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I get a lot of questions about skincare. People ask me all manner of things about fine lines, pigmentation, the best acids to use and what I would recommend for sensitive skin. Obviously skincare is a personal, everyone has different needs and therefore different products work for different people. However, by far the most common question I get asked is a pretty generic one and it usually goes something like; you have great skin, what is your routine?
As a beauty blogger I am both blessed and cursed in the skincare arena. Blessed because I have access to all the new products that come to market and cursed because if I find something that I really love and works amazingly for my skin, often our relationship is short lived because I have move onto something new to try.
However, when recommending skincare to people in the more generic sense I often and easily suggest the use of a beauty water/toner/tonic/splash into your routine, if you aren’t using one already. A few years ago I added a hydrating toning water into my skincare routine and have been using one ever since. Here’s why…
Hydration and is the first and easiest step to getting better skin. We can drink it and eat it so why not apply it? A hydrating toner or water has been an important step in Korean Beauty regimes for years. The Koreans are big fans of multiple step skincare with lighter products to build up protection, hydration and amp up treatments whilst creating the perfect supple and smooth base for makeup.
These super charged waters are full of ingredients to make your skin the best possible environment for the rest of your skincare. Essentially, by prepping the naked skin cells with a enough hydration your other skincare can protect and hydrate for longer on the skins outer layer without being absorbed too quickly.
The most recent Beauty water I’ve been splashing onto my face is the ANEW perfect skin Daily Skin Boosting Splash, which is a 15 second hydrating mask you pour into hands and press into the face and neck. The particular formula by the Avon ANEW brand is designed with Perfect Cell Complex to thicken the delicate outer layer of skin, give immediate radiance and hydration and makes skin more soft and supple with immediate effect.
I’m also crazy about the price point; it’s currently only £8 (down from £12) which makes it a steal when I think about some of the more high end waters I’ve been using that nudge into the £50+ price bracket!
After applying to clean dry skin follow with your usual routine. ANEW recommend the Wake Up Cream as a daily moisturiser and prep for makeup base. Follow this with your favourite eye cream. ANEW Wide Awake Eye cream is suitable for every skin type and brightens the under eye area and works against fatigue. If you like using a primer I tried the ANEW Instant Blurring treatment from the range and it blurred out my pores and fine lines and gave my skin a silky matte base ready for makeup.
Check out the products mentioned above in action below in my skincare video...
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For my date night look, I like to start with a clean and moisturised face and then apply the mark. Glow On Natural Radiance Foundation. The shade which suits me best is ‘Medium Beige’. I blend it in with an Avon Foundation Buffing Brush to get a nice, even coverage. I then apply the mark. Nude Matte Cream Concealer to add extra coverage under the eyes, I use shade ‘medium’, and then blend this out with the Avon Blending Brush. To make sure my base stays in place all night, I apply the mark. Setting Powder which helps to set my eyes and face, I put dust this on with the Avon All-Over Face Brush.
For my eyebrows, I start by brushing them through with the Avon Eyebrow Duo Brush. This is great for getting rid of product and to make sure all the hairs are going in the same direction, so I can see where I want to fill my brows in. For a natural, full brow I like to then use the mark. Perfect Brow Crème Gel Pot, I use the shade ‘Deep Brown’. I use the Avon Eyebrow Duo Brush to apply light strokes as this makes it look like individual hairs, which will last all night! I then use the same concealer I used before to draw around my brows with the flat end of the Duo Brush, to add extra definition to my eyebrows. After, I blend out the concealer with the Avon Flat Foundation Brush.
After, I move on to eyes, I first apply a small amount of bronzer from the mark. Dual Glow Cheek Colour and Highlighter palette in the shade ‘Basking Beauty’, through the crease as a transition shade. To create a warm eye look, I then blend the dark orange eye shadow over my lid from the mark. Eye Impressionist 8-in-1 ‘Smoky Nights eye shadow palette. I also make sure to also blend it in below my lower lash line too and complete the eyes with lots of the mark. Big and False Lash Volume Mascara in ‘Black’ to both top and bottom lashes.
Next I love to bronze and highlight the face using the mark. Dual Glow Cheek Colour and Highlighter palette in the shade ‘Basking Beauty’. I lightly contour under the cheekbones and apply the highlighter to the top of the cheekbones, tip of the nose and cupids bow with a small Avon Fan brush.
To finish off my look, I then use the mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer in the matte shade ‘Dare to Bare’ on the lips which is the perfect nude for a date night!
Hope you enjoy recreating my look!
