Review: Avon Free for Him and Her

20180408_102909882160276.jpg

Avon Free For Her is a floral, fruity and oriental fragrance. The freshness of iced pear granite matches with electric magnolia and gilded amber.

It is a lovely fruity sweet fragrance, best layered together using the body lotion first then the perfume to increase lasting power. It is not overpowering, I would say it is a fragrance for the young at heart. It kind of reminds me of Britney Spears Fantasy (it is even the same colour). When I smell it I get a strong whiff of vanilla even though that isn’t an official note.

The bottle is very trendy and unique with it’s upside down standing design, a pretty hue of a cross between purple and pink looks really great on any ladies’ dressing table.

Avon Free For Him is a vibrant aromatic fougere fragrance. Spicy ginger adds energy to the edgy infusion of velvety violet leaves and warm musk

thumbnail_AvonFree info sheet

MORGAN TAYLOR MATADORA COLLECTION

20180214_1821061215826981.jpg

The Matadora Fall collection from Morgan Taylor (yet another winner!) is a perfect reimagining of Fall classic colours. Inspired by the rich and sumptuous colors of Spain, the Matadora collection will ease you into fall by donning your nails with rich dark colors and surprising shimmer finishes.

20180217_1752551837010875.jpg

I have on my nails “Don’t Break My Corazon” a cool gray toned red. It is cooler, and unlike any red I’ve seen before. It is a lovely twist on a classic red. It has a creme finish and applies evenly.

Olé My Way” another beauty is a dark blue shimmer that isn’t quite navy. The application was smooth, with no brush marks. The shimmer on this is a real stunner with flexes of lighter blue shimmers hidden inside.

This is the perfect autumn/winter collection and I will definitely be reaching for these interchangeably. RSP R149 per bottle.

Gosh SS18 collection

20180225_113044-1255563263.jpg

20180310_1914231680511483.jpg

A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of rubbing shoulders with Bo Tjellesen (Owner and CEO of GOSH COPENHAGEN) and Bolette Tjellesen (Daughter of Bo Tjellesen, Makeup artist & Junior Key Account Manager) who came all the way from Denmark to meet fans and media. As you can gather this is a 100% family owned business and the family is so friendly and humble.

20180220_183705-11973046289.jpg

I got chatting with Bo and he had a very interesting story to share with me about how the brand actually got it’s interesting name. The brand was named by Bo’s dad. He was doing a crossword puzzle one day found himself stuck with a particularly tricky one. The final word turned out to be ‘gosh’, and he realised that nothing can be badly associated with that word, what a nice name for a company and the rest was history. Gosh originally started as a pharmaceutical company but Bo turned it towards cosmetics. And are we glad he did!

Gosh is extremely proud of the fact that they a vegan and animal cruelty free. Long live the bunnies!

instasave-1146106685.jpg20180225_113044-1255563263.jpg20180310_191832-1780743510.jpg20180225_113054-11329924641.jpg20180225_113103-11451545287.jpg20180225_113110-1129048058.jpg20180225_113116-11297476511.jpg20180225_113234-1811894551.jpg20180225_113212-147716188.jpg20180225_113123-1539882322.jpg20180225_113245-11078488344.jpg20180225_113223-1256059463.jpg20180225_113309-11593683497.jpg20180225_113316-1385045221.jpg20180225_113322-1721418520.jpg20180225_113329-1315650870.jpg20180225_1133391992957771.jpg20180225_113352631206716.jpg20180225_113406226829235.jpg

The hero products contained in the new collection are cherry blossom (not a beautiful flower but also has rich anti-oxidant levels and soothing properties. Rich in essential fatty acids, it repairs the skins natural barriers to promote a smooth, supple skin. Anti-inflammatory properties) and samphire (not sapphire! Hydrasalinol is an oil derived from the Samphire plant. It is a powerful active ingredient for skin hydration).

