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5 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT SKIN CARE

I wanted to bring together my list of five things I have learned about skin care and makeup. Remember I am no professional. Simply an Avon Representative and regular female who started late in life when it came to knowing what I do know about makeup. Though I have been wearing eyeliner since I was 13 due to having trichotillomania.

Start Early

Many people are taught to give their babies gentle soaps and lotions to keep their skin healthy and soft. As we get older though, I have noticed not as many parents do this beyond the infant or toddler stage. They just make sure kids wash up. Not that this is a bad thing, but at least teaching kids about sunscreen and using a lotion on rougher areas will teach them that their skin is on big organ of the body. You try to teach them to eat healthy. Their skin should be included. I was watching Today on channel seven where I am at and they mentioned that people 18 and up have seen a rise in skin cancer. Mostly those tanning beds and it’s been touted for a long while that those things aren’t good. I have never used one. Plus, people aren’t always using sunscreen. When you are young and when your kids are young teach them to at least wear sunscreen and follow up with after sun care. Put what lotion is best for them on their skin. Just yesterday when the kids went swimming or playing in the water at grandmas house, I made sure they put on sunscreen. I used Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus with SPF 30. It is water resistant up to 80 minutes. Sometimes mosquitos are in an area simply because there is a pool or maybe a water puddle nearby. I let that sit in for 15 minutes. I used Anew Hydra Fusion Daily Beauty Defense with SPF 50. As for aftercare I use Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration. It has 24 Hours of Hydration. Plus the smell is wonderful.

My Skin Care Collection SSS Bug Guard Plus at regular Price $11. On sale Campaign 17 at $7.59

I have mentioned some great skin care products for regular skin care in my post titled 4 Skin Care Saviors + 1 Popular Brand.

Know That Your Skin Type Can Change

byr skin type is affected by so many things. Genetics and hormones are at the top. But what also causes your skin to be the way it is can be from medications and diet. I for one can personally say that since becoming vegan, my skin is less oily and I have less breakouts. But my back still has issues, thus why I use one of the products mentioned in the article I linked above: Panoxyl. I love it! Still, growing up I had oily skin. I had breakouts. I still have oily skin but now my face and even the skin on my shins has changed to being combination oily skin. So I treat it as such. Treat your skin to its type. Get to know products and what is in them as that has a major affect as to whether or not it will work. Take for example that for us oily skinned folk toners should not have alcohol in them. I like witch hazel with no alcohol by Thayers. My brother got me into using Witch Hazel when I was 15 when he was having really bad backne. It really is genetic for us at least. It was my brother that taught me this one thing about skin care for acne. Also, lotions should be oil free. There are some like Jojoba is said to mimic your natural oil production but I have found that it isn’t that way for me. But if it works for you that is awesome. Dry skin comes with large pores. Mostly. This is the case with my mother. In recent years I have noticed the dry spots on my face do in fact have large pores. You get large pores because your skin is trying to create more oil so it dilates. Here is an article that I like that talks about skin types and how they can change do to a variety of factors called.Your skin type is affected by so many things. Genetics and hormones are at the top. But what also causes your skin to be the way it is can be from medications and diet. I for one can personally say that since becoming vegan, my skin is less oily and I have less breakouts. But my back still has issues, thus why I use one of the products mentioned in the article I linked above: Panoxyl. I love it! Still, growing up I had oily skin. I had breakouts. I still have oily skin but now my face and even the skin on my shins has changed to being combination oily skin. So I treat it as such. Treat your skin to its type. Get to know products and what is in them as that has a major affect as to whether or not it will work. Take for example that for us oily skinned folk toners should not have alcohol in them. I like witch hazel with no alcohol by Thayers. My brother got me into using Witch Hazel when I was 15 when he was having really bad backne. It really is genetic for us at least. It was my brother that taught me this one thing about skin care for acne. Also, lotions should be oil free. There are some like Jojoba is said to mimic your natural oil production but I have found that it isn’t that way for me. But if it works for you that is awesome. Dry skin comes with large pores. Mostly. This is the case with my mother. In recent years I have noticed the dry spots on my face do in fact have large pores. You get large pores because your skin is trying to create more oil so it dilates. Here is an article that I like that talks about skin types and how they can change do to a variety of factors called Does Your Skin Type Change As You Age?

You Skipped A Wash

Granted that skin needs daily care but if you miss a wash because you got busy, as long as it isn’t when you pass out with makeup on, you will be fine. The only time I got upset with missing a wash was when I was pregnant with my middle child and due to hormones, I needed to wash my face A LOT. I even had to shave daily. It was horrible. But now, I do occasionally miss a wash in the morning. Not so much at night. The thought of the days oils on my pillow, though it gets dirty with use regardless, just grosses me out. But if you are on a strict regimen due to prescription, it would be best to keep up at it as best you can. Sometimes we get busy. Just wash when you can twice a day. Plus, as recommended by Refinery, it’s okay to break a routine. In fact it could be beneficial. Let the skin be skin.

See a Doc If Something Is Very Bad

The two times I have had to see a doctor for a skin issue is this one time I had a really hard and tiny black pimple-like thing on my arm that hurt. I am still unsure what it was but had to have it removed. I missed work for it though I would have been fine to work. It was just I worked in food so they take stuff like that serious. The other time is when I got a cyst. I have noticed I am having them more frequently and it is noted that some people just get them. I had one in my armpit. The best I could think is maybe I nicked myself shaving and now use an electric shaver. I had it for about a week. I did see a doc on the third day and was prescribed meds. Now, not that I am advocating this, but it did work, I used the old heated bottle trick to bring it to the surface and drain naturally. It did work. I did it for a few days and even did soaks using a special bottle I keep for such needs because it isn’t easy doing an effective compress on your armpit. The rag got cold far too quickly. So I used salted water in a bottle necked bottle and kind of laid down. I was still taking my meds. I did wear something comfortable though because it hurt putting my arm down. And I had to wear very loose shirts. But things like this need medical attention as you may never know if there is a more serious cause. It can really play havoc on the skin. You don’t want an infection to spread either. Please don’t be like guys I have dated a use a blade to dig it out. Dude, just no. And it’s gross and unsanitary.

Exfoliate

You wash. Sure but do you exfoliate? When you are wanting to make sure all parts of your skin look even and to have makeup go on better or even use sunless tanning lotions, its best to exfoliate. Some people get skin build up and even though they wash, it still shows because it makes the skin look darker and a bit dirty. My daughter gets it on her chest. I can tell if she didn’t exfoliate because it’s dark in spots. You would be amazed at how much it helps everywhere on the body. Lotions and makeup just work better on clean exfoliated skin.

What are things you have learned about taking care of your skin? Let me know in the comments below.

4 Avon Skin Saviors + 1 POPULAR Brand

Each one of us has a different need when it comes to our skin. We have oily, we have dry, and we have combination skin. This post I will focus mostly on a total of 5 products I have found to be saviors not just to myself, but to some Avon customers as well. One will be a non-Avon brand that I just love. And it focuses on acne. I have yet to try the acne products from Avon but I hope to soon. Here we have in no particular order, skin care saviors!

Vitamin C Serum

Avon Anew Vitamin C Serum
Brighten’s skin instantly with 10% pure Vitamin C as much as 30 oranges! Regularly $44. On sale for $17.49 in Campaign 17 (2019)

I have tried this product myself. I love that even for my combination oily skin that I only need just a very small amount and it works wonderfully. I use it moreso on the dry spots of my face which is most of my T Zone. A little around my nose. In using this I would recommend starting with cleaning you skin, letting it dry, starting with the Vitamin C Peel Mask and then using this before using a moisturizer. Finish off with our Vitamin C Lip Balm. You can use it in the AM or PM or both. It is clinically proven to brighten skin after the first use by up to 44%. It also refines texture and visibly improves skin tone. I do have samples if you would like any. Just message me if your interested or head out to my online store at http://www.youravon.com/ashleybarnes

Anew Power Serum

Anew Power Serum
3x more powerful than a regular serum. $40 with plus a special offer of Buy any two Skin Care SuperHeroes for $40 in Campaign 17.

The suggestion this comes from my mom. Who says she’s loved using it since ordering. Thanks mom for the suggestion to this post.

