Primer Review 

Everyone by now knows I sell Avon. When I started this blog, I promised to be honest about products. If I like it, I’ll tell you. And if I don’t like it, I’ll tell you that, too…even if it’s an Avon product. This is one of those times. 

I have the Avon MagiX Face Protector. The original price is $11. Well…er…how do I say this? I’m not completely unsatified with it. It does what it’s supposed to do. It smooths my skin in preparation for my foundation. If it’s on sale, I’ll likely buy it again. 

Avon MagiX Face Protector

Some people absolutely love it. It has received great reviews from customers on the Avon website. But let me be candid – it is just not my fav. Some people claim it’s the best thing in the world and that their skin looks awesome with the Avon primer alone. That is not the case for me. It feels good, but it makes my skin look chaulky. Perhaps it’s just not the best product for dark skin. Oh well…nothing personal…it happens. 

In my opinion, the best primer I’ve used surprisingly has been Elf’s Hydrating Face Primer – something I can grab easily from my local drug store. 

Elf Hydrating Primer

It is fantabulous (yes, I made up a word) and it costs only $6. It smooths so nicely and goes on clear, making such a nice canvas for foundation. In fact, it made my skin look and feel flawless after my foundation was applied. 

I feel better now that I got that off my chest. 

Some people may call me crazy for not speaking more favorably about a product I sell or they may believe that I’m adversely affecting my business. I say not. My opinion is that I have a responsibility to be honest. To those who love Avon primer, great! I am happy to sell it to you. To others, I just want to give my opinion so that you can make a decision of your own. 

How can you trust me when I speak highly about a product if I can’t be honest about what I don’t like? You have my word. I will always be honest with you. 

BB Cream, CC Cream…and Other Alphabets

Like most people, I learned my alphabets as a child. I remember learning them long before I entered kindergarten. My mom spent a lot of time homeschooling me before I officially began “real school” so I’ve known my ABC’s for years. Alas, I have to relearn them. Now there’s BB and CC…in creams, that is. I’ve been wearing makeup for over 30 years and I know about lipstick, eye shadow, and foundation. I’m comfortable with those things. But why, oh why, did the makeup world have to introduce BB Cream and CC Cream…and every other kind of alphabet cream? Isn’t it all the same? And why these double letters? (Sigh)


John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino in “Welcome Back Kotter” (Yes I’m a 70s kid)

Long story short, curiosity killed the cat, but it didn’t kill me! My desire to know led me to research and find out more about these alphabets…er…creams.

Once upon a time, there was a woman named Miss Foundation who met a man named Mr. Cream. They fell in love, married, and became Mr. and Mrs. Cream. (NOTE: Mrs. Cream was known professionally as Mrs. Foundation-Cream.) They gave birth to a girl and named her BB Cream. They gave birth to a second child shortly thereafter, another girl, and named her CC Cream. BB and CC were very close. The sisters looked and acted alike, but they were not twins. People asked Mr. and Mrs. Cream how they were able to tell their daughters apart. Mr. Cream stood clueless. Of course, Mrs. Cream (or Mrs. Foundation-Cream) readily spoke up and explained the differences between her two girls.

So…of course, I’m being silly and this story is obviously a tale. However, I wanted to illustrate that the two creams are not the same as I initially thought. And the two creams are not the same as foundation…as I also initially thought. They are all separate products that are related to each other. I’ll attempt to explain now.

BB Cream

BB Cream stands for beauty balm or blemish balm. It was developed by a German dermatologist named Dr. Christine Schrammek and is widely used in Asian markets. Its purpose is to correct flaws/blemishes and even out the skin tone. It has the benefit of being lighter than foundation, but thicker than tinted moisturizers. BB Cream has been so well received that many companies don’t even make tinted moisturizer anymore. The amazing thing is that it can substitute for many things at the same time. It can serve as a tinted moisturizer, a primer under foundation, sunblock, and can act as a foundation on its own. Some have anti-aging ingredients. The downside is that BB Cream doesn’t come in as many shades as foundation so choices are often limited. For example, the Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream comes in five shades, but the Avon Ideal Flawless Liquid Foundation comes in 22 shades.

CC Cream

CC Cream stands for color correcting, complexion corrector, or color control. it is a spinoff of BB Cream and its purpose is to correct and even out skin conditions like rosacea or redness and blotchiness. In a nutshell, it does the same thing as its sister, BB, but provides a treatment in addition to serving as a makeup. It includes ingredients like lycopene to calm redness. It is recommended that folks in need of CC Cream use it as a primer under foundation.

