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Do a Little Something More This Holiday Season by Providing Food

Do a Little Something More This Holiday Season by Providing Food

Avon has long since been a company that strives to make lives better through fighting breast cancer, promoting women’s entrepreneurship, speaking out against domestic violence, and voicing women’s equality. This year Avon took it another step and provided food to those in need during COVID-19. Particularly for children, who often face hunger when money is tight. Already Avon has donated $2 million+ to Feed the Children. Each dollar will go towards giving food to someone who could really use it. I know that it is the time of year where you see all sorts of charities. It’s the time for giving. You can do it all year round but it’s during the holidays in particular that most find it hard to get a meal in. I have met people who had children that were in need of food. I have helped donate food to shelters and bagged lunches for other school kids. I have left a small amount of food and a drink to a young man I found sleeping in a spot away from the eyes of my store’s camera. I didn’t bother to wake him or tell anyone about it. I could tell he had been without a home for a while. So, in the midst of being overrun with ads and flyers and bell ringers, remember that many companies, like Avon, are helping to raise awareness. Because though 2020 has been a year for the books, helping someone out, no matter what time of year, is a huge gift anyone can give.

I won’t go too deep into my personal knowledge of how I am well acquainted with children needing food. But I will say that there is a strong stigma about feeding those in need. I’ve seen people make the worst comments. Some I won’t repeat here but let me give it to you honestly. Things happen. even when a person tries their best to prevent it, things happen. Kids do find themselves in the middle. And they have no control over that. Many have parents that have fallen on hard times. Many have parents doing their best and one thing after another pile up, making it even more difficult to know that there will be food for dinner or breakfast or lunch that day or the next. 2020 is no exception and for some, it’s something they may have never experienced until this year. Kids shouldn’t have to worry about when they get to eat or if they have to skip a meal. Granted, this happens a lot in other countries. I am not saying who has it worse. Only that it’s a global ordeal. Let’s not argue about who comes first. It’s not a competition. Simply helping a child or their family eat is what counts.

When I was younger, I bagged lunches for other kids my age at my school. I lived in California and I enjoyed bagging and counting lunches. I don’t recall how many lunches we bagged that year. I do have a yearbook but I would have to find it to see how many we did. I do recall it being mentioned though. But I lived in Bakersfield, California. I am not sure if they still do the program where kids help bag lunches for other kids. But I enjoyed doing it. I did it during my math class. I think we had several times where we did it and all the kids pitched in. We sometimes would meet in the cafeteria and the tables would be lined with bags. No names on them. Just bags. We would put apples and sandwiches and juice boxes in the bags. I think other things like fruit roll-ups but I can’t recall. It was over 20 years ago. It was my first experience in giving back to the community I lived in and I won’t forget doing that. I will never think that it didn’t matter. Because at one point in my life, I needed help to make sure my kids had food when times got tough. So, I appreciate all the effort people in these organizations put into helping feed kids.

About Feed the Children

Though you may look into who Feed the Children are as an organization, I feel it necessary to write about who they are anyway. They started their mission to feed children a little over 40 years ago. They work throughout the US to distribute food and much more to community partners. They also help internationally. In countries like Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Their reach isn’t just to partners giving out food. They also provide classroom items and help teachers with teaching supplies. The work in providing help during disaster relief. They do so much and for as long as they have been around they have helped a countless number of kids and teachers and communities to thrive where they need it most. Even military families. If you go to their website they have a 5-year plan as well. I like reading plans because it gives you such motivation to help meet that goal.

There are a lot of charities that I could mention. One being Covenant House which I see ads for every year. Geared to helping teens from all walks of life. I do want to encourage anyone to look into them as well. Since this reminds me of the young man I found that one day. He couldn’t have been older than 20 years of age.

This year, this time of year, give back. Go to my page and click on the button to donate. A minimum of $10 is all that they ask for. It’s up to you if you want to give more. Avon cares and I am so happy to be a part of a company as a representative that wants the best for everyone through any charity that we partner with. You never know who you might be helping. It could be that kid you’ve seen around town.

Christmas Gifts From Avon 2020

Christmas Gifts From Avon 2020

I honestly needed to write a Christmas blog post. I mean, after all, we have a Black Friday Sale going on through the 27th. There shouldn’t be any reason why I haven’t written this earlier. I had noticed more looksies at my Mother’s Day Guide. Which when that day comes around I will need to update. Today, I am in one of the happiest moods. I feel like taking on a lot. Such as, suddenly getting this idea to do a Countdown to Christmas daily event for my Facebook page. I didn’t plan on doing it, it just came to me. Then, I told myself, Ashley, you need to do a Christmas Gift Guide. I will list 10 Items plus mention a few bundles well worth getting and adding to that list.

