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I’m an Avon Indep. Sales Rep. With Sensitive Skin

I decided to start a blog that lets me explain why I like certain Avon products and for who each product is best for. Also, I like to share Avon beauty buzzes good deals as they come up.

I’m an Avon skin care enthusiast with sensitive, combination skin, melasma around my eyes and with medium color skin with pink undertone. I’m almost 40 years old, and yes, I use Avon products. Why? Because they are affordable and have great quality. (It’s just not sustainable to be dropping lots of money at Sephora or at high-end beauty shops every few months). As a women with sensitive skin, I have to be careful with which products I have to use. I’m not saying every Avon skin care product works well with my skin, but that’s one amazing thing about Avon – there is a lot to choose from based on your skin care needs. Plus, they are always working on bringing customers new, on-trend beauty products such as the Anew Hydra Fusion line AND Avon X The Face Shop.

My Avon shop offers free shipping on orders $40+ (no promo code needed). First-time customers get 10% off their order with prom code WELCOME10.


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DIY Super Soft, Non-Sticky Play Dough

I’m a mom of a 5 year old son, and if you have kids or grandkids, you know that play dough doesn’t always get placed back into their containers then end up drying up overnight. Instead of taking a trip to the store with the kids, you can probably make your own play dough with what you have at home. Not just any play dough, but the super soft, non-sticky kind that won’t crumble. The recipe below makes a super soft play dough with a nice scent.

WARNING: This play dough is not suitable for kids that eat play dough!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup baby powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Skin So Soft Bath Oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Food coloring

Directions:

  1. In a pot, mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients into the pot.
  3. Add food coloring to the mixture.
  4. Heat the mixture over the stove in low heat.
  5. Keep stirring the mixture until the dough doesn’t stick to your finger when you touch it.
  6. Take the dough out of the pot and put it in a zip lock bag or plastic food container.
  7. If you feel the dough is too hot to play with, cover the container or close the plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  8. The play dough is ready for play!

Storage

When not in use, store your homemade play dough in a zip lock bag or plastic food container in the refrigerator to make it last longer. It can be stored for up to 3 months.


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What’s Your 3 Makeup Must-Haves?

I’m not going to tell you what should be your 3 top makeup must-haves, because it’s up to which makeup makes you feel confident enough to step out of the home. For me personally, it’s about the features of my face that feel most insecure about: the melasma around my eyes (caused by pregnancy), my thin eyebrows and my small mouth.

Ink Lasting Liquid Foundation Slim Fit

I have oily/combination skin with dry spots around my nose and mouth, and I have fine wrinkles around my eyes when I smile. I have medium skin tone and used to try to get away with just concealer and no foundation, but it doesn’t look natural. I have a hard time finding a concealer that matches my skin color exactly. I found that having a medium-to-full coverage foundation with a finish similar to my natural skin works best for my melasma and fine lines, because I can apply it to my entire face for an even skin tone and am able to cover my melasma without concealer. Foundations with a matte finish (when I am not wearing face primer) makes my fine lines more pronounced, so my ultimate choice is the Ink Lasting Liquid Foundation Slim Fit. It leaves a natural-skin finish, evens my discolored skin and doesn’t cake which is great for my fine lines and dry skin areas. PLUS, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin!

Glimmersticks Brow Definer

For some reason, I dislike doing my eyebrows even though it’s a MUST before I leave home. I choose to use the Glimmersticks Brow Definer, because it is waterproof, retractable (does not need sharpening) and applies easily.

Moisture Therapy Intensive Treatment Moisturizing Lip Treatment

I’d normally go for a tinted lip gloss (Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss) or lipstick (such as Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick or Mattitude Liquid Lipstick), but since COVID-19 broke out and face masks became mandatory in California, I don’t see the point of wearing lipstick unless I’m staying indoors. My lips get a little dry, so I love the Moisture Therapy Intensive Treatment Moisturizing Lip Treatment, because it has no flavor (in my opinion) and moisturizes for a long time without stickiness .

What are your 3 makeup must-haves?

What I want to wear when wearing face masks isn’t mandatory: Glimmersticks Brow Definer in Brunette, Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit in C20, Mattitude Liquid Lipstick in Driven, Love at First Lash Mascara and Glimmersticks Waterproof Eye Liner in Black.

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Which essential items can Avon (USA) ship direct to your home for free?

It’s April 5, 2020, and I live in Los Angeles County in California. California Governor Newsom has ordered Californians to stay at home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Parks, beaches, schools, libraries, malls and other public places are closed. Only essential businesses are open.

If you’re like me, you are trying your best to be a trooper (even though I really miss being outside and being with friends & relatives) during this COVID-19 pandemic by staying home as much as possible and only going out to get essential items [and to walk/exercise where no one is around].

What’s it like going to the market during the COVID-19 lockdown?