It is said that the BB Cream focuses on preventing conditions whereas the CC Cream focuses on hiding conditions. 

DD Cream?

Yes…there’s DD Cream (sigh). Makeup companies could not give up the alphabets and have created DD Cream which stands for daily defense or dynamic d0-all. It is touted as a major skin protector with SPF sun protection and ingredients to keep the skin hydrated/moisturized.

And no….we’re not done. Can you guess what’s next?

You’re a smart cookie…

EE Cream!

How creative! (intentionally sarcastic) Yes, there is an EE Cream. WTH? Depending on the manufacturer, it stands for extra exfoliating or even effect. I neither have the patience nor the interest to explain.

I hope there are no FF Creams in our future. If so, I can be creative and tell you what I think the F should stand for! (Grrr) However, I think I want to keep my blog rated G for General Audiences.

Enough of these alphabets.


Turning Back the Hands of Time with Anew


Today one of my teachers passed me in the hall and asked, “Raquel, are you turning back the hands of time?” I didn’t know what she meant, so I didn’t respond right away. She continued. “Are you taking a dip in the fountain of youth? I swear, you’re looking younger each time I see you.” O.M.G. I felt like hugging her. That was the greatest compliment I have received in a while. I’ve been told that a particular outfit looked nice. I’ve been told that my hair looked pretty. I’ve received compliments on my choice of lipstick shade or eye shadow. But to be told I look young? At age 48? I have to repeat….O.M.G. It was like the heavens opened up and the angels began to sing. I didn’t walk for the rest of the school day…I glided. I don’t care about tomorrow. I don’t care about next week. I don’t care about last summer. Today, I looked young! But what is it? What am I doing now that is noticeable to others and has me walking around in ageless elegance? (Yes everyone…I named this site for a reason!)


It’s the Avon Anew Reversalist products I’ve been using! Let me just say, I am a brutally honest Avon Independent Sales Representative. If I try an Avon product and don’t like it, I’ll tell you. How can I, in good faith, sell you something that I wouldn’t buy mself without being up front with you? Likewise, when there’s something I like…I mean really like… I’ll also tell it. The Reversalist products have been amazing. Here is my daily regimen. I begin using my Anew Cleanser and then I treat with the Anew Clinical Line Eraser.  I moisturize in the AM with the Anew Reversalist Day Cream and at night with the Anew Reversalist Night Cream.(NOTE: There is an Anew Reversalist Day Lotion for people with oily skin.)  I finish up religiously with the eye cream.

Anew skin care products must be selected based on your age in years along with the stage k which your skin is aging. I can’t speak for all of the Anew skin care lines, but the Reversalist is phenomenal. My assumption, based on the personal success I’ve had with the Reversalist products, is that all of the products are good.




Mascara Like False Lashes! Avon Big and False Lash Mascara

Watch the Avon Big and False Lash Mascara here!

Long, dark lashes are beautiful and they make eyes look pretty. Mascara makes eyes POP and I never miss a day of wearing it. However, there were times in the past that I tried to wear false eyelashes, often without success. I’ve always had difficulty gluing the darn things on. My 17 year old daughter is usually the first to point out that I glued them in the wrong place (I couldn’t tell!) and she laughs at my attempts. On one hand, I’ve seen some people wear false lashes that look just like their own! On the other, I’ve seen some lopsided, crooked false eyelashes or lashes with caked on glue. My falsies have fit into all of those categories! I can definitely relate to the woman in this video. But alas, worry no more!


Big and False Lash Volume Mascara is here! This mascara was created to give you the look of full volume false lashes without “buying and applying” them. Brush it on from the root and fill in on all parts of your lashes (including the corners) down through the lower lashes. Just like that, instant falsies….well…the look of instant falsies.  

Avon has saved “false lash challenged people” like me. We can look glamorous in long eyelashes without the stress of trying to figure out how to glue them properly. For people who wear them well, Avon can save you time and money. False lashes can be quite expensive. Spend no more! Just wear Big and False Lash Volume Mascara. Also, a friend recently told me that her falsies are not optional anymore. Her own eyelashes have become thin and fallen out in some places from wearing false eye lashes too frequently! This is another reason to simply wear Avon’s Big and False!

Sensitive eyes? It’s hypoallergenic. Wear contacts? It’s safe for you, too. What are you waiting for?


This model is wearing Avon’s Big & False Lash Volume Mascara

Find this mascara in the eStore  You will also find other mascaras and eye make up here. Feel free to browse through the latest brochure.