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21 Days of Beauty at Ulta

21 Days of Beauty at Ulta

21 Days of Beauty at Ulta

One can not live on Avon alone.  Even though I could challenge that, but confessions of a product junkie, I shop around.  Usually I don’t pay much attention to the 21 Days of Beauty Event at Ulta but I’m going through a little Ulta obsession right now and there are some KILLER deals in this event.  Its half way over but some of the best deals are yet to come!

Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Daily Deals

Everyone blogs/IG’s about the Sephora VIB event but honestly I kinda like Ulta better.  I like more bang for my buck, having more options, and up until a yr ago Ulta was just closer and more convenient.  What I hated about Ulta was the checkout line, it is always so long and takes forever… BUT now they added buy online pick up in store and LIFE IS CHANGED.  I shopped the Beauty Event last weekend and here are a few tips I discovered.

My Ulta Birthday Haul

My Ulta Birthday Haul

Buy Online Pickup In Store:  This will depend on your location.  I did this and for the most part it was AMAZING.  I got my weekend deals without dealing with the weekend crowd.  HOWEVER I did not get the matte eye pallet I ordered.  For the daily deals they got a memo that they are not allowed to pull the online orders until an hr after the store is open so customers have a chance to shop the items first.   So if a location doesn’t have the stock the online in-store pickup orders will suffer.  I did notice now online some of the daily deals tell you if they’re available for your store or not, but if its something you REALLY want then go to the store when they open for your best shot.

Only got 1 of the 2 palettes I ordered online picked up in store.

Only got 1 of the 2 palettes I ordered online picked up in store.

Utilize the calendar notifications:  This was the first time I used these and was a huge success for my scatterbrain.  I scanned all the deals late at night so you know I wasn’t going to remember which days have which products I want.  Since I was on my phone, I clicked the calendar notifications and all week I’ve been getting the alerts so I know to swing in and grab what I wanted.

Too Faced Neutrals Palette is as pretty as Bandit... er handsome as Bandit

Too Faced Neutrals Palette is as pretty as Bandit… er handsome as Bandit

Stack daily deals with freebies:  A lot of the daily deals have free gifts associated with them too!  I picked up this neural Too Faced Eye Palette and with a $35 Too Face purchase you get this Juicy 4 Piece set.  I’m stoked for more freebies!  (see all free gifts here) You can also use your Ulta coupon, but normal restrictions (like prestige brands) apply – $3.50 off of a $15 purchase coupon.

Got this primer for $3.50 and this Too Faced Gift Set for FREE!

Got this primer for $3.50 and this Too Faced Gift Set for FREE!

I’m not going to lie though, I have a problem.  One of the main reasons I signed up to be an Avon Rep was that I quit my 2nd job but still had 1 job income, so I needed to re-evaluate my spending.  Ulta was a big culprit of that.  I signed up to sell Avon for 2 reasons, make some extra money to fuel my habits and get some just-as-good-as-Ulta products for a MUCH better price.  Who knew it would lead to all these awesome opportunities, income and fun!  Which also means I may not spend as much at Ulta these days but I do go through my spirts and shop it like a mo fo.  Picking up my free birthday gift was what set off this spiral.  I of course strategically planned my purchase to include whatever free gift they had going on, this time it was the bath and body sample set.  It included such a great selection of products and brands.  I’m REALLY loving The Body Shop 3-1 Tea Tree Oil Cleanser.  This gift set doesn’t look to be available online anymore but in my store, they still had it available with a $35 bath and body purchase.

Found some new favorites at Ulta!

Found some new favorites at Ulta!

I also got the September Ulta Birthday Gift as my August gift because they ran out of August.  This NARS mini lipstick in Pour Toujours is the Ulta September Birthday Gift and it’s just ok.  The color is a nice true nude that’s not too foundation-y has the right amount of cool undertones, but the formula is heavy, I just don’t find it comfortable to wear.   And if my lips are dry they look even more dry with this formula.  I would of loved that Benefit Hoola Bronzer more…  Anyways… Ulta 21 Days of Beauty, it’s fun, it has good deals this year and tell me what you’re picking up so I don’t feel like the only product junkie out there.

