Sunday, November 6, 2011

My First Video Tutorial

Today I created my first Avon video tutorial.  I had so much fun making this video that my face ached from smiling when I was finished. 

I turned my first experience of making a video into a game including my son.  He talked about us "making our show".  We set up our equipment, tidied our set, assigned tasks and decided who was doing what! 

"Our equipment" - All items are supplied so that you can wrap your own gift set at ease. 
Maybe add a teddy or small gift to make the hamper more personal

I was doing the actions and he would be the camera man and directions.  On our 4th try at the video he was starting to get tired so I knew we were approaching our last attempt.  Of course when we were finished our Avon video, he wanted to have his turn infront of the camera.  Amazingly his tiredness disappeared when it came to his moment in the spot light.

My boy taking centre stage

I've selected Avon's "Wrap your own Gift Set" as my first Avon tutorial video.  You will see in the video that in under 3 minutes you can put all the items together and package and present your hamper at great ease and with little or no effort.  The hamper contains a wire basket, ribbon, papers, plastic and 8 Avon products.  The products alone are normally sold, in total, at over €35 but as a Wrap your own Gift Set is at the price of €13.  I hope you enjoy my video!  Please leave comments below on how I should progress further with my next video.  Any advice is be welcomed. 


Monday, October 10, 2011

Hygiene & Make-up

Have you ever had a skin infection and don't understand the origin? Or an inflamed eye? A fat lip? It can be caused by incorrect use of hygiene and beauty products. Good hygiene is important, even if it’s something ‘frivolous’ as make-up.
Home Good hygiene starts – of course – with yourself! Here’s what you can do at home.

  • Always wash your hands before touching your skin
    Always wash your hands before applying a cream on face and body, or before you apply make-up. So as not to forget or start the habit, apply creams and makeup near a sink. Use a disinfectant soap and dry hands with a clean towel or better yet, with paper towels to throw away immediately after use.

    Anew Age Transforming Foundation
    • Pump it up
      Never put your fingers – even if you have washed your hands – directly in the package of cream. For a more hygienic application it is better to opt for creams contained in bottles or packages with a locking system pump. Creams for ‘open air’ should always be used with a spatula that will wash appropriately after use with hot water.
    •  Always cleanse your face before you apply make-up!
      The temptation to apply a fresh layer of makeup during the day is great. Unfortunately it is not the best thing to do. During the day, dust and smog are deposited on the face. As you might imagine, is not very hygienic to put on another layer of makeup. Eliminate the remains of the makeup from the day (and the dirt that is deposited on the face).
    Avon Brushes
    • Keep clean brushes and sponges
      Cleaning your brushes and sponges regularly is important (especially those used for the lips) Use warm water and antibacterial soap. Do not forget to rinse thoroughly with plenty of water to avoid the soap irritating the skin. Also keep them in very clean containers or a cosmetic bag.

    • Do not blow on the brushes
      Do not put brushes in the mouth to moisten them (if necessary moisten with water). Do not put in the mouth to soften eyeliner (better to put it for a moment near a heater or light bulb) and do not blow on the brush to remove excess product (make-up artists drop off any excess on the back of hand).

    I posted a poll question on my facebook page recently (here) to ask peoples' methods of foundation application.  I was thrilled to see that all participants use a brush for application.  This prevents the need for hand intervention and the spread of bacteria from hand to face.

    Do you have any hygiene and make-up tips you want to share with us?  Leave a comment below and let us know more ways we can stay safe and healthy in our make-up regimes.


    Friday, September 16, 2011

    New Avon from Fiona You Tube Channel

    I've decided I'm going to start an Avon from Fiona youtube channel. When I'm doing my rounds some of customers ask me what I'd recommend from different campaigns. There are so many youtube channel's already on youtube about beauty and fashion, but this will be beauty and fashion with Avon.

    I'm kinda apprehensive about doing it, as I find it awkward talking to a camera (eek!) but I'm going to give it a go and see what sort of feedback I get!   After I do it I know I'll get both negative and positive feedback but honestly it's the positive that's worth the energy! The videos will be there for people with a general interest in fashion and stuff.

    So hopefully next week there will be a video up, I would really like if you commented here saying what kind of videos I should do or anything you want me to talk about!

    I have a channel set up at the moment, with no videos uploaded, but here it is anyways - subscribe now, so you can catch my video first!

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Preping for a night out? - My Top 5 Avon products

    In order of application - #3

    Following on from my last post, Preping for a night out? - My top 5 Avon products, it's haircare time!  The 2 items mentioned in previous posts (legs and tanning) were "day-before-the-do" tasks.  Hair is "evening-of-the-event".

    I'm a hair straightener addict - I admit it!  I've often been referred to as Medusa because of my bed-head hair, so to me, my straightening iron is a must.  Before I even think of applying heat to my hair, the product I reach for is Avon's Heat Protection Styler.  This is a real smoothie, this styler seals in the cuticle and helps protect hair from styling damage. Spray it in before using stylers to leave hair smooth and shiny.

    I never used to use heat defence sprays and I straighten my hair nearly everyday, my hair started breaking and the ends were very dry and frizzy.  My hairdresser told me it was because i wasn't using heat defence.  I tried several products, even big brand names but have found Avon's the best.

    Not only does it work well with my hair but it smells gorgeous.  I use this heat protecting spray everyday before straighting my hair.  My hair looks and feels great.

    Product number 17152 - Order yours today


    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Preping for a night out? - My Top 5 Avon products

    In order of application - #2

    Following on from my last post in Preping for a night out? - My Top 5 Avon Products, the next step you must take before your night out is to "Tan-it-up".

    This is definitely an Avon product that takes an important place on my shelf.  It's Avons' Skin so Soft Ultimate Body Moisturiser with SPF 15.  It is a gradual tanning body lotion which gives a natural sunkissed glow whilst protecting your skin from sun’s harmful rays. It's your summer in a bottle.

    I love this product so much and I've used it for years without once turning orange.  If you apply this correctly it will NOT streak.  I use the shade for MEDIUM skin tones.  Having a tan and soft skin is great.  I would choose this brand over the other brands available in stores today.

    One pearl of advice - try not to put this on directly before you go to bed.  Allow the lotion to dry thoroughly before climbing under the sheets.  Twisting and turning during the night, with still lotioned up legs doesn't produce an even tan the next morning.  Enjoy the process - don't rush it.

    Product code 03723 - Order yours today,


    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    Preping for a night out? - My Top 5 Avon products

    In order of application = #1

    Friday 8th July, my family and friends celebrated my brother's engagement to his now fiancee, so in the usual girly fashion I started my pamper and presentation routine on Thursday night.  Thursday night's list of "things-to-do" involved legs and limbs, tan and attire.

    With two children in bed and a days work ahead of me on Friday, I had to manage my preparation time wisely.  Out came the tube of Avon's Skin so Soft Hair removal cream for the legs.  I must admit, I haven't used this product in a long time and I'm now kicking myself for not using it more often. 

    It's easy to apply in that with full-on randomness I applied a thick coat of cream.  The instructions say to leave the product on for between two and a half to ten minutes.  So cream is on - I'm off to continue my list of things-to-do.

    With two well creamed up legs,  I pulled my carefully selected dress from the hanger and off I went to iron it lightly.  When finished with my ironing, six minutes had passed.  Time to finished the legs.  I used a washcloth and a running shower head and swiped the product off. 

    Brilliantly the hair came off with it.  I continued to remove the product and the hair continued to follow.  Some companies pay Jennifer Lopez to advertise hair removal products, I think I'll be sticking to my Avon Skin so Soft Hair Removal Cream.

    Order yours today (code 19240) email - 087/1318776 -


    Monday, June 27, 2011

    Staying Positive: My "other" blog

    Although I spend my time running around after 2 little boys, working throughout the week and managing my Avon business - I do love my time spent blogging and my media "socialising".  My Avon blog is beauty, budgets and buying based, but my other blog helps to keep my head straight.

    It's called The Econ-Optimist.  It's tag line is, "In today's economy it's good to be informed but we don't need to be inundated by the "rec***ion" word. There is positivity out there - Are you an Econ-Optimist?"

    I'll tell you my story........

    When the Irish recession was coming to it's peak, the constant conversation in our home was about daily redundancies and job losses around Ireland.  Every evening was a family dinner of negativity and bad news.  I had enough!  It couldn't be all bad news.  There had to be something positive happening out there.  I was going to find it!  The Econ-Optimist was born.

    In October 2008 I published my first post and it grew from there.  Ireland is creating jobs every day of the week but it isn't talked about.  The Econ-Optimist is a blog which only publishing good economic news about job creation.  To this date in 2011, the blog is still strong.

    Since 2008, my husband has lost his job and since then started his own business.  In 2009 I was expecting my second child and while my husband was unemployed - The Econ-Optimist kept my mindset on the right road and helped me to stay focused on the positivity and possibility of Ireland.  The only person that can ensure the positive road is walked, is the person themself.

    The Econ-Optimist has been featured on the 2FM Ryan Tubridy show - it has been published in the Business & Finance Magazine (Article entitled: O for Optimisim) and has a fan in Sinead Desmond of Ireland AM.

    Follow The Econ-Optimist ( ) today and keep positive Ireland alive.


    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    Can't Resist Colordisiac

    A big up to the girls of Viva Adonis, who have just published a review entitled "Dee's Monthly-ish Favourites".  In their blog post they talk about Avon's Can't Resist Coral in the Coloridisiac range as being one of their favourites.  In their own words:

    "The lipstick on its own is amazing too - the finish is almost identical to that of a MAC Lustre"

    You can rely on Avon for having beauty on a budget. The more expensive brand doesn't always have to be better.

    To read more from Viva Adonis and their beauty tips and advise you can visit their blog on


    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Avon Art

    OK - I think I've officially spent too much time with my children.  Thats a good thing!  I have a number of old boxes lying around the house so instead of throwing them out I decided to put my green hat on and recycle them.

    I sat with a few old Avon brochures and a tube of Prit-Stick, and off I went.  There were moments when my living room looked like a screen from Edward Scissor Hands.  Papers flying high in the hair, my hands cutting and tears pages - Then voila - My piece of Art.

    I covered one of the old boxes with old Avon brochure pages and cut a hole in the lid of the box.  This is now an Avon order form box.  I'm going to be using this for collecting orders in a local business facility.  All orders received in the box will be included for a weekly campaign raffle.  I'm chuffed with my creation.  My green finger print is stamped on both Avon and I for another while.

    Right..................where did I leave the lollipop sticks?

    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    Barbie loves Avon

    Definitely a girl who knows her fashion, style, colours and trends is Barbie.  As all successful celebrities do, she has changed her brand to walk in line with the moving trends of time.

    Barbie will now be walking hand-in-hand with Avon through a new two year deal.  A specially developed 'Barbie Loves Avon' line - featuring a collection of beauty and lifestyle products such as lipgloss, haircare, sunglasses and handbags - has launched in Avon brochures, while it will also appear online.

    "As the world's biggest direct seller and a leading brand in beauty, we're pleased to launch this partnership with Mattel, and take this fantastic new 'Barbie Loves Avon' range to our customers," said Andre Baradat, Avon's VP brand marketing, EMEA.

    Sunday, May 22, 2011

    Designer Cigarettes - A stiletto heeled step too far!

    The brand of Yves Saint Laurent is "smokin'".  However when you hear the word "smokin", you should think of something beautiful, gorgeous, attractive - not this time.  YSL are promoting 'sophisticated' own-label cigarettes in Asia and Russia.  Cancer risk seems to be of little concern to Yves Saint Laurent.  The cigarette promotion bears the YSL designer logo to give the cigarette a sophisticated look.

    What do you think?  Designer cigarettes - For the hand bag? ...or Rubbish bin?

    Read more here >>

    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    What does your kiss say about you?

    Lipsology is the practice of analyzing the shape of a person's lips in order to discern their personality.  It is practiced as an analytical tool to assess an individual’s characteristics, emotions and energy levels based on the size, shape, color intensity, and special markings of a person’s lip prints.

    Although human faces, hands and eyes have been studied to reveal personal characteristics for centuries, the exciting art of lip print reading has really just begun.

    The Art of Lip Print Reading was founded by Jilly Eddy

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Blur out imperfections

    Is your concealer covering up imperfections with mixed results? That's because different imperfections require different undertones to blur them out.
    • To tackle the redness of a pimple, choose a shade with yellow undertones.
    • For dark circles, try pink undertones.
    • For dull spots, try Apricot.
    Save time and money, by investing in a single product that can do it all with Jillian Dempsey for Avon - Professional Corrector Palette.  It offers 4 camouflaging shades that you can dot and blend, just like the pros. Finish with your favourite foundation and/or powder.


    Friday, April 29, 2011

    Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding MakeUp

    As the song goes...."Isn't she lovely,,,,,Isn't she wonderful".  Heres a make-up tutorial to get the look of a Princess!


    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Best Buy Ever - Products worth €73 for just €10!

    This is outstanding value.  There are 8 products in this deal worth a whopping €73.75.  The pack is available for just €10.  This is definitely a "Best Buy".  The pack includes:
    • Avon Care Rich Moisture Nourishing Face Cream
    • Planet Spa Japanese Sake and Rice Illuminating Body Lotion
    • Foot Works Heel Softening Cream
    • Soft Pink Bubble Bath
    • Advance Techniques Colour Protection Restorative Mask
    • Skin-so-Soft, Soft and Sensual Dry Oil Body Spray
    • Naturals Strawberry and Guava Room and Linen Spray
    • Senses Mystique Shower Gel

    Save yourself over €63 with this deal.  Go on, indulge yourself - feel like a star.  Take time to pamper with beautiful hair and body treats.

    Get in contact today to order your goodies.  087/1318776 or


    Sunday, April 17, 2011

    How to tweeze, shape and groom eyebrows (Tutorial)

    I love this girl's tutorial - Kandee Johnson is an American professional Makeup Artist and mum of three. Here's a video tutorial on how to tweeze, shape and groom eyebrows.


    Friday, April 15, 2011

    Gelicure - the 2 week manicure

    Whoohoo....I won a facebook competition run by Lilac Lodge Spa and got my nails done today. They have "Gelicure" - a 2 week manicure. I've had my nail painted Vampire Red. I'll keep you posted over the 2 weeks to see how the claim of a 2 week manicure fairs out!

    "Like" their page, you might win a prize yourself.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    Avon's spray finds calling as midge repellent for Royal Marines

    THEY are famed for their ability to operate at sea, in the jungle or in the Arctic wastes and freezing cold of Norway. Battles throughout the centuries have won the Royal Marine Commandos a reputation as one of the world's elite fighting forces.

    And as the last line of security in guarding Britain's nuclear weapons, they are pivotal to the Defence of the Realm.

    But it appears that on the home front our toughest soldiers are prepared to pander to their softer side to combat Scotland's most persistent foe: the midget.  More>>

    To make an order contact me today on - 087/1318776 - facebook or twitter @avonfromfiona

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Here comes the Sun!

    It's time folks - time to stock up on sun tan lotion and after sun creams.  The good weather is officially on it's way.  Make sure that your press is stocked high with factors for you and your family.  Have a look at Avon's ranges below

    To order just contact me on - 0871318776 or

    Enjoy the weather people and keep your skin protected.

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    What's your regime?

    To help you try out a whole Anew skincare regime suited to your skin type; we’ve launched the new Anew 14 Day System Starter Kits.

