*REVIEW* – Final review: StayFree Everyday Pantyliners – Flexicomfort Cotton Touch

Hey Bijoux

So I have had the privilege of once again being one of 50 BB readers to try the new Stayfree Flexicomfort pantyliner for 20 days and share my feedback.

I received the package from Beauty Bulletin promptly before the project was meant to begin. Once again, in true professional fashion. The packaging was really simple but quite classy, it made unwrapping very exciting. Inside the package there were two Stayfree Everyday Flexicomfort Cotton Touch pantyliners both scented and unscented. Two were individually wrapped pantyliners small enough to fit into one’s clutch and the other two were the boxed kind.

Halfway through the project – review i posted on the Beauty Bulletin site:

“I must admit that there are moments where I forget that I have the liner on. It’s so light and very adhesive that it does not move around the show when I do. I am absolutely happy that it is thin as well. Totally a product I am going to repurchase. I’m uber finicky about feminine hygiene so I use 2 liners a day, during active hours, I don’t use any for bed time. These give me all day freshness!”

Fast forward to the end of the project and I still feel positive about this product. I generally have sensitive skin so I was worried about reacting. None of my fears materialised  though (yay!)

Final review posted on the Beauty Bulletin site:

“I am absolutely delighted that I was chosen to be a part of this project. It is crazy cool how I managed to both inform/educate people around the plight of feminine hygiene and also get myself out there as a genuine advocate for busting myths about these issues concerning our most private issues – which are UNIVERSAL actually.

These cute little pantyliners are way more than just cute and little. They are a force to be reckoned with. Portable, fresh, light and discreet. I did not experience any discomfort, itching, shifting or funky odours. The product is really affordable and you get to pick if you want them scented or nah!

They are durable and super adhesive meaning that they did not crumple or bunch up on my undies AT ALL. I used 2 a day which sometimes felt like a waste because at the times I wanted to change them they were still fresh. The timing worked out for me to use right after my menstrual cycle as well as just before my next so I was well prepared and didn’t get caught off guard by Aunt Flo.

Overall a good product that I will repurchase and can vouch for.”

Where to Buy
Available at selected Clicks, Dis-Chem, Spar, Pick n Pay and Checkers stores, Takealot.com and selected pharmacies nationwide.

Price: R22.95 for a pack of 20

Stayfree Flexicomfort Everyday Pantyliners can be used every day to stay fresh, comfortable and confident.

The new Stayfree Flexicomfort Everyday Pantyliners have been designed to be soft, ultra thin and flexible so that you’ll barely know it’s there. Everyday Pantyliners have a soft cotton feel with a fresh scent, breathable quality and good absorbency.  It also shapes to fit your body so that you don’t have to worry about movement, bunching or twisting.

STAYFREE® FlexiComfort panty liners are our thinnest panty liner—ideal for the days when you don’t have your period, but want all-day freshness. Ultra-thin and ultra-flexible, they follow your movements and give you a daily secret boost of comfort. Keep a pack of these in your panty drawer! And tuck the smallest pack into your purse.

  • Provides invisible comfort, just like cotton underwear
  • Their thinnest daily liner—so small, yet so absorbent
  • Breathable material for extra freshness
  • Also available individually wrapped for on-the-go use
  • Keeps you feeling clean and confident for longer

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REJECTION and our attitude about it

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I would be lying if I said that I have never been rejected, more so if I said that I did not react (irrationally) about it. See, the moment we feel rejection for whatever reason, I believe the first thing we tend to do or think is that it is personal. That it is about us as people.

I have come to learn and realise that rejection is common to all. It can happen and most probably has happened to all of us. The severity of it can vary of course, but it is rejection after all.

REJECTION IS COMMON TO US ALL

A cool thing to note is that it was common to some of the Bible‘s most famous figures. We read about it in the Word, and the fact that these people and their stories are written in the Bible, gives me hope that even I can get through it.

Noah was rejected and ridiculed by his society.

Joseph was rejected by his brothers.

Moses was intermittently rejected by his followers.

David was rejected by both his brothers and by King Saul initially.

Elijah, Elisha, and Jeremiah were rejected by the kings and leaders of their day.

The disciples were rejected by the religious establishment.

Jesus was rejected by his home town, religious leaders, political leaders, and he is still rejected today.

Let me bring it a little bit closer to home – personally, you may have been rejected by your loved ones, perhaps your parents have greatly discouraged you or are/may have been extremely critical.

You might have been fired, demoted, retrenched or reassigned.

