Hello my beautiful friends! Jfay here, from my makeup studio, getting in the groove for Spring! How about you? Getting Spring Fever and ready for some fabulous adventures? I know I am!
And when I’m ready to head out for fun adventures, I certainly do not want to be taking all day to put my face together. I like to look fabulous without having to take take a million steps or use a ton of product. I’m sure you most likely feel the same way.
That’s why I keep singing the praises of my very favorite foundation that simplifies my beauty routine tremendously. For me it’s like a concealer, primer, color corrector, foundation, and powder all in one convenient compact. It’s Avon’s new FMG Cashmere Complexion Compact Powder Foundation.
The formulation is just about magical. You can use it damp or dry. I usually do both, but either way, it always helps me look so much better.
Here’s how my flawless skin look starts out:
Not so flawless looking. I have quite a bit of unevenness and redness, but not for long! I already began applying my foundation to one side of my face here with a damp sponge. This compact comes with it’s own awesome sponge, and I use that for my dry application.
You can see as I’m applying this under my eye how it’s covering up the redness.
I use this powder foundation on my eyelid area as well. It’s great as a primer. This is literally the only product that I use on my face to achieve flawless looking skin. I have shown you the Cashmere Complexion Concealer that I have used as well, but most days I do not have to use that at all with this powder foundation. It evens my skin-tone, the redness is gone, my eyelids are primed for eyeshadow, I just love it!
Looking better already! I’m now going over my face with the dry sponge that comes with the compact. I sometimes wait to do this till after I’ve applied the rest of my makeup to clean up any eyeshadow spillage or tone down my blush.
But you can see that my skin looks much more even now after applying the powder foundation with my slightly damp sponge. It is not cakey at all and to me looks very natural. There is a great color chart to follow to find your perfect shade – You can find it here (Just click on the color chart pictures to enlarge them). My shade is C110 Cool/Light with rosy undertone. It’s also known as Shortcake!
I hope you find your perfect Foundation/Skin Tone match and give this a try for yourself.
Be sure to check my next blog post coming up regarding this gorgeous new lipstick I’m wearing! If you saw my latest Avon Beauty Haul post, you’ll already know which one it is!
Till next time, stay fabulous!
Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative USA
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How do you treat your neck and chest areas? Do you give them full attention or forget about them?
I always remember someone saying a long time ago that you can tell a woman’s age by her neck, and I’ve never forgotten that. It’s one of those things that always stuck in my head and I have been determined ever since to not let my neck look like yuck. Haha! Some things we can not help as we mature, but we can certainly at least try to keep and preserve as much as possible. It’s just like another old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
So, what do I do to try to preserve my neck and chest areas as much as possible? For starters, I try to keep it as simple and easy as I do my facial care, which actually, I treat my neck and chest exactly as I do my face. That makes everything easy and seamless, and makes it so that I never forget.
The Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser is so luxe (and it’s on sale for $11.00 right now). It’s like a whipped cream texture and cleans so delicately, smells so good, and leaves my skin feeling moisturized. Love this so much. And I love my Physiogel just as much. The one I’m holding here is the facial lotion. I like this one, but I prefer the cream, so next order I’m going back to the cream, just because it is more luxe and I like the feel of it just a bit more, but they are both wonderful. The cream and lotion. So great for sensitive skin like I have. I smooth this all over my face, neck, and chest areas. Here’s what Avon says about their Physiogel line. You’ll love this:
Our Physiogel BioMimic Technology™ contains lipids that are similar to those found naturally in skin that help repair and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, restoring the hydration your skin needs to stay strong and visibly healthy.
I’m linking you to the entire Physiogel Line so you can choose your favorite(s). They also have this in body lotion. So awesome!
Okay, so now we’re all cleansed and lotioned, what’s next? Well, if you’re of a certain age, you may want to go one step further and perhaps use a firming cream.
My choice is Avon Solutions Dramatic Firming Cream. This helps restore the elasticity of your skin. And super bonus, this is very, very affordable. Like $7.99 affordable right now. And again, great for sensitive skin. I have very sensitive skin, so anything I show you here that I am using, my skin loves it. Here is Avon’s description of this product:
BENEFITS • Collagen helps keep skin firm and resilient • Vitamin E helps provide antioxidant protection • Vitamin A helps smooth skin • Pomegranate extract helps firm skin • Dermatologist-tested, allergy-tested • Phthalate-free, sulfate-free, petroleum-free
I like to use this Dramatic Firming Cream along my jaw-line downward. Sometimes up a bit on my cheeks, but it’s not to be used around the eyes.
And there you go. Easy-peasy, and does not take very long. Just include your neck and chest in your regular routine to keep those areas’ skin looking as fresh as your face.
