This is a story about changing the perspective, or better said, perception of a brand. Until recently I always thought of Avon as a brand for older ladies who prefer to buy make-up and cosmetics out of the comfort of their own home. But then I stumbled upon their leave-in conditioner a couple of years back when I went on vacation without any and borrowed it from a friend. And guess what? I absolutely loved it! And a couple of weeks later I learned another piece of information – my mother-in-law is actually an “Avon lady”.
And yes, I started using a number of hair and body products from Avon but remained hesitant when it came to make-up. But again – I dove right in and this is the mini Avon haul from last week.
First up, I picked up a scented body spritz called Vibrant (orchid and blueberry). It has a very distinctive smell of alcohol when you first apply it but turns into a nice flowery smell afterwards. Being a body mist, it doesn’t last that long, so make sure you apply it right before you want to be smelling good. I found it especially refreshing during the last few warmer days when I needed to freshen up.
The story is similar with the Sparkly Citrus Eau de toilette. It has a verystrong citrusy smell in the beginning but it fades out quickly – on my skin, it only lasts about 2-3 hours. It would be a nice purse bottle if it only came with a cap. But it doesn’t so it’s impossible to carry around. This is also a negative from the aesthetical point of view – it doesn’t look very nice next to my other perfume bottles, so I will not be making a repeat purchase. I will be trying the Parisian Chic Eau de Perfume though, because the tester they sent me smells absolutely beautiful – it’s more of a flowery smell (to me, it smells like raspberries and roses), but I still think this could be my fall/winter smell for when I’m feeling a bit down. Do you have a pick-me-up scent?
Following the August favorites theme here, I picked up two nail products – first one being a Nailwear pro polish in Racy. The color is a deep plum, which again makes me think of falling leaves and young wine. I haven’t worn it yet but have swatched it – it’s really intense and will probably require only one coat, which is a plus in my book.
Next up in the nail section, I purchased the Nail Experts Liquid Freeze for quick drying of nail polish. I know I raved about the Essie Good to Go in the August favorites, but a cheaper alternative would be welcome. Well, this stuff isn’t it. It’s impossible to control the spraying action because when spraying from about 20 cm away (there are no directions so I just went with the feeling) you get this stuff all over your entire hands. It’s oily and it makes weird bubbles on my nails which means I had to repeat the entire manicure. So thanks, but no thanks. If anyone wants it, let me know – maybe you can make it work.
I also got the “Ideal flawless” (OMG!) CC cream. I have owned a BB cream before but never a CC one. First impression of this product is not a very positive one – it’s very sheer so it gives almost no coverage and I think it broke me out on the drier areas of my face. I will continue to use it, so sooner or later it will find its way to my empties or some other less favorable post.
Last but not least I picked up three eye products, but I only have opinions on two of them since I haven’t opened the Supershock mascara just yet – I have so many opened ones that I really need to get through them first. Along with the mascara I purchased two liners – the Glimmerstick Brights and the SuperExtend Liquid Eyeliner. All I can say about these two is that they are both doing their job. The liquid eyeliner has a really nice felt-tip point which makes for a simple cat eye. It’s also quite pigmented and doesn’t smudge or budge during the day. On the other hand, the Glimmerstick is a bit creamier but also glides on really well. I was afraid of it being heavy on glitter but no, no such thing. To be honest – none of these products is anything to write home about – I would compare the quality to Catrice or similar less expensive brands.