How to do your makeup when wearing a face covering

With face coverings becoming mandatory on public transport, in the UK, from tomorrow, 15th June the way you apply your makeup may need to change. As your eyes are now going to be your main feature, now may be a good time to concentrate on your eye makeup. Of course, when you aren’t on public transport the rest of your face will still be on show too.

Personally, I don’t wear a lot of makeup and very rarely wear foundation so I don’t need to worry about that rubbing off on to my face covering or mask. However, I do wear lip stick or lip gloss so if I am going to be travelling on public transport I may decide to not put my lip stick on until after my bus ride. I must remember to put one in my bag!

As my eyes will be on show, I really want to make them pop. So, I have been experimenting with different face coverings and trying out my eye makeup with them. I also wear glasses to I need a face covering which will fit snugly enough not to steam them up!

Which products should I use?


Accentuate your eyes with eyeliner. Avon’s Glimmerstick Eyeliner glides on smoothly and as sweatproof and waterproof. It also doesn’t need sharpening. With 6 different shades to choose from you can go for an intense colour like Intense Plum or Emerald or stay safe with Carbon Black or Intense Brown.

Eye Shadow

Keep your eye shadow natural-looking by using a Perfect Wear Eyeshadow Quad which are highly pigmented for a full colour in just one sweep. The buildable, crease-proof formula wears comfortably all day and blends easily. I love the Mocha Latte and Barely Blush palettes.


Use a lash-enhancing mascara to finish your look.Find one which works for you. Do you want more volume or length or both? I nearly always use a mascara which comes in a shade of brown as I find black to be too harsh for my colouring. I love the Avon True 5 in One Lash Genius which provides volume, length and definition. In the pictures, I am wearing Eurphoric mascara.

I am unable to put any links to products in this post as the Avon UK site is currently down however, if you are interested in looking at any of the products, you can find them in the digital brochure.


Are You Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes?

Do you clean your make up brushes?  I have to be honest and say that until about 6 months ago I didn’t clean mine as often as I should have.  Considering how much bacteria and other germs could have been growing on them and then being transferred to my skin and my makeup products, this was not a good thing.  Anyway, I am now cleaning my brushes every week.  I decided that a Sunday morning is a good time for me and now it is a habit.

How should you clean your brushes?

There is a lot of information out there and I have tried to stick to gathering information from sources which, I hope, have at least some credability like Good Housekeeping, Superdrug, Cosmopolitan and Glamour.

Some sources say that you should use a specific make up brush cleaner whilst others say that a mild soap or shampoo, like baby shampoo, is fine. Personally, at the moment I am using an Avon kids shampoo. If it is mild enough for children’s hair then it is mild enough for my makeup brushes. For brushes which are used for liquid or cream makeup, like foundation or concealer, you could consider using a dish washing soap.

Clean your brushes in 5 easy steps

  1. Wet the brush
  2. Put a small amount of soap in your hand and clean the brush against your palm
  3. Rinse the brush under a running tap until the water runs clear
  4. Squeeze the water out gently
  5. Lie flat for drying, then store upright in a cup or jar

As an alternative, you can put the shampoo/soap in a cup/bowl of water as shown in this video from the American Academy of Dermatology

Cleaning your brushes is so simple and shouldn’t take a lot of time once you establish a routine

So, what are you waiting for? Make a date to clean your makeup brushes regularly and they should last you for years. Of course, if they start shedding then you will need to replace them.

Further Reading

A short article written by a makeup artist/tutor for the Guardian confirming that once a week is fine for cleaning brushes with either shampoo or a good quality dish soap.

In addition to cleaning your brushes, they need to be stored correctly too. This article from Bustle shares some information about brush storage as well as when you should, maybe, replace your brushes.

This article from CNN is a recent one, it has been written and published since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown started. It is very heavy on the “sales” and I’m not sure you really need specialist products to clean your brushes and makeup but there are some good tips too.

Are you keeping active?

As we all know being active is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. A lot of us find this hard at the best of times. At the moment, with the lockdown restrictions, some are finding exercise easier and others are finding it so much harder. So, how are you doing?

I’m doing “E”

Personally, I am more active now than I have been for a couple of years as I am working from home and am my son’s carer. So that my son doesn’t spend all day, every day on his computer we have been going running at least 3 times a week. Our weekly mileage has increased from an average of 3-9 miles to 12-15 miles. We have signed up for a few virtual challenges and they have helped too.

Recently, I have started to add yoga back in to my routine and this week added strength training too. We’ll see how long I can keep that up.

What are you doing? Has your level of activity increased, decreased or stayed the same? Are you still able to follow your old routine or have to had to change it due to gyms and swimming pools being closed?

Are Avon products vegan?

The simple answer to the question is … not all of Avon products are vegan. However, the Distillery range of skincare and makeup products are.

All of the Distillery products are Vegan, alcohol free, fragrance free, dermatologically tested,allergy tested and clinically tested. Of course, they aren’t tested on animals either.

Within the Distillery range are 5 skincare products:

Clean break cleanser

A cleansing balm which transforms from a rich butter to a milky oil when rubbed between the palms before applying to dry skin. With 69% pure pressed apricot oil to nourish the skin and a 100% waterless formula, this cleanser is suitable for all skin types.

Shade the Day SPF25 Day Cream

A lightweight moisturiser with 5-in-1 benefits. Shade the Day mattifies, moisturises, clarifies and primes the skin. Protect your skin with a broad spectrum mineral SPF 25 with titanium oxide and zinc oxide.

Sleep Potion Night Cream

A crystal clear, lightweight gel with 93% pure moisturisng ingredients. Sleep Potion will provide a moisture boost and leave skin moisturised and soft.

Purify Facial Oil

Use before Shade the Day or Sleep Potion. This facial oil is 97% pure Jojoba Oil (for skin suppleness), 100% waterless and packed with anioxidants and Phytol. It works to purify and renew the skin.

C-Shot Powder

This ultra-fine powder is the purest form of vitamin C and helps to make the skin look brighter and more luminous as well as having collagen boosting properties. Mix with the Purify Facial Oil and apply before moisturing.

Make Up

There is also a makeup range including mascara, eye shadow, lip gloss and foundation. All products are 100% waterless with high pigmentation.

You can find out more about the full range in the Distillery instant brochure.

Avon UK website is down …

Unfortunately, due to some technical issues the Avon UK website is down so we are unable to offer the online shop or direct ordering through the Instant Brochure.  However, I, as an Avon Representative, am still able to place orders through the Representative site.

I had planned to do a blog post based on an article on the Avon Loves Blog part of the UK site.  I guess that is going to have to wait for another day.

How to place an order

There are a few ways you can place an order with me, either in person or online.

  1. First, if you live fairly close to me in York, you can ask for a book or digital brochure and then place your order through me for me to deliver to you.
  2. You can ask for a copy of the digital brochure and then place the order direct with Avon via the brochure and have your products delivered straight to you.
  3. Order via my online shop for delivery direct from Avon.

Each month I share the current digital brochure on my Facebook Page and in my Facebook Group.  I will also start to share it here on my blog.

Why Avon?

I was an Avon Representative in the early 2000s when we moved to York.  I needed a way to make a little bit of cash while we settled in to a new city and waited for the new school year to start.  I had taken the decision to have the Summer off before looking for a job so I could spend the time with my son without having to find a childminder or out of school club to take him.  I left after a couple of years as “life got in the way” and I didn’t have the time or the want to be traipsing round the streets in the cold, wet evenings of Autumn, Winter and Spring putting books through doors and then having to go out again to pick them up.  Back then, we didn’t have our own online shops.

Fast forward to last year and I was looking at the Avon website to see what products they have added to their line-up and what is still available over 15 years later.  I decided, probably more on a whim than anything else, to join again.  I’m actually glad I did.

It’s been a bit of a rocky start as I tried to find out how it all works now that there is an online store and digital brochure as well as the paper books.  Then, of course, lockdown came along and Avon stopped publishing the books as we were encouraged not to use the paper brochures and switch, where possible, to the digital version and encourage customers to order direct via our online shops.  During this time, I haven’t had any orders from my paper book customers but I have gained 2 online customers who have asked for books when they start up again this month.

One good thing which has come out of the lockdown, in my opinion, is the changes Avon UK have made to the way we earn our commission and the number of books which will be released each year.

  • Before lockdown, we had to place orders of a minimum amount before we earned any commission.  It wasn’t a high target but it wasn’t all that low for anyone who just wanted to earn a little bit of “pin money”.  Now, we earn commission from the first £1 of orders.
  • Up until this month, the books were released in campaigns which last for 3 weeks.  As of July, each book will last for 1 month which, I think, makes it a lot easier to plan the delivery and collection of books and delivery of orders.

Avon is not the best company when it comes to earning potential.  By this I mean that the maximum you can earn is 25% of orders and you have to hit a set level of orders before you get that.  However, I do like having an online shop for customers to order direct as well as the digital brochure which is easy to read on a tablet or computer.  I also like having a well-known product which is consumable.  If a client likes it, they will come back and buy it again.

Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

It doesn’t feel like it in the UK at the moment but, apparently, Spring is here.  I often think Spring is a better time to take stock and re-set.  The cold, dark days of January and February are gone and, as the days get lighter and longer, it feels easier to stick to working towards any goals I may set.  It’s also a time of Spring Cleaning so I’m going to work through the house, one room at a time, and sort through all of our stuff to see what we need, what we love, what we can donate for someone else to need/love it and what really needs to be thrown away.

One area which I am fairly good at anyway, having got into a routine of going through it on a regular basis and not buying more than I really need is my makeup and skincare products.  However, if you aren’t in the habit of clearing out your makeup bag and have products in there that you can’t remember when you bought them maybe it’s time to spring clean the makeup bag or box or cabinet or wherever you keep it.

