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25 Uses for Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

25 Uses For Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

25 Uses For Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

Nothing gives you more bang for your buck than a good multi-tasking product.  One of my biggest multi-takers are my Avon True Color Dazzle Drops ($14).  This gem of a product is not one I’ve really “highlighted” before (see what I did there) but it’s currently FREE with your $50 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger so I thought I’d share why this guy is such a find with 25 uses for the Avon True Color Dazzle Drops.

Avon True Color Dazzle Drops Swatch (Full Sun)

Avon True Color Dazzle Drops Swatch (Full Sun)

Word on Avon True Color Dazzle Drops ($14):  Get your glow on…and take it to the max! Whether it’s a strong streak of sun-kissed shimmer or a deep bronze glow, your customized radiant look will dazzle as much as you dare. 5 fl. oz.  BENEFITS  • Provides a luminous, light-reflecting, pearl, dewy finish  • Adds a touch of silky moisture

Dazzle Drops Dropper

Dazzle Drops Dropper

 

25 Uses for Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

 

1. As a face highlighter: Use on cheekbones, under brow, tip of nose, cupids bow, all the places you’d highlight

2. Brighten Complexion: For a subtle glow, mix 1-2 drops with your face moisturizer

3. Glowing Base: For a luminous glow, mix 2-3 drops with your foundation

4. Accent Collarbone: Use on your collarbones, tips of shoulders, to accent your decolletage

5. Body Glow: Get an allover glow by mixing 3-4 drops with your body lotion

6. Longer Legs: Swipe Dazzle Drops down the front of your shins for the appearance of longer legs

7. Under Eye Brightener: Mix in with your under eye concealer to brighten up your under eye area

8. Look More Awake: Apply dazzle drops at the inner corner of your inner eye to appear bright eyed and bushy tailed

9. Fuller Lips: Using your finger tip, apply to your cupids bow and in the center of your bottom lip (with or without lip color)

10. DIY Shimmer Lipstick: Mix with your favorite lipstick to create a luminous finish

11. Golden Goddess: Mix Dazzle Drops with a liquid bronzer for that golden goddess look, apply where the sun would naturally hit or on the body

12. Easy Eye Shadow: Swipe Dazzle Drops all over the eye lid for a quick and easy glimmering eye look

13. Gleaming Primer: Using Dazzle Drops as your lid base, it creates a primer with gleam before applying eye shadows

14. Blushing Glow: Mix Dazzle Drops with your cream blush for a blushing glow, I like the Avon True Color Be Blushed Cheek Color

15. Define Brows: Use Dazzle Drops under your brow and right on top of the tail end of your brow to help define, preferably after using Avon Glimmersticks Brow Definer

16. Make Matte Look Less Flat: When wearing matte makeup, highlight with dazzle drops to add some light reflection for a more dimensional look

17. Make Your Highlight Pop: To achieve maximum highlight impact, layer your highlighters, use Dazzle Drops first then apply a powder highlight on top, like Avon True Color Moonlit Highlighting Powder

18. Beach Makeup: When you need a little beach glow, use Dazzle Drops on eye and cheeks along with waterproof mascara for easy beach makeup

19. DIY Shimmer Shadows: Combine dazzle drops with your favorite eye shadow to create a creamy shimmery eye look, apply with a dense brush like a concealer brush

20. Shimmery Eyeliner: Using and clean eyeliner brush, use Dazzle Drops as a glistening eyeliner, looks great with a smokey eye

21.  Aging Skin Looks Younger:  Because Dazzle Drops are a liquid you can use them on aging skin and instead of settling in line and wrinkles like a powder would, this actually illuminates and brings back that youthful glow

22.  Fake A Tan:  Build a body bronzer with some powdered bronzer, body lotion and Dazzle Drops

23.  Party Part:  For an easy party hairstyle, create a deep part and slick back into a sleek pony tail, apply Dazzle Drops down that part for a sparkling effect

24.  Coachella Brows:   Music festivals and party scenes sometime require an out-of-the-box makeup look, take a twist on glitter brows and run Dazzle Drops through your brows with a clean spoolie 

25.  Hair Shine That’s So EXTRA:  Add 1 drop of Dazzle Drops per 1 pump of the Avon Advance Techniques Daily Shine Dry Ends Serum, mix together and apply to dry hair to smooth and shine on a whole other level (another under-rated multi-tasking Avon product)

You can get the Avon True Color Dazzle Drops at my eBoutique for $14 or currently on sale as part of the buy one get one half off products, OR it’s automatically added to your cart FOR FREE with a $50 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Oktoberfest Party Ideas

I get it, I probably shouldn’t post this the last days of October but this year we hosted our annual take on an Oktoberfest. Here’s a bit of inspiration for next year… or have one in November, that’s not out of the question either! Cheers!!!

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Fall Friendly Oktoberfest Cenerpieces

Fall Friendly Oktoberfest Cenerpieces

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The Set Up

The Set Up

 

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Cornhole Tournament

Cornhole Tournament

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Raffles and Prizes

Raffles and Prizes

Beer Garden Tent

Beer Garden Tent

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Beers and Brauts

Beers and Brauts

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Apple Treats

Apple Treats

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A Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch

A Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch

Easy Homemade Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Fresh Cranberry Sauce

It’s not that I don’t like the canned stuff, it’s that homemade and fresh is so much better!  My mom made this years and years ago as an alternative and we’ve never looked back.  It’s more of a relish than a jelly sauce, but not only will it taste way better, it dresses up your holiday meal like no other!  Plus!  It’s excellent for leftover turkey sandwiches!

 

What You Need: 

1 bag of fresh cranberries
½ cup sugar
1 whole navel orange, cut in quarters, remove any seed if any are there, should not be but sometimes a little one is there
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp dry raspberry Jell-o

 

How To Make It:

Grind all in processor, blender or chopper

Let sit about 2 hours or longer, to blend flavors.  The Jell-o has to dissolve.  Overnight is really best!

 

Notes:

You can double this recipe for a large crowd.

You can chop as fine as you want, but I do pretty fine.

You do not have to cook this recipe, usually don’t but I have cooked it before for a little different taste.

I'm Thankful For Tasty Cranberry Sauce!

I’m Thankful For Tasty Cranberry Sauce!

I will most certainly will be making this for Friendsgiving this Saturday.  Plus it’s one of those things that you can do the night before making one less task on the busy day.  Enjoy!  And if you need some more inspiration for the day check out my ideas on what to wear, mani idea, makeup idea and some of my favorite appetizers!

DIY Pumpkin Spiced Chai

DIY Pumpkin Spiced Chai

DIY Pumpkin Spiced Chai

I’m definitely not a coffee drinker, but tea, tea I do!  I like a hot beverage in the morning especially on a crisp fall morning.  I love the idea of all those cool flavored beverages that all the cool kids order, but I just can’t stomach anything coffee.  So when in doubt, turn to pinterest!  I found a recipe for a home made pumpkin spice syrup that actually turned out pretty good.  Add it to chai and Pinterest Success!!

Step 1:  Start by making the syrup.  Not only does this recipe make a ton it stores in the fridge well and you can use it plenty of other things, like apple cider or coffee.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup orig from Annie’s Eats

  • 1½ cups water
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger (or put a little nub of peeled fresh ginger root in the water as it’s cooking)
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 tsp. ginger sugar (if you don’t have any ginger sugar, you can skip this. It just adds a little extra zip to the syrup.)
  • 3 tbsp. pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  2.  Toss in the cinnamon sticks and cloves, then whisk in the remaining spices and the pumpkin puree.
  3. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, without letting the mixture come to a boil. If you screw up and it does accidentally come to a boil, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal — mine did and the syrup tasted fine!
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth and funnel into a bottle or jar.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.
  7. Sidenote: I like to leave a cinnamon stick in the bottle/jar

Step 2:  After you have your syrup ready, prepare some chai tea.  Any brand will do, I prefer Tazo Classic Chai Tea Bags.  I personally just seep one bag in about 4-6oz of water.  Or use the “small cup” amount on your Keurig.

Step 3:  Prepare equal parts of warm milk.  You basically want half tea half milk, so if you used 4-6oz heat 4-6oz of milk.  Heating the milk separately doesn’t make it get filmy.

Step 4:  Combine tea, warm milk, and 2-3 tablespoons of the pumpkin spice syrup and mix.

And there you go!  A perfectly spicy fall drink to enjoy while lounging in your perfect fall sweater, painting your perfect pumpkin spice mani on a perfect fall day doing basic white girl fall activities!

The Perfect Fall Drink

The Perfect Fall Drink

DIY Bridal Survival Kit with thesalonoutlet.com

If rain on your wedding day is lucky, what is arson forest fire smoke?  I’m just under 2 weeks from my big day which is seeming to be ruined by the King fire since its barely contained and still spreading.  There is no way you can plan to avoid something like this but I can plan for the other small “fires” that are bound to happen on my wedding day with a DIY Bridal Survival Kit.

 

DIY Bridal Survival Kit

DIY Bridal Survival Kit

 

thesalonoutlet.com generously provided a product of my choice for review, with my upcoming wedding I knew I wanted a “train case” for all my beauty and survival needs.  I selected the black soft makeup train case with shoulder strap ($39.99).  It’s the perfect size with tons of compartments to keep me organized and hold everything I need.  As I’ve been getting closer I’ve been adding bits and pieces here and there to build the kit.

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thesalonoutlet.com Black Soft Train Case with strap

thesalonoutlet.com Black Soft Train Case with strap

 

DIY Bridal Survival Contents:

  • Advil (or pain reliever of choice)
  • Tums
  • Band-Aids
  • Shoe Inserts (heel grips and sole)
  • Blister Stick
  • Chalk (to cover up any last minute smudges or smears on your wedding dress)
  • Clear nail polish (for runs or nails)
  • Nail File
  • Corsage pins
  • Dental floss/toothpicks
  • Eye drops/contact solution
  • Eye makeup remover (for smudges)
  • Primer (mark. Primed for Perfection) and Powder (mark. PowderBuff)
  • Extra earring backs
  • Hair pins/ponytail holder
  • Hairspray
  • Tail Comb
  • Shine Serum (for fly aways)
  • Perfume (Avon Femme)
  • Hand towelettes
  • Hem tape
  • Matches
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Scotch tape
  • Small folding scissors
  • Spot remover (aka shout to go wipes)
  • Static-cling spray
  • Straws (to protect the lipstick)
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers
  • Lotion
  • Travel size shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and toothpaste (since mine is an out of town/across the country for some wedding and who knows who forgot what)
  • Razor
  • Q-tips
  • Breath mints/gum
  • Extra phone charger
  • Lady Stuff
  • Cash
  • Nuts and granola bars (hangry is not a fun wedding day feeling)
Avon Anew Vital Day and Night Cream

Avon Anew Vital Day and Night Cream

Avon’s new Anew Vitale line is the perfect duo to pack.  It helps stressed and sleep deprived skin look awake and refreshed.  Def a must have for the weekend.  I’ve also been saving these firming eye gels for a day-of beauty treat!  Other face must haves are gentle cleanser from Liz Earle, mark. Powderbuff, mark. Primed for Perfection, mark. Mist Opportunity all to create the perfect pallet!

Avon Femme For My Signature Scent

Avon Femme For My Signature Scent

At my friend Mary’s wedding I noticed how all night long she smelled AMAZING!  I want to copy her with a nice clean scent, so far Avon Femme is the leading candidate, perfect for a wedding!

Start of the DIY Bridal Survival Kit

Start of the DIY Bridal Survival Kit

I still need to finish packing this little survival kit along with a million other things on the to do list before October 4th, but at least my train case from thesalonoutlet.com is the perfect fit for it!  Fingers crossed this King Fire gets under control and clears out so I can survive my wedding weekend!

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. girl Mani – Halloween Edition

Wear and Share Wed With mark. Nailed It Duo

Wear and Share Wed With mark. Nailed It Duo

It’s Wear and Share Wednesday – HALLOWEEN EDITION!!!  Jackie from Living After Midnight and I are bringing you two SPOOKY mark. girl manis to try for your #halloweenmanis (totally trending right now) from one mark. Nailed It Duo Trend Lacquer in Tuxedo (shiny black) and Gleam Scene (glittery gold).  Check out Jackie’s googly eyed mani over at Living After Midnight for the full details on how to get the look.

Purrrrrfect mark. girl mani for Halloween

Purrrrrfect mark. girl mani for Halloween

To recreate this purrrrfect mark. girl mani for Halloween paint your 4 fingers in Tuxedo (black).  Paint your thumb in Gleam Scene (gold) and create two almond shaped eyes with Gleam Scene on your middle and ring.  What’s great about these Nailed It Duos is that the mini size brush is perfect for this kind of nail art!  As that dries use a small thin brush to create the whiskers on your pointer and pinkie in Tinsel Town (silver).  I used an old liquid eyeliner brush from my mark. Get In Line Waterproof eyeliner.  Start with the the center whisker and flick it in a diagonal direction.  This way you can space your 2 outside whiskers off it.  I did the bottom whisker along the tip of the nail to also help with keeping it look neat.  Finally go back with Tuxedo to create the centers of the eyes over the almond shapes you created in Gleam Scene.  And DONE!  It’s actually a pretty simple and a purrrrfect nail costume!

mark. Nailed It Minis for Halloween Nail Art

mark. Nailed It Minis for Halloween Nail Art

These nails would be great to accompany a Cat Woman or just a cat costume, or even a Cleopatra/Egyptian costume!  If you’re not dressing up this would be a perfect nail costume just to theme out Halloween in your everyday. Then create a Halloween arm party!!!

Halloween Nails and Arm Party

Halloween Nails and Arm Party

I was inspired by this black bead bracelet with a black cat from Avon.  I picked this Avon Trick Or Treat Charm Bracelet up to theme out my Halloween week with the mark. Nailed It Duo’s and created an arm party perfect for Halloween.  Yes, you can wear holiday themed jewelry and not look like a crazy cat lady.  Avon has a bunch of these simple bead bracelets with fun holiday charms you can mix and match with your bracelets to make one killer arm party!

Black Cat Eyes and Charms

Black Cat Eyes and Charms

You can shop the mark. Nailed It Duos and Avon Charm Bracelets at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com BONUS!!!  Today is the last day to take 25% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE with promo code AUTUMN25  This is a really good deal that doesn’t happen too often!  (check out some of my past picks and get them at this mega discounted rate!)

mark. Nailed It Minis In Tuxedo, Gleam Scene and Tinsel Town

mark. Nailed It Minis In Tuxedo, Gleam Scene and Tinsel Town

I mean with my obsession with the black and gold trend lately its no surprise I worked it into my Halloween mani, but you these mark. shades are so awesome you’ll use them far past Halloween!

25% off everything at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code AUTUMN25

25% off everything at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code AUTUMN25