From being a little girl back in the 80s when I spent my pocket money on strawberry flavoured lip balm from my mum's brochure to when I was cash-strapped student, being an Avon Lady always had a certain allure for me.
So a few years back when I was looking for a hobby to excite me outside of my corporate banking job, I joined up. I did enjoy it and loved the big parcels arriving every 3 weeks, however job and house renovation projects took over and I left the world of Avon behind me.
Until a couple of weeks ago that is, when I was round at my friend's house and I spied a catalogue. Like an addict getting a fix, 20 minutes later I had a fully completed order form and an empty purse.
What I loved about Avon when I was selling it was the constantly evolving product lines, choice of products and of course the prices - I got this little lot for £25. Not bad when you think about what the comparable products in Boots would have cost.
I do like to think of myself as a cosmetics connoisseur and I found that although Avon offered lots of choice and copies of designer make-up at bargain prices, the quality of the products was sometimes disappointing. I always found the lipsticks and nail polishes to be excellent but that the bronzers, blushers and eye shadow were often over glittery, lacking in pigment and weren't very durable.
However, I was willing to give Avon another shot and this is how I got on:
|Avon Ideal Luminous Shimmer Block - £8|
The powder picks up on the brush really easily and at first I felt it was a little orangey however when I put the rest of my "face" on it actually just gave me a nice glow.
|Anew Beauty Transforming Brow Filler - £9|
Ever since I discovered that enhancing my eyebrows totally finished off my look I've been collecting various types of eyebrow products - powders, pencils, coloured wax - but I hadn't got a gel which I'd always fancied trying.
The pen "brush" was clear plastic and looked like a little stickle-brick (remember those?), which is quite unusual and it took quite a bit of twisting to get the gel up to the brush. The brush isn't as soft as it could be so was a little difficult to use, but with a bit of practice I think this will be a really effective and useful addition to my make-up
|Avon Ultra Colour Lip Crayon - £8.50|
It goes without saying that I didn't need any more lipsticks or glosses, however this particular Avon catalogue twisted my arm by tempting me with my two favourite types of lip product - chunky crayons and nude-coloured lip balms.
I'm used to lip crayons being quite a creamy texture, but the Ultra Colour Lip Crayon is much drier than I'd expected. It's also glittery - not shimmery - actual glitter, which, again, is unusual. But once I got over reality vs. expectation I actually quite liked this lipstick, however it didn't feel very appropriate for a quiet girly lunch in a cafe in Hebden Bridge which is where I was going after I tried it out! This is definitely more of a "day at the races" or "city-glam lunch" kind of lippy!
|Avon Anew Beauty Lip Restoring Colour Balm - £9|
|Happy with my Ultra Colour Lip Crayon in Carefree Coral... not so happy with the Anew Beauty Lip Restoring Colour Balm in Luminous Nude.|
|Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Barely There - £6|
I love high-end cosmetics but for a bit of fun and experimentation on a budget, I don't think you can beat Avon! What do you think?