{Review} Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream

In my “New In” post, I mentioned that I’m currently trying a new BB Cream and that’s something huge for me because I’m a creature of habit. I believe if its not broken then why fix it? In simpler terms; I love my Garnier BB Cream so why am I even experimenting with a new BB Cream? I saw it in the Avon brochure so I purchased it and I might have over reacted a lot a little when I saw it the first time. A few days went by and I finally managed to build up the courage to take it out of the box again and give it a second look. I have to say that I’m now singing a completely different tune.
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I’ve been using it everyday since the day that I’ve opened it and I even found a way to incorporate it into the day before yesterday’s DIY post. Avon’s Ideal Flawless BB Cream is quite different compared to my beloved Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter, Ill do the comparison further down. Firstly Avon’s BB Cream offers medium coverage with SPF 15 and I’m fine with that. I love that it didn’t seem cakey or unnatural on my face and that it stayed put all day. I use my Avon Colortrend Concealer underneath it everyday but I find that I don’t have to dust my Clear Smooth All In One Powder on everyday depending on the weather. I’ve noticed that this BB Cream has a slight shimmer to it. Not overpowering and one can hardly see it, I only noticed it on my finger tips but its something I’ve never experienced in a BB Cream.IMG_1777

Let’s get a bit comparing in here:
•This BB Cream didn’t wipe off my face (sometimes clothes) as easily as my Garnier BB Cream does and I love that.
•Its a much thinner consistency than your average BB Cream so blending with a brush is a dream even though I love my finger tips too.
•I have to however put a moisturiser or my sunscreen with a higher SPF under this BB Cream or else my face feels and looks dry.
•Putting a powder over is optional where as with my Garnier BB Cream, I had to lightly dust my powder over it to set it and prevent shine during the day.
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This BB Cream works quite well in conjunction with my makeup routine and exceeded my expectations. Its definitely a notch up from the Avon foundations that I’ve tried. If you’re on a budget and wanting to spend on a good quality everyday BB Cream, then this is definitely it. At R99.95, Ill most likely add it to my shopping list again.
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Have you tried this BB Cream yet?

{DIY} : Dark Circles Corrector.

I think its time I did another DIY post. My DIY’s are always my most popular posts on the blog and since I made a new discovery that I know a lot of people need a little help with, I thought that I’d share it here on the blog. Its my last stretch to the end of 2nd year and “exam season” will be starting soon. Usually when exams kicks in, I have a lot of all nighters and in my personal opinion all nighters = dark circles around the eyes.

I came up with such a nifty concoction that I’m even proud of, why? Because it works like a bomb!
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What you’ll need:
•Your fave facial oil. (I chose Balm Balm’s Little Miracle Rosehip Serum.
•Eye cream that combats puffiness. (I chose Garnier’s Skin Naturals Pure Active)
•Optional – BB Cream, CC Cream, Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation.
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Method:
-Mix your eye cream and facial oil into a “refrigerator friendly” container, either using a makeup brush (preferably concealer) or a cotton swab. I chose a shot glass because I never use it and I prefer glass in the fridge than metal or plastic. Let it set overnight.
-This next step is optional. If you’re not going to have time, you can mix your BB Cream, CC Cream, Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation into the above mixture.
-In the morning, gently dab it onto the problematic area with either your ring finger or your concealer brush and VIOLA!
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Why I chose the products that I did:
•Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum: If there’s one product that I loved from the first minute I started using it, it would have to be this. I’ve mentioned it over and over on my blog so you should know its definitely a goodie. Its also 100% organic.
•Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active: I love the refreshing feeling that this product adds to my skin, especially around the eye area and its packed with cucumber extract which is known to eliminate puffiness.
•Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream: Instead of applying my BB Cream to my eye area afterward, I reckoned that I might aswell add it to the mixture because it saves time.
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I put the mixture in the fridge because we all know the “teaspoons in the fridge overnight and place it on the eyes in the morning to deflate puffy eyes” technique but aint nobody got time for that when you have a tight schedule or little time, or else you wouldn’t be sitting with dark circles. Right? RIGHT! So the cooling effect of the mixture in the fridge overnight takes care of the puffiness.

As for the dark circles? NO MORE! You’ll have your BB Cream or Foundation covering the dark marks while the other ingredients in the mixture works its magic it to get rid of it.

And that’s it! Easy peasy lemon cucumber squeezey.
Let me know if you should try it, I’d love to hear your results.

Fashion Friday: Statement Necklaces

Its been way too long since I did a Fashion Friday post and its long overdue. Fashion Friday seems to be slipping away from under my radar everytime and then the blog ends up looking like a beauty blog. So today I’m back with another installment of FF with a twist as to how I usually do it. This trend has been out since forever but it seems everybody’s forgetting about it since the pineapple craze hit the fashion forefront.

