Before and After Makeover: Flawless Skin Makeup Look Part 2: Skincare Before Makeup Application

Foundation makeup is one thing, but our actual foundation begins with our skin. Beautiful skin is deeper than the surface level. Real beauty starts with how we nourish our skin. Adding fresh fruits, veggies, and of course water to our diet is always a great idea (You know, what I call pretty food!). Getting good beauty sleep is also fabulous for skin (and those gorgeous eyes), but today we’ll focus on pampering and prepping our outer skin before applying makeup.

Cleansing our skin properly is one of the most important basic steps. It really does matter what product(s) we choose to cleanse with. We want to pamper our skin with moisturizing products that are soft and gentle, and help our skin look and feel it’s very best. There are 2 Avon facial cleansers that I adore and use every day. They are both Rice Water Bright Cleansers. One is Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser, and the other is Rice Water Bright Rice Bran Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. These are super luxurious. Here are Avon’s brief descriptions for both:

Rice water, the milky white water obtained from rinsing rice, is enriched with vitamins A, B and E, ceramide and minerals to help skin feel moisturized and look radiant. Our foaming cleanser produces a whipped cream-like texture that softly glides onto the skin to effectively remove makeup residue while moisturizing

Step up your skin care routine with this daily facial scrub, made with organic rice bran powder, rice bran oil and hydrated silica for gentle exfoliation. Removes impurities and helps skin feel soft and look fresh and radiant. 

I keep my Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser on my bathroom sink to use every morning. I keep the Rice Water Bright Rice Bran Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser in my shower to use in the evenings. The gentle exfoliating is great for removing makeup and impurities from the day. The Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser is perfect for gently cleansing and pampering my face in prep for makeup application.

Now, when I desire a deeper exfoliation for satin smooth skin, I always use Isa Knox Anew Collagen Booster Microneedling Polisher. I know that may sound scary, but it is just a denser exfoliating formulation, and honestly, my skin feels soooo soft after using this, it is truly remarkable. I know my makeup is going to go on beautifully when my skin is super smooth. I follow my Polisher with an Isa Knox Collagen Booster Rejuvenating Serum Ampule. These are incredible, and feel like soft velvet going onto my skin. It’s an absolutely beautiful sensation, and my skin feels absolutely beautiful. This routine can be done several times during the week, and I like to make sure to use this duo at night before a photo shoot, or special occasion, so I can look my most vibrant best.

Another tip for super smooth skin, is shaving the peach fuzz off your face before applying moisturizer and makeup. A smooth surface will always provide a smoother finished look. I use those little hair trimmers for women’s facial hair removal. It only takes a couple of minutes, and always makes a big difference.

Next up, Moisturizing and Soothing.

Physiogel Moisturizers for dry, sensitive skin and Green Goddess CBD Facial Oil to soothe your skin.
Moisturize and Soothe Your Skin

Okay, now that we’re all cleansed, exfoliated, and smoothed, let’s get moisturized and soothed. Your skin is going to love you so much, and reward you with looking super gorgeous!

Now, my evening moisturizing routine is a bit different than my daily for-makeup moisturizing routine. I’ve been using the super luxurious Mission Luxereve line lately. Oh my goodness, you’ll definitely want to try this! I’ve blogged about this recently, but for today, I’m going to share my other favorite skincare line from Avon called Physiogel. If you have dry sensitive skin like me, you are going to fall in love instantly. These formulations are so gentle and soothing, and are great for wearing under makeup. They have different formulations to choose from. Right now I’m using the Physiogel Calming Relief Cream and the Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion. The Calming Relief Cream feels so good, and it is a richer formulation than the lotion. Creamier. I love them both and usually will put the cream on my face and use the lotion on my neck and chest area, and then come back up my neck to my face area with it. These are unscented and probably the gentlest facial moisturizers I’ve ever used.

Now, if I happen to have any especially ruddy areas on my face, I use my super hero serum, Green Goddess, called the solution that soothes.

