Beautiful Beauty Bloggers: Top Ten mark.Avon + Avon products I use

5Today is the last day of Pearls and Polkadots’ second volume of “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers” series and although I’m sad to end this wonderful series, I am so happy to provide to you my own beauty post! I love doing series like this with wonderful guest posters and I have found such great beauty blogs through this…which is why I did the second volume!

I am not a beauty blogger by any standards. However, I am a woman who wears and uses makeup on a daily basis, and being a fan of style and fashion, I like to use makeup to compliment my fashion as well. Whether you are big into makeup or not, these products can be used in a multitude of ways, and I am going to show you which ones I love best today.

Why choose mark.Avon/Avon makeup? 

I began using these brands in high school when my Mom signed on as a brand rep. She sells it, so not only did I receive a discount, I had a primary expert on the different products that were available. Once I began to use it (near the beginning of my makeup wearing days), I fell in love with a lot of products in the catalogue. I order regularly and love the quality that Avon provides to me.

Eyes

I don’t tend to rock the eye make up too, too often. Why? I find it to be a hassle, and since I am not amazing at applying eye makeup, I often skip this step in my routine. However, when I am feeling up to it and have a little time, I jump to these products by mark.Avon and Avon.

“On the Edge” Liquid Eyeliner – this liquid liner is my absolute go to. I love the Cleo colour and how it looks so smooth on my eyes. I am terrible with pencil eyeliner, so I converted to liquid liner a long, long time ago. I have tried numerous liquid liners, but this is by far my favourite.

The best thing about this liner is how easy it is to take off. I hate when makeup doesn’t come off easily – I don’t like spending twenty minutes before bed chipping my makeup off, but this eyeliner slides right off with a little eye makeup remover, and in five minutes, you are ready for bed!

“Big & Daring” Volume Mascara – I have been using this mascara for about a year now (not the same one, of course) and I haven’t had any reason to switch. This mascara leaves my lashes nice and full and doesn’t weight them down.

Time and time again, I have used mascaras that either clump or feels heavy on my lashes. It almost mimics a “cakey” feeling on my lids, and that is something that I like to avoid (who doesn’t?). This mascara is light and full which is a highlight for me…

True Colour Eye shadow Quad – this is probably my favourite eye product. Why? Well I will tell you. This eye shadow quad palette is numbered. This is great for a makeup-newbie like me, because I know what can go where. This quad comes in all different shades. My favourite is “Mocha Latte” (not pictured).

Cheeks

I love to wear blush and bronzer (especially in the Winter) to give my face some colour. When the sun goes away (or the hot sun, I should say), the colour is pretty much drained from my face and I rely heavily on products like blush and bronzer to liven up my skin!

Glow Bronzing Pearls – this product is fabulous. If you don’t like a really heavy applied bronzer, this is your product. Because the bronzer is distributed in pearl form, it doesn’t cake on your brush, resulting in a heavy tanned look on your skin. I find that this gives great colour on the skin (and depending on how much you put on the apples of your cheeks, you don’t necessarily need blush).

Touch & Go Shimmer Cream Cubes – I don’t use this product as much anymore…but this was my go-to blush in high school. Why don’t I use it as much anymore? Well, I am lazy and haven’t ordered a new one yet…but this pretty much replaces the need for blush.

Because it comes in a multitude of coloured cubes, it gives you not just one shade, it gives you multiple. It also provides the opportunity for you to mix them together, coming up with a unique shimmer shade for your cheeks. Similar to the bronzing pearls, the cream cubes go on lightly and blend the colour into your skin – just what you want!

Face

Unfortunately, my most favourite foundation was discontinued by Avon last year and I have been scrambling and jumping around to try and find one that I love just as much (have not accomplished that yet). However, there are still some facial products from this brand that I use on a daily basis.