Anew Power Serum debuted earlier this year and was a big hit with customers. Before getting into all of the selling points, I would like to add in reviews from the Avon website.

As you see this product has helped people of all skin types and also a wide range of ages as well. My mom has dry skin. she says, “It works well for my skin type and is light weight n adding moisture. It isn’t too heavy making me feel like I need to wash it off.”

In one week, 89% showed improvement in texture, radiance, wrinkles, firmness and moisture. After two weeks, 94% saw a difference in the most advanced signs of aging. This product pairs well with Anew Ultimate Supreme Advanced Performance Crème.

Ultimate Day Cream with SPF 25

Anew Ultimate Day Cream with SPF 25
100% of women showed improvement in texture, clarity, uneven skin tone and overall fine wrinkles
Reg $42. On sale for $23.99 Campaign 17.

This product I do use because it add moisture to my face but not so much that it makes my face create more oil as most lotions do to oily skin or even combination oily skin. Also, it has SPF in it so i don’t need to add more to my face with or without makeup afterwards. My face also doesn’t feel like its wet or greasy. It dries well. I haven’t had any issues with it clogging my pores either. My mom also likes it and again she has dry skin. Very different from mine. I am wearing it today as I do every day. At night it use the night cream. And though I am not concerned about wrinkles I have noticed my face seems like I get enough sleep.

Skin So Soft Original Lotion

Skin So Soft Original Lotion
11.8 oz Skin So Soft Lotions $10 with special offer in Campaign 17, Buy One Get One Free

The classic is a classic for a reason. Because it stands up to it’s name. I use this on my son since he sometimes gets dry skin. He gets complemented that his has nice skin. I have made sure to give him lotion since he was a baby. Using a different brand as a baby of course. My aunt likes the bath oil of the original scent and buys it frequently.

Panoxyl

I now come to the last item on the list. The not-an-Avon-product, Panoxyl. About two years back I was bothered by the fact that no other product seemed to help my backne. And I was starting to get in on my arms and legs. I shower. I scrub. I tried several brands advertised to get rid of this issue and non seemed to work. So I decided to google information on the best body acne products. I don’t recall which page I ended up on mut as I read through the list I found one that seemed to be something to try. Panoxyl has Benzoyl Peroxide in it which is prescribed by dermatologists. I get the stronger formula and among many reviews some people do say it bothers their sensitive skin. It doesn’t for me however. I use it each time I shower along with a natural loofa scrubbing pad that has a strap that I can use to slip my hand through. It works pretty well. I bought one at my nearest Albertsons. At first when it isn’t wet it feels pretty rough but when you get it wet and use the Panoxyl, it works great. Within a week I saw a markedly visible difference using both products. Now sometimes I do need help getting my back so I have to use a much longer scrub that is like a strap with handles. The middle of my back is the hardest spot to get.

That is my list of skin skin saviors with Avon and one non-Avon product. As recommended by customers and my mother and one from me. I hope you enjoyed this list. Also, a healthy diet really does wonders for the skin. But I find that to be a harder subject to sell people on.

What are some Avon or non-Avon products that you have found to be the most helpful for your skin? Be sure to let us know what you skin type is so other commenters can try that out as well. We are in Campaign 17 right now. The new Lip Tattoo lip colors are making their debut and are a huge hit right now. I hope to bring you a review for that next month. I am sorry that’s a bit late. We still have some amazing deals going on such as Hydrafusion’s special offer as shown below. Don’t forget that with orders over $40 you can get the A Box for $10 (valued at $40) as well as free shipping in orders over $50. You can visit my Facebook page for any deals that may come up such as days where you get free shipping in orders over $25. We always have a sweeps going. Right now it is a chance to win two sets of the new Lip Tattoo’s in colors of your choice. Have a great day and leave your comments about your skin care saviors in the comments below.

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Uh-oh, What’s In My Makeup Bag.

I hadn’t had the chance to write this week. And when I looked down to see what to write next, since It will be at least another month before I can do a review (really really wanted to do one on Avon’s new Lip Tattoo), I saw that I had written down to write about what’s in my makeup bag. Oh, goodness. To start, I don’t have an actual bag. I need one though. No it’s a gallon size ziplock bag. Oh, the tragedy! This has got to be a no-no to other makeup bloggers and maybe some YouTubers. I used to have a small makeup bag. it was just a dark black one. It’s been ages and I have no clue where it wold be now.