Since the market only wants a small amount of people inside the market simultaneously, I have to stand in line outside Vons market (6 feet apart from people) in order to get my turn to shop inside the market and quickly purchase what my family needs if there are any inventory left (lots of empty shelves and slim pickings). We can now only purchase 1 or 2 quantities per item due to some individuals hoarding supplies. I wear a mask and sanitize my hands often. I use my own grocery bags, but the bagger won’t touch my bags, so I have to bag my grocery at my car. Once I get home, I wash my hands for 20 seconds and disinfect my purse, shoes, and each grocery item. It’s a tedious process, and sometimes I ask myself, “Am I still in U.S.A.?

Which essential items can Avon ship direct to my home?

Even online stores are out-of-stock of many essential items. Before you go on a supply run to the market, checkout my Avon E-store to find some of what you need. Your order will be shipped direct to your home. Free shipping on orders $60+. No promo code needed.

Receiving your order

Your Avon order gets delivered by UPS in a box. If you’re afraid the box will be contaminated with COVID-19, spray the box with Lysol or a disinfectant before bringing the box into your home.


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Matte Foundation or Dewy Foundation?

It seems like in the U.S. (mostly based on all the current makeup looks that I see on Instagram or social media these days), a face with a matte finish (with highlights on the cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow) is trendy. In South Korea, the dewy finish or “glass skin” is trending. So which one is better? No matter what the trend is, choose a finish that works best for your skin.

What’s the difference between matte and dewy finish?

A foundation with a matte finish leaves your skin looking velvety or powdered – it doesn’t leave a shine or reflect light. You don’t need to set the foundation with powder, but you can use a setting spray (optional).

A foundation with a dewy finish leaves your skin looking moisturized, radiant and glowing. The dewy finish is youthful. You can set the foundation use a setting powder (to make it less dewy) or setting spray.

How do you know which finish to choose?

It all comes down to your skin type.

Choose matte if your skin is:

  • Oily or shiney
  • Acne-prone
  • Doesn’t need added moisture

Choose a dewy finish if your skin is:

  • Dry and needs added moisture
  • Has imperfections or fine lines that need to be softened
  • Mature-looking

2 product recommendations:

Cashmere Complexion Longwear Foundation – liquid foundation with a soft-focus matte finish, 24-hour wear, water-resistant, breathable, full-coverage and fragrance-, paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free. Pairs well with VDL Primer.

Kristi with Cashmere Complexion Longwear Foundation. Before (left) and After (right). Matte finish.

Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit – liquid foundation with a skin-like dewy finish, weightless, long-lasting, medium to full coverage, and evens skin tone. 18 different shades available. Pairs with Tone-up Primer.

Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit in C20 Neutral Medium. No concealer. Just foundation! Before (left) and After (right). Natural or dewy finish.


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Why are Face Sheet Masks Trending?

When my brother came back to California from visiting South Korea, he brought me a pack of face sheet masks. I didn’t know what the big deal was about these sheet masks, so I put them in my cabinet and forgot about them. I thought they were a gimmick.

What are face sheet masks?

Face sheet masks are semi-permeable fabric drenched in serum and with 3 holes for your eyes and nose. They are individually packaged in an airtight, heat-sealed package with extra serum so that mask stays juicy.

Finally Tried a Face Sheet Mask

The year is 2020 and the weather has been cool and dry (February), and Avon is now carrying face sheet masks from South Korea. My face was feeling a little dry, so I decided to finally use a sheet mask since they seem very hydrating.

The first Avon X The Face Shop sheet mask I used was the The Solution Pore Care Sheet Mask. I used it right before going to bed. I followed the instructions and tips in the following video:

The Dos and Don’ts of Face Sheet Masks

I smoothed the extra serum from the package onto my décolleté and the back of my hands. The serum on my décolleté and hands dried within a minute, but the the mask kept my face hydrated with the serum for 10 minutes. The mask felt cooling, hydrating and soothing on my face. After I removed the mask, I let the serum on my face dry. I did NOT wash or wipe my face.

The Result

My face was left feeling hydrated, supple and glowing. The mask definitely made my face absorb more serum than the areas that had no sheet mask (my décolleté and the back of my hands). It was like a quick, simple in-home facial. The sebum in my nose pores were so hydrated or more liquified (instead of being more solid/hard) that squeezing my nose lightly made them sebum slip out of my pores. I went to bed after the serum dried on my face and did not wake up with skin irritation or acne breakouts. I’m really glad that I gave the sheet mask a try. I’m going to use it twice a week.



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Avon CBD Body Cream & Facial Oil

Clean, green and serene. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a compound extracted from hemp, which contains lots of good stuff like vitamins A, D, E and essential fatty acids. Our THC-free, non-GMO CBD is sustainably sourced from domestically grown hemp and we used the entire hemp plant in this product (stalk, seeds, stem, leaves, flowers) – so no part went to waste. FYI, our collection does NOT contain THC. The only high you’ll get is knowing your skin feels cool, calm and collected.

Green Goddess Facial Oil
This miracle facial oil visibly reduces redness, soothes irritation, balances oil and prevents dryness. Great for sensitive skin. Use this as a moisturizer.

