Good news for those of you who, like me, have been missing Joyce Slaton's column Tending Violet column over at BabyCenter: she's back, writing for their Momformation blog. I am trying not to read the posts too fast, because I want to make them last.
I got my Avon order! I got the Slick Tint for Lips, which I thought was a barely-tinted lip balm but it's more like a very sheer lipstick. Well, maybe that's what a barely-tinted lip balm IS. Anyway, I love it. I have to look in the mirror when I put it on (if it were a barely-tinted lip balm, I wouldn't have to look), but then it sort of ABSORBS into my lips and makes them look like they're just awesome like that. It isn't wet like a lip gloss, so I use a plain lip balm over the top. I got it in Glossy Wine, and it was only a dollar, so I'm going to order the other two colors too.
I got one each of all the other lip balms they offer, and they all seem good. They go on sale for 69 cents, but I paid 99 cents each and I'm not sorry. The thing is, I LOVE sales--but of course when SOME stuff is on sale, OTHER stuff isn't. I was going to order Twig-colored lip plumping lipstick, but by the time I stopped dithering it wasn't on sale anymore, and so I didn't order it. When it goes on sale again I'll order it--but then the other things I want won't be on sale. (If any of you ordered the Twig, tell me: is it BROWN-brown? or red-brown? or what?)
I got the Soft Musk cologne I used to wear in high school. Man, that brings me back. I don't think I'll wear it much, because it isn't in my current Expensive French Perfumes style, and "musk" is kind of a gross word--but it was fun to sniff it again, and I'll wear it when I'm feeling nostalgic.
I bought the Advance Techniques Smoothing shampoo and conditioner, and they are perfectly nice. They do as good a job as any smoothing products I try--which is to say that they do NOT make my hair into the flowing river of gloss I hope for, but they do make it easier to comb, and less springy and flyaway.
I bought Nailwear nail enamel in Wink and in Sheer French Pink, but I haven't used them yet. Ditto for the Nail Experts Instant Gel Cuticle Remover and the Nail Experts Healthy Shine. When I ordered them, I don't think I was fully comprehending how unlikely it was that I was going to do my nails anytime soon. But when I do, I'll be READY!
I bought the True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Blushing Raisins and in Fresh Cut Greens. I love the name "Fresh Cut Greens." ("Blushing Raisins" could use some work.) I've tried the second-lightest green and the two darkest raisins so far, and I like them all pretty well. The one from the Greens pack was like a pale green with gold shimmer in it. The ones from the Raisins pack were a barely-noticeable purple with highly-noticeable glitter, and a medium shade that matched my undereye circles. So far, the greens are winning--I don't think the raisins are right for me, but they're fun to try. I think I'll get the more purpley purples next time.
I bought the Hydrofirming cream in both Day and Night versions. They're creamy and yum, and it's fun to take a dip from a glass jar instead of a squeeze from a plastic bottle--makes me feel all fancy and rich. They're almost TOO thick: I can still feel it if I touch my skin later. But when winter comes, that's exactly what I'll be looking for for my poor parched hide.
So! A successful first order, the kind that leaves me leafing through the thoughtfully-provided catalog, wondering what I'll order NEXT time. I do want the Twig lipstick, and I want to try the VitaMoist face cream and the Silicone Glove hand cream. I want to try some of the Anew stuff, because I've heard good things about it, and I want to try more of the nail polish and lipstick colors as I get a better idea of how the colors in the catalog (online or paper) correspond to the actual colors.
Did you like your stuff? [Edited to add: If you haven't ordered but want to, don't feel like you've missed the boat: Lee says she gets the same commission on the online orders no matter when they're placed, so there's no deadline as I'd previously thought.]
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