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2/36 | FOTDs: Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipsticks Part 1

As promised, here’s the first batch of looks I tried out using the 10 shades of Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipsticks. I made these looks based on my everyday life, whether I’m going to meetings, sites, errands, or events. The photos I chose were the ones that looked the closest to the colors I see in person as I sometimes have a hard time describing these gorgeous shades.

fotd pink renewal

PINK RENEWAL | BASE: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF 30, Tinted Moisturizer Compact in Natural/ BROWS: Avon Brow Definer in Soft Brown/ LIPS: Avon Ultra Color Absolute in Pink Renewal

About the Look. I was going to visit a site and I needed a simple and fresh look for the day so I just did a fast base and my brows plus the UCA in Pink Renewal. I’m still on the fence though if the light pink shade works well with my skintone as it seems a tad too pale. I think this would look better on mestizas or maybe I’d try this again with a smokey eye.

fotd lovely fuschia

LOVELY FUSCHIA | BASE: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF 30, Tinted Moisturizer Compact in Natural, Translucent Loose Setting Powder/ EYES: Avon Always On Point Eyeliner in Molten Plum/ LIPS: Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Lovely Fuschia

About the Look. I had to look presentable really fast and actually did my makeup in the car. I tagged along to Fort on a last minute whim and I only managed to grab the UCA in Lovely Fuschia and the Molten Plum eyeliner which thankfully worked well for me as their shades complement each other. I think I pulled off looking put together enough for an entire day of going around. An eyebrow pencil and blush would have worked wonders for this look though.

fotd warm berry

WARM BERRY | BASE: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF 30, Translucent Loose Setting Powder/ MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation NC40, Studio Fix Concealer NW25/ BROWS: Avon Brow Definer in Soft Brown/ EYES: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Epatant, Estee Lauder Artist’s Eye Pencil in Softsmudge Black, Avon Super Shock Max and Super Drama Mascara/ CHEEKS: Estee Lauder Bronzer in Warm/ LIPS: Avon Ultra Glimmerstick Lip Liner in Red Brick, Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Warm Berry

About the Look. This FOTD took me a while and I even contemplated a redo as I wasn’t really sure if I was right in choosing Epatant for my eye color. That particular shade of Ilusion D’Ombre veered green and I didn’t want to come across as holiday-ish. I wore this to an Asus launch event at 71 Gramercy minus the lip though as I wanted to eat. Teehee.

fotd pure orchid

PURE ORCHID | BASE: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF 30, Tinted Moisturizer Compact in Natural/ BROWS: Avon Brow Definer in Soft Brown/ EYES: Mally Evercolor Ultimate Waterproof Eyeliner in Navy/ CHEEKS: MAC Blush in Pinkerpeach and Trustfund/ LIPS: Avon Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Pink Bouquet, Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pure Orchid

About the Look. Wore this out to BDJ Box Tres Chic Beauty Social. I really just wanted to focus on my lips but added the Navy eyeliner when I felt that my eyes looked tired that day as I was horribly sick the day before. I don’t know if I’m 100% pleased with this look but maybe it’s the after effect of being sick that made me look a bit unwell still.

fotd smooth plum

SMOOTH PLUM | BASE: The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturizer with SPF/ EYES: Avon Always On Point Eyeliner in Molten Gunmetal/ CHEEKS: Nars One Night Stand Palette (Mistinguette)/ LIPS: Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Smooth Plum

About the Look. I honestly can’t remember where I wore this look so I’m guessing that since I cant remember, I probably must have not gone anywhere really so errands maybe? This was the last of the 10 that I used and I was hesitant at first because the shade looked a frightening shade of violet in the tube but turned to this lovely color once applied.

Here are close-up shots of the 5 shades featured in this post:

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L-R: Pink Renewal, Lovely Fuschia, Warm Berry

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L-R: Warm Berry, Pure Orchid, Smooth Plum

Stay tuned for the next batch of FOTDs featuring Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipsticks! Smile

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1/36 | 36 Cheers for 36 Years of Avon Philippines

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This post officially kicks off my 36 cheers (posts) for 36 years of Avon Philippines. Every week, I’ll be posting an article (or two) featuring an Avon product or story to celebrate the 36 Years that Avon has been the Company for Women in the Philippines. I decided to do this series when I realized from my long list of posts to do that I had plenty of Avon reviews and stories to share as I am part of the Avon Makeup Council and an Avon Representative as well. I also tend to buy a lot of their products especially when I go to the branch to get the orders of my clients or when there’s a new brochure released.