Now, if you want extra bonus points, here are a couple more neck and chest beauty ideas for you.
I also use Avon’s Isa Knox Collagen products several times a week, which includes their Micro-Needling Polisher and Collagen Boosting Ampules.
When I’m exfoliating my face with the Microneedling Polisher (don’t worry, it’s very gentle), I bring on down my neck and onto my chest area.
Here is Avon’s description for you:
A highly effective combination of gentle exfoliators, including diamond powder and perlite, polishes away dull skin cells, diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and improves the appearance of pores for a smoother, more youthful look. You’ll see radiance reignited, fine lines and wrinkles reduced and skin re-plumped…and remarkably renewed.
This product is so popular that right now you have to Join the Waitlist, which I highly recommend. This is so fabulous.
I also love the Collagen Booster Ampules, but there is not very much serum in each Ampul, so it makes it as far as my jawline. You could open an extra one for your neck I suppose. I just treat these like extra special treasures. But I do follow up my neck and chest exfoliation with the Physiogel. My skin feels like silk after I use these products. I know I’ve told you that before, but someone may not have read my past posts. I use the Isa Knox Collagen Boosting routine about 3 times a week. These products are sold separately. The Collagen Booster Ampules are in stock and available. Again, great for my sensitive skin, so I highly recommend.
I include the neck area into my facial exercises. See — always treat your neck as you do your face. You’re neck with thank you!
And one of my last tips for neck and chest beautification is for when you’re applying your makeup. I’m sure everyone knows to blend your makeup down your jawline and have it gently fade so that there is no line distinction between your face and neck, right? Well, I also use Avon’s Magix Dust Finishing Powder to help with that issue, as well as give a beautiful smooth/finished look to my neck (and chest, if it’s showing).
This Magix Dust is wonderful! It’s made with precious gems. Here’s Avon’s description for you:
Ultrafine precious gems, crystals and minerals combine for an ethereal glow that’s pure Magix.
This weightless mineral powder formula sets makeup, diffuses light, visibly blurs pores, controls shine and blends effortlessly to create a silky feel and a naturally glowing soft matte finish. With antioxidant green tea extract to enhance and smooth skin. .21 oz. net wt.
Magix Dust is on sale right now for $13.99. In our next campaign there is going to be an offer for the Magix Dust + the Avon Pro Powder Brush that I’m using. The set will be $21.50, and is a $35.00 value. I’ll post that when it goes up.
Okay! So we’ve gone through neck and chest cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliating, toning, and finishing. It’s really not hard to do when you incorporate it into your regular facial routine.
I hope you’ve found some inspiration from today’s post. I love sharing fun and helpful ideas with you. Let me know what you use in your routine. I love to hear good tips as well.
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Ever had one of those days – or weeks? You can see that I certainly have. I am now on the road to recovery, thank goodness, but it’s been a very trying time for your ol’ Jfay here. I caught some type of bug on a recent road trip and it really took it’s toll on me. But in my always fighting fashion, as soon as I was feeling a bit better, and took a look at myself, I was like, “You need to pull yourself together, girlfriend!”. No doubt….
And you know what? It made me feel better. There’s just something about pulling it together and getting made up that changes my whole demeanor. How about you? No matter the situation – getting over an illness, inclement weather days, lock-downs, just whatever. When I’m feeling low, and looking even lower, it’s always great to take some time to pep myself up.
Once I made up my mind that I was ready to pull myself together, I first began with my skin. I of course was able to still wash and moisturize (barely..), but I used my Isa Knox Polisher and Collagen Booster Serum Ampules the night before to help my skin look better. I love this stuff so much. You’ll have to check out my blog post about this dynamic duo.
So, now time to get all prettied up! After washing my face, I then moisturized with my favorite moisturizer Physiogel Moisture Therapy, and knew that my skin was going to need some help in the brightness department, so I also applied VDL Lumilayer Primer Fresh for a bit of luster and more healthy radiance.
Next to foundation:
As you can see, I love my Cashmere Complexion Compact Powder Foundation. I first apply it with a damp sponge for full coverage, and then I go back over it with the dry sponge that comes with the compact to set and finish. It works just like a foundation (damp) and a setting powder (dry). There is great coverage without looking cakey or overly made up. There, already looking better. I use the C110 Cheesecake shade.
Okay! Let’s get something going on with those eyes.
Now let’s really add some color back to my face, beginning with some eyeshadow. I have to have eyeshadow.
Looks like I jumped ahead a step and put on some blusher first. I’ll show you that in just a minute.
But for my eyes, I chose the Avon Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Qaud in Purple Haze. There are 10 Quads to chose from, and they’re curated in shades that go very well together for easy application. I thought a pop of purple would go well with my shirt, and I like wearing a dark gray right around my eye to help accentuate my brown eyes.
