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21 Days of Beauty at Ulta

21 Days of Beauty at Ulta

21 Days of Beauty at Ulta

One can not live on Avon alone.  Even though I could challenge that, but confessions of a product junkie, I shop around.  Usually I don’t pay much attention to the 21 Days of Beauty Event at Ulta but I’m going through a little Ulta obsession right now and there are some KILLER deals in this event.  Its half way over but some of the best deals are yet to come!

Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Daily Deals

Everyone blogs/IG’s about the Sephora VIB event but honestly I kinda like Ulta better.  I like more bang for my buck, having more options, and up until a yr ago Ulta was just closer and more convenient.  What I hated about Ulta was the checkout line, it is always so long and takes forever… BUT now they added buy online pick up in store and LIFE IS CHANGED.  I shopped the Beauty Event last weekend and here are a few tips I discovered.

My Ulta Birthday Haul

My Ulta Birthday Haul

Buy Online Pickup In Store:  This will depend on your location.  I did this and for the most part it was AMAZING.  I got my weekend deals without dealing with the weekend crowd.  HOWEVER I did not get the matte eye pallet I ordered.  For the daily deals they got a memo that they are not allowed to pull the online orders until an hr after the store is open so customers have a chance to shop the items first.   So if a location doesn’t have the stock the online in-store pickup orders will suffer.  I did notice now online some of the daily deals tell you if they’re available for your store or not, but if its something you REALLY want then go to the store when they open for your best shot.

Only got 1 of the 2 palettes I ordered online picked up in store.

Only got 1 of the 2 palettes I ordered online picked up in store.

Utilize the calendar notifications:  This was the first time I used these and was a huge success for my scatterbrain.  I scanned all the deals late at night so you know I wasn’t going to remember which days have which products I want.  Since I was on my phone, I clicked the calendar notifications and all week I’ve been getting the alerts so I know to swing in and grab what I wanted.

Too Faced Neutrals Palette is as pretty as Bandit... er handsome as Bandit

Too Faced Neutrals Palette is as pretty as Bandit… er handsome as Bandit

Stack daily deals with freebies:  A lot of the daily deals have free gifts associated with them too!  I picked up this neural Too Faced Eye Palette and with a $35 Too Face purchase you get this Juicy 4 Piece set.  I’m stoked for more freebies!  (see all free gifts here) You can also use your Ulta coupon, but normal restrictions (like prestige brands) apply – $3.50 off of a $15 purchase coupon.

Got this primer for $3.50 and this Too Faced Gift Set for FREE!

Got this primer for $3.50 and this Too Faced Gift Set for FREE!

I’m not going to lie though, I have a problem.  One of the main reasons I signed up to be an Avon Rep was that I quit my 2nd job but still had 1 job income, so I needed to re-evaluate my spending.  Ulta was a big culprit of that.  I signed up to sell Avon for 2 reasons, make some extra money to fuel my habits and get some just-as-good-as-Ulta products for a MUCH better price.  Who knew it would lead to all these awesome opportunities, income and fun!  Which also means I may not spend as much at Ulta these days but I do go through my spirts and shop it like a mo fo.  Picking up my free birthday gift was what set off this spiral.  I of course strategically planned my purchase to include whatever free gift they had going on, this time it was the bath and body sample set.  It included such a great selection of products and brands.  I’m REALLY loving The Body Shop 3-1 Tea Tree Oil Cleanser.  This gift set doesn’t look to be available online anymore but in my store, they still had it available with a $35 bath and body purchase.

Found some new favorites at Ulta!

Found some new favorites at Ulta!

I also got the September Ulta Birthday Gift as my August gift because they ran out of August.  This NARS mini lipstick in Pour Toujours is the Ulta September Birthday Gift and it’s just ok.  The color is a nice true nude that’s not too foundation-y has the right amount of cool undertones, but the formula is heavy, I just don’t find it comfortable to wear.   And if my lips are dry they look even more dry with this formula.  I would of loved that Benefit Hoola Bronzer more…  Anyways… Ulta 21 Days of Beauty, it’s fun, it has good deals this year and tell me what you’re picking up so I don’t feel like the only product junkie out there.

Ulta's September Birthday Gift - NARS mini lipstick in Pour Toujours

Ulta’s September Birthday Gift – NARS mini lipstick in Pour Toujours

Week O’Nautical – LDW

Week O'Nautical - LDW

Week O’Nautical – LDW

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are spending today with a little sun and a little R&R. Labor Day marks my California-aniversary & Dorado-versary so it always has a little special place in my heart. East Coast meets West Coast which is usually my style… a little this and a little of that.  Like this outfit a little dressy a little casual. I had this on with heels earlier for casual Friday and switched to flip flops for GNI.  [ Tee – Avon; Skort – Express; Sunglasses/Jewelry – Avon; Flip Flops – Kate Spade; Lip – Avon Mattitude in Devoted]

Beach Sweaters for a Beach Trip

Beach Sweaters for a Beach Trip

This LDW I was able to fit a lot in, we had the return of our girls craft night that’s been on summer break.  I caught the Penn State home opener shutout against Idaho, and ran into some old friends.  Picked out Halloween costumes and did some shopping for the house!  Took a day trip to Bodega Bay to put our toes in the ocean along the California coast. And today our plan is to hit some golf balls, meet the in-laws for sushi and shop online 😉

Nautical Picks on Sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Nautical Picks on Sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

To take advantage of those LDW sales here’s what I have in my fantasy cart.  I’m also looking for some distracted girl friend jeans, the ones I liked from AE are all sold out so looking for a backup.  For my fall bag I want a camel tote bag but still on the search for that.  What do you have your eye on for fall?  Any good deals for LDW you found?

Old Navy Deals - Cute wear now wear later dresses and a Chai Tee!

Old Navy Deals – Cute wear now wear later dresses and a Chai Tee!

 

Peach Caftan via sealauraxpeach

Peach Caftan via sealauraxpeach

Word On Avon Mattitude Liquid Lipstick and Swatches

Word on Avon Mattitude Liquid Lipstick

Word on Avon Mattitude Liquid Lipstick

What’s your Mattitude?  Relentless, what’s yours?  Don’t know?  Well, I have a quiz for that!  Not only did Avon FINALLY released new matte liquid lipsticks with catchy verb names, they also have a fun quiz you can take to determine what shade fits you and your attitude!  The soft release of these new Mattitude Liquid Lipsticks has been active over at the eBoutique but the grand official release happens tomorrow (Tuesday 8/20).  They’ll be launching at an intro price of only $8.99 (reg $12) so let’s take a look and see if they’re worth it…

What's Your Mattitude!?

What’s Your Mattitude!?

Word on Avon Mattitude Liquid Lipsticks:  Zero gravity. Infinite color. Meet Mattitude, our soft matte liquid lip that comfortably coats your pout with a weightless wash of high-impact, super-saturated color. Instantly command attention when rocking any of the 8 long-lasting shades that leave a velvety soft finish and a powerful impression. .14 fl. oz.

Mattitude Shades

Mattitude Shades

BENEFITS:  Featherlight, non-drying formula that lasts for hours • Micronized pigments release rich, vivid color on impact • Poppy seed oil and vitamin E nourish and smooth lips  • Paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free

Avon Mattitude Applicator

Avon Mattitude Applicator

TO USE:  Smooth over lips with the doe foot. Show off your Mattitude with or without lip liner.

Word on These Mattitude Liquid Lipsticks:  LOVE 'EM!

Word on These Mattitude Liquid Lipsticks: LOVE ‘EM!

Word of Alicia:  Liquid lipsticks have been on the scene for a minute, proving they’re not just a trending item but one here to stay.  People love them for the long wear and color payoff but hate them for making them look like they have perma-chapped lips.  Which is why they were really popular among the young crowd, a crowd without aging, wrinkled, dry and/or cracked lips.  I’ve pretty much not been a fan of liquid lipsticks for that exact reason, my lips are always dry and liquid lipsticks made them look thin and gross, so with this launch I was weary.  I got my hands on 3 shades, a neutral, a bold and a classic red, pretty much one to represent each of the major lip options.  All 3 applied really smoothly both thanks to the formula and the doe foot applicator that has a little well to help get just the right amount of product.  All 3 wore really well and were very comfortable and did not dry out my lips even more nor did they make them look miserable.  I was so pleased with the formula and application that I will be picking up the rest of the shades.

Avon Mattitude in Resolute

Avon Mattitude in Resolute

I am Resolute.

I am Resolute.

Word on Resolute:  This one dried a little dark on me but still definitely a neutral.  I really liked this one paired with the Rosegold Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow for an everyday look (see what I mean here).

Avon Mattitude in Resolute

Avon Mattitude in Relentless

I am Relentless.

I am Relentless.

Word on Relentless:  If you get one shade probably should be this one.  Think about the occasions you tend to go for a big bad lip, holidays, special occasions, date nights.  All of those a classic red lip is a classic choice for.

Avon Mattitude in Driven

Avon Mattitude in Driven

I am Driven.

I am Driven.

Word on Driven:  My favorite shade of the collection!  Purples wear really well on me and for a bold lip they go with a lot of eye looks and outfit looks.  I’ll be wearing this on my birthday I’m sure of it!

Mattitude has some attitude!

Mattitude has some attitude!

So the final word is these are worth it.  Take the fun What’s Your Mattitude quiz and see what shade they match you up with and comment/share what you got and maybe you’ll get a prize as part of birthday week treats!  You can also enter to win ALL THE SHADES here on the eBoutique!  And remember all August long use promo code SUMMER50 for a free gift with a $50 order!

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Fake it until you make it! And this summer is definitely a fake it year, because I’ve barely done any summer sun activities, especially any that give me that golden glow. So that means my fake tan game is on, and I’ve gone pro or at least semi-pro! Here are my tips and tricks for getting a good fake tan at home.

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Regardless if I’m doing a fake tan sesh at night or in the am it all starts in the shower.  Step 1 you need to exfoliate to create the perfect “canvas.”  In the shower I’ll exfoliate with my Skin So Soft Radiant Glow Body Polish.  It’s a gentle scrub, doesn’t clog your drain, and it’s moisturizing.  I either will use a brush or just my palms.

See how gentle the SSS Body Polish is IRL!

See how gentle the SSS Body Polish is IRL!

2nd step for me is a step most people don’t do.  I usually use a bath oil after I shower but those typically break down fake tans.  I still need a moisturizer because moisturized skin will take tan better and prevents it being patchy.  My trick is to use an in shower moisturizer.  I love the one’s from Avon — and you can get the Moisture Therapy Ultra Hydration In Shower Lotion right now for FREE with a $50 order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger using promo code SUMMER50

In shower lotion - the secret to my fake tan prep!

In shower lotion – the secret to my fake tan prep!

After I’ve showered step 3 is to use a body butter around the tricky spots like ankles, knees, elbows, feet… basically places where fake tan always goes patchy.  A body butter works better than a lotion as it thicker formula stays where you put it and nut butters don’t break down the tan.  Right now I’m LOVING this Skin So Soft Supreme Nourishment with Coconut Oil (launches in my eBoutique in a couple weeks!).

Moisturizing products are the key!

Moisturizing products are the key!

Finally step 4, the actual tanning solution.  This summer I’ve been using this Tan AF foam version which I like but don’t love as much as the Neutrogena 3 Days To Glow Moisturizer.  I tend to like a moisturizing lotion form over a foam for my skin.  I also tend to get the medium to deep shade so I only have to apply once, versus having to re-apply in 4 hrs to get the desired shade.  I mean the 3 day one works best when you do it 3 days in a row, but I’ve used it just one day and it still gave me color.

Fake it until you make it!

Fake it until you make it!

And now I’m fake tan af.

