REVIEW: mark. by Avon Cosmetics – Lipsticks

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When Avon Cosmetics released their new beauty brand, mark. By Avon in South Africa, I was curious to find out what it all meant for Avon as a brand. Me being an “Avon Lady” or “Rep” I obviously had to be in the know about the quality of the “new” kids on the block. Truth is I was skeptical because I honestly thought that they had just changed the packaging and stuck a name to it to make a point. I was pleasantly surprised to note that it was an actual thing. They have lipsticks, mascaras, lip-glosses, the works! I was all the more surprised to see that the brand was as big abroad as they had made  it out to seem here at home.

Anyways…on to the review…

 

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image courtesy of avon.it

So I am a thick-lipped girl and brightly coloured lipsticks are a lot of the times a “no-no” for me, mostly because it looks tacky and too much. Way extra! But I love that I can use it to lighten a dark lip or create an ombre look with the colours featured in this review, namely Starburst Pink and Rapid Rose. I also love that they create the perfect subtle lip for the dramatic smokey eye that I love.

Swatches

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Pros

These lippies are super pigmented. I love that the colour is rich and that they are more moisturising than I expected them to be. I love that (even though I am reviewing just these two colours) there are a lot of colours to choose from, ranging from deep and rich to the light and subtle. They are inexpensive and give you quality that slightly surpasses the price tag. The packaging is uber cool!

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These two colours are too light for me specifically, BUT they could work wonders for YOU. Because they are lustrous, they are too thin for me and end up looking cracked, unless I really cake it on. If I do cake ’em on, it looks way too extra. No winning really.

But overall, I’m keen to give all of the colours a chance as time goes by and perhaps I will find my perfect match.

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image courtesy of avon.com

Like I mentioned in the pros, the packaging is quite edgy and fun and think it moves Avon from a mommy brand to a more hip brand (in my opinion).

 

I think Avon is on to something with this one. Way to go Avon Cosmetics.

#MOTD – When your part time job is your hobby 

For a very long time in my life, weekends and public holidays were for sleeping in and being absolutely lazy. In the last couple of years (say about two and a bit), I’ve been using the time to capitalise on what I really enjoy doing; hair and make-up for a fraction of what ‘the professionals’ or full time hair and make-up technicians would normally charge.

Here’s the gag… It’s both rewarding and fulfilling plus I never really have to go out there and make things happen, they sort of just do.

Marc Anthony [apparently] once said

If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in you life.

This has proven to be true when I think about what I do during my spare time, and perhaps you’re looking for something to bring in an extra income – it might be time to dust off those long forgotten or sidelined hobbies as that could be what is standing between you and a little extra ka-ching to spend.

I get the chance to do something selfish like do somebody’s make up (selfish because pampering people refuels my tanks), making sure that they are satisfied and there is the added bonus of there being a little something I can invest into my business venture.

Let’s look at my recent client 

A smokey eye with some warm tones to accentuate Rethabile’s gorgeous eyes. Using #SwiitchBeauty #slaysfordayspallette and Avon Cosmetics.

I never go anywhere without Concealer tubes by LA Girl Cosmetics – Fawn to highlight and Beautiful Bronze mixed with foundation for the entire face.

Flash test somewhat successful. I didn’t have my camera with me so I had to use my smartphone camera. Results of the flash test where good enough for me. This was a trial run after all.

You can check out more photos on my Instagram page – @bijouxfaces – til next time, ciao bella!

REVIEW: SwiitchBeauty #SlaysForDaysPallette

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I recently took a leap and made one of my first local online purchases and needless to say, I was quite nervous. Thoughts such as “Will the product find its way to me?” or “What if they scam me…” and even “What then if it doesn’t work?” I tend to be a little bit of a skeptic when it comes to online shopping but boy oh boy was I pleasantly surprised.

I ordered this amazing 35 pot pallette on Sunday morning (5 March 2017) and it got delivered at the intended address on Tuesday mid-morning (7 March 2017). It was securely wrapped and even had my personalised message on there (nice touch!).

I adore the Rose Gold typeface on the box and was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight but stable it is. The colours are highly pigmented and are rich and buttery…whatever that means. They feel great ok! LOL

While this pallette is great (and trust me I do mean it), I wish the colours had names that I could refer to. Perhaps also if there could be refills as well. That would totally earn this product a solid 15 out of 10.

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SwiitchBeauty was founded by a fellow South African babe, Rabia, in her “room in the Summer of 2014” and her aim was to create affordable but bomb products that students could be able to buy themselves. You can follow SwiitchBeauty on Instagram (@swiitchbeauty) and you can also visit their website here SwiitchBeauty

I’m definitely going to be obsessing about this for a little while. xx

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Smokey Eye Glitz

Went to celebrate my dad’s 50th birthday back home in Cullinan this weekend and well… Any reason to have that snatched face, really.

Absolutely enjoyed this look. Some of the products I used to achieve this look include MAC, LA Girl Cosmetics, Avon Cosmetics and SwiitchBeauty (South Africa). Feel free to comment and share this look and follow me on Instagram @bijouxfaces and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Welcome to Bijoux (Bee-Shjoo) Faces MUArtistry

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What an absolute honour it is to do something that I love and have so many people share in the passion. I am really excited to go on this journey of growth, learning and beats for the gawds. Absolutely amped!

Let’s Go!

BijouxFaces is a self startup by self-taught artist, Kabelo Maidi, that offers affordable make-up and beauty services. Based in the east of Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa.