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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

Summer Mani Pedi Combos for August

It’s mani Monday and I have bare nails. And I’ve had bare nails for like 2 weeks or so! I’m ready to feel human again and lacquer these puppies up but what color should I choose!? I’ve picked up a few new shades in addition to put tother a few of-the-moment, perfect-for summer-in-August, mani/pedi combos:

Nuditude and Teal Me About It

Nuditude and Teal Me About It

I just picked up Teal Me About It and I’m dying to use it.  I saw Essie make this pairing with similar shades and I’ve been thinking about it ever since!

Parfait Pink and Creme Brûlée

Parfait Pink and Creme Brûlée

A bright pink is my go to for summer, it always wears well and paired with an on-trend white shade on the toes its a no-fail pairing.  (see Creme Brûlée on here)

Sterling and Roses are Red

Sterling and Roses are Red

A collab that will look great through Labor Day!

Sapphired Up and Orange You Crazy

Sapphired Up and Orange You Crazy

This pairing has those Nautical vibes I’ll be loving come Labor Day for Week O’Nautical.  Sapphired up is also one of my all time favorites (see here).

Terracotta and Limoncello

Terracotta and Limoncello

This duo will look stunning with all the leopard and animal print that’s SO IN right now.  Don’t be scared of that Terracotta shade, its actually really wearable and pretty, not blah and brown.

 

As you can tell these pairing are all in my favorite formula, the Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel.  It is hands down my favorite formula and paired with the Gel Finish Top Coat it literally looks as good as a classic gel mani, and lasts really long.  Right now you can get any 2 polishes/top coat for 2 for $11.  An even better deal, you can get the Gel Finish Top Coat with select shades for only $10!  Shop Gel Finish polish and the deals online here.  Now the bigger question is what color should I pick to do my mani/pedi!?!  Leave a comment on your pick for me 🙂

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 🙂

Makeup Looks To Master – Seasonal Switch

Makeup Look To Master:  Seasonal Switch

Makeup Look To Master: Seasonal Switch

Makeup Monday is our last installment in our Makeup Looks To Master series with a look at switching up your makeup for the season.  Just like our wardrobe our makeup wardrobe needs to be updated each season.  Not just for trends, but also for functionality!  In the fall/winter I tend to wear heavier makeup both in formulas and in colors, a lot of purples, smokey taupes and deep jewel tones.  Come spring I’m always looking to lighten and brighten so more highlighting and pinks and peaches.  In the summer it’s all about that bronze glow in formulas that can withstand the hot heat and sweating faces.

Bronzy and Glowy for the Summer

Bronzy and Glowy for the Summer

In the summer it all starts with the right base!  I may be able to use a lighter day moisturizer but I have to use a primer more than ever in the summer.  Perfect for summer is the Magix Face Perfector because it not only blurs my summer pores, it also has SPF 20 in it.  I’ll then use my concealer or my Magix Tint Tinted Moisturizer.  Mid-day I’ll need a powder touch up with some translucent powder or at least the use of some blotting sheets.

Functional for the hot heat

Functional for the hot heat

Functionally in the summer my makeup can’t be too heavy, it will just clog my pores.  I also prefer to use more summer friendly colors to make more of an impact and still look down for anything like a summer day is!  I tend to favor bronzer, glow-y products, bronzy brown shadows and simple glossy lips or a vibrant bold lip if I’m going out in a bright coral, orange or pink.  I’ve really been loving the Avon Dazzle Drops to add in some summer glow to my look.

Tip and Trick:  Use your bronzer as your transition shade on your lid

Tip and Trick: Use your bronzer as your transition shade on your lid

A little summer makeup tip and trick is to use your bronzer as your transition shade on your eyes.  Take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and blend in the crease and under the eye, making sure there’s no harsh lines.  Then use a simple shade all over your lid, I used the taupe shade in the Berry Love Avon Eyeshadow Quad.  Finally, add a little bit of your Avon Dazzle Drops on the center of your eyelid for a easy and glowing summer makeup look.  Here I finished it all with Avon Crave Lip Gloss in Peach Bellini, which I think is the perfect summer lipgloss “flavor.”

Avon Lip Crave in Peach Bellini

Avon Lip Crave in Peach Bellini

Word on A Few Summer Favorites:  Magix Face PerfectorBenefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, Avon Dazzle Drops, Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit Blush, Avon Crave Lipgloss in Peach Bellini, Avon True Color Bronzing Pearls.

Summer Lip Shade:  Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit Blush

Summer Lip Shade: Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit Blush

The products I used in my Big and Bold post are also summer favorites!  I love a fun summer eyeshadow palette along with some big and bold summer color.  I know I don’t take the best makeup pictures, never have, never will but I hope you got the gist of how you can master 5 different takes on makeup and apply them to your life in a functional way!  Just to recap the 5 we have The Everyday Slay, The Quickie, Going Out, Big and Bold and lastly the Seasonal Switch we highlighted today.  Please reach out if you want any suggestions for mastering your makeup!

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!

Wearing A Summer Jumpsuit For Work

Wearing A Summer Jumpsuit For Work

Wearing A Summer Jumpsuit For Work

It’s wear and share Wednesday and I’m wearing my newest favorite summer jumpsuit… to work!  Wearing a summer jumpsuit for work doesn’t really sound appropriate or professional.  However, it totally can be!

Avon Ella Jumpsuit

Avon Ella Jumpsuit

Let’s start with the jumpsuit… this pretty blue number is the Avon Ella Jumpsuit ($39.99).  It features a sleeveless design with a keyhole neckline and a wide cropped leg with elastic waist.  And it has pockets, anything with pockets in instantly better.  This is the same material of the palm print one I loved from last year (see here) but what makes this one more work appropriate is its simple clean design in a solid color.

Neckline Details

Neckline Details

Avon Ella Jumpsuit

Avon Ella Jumpsuit

For work I layered it with a sleeveless suiting vest in black.  The quality fabric keeps this looking professional while the sleeveless design keeps it functional for hot summer weather.  I anchored this look in black to add a layer of sophistication.  My black strappy sandal works with the shorter hem length over say a chunky shoe, and of course my black Movato watch always looks clean.  I also kept my jewelry simple and clean with these Julia pear shaped earrings and a single bangle.

Styling a summer jumpsuit for work

Styling a summer jumpsuit for work

This look really works for work and play.  Head to happy hour and loose the vest for a warm summer nights look.  I really love a bright blue paired with black but this would also look fresh with a clean white.  If your office is chilly then pair a regular blazer over this for a wear to work look.  It has a lot of flexibility in your working girl wardrobe.

Layer with a black open suiting vest

Layer with a black open suiting vest

Accessorize with simple black pieces

Accessorize with simple black pieces

Keep it work friendly in solid colors

Keep it work friendly in solid colors

You can shop this blue jumpsuit as my eBoutique as I know its going to be a summer must-have and only $39.99!  This is a summer trend you can get a lot of milage out of from work to weekend.  It looks just as cute with your favorite slide and straw bag for a summer road-trip or beach vaca!  For a little extra inspo see how some celebs are wearing the trend!

Celeb Inspiration

Celeb Inspiration

Glow Baby Glow A Box and Current Avon Promo Codes

Glow Baby Glow A Box and Current Promo Codes

Glow Baby Glow A Box and Current Promo Codes

We’re brightening our look for all our summer travels! Bring your skin care on the glow with the A Box from C14 — Glow Baby Glow (product number 294-471). This A Box is packed with the perfect products for summer.  Plus, a $50+ purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger will earn you a free Avon True Color Illuminating Stick in Champagne — double bonus!

Expertly Curated A Box for Summer!

Expertly Curated A Box for Summer!

Glow on the Go:  Two try-it-size skin care serums and two full-size lip treats ($38 value)!

  • Anew Power Serum: .24 fl. oz.
  • Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum: .23 fl. oz.
  • Anew Vitamin C Antioxidant Lip Treatment: .13 oz. net wt.
  • Avon Crave Lip Gloss in Strawberry Glaze: .3 fl. oz.
2 Full Size and 2 Try It Size Products

2 Full Size and 2 Try It Size Products

Word on the Glow Baby Glow A Box

I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again Power Serum is one of my all time favorites!  It boosts what you use it with so apply the Vit C serum first let it dry down then try Power Serum over it before you finish with your day or night cream.  Personally what I like about this box is the Crave Lip Gloss in Strawberry Glaze, I didn’t have that one and its fruity smell did not disappoint.  You can tell its essentially a clear gloss so it will go with your Everyday Slay Makeup Look!  Plus you get the Vit C lip treatment, and some travel size skincare for summer travel… this box is SO worth its $10.  And its a great way to try the new formula on the Vit C serum.

Wearing Avon Lip Crave in Strawberry Glaze

Wearing Avon Lip Crave in Strawberry Glaze

Avon Promo Codes for Campaign 14 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

WELCOME10 – 10% off your first order over $40 or more (one time use)

TAKE1O – 10% Off (one time use)

Starting June 1st -June 30th – FREE Avon True Color Illuminating Stick in Champagne when they spend $50+ on your online store.  Automatically added to your cart with a qualifying $50 and get free shipping too!

DALLAS – FREE Ship on $25 (unknown end date)

ATLANTA – FREE Ship on $25 (unknown end date)

$10 with a $40 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

$10 with a $40 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Makeup Looks To Master: Going Out

Makeup Looks To Master: Going Out

Makeup Looks To Master: Going Out

Things are going up on a Tuesday!  Well, that’s if you count the grocery store as going out… But my going-out makeup is!  Party makeup is the most fun and where you can take more risks.  I like to switch it up for the event, season, weather and just the overall vibes but having one go-to makeup look helps when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready, don’t know what you’re going to wear or exactly how the event will play out.  For the past year this has been my go-to going out makeup look.

Glittery Eyes and a Fun Lip!

Glittery Eyes and a Fun Lip!

Glittery eyes and a fun lip.  After stalking it for some time I finally used my birthday week treats to pick up the Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma.  This is a pretty intense gold glitter that pretty much makes your going out makeup a party all itself.  However it is $24 a pop so when Avon released their Glimmershadows in Fools Gold I noticed it was a pretty good dupe at only $8.  In the photo below I’m wearing the Stila version with a pink lip, in these other photos I’m wearing the Avon Glimmershadow.  You can see they’re very similar and a very fun going out look!

Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

A glittery liquid shadow like these are so impactful you don’t need much.  I like to start with putting some concealer on my eyelid, no need for a primer with the Avon since its so long lasting.  Then I’ll apply the glimmershadow.  I let it dry and set for maybe 30 seconds then I’ll go in with a neutral taupe shade above the crease in the transition area.  If I’m adding an outer v color then I will, like here I used a little black shadow.  I then use my favorite liquid liner Avon True Color Liquid Precise Pen and follow up with curling my lashes and mascara, Avon Love at 1st Lash in black.

Wearing Avon Glimmershadows in Fool's Gold

Wearing Avon Glimmershadows in Fool’s Gold

When doing my go-to going out look I stick to lip shades I know I love.  A good liquid lipstick will have more staying power for a long night out of eating and drinking!  I’m wearing mark. Pout Velvet Lip Paint in Fancy.  This has been discontinued which means savings for you, its only $5.99 right now!  I did pick up a backup as this is one of my favorites, its very comfortable to wear!  On my face I started with the same primer, Magix tint and blush I used in my everyday makeup look — see here.  Only addition is I added some making setting spray at the end and I did my brows (as seen here).  Going out makeup is the perfect time to contour and highlight however I didn’t do that here… oops.

Wearing mark. Pout Velvet Lip Paint in Fancy

Wearing mark. Pout Velvet Lip Paint in Fancy

Believe me you want a glitter shadow in your arsenal!  Even if you don’t go all out a little swipe of this on a clean lid and some mascara will have you instantly party-ready!  But note, these Avon Glimmershadows are selling like hotcakes!  There are a few shades already on back order and not a whole lot of stock coming down the pipes until closer to fall, so I recommend you jump on this Fool’s Gold shade while its still available AND they’re buy one get one half off at my eBoutique!