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Things Oprah and I have in common; Iconic Avon Beauty Classics Collection

 

Things Oprah and I have in common;  Iconic Avon Beauty Classics Collection

Things Oprah and I have in common; Iconic Avon Beauty Classics Collection

Makeup Monday is brought to you by the Oprah effect. And by Oprah I mean Gayle and O Magazine who did a Facebook live (see here) on some top O beauty picks and some holiday hair and makeup ideas.  This is not the first time team Oprah has put things on her must have list that were already on Alicia’s must have list.  2017 she featured the Avon Mini Lipstick Set (Lots of Lips) which created them to sell out super quick.  Note:  These came back in 2018 in a cute vintage tin…that have already sold out.  In 2008 during the Brooks Brothers Moonlighting gig era, Oprah said the BB Non-Iron White shirt was the must-have white shirt (and it is see here).  But it also created a frenzy of SAHM’s coming in to ransack the store for said white shirts… and then they sold out until we could get new stock in.  So its no surprise that the Oprah pick of 2018 is the Iconic Avon Beauty Classics Collection… which is also my current fav holiday beauty palette… and is prob about to sell out quick!

A Book of Beauty - adorable package design!

A Book of Beauty – adorable package design!

3 Individual Books in 1 Sleeve

3 Individual Books in 1 Sleeve

Introducing a limited-edition iconic collection of holiday gifts inspired by Avon’s rich heritage. Add to your library with three volumes of makeup palettes dressed in an iconic Avon sleeve, all with cosmetic mirrors:
3-piece boxed gift set includes:
• Eyes of Golden Wonder Shadow Palette Vol. I, 12 eyeshadows, .36 oz. total net wt.
• She Dreams of Silver Shadow Palette Vol. II, 12 eyeshadows, .36 oz. total net wt.
• In the Blush of Dawn Cheek Palette Vol. III, 4 blushes, .34 oz. total net wt.
• Comes in a festive gift box. Paperboard. Sleeve: 3.75” W x 5.5” H x 2” D.

Book 1:  Warm Tones

Book 1: Warm Tones

Book 2: Cool Tones

Book 2: Cool Tones

Book 3:  Blushes

Book 3: Blushes

Alicia’s Must Have List DEFINITELY includes this holiday palette.  I kinda hoarded it when I first got it and did’t use it right away.  Then I did… now I can’t stop.  It’s BEAUTIFUL.  The shade selections are wonderful, the package design is vintage and adorable and looks killer sitting on your vanity.  Plus, the color payoff is so nice, and lasts SO WELL.  Gayle might have wanted to “borrow with permission” but for $24.99 even us without Oprah as our bff can still get this goodie.

Avon Iconic Beauty Collection Available Now at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Avon Iconic Beauty Collection Available Now at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

If you missed out on the Avon Ooo La La, Fa La La Palette then this is an EVEN BETTER alternative!  PLUS you can get it with FREE SHIPPING today for Green Monday at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  

Tried and True A Box

Tried and True A Box

Tried and True A Box

Tried-and-true classics truly never go out of style. Take it back to the basics with the C26 A Box, A Few of Our Favorite Things (product number 061-330). It has three staple makeup picks and our stunning Haiku fragrance (a personal favorite). At only $10 with any $40 purchase, this A Box will give you everything you need to put your best self forward this season.

Cute on the outside, Classics on the inside!

Cute on the outside, Classics on the inside!

Classics Are a Lady’s Best Friend:  Three full-size makeup essentials and a travel-size fragrance—a $35 value!

Avon True Color SuperExtend Nourishing Mascara in black: .237 oz.
Avon True Color Lipstick in Cherry Jubilee: .106 oz.
Avon True Color Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Blackest Black: .01 oz.
A-Box Exclusive Haiku Eau de Parfum Travel Spray: .3 oz.

What you get in your Tried and True A Box

What you get in your Tried and True A Box

$10 with a $40 purchase which means you’ll be eligible for our 12 Days of Deals FREE Gift too!  (see details here).  I’m telling you, grab these A boxes as the perfect add on gift, girl friend gift, secret santa gift or just for you to get holiday ready!  Especially with this one, you can get a pretty red lip and defined eyes all while smelling super clean for your next holiday outing.  I’m also pointing out you can wrap these like Christmas Trees so win win!  This one really is my top pick from the A Boxes this season for a good one to gift or get.  Shop the 12 Days of Deals and the Tried and True A Box at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

The BEST A Box to gift or get this holiday season!

The BEST A Box to gift or get this holiday season!

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Holiday ready with the lipstick, eyeliner and mascara from the A Box!  (Jewelry Felita collection available now!)

Holiday ready with the lipstick, eyeliner and mascara from the A Box! (Jewelry Felita collection available now!)

Perfectly Packaged for Christmas

Perfectly Packaged for Christmas

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You’re Hosting

What To Wear Thanksgiving When You're Hosting

What To Wear Thanksgiving When You’re Hosting

I don’t host Thanksgiving but I do host a Friendsgiving before the big turkey day! The difference between planning what to wear when your attending (see here) vs when you’re hosting is all about being strategic for function and time. We all know when you host, you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off, and getting ready is usually what suffers.

Festive and Functional

Festive and Functional

Word Of Alicia on what to wear:  Start the day off with solid black leggings, ones that are more like work out material than a knit.  That way they easily dust/wipe/lint roll off anything you get on them while prepping.  Wear a t-shirt during prep time then switch to a short sleeve party top as the time gets closer.   A short sleeve top because you don’t want to pushing your sleeves up while you are cooking and cleaning, and you’ll probably be warm from running around.

Tip: Start with a good base, quick and easy skincare with Avon Anew Hydrafusion Serum and Gel Cream

Tip: Start with a good base, quick and easy skincare with Avon Anew Hydrafusion Serum and Gel Cream

This year I’m all about that luxe velvet, so I’m suggesting the Avon Velvet Off The Shoulder Blouse.  You can still get this one by ordering direct from me or backordering it from campaign 23 (product #’s at the bottom of this post).  But I would also suggest the mark. Get Ruffled Up Top!

Tip: Use a scented body lotion straight out of the shower incase you never get around to perfuming before guests arrive

Tip: Use a scented body lotion straight out of the shower incase you never get around to perfuming before guests arrive

As the hostess you’ll be doing a lot of the work so bracelets and rings aren’t really functional, I suggest going with a statement necklace or earring.  I decided to wear with this a black velvet and crystal choker necklace with some crystal earrings.

Festive Friends

Festive Friends

I am a no shoes house so why would I wear shoes and break this rule?  I opted for a sparkly slipper instead!  Mine are from last year but Avon currently as some SUPER cute ones this year.  My last little trick is to go with your quick updo.  Keeps the hair out of the face while prepping but looks chic while hosting.

Hard at work on the handmade pasta!

Hard at work on the handmade pasta!

Thankful and Grateful for all these folks!

Thankful and Grateful for all these folks!

I hope everyone has a fun and festive Thanksgiving, and cheers to the holiday season!

Tip: Wow them with your hostess skills with buying butters shipped like a turkey haha

Tip: Wow them with your hostess skills by buying butter shaped like a turkey haha!

Avon Velvet Off The Shoulder Blouse Product Numbers:  S 800-800; M 800-829; L800-867; XL 801-017; 1X 801-605; 2X 801-753; 3X 802-711

Back order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger by going to order by product number (top right) then select campaign 23 and add in the appropriate product number.  Reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You’re Attending

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You Are Attending

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You Are Attending

Are you hosting or attending a Thanksgiving dinner this year? If you are an easy going attendee then picking out an outfit is a little more fun and less strategic. My suggestion, the ever so popular sweater dress! It looks polished, put together but is oh so cozy and comfy. My pick is the Avon Elena Sweater Dress.

Avon Elena Sweater Dress $39.99

Avon Elena Sweater Dress $39.99

Why is the Elena Sweater Dress my pick?  Well, first off its black so instantly chic, and flattering. Its also a straight fitting shape, not tight so you can eat and sit and lounge and still be totally fine.  Like I said, it’s cozy and comfy and that’s what fall is all about!  It’s also $39.99 so super affordable.

Cute and Comfy Sweater Dress

Cute and Comfy Sweater Dress

Embellished Details

Embellished Details

Plus the Elena Sweater Dress comes pre-glammed with these fun rhinestone details.  No necklace required!  Just layer on some cute bracelets like these Avon Pearly Jet Stretch Bracelets.  I also added the Avon Sterling Silver Onyx rings for a little more glam.

Easy Thanksgiving Look

Easy Thanksgiving Look

Avon Pearly Jet Bracelet and mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint

Avon Pearly Jet Bracelet, Sterling Silver Onyx Rings and mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint

To make it holiday ready I really like it paired with these Marc Fisher red booties and red plaid bag from Guess.  Of course it needed to be paired with a mega shiny red lip, the mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint in Glamour.  What I like about the lip paint for Thanksgiving is it has some serious staying power and is a bright red.

Pops of Red for Holiday Feels

Pops of Red for Holiday Feels

You can shop my dress, jewelry and lip paint at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to use code SAVEBIG and get 20% off your entire order, plus free shipping.  While you’re at it you might as well add on that A Box!

Eat Drink and Give Thanks!

Eat Drink and Give Thanks!

A Merry and Bright A Box

A Merry and Bright A Box

A Merry and Bright A Box

Your days will be full of festive cheer if you snatch up the C24 A Box Merry and Bright (product # 920051). It will get you holiday ready in a flash with three bold, fun makeup selections and charming earrings to cap off an outfit. The makeup picks are full-size options that will make your holidays shine. At only $10 with any $40 purchase, this is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

Get Holiday RED-y!

Wearing the A Box Exclusives!

Four Bright and Fun Picks:  Three full-size makeup essentials and A-Box exclusive earrings—a $32 value!

Avon True Color Be Blushed Cheek Color in Blushing Nude: .14 oz.

A Neutral Cream Blush

A Neutral Cream Blush

Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in Royal Read: .4 oz.

Your Go-To Red Nail

Your Go-To Red Nail

Avon True Color Eyeshadow Duo in Healthy Glow: .07 oz.

Everyday Day Eye Duo PERFECT with a Red Lip

Everyday Day Eye Duo PERFECT with a Red Lip

A-Box Exclusive Holiday Earring Glamour Stud Duo: Hematite color, pack of 2

2 Pairs of Go With Anything Earrings

2 Pairs of Go With Anything Earrings

This A Box is one that’s well worth it!  If you get it for yourself you’ll have everything you need, a neutral makeup option that will match perfectly with a red lip!  A go-to red polish for the holiday season.  Lastly the perfect pair of earrings for all those blingy statement necklaces or for a simple pairing with your cozy winter looks.  The A Box is $10 with a $40 purchase so pick up a holiday outfit and add this on and you’re all set!

Be Merry Be Bright!

Be Merry Be Bright!

NOW this would also make a GREAT gift option!  Basic must-have shades that any girl can appreciate, and 2 pairs of earrings that are cute enough for basically everyone.  PLUS you can wrap an A Box like a Christmas Tree so mega cute idea especially for a white elephant, girlfriend gift or hostess gift.  The A Box is $10 with a $40 purchase so pick up your stocking stuffers, or a cute holiday item and add this on and you’ll have a great start on your holiday shopping.

Be Holiday RED-y!

Be Holiday RED-y!

You can get the Merry and Bright A Box at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

A Box $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

A Box $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Lip Of The Week – mark. Lip Click in Rebel

Lip Of The Week:  mark. LipClick in Rebel

Lip Of The Week: mark. LipClick in Rebel

Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, and we’re already in the spooky spirit!  The advantage of Halloween is it allows you to wear things completely out of your comfort zone and mega fun, like navy lipstick!  Which I wore last night as part of my costume for my sisters Halloween bunco party.

mark. LipClick Matte in Rebel

mark. LipClick Matte in Rebel

Word on mark. Lipclick in Rebel:  The full-color lipstick delivers vibrant color with state-of-the-art pigment technology. Dare to try a killer shade in a velvety matte finish. 0.106 oz. net wt.

BENEFITS
• Full, even coverage with a lightweight feel
• Innovative magnetic metal case “clicks” shut
• Contains vitamin E, jojoba oil and safflower oil
• Leaves lips looking smooth and feeling soft and moisturized

Matte Navy Lips for Halloween!

Matte Navy Lips for Halloween!

Word of Alicia:  This navy shade has just enough purple in it to be kinda flattering and wearable.  On dark skin tones they could wear it as an everyday deep lip shade.  Fair like me, its more of a certain circumstances kind of gig.  But I’ll tell ya, its super comfortable to wear, not drying like most mattes and lasts!  It’s just the perfect shade for Halloween!  You can get it in time for Halloween over at the eBoutique.

Feel the Winter Wonder With the Beautiful C23 A Box

Feel The Winter Wonder With The Beautiful C23 A Box

Feel The Winter Wonder With The Beautiful C23 A Box

Escape to a winter wonderland with this darling Timeless Winter A Box (393-382) packed with the skin care solutions you’ll need for cold weather. You’ll get three try-it-size products that exfoliate, hydrate, and brighten, not to mention a sparkly snowflake pin, exclusive to this A Box. At just $10 with any $40 purchase, this is the perfect cap to the winter season.

Sparkle Season Prep With An A Box!

Sparkle Season Prep With An A Box!

Four Timeless Winter Picks:  Three try-it-size skincare favorites and A-Box exclusive pin—a $30 value!

$30 value only for $10!

$30 value only for $10!

New! Anew Hydra Fusion Gel Cream: .5 oz.
Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum: .23 oz.
Anew Clean Daily Scrub: 1 oz.
A-Box Exclusive Snowy Shimmer Pin: Silvertone with faux stones

Add a little exclusive sparkle!

Add a little exclusive sparkle!

Word on the A Box:  I know its not winter yet, it’s barely Halloween, but this A Box is sparkling with year round skincare.  I alone want it for the travel size Hydra Fusion cream and then I get 2 of my other favorites and a cute pin, done!  I love when they include skincare in these A Boxes, you really get a great value on this.  I can get my skin prepped and ready for sparkle season!  Maybe it can be as flawless as that Samsung Selfie Focus Blur 😉

Let's get that skin sparkle season ready! And for only $10!

Let’s get that skin sparkle season ready! And for only $10!

 

Velvet Crush on the Avon A Box

Velvet Crush C22 A Box

Velvet Crush C22 A Box

You’ll be turning heads with each and every product in the Velvet Crush A Box (product number 498-272). This box features rich, luscious products that will add drama to every look, including three makeup options and a beautiful pair of earrings. At just $10 with any $40 purchase, this is one A Box you’ll definitely want to purchase.

Four Sumptuous Beauty Picks:  Three full-size makeup essentials and A Box exclusive earrings—a $33 value!

Red Matte Lipstick

Red Matte Lipstick

Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Red Supreme: .11 oz.

Makeup Bag Essential Black Shadow

Makeup Bag Essential Black Shadow

Avon True Color Eyeshadow Single in Blackest Black: .11 oz.

Your New Favorite Black Alternative

Your New Favorite Black Alternative

Avon True Color Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Blackened Green: .01 oz.

Go-To Fall Studs

Go-To Fall Studs

A Box Exclusive Velvet Stud Earrings: Goldtone, Pierced.

A really great A box to update your Fall and for only $10!

A really great A box to update your Fall and for only $10!

Now that’s rich. Oh, those velvety matte red lips will turn heads every time. Add a stroke of dark liner and elegant stud earrings to create drama with any look—from cocktail sophisticate to casual chic.  Remember that all purchases in your Campaign 22 order count toward a qualifying $40 order for the $10 collection offer—including orders from the C22 Outlet and Marketing catalogs. A Boxes are an ultimate A-mazing value for only $10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

First Monday of Fall

First Monday of Fall

First Monday of Fall

Today is the first official Monday of fall. It’s also Mani Monday, Makeup Monday, Man Crush Monday, and Meatless Monday. So that means today is Fall Mani Monday, Fall Makeup Monday, Fall Man Crush Monday and Fall Meatless Monday… right?

Mani Monday:  Avon Gel 7 in 1 Polish in Glimmer

Mani Monday: Avon Gel 7 in 1 Polish in Glimmer

Mani Monday:  This weekend I had an exciting Sat night staying in and binging Marriage at First Sight by myself. Yep, you heard.  So I figured I might as well do my nails.  I wanted a fall-ish shade that would still go with my hot weather outfits.  Avon Gel Finish 7 in 1 Nail Polish in Glimmer.  (last seen here)  It’s more of a bronzy gold so fitting for the fall harvests!

Fall Lip Of The Week:  mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Marvelous

Fall Lip Of The Week: mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Marvelous

Makeup Monday:  Today I pulled out my mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Mauvelous and I’m just loving it as my everyday fall lip shade.  It’s super on trend and really goes with the fall vibes, and also so comfortable to wear.

Fall Wedding Vibes

Fall Wedding Vibes

Man Crush Monday:  Man crush everyday is the husband, but fall is his jam.  He’s an October baby, our anniversary is in Oct and we’re about to take a little fall holiday vaca to Universal Studios so let’s get excited!

Free Espira Energy

Free Espira Energy

Meatless Monday:  On the menu today, cabbage soup! (I use this recipe)  I’m trying to get things more aligned as I have to start wearing pants again.  (oooh summer dresses I’m going to miss you…).  This week I prepped cabbage soup for a little crash diet along with fresh fruits, fresh veggies, whole foods and the boost system from Espira.  Which is currently on promotion with a FREE bottle of Espira Natural Energy with any $40 Espira purchase at www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Either way I’m welcoming fall as a time to refresh and revive.  It may still be 93 degrees out today, but Hello Fall!

Week O’Nautical: Seersucker

Week O'Nautical - Seersucker

Week O’Nautical – Seersucker

This is a late post because long weekends tend to be for RR and not blog posts.  And then short work weeks tend to be for catching up not blog posts.  Either way, Labor Day marks my California-versary so I feel I need to mention it each year!  I feel this outfit kinda represents a lot about it.

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

My seersucker skirt is from Brooks Brothers that I bought while I was moonlighting there.  It’s extremely east coast, classic and preppy, which represents that part of me.  I got it on mega deal because I worked at the Brooks Brothers Outlet and this was a retail piece, so that represents the champaign taste on a beer budget part of me.  Which is why I was moonlighting to begin with, fresh out of college and moved across the country, I needed more $$. Lucky for me a lot of opportunity came from that Brooks Brothers gig, including my now husband.  The skirt was too big for me when I bought it and at the time too long, I always planned to have it hemmed.  Flash forward to now when I’ve gained some weight and learned that I actually like these longer pencil skirts on me, that too represents how I’ve grown here in CA.

East Coat meets West Coast

East Coat meets West Coast

Wearing it today on LDW feels a little full circle.  I paired it with another clearance find from Express, this one shoulder eyelet top.  CA style is much more relaxed so I can wear something that bares my shoulder to work and a Brooks Brothers skirt.  So this top represents my CA side.  I also went back to my favorite ivy covered dumpster at my old office building to take these pictures which absolutely was a huge part of my CA life.

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Additionally I’m wearing a few of my favorite Avon accessories, my ring, scarf, earring and fav red lipid Coral Fever (see here), which all represent another big part of my CA life and all the opportunities it brought.  Like not having to work retail hours but having a 2nd job for that champaign taste!

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

I may not be where I thought I’d be when I first moved here, but its been a ride for sure… and we’ll see where I go from here!

Where are we headed!?

Where are we headed!?