While I’ve always enjoyed celebrating occasions, I’m usually not one to wear it as body decoration but as my social media feed is looking so festive lately I thought I’d take a little inspiration too. This gemstone manicure is earthy, elegant and reminds me of a gorgeously polished aventurine pendant. The simple combination of jewel toned base paired with flecks of shine isn’t anything new but this Revlon topcoat looks just a little more interesting than simple glitter and the irregular shapes creates a authentic organic feel. Try pairing it with deep sienna, dark navy or even a rich cranberry base and let your nails join the party too.
Product: Clearskin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask*
Price: $7.99 CAD
Availability: Avon (online) or your independent Avon Rep
Would I (re)purchase: Maybe
Meant to help treat spots and pores, the Clearskin mask boasts 0.5% salicyclic acid, a common pore unclogging / exfoliating ingredient and is often an additive to anti-acne products. It also features bentonite, a powdered clay used for oil control. Fresh from the tube, this mask has a gel cream consistency which spread easily over the skin and had a very faint scent. Give it 15 minutes and it begins to dry, the dark grey mask turning a lighter grey, with a slight tightening sensation though nothing uncomfortable compared to the likes of Glamglow or Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty.
THE FINAL VERDICT
Affordable clay based mask with a lightweight texture that is gentle on the skin while helping to balance oily spots which is extra great for combination skin. Quick and easy to use in the mornings before makeup to perk up your complexion, leaving skin fresh and comfortable. Wouldn’t rely on this solely for treatment care but is a nice simple addition to your everyday skincare routine.
Ingredients: WATER/EAU, HYDRATED SILICA, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, PROPYLENEGLYCO, BENTONITE, GLYCERIN, ISOCETETH-20, PEG-8, MAGNESIUMALUMINUM SILICATE, CAMELLIASINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, EUCALYPTUSGLOBULUS LEAF EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES/CALCIUM FERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/COPPERFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/IRONFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/MAGNESIUMFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/MANGANESE FERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/POTASSIUMFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/SILICONFERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/ZINC FERMENT, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA(WITCH HAZEL) EXTRACT, POLYSORBATE 20, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-7 GLYCERYLCOCOATE, SIMETHICONE, SODIUMCHLORIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, IRON OXIDES, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE.
Product: Gel Finish Nail Enamel*
Details: Formaldehyde, Toulene and DBP free.
Colours: 12 shades
Would I (re)purchase: Yes
Availability: Avon online or through Avon Independent Sales Reps (starting October 2013)
I’ve always been a little envious of gals with pretty primped gel nails, the sleek look and high shine finish wooed me but the prospect of nail damage and constant fill-ins always steered me away. So when AVON’s new Gel Finish nail enamels landed on my desk, my fingers went right for them. The 7-in-1 formulation promises high shine, a gel like finish, vivid colour and takes the place of protection, strengthener, base coat plus top coat all in one stroke. Do it all or nothing at all? I was quick to let my eager little digits find out.
First impressions can be a deal breaker but these started off strong with rich saturated colour on the first coat, I layered on a second coat for absolute opacity but could have easily pulled off a quick mani with a single stroke. All four colours I have swatched below gave beautiful vivid results from the pale lavender to that rich metallic green. The brush was just slightly wider than what you’d find on traditional bottles but was very easy and swift to use.
AVON’s Gel Finish nail enamel lasted a pretty pristine 4-5 days before I took it off and altogether I am thoroughly impressed by the formulation and finish. I’ve never quite had a nail colour look so good while being so easy and effortless. Gel nail look without the commitment? It can be done!
About two weeks ago I received a large mysterious package at my door. It was big, brown, hefty and came all the way from the east coast. Unfortunately not a mystery gift from my secret admirer but I opened the top to find a generous press package from AVON Canada, filled with their new releases and soon to be released goodies. Since I was blessed to get this in my hands, I thought I ought to share a video and some details with you so we can all enjoy this together. Watch my open box video and then scroll down to see all the photos and some first impressions.
AVON ELEMENTS:: SKIN REVITALIZE RANGE
A trio of three products in this range which are meant to give the appearance of a more even skin tone. The wording perplexes me a little as it claims to give the “appearance” of rather than definitively provide a brighter look to the skin. The night cream has a very lightweight consistency that is borderline a gel and is generously sprinkled with peachy-golden shimmer. It appears to be oil-free but does smell quite noticeably of alcohol which is the second ingredient on the list.
- Instant Radiance Lotion SPF20 | 50ml @ $15.99 CAD
- Night Radiance Cream (shown) | 50ml @ $15.99 CAD
- 2-in-1 Brightening Eye Roller (shown) | 12ml @ $19.99
Avon says: Safe for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic.
AVON ELEMENTS:: MOISTURE BOOST SKINCARE
Meant to balance and intensely hydrate your skin, the Moisture Boost collection has two separate ranges within it for various skin types. Those with regular skin can dive right into the normal set of product while those with combination skin have a lighter gel-cream oil-free set of products to play with. What seems to be the common factor among all products in this collection is the camellia tea leaf extract meant to help soothe the skin.
- Daily Moisture Cream SPF15 (shown) | 50ml @ $12.99
- Night Gel-Cream (shown) | 50ml @ $12.99
- Eye Cream (shown) | 15ml @ $12.99
- Daily Moisture Lotion SPF15 | 118ml @ $12.99
- Night Cream (shown) | @ $12.99
Avon says: Suitable for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic.
AVON ELEMENTS:: YOUTH RESTORING SKINCARE
For those looking to start up on their anti-aging may want a closer look at this range, boasting a nutrient rich “Amethyst Mineral Complex” the Youth Restoring Collection is meant to fade fine lines and boosts the appearance of skin for a smoother, younger look. A very basic concoction of ingredients that appears more suited for the first signs of aging rather than an intensive treatment although the night cream contains a heavy dose of exfoliating glycolic acid so remember to patch test your skin first if you’ve never used glycolic acid before. All the items contain quite a distinct floral scent.and while it looks creamy in the jar, the textures are very comfortable to apply and leave no residue.
- Anti-Wrinkle Moisture Cream | 50ml @ $19.99
- Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream | 50ml @ $19.99
- Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller | 50ml @ $19.99
Avon says: All products are suitable for sensitive skin, except for Youth Restore Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream, which is hypoallergenic only.
Just in time for the real test of summer, these new makeup products from Avon are looking mighty enticing this time of the year. The Extra Lasting collection packaged in red and black contain a few re-releases and a few new items as well. Though I only have 3 to show you, in its entirety the collection has 7 base and colour products all formulated with color-lock complex technology.
Another very on trend release are the Big Colour Eye pencils which have a diamond finish (read: big sparkles) in a creamy formulation. A collection of 6 jewel toned shades which can be used as both shadow and liner in a single swipe. Oh yeah, did I also mention they are waterproof? These shall be fun to take for a dip.
- Extra Lasting Foundation SPF12 (shown) | 30ml @ $15CAD
- Extra Lasting Cream-to-Powder | 9 grams @ $15CAD
- Extra Lasting Pressed Powder | 12 grams @ $12CAD
- Extra Lasting Concealer | 8 grams @ $12CAD
- Extra Lasting Eyeliner (shown) | 2.5ml @ $12CAD
- Extra Lasting Lipstick (shown) | 3grams @ $12CAD
- Extra Lasting Lipgloss | 3 grams @ $12CAD
- Big Color Eye Pencil “Diamonds” (shown) | 1.6 grams @ $9.99CAD
Available: June 2013 (Extra Lasting Line), August 2013 (Big Color Eye Pencil)