Bodyography A kiss to the classics lipstick collection and lip wardrobe collection review

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For those of you who have never heard of this brand it basically originates fron the USA and is a cruelty free! (Long live the bunnies!). This brand has been is SA for a while now but is not that well-known as you will only find it in exclusive stores like Placecol, Dream Nails and Perfect 10 Salon. Pity as the brand sits up there with the royal brands like MAC.

A Kiss to The Classics Lipstick Collection

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The latest lipstick collection from the brand. These five beautiful satin matte lipsticks are packed with pigment giving the lips a bold statement look with a matte formulation that is comfortable and hydrating on the lips. Named after five fearless women of classic fiction novels, There is definitely a shade for everyone as I feel they really did cover their bases with this collection.

It also won’t dry out the lip as the day progresses, we could probably thank the aloe vera, vitamin E, coconut and grape seed oil for this.

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They are highly pigmented, goes on so buttery smoothly without dragging and lasts all day. Not the most hydrating but that can be easily sorted out with a pre lip balm treatment. Surprising light weight on the lips I forget I actually have it on. Lasting power is amazing I can get a full days wear which is great for me as I hate having to worry about reapplying. They smells like watermelons.

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here are 5 shades in the collection

Elizabetha mauve nude shade named after the Pride and Prejudice leading lady. This is my fav out of the collection as it is my perfect nude shade aka a my lips but better kind of shade

Lolitathis bright neon pink is very bold, it reminds me of the shade MAC candy yum yum

Annaan independent woman who’s not afraid to speak her mind, this deep red is inspired by The King and I’s female heroine. This is also one of my favs since it is the classic blue based red that depicts elegance and sophistication. You can never go wrong with this. It is blue based so it makes your teeth look super white.

Janeinspired by the incomparable Jane Eyre. A more pink-orangey nude suited for darker skin tones.

Jothis orangey red is named after the fiery protagonist from Little Women. This is even more daring than Lolita but will go great in summer with a bronze smokey eye look.

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From Left to right we have Anna, Elizabeth, Jane, Jo and Lolita
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Elizabeth

 

You can find these in July at Placecol, perfect 10 or dream nails stores or purchase online from the Placecol website in July 2016 at R230 a pop.

 

Mini Electric Lip Slides or the lip wardrobe collection (R590)

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You can never go wrong with minis this is a collection of their best-selling lip slides with one exclusive shade. Minis make it so easy to carry around.

 

It is a hybrid of a lipstick, gloss and stain, it reminds me of the Almay liquid lipsticks just a bit more thicker and pigmented. The texture is thick but not dry and packs a nice colour punch but it’s more of tint. It feels pretty moisturising on the lips thanks to the vitamin E, shea, cocoa, avocado and mango butters. In summary think creamy feeling of a lipstick, shine of a gloss, longevity of a stain that is pineapple scented.

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From left to right we have Caught in the act,Cupid’s beau, It girl and tickled pink

 

Shades in the Lip Wardrobe collection include:

 

  • Cupids Beau – a dusty rose that’s super feminine
  • Caught in the Act – a vibrant fuchsia that will add a pop of color. The loudest colour in the collection.
  • Tickled Pink – a pinky coral that’s oh so pretty
  • It Girl – The shade that is exclusive to this collection is a nude, pink, brown shade that is universally flattering. According to Lori Leib, Bodyography’s Creative Director and professional makeup artist, It Girl is “the perfect rosy nude, with just the right amount of pink and brown. Its a universally flattering shade that not only looks good on every skin tone, but is appropriate for any time of the day or year!

Review: Avon October 2015 favourites

Avon is always famous for bringing out so many new products each month so below I chat through my favourites.

Avon october favs

  1. Avon ultra colour lip crayon-raspberry rush (R129,95)

I’ve used these before they have just brought out a new shades. The shade raspberry red is a cross between plum and red. The pen format allows for easy control and can also be used as a lip liner and doesn’t require any sharpening I find these the easiest and most convenient to use. It is very pigmented and glides on smoothly. Smells good enough to eat like lollipops. The formula is creamy but feels a bit heavy on the lips. It is also very hydrating and not drying at all however it can easily transfer and is not long lasting at all but that is expected with the playoff between lasting power and hydration.

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  1. Avon super extend precise liquid liner (R119,95)

Now liquid liners especially pen formats still make me nervy one wrong move and you have a big mess. You really need to know what you are doing and have a steady hand however this can be perfected with practise over time. If you know what you are doing pens are your best friend they are quick and convenient. Packaging wise the pen is very thin and has a grip to make it easy to control and hold I would have however liked the lid to click shut as it feels a bit loose to me so thing may dry quicker but I’ve been using it for about a month and it hasn’t dried yet. The point is very sharp but fortunately it is very soft and bends as you apply. The tip is really thin so you can draw really thin lines for a natural look or build a thick line. The pen glides on really smoothly, doesn’t tug or pull the eye lid, is highly pigmented and dries instantly. I don’t really know why it is called superextend since it is not water proof one drop of water and a gentle rub and it disappears however if you don’t come into contact with water it does stay put the whole day.

  1. Avon 3D plumping lipgloss-mauve (R109,95)

Packaging wise I love the new brush they use  lip brush format instead of a sponge tip. I didn’t notice a massive pluming effect but generally anything glossy or shimmery gives you a 3D effect. It smells strongly of peppermint which is the ingredient that gives you the plumping effect. The peppermint is always what gives you that tingling refreshing feeling when you apply it. Not sticky, is hydrating and moisturises the lip but again not long lasting.

Swatch of superextend eyeliner pen on the left and 3D pluming lipgloss on the right
Swatch of superextend eyeliner pen on the left and 3D pluming lipgloss on the right
  1. Avon glow bronzing pearls-deepest bronze (R159,95)

Now these have been around for ages they have just brought out new shades. This is nice to dust over as a setting powder which matiffies the skin, which warms up the complexion and you a nice healthy sun kissed glow. Or it can be used as a blush if lightly applied over cheeks. I would recommend it for contouring though as it is a bit too orange and shimmery. Lasting power is pretty good as it is still visible by the end of the day. The packaging reminds me of Guerlain meteorites pearls but the balls sometimes get stuck in my brush and it can get messy. The shade deepest bronze is a metallic light copper shade. You need to be quite light handed with this as it is quite pigmented and too much makes you look unnatural like one of those disaster fake tans. The scent bothers me a bit it has a strong “old lady” scent to it but once applied on the face I don’t really notice it.

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  1. Avon big & false lash volume mascara (R139,95)

Packaging wise I really like the big tube it makes it easy to hold also the lid clicks shut sealing it airtight. The brush is a bit big for my liking as I battled to reach the smaller lashes in the corners and the bottom lashes. The formula is quite dry which makes it dry quickly. I don’t notice a false lash effect however it gives great volume but doesn’t do much on the length side. Quite buildable I applied 3 coats in the photo and it got a little more dramatic after each coat and didn’t clump as the brush separated the lashes nicely. It s great for sensitive eyes as it didn’t irritate my eyes. The formula is quite impressive as it held the curl but retained elasticity and by the end of the day it didn’t crumble and I didn’t notice anything underneath my eye. It was easily removed with my normal cleanser I didn’t need an eye makeup remover.

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  1. Avon colortrend nail enamel-hot (R39,95)

The colour hot can be described as Christmas in a bottle. It’s a nice small bottle so you don’t have to commit to the same colour and it is actually possible to finish the it as I don’t know about you but I have never managed to finish a nail polish. It dries really quickly but the formula is quite thin and the lasting power is not great it chips really quickly but for this price one would expect that.

  1. Avon nail art press-on nails (R119,95)

These remind me a lot of the broadway nails impress but slightly cheaper with better designs. There are 24 in a pack so you will definitely find your size. Love these they really make manis so quick and easy you just peel off the adhesive tab, press and go. So much cheaper and easier they booking a mani at the salon or even painting you nails yourself. There is no drying time or UV lamps required and these don’t damage your nail either. They last really long I got over a weeks wear. Removal is also painless you can just peel them off or use nail polish remover and they come right off. The design stays glossy and remains the same throughout your wear.

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New launches from Avon

New launches from Avon

Always love Avon as a brand who always comes out with so many new products at such affordable prices. All these items can be found and purchased from the new April brochure which has Avon cherish fragrance on the cover.

