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Makeup Looks To Master: Going Out

Makeup Looks To Master: Going Out

Makeup Looks To Master: Going Out

Things are going up on a Tuesday!  Well, that’s if you count the grocery store as going out… But my going-out makeup is!  Party makeup is the most fun and where you can take more risks.  I like to switch it up for the event, season, weather and just the overall vibes but having one go-to makeup look helps when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready, don’t know what you’re going to wear or exactly how the event will play out.  For the past year this has been my go-to going out makeup look.

Glittery Eyes and a Fun Lip!

Glittery Eyes and a Fun Lip!

Glittery eyes and a fun lip.  After stalking it for some time I finally used my birthday week treats to pick up the Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma.  This is a pretty intense gold glitter that pretty much makes your going out makeup a party all itself.  However it is $24 a pop so when Avon released their Glimmershadows in Fools Gold I noticed it was a pretty good dupe at only $8.  In the photo below I’m wearing the Stila version with a pink lip, in these other photos I’m wearing the Avon Glimmershadow.  You can see they’re very similar and a very fun going out look!

Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

A glittery liquid shadow like these are so impactful you don’t need much.  I like to start with putting some concealer on my eyelid, no need for a primer with the Avon since its so long lasting.  Then I’ll apply the glimmershadow.  I let it dry and set for maybe 30 seconds then I’ll go in with a neutral taupe shade above the crease in the transition area.  If I’m adding an outer v color then I will, like here I used a little black shadow.  I then use my favorite liquid liner Avon True Color Liquid Precise Pen and follow up with curling my lashes and mascara, Avon Love at 1st Lash in black.

Wearing Avon Glimmershadows in Fool's Gold

Wearing Avon Glimmershadows in Fool’s Gold

When doing my go-to going out look I stick to lip shades I know I love.  A good liquid lipstick will have more staying power for a long night out of eating and drinking!  I’m wearing mark. Pout Velvet Lip Paint in Fancy.  This has been discontinued which means savings for you, its only $5.99 right now!  I did pick up a backup as this is one of my favorites, its very comfortable to wear!  On my face I started with the same primer, Magix tint and blush I used in my everyday makeup look — see here.  Only addition is I added some making setting spray at the end and I did my brows (as seen here).  Going out makeup is the perfect time to contour and highlight however I didn’t do that here… oops.

Wearing mark. Pout Velvet Lip Paint in Fancy

Wearing mark. Pout Velvet Lip Paint in Fancy

Believe me you want a glitter shadow in your arsenal!  Even if you don’t go all out a little swipe of this on a clean lid and some mascara will have you instantly party-ready!  But note, these Avon Glimmershadows are selling like hotcakes!  There are a few shades already on back order and not a whole lot of stock coming down the pipes until closer to fall, so I recommend you jump on this Fool’s Gold shade while its still available AND they’re buy one get one half off at my eBoutique!

Word On Avon Ultra Luxury Liners — that are only $1.75!

Before I get into my 5 Makeup Looks To Master Series (see here) I thought I’d share a little exciting makeup deal.  The Avon Ultra Luxury Liners are only $1.75 this campaign… move over E.L.F.!

Ultra Luxury Liners

Ultra Luxury Liners

Word On The Avon Ultra Luxury Liners: Looking for perfect lines that won’t smudge? Check out our best-selling Ultra Luxury Eyeliner! It gets rave reviews (seriously, 5 stars across the board) and it’s one of our absolute faves for a beautiful everyday look and only $1.75 right now (not kidding!)