On with what’s in my makeup bag. I don’t just keep a few things. No, I can never tell what look I might be doing so it’s a big full of a variety of things. but I do tend to move thing in and out depending on what I have been into wearing.

So, starting from the top left and gong to the bottom right, in my bag I have:

My whole makeup bag. Look at the next caroursel to see the pics and the descriptions that go with each pictures.
  1. A Profusion Cosmetics 21 Color Pallette in Sultry. A gift from family from last Christmas. No, its not a bad pallette. Some colors are nice but some don’t live up to their color presented. Still, worth using though.
  2. An Avon Holiday Spectacular Blockbuster set containing 66 eyeshadows, 5 blushes, 4 lipgloss, and two bronzer blushes
  3. Two Avon True Color Lipstick Sample Packs of ten (one is missing a color) in Nourishing and Ultra Hydrating.
  4. LA Splash Classic Horror Lip Stain, Dracula Themed. I got this last year for my daughters Halloween costume. She was a cowgirl Vampire.
  5. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster. I tend to use this the most in the summer to give what ever tan I have obtained a boost.
  6. Avon True Color Transforming Contour Stick in Light/Medium. Fairly new I got it because another contour stick set was all used up. I like that the contour side doesn’t go on as thick as my previous contour stick.
  7. Avon Magix Tinted Moisturizer in Light/Medium. I LOVE this. It’s a whole face moisturizer that can be used by it self or with your regular routine. It blurs imperfections. Like my large nose pores. And gives the face some vitamins. I feel like I have tanned just a touch when I wear it,
  8. Avon True Color Setting Spray. Also new. I was previously using LA Colors Setting spray. It ran out an it gave me a reason to by more from Avon.
  9. Avon True Color Blush in Perfect Plum. I don’t use it all the time and it’s one of the very few purples that have ever looked good on me.
  10. Avon True Color Concealer Corrector. I Compared this to Loreal’s True Match corrector concealer. While I like both, this one isn’t as messy. I had to be light handed with Loreal’s product.
  11. Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Peony Blush. This matches my natural lip color to a T. I am not sure how many girls can say the same.
  12. Avon True Color Powder Foundation in Light Beige. I don’t always match my foundation to the my powder. For some reason it never works for me. So, I go a bit lighter and then it leaves my face looking less…. unnatural.
  13. Avon Glimmer Shadow in Rose Gold, Fools Gold, Iron Violet, and Ultramarine. I also have it in Jade. But not in my makeup bag at the moment.
  14. Avon Glimmerstick Lip Liner in Pink Cashmere. This also matches my natural lip color as well as the Peony lipstick I have. Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Blackest Black. My go to color. I have never gone with another color unless it was a very dark brown but it’s been years since I have used that shade. Glimmersitck Eyeliner in White Awake. I Occasionally use this is a look calls for white. But I always pair it with another liner.
  15. Avon Crave Lipgloss in Salted Caramel, Honey Tea, Cherry Creamsicle, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Brownie, and French Toast. I don’t use them much unless I’m adding color to my lipstick for extra oomph.
  16. Avon Skin-So-Soft Hand Cream. It may seem odd, but yes I use this when doing my makeup. Not a lot just a little because I am picky how my hands feel when doing my face.
  17. LA Colors Jumbo Eyepencil in Seashells. I use this to help some of my eyeshadows appear more pastel. It also helps keep some eyeshadows from dusting off.
  18. Loreal Brow Stylist Brow Plumper. I have not yet tried Avon’s brow products. I have when they first had a brow gel ages ago. This I use for more natural brow look. Yes, I do draw on my brows after I shape them but recently I have been doing a more natural look. This works very well.
  19. Last but not least Revlon’s Cream Shadow Pallettes in Wild Orchads and Moonlit Jewels. This aren’t new. They are a bit older but still in good condition and some are barely used. I use my own applicator for these since they don’t already come with them.

