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
Eye, cheek and lip applicators
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
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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Don’t you hate it when there’s a 1 day sale like Black Friday, and you have ONLYONE DAY to get what you want by :
camping out or waking up early to get into the store early
fighting traffic, struggling to find parking
waiting in long cashier lines with your kids
then getting hungry?!
Well, Avon is offering 7 days of BLACK FRIDAY deals (Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 through Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019) at the e-store. You won’t miss out if you sign up for early access to the promo codes! You can shop from your bed and avoid all the inconveniences of going to the store. They say that early holiday shopping leads to less stress during the holidays. You’re welcome!
Let’s take a break from talking about skin care & makeup and enjoy these 2019 whimsical tabletop decorations by Avon. As soon as I step in a room with these musical, light-up tabletop decorations, I just want to shrink and jump into the scene!! The music sets me in a happy mood and seeing the little people figurines enjoy their village is beautiful.
FEATURES • 8.5” L x 6” D x 7” H • Uses 3 AA batteries (not included) • On/off switch with two settings: music/motion/lights or lights/motion • Plays the following tunes: “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” “Joy to the World,” “The First Noel,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “O, Christmas Tree”
FEATURES • 7.5” L x 7” W x 7 7/8” • Uses 3 AA batteries (not included) • On/off switch with two settings: music/motion/lights or lights/motion • Plays the following tunes: “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” “Joy to the World,” “The First Noel,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “O, Christmas Tree”
Decided to try a primer and foundation from Avon X The Face Shop
Avon has collaborated with The Face Shop (a Korean beauty company) to create quality skin care and makeup. I was mostly excited about the skin care products, but I finally decided to try the Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit by Avon X The Face Shop. I’m normally hesitant to use foundation, because I have sensitive skin and some foundations irritate my skin or cause me to break out. However, one trick I’ve learned to help reduce the chances of skin irritation is by protecting my skin with a primer (it’s like saran wrap for your skin before applying makeup), so I decided to try the Tone-Up Primer as well.
Tested the Makeup On the Forearm
Before putting new makeup on my face, I test it on my inner forearm. This allows me to see if it matches my skin, to look at the texture, and test how it looks when the make up dries. I chose light medium in the Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit, because I wear the color Macadamia in the Magix Wand Foundation Stick. The first thing I noticed about the Ink Long Lasting Foundation Slim Fit foundation was how silky smooth the formula was and how it easily spread on my skin evenly and melted into my skin. The pump on the bottle gives the right amount (not too much). The foundation dried with a skin-like matte finish (not cake-y or like powered donut). After letting the foundation sit on my inner forearm for 10 minutes and felt no irritation, I decided to give it a try on my face but not without a primer.
Chose and Applied a Tone-Up Primer
I have a light-medium to medium tone skin that is uneven. On my left cheek, I applied the Tone-Up Primer in Lumiere which has a pearlescent finish. It was silky smooth. On my right cheek, I applied the Tone-Up Primer in Pink which is supposed to help even and brighten my skin tone. This also was silky smooth and gave a slightly pink tint on my skin.
Applied the Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit
Next, I applied the light-medium Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit in light-medium on both cheeks with my fingers by spreading and tapping. It was silky-smooth and spread evenly. I put a little amount for sheer coverage, but I was able to build it up to full coverage on darker spots of my face but still felt like nothing was on my face. It was light-weight and melted into my skin. When I compared my left cheek (the one with Tone-Up Primer in Lumiere) with the right check (the one with the Tone-Up Primer in Pink), the right cheek looked more even toned. It dried to a skin-like matte finish. After it dried, I brushed my hand over my cheek to see how much transfers off, and saw that it does transfer. See the next step!
Applied Setting Spray
To set the make up and stop it from transferring (rubbing off), I used the Avon True Color Makeup Setting Spray. Setting spray is like hairspray for your makeup but it’s not stiff like hairspray. It lessens makeup transfer and makes your makeup last longer. After letting the setting spray dry, I rubbed my hand over my cheek, again, and there was no transfer.
The End Result
I wore the make up ALL DAY, and had NO irritations and NO break outs. My skin looked nice all day. I’m am so surprised at the quality of the Tone-Up Primer and the Ink Long Lasting Foundation Slim Fit! This is NOT your mother’s Avon!