It was like a sign ... a sign that my mum was watching over me. Having been an Avon lady for most of my childhood I swear she sent this opportunity my way. I know I sound like a fruit-bat but I got a little teary.
I was so thrilled to have even been considered. Avon is one of those companies that's always been around and you trust them. My Gran used it , my Mum swore by it and I dabble every now and again. So when Avon approached me to try out the new night cream how could I say no?
There’s just something special about your favourite fragrance, isn’t there? I’m a big fan of perfumes, it starts my day off with the feeling of luxury. One of the first things I do each morning is pick out my choice of perfume depending on several factors such as my mood, the weather, the season, and what my plans are for that particular day. This is why I have so many, I love collecting perfumes and always have done.
Think about when you’re treating yourself to a new perfume? It’s an enjoyable experience, right? From the moment you clap eyes on the bottle design to the very first spritz to the empowering campaigns that promise you confidence and self-assurance. From beginning to end, the process of finding your favourite perfume is the beginning of making good memories. A certain perfume can evoke a past time, turning what appears to be a ‘nice bottle of perfume’ in to one of the most powerful ways to bring back a certain memory.
I adore how unique a perfume is to your senses and skin. Detecting different fragrance notes, what we can smell is totally different to what someone else can.
What Avon had in mind when they developed three new Eve Discovery fragrances is that you can have one for every occasion and every mood. The three new Eve perfumes from their Discovery collection are aptly named Elegance, Alluring, and Confidence. With the affordable price points, you really can treat yourself to all three; three different scents to wear depending on the moment or the mood, to create an inner sense of elegance, allure, and confidence.
Avon perfumes have been a favourite of mine. I keep in my handbag as a daily beauty essential and I also have a bottle sitting on my desk at work and spray whenever needed (my work colleagues always ask to borrow it too, they can’t believe it’s from Avon either). They’re high in quality, affordable, and they look gorgeous on the dresser, especially with the way Avon’s Eve Discovery bottles are cut. They almost resemble precious gemstones.
One of most exciting thing about the launch of Avon’s Eve Discovery fragrance range is that Hollywood star Eva Mendes is the face of the new campaign - a strong, sophisticated, beautiful woman that empowers other women. But what about the perfumes? How do they measure up, I hear you ask?
Elegance - Be remembered
The pretty faceted pink bottle houses a sophisticated floral, fruity scent of pomegranate, jasmine petals, and amberwood. Upon first spritz, the juicy zing hits your nose but the dry down is a light floral. It’s a great day-to-night perfume. The pink bottle design reflects elegance and femininity.
Confidence - Conquer the world
Although it is hard to pick, I think Confidence might be my favourite (I have to stress that it is really hard to pick, though! They’re all so gorgeous). Described as oriental, vanillic and woody, Confidence combines notes of blackcurrant, frangipani and oakwood for a beautiful day time fragrance (perfect for Spring and Summer!). The bottle reminds me of a canary gemstone with it’s triangular cut and radiant appearance. It gives off the confident vibes as soon as you set your sights on it.
Alluring - Empower your seduction
Show the alluring side to your personality with this lilac toned bottle which is filled with a perfume that offers a more sensual and captivating scent. The main fragrance notes are pink plum, neroli and sandalwood which creates an oriental floral woody aroma. The bottle design is smooth, slightly elongated with a curvy base and the fragrance is much more suited for the evening.
Which fragrance from the Eve Discovery collection will you be trying?
Hi Beauty Connects,
I’m really excited to show you some of the latest pieces from the new Coveted collection and introduce you to fashion blogger, Ashley Wilson who recently worked with Avon for the launch of the collection.
Ashley, also known as @amothersedit, has a huge following of 33K+ on her Instagram platform where she documents her life as a mum, her OOTD’s (outfits of the day, FYI) and her love of accessories. When asked about what inspired her to work on the collection she said “I’ve always wanted to work with Avon. It’s an amazing brand that empowers women to look and feel good with quality products at great prices”.
From the collection of unique, limited- edition pieces (that are EXCLUSIVE to Avon), Ashley said that loves the look of the ripped jeans. “These ripped jeans are so on- trend and super comfortable! I love the cool rock- chick studs on the pockets”.
Ashley loves accessories so it was no surprise that she’s a fan of the Allana Drop Earrings. “I love the 2- tone gold and silver effect on these earrings, stunning! They’re perfect for dressing up any outfit!” Ashley said the collection reflects her style in that she likes to team basics such as the jeans and Coveted biker- style jacket with jewellery and accessories.
The Allana Hobo bag is a stand- out from the collection, Ashley said that the “patent strap with studs and metallic finish give the bag an edge and make it a statement piece”.