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.

Busy Bee Hair Buzz

Busy Bee Hair Buzz

Beeswax, to some, is a new ingredient to many products. You have it in lip-balms and in candles and a list of other everyday items. The history of the use of beeswax is fairly lengthy. We as humans have used it since ancient times. It still doesn’t mean that it doesn’t wax (no pun intended) and wane in how popular it is. It will most likely always be of some use in the future just as it has always been since man started using it.

Brief History of Beeswax and Other Bee Products

Researchgat.net has a great book on beeswax and beeswax products. It has a book by Stefan Bogdanov entitled, Online Beeswax Book. In chapter two he talks about the history, use, and trade of beeswax. He mentions the many uses throughout different civilizations of the world that beeswax is used. From Egyptians using it for their curls, to the Chinese beauty regiments using it as anti-aging ingredient. Today it is used in Creams, lotions, lipstick, mascara, eye shadows, deodorants, hair creams, depilatories, hair conditioners according to Bogdanov’s book, last accessed February 29, 2020. But that isn’t the earliest known thoughts that was have on beeswax being used by man. Valencia Spain has cave paintings dating back 8000 years that show people collecting and sharing beeswax.

You may be wondering what kind of beeswax is used in cosmetic products. Well, Wikipedia mentions that, “Purified and bleached beeswax is used in the production of food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. The three main types of beeswax products are yellow, white, and beeswax absolute. Yellow beeswax is the crude product obtained from the honeycomb, white beeswax is bleached or filtered yellow beeswax, and beeswax absolute is yellow beeswax treated with alcohol.” and that furthermore, “Beeswax is also an important ingredient in moustache wax and hair pomades, which make hair look sleek and shiny.”

Benefits of Beeswax in Hair Products

There are a few reasons why this ingredient is in hair products. It isn’t just to make everything look smooth and shiny. It also lock in moisture and has vitamin A. In addition to making the hair smooth, it makes it straight. It seals the ends of hair to and prevents strands from further damage from split ends. It promotes hair growth. Some of us can’t grow hair like we used to. I know mine has slowed down. I used to be able to grow enough out each year to donate some to cancer patients. But at some point my hair stopped growing that fast. It can sooth scalp conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff.

Avon’s Propoli Thera Products Featuring Beeswax and Honey

Avon’s products do all of the above as a benefits to their products and they have a decently sized line of Propoli Thera. Geared mostly to those in need of repair, people with dry and brittle hair can also benefit from the products they have to offer. It is also free of sulfates and parabens. It is not vegan though as vegans do not use honey or anything having to do with bees. That’s including beeswax. It can be used daily, not that you need to wash your hair daily unless there is a reason. Otherwise it isn’t good for your hair. It is safe for color treated and permed/chemically treated hair.

It’s Key Ingredients:

• Propolis (tree sap plus beeswax) – Contains minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants to help restore weak and brittle hair.
• Honey (made by bees from the nectar of flowers) – Helps restore moisture.
• Royal jelly (the food of bees) – Helps lock in shine and restore hair’s natural luster.

Volumizing Shampoo. Made with beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat), our rejuvenating shampoo provides weightless volume and hydration while giving your tresses a fuller, thicker and stronger appearance. Each, 16.9 fl. oz. Sale price $15 (Reg $18)
Volumizing Conditioner Made with beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat), our rejuvenating conditioner provides weightless volume and hydration while giving locks a fuller, thicker and stronger look. Each, 16.9 fl. oz. Sale Price $15 (Reg $18)
Repairing Conditoner (The shampoo looks the same). Beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat) blend with vitamins and amino acids to form our rejuvenating conditioner. Treat your tresses to this soothing formula, which will repair damaged hair while giving it a smooth and manageable appearance. 16.9 fl. oz. Sale Price $15 ea. (Reg $18 ea.)

Hair Mask. Treat your tresses to our rejuvenating hair mask, made with beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat). This nutrient-enriched formula will help deeply nourish your hair and repair damaged split-ends. Sale Price $15 (reg $18)
Our rejuvenating hair serum is made with beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat), and will help strengthen, protect, moisturize and smooth hair. Not to mention, it adds shine as you style! 5.7 fl. oz. Sale Price $15 (Reg $18)

How to Use Them

  • Shampoos: Apply to wet hair, massage from roots to ends, and rinse thoroughly.
  • Conditioners: Apply to freshly washed hair, focusing on the ends, leave on as long as desired, wait 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  • Hair Serum: Apply 1-2 pumps evenly on damp or dry hair, do not rinse, and style as usual.
  • Hair Mask: Apply a quarter-sized amount from roots to ends, paying attention to damaged ends, leave on for several minutes, rinse thoroughly, and style as usual. Can be used 1-5X a week. For extensively damaged hair, use daily and be used as a pre-wash.

My Review

The first time I used the product, I think I may have used a tad too much and didn’t rinse my hair out as well as I should have. So, it did leave my hair feeling extremely thick and it weighed down my hair. I had to re-wash my hair the next day and make sure to rinse it out. My hair felt less thick (that is what the voluminous set does after all) but did look fuller. I feel that to get the full affect of this product it would be best to use every other day. That way the hair isn’t getting over washed. I did love how the shampoo and conditioner worked in my fine hair. Given that I don’t wash my hair THAT often I think I will use it for special occasions and stick with my Chi Shampoo and Conditioner set. See the post I wrote on those here.

Frontal view of my unwashed hair. Looking very limp and oily. Obviously I am not happy showing this. 🙂
After sing Polori Thera Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. So much nicer!
Side View from the left.
Wonky. You can tell my hair isn’t soft and the color is not right like it is when it is clean.
Need to apologize for the off centered appearance here. My hair looks softer as well.
Side view from the right. Same as the other picture. It looks very dark from the oils weighing it down.
So much better. My hair looks lighter in color and you can see where my grey hair is.

Tips For Extra Volume

  • Sleep with hair in a bun.
  • Blow Dry Hair Upside Down
  • Use Hot Rollers for Added Bounce

Product Links

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Hair Serum

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Repair Shampoo

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Repair Conditioner

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Volumizing Shampoo

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Volumizing Conditioner

Avon Elastine PropoliThera Hair Mask

Check out my other articles on Avon hair products:

Hair Chi: Adding Life Back Into Your Hair

Avon Hair Color Overview

Three Powerful Reasons to Use Chi Essentials by Avon

Amazing to Dye For Hair Color Line by Chi

Curl Me Crazy: Chi Styling Iron from Avon Review