Ultra Luxury Lip Liner:  The glide-on lip pencil puts the finishing touch on your pout with rich, creamy color* that goes on smoothly and stays for hours. 0.04 oz. net wt.  BENEFITS:  Delivers precision; Helps prevent feathering or bleeding; Powdery feel; Won’t pull or tug; Easily sharpens to a fine point; Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

Ultra Luxury Brow Pencil:  Back by popular demand! The expert brow liner glides on with soft, smooth strokes to fill in and shape your brows for a natural look every time. .04 oz. net wt.  BENEFITS: Smudge-resistant; Hours of wear; Provides precise application; Rich, creamy color with a powdery feel*; Won’t tug or pull; Easily sharpens to a fine point; Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

Ultra Luxury Eyeliner:  Back by popular demand! The glide-on eye liner pencil delivers hours of smudge-resistant wear combined with perfect precision. .04 oz. net wt.  BENEFITS:  Won’t pull or tug; Rich, creamy color with a powdery feel*; Glides on with soft, smooth strokes; Ophthalmologist-tested; Easily sharpens to a fine point; Easily blends for a smoky eye look; Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups

Ultra Luxury Liners for $1.75

Ultra Luxury Liners for $1.75

Word of Alicia:  These liners are a re-release because they originally discontinued them and got so many requests to bring them back that they did.  I remember not loving them before, but I probably tried the black eyeliner and a pencil eyeliner is not what I like in a black eyeliner so I prob was like pass… so this time around I tried an eyeliner in a fun color (in Emerald), a brow pencil because why not (in Blonde), and a lip pencil (in Chocolate).

Ultra Luxury Lip Liner in Chocolate

Ultra Luxury Lip Liner in Chocolate

I’m really glad I did because the Ultra Luxury Lip Liner is Chocolate is now a top favorite makeup item!  Its the perfect nude brown that you can wear alone or with your favorite lip shade.  The pencil gives a nice sharp line while still being soft and comfortable to wear and they sharpen really well too!

Ultra Luxury Brow Pencil in Blonde

Ultra Luxury Brow Pencil in Blonde

I’m not a huge brow person so take my review with a grain of salt, but the blonde pencil is perfect cool toned blonde that works well for brows.  It’s soft enough to easily apply and hard enough not to go on as a blobby mess.  For someone who just fills in and defines every once in awhile this is PERFECT!

Ultra Luxury Eyeliner in Emerald

Ultra Luxury Eyeliner in Emerald

The Emerald Ultra Luxury Eyeliner surprised me too!  It’s definitely softer, muted color not as opaque as I usually go for, but sometimes that’s what you want.  If you are not a big eyeliner person and just want a little definition or use it rarely these at $1.75 couldn’t be better.  These aren’t super long lasting but if you pair it with a primer and a good lid shade base color it lasts through the day.

I got these when the first launched earlier in the year so I’ve had some time to give them a good go, not just a first impression.  I do know I’ll be picking up a few more lip shades, Currant has my eye.  In the eyeliners I already got the Sky Blue to try but maybe I should get the Eggplant too!  I mean these are a $1.75!  PLUS on Thursday June 6th there will be a FREE SHIP CODE on a $25 order so would be a great time to get a little makeup order going, maybe swoop on that SSS Bug Guard that’s on sale too!  I’ll keep ya posted when the code goes live at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Word On The Incredible Eye Event

Today is taking a page from Skincare Sunday because we’re all about the eyes with our incredible eye event going on now!  Best way to get flawless makeup is with a good skincare routine.  Took a little informal poll on the facebook and majority of my peeps prefer eyes over lips, so if you’re not using an eyecream then you’re already a step behind.  No matter your age, skin type, or tone an eye cream is necessary to battle those nights without enough sleep, environmental elements and aging.  Right now during the Incredile Eye Event going on at my eBoutique all eye creams are $14.99!  Which is an excellent price for a really good eye cream, you’re not going to find that price at the department store, and these work just as well or better than those same creams.

Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro

Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro

Biggest conversation is the Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro eye cream is $14.99.  This guy features two products in one, a gel for the upper eye lid to lift and a cream for the under eye and crows feet to moisturize.  This cream is the best selling eye cream, and getting it at $14.99 is almost unheard of.

Duo Eye System: Gel and Cream

Duo Eye System: Gel and Cream

Another thing to note about this eye cream is it works for any age and skin type.  It doesn’t have a fragrance and works with sensitive eyes, or allergy eyes.  And it works.  That’s the biggest thing, right!?! So if you’re just dabbling in the world of skincare or have been in it for ages this is the one to get at the eye event price!

Packaging shows which goes where

Packaging shows which goes where

Not only is this eye cream a best seller, its also is in multiple publications (like my bible, Allure) and blogger reviews.  Word of Alicia is, its pretty legit.  I’ve been using it during alergy season and its made all the difference.  Its actually something I rebuy.  I have a bunch of samples of this cream I’m mailing out so anyone interested leave a comment and I’ll reach out to you to get you one.

Only $14.99 for this Award Winning Product!

Only $14.99 for this Award Winning Product!

Just incase you already have a favorite eye cream they’re all on sale.  I’ve also used the Avon Anew Reversalist Eye Cream and I absolutely love the Anew Clinical Dark Circle Treatment, which I will be picking up a new one at this sale price.   Even better is you can get FREE SHIPPING on any size order if you include this Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro in your order and use promo code EYELIFT  Even if you only purchse the 1 eye cream at $14.99 you’ll still get it shipped for free.  If there’s ever a time to try it, now is it!

You can shop the entire Incredible Eye Event at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

All Eye Products On Sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

All Eye Products On Sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Our Summer Crushes

Summer Crushes

Our Summer Crushes

I have a crush and I’m not the only one!  A few friends and I are crushing on our summer staples, products that keep you at your best all summer and beyond.  Here’s what we’re crushing on and why:

Lisa Monoson ~ Avon Skin So Soft Triple Phase Oil $20

Lisa Monoson's Summer Staple: SSS Triple Phase Oil

Lisa Monoson’s Summer Staple: SSS Triple Phase Oil

“My pick would be the triple phase oil, I love it for my entire body after a shower but especially for the legs makes them so pretty after shaving, nice glow. Great for those summer dresses.”  – Lisa M.  Lisa has that summer glow in her summer dress, the mark. Crochet All Day Maxi ($46).  The Skin So Soft Triple Phase Oil is currently buy one get one for .99 cents with all the current Skin So Soft products.

Erica Gerlemann ~ Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel $10

Erica Gerelmann's Summer Staple: Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel in Clover

Erica Gerelmann’s Summer Staple: Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel in Clover

“For me a pretty pedi is a must-have for #sandalweather! Avon’s Gel Finish nail polishes come in pretty summer shades like Clover (and my other faves Mint To Be and Rain Washed) and last a good 5-7 days before I need a redo.” – Erica G.  The Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel  are currently on sale for $6.99.

Sheray Oliver ~ Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration Collection $24

Sheray Oliver's Summer Staple: Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration

Sheray Oliver’s Summer Staple: Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration

“Sometimes a Woman needs time to unwind, de-stress, relax, meditate… I love the New Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration Collection made with Mediterranean Olive Oil. The scrub leaves my dry, summer skin feeling soft and moisturized. It’s the perfect gift for the Super Women in your lives….including the She-ro inside of YOU. #spa #giftsforher #avon #superwoman #wonderwoman #shero” – Sheray O.  The Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration is currently on promotion for all 3, lotion, shower gel and dry oil for $24 PLUS get a FREE cosmetic bag.

Linda Montavon ~ Avon True Color Makeup Setting Spray $13.

Linda Montavon's Summer Staple:  Avon Makeup Setting Spray

Linda Montavon’s Summer Staple: Avon Makeup Setting Spray

The Avon True Color Makeup Setting Spray is my favorite for setting makeup instantly for all-day wear. It’s easy to keep your beautiful going with this beauty must have. Bonus on a hot day it is the perfect refreshing,rejuvenating pick me up! I love it! – Linda M.  Linda’s looking refreshed as her summer makeup stays all day.  The Avon Makeup Setting Spray is currently on sale for $9.99

Jill Anderson ~ Skin So Soft Satin Glow Body Gel Moisturizer $10 and mark. Walking Tour Sandals $36.

Jill Anderson's Summer Staple: mark. Walking Tour Sandal

Jill Anderson’s Summer Staple: mark. Walking Tour Sandal

“My summer essentials are the Skin So Soft Satin Glow Body Gel Moisturizer paired with a super cute pair of neutral sandals like the mark By Avon Walking Tour Sandals. My legs tend to take longer to tan than everything else so I love to use the Skin So Soft Satin Glow Body Gel Moisturizer to help even out the color. I love that it’s non-streaking and provides a natural color with a pretty scent. That’s a hard combination to find at such a great price. With a great tan, you’ll of course need a great neutral sandal to help keep your feet cool and show off the pretty pedicure. The mark By Avon Walking Tour Sandal is just perfect for this! It’s neutral color means it goes with anything and since it’s a flat, it’s super comfortable! Besides that, who could resist those awesome tassels and wrap laces?! They’re so on trend and so adorable!!!’ – Jill A.  Skin So Soft Satin Glow Body Gel Moisturizer is currently on sale for $5.99.   The mark. Walking Sandals are part of the mark. Instant Vacation Havana Capsule Collection (see more here).

Rebecca Luedemann ~ mark. Touch and Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes $18

Rebecca Luedemann's Summer Staple:  mark. Touch and Glow

Rebecca Luedemann’s Summer Staple: mark. Touch and Glow

“With my schedule I am all about products that can multitask. My summer makeup bag staple is the mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes. These all over face palettes pack a serious punch when it comes to creating a beautiful summer glow. Swipe your blush brush over the whole palette to get just the right color for cheeks, choose an individual shade to use as a highlighter or combine several shades to create the perfect eye look. In a pinch I have even applied a shade to my lips over lip balm to give myself a color touch-up. I have both the Pearly Glow and Coral Glow palettes and I love them both equally!” – Rebecca L.  Touch and Glow Shimmer Cubes are a cult favorite among makeup artists, beauty editors and regular gals like us!

Alicia Hessinger ~ mark. by Avon Isle Style Bag $42

mark. Isle Style Bag - My Summer Go-To

mark. Isle Style Bag – My Summer Go-To

“I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this bag when I got it, and have used it all summer.  The style is unique and a really good quality.  It holds a ton, so great for summer travel, and has a polished but easy look, which you want in a summer bag.  Plus, it goes from work to weekend.”  You can see how much I love this bag here, here, here and here.

You can’t argue with true life testimonials.  Sometimes you just need to hear it from the horse’s mouth.  To get these summer staples shop online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Some are limited edition so be sure to grab them up before they go away, and take advantage of the $10 deal before it ends on August 1st!

Let's Makeup Beauty Bundle $10 with a $40 order

Let’s Makeup Beauty Bundle $10 with a $40 order

Word On Anew Sheet Masks

Word On Avon Anew Sheet Masks

Word On Avon Anew Sheet Masks

Skincare Sunday just revealed itself to be a game changer.  Avon just released their take of the hottest trend in skincare, sheet masks in two forumulas, brightening and firming.  Here’s my word on them!

I'm Sheet Faced :)

I’m Sheet Faced 🙂

Word On Anew Sheet Masks:  Firming or Brightening formula

Inspired by ancient Asian beauty rituals, the sheet masks hold a generous amount of serum and are designed to fit the contours of your face like a second skin to reduce evaporation. Infused essences are continuously and evenly released for immediate and enhanced benefits.

Firming Mask: Amp up your regimen with a mask! Use it one to two times a week after cleaning for an immediate lift. Follow with your regular routine. 4 individually wrapped, single-use sheet masks.

BENEFITS: 

• Skin instantly feels firmer, tighter and lifted
• Diminishes the appearance of wrinkles
• Improves the appearance of skin
• Skins looks younger
• Moisturizes skin

Brightening Mask:  Amp up you regimen with a mask! Use it one to two times a week after cleansing for an instant glow. Follow with your regular routine.
4 individually wrapped, single-use sheet masks.

BENEFITS:
• Leaves skin feeling and looking brighter, hydrated, and refreshed
• Skin appears more radiant, luminous, & glowing
• Improves texture & skin feels smoother
• Immediate and visible brightening results
• Immediate improvement in brightness
• Infused essences are continuously and evenly released for immediate and enhanced benefits
• Improves skin texture

HOW TO USE

For immediate lift or instant glow, use the mask 1-2 times per week after cleansing and before your regular skin care routine.

  1. Unfold mask carefully.
  2. Apply onto clean, dry face, smoothing to adhere.
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove and massage serum into skin.  Do not rinse.
Anew Sheet Masks Drastic Results

Anew Sheet Masks Drastic Unedited Results – picture on left day before using mask, right, day of using sheet mask.

Word Of Alicia:  I have used quite a few sheet masks in the past from many a different brands but none had as drastic results on me as the firming mask.  As you can see from my picture my frown lines were severely diminished and the the lines around my eyes and the area looks lifted, in addition to just being more plump and moisturized.  It didn’t seem to do anything to that line on my forehead but I guess that’s not where I had loose skin to firm up.  I def seem lifted.  The brightening mask had a really fresh faced look after I was done.  I thought I looked more awake, which is awesome on a day you didn’t get enough sleep, but it wasn’t as drastic as the firming one.  Are they worth the penny?  For me, YES.  They definitely are more luxe of a mask than you’re getting for $2 at Walmart.  I do wish they sold them individually rather than a box of 4, but $24.99 for the box that gives me those results, I’ll take it!  You can shop the Avon Anew Sheet Masks at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

If you saw my last post and are interested at getting the Avon Representative discount on your skincare and everything else mark. and Avon you can sign up here!  Seriously, getting high quality skincare on sale really has helped my budget as much as it has helped my face!

The Cold Shoulder

The Cold Shoulder

The Cold Shoulder

Off the shoulder tops were a huge trend this summer and the trend continues on for fall and winter!  The cold shoulder top is the fall version featuring shoulder cutouts.  I’ve always been a fan of this look and when mark. had thier version on a flash sale I scooped it up!  (SIDENOTE:  A new flash sale is hitting the eboutique on Halloween 10/31 so be sure to see what goodies are on additional 31% off!)

Fall Trends - Cut Out Shoulder and Button Front Mini Skirt

Fall Trends – Cut Out Shoulder, Button Front Mini Skirt, Ankle Boots and Choker.

Big trends for fall this year are cut out shoulders, ribbed fabric, button front mini skirts, ankle boots and chokers, all of which I’m wearing in this look.  I personally love each of these trends and even more so all paired together in the right way.  As the weather gets colder each of these can be adjusted like with jeans instead of a skirt, or with tights, tall boots and a leather jacket!

mark. Show Some Shoulder Top

mark. Show Some Shoulder Top

Outfit Details:  Top/Booties/Bag/Belt – mark.  |  Skirt – Express  |  Choker – Charming Charlie  | Lips – Avon

Detailed View

Detailed View

Easy Fall Outfit with mark. Show Some Shoulder Top

Easy Fall Outfit with mark. Show Some Shoulder Top

I like how easy it is to wear cut out shoulder tops, they really give the look of something so fashion forward but you still stay comfortable and functional!

Embrace Fall's Biggest Trends While Staying Comfortable

Embrace Fall’s Biggest Trends While Staying Comfortable

Fun fact – this skirt is from like 2006 maybe 2007 it’s been in a pile of donation items I’ve never did anything with for yrs… yes yrs.   When I saw all the button front mini’s coming back I was like ooooh I have one of those!  It was like new maybe worn once or twice so for me it’s like a come up!  Moral of the story shop your closet, shop your attic and shop your donation piles if you’re super lazy like me you might get a come up too!  You can also shop my eboutique at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and get yourself a FREE tote bag and beauty set (including my FAV eyeliner!) with promo code BAGSWAG

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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!

Week O’Nautical – Blue Slip Dress

Week O'Nautical - Slip Dress

Week O’Nautical – Slip Dress

Week O’Nautical looks are kicking off with a great blue slip dress!  What is more nautical than the many shades of blue in the ocean.  Blue is my favorite color so when I saw this mark. New Angled Slip Dress I knew it would be a good addition.  With the 90’s resurgence slip dresses are back in a big way.  Here’s how I styled a slip dress in a slightly nautical way.

mark. New Angled Slip Dress

mark. New Angled Slip Dress

Ocean Blue Slip Dress

Ocean Blue Slip Dress

Back of the mark. New Angled Slip Dress

Back of the mark. New Angled Slip Dress

This mark. New Angled Slip dress is the most beautiful shade of blue, making it perfect for nautical styling.  Besides it’s nice quality flowing fabric and a super easy style this dress is also REVERSIBLE!   The underside is a gorgeous ocean turquoise color, so it’s like 2 dresses in one!  For this Week O’Nautical look I wore the royal blue but check back for an upcoming look with the turquoise side.

Sneak Peek Of The Turquoise Underneath

Sneak Peek Of The Turquoise Underneath

Add A Gold Wrap Belt

Add A Gold Wrap Belt

For my curvy figure I needed to add a little shape, so I added this thin gold wrap belt (mark., old).  It was still loose enough to keep the flowy look of the dress but still gave me some shape to the slip dress.

Flowy Shape With The mark. New Angled Slip Dress

Flowy Shape With The mark. New Angled Slip Dress

A nautical look isn’t complete without it’s gold accessories which work beautifully with this blue.  Besides the belt I added the mark. Twice As Nice Necklace, Avon Signature Watch and Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet (coming next week to http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  The Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet is the ULTIMATE Week O’Nautical Accessory!

Nautical Gold Accessories

Nautical Gold Accessories and Orange Lip

Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet

Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet

mark. Twice As Nice Necklace

mark. Twice As Nice Necklace and Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses

We can’t be celebrating the unofficial start of summer without some killer sunnies!  These mark. Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses are the perfect pair with their flattering on almost anyone shape in a tortoise color that goes with everything!  Plus they’re only $5 with a qualifying mark. purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses

mark. Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses

This look would be equally as chic with some wedges or flats depending on what your Memorial Day plans shape up to be.  What also is great about a slip dresses easy styling… it’s SUPER comfy all while looking chic.  Win win!

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Try A Slip Dress This Summer

Try A Slip Dress This Summer

I’m starting off Week O’Nautical with one of my FAVORITE looks.  The ocean blue hue with gold and nautical accessories is perfect way to kick off summer.  I’ve been wearing this Avon Smooth Sailing Charm bracelet non-stop and can’t get enough of this blue.  Try a slip dress this summer, like the mark. New Angled Slip dress, you won’t be disappointed.  I promise!   Shop them here:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Nautical Look to kick off summer in!

Nautical Look to kick off summer in!

Nailed It: mark. Nail This Look Nail Lacquer and Bracelet-Ring Set

mark. Nail This Look Nail Lacquer and Bracelet-Ring Set $28

mark. Nail This Look Nail Lacquer and Bracelet-Ring Set $28

First official mani Monday of September!  Typically this early in September I’m still wearing my summer brights but this year I’m embracing the fall trends early with deep smokey purples from the mark. Nails This Look Set ($28).  Even better pairing these on trend fall colors with a coordinating ring-to-wrist bracelet!  My go-to for a wanderlust August is continuing through September!

Plums and Purples for September from mark. and Avon

Plums and Purples for September from mark. and Avon

Shady Lady with an accent nail in Plumsation

Shady Lady with an accent nail in Plumsation

For my nail look I wore the more smokey grey plume shade (Shady Lady) with an accent nail in the deep purple (Plumsation) on my ring.  These shades are more matte so I left them sans topcoat.

Shady Lady and an accent nail in Plumsation

Shady Lady and an accent nail in Plumsation

These shades are totally up my ally.  I loved them so much I’ve worn them twice already!  Which is kind of a big deal since it’s still summer and super hot here causing me to typically be wearing my summer brights through October.  Plus they wear really well.

I’m a HUGE fan of the mark. Nail This Look Set’s (see here and here).  mark. coordinates the perfect little companion to your mani.  For under $30 you get TWO perfectly on trend shades and an accessory that will take you through the season.  Plus they’re just the right amount to use this season and be done and ready for the next by next season.  I think its just the perfect little pairing and a great way to spend a little on a big trend that you’ll love!  You can shop the mark. Nail This Look Set ($28) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger (along with this scarf only $10!  and these earrings and this necklace and this lip color!)

Coordinating bracelet-ring for a fresh fall look!

Coordinating bracelet-ring for a fresh fall look!

BONUS!  GET 20% OFF A $50 ORDER!  Now through September 21st with promo code TRIPLEPLAY2 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Prom Code TRILPLEPLAY2 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Prom Code TRILPLEPLAY2 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

Scent is such a personal thing.  For me a certain scent can bring back major memories, instantly make me happy or at the other end of the spectrum gross me out or give me a headache.  Needless to say ordering a new scent online is almost a pointless activity. Unless you know what to look for.  Historically I like clean scents that are light and fresh.  Which is why for the past 4 years the favorite perfumes in my collection are all from the mark. Instant Vacation collections.  Knowing that I’ve liked so many of their past scents when mark. released the Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil fragrance duo I knew I was going to take a chance and order it without smelling it.  It did not disappoint.

mark. Saint Barts Soleil Eau De Toilette Spray $24

mark. Saint Barts Soleil Eau De Toilette Spray $24

Saint Barts Soleil Eau De Toilette Spray is described as a luxe blend of fresh, breezy Caribbean waters; rich, exotic coconut milk and bold beautiful frangipani flower takes your senses on a journey to a glam island resort.  Paired with the eau de toilette spray is the Saint Barts Soleil Shimmering Body Lotion.  Inspired by the shimmering waters and silky sands of Saint Barts, this hydrating luminizer leaves your skin with a radiant glow and a wisp of the Saint Barts Soleil fragrance.  Layer under the eau de toilette spray for a luxurious, total-scent experience.

Layer mark. Saint Barts Shimmering Lotion under the Eau De Toilette Spray for Extra Staying Power

Layer mark. Saint Barts Shimmering Lotion under the Eau De Toilette Spray for Extra Staying Power

Personally this is right up my ally.  If you are familiar with past mark. Instant Vacation releases, its like a  combo of the Marrakesh scent mixed with the original Instant Vacation scent.  I adore anything coconut and this gives just the right amount of it to not smell like you just applied Hawaiian Tropic (which by the way I also really enjoy).  Its sophisticated enough for all ages and just like I like fresh, clean and light, like a summer fragrance should be.  Because it is a Eau De Toilette I do re-apply hours later if its going to be a long 15 hour type of day.  The shimmering lotion is the same formula as the past mark. Hamptons lotion but obviously with this new scent.  Its not as moisturizing as my typical Whipped Up Body Butter I use daily, but as a nice, light lotion it works.  The shimmer isn’t glittery but a nice, well, shimmer.  I really like it on my legs.  And just like any other fragrance duos layering helps the staying power.  At $24 for the Eau De Toilette Spray and $14 for the Shimmering Lotion this is a super affordable duo.  You can get them at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Shop the mark. Saint Barts Soleil at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Shop the mark. Saint Barts Soleil at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Word Of Alicia Review:  My new go-to must have scent.  At a super affordable price point I won’t mind wearing it everyday and everywhere.  The shimmer lotion is just a summer must have in general but also having this killer scent is win win.  Not to strong for work/day but intense enough to wear out at night.  Definitely a scent that instantly takes me to a warm summery happy place.  Shop the mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Eau De Toilette Spray and Shimmering Body Lotion at my eBoutique.

BONUS:  Get these sunnies for only $5!!!  with your purchase

BONUS: Get these sunnies for only $5!!! with your purchase

BONUS:  Now until May 15th get the mark. Get In The Shade Sunglasses ($18) for ONLY $5 with any $20 mark. Instant Vacation purchase!  I LOVE the tropical print on the trendy slightly cat-eyed shaped sunglasses.  These are perfect for your summer activities like lake days or being active or just to leave in your car when you don’t want to ruin your super expensive ones but still look really cute.  Shop it:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Be sure to check out all my mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts posts so far… and more to come!!!

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts — Ocean Hues Outfit

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Island Elegance Maxi Dress

Word Of Alicia Review:  mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Island Eyes and Island Beauty