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Eau What Fun! mark. Mod

Eau What Fun! Mark. Mod Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Eau What Fun! Mark. Mod Limited Edition Holiday Collection

London calling! Channel an era of short skirts, extra-long lashes and graphic black-and-white prints with the new mark. Mod Limited Edition Holiday Collection!  Not only does it have me all sorts of inspired (see here) I actually find this collection smashing! The collection includes a namesake fragrance, a matching body lotion and a coordinating eye pallet.

Fragrance, Lotion and Eye Pallet

Fragrance, Lotion and Eye Pallet

Word on mark. Mod Eau De Parfume:  Introducing mark. MOD EDP Spray, a 2017 holiday exclusive. Swinging medley of rose and capucine florals spiked with a spicy nutmeg allure.

mark. Mod Eau De Parfume

mark. Mod Eau De Parfume

NOTES
• Top Note: swinging medley of rose
• Middle Note: capucine florals
• Bottom Note: spicy nutmeg allure

Word Of Alicia:  I would call this scent clean and masculine, and I absolutely adore it!  It is something completely different than anything else in my fragrance wardrobe.  The first time I sampled it I was like eh… then I used it and really got to explore the notes and how they layer.  OBSESSED.  Plus it lasts all day,  and then some!  Much longer than most mark. fragrances.  This one smells way more expensive than $30 would suggest.  It also has a really good retro feel to fit the mod theme.

Word on mark. Mod Body Lotion:  This creamy, extra-rich companion lotion leaves skin feeling soft, silky and eau so MOD.  mark. MOD is a swinging medley of rose and capucine florals spiked with a spicy nutmeg allure. 6.7 fl. oz.

mark. Mod Body Lotion

mark. Mod Body Lotion

BENEFITS
• Provides moisturization
• Has a creamy texture
• Absorbs quickly
• Leaves skin feeling soft and silky
• Lightweight
• Non-sticky and non-greasy

Word Of Alicia:  Free with the purchase of the fragrance… sold!  Layering this with the fragrance really lasted into the next day, used alone still gave me a lot of scent.  Its a good weight too, not too heavy not to light. I personally liked that it lasted, and was free, so win win!

Word on mark. Mod Pop Eyeshadow Pallet:  Pop goes the shadow. An exclusive limited edition eyeshadow palette with 12 all new shades! Get muted brights when applied dry and even bolder hues when swept on wet.

mark. Mod Pop Eyeshadow Pallet

mark. Mod Pop Eyeshadow Pallet

BENEFITS
• Exclusive palette with 12 new shades
• Features a mix of matte and shimmer finishes
• Can be applied dry or wet for extra pop
• Dual-ended applicator included
• Black and white compact that matches the MOD fragrance

12 Shades To Mix and Match

12 Shades To Mix and Match

TO USE
Apply wet or dry with dual-ended applicator that is included in the palette. Brush on and blend. Apply wet for extra intensity.

12 Shades in Full Sun

12 Shades in Full Sun

In Shade

In Shade

Word Of Alicia:  Let me just say that this is my new go-to pallet!  Besides having super cute packaging this pallet is the perfect size, portable and thin.  The pans are a really good size too, so a good amount of product with the 12 different shade options.  These shades are a really unique offering for holiday too… this is one you can use on the day to day and still get party looks for the season.  (check back for tomorrow’s look using it!).  I loved this pallet so much I made a swatch video of it so you can really see how wearable the shades are.  Very buildable as you can see during the swatches but also really long lasting.  If you liked the mark. On The Dot Pastels this will be a good replacement. After doing some pinning on all things mod I really saw how all these shades are quite retro and very much of the mod movement, but wear very modern.   100% satisfied.

mark. Mod Pop Swatches

mark. Mod Pop Swatches

You can shop the mark. Mod Limited Edition collection at www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger along with the other mark. holiday releases that coordinate perfectly with this collection. I love the bell sleeve dress for a little retro feel but with a modern take.  Be sure to add your A Box for only $10 too!

Beauty of Gold A Box (product #758-980) ONLY $10 with a $40 order

Beauty of Gold A Box (product #758-980) ONLY $10 with a $40 order

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Word Of Alicia Review: Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance Collection

Word Of Alicia:  Avon Little Black Dress Collection

Word Of Alicia: Avon Little Black Dress Collection

Because it’s Little Black Dress week here on the blog, inspired by Avon’s Little Black Dress Fragrance, figured I might as well review the scent that’s inspired the theme!

Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance Collection

Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance Collection

Description:  Our classic Little Black Dress scent has been modernized. It’s now an oriental/floral fragrance that’s versatile and stylish from day to night. A sparkling aroma of Italian lemon oil and elegant jasmine essence embellished with luxurious sandalwood.

