Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Outfit Idea That’s Not A Dress

Valentine's Outfit That's Not A Dress

Valentine’s Outfit That’s Not A Dress

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday.  So if you have plans on the actual day, then most likely you’ll be going to work first, so a date night dress probably isn’t the best option on a cold February day.  For a Valentine’s Day outfit that’s not a dress, try a pair of statement pants!  I’m personally loving the Avon Ashley Wide Leg Pant.

Ashley Wide Leg Pants

Ashley Wide Leg Pants

These wide leg pinstripe pants are kinda perfect for a date night.  They’re a little take notice, flatter the figure and a lot of comfortable.  You can easily style them for work with a simple white turtleneck (Avon Sloan Turtleneck in White).  If you wanted something a little more for date night try a black lace blouse or put a corset over your turtleneck which is really trendy right now.  Even pairing a slinky cami with a cardigan would be great for a day to night look.

Statement Wide Leg

Statement Wide Leg

Date Night Pants

Date Night Pants

Dress up your look for Valentine’s Day with some date night jewelry!  This ravishing red collection from Avon looks way more spendy than it is!  I like how classy it looks but yet sparkly and fun for a date.  I’m wearing the drop earrings, necklace, tennis bracelet also layered with this super cute XOXO pave bracelet.  I just LOVE the jewelry offerings this year from Avon.  They did the cutest pieces that add just the right amount of fun.

Avon Ravishing Red Collection

Avon Ravishing Red Collection

I love a good work tote and this reversible one from Coach fits my work needs perfectly.  I also like it for a Valentine’s Day work look because its my 3rd wedding anniversary present, the year of leather.

Pinstripes, Arm Party and a killer Tote

Pinstripes, Arm Party and a killer Tote

Ravishing Red Drop Earrings Really Stand Out!

Ravishing Red Drop Earrings Really Stand Out!

You can shop the entire Valentine’s Day collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  For my pants and turtleneck you’ll have to backorder.  To do that, at the top right click “Product #”, scroll to the bottom of the page and where it has the search option type in “ashley wide leg pant” or “sloan turtleneck” and select campaign 3.  Your available size options should pop up.  Select the one you want then add to cart.  If you have any trouble please reach out to me and I can assist.

Valentine's Day Look

Valentine’s Day Look

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Trending Tuesday: Lots To Love

Lots To Love

Lots To Love

If the world of alicia was the internet #lotstolove would totally be trending. Lots To Love is the title of the newest Avon flyer targeting Valentine’s Day. In the world of Alicia, I’m just OBSESSING over it. I just LOVE these images and have me inspired for not just Valentine’s Day, but for my January, February, awards season, and beyond!

 

Makeup Looks To Love:

Sultry and Stunning

Sultry and Stunning

First thing that has me smitten is the stunning beauty looks featured.  Super simple clean skin, simple eye, LOTS of lashes, red lips and silver nails.  This looks so sultry with the strapless look, really letting those stunning jewelry pieces take the stage, but just as easily works more casual.  I NEED to recreate this look.

Casual and Confident

Casual and Confident

Beauty Gifts To Love:

Darling Ring Dishes

Darling Ring Dishes

This year’s giftable collection is too cute to boot!  Between the darling ring trays, the fun graphic lip prints, and the mix match appeal, I’m smitten!  The ring trays would be super cute for a candy dish at my desk at work!  I love to theme out my life so a pair of Valentine’s Day PJ’s is kind of a must!

This Lots To Love flyer definitely has given me lots to love!  It’s funny how a retailer’s flyer/ad/campaign can really create a lot of inspiration.  I’ve definitely been letting my jewelry be the statement of my look and piling on the Big and Daring mascara!  You can shop the entire collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and add on that Eye Love You A box to bring it full circle! For some more inspiration here’s the entire Lots To Love flyer for your eyes!

Lots To Love Flyer:

Lots To Love

Lots To Love

Eye Love You Collection A Box

Eye Love You Collection A Box

Eye Love You Collection A Box

Share the love with our newest A Box for Campaign 3. The Eye Love You Collection A Box (081-828) features four makeup faves and an exclusive earring set. These products will give your eyes, lips, and ears some lovin’.

All you need is love…and of course your go-to liner, gloss and mascara! Plus darling studs for a sweet assortment…all handpicked just for you.

All you need is love…and of course your go-to liner, gloss and mascara! Plus darling studs for a sweet assortment…all handpicked just for you.

Lots to Love:  Makeup faves and beautiful jewelry for just $10 ($40 value!) with any $40 purchase.

Gloss, earrings, mascara

Gloss, earrings, mascara

Avon True Color Glazewear Lip Gloss in Mocha Latte: .21 oz
Big & Daring Volume Mascara in Blackest Black: .34 oz.
A Box Exclusive! Be Mine Stud Earrings: 2 pairs of pierced studs

Remover and Liner

Remover and Liner

Avon True Color Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Lotion: 2.7 oz
Avon True Color Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Blackest Black: .01 oz

All You Need For Valentine's Day

All You Need For Valentine’s Day

So Many Ways to Get to $40
Now ALL purchases in your campaign will count toward a qualifying $40 order for the $10 A Box offer. This includes orders from mark. by Avon, Avon Living, as well as Outlet and Marketing Flyers so take advantage of this A-mazing value at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Lots To Love With This A Box

Lots To Love With This A Box

I really “love” this A Box!  If you were looking for a little something to gift for Valentine’s Day this would be a really cute option.  It pairs really well with the cute Valentine’s Day offerings at my eBoutique from jammies, to beauty to cute home goods there’s a ton of adorable new arrivals.  Here are a few of my favorites new to http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Word On Love, mark. Bath and Body

Word On Love, mark. Bath and Body Collection

Word On Love, mark. Bath and Body Collection

Happy Valentine’s Day!  What’s more fitting of a post for Valentine’s Day than a review of the Love, mark. Bath and Body collection with it’s super cute and Valentine’s Day appropriate lip print packaging!?

Super Cute Lip Print Packaging

Super Cute Lip Print Packaging

Word on Love, mark. Bath and Body Collection:  For you, a new bath and body collection sealed with a kiss. Love, mark. Scented with an extra-special blend of wild strawberry, succulent white peach and pink sugar crystals.

HAND CREAM – This extra-rich formula with vitamins A and E has a creamy texture that locks in moisture and leaves skin feeling soft and silky.  3.4 fl. oz. Price: $6.00

BODY MIST – This mist not only adds a hint of scent to the skin, it also leaves it refreshed and hydrated.  6.7 fl. oz. Price: $14.00

BUBBLE BATH – This foaming formula moisturizes as it cleanses, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed.  8 fl. oz. Price: $10.00

BODY BUTTER – With aloe, shea and cocoa butters plus coconut oil, this ultra-rich formula melts right into the skin and keeps it feeling moisturized all day.  6.75 fl. oz. Price: $12.00

Love, mark. Whipped Up Body Butter and Handcream

Love, mark. Whipped Up Body Butter and Handcream

Word Of Alicia:  I think this limited edition scent couldn’t of come at a better time, it’s that perfect mix of winter and pre-spring in my opinion.  I like that’s its a little sweet, a little warm and a little fresh.  I think the pink sugar crystals are the top note and as it settles the strawberry and peach linger.  As the days grow longer we want to lighten and brighten and this fragrance does exactly that.  As far as formula goes you know that Whipped Up Body Butter is my absolute favorite!  My skin gets so dry and itchy in the winter and this severely helps that.  As far as the hand cream goes a little goes a long way, use too much and you can get a little tacky.  The hand cream is 3.4 fl oz so that’s a pretty big tube that will last you a long time and for only $6 that’s the best bang for your buck.

Whipped Up Body Butter Texture

Whipped Up Body Butter Texture

Hand Cream Texture

Hand Cream Texture

You can shop the full  Love, mark. limited edition collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Love, mark.

Love, mark.

 

Love,

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Grammy Feels That Took Over Mani Monday

Valentine's Day Mani Monday

Valentine’s Day Mani Monday

“Last night a DJ saved my life”…  That’s how I feel about the Grammy’s last night. Today I totally planned to have this Valentine’s Day Mani Monday post but then the Grammy’s happened, and for whatever reason it had me feeling all sorts of musical happiness.  Here’s what I loved…

  1.  The actual music!  Not the red carpet looks, not a funny moment or an emotional one or the personal statements, but the actual music.  Everyone was spot on and the performances were excellent and the music and nominees were all really good.  The spotify playlist, on repeat.
  2. Tribe Called Quest.
  3. Realizing that the song I’ve been sining along to on the radio that I thought sounded very Michael Jackson-esq for months now, was The Weekend.  How did I miss that?  Oh, because for this last year I’ve not been listening to music, but I used to…  I used to know things, listen to it at work, while doing things, while getting ready… somehow I dropped music from my life which I why last night and the Grammy’s sparked something.
  4. Beyonce’s Red Sequin Dress.  Well all the red actually, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Kat Graham, Maya… of course red carpet picks had to make the list.
  5. Adelle’s makeup making her look like a bronzed goddess especially against her stunning green dress.
  6. Bruno as Prince.
  7. My new love and appreciation for Chance the Rapper.  Granted you’ll find a good few of my shazam’s containing him but I did not have him on my list of folks I liked, until now with his genuine personality and that gospel performance.  Anyone who can smoothly work in Harry Potter into your rap has my attention.  Word yo!
  8. Katy Perry’s white tux during her performance.
  9. Demi Lavoto’s jumpsuit during the Bee Gee’s tribute… and well, that freaking Bee Gee’s tribute.  I also can not help but smile every time I hear the Bee Gee’s and think of those SNL skits with JT and Jimmy, The Barry Gibb Show.  Smiles every time.
  10. Finally, that there’s a carpool karaoke show coming our way.  It better be on right after lip sync battle 😉

