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.

avon swatch ultra colour lip crayon raspberry rush

  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.

avon swatch of avon glow bronzing pearls deepest bronze with and without flash

  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.

avon nail art press-on nails

Review: Throw away your eyelash curlers as Rimmel 24 hr supercurler volume & curl mascara has arrived

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Rimmel mascaras such a nostalgic memory I have of their mascaras. I was about 11 and I was wondering around Clicks beauty section looking for my first ever mascara as I had just learnt that I really need a mascara for my non-existent lashes I was immediately drawn to the Rimmel glam’ eyes mascara the packaging was just so eye catching and was my fave colour pink. What was inside was just as amazing and was the only mascara that I have ever finished.

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Now I typical asian lashes they are very short and lie quite flat so I have to be really fussy when it comes to the type of mascaras that will actually work on my lashes so there aren’t many mascaras that land on my beauty desk that really wow me and I’ve tossed many alike. If you were wondering for asian eyes you need a wand that is not too big, a formula which is not too wet and a lengthening mascara. Which is why this mascara is not particularly suited for my lashes specifically suited for my lashes but may be for yours.

The Rimmel 24 HR supercurler mascara basically offers is a volumising  mascara with a 24 hr curling power so you can use it without an eyelash curler.  This is a really great idea since eyelash curlers can be quite a torture instrument as clipping your eyelid is extremely painful but I have to curl my lashes otherwise the mascara won’t make any difference to my lashes.

Rimmel supercurler mascara before and after

Now for what I thought:

Packaging wise I always love rimmel mascaras they make the most beautiful eye catching tubes, this one is a beautiful metallic purple rocket shape, the large rocket shape makes it easy to hold and find in your makeup bag.

The brush is very large and curved to shape the contours of your eye. Personally because my lashes are short I find the smaller the brush the better it works for my lashes. The curve on the brush is the main feature for the curling effect as it actually scoops the lashes upwards.

The formula is rather dry but I prefer this over really wet formula that take longer to dry so when I blink I end of with a hot mess. The colour is a really intense black. The brush doesn’t pick up much product so you can go from natural and build it up to how dramatic you want  it. It doesn’t offer much length but does wrap the lashes nicely without clumping to offer volume. For my lashes it did hold up the lashes for the whole day however it wasn’t as dramatic as if I used a lash curler since my lashes literally lie down so curling it is a real mission. There is also minimal flaking and fallout at the end of the day under the eye.

You can find this mascara at all major retailers like Clicks, Dis-Chem Pharmacies, Foschini, Edgars, The Hub, Pick n Pay and pharmacies for R119.95

Avon and Justine June favourites

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A while a got spoilt with a box of newness from Avon/Justine and I’ve had chance to sort through all of my faves.

  1. Avon ultra colour lip tint pens(R169.90)

Avon lip tint pen

Was so excited to see these I literally slapped these on the moment I saw them. I have a deep obsession with lippies just say an easy way to make a statement and pick up any look. These do not disappoint at all! Love love love! I received 2 colours freesia (a berry pink) and raspberry(a cherry red). Packaging wise as always these look expensive and sleek the cap clicks shut tight so the product won’t dry out or the cap won’t fall off in your bag. The felt tip makes it really easy to quickly and precisely apply the product. When I apply it the pen doesn’t leak or feel overly wet (if that makes sense) application is actually really smooth and I don’t even really feel anything. Very light weight I hardly even remembered I had anything on my lips and extremely pigmented. The colour does last the entire day just fades a bit and transfers once applied but once the top layer has transferred the colour afterwards stays put. It’s not drying nor overly hydrating and the colour does appear matte due to it’s nature. It does require exfoliation and a slick of lip balm underneath like with any lip stain otherwise it will emphasise dry patches. I’ve been using these daily for a few weeks now and they haven’t dried out one bit. Definitely recommend this for anybody who loves colour but hates reapplication and worries about transfers.

  1. Avon ideal flawless cream concealer(R119.90)
Swatches of Dark and medium respectively
Swatches of Dark and medium respectively

My second love as you know is concealer hides any imperfections without the need to wear a full face of foundation. Packaging wise this really reminds me of the bobbi brown concealers without the mirror which is not really an issue. As usual the compacts snap shut tight and is very small and light weight. Initially when you pick up some of the product you notice it is very sheer but don’t let that deceive you coverage on this is amazing. It is extremely creamy and actually silky it doesn’t dry out the skin at all even though it sets to a powder finish. I tried it over a pimple and under the eyes and it really conceals well in both cases. Lasting power is pretty impressive too and mine lasted for the whole day.

  1. Avon ColorTrend boost it! Mascara(R69.90)

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A lot of people really love this mascara this however is not suitable for me specifically as I prefer lengthening mascaras as opposed to volumizing ones since I lack in that department. I do however think it is a great mascara for someone who has the length but just looking for some volume. This hot pink tube clicks airtight shut. The formula is not overly wet which gives it a good amount of control whilst applying but it also doesn’t dry down to a crumbly mess. Dries and sets really fast because the formula is not so wet so you don’t have to worry about a major mess if you accidently blink I actually prefer drier formulas for this reason and even find that I only once a mascara has dried a bit can I actually fall in love with them. It holds a curl well and is easy to remove. My eyes didn’t feel irritated afterwards. The thickness of the formula again works great for volume boosting mascaras as it nicely wraps and coats the lashes also lashes look defined and I didn’t notice any clumping. It is a true black colour and the tiny brush makes it easy to reach even the smallest lash with less fuss. There is a bit of fallout and transfer under the eyes by the end of the day but not major panda eyes.

  1. Justine body balance even tone body butter(R105)

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A must have for winter skin this body butter smells like a green floral. Contains a blend of my beloved miracle argan oil, shea butter and grape seed oil. Very hydrating and thick so it creates a nice moisture barrier. It specifically meant to target uneven skin tone.

  1. Justine luminescence even tone day cream SPF 15 (R410)

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This comes in a gorgeous pink glass pump tube. It is very hydrating and lightweight making a great base for makeup application. The magic ingredients here are mulberry, grape fruit extract, argan, grape seed, sunflower seed, neem seed, rice bran, skullcap, wheat germ and saxifrage sarmentosa extract basically all the things you could put into a cream combined.  Specifically meant to even out blemishes and increase skin firmness within 7 days.

  1. Avon fan nail brush (R49.95)

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The concept is a quick striped nail effect which works pretty well and is really quick and easy to do.

You can find all these in the June avon catalogue

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