Extra Lasting Concealer – I only tend to wear concealer on my ‘running on four hours of sleep’ days. However, it’s not just for those times you need to cover up your dark circles. If I am going out, I will use it as a highlighter under my eyes to brighten up my skin (a trick I learned from my fellow beauty bloggers…).

This concealer really does what it says it does – lasts. I don’t have to worry about reapplying throughout the day, it stays exactly where I put it on in the morning (provided I don’t actually touch my skin…but that goes without saying for any type or brand of makeup).

MagiX Face Perfecter SPF 20 – my face tends to experience shine in multiple areas on my face (bridge of my nose, apples of my cheeks, chin), and this is the product to minimizing it. I like to use a combination of this face perfector, as well as a setting powder on my entire face.

I have been using this for awhile now. This is a staple product for me in the Summer…why? The SPF that is included within the cream. I am so pasty and subject to burning frequently, so SPF in any facial product I use is extremely important. SPF 20 for my face is good and keeps me from burning to a crisp in the hot, hot sun.

Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation – I don’t use this as my primary foundation. I find that I need liquid foundation to cover all my imperfections (that I see, at least) and powder doesn’t work for that as well (on me). However, I like using this as a finishing powder. I always buy this powder in a slightly lighter shade than my foundation, so that afterwards I can dust it on lightly and it will lighten my skin a bit.

It’s interesting because one day, I will put on the bronzer to tan myself…but other days, I don’t really feel like appearing tan or “bronzed”, so I use the lighter powder foundation to finish off my light skin look.

Lips

I cannot leave the house without a little lip colour. Lip colour is extremely important to me for my outfit posts that I do daily for my Instagram account (click here to check it out). I love rocking different colours each day like red, hot pink, even peach! Avon is my primary source for lipstick, since I love how it glides onto my lips so easily and it lasts as well!

Ultra Colour Lipstick – Whether I am rocking a matte or satin lipstick, this is the stick I go for. I have colours such as “Matte Ruby”, “Berry Berry Nice”, or “Rosedew”…and all three are the perfect shades. I was recently looking for classic red lipstick, and the colour that I couldn’t stop wearing was Avon’s “Matte Ruby” – it is my favourite red stick and I have been using it non-stop this year (not pictured).

Ultra Colour Indulgence Lip Colour – I don’t really prefer this over my previous lip pick,  but I will say that this stick’s colour tends to come out more vibrantly. Whereas the colours are a bit muted in the Ultra Colour Lipstick, this lip colour is very bright and ‘in your face’. They both last equally well, but my favourite feature of this colour stick is how compact it is.

It fits right into your clutch, whereas the Ultra Colour Lipstick is more bulky (more suited for large totes or makeup bags).

There are my top ten favourites… 

I love collecting makeup (even though I am not the best at doing it) and so happy that I got to host these four lovely ladies this week! Look forward for volume three of the “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers” series coming to you soon!! I love the feedback I get from the series, and love to unite bloggers together from different niches, so hopefully we can do this again for you guys!

If you want to dive into the world of mark. by Avon and Avon…check out their site here and find a brand rep in your area!!

Beautiful Beauty Bloggers V2: How to Get the Most Out of Your Beauty Products – Guest Post

Beautiful Beauty Bloggers - Day 4Today is the fourth day of Pearls and Polkadots’ “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers: Volume 2” series! I have Adrianna from East Eclectic  guest posting today! All of her posts are full of life and inspiration and I certainly recommend hopping on over to her blog to give some of her posts a read! Adrianna is going to tell you a little bit about some DIY methods to making your beauty products last (and do a little myth busting as well…)


There are tons of tips on how to save money by creating DIY combinations of your leftover beauty products. The bad news? Most of them don’t work. The good news? I tried six of them so that you don’t have to!

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1. Eye drops x Mascara

This has been making rounds on the web for years. The idea is that by adding eye drops or saline solution to a dried out mascara, you can revive the old tube and keep using it.

