Five favourite beauty products from Avon

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I’ve been selling Avon for a few months now and, although progress is very much inch by inch (I’m not the world’s most natural saleswoman because I hate being “sold” to myself), there is some progress and my aims are low for this as a business. However, the real benefit of it has been the ability to try out reasonably priced products myself and so I thought it was high time I did a little report on which ones I have become particularly attached to. In the interests of balance, I’ll also do a ‘what I haven’t liked’ piece at the end.

I’m quoting the current full price of each product, but every brochure brings a fresh batch of offers, so a little patience can often bring rewards.

Skincare

The biggest surprise to me has been a re-think of my cleansing routine and becoming rather committed this late in life to using hot water and a humble flannel to remove my cleanser. Never thought I’d do that! The Avon cleansers I’ve tried can also be removed with tissues, which is how I used them when I began.

I have tried two cream cleansers – Anew Comforting Cream Cleanser and Mask (£6.50/150ml tube) and Care Hydrating Cold Cream (£2.00/100ml pot); both are very good with plenty of slip meaning you can give them a good massage to loosen up any make-up before you remove them. My favourite, though, was a very light milk/gel formulation – Care 3-in-1 Facial Cleanser (£1.75/200ml bottle). Although it was very light and liquid, it was certainly up to the task of removing the light make-up I regularly wear and it was just a pleasure to use.

Unfortunately, the Care facial range hasn’t featured in any of the recent brochures and isn’t listed in my online shop, so I fear times may be changing. As I definitely don’t like foaming cleansers, at present the Anew product is the only one I can opt for. That being said, the main Care range still has the Multipurpose Cream products which I will try out if the facial range is being discontinued.

My second favourite is also in the skincare line and is the True Nutraeffects Oil Infused Micellar Water (3.00/200ml bottle). I use this as a ‘toner’ step after using my cream cleanser and flannel. The oil migrates to the top so you have to shake the bottle before you pour a little onto a cotton pad, and then I find it is a lovely calming step before applying a moisturiser. In the interests of balance, I do have to note that one of my friends tried this before I did and she hated it, saying it felt like there was a greasy film on her skin after use and I’m not sure if our different opinions are down to skin type or personal taste.

Bathtime

I love the basic bubble baths (£2.00/500ml bottle; £2.50/1 litre bottle); they foam well and have nice, gentle fragrances. At this price you don’t have to frugal with them. So far, I’ve tried the Jasmine and Herbal Meadow versions (Herbal Meadow is an older one and is currently available in the clearance sale). Coming up in the next brochure (from 9th August) the newest version, Goodbye Tension, will be available and I’ve had an advance bottle of this to try out. I’m loving it! With notes of mandarin, lavender and musk, it is one of those scents that I like without being able to detect a specific element that makes me like it. It is warm but not spicy, definitely unisex, it makes me think of a walk in the woods. I recommend it.

Make-up

My fourth favourite is the Mark.Epic lipstick range. I regularly use Rosy Outlook and Hint Hint (£8.00 each) and I feel that as autumn approaches a darker shade will probably enter my life – perhaps Sangria Shock or Heartbreaker. I will also give an honourable mention to the True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick because I’m impressed with how wearable it is – not at all drying on the lips. I wear it in those moments when I want to channel the Dr Who companion, Clara Oswald, who always rocked a good neutral matte lip.

Perfume

Last on this list, but first in my experiments, it’s the Rare Gold Eau de Parfum (£11.00/50ml bottle). With notes of golden melon, orange flower and vanilla, it is just hits that spot for me of being a really nice scent. It’s a shame that, like a lot of Avon’s perfumes, it isn’t very long-lasting on the skin, but when it is frequently on offer for £7.00 or £8.00, there’s nothing stopping re-application during the day. The good thing about a perfume that fades fairly rapidly is that you avoid the possibility of reeking all day of something other people find offensive, which can happen with even the best brands. I have found Avon’s Eve Truth Eau de Parfum (£15.00/50ml bottle) is a longer-lasted scent and it’s nice, it just isn’t as nice as Rare Gold.

My personal misses

The things that really haven’t worked for me are:-

Skin-So-Soft Dry Oil Sprary – it’s an ultra-iconic Avon product; everyone loves it; how could I not? I’ll just say it’s not the product for me and leave it there.

Mascara – yep, all the mascaras, although I have to be fair and say it’s not just Avon’s offerings. I stopped wearing mascara many years ago, since when mascara technology has boomed. Now all the mascaras build length and volume and they are really, really black and I look even more like a doll when I apply them than I did in the old days. I just don’t like mascara and I’ve experimented with enough over the past six months to realise I never shall. I use a Glimmerstick in Saturn Grey to provide a bit of definition to my lashline at the outer corners of my eyes instead.

Sheet masks – like mascara, this is a category rather than Avon-specific fail. I find sheet masks too gloopy, messy and unrelaxing to use. Instead, I gravitate towards the Planet Spa tubes of face mask, and the Anew Ultimate Gold Peel-Off Mask.

Anew Clinical Lift and Firm Eye Lift System – this dual product in a single jar containing a gel to use above the eye and a cream to use below, just didn’t grab me. I tried using it as specified; I tried using the gel in the daytime and the cream at night-time; I tried using the gel on my lips and the cream around my eyes; I was just completely underwhelmed. I believe that an eye cream or gel is an important part of a good skincare routine, yet I have very rarely found one that is pleasant to use and that I feel improves upon not bothering. The one I did find was by Guerlain and it cost a breathtaking amount of money – I got it as part of a never-to-be-repeated offer, used every last atom of it, and went into mourning when it was used up because I knew I’d never be able to replace it. It probably wasn’t even as good as I remember it!

So, there we are. I hope this has been an interesting little insight into things I use and don’t use. If you’d like to take a look at my web shop you can click here – purchases can be made in the UK only, although if you’re somewhere else in the world you will doubtless have local Avon websites you can visit.

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Pamela Boxall

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