The neckline of the Little Black Dress is like the top note of the fragrance; it is the greatest first impression she can make.

The waistline of the fragrance represents glamour, grace and captivating femininity.

The hemline of the fragrance was made to create a self-assured elegance to the wearer and lends a long-lasting impression that she takes with her wherever she goes.

Little Black Dress Eau de Parfum Spray

Little Black Dress Eau de Parfum Spray

Meet The Perfumer:  RODRIGO FLORES-ROUX

Rodrigo has a distinguished career in perfumery spanning over 20 years and several countries, including Mexico, France and the United States. In 2007, he re-joined the house of Givaudan, where he had his initial introduction to perfumery more than 15 years ago.

“Our muse for this fragrance was the iconic Little Black Dress, a universal symbol of sophistication that never goes out of style, reflecting the beautiful silhouette of a woman…her neckline, waistline and hemline.” – Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Master Perfumer and Little Black Dress Co-creator

All 3 for $25

All 3 for $25

Word Of Alicia:  My immediate thoughts were sophistication.  The bottle design alone suggest this.  I’d get it just to sit and look pretty.  To me it is a warm scent, but not old lady.   Like they said, is perfect for any occasion.  This would work for day or night, work or play.  It’s not overwhelming, it has a softness to it that makes it easy to wear.  It’s not like anything I own however it’s suppose to be similar to Victoria’s Secret Heavenly.  I really do feel a little empowered and womanly in it.  The lotion is really good too!  Usually these type of lotions are just ok, but this one is really moisturizing and the scent doesn’t “sting” you when you put it on.  Layered with the shower gel this is a pairing I’d buy again.  Staying power is pretty good too.  Lasts the work day for me.  At $25 for all 3 I’d say it’s a definite!  If you’re unsure comment or dm me I’ll send you a free sample!

Get The Shower Gel, Lotion and Perfume!

Get The Shower Gel, Lotion and Perfume!

LBD Collection:  In addition Avon released a fashion collection to go with the scent.  My top pick from it is the Avon Signature Laser-Cut Little Black Dress.  It’s similar to this mark. one I have so I didn’t get it but if you missed out on that one GET THIS ONE!  I LOVE the dress, the fit and the versatility of it.  Also the Avon Style Swap Ocean Drive Necklace.  You can wear it 3 ways and it’s just that perfect accent for a LBD.

Avon Laser Cut Little Black Dress

Avon Laser Cut Little Black Dress

Avon Style Swap Ocean Avenue Necklace

Avon Style Swap Ocean Drive Necklace

You can shop the dress, necklace and new fragrance at the introductory rate of $25 for all 3 at my eboutique.  Be sure to check out the rest of the collection as well and request a sample if you’re interested!

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!

 

 

 

Take an Instant Vacation to Marrakesh

I’m not sure about you, but it’s not even officially summer yet and I’m already in desperate need of a summer vacation!  Since that’s not happening anytime soon I’m forced to take an instant vacation… WITH THE mark. INSTANT VACATION MARRAKESH CAPSULE COLLECTION!  Alright, so not exactly the same thing, but this capsule collection has everything you need to be instantly chic on a real vacation or for a more realistic stay-cation.

If this total look doesn’t put your mind instantly in vacation mode then I don’t know what will!

mark. Instant Vacation Marrakesh Total Look

mark. Instant Vacation Marrakesh Total Look

This look is definitely not something I normally would pick out or wear BUT after seeing it so effortlessly on others and after falling in love with the complete thought behind this capsule collection I had to jump out of my black and white box.  So glad I did because this look is the PERFECT summer look!  Especially for summer BBQ’s because its flowy fit allows for big meals 😉 wink wink!  My total look all can be purchased at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and consists of the Exotic Ease Maxi Dress ($34), Mesh Together Necklace ($28), Big Mix Up Bracelets ($20), Take Your Time Watch ($40), Swing By Earrings ($18), Stack and Style Rings ($18) and the Stand Back Heels ($38).  (The orange belt is part of the Belt Trio from mark. that’s been in and out of the sale section at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

Exotic Makeup with the Marrakesh Collection

Exotic Makeup with the Marrakesh Collection

To take it to total look level have to do exotic inspired makeup!  I used the Instant Vacation Marrakesh beauty products to create my look.  Really its all about the eyes with this look!  If you remember, I already introduced the Marrakesh collection beauty here, so I used those same products and created a more dramatic look.  I used the Exotic Eye Trio ($14) with the gold shade all over my lid, followed with the green shade on the outer edge with empahsis in the crease and the orangey shade just on the outside corner above the green shade.  To line the eyes I used the included brush, wet it, then lined the top lashes and tightlined my bottom waterline.  Who would of thought eyeshadow could make this dramatic of a line!?!  This formula wet is FANTASTIC and really brings out the gold.  To finish off the eyes I used a thin line of Get In Line in Painted Black on top and a coat of Lash Act in Blackest Black. I highlighted my cheeks and eyebrow bone with the Exotic Beauty Face Mosaic Pallet ($16).   I used a bit of Bronze Pro on my cheeks just for definition since the look is focused on the eyes and a nude lip.  All the products used are available at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Exotic Eyes and Beach Waves with mark.

Exotic Eyes and Beach Waves with mark.

To complete the look beach waves were DEFINITELY in order!  On wet hair I just scrunched away with mark. Curl Commander Curl and Wave Defining Gel ($16) and a few spritzes of Curl to Curl  Reactivate and Define Mist ($14).  Then through out the day if things start to get frizzy or messy just spray some more Curl to Curl and scrunch.  If things get really bad, wet hands and scrunch, repeat as many times as necessary.  This is seriously the easiest way to get beach waves I’ve found, and the most successful!  You can get Curl Commander and Curl to Curl at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Follow it all up with a few sprays of the Instant Vacation Marrakesh Fragrance and you’re all set!  Since I’m not taking a real vacation anytime soon, I’m taking an Instant Vacation with this look!  Plan an awesome stay-cation by the pool, lake, beach, etc… or even just in the back yard.  Take the Marrakesh theme a step further and have a bbq complete with exotic foods, floor pillows, candle light or a bon fire/fire pit and some of your favorite people.  Put yourself in vacation mode… especially since you’ll already look the part!

What Scent Should You Be Wearing?

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Which scent are you?

Picking a fragrance is a difficult thing, but it’s also one of those things that instantly sparks up the spirit and just make you feel more beautiful.  Picking a fragrance from online/magalog that you haven’t even smelled first… that’s just ludicrous!  Or is it?

This month, mark. included a little quiz to help you find a scent that matches your personality.  I’m taking it one step further… Fill out the quiz online (see link below), include your email and mailing address.  I’ll confirm which fragrance matches your personality and then I’ll send you a FREE fragrance sampler.  The sampler will include your match scent, but also all the others so you can test those out too!  Also included in the sampler will be a coupon for purchasing (before January 26th, 2012) and free gift voucher!

Take the quiz online to determine which scent you should be wearing:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHZfWWoxdWVrV1JNZTEtN2p4TzNhS1E6MQ

About The Fragrances:

shop mark. celebrate at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

mark. Celebrate

Celebrate:  A sparkling blend of citrus petals, mirabelle plum and osmanthus flower – a slightly flirty, totally captivating.  Available in 1.7 oz mark. Celebrate Eau de Toilette Spray ($26) and an illuminating mark. Celebrate scented Shimmer Powder Brush ($14)

shop mark. sassy at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

mark. Sassy

 Sassy:  This fun-loving fragrance does the flirting for you.  Tempting and teasing with a playful blend of peach skin, yellow jasmine and May rose – a spirited, vivacious and truly irresistible fragrance that will happily take the spotlight with a bold and mischievous wink.  Available in 1.5 oz mark. Sassy Fragrance Mist ($16) and 3.2 oz mark. Sassy Dry Oil Mist ($8).

shop mark. jewel at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

mark. Jewel

Jewel:  A decadent blend of Casablanca lily, macchiato flower, warm enticing vanilla and luxurious liquid caramel.  Simply irresistible.  Available in 1.5 oz mark. Jewel Eau De Toilette spray ($24) and mark. Jewel Body Cream ($14).

I’m a huge fragrance fan.  I personally enjoy all 3 of these depending on the mood, and for that price I can afford to be “moody.”  Some folks like to have a “signature” scent but there’s just too many good scents for that to be my policy.  As with all fragrance the best way to get it to last all day is to layer, like with matching body cream or oil, but there’s no shame in spritzing a few more sprays mid day to instantly boost your mood.  Part of my new year’s resolution (if you want to call it that) is to make sure I remember to wear my fragrance everyday.  I totally always forget as I rush out the door in the morning, but I was smart and brought a bottle to work.  Also makes the mid-day spritz a bit easier.  Do you remember to put on fragrance?  What fragrances are your favorite?

You can shop all mark. fragrance at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com and remember all fragrance purchases before January 26th 2012 will get you a FREE gift!  The best part of it all, is if you don’t like your fragrance purchase you don’t have to keep it.  Return/exchange it, with mark. no sales are ever final. 🙂  But take the quiz first and see what scent you should be wearing.