  1. Avon colour correcting pearls (R159.95)

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The pearls mix together to give a colour combination that corrects all your skin concerns. It is a possible dupe for Guerlain Meteorites pearls except these are shimmery and the Guerlain ones are matt but it’s a fraction of the prices.  It gives a nice glow and doesn’t dry out the skin it can be used as a setting powder over foundation or just on the cheeks as a blushes as the red colour tends to dominate the other pearls. It gives a nice subtle glowy sheen and is not over-shimmery( which is something I tend to avoid as it makes my face look larger and too shiny) It has a light subtle scent which you barely notice once it is applied.

  1. Avon darby earings and bracelet (R109 and R119 respectively)
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I am always amazed at the quality of the Avon jewellery collection they look beautiful and last ages without changing colour, falling apart or looking like a cheap piece of plastic. I would even go as far to say they are better than the overpriced Zuri’s costume jewellery.

  1. Tinted lip balms(R129.95)

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These lip balms aren’t like other tinted lip balms on the market that only offer a hint of colour which you can hardly see this one really does pack a lot of colour. It contains bees wax which seals in moisture. The one I received is the shade reviving raspberry which is a hot pink. It doesn’t offer as much colour as a lipstick would but is really nice for a hint of colour that actually shows up on the lips plus the lasting power is amazing like with many Avon lip product.

  1. ColourTrend Glossy lip pencil ( R89.95)

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These lippies come in a very convenient crayon packaging but although it does offer a high gloss finish I do feel that the colour payoff is rather sheer.

  1. Bright start fresh look foundation SPF 15 (R189.90)

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Contains super foods like pomegranate and orange extract and contains collagen and elastin which instantly boosts skin’s moisture. All Avon foundations I’ve tested are more aimed for oily skin types and this is no exception which is probably why it is oil free. When applied it does give a glowy effect without the use of shimmers(which as you know I loathe in foundations) It gives quite a sheer natural coverage so I would rather think of it as a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. The nice air tight pump packaging does preserve the active ingredients for longer. My skin is more on the normal side so it did dry out my skin after a while if you are like me I would suggest you first apply a moisturiser underneath.

  1. Avon supreme oils range

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This range consists of 5 oils which restore elasticity, revive radiance, provide nourishment and salon worthy softness. Lately all brands are about the hair oil fad and hair oil is great for dry hair the best oil being argan oil which I’m disappointed isn’t in the ingredients. I pick up on macadamia, grape seed and almond oil in the ingredients list. The duo treatment spay is particularly nice as you just give your hair a few spritz to freshen it up and tame frizz.

  1. Intensive relief range

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Just in time for winter this range is specifically designed for extremely dry and sensitive skin

  1. Silky moisture tissue oil (R139.95)

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This gorgeous pink tissue oil contains argan oil. I like to add a few drops of this to my bath.

  1. Avon cherish EDP (R370)

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Avon is a brand with makes it pretty simple to layer and amplify scents as they come in a body lotion variant too. So basically how layering works is you apply the body lotion then the perfume as moisturised skin holds on to fragrance molecules better but it is tough sometimes to find a scentless moisturiser to pair with other fragrances.  In my opinion the two notes that I smell the most are musk and orange blossom. The last one does give it a bit of floral scent to it, but the musk makes it very strong and creamy.

Top notes: Pink Pepper, Cherry Blossom.

Middle notes: Tiare Flower, Jasmine Sambac.

Base notes: White Musk, Sandalwood.

It’s soft and sweet (but subtly so), and, to me, smells very French.It’s got a musky base that gives it an edge and jasmine and sandalwood are also in the mix. Lasting power is not as great so be prepared to reapply during the day. The bottle looks beautiful but the cap is more decorative then practical as the scent can still spray without removing the cap and it is pretty open so the scent evaporates more quicker. I imagine this to be more of an autumn kind of a scent.

Exciting new products from Justine. Pure luxury!