2020 has been a year for the books. And while online shopping has been around for a long while, sales are sure to surge this year due to the “virus that shall not be named”. Many will still attempt to go shop in person and that’s fine too. I can’t tell anyone not to. Just to emphasize how much shopping is being done online this year, USA Today reported that between the start of November until the end of the year that sales are expected to grow between 3.6-5.2%. It doesn’t sound like a lot but trust me, it is. Major delivery chains like UPS are still hiring. I just hope the men and women delivery packages can keep up.

Avon has something for most anyone. We still have bundles and those ever so cute fragrance bundles that, each year, have a new box look. There’s always cute chapstick with Christmas figures on them and hand lotions with a similar appearance. Now, our main Christmas theme is Paris. But you can make it any way you want. Let’s look at a few items you can buy.

Dream Life Cologne

Now you can have the Eiffel Tower with you this Christmas when you can’t get there as you had planned. This Cologne has Avon celebrating the holidays, Parisian style! Introducing our chic limited-edition collection full of vintage charm and romance.
Live your dream with this magical blend of mimosa flower, ambitious rose, and glowing amber. Comes in a limited edition ‘Eiffel Tower’ spray bottle. 2.5 fl. oz.

NOTES
Top: Mimosa flower
Middle: Soft rose
Bottom: Glowing amber

Fragrance Category
Fresh & Vibrant – Fruity floral scents with exciting, lush and liberating notes.

Oh Là Là Lipstick

Play up your pout with a creamy matte color that keeps lips looking gorgeous and kissable all day. .13 oz. net wt.

BENEFITS
• Creamy matte color
• Keeps lips looking gorgeous and kissable all day

In shades: Cancan, Caberet, Chic, and Frillis. You can also try this out with the Avon “Try It On” feature before you buy.

Pretty Purrfect Bubble Bath – Yvette

Introducing our chic limited-edition collection full of vintage charm and romance. Bubbles and purrs…voilà!

For purrfect pampering, pour 1-2 capfuls into running water and purr with delight. Cat-shaped bottle. Fruity floral scent. 23.6 fl. oz.

Rendez-Vous Gel Shadow & Liner

Introducing our chic limited-edition collection full of vintage charm and romance.
The crème de la crème of color. Add dramatic, bold color and gorgeous sparkle to your eyes with this versatile, buildable gel shadow and liner. Available in three metallic shades .22 oz net wt.

BENEFITS
• Dramatic, bold color and gorgeous sparkle
• Versatile, buildable gel shadow and liner

TO USE
Blend on lid with brush or fingertip to wear as a shadow. To line and define, apply close to lash line with a brush.

Comes in colors: Gilded, Splendeur, and Fascinate. Just as with the lipstick you can try this on with your digital shopping app.

City Of Lights Illuminator

Bring out your inner radiance with this delicate illuminating powder, which provides a lasting glow to the face, neck and décolleté. Complete with a soft puff applicator. .17 oz. net wt.

BENEFITS
• Delicate illuminating powder with a soft puff
• Adds a lasting radiance to the face, neck and décolleté

TO USE
Apply to the heights of cheekbones and any areas of the face and décolleté until the desired level of payoff and reflective finish is achieved.

Comes in colors: Charm, Champagne, and Bonjour

Dazzle Me Makeup Brush Set

Five full-size pro brushes with pouch. Nylon bristles work with all textures. Sparkling gold-colored crystals fill clear handle.

6-piece gift set includes:
• Blender Brush, 7 ½” L
• Blush Brush, 8” L
• Contour Brush, 7 ½” L
• Eyeshadow Blender Brush, 6 ¾” L
• Angled Eye Liner Brush, 6 ½” L
• Pretty cotton drawstring pouch with gold print and pink satin tie

Love in Paris Eye Palette and Violette Veil Holographic Lip Gloss

Fall in love with these 16 multi-dimensional shades of eyeshadow and create an array of unlimited looks. .34 oz. net wt.

BENEFITS
• Richly pigmented formula with shimmery and soft satin finishes
• Create unlimited looks

TO USE
Mix and blend or use individually.

I have this and love it already. I Try to collect each eyeshadow pallette we have each Christmas.

The lipgloss:

Holographic dreams. This opalescent lip gloss reflects the light from every angle to create an iridescent effect. Wear alone or over lip color. .11 fl. oz.