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This does work, and very well, however you should not be using this to add moisture back to old mascara. Mascara should not be used for longer than three months, so if any of your tubes are this old, just buy a new one.

However, some mascaras (especially the ‘natural’ mascaras like the one pictured) start drying out after only a month, and in circumstances like those, adding some eye drops or saline totally helps. I used some anti-allergy eyedrops I had on hand. Pictured below is with and without the addition of eye drops:

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2. Chapstick x Lipstick

For this one I used a bit of Covergirl lip balm, that was just sitting in my drawer, going unused, and an E.L.F. lipstick, that I wasn’t too crazy about.

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I used the end of a plastic spoon to scoop out the balm from its container and to break off part of the lipstick. I put them both in a small ceramic saucer and placed them in the microwave for 30 seconds, until they were all melty.

I poured it into a small, clean eye shadow container and let it sit for five minutes, until it was cooled. This worked perfectly well, it created a nice tinted balm. I’d recommend using a softer lipstick though, the one I used was a lip crayon, and while this did work, I’d prefer it were a little easier to spread.

3. Eyeshadow x Clear Coat

The next thing I tried was creating my own nail polish color. It has been rumored that if you mix an eyeshadow color with some clear nail polish, you can create an all new polish.

This is pretty plausible, but didn’t work for me. I tried this two times, one with a regular eye shadow from the pan and another with a fine loose glitter.

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The regular eyeshadow, the blue one to the left, was quite a challenge. First, I emptied the eye shadow from the pan into a paper bowl. I mashed the eyeshadow into powder, and then poured in some clear coat. This one came out lumpy and was really hard to spread on the nail. I did like the color but I just couldn’t get the eye shadow back into a fine enough powder.

The next one I tried was with a very fine gold glitter powder. Since it was already in powder form, I just mixed it with the clear coat in another bowl.

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This one came out way better, and was much less clumpy. However, it was still pretty difficult to spread, even when I added more clear coat.

The myth? Plausible. You can make your own polish color, yes, but I think you’re better off just looking for the color you love. Nail polish comes in SO many colors now and there are tons of super affordable options.

4. Foundation x Moisturizer

The purpose of this combination is to create a sheer foundation look with moisturizer mixed in to your foundation. This is something I do a lot of days when I’m in a rush or can’t find/ don’t have a light BB cream on hand.

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By mixing in some moisturizer to your foundation, you lighten the coverage, make it easier to spread and don’t risk drying out the skin.

This did work for me, but since I do this quite often, I wasn’t expecting it not to. I think this is a perfect alternative if you only have heavy coverage foundations on hand or your skin has been drier than usual. It does take a few extra minutes to set, but nothing major. Here’s with the lotion added (top swatch) and the original foundation (bottom swatch):

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5. Bronzer x Lotion

Don’t try this at home, seriously. It’s awful. The bronzer doesn’t spread evenly and gets really sticky when mixed with lotion. Just buy a self-tanner and skip this awkward mess.

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6. Hair Dye x Shampoo

When you bleach your hair, in order to get rid of the brassy tones, it’s recommended that you use a purple shampoo to help tone the hair. By mixing leftover purple hair dye with shampoo, you can supposedly “create your own”.

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This was another fail.

The dye stains your hands and skin, and doesn’t do a great job of toning. Instead of wasting perfectly good hair dye and shampoo, save your leftover dye (it’s not going to go bad) for another dye job and just buy the purple shampoo.

7. Lotion x Perfume

My last and final experiment was mixing unscented lotion with perfume, the purpose being to prolong use of a perfume sample.

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This did work, however I don’t like to put lotion on before I go out somewhere, so it wasn’t a great fit for me. However, if you have a tube of unscented lotion and you’d like to make use of a perfume sample, use about 1/3 of a tube for every 8 ounces of lotion.

I didn’t notice any change in consistency in the lotion I used with the perfume tester, and this is a good way to add a fragrance you like to any lotion, especially if many fragrance additives in scented lotion irritate you.

