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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A sister blog – Pamalisonbeautyblog

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Just a quick note to say I have launched a blog to cover my beauty interests and, primarily, my Avon business over at Pamalisonbeautyblog.wordpress.com

Please take a look if you think it might interest you. Although a lot of the content will be Avon-related, there will be plenty of take-aways that are not brand-specific and many of the Avon items will be available around the world, although my webshop is UK-only.

Strike up the band!

I like to think I go my own way in life; stand apart; never follow the herd; make considered choices. Every so often, though, I’m right there, leaping onto the bandwagon and waving a flag with the rest of the human race. So, deep breath, I am experimenting with turning my phone screen to monochrome – a bang-up-to-date trend.

If you want to read the full low-down on why it makes sense to do this, try reading this essay on Medium (you can read up to three essays a month on Medium free of charge so I believe you should be able to follow this link). The gist is that all the bright colours on your device act like a sugar-rush to your brain and keep you coming back for more. Putting your device on greyscale is more restful to the eyes and more boring to the brain, so you reduce your desire to keep picking up the phone.

This intrigued me so I tried it yesterday and this is what I found. First, and most importantly, it wasn’t an epiphany and, unlike the writer of the essay, I didn’t find that colours in the real world seemed brighter, although yesterday was a spectacular day of bright, warm sunshine and deep blue skies so everything looked pretty bright to begin with. I am not sure if I used my phone less than usual, but I don’t use my phone as much as some people do so clearly mileage will differ from person to person. What I particularly did like about the greyscale screens was how easy it became to differentiate between the icons for different apps and I wonder if this is where colours mess with my head. I have struggled with situations where I open completely the wrong app, not just once, but every time I want to open one I consistently open another one, as if my brain has got a particular option wired into it and won’t be told that it’s wrong. With the colours gone, the symbols stand out better and are easier for me to comprehend.

To illustrate the point, here are comparative screenshots from my own phone:-

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Opening screen standard
25-02-19 Grey open screen
Opening screen greyscale
25-02-19 Std phone screen
Apps screen standard
25-02-19 Grey phone screen
Apps screen greyscale

The greyscale is quite a warm grey and very pleasing to look at. I like the way the bubbles on the opening screen wallpaper look like pearls when the opening screen is translated to greyscale. The wallpaper is an old Apple desktop background from the days when iMacs came in colours like Tangerine and the Strawberry shade shown.

One important thing to note is that this is just about turning the display from colour to monochrome. For example, if you look in your Photos app, all of the photos show in monochrome; if you take a photo, the camera shows you the image as monochrome. However, the photos are all still in colour, the camera still shoots a colour photo. As soon as you turn your display back to colour all the colours are there. Also, this is not a ‘hack’, it is simply using a setting that is built-in, certainly to Apple phones. If you are interested in trying it yourself, the essay I referred to above directs you on the steps you need to take.

Will I keep my phone on this setting? Who knows? (Anyone familiar with the Dr Who 50th Anniversary episode will recall that the answer to the question “Who knows?” is Tom Baker, tapping the side of his nose.) And does it matter? Indeed, if it does matter, how far will this go? Will I end up with a black and white TV and only write in black ink on white paper? Anything is possible.


In other news, I dipped out of circulation a bit last week, but now I’m back and raring to go. It’s good to take a few days out, even when your days ‘in’ aren’t exactly bursting at the seams. I am going great guns with the InCoWriMo challenge and should complete it so long as neither of my hands drops off. I am working on a idea for a Mother’s Day card to sell in my Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/pamalisonknits) and the latest Avon brochure is online (https://www.avon.uk.com/store/pamalisonbeautyshop/) – there is a nice new springtime perfume which comes with a generous gift with purchase, and also the launch of a Korean Beauty line which I can see being popular with the trendy set.

I hope your week is off to a good start and I’ll see you back here midweek.