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Avon Glimmersticks Eye Liner

I tend to either love or hate Avon products; there is usually no middle ground for me. I have heard good things about Avon’s Glimmersticks eye liner, but in all the years I have been buying Avon, I’ve never tried them.

Then I ran out of my Maybelline Unstoppable eye liner, and given my adoration for black eye liner, I needed a replacement, STAT! I don’t like regular pencil liners because my skin is so oily, the color tends to fade quickly and disappear. I strongly prefer swivel-up, soft eye liners or liquid liners.

Avon had Glimmersticks on sale recently (2 for $7.99), which is essentially like buying one and getting one free if I repurchased my Maybelline eye liner (which retails for about $6-$7), so I decided to give Avon’s liner a try instead.

I received Blackest Black and Starry Night Blue last week, and I absolutely love them! The pencils are soft enough to glide on easily, no tugging or skipping, yet the color stays put all day. Starry Night Blue is an excellent color for dark brown eyes, by the way; I got compliments today on my eyes, and all I was wearing was this eye liner and some mascara.

I am hooked. I’d love to try the color Emerald next. My biggest gripe about colored eye liners is the tendency to bleed or run, creating technicolor smears around the eyes, but even after an hour-long kickboxing class tonight, my Starry Night Blue was intact. Hey, I’m convinced!

Five stars out of five for Avon’s Glimmersticks eye liners. Check them out now while they are still on sale!

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Avon Skin So Soft Signature Silk Replenishing Hand Cream

Avon introduced a new Skin So Soft scent, Signature Silk, and since I needed more hand cream, I tried the Replenishing Hand Cream.

I can’t stand the feel of dry skin, especially my hands, so I am very particular about hand creams. Avon’s website claims this hand cream is “enriched with exclusive Silkplex Technology” and “designed to caress your body, capturing the feeling of pure silk on skin.”

I instantly liked the texture of this one, light and easy to rub in. The scent is very nice too, very subtle and non-intrusive, not as floral as some other Avon hand creams. The scent also doesn’t stick around, which is good if you are already wearing a fragrance and don’t want this one to interfere.

As far as hand creams go, though, this one is okay but not my favorite. My go-to hand cream is Avon’s Silicone Glove, which can’t be beat for moisturization, preventing my hands from feeling dry again, and a great scent that even my stepkids have commented on. You can check out my review of Silicone Glove here.

I give Signature Silk 4 stars out of 5. It’s a good hand cream, just not the best one I’ve tested. And you can’t beat Avon’s prices, especially when the product is on special. Signature Silk is currently $3 on Avon.com.

Avon’s Color Trend Lip Duo

I put Avon’s Color Trend Lip Duo in my online shopping cart, took it out, and put it back in several times, dubious that this product would be worth much. Finally I decided to give it a try, tempted by the lipstick/lipgloss combination. I ordered the Purple Pout duo, but it’s also available in Latte Love, Pink Fizz, and Wine ‘n Shine.

When my order arrived, I tried the lipstick first and was surpised how much I like it. Many plum colored lipsticks look intense in the tube but are watered down pinks on the lips. This one is very nice, not too dark, not too subtle.

The lipgloss part was also a pleasant surprise. A lot of pink lipglosses end up looking clear and not particularly interesting once applied, but this one is a nice, true pink, and applied sparingly, it is not sticky or gooey like a lot of lip glosses.

The Color Duos are also available in eyeshadow/eyeliners, but I haven’t tried those…yet.

My verdict: 5 stars out of 5, for a well-priced ($3.25) item with 2 pretty, flattering colors that fits easily in my purse.

P.S. One reviewer on Avon.com commented on the way the lipstick smells like coconut, but I didn’t detect any noticable scent of either the lipstick or lipgloss.

Avon Planet Spa Mediterranean Olive Oil Conditioning Hair Mask

My quest for the perfect hair conditioner continues! Since Avon rudely discontinued their Planet Spa African Shea Butter hair mask, I decided to give their Meditteranean Olive Oil Conditioning Hair Mask a try.

The product claim: “Pro-vitamin formula provides ultra-conditioning for a healthy-looking shine.” Out of 57 reviews of this conditioner on Avon’s website, 54 would recommend it to a friend.

I’ve tried this a couple times and wasn’t terribly impressed at first. Partly that is due to the grudge I still hold against Avon for discontinuing the African Shea Butter conditioner, which smelled heavenly and made my hair remarkably soft. I also have a tendency to just wear my hair in a ponytail since I’m trying to protect it from blowdrying so much, but today after using this conditioner I wore my hair down and actually saw the results of the conditioner.

My hair was easy to comb after I rinsed this out, and I pulled back the sides of my hair while it was still damp but left the rest down. After it dried by itself, I combed it to smooth it out, and I noticed right away that my hair is shinier than usual. I didn’t use any product in my hair, so it has to be from using this conditioner.

My hair is fine, and I was worried that the olive oil would weigh my hair down or make it feel greasy. This conditioner rinsed out cleanly and made my hair soft without weighing it down or leaving a residue.

Still, as far as a deep conditioner goes, this one is fine but not amazing. My favorite is still Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Fortifying Deep Conditioner 3 Minute Masque. (By the way, what is with these ridiculously long product names?)