Today I’m talking statement neck pieces. I’m a huge fan of statement necklaces and how it takes your outfit from looking plain and boring to fash forward. There’s those days where I’m not always in the mood for the overly bold statement necklaces but still want to rock it, so I go for a smaller one. I’ve been browsing the net to bring you darlings a variety of statement necklaces and I’m actually quite chuffed to see how affordable they are so there’s definitely no reason why you should look drab this summer. There are more pricier ones on the market for those that wants to fork out an extra lil somethin’ somethin’ like the piece from fashionhub.co.za but the others listed below are relatively affordable if you ask me.Statement Necklaces

Now to come to the part that never features in my FF posts, I’m going to share my fave statement neck pieces with you. All of them are either under R100 or a little of over R100/ and or gifts from friends. I’ve worn my necklaces with just about everything from formal to casual, they are just that versatile! I definitely see them as investment pieces in my jewellery collection.
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By now you know the drill, I end off my FF posts with some celeb fash inspiration. I’m head over heels in love with Shay Mitchell’s statement neck piece. Its all sorts of amazing if you ask me. And that’s a wrap! Don’t forget about this trend, you can always come up with something like a pineapple statement necklace, No? I’m keeping it short and sweet this week. Happy Friday lovies.
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P.s Yay or Nay for statement necklaces?

Lipsticks I’m loving at the moment

Excuse the beauty overload on City Girl Vibe lately, I am working on other posts to create a bit more of a variety. Nonetheless, today I thought I’d mention my second round of top 5 lippies that I’m loving at the moment. Not only are lipsticks my fave thing to talk about but its also my absolute MUST HAVE beauty/makeup product.IMG_1735

As seen in my collection, I’m starting to wear all the shades that I wouldn’t normally wear like corals. I don’t know when’s the last time I wore a fuchsia lippie seeing that its my absolute fave shade but for now I’m talking my top 5 lippies that I’m loving.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter - My beloved Revlon. Revlon can do no wrong when it comes to lipsticks. Shade 063 in Wild Watermelon has definitely been my most worn lipstick to campus over the past few weeks since its been so hot in Cape Town. I can definitely see myself wearing this shade a lot in summer. This shade embodies spring/summer perfectly and I love that its not highly pigmented but definitely gives a stunning shine to ones lips. It moisturizes amazingly.IMG_1740

Avon Totally Kissable Lipstick - This deep orchid shade has been on my lips more than any other shade this past winter and I already have 2 new ones waiting to be opened. I think this is my most affordable lippie in my stash and it definitely rates in my top 5. Read my full review over here.IMG_1747

Accessorize Lipstick Shade 8 in Pink Pleasure – I have to say that the packaging stole my heart before the lipstick did, especially the diamante top. This feels like a tinted lipbalm on the lips and somewhat reminds me of Maybelline’s BabyLips. I’ve dubbed this lippie my “Sunday Funday” lipstick because its so light and I prefer wearing a lighter lip on a Sunday … Please don’t question my reasoning because I also don’t understand my brain sometimes. Also it smells like coconut. I love me some coconut!IMG_1746

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in 090 IT GIRL – See? Revlon is dominating my top picks at the moment always. I love the sort of “cracking” sound that these lippies make when you roll it in/out, similar to Stila’s Lip Glaze. But that’s definitely not why I love this lippie. When applying this lipstick it feels like liquid silk being applied to the lips. In my opinion, this is the best lipstick to use when you’re recovering from chapped winter lips but still want to wear a bit of colour on your lips.IMG_1745

Rimmel Lasting Finish in 170 Alarm - Where do I start with this lippie? Firstly its the best red lipstick that I have in my collection. I promise its one of those lipsticks that can compete with the likes of MAC’s RubyWoo and Russian Red. The lasting power of this lipstick is incredible and and it fades evenly. I’m definitely repurchasing this lippie in bulk.IMG_1743

And that’s a roundup of all my fave lipsticks at the moment. Now I need suggestions for new ones?
P.s Keep in mind that the colour swatches are obviously way different when on the lips.

#FreebieFriday with City Girl Vibe

After being very demotivated and not wanting to blog anymore, I’m finally back into it and am trying to produce at least 3 posts a week (Excuse this week, I’ve been super busy with exams before my one week off). I’m happy to say that it was just a phase and the mid year slump that got to me. Today I’m in the mood to give you darlings some goodies because A) I haven’t given away something in a really long time. B) I love this brand. C) To say Thank You to those that stuck with me in my “no blogging” month phase and that mailed and tweeted me to ask where I was.

Summer is coming and we need all the skin pampering that we can get, to get us bikini ready and what better products to use that Clere Active – For Her. I’m a huge Clere fan and I thought that it would be great to share some of my faves with you darlings. I won’t go into too much detail about it because I want you to experience it for yourself and I will later on do full reviews on the products that I’m giving away.
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•Nourishing Fresh Body Lotion.
•Revitalizing Body Lotion.
•Skin Protecting Body Lotion with SPF 15 sun protection.
•250ml Nourishing Fresh Body Creme.
•450ml Nourishing Fresh Body Creme.