Bright Days Ahead A Box, Avon Promo Codes and My HOLY GRAIL

Bright Days Ahead A Box, Avon Promo Codes and my HOLY GRAIL

Bright Days Ahead A Box, Avon Promo Codes and my HOLY GRAIL

Reveal your radiance with this easy three-step bedtime ritual. Start with our moisturizing cleanser. Then revise and refresh tired skin with our exfoliating peel infused with vitamin C. Finish off with our skin-nourishing night cream. That’s how you wake up to a bright day ahead. Valued at $47 this special set price ($10) reflected when added to bag with a $40 Campaign 18 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  

Three skin care must-haves, one full size and two try-it sizes:

• Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel, 3.4 fl. oz. – FULL SIZE
• Anew Ultimate Multi-Performance Night Cream Mini, .5 oz. net wt.
• Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser Mini, 1.7 fl. oz.

Bright Days Ahead

Bright Days Ahead

Word of Alicia:  The Anew Vitamin C Warming peel is my new holy grail!  It instantly transforms my skin.  I use it 1-2 times a week for instantly smoother, refined, brighter, tighter and all around better skin.  When I use it I can not get over how great my skin feels let alone looks.  I typically use this warming peel in the shower in the am but I use the cleanser, moisturizer and Anew Vitamin C Serum at night.

Avon Anew Vitamin C Serum and Warming Peel

Avon Anew Vitamin C Serum and Warming Peel

The Warming Peel is my new HOLY GRAIL

The Warming Peel is my new HOLY GRAIL

The Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel applies like a gritty mask.  You can apply it to dry or wet skin, like I said I apply it in the shower on wet skin.  Water activates the warming sensation so I lightly massage with wet hands until that sensation fades.  Then I treat it like a normal gritty scrub focusing on problem areas like around the nose and T-Zone, “scrubbing” for about 30 – 45 seconds.  Rinse off and instantly transformed skin!

Squeezes out like a normal mask, and smells citrus-y fresh!

Squeezes out like a normal mask, and smells citrus-y fresh!

Spreads around like a gritty mask.

Spreads around like a gritty mask.

Water activates the warming sensation to open up the pores

Water activates the warming sensation to open up the pores

Hand on the right is brighter and younger looking after the peel and serum!

Hand on the right is brighter and younger looking after the peel and serum!

Working this into my skincare routine has made a huge difference.  I slowly worked the Vitamin C Serum in at night using that every other day.  So if you are looking to build a $40 order so you can get this A Box for $10 I highly suggest getting the Vitamin C Serum, and then taking advantage of our 2/$24 Naked Proof Collection (like the cellulite cream that really works!) plus you’ll get a FREE body sheet mask.  Then you can also add in a FREE sample of our yet-to-be-released Neutralize Serum to fight free radicals by adding the sample at checkout.  Finally if your order is $50 or greater you can use promo code SUMMER50 for a FREE GIFT.  This week it is a free in-shower body moisturizer which I’m also a major fan of.  So many offers all in one order!  Shop online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Avon Favs A Box and Online Promo Codes – $67 worth of product for $10

Here’s the inside scoop on what we’re currently coveting: a floral treasure, a pro-inspired eye lift and a game-changing day cream. We’re bringing some of our beauty faves together in the A Box for C16 — Avon Faves (product number 621-220). This A Box has some of our top sellers valued at $67 and you can get them all for only $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Simply add $40 worth of product to your cart, add the Avon Faves A Box and it’s price will auto adjust to $10 at checkout!

Our full-size top-selling eye treatment plus two try-it size beauty favorites:
• Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System, Each, .33 fl. oz.

Full Size Eye Lift Pro

Full Size Eye Lift Pro

• Anew Ultimate Multi-Performance Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Mini, .5 oz. net wt.

TSA Friendly Moisturizer!

TSA Friendly Moisturizer!

• Rare Pearls Eau de Parfum Travel Spray, .3 fl. oz.

Perfect Purse Size Spray!

Perfect Purse Size Spray!

