Showing posts with label Avon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Avon. Show all posts

Friday, March 15, 2013

Get the Look: Elisabeth Moss's Makeup at the SAG Awards

Get the Look: Elisabeth Moss's Makeup at the SAG Awards
I know I can't be the only one that still sees Zooey Bartlett every time I look at Elisabeth Moss! At the Screen Actors Guild Awards she looked amazing. Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg shared her tips for creating Elisabeth’s stunning look.

”I started by applying mark Min-A-Real Cream-To-Powder Foundation all over her skin. Then, I layered mark Touch & Glow Warm Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette onto her cheeks. I added a swipe of mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Cheeky to create a gorgeous, natural glow. I set the look using mark Set Things Right Loose Powder.”

“I started by applying mark Please Hold Eye Primer to create a strong base. Next, I applied mark I-Mark Wet/Dry Eye Shadow in Luvstruck to the creases of Elisabeth’s eyes and blended mark Drama Case Eye Shadow and Liner Palette (black shade) onto her lash lines. Then, I used mark I-Mark Metallics Custom Pick Eye Shadow in Lava on her lids and finished the lash lines with mark What a Line Felt Tip Eyeliner in Twilight. I applied false eyelashes, embellished with two coats of mark Scanda-Lash Hook Up Mascara in Black Lash. Next, I filled in her lower lash lines using mark No Place to Run Longwear Eyeliner in Jet Set. I finished her eyes by applying one coat of mark Scanda-lash Hook Up Mascara in Black Lash on her bottom lashes.”

“I used mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Baby Luv on Elisabeth’s lips for a sweet, sophisticated smile.”

Monday, March 11, 2013

Get the Look: Julie Bowen's Makeup at the SAG Awards

Get the Look: Julie Bowen's Makeup at the SAG Awards
I loved Julie Bowen's makeup at the Screen Actor Guild Awards. It was a beautiful soft cat eye with a bit of smokiness, off set with a very pretty pink lippie. While I thought she looked great, this really was a look more suited for every day or maybe a night out. It isn't really Red Carpet material in my mind. (Maybe with a little more glow or a subtle pink cheek added in. And the pink lip needs to be more special.) The look was created by Makeup artist Heather Currie.

Currie kept Julie’s skin looking dewy and fresh by applying Avon Be Blushed Cheek Color in Powder Pink on the apples of her cheeks.

Currie used Irresistibly Sexy Eyeshadow Palette in Bombshell to bring depth and smokiness to Julie’s eyes and added a little shimmer to pick up the glimmer of the jewels on Julie's dress.

The inner rims of Julie's eyes were lined with Glimmersticks Eyeliner in Cosmic Brown, and the tops of her eyelids with Ultra Luxury Eyeliner in Black. She then smudged the black liner into Julie’s eyeshadow to create a subtle cat eye and finished the look with a few coats of SuperExtend Extreme Mascara in Black.

In order to create a romantic lip that would complete Julie’s look, Currie swiped two coats of Totally Kissable lipstick in Lovey Dovey on Julie’s lips. No gloss was used.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Get the Look: Naya Rivera at the SAG Awards

Naya Rivera at the SAG Awards
I am now going to admit that, once again, I had no idea who a celeb that I'm featuring was prior to this post. I don't watch Glee, but when little birdies (aka- PR reps, I actually got this from several companies) sent me info on her look, and I saw how great she looked at the SAG awards, I knew I had to feature her!

Makeup artist Jo Baker created Naya's pretty look.

Baker prepped Naya’s lips with Chanel Rouge Coco Baume to keep them soft and hydrated.
In order to make Naya’s lips look super sensuous, like they had just been kissed, Baker lined them with Chanel Lip Liner in #25 Pink Sugar, and applied Avon's NEW Totally Kissable lipstick in Loving Lilac.

1. Jo prepped Naya’s skin with a 5minute cleansing massage with Proactiv Renewing Cleanser, followed by Proactiv Revitalizing Toner to freshen and keep pores clean.

2. To moisturize and give Naya a subtle glow, Jo used Proactiv Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15.

3. She then applied Dior Eye Sorbet around the eyes to hydrate and prepare for eye makeup.

4. Then, Jo applied Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation to create a flawless base.

5. Jo gave Naya Proactiv Oil Blotter Sheets, to help her keep her stay matte and oil-free throughout the night.

6. Jo used Youngblood Crushed Mineral Blush in Tulip on the apples of Naya’s cheeks to keep her looking pretty, sweet and feminine.

1. Jo lined the inside of Naya’s eyes and the top of her lashes with Avon Glimmerstick Eye Liner in Cosmic Brown. Jo then smudged Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eyeliner into the outer edges to create a softly winged line.

2. She then used a MAC Eye Shader Brush 239 to blend the liner and soften it, creating a base for a soft taupe eye shadow from Kevyn Aucoin Palette 208.

3. Finally, Jo applied a generous coat of Avon Super Extend Infinitize Mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

1. First, Jo applied a few generous swipes of Chanel Rouge Coco Baume to ensure lips stayed supple and smooth.

2. She then used Chanel Lip Liner in Pink Sugar all over her lips as a base.

3. Over the base, Jo applied Avon Totally Kissable Lipstick in Loving Lilac, to add moisture and sheen.


Celebrity hairstylist Clyde Haygood gave Naya super pretty and touchable waves using John Frieda products.

1. Clyde applied Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula to Naya’s wet hair before blow-drying. “We wanted defined waves, and this serum blocks out frizz and gives you sleek results.”

2. Next, Clyde used a curling iron with a 1 ½ inch barrel to begin curling hair section by section, pinning each curl with a duckbill clip and spraying Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray to set.

3. Once the curls cooled, Clyde sprayed just a few spritzes Spiral Style Spray Gel for definition and added shine. “We also used this gel formula to sculpt the hair away from Naya’s face” so her romantic makeup would be more visible when she hit the red carpet.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Get the Look: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2013 Golden Globes

 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2013 Golden Globes
I have to be honest here, I wasn't really sure who Rosie was. In case you're wondering too, this is the girl that replaced Megan Fox in Transformers (when Megan couldn't keep her mouth shut...) and she's also a Victoria's Secret model. And, she looked pretty good at the Golden Globes!

Rosie's look was created by Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles and hairstylist Cervando.

Burberry Velvet Foundation “Trench no. 207” was used to even out her skin tone and Laura Mercier Secret Concealer #3 hid any imperfections. ”I dusted Burberry’s Warm Glow Summer Glow no.4 Bronzer on Rosie’s cheekbones and forehead for a healthy, fresh glow.” Benefit Sun Beam was used to highlight cheekbones and everything was set with Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre #30.

“I kept Rosie’s eyes very simple; a soft wash of neutral color and a bit of definition in the socket (Burberry “Trench no. 2” and Burberry “Almond no. 6”). I elongated the eye with a brown pencil (Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in “brown Copper”), and softened the line with mark I-Mark Wet/Dry Eye Shadow in Tabac. I love using brown because it’s so sexy but maintains a soft look. Next, I applied two coats of mark Lash All You Want High-Volume Mascara in Black to Rosie’s top lashes and one coat of mark Lash All You Want High-Volume Mascara in Brown/Black to her bottom lashes. I groomed her brows using Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, lightly sculpting them with pencil to create the perfect frame for her face.”

“I applied mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Cha Cha for a gorgeous Hollywood finish. A red lip creams glamour, but I matted down the finish and made the edges soft and undefined, patting it on with my finger for a less overpowering look.”

1. First start by prepping wet hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Repair & Finish Spray to protect hair while blow-drying it.

2. Rough blow dry hair until it’s 75% dry. Starting at the nape of the neck, blow dry hair in small sections using a medium sized boar bristle round brush.

3. Starting at the part, twist hair along the hairline until the temple, and then create a small roll. Place a small metal hairpin in the roll to build height. Spray the area with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray and let it set for 20 minutes, allowing the hair to take form around the pin. Remove pin and spritz with hairspray for control.

4. Apply a small amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme Smooth Combing Crème to smooth hair and tame flyaways.

5. To finish, sweep hair over one shoulder and spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray to hold in place while leaving it with lots of natural movement.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Get the Look: Kaley Cuoco at the People's Choice Awards 2013

Kaley Cuoco at the People's Choice Awards 2013
I'm a big fan of “Big Bang Theory”. The reruns are watched over and over at my house. Kaley Cuoco hosted the People’s Choice Awards this week. Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg shared her tips and techniques for creating Kaley’s look!

Face & Cheeks:
”I started by applying 1. mark Min-A-Real Cream-to-Powder Foundation in Light Medium 5 all over Kaley’s face, layering on 2. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette and 3. Just Blushing Powder Blush in Lovespell to create a gorgeous natural glow. Next, I used 4. Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder all over her face and décolletage, along with mark Jewel Shine Body Lotion to enrich and set the look.”

“I started by using 5. I-Mark Wet/Dry Eye Shadow in Luvstruck on Kaley’s lids, with a swipe of 2. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette, lightly blending both into the creases of her eyes. Next, I used 6. Keep it Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Entourage to line her upper lash lines, and added a kiss of the purple shade from 7. On the Dot Pastels Eye Color Palette as liner under her lower lash lines. I finished Kaley’s eyes by applying two coats of 8. Scanda-Lash Mascara in Blacklash.”

“For Kaley’s lips, I applied 9. Lipclick Luxe Lipstick in Pink Icing with a coat of mark Glimmer Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Glimmer.” (Note that Glimmer Shine Lip Gloss is no longer available, try 10. Glow Baby Glow Luxe Hook Up Lip Gloss in Petal Luxe.)

Avon Mark
Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Avon Pretty Polished Mini Set

This set is so cute for a stocking stuffer! The bottles are little and would be great for trying out a new color or for travel.

Included shades: Midnight Plum, Glitter Silver, Real Red and Glitter Gold
$7.99 at Avon

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Avon Foot Works Lavender Collection

Any foot product collection that includes items like an overnight moisturizer, a mask and a soak is alright in my book. I love that this set is the ultimate in pampering those little tootsies!

• Overnight Treatment Cream (3.4 oz.)
• Comfort Foot Soak (3.4 oz.)
• Clay Mask (3.4 oz.)
• Cozy Lavender Striped Socks

$12.99 at Avon

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Avon Dazzle and Shine Gloss Set

Avon's lipglosses are under appreciated. They aren't sticky, have good shine and last for hours. This set is very reasonable in price and the colors are pretty! The glosses are full sized and in Apricot, Fuchsia Fantasy and Slicked Red.

$7.99 at Avon

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mark Min-A-Real Foundation

As part of my on-going life goal of being able to fit everything I need into a 3-1-1 bag and travel with carry on luggage only, I gave the new Mark Creme foundation a whirl.

The product is a cream to powder foundation that promises medium coverage and easy application. I tried out Nude, slightly dark for me, though the formula was somewhat forgiving since it didn't look like it was a shade too dark once bended out.

The compact has a decent sized mirror filling the top, underneath is a round cosmetic sponge for application. I love that the area underneath is actually rather large, you could replace that sponge with your own if you wanted to without worrying about fit.

The foundation is a thick cream and applies easily with the sponge. I found that if I used the sponge I would have very full coverage, I preferred to use my fingertips and then blend in with the sponge, this gives me medium coverage. The coverage is enough that it isn't really flawless invisible coverage (no one looks that good in real life), but it looks great. Lasts most of the day (~10 hours) without caking or fading issues.

Overall I definitely liked this foundation, I'll be purchasing it in the correct shade and you can be sure it will be my go-to travel foundation.

Mark Min-A-Real Foundation

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Avon's Walk for Breast Cancer

Avon's Walk for Breast Cancer, discount code
Every year I share info with my readers about Avon's Walk for Breast Cancer, and there are a few walks remaining! The walk

The remaining 2011 walks are in:
• San Francisco (July 9-10)
• Santa Barbara (September 17-18)
• New York (October 15-16)
• Charlotte (October 22-23)

You'll get $20 off registration with the discount code WALK1.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Current Product Favorites

I've had a lot of questions lately from readers regarding my favorite products. I was already thinking about updating my Everyday Favorites, but my cousin Ellery from Mom's Life Made Easy was the one whose email finally pushed me to do it. Anyways....

I've added a little button in the right column that will link to the latest Everyday Favorites post and I'm going to finally make an effort to update this list every few months. I feel compelled to create graphics for things. This one is a bit boring... Hmm....

Here are the products I've been reaching for in between product testings! If a product category isn't mentioned, that means I might not have a strong preference for one item over another. I've linked to my review or the product on-line whenever possible. Note that some of these products I may have received as a sample at some point, but these are things I've purchased myself when I've run out.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Avon's Walk for Breast Cancer

I'm sure you've seen it on your local news, you've had friends walk it, or maybe you've even done it yourself. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer takes place in various cities around the country and is really about celebrating and supporting each others journeys. Each person walks for their own reason but together we are united for 2 days by a single cause – to end this deadly disease.

I hope you're interested in walking! For those of you that are interested in the New York City Walk on October 16/17th, I have great news!
Avon is offering 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic readers a $20 discount of the normal $65 registration fee. Use the code WALK13 when you register.

Avon Walk

Friday, July 23, 2010

Humidity Proof Hair, It Does Exist: Avon's Lotus Shield

humidity, frizzy hair, Avon Lotus Shield, ReviewInside of that little orange bottle is a serum that should be on every woman's shopping list. Truly. I'm sure you've seen the ads for it, and thought "yeah, sure Avon can fight frizz that well."

Well, guess what? That ad is no exaggeration. I'm not the only one in love with this product (check out what my friend Diva Debi had to say about it, I'm still laughing, but again, she's not lying).

Inside that little bottle is a milky white serum that you apply to wet hair (I use about a nickel amount, then comb through with a wide tooth comb), and then style hair as usual. I've used this product when blow drying my hair straight as well as on days that I've let my wavy hair just be wavy. I've used it with blow drying and air drying.

Perhaps most importantly, I've been using it throughout most of this horrible heat wave that has hit the country. Here in my neck of the woods, it has been accompanied by 60-70% humidity most days (at least according to the little weather station we have in a tree in the back yard). Which means I've been exposing my hair to humidity that should be turning me into Monica in Barbados. Instead my hair is smooth and shiny, not an area of frizz in site!

Lotus Shield promises to keep your hair frizz free for up to 3 days in up to 97% humidity. I really think it works. There are other anti-frizz products on the market that also work (in the past I've been a big fan of Living Proof). I do think that the Avon product works better than the combination of products I need from Living Proof. It is also cheaper and you can still use all of your "regular" hair products. Just add in Lotus Shield if you think there will be a humidity problem that day.

Avon Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Holiday Gift Ideas 2009: Reese's In Bloom

holiday gift ideas

I've made no secret of my love of Reese Witherspoon. I love her movies, I love her sense of style and I even love her hair style. So, I was pretty excited to hear that she was coming out with a fragrance, inspired by her Southern up bringing, specifically the scents in her family member's gardens.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dial a Shade: Avon's SpectraColor Lipstick

I'm sure by now we've all seen the Jessica Alba Revlon commercial where she changes her foundation shade each day to suit her complexion. I've been strangely allured by this ad. I check virtually every Revlon display I come across, and I've yet to find this foundation in a shade that will suit my complexion.

So, when I saw this new Avon lippie, I had to try it. I wanted it to ease my Revlon foundation cravings. Much like the Revlon product, this is two similar shades that are mixed in different proportions by turning a dial. Want light pink? Dark pink? Or something in between? Well, you can just pick which shade you want, push the button and out it comes.

Should be easy, right? Actually, this is a bit more complicated. Because you have to get that lippie onto your lips in a semi-organized fashion. The packaging actually makes it hard to do so. It comes out of a slanted, hard plastic tip, and if you try to apply from there it only smears the product around on you and creates a huge mess. I've found that once the product has come out if I apply the product to the back of my hand I can mix it there and then apply with either a lip brush or my finger.

The product itself if pretty nice. It feels hydrating, has a medium coverage and the color variations I got with mine (I tried The Pinks) were all very flattering. I liked having a bit more control over the results of mixing 2 lip colors (something I honestly do all the time by carrying around about 10 lip glosses). The Avon also lasts a good 4-5 hours without problems and survives some drinking (though not eating).

All in all, I liked this product. Just not the applicator.

Avon's SpectraColor Lipstick

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Cynthia Rowley's Flower Fragrance

Cynthia Rowley's Flower Fragrance Review
I'm a little late reviewing this fragrance. Honestly, it's been sitting here for a few months now, I meant to include it in all of the fragrance reviews I did this fall. But, writing about perfumes is not exactly easy, so it's been sitting in a box here.

I'm a bit sad that I didn't find it earlier because this really is a great fragrance! Cynthia Rowley says she wanted this fragrance to work for all the the women she designs for. Which I'm not sure what that means, because I'm still not sure who her target audience is. (Yes, that is a bit catty, and yes, I'm ending sentences inappropriately. However, I am not a professional writer, merely a blogger, and truly I do not know a grown woman that wears Rowley's clothes. I'm just saying.)

I've seen this fragrance described as "feminine and flirty, yet sophisticated," which sounds pretty appropriate. For me, this is a fragrance much like my beloved Bond No. 9 Eau de Noho. Both feature violet leaves heavily with a light floral to balance it and a base of Cashmere Woods. This fragrance starts out with a heavy Freesia note, which burns off in about 5-10 minutes leaving behind mostly Violet Leaves and a little bit of the Cashmere Wood. The Vanilla and Jasmine are also featured, creating a great violet scent that isn't too heavy.

Top Notes: Freesia, Citruses, Violet Leaf
Middle Notes: Lily, Water Lily, Jasmine
Base Notes: Musk, Cashmere Wood, Vanilla, Sandalwood

Overall I loved this fragrance, finding it perfect to wear during my work week. I only wish that it lasted a tad bit longer as it was pretty much gone by mid-afternoon.

Flower by Cynthia Rowley

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bond Girl 007

sniffer, review, perfume, fragrance

Looking at this bottle I'm really reminded of that Gaultier perfume that came out around the time Madonna was obsessed with his bra tops.... Other than that, I really wasn't sure what to expect from this perfume.

What exactly does a Bond Girl smell like? How can you capture that much sexiness into one perfume? It turns out, you make a woodsy, sultry perfume with just a hint of peach and floral. Initially I had more of the white peach note, making this a sultry fruity scent, but the peach faded after about half an hour. What was left had a bit of the patchouli, amber and some of the freesia.

Top Notes: White Peach, Orange Blossom
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Calypso Orchid, Freesia
Base Notes: Amber, Cashmere, Patchouli

After about thirty minutes the overall intensity of the fragrance faded, but it did stick around all day. Like a low level of sultriness around me. I thought this worked for the scent very well!

Bond Girl 007

Monday, September 22, 2008

Need a New Approach to Aging? Check Out the New Avon Rejuvenate Products

Avon Anew Rejuvenate, Retinoid
My favorite anti-aging products typically combine different approaches to aging, whether that is the immediate plumping effects of a moisturizing ingredient like Hyaluronic Acid (aka- Sodium Hyaluronate), preventative measure like an anti-oxidant or even better the only topical ingredient proven to decrease wrinkles, retinoids.

I'm also an obvious junkie for new products (hence, this blog which is a major source of fun and amusement for me), and lately it seems as though the new products that I get most excited about are the new anti-aging products.

So, I was pretty interested to try out the new Avon ANEW products. Say what you will about the "old" Avon, the image of women in little pillbox hats ringing your doorbell to sell a baby pink lipstick. The truth is that Avon has is a big company, with a lot of reseach and development money. And they use a lot of that money to create fantastic skin care products.

A quick glance at the list of ingredients below shows that both of these products are full of anti-oxidants, hydroxy acids and peptides. The Flash Facial even contains retinoids. That leaves very little room for improvement in terms of topical anti-aging power!

The products themselves are very nice to use. The cream and Flash Facial both sink into my skin completely and quickly. My skin is perfectly hydrated, without being overly greasy or too dry (not always possible with my combination skin, so this is quite a find!) While the cream is obviously thicker than the Flash Facial, they both do smell a bit like chemicals. That scent quickly fades once applied.

Honestly, these are both great products. You'd be hard pressed to find better. The only thing missing here is SPF 30 for daytime!

ANEW REJUVENATE Night Revitalizing Cream

ANEW Rejuvenate Revitalizing Cream Ingredients
PEG-8: Humectant; Solvent
Ethylhexyl Palmitate: emollient
Dimethicone: Occlusive
Isocetyl Stearate: emollient
Tromethamine: pH Buffer
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer: emulsifier
Dilauryl Thiodipropionate: Anti-Oxidant
Thiodipropionic Acid: Skin Conditioner
Chlorosalicylic Acid: Derivative of Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid
Eclipta Prostrata Extract: aka False Daisy, a skin conditioner
Gossypium Herbacem (cotton) Extract: Skin Conditioner
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7: Peptide
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, Anti-Oxidant
Sodium Hyaluronate: Hyaluronic Acid, Humectant
Squalane: emollient
Silica: Absorbant, Anti-Caking Agent, Bulking Agent
Di-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate: Film former, skin conditioner
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer: emulsifier and opacity agent
Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethlsiloxyethyl Dimethicone: surfactant
Caprylyl Glycol: humectant
Isoceteth-20: emulsifier, surfactant
PEG-100 Stearate: surfactant
Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer: silicone, conditioner
PEG-40 Stearate: surfactant
Polysorbate 60: emulsifier, surfactant
Glycerin: humectant
PEG/PPG-20/23 Dimethicone: emulsifier and conditioning agent
Butylene Glycol: humectant, conditioning agent and emulsifier
Steareth-20: surfactant
Phenoxyethanol: preservative
Titanium Dioxide

ANEW Rejuvenate Flash Facial Ingredients:
Glycerin: Humectant
Dimethicone: Occlusive
PEG-8: Humectant; Solvent
Pentylene Glycol: Solvent; Skin Conditioner
HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer: Anticaking agent
Butylene Glycol: Humectant, Skin Conditioner, Viscosity Agent
Silica: Absorbant, Anti-Caking Agent, Bulking Agent
Ethoxydiglycol: Humectant, Solvent, Viscosity Decreasing Agent
Phytol: Emollient, Skin Conditioner
Polymethyl Methacrylate: Film former
Gossypium Herceaum (Cotton) Extract: Skin Conditioner
Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extract: Skin Conditioner
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract: Emollient, Bulking Agent
Ascorbyl Palmitate: Vitamin C, Anti-Oxidant
Hydrolyzed Milk Protein: Skin Conditioner
Sodium Hyaluronate: Hyaluronic Acid, Humectant
Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract: Skin Conditioner
Andrographolide Plankton Extract: Skin Conditioner
Panthenol: Skin conditioning agent, Vitamin B derivative
Xymenynic Acid: emollient, skin conditioner
Retinyl Palmitate: Retinoid
Tocopheryl Acetate: Vitamin E, Anti-Oxidant
Beta-Carotene: Skin Conditioner
Bis-PEG-15 Dimethicone/IPDI Copolymer: Film Former
Dimethicone Crosspolymer: Emulsion Stabilizer
Glycereth-26: humectant
PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate: emollient, emulsifier
Steardimonium Hydroxypropyl Panthenyl PEG-7 Dimethicone Phosphate Chloride: Conditioning Agent
Menthyl Lactate: Fragrance Ingredient
Dimethiconol: Anti-foaming agent, emollient
Squalane: emollient
Polysorbate 60: emulsifying agent
Benzophenone-4: sunscreen agent
Phosphoric Acid: pH Buffer
Lecithin: Emulsifying agent, emollient
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate: emollient
Sodium Hydroxide: pH Buffer
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer: Emulsifier
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer: Emulsifier
Sodium polyacrylate: Film Former, Emulsifier
Phenoxyethanol: Preservative
Chlorphenesin: Anti-Microbial
Disodium EDTA: Chelating Agent, Viscosity Agent
Sodium Dehydroacetate: Preservative
Mica: Opacifier
Titanium Dioxide: Sunscreen Agent

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Great Eye Cream You Might Not Buy On Your Own: Avon's Ultimate Contouring Eye System

I'm finally kicking off my eye cream review series, hopefully I'll be posting at least one eye cream a week for quite a while!

