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.

True Reflection: VDL Primer by Avon

True Reflection: VDL Primer by Avon

Few know the origins of Snow White. Many may think it is a simply fairy tale that attribute to either Disney, The Brothers Grimm or even more recently a retelling in Once Upon a Time (a show I LOVED). There was some truth to the story however. It is said to be loosely based on Princess Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von und zu Erthal of Bavaria. After her father died he married her step mother, Claudia Elisabeth von Reichenstein. Who brought with her children of a previous marriage. According to historycollection.co, last accessed March 16, 2020, “Maria Sophia von Erthal grew up in the castle, which is now a museum. One of its rooms contains a “talking” mirror – an acoustic toy – made in Lohr, renowned for its looking glasses.”

The ‘talking mirror’ constructed in 1720 that furnished the home of Maria’s stepmother, the Countess of Reichenstein. Credit: Manfred Scherer / Spessart Museum
Portrait of Maria Sophia von Erthal. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The real life Evil Queen has little information that I have found but the mirror did in fact exist but it didn’t talk the way we think it did though it is still called The Talking Mirror. The best guess is that maybe the room it was in had an echo and one could think that it was talking back. Either way Sophia was later sent to live with her uncle and lived to be in her 20’s never having been married but always fought over to be courted. There is no evidence of a poisoned apple given to her but there is rumor that a vile man was selling apples laced with poison to children. It is possible that her parent’s had some involvement in her death but we can’t say.

Why VDL Lumilayer?

There are a lot of primers out there and all have a main purpose to help create a barrier between the face and makeup. And many have specific purposes such as making the makeup look more photo ready or to help minimize the appearance of pores. With VDL Lumilayer, the main idea is to give the face a glassy appearance. To create a smooth surface and to reflect light off of the face. To do this, Avon’s new line uses pearls. You may be wondering how this works. How they get pearl inside of facial products. I wondered the same and am here to tell you a little bit about how that works. According to the cosmetics industry a pearl can be crushed to a powder only microns wife. Scientifically pearl is being looked at for it’s many benefits. For skin, it can “strengthen(s) the internal structure of the cells responsible for skin nutrition and density.” because certain proteins in pearls can reduce wrinkles, and firm, tone, and illuminate the skin. Pearls also have keratin which is, of course, one of the many parts of the structure of hair, skin and nails. Many Asian makeup industries use pearl in their products. As you may have noticed, Avon has incorporated many Korean products into our company as of late.

Mythology of Mirrors

Back to the mirror. It does exist. And it is now the epitamy of vanity and how we see ourselves. Mirrors have an interesting history to them and if you have ever seen the movie Mirrors (a bit scarier than Snow White or Avon’s new Primer collection), you can view a history of mirrors on it’s extras. Such as in the mesoamerican culture believed that mirrors were portals to other realms of reality. In Jewish tradition mirrors are covered after one has died so as to protect the soul from being trapped in the mirror. There are many ideas behind the the belief of what mirrors do. Some people do in fact, not physically, become stuck in the mirror because they are in love with their reflection. Much like Narcissus of Greek mythology who pined his own reflection. Sometimes they see something that may not be there and begin to critique themselves. It isn’t unheard of that we do this too often in mirrors and sometimes people go a long time without looking into one for that reason.

What if instead of seeing what we want to see in a mirror, we can reflect what is already there on the inside to the outside? That’s what Avon’s new VDL Primer line can do. It gives the face a glassy look and has different finishes.

The VDL Lumilayer Primer

As with all other primers in this collection, the lumilayer Primer captures and reflects light. So you see a smooth surface and a luminescent glow. The products use prismatic pearls that emit red and blue radiance creating a soft violet sheen for a lit-from-within look. It blurs pores and enhances the wear of foundation, adding to a silky texture. Dullness will be gone with this product with it’s violet pigment. Your face will have added dimension and volume.

Price at $32 (Reg $50)

How to Use It
• Apply after skincare routine and before
foundation.
• Can be worn alone, under foundation or
as a sheer highlighter.
• Use a pea-sized amount.
• Warm primer between fingers and apply
to face.

VDL Lumilayer Metal Cushion Primer

This primer has a metal plate and delivers a cooling sensation while adding light to the skin. It does all that the one above does as well as adds 80″% skin conditioning ingredients for rough and dull skin. It has Vitamin C and niacinamide and 30% more lumilayer pearls. Includes a refill and 2 applicators.