    You can choose from Rejuvenate (for customers aged 30+), Reversalist (for customers aged 40+), Ultimate (for customers aged 50+) or Platinum (for customers aged 60+).

    But that's not all.  When you purchase these kits in C7, we give you a FREE €13 Gift Voucher with the purchase of every ANEW 14 Day Starter Kit, which can be redeemed against any full size ANEW skincare regime in Brochure 8, Brochure 9 or Brochure 10 2011....Great offer or wha'?!

    Order today by emailing me , phoning 087/1318776 or join me on facebook at


    Saturday, February 19, 2011

    Speaking out against Domestic Violence

    Sadly, 1 in 5 women in Ireland will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, which means that someone you know could be suffering in silence.

    Avon supports Womens Aid charity and all proceeds of this bracelet will go to the cause.  For just €7.50, your purchase will help to save the lives of women affected by domestic violence now and in the future.

    Watch out for more information in brochure 6.


    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Off the Rails filming in Kilkenny - Street Style Icon

    Off The Rails will be filming on the streets of Kilkenny this Friday (18th). They will be filming for a segment called ‘Street Style Icon’ where our Presenters Sonya Lennon & Brendan Courtney will be plucking Kilkenny fashionistas off the streets. The five people chosen will then go forward to our live filming segment in Mac Donagh Junction Shopping Centre on the 24th, where an eventual winner will be chosen (and given a prize).

    They are looking for women (and guys) of all shapes, ages and sizes, basically anyone who is into their fashion and style.

    They are hoping to get some pictures of people sent in advance of filming. If you know of anyone interested they can email pictures to (Street Style Icon in subject line)

    It's all sooo exciting! - I know we're all Street Style Icons anyway!

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    Avon Cosmetics Achievement through History - 125 years of Excellence


    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    2011 - Celebrating 125 years of Avon

    Avon Founder David H. McConnell offered women a rarity in 19th century America: a chance at financial independence. In 1886, it was practically unheard of for a woman to run her own business. Only about 5 million women in the United States were working outside the home, let alone climbing the ranks of any corporate ladder.  Read more >>

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    Get all Green'd out for St Patrick's Day

    How about it people?  Celebrate being Irish in style.  Check out my "Green" suggestions to help support your St Patrick's Day Parade attire.

    Buy the 3 circled "Paddy's Day Purchases" for €20 and get a FREE Avon goodie included.

    Contact me at any time on 087/1318776 - email - or via facebook

    Proud to be Irish!


    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Have you heards about Avon's Guarantee?

    Have you heard about Avon's Guarantee?  If you're not 100% happy with your purchase, simply return it within 90 days of delivery for a refund or exchange - even if you have tried it!  Special terms apply to certain products - these are clearly indicated in the brochure.

    Shop with Avon - Risk free and no hassle - Full satisfaction


    Thursday, January 6, 2011


    Did everyone enjoy the return of the brilliant Grey's Anatomy this week?  Brilliant or wha'? 

    With Valentines day around the corner, have you thought of what you are going to get the McDreamy in your life?  How about Patrick Dempsey's "Unscripted" available through Avon now.

    To put in an order contact me by email on , phone or text me on 087/1318776 or throught facebook on

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    Lets get physical!

    How are the New Years resolutions holding up folks?  For those of you who are like me and are determined to get healthy and fit this year, check out how Avon can help you on your road to fabulous-ness!

    To put in an order email - text 087/1318776 - send me a message on facebook

    Come on people - we won't let the bulge beat us!


    Monday, January 3, 2011

    5 Avon products worth over €20 for just....€5 - Bargain!

    Definitely a great start to the sales.  5 Avon products to the value of €20.50 for just €5.  The package includes Footworks Lavender Intensive Treatment Cream which, for me, is definitely needed after the holiday season dancing!

    Email - text 087/1318776 or send me a message through facebook

    I love a bargain...don't you!?