My favorite Avon Campaign 20 picks

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Our Fall Fashion lookbook has arrived – click descriptions to check out our fave four looks to wear now.

Printed Shirt Dress

Triple Strand Snake-Chain Necklace

Goldtone Snake Chain Earrings

Modern Peep-Toe Bootie

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When in doubt, go Red! Our current obsession for rich lip perfection from the new Avon makeup collection is this Ultra Color Lip Crayon in Reddy for Me.

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Easy iPhone 4/4S Sleeve Tutorial

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When you are making this, please keep in mind that if you or your intended gift recipient has an iPhone 5, this sleeve won’t fit. The iPhone 5 is .37″ taller than the iPhone 4/4s. Adding .75″ to the total length of the fabric piece that you cut out should compensate nicely.

Please feel free to ask any questions or leave me comments in this post! Thanks!

This sleeve will fit the iPhone 4/4S with a lightweight case. I’m assuming everyone with an iPhone 4/4S has a case on it. If you have a thicker case, then you might want to make this a bit wider – 1/4″ is enough to make a difference. If you are a rebel and don’t have a case on your iPhone, then you can increase your seam allowance when you stitch up the sides.

This sleeve is supposed to fit very snugly so the phone does not fall out. Use the tab to help you slide the phone in. If you want to make it larger so it does not fit so tightly, you could add some sort of tab closure to the top to keep it from falling out.

Download Easy iPhone Sleeve Tutorial

My Avon Campaign 19 Picks – Introducing The New Avon Makeup Collection

Ultra Color Lipstick

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Reveal your most color rich lips with new Ultra Color Lipstick. Infused with natural ingredients the stay true formula nourishes your lips and provides vibrant color in 3 flattering finishes. With new Ultra Color Lipstick, you can choose among 55 gorgeous true color shades designed to complement every skin tone.

Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss

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Reveal gorgeous glazed lips with new Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss. Glide on a burst of brilliant shine, drenched in rich color. The rich color you see in the tube is the same color you get on your lips with 23 color true shades in 3 fabulous finishes.

Ultra Color Lip Crayon

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This jumbo-sized crayon combines the ease of a pencil with the coverage of a lipstick. Reveal the perfect pout with a full sweep of shimmery high-shine color. Infused with Vitamin E and Shea Butter for rich, creamy lip color and liner in one.

True Color Eyeshadow

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Reveal your most alluring eyes with new True Color Eyeshadow. Discover rich, vibrant color, crease-proof wear, and shades designed for every skin tone. With True Color Technology, the rich color you see in the package is the same vibrant color you get on your eyes…with just one swipe!

  • Eyeshadow Quad
    Not sure which shade goes where? Just follow the numbers
  • Eyeshadow Duo
    Expertly paired, complementary shades in one sleek compact

Eye Liners

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Reveal your most intense eyes with new SuperShock Gel Eye Liner Pencil and Kohl Eye Liner. Create high-impact eye looks with ease.

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    With a built-in smudger, this liner can create sultry, dramatic looks.

Mega Effects Mascara

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Reveal incredibly volumized lashes with new Mega Effects Mascara. Our first ever Wonderbrush delivers a corner to corner lash transformation. This breakthrough in mascara application provides 24-hour volume and leaves lashes darker, denser and more dramatic.

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Flowers with Acorns and Lentils

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What you need:

  • 5″ square vase
  • one box of acorn filler
  • few handfuls of dried lentils
  • plastic water bottle
  • Exacto knife
  • autumn colored flowers

Here’s what you do:

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  1. Place plastic water bottle inside square vase, centering it.  Fill square vase with acorns around water bottle to determine proper height, mark.
  2. Remove plastic bottle and use Exacto knife to cut water bottle to marked height.  Smooth cut edges with scissors, if need be.
  3. Center the cut bottle in square vase again, this time filling lower 1/2 inch or so of square vase with dried lentils to stabilize plastic container.  Fill acorns around plastic bottle, making sure there are no gaps where the plastic bottle can be seen.
  4. Fill bottle with water and arrange cut flowers.

Wine Cork Key Chains

Wine Cork Key Chains

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Take one cork, stack descending size washers of different colored metals to the top and bottom, and screw in an eye screw. They also look great if you simply use a screw on the bottom instead of dangling the bead. Then attach a key chain and you’re done. If you want a bit of extra strength glue the washers together.  Within just a few minutes you have some great stocking stuffers!

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Has Your Nail Polish Turned Thick and Clumpy? Fix It With These 4 Tips

It is so much fun to amass a big collection of nail polish colors. Over the years many women create a huge collection of nail polish and have tremendous fun revisiting shades that they have not worn in quite some time.

However, many women also have the depressing moment when they open up a bottle of nail polish and see that their nail polish is now clumpy, thick and downright unusable looking.

Believe it or not, all is not lost for this bottle of nail polish! The following information is designed to teach you how to fix any clumpy nail polish you may discover in your makeup bag quickly and easily. After you learn these 4 tips you will be able to solve the issue quickly so that you can get to your manicure or pedicure right away.

1. First, Give The Bottle A Good Shake:

The first thing that you need to do is give the bottle of nail polish a good shake. Make sure that you shake it thoroughly, and that you turn the bottle completely upside down while you are shaking it to ensure that any clumps are dissolved and that anything that may have settled is blended once more.