I decided to start with one of my favorites that you might not decide to try out without hearing about it. Why not? Because it's from Avon. I know that a lot of us think of little old ladies selling Avon to supplement their income, but the company is truly not like that at all. I know quite a few people in their 20's and 30's that sell the line (especially after the launch of Mark), I have seen a few mall kiosk (and wish there were more), and you can even order products on-line now!

Truly, I love this Avon Eye System. Who can argue with getting not one but two different eye creams in one very reasonably priced package?

There truly are two different but related products within this package. The bottom cream is meant to be applied day and night, the top elixir (which I think is more like a balm) is applied over the cream at night. The cream is very silky and applies very well, it sinks in after a minute or so and is perfect for applying my concealer over! When the elixir is applied the area is much more greasy and takes about 10 minutes or so to sink in. But, you're going to bed so who cares?

I did definitely notice that the product resulted in plumping/firming of my undereye area. I have no wrinkles and only very mild discoloration (from blood vessels), so I can't comment on the effects on wrinkles and undereye circles. But, I could definitely see a difference between days I used the product and days that I forgot.

Mea Culpa: I have spent hours already going typing the ingredients out and looking them up, and I am quite frankly exhausted by it. I've identified many of them already in the cream portion, the elixir is very similar. Both contain a lot of botanical ingredients, anti-oxidants and peptides, making them great anti-aging preventative (rather than treatment) products. Both have a lot of moisturizing ingredients, which helps with plumping up the outer layers of the skin and producing immediate effects that you can see. As well, note that there are a few coffee derivatives- I think this is likely for the caffeine effects, which acts as a diuretic. Getting rid of excess fluid helps with any puffiness and helps to firm up the appearance of the skin (in a way that does not counteract the plumping from hydration, the two actions only help each other).

Cream Ingredients:
Glycerin: Humectant
Butylene Glycol: Humectant and Stabilizer
Cetearyl Alcohol: Thickening agent and emulsifier
Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate: film forming agent and solvent, thickener
Butyrosperimum Parkii (Shea Butter): emollient
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene: skin-conditioning agent and emollient
Petrolatum: occlusive and emollient
Dilauryl Thiodipropionate: stabilizer
Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil: Beefsteak plant (really), coloring agent
Polymethyl Methacrylate: a plastic often used as microbeads that may absorb oil
Phytol: an oil that when combined with Perilla oil (also present here) that helps to improve the appearance of skin through smoothing
Thiodipropionic Acid: antioxidant
Eclipta Prostrata Extract: "false daisy", provides antioxidant and antibacterial properties
Humulus Japonicus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract: a Japanese hop, has antibacterial properties
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-10: peptide
Heptapeptide-6: peptide
Palmitoyl Lysyl Aminovaleroyl Lysine
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract
Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract
Coffea Aribica (Coffee) Seed Oil
Punica Granatum Fruit Juice
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide: peptide
Crataegus Monogina Fruit Extract
Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract
Superoxide Dismutase: Anti-oxidant
Ceramide 2: Emollient
Saccharomycose Lysate Extract
Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract
Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract
Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract
Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate: yeast fermented, no known studies look at the different ferments though some think they work as anti-oxidants
PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol: emollient
Cetyl Hydoxyethylcellulose
Lactoferrin: antibacterial
Phopholipids: emollient
Glyceryl Polymethacrylate: lubricant
Behenyl Alcohol: thickening agent
PEG-60 Almond Glycerides: "mildness additive"
Ceteareth-20: emulsifier
Cetearyl Glucoside: emulsifier
Ozokerite: thickening agent
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, antioxidant
Polysorbate 60: very mild surfactant, emulsifier
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate: emollient
Polysorbate 20: very mild surfactant, emulsifier
Tribehenin: skin conditioner
Propylene Glycol: emollient
Ethoxydiglycol: solvent
Squalane: Occlusive
Carbomer: Thickening Agent
Potassium Hydroxide: pH Adjustor
Disodium EDTA: Chelating agent and chelator
Methylparaben: Preservative
Porpylparaben: Preservative
Imidazolidinyl Urea: Preservative