Let’s put some color on those lips!
I chose to wear Avon’s True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit Blush which is very very pretty, but a little bright for the pink in my shirt, so I topped that with Avon True Color Lipstick in Frostiest Mauve. Perfect! The True Color Lipsticks are on Final Sale it looks like. So if you’d like to get some Frostiest Mauve for yourself, better get it while it’s still available. Avon is adding a lot of new lipstick formulas, which is very exciting, but I’ll miss some of my favorites.
The True Love Multi Palette is so cute and filled with 4 shimmery colors that can be used on both your cheeks and eyes. I wanted to try it out on my cheeks. I just kind of swirled the colors together and applied to my cheeks, forehead, and around my lower chin area. I really like the way it made my skin look more luminous, and certainly like I had healthy color back in my face. I’m really pleased with it, and glad I got myself this palette. I do not know how long it will be around since it was just released with the Valentine’s goodies, so if you’re interested you may want to snag one now while you can.
And my MOST favorite mascara – Love at First Lash. I couldn’t do without this. It really makes my lashes stand out with little effort on my part. I do not like to curl my lashes, and the Love at First Lash Mascara doesn’t seem to care. It does it’s job and makes my lashes stand out with just one coat. Two coats are really popping.
And here I am — feeling (and hopefully looking) like myself again.
It truly is amazing – the power of skincare and makeup.
Everything I use now for my skincare and makeup is Avon. I am not only a Representative, but a very devoted customer. Since going in all Avon, I really feel that it has been very transformative to me, for both my skin and my looks.
I love the ease at which I can use my Avon cosmetics and makeup. I like to look great, but not have to take 10 hours to get ready with so many layers, steps, and such. Know what I mean? Simple, easy, and very fine products.
Okay gang, I’m off for now. Hoping to feel better and better every day now. And this little skincare and makeup boost was just what I needed to help me go further in that direction.
I hope you take time to fix yourself up and feel fabulous too, no matter what the situation. It’s great therapy! Hey, there ya go – Beauty Therapy!
That’s exactly what I told myself while looking in the mirror a while back.
Hey everyone! How are you? Excited to get back to work? I know I am! I had fun over the holiday, but have been eager to get back to my fun stuff here.
But yeah, I had to have that conversation with myself. We all know that immobility leads to sagging, and that includes our faces. I know that for me, I’ve always loved exercising, but recently, with the changes going on within me due to menopause, I sometimes do not have the motivation I used to, to get myself moving. BUT, after that OMG moment looking in the mirror, I found anewed motivation. I have also been inspired by others my age to get my exercise bike back out, and get myself toned up. So yay! I hope I can also help inspire someone else out there that may need a friendly push to keep on workin’ it, even when you may not feel that into it.
So, let’s get going on exercising that gorgeous face. You know what they say, move it or lose it!
Here are a few of my favorite exercises to do daily. And as with most things that I do, I love to multi-task, so some of these will also exercise your neck and arms at the same time.
The first one I like to do, kind of like a warm-up, is very simple. You can do this exercise, and all of them really, either sitting down or standing up, and I like to sometimes do these while riding my exercise bike.
I do not have names for these exercises, so for this one I’ll call the O-E Exercise. This is for your cheeks as well.
First purse your lips into an exaggerated “O” shape:
Then change to a very wide “E” shape:
I know this looks funny! Haha! But I can really feel the muscles in my face and neck area being stretched and exercised when I do this. I do this exercise about 12 times. And with it looking so funny, it may also lift your spirits and make you laugh – or make others laugh!
The next exercise I like to do is for my neck area. It’s basically opening and closing your mouth, but while stretching your neck upwards.
Just stretch your neck upwards and pull your bottom lip up. I can really feel my neck muscles being worked with this one.
I’ve always heard that a woman’s neck shows her age, so yeah, get those neck exercises in with your facial exercises.
The great thing about these exercises is that they’re not strenuous and you can do them anytime, and practically anywhere, and they do not take a lot of time. So, no excuses Jfay!
Okay, let’s get some more physical action going – not strenuous, just more active.
Let’s stretch those arms out…
S t r e t c h from side to side. Slowly… Really stretch your neck while you’re doing this, from one side to the other. You will feel those side neck muscles getting worked out with this one. I’m hoping this one will help with the side jowls as well, because I can feel it pulling my muscles all the way up to my chin area. I sometimes add an extra stretch to this one for my face by opening and closing my mouth while in this position. I can really feel it in my chin area then. Kind of a side mouth stretch. This helps get the blood flowing too.
Now, I’m going to stretch up and down.
Stretch those arms up to the ceiling, and your head up as well, with your neck stretched.
Then bring it all down.
Having fun yet?