Here is Avon’s description for you:

Revitalize your skin with Green Goddess, a topical oil with 100mg of CBD and other plant-based ingredients like hemp seed oil, squalane oil and turmeric. This nutrient-enriched formula provides a calm and relieving feeling, making it the refreshing last step to both morning and nighttime skin care routines. 

I’ve been using this for quite a while now, and love it. I can wear this under my makeup, no problems. It is a dry oil and goes into the skin very well.

BENEFITS
• Dry oil for easy absorption
• Suitable for sensitive skin
• Reduces redness and helps soothe irritation
• Rich in omega fatty acids and vitamin E
• Ultra-pure and sustainably sourced
• Fragrance-free
• Vegan
• Hypoallergenic
• Dermatologist-tested

I also like to use this after my microneedling polishing routine/collagen serum ampule duo. Sometimes my face can get some red splotchy areas afterward and Green Goddess is perfect for this. I am then ready to sleep my restful beauty sleep knowing my skin is going to be beautifully refreshed for the next day.

I hope you’ll stay tuned for part 3 in this Before and After Makeover Flawless Skin Makeup Look Series. Next up is Completing the Makeup Look for a Radiant Finish.

If you missed Part 1: Cashmere Complexion, here is a link for you.

Okay gang, till next time, stay fabulous and follow your joy!

Jfay

YourAvon.com/MyBeauty

Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative, USA, Avon Team Leader

Before and After Makeover: Flawless Skin Makeup Look Part 1: Cashmere Complexion

Oh, you know you’ve still got it! And with the help of some wonderful friends, we can still show it!

When I speak of friends, it’s our little makeup helpers that can really make a huge difference in how we present our beautiful selves to the world.

I am doing this before and after makeover series at the age of 56, showing my no makeup natural self, so that I can hopefully encourage you to look and feel your very best, always, no matter your age. Hey, if I can do it, then definitely, so can you!

I will tell you right away before getting started, that I prefer an easy skincare and makeup routine. I do not like to take a million steps to get myself put together and ready to go, so if you’re like me, you may really relate to my particular style of beauty routine and products that provide the coverage I require, perfectly and easily.

You ready? Let’s go!

This is a 3 part series. Part 1: Cashmere Complexion Foundations, Part 2: Skincare Before Makeup Application, Part 3: Completing the Makeup Look for a Radiant Finish

I know parts 1 and 2 are backwards, but I didn’t think you’d appreciate looking at me through one complete series without any makeup, so I completed my foundation first then went back to show my skincare products and share my routine.

Let’s chat Cashmere Complexion Longwear Foundation.

I just told you that I do not like to take a million steps to put myself together, so I really look for a foundation that has great coverage so that my skin looks flawless and gorgeous in 1 step. Cashmere Complexion does that for me. I normally use the Cashmere Complexion Compact Powder Foundation only, but decided to give the liquid formulation a try, and I really love it. I’m still using the Compact Powder Foundation as well, you’ll see in minute.

I really like the application wand. I just dot it all over (my cleaned and moisturized face – I cover that in Part 2), and then distribute and blend with a dampened sponge.

You can see that it gives me full coverage in just one sweep. My skin tone is evenly balanced. All my ruddiness is eased immediately. This is a very light formula. It doesn’t feel like I have anything on my skin. It’s really beautiful and fresh feeling.

Here is Avon’s official description:

Get cashmere-soft skin that looks as effortlessly beautiful as you do. Available in 30 matte shades to suit a wide range of skin tones and undertones, this liquid foundation visibly blurs pores and lines for 24 hours of complexion perfection. 1 fl. oz.

BENEFITS
• 24 hours of comfortable, breathable wear
• Full, flexible coverage with a soft-focus matte finish
• Visibly blurs pores and fine lines for a smoother complexion
• Soft-focus and shine-absorbing qualities help maintain a smooth matte finish
• With antioxidant botanical extracts, artichoke and butterfly lavender (non-GMO)
• Soft-coated pigments comfortably hug skin, providing maximum coverage and lasting wear
• Water-resistant
• Ideal for all skin types
• Vegan
• Fragrance-, paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free

I use shade Shortcake (C) #715-466. There are color charts to help you find your perfect shade based on your skin’s undertone – Cool, Warm, or Neutral, plus your skin color – Light, Medium, Dark.

