClicksFoschini and even Takealot) these are simply amazing!

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L.A. GIRL NUDES EYE SHADOW COLLECTION

First up, this palette reminds me on my beloved Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I am obsessed with rose gold and I love anything that resembles the pretty rosy metallic. The L.A. Girl Nudes palette is a dead ringer for the Urban Decay Naked  palettes and is even packaged similarly. The 12 rose gold inspired shadows (3 matte, 9 shimmer) come in a sturdy cardboard palette with a small strip of mirror. The applicator has a brush at the one end and a sponge applicator tip at the other, which is fairly useful. I love the fact that there is a nude matte and two matte browns – one light witha hint of pink and the other light-medium. They are perfect for my skin tone and I love using them as transition and/or lid colours. I love a good mix of satin/shimmer and matte, and I feel like L.A. Girl made the right shades matte. I do kinda wish that there were more matte shades on offer, but I’m too mesmerized by the beautiful rose gold shades to care. The shadows last all day (over my MAC Painterly Paint Pot) and are just beautiful. Available from Dis-Chem for only R69. This price point is so amazing, and if you aren’t prepared to drop R650 on a Naked 3 palette, you can get your rose gold fix from this palette. I love.

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Are you loving these pretty makeup colours as much as I am?

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Hi Christmas Lovelies,

Gift shopping for the most important people in your life can be a bit tricky sometimes, so I’ve come up with a list of goodies that might inspire you. Happy Christmas shopping!

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FOR HER BEAUTY STASH

If your bestie/sister/mom doesn’t find time to pamper herself with regular facials at a salon or at home, get her REN’s Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (6). It’s a powerful yet gentle mini-facial that exfoliates and deep cleans skin. Everyone has one minute to spare, and this product makes the most of those 60 seconds! Available here for R525.

For the girl who loves makeup, an eyeshadow that can be used as a base or on its own will be a welcome gift. MAC’s Vintage Selection Paint Pot (7) is a beautiful soft rose gold shade and works perfectly alone or under neutral eye shades. Available from MAC stores or online here for R230.

Every girl needs rockstar makeup brushes and Real Techniques (4) offer a wide range of amazing brushes that perform perfectly. They range from R129 to R199 and are available at Takealot and Foschini. My picks are the Multitask brush, the Expert Face brush, the Setting brush, the Contour brush and the Powder brush.

TO ADD TO HER FRAGRANCE COLLECTION

I like Estée Lauder Modern Muse, love Modern Muse Chic and adore Modern Muse Rouge (3). It’s a beautiful and seductive take on the original fragrance with the welcome addition of rose. New notes include Bulgarian Rose, Rose Centifolia Firabs, Raspberry, Pink Pepper and Vanilla Madagascar SFE. If you haven’t experienced this fragrance, you definitely want to. You might even end up buying it for yourself! The 30ml goes for R795 and you can get it here.

FOR HER WARDROBE

When you get home after a long day at work, all you want to do is get out of your work wear and into something comfy. Enter Loungewear. It gives you comfort and also makes you look and feel pretty. These Cotton On Bralettes (1) are fab for some downtime, or for sleeping in. They come in a range of different colours and styles, and start at R149. Matching undies available too, because it just wouldn’t feel right.

Nude has become ever popular. For the bestie/sister/friend who has everything, get her a nude faux leather skirt from Superbalist (8) for R399 here. Being a neutral, this skirt can be paired with just about any colour combination. Think a loose, round neck navy short sleeved blouse with some nude strappy sandals or a crop top and some killer pointy stilettos. The options are endless. 

Aldo Accessories have released a ‘gold plated’ collection with lots of lust worthy items including rings, earrings and necklaces. My pick is the initial necklace (2), a steal at just R199.

Bag styles have exploded, and you can really express yourself with accessories. Staying in the neutral palette, this Cut Out Flap Crossbody Bag from Woolworths (5) (R275) is super versatile and chic. I know I say it a lot, but you can literally pair nude with anything. Dress it up with a pencil skirt and heels and down with ripped skinnies and flats. You can grab one here.

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