Elixir Ingredients:
Isononyl Isononanoate, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ozokerite, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, HDI/ Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil, Retinoxytrimethylsilane, Phytol, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Humulus Japonicus Flower/ Leaf/ Stem Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-10, Heptapeptide-6, Palmitoyl Lysyl Aminovaleroyl Lysine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Tocopherol, Ceramide 2, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT, Iron Oxides. Cream ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Neopentyl Glycol, Diheptanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Petrolatum, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phytol, Thiodipropinic Acid, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Humulus Japonicus Flower/ Leaf/ Stem Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-10, Heptapeptide-6, Palmitoyl Lysyl aminovaleroyl lysine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Juice, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Crataegus Monogina Fruit Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Ceramide 2, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lactoferrin, Phospholipids, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG 60 Almond Glycerides, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ozokerite, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 60, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polysorbate 20, Tribehenin, Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Squalane, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea

Avon's Ultimate Contouring Eye System

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Avon ANEW Clinical Advanced Dermabrasion System

It's hard to remember a year ago when I was willing to bet there were no good facial scrubs on the market, when now it seems as if I am surrounded by them! Here's another great one, perhaps the best one yet!

This is a very easy product to use- simply scrub your face for 2-3 minutes, rinse and that is it! The grit is small, evenly sized and not overly abrasive. I have been very impressed with the results of this product. It evenly exfoliates, leaving my skin smooth and glowing! It rinses off easily.

I think what really sets this scrub apart from others is the customization that is available. You can see from the picture here that this tube is actually two tubes in one. The white has a lower amount of grit, while the gray is more abrasive. You are meant to use the scrub every other day, and after 2 weeks of use to bump up to the next number. After the cycle is complete, let your skin rest and start again. I love that the dial slowly increases the amount of grit, allowing you to decide how strong you want your exfolation to be that day.

• Water
• Alumina (Aluminum Oxide): The crystals within the scrubs
• Polyethylene: a plastic that is commonly used in scrubs as abrasive as it can be easily made into small, very even spheres
• Dicaprylyl Maleate: A synthetic that mimic fractionated coconut oil
• Glycerin: Humectant
• Hydrogenated Polydecene: Emollient
• PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate: emulsifier, cleanser and stabilizer
• Cetyl Alcohol: Thickening Agent
• Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate: Emulsifier
• Corallina Officinalis Extract: Algae Extract, often used as a thickening agent but it does have anti-oxidant properties and contains many vitamins and minerals
• Crataegus Monogina Fruit Extract: Common Hawthorne, an antioxidant that is also thought to increase circulation
• Bisabolol: An anti-inflammatory, often from chamomile
• Panthenol: A form of Vitamin B5
• Dimethicone: A silicone
• Phosphoric Acid: A pH adjustor
• Carbomer: Thickening agent
• Petrolatum: Occlusive
• Acrylates Copolymer: A film-forming agent that leaves behind a light film, making your skin feel smooth
• Laramidoprophyl Betaine: A mild surfactant
• Sodium Hydroxide: Lye, a cleansing agent and pH adjustor
• Disodium EDTA: a stabilizer/chelating agent
• Phenoxyethanol: Preservative
• Methylparaben: Preservative
• Ethylparaben: Preservative
• Propylparaben: Preservative
• Fragrance

Glancing at the ingredients list you can see that there are a few ingredients which create the grit in this scrub, both of which are synthetic. I believe that it is easier to create small, evenly sized grit when you are creating it, rather than using a natural ingredient. In addition, this scrub does have quite a few moisturizing ingredients. Remember that they will be mostly washed off, but by combining moisturizers and gentle surfactants into the scrub Avon is aiming to create a gentle and moisturizing scrub.

Overall, this is a great facial scrub. It is also the least expensive of the three facial scrubs that I've reviewed and loved (the other two are Bioelements and Dr. Brandt), it is definitely worth checking out!

Avon ANEW Clinical Advanced Dermabrasion System