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.


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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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Looking for a lightweight organic botanical hair conditioner?

Hibiscus, aloe vera and pomegranate.

I should first say that I do not dye, perm or treat my hair. I have natural dark brown hair. My individual strands are thick but I don’t have a LOT of hair. My hair looks healthy as long as I use a conditioner that moisturizes well, because I wash my hair almost everyday. I do breakout on my back if I use a conditioner with pore-clogging oils.

I found that the Avon Chi Essentials Hair Conditioner to be moisturizing and made my hair softer. I liked that it was lightweight; It didn’t weigh-down my hair with oils, and it didn’t make my back breakout with acne. Chi boasts that the hair conditioner contains “certified organic botanicals that include aloe vera, pomegranate, hibiscus and other nutrient-rich ingredients for healthy-looking hair. All sulfate- and PABA-free. “

Key Ingredients of Avon Chi Essentials Hair Conditioner
• Aloe – Boasting outstanding moisturizing properties, aloe is a natural humectant that helps hair lock-in moisture and reduce frizz.
• Pomegranate – Full of antioxidants, pomegranate stimulates the scalp and has pH balancing properties that help clarify hair.
• Hibiscus – Rich in vitamins and amino acids, increases elasticity to encourage fuller, thicker-looking hair.

TO USE
After shampooing, apply a generous amount of conditioner to damp hair, working through ends. Wait 3 to 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

What’s your favorite hair conditioner?


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Last minute holiday gift shopping?

Count down for last minute shopping.

The above timer shows how much time is left to shop in order to deliver by Christmas!

If you see this post before or on December 14, 2019, you still have time to shop my Avon E-store and deliver your gift via Ground Shipping by Christmas 2019. Avon will be offering free shipping on orders $25+ on December 14, 2019 only with promo code HOLIDAYFS.

Gift Value Sets

Avon has gift value sets (basically, bundle deals) just for the holidays. It makes it easy for you to add to cart and checkout without having to go through many pages of their products. I love how Avon intentionally selected products that compliment each other in each gift set.


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Do you want to experiment with makeup and colors?

Model wearing makeup from Oh What Fun Makeup Mega Palette (cruelty-free makeup by Avon)

When I started wearing makeup, I had a really hard time finding the right colors for myself. I still don’t know which colors to wear most of the time. I guess, it depends on the time of day, occasion, my mood, my outfit, the season and my current skin color (I tan easily). Wearing makeup and trying different colors and techniques is still an experiment for me. I find that a makeup kit with a wide range of eye shadow colors, bronzers, blush, and lip color makes it easier for me to make self up and try new looks.

Oh What Fun Makeup Mega Palette (all-in-one and cruelty-free)

If you are looking for an all-in-one makeup kit with a wide range of colors, you’ll love the Oh What Fun Makeup Mega Palette. The 66 eye shadows are highly-pigmented and blend well. This palette includes:

  • 66 eye shades
  • 4 lip glosses
  • 5 blushes
  • 2 highlighters
  • Eye, cheek and lip applicators
  • Mirror
  • Comes in a festive gift box
  • Closed, 5” L x 5” W x 5” D; open, 12.5” L x 5” W x 5” D
Oh What Fun Mega Palette (highly-pigmented and blends well. Cruelty-free makeup by Avon)

The Oh What Fun Makeup Mega Palette isn’t pricey, too! It retails for $25.00 each.

It is cruelty-free (was not tested on animals).

Want to gift this item? It comes in a festive gift box.

Gift Box that comes with the Oh What Fun Mega Palette

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE (use cod: MEGA)

For one day only (Dec 8, 2019), Avon is offering a BOGO for the Oh What Fun Makeup Mega PaletteBuy 1 Get 1 FREE. Who will you gift the extra palette to?

#AvonInsider #AvonRep #BOGO #MegaPalette #Makeup #AvonLady

What the Oh What Fun Makeup Mega Palette Looks Like


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How do you remove your makeup when you have sensitive skin and wear waterproof makeup?

I have combination/oily, sensitive skin, and I have hyperpigmentation around my eyes, so I wear multiple layers of waterproof concealer almost everyday. Sometimes I wear Glimmersticks Waterproof Eyeliner and waterproof mascara. At the end of the day, I need a makeup remover that can melt the waterproof makeup off around my eyes without me having to tug on the delicate skin around my eyes. I also want to avoid any products that burn my eyes. The following products have worked well for me:

  • 100% organic coconut oil – Oil removes waterproof makeup well. Coconut oil is gentle, moisturizes, affordable and doesn’t require you to tug on your skin. I take a small goop of it and massage it onto dry skin in circular motion in order to “melt” the makeup then wipe off the oil with a cotton pad. The only thing that stops me from using coconut oil too much is that it can cause me to breakout.
  • Avon True Color Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Lotion – This is a creamy makeup remover that is gentle on the eyes. I rub the cream on dry skin in circular motion in order to “melt” or lift the makeup off my skin then rinse with water thoroughly. I don’t have to tug on my skin with this product, too. This product 4.7/5 stars review and 1,499 reviews! Wowzer!
  • Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser – This is a cream facial cleanser, but I can also use it to remove my eye makeup, because it is a gentle cleanser that doesn’t require me to tug on the delicate skin around my eyes. I just rub the cream in circular motion on my face (concentrating on the areas with waterproof makeup) while the skin is dry to “melt” the makeup off then rinse off with water. It leaves the skin supple and moisturized.

What’s your favorite waterproof eye makeup remover and why? Comment below!


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