Ulta's September Birthday Gift - NARS mini lipstick in Pour Toujours

Ulta’s September Birthday Gift – NARS mini lipstick in Pour Toujours

Best Face Forward A Box and This Week’s Avon Promo Codes

The A Box: The Best Face Forward and Avon Promo Codes

The A Box: The Best Face Forward and Avon Promo Codes

Reveal your radiance with the C20 A Box — Best Face Forward (product #468-247). It’s got everything you need to look refreshed (even if you’ve been up all night!)

Put your Best Face Forward with this campaign's A Box

Put your Best Face Forward with this campaign’s A Box

Best Face Forward A Box:  Two full-size beauty essentials, plus a must-have skin care try-it size ($59 value)!

    Anew Absolute Even Dark Circle CorrectorAnew Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector
  • Anew Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector: .5 oz. net wt.
  • Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara in Black: .21 oz. net wt.
  • Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum Mini: .23 fl. oz.
Washoff Waterproof Mascara

Washoff Waterproof Mascara

Word on The A Box:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector is one of my favorite products!  It’s worth the $10 all buy itself!  Then add on a waterproof mascara and a travel size Vit C, I’m sold!  I really used the corrector a lot before my wedding because my dark circles are the worst part about my skin, and as the day goes on they come out deeper and deeper.  For my wedding I really wanted those not to show up in pics even with a good concealer, so I used this religiously.  It works guys, its a great product, add this one on to your order, you won’t be disappointed!

Try It Size in the Vitamin C Serum

Try It Size in the Vitamin C Serum

Promo’s Going on a http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Best Face Forward A Box:  $10 with a $40 order, just add to cart and price will automatically update with a qualifying order.

Anew Neutralize Serum & Mask Stick Duo and Get a FREE Anew Neutralize Anti-Pollution Charcoal Pore Strips

Valued at $72. Our anti-pollution pair visibly protects your skin and helps keep it looking healthy, fresh and youthful.

• Anew Neutralize Anti-Pollution Serum, 1 fl. oz.
Our serum is filled with the healing botanical extracts, matcha, ginger and amla, to protect your skin from environmental stressors and visible signs of pollution-induced aging.

• Anew Neutralize Anti-Pollution Charcoal Mask Stick, 1.7 oz. net wt.
Detoxify and purify with our unique no-mess stick that lets you target where to apply your mask!

FREE Vitamin C Warming Peel with a $50 Order – use promo code SEPTFREE – GUYS!  If you missed out on this from a previous A Box get it FOR FREE now!  Read my review and how its now one of my beauty holy grails!  And it goes PERFECTLY with the A Box 🙂

Get the A Box for $10 with a $40 Order

Get the A Box for $10 with a $40 Order

 

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, animal prints are a huge trend right now. They were hot in the summer and even hotter for fall. You’ll see some sort of version at pretty much every retailer. The thing with animal prints, they’re kinda are always in, just how you wear them fluctuates. Which means now is a great time to get some pieces that will be super trendy now but also last in your wardrobe for years to come. Here are a few suggestions on how to shop and wear the trend:

Leopard Print

Leopard Print

Leopard: A leopard piece is the way to go If you don’t really think yourself as trendy but you like the trends.  Or, if you’re someone who hates the trend when they first come out, but then end up liking it once you see it all over (guilty!).  Leopard works really well for fall because its already set in fall colors with the browns, taupes, blacks and creams.  I suggest finding a leopard blouse in a soft flowy material.  You can dress up a pair of jeans or wear it with some white shorts for a late summer look.   Come actual fall pair with a boyfriend cardigan or with your fav moto/leather/jean jacket for a cool girl appeal.  A leopard blouse always works well for workwear too.  Be trendy by pairing it with a tie waist cropped pant in blush.  Once this of the moment trend dies down a leopard blouse will still work well in your closet especially if you’re just pairing it with a black pant/skirt for work or a dark denim for casual wear.  If you want something a little more trendy the oversized leopard print cardigans are huge!  Nordstrom’s version sold out but the one on Amazon everyone is grabbing.  I also really like the black and cream/white leopard prints as a take that not everyone is wearing…

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet - Express; Mules - Calvin Klein

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet – Express; Mules – Calvin Klein

 