Price at $40 (Reg $50)

VDL Lumilayer Primer Fresh

This primer gives your skin a sun-kissed glow with pore-filling technology that blurs and smooths fine lines and add’s 70% more moisture. The glow is brought by red, gold, and white pearls that absorb and reflect light. The effect’s are in four steps: Hydration, Light Moisturizing, Smoothness, and Radiance. This one can also be used as a highlighter.

Price at $32 (Reg $50)

VDL Satin Veil Primer

This primer finishes with a matte look. Which is what I had hoped to pick but my eyes are needing new glasses an I got the Fresh. It helps with oil and shine control, perfect for those of us with oily, combo/oily skin. It has prune water to replenish skin and rose enfleurage oil to improve skin elasticity and texture over time.

Price at $32 (reg $50)

My Review

I used the Fresh Primer in my latest YoutTube video along with my new Cashmere foundation and concealer. Which I also wrote about here. It had a high shine to it once I put it on. Just having it on my hand was a sight to behold. It was immensely pretty. I liked that it gave my face a glow. And for being someone with combination oily skin, generally I keep away from lotions and makeup that give my face a shiny or dewy appearance. But this is different. The primer gave a a shine that was obvious but not in an oily or wet way. I have to admit it is nice to move my face back and forth in the mirror just to see the difference. As I did in my Gif where on my left side, I have the primer on my un-made face and on the other, it was bare and had only received the anti-pollution serum. I slowed the Gif down the best I could for you to see the difference. I think I could keep my face like that for most of the day without makeup to follow.

My face, with only having used Anti-Pollution serum by Avon after washing it. I have very very little makeup on. In fact, I tried getting most of my eyeliner off.
What the VDL Lumilayer Fresh looks like on my hand before using it.
My face, moving from left to to right. On the left I have the primer on and on the right I don’t. You can see that my left cheek is brighter than the other as well as half of my forehead. I used the primer all over my nose so it is all reflective.

I hope that this post was interesting and I hope that you come shop with me. Be sure to check out my previous post where I go over Avon’s new line of foundation and concealer Cashmere. Where there are 12 new food named shades of concealer and 30 new shades of foundation. Also food named. I want to also note that during the recent Corona Virus event’s, Avon may experience delays in orders. If you have any questions for orders, please call 1 (866) 513-AVON

Face of Cashmere

Face of Cashmere

Few things come as a comfort of wear to people and that thing can sometimes be a favorite shirt or hat. Or a good ol’ pair of trusty jeans that are just too comfortable to not have in your stash of owned items. I think one of my favorite comforts, though I haven’t used it in a while, is a nice, big, heavy robe in the morning. Unless it is too warm then I am sorry dear robe, I can’t wear you. Sitting with a rob and nice cup of coffee on the porch early morning is something I may not have done in a while but it is a comfort I enjoy when I do do it.

What is Comfort?

I start my post in the oddest of ways. Talking about comfort. We don’t think about it much. Comfort and the history thereof. When you think about it, the word can mean many things. It can refer to the comforts of the rich who never seem to have to worry about anything.. The lap of luxury as they say. It could mean comfort food or soul food. For those times you feel like a pick me up, a good piece of mind and advice over a steaming bowl of red beans and rice. Comfort could mean simply conversation with those you trust and can talk to anything about. Let’s look at the etymology of comfort.

The comfort of a cashmere sweater brings to mind how great it feels on the skin.
Photo by the framestreet from Pexels

According to the Oxford Dictionary online, last accessed March 15, 2020, comfort is a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means “consolation, solace; pleasure, enjoyment,” coming from the old French word confort.

Comfort and Makeup

Exactly, how does this relate to makeup? Many of us relate comfort and makeup in that wearing makeup shouldn’t feel like your face is bogged down and the makeup doesn’t dry. It’s not fun. Makeup should feel as if you aren’t wearing it. Though how could you forget? for me these means that I can still feel the makeup on my face. I don’t like feeling like it hasn’t set on my face. So, when you hear the word “breathable” it means that it is lightweight and most likely a liquid formula. It should say water as one of the first ingredients on the label. You don’t need a lot either. Making the makeup comfortable to wear. Other ingredients in makeup can make a product comfortable for the skin and recently I cam across a wonderful cosmetic dictionary by paulschoice.com I think I fell in love learning more about all the many ingredients of makeup and makeup products. Getting to know more of why makeup can be a comfort to some especially in how it can be worn.