How to: Skin-So-Soft as an Amazing Brush Cleaner

It’s been a few weeks and I have not written. A mix of both I somehow injured my hand and had to recover and also, I lost momentum. Of sorts. Don’t worry I am still here to talk about Avon products. Today I want to bring up an interesting use for Skin So Soft Bath Oil that I saw on a Pinterest post listing the various ways you an use the product. Being that I have more oily skin, well it’s become less oily over the years, I decided to take one of the big bottles I got as a sample (yep, big bottle) to see how it worked for cleaning makeup brushes. One of the many ways to use it.

Of course we makeup wearing folk know that you need to keep you makeup brushes cleaning so as to not spread germs and gets skin issues like acne. Or to mix your colors enough that they don’t come out they ways they should because of residual color still in the brush. I am going to admit something about my self here: Until a few years ago I never actually cleaned my brushes. Sure, maybe I cleaned ones used for eyeshadow when I needed to change color and didn’t want to muddy up my look. But I only rinsed the brush and used soap and a dry clean cloth. Running it over the cloth until I saw no remaining color. Other than that I never did it. I wasn’t told about this upkeep growing up and mildly using makeup. I wasn’t as into wearing makeup until a few years ago. So, when I read about using SSS Bath Oil to help clean brushes, I figured it would be worth testing as a review considering I don’t use the oil for my skin since I break out into acne easily anywhere on my body. Especially my back. I just use a lotion on my shins because they are pretty dry. And on my T-Zone because it went from being oily to dry as sand and peels. Now my daughter I use bath oil on because she has overly dry skin and has since birth. She is always being covered in a thin layer of oatmeal lotion after each bath and SSS body lotion each morning. She used to have severe eczema as a baby. So bad I had to carefully use a prescribed cream on here daily.

Onward with the topic. I want it to be clear I have not yet bought Avon makeup brushes but I hope to fairly soon. Most of the ones I have were given to me so it isn’t like I had a choice at the time. Plus, why waste a brush is it works? I gathered all my brushes. Including the one missing a handle. It just fell off but it’s still useful.

I put them on a clean towel I generally use for cleaning around the house. I wanted something white since most of my other towels are either blue or red. This way you can see the brushes better in a picture.

In reading how to make a good makeup brush cleaning solution, I used an equal part of SSS bath oil and equal part dish soap. Orange scented. Again this is not the scent I prefer for cleaning dishes. Again it was given to me. Orange smells horrible as a cleaner to me. I prefer sea salt scented by Preference. To make the two products equal I used 1/4 c each. I wanted enough to adequately dip the brushes in. Though both an oil, they did separate, with the dish soap landing at the bottom of my bowl. But using a handy wooden lollipop like tool I mixed it together until it made a creamy color.

Then I started with a brush. I dipped it in the solution and used my hand to rub the solution around the brush. I saw tons of color come right out of the brushes. Some more dirty than others. Specifically the eyeliner brush I use for gel liners. It was stiff and dark with black liner I purposely didn’t clean after use. My foundation brushes also had a lot of color come out of them. I was shocked since I don’t try to use a lot of foundation powder. It makes me look cakey up close.

After cleaning each brush I ran them under warm water to rinse off the oil. Now, normally I am used to having to get off oil from anything with dish soap and so I reminded myself I don’t need more. It’s already in the brushes. Making it easier to rinse out because of that fact.

I gently dabbed them on the cloth which showed more and more of where some brushes had just a bit of color still left in them until no more color came out and I set them upright in a small wine glass I use to hold my brushes. I don’t have conventional makeup brush holders and use cups with no pairs. About an hour later some were still drying and others were noticeably soft to the touch. You can clearly see the original color of some brushes now.

For someone who doesn’t use oils to moisturize their skin I will definitely say that SSS Bath oil works great because it did give my brushes a soft touch and did help clean them as well as helping them smell nice. Though I could still do without the orange scent that mildly lingers. Ew.

Skin So Soft Bath Oil is on sale this campaign. The 16.9 fl oz bottle is $11.99 (reg $22) and the 15 fl oz is on sale for $16.99 (reg $29). This is for all the fragrances and not just the original.

Ingredients

MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE 
ISOPROPYL PALMITATE 
DICAPRYL ADIPATE 
PARFUM/FRAGRANCE 
SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL 
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE 
DIETHYLHEXYL SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE 

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