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)

Dry Skin Beware, +Balance Will Quickly Rock Your World Happy

Dry Skin Beware, +Balance Will Quickly Rock Your World Happy

I have known people who suffer from dry skin. Some worse than others. One is my mother who is always on the lookout for new products for her hands because that is where most of her dry skin is. It’s so dry that her hands sometimes hurt. She doesn’t like anything too oily and it needs to be absorbed into the skin quickly while lasting a good chunk of the day. I have a little bit of dry skin on my shins and don’t need anything too moisturizing. I like Avon’s CBD body lotion. It does the job and keeps my legs feeling less itchy.

Symptoms of Dry Skin

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Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition many of us face and for varying reasons. Maybe someone does dishes at a local restaurant and their hands are always in water and around chemicals. Maybe during this pandemic someone is using the sanitizer just a tad too much and it’s drying out their skin. It could be a medical condition. Perhaps a side affect of some medication. Diuretics and cholesterol medication can dry out the skin. Either way, most of use who have any level of dry skin aren’t using enough moisturizing lotion or maybe not the right kind of lotion for our needs. Don’t feel bad if you fall into either category of non-use or not-the-right-lotion. I don’t judge you for it. It happens. Maybe you can’t afford the lotion you want right now or gave up trying to find the right lotion and went sans lotion.

The cons of dry skin are more than just being dry. Occasional dry skin is harmless. Season dry skin happens and more often than not expected in winter because there isn’t as much moisture in the air. As mentioned, other reasons for dry skin can be due to age, hormones, medical conditions, medications, laundry detergents, and also your environment. The ph level of our skin affects the moisture. Dry skin can appear in more than one way. Such as:

  • A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming (I get this all the time with my skins and it is why I use lotion RIGHT after the shower to help keep in moisture)
  • Skin that feels and looks rough
  • Itching (pruritus) [Again I get this on my shins but also my scalp as I have a dry scalp and oily hair, the combination is rather annoying]
  • Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
  • Fine lines or cracks
  • Gray, ashy skin
  • Redness
  • Deep cracks that may bleed

If you have had ongoing issues and not a single lotion has helped, I recommend that you see a doctor. There may be something going on that you aren’t aware of. My youngest daughter was born with eczema and had to have a prescription for a short while. It helped and now she just needs oatmeal lotion for her dermatitis.

Your age plays in when you are age 40 and older and it can get worse from there on out. Another reason to see the doctor when you feel an appointment is needed if no lotion seems to help, despite your best efforts. Especially when cracks in dry skin are an entryway for bacteria and infections.

Let’s talk about something you may not know. Your microbiome. On and in our body are tiny organisms that help maintain our bodily function. On the skin, there is a colony of these organisms. Don’t worry. It’s totally normal. It is still somewhat new territory to researchers but they do tell us that these organisms play a role in skin health just as the microorganisms in our gut play a role in our guts health. Hence why we have probiotics (adding to the body good bacteria) and prebiotics (feeding the body good bacteria) to maintain bodily function and yogurt to eat. Mmm yogurt. Yogurt can have varying levels of bacteria needed for the gut and how much you need can vary from person to person. The same goes for each person’s skin. According to dsm.com, there are documented to be over 200 different species of bacteria. Whatis interesting about all the microorganisms on our body, something I barely found out as of today, is that it plays into 3% of our total body weight! So for me, I think that is roughly a pound of my weight. Taking the idea of when we shed 9 lbs of skin each year to a whole new level. Also, I am now thinking of the movie Gatica differently, too. I wonder if he lost more skin cells with all that scrubbing each day.

Why Pro and Pre-biotics?

Portrait Photo of Woman Holding Up a Magnifying Glass Over Her Eye Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

I mentioned yogurt for your gut to help balance the good bacteria inside and thus balancing how your body functions. This can be applied to the skin as well and our new line has this in the product. I found a great description of how both of these work on the skin on comfortzone.it and would like to share their description here:

Probiotics: living bacteria present in some foods (the best known are the lactobacillus and
bifidobacteria present in fermented products such as yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh, kombucha, fermented cheeses) or in food supplements. When applied locally, they influence the balance and the composition of skin microflora. Through the natural process of fermentation, probiotic bacteria produce acid compounds such as lactic acid that lowers the skin pH. The acid pH prevents the growth of the most harmful bacteria. Although the good effect for the skin of probiotic bacteria is documented, living ferments are generally unstable in cosmetic formulas.


Prebiotics: generally plant-derived (mostly fibers, such as beets and asparagus, beans, oats, garlic, dandelion and dried fruit, and especially nuts) that human beings are unable to digest. Good bacteria (or probiotics) eat these “prebiotic fibers” to grow, multiply, and improve the balance of bacterial microflora. Prebiotics, with adequate formulation techniques, can be used, with more stability, in cosmetics.

Why Moisture Therapy +Balance?

From the wash to the lotion and cream, Moisture Therapy +Balance cleaned the skin, improving the balance of good bacteria on the skin. It preps for the lotion or cream. Both of which are light-weight and bring moisture into the skin with a protective layer. Great for everyday use if needed and best used after a shower to keep in the moisture your skin needs.

Benefits

• Rich, moisturizing body cream

• Highly moisturizing body lotion
• Contains ingredients known to support and help create a healthy environment for the skin’s microbiome
• Soothing formula immediately replenishes moisture for a smoother, softer, healthier look
• Free from parabens, mineral oil and colorants

General Ingredient With All Products

Ingredients: WATER/EAU
GLYCERIN
DISODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE
SODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE
SODIUM COCOYL ALANINATE
XANTHAN GUM
LAURAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE
LAURYL HYDROXYSULTAINE
PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
SODIUM BENZOATE
Fragrance/Parfum
MANNITOL
INULIN
MALTODEXTRIN
Beta-Glucan
Yeast Extract/Extrait de levure
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE
LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT LYSATE
SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT
 SODIUM HYALURONATE
CERAMIDE NP
Centella Asiatica LEAF Extract
CITRIC ACID
TRISODIUM EDTA
ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH
MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE
PANTHENOL
BUTYLENE GLYCOL
IRON OXIDES
PENTYLENE GLYCOL
1
2-Hexanediol
Ethylhexylglycerin

Tips

  • Close the bathroom door, it keeps in the moisture (unless there’s a reason you need it open)
  • Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes (you also use less water and lower your eco-footprint and cost of heating)
  • Use warm rather than hot water (hot water dries out the skin and can also damage it in the long run)
  • Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser
  • Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but avoid using too much (buildup is no fun)
  • Blot your skin gently dry with a towel (I even have trouble to rubbing)
  • Slather on the moisturizer immediately after drying your skin
  • Wear gloves when doing housework. (cleaning products can damage and dry out the skin, making matters worse and also protects your hands from the elements during the winter)
  • Hypoallergenic detergent (unless there is a brand your allergic too then find what is best)
  • Use a humidifier (cold in the summer and warm in the winter, good for your nasal passages, icky coughs, and dry skin)

An extra benefit is that moisturized skin can hold in yummy perfumes and fragrances better. Unless you can’t do that, then you may skip this part. These products will be available July 22, 2020.

Be sure to stop by my online store this coming Wednesday, July 22, 2020, to order your Moisture Therapy +Balance products and also try out our digital catalog and win $100. Click the picture below to try it out and win! Offer until July 27th.