No.. don’t look up! Haha! Although, that could be another angle to stretch from. 🙂 But, I basically go straight up and down like this several times. It exercises my neck and the back of my upper arms (which can always use the exercise, if you know what I mean.).
So, there you have it! Those, for right now, are my favorite easy go-to daily face, neck, and upper arm exercises. I may add more to my routine later, but I am enjoying doing these, and have been able to fit them into my schedule easily. Plus my bike riding! I’m very proud of myself for making sure to ride my bike as well, practically every day. I’ve had to miss a few days during the holiday, but that’s not too bad. I’ve been riding a mile, a mile and a half, and sometimes 2 miles a day now. Hooray!
Another thing I wanted to mention to you about keeping that gorgeous face and neck look fabulous and youthful, is to also try to make moisturizing a daily habit as well. It can be very simple and not take much time to do, especially with this new line of moisturizers I’m about to show you. Which, I did a blog post just a while back about Physiogel. I love this so much, and it is now my favorite moisturizer.
I cannot laud this nearly enough. It is so fabulous. This humble looking moisturizer is designed to repair, restore, and hydrate your skin. It is made for dry, sensitive skin, and feels so wonderful.
Here’s what Avon has to say about Physiogel:
Our Physiogel BioMimic Technology contains lipids that are similar to those found naturally in skin that help repair and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, restoring the hydration your skin needs to stay strong and visibly healthy.
I use this on my face and neck twice daily. It smooths into my skin quickly and does not leave any greasy residue, so it’s perfect under makeup as well.
Avon has a full line of this product. For your face, your body, and for facial cleansing. Here’s a link for you to read more about it, and see all the products in this line. And with our new Campaign 2 right now, you will receive a free gift of a trial size facial cream with any Physiogel purchase. I’ll be getting mine for sure! Here’s a link to the new Brochure’s Physiogel page 1. Just click the side arrow to browse the pages.
And there you have it – some of my very favorite self care tips for my face and neck area. I hope this helps get you inspired and motivated too. Always take time for you, and take good care of yourself. It’s never too late (or early) to begin a great skincare and exercise regimen.
If you give Physiogel a try, let me know how you like (I mean, love) it!
Till next time, stay fabulous and follow your joy!
Having an issue with down-turned lip lines? Let’s see if we can work a little makeup “magic” to help camouflage, or at least deter that feature from being a head-lining act. What do you say?
Having down-turned lips and lip-lines can occur at any age, and may be the beautiful way God created you, so there’s nothing to feel badly about. But, we do have a few tools in our kit, so to speak, to help our down-turned lips not look like a big frown when we’re wanting to wear bright lipsticks out on the town.
So, let’s go!
We’ll begin with our prep:
Step 1 – Moisturize those gorgeous lips! I’m using Avon’s Moisture Therapy Lip Treatment. It’s perfect to keep my lips moist without being greasy, so I can wear it underneath my lipstick.
Step 2 – You’ll want to have some liquid concealer, preferably with a wand. I’m using Avon’s Cashmere Complexion Longwear Concealer in Cheesecake. This has a soft focus matte finish, and is also water resistant.
Step 3 – Simply draw upward with your concealer wand along the outside corner of your lips. We’re looking to help cancel out that downward look of our natural lip line.
Step 4 – Use a slightly damp makeup sponge to blend. I already had on my foundation, so this is done atop your already-in-place foundation makeup. You can set this with powder after application.
Next, let’s apply our lip color products:
Step 1 – You’ll need your favorite lip lining pencil. For this look, I’m using Avon’s Ultra Luxury Lip Liner in Currant.
Step 2 – And this is where some of the magic comes in. I am lining my lips all the way to the (inner) corners, but rather than following my natural lip line to the outermost corner, I am going to move inward a bit, and not stay right on my natural outer lip line (in the corner areas – top and bottom). If I were to follow my natural lip line to the outer edges, my lips would appear to be even more drastically down-turned, kind of like a clown’s frown. It takes a little bit of practice to get used to not lining right on the outer ridge of your natural lip line, but you’ll get it! And I always like to fill in my lips with my liner. It helps with color depth and a longer wearing lipstick.
Step 3 – Choose your favorite lipstick! You do not have to be afraid of going dark and dramatic now. We’re keeping those lips looking more upturned now. I’m going all out wearing Avon’s True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Candy Red.
Step 4 – Apply your lipstick within the lines of your lipliner. Be careful at the corners not to go all the way to the very outer corner area.
And you’re ready to go! Woo Hoo! Have fun!
But before I let you go, I’ll share my very favorite and top, top, top #1 tip to help down-turned lips: S-M-I-L-E!!
That works every time!
Till next time, stay fabulous, follow your joy, and always smile!