To enter all you have to do is either enter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all 3 to increase your chances.

Like City Girl Vibe Facebook page and post “I want to win a @ClereActive hamper with @CityGirlVibe , prepping my skin for summer, @InsertFriend’sName do you? With a link to this post.

On Twitter: Tweet “I want to win a @ClereActive hamper with @CityGirlVibe, prepping my skin for summer, @InsertFriend’sName do you? With a link to this post

On Instagram: Use the above picture with the caption “I want to win a @ClereActive hamper with @CityGirlVibe_blog , prepping my skin for summer, @InsertFriend’sName do you? With a link to this post

Comment below with you Twitter, Instagram and Facebook ID

P.s this not a sponsored post, comp ends the 19th of September.

Goodluck darlings. xxx

The Beauty Tag ♥

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Today I thought I’d get a little Taggy Taggy on the blog and do a beauty tag so that you darlings can see read what rocks my beauty boat. I love love love tags and so thought that its time that I did another. Let’s get cracking!

1. EEK! You’ve got five minutes to do your makeup for a date. What’s your minimum?

♥Hmmm… Let see; BB Cream, Blusher, Mascara, Eye-shadow and lipstick. That’s my tried and tested 5 min face in the morning. Any other morning besides a Monday, I’d be able to squeeze in some concealer too. (Monday Morning = Snail mode.)

2. Pick a trend—crazy cat eyeliner, super hot pink blush, or feathered false lashes?

♥I wish I could say none of the above but I think I’d go with super hot pink blush and I would somehow make it work because a) any type of eye liner freaks me out and b) thank goodness I was blessed with long lashes so I don’t have to go the falsies route.

3. If you had to either give up all makeup for two months or give up your skincare for a week, which would you pick?

♥This is going to sound so bad but I’d give up skincare. Its only for a week right? I honestly don’t think I’d be able to go two months without adding any colour to my lips or without my beloved BB Cream. :-(
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4. What beauty products are always in your purse?

♥Is this a rhetorical question? Lipstick and lipbalm. Obviously.

5. Are there any beauty products that you keep coming back to throughout the years?

♥I’m not that old so I can’t really answer this question but I do know that I’ve tried  many shampoos and conditioners but none will ever measure up to Revlon’s Flex. Its not only super affordable but the wonders it does to my locks? Out of this world!

7. Lipstick or lip gloss?

♥This is definitely a rhetorical question. LIPSTICK.

8. Are there any products that you never expected to like but ended up loving?

♥ Definitely eye shadow. I was a total noob at applying eyeshadow and then brands started making the application process easier by creating these nifty little palettes that showed you exactly where to apply the shadows. Oh what a heaven sent!

And that’s it! If you want to participate in this tag, please do and tag me because I’d love to read your responses!

{Beauty} New in.

Its that time of the year when I have to perform extra good as my university workload doubles and I’m nearing the end of 2nd year. I’m so far behind with reviews and products are piling up in my beauty drawer. With this whole new “You open it you finish it” theory, its seems like my products are taking forever to finish… In reality its just me being really nosy and wanting to try new products. I’m slowly but surely getting through it all. Today I decided to share what’s new in my stash and what I’m currently testing so you can expect more on these products later on.
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Firstly on my list; my new stash of Bath & Body Works products all the way from the UAE. I must admit that this is probably the best load that I’ve received for the past 3 times that I’ve gotten Bath & Body Works products from Dubai. I can’t choose my fave because they’re all so different in fragrance. If you want to read previous Bath & Body Works posts just click here , here, and here.
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Finding new products to incorporate into my face (skincare) routine is quite a mission. My overly sensitive skin needs a special kind of TLC or else it acts up. I recently took these two new goodies out of my “new products” stash and I’ve been loving it these past two weeks. Thank You Desle, only you would know what works for my skin.
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Being an avid Avon user, I purchased a new lipstick, concealer and the Avon BB Cream. I looked at the shade of BB cream once and I don’t know I feel about it. I shoved it back into the box and next week when I find the courage to actually look at it, Ill apply it to my face … Maybe.
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I don’t shop at Dischem much but I was looking for a facemask that wouldn’t strip my face and irritate it so I went with this facemask. It looks interesting and it was a cheap one so obviously it went into my basket.IMG_1727

I mentioned my NYX purchases on the blog before but these two products are just looking at me waiting to be opened. Ill play with you darlings real soon!

And that’s a wrap of all the goodies waiting to be used and that I’m currently testing. Thoughts darlings! Are there any products in my stash that you’ve used and are loving/hating?