 

Word of Alicia:  This box is worth it alone for the eye cream at $10!  Then add on 2 travel size mini’s perfect for summer vaca’s and you’ve got yourself a deal!  The Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System is one of our best sellers and the perfect eye cream for pretty much all skin types, all eye area concerns.  If you haven’t tried it yet try it now at this A Box price of only $10!

All the favs for only $10!

All the favs for only $10!

Avon Promo Codes:  Also going on are some pretty killer promo codes you can use along with the A Box deal!  You can only use one promo code per order.

This week (valid 7/16-7/22), customers can get a free Velvet Bath Bomb ($14 value) when they make a $50+ order on your online store and enter code JULY50 at checkout.

WELCOME10 – 10% off your first order over $40 or more

TAKE1O – 10% Off (one time use)

FREE Bath Bomb with a $50 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

FREE Bath Bomb with a $50 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O’Nautical – Buttoned Up

Week O'Nautical - Buttoned Up

Week O’Nautical – Buttoned Up

What’s red and white and blue all over?  A patriotic Red White and Blue Week O’Nautical OOTD!  That kinda works right!?  Either way Week O’Nautical is sailing through this short work week as the long holiday weekend is so close I can taste it!

A Little Inspo from Emily Gemma

A Little Inspo from Emily Gemma

If you follow Emily Gemma of the Sweetest Thing Blog then you know she loves a good hat, ESPECIALLY a good Fiddler Baker Boy cap!  It was her post (see here) that had me smitten with this red and white striped hat last year.  I should of copy cat-ted her look there when Memorial Week O’Nautical was cold and rainy, but of course I thought about that after the fact.  So I decided in my head I’ll recreate this look for the 4th but now the summer heat is here and there’s no way I’m wearing jeans, but a denim button front dress I can do!  So I took her flow with the white tee and jeans and put my word on it with this Express Button Front Denim Mini Dress (now marked down to clearance!)

Little White Dress - With Pockets!

Little White Dress – With Pockets!

Hat – Brixton |  Heels, Jewelry – Avon |  Dress – Express |  Red Lip – Avon Lip Glow in Spark

Button Front Trend

Button Front Trend

Avon Lip Glow in Spark

Avon Lip Glow in Spark

This lip on repeat all week long!

This lip on repeat all week long!

I love a little white dress (as seen here, here and here) and this one was a welcome addition to the LWD family.  The square neck and button front details are super on trend.  The denim material is a little easier to wear too not getting as dirty as quickly.  And white always feel perfect for summer and for Week O’Nautical.

Express Button Front Mini Dress

Express Button Front Mini Dress

We’ll be heading out to watch some fireworks tonight so I’ll easily switch into some slides and be good to go for a festive casual night out!  Do you have any early 4th festivities this year?  Or you saving it all for the long weekend!?

Bandit LOVES Week O'Nautical

Bandit LOVES Week O’Nautical

Just as a little PSA there’s a TON of promo’s going on right now over at the eBoutique!  Free Shipping at $25 ends today but always free shipping on $40 🙂

Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Week O'Nautical - Style Trial

Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Let’s give this style a trial for Week O’Nautical!  Today’s look comes from my Express Style Trial box! I’ve been wanting to try a clothes rental subscription for awhile and finally bit the bullet and tried the subscription rental offering from Express… think Rent the Runway only with Express.  I’ll do a full review on the whole experience after I get my 2nd box but until then this little jumpsuit number is a perfect piece for July!

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

The Express Stripe Square Neck Jumpsuit is super fun in red, black and white stripes with a culotte cropped leg.  It is a one and done kind of situation with easy pull on pull off for bathroom breaks.  It handled the summer hear really nicely too.  This one is currently on clearance too!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I thought it gave some Americana vibes so I really picked it out for this week.  I paired it with my black tortoise shell jewelry from Avon and some striped wedges for an elevated casual look.  I wore this to work but I work in a very relaxed dress code kind of place, but you could easily throw a black blazer or sweater over it or even a white collared blouse under it.