Have you guys tried any of these DIY hacks? Did any of them work for you? Let me know in the comments below…


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Beautiful Beauty Bloggers V2: 5 Minute Makeup – Guest Post

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Today is the third day of Pearls and Polkadots’ “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers: Volume 2” series! I have Elle from Elle Sees guest posting today! Elle shares amazing tips for doing your makeup, hair and style. Her passion for blogging is so admirable, and I am so glad to have her here today to show you a few products!


Hey you! I’m Elle, and I blog at Elle Sees. It’s your one stop spot for all things beauty. I’ve got reviews, DIY beauty products, tips+tricks, and tutorials for hair, makeup, nails, and skin care. Stop by and check it out!

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Today I’ve got my foolproof 5-minute makeup routine for y’all! If I’m not testing out beauty products, you can find me in Atlanta at my day job: a nanny! I’m on the go and want quick makeup to keep up with the little ones. The key is to have a bag or box with these essentials—just grab and go and you’ll be ready in no time!

Here are the products and the steps I do, but choose what works for you:

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BB or CC Cream – moisturizes, protects, and lightly blur imperfections.

Concealer – necessity for hiding dark circles – I suggest a peachy corrector. Try Bare Minerals, Bobbi Brown, It Cosmetics.

Cream Shadow – look more awake with a satin shadow slightly lighter than your skin tone or try a brown or taupe for those days when you want to look like you put in more effort 😉

Mascara – sometimes just curling the lashes works wonders, but I swear by a coat of mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Cheek/Lip Tint – 2 products in one! I love Stila’s Convertible Color, but try Be a Bombshell’s The One Stick, NARS Multiple, Benetint, Sonia Kashuk.

Lip Crayon – okay, I admit, I will skip the blush if I’m in a hurry, but I’ve gotta have some color on my lips. These require no mirror, no sharpening, and no skill, plus they come in a variety of colors/finishes. Try Revlon, Neutrogena, Jordana

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Beautiful Beauty Bloggers V2: Top Five Fall Picks – Guest Post

Beautiful Beauty Bloggers - Day 2Today is the second day of Pearls and Polkadots’ “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers: Volume 2” series! I have Heather from Crazy Beautiful Makeup guest posting today! Heather is a wonderful make up artist and beauty blogger and never disappoints with her fun posts!! Her reviews are not ones to miss and I am overjoyed to have her posting about a few products today!

Hey everyone – I am Heather from Crazy Beautiful Makeup and today, I will be showing you my Top 5 Picks for Fall!
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My Picks:

1. Jaclyn Hill & Becca Glow Palette – $34.00 – Sephora.com

Contains three beautiful shades. You are getting the new Pearl, LE Champagne Pop and LE Warm Cooper. These are a must have for all beauty lovers!

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2. Buxom Lips Say it All – $18.00 – Sephora.com
This is the perfect shade for Fall. This combination is beautiful and sold at such an amazing price point!
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3. Makeup Forever 15 Artist Palette – $59.00 – Sephora.com
This palette doesn’t just contain a few bright shades, but some beautiful, wearable, every day colors. You can find that beautiful cranberry shade for Fall in this palette as well. I think all beauty lovers need to grab this palette while it is still available!
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4. Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder – $39.00 – Sephora.com
This is the perfect skincare line for the changes in seasons. You are getting all of these amazing products (to sample) and trust me, I have fallen in love with every single one of them. Plus, this makes a great gift for all the women in your life!
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5. Self Made Palette – $35.00 – anastasiabeverlyhills.com
This palette is worth every single penny. It is so beautiful, and again, has wearable colors (with a few fun pops of color). This palette contains Pink Champagne, which is my all-time favourite shadow from ABH. I know that if you try it, you will fall in love with it as well.
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I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Picks for Fall, and will take advantage of the Sephora VIB Sale starting very soon! I know I have more things on my list, and am happy that I have these 5 items in my beauty arsenal already!
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Beautiful Beauty Bloggers V2: Fall Inspired Face of the Day f. Lorac Pro 2 Palette – Guest Post

22 Today is the first day of Pearls and Polkadots’ “Beautiful Beauty Bloggers: Volume 2” series! I have Katie from From my Vanity guest posting today! Katie is great at doing her makeup and the tips she gives are amazing!! I am over the moon to have her guest post for you guys today to show you some very useful and cool products, as well as show you exactly how she does her eye make up so beautifully!


Beautiful Beauty Bloggers - From My Vanity - Face of the Day With fall finally in the air and the weather cooling down here in Virginia, I am excited to dive into the deeper, fall-ish colors in my eye shadow palettes (not that I stayed away from my smokey green eyes during the spring and summer…but, at least now I’m ‘in trend’, right? 😛 )

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For today, if you haven’t figured out from the title, I wanted to use a hunter-green eye shadow from LORAC for my fall-inspired face of the day. I love playing with green eye shadows – it brings out the color of my eyes – and am slowly growing an extensive green eye shadow collection (both singles and palettes).

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I’m using a lot of favorites when it comes to the makeup brands I used to create this look – both high-end and drugstore. The LORAC Pro 2 eyeshadow palette is a new addition to my collection that I purchased a few weeks ago and I have been loving it! I can’t rave about LORAC’s Pro eyeshadow formula enough. Yes, it’s very soft and can get messy if you’re rough when picking up shadow, but they are so pigmented and very easy to blend out seamlessly. I own 6 palettes from their Pro line and love each one!

Yes, I’m starting to ramble (I tend to that when I get excited about a product, sorry!) so let’s reel it back in and run through all the products I used to create this look! 🙂

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FACE

Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime Blur & Smooth Primer (Not pictured…oops!)

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Light Beige

Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in Sand

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Medium/Deep

Sigma Powder Blush in Heavenly

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Finishing Spray

EYES

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Collection in Deep Forest

LORAC Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

L’Oreal Infallible Gel Laquer Liner 24hr in Blackest Black

L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner in Black

Maybelline the Rocket Volum’ Express in Very Black

LIPS

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Addiction

LASplash Cosmetics Lip Couture Liquid Lipstick in Innocent Vixen

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I’m pretty basic when it comes to my FACE routine. I always like to prep with a primer since I have combination/oily skin type and after all the work I put into it…I don’t want it going anywhere! Then I use my favorite foundation at the moment and my holy grail Maybelline Fit Me concealer to cover any spots and my dark under eyes. From there I just set everything with a light powder – I highly recommend this one from Rimmel! – and finish off with a bit of contour and just a touch of blush. Oh! And can’t forget the finishing spray to lock everything in place!

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The EYES are pretty easy and uncomplicated – all I did was prime and then prep with the Color Tattoo pot and then I packed Jade onto the lid, blended out the crease with Lt. Brown, deepened up the outer corner just a hair with Black, and highlighted my brow bone with Buff. That’s it for the eye shadows, really easy, right?! I finished off the look with winged liner, tight line, mascara, and just a hint of Jade and Lt. Brown blended out on the lower lash line to bring everything together.

For the LIPS, I decided to go very nude (which is uncommon for me…in the fall, all I want to wear are the deep, vampy colors!). I warmed up my lips by filling them in with the Rimmel lip liner before I topped it off with a very nude, mattifying liquid lipstick from LASplash Cosmetics.

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And there you have it – you’re ready to rock this beautiful, chilly weather totally on trend with this green, fall-inspired face of the day! I’d love to know what YOUR go-to fall eye shadow color is. Is it green, like me? Orange? Brown? Cranberry? Let me know in the comments below! And do you have a favorite eye shadow palette that focuses on all fall-inspired colors? Let me know so I can go get my hands on it!! 😉


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