I give Avon’s Mediterranean Olive Oil conditioner 3 stars out of 5. It definitely makes my hair shinier, has a pleasant smell, and is a great deal at $4.50 a bottle. I really don’t know if I will buy it again, though, once mine is empty. I strongly prefer the African Shea Butter conditioner that Avon felt the need to stop selling (damn you, Avon!). The Olive Oil conditioner simply feels more like an everyday light conditioner, not a deep, replenishing conditioner.

Avon Spectra Lash Mascara

Avon recently had several mascaras on sale, 2 for $7.99. Since Spectra Lash’s regular price is $9.50, I decided to try this one out while the price was right.

This mascara has a dial at the bottom, ranging from 1 to 3, so “you can customize your lashes to build volume for any occasion or mood. More volume. More options”, per Avon’s website.

I remember Maybelline’s Dial-A-Lash, and this seemed to be the same premise. For nostalgia’s sake, I had to try it!

I wound this baby up to level 3 for its first test run. I noticed right away that the brush is super-saturated with mascara at this level…not a good sign. I don’t like simply coating my lashes with caked-on mascara. It will get you noticed, but not in a good way.

I noticed a lot of flakes as I curled and combed out my lashes, another not-so-good sign, and the black flakes continued to rain down during the rest of the morning. Hmmmm.

Let’s try reducing the dial to 1 and see if that works out better. The brush wasn’t quite as loaded with mascara, but I still noticed the same clumping and flaking.

The sad thing is, this mascara did a good job defining and volumizing my lashes. But considering the sole function of mascara is to make my lashes look good, I can’t stand the flaking and clumping that this mascara brought along for the ride.

My verdict? One star out of 5. The concept of a dial to control the intensity is fun, and the price is great, especially if you catch it on sale. The mascara defines the lashes no problem…but it’s not worth the continuous, tiny black flecks under my eyes or the trouble of separating the clumps from the brush being overloaded.

I won’t buy this mascara again, but something good did come of my purchase. The mascaras were on sale, 2 for $7.99, and the other mascara I selected was Supershock mascara. This one impressed me and more than made up for Spectra Lash, and I will write a review of that one very soon!

Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15

I received my Avon order yesterday and have 3 new products to review! First up is Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15, which besides having a ludicrously long product name, is a great lipstick.

I bought mine in the shade called Sugar Cane (below):

I’m not a fan of loud, bright, or dark lip colors, so this shade is perfect, subtle and pretty but still says “Hey, I took the time to put on some lipstick.”

(Red lipstick, by the way, just screams at me “LOOK AT MY MOUTH! LOOK AT MY MOUTH!” and seems desperate in a please-pay-attention-to-me kind of way, so I’m not a fan of red lipstick.)

The texture of this lipstick is wonderful, very smooth. I can’t stand dry, chalky lip color, and there is none of that here. The color is subtle but sticks around nicely. I don’t notice any plumping effect, but I bought this lipstick for the color and not for its supposed ability to make my lips look like someone sucker-punched me in the mouth, so I really don’t consider the plumping effect in my review. (The word “plumping” makes me think of baking a turkey or chicken…since when did we women want any parts of ourselves plump anyway?)

The regular price of this lipstick is $8, but it is frequently on sale, so watch Avon’s website for specials.

Overall I give this lipstick 5 stars, and I would definitely purchase it again to try out more colors.

My Wish List

Here are some items I’ve spotted and would love to try!

1. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion: Sin:

I saw this on Sephora today. According the product description, “Sin combines incredible staying power with a shimmering champagne hue that complements almost any eyeshadow. This two-in-one beauty miracle can be worn alone to give eyes just a hint of tint for when you’re in a hurry or in need of that “no makeup” look.”

I love the regular Eyeshadow Potion, and this one got excellent reviews.

2. Avon Spectra Lash Mascara:

This reminds me of Maybelline’s old Dial-a-Lash! According to Avon.com, “With the innovative spectra dial, you can customize your lashes to build volume for any occasion or mood. More volume. More options. No clumps or flakes.” The mascara comes in black, brown, black/brown, and navy.

I’m a sucker for new mascaras but will hold off on this one until there are some reviews posted. Has anyone tried this yet?

3. Oscar Blandi Trattamengo al Fango Not many products get a full five-star review on Sephora.com, but this intensive hair conditioner is deeply loved by everyone who raved about it. I’ve tried one other Oscar Blandi product, the Jasmine Smoothing Conditioner, and it was a lifesaver after a nightmarish perm gone wrong. VERY wrong. It didn’t provide a miracle fix for the bad perm, but it made my hair softer, smoother, shinier, and healthier-looking, a minor miracle after being butchered at the salon.

4. Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain:

I saw these at Walmart and am dying to try one. I have a love/hate relationship with lipstick and lipgloss. I love the touch of color and shimmer on my lips, but I hate having to reapply and fuss every time I drink, talk, eat, etc. I end up falling back on trusty old lip balm instead of digging out the lipstick and a mirror from my purse every time it needs to be reapplied.

Cover Girl claims these lipstains “give lips a beautiful, lightweight flush of color that won’t come off, lasting for hours without the heavy look or feel of an ordinary lipstick. Its pen-like precision applicator makes it easy to define your lips-just draw on color without any hassle!”

The reviews on CoverGirl.com are hardly positive, though. Has anyone tried these to give us an opinion?