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin:  Now snakeskin is like the uber-trendy trend right now.  So if you want to be in, then snakeskin it is.  You’ll see snakeskin right now in everything… I mean everything!  From trench coats to shoes to bags to joggers… snakeskin everything!  But, because of this, you can find some really cool pieces, like a red snakeskin printed bodysuit I picked up from Express which is a total fun twist on the trend.  What I recommend shopping for though, is a pair of snakeskin boots!  These are something that will work in your wardrobe for years to come!  For you regular trendy people, get an ankle boot.  Wear it with white jeans and a white tank for a wear now look and then wear it with black jeans and a black tee come actual fall.  For you super trendy folks, get a pair of tall OTK snakeskin boots! Wear them with a t-shirt dress or a band graphic tee and shorts for a late summer look.  Come fall pair them with a sweater dress and a trench or the classic leggings/tee/jacket combo.  Even wear them with a pencil skirt for a wear to work look.  For the not-so-trendy shop for a pair of snakeskin flat mules or loafers.  Just a pop of snakeskin that keeps you on trend but not by too much and a style you can wear to work to running errands to casual outings.

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties ;)

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties 😉

 

Zebra Print

Zebra Print

Zebra:  If you don’t want to be wearing the same trend as every girl on IG then zebra is the way to go.  Just as in as leopard/snakeskin but a little different, and a little harder to find so you’ll stand out in a different way.  If you want to be even more mega trendy, pattern mix it with other animal prints, I especially like it with a tiger print or giraffe print.  Right now shop for a slinky midi skirt in a zebra print.  The leopard version is all over the place, but a zebra print is a more unique alternative.  It’s really wearable and on trend with just a white tee and sneakers, but I would wear it with heels… you know me.  Come fall, throw on a denim jacket for weekend, a cardigan for work, or a leather jacket and black heels for a night out.  This Ann Taylor Zebra Print Skirt, it’s the perfect transitional piece plus it’s one you could wear 10 years ago and one you could wear in 10 more years.  With all these animal print pieces a nice fabric in a sophisticated style will allow you to get more wear out of the pieces for years to come.

Tee/Layered Necklaces - Avon; Skirt - Ann Taylor; Sandals - Marshall's

Tee/Layered Necklaces – Avon; Skirt – Ann Taylor; Sandals – Marshall’s

Fun fact about me, zebra’s are my favorite animal.  With that being said, I don’t really like a zebra print unless its done extremely tasteful.   That’s the trick to wearing animal print find it in luxe fabrics and fits that will read classy not trashy and then have fun with it with what you pair it with.  Now they become pieces that last beyond the trend!  What animal print pieces do you have your eye on?

PS:  I have a great neutral makeup look that works with all these looks, and transitions into the fall.  If you want to see more leave me a comment!

Week O’Nautical – LDW

Week O'Nautical - LDW

Week O’Nautical – LDW

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are spending today with a little sun and a little R&R. Labor Day marks my California-aniversary & Dorado-versary so it always has a little special place in my heart. East Coast meets West Coast which is usually my style… a little this and a little of that.  Like this outfit a little dressy a little casual. I had this on with heels earlier for casual Friday and switched to flip flops for GNI.  [ Tee – Avon; Skort – Express; Sunglasses/Jewelry – Avon; Flip Flops – Kate Spade; Lip – Avon Mattitude in Devoted]

Beach Sweaters for a Beach Trip

Beach Sweaters for a Beach Trip

This LDW I was able to fit a lot in, we had the return of our girls craft night that’s been on summer break.  I caught the Penn State home opener shutout against Idaho, and ran into some old friends.  Picked out Halloween costumes and did some shopping for the house!  Took a day trip to Bodega Bay to put our toes in the ocean along the California coast. And today our plan is to hit some golf balls, meet the in-laws for sushi and shop online 😉

Nautical Picks on Sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Nautical Picks on Sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

To take advantage of those LDW sales here’s what I have in my fantasy cart.  I’m also looking for some distracted girl friend jeans, the ones I liked from AE are all sold out so looking for a backup.  For my fall bag I want a camel tote bag but still on the search for that.  What do you have your eye on for fall?  Any good deals for LDW you found?

Old Navy Deals - Cute wear now wear later dresses and a Chai Tee!

Old Navy Deals – Cute wear now wear later dresses and a Chai Tee!

