I Belif in Skin: 7 Yummy Hydrating Products from Avon

I Belif in Skin: 7 Yummy Hydrating Products from Avon

Drink water, stay hydrated. Feeling just a tad thirsty, get hydrated. Urine, not the right color, get hydrated. Always drinking soda? You need more water. Water, water, water. It has always been a bit of a mantra to stay hydrated no matter what time of the year. Water is one of the many elements that keep life going. There is no exact measurement of how much we need, sure you hear 8 glasses a day but that it a general requirement. enough for most individuals to stay functioning. Water is good for making sure excess water-soluble vitamins are flushed out of the body. It helps the kidneys detox the body. It has such a vast amount of benefit I can say I am shocked it isn’t consumed more. Yet, in our modern societies promote other fluids like soda, milk (not all bad but some consume too much), sugary juices not made of any real juice from fruits, and other drinks that while nice to have for a change of pace, have no long term benefits. The short term always being satisfaction of cravings we are essentially addicted to thanks to processed anything. Other benefits of water are:

  • Lubricated joints
  • helps the saliva form well enough so we can predigest and chew food (you have heard of dry mouth problems)
  • delivers oxygen to the body, it says it in its elemental name hydrogen-dioxide, since our bodies are 60% water and blood 90% water
  • is the lubrication for neuro functions of the brain spinal cord and other parts of the body that wouldn’t be able to function if they were dry (best word for that, and it reminds me of a story involving family having repeat visits to the ER because they simply didn’t drink enough water. One seemed to have issues with speaking as dehydration can affect brain function)
  • Helps with blood pressure. This is why people get hooked up to bags with clear fluids. It isn’t just water in there either.
  • It is good for the airways. Have asthma? You may benefit from making sure you have water every day.
  • Helps the skin stay clear and problem-free. Not enough water can lead to dull skin. Dull skin, wrinkles, enlarged or more prominent looking pores are signs of not enough water. This is our focus in this post. Skin.

So, now you know that water is good for the inside and I have explained a bit of why it is good for the outside. The skin is an organ of the body. It sure receives a lot of grief from our every day being and you wouldn’t think we cared for it as much as we should given the issues we have on a day-to-day basis. I blame part of that on modern conveniences of man-made products like soda. Your skin is 64% water of the water your body is made of. Now, there is more to skin health than just drinking water. Yes, it helps a tremendous amount. It has been noted to clear acne for some. It’s 50/50 for me. It helps but I also have to buff my skin to rid of the dead skin cells that are also an issue in clogging my pores. Still, there is more you can do. And that is to know that skincare products can help with all this in combination with drinking water and keeping clean with a good shower or bath. Whichever you prefer.

Wait, there are a ton of products on the market for skincare! There is a lot to choose from. And much of the time we may not be using the product that is best suited for our needs. No two persons are alike in skin needs. As there is a slew of skin issues. Excema, dermatitis, rosacea, sensitive skin, overly dry skin, extremely oily skin, combination skin, and the list goes on. Knowing which products are best for you takes a bit of research and a lot of reading about products and listening to experts. There have been times I have spent hours just reading lists and looking at ingredients. All of my skin is weird. I have combination oily skin on my face. Back acne that I have to use a strong and not irritating wash for and even then I may only get 60% of it cleared up at any given time. I have dry shins as well.

Why is hydration a thing anyway? Well, besides the medical side of it, it is a long historical facet of human existence. We have pampered our skin since olden times and we aren’t likely to change taking care of our most prominent organ that is seen daily. Because as Bart Simpson would say, “Your epidermis is showing.”

Why Skin Care?

Water evaporates. As it always has. It evaporates from tables where a cup was set leaving a ring that so many housekeepers (men and women) have groaned at the sight of since goodness knows when. It evaporates from the floor after mopping. From the ground after a good rain shower or from our car when it is washed. So it evaporates from our skin even when we aren’t getting out of the shower or pool. a barrier against pathogens, dirt, or damage, while protecting itself from drying out and becoming brittle and rigid. The ability to retain moisture depends on the lipid bilayer between the corneocytes. In Avon we have had a few discussions about our skins layers and a few representatives are fascinated in knowing there is such a thing as a microbiome. Using creams that help keep the skin moisturized and from drying out can help water from evaporating by varying degrees but generally, 50-75% granted you are using the right product. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that more science behind creams and lotions for the skin began. Of course, you don’t want to overuse. There are times I may skip a cream or lotion such as when my hormones are prepping for that ever so fun time of the month and I get a few breakouts. At which point I simply prefer to wash my face twice a day and maybe use a toner. and scrub. Otherwise, the creams and lotions only make my acne worse, and the oil production more so because my skin says it wants to do its job. Also, you need to know if your skin has a reaction to anything and avoid products and ingredients that will harm more than help. Since water alone is only temporary, it’s why other ingredients are added to keep the water used, in.

