Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Swatches & Stuff - December 2015 + Giveaway!

Hi friends,

This is the last Swatches & Stuff for the year so let's go out with a BANG!

Here is the companion video if you want a more in depth review of all the products mentioned in this blog:

Use the links (in blue) down below to check items for further info.

1. Nivea - In Shower Body Lotion - Very disappointed with this product. While it does what it says it does, the awkwardness of the bottle (resting on its narrow end) and the fact that you spend more time rinsing it off than it would take to put regular lotion on - make this a gimmick in my book - C+.

2. Avon Power Serum - This is actually pretty good but a bit pricey for AVON  ($40) in my opinion. A good serum that is fluid without running all over the place (hence not wasteful like some other serums). It provides a good canvas on which to put your treatment cream. This one particularly targets aging signs such as dark spots, fine line, loss of elasticity and loss of hydration. I apply it morning and night (mostly night though) after cleansing with my Clarisonic brush. Other serums do similar jobs though.B.

3. Avon Anew Platinum - Day Cream - A very good and affordable (under $20) day cream with an Spf of 25. It targets firmness, sagginess, fine lines and wrinkles as well as creepiness on your neck and decollete. I mix it with my Lancome Foundation for an even coverage. It does not clog my pores but does leave a bit of dewiness on my skin by end of day. I like it a lot. A-

4. Avon Anew Platinum - Night Cream - This is an excellent night cream. It is not greasy, no tacky feeling or oiliness in the morning. It is more gel like than a cream which makes the application not only easy and fast absorbing, it is also cooling to the touch. So far I have noticed my skin, in particular my jaw line, looking firmer. A great buy for under $20. A +

5. Avon Anew Platinum - Eye Cream -  All I can say is wow! This reminds me a lot of L'Oreal Revitalift Eye Cream which used to be my favorite one in my mid 30s. It offers everything you can ask for from an eye cream - it is thick, penetrates well, super emolient and best of all - fine lines almost disappear within a week! You use a small metal ball applicator  (provided with the cream) to de-puff your eyes as you apply the cream. Truly excellent. A+.

6. Avon Anew Platinum Cleanser -   A creamy cleanser that takes off makeup and dirt without drying your skin. I find it leaves my skin moisturized without leaving an oily residue. It does not work well with my Clarisonic because this is a non foaming cleanser though. B.

7. Avon Eye Shadow Primer - This is an excellent alternative to other brand name primers. I like this one in particular because it is not waxy, but rather fluid. In fact, it feels more like a souffle type cream than a primer. I use it all over my lids as well as my under eye area to even out skin tone. Feels like velvet and does not melt on my skin unlike the waxy types. Eye shadow stays on all day with this. A+.

8. Avon Eye Shadow Duo in Crushed Orchid  First, let me tell you about the price: this is under $5. What? YES! Under $5, you can't even find a $5 eye shadow duo at the drugstore. Second, this stays on ALL DAY, it will not move (especially if you use the primer). I honestly had no idea that Avon products were that good! No fall out, great application, high pigment....just great! A+

9. Avon Luminous Blush in Warm Flush -  Just the right amount of shimmer to make it equally beautiful for daytime and nighttime wear. Again, no fallout. Great quality. A+

10. Avon Color Indulgence Lipstick in Peach Petunia - This is not a full coverage lipstick, more like a sheer, yet, it is very pigmented and has amazing stay on. It is not drying, does not feel tacky either. I am definitely checking out additional colors within this line. A.

So this was my first time trying Avon products and I dare say I am pretty impressed. So much so that my December Giveaway is all about Avon!

Here is the Giveaway:


Avon Shadow Duo in Crushed Orchid
Avon Luminous Blush
Avon Light Beige Eye Primer
Avon Lipstick in Peach Petunia
MicaCosmetics Bronze Eyeshadow (not featured).

Giveaway rules:

You must be 18 or older
You must be a subscriber to my YouTube Channel 
You must like my Facebook Page
and write a comment in the comment section of this blog.

All instructions are in the Rafflecopter giveaway gizmo down below (if it does not load, try again later).

Giveaway is open internationally and until January 14, 2016.

Good luck!

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