BENEFITS
• Opalescent gloss
• Reflects the light from every angle
• Creates an iridescent effect

Skin So Soft Wintersoft Collection

Get soft skin for the season. Infused with babassu oil, shea butter and vitamin E, these nourishing bath and body formulas will make your winter skin look and feel dramatically softer and smoother.

3-piece boxed gift set includes:
• Nourishing Hand Cream
Hands feel soft and moisturized for 24 hours. 3.4 fl. oz.
• Nourishing Body Butter
24-hour moisturization to nourish and soften skin. 6.7 fl. oz.
• Hydrating Body Wash
Creamy lather cleanses and hydrates skin. 11.8 fl. oz.

We also have bundles that you can get that aren’t Parisian themed. Most of it is fragrance related or lotion related. We do have different clothing items like pajamas and slippers. I hope that this list is helpful in shopping for some on your list. While it is mostly feminine, we always have something for the men as well. My dad likes Black Suede and my son likes any of the True Gent products. We also have jewelry for men and women. I hope that you have a fun and safe Thanksgiving and a great Christmas no matter how you plan on celebrating. Make sure to join me on my Facebook as I countdown to Christmas, don’t worry I will do my best to remember all other holidays as I do have readers of different backgrounds.

From top left going from left to right: Avon Care Holiday Hand Cream in Vita Moist (Pink), Silicon Glove (Red), Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing and Repair (Blue), Radiant Moisture (Green); VONIN The Style Skin Care Set for Men (Includes 2 full-size and 2 mini skincare essentials. VONIN The Style Toner, 135ml/ 4.5 fl. oz., VONIN The Style Emulsion, 135ml/ 4.5 fl. oz., VONIN The Style Toner Travel Size, 35ml/ 1.18 fl. oz.
VONIN The Style Emulsion Travel Size, 35ml/ 1.18 fl. oz.); Limited Edition Haiku and Rare Pearls Gift Sets; Avon Sense Apple Glace Body Spray, Shower Gel and Lotion; finally Black Suede and Wild Country Gift Sets.

We have so much more but it would be hard to fit everything on this list. We have decor as well, so check that out. And remember that we have a Black Friday sale going on. Use AVONBLACK20 at check out. If you want we also have two different sets of 7-piece beauty bundles along with free shipping of orders over $40.

Discover 15 Reasons Why I Love Veilment’s Exfoliating Soap

Discover 15 Reasons Why I Love Veilment’s Exfoliating Soap

If you had asked me a few years ago if I exfoliated when I showered, I would have given you a questioning look. At the time I just used a good soap and a wash-cloth to get clean. Fast forward a few years later I began reading about exfoliating before you shave your legs. Then I read about body brushes. Now, body brushes, outside of their said use to help, “increases circulation and blood flow, and stimulates drainage from the lymphatic system to smooth skin’s surface” (- via Good Housekeeping, PS. I love your magazine!) I figured were a good use to help with dry skin and patches. My daughter gets a build-up around her chest and honestly, if it isn’t kept up it looks like a thin layer of dirt. It is mainly what I use body brushes for. I mentioned in my +Balance post that the majority of my dry skin is on my shins. It’s not horrible. But it is there. And if I were to shower, as I have done today, I can promise you that I can gently brush off a load of excess dead skin cells. Enough to be noticeable on the tile. I know. Ew. Gross. I didn’t notice how much I shed via my shins until a few years ago when I lived in a community building. Sort of like a modern-day, less hippy version of a commune if you want to describe it as such. I only lived there for two years. Either way, it was then that I noticed how much I am now shedding. I honestly don’t think I shed as much as a child. Turns out some of us do shed more skin and hair than others (thanks forensic scientists). I know that many things can play into this and much of it being hormones. there was a time I was losing a lot of hair after having kids. What does all of that mean to skincare? Exfoliation.

Since learning about the benefits of exfoliating I now do it each time I shower. I have found myself less itchy and when I do use tanning products, my tan isn’t patchy. My shave is cleaner. My body acne less prevalent and my makeup more even on my face. I use loofas of various sorts. I may not have a body brush but would love to have one just to see what the hoopla is about.

History of Exfoliation in Brief

Scrubbing and exfoliating are not as new as some may think. In fact, the loofa is roughly 10,000 years old. And here is something I didn’t know but learned while reading the University of Wisconsin Student Newspaper, The Spectator, the loofa isn’t the same as some sponges. It doesn’t come from the sea. It is a vegetable that is related to the squash family. Does this mean I can count it in my daily 10? I would like to think so. But I am sure it isn’t counted. In any case, it is used to remove dead skin cells that don’t slough off as easily. I think I will need to find How It’s Made and see if they have a video on loofas to satisfy my nerdy side.