So onto the products then:

  1. Mix and fix colour drops

These liquid foundations can be used alone or mix with your foundation. This is a very muli-purpose product. 001 light and 004 dark can be used like the body shop drops to lighten or darken your existing foundations or for contouring. 002 Green eliminates redness and 003 purple brightens skin.

20180225_120528780922028.jpg

2. Foundation plus + creamy compact

This is a cream to powder foundation, high coverage, creamy application by dries to a matte finish and is super hydrating. What I love the most is that it comes in a compact with a mirror and a sponge applicator so it is perfect for “on the go beauty”

20180225_1133391992957771.jpg

3. Eye xpression 004 the four elements

The eyeshadow is buttery soft and higly pigmented. The colours represent the 4 elements of nature.

20180225_113909559867909.jpg

4. Metal eyes eyeliner

These are waterproof and extremely long lasting. After I swatched these they would not budge even after I washed my hands countless times. Highly pigmented. If you want to blend or smudge it you need to work quickly as it will not move once it dries. When they say metallic they really mean metallic.

20180225_1144531835882261.jpg

5. Fake it! Lash primer

I am quite excited about this one as not many brands make just a separate lash primer. This basically you apply before the mascara and it helps give the lashes more volume, lift and separation as well as making mascara last longer. This one is grey as opposed to white so it is easier to cover with mascara.

6. Blown away mascara

Offers volume, length and curling. Does not flake or rub off. Very thin want and the teeth are far apart so it nicely separates the lashes.

7.Catchy eyes waterproof mascara

The banana shaped brush gives volume and curve.

8.Ultimate lipliner – with a twist

Applies creamy, dries matte and is long lasting. Great colour payoff and it comes with a smudger on the other end in case you want to use it over your entire lip. Has a nice grip and comes with a sharpener.

10. Lip oil

These are quite interesting one it looks like a lip gloss but is called a lip oil. It is mostly likely due to the fact that it is sheerer than a pigmented lipgloss but more tinted than a clear gloss plus it serves up much more moisture. I received the shade crystal star which I also like to use as a highlighter on my cheek bone. It has a hint of colour but is quite holographic and glittery. Can be used on it’s own or over a lipstick.

11. The red lipstick collection called “the red” consisting of a lipliner, matte lipstick and matte liquid lipstick.

This is what I would call the ultimate red lipstick. It’s the perfect red that makes your teeth look perfectly white since it is blue based and what Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe would wear.

20180310_191750622554008.jpg20180310_1913101467245227.jpg20180310_191228-11909420790.jpg20180310_191715511095151.jpg20180310_191639577094472.jpg20180310_191553547236741.jpg20180310_1914541929804984.jpg20180225_120546-111137072.jpg20180310_1911012006347020.jpg20180310_1914231680511483.jpg20180310_150157883285435.jpg20180310_150315766223291.jpg20180310_183805599894815.jpg20180310_150702453769164.jpg20180310_1520351545047783.jpg20180310_1521171741723764.jpg20180310_1831081335826700.jpg20180310_19015991744636.jpg20180310_1825041967804256.jpg20180310_1826141288644885.jpg20180310_151749_mr15207009629581873468106.jpg

 

Labello vanilla buttercream lip balm

Labello Vanilla Buttercream:

– Immediately cares for your lips
– Delights with vanilla aroma (smells so yummy!)
– Leaves your lips deeply moisturised and smooth
– Skin compatibility dermatologically approved

-Contains Shea Butter and Natural Oil

-Does not leave any colour on your lips

These lip-balms retails for R24,99 from Dischem , Clicks and most leading retailers.

20180202_0935021369939599.jpg

Review: Style secret root concealer

20170630_0940431739403044.jpg

20171229_1202401394153339.jpg

Our hair might look like we just got up from our colorists’ chairs, but in reality it’s been months since we’ve made a salon appointment. If we could, we would hit up our salon every four to eight weeks to get our roots done, but life happens and inevitably, so does unwanted regrowth.

