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Nailed It: Jamberry Night Sky

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Mani Monday and I finally feel human again. I had bare nails for weeks, so finally getting a pedi and busting out a Jamberry wrap on the mani, all is right in the world once again!

I felt like doing nail wraps and these Night Sky wraps were calling my name! Sparkly mixed mani in cool icy tones, sign me up!

We have been having a cold spell in Nor Cal so these icy tones are oh so needed. And so is this scarf that’s my back drop. Its actually the signature print from the mark. Rebel Ice collection. Fun fact: If you bought the bath and body line its the print on the packaging!

I also just got these sterling silver rings in from Avon, and thought the complimented the wraps so well! Yes, Avon does have a line of fine jewelry, yes these rings are new and available, yes they include genuine stones, and yes you need them! The fine jewelry also starts at a size 5! I am wearing the Classic Peak Band (sale price $16.99) stacked with the Blue Topaz with Cluster Halo ring (sale price $34.99).

You can shop my rings and check out Avon’s fine jewelry new arrivals at my eBoutique. Message me if your interested in Jamberry nail wraps! I’m always looking for someone to go halfsies ūüėČ

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A Thankful Thanksgiving!

A Thankful Thanksgiving

A Thankful Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m super thankful for your support here on Word of Alicia, on my social media accounts and as your mark. girl/Avon lady! ¬†I’m so grateful anyone even reads my rambling, views my pictures and shops my eStore. ¬†Avon has given me so many things to be grateful for, especially this year like a FREE all inclusive trip to the Bahamas, extra income, lifetime friends, invaluable connections and this mark. coat! ¬†(check back next week for the full post) ¬†I hope you are all enjoying your day eating, drinking and giving thanks! ¬†I know I am!

Happy Thanksgiving From Word Of Alicia

Happy Thanksgiving From Word Of Alicia

Black Friday offers now through Saturday at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Use Promo Code AVONBLACK

  • Free shipping on orders $20 or more
  • Free shipping AND 20% off of orders $45 or more
  • And orders of $65+ get free shipping, 20% off, plus a free 7-piece holiday on-the-go-set!

Become an Avon lady to help with the holidays at http://www.startavon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Week O’Nautical: Working Girl

 

Week O'Nautical: Working Girl

Week O’Nautical: Working Girl

Can you believe it’s the last week of June already!? I felt like I was just doing my Week O’Nautical posts for Memorial Day… because I was. ¬†Word of Alicia has been a little light in the month of June because I’ve been living that summer life with my summer vaca to the Bahamas, baseball games, Father’s Day, swimming, lake days, etc., but really it’s that work life that takes up most of my time. ¬†Work clothes in the summer can sometime be difficult and tedious when you’re battling the heat and professionalism. ¬†That doesn’t stop me from sporting my red white and blue in a nautical fashion as we count down to our most patriotic holiday and get a little extra time off from that 9-5.

Avon Ponte Peekaboo Lace Dress

Avon Ponte Peekaboo Lace Dress

You’ve already seen this Avon Ponte Peekaboo Lace-Hem dress here, but it’s the perfect work dress. ¬†A stretchy knit so you don’t have to iron it, lightweight so good for summer heat, a longer hemline and a full shoulder for conservative offices, and it’s navy! ¬†Perfect for a little summer nautical looks at work. ¬†Unfortunately it is sold out in misses sizes, only women’s available currently, however it does come in black and white as well and if I were to pick a backup you know black and white would be it!

Week O'Nautical Wear To Work Outfit

Week O’Nautical Wear To Work Outfit

Most of us wear and re-wear the same thing to work. ¬†Even though I’ve worn this dress a bunch of times I wear it with different accessories. ¬†This time I’m able to give it a more nautical look with my accessories. ¬†I pulled out this Avon Ms. Patriotic necklace set and nautical rope bracelet, but this time I added my new(er) Avon Pretty Chic Bracelet Watch and the lucite heel sandals I’ve been loving, mark. So Clear To Me Sandals. ¬†For the finishing touch, wearing the new mark. Vinyl Lip Paint in Glamour.

Nautical Accessories

Nautical Accessories

As any working girl knows a key part to the work wardrobe is the work bag, so I could not of been more excited when I found this Michael Kors bag on clearance for $59 at T.J. Maxx! ¬†A good work bag needs to be big and roomy for all the crap you have to shove in it, but it also has to be sturdy to hold that weight and chic to go with your polished work wear. ¬†This red bag is perfect for the upcoming holiday and Week O’Nautical and for such a great price! ¬†I love the thrill of the hunt and the score!

Maxxinista with this MK find!

Maxxinista with this MK find!

You can shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to check your local T.J. Maxx for some good finds. ¬†If you hit up the one in Fair Oaks, CA they had a couple of these red bags ūüôā ¬†As we approach the the long weekend be sure to add in some red white and blue to your looks this week!

Current Crush: Avon Senses Cherry Blossom Collection

 

Avon Senses Cherry Blossom

Current Crush:  Avon Senses Cherry Blossom

March, I’m so ready for you to be spring-tastic! ¬†If you couldn’t tell from yesterday’s floral post, the blossoming blossoms have me currently crushing on all things spring, starting with the new Avon Senses Cherry Blossom Collection!

Avon Senses Cherry Blossom Collection

Avon Senses Cherry Blossom Collection

Avon recently re-released their bath and body line with a new name, Avon Senses, and a few new scents for the spring including Cherry Blossom. ¬†As described; ¬†“You’ll feel flirty and feminine with the alluring fragrance of blushing cherry blossoms accented by dewy apples and sweet red berries.”

Avon Senses Body Lotion in Cherry Blossom

Avon Senses Body Lotion in Cherry Blossom

Within the collection you have a body lotion, shower gel, hand cream and shimmering body spray and each them are priced amazingly especially for the quality of product.  The shower gel, besides being genius in design that it hangs in the shower, is on special right now for $1.99, I mean $1.99!!!  You can actually get the whole set for only $9.99 right now, so the price of one bottle of lotion at bath and body works you get the whole collection!

Avon Senses Hand Cream in Cherry Blossom

Avon Senses Hand Cream in Cherry Blossom

Avon Senses Sparkling Shimmer Mist in Cherry Blossom

Avon Senses Sparkling Shimmer Mist in Cherry Blossom

My favorite from the collection is this sparkling shimmer mist. ¬†We’re not talking your early 2000’s glitter, were talking 2016 shimmer. ¬†It’s very delicate and when it sprays on it’s just a tad, it doesn’t overwhelm. ¬†Just look at that sparkle goodness!

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Shimmer and Shine With Avon Senses Cherry Blossom Collection

Shimmer and Shine With Avon Senses Cherry Blossom Collection

I really like this take on the classic cherry blossom scent, it’s fresh and floral and little tart. ¬†The staying power is excellent,¬†especially considering the price! ¬†If it doesn’t make you feel like spring has sprung then I don’t know what will! ¬†You can shop the collection and all Avon Senses scents at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and through tomorrow get free shipping on a $25 order with promo code MARCH25

Register To Win:  http://bit.ly/1VTgrJR

Register To Win: http://bit.ly/1VTgrJR

BONUS!  Register and win the collection! plus a bubble bath and candle!  Register here.

Mani Monday: Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

Holdiay nails? Nailed it! ¬†Instead of the same red you wear every year try something equally as festive with a shimmering plum and cream with some easy but eye-catching nail art! ¬†mark. Nailed It Gel Trend Gel Finish Mini Nail Laquers are part of the holiday sparkle beauty collection from mark./Avon and they’re the perfect pairing for your holiday nails!

mark. Nailed it It Gel Trend gel Finish Mini Nail Laquers

mark. Nailed it It Gel Trend gel Finish Mini Nail Laquers

It comes with 2 mini bottles in shades Sugar Plum and Eggnog. ¬†The names (and shades) couldn’t be more fitting for holiday. ¬†Like I said before I prefer these mini polishes they’re the perfect amount to get you through the season before you’re on to the next trend.

Eggnog and Sugarplum

Eggnog and Sugarplum

Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

For this easy¬†nail art first paint your nails in Eggnog. ¬†On my ring I flipped it so I used Sugarplum first. ¬†Once it’s dried for about 2 minutes create a v shape by painting two angled swipes from cuticle to tip on each side of the nail. ¬†The mini brushes on these mini polishes are perfect for achieving this. ¬†It doesn’t have to be perfect to get a good look… mine are far from perfectly symmetrical.

mark. Nailed It Duo for Holiday Mani's!

mark. Nailed It Duo for Holiday Mani’s!

Easy Nail Art For Holidays!

Easy Nail Art For Holidays!

mark. Ready To Pounce Ring

mark. Ready To Pounce Ring

mark. Ready To Pounce Ring

mark. Ready To Pounce Ring

Unique Look For Your Digits This Holiday Season

Unique Look For Your Digits This Holiday Season

The mark. Nailed It Set is available at my eBoutique along with this super cute leopard ring! ¬†Polish is a great little gift idea for stockings, as an add on, or just for a little gift. ¬†Personally I love getting it in my stocking because I know I’ll be doing my nails over the break for upcoming NYE! ¬†This set would be perfect for your NYE look! ¬†Shop now and take advantage of 12 days of deals at my eBoutique! ¬†Today you get to pick a travel size Anew product or tomorrow you get a¬†FREE Platinum-Plated Diamond Pendant Necklace! ¬†Shop now shop often and get those lists done!

mark. Nailed It Gel Polish Set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Nailed It Gel Polish Set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

12 YAYs! Of Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is on! I think I like the Christmas season as much as I like Christmas Day itself! Now that we’re officially in December it’s time to complete that Christmas bucket list and get all the tasks done in the the most spirited way! Here are my 12 yay’s of Christmas!

1. 12 Days of Deals

Avon and mark. 12 Days Of Deals

Avon and mark. 12 Days Of Deals

Pretty much everywhere is doing 12 days of deals promotions because now is the time for any online shopping!  My eBoutique is not excluded.  Here are the 12 deals coming in the next 11 days (since it started yesterday!)

December 2
Day 1: FREE Makeup Design Palette with any $60+ order
Use Code: PALETTE

December 3
Day 2: FREE Ceramic Gingerbread Man Holiday Spice Candle with any $40+ order
Use Code: SPICE

December 4
Day 3: FREE Naturals Cherry Blossom 3-Piece Set with any $40+ order
Use Code: CHERRY

December 5
Day 4: FREE Cascading Baguette Necklace & Bracelet with any $50+ order
Use Code: BAGUETTE

December 6
Day 5: FREE Naturals Silky Vanilla Bath & Body 5-Piece Set with any $50+ Purchase
Use Code: VANILLA

December 7
Day 6: Choice of Anew Vitale, Reversalist or Platinum Take-along Trio
FREE with any $50+ Purchase
Use Code: VTRIO, RTRIO, PTRIO

December 8
Day 7: FREE Platinum-Plated Diamond Pendant Necklace with any $75+ Purchase
Use Code: DIAMOND

Stay tuned for more!

2.  The Nutcracker

Ghosts Of Christmas Past: San Francisco Ballet, Nutcracker

Ghosts Of Christmas Past: San Francisco Ballet, Nutcracker

As I mentioned in my last post The Nutcracker is the a season tradition for me. Every 10 years the Sacramento Ballet does The Nutty Nutcracker a humorous take on the traditional story. ¬†This year I’ll be attending the nutty version, let’s see how it holds up!

3.  25 Days Of Christmas on ABC Family

We have a few weeks to cram in all those favorite Christmas movies and ABC family’s 25 days of Christmas pretty much hits them all. ¬†Here is there FULL listing of every movie they’ve got going on in the next 22 days. ¬†See the list here.

4.  One For You, One For Me Rule.

Avon Bling Pave Watch ONLY $19.99

Avon Bling Pave Watch ONLY $19.99

Problem with Christmas shopping is it seems to be the time when you see all the stuff you’ve been searching for and on sale. ¬†So the one for me one for you rule is just a necessary evil. ¬†Like for me I’ve been looking for the right silver watch, well Avon has they Bling Pave Watch with Crystals By Swarvoski for only $19.99 (an $80 value!). ¬†Soooo I shop a little for the family I add the watch for me. ¬†Win. ¬†Win! ¬†You can score this deal too even if it’s not for you… (shop here).

5.  Christmas Cookies

cookie monster

cookie monster

Making Christmas cookies is the best tradition. ¬†Brings back fond memories with my mom and brother… and when we had cookie making parties! ¬†My favorite, and most time consuming, are the classic sugar cookies. ¬†I use my Grandma Donnell’s recipe and to me they’re perfect. ¬†Note: ¬†If you want them soft use butter instead of crisco, if you want them a little harder¬†(like my mom likes) use crisco instead of butter. ¬†If you like them in the middle use half and half (which is what we usually do!)

Get Grandma Donnell’s Sugar Cookies Recipe here.

6.  Christmas Lights

On Christmas Eve we’d drive around after church to look at all the lights and that seriously was one of my favorite Christmas memories. ¬†Now I still want to take the time and go be a looky loo at the lights, aka stalk peoples houses at night.

7. ¬†It’s Red Lips Season

Avon Ultra Color Lipstick In Matte Ruby

Avon Ultra Color Lipstick In Matte Ruby

All the red lips you can handle! ¬†Screw if you think you can pull of a red lip or not, just wear one! ¬†I personally like a matte red lipstick like mark. Lipclick Matte ($11) in Siren or Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Matte Ruby (now only $5.99!!!). ¬†If you want more of a sheen then try mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up ($11) it’s super moisturizing for winter lips!

8.  Wrapping Presents

Gift Wrapping Season!

Gift Wrapping Season!

Wrapping presents is my absolute favorite! ¬†I’ll sit there and do it until my back is sore while a Christmas special is on tv! ¬†My perfect night. ¬†I also wrap for hire so you want me to do your gifts hit me up!

9.  Deck The Halls

Decking My Halls

Decking My Halls

Decorating for Christmas is the best way to spend a weekend. ¬†(If you haven’t already) ¬†Spend a few hours hunting for the perfect tree (or put up your fake one I don’t hate). ¬†Then spend the rest of the day with some cider or hot chocolate and pulling out all your favorite decorations! ¬†You need to save money anyways so stay home and deck the halls!

10.  Christmas Themed Manis!

mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugar Plum

mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugar Plum

Pretty much from here on out you have all the reason to have the jolliest Christmas mani’s! ¬†From a classic red to full on holiday nail art, creating a festive mani is a little something you can do to bring some Christmas cheer. ¬†I love the mark. Nailed It Duo for an unconventional look or for a classic red I like Avon Nailwear Pro Speed Dry in Red Red. ¬†Add an accent nail in Avon Nailwear Pro in Golden Vision or top with one of Avon Dazzlers Top Coats!

11.  Christmas Music On Blast

Even though my iTunes seems to want to ¬†play Christmas music¬†all year long (seriously why does it always select Christmas music on shuffle!?), but those classic tunes are soothing, fun and festive! ¬†Pandora’s Maria Carey Merry Christmas is the BEST!

 

12.  Holiday Soiree 

Hostessing and Holiday Parties!

Hostessing and Holiday Parties!

If you don’t have a holiday party to attend host one! It can be grand or just a few friends for drinks. ¬†Either way it’s time to put on something special and socialize with friends and family! ¬†Stay tuned for some holiday party ideas!

 

… and a partridge in a pear tree!

Mani Monday: Franken-Nails!

 

Fraken-nails!

Fraken-nails!

Only a work week left until Halloween weekend, which means only a week left to get in some Halloween mani’s!!! ¬†Sometimes pinterest can be a cure and a curse! ¬†There were plenty of ideas I loved but I got a new Halloween polish I wanted to use so putting that all together with my mediocre skills… FRAKEN-NAILS… a Frankenstein of pinterest ideas.

A Frakenstein Of Mixed Halloween Nail Ideas

A Frakenstein Of Mixed Halloween Nail Ideas

Black Shatter, Frakenstein, Pumpkin Face...

Black Shatter, Frakenstein, Pumpkin Face…

A few ideas fell flat while mid-mani, so with those challenges I’m kinda pleased how this turned out. ¬†While on the random Wal-Mart run I picked up a green glitter (I’ll Behave) from the Pure Ice Polish Halloween display so I know I wanted to use that. ¬†In addition to orange and black, because, duh. ¬†And for whatever reason a black shatter over orange just seems necessary come Halloween.

Halloween Nails

Halloween Nails

My Frakenstein nails on my ring and thumb didn’t turn out as great as the pinspiration but I think you still get the drift and I got to use the green glitter! ¬†A good glitter really turns a mani in the right direction. ¬†I’d highly recommend you check out your local Wal-Mart’s Halloween beauty section for Pure Ice polishes, at 1.97 they’re SUPER affordable and some really fun trendy shades including glow in the dark this year. ¬†Now, what am I going to do for ACTUAL Halloween!?!

Trick Or Treat Mani!

Trick Or Treat Mani!

mark. Let Your Fingers Do The Talking Ring

mark. Let Your Fingers Do The Talking Ring

August Friday Favorites

TGIF! ¬†Back from vacation AND back to work makes for a rough week. ¬†But August has been good to me… here’s what I’ve been favoriting this month!

Favorite Arm Party:

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

I’ve been wearing these mark. All Four It Bracelet Set all month. ¬†They go with everything, clean lines but still statement making and bonus you can stack them with other bracelets for even more of an arm party!

 

Favorite Beauty:

August Beauty

August Beauty

These new arrivals from mark. and Avon were in heavy rotation!  mark. All Butter Now in Terra Hotta, On The Dot Eye Pallet in matte, Nailed It Duo in matte shades, Avon Big and Daring Waterproof mascara and Super Extend Liquid Liner.  (all available now here)

 

Favorite Birthday Treat:

Birthday With The Favorite Family!

Birthday With The Favorite Family!

Double Birthday Desserts

Double Birthday Desserts

I got a few birthday celebrations and I’m totally ok with that! ¬†Hit up dinner at my favorite restaurant with the fam, got myself a few birthday treats and celebrated my actual birthday in Hawaii! ¬†My favorite birthday treat was this double dessert at our resort in Kauai!

 

Favorite August Outfit!

Favorite Hawaii Moment

Favorite View in Hawaii 

Bathing suits!  I spent as much time as I could soaking up the sun, swimming and all things summer in my suits!  (top Target, bottom Old Navy)

Favorite Moment:

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

This moment right here. ¬†(suit, Victoria’s Secret Pink, bag, Lilly For Target, hat, mark.)

Favorite Beach Must Haves

Favorite Beach Must Haves

Nailed It: Crafty Nail

#mynailsandmyperfume Featuring Avon Femme, Essie Forget Me Nots, Julep Sienna and Avon Gel Finish

#mynailsandmyperfume Featuring Avon Femme, Essie Forget Me Nots, Julep Sienna and Avon Gel Finish

She’s crafty and she’s just my type,¬†she’s crafty… go ahead sing the Beasties Boys because we’re getting crafty up in here! With Crafty Nail! So if you’re looking for a good nail inspiration go to the Crafty Nail blog, she does some really fun nail looks that will totally have you inspired! In honor of her 2015 OMD3 challenge (and the last day of it). ¬†I decided to put some of the mani’s I’ve been rocking for the last 30 days all in one post.

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

4th Of July Mani

4th Of July Mani

Black and White Nails

Black and White Nails

Metallic Summer Blue

Metallic Summer Blue

'merica round 2

‘merica round 2

Baby Pink With A Matte Top Coat

Baby Pink With A Matte Top Coat

#mynailsandmybag a purple with a halo!

#mynailsandmybag a purple with a halo!

State Fair White Avon Gel Finish

State Fair White Avon Gel Finish

Tropical Accents With Essie

Tropical Accents With Essie

A Really Messy Lined Mani

A Really Messy Lined Mani

Avon Barefoot Beige and Essie A Cut Above

Avon Barefoot Beige and Essie A Cut Above

#mynailsandmydrink in orange and gold and a casualty

#mynailsandmydrink in orange and gold and a casualty

In addition to Crafty Nail being an¬†awesome blog she’s also a fellow Avon rep who created a exclusive set available online only at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger. ¬†The¬†5 piece set includes a base coat, a hot pink polish, a silver dazzling topper and a topcoat all for only $12.99! ¬†Stand out from the average mani with her dazzling look that features a¬†popping¬†pink and just the right amount of sparkle.

Crafty Nail For Avon

Crafty Nail For Avon

Follow these easy instructions to create the look:

1) Start with one coat of Nail Experts Gel Strength Base Coat
2) Apply two coats of Nailwear Pro+ in Hottie (wait 5 minutes between coats)
3) Brush Dazzlers Disco Ball onto a makeup wedge and lightly sponge the glitter onto just the tips of your nails
4) Repeat as necessary until you reach the desired amount of glitter
5) Finish with one coat of Nail Experts UV Gloss Guard Top Coat