Skincare

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

5 Makeup Looks You Should (and can) Master

5 Makeup Looks To Master

5 Makeup Looks To Master

Makeup Monday is going to cary on all week because I’ll be sharing 5 makeup looks you should master for your life. I realize not everyone is as much of a product junkie as me, but what I also realized is basically I just do 5 main looks and tweak them, and they’re pretty much the looks everyone should have in their makeup arsenal.  So!  I’ll be sharing posts on each of the 5 looks, how you can master them and how you can tweak them.

You CAN do it!

You CAN do it!

With each look you’ll want to master them according to your skin type and lifestyle.  Its kinda like how workout videos have the main person to follow along with and then one person doing the modified version for not as skilled and then one doing modified for those more advanced.  You can do the same thing with makeup, be extra or be minimal.  Here are the 5 looks I feel are the ones everyone should and can master:

  1.  Everyday Slay – your go to everyday makeup routine that works for work, play, weekend and more.  Just complimentary go with everything shades that work for you.
  2. The Quickie – a super quick version of your everyday that can be done super quick when running late.  These are your dessert island products you can put on in a snap.
  3. Going Out – this is your party look for a night out or a special event that you know will look good for pictures but also makes you feel a little special.
  4. Big and Bold – going big or go home, with a bold pop of color, be it a bold lip or a bold eye or both!
  5. Seasonal Switch – you need to adapt your makeup for the season not just in colors but also in formula, I’ll be featuring my summer edition.
My top 5 products

My top 5 products

Here are my top 5 products representing each of these 5 looks:

Everyday Slay:  Avon Magix Tint Brightening Tinted Moisturizer

The Quickie:  Avon True Color Liquid Precise Pen

Going Out:  Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

Big and Bold:  Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Seasonal Switch:  Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Everything I Want A Box

Everything I Ever Wanted A Box

BONUS:  Avon A Box – here’s a shameless plug for the Everything I Ever Wanted A Box.  Right now it features one of my fav mascaras along with one of my fav nail polish formulas in addition to a good eyeliner and a nice neutral lipstick.  This A Box is perfect for your everyday slay with products that will translate over to every 5 of these looks to master… and for only $10 with a $40 purchase!

It's Makeup Monday All Week!

It’s Makeup Monday All Week!

Be sure to check back all week for my detailed post on the 5 looks along with some tweaks, swatches and reviews!

Pamper Yourself A Box

Pamper Yourself A Box

Pamper Yourself A Box

Spring into the new season with the super cute C9 A Box, Pamper Yourself! It has some of our favorite skin care go-tos you’ll love for this warm-weather season!  Plus, an exclusive necklace and all contained in the prettiest of spring-time boxes!

Bandit LOVES the new A Box!

Bandit LOVES the new A Box!

Get Pampered: One full-size and two try-it-size skin care essentials, plus an A Box exclusive necklace ($43 value)!

A $43 Value! Only $10 with a $40 Purchase!

A $43 Value! Only $10 with a $40 Purchase!

Anew Purifying Clay Mask: 1.7 oz.
Anew Hydra Fusion Gel Cream: .5 oz.
New Clean Rich Cleansing Foam: 1 oz.
A Box Exclusive Constant Love Pendant Necklace: goldtone

Bandit is digging this EXCLUSIVE necklace!

Bandit is digging this EXCLUSIVE necklace!

Word on the Pamper Yourself A Box:  The A Boxes this year have really stepped it up a notch, and this one is no exemption.  The pretty exclusive pendant marries perfectly with the iconic Avon jewelry just released.  Everything in this box are pure favorites!  I LOVE the rich cleansing foam cleanser especially used with the facial brush (Avon Anew Clean Cleansing Brush).  The Purifying Clay Mask is my go-to for detoxifying.  A travel size Hydra Fusion is just want I need to add to the makeup bag for mid day refreshes and upcoming travel!  This one definitely holds its value for only $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Perfectly Packaged To Gift or Get!

Perfectly Packaged To Gift or Get!