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To start, let me feature Avon’s latest lipstick line, the Ultra Color Absolute lipsticks. This will be a 4-part post series as I actually did 10 FOTDs to try out all the lipstick shades that PR gave me. I wanted to know which of the 10 fit my skintone best – morena, MAC NC40, yellow undertones. At the end of doing my FOTDs, I actually had around 7 of the shades marked as must-haves but let’s see if I can cut that list shorter still or if it will get longer as I do these comparison posts.

Continue reading 1/36 | 36 Cheers for 36 Years of Avon Philippines

Review + FOTDs | Avon Always On Point Reflective Eyeliner

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I’ve always had a thing for the eyeliner because one, it’s quite easy to use, and two, it is versatility packed in one slim stick. I sometimes draw a thicker line than usual and just smudge it with my fingers and voila – instant eyeshadow! Admittedly though, this technique doesn’t work with all eyeliners. I think there are certain kinds that can be smudged easier. (Cue Google search now!) Anyway, I was really excited when I saw these new Always On Point Reflective Eyeliners from Avon. I have a small collection of retractable eyeliners and this one features the same ease but always with the pointed tip.

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The two available shades I got were part of January’s Avon Makeup Council goodies – Molten Gunmetal and Molten Plum. As much as I loved a good colored eyeliner, I still had two violet ones that I am yet to use up so I was more excited for the Molten Gunmetal. A couple of years ago I went on an eyeliner search for that one shade that would match my then dying Clinique eyeliner that was a forever staple in all my makeup looks. It wasn’t even black but an almost black shade that showed up a bit like a blackish grey on me, kinda gunmetal-like which gave me that worn in liner look that I so loved then. Sorry if I sucked at describing that Clinique liner but really, all I wanted was for Molten Gunmetal to come close to that look.

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I swatched the two and yes, these liners were true to the reflective part. Notice the shimmer that caught the light of my light bulb. I made two lines each to show the marvel that is the sharpener inside the cap which guaranteed a pointed liner – always! As much as I am partial to thicker lines, I find that I’ve been tightlining (or at least attempting to) more these days for that cleaner look. I like how the colors are buildable for a more striking stare. However, I find that the texture of these liners tend to be a bit softer than what I’m used to with the perfect point easily blunted before I achieve the line that I want.

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See below? That’s how it gets quite quickly with a swipe or too. I have to do a couple of passes with the sharpening and lining part to get the look I prefer.

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This video from Avon Philippines’ Youtube account shows you how to use the Avon Always On Point Reflective Eyeliner’s built-in sharpener.

 

To get this point below, always. I find it quite the ingenious little thing really.

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I’ve been playing around with the two for weeks now and below is my Valentines Day FOTD using the eyeliner in Molten Gunmetal with my Urban Decay Naked 2 and Naked Flushed palettes. I can’t remember the lipstick I wore on that day though.

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Overall, I find that I fluctuate between just liking the Avon Always On Point Reflective Eyeliners to loving them depending on the look that I’m going for on that day. Like is for those days when I want a cleaner, tighter line while love is for those days when I feel like I’m a couple of years back and rocking (or at least I hope) a smokier line. That built-in sharpener thing is something I can’t get enough of even with the slightly softer texture. Retractable liners are the best for a lazy girl like me but this pointed tip just tops the cake. I do hope Avon releases more shades though in this particular line, one in a solid black preferably and please, with just the slightest hint of a firmer texture. I would recommend these existing ones in Molten Gunmetal and Molten Plum when playing with your makeup for a softer, more feminine look.

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Here’s another FOTD using the Avon Always On Point Reflective Eyeliner in Molten Plum with the new Avon CC Cream in Nude (this is different from the CC Cream I previously reviewed and I just had to buy the two shades available to try. Will review ASAP), Avon Face Pearls, Mac Girl Boy Brow Set, and Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Villa Lante.

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