Or, maybe the rejection comes from people you look up to and admire – teachers, coaches, employers, someone in a position of authority, friends, and spiritual leaders.

We cannot avoid rejection or make other people accept us; but we can avoid living in bondage. But how can we live above that? The trick is to not allow yourself to live a life of rejection.

  1. Counter the feelings of rejection with God’s word. When you feel worthless or unloved or unloveable, you need to remember that Jesus wants you to walk in the reality of who you are in Him. He wants you to know the full expression of the Father‘s heart for you. This is the opposite of what the enemy wants. Meditate on Scripture. Psalm 139 is a good chapter to read.
  2. Love and accept YOURSELF. Ever heard the expression “You can’t love others if you do not know how to love yourself”? I used to wrestle with this because fundamentally I disagreed. Until a time came where I had nothing to offer because I was shortchanging on loving myself and seeing myself the way God does. I have not completely gotten over that but I am not giving up. No way!
  3. Reject fear! – Reject the fear of man – because Proverbs 29:25 says ”The fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Reject the fear of failure. Reject the fear of doing over. Realising that fear is False Evidence Appearing Real is a way you and I can overcome fear as a concept. And as a Spirit. 2 Timothy 1 v 7 states this – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

 

Willow Drive Baptist Church published a handbook on rejection; an excerpt from the book goes like this:

“There is a definite connection between rejection and the fear of man. We don‘t want to be rejected by others, so we fear or [are] overly concerned about their view of us. We want others to like us, so we do whatever is necessary to keep peace or we live under the constant concern of what others think.”

Look at ‘rejection’ as a re-direction, like this quote by Dr. Steve Maraboli

“Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”

― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

#RejectionIsNotFatal

Choose today to take a stand against living in the bondage of rejection. Dare to be misunderstood, for the sake of the Kingdom, just like Jesus Christ. Endeavour to care more what God thinks about you first before you stress yourself to death about what man thinks of you. Yes be accountable to your leaders and fellowship communities but remember to always aim to please God first!

*”For Women Who Are Difficult To Love”*

And you tried to change, didn’t you? Closed your mouth more. Tried to be softer, prettier, less volatile, less awake… You can’t make homes out of human beings. Someone should have already told you that. And if he wants to leave, then let him leave. You are terrifying, and strange, and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love.

Warsan Shire, For Women Who Are Difficult To Love

REVIEW: Listerine Advanced White Multi-Action Mouthwash

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Beauty Bulletin was so kind to select me as one of 50 “savvy women” to try the product out for #2WeeksToBrighterTeeth

I was very excited when the package arrived (see pic above)…So I jumped right in to see the results for myself…not before I got at least one realist’s opinion of course (they weren’t wrong though) – see below

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There were more in the DMs LOL! Grateful for my friends and the truth.

So here goes the review

I must say that I mostly enjoyed using this mouthwash, certainly because it doesn’t burn like regular Listerine. I was really convinced that something would happen because truth be told, Listerine is a trusted brand. After the first week, my teeth had significantly less plaque after food and beverages but I cannot say for sure if my teeth were getting whiter.

By week 2 I was convinced that there was a difference but then I started to react a little, I’m not sure what from exactly but my tongue, inside of lips and palate were certainly feeling somewhat raw. So I stopped using the mouthwash for a few days and the feeling subsided.

I carried on after about a week for another 2 weeks and the feeling in my mouth came back. Which is why I personally cannot repurchase it until I can identify the allergens in it. Other than that I would recommend the product to someone willing to use it correctly – Not to say that I did not use it correctly, the whiter teeth will come from you brushing and then rinsing/gargling with the Listerine Advanced White Mouthwash TWICE A DAY for two weeks straight in order to see the results.

So, personally, I didn’t see my pearly white dreams come true but I actually got to use mouthwash more regularly and tried to dispel some myths, too bad the trial was inconclusive…because you know, allergic reaction.

Available from all leading retailers and pharmacies
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Price:
R49.95 – 250ml
R74.95 – 500ml

Info from brand & Beauty Bulletin

The new Listerine Advanced White is clinically proven to improve the appearance of teeth, with antibacterial agents and fluoride to cleanse and strengthen them.

It kills bad-breath and plaque-causing bacteria with powerful essential oils, strengthens enamel with fluoride, and it helps to lift stains and shield it from future discolorations.

Listerine® Advanced White Multi-Action Mouthwash uses a non-abrasive, polyphosphate technology to whiten teeth in two weeks.

The mouthwash creates a protective shield to help prevent future stains from forming. It contains three essential oils that kill germs and freshen breath.

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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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!

cons

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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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.

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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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.