Luckily, Style secret know our struggle, and have gifted us with a way to stretch out our salon appointments in the form of root concealers. Whether you want to hide those pesky grays, or you can’t squeeze in a color appointment in the foreseeable near future, this spray makes faking a fresh, glossy hair shade almost effortless.

Extend the life of your hair colour treatments with Style Secret – an innovative solution for grey root regrowth which occurs between salon visits. Dries within minutes and washes out easily.

Style Secret is an easy-to-use spray that effectively covers up regrowth, keeping your hair looking and feeling great. Simply spray along partings or areas where grey regrowth is obvious. Allow to dry and touch up when necessary. Great for travel.

Style Secret contains no chemicals or peroxides – so there is no damage to the hair as it contains silicone that coats the hair follicle with pigment which comes off when hair is washed.

Directions: Wash and style hair. Holding can 10 to 20cm away from the hair, apply to partings or other areas where root regrowth is obvious. Allow to dry for a few minutes.

Price: R290

Available in the following shades:

  • Light blond
  • Dark blond
  • Auburn
  • Light brown
  • Dark brown
  • Black

Available from selected salons and online from http://www.stylesecret.co.za. For further information Lisa on 083 415 6055 or Bronwyn 082 853 9490 or Heather on 082 925 1946 or info@stylesecret.co.za

Review: Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct EDP

20171229_1201461562087575.jpg

The background

First Instinct for Women is a playful and alluring combination of Sun-Kissed Magnolia, Wild Orange Flower and Warm Amber. It is captivating and distinctive, blended for the woman who follows her First Instinct.

The bottle

The bottle is quite an interesting one… developed by Fabrice Legros who wanted to combine masculinity with femininity.  The bottle is rectangular (masculine) in shape yet is then rounded off to give it a softer, more feminine feel.

The light pink juice inside the glass bottle combined with the metal cap. The Abercrombie & Fitch stamped metal plaque is probably my favorite feature of the perfume as it gives it a unique timeless elegance.

20171229_120155893914655.jpg

The scent

This is part of the Floriental Woody family. It smells very different from anything I have in my collection. It is a light and easy to wear everyday kind of fragrance.The fragrance greets you with a playful sophistication of sparking bright blend of magnolia, grapefruit zest and passion fruit. A hearty alluring femininie floralcy of the butterfly orchid fragrance blended with exotic water lily an wild orange flower. The warm sensual base of amber contrasted with creamy Tonka gives it an addictive musky odour. It smells sweet, captivating and feminine.

Review: Montblanc Lady Emblem L’Eau

The soft turquoise juice of Montblanc Lady Emblem L’Eau housed in the most beautiful star shaped crystal bottle was inspired by a summer garden, “an allegory of a poetic walk in the summertime through a garden of citrus trees and fresh roses,” confides Sonia Constant, who created the fragrance. This exquisite, meandering olfactory stroll begins with fruity accents: mandarin leaf, and the aquatic-sweet notes of white peach and exotic lychee. In the middle notes, a voluptuous bouquet of roses.

Fragrance Lady Emblem L’Eau Eau de Toilette for Women by Mont Blanc belongs to the floral fruity fragrance and supplementary to the lines Lady Emblem.

The family history of this scent stems from the original Lady Emblem which was created in 2015 and heralded as a sophisticated scent filled with notes of sweetened rose flower, raspberries, red currant and marmalade. A follow up edition, Lady Emblem Elixir, was a big, floral event. Now we are introduced to the sweet little sister, Lady Emblem L’Eau, a light, soft and sensual edition for Spring/Summer. Actually my favourite of the family.

20171128_183253_mh1511887320663-1236970375.jpg

20171128_183122_mh15118872955521638353680.jpg

20171128_183055_mh1511887275200-1108425897.jpg

20171128_182937_mh1511887238857200588196.jpg

20171128_183332_mh15118873382421949469807.jpg

All thing beauty…