Avon’s New Cashmere Line

This is where Avon in it’s new line of Cashmere Makeup and VDL primer products can make us feel more comfortable in wearing makeup and understanding why it is so darn soft to wear and why it is breathable. Because, honestly, in doing my most recent video on YouTube I am in love with how soft my face felt and how light it all felt on my skin. In learning more from Paula’s Choice and demoing the new products, Avon is going to create waves in how great this new line is. Your face is going to feel so soft and so comfortable, I promise!

Let’s get into some the ingredients of Avon’s new Cashmere line as well as what each ingredient does that will explain why this product feels so soft on the skin. I will be quoting much of what Paula’s choice says about each product:

The wonderful well of foundation (outer circle) and concealer (inner circle)

Water/Eau – makes a product more breathable.
Isohexadecane – Synthetic, dry-finish ingredient with a powder-like finish. Wont go too far into the skin. So this ingredient helps it to finish more matte and wont leave the makeup a wet on the skin.
Dimethicone – forms a permeable barrier that works to prevent moisture loss and impart a wonderfully silky feel. Derived from natural silicone. This ingredient helps to give the product a soft feel on the skin.
Trimethylsiloxysilicate – Used as a skin-softening and occlusive agent. Another ingredient to make it feel soft and cashmere-like.
Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract – contains gluten but is not overly bad unless you are allergic.

There are, of course, other ingredients like mica, that are commonly found in makeup products and also vitamins and minerals. These first mentioned ingredients help the product to feel more light weight and also help to give it a nice softness that we like to have with our makeup.

My Review

The new Cashmere line does stay on for many hours and in fact can stay on for up to 24-hours worth of wear. It sets matte and is water resistant. Is ideal for all skin types and is vegan friendly with no parabens, sulfates or phthalates and comes in 30, yes 30 shades! It blurs pores (I have big ones around/on my nose and between my eyebrows) and fine lines for a smoother appearance. The shades range in skin tone types Cool (C), Neutral (N), Warm (W), and Warm Olive (WO). Comes in a bottle that might I say is much larger than I was expecting and a wand that has an angled tip perfect for this tight places like around the nose. You can blend with your fingers, a makeup sponge, or brush.

I already had Magix tinted moisturizer which came out last year and fell in love with that because you can where it by itself with a translucent powder over the top. I did a comparison with that and the new Cashmere line to see which I liked best. I like both to be honest and either has something the other doesn’t have. The Cashmere line truly does feel soft on your face and blends perfectly. It has a larger collection of colors to choose from compared to Magix. You can blend two different colors together with Magix and I figure you could do the same here as well though the color range is much larger. Both blur imperfections and are light weight. But with Magix I felt it more on my face and used it less liberally. Both are buildable but Cashmere you don’t have to use a lot of whereas with Magix you can use more if you feel you need it. I like both but I truly do love how soft my face is with Cashmere. It’s my new best friend and I was able to pick my color easily. The colors have yummy food names like Truffle, Ganach, Marshmallow, and Cannoli. A bunch of sweetly named shades for a sweet face. The concealer as well blended into my face much better than Avon’s True Color Concealer. Which I chose a light shade for my face to better conceal under my eyes where I use it most. The Cashmere concealer is also soft in it’s touch and didn’t over add to the softness of the foundation. It would be weird to have a different in softness somewhere on my face. Not that softness is bad just it would be noticeable. I feel Cashmere is aptly named and it really does make you feel more comfortable in how you look. Like that favorite cashmere sweater you have in your closet. Though now they days are getting warmer so we need a good replacement for that sweater. Why not with this product line? Also, in lieu with this line I also used one of the new VLD Primers that Avon also is rolling out. Meant to make your face have a glassy look. I will write the next blog post on this as well. It is covered in my video of both lines. I compared it to Magix Primer by Avon.

The concealer is priced at $14.99 (reg $22) now and the foundation is priced at $21.99 (reg $32). It is well worth the price.