Now, after I apply my Longwear Foundation, I always like to set with a powder, and there is none better (in my opinion), than my dear friend Cashmere Complexion Compact Powder Foundation.

I love this so much! And you know what? I really like using the combination of the Longwear Liquid along with the Compact Powder Foundation as a great finishing touch. This can be worn as a foundation (damp or dry) alone, so it is not flaky or dry, and it has awesome coverage on its own, so hey, super flawless looking skin is a very achievable end result – and very quickly too.

If I’m in an extra big hurry, I just grab my Powder Foundation and give my face a quick once over and I look great to go.

Here is Avon’s official description of this amazing Compact Powder Foundation:

Powdered luxury. Create a flawless, silky-smooth complexion with this weightless 2-in-1 powder foundation, featuring a luxuriously soft formula with a long-lasting soft-focus matte finish. With amino-acid-coated pigments to control shine and visibly smooth skin, and vegan collagen to keep skin looking supple and fresh. Can be applied wet or dry, as a foundation or setting powder with buildable medium-to-full coverage. Mirror compact and sponge for seamless touch-ups.

I use (C) 110 in this formulation. There are also color charts here for you to easily find your perfect shade.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy flawless skin foundation makeover with great assist from my Cashmere Complexion friends, and that you’ll stay tuned for the next 2 parts in this Before and After Makeover Series on Jfay’s Beauty Blog, for a flawless skin makeup look.

Before and After Makeover:  Flawless Skin Makeup Look.  3 Part Series on Jfay's Beauty Blog.  Over 50 Beauty, Makeup, and Skincare
Quick and Easy Flawless Foundation with Cashmere Complexion Longwear Foundation and Compact Powder Foundation

There’s a lot more Avon goodness to come!

Jfay

YourAvon.com/MyBeauty

Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative, USA, Avon Team Leader

Makeup for flawless skin. Over 50 beauty, skincare, and makeup.

Trying Avon’s New Glimmer Eyeshadow in Vixen + a Little Magix!

Helloo! Who’s ready for a little Glimmer glamour in Vixen, and perhaps a little Magix glow? Yay! Me too, let’s go!

For some reason I’ve really been in the mood for Navy. It’s not a color that I’ve traditionally worn a lot, but I’ve noticed myself leaning more and more towards the dark blue in lieu of black, and I’m loving navy paired with gold. May be my go-to colors this fall. And, with that being said, I knew I wanted to try out Avon’s new fmg Glimmer Eyeshadow Quad in Vixen, which has beautiful shades of (greyish) blue. This will be my 4th fmg eyeshadow quad to try. I’m really enjoying them all.

Someone needs some color, hey? Vixen is perfect for the look I’m going for with the dark gray, steely blues, and silver sparkle. Even though I’m going with gold accessories, the silver will look great as a finishing sparkle highlight on my lids.

I used all the colors in the Vixen palette, including the dark gray as a liner over my pencil liner. I used the lighter blue/gray in my crease area, then used the darker blue over the liner area again and to darken the outer edges of my eyes. I applied the silver glimmer on my lids afterward for an extra highlight of shimmer.

I always love to finish my eye makeup looks with my very favorite mascara, Love at First Lash. It is the best mascara I’ve ever used, and I will continue to use this one always. It has great coverage in one coat, and superb flair with 2. It does not flake, and it washes off easily. There is also a waterproof version, if you’re interested in a waterproof wear mascara.

I promised you some Magix too, right?

Well, here you go! After applying my blush and lipstick, I like to finish my makeup look with some Magix Dust finishing powder. This is made from ground minerals and always gives my skin a really pretty translucent glow. It is available in 3 shades. The shade I use is Translucent Fair – Light, and it looks like you will need to get on a wait list for this shade right now. It’s well worth it. I always receive compliments that my skin looks so flawless and radiant. This loose finishing powder helps blur pores and fine lines without appearing cakey, like an invisible veil.

So, there you have it — My Vixen Magix trick, I mean, look.

To complete my Vixen Magix look, I fixed my hair, and accessorized with jewelry from Avon.

Then Hubby took me out to dinner – Yay! And I did receive compliments on my jewelry while out. Thank you Avon for always helping me shine my best light everywhere I go.

I hope this get ready with me feature was helpful and fun for you. It’s amazing how makeup can make such a difference in how we look and feel. Every bit makes a big difference, and adding the finishing touches makes it all complete.

Be sure to get on the list for the Magix Dust so you’ll be first to know when it’s available again. Avon will send you an email.

Till next time, stay fabulous, and and follow your joy!

Jfay

YourAvon.com/MyBeauty

Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative, USA, Avon Team Leader

Fall/Autumn Makeup Look, Over 50 Makeup Look

GRWM: The Finishing Touches Add So Much To Your Look

It’s the little things in life that can mean so much.

How are you doing today? I hope you said awesome!

Feeling all put together? I know I’m always trying to, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite “finishing touches” that I always make sure to apply before heading out the door. Finishes touches are really the key to me feeling like my entire look is complete, both with my makeup and my outfit.

I have on my outfit, and a full face of makeup, but yet I still look “blah”. Time to add the finishing touches! I did apply mascara already (in the above picture) on my right eye, so we’re on our way!

My very favorite mascara is Avon’s Love at 1st Lash (I love the name too!). I get great coverage with one application, and really stand-out lashes with two. I do not curl my eyelashes or wear falsies, but I always get great looking lashes using Love at 1st Lash. I love the brush, it’s a nice size, and the mascara itself is just fabulous, with no flaking. It contains Vitamins A, C and E to condition lashes as you’re wearing it as well. There is also a waterproof version.

Now that my eyes are finished, and I can flutter my lashes at you, I definitely need to get some lips going on! I am using fmg Glimmer Satin Lipstick in the shade Hibiscus for a beautiful pop of color.

That’s much better!

Did you know that today is National Lipstick Day? Yay! Avon is celebrating by offering all their lipsticks at Buy One, Get One Half Off. The fmg Glimmer Satin Lipsticks are $8.49 each on my Avon website, so be sure to snag 2 of your favorites by August 1st to get the bogo deal.

I am really loving this new line of lipstick from Avon. It glides on very easily, it’s full coverage lipstick with a nice shine. I now have this new lipstick in 2 shades, Hibiscus and Wild Rose. I’m looking forward to trying even more.

So there you have it – My favorite go-to makeup items to make my look “complete”. Add some accessories, and I’m ready to head out for a date night with my sweet Hubby.

If you’re not sure which Avon lipstick will be perfect for you, visit here to find one that you’ll love. You can choose by the benefit(s) you’re looking to get from a lipstick, or by the finish you prefer. There are many shades to choose from as well.

Happy shopping and cheers to finding the perfect finishing touches to help us look and feel our best.

Till next time, stay fabulous and follow your joy.

Jfay

YourAvon.com/MyBeauty

Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative, USA, Avon Team Leader

GRWM – Purple Temptress Makeup Look

I believe I’ve found my new favorite eyeshadow palette.

Hey everyone! How are you doing today? I hope fabulously!

I’m very excited to share my latest Avon makeup finds with you. I really love pinks, purples, and plums. How about you?

I’ve been having so much fun trying out Avon’s new line of eyeshadows called fmg Glimmer Eyeshadows. They come in color curated quads. This is my third one to try, and it’s called Temptress – Rrrarrr….

Along with this new eyeshadow palette, I decided to also try one of Avon’s new VDL Expert Color Primers and a new shade of fmg Glimmer Satin Lipstick.

First up, the VDL Expert Color Primer:

Trying Avon's new VDL Expert Color Primer for Eyes, in Shimmer.
VDL Expert Color Primer for Eyes in Shimmer

I usually use my foundation as an eyeshadow primer, and it works really well, but since I’ve been wanting to achieve a brighter shimmery look with the new Glimmer Eyeshadow Palettes (they also have mattes and satins in some of them), I was really excited to try one of the new VDL Expert Color Primers. Avon has three versions for whatever type of look you’re going for. There is the Original version, the Serenity version, and the Shimmer version. I bet you can guess which one I opted for. 🙂 Shimmer of course!