A Bit of that 90's Vibe

A Bit of that 90’s Vibe

Too keep it more functional I paired my mini black backpack the husband got me with it, perfect for trotting around BBQ’s and going to watch fireworks.  I wore my walkable wedges but this would look cute with a flat slide too (I have these ones in mind from Steve Madden at DSW)

Walking into the holiday weekend like...

Walking into the holiday weekend like…

You can shop this jumpsuit at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply — which probably means this 50% off sale going on until but check or check after the 4th.  For my Avon jewelry hit up my eBoutique that has free shipping on $25 today and tomorrow with promo code CELEBRATE

Week O’Nautical – Little Red Dress

Week O'Nautical - Little Red Dress

Week O’Nautical – Little Red Dress

Week O’Nautical is here for the short work week!  I’m counting down to the long weekend by theme-ing out my life in all things red white and blue with a loose – and I do mean loose – nautical vibe.  Last time, Memorial Week O’Nautical was all about the blues, but this 4th of July week we’re all about the red! Starting it all off with a Little Red Dress!

Red Dress For A Short Work Week

Little Red Dress – the Avon Myrna Dress

This little red dress was from the spring release via Avon which you might of seen me share on IG, but from the moment I ordered it I had nothing but Week O’Nautical OOTD thoughts on it.  A good red dress is a must in my closet.  I like this one because its off the shoulder which I love, even if I have to layer it with a bodysuit.  Its also lightweight, stretchy, kinda loose, kinda fitted and packable so perfect for summer trips!

Red White and Blue Wear To Work

Red White and Blue Wear To Work

For work I paired this with some nautical block heeled sandals (last seen here), a gold cuff and white hoop earrings all from Avon.  My bag is my new summer bag! I scored on a good deal on it at Marshall’s.  This Michael Kors metallic gold canvas bag with rope straps is the PERFECT for Week O’Nautical bag!  This is such a great summer work bag and I’m very pleased I found this gem.

Twist Front Knot Detailing

Twist Front Knot Detailing

Red and Navy Striped Block Heels

Red and Navy Striped Block Heels

Nautical Details for today's WON OOTD

Nautical Details for today’s WON OOTD

Michael Kors Isla Satchel

Michael Kors Isla Satchel

I of course had to pair this look with the Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance.  I mean, I said I LOVE a theme right!?   Plus, Little Red Dress Fragrance Line is on sale too during the Semi Annual Sale going on over at the eBoutique.  I love all the summer sales that go on this weekend!  If you haven’t already checked out my eBoutique be sure to follow me on IG (@wordofalicia) where I’m highlighting my pick of the day’s and some killer deals.  Plus, building fantasy carts gets you through these few short days before our long holiday weekend!

Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance - Now On Sale!

Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance – Now On Sale!

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Happy first day of summer!  I couldn’t be more excited for long summer days.  I have myself a little dinner and a movie date night so why not wear a killer summer dress!  Summer dresses are my favorite, they’re easy breezy and go with any occasion, kinda like a summer day.

Summer Trends

Summer Trends

I hit a few trends with this black midi dress from Express; button front, ribbed and midi!  It’s appropriately called the Ribbed Button Front Midi Dress.  It actually was a spring item that went out of stock online.  When mom was out visiting we hit up the real legit mall and I was able to swoop it up  and it did not disappoint.  (Its back in stock online btw, and in 3 colors!)  I love it as a summer dress because its so light weight and easy to wear it will be the perfect thing for 100+ days we hit here in the summer.

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Because it is such a thin material I felt more comfortable layering it over a strappy bra cami for work. I work in a causal office so summer dresses are allowed, however you could layer this over a white crew neck t-shirt for a 90’s look if you need more coverage.

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Solstice calls for summer accessories!  Boater Hat by LC Lauren Conrad and some raffia flatforms from Shoedazzle fit the bill.  My Avon Summer Sands jewelry collection was the perfect compliment on top for some more summer obsessories.

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

You can shop my summer dress at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply.

Happy Summer My Friends!