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When I was pregnant, I formed hyperpigmentation or melasma around my eyes which are big darkish blotches caused by my hormones. At first, I didn’t care, because it was worth having my adorable boy. Now, they sort of annoy me when I look in the mirror. Whenever I step into Sephora and Nordstrom, the first thing I tell them about is my melasma and ask what they recommend for it. I’m always pointed to a serum or eye cream with vitamin C, because vitamin C aids the skin with its ability to heal itself which includes reducing brown spots. The products in these stores are so expensive, and it takes months of usage in order to see good results! Below are some alternatives:
Anew Clinical Absolute Even Multi-Tone Skin Corrector – This serum has vitamin C. I found this serum does brighten my skin and helps even my skin tone, but it has a slight drying effect possibly due to the salicylic acid, so I follow it with Anew Hydra Fusion Gel Cream. The serum is oil-free, light-weight, has no noticeable scent and absorbs quickly. However, it slightly burns at first, but my skin got used to it. It has 4/5 star reviews at the Avon website. I like the results for the price.
Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum – 1 fl oz of this bottle contains as much vitamin C as 30 oranges. It doesn’t irritate my skin. It’s hypoallergenic (yay!) and helps brighten my skin tone over time. It has a scent that some customers don’t agree with. This serum also has 4/5 star reviews at the Avon website. Good price as well.
Whichever serum I use, I have to keep using it in order to continue to see its results. Although they don’t completely remove my melasma, they do help lighten it and keep it from getting scary dark, and when I use a serum + full-coverage concealer over my melasma, the blotches stay light colored.
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If you haven’t read my previous blog post, I technically prefer to use Skin So Soft Original Gelled Body Oil and the Supreme Nourishment Triple Phase body oil during the dry Fall season. I don’t drink enough water, so my skin turns ashy dry if I don’t moisturize everyday. Using the body oil guarantees my skin won’t turn itchy and dry all day.
The nourishing coconut oil ingredient helps keeps my skin moisturized for hours.
It doesn’t leave my skin greasy. It actually gets fully absorbed into my skin and leaves my skin supple. Yes, I can opt to apply pure coconut oil to my skin (and I have), but pure coconut oil leaves my skin greasy.
Avon isn’t kidding when they call it “…Coconut Oil Milk Lotion.” It doesn’t have the thickness of regular body lotion – it’s light-weight. The “Coconut Oil Milk” lotion is more milky and actually pours from the bottle from a small opening.
Avon Moisture Therapy Calming Relief is fragrance free, hypoallergenic and contains soothing colloidal oatmeal which instantly relieves to dry, itchy skin. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue and absorbs quickly into the skin. Avon offers the hand cream (I keep one in my car!) and also a 1L (33.8 fl oz) bottle of the body lotion which is a better value!
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If you’re not familiar with Korean Beauty or K-beauty, South Korea is known for raising the bar when it comes to skin care products, because they “favor glowing glass skin over layers of foundation.” K-beauty is known to be ahead of the curve and the leaders in skin care, using cutting-edge technology, luxurious formulas and trend-setting ingredients.
Cica is known as “Tiger grass,” because it has been observed that tigers roll around and rub their wounds in cica to heal their wounds. Although Cica is new in cosmetics, I learned that Cica has been used for a while in Chinese medicine. Therefore, it’s healing quality has been known for a while.
Cica is more than just a trendy beauty ingredient—it’s known
to relieve irritated skin, strengthen the skin barrier and gently moisturize.
In fact, cica was named “tiger grass” after tigers were
discovered rolling in it to heal their wounds.
– Avon Website
Dr. Belmeur with Cica
Avon X The Face Shop is bringing customers with a new skin care line called Dr. Belmeur which includes an exclusive cica formula that will soothe irritated skin, strengthen the skin barrier and gently moisturize.
Dr. Belmeur Advanced Cica Recovery Cream For extra-dry and damaged skin. This is not like petroleum jelly or a thick, pasty cream. It’s more concentrated than the Dr. Belmeur Advanced Cica Hydro Cream and has a soft texture.
BENEFITS – Exclusive formula that both protects and heals – With strengthening ceramide to help restore the moisture barrier – Concentrated, soft texture – Dermatologist-tested – Suitable for sensitive skin
KEY INGREDIENTS – Centella Asiatica Extract “Cica” – Relieves irritated skin, strengthens skin barrier and gently moisturizes – Ceramide – Forms and strengthens the moisture barrier – Panthenol – Acts to soothe skin
If during the Fall season your skin becomes dry and damaged, think of Cica and Dr. Belmeur.
After I’m finished with my Anew Hydra Fusion Gel Cream, I am definitely going to buy my own full-size jar of Dr. Belmeur Advanced Cica Hydro Cream!
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The weather is dry, and my lotion isn’t keep my skin moisturized all day anymore. I normally prefer to use non-greasy, sensitive skin body lotion, because it is not enough during the dry season. Having dry, itchy skin was getting uncomfortable, so I switched to body oils.
I’m currently using the following, because I don’t normally take baths in order to use bath oils:
Skin So Soft Original Scent Gelled Body Oil – Contains jojoba oil which is the “closest thing out there to your skin’s own oil.” The gelled body oil is portable and easy to re-apply after washing my hands. It doesn’t spill and the bottle doesn’t get greasy. The gelled body oil leaves no greasy residue. It has a fresh, herbal scent.
Skin So Soft Triple Phase Body Oil (suitable for sensitive skin) – Contains vitamin E and Argan, Babassu, Macadamia Nut and Sunflower Seed oils. It moisturizes and seals the moisture into your skin. It is in liquid form but comes in a clever bottle with a 1.5mm-2.0mm opening so that you can get just the right amount in your palms without spilling or over-pouring. It has a vanilla scent.
With these body oils, my skin can go all day and night without going dry, itchy and ashy. I rub the body oils into my skin right after getting out of the shower + towel drying so that the oils absorb into my skin well and lock in the moisture from my shower.
Right now, the weather is dry and warm (Fall season). Therefore, my skin needs extra hydration and protection from UV rays. I wear sunblock everyday. (I live in California, and us Californians need to wear sunblock even when we’re indoors). My skin is mostly dry around my nose, mouth and cheeks, and my cheeks are sensitive and pink. If I don’t cleanse my face well, I usually break out on my cheeks and forehead.
Dry, sensitive skin care products for the Fall season that work for me:
Another good makeup remover is the Rice Water Bright Cleansing Facial Wipes. This is best for on-the-go and removes makeup well (even waterproof makeup) and doesn’t leave my skin dry. One package contains 50 sheets.
Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser – After removing my makeup, I use this cream cleanser. This creamy cleanser is richly hydrating and leaves my skin buttery-soft. It doesn’t foam or create suds like regular cleansers and soaps. I massage it onto dry skin to remove dirt, oils, then rinse off with warm water. My skin is left feeling hydrated, soft and not tight at all.
If my skin feels extra dirty or oily in the T-zone, then I use the Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser. It leaves my skin squeaky clean, but because I have sensitive, dry skin during the Fall, I can’t use it both day and night everyday. It foams up well, and a little goes a long way. It comes in a big 11 fl oz bottle.
Anew Hydra Fusion Gel Cream – I like this refreshing gel cream, because it provides 72-hours of long-lasting hydration (contains hyaluronic acid – a super hydrator that is naturally in our skin but lost over time), locks in moisture, is non-greasy and hypoallergenic. My skin is left supple and it doesn’t cause my skin to breakout. The gel cream feels like aloe gel but unlike aloe gel, after Hydra Fusion Gel Cream dries, my skin is still feels hydrated. (When aloe gel dries, the skin is left dry). I’ve actually used the Hydra Fusion Gel Cream on sun-burned skin, and it felt soothing. It is hypoallergenic!
Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System – This is a 2 in one product. The Arginine gel goes on your upper eye lid and upper orbital bone, and the cream goes on the under eye area and lower orbital bone. It firms, lifts and reduces crows feet wrinkles. It is suitable for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. I can wear this all day, and my eyes never get irritated and never burn.
Anew Skinvincible Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – This is the best facial moisturizer for me, because it gives me the UV protection that I need (I’ve actually sat on the beach for 2 hours with just this moisturizer on my face, and my face did NOT burn while other un-protected areas of my skin did burn), is suitable for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and oil-free. It does contain a little bit of retinol but not enough to irritate my skin. Best of all, it doesn’t leave my face looking or feeling greasy.
Anew Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream – Yes, I cannot leave my skin bare at night during the Fall season. The air is so dry! After I cleanse my face, I apply this night cream for protective moisture. It is fragrance-free, suitable for sensitive skin and doesn’t cause me breakouts! Yes, I cannot live without moisturizers.
There will be new Korean beauty products that will arrive from Avon in collaboration with The Face Shop (a Korean beauty company) which they call Avon X The Face Shop. One of their skin care lines is called Dr. Belmeur, and it will include sensitive-skin moisturizers containing Cica.
Cica is more than just a trendy beauty ingredient—it’s known to relieve irritated skin, strengthen the skin barrier and gently moisturize. In fact, cica was named “tiger grass” after tigers were discovered rolling in it to heal their wounds.
– Avon Website
I tried it out, and I definitely give it the thumbs up! It’s not available to customers yet, but it will be soon! After I am done with my Anew Hydra Fusion Gel Cream, I am going to buy a full-size jar of Dr. Belmeur Advanced Cica cream. You can join Avon’s mailing lists to know when it arrives!
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