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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 🙂

 

Trending Tuesday – #fallpreview

Zoey Getting Snuggly In A Fall Scarf

Zoey Getting Snuggly In A Fall Scarf

If the world of Alicia was the internet new fall arrivals for #fallpreview would totally be trending!  This time of year is a total love hate relationship for me.  I LOVE summer, absolutely LOVE summer so I would never want to wish it away, but fall is a pretty cool time too!   Plus, all the best stuff comes out for back to school and the new season.  It’s like going back to school, you really dread it and you hate that you can’t sleep in everyday and watch daytime tv like The Price Is Right, but on the other hand you were excited to get new stuff and go back and see your friends.  I’m highly enjoying my hot summer days but here are a few things I’m slightly obsessing over new for fall.

 

Bath and Body Works Home Scents

Can shopping at Bath and Body Works actually be a tradition!?  Well, it is in my world!  Fall isn’t complete without attending the fall scent event (usually in late Aug/early Sept) where I stock up on all my favorite fall candles, sleeves, hand soaps and wall flowers! Usually the event involves some mega deals and free gifts and we all know we’re a sucker for anything FREE!  One product that always makes the cut is a triple wick candle in Leaves.  Its perfect for filling up a whole room with a crisp, not to overwhelming fall scent.  Which is why I’m so excited that this week is their Fall Preview Week!  In stores they have a small selection of new releases and favorites that you can get now, or at least preview and make your list for their fall event.  This display is only out for a week before they pack it up and send it back to wait until it’s official release.  My pick from the preview event is the pumpkin mini candle gift set ($24).  I might already have it sitting out on my coffee table.  (with my summer scented coconut candles in the kitchen, oooops!)

B&BW Pumpkin Candle Gift Set

B&BW Pumpkin Candle Gift Set

mark. New Fall Arrivals

This year mark. went seasonal!  In the past a small collection was released every 4 weeks, now we get one large release each season, making it way easier to get all your loves all at once and enjoy them all season long!  This year’s release includes everything you need to update and transition your beauty and fashion.  They really nailed the fall trends this year!  As part of my fall preview week here on the blog. I’ll be highlighting a few of my favorites I got early for you as the full collection launches August 8th! (at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

mark. Fall Preview

mark. Fall Preview

 

Fall TV

Fall TV is the best!  All your favorite shows return and a bunch of newbies come on the scene to fill up your DVR.  I’m most looking forward to the return of The Walking Dead!  With Comic Con just happening last weekend we got a preview of Season 5 and it looks CRAY CRAY!  Remember when the craziest thing was the walkers being kept in the barn… we’ll Dorothy, we’re not on the farm any more!  But what I can tell is they survive being shoved in that trailer and not being eaten by the possible cannibals.  AND at the very end of the trailer we see a sneak peek at Beth, which was a serious question in my book…  I’m so scared, I’m so excited!

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The Waling Dead  (source)

Watch The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer here:  http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/comic-con-trailer-the-walking-dead-season-5

…aaaaand the walking dead chat is now open… what are your theories?  what are you most excited to see and not excited to see.  I totally am over the long drawn out episodes so I hope there’s more action and bringing them more together so I’m not flashing between a million different story lines.

The Odd Couple

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And on a lighter note I’m kinda super excited for new show, The Odd Couple on CBS featuring Chandler and Dangle aka Mathew Perry and Thomas Lennon.  I loved the original Odd Couple so its going to be hard to recreate such a Nick-At-Night masterpiece, but if anyone can do it, its them!  What other new shows coming this fall are you excited about?  Seems a lot of super-hero type series are coming out and as always a ton of new dramas, but not a whole lot of comedies…

Be sure to check back all week as I continue Fall Preview Week here on the blog!  New arrivals, plus what you can use now and later and just what to get jazzed for!