 

Peach Caftan via sealauraxpeach

Peach Caftan via sealauraxpeach

Week O’Nautical – White Hot August

Week O'Nautical - White Hot August

Week O’Nautical – White Hot August

Things about me:  I love any reason to theme out my day.  I love August aka the birthday month.  This year I themed out my August as white hot.  What does that entail you ask?  Buying and wearing white things.  It all started with my hunt for a new purse and coming across this white MK bag at the beginning of the month… on clearance at Marshalls!  I decided there it was going to be a #whitehotaugust!  I’ve been wearing my whitest of whites, painting my nails white, even obsessing over my new white and black new car interior.  So when I was shopping for birthday outfits I ordered this white dress, however my plans didn’t really involve activities functional for a dress.  Now that it’s Week O’Nautical I have the chance to take this LWD out for a spin as we count down to LDW!

White on White

White on White

Birthday Treats!

Birthday Treats!

White before Labor Day

White before Labor Day

Dress:  Amazon;  Necklace:  Avon (old but this one would look just as cute and is buy one get one free!); Bracelet – gifted by my sister; Ringmark. old but this one works too!); Sandals – Sam Edelman (last yr’s but these are the same vibe); SunglassesMichael Kors.

Been obsessing over turquoise jewelry lately.

Been obsessing over turquoise jewelry lately.

Obsessories.

Obsessories.

Maybe because its been 100 degrees out but I’ve been wearing flat slide sandals like its my job!  I’ve just not been feeling the heels lately… who am I?!?  Good thing a good LWD works so many ways, heels/flats/sandals/booties you name it goes.  A LWD will always be a year round item for me but I’m maximizing them before Labor Day for Week O’Nautical and it’s been white hot!

LWD for LDW - see what I did there ;)

LWD for LDW – see what I did there 😉

Week O’Nautical – Amazon Green

Week O'Nautical - Amazon Green

Week O’Nautical – Amazon Green

The disadvantage of having your birthday in late August is you kinda get in that birthday mode and kinda forget what’s actually going on.  Like the long Labor Day weekend is days away and I have a TON to get done before break.  The advantage of having your birthday in late August is you get a ton of new goodies, birthday coupons to use with Labor Day Sales and some extra summer glow to get you through.  With that said, don’t hate on me because this look is barely nautical, and barely fits the red white and blue theme I try to stick to.  The feature here is this Amazon Green dress which is an unexpected color that looks GREAT with your red white and blues for your nautical looks.  (and its a new dress, so deal)

Green dress from Amazon

Green dress from Amazon

Not only is my dress Amazon Green its also from AMAZON!  Let me you tell you something, I’ve been on the Amazon fashion train before those influencers were on the train.  I’ve been buying key pieces for years.  They really are my secret for swimsuits!  Usually you can get some pretty good prices so order a couple different sizes in all the styles you like, try them on at home, and send back what doesn’t work.  I do have to say though ever since Amazon Fashion became its own Instagram account and building influencers it really has become endless with options.  The biggest trick to shopping Amazon Fashion, reviews are where its at.

Avon Sacred Coin Necklace

Avon Sacred Coin Necklace

I’m wearing the Longwu Women’s Elegant Short Sleeve Wear to Work Casual Pencil Dress with Belt in a 4/6 in the shade malachite green.  The real deal on this is that its a t-shirt like material with lots of stretch and more on the teal/amazon green coloring.  It’s a little tight on my problem areas but pretty much everything is, but its still really flattering and fits true to size.  The style features a boat neck and pockets!  I’m a fan.

Pop of color to mix in with your classic nautical prints

Pop of color to mix in with your classic nautical prints

For late summer styling I paired it with white flat slides from Shoedazzle, my new favorite necklace, the Avon Sacred Coin Adjustable Necklace in Moon and a favorite bangle set from last summer.  As I said this color goes great with your nautical prints, like in my navy and cream striped bag.  This is easily transitioned into fall with some booties and a denim jacket or a navy blazer to dress it up.

White slides, a wardrobe must have!

White slides, a wardrobe must have!

Transitional dress for Week O'Nautical

Transitional dress for Week O’Nautical

Week O’Nautical is here to give summer the send off it deserves so check back for more nautical inspired looks incorporating red white and blue as we count down to the long Labor Day Weekend!

Week O'Nautical sails on!

Week O’Nautical sails on!