Here is a brief description of what each version is used for:

A SHADE FOR EVERY LOOK
• Shimmer – Great alone or to give your shadow extra oomph.
• Serenity – Great for matte shadows or to brighten dull eyes.
• Original – Great for your everyday basic makeup routine.

It only takes a small amount. I dabbed a bit on my eyelids with the wand (I worked on each eye separately), then used my finger to smooth it across my lid and up towards my crease area. I didn’t go all the way up to my brows. You can cover your entire eye area if you wish, I only wanted the shimmer about 2/3’s the way up. I let it dry for a couple of minutes and then I was ready to apply eyeshadow. It sets in place very well. I photographed myself (above pic) with one eye primed and one without. Hopefully you can see the difference. It gives a slight tint with a shimmery finish. I really like it! My shimmery eyeshadow shades go on much easier, the colors pop very well, and they blend wonderfully. It’s thanks to the quality of the new eyeshadow palettes too, but after trying two of the fmg Glimmer Eyeshadow Palettes previously, I can tell that the shimmers go on much better using the primer.

And here is the finished look using the VDL Expert Color Primer for Eyes in Shimmer + fmg Glimmer Eyeshadow Quad in Temptress + fmg Glimmer Sating Lipstick in Wildrose.

(All makeup products used in this look are Avon. If you peruse my Tips and Tricks Category, you will find more of my favorite Avon makeup and skin care products. )

I hope you’ll give your favorite fmg Glimmer Eyeshadow Palette a try. There are 10 combos to choose from. They are listed for $11.99 on my Avon website. I also hope you’ll give the VDL Primers a try, especially if you’re going for a shimmery eyeshadow look like me, or if you’d like to brighten your eyes. And of course don’t forget the 20 gorgeous new shades of lipsticks in the fmg Glimmer Satin line.

So much fabulousness to help us look and feel our very best.

Till next time, remember to always follow your joy!

Jfay

YourAvon.com/MyBeauty

Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative, USA, Avon Team Leader

Get Ready with Me, Purple Temptress Makeup Look

Trying Avon’s Skin So Soft Bath Oil as an Insect Repellent and Honest Review

I suppose you can guess from the smile on my face that I’m loving this! But before we begin, a disclaimer. Avon does not market their famous Skin So Soft Original line as an insect repellent. They do however, have a Skin So Soft Bug Guard line that is also very popular.

Okay, now, between you and I, we all know that Avon’s Original Skin So Soft has been used for decades as an insect (especially mosquito) repellent. I remember using it back in the 80’s.

Well, since it’s been a minute since I’ve used this, and with Avon celebrating 60 years of Skin So Soft this year (I know, wow!), I thought I’d give it another try. My husband, Willie, and I have been enjoying playing croquet in our back yard quite a bit since Spring, but lately it’s been getting very uncomfortable going outside for even a few minutes to check on our little patio garden (we’re immediately swarmed). So I thought let’s give Skin So Soft a try again and see how/if it helps.

Well, I’ll tell you, I did not receive even one bite… I was wearing shorts, so I used this Gelled Body Oil on my legs and my arms, and I did not even see any mosquitos land on me. I saw a couple of other tiny bugs that usually bite, but they did not. I stayed comfortable throughout our entire game + we sat and chatted outside very comfortably afterward. Now, Willie did say he received 1 bite on the back of his leg. I applied the Gelled Body Oil to his arms but not to his legs, so I do not know how well he applied it. But still, only 1 bite the entire time is not bad at all.

And, I know you’re probably wondering, “Gelled Body Oil?”. Yep! This stuff is fabulous! I only noticed it when the spray pump bottle was no longer available due to Avon making some changes to some products (hopefully that will come back soon), but I really love this even better than the spray.

