bath and body

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.

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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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12 Days of Deals – Cranberry and Cinnamon Senses 4 Piece Gift

On the 6th day of Christmas Word of Alicia gave to me, a 4 pieces senses gift for FREE!

Today’s deal is a FREE 4-piece set including the Avon Senses lotion and body wash in Cranberry and Cinnamon, along with a body puff and a triple wick candle in cranberry too!  I personally think think this is the perfect combo for a gift exchange gift.  Something festive, but general enough to be liked by the many.   If you have a white elephant, a secret santa or just need something small this combo is great!  To get the gift for FREE you need to spend $45 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger so why not pick something festive to wear to your gift exchange!  Linda and I created 2 looks you can wear to your holiday gift exchange, see them here!

Avon Senses The Perfect Gift Exchange Gift Idea

Avon Senses The Perfect Gift Exchange Gift Idea

 

Avon Fashion For The Holidays!

Avon Fashion For The Holidays!

Eat, Drink, Give Thanks!

Fall Must Have - mark. Double Check Blanket Scarf

Fall Must Have – mark. Double Check Blanket Scarf

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours! Eat, drink and give thanks!  Just for fun here’s a few thanksgiving-tastic eye candy from http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and our Black Friday weekend sales and specials!

mark. Don't Let Go Satchel

mark. Don’t Let Go Satchel

mark. All Bundled Up Hand Cream

mark. All Bundled Up Hand Cream

mark. Blanket Check Scarf

mark. Blanket Check Scarf

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Obsession Alert: Avon Senses Starfruit and Coconut

Obsession Alert: Avon Senses Starfruit and Coconut

Obsession Alert: Avon Senses Starfruit and Coconut

You know what I’ve been obsessed with lately, Avon Senses Body Care in Starfruit and Coconut. Seriously this scent is so amazing I want to smell it all day every day!  I usually don’t buy Avon Senses because I’m more of a body cream kind of person (mark. Whipped Up I’m talking to you) but when I saw this coconut scent launching I was like well I’ll give it a try!  ESPECIALLY at the price!

Starfruit and Coconut Body Lotion

Starfruit and Coconut Body Lotion

About the scent:  Let your senses get swept away by the island breeze…with clean, crisp notes of sparkling starfruit, refreshing coconut water and an accent of rich musk. Enhanced with vitamins C and E. 

To me this has a really clean citrus scent that the coconut just warms it up enough.  This is more of an everyday kind of coconut scent not the beachy coconut scent.  I personally like it better than mark.’s Crusing on Coconut which is heavier and warmer.

Starfruit and Coconut Shower Gel

Starfruit and Coconut Shower Gel

About the product:  For ONLY $9.99 you can get the Avon Senses bundle including:  A $30 value, the collection includes:
• 2 Avon Senses Starfruit & Coconut Hydrating Shower Gels – leaves skin cleansed and conditioned. Each, 5 fl. oz. a $6 value
• Avon Senses Starfruit & Coconut Body Lotion – creamy formula, with 30-hour moisture. With vitamins and shea butter, leaves skin looking healthy and feeling velvety smooth. 8.4 fl. oz. a $8 value
• Avon Senses Starfruit & Coconut Body Spray – spritz on lightly scented mist infused with coconut water extract any time for an allover refreshing feel throughout the day. 8.4 fl. oz. a $10 value

Starfruit and Coconut Body Spray

Starfruit and Coconut Body Spray

Like I said, I’m more of a body cream person and I never use body sprays, but the shower gels I like, so why not.  Well I’ve been using the lotion and its actually pretty moisturizing!  Actually really great for these summer months.  Body spray, yep been using that too!  Layering them is key for keeping the scent and since I’m OBSESSED over this scent I’ve been using the spray like it’s the 6th grade!

Avon Senses Body Care in Starfruit and Coconut

Avon Senses Body Care in Starfruit and Coconut

You can shop the Avon Senses collections at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger including this 4 pack set for only $9.99!  In addition to the best summer scent ever, there’s a ton of other scents at really killer prices too.  I really like the Cherry Blossom scent too (see here).  I really can’t get over how much I love this one… think I’ll go put some lotion on right now!

Sidenote:  FREE shipping extended!!!

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss Limited Edition Bath and Body Collection

WORD OF ALICIA REVIEW: MARK. INSTANT VACATION MAUI BLISS LIMITED EDITION BEAUTY COLLECTION

WORD OF ALICIA REVIEW: MARK. INSTANT VACATION MAUI BLISS LIMITED EDITION BEAUTY COLLECTION

Aloha, Maui!  It’s time for the latest Instant Vacation from mark., Maui Bliss!  It all starts with the fragrance… the key piece to the capsule collection.  This year mark. switched it up and did an entire bath and body line in the new scent Maui Bliss.

mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss

mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss

WORD ON THE SCENT:  Get whisked away to a paradise island with this Hawaiian-inspired blend of reforesting coconut water, exotic hibiscus and rich glowing amber.

Maui Bliss Bath and Body

Maui Bliss Bath and Body

WORD ON THE COLLECTION:

mark. Maui Bliss Shimmering Moisture Gel

mark. Maui Bliss Shimmering Moisture Gel

SHIMMERING MOISTURE GEL
Once this smooth gel formula melts into the skin, a cooling and refreshing effect takes over, leaving skin feeling moisturized with a hint of tan-enhancing shimmer. 5 fl. oz.
Price: $12.00 
mark. Maui Bliss Body Butter

mark. Maui Bliss Body Butter

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. 7.58 oz. net wt.
Price: $12.00 
mark. Maui Bliss Body Mist

mark. Maui Bliss Body Mist

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 
mark. Maui Bliss Body Wash

mark. Maui Bliss Body Wash

BODY WASH

This gentle formula moisturizes as it cleanses, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. 8 fl. oz.
Price: $10.00 
Instantly Taking A Vacation With This Packaging

Instantly Taking A Vacation With This Packaging

WORD ON THE LOOK:  I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and good advertisement images, and this one did not disappoint.  Every year they do a little extra effort on the package design.  This year the pretty sunset colors and image really captures the warmth of the scent.  It really smells like an Hawaiian sunset!  I love the palm leafs too and that stunning model in the stunning pink dress.  They had me at Aloha!

The Signature Scent: Maui Bliss

The Signature Scent: Maui Bliss

WORD OF ALICIA:  I can’t lie, I’m a little disspointed they didn’t do a true perfume because I LOVE THIS ONE SOOOO MUCH!  The body spray is nice, it lasts a good amount of time, it’s refreshing but I would of loved to layer it with a true perfume and I totally would of bought multiples.  The whole line is wonderful, typical of mark bath and body.  If you haven’t tried them the body cream is so rich and wonderful and not too greasy and the shower gel is moisturizing.  They work so well layered together you’re going to want the whole line, but my top pick is the Shimmering Moisture Gel.  Its lightweight moisturizing gel with really great fragrance pay off.  The shimmer is sun kissed and it works WONDERS as an after sun.  I’ll be stocking up on this for sure.

Top Pick: The Shimmering Moisture Gel

Top Pick: The Shimmering Moisture Gel

The Perfect Sun Kissed Shimmer

The Perfect Sun Kissed Shimmer

Dynamic Duo: If you can only pick 2

Dynamic Duo: If you can only pick 2

The body butter is so rich and luxurious

The body butter is so rich and luxurious

I'm ready for my instant vacation to Maui!

I’m ready for my instant vacation to Maui!

You can shop the entire collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to check the latest promo codes available here.  Want to win some Maui Bliss FOR FREE!?  Join my Facebook group and automatically be entered!  Join HERE.

Skincare Sunday: mark. Windswept Bath and Body Collection

Skincare Sunday:  mark. Windswept Bath and Body Collection

Skincare Sunday: mark. Windswept Bath and Body Collection

My absolute must have skincare item for body is for sure a good body cream. I need that thick moisturizing formula to repair and moisture my dry skin. One of my favorite body butters comes from mark. I pretty much love all the scents but I’m LOVING the new limited time scent of Windswept.

mark. Windswept Body Butter

mark. Windswept Body Butter and Body Wash

Windswept is described as: Feel the breeze and let your spirit soar with this exhilarating mix of sparkling grapefruit orchid essence and cedar wood.

mark. Windswept Duo

mark. Windswept Duo

The best way to get the maximum impact with the body butter is a moisturizing shower gel first.  Then within 5 minutes of getting out of the shower apply the body butter.  This is when your skin absorbs it the best.  The two together not only create silky smooth skin but also smell so amazing.  This is my go-to for spring.

As part of the intro to this limited time scent you can shop the mark. Windswept collection at 25% off!  That never happens by the way so take advantage and get these amazing products at the amazing price!  You can shop it at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  and spend $60 or more and combine it with at 20% off coupon (AVONFB60) for even more savings!  I think I should change it from skincare Sunday to savings Sunday!

 

 

National Fragrance Day: My Favorite Fragrances

Happy National Fragrance Day!

Happy National Fragrance Day!

Happy National Fragrance Day and welcome spring! Because I love both fragrance and spring, so I’m a happy camper today! Fragrance is such a personal thing but that doesn’t mean I can’t share my favorites.  In no particular order here are my favorite scents:

Avon Femme ($30 currently on sale for only $15!)

Avon Femme (Sale $15)

Avon Femme (Sale $15)

Description:  It’s your moment to shine. AVON FEMME captivates from day to night. An elegant fragrance with sparkling freshness and opulent florals. Rich jasmine petals and stunning magnolia touched with radiant amberwoods. Luxuriously long-lasting, for hour after hour of beautiful scent. 1.7 fl. oz.

Word Of Alicia:  Pretty much all my favorites are wear anytime scents but this one I particularly like in the spring/summer.  It has good staying power, and the florals are are balanced really well with a fresh scent.  Plus the price is the biggest selling point.

Ralph Lauren Blue ($46-$82)

Ralph Lauren Blue ($46-$82)

Ralph Lauren Blue ($46-$82)

Description:  Cool and fresh, Blue Eau de Toilette by Ralph Lauren is a soft floral fragrance that melts into the skin with notes of lotus flower, gardenia and pink peony, exotic blossoms such as tuberose, rose de mai and orange flower enriched with musk, ambrette and sandalwood.  Notes: Lotus flower, muguet, gardenia, sparkling jasmine accord, pink peony, rose de mai, tuberose, jasmine petals, orange flower, musk, ambrette, sandalwood, mousse de chine, vetiver.

Word Of Alicia:  I had no idea this fragrance was so floral until I pulled the details here!  This one I became a fan of while working at Elder Beerman Department Store in college and it’s stayed in heavy rotation ever since, and I’ve had A LOT of perfumes since then.  It’s really crisp and clean for being such a floral (apparently) scent.  Kind of what you associate with a scent from Ralph Lauren!

mark. Instant Vacation Fragrance

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

Description:  Each year mark. does a capsule collection inspired by a hot vacation spot and it’s core features a fragrance.

Word Of Alicia:  These mark. Instant Vacation scents are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!  They’re usually an Eau De Toilette so a lighter scent, not as long lasting but that’s usually what you want for a vacation scent.  From Ibiza Sol, to the Hamptons, Marrakesh, Saint Barts and more I’ve loved them all!  This year’s hot spot is Maui and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the next one in the collection!

mark. Naked Love Bath and Body ($6-$14)

mark. Naked Love

mark. Naked Love

Description:  Fresh and clean in the most amazing way with notes of apricot nectar, white peaches, velvet freesia and skin musk.

Word Of Alicia:  I’m lazy, this is no secret.  So as much as I love perfume I’m lucky if I actually put it on.  That’s why a good fragrant bath and body collection wins out.  I’ll pair a shower gel and a good body cream for a more lasting scent and this mark. Naked Love has a great scent.  I think the peach and apricot stands out the most, and it has secured the #1 position as favorite away from Lemon Sugar (a close second) in the mark. bath and body core collections.

 mark. Windswept Bath and Body ($6-$14 ON SALE $4.50-$11!)

mark. Windswept Bath and Body

mark. Windswept Bath and Body

Description:  Feel the breeze and let your spirit soar with this exhilarating mix of sparkling grapefruit orchid essence and cedarwood

Word Of Alicia:  Windswept is a seasonal scent but it’s been my FAVORITE go-to scent since it launched.  For me it’s perfect for spring, like a fresh spring breeze.  With all bath and body collections layering is key for the scent to last, plus spraying something like the body mist mid day is a good pick me up!

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel:  ($5-$16.50)

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel

Description:  Top notes: vanilla, sweet butter cream. Heart: caramel, benzoin, chocolate. Base: soft musk, sugar cookie.

Word Of Alicia:  This is another seasonal scent I HAVE to pick up every year from Bath and Body Works.  It is the ultimate layering scent.  I love it under my perfume, it never seems to clash just add warmth and in winter that’s exactly what I want.  I stock up every year.

Perfume Bar From My Bridal Shower :)

Dana At The Perfume Bar From My Bridal Shower 🙂

What are your favorite fragrances?  I’m always looking for a good new scent to try!  I also LOVE anything coconut scented and always looking for a good one for summer if you have any suggestions!  😉  In honor of national fragrance day you can get a FREE fragrance sampler at my eBoutique with your order!

 

 

 

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

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August Favorites – mark. Crushing On Coconut

If you haven’t figured it out August is my favorite month!  So here’s what’s I’m loving lately.  My favorites if you will…

mark. Crushing On Coconut Bath and Body Collection

August Favorites:  mark. Crushing on Coconut

August Favorites: mark. Crushing on Coconut

I’m not ready to give up summer yet so that means anything coconut bath and body sounds good to me.  This mark. Crushing on Coconut line is the perfect coconut variation.  It has a bit of warmth to it so it’s not just a sun tan lotion scent but creamier and better suited for every day.  As the description says:  Indulge your delectable spirit with a blend of coconut cream, mandarin and fresh orchids.

mark. Crushing on Coconut Body Butter

mark. Crushing on Coconut Body Butter

The body butter is my favorite from the collection.  It is super creamy and moisturizing so summer skin drinks it up and the scent really lasts on this guy.

mark. Crushing On Coconut 3 in 1 and Body Oil

mark. Crushing On Coconut 3 in 1 and Body Oil

My other top picks from the collection are the 3-in-1 and body oil.  The 3-in-1 is a shower gel/shampoo/bubble bath multi-tasker which makes your shower clutter free and deliciously scented.  I’m a HUGE oil fan!  Layer it on while still wet in the shower then pat dry.  The moisturizing factor is unreal!

mark. Crushing On Coconut My August Favorites

mark. Crushing On Coconut Must Haves For Vacations!

Also offered in the collection is a body scrub, fragrance mist body spray and hand cream.  It is even offered in a gift set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  All the August necessities in a scent perfect for summer!  I love the offering so much you know I’m packing it as a must-have for my Hawaiian Vacation this month!

mark. Crushing on Coconut Bath and Body Collection

mark. Crushing on Coconut Bath and Body Collection