Justine goes a step above the rest and introduces the most exclusive and exciting addition into the premium brand. With Justine celebrity spokes person, Azania Mosaka as the face of a gorgeous new make-up collection launching in the May brochure.   “Open eyes to silky sensual colour and full volume lash glamour!!!”   Justine’s announcement of the most exclusive and exciting addition to their premium brand – the new luxurious make-up collection LUXE. This ultra glamorous range is the ultimate beauty indulgence. LUXE comes in the most gorgeous gold packaging (It literally looks like gold) that looks ever so chic, the products are infused with the likes of black diamond powder, luxurious silk and orchid extract and they also offer true colour payoff and coverage. I remember sitting at presentation and Genevieve started to introduce the range and then she asked if we wanted to try it and naturally we all said yes and out came people with trays of the stuff all I could hear in the room were “oooh” and “aaah” it made my heart skip a beat! I’m a real sucker for makeup and pretty packaging! So let’s see what is in the range shall we:

The gorgeous new luxe range.
The gorgeous new luxe range.

1. Luxe Mascara Infused with black diamond powder this rich, dark formula creates high-definition eyes with voluptuous lashes. Ophthalmologist tested, hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers Size – 7 ml Price – R179   2.Luxe Eyeliner Infused with black diamond powder this ultra-dark liquid eyeliner with silky colour creates a high-impact look that lasts all day. Allergy and ophthalmologist tested Price – R179   3.Luxe Eyeshadow Infused with luxurious silk and exotic orchid extract, these seductive shades create a seamless veil of colour that feels silky soft and looks sensational. Allergy and dermatologist tested Size – 9 g Price – R299 I received this one in my press pack I received the pallet “black tie” and as Azania put it she said this was the ultimate pallet and I couldn’t agree more the colours work great together and can be used to go from day to night very easily. There are a combination of matts and shimmers and it is highly pigmented and the powder is so silky.   “Pamper lips with silk-infused colour!”   4.Luxe Crème Lipliner Infused with silk and pearl powder, this creamy waterproof formula redefines the contours of your lips leaving them looking shapely and voluptuous. Ultra comfortable and lightweight Price – R149   5.Luxe Crème Lipstick SPF 15 Infused with silk and a naturally derived plumping complex, this lipstick drenches your lips in moisturising, luxurious colour leaving them looking fuller and more voluptuous. Dermatologist and allergy tested Price – R169 This is my favourite out of the range I received the shade stiletto red. And it is a gorgeous cherry red with the most beautiful gold and pink shimmers. Very pigmented,  very moisturising and after an entire day of wear I am still left with an amazing stain.   6.Luxe Crème Lipgloss SPF 15 Infused with silk and a naturally derived lip-plumping complex, this formula embellishes your lips in moisturising, ultra-glossy, brilliant colour that leaves your lips looking fuller and more voluptuous. Size – 12 ml Price – R149 I also received a pressed powder and a blush. The pressed powder does not dry out my skin and feels light weight and silky. The blush is a light pink and suits my skin. justine3   justine2

A-firm time reversal serum
A-firm time reversal serum

Looking for a products that will help you achieve a younger-looking skin in 3 days!!!   With the new Justine A-Firm Time Reversal Anti-Ageing Serum, you are guaranteed to get these results. We’ve tested it; now let your skin prove it. After doing a clinical and a consumer study, we received the following feedback:   Immediately: Boosts skin’s moisture by over 150%   In 3days: Dramatically reduces the appearance of age spots Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles   In 1 week: Reduces the look of even your most prominent age spots Starts to improve the appearance of deep wrinkles See an improvement in sagging skin and overall photo damage Price – R450 Size – 30ml   Why should you use it? This serum contains high concentrations of certain active ingredients and is formulated to penetrate deeply into the skin AND it visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles in 3 days. I can’t wait to use it! The A-Firm range is suitable for ages 45+ but I am still going to use it. No harm in using anti-ageing products early in life. The serum is very light weight and absorbs really quickly. In the brochure customers are also introduced to Justine’s Skincare Expert, Rafal Lukasik, who has 10 years’ experience in a global skincare institute. Rafal gives his expert advice in this brochure to help you get to know more about Justine’s skincare ranges.   All of these products are available in Justine’s Campaign 5 brochure, valid from 1 to 31 May. If you’d like to purchase them contact a Consultant or the call centre. justine1   Customer Care Line: 0860 10 23 45 Website: http://www.justine.co.za Facebook: search for JustineSouthAfrica YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/justinesafrica Twitter: @JustineSAfrica Instagram: justinesafrica