It’s just like a gelled hand sanitizer, but not runny, it’s a nice gel that stays put in your hand. I just rub my hands together and then rub it on my skin. It is not overly oily at all. It goes into my skin very well with no sticky residue, and it smells really good. Kind of an herbal/woodsy aroma. And I believe that may be it’s secret. The aroma. There are some aromas that help camouflage us from mosquitos like Citronella and Rosemary, and I personally believe it’s Skin So Soft’s aroma that is the key. Although… it did protect me from those little gnats and tiny biting bugs too, so I don’t know, except that it really works!

And bonus — it is a body oil. It makes my skin look and feel really great. It does not contain an SPF, so be aware of that. I wore it outdoors in the evening. A couple of Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard deet-free products do contain an SPF for bright sunny outdoor days.

So, Avon’s got you covered (literally) whichever way you choose to go, bug repellent wise. We can all now enjoy the outdoors in comfort and joy.

BTW, the Skin So Soft Gelled Body Oil is priced at $7.99 on my Avon website (original price $13.00). And here is a link to the entire Original Skin So Soft line-up. You can find the liquid body oil, body lotion, and lip balm. I’ve also been using my Gelled Body Oil after my bath or shower in the evening. It helps keep my skin very soft as well as keeps me protected from any mosquitoes or biting bugs that may have gotten inside. Great hint!

I’ve been hearing of people using the liquid body oil to spray around windows and doorways to keep pests out. I may need to give that a try too. Let me know if you do and how it works for you.

And remember, Avon has you covered for all of your Summer skin care, and bath and body needs. Well, for your every season skin care and bath and body needs, actually. 🙂

Avon Bath and Body products.
Summertime Skin CareBath and Body – There’s an Avon for that!

I just re-stocked my bath and body supplies again. There are several must-haves that I go through very quickly, like my Skin So Soft Supreme Nourishment Coconut Oil Souflee, Veilment Care Moisturizing Bar Soap with Olive Oil and Coconut Oil, gotta have my Avon Footworks and Daily Defense Hand Cream, and now the Skin So Soft Gelled Body Oil is going to be added to my bath and body must-haves.

I hope you get a bottle of the Skin So Soft Gelled Body Oil and give it a try for yourself. I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

Till next time, stay fabulous and always follow your joy,

Jfay

YourAvon.com/MyBeauty

Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative

Avon Skin So Soft Protects from Mosquitos, A Personal Product Review

Avon’s Cashmere Complexion Compact Powder Foundation Makes Achieving Flawless Looking Skin Very Fast and Easy!

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!

Jfay

YourAvon.com/MyBeauty

Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative USA

Before and After Beauty Makeover, Get Ready with Me

Let’s Talk Neck and Chest Beauty and Skincare

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.

First up is cleansing and moisturizing. I use the same cleanser and moisturizer on my neck and chest as I do on my face. And those are my 2 very faves – Rice Water Bright Foaming Facial Cleanser and Physiogel Moisturizer.

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.

And – don’t forget to exercise your neck! I did a blog post a while back called “Girlfriend, You Need to Exercise Your Face”. You can check it out here.

I include the neck area into my facial exercises. See — always treat your neck as you do your face. Your neck will 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.

Jfay

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Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative USA

Over 50 Skincare for Neck and Chest

Beauty Therapy: Perk-Me-Up Makeup Makeover

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.

Tattoo Station Brow Pencil and Ultra Luxury Eye Liner

For my brows I used the Tattoo Station Brow Pencil in Dark Gray, and the Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Black. That’s already starting to bring my features back to life now. I knew I was still in there somewhere!

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.

Okay, for my blusher and mascara.

fmg True Love Multi Palette and Love at First Lash Mascara

I just blogged about these two products actually. The (for Valentine’s Day) fmg True Love Multi Palette, and Love at First Lash Mascara.

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.

I love my Avon beauty products. Jfay

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!

Jfay

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Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative

Perk-Me-Up Makeup Makeover – Over 50 Makeup Ideas and Inspiration

Girlfriend, You Need to Exercise Your Face!

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.

Neck Exercise

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…

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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!

Jfay

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Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative

Facial, Face, and Neck Exercises + Facial Moisturizer