I belif in Skin

I would like to focus on a select line of products from Avon. Belif came out not long ago and started with two lotions called aqua bombs. Meaning that it adds a burst of hydration to the skin. One add’s up to 70% more moisture in an hour and the other gives you 26 hours of hydration. Both can be used a bit like a mask as well. You put a thin layer on, let it sit and then gently wipe some off. Not all, but some. It adds a boost of hydration for those who need it most.

Let’s get down to the products.

belif True Cream Aqua Bomb

belif True Cream Aqua Bomb

This is the product that offers 70% more hydration. It is lightweight and is a water-based gel-cream with a key ingredient of Lady’s Mantle. Lady’s Mantle has been used since the Middles Ages for stomach issued. Yeah, I know. A very different use than for the skin. It in addition to tea and a few other ingredients were used in baths to helps irritated skin. Basically used as an astringent with a high tannin that, according to verilymag.com, “fight against bacterial infections (i.e., acne) and also act as an antioxidant against free radicals that cause cell damage.” You can find it in Witch Hazel. One of my favorite products for acne treatment, thanks to my brother for telling me about Witch Hazel when I was 15 and suffering acne. I use it to this day. Lady’s Mantle helps to minimize the appearance of pores. I use this product for my T-zome area of my face. It’s drier there but the product is good for oily skinned people as well. I like having a smoother feeling nose and it helps it to not look flaky.

BENEFITS
• Instantly cools skin
• Lightweight formula
• Free from mineral oils
• Keeps skin looking smooth, healthy and supple
• Dermatologist-tested
• No parabens, sulfates or phthalates
• Clinically proven to increase skin’s hydration levels by 70%

You can also use it as a primer for your makeup.

belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

Now, I admit that both the names and the appearance of either one of the True Cream Bombs get me a bit confused and I do wish Avon would make one a slightly different color so as to be a bit easier to differentiate. Nonetheless, this moisturizer keeps your skin moisturized for 26 hours after application but also can be used as a 10-minute face mask that you can wipe off a bit off to add extra moisture when needed. It’s key ingredient, different from Lady’s Mantle, is Comfrey Leaf. When used by itself it is good for wounds and sprains. Just like Lady’s it was also originally used for stomach issues. I think I am seeing a connection here. Only it did more harm than good. So as the story goes in early apothecary. Since at particular amounts, I would not suggest it be used on broken skin. Please don’t. It can be dangerous. And honestly, I don’t think it is good to use products on broken skin, to begin with, that aren’t meant for healing like what is found in antibiotic ointment. Avon’s products only use just the right amount to help skin, roughly 5% from what I can tell.

BENEFITS
• No parabens, sulfates or phthalates
• Free from mineral oils
• Clinically proven to provide the skin with 26 hours of intense hydration
• Leaves skin feeling smooth, supple and nourished
• Helps improve elasticity
• Helps hydrate and detoxify skin
• Lightweight, whipped, cushiony cream

Good for normal, dry, and sensitive skin.

Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser

As of late, this, along with Veilment Natural Spa Black Rose Body Scrub and Cleanser, is one of my favorite products! I first tried it when I got the travel pack of belief products in a cute water droplet-shaped carrier. Formulated with amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents, it gently removes makeup and impurities without stripping skin of moisture. Great for all skin types. My face felt nice after using it. It was cooled off. Clean. Didn’t feel too dry like how body bar soap does when you use it (you aren’t supposed to but sometimes when you have nothing else. . .) and my face felt light. Clean. What I like most is that I only have to use it twice a day. In the morning and before bed. I can’t stand being awake with icky skin, nor can I stand going to bed with skin not clean from the day’s occurrences. I feel gross both ways. Just as with the Aqua bomb, it’s key ingredient is Lady’s Mantle. No introduction or explanation needed here.

BENEFITS
• Jelly-to-foam cleanser
• Same explosive burst of hydration as True Cream Aqua Bomb
• Amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents
• Gently remove makeup and impurities without stripping skin of moisture
• Ideal for dry and uneven skin (though I have combo-oily skin and had wonderful results)
• Paraben and sulfate-free
• 97% of women felt it was gentle when cleansing based on a consumer perception study

Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

I use this as well. I know I am only 38 (eek 40 right around the corner!) but I do get dark circles under my eyes. This adds moisture and my eyes look happier and with the added moisture my eyes look more supple. If that is a decent word to use for the under-eye area. Not puffy like when I have been crying a river over a movie that made my heartstrings break. But supple. This lightweight, refreshing eye cream cools on contact and helps keep the eye area resilient and smooth for crease-free makeup application. Great for dryness around eyes. Though, as said, I only have dry skin in the T-Zone area of my face. I have no idea what it is like to have dry under eyes but it sounds uncomfortable.

