I hope you like these photos I took of Avon's mark. make-up collection
Let me know what shades you love best!
From top: mark. Be Blushed Stick in Pink Melon, mark. Big Colour Lip Tint Pen in Raspberry, mark. Be Blushed Stick in Sheer Strawberry, mark. Big Colour Lip Tint Pen in Strawberry, mark. Glow On Pressed Powder and mark. Gel Shine Nail Enamel in Fabulous
From left: mark. Gel Shine Nail Enamel in Sapphired Up, Fabulous and Emerald City
From left: mark. Glow On Pressed Powder, mark. Big Colour Lip Tint Pen in Raspberry, Strawberry and Hazelnut and mark. 3D Plumping Lipstick in Chocolate
From left: mark. Be Blushed Sticks in Blushing Nude, Sunny Apricot, Pink Melon, Powder Pink and Sheer Strawberry
Hello beauty lovers!
Thanks so much for your lovely comments on Instagram and Twitter on my posts, I’ve loved reading them so please keep them coming!
Today let’s talk about my favourite beauty topic: Skincare.
I've been trying Avon's groundbreaking serum Anew Ultimate Supreme Dual Elixir which promises to help improve even the most advanced signs of ageing.
There are two parts to the serum which are kept separate in the bottle to retain their intense potency. One half is a blend of super indulgent facial oils, the other half is a powerful serum with concentrated levels of Avon’s exclusive Celluvive Complex, infused with rare Black Pearl Extract, Gold and Platinum minerals. This isn’t your average anti ageing serum!
I’m rapidly approaching my mid thirties and am ever more conscious that my skin isn’t what it used to be so I’ve been putting the Anew serum through it’s paces over the past three weeks.
Here’s how I got on…
I have to admit that my first thought upon receiving the Anew Ultimate Supreme Dual Elixir was: This is going to look great on my dressing table! The packaging, in white gold and black has a premium feel and if I hadn’t known that it was from Avon I probably would have guessed a far more expensive brand.
I got straight on with trying it out. It’s really easy to apply, you dispense two pumps of the elixir into your palm and blend them together with your fingers, then apply the product by massaging it in sweeping motions across your forehead and cheeks, chin and neck. I like to apply it with a little bit of pressure for that totally indulgent home spa experience.
The spa like vibes continue when you smell it – it has a gorgeous floral aroma which lingers throughout the day. However most pleasantly surprising for me on first use was it’s silky, light consistency. It glides on like a dream and absorbs quickly to leave your skin feeling soft and plump. It’s not at all sticky so you can then apply your makeup over the top without any issues.
In week one I did get a little outbreak of spots which I think might have been my skin reacting to the intense shot of moisture that it provides. However these were mild and my skin settled after a couple of days.
By day three I was already looking forward to my morning skincare routine just so that I could apply my serum and pretend I was at a luxury spa!
I’d had a cold just prior to using the Anew Elixir and all around my nose had gotten rather red, flaky and sore. By applying the serum every day I noticed a clear improvement to my skin which looked and felt much more settled and smooth as each day passed. I got into the habit of touching my face all the time because it felt so baby soft. (Okay I’ll admit that I’m still doing this today!)
After using the elixir every day for three weeks my skin is feeling super soft and so much healthier! I especially like the difference to the skin on my forehead and by my laughter lines. It feels more taut and less crepey and I feel like I’m glowing!
My skin tone is also showing clear signs of improvement each day and is looking a lot less red and a lot more even. Despite the cold snap we’ve had I haven’t suffered any of the usual dry skin patches that I would get at this time of year.
So... the anti ageing claims?
Well I am definitely impressed so far! The pictures in this post show my bare, makeup free skin after 3 weeks of use. It’s certainly not perfect yet, I still have some laughter lines and I don’t think any serum is going to completely turn back time. However I’m enjoying firmer, more healthy looking skin and am suitably impressed.
I think my defining moment was being ID’d in the supermarket this weekend. I can’t 100% say it was down to the serum, but I walked out with a big grin on my face and said a silent thank you to Avon Anew!
Will you be picking up a bottle? I’d love to hear what you think of it!
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At 35 I'm older, wiser and WAY more confident than 25... but sad to say I've lost a little of that plumped and lifted look I had when I was in my twenties. However there are ways to combat this. There is nothing wrong with ageing - it's more about looking and feeling good for as long as you can. My biggest ageing concerns have always been fine lines, volume loss and pigmentation.
I've recently been testing out the new Avon Lift and Firm Face Lifting Cream with PolyPeptide-X. This cream is clinically proven - 82% of women considering a facial cosmetic lifting procedure were impressed by the results. The cream is designed to work like an ultrasound treatment to help stimulate collagen elastin and hyaluronic acid.
First of all however, let me say that I've been a long-time fan of Avon and have been using their skincare since my teens when the catalogues used to arrive at my house. It was not only effective but also affordable and I've often come back to Avon through the years, even though I've used much more expensive skincare. What I've learned though is it isn't always about the price tag - it's about the effectiveness. The price tag doesn't necessarily determine how good a skin cream is. What I've always appreciated about Avon is that they have kept their prices fair but have not decreased the quality or effectiveness of their products.
So when I was approached to test out the new Avon Lift & Firm Face Lifting Cream I did not hesitate! I tested this for a full 3 weeks and tracked how I got on with the cream for the full three weeks. Here's what I experienced...
On the week I started using the Avon Lift & Firm face cream I hopped onto a long-haul flight and headed from London to Busan, South Korea for two weeks. I had to change planes twice - once in Paris and another time in Seoul so by the time I got to my destination I had been travelling straight for 24 hours. And I DID NOT sleep on the plane. So therefore I was more than a little bit tired when I arrived at my final stop. And when I feel tired, I look tired. My skin looked slackened and haggard from the long flight and definitely looked like it needed a moisture boost. The dry air in the plane had exaggerated my fine lines around the sides of my eyes, which were begging for a drink.
So what did I do when I arrived in Korea? Well I arrived first thing in the morning so not only had I not slept but I had the entire day ahead of me! So I quickly had a shower and then when getting ready, popped the lid off the Avon Lift & Firm cream and then applied over my usual serum. The consistency of the cream is lovely - it's quite light but still hydrating at the same time and it felt refreshing on my dried and slackened skin. The cream sinks in easily and goes well under make-up.
I continued to apply the cream to my skin - both morning and night for the next 7 days while in Korea. I noticed that day by day, my skin began to come back from the dead - it looked more refreshed and lifted and indeed perkier.
By week 2 I had nearly recovered from the jet lag and was well into my holiday in South Korea. My skin was looking better and better everyday due to a combination of sleep and good nutrition (lots of kimchi and garlic!) However due to the busyness of the holiday, I was still out and about everyday in a busy city. The weather was quite warm but still mild as it was spring.
I carried on using the Avon Lift & Firm cream. What I noticed in regards to skin changes actually came out in selfies taken with my iPhone. I compared my selfies to the selfies from 2 weeks before and could instantly see the difference in how much more refreshed my skin looked but also lifted and plumped. Of course a holiday helps but also be mindful that this holiday was on the other side of the world (meaning big jet lag) and also quite busy (out and about everyday from morning to night) so therefore wasn't necessarily a 'restful' holiday. Despite this my skin looked certainly more lifted and plumped and not quite as haggard as before.
It was week 3 when I headed back to London via Seoul and Amsterdam. Another 24 hours of travel = not happy skin. Luckily I had a red-eye flight meaning it was overnight so I was able to get some shut eye which actually saved me in the end because when I arrived on the other side in London I didn't feel quite as bad as I normally do.
And what I noticed most of all when arriving back is that my friends and family said how glowing and refreshed I looked with plumper skin. This is how I realised that whatever I had been doing - including using the Avon Lift & Firm cream - it was certainly working! I also felt my skin didn't look nearly as bad as it usually did after flying long-haul. My nasolabial folds from my nose to mouth also didn't look so deep - they appeared more lifted and firm.
After 3 weeks of using the Avon Lift & Firm cream I was out of cream and used it down to the last drop. I was very happy with the consistency of the cream and that my face did look more lifted after using. All in all, a very affordable way to lift the skin!
Let me know if you've tried new Lift & Firm Face Lifting Cream... I'd love to hear how you got on! It's on its way to an Avon Brochure 10 this spring...
There are so many discussions on the boards about mark. Gel Shine nail polishes, so I thought you'd like to see a rainbow lookbook of the Gel Shine shades.
Take a deep breath and let's dive in!
Which are your top three shades?!
Shop mark. Gel Shine http://avon4.me/2sSjl91
Hi everyone, I am delighted to join you for the first in my series of summer make-up videos.
Even with clouds in the sky, now's the time I start thinking about a lighter, more natural look, for when the sun is high in the sky.
It's not always easy to get light summery make-up right... pitfalls for me are patchy skin, too much shine and dreaded panda eyes.
I hope you like the easy look I've created for summer 2017. Let me know what summer make-up tricks you know and love >>
My look includes:
True Colour Summer Skin Cream
True Colour Flawless Cream-to-Powder Foundation Compact in Light Ivory and Creamy Natural for highlighting cheekbones
All Over Face Brush
Avon True Glimmerstick Eyeliner
True Colour SuperShock Volume Mascara
True Colour Glazewear Lipgloss in Precious Peach
Shop the look for summer http://avon4.me/2qLEqVb
Today is such a sad day... the news is almost unbearable and brings up such a swirl of emotions, but I thought I would still go ahead and post as I had planned...
I firmly believe in different perfumes to suit different occasions and my latest discovery is Avon’s Imari Eau De Toilette.
It's a seductive floral oriental scent which will be perfect for sultry summer nights.
Imari has a sort of timeless look and fragrance... from its beautiful art deco bottle through to its delicious scent.
Fresh citrus top notes make way to a bouquet of jasmine which is beautifully balanced by the spicy, woody base notes. It sits very well on the skin and once the initial scent has dissipated there is a lingering, sumptuous vanilla musk that lasts for hours.
I recommend this one for a romantic date night... love at first spritz!
Have you tried Imari? Let me know in the comments!
lots of love, Laura xxx
Imari is on sale in Avon Brochure 12