Master the No-makeup Trend

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One of my favorite shows of the 90’s was Full House.  I looked forward to the “TGIF” lineup every week.  I wanted to be DJ Tanner so bad.  She had the coolest teenager room and I loved her hair!  (Yes, I know – I’m a dork, but I digress.)  Being around the same age as DJ, I could empathize with much of her teenage drama.  One episode in particular stands out as I write this post.  She was entering junior high and thought the best way to fit in and look cool was to wear makeup…a LOT of makeup.  Needless to say her look was more clown than pretty.  She learned that the best approach to makeup is to look as though you are wearing none at all.  Now I love to try bold looks from time to time, but you just can’t be the classic “no-makeup” look.  Summer time is the perfect time to lighten up your look.  No one wants their face sliding half way off in the middle of a hot, humid day!

     Here are a few of my favorite products to achieve the no-makeup look:

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Starting out with a good foundation is key.  Avon’s Ideal Nude Liquid Foundation combines mattifying powder with featherlight water-based pigments for fresh and natural-looking coverage.

 

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Defining your brows is one of the most complementary tricks to enhance your face.  It can be a real game changer, especially if your hair is on the lighter side.

Make your eyes pop with a hint of color.  Eyeliner can sometimes be the difference in an awake face or a sleepy face.

Try Glimmersticks Liners for brows, lips & eyes!

 

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You can’t go wrong with a nude lip.  Avon’s True Color Lipstick comes in shimmer and satin shades.  My favorite?  “Blush Nude” in satin.

 

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“Polish” off your look with one of 31 shades in the True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel collection.  Try “Rose Quartz” or “Perfectly Flesh” for a perfect summer mani/pedi.

 

 

Show me how you rock the no-makeup trend.  Follow me on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter & be sure to tag @Avonsaralay. 

Shop anytime by visiting www.youravon.com/saralay.

 

 

Pout Perfect: Date Night Lips

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Shop True Color Lipstick

 

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Shop the Perfectly Matte collection

 

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Shop True Color Lip Crayon

 

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Shop Ultra Hydrating Lip Color

 

Whatever your lip look, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices.  Share your favorite date night look with me by tagging @AvonSaraLay on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Friday Focus: Watches

I love watches!  As a kid, I always wanted a Mickey Mouse watch.  There was just something about having that little guy on your wrist.  He was so cute and fun.  I still have my very first Mickey watch.  The face is quite tarnished, the poor band is barely hanging on and it no longer plays “It’s a Small World” as it once did, but I cherish it just the same.

Over the years, my watch tastes have changed.  There was even a period of time when I didn’t wear one.  (What was I thinking!) 

Avon has come to the rescue of my watch fetish.  The variety of choices is so great, you can wear a different one everyday!  Whether you’re going for a more fancy look, or just something casual for everyday, you’re sure to find just the one…or two…or five that will fit the bill.

I’m currently loving this watch.

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Here are a few more of my faves for spring & summer:

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What’s Bugging You

Weekends around our house are usually filled with chores that weren’t quite finished during the week.  This weekend included mowing the yard.  I generally volunteer for the task.  We use a push mower.  As much as I gripe to myself about having to put forth the effort, I really do love the exercise.  One day of mowing and I’ve well surpassed the 10,000 step goal!  This time of year though, outdoor activities of any kind can be a little less fun thanks to our flying insect friends.  #diemosquitodie

Thankfully, I remembered the Bug Guard!  What’s Bug Guard?  I’m so glad you asked!   It is Avon’s DEET-free line of insect repellents.  With the variety of products in this line, you’re sure to find just the right choice for you and your family.

 

If you prefer a lotion to a spray, then Bug Guard Plus IR3535 is your choice.  Available in 2 scents, both lotions are water resistant & provide SPF 30 protection.

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Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Expedition comes in a pump or aerosol spray.    Available in SPF 28 or SPF 30, these sprays offer protection from the sun and bugs.  Choose from scented or unscented.

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The strongest repellent in the Bug Guard line, offers Picaridin.  Picaridin is an alternative to DEET.  It has a low odor, with a light, clean feel.   This spray does not have SPF and is not water resistant.  It would be a great choice for a day of hiking in the woods or for that upcoming camping trip.  Those pesky bugs won’t stand a chance!

This item also comes in a handy towelette!

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So wherever your travels take you this summer, be sure to take along Bug Guard!

 

 

 

Monday Must-Haves

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Happy Monday!  (No sighing, it’s going to be a great day!) 

I want to share with you a few items that have the beauty world buzzing.   Avon has introduced some really great products to enhance your makeup look and also bring some freshness to your skin care regimen.

One of my favorites is the True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette.   I love the “Nude Muse” palette.  If you prefer and more light, romantic look, definitely give this one a try.

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Spring and summer are usually when I add more polish to my nails.  I’m also noticing that the older I get, the more brittle my nails are.  And it goes without saying, just how frustrating it can be to see chipping in your polish after only a few days.  That’s why another “must have” is the True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel.   A polish that lasts up to 12 days and increases nail strength by 80%?  Yes please!  Once that pedi is complete, here is a cute sandal to show off those fresh toes!

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As I’m sure you’ve heard before, good skin care is vital for makeup to look it’s best.  A new “it” thing now to try is the sheet mask.  This year, Avon introduced the Anew Brightening Sheet Mask with White Pearl Essence.  Simply unfold the mask and apply to a clean, dry face.  Relax for 15-20 minutes while the mask works.  Remove and massage in the remaining serum.  Use this a few times a week for instant glow!

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You’ll find the Platinum Night Cream in the Anew skincare collection.  Nightly use of this cream will result in fuller, smoother, brighter, firmer skin and contours.  Some results show overnight, but after 2 weeks, notice a more defined and sculpted jawline, with the bonus of dramatically reduced wrinkles. After 4 weeks of applying this anti-aging face cream every night, cheeks look lifted and reshaped and there is a visible reduction in sagging skin.

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What are some of your beauty must-haves?   Share your thoughts with @AvonSaraLay on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!

Refresh Your Beauty Bag

I recently came across my stash of various beauty products.  Between being an Avon Rep and also sampling new products through subscription services, I have quite the haul.  I like to rotate the products I use from time to time.  I am a certified “beauty junkie”, and I’m not ashamed to admit it!  What is it about rummaging through that collection of all those make-upy things that just brings absolute joy and pleasure?!   There’s also those not so great times when you reach the bottom of the stash, and find that old forgotten lip gloss that’s gotten so goopy you could plaster your walls with it.  Ha!

With spring here and summer time on the way (thank goodness!), now is a great time to consider changing up your beauty routine.  Let’s add some freshness to that beauty bag.  Right now select Avon makeup favorites are Buy 1 – Get 1 half price!

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While you’re shopping, be sure to take advantage of the True Color Spring Set“.  With any purchase of $40 or more it’s only $10!

true color spring setAvon True Color Spring Set includes:

  • Glazewear Lip Gloss in Mocha Latte  .21 oz. net wt.  $8 value
  • Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Blackest Night  Retractable.  .01 oz. net wt.  $7 value
  • Cosmetic Bag  10″L x 7″H. Polyester/cotton canvas lining. $15 value

 

 

Have a “beauty haul” of your own?  Share a pic of your stash with me by tagging @AvonSaraLay on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Beauty Battle: Knockout Pout

TEAM MATTE vs. TEAM GLOSS

Are you rooting for velvety smoothness or luminous moisture?

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If matte is your champ,  Avon and mark. are in your corner.    With 17 shades to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect “matte”.

 

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Prefer the look of gloss? Then prepare to score big!  Right now, select makeup faves are Buy 1 Get 1 half price!  My personal favorite?  Avon True Color Glossy Tube Lip Gloss Moisturizing, vitamin-infused lip gloss in high-shine shades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll Be Beautiful

It’s not the coolest sounding of names, but “Albee” is pretty popular in the Avon world.  You see, she (that is Mrs. Albee) was the very first “Avon Lady”.

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Armed with her iconic parasol, Mrs. Albee would walk door to door selling perfume and recruiting new Representatives.  Her influence was so great, that since 1969, Avon has awarded “Mrs. Albee” statues to top sales reps.

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Her legacy is what continues to drive each of us within the Avon family.  So when it came time to create a title for my Avon blog, it seemed only fitting to pay homage to this matriarch of direct sales.  The name “Albee Beautiful”, if you say it just right almost sounds like “I’ll Be Beautiful”, at least to my ear.   I thought that pretty appropriate for a blog seeking to help each of us find our own “beautiful”.