The key ingredient for this wonderful product is Pennywort (Tiger Grass). It is a Korean swamp-dwelling herb. It isn’t just for Korean beauty products. Estee Lauder has also been known to use this ingredient as well. paulaschoice.com gave me some interesting information about the benefits of this ingredient. It has, “active compounds, including madecassoside, which serves as an antioxidant. Centella asiatica itself also has been shown to have potent antioxidant properties and to be a rich source of amino acids, and there’s additional research showing that it’s a good hydrating ingredient to soothe upset or compromised skin.” It seems to also help with sun damage. There are a few people I would suggest this too as they do have sun damage. For me, I liked how it helped my dark circles.

BENEFITS
• Cools on contact
• Helps keep eye area resilient and smooth
• Good for dryness, fine lines and wrinkles
• Provides eye area with 26 hours of moisture based on a clinical study
• Free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic dyes and fragrances

We also have a few other products that I have not yet tried out but I will mention them because they sound wonderful and shouldn’t be bypassed.

belif x VDL Aqua Bomb Glow Water Cream

belif x VDL Aqua Bomb Glow water Cream

Prepping the skin for makeup is a must. You have the wash and serums and a few other steps. This you use after serum and moisturizer and follow with SPF. belif and VDL (another line I looooove) come together to make more great product babies. It preps your face with moisture and hydration. It is easily absorbed into the skin with its creamy texture and has crushed pearl to add a reflective glow just as with some primers we have. Visibly evens skin tone and is free from mineral oils, fragrances, and dyes being that is is water-based and vegan. Has Lady’s Mantle.

belif x VDL Glow Moist Fix & Mist

belif x VDL Glow Moist Fix and Mist

Makeup isn’t ready until you use a setting spray. I am still using the Avon True Color Setting Spray. I haven’t run out just yet but still plan on buying this. I have this weird comfort of how setting spray feels with it is misting on my face. It’s like a tiny sprinkler and I love that feeling. This 2-in-1 spray both primes and sets the makeup. It is non-greasy and non-sticky and dries quick. Great for those with oily skin (hey you have my attention) and who want to control their T-Zone. Just like with the water cream it is free from mineral oils, fragrances, and dyes.

belif X VDL Glow Moist Primer

Not that I meant to put this after the setting spray, it just happened as I was writing down the list in my notebook, you do need a primer. Used after the water cream or by its self. Makeup will be griped on and better-staying power when you use this especially if you have oily skin. I do have a small issue with makeup still coming off just a tiny bit even when I use a primer. Just a smidge. Free from mineral oils, fragrances, dyes, is water-based and vegan.

Limited Edition belif Aqua Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set and Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set

Limited Edition belif Aqua Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set
Limited Edition belif Aqua Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set
Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set
Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set

This box set includes:
• The True Cream Aqua Bomb, 2.5 fl. oz.
• Moisturizing Bomb powder, 8 pods, each, .005 oz. net wt.
• Mixing Spatula

A powder? For your skin? Yes, you mix it in with a touch of the cream and use it on the face. The powder is freeze-dried pure hyaluronic acid. USe 2-3 of the container with some of the cream, mix and apply as an overnight mask. Suggested use is two times a week so the 8 pods are good for a whole month. There is also a Limited Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb with Hyaluronic Acid Powder Set that also has the cream and powder and tiny mixing spatula that is used in the same way.

Bundles

What wouldn’t make a line more perfect than a bundle of products? That’s right we have those, too. There are two to choose from: the Limited-Edition belif Aqua Bomb Tumbler Set and the Limited-Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb Tumbler Set. We had the Belif Travel Kit which is no longer available but you can buy the travel sizes of the cream individually. You just won’t get the cute travel carrier for them all. Such a shame. It is so cute. Still, the tumbler sets come with a tumbler that reminds you each time you use it to take care of your skin and to stay hydrated by drinking water. If you need to add a flavor to it, I see no harm. I do it just to make the day more interesting though I don’t mind water unflavored.

Limited-Edition belif Aqua Bomb Tumbler Set
Limited-Edition belif Aqua Bomb Tumbler Set
Limited-Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb Tumbler Set
Limited-Edition belif Moisturizing Bomb Tumbler Set

Be sure to shop my page here and keep hydrated this summer and throughout the whole year. And check out my Beauty and Skin Facebook group for daily beauty and skin tips. At this point in the time of June 2020, it is still new. But feel free to add any of your beauty and skincare tips to the wall so you can share your suggestions with others. You may just be helping someone out. Stay safe and hydrated.

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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