It is safe to say that exfoliating has been around for a while. There are a ton of exfoliating products out there. Liquid exfoliating washes, loofas, body brushes, exfoliating gels, and so on. Not everything works wonders and not everything works for everyone. But given the fact that we are more and more, as people, asking for natural products and products which are essentially products of the time. Heralded as wonder ingredients, it is without much surprise that we (and Avon) have a bamboo-charcoal exfoliating soap bar. Veilment Natural Spa has made two exfoliating body bars and I chose the charcoal one since maybe, two years back I had a sudden reaction to my perfume and broke ou tin hives. Along with calamine lotion, I used a charcoal soap bar that was given to me. I would give the name of the company that made it but it was simply wrapped in plastic wrap and didn’t have the name of the soap or the company on it. But it worked so well in pulling out whatever was in my perfume that irritated my skin. The hives lasted for maybe three days and lessened each day. It didn’t take me long to want to buy this new soap and see how it worked.

I really couldn’t get rid of the box. I think it’s kind of nice as a shelf element. I know it sounds silly but it seems to add to how my bathroom shelf looks.

About Charcoal and a bit About Bamboo

Veilment Natural Spa Bamboo Charcoal Exfoliating Soap has charcoal in it, which gives it it’s grey color and little bits of bamboo throughout it that create the tiny scrubbers that help to scrub off the dead skin cells. Still, there is more to a product than what most are drawn to. While it’s fine to be drawn to certain scents and brands because they are advertised to sell, it’s also good to know what’s in a product. Given what we outwardly know about this product with the words “charcoal” and “bamboo”, as they are very popular right now, getting to know how they work is most important.

I looked up when charcoal was brought into everyday products that we use. And as far as I can tell, we have been using it since approximately 500 ce. That is a long time. And it was used for ingesting in the 1800s as far as documentation can tell. Charcoal is used to draw out dirt and oil and other nasties that we don’t want in our skin. It makes sense how I saw an immediate improvement when it came to the hives I had encountered. It was taking out the irritants that had caused them. Not to say that this would work every time for everyone. I had also consulted a doctor and used calamine lotion to help with the itching. What I didn’t know was that in some cases charcoal can be used on infected wounds. I’ve never tried this, so I can’t say if the soap would do the same.

As mentioned the bamboo is there for exfoliating purposes. Most of the time you find bamboo products in the form of a body brush. But in this case, it’s basically ground-up bamboo in soap. I enjoy the benefits of this soap and it has lasted me a while. Since currently, I am the only one that is using it. 🙂

As you can tell, I’ve used it. The little imprint of the brand name is long gone and on one side there are little circle of where bubbles were when I last used it.

Veilment has a great line of other products that I highly recommend. So far the charcoal bath bar is my favorite. Though I also like the Veilment Natural Spa Black Rose Body Essence.

15 Reasons Why I love Veilment Scrubbing Soap Bars

  1. It doesn’t harbor bacteria like loofahs (that doesn’t mean it’s good to share it)
  2. It cleanses my skin
  3. It helps remove dead skin cells
  4. My skin hasn’t been as itchy and dry
  5. Great for before applying any skin care product because it is more evenly applied and absorbed better
  6. It is eco-friendly (liquid soap isn’t as friendly but if if prefer it, that’s fine)
  7. It doesn’t have a strong smell (which I like)
  8. My skin doesn’t look dry
  9. Good for when I need to shave those legs
  10. It hasn’t altered my skins natural oils as far as I can tell
  11. Less Preservative
  12. Lasts a long time (I have had had a LOT of showers since buying it a few months ago)
  13. Travel friendly (how many times had that little container of liquid soap come out due to cabin pressure in your travel bag even when you wrapped it in plastic?)
  14. Minus the fact this particular soap bar is new to us, it’s part of a long history of soap bar use!
  15. The little bits of bamboo aren’t harmful to the environment like those tiny little plastic microbeads. There is enough plastic in the ocean.

BENEFITS of This Soap
• Daily body scrub and cleansing bar
• Enriched with Korean bamboo charcoal, walnut shell, apricot seed and cranberry powder
• Rub in for a soothing massage

KEY INGREDIENT
• Bamboo Charcoal – Our environmentally friendly Bamboo Charcoal 2-in-1 exfoliating cleansers help draw out impurities to detoxify and purify.

Ingredients

Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water/Eau, Palm Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Palm Kernel Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Charcoal Powder, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Powder, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Allantoin, Sea Salt/Sel Marin, Serine, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)