  • 100mg of CBD
  • dry oil for easy absorption
  • vegan
  • hypoallergenic
  • fragrance-free
  • sustainably sourced

Learn more…

99% Natural Ingredients

  • CBD – This super ingredient contains vitamins A, D and E with essential fatty acids
  • Hemp Seed Oil – Helps visibly reduce redness and skin discomfort.
  • Squalene Oil – Sustainably sourced from surgar cane, replenishes moisture and helps stabilize skin’s natural barrier.
  • Jojoba Oil – Contains antioxidants and helps fight effects of skin’s exposure to bacteria.
  • Tumeric – A special kind of plant extract that helps skin resist the damaging effects of stressors.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil – An oil pressed from sunflower seeds that softens and protects skin.

Intro to Green Goddess Facial Oil

Introduction to CBD in Skin Care – Green Goddess Facial Oil

CBD Creams that Soothe & Calm

Veilment CBD Nourishing Body Cream
Featuring 100mg of CBD and touches of hemp seed oil and turmeric. This natural formula will help moisturize and rejuvenate skin. 100 mg CBD / 5 fl. oz. 

  • Helps to enrich and soothe your body
  • Reduces irritation and dryness
  • Absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft and nourished
  • Light jasmine scent
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermotologist-tested

Learn more…

Veilment CBD Soothing & Nourishing Body Cream
Featuring 100mg of CBD and touches of hemp seed oil and turmeric. Complete with a light geranium scent, this natural formula will help moisturize and rejuvenate skin. 100 mg CBD / 1.7 fl. oz.

  • Concentrated formula
  • Visibly soothes, restores and transforms distressed skin to look smoother and healthier
  • Helps to sooth and restore for smoother, healthier-looking skin
  • Light geranium scent
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist-tested

Learn more…


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Do you have a story for World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day 2020

Today, Feb 4, 2020, is World Cancer Day. Do you have a story to share?

The closest I have ever come close to cancer is my cousin being shockingly diagnosed with leukemia at age 32! No one else in our family has ever had cancer. I hear about cancer frequently, but never knew the symptoms or knew what it was like. For my cousin, it all started with a lower back pain. He did complain to me about back pain over lunch while he was visiting California from Boston, but I thought it was due to becoming “older” and sitting at the office for long periods.

The back pain was persisted when he went back to Boston, so he went to a doctor, and the doctor thought it was just a common back pain. (Who would think, “Cancer?!”)

My cousin went back to work, and he still felt pain in his back. His co-workers encouraged him to visit another doctor or hospital to get it checked, again. Thankfully, he went to another doctor/hospital, and they ran some tests. Eventually, he was diagnosed with leukemia. What?! Our whole family was shocked! My cousin is living in Boston, and the rest of the family is in California and Wisconsin. His mother, brother and fiancee went to visit him and help keep his spirits up, because he couldn’t come to our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas family potluck.

My is currently in a 2 year treatment program which includes chemotherapy. His co-workers come to visit him frequently, and they are so sweet to help him with all the paperwork involved when one can’t work for a while.


Support the American Cancer Society by shopping Pink Hope with Avon. 15% of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.


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Need Valentine’s Day Makeup Look ideas?

If you’re looking for pretty Valentine’s Day makeup looks, checkout the ideas below!

Make up Tutorial with Elizabeth

Products used to achieve her look:

Another Valentine’s Day Makeup tutorial with Elizabeth

Products she used to achieve her look:

Makeup look by Kandice

Products she used to achieve her look:

  • Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit – Velvety smooth and you can achieve medium to full coverage wit this foundation. Lasts all day.
  • Avon True Color Makeup Setting Spray – Helps keep your make up lasting all day and reduces makeup transfer.
  • Send Roses Eye Palette (Limited Edition) – 16 gorgeous shadows in soft matte, shimmer and glitter finishes add beautiful dimension to any eye look. Oil-free with buildable coverage.
  • Mattitude Liquid Lipstick – Long-lasting liquid matte lipstick that is non-drying and doesn’t feather. Contains poppy seed and vitamin E oil.
  • Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick – Satin finish and long-lasting. It nourishes and conditions the lips.
Makeup look by Josette

Products she used to achieve her look:

  • Send Roses Eye Palette (Limited Edition) – 16 gorgeous shadows in soft matte, shimmer and glitter finishes add beautiful dimension to any eye look. Oil-free with buildable coverage.
  • True Color Lipstick – Color: Sparkling Mauve. Formulated with Shea Butter, Omega-6, Sunflower Seed Oil and vitamin E.
Makeup look by Heidi

Products used to achieve her look:

  • Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit – Color: W10 Fair Light. Velvety smooth and you can achieve medium to full coverage wit this foundation. Lasts all day.
  • Send Roses Eye Palette (Limited Edition) – 16 gorgeous shadows in soft matte, shimmer and glitter finishes add beautiful dimension to any eye look. Oil-free with buildable coverage.
  • Put a Rink On It! Lip Tint – Color: Pink Carat. High-coverage, silky texture and long lasting!
  • Blushed In Love (Limited Edition) – Blush and Highlighter palette with a shimmer finish. Oil-free and buildable.
  • Queen of Hearts Statement Necklace (Limited Edition) – You can never have too much love. This statement necklace rules with layers on layers of heart-worthy accessories fit for a queen.

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