Power gem, ACTIVATE!! Featuring Avon’s Cutout Handkerchief Hem Top (sold out), Blue Power Gem Pendant Necklace (sold out), and Stainless Steel Everyday Set of 2 Earrings!
A bit of a mixed bag on the top. The cut and color is very flattering–I particularly love the placement of the straps. The material is thick, which isn’t a negative, but I’d have preferred it to be a little thinner and cooler to wear. I liked the idea of one of the straps having a ring in it, but in reality, once I put it on, the asymmetry bugged me and it looked like a mistake in the design. I’d definitely recommend it, but it doesn’t rise to the level of being a favorite.
The stone in the necklace is a deep navy, but it’s so deep, it appears black with some veining in it unless it’s seriously lit up. This is not a problem for me, but may make a difference for someone else who is expecting an easily identified blue stone. I love the length of chain and, as a result, where the pendant hangs…it’s a perfect length to showcase the stone itself. I expected to dislike wearing the hoops because they are thicker than I usually like to wear, but once I put them on, I had to admit I wasn’t made at them, and they are actually really pretty–I love the blingy crystals!!
Chasing calm and serenity…in Avon’s Purple Lace Inset Rib Knit Top (sold out), Sterling Silver Genuine Amethyst Necklace (sold out) and Drop Earrings (sold out)!
Things I like about this top: (1) the ruffle sleeves–they are so pretty and flattering…particularly for those of us who have thicker upper arms and prefer to take the focus away from them; (2) the cut and material of the top–it skims over the body to hide all the bits I feel insecure about, so it doesn’t cling, but it also doesn’t just hang there in a shapeless way; and (3) the color is a beautiful pastel lavender! The one thing that I almost liked (but not quite!) about this top is the lace shoulders/sleeves. I’m not against lace insets, but what bugged me about the placement of these was that my bra straps were visible through them. Yes, I could have worn a strapless bra, but I find those to be much more uncomfortable to wear, so I opted to wear a traditional bra instead. I am definitely showing my age when I admit that I think it looks trashy when bra straps are showing.
The necklace and earrings are classically beautiful and delicate, which is the norm with all of Avon’s sterling silver pieces–they were the perfect pairing to the top as the scrollwork played well with and mimicked the lace insets, and the amethysts are a perfect match to the top color-wise.
Look out, peasants! 😉 I’m wearing Avon’s Textured Peasant Dress, Sterling Silver Abstract Pearl Necklace and Earrings, FMG Colors of LOVE summer Eyeshadow Palette, and FMG Rouge Mini Kit – 01 All About MLBB (no longer available). Let’s get right to it: this dress is not flattering on short, curvy women. The empire waist comes up too high, cutting across the chest, rather than being under it, which makes a wider line and the fuller, gathered skirt drops straight down from there to mid-calf…a few inches too long. What ends up happening is that it’s semi-fitted halfway down the chest, but voluminous everywhere else, making the wearer look larger than she is. Two things I liked about it though: the powder lavender color, and it has pockets!!
You can’t really tell from the photos, but the pearls are a pale pink! These pieces are so pretty and classy! Again, they are very delicate and don’t command a ton of attention, but they certainly know how to finish an outfit in a beautiful and tasteful way.
This palette contains mostly shimmery and glittery shades–the few matte shades were too dark for the look I was interested in going for, so I went all in on the shimmery shades, and skipped the glittery shades altogether. They build up well, the first layer was very light, which I think is a plus, so you’re not stuck with a super dramatic look when you want something soft and subtle. The color stayed put all day and didn’t soak in or fade, making the color inconsistent all over the lids. I didn’t notice any color transfer or fallout either, though to be fair, I didn’t use any of the deeper shades, which are notorious for those issues. The lipstick color was a very light pink, which worked well for the look, but I absolutely hated the feel and formulation of the lipstick. It was very hard, did not apply smoothly at all, and felt dry on my lips, so I added a clear gloss on top to provide some moisture and dimension.
Just the essentials, please! Featuring the goldtone hoops from Avon’s Everyday Essentials Stud and Hoop Earring Pack (sold out)! I didn’t expect to like these as much as I did–they are larger than I’m usually comfortable wearing, but because they were thinner, I think they worked well! I really love the twist design of them as well–you can’t tell from a distance, but it’s a really interesting look when you’re up close and personal!
Half a century down, half to go?! 🎂 I featured Avon’s Double Ring Pave Necklace and Earring Set on the monumental day! This set has been in heavy rotation ever since I debuted it on my 50th, and for good reason! It’s simple enough to wear with more basic outfits, but has enough sparkle to transition to evening wear as well. Y’all know how much I love flexible pieces!
I pulled out the stops for my birthday dinner with the fam in Avon’s Always Pearly Strand Necklace and Earring Pack! Pearls were a natural choice for a retro styled pink polka dotted dress! I doubled up the necklace so it wouldn’t get lost amongst the polka dots, and it held its own hanging above the neckline of the dress–I love the delicate chain that the chunky pearls hang on…it’s an interesting design choice! The earrings are basic studs, except for their larger size–chosen intentionally to match the size of the necklace’s pearls.
Those are all of the selfies that preceded the few weeks before our trip to Paris! What was your favorite and how would you have worn it?! If you’ve made it this far, here’s a bonus video of me singing a duet on Madness by Muse with my friend Amber in the outfit (minus the jewelry) listed above–I hope you enjoy it! (PRO TIP: Sound is best through headphones.)
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