Word On Avon Mattitude Liquid Lipstick and Swatches

Word on Avon Mattitude Liquid Lipstick

Word on Avon Mattitude Liquid Lipstick

What’s your Mattitude?  Relentless, what’s yours?  Don’t know?  Well, I have a quiz for that!  Not only did Avon FINALLY released new matte liquid lipsticks with catchy verb names, they also have a fun quiz you can take to determine what shade fits you and your attitude!  The soft release of these new Mattitude Liquid Lipsticks has been active over at the eBoutique but the grand official release happens tomorrow (Tuesday 8/20).  They’ll be launching at an intro price of only $8.99 (reg $12) so let’s take a look and see if they’re worth it…

What's Your Mattitude!?

What’s Your Mattitude!?

Word on Avon Mattitude Liquid Lipsticks:  Zero gravity. Infinite color. Meet Mattitude, our soft matte liquid lip that comfortably coats your pout with a weightless wash of high-impact, super-saturated color. Instantly command attention when rocking any of the 8 long-lasting shades that leave a velvety soft finish and a powerful impression. .14 fl. oz.

Mattitude Shades

Mattitude Shades

BENEFITS:  Featherlight, non-drying formula that lasts for hours • Micronized pigments release rich, vivid color on impact • Poppy seed oil and vitamin E nourish and smooth lips  • Paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free

Avon Mattitude Applicator

Avon Mattitude Applicator

TO USE:  Smooth over lips with the doe foot. Show off your Mattitude with or without lip liner.

Word on These Mattitude Liquid Lipsticks:  LOVE 'EM!

Word on These Mattitude Liquid Lipsticks: LOVE ‘EM!

Word of Alicia:  Liquid lipsticks have been on the scene for a minute, proving they’re not just a trending item but one here to stay.  People love them for the long wear and color payoff but hate them for making them look like they have perma-chapped lips.  Which is why they were really popular among the young crowd, a crowd without aging, wrinkled, dry and/or cracked lips.  I’ve pretty much not been a fan of liquid lipsticks for that exact reason, my lips are always dry and liquid lipsticks made them look thin and gross, so with this launch I was weary.  I got my hands on 3 shades, a neutral, a bold and a classic red, pretty much one to represent each of the major lip options.  All 3 applied really smoothly both thanks to the formula and the doe foot applicator that has a little well to help get just the right amount of product.  All 3 wore really well and were very comfortable and did not dry out my lips even more nor did they make them look miserable.  I was so pleased with the formula and application that I will be picking up the rest of the shades.

Avon Mattitude in Resolute

Avon Mattitude in Resolute

I am Resolute.

I am Resolute.

Word on Resolute:  This one dried a little dark on me but still definitely a neutral.  I really liked this one paired with the Rosegold Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow for an everyday look (see what I mean here).

Avon Mattitude in Resolute

Avon Mattitude in Relentless

I am Relentless.

I am Relentless.

Word on Relentless:  If you get one shade probably should be this one.  Think about the occasions you tend to go for a big bad lip, holidays, special occasions, date nights.  All of those a classic red lip is a classic choice for.

Avon Mattitude in Driven

Avon Mattitude in Driven

I am Driven.

I am Driven.

Word on Driven:  My favorite shade of the collection!  Purples wear really well on me and for a bold lip they go with a lot of eye looks and outfit looks.  I’ll be wearing this on my birthday I’m sure of it!

Mattitude has some attitude!

Mattitude has some attitude!

So the final word is these are worth it.  Take the fun What’s Your Mattitude quiz and see what shade they match you up with and comment/share what you got and maybe you’ll get a prize as part of birthday week treats!  You can also enter to win ALL THE SHADES here on the eBoutique!  And remember all August long use promo code SUMMER50 for a free gift with a $50 order!

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.

Bright Days Ahead A Box, Avon Promo Codes and My HOLY GRAIL

Bright Days Ahead A Box, Avon Promo Codes and my HOLY GRAIL

Bright Days Ahead A Box, Avon Promo Codes and my HOLY GRAIL

Reveal your radiance with this easy three-step bedtime ritual. Start with our moisturizing cleanser. Then revise and refresh tired skin with our exfoliating peel infused with vitamin C. Finish off with our skin-nourishing night cream. That’s how you wake up to a bright day ahead. Valued at $47 this special set price ($10) reflected when added to bag with a $40 Campaign 18 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  

Three skin care must-haves, one full size and two try-it sizes:

• Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel, 3.4 fl. oz. – FULL SIZE
• Anew Ultimate Multi-Performance Night Cream Mini, .5 oz. net wt.
• Anew Ultimate Cream Cleanser Mini, 1.7 fl. oz.