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Meanwhile, Valentine’s Mani Monday brought to you by Jamberry.  I absolutely adore them for the holidays, to get those fun printed looks to theme things out.  I’ll be doing a new mani today for actual Valentine’s Day tomorrow, probably while listening to that Grammy’s Spotify playlist.

Jamberry Wraps for Valentine's Day

Jamberry Wraps for Valentine’s Day

With Flash

With Flash

How cute are those lips!?

How cute are those lips!?

When is Valentine’s Day this year?

When even is Valentine’s day!?  What day of the week is it on?  What am supposed to get this year… ugh!  No fear, word of alicia has it covered.  This year Valentine’s Day, February 14th, falls on a Tuesday… so that means Taco Tuesday and $5 movie Tuesday!  It’s a precious week night so maybe you make the taco’s at home for Netflix and chill.  But what about the gift?  I have a few ideas for you straight from our Valentine’s Day Boutique on everything on what to wear to what to gift:

Valentine's Day Boutique at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Valentine’s Day Boutique at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

What to Wear:  Regardless if you have a date or not you can still wear something to theme out your day even if all you’re doing is going to work.  I personally lean toward red but pinks and purples are also festive!  I love the look above for sultry date night look, the red wrap dress with high low hem works perfectly with a black lace up bootie and statement necklace all from Avon.

I’m loving this girly purple look from mark. for Valentine’s day too!  It would be perfect for a day date, or for tacos!  Paired with fun flats and a mini bag makes if functional while still being romantic.  Also the kind of outfit you could wear to work just to theme out your day 🙂

Purple for Valentine's Day

Purple for Valentine’s Day

 

What To Give This Valentine's Day?

What To Give This Valentine’s Day?

What To Gift:  Fragrance and jewelry are kind of the go-to gifts for Valentine’s Day for a reason.  They always fit and flatter.  Thing is, you don’t have to break the bank to get them either.  Regardless if you your gifting your kids, your friends, your valentine or even yourself, there are some killer items at my eBoutique.  For your kids, I love the jewelry sets in a heart shaped box for girls.  For your friends the mark. Love, mark. bath and body line is perfect, especially the little hand cream.  For your valentine, fragrance and fine jewelry!  I’m loving the Avon Sterling Silver Genuine Onyx ring!

Boxed Jewelry From Avon

Boxed Jewelry From Avon

Fragrance is always a little personal which also why it makes a great gift for yourself.  The nice thing about gifting it at Valentine’s Day is you can gift what you want your Valentine to smell like.  For women’s fragrance I love Avon Femme and the Ultra Sexy Line, like the new trio of body spray’s for $15.  Little Red Dress was just released and perfect for Valentine’s Day.  For men my husband loves Avon Luck and I have to say I do too!  It’s clean and casual so perfect for every day.

Avon Little Red Dress

Avon Little Red Dress

You can shop all the products mentioned at my eBoutique here, or if you want me to completely handle this, shop for you, wrap for you and deliver for you hit me up I’m more than willing to do it all 🙂  Happy Valentine’s Day loves!

With Love – EXTRA 25% Off The Valentine’s Day Shop

Over at my eBoutique we’ve got a little Valentine’s Day Shop with items perfect for the romantic holiday or just for February!  BONUS you can get an EXTRA 25% off the shop with promo code LOVE.  A few of my top picks in the shop:

mark. Cosmic Blast Earrings

mark. Cosmic Blast Earrings

mark. Take A Bow Cuff

mark. Take A Bow Cuff

Top Jewelry Pieces:  These two from mark. add just the right amount of edge to a girly look that’s perfect for a dinner date, day date or just a casual outfit!

Avon Femme

Avon Femme

Avon Ultra Sexy Heart

Avon Ultra Sexy Heart

Top Fragrance Picks:  Avon Femme is my fav perfume from Avon and it’s been in heavy rotation for pre-spring, it’s just a nice scent.  Newest addition is Avon Ultra Sexy Heart and on sale at $14 BEFORE the 25% off it’s totally worth trying this Valentine’s Day!

mark. Lip Click Matte

mark. Lip Click Matte

mark. Clutch Situation Brush Set

mark. Clutch Situation Brush Set

Top Beauty Picks:  This time of year it’s all about adding a fun take on the necessary.  For the most kissable holiday, lipstick is necessary!  Add a new matte formula in 3 of the best basic shades from mark.!  This brush set has been my absolute MUST HAVE the angled brush is PERFECT for contouring your cheeks and the eye liner brush works THE BEST with mark. Saved By The Gel liner.

 

You can shop these and more at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to use promo code LOVE for 25% off the boutique!

Lip Of The Week: Avon Beyond Color in Uptown Pink

Lip Of The Week: Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink

Lip Of The Week: Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink

‘Cuz that uptown funk gonna give it to ya.  Well, if the funk isn’t then this Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink is.

Lip Of The Week: Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink

Lip Of The Week: Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink

The Word On Uptown Pink: Maybe it’s early but Valentine’s Day inspiration is creeping in on me with pinks, reds and the like.  I literally wore this mauve pink shade everyday this week.  That could also be that I think it looks best with a simple makeup look and that’s all I’ve been motivated to do lately.  Think concealer, highlighter/blush, lots of mascara and a little eye liner.  Super quick and the trendy lip shade steals the show so you look put together.  Speaking of trendy it kinda mimics the upcoming Rosie shade from Kylie Lipkit only with a satin finish so more wearable.  And a fraction of the cost… Beyond Color lipsticks are on sale for 2 for $7.99!  (shop it here)

Lip Of The Week: Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink

Lip Of The Week: Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink

Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink Swatch

Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Uptown Pink Swatch

Nailed It: Julep Smitten Kitten Box

Julep Smitten Kitten Box

Julep Smitten Kitten Box

Ok so this was totally my Valentine’s Day mani but hearts, glitter, red and white are still perfectly acceptable all month long!  So better late then never, here’s round 2 of the Valentine’s Day nails courtesy of Julep’s Smitten Kitten Box (see round 1 here).  For February I decided to go with the Smitten Kitten box as my maven selection.  (Maven’s are Julep’s members who get a perfectly curated box each moth to take or skip).  I knew it was going to be PERFECT for this month’s holiday and their themed out selections haven’t let me down in the past. (see last yrs v-day, st. patty’s and 4th of july)

Julep Smitten Kitten Box Nail Look

Julep Smitten Kitten Box Nail Look

The Smitten Kitten box included a red creme (Karissa) a full coverage gold glitter (Vivien), a holographic heart glitter (Hartleigh) and Freedom topcoat with cute red and white heart stickers.  I loved them all so much I had to use them all in one look.  Overkill, for some maybe, super fun and festive, absolutely!

Julep Vivien

Julep Vivien

Julep Harleigh

Julep Hartleigh

I alternated the red and gold as my base and then let them mostly dry before putting on the heart sticker.  I then followed it up with a generous coat of Freedom Topcoat.  Because I knew there were going to be a lot of layers I only went with one coat and got them opaque.  Again, this is why I love Julep for their killer formulas!

Accent Nail in Julep Harleigh

Accent Nail in Julep Hartleigh

For my pointer I decided to make it an accent nail by layering on Hartleigh over a super pale pink base. A glitter with hearts and heart decals make it way easier to get a perfect heart mani.  Way better then my past attempts at free handing a heart.

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Julep Smitten Kitten Box

Julep Smitten Kitten Box

I of course added this fun Tool Around Ring Set from mark. for a little something extra!

Valentine's Day Nails with Julep

Valentine’s Day Nails with Julep

If you loved the Smitten Kitten Box you can get a similar themed out box for St. Patrick’s day!  If you’re already a maven select the Lucky Shamrock Box or if you’re new to Julep sign up for the subscription use promo code PINCHME and get the themed out box FOR FREE!  If you want the perfect polish to theme out your St. Patrick’s Day then grab this, it includes my St. Patty’s favorite… LUCKY (see here and here).  Julep’s formula is KILLER, their maven program is KILLER and the their suggestions and pairings are KILLER!  If you haven’t signed up yet do so NOW!  (esp while it’s free!)

Free Julep with promo code PINCHME

Free Julep with promo code PINCHME

mark. Tool Around Ring Set

mark. Tool Around Ring Set

Peace Out!

Peace Out!

Until next mani Monday…

Love: Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  February the 14th (sung in the key of Outkast!)  I hope you enjoy the day with the people you love!

Lovely Look for Valentine's Day

Lovely Look for Valentine’s Day

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Jacket, Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, Clutch:  mark.

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T-shirt, Express.  Mint jeans, Tillys.  Lace pumps, Shoedazzle.

 

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!