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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.

The Power of Pink A Box

The Power of Pink A Box

The Power of Pink A Box

Our newest A Box is launching for C21 and it’s just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Perfect for celebrating the power of pink, this A Box is packed with 5 beautiful pink products you will absolutely adore this season! Valued at $31, grab it for only $10 with ANY $40 purchase.

2 favorites, 2 new try-it-sizes, plus a new purse spray

2 favorites, 2 new try-it-sizes, plus a new purse spray

Gotta Try all 5:  Faves and new try-it sizes are included in the C21 Power of Pink A Box (Item#: 729-990)—all for $10!

1. Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel (.4 oz)
2. Avon True Color Glossy Tube Lip Gloss (.5 oz)
3. Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Body Lotion (2 oz)
4. Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Creamy Body Wash (2 oz)
5. Avon Prima Eau de Parfum Travel Spray (.3 oz)

Gotta Try Products For ONLY $10

Gotta Try Products For ONLY $10

Celebrate the month of hope with the brightest color in an assortment picked out just for you, 2 favorites, 2 new try-it-sizes, plus a new purse spray.   Only $10 with any $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  There’s no better way to try Avon’s best-sellers and customer favorites than by purchasing this A Box available at this incredible price.  In addition, the Shop For The Greater Goods shop is now available at my eBoutique.  These specially curated items give back by donating 20% to the program they represent (Breast Cancer Crusade, Domestic Violence).

Power Of Pink Just In Time for October

Power Of Pink Just In Time for October

Happy First Day Of Spring!

It’s official, spring has sprung!  Not that I haven’t already been wearing the spring trends (as seen here and here) and I’ve already made some spring wardrobe must have updates (seen here) but that also means time to update the beauty routine.  So here are my beauty spring must haves for transitioning out of winter and saying HELLO SPRING!

1.  Faux That Glow!  

Avon Skin So Soft Absolute Glow Gel

Avon Skin So Soft Absolute Glow Gel

Let’s start at the base.  Winter white legs don’t necessarily support flirty spring skirts.  So that means its time to bust out the self tanner and take the edge off.  I’ve definitely tried more than my share over the years but the gradual ones are the most fool proof.  I start with a good exfoliation, like with the mark. Just Buffing.  Followed up with a body butter like the mark. Whipped Up Body Butter.  This helps with creating a uniform application, preventing patchy staining on dry parts.  Then for applying the self tanner I just use my hands (no gloves/etc) and start from the bottom up which avoids extra staining on my arms (which happens when you start at the top).  So legs first, body then arms.  Give it a little time to dry before dressing and you’re good to go!

2.  Whip It Real Good!

mark. Whipped Up Body Butter in Mango Nectar

mark. Whipped Up Body Butter in Mango Nectar

I love layering in a sweeter fragrance for spring.  With all the blooms, fresh air and fresh cut grass I feel like I need a new fresh fragrance too!  So I switch up my bath and body products to more floral and sweeter scents.  The newest scent to the bath and body line up is the Mango Nectar, a bright and sweet sent.  Super moisturizing and smells fantastic so I can elect to skip perfume during the day.  Also, the added benefit to using a body butter before applying self tanner, like the mark. Whipped Up Body Butter, is it helps mask the self tanner smell, so you smell yummy not yucky!  You can get the mark. Whipped Up Body Butter for $10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

3.  Blurred lines!

Avon Skin So Soft Satin Glow Illuminating Moisturizer

Avon Skin So Soft Satin Glow Illuminating Moisturizer

This is a quick fix to blur the lines, or blur the imperfections.  This illuminating moisturizer has a slight beige tint and highlighting particles that on winter skin instantly gives a little spring glow.  I used to get the Smashbox version at a much heftier price tag, so when I saw this Avon version I snatched it up.  Its great on legs arms and chest plus it has a fresh slightly floral scent perfect for spring!  You can get the Avon Skin So Soft Satin Glow Illuminating Moisturizer for $6 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.

4.  New Spring Shade!

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pink Renewal

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pink Renewal

Color and care, that’s what you get with the new Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick.  The new formula is created to improve overall lip health with 6 beauty boosters, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Phytol, Collagen, SPF 15 and Antioxidants.  100% of women showed improvement, including this women!  With 12 new spring ready shades I picked Pink Renewal the PERFECT pink nude to freshen up my look.  Since I’m a fan of a strong eye makeup look I love a simple lip color and this Pink Renewal is it!  You can get it for $9 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pink Renewal Swatch

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pink Renewal Swatch

5.  Chic (and cheap!) Frills!

mark. Chic Frills Blush

mark. Chic Frills Blush

Dull winter skin needs a pick me up on the face just as much as on the body.  Enter in this mark. Chic Frill Blush.  The perfectly pretty spring shade to boost radiance.  Plus the packaging is so pretty I couldn’t resist.  I’m a sucker for awesome packaging.  You can get the mark. Chic Frills blush for $14 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

There are my top 5 beauty picks for welcoming in Spring!  I’m definitely ready to welcome all the pretty eye candy spring brings and adjust my look accordingly.