So, how long should you keep your makeup and skincare products for anyway?  Well, as with food, each product has a different use by date.  For skincare products, you may be able to find out how long you can use a product for after opening by looking on the packaging to see if there is a little jar symbol like the ones I found on a couple of my makeup products:


Even if you do find the jar symbol it is worth thinking about whether or not you would be better off discarding some products within the 24 months as shown on these products due to the risk of bacteria build-up.  If you don’t have a symbol to show you how long you should keep a product for then how do you know?  Well, I have done a little bit of research and found the following.  It is worth noting, however, that there is a lot of conflicting information out there so I have stuck to website which I think should be more accurate and trustworthy such as WebMD, Elle, Good Housekeeping and NBC News.

Let’s get that makeup bag sorted!

When to throw it out:

  • 3 months
    • Mascara
    • Liquid eye liner
  • 6 months
    • Cream eye shadow
    • Liquid foundation and concealer (if it has a pump dispenser it can last up to 12 months)
    • Skincare products with anti-aging properties, eg moisturiser, after opening
  • 12 months
    • Liquid foundation with a pump dispenser
    • Sunscreen
    • Haircare products – shampoo, conditioner, styling products, hair brushes
  • 24 months
    • Powder eye shadow
    • Eye pencils
    • Powder foundation
    • Lipstick and lip gloss
    • Lip pencils
    • Nail polish
  • Fragrance – Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette can last over 2 years but you may want to check to see if it still smells the same as it once did if you don’t use it very often
  • Makeup brushes – check to make sure they aren’t losing bristles or getting discoloured.  If they are then they need changing.  Different sources say that makeup brushes need changing anywhere from 3 months to 5 years.

Looking at this list, I think I need to look at my hair brushes!  I can’t remember the last time I bought a new one.  Now, which page of this month’s brochure are hair brushes on?

Good Housekeeping – Have your beauty products gone bad?
NBC News – How often you should replace everything in your bathroom
Radiance by WebMD – How long should you  keep makeup?
Elle Australia – This is how often you should be replacing your beauty products

Skincare Tip #2 – Moisturise

Using a moisturiser as part of your skincare routine, whatever your skin type is, is a must.  A moisturiser will help to hydrate and smoothen the appearance of your skin as well as provide protection from damage.  The type of moisturiser you choose will depend on a number of things including your skin type and your age.

Skin care Tip 2 - moisturise

However, everyone should use a day cream with an SPF to help prevent the effects of sun exposure, even in winter, because as long as it is light there are UV rays coming through the atmosphere to your skin.  Personally, I’m lucky I have a normal skin type which, apart from that time of the month, doesn’t get oily or dry.  At the moment, I love the Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Day Cream.  There are other Avon products which I am looking forward to trying, when my current pot of cream has finished, like the new Distillery Shade the Day Cream or the Avon True Nutra Effects Radiance Tinted Moisturiser.

For night time use, you should enhance your “beauty sleep” by using a moisturiser which is going to assist your body to restore and repair you skin while you sleep.  As with your day cream, there are lots of different night creams to choose from depending on your skin type, budget and basically what you like the feel of on your skin.  Again, I love the Anew products and am currently using Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Night Cream.  I also have the new Distillery Sleep Potion Night Cream waiting to be tried when I finish my current pot of Anew Reversalist.

For 7 reasons why you should use a moisturiser, check out this article from Good Housekeeping.

Do you moisturise every morning and evening?  Do you use separate creams for morning and night or do you use the same for both?  Do you use a day cream with sun protection included?  I’m interested, let me know.

Do You Clean Your Face?

I’m sure you do.  I mean we are taught to clean our faces, and the rest of our bodies, from when we are born so you should clean your face, right?

OK, next question.  Do you clean your face with more than water every morning and evening?  Yes or no?  Is this something that you need to get better at doing?  I know that I am usually very good at washing my face with a cleanser every morning and if I don’t I’ll give it a quick clean with a cotton pad and micellar water.  I also clean my face before bed to make sure I take my makeup off.  I wasn’t always in the habit of cleaning my face though.  Especially if I was running late or hadn’t worn makeup on a particular day.

So, why is it important to clean your face?

If you don’t clean your face, it will start to look dull and lifeless.  It will also be more prone to spots and blackheads due to blocked pores.  Cleansers remove oil, dirt, pollution and makeup, lifting impurities from the pores to leave skin looking healthy and clear.

Skin care tip 1 - cleanse

What types of cleanser can you use?

There are a wide range of cleansers from lotions to gels to oils, washes and wipes.  Find what works best for you.  Personally, if I am short on time I love the Avon True Nutra Effects Micellar Cleansing Wipes or Avon True Nutra Effects Micellar Water which I use with a reusable cotton pad.  I often use a cleansing scrub or gel cleanser when I am in the shower to get a really refreshed, clean feel to my face, neck and decolletage (low neck line area of chest).

I am starting a 28 day skincare challenge on Saturday 4th January 2020 and Day 1 is going to start with: