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Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Fake it until you make it! And this summer is definitely a fake it year, because I’ve barely done any summer sun activities, especially any that give me that golden glow. So that means my fake tan game is on, and I’ve gone pro or at least semi-pro! Here are my tips and tricks for getting a good fake tan at home.

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Regardless if I’m doing a fake tan sesh at night or in the am it all starts in the shower.  Step 1 you need to exfoliate to create the perfect “canvas.”  In the shower I’ll exfoliate with my Skin So Soft Radiant Glow Body Polish.  It’s a gentle scrub, doesn’t clog your drain, and it’s moisturizing.  I either will use a brush or just my palms.

See how gentle the SSS Body Polish is IRL!

See how gentle the SSS Body Polish is IRL!

2nd step for me is a step most people don’t do.  I usually use a bath oil after I shower but those typically break down fake tans.  I still need a moisturizer because moisturized skin will take tan better and prevents it being patchy.  My trick is to use an in shower moisturizer.  I love the one’s from Avon — and you can get the Moisture Therapy Ultra Hydration In Shower Lotion right now for FREE with a $50 order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger using promo code SUMMER50

In shower lotion - the secret to my fake tan prep!

In shower lotion – the secret to my fake tan prep!

After I’ve showered step 3 is to use a body butter around the tricky spots like ankles, knees, elbows, feet… basically places where fake tan always goes patchy.  A body butter works better than a lotion as it thicker formula stays where you put it and nut butters don’t break down the tan.  Right now I’m LOVING this Skin So Soft Supreme Nourishment with Coconut Oil (launches in my eBoutique in a couple weeks!).

Moisturizing products are the key!

Moisturizing products are the key!

Finally step 4, the actual tanning solution.  This summer I’ve been using this Tan AF foam version which I like but don’t love as much as the Neutrogena 3 Days To Glow Moisturizer.  I tend to like a moisturizing lotion form over a foam for my skin.  I also tend to get the medium to deep shade so I only have to apply once, versus having to re-apply in 4 hrs to get the desired shade.  I mean the 3 day one works best when you do it 3 days in a row, but I’ve used it just one day and it still gave me color.

Fake it until you make it!

Fake it until you make it!

And now I’m fake tan af.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her (To Give or Get!)

Valentine’s Day is in 10 days!  Regardless if you love or hate the holiday here’s what I’m loving to gift or get for the loving holiday.  Or if you’re lazy just take one of my ideas and call it a day, or go ahead and send this link/post your your Valentine to shop for you <wink wink>.

Avon Skin So Soft Skindisiac Red Collection

Avon Skin So Soft Set

Avon Skin So Soft Set

Luxurious. Sensual. Pampering. Wrap your body in the seductive scent of warm vanilla blended with exotic woods and enticing red fruits for skin that feels touchably soft and smooth. A $24 value, the set includes:  Silky Body Wash – 6.7 fl. oz. A $7 value.  Body Oil Spray – 5 fl. oz. A $10 value.  Silky Body Lotion – 6.7 fl. oz. A $7 value.

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Avon Skin So Soft Skintastic Red

Avon Skin So Soft Skintastic Red

Special Bonus Gift Set: Share the love with our online exclusive gift set. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Set includes:  Skin So Soft Skindisiac Body Oil Spray, Skin So Soft Skindisiac Red Silky Body Wash, Skin So Soft Skindisiac Silky Body Lotion, Extra Lasting Lipstick in Fiery Red, Speed Dry+ Nail Enamel in Red Red!

 

 

Avon Ultra Sexy Pink Fragrance

Avon Ultra Sexy Pink Fragrance

Avon Ultra Sexy Pink Fragrance

My newest obsession! And ONLY $23!!!  Innocent yet sexy. A provocative fruity floral scent with flirty raspberry and fresh blushing peony mingled with sheer, sexy musk. 1.7 fl. oz.

Avon Ultra Sexy Pink 3-Piece Set

Avon Ultra Sexy Pink 3-Piece Set

Reveal your sweet and sexy side.  3-Piece Collection includes:
Eau de Toilette Spray, Luminous Body Moisturizer, Bath Nectar.

The Ultimate Pairing for V-day!

The Ultimate Pairing for V-day!

Pump up the volume, pair the Ultimate Ultra Sexy Gift include the 3 piece fragrance set with mark. All Butter Now Lip Butter and mark. Might Pretty m.Powerment Bracelet!  For $60 you have one killer gift set!

Pretty Pieces

Pretty Pieces

Special Bonus Gift Set: Share the love with our online exclusive gift set. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Set includes:  Ultra Sexy Pink Bath Nectar, Ultra Sexy Pink Eau de Toilette Spray, Ultra Sexy Pink Luminous Body Moisturizer, Heart Statement Necklace.

Bonus Feeling Sexy Set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Bonus Feeling Sexy Set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

 

mark. Naked Love Bath and Body Set

Lucy Hale for mark. Naked Love

Lucy Hale for mark. Naked Love

Share the love with our online exclusive mark. gift set. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. This set is just $34.99 (A $42 Value).  Set includes: mark. Naked Love Body Mist, mark. Naked Love Body Butter, Naked Love Body Wash, mark. Naked Love Hand Cream

 

Perfect Valentine’s Day Makeup

mark. Makeup For Valentine's Day

mark. Makeup For Valentine’s Day

Must Haves For Date Night! mark. Touch & Glow, Saved By The Gel Liner, All Butter Now in Baby Me and Lash Act in Blackest Black!  You might recall the look from here!

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

Valentine’s Day Makeup Look

 

 

Pajama’s

Avon Ultra Sexy Baby Doll

Avon Ultra Sexy Baby Doll

Avon Ultra Sexy Babydoll:  Make it a night to remember with a sexy babydoll and matching thong. Center bow with rhinestone charm and flocked polka dots.

Avon Lace Drape Neck PJ Set

Avon Lace Drape Neck PJ Set

Lace Detail Drape Neck PJ Set:  Talk about comfy, these loose-fitting PJs will make you want to stay in bed all day. Top features 3/4 length sleeves, a drape/cowl neckline and lace accent on the shoulders. Pants have an elastic waistband.

Avon Romantic Roses Cami Set

Avon Romantic Roses Cami Set

Romantic Roses Cami Set:  Flirty and feminine cami set with full shorts in light breathable lace. Top features a v-neck with lace trim, adjustable spaghetti straps and an empire waist line. The shorts have an elastic waistband.

 

Lot’s More To Love

There are so many more excellent options right now at my eBoutique I can’t even begin to share them all!  Great bundles just for Valentine’s Day, cute gifts for kids (search the earring set!), and a lot more to love!  Shop all the great offerings at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and get them in time for Valentine’s Day!  BONUS get 25% off your $75 order with promo code 25LOVE

 

WORD OF ALICIA:  Get the Ultra Sexy Pink fragrance set!  At only $23 it’s a steal!  Plus it comes in the prettiest packaging and a scent that’s not too much and will be pretty universally liked.  Also if you want to pump it up, grab the mark. Mighty Pretty m.powerment bracelet, mark. All Butter Now Lip Butter and/or the matching Avon Ultra Sexy Babydoll!

Your Summer Vacation Must-Haves

I absolutely LOVE that summer is JUST around the corner.  Which also means its time to start planning your summer vacation!  If you’ve been following my posts for the last 2 weeks you’ll notice I’ve been highlighting pieces from the mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts collection (last seen here), so let’s pretend I’m planning a real vacation to Saint Barts.  There are a few must haves from the collection that are needed for any summer travel regardless of the destination.  Here are my top 3 must haves for your summer vacation:

1.  mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24).

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24)

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24)

If you’re anything like me when packing its about fitting as much as possible and bringing as many multitasking items as possible.  The mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case solves both those issues.  Pack all your jewelry in its 3 zippered pockets, 1 slip pocket and along the necklace/earring bar, then roll it up!  The compacted case fits nicely in your bag and keeps you organized.  MULTITASKER:  The jewelry roll can then double up as a clutch once you get to your destination!

2.  mark. Get Packing Tote

mark. Get Packing Tote ($40)

mark. Get Packing Tote ($40)

The mark. Get Packing Tote is just what you need for your carry on bag or overnight bag.  Its roomy so you can pack a lot, and I mean a lot!, but it has sturdy and comfortable straps for lugging it around.  But on top of all that its a really good looking bag!  The neutral camel faux leather is really nice in quality and the pops of pink neon around the trim, studs and tie details give it a luxe look so you can also look like a chic jet-setter!  MULTITASKER:  Use this bag as your beach bag, shopper tote and/or just as your purse when you get to your destination.

3.  mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets ($16 each)

Beautiful sunwashed eye shades and bronzy goodness!

mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets ($16)

Who wants to haul a bunch of makeup when traveling?  That’s when a good pallet is really important, one that will give you a ton of looks from one case!  I’ve already reviewed and sung my praises on the mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty pallets here, but on a trip these are really all you would need to bring, plus the slim design makes them really travel friendly!  MULTITASKER:  The mark. Island Beauty Face Pallet is a bronzer, blush and highlight all in one!  The mark. Island Eyes pallet contains the perfect shades to go neutral and beachy or bold and smokey!

BONUS MUST HAVE!  Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard (pic cred’s to Erica Gerlemann!)

I know I said my top 3, but I had to add on the Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line!  A lot of vacation destinations are going to have bugs and pests you don’t want biting you.  The Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line is EXTREMELY effective at keeping them at bay, plus its deet free!  No matter your formula preference there’s an option for you, lotion, spray or towelette.  MULTITASKER:  Get your other vacation must have, SUNSCREEN in your Bug Guard formula!  The Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line also has options with SPF30, which is just a life must have, really!  DOUBLE BONUS:  Now through memorial day the Skin So Soft Bug Guard is all on special pricing in our Memorial Day Shop (shop it here!) and with a $40 order get a FREE travel size Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Spray.  Plus shop the Memorial Day Shop for other must-haves to ready you for the weekend!

Let's Get Packing For St. Barts!

Let’s Get Packing For St. Barts!

Now let’s get planning for your summer vacation!  Possibly with the long Memorial Weekend?  Let’s kick off summer with a vacation weekend with these vacation must-haves!  What destinations are on your bucket list for summer travel?