Bright Days Ahead

Bright Days Ahead

Word of Alicia:  The Anew Vitamin C Warming peel is my new holy grail!  It instantly transforms my skin.  I use it 1-2 times a week for instantly smoother, refined, brighter, tighter and all around better skin.  When I use it I can not get over how great my skin feels let alone looks.  I typically use this warming peel in the shower in the am but I use the cleanser, moisturizer and Anew Vitamin C Serum at night.

Avon Anew Vitamin C Serum and Warming Peel

Avon Anew Vitamin C Serum and Warming Peel

The Warming Peel is my new HOLY GRAIL

The Warming Peel is my new HOLY GRAIL

The Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel applies like a gritty mask.  You can apply it to dry or wet skin, like I said I apply it in the shower on wet skin.  Water activates the warming sensation so I lightly massage with wet hands until that sensation fades.  Then I treat it like a normal gritty scrub focusing on problem areas like around the nose and T-Zone, “scrubbing” for about 30 – 45 seconds.  Rinse off and instantly transformed skin!

Squeezes out like a normal mask, and smells citrus-y fresh!

Squeezes out like a normal mask, and smells citrus-y fresh!

Spreads around like a gritty mask.

Spreads around like a gritty mask.

Water activates the warming sensation to open up the pores

Water activates the warming sensation to open up the pores

Hand on the right is brighter and younger looking after the peel and serum!

Hand on the right is brighter and younger looking after the peel and serum!

Working this into my skincare routine has made a huge difference.  I slowly worked the Vitamin C Serum in at night using that every other day.  So if you are looking to build a $40 order so you can get this A Box for $10 I highly suggest getting the Vitamin C Serum, and then taking advantage of our 2/$24 Naked Proof Collection (like the cellulite cream that really works!) plus you’ll get a FREE body sheet mask.  Then you can also add in a FREE sample of our yet-to-be-released Neutralize Serum to fight free radicals by adding the sample at checkout.  Finally if your order is $50 or greater you can use promo code SUMMER50 for a FREE GIFT.  This week it is a free in-shower body moisturizer which I’m also a major fan of.  So many offers all in one order!  Shop online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Summer Mani Pedi Combos for August

It’s mani Monday and I have bare nails. And I’ve had bare nails for like 2 weeks or so! I’m ready to feel human again and lacquer these puppies up but what color should I choose!? I’ve picked up a few new shades in addition to put tother a few of-the-moment, perfect-for summer-in-August, mani/pedi combos:

Nuditude and Teal Me About It

Nuditude and Teal Me About It

I just picked up Teal Me About It and I’m dying to use it.  I saw Essie make this pairing with similar shades and I’ve been thinking about it ever since!

Parfait Pink and Creme Brûlée

Parfait Pink and Creme Brûlée

A bright pink is my go to for summer, it always wears well and paired with an on-trend white shade on the toes its a no-fail pairing.  (see Creme Brûlée on here)

Sterling and Roses are Red

Sterling and Roses are Red

A collab that will look great through Labor Day!

Sapphired Up and Orange You Crazy

Sapphired Up and Orange You Crazy

This pairing has those Nautical vibes I’ll be loving come Labor Day for Week O’Nautical.  Sapphired up is also one of my all time favorites (see here).

Terracotta and Limoncello

Terracotta and Limoncello

This duo will look stunning with all the leopard and animal print that’s SO IN right now.  Don’t be scared of that Terracotta shade, its actually really wearable and pretty, not blah and brown.

 

As you can tell these pairing are all in my favorite formula, the Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel.  It is hands down my favorite formula and paired with the Gel Finish Top Coat it literally looks as good as a classic gel mani, and lasts really long.  Right now you can get any 2 polishes/top coat for 2 for $11.  An even better deal, you can get the Gel Finish Top Coat with select shades for only $10!  Shop Gel Finish polish and the deals online here.  Now the bigger question is what color should I pick to do my mani/pedi!?!  Leave a comment on your pick for me 🙂