After that, take the bottle in your palms and roll it back in forth for five or ten minutes. So long as your nail polish has not become too thick the heat from your hands may be able to thin it out considerably.

2. Mix Some Acetone Based Nail Polish Remover Into The Bottle:

The second step is to add small amount of acetone based nail polish remover into the nail polish, and then shake the nail polish slightly to mix it around.

Be sure not to overdo it, as adding too much nail polish remover can ruin your nail polish and make it unusable. Just add one or two drops at first, and see how that works.

3. Mix In A Small Amount Of Orange Oil And Acetone:

Next you can try adding a bit of orange oil and acetone to the nail polish. This has the side effect of making your nail polish smell fruity! Be sure to add equal amounts of each, and then    mix them together before adding them to the nail polish. Shake, and then let it sit for at least ten minutes.

Test the bottle after at least ten minutes by taking the brush out of the bottle and seeing how thick the polish is. If it is still too thick, repeat the process until you are satisfied with the consistency.

4. Mix In A Small Amount Of Paint Thinner:

As a last resort before giving up, you can try to thin your clumpy nail polish by using paint thinner. Look for ingredients like Butyl and Ethyl Acetate and Toluene on the label of any thinner you are considering.

You can find nail polish thinners available on the market, but paint thinner will work as well.

I know it may seem like a hassle, but with the price of some polishes today, it’s worth the try to me.

My favorite Avon C18 Product Highlights

Various Jewelry:

Cool Blue

Cool Blue – Turquoise color Style “Y” Necklace and Earring Gift Set. This set is very stunning and can be dressed up or down. Great Quality for the money. I would recommend this to anyone who has a country flare.

Fashion:
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The FALL “it” BAG. Stylish, Studded, SENSATIONAL! Casual Chic HANDBAG Leather like with grommet and stud accents. Magnetic-snap closure. Filly lined with one zip and two slip pockets.

Mosaic Effects Top Coat:

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Mosaic Effects Top Coat. I have used other crackle polishes and this is my favorite! It goes on well and dries with a great crackle finish. The price is very reasonable compared to others on the market right now. A great product!


In other news, mark. is having a birthday party!  They’ve been around for 10 years now, and they’re celebrating in style by releasing a TON of cool new products.  Here are just two:

On The Dot Smoky Eye Color Compact:

How gorgeous is this On The Dot Smokey Eye Color Compact palette?  I just love blue eyeshadow.  With its two neutrals and a deep shade, you really can make a lot of complete looks.

Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Rosetta and Blue Bella:

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These polishes in lovely jewel tones just shout “party!”
Clearskin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask:

I love the Pore Penetrating line, especially the green scrub.  It exfoliates without stripping and is SO refreshing.  Also, I’m a sucker for gimmicky things like this mask, which has clay and changes colors.  Sold… 😛

Why not do some shopping today? www.youravon.com/wobrien


My favorite C17 Avon Product Highlights

Mega Effects Mascara

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You may have heard some of the buzz around this product already – a mascara wand designed to be used from the front instead of the side. Lashes have never seen anything like it! 1st ever wonder brush transforms lashes corner to corner. The brush that does what no wand can. Panoramic volume. Lashes look darker, denser and more dramatic for 24 hours.

Opal Top Coat:

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Opalescent opulence! Instantly adds iridescent flecks of glittery shimmer! Opal Top Coat. Apply over your favorite Speed Dry + Nail Enamel shade or wear alone! Wet to Wow in 30 Seconds! Speed Dry + Nail Enamel Formula with volcanic rock, makes nails feel rock-hard.

Layered Pearlesque Statement Necklace and Earring Git Set:

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Forever Luxe Drawstring Handbag by Paula Abdul:

How summery-cool is this?!  Love the tassel at the end.

That’s all for now! If you’d like any of these fabulous items for yourself, please shop my store at www.youravon.com/wobrien

Campaign 17 in effect till August 7th!

Avon – you never looked so good!

In addition to my blogging and various other interests and hobbies, I have decided to become an Avon Representative. I buy and love the product, so I figured why not sell it? If you have a need for an Avon representative and love the product too, please allow me to be your Representative. You can shop my online site here and have the product shipped directly to your front door. Thank you in advance for allowing me the opportunity to serve you.

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Tissue Poms and Flower Gift Toppers Courtesy of Lia Griffith

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Did everyone have a wonderful Easter? My loft was bursting with family Sunday morning. My sister and I made a tasty breakfast while our four teens hunted for 125 filled Easter eggs. I think we may have had as much fun filling and hiding as they did finding the eggs. To continue with the sweet pastel, fluffy bunny tail and spring flower theme, (I am just not quite ready to be done with Easter) today I am going to give you a quick and easy tutorial on how to make these tissue mini poms or flower gift toppers. You may be seeing these poms show up again for party decoration in a future post. . . they are just too cute! I am seeing a perfect decoration for baby showers, bridal showers, princess parties and even Mother’s Day. So let’s pull out all that leftover tissue and make some of these pretty mini poms! ~ Lia

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Tissue Mini Pom Tutorial


Craft sources for this project: Tissue Paper | Scissors | The Twinery Baker’s Twine | Washi Tape | Hole Punch