This would also make a GREAT Mother’s Day gift.  Could gift it alone, or along with some flowers or pair it with some of the adorable Mother’s Day gif tables at the eBoutique.  You could easily hit your $40 order add this on and give Mom a gift worth much more.  Or even for Easter baskets for older girls, or if you give Easter gifts to your family members.  I also love this for a bridal shower gift.  Seriously this A Box is one to grab up and stash because it really works for a lot of occasions and the packaging is too cute!

Bandit Says

Bandit Says “Shop Online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger”

 

The Weekend Ritual A Box

Weekend Ritual A Box

Weekend Ritual A Box

You know what’s becoming my weekend ritual? Going a little extra on my skincare! Weekends are the perfect time for your own at-home mini spa! After a nonstop week, it’s time to give yourself some pampering. Refresh your skin with an exfoliating scrub, give your cuticles a conditioning treatment and stay moisturized on your weekend travels with expert mini day and night creams.

Go To Every Day Products

Go To Every Day Products

Valued at $37 Three try-it-size skin care essentials, plus a full-size treat for your cuticles:

• Anew Clean Daily Scrub Mini, 1 fl. oz.
• Anew Platinum Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Mini, .5 oz. net wt.
• Anew Platinum Night Cream Mini, .5 oz. net wt.
• Avon True Color Cuticle Conditioner, .4 fl. oz.

Being EXTRA every weekend is now my ritual!

Being EXTRA every weekend is now my ritual!

This weekend I slept in my makeup 2 nights in a row. So some extra self care Sunday rituals were extra needed this past weekend. I used the Avon Anew Clean Daily Scrub mini in this A Box, along with Avon Anew Clean Cleansing Brush to wash away the weekend. I then used the Avon Anew Purifying Clay Mask to really go the extra mile. Sunday skincare masks are becoming my ritual. Followed up with the Platinum creams to really help heal that dry winter skin, so come today my skin is looking like we had a long weekend rather then a rough weekend. These are practical uses of this A Box. A lot of the time the A Box has fun new things to try but these are tried and true, use every week products that you can get for $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger Trust me, your skin will thank you come Monday 🙂

New Skin Resolutions A Box

Skin Resolution A Box

Skin Resolution A Box

Start the new year with a fresh face with the Campaign 2 New Skin Resolutions A Box (product # 149-517). This A Box features 3 of our Best of Beauty Winners, including a pro-inspiried eye lifter, moisturizing cream, and power serum. At $10 with any $40 purchase, this offer will help put your best face forward this new year!

All this for only $10!  A better valued A Box

All this for only $10! A better valued A Box

Skin Care Must-Haves:  Get $42 worth of amazing skin care!

Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System: Gel. 33 oz. / Cream .33 oz.
Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser: 1.7 oz.
Anew Power Serum: .24 oz.

If you're looking to take care of your winter skin, this A Box will handle it!

If you’re looking to take care of your winter skin, this A Box will handle it!

One of the better valued A-boxes, this one is worth the eye cream alone!  The cream cleanser and power serum are also my all time must have skincare favorites so getting all of this for $10 is well worth a $40 order.  PLUS the new Easy Capsule Collection is available and mark. Modern Lines collection so getting to $40 is SUPER easy and won’t break your post Christmas bank.  Shop now over at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

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.

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!

 

Word On The Incredible Eye Event

Today is taking a page from Skincare Sunday because we’re all about the eyes with our incredible eye event going on now!  Best way to get flawless makeup is with a good skincare routine.  Took a little informal poll on the facebook and majority of my peeps prefer eyes over lips, so if you’re not using an eyecream then you’re already a step behind.  No matter your age, skin type, or tone an eye cream is necessary to battle those nights without enough sleep, environmental elements and aging.  Right now during the Incredile Eye Event going on at my eBoutique all eye creams are $14.99!  Which is an excellent price for a really good eye cream, you’re not going to find that price at the department store, and these work just as well or better than those same creams.

Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro

Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro

Biggest conversation is the Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro eye cream is $14.99.  This guy features two products in one, a gel for the upper eye lid to lift and a cream for the under eye and crows feet to moisturize.  This cream is the best selling eye cream, and getting it at $14.99 is almost unheard of.

Duo Eye System: Gel and Cream

Duo Eye System: Gel and Cream

Another thing to note about this eye cream is it works for any age and skin type.  It doesn’t have a fragrance and works with sensitive eyes, or allergy eyes.  And it works.  That’s the biggest thing, right!?! So if you’re just dabbling in the world of skincare or have been in it for ages this is the one to get at the eye event price!

Packaging shows which goes where

Packaging shows which goes where

Not only is this eye cream a best seller, its also is in multiple publications (like my bible, Allure) and blogger reviews.  Word of Alicia is, its pretty legit.  I’ve been using it during alergy season and its made all the difference.  Its actually something I rebuy.  I have a bunch of samples of this cream I’m mailing out so anyone interested leave a comment and I’ll reach out to you to get you one.

Only $14.99 for this Award Winning Product!

Only $14.99 for this Award Winning Product!

Just incase you already have a favorite eye cream they’re all on sale.  I’ve also used the Avon Anew Reversalist Eye Cream and I absolutely love the Anew Clinical Dark Circle Treatment, which I will be picking up a new one at this sale price.   Even better is you can get FREE SHIPPING on any size order if you include this Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro in your order and use promo code EYELIFT  Even if you only purchse the 1 eye cream at $14.99 you’ll still get it shipped for free.  If there’s ever a time to try it, now is it!

You can shop the entire Incredible Eye Event at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

All Eye Products On Sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

All Eye Products On Sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Is Blue Eyeliner Tacky!?

Is Blue Eyeliner Tacky!?

Is Blue Eyeliner Tacky!?

Blue eyeliner gets a bad wrap. I guarantee you, you can wear blue eyeliner and not look tacky.  It all comes down to how you’re wearing it.  The simplest and easiest way to wear blue eyeliner is with a simple and clean eye look, and pick a blue that’s deep enough that it still defines your eyes.  That’s what an eyeliner in general is supposed to do, a blue can not only define but really pop on any color of eye/skintone.  I found the perfect blue eyeliner in the Avon True Color SuperExtend Precise Liquid Pen in Sapphire Blue.  It defines and pops and wears beautifully.  I can get a precise line, wing it out if I want to and now get a great deep blue color.  You can read my full review here.

Avon True Color SuperExtend Precise Liquid Pen in Sapphire Blue

Avon True Color SuperExtend Precise Liquid Pen in Sapphire Blue

On Eyes:  Avon True Color SuperExtend Precise Liquid Pen in Sapphire Blue ($5.99), mark. Eye Contact Hookup Eyeshadow in Skinny Dip (top middle and top right shades, $18), Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara in black ($6.99).

On Face:  Avon True Color Ideal Nude Cream Concealer Corrector in Medium ($6.99), mark. Get Even All Day Moisture Liquid Foundation in Light Medium 7 ($20), mark. Glow Together Hookup Bronzer in Sunset ($18), mark. Cheek Magnet Hookup Blush in Rose Without Saying ($18).

On Lips:  Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink ($5.99) – see full review here

Pair blue eyeliner with a clean eye and rosy pinks

Pair blue eyeliner with a clean eye and rosy pinks

Pairing blues with pinks are complimentary so try a nice pink flush on the cheeks and a full pink lip to compliment your blue eyeliner.  Can you tell me that this makeup look is tacky?  I think not.  You can put this best face forward as well.  All products used are available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger plus you can add the Fresh and Clean A Box on to your order for only $10.  So you can get clean, radiant skin, and a fresh blue eyeliner makeup look perfect for fall and beyond… definitely not tacky.

Fresh and Clean A Box ONLY $10 with a $40 order from any category at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Fresh and Clean A Box ONLY $10 with a $40 order from any category at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger