Avon Mark: top and flop products

Avon Mark

I am quite partial to Avon Mark line as you may well know if you’ve been following my posts for a while. I love the visual elements of the brand with the stunning black and white prints and combinations that look great both live and on the photos. Since I’ve tried quite a few of their products by now, I chose the top (and some flop) products to talk about today.

Avon Mark: lip products

Avon Mark Plump It Lipstick

Let’s start with the lipsticks since I already wrote about them *here*. Mark Plump-it lipsticks are absolutely gorgeous, soft and comfortable on the lips. They are also quite long wearing as I can usually get away with re-applying only once every four hours. My favorite shades are Divine Wine, Reddy to go and Rose Kisses.

Avon Mark Plump-it lip gloss

Unfortunately, I’m less impressed by Avon Mark Plump-it lip gloss which is supposed to give you a look of full and plumped-up lips. I wasn’t able to figure out the exact active ingredient (my money is on peppermint) but the tingling that comes with the use is absolutely something I don’t enjoy at all. The shade Mauve is gorgeous to wear independently or over a regular lipstick, but I don’t think we should sacrifice feeling comfortable just to look pretty – do you?

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Lancome Juicy Shaker

Usually, I don’t really care about how my make-up looks on the outside. Sure, I want the packaging to be sturdy and not leak, but “pretty” or “cute” are not words I use to describe the visuals very often.

But you know what? Lancome Juicy Shaker looks like a little tumbler that needs to be “shaken, not stirred” and is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a long while!

Although I would normally associate the phrase “flavored lip gloss” with something I’d wear in high school, I was kind of intrigued what the hype is all about. This lip gloss pairs nourishing oils with pigments, meaning it gives a soft glow and tint to your lips while keeping them nourished. View Post

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss: Candy Apple

This lip gloss was one of the things I ordered for myself on my b-day. I was browsing randomly through Beauty Bay and it looked so pretty I couldn’t pass it up.

Now let me tell you, it gave me quite a fright. Once I received the package, I went into the bathroom to apply it and see how it looks. I brought the tube up to my face, and then, this happened.

I dropped the entire thing into the sink, but luckily, it survived. I really need to pay more attention to what I’m ordering and not only look at »alll the pweeety colors«.

The whole packaging is really sturdy. I like that the tube is rectangular, so it doesn’t slide around. As you can see from the photo, the wand has built-in LED lights which make for an easy and precise application, be it daytime or night time. It does look slightly tacky, but I personally do like it a lot. Also, it’s new invention – several companies have come out with similar packaging before.

The tube also has a small mirror on one side. It’s not the best mirror I’ve ever seen, but it does come in handy when you only want to bring your lipgloss with you.

The applicator is doe shaped, which is my favorite. It’s really easy to apply and doesn’t run, but for the darker shades, I would recommend using a lip pencil with it, just to make for that perfect, sharp edge.

The color Candy Apple is stunning – a true red with a hint of a pink undertone. The gloss is very pigmented, so I only apply this color in one layer. It’s not as sticky as some other lip glosses I own, but naturally, it’s not going to be as dry as a normal lipstick.

Going for 20 EUR, this is not the cheapest lip product out there, but you can regularly spot special promotions on Beauty Bay for this particular brand.

What’s your favorite lip gloss for the summer months?

Until next time, stay beautiful (and out of the sun!)

My NYX Glosses – quick review & swatches

About a month ago I treated myself to some NYX glosses. These glosses were so highly recommended by many beauty bloggers and YouTube beauty gurus that I was sure they will end up costing an arm and a leg. Imagine my surprise when I found them on Moja drogerija for less than 3 € each. I’m not a big fan of the design of the tube, but you really can’t beat the price on that one. So yes, I did end up buying more than one and let me tell you, it was not an easy choice to make – there are more than 10 colors available and I would purchase each and every one of them given the money and the space to put them 🙂

Overall I can say I really like these glosses although I’m usually partial to lipsticks, simply because I don’t love having my hair sticking to something sticky on my lips. But anyway, these glosses have a relatively nice smell and are reasonably pigmented, especially in the darker colors.

The colors I got are Amethyst, Apricot and True red. I won’t go on a lot about Amethyst, because I’ve talked about it already in my September favorites. But let’s just repeat that it’s a nice copper-ish color which in my opinion isn’t very summery but will be perfect for autumn and winter time.

The Apricot color is a nice subtle color which is not very pigmented and is the least long lasting out of all three. It is however nice to put over a brighter lipstick (I love wearing it over my Matte Lip Paint by Barry M lipstick in Sunset) but almost unnoticeable by itself. It’s also the only one that won’t leave stain on your lips.

Last but not least, we have the gloss in True red. This is by far the most pigmented out of all three colors. It looks dark red, almost burgundy, in the tube, but has a pink undertone to it. I can’t get away with wearing it by itself; I have to use a lip liner with this one. It’s also the most difficult to apply in terms of not exaggerating with the color – I tend to put the want to the bottom lip first and then pick up the residue from the bottom lip to put on the top lip. The best result was however achieved when I actually made an effort to use a lip brush.

All in all I love these glosses and will probably get some more.

Do you have any shade that you only wear in the colder months? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, stay beautiful, stay awesome!