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mark. Fall 2014 Preview and Reviews – Beauty

August is my favorite month.  Not only is it birthday month, but it’s usually when I get in a great summer trip, enjoy the hot summer days a little more and all the new fall arrivals.  Now that mark. releases their new arrivals in one large seasonal release I got a few of my favorites early.  I picked items I can wear now and transition into fall.  Beauty is the easiest way to switch up your look but still remain true to the current season so let’s start there!  mark.’s fall beauty is themed around the Wonderfleur fragrance making a cohesive collection with awesome packaging!

mark. fall beauty

mark. fall beauty

 

mark. Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Compact ($20)

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mark. Color Swing Plum Shades

mark. Color Swing Plum Shades

mark. Color Swing Neutral Shades

mark. Color Swing Neutral Shades

Word Of Alicia:  6 expertly matched eye shades that mix and match with each other to create a ton of looks all from one super portable pallet!   Almost everyone can wear plum shades and the tones on these DO NOT disappoint.  Sometimes they can run too red but these are perfect… same with the neutral shades, they’re not too brassy.  These are definitely shades you can wear now and later, plus how pretty are those floral designs!

mark. What A Line Max in Plum Gleam ($12)

mark. What A Line Max in Plum Gleam

mark. What A Line Max in Plum Gleam

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Word Of Alicia:  They revamped What A Line Liquid Eyeliner to a new and improved waterproof formula and added 4 all new shades including this shade Plum Gleam.  The foam applicator tip allows for easy precision and application which I really like especially paired with the long “handle”.  With the new package design it doesn’t seem to dry out like the old version where you had to really work it each time to get enough liquid to the tip.  The wear is killer!  It lasts all day!  This swatch didn’t come off my hand until late in the evening after showering and washing my hands a million times during the day.  I also really love how this is a deep plum shade so I can replace my typical black liner with it to switch up my look and it goes PERFECTLY with the color swing pallet.

mark. Nail This Look Nail Lacquers and Bracelet-Ring Set ($28)

mark. Nail This Look Set

mark. Nail This Look Set

Word Of Alicia:  There is nothing groundbreaking about these polish shades but they are the perfect dark shades for fall.  Shady Lady is smoky plum shade (identical to a past mark. Nailed It Shade) and Plumsation is a deep deep purple.  I love the richness of the shades and how wearable they are.  I typically don’t wear darker shades like this in the summer but I had to test them out and with a shiny top coat they actually looked really nice with my summer whites and brights and the formula is spot on!  As for the bracelet-ring I wasn’t expecting much and its not the highest quality but it is SO CUTE ON!  I really was surprised how comfortable it is to wear and what a unique look.  This set is well worth it and may be my favorite pick from the bunch!

mark. Wonderfleur Eau De Toilette Spray and Body Cream ($28 – $14)

mark. Wonderfleur Fragrance

mark. Wonderfleur Fragrance

Word Of Alicia:  The full description reads:  Notes of apple blossoms, meadow dew, fresh freesia, just-picked daisies and a touch of pillowy musk.  The Alicia description reads:  Not a sweet floral but a really crisp clean floral, kind of like what you would find when you go up to the apple orchards in the morning when the dew is still wet.  Perfect for daytime wear and not to heavy for summer but has deepness to it that will transition into fall.  Layers really nice with the body cream.  I’m always expecting the worse with “cheap” fragrances but mark. never disappoints!  They really have an expert team that mixes and masters and it’s at a price point that’s way more affordable so you can wear it every day and refresh and not feel like your spraying away your dollars!

mark. Wonderfluer Collection and Packaging

mark. Wonderfleur Collection and Packaging

Final Word:  We all know I’m a sucker for packaging and the Wonderfleur collection is no exception!  It’s so pretty and fun and just inspires a wanderlust August!  I’m ready to pack these puppies up and head out for a weekend getaway or just go where the road trip takes us!  I’m ready for a something new but not quite ready to go full on fall so the beauty collection is a perfect update to my look for a little investment so I still have some $$ for a late summer outing!  All the products here will launch on August 8th (Friday) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger along with the full fall collection from mark.!  Any of these peeked your interest?  How do you update your look for August?!

 

ps.  this is my 200th post!  yippie!  glad it involved some super pretty pictures and august 🙂

 

Wear And Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Oh Couture Handbag

Wear And Share mark. Oh Couture Handbag

Wear And Share mark. Oh Couture Handbag

I’ve been seeing the quilted leather trend everywhere this fall from Express to Nordstroms to H&M and definitely from mark. in the mark. Oh Couture Bag ($38)!  With such an on trend item we had to choose it for our Wear and Share Wednesday!  And it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, you’ve already seen it on myself (here) and on Jackie from Living After Midnight (here) in previous posts, but this week we decided to let it take the feature and plan a whole outfit around it.  Don’t you love Jackie pairing it with plaid, looks so equestrian and classic!

Wear and Share Wednesday Look featuring the mark. Oh Couture Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday Look featuring the mark. Oh Couture Handbag

A Quilted Leather Look featuring mark.

A Quilted Leather Look featuring mark.

What goes better with a quilted leather handbag than a quilted leather skirt!?!  This mini skirt from Express couldn’t be more perfect, complete with its gold zipper details.  To make the skirt a little more day appropriate I paired it with a sheer blouse, the mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse, tights with some fun detailing with the mark. A Bit Lacey Tights, and tons of black and gold accents with my jewelry and heels!  Obviously, my black and gold obsession isn’t dying out.

What To Wear To Thanksgiving

What To Wear To Thanksgiving

So where would you wear an outfit like this?  How about to Thanksgiving!  I like the fun and edge the leather provides (or in my case the faux leather) then add some conservative with lady like details and design.  It can meet the parents, impress people you haven’t seen in a long time, and go out on the town on a cold November night for the Thanksgiving Eve!  For my “What To Wear To Thanksgiving” look #4 I’m loving this black and gold look!  Check out look #1, look #2 and look #3.

mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

Check out the details on this mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the throwback style but once I saw how they updated it with a modern faux leather cutout collar, gold buttons and lace down the front I was in love.  Plus the fit is flattering and modern so the retro styling just works.  This is one of those must-haves you should have in your wardrobe especially for the holiday season!  You’ll just throw it on add some bling and be DONE!

Opulent Arm Party With A Gold and Black Mani To Match

Opulent Arm Party With A Gold and Black Mani To Match

With all the detailing on this look I didn’t really need much BUT I did,  its black and white simplistic base really allowed the accessories to pop!  I just kept it all in the same family, shimming gold!  I stacked my arm party with bangles including the new mark. Antiqued Chic Bracelet and topped it off with my mani with the mark. Nailed It Duo in Tuxedo and Gleam Scene ($7 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  I’m so in love with our last wear and share item, the mark. Go Baroque Necklace ($45 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) that I wore it once again.  I mean its the ULTIMATE holiday necklace.

mark. A Bit Lacy Tights ($22 set of 2)

mark. A Bit Lacy Tights ($22 set of 2)

Tights are my best friend this time of year.  They keep me warm on cold November nights and allow wearing a mini skirt to be more functional.  I have quite a collection but none impress me more than the mark. tights over the years.  The quality is TOP KNOTCH and so is the style.  Just check out these mark.  A Bit Lacy Tights ($22 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)!  Most the leg is opaque with a slight pinstripe (as seen in the detailed pic above) but it has this bit of lace cutout trailing down the back of the leg to make them a stunner!

Make An Entrance With mark.

Make An Entrance With mark.

With these mark. A Bit Lacy Tights you’ll be making an entrance from the front and the back!  And let’s talk those heels!  Can you get a better holiday pump than the mark. SoPumped Heels ($60 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahesinger) ?  Real suede, platform, gold rivet detailing, cutouts and a mega gold heel!

mark. Oh Couture Handbag and mark. So Pumped Heels

mark. Oh Couture Handbag and mark. So Pumped Heels

Since I got this mark. Oh Couture Handbag I’ve been using it non-stop as my everyday bag.  It holds a lot without being a huge bulky bag.  It goes with everything from work to play and looks really more luxe than the $38 price tag would suggest.  This has to be one of my favorite handbags ever, like in my life ever.  It’s that good, making it easy to plan a whole outfit around it.  You can shop my look including the mark. Oh Couture Handbag, mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse, mark. Go Baroque Necklace, mark. Antique Chic Bracelet, mark. A Bit Lacy Tights and the mark. So Pumped Heels at my eBoutique (http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

A Total Look Based Around The mark. Oh Couture Handbag

A Total Look Based Around The mark. Oh Couture Handbag

PS.  A little Thanksgiving note of thanks to all the beauty out there.  While I was taking these pics these guys were just chilling enjoying the fall day.  It made me happy for all the beautiful fall foliage and the everyday beauty we see.  I’m also thankful for my sister who let me use her beautiful landscape as a backdrop!  She does more for me than I ever seem thankful for but I’m grateful!

Deer In The Fall Foliage

Deer In The Fall Foliage