beach waves

Week O’Nautical – Beach Waves

Long weekends are perfect for lazy days.  Lazy days however doesn’t mean you have too look lazy.  One of my favorite looks for a laid back look with minimal effort but maximum style is beach waves in the hair and a simple sun dress.

Beach Waves Must Haves

Beach Waves Must Haves

To get beach waves I start with a volumizing shampoo, because I’ll be doing this style on wet hair I need a little extra oomph so it doesn’t lay too flat at the roots.  My pick of late is the new Avon Ultimate Volume which is on promo for $2.99!  I follow up with the matching conditioner (also only $2.99 right now!)

After washed and combed through I let it air dry while I get ready.  Once its not soaking wet but damp I spray mark. That’s Beachy Texturizing Spray ($9) all over.  I use my hands and scrunch to create more defined waves.  And that’s it!  Easy, minimal effort and maximum style!

mark. That's Beachy Texturizing Spray

mark. That’s Beachy Texturizing Spray

All I need to do is add on my favorite sundress, like this mark. Change Your Ways Dress ($36) (last seen dressed up here!).  Its printed skirt resembling beach waves matches this style perfectly!  Add on my favorite necklace as of late, the mark. Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace ($20) and I’ve got a look that’s easy and chic and ready in no time!

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

This long weekend I’ll be hitting up some sales, relaxing by the pool and spending Memorial Day at the lake.  I think I have and look that will work for whatever the long weekend brings me.

Beach Waves Pool Side for Memorial Day Weekend

Beach Waves Pool Side for Memorial Day Weekend

You can see how much I love my beach waves as you’ve seen them here, and here !

 

Take an Instant Vacation to Marrakesh

I’m not sure about you, but it’s not even officially summer yet and I’m already in desperate need of a summer vacation!  Since that’s not happening anytime soon I’m forced to take an instant vacation… WITH THE mark. INSTANT VACATION MARRAKESH CAPSULE COLLECTION!  Alright, so not exactly the same thing, but this capsule collection has everything you need to be instantly chic on a real vacation or for a more realistic stay-cation.

If this total look doesn’t put your mind instantly in vacation mode then I don’t know what will!

mark. Instant Vacation Marrakesh Total Look

mark. Instant Vacation Marrakesh Total Look

This look is definitely not something I normally would pick out or wear BUT after seeing it so effortlessly on others and after falling in love with the complete thought behind this capsule collection I had to jump out of my black and white box.  So glad I did because this look is the PERFECT summer look!  Especially for summer BBQ’s because its flowy fit allows for big meals 😉 wink wink!  My total look all can be purchased at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and consists of the Exotic Ease Maxi Dress ($34), Mesh Together Necklace ($28), Big Mix Up Bracelets ($20), Take Your Time Watch ($40), Swing By Earrings ($18), Stack and Style Rings ($18) and the Stand Back Heels ($38).  (The orange belt is part of the Belt Trio from mark. that’s been in and out of the sale section at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

Exotic Makeup with the Marrakesh Collection

Exotic Makeup with the Marrakesh Collection

To take it to total look level have to do exotic inspired makeup!  I used the Instant Vacation Marrakesh beauty products to create my look.  Really its all about the eyes with this look!  If you remember, I already introduced the Marrakesh collection beauty here, so I used those same products and created a more dramatic look.  I used the Exotic Eye Trio ($14) with the gold shade all over my lid, followed with the green shade on the outer edge with empahsis in the crease and the orangey shade just on the outside corner above the green shade.  To line the eyes I used the included brush, wet it, then lined the top lashes and tightlined my bottom waterline.  Who would of thought eyeshadow could make this dramatic of a line!?!  This formula wet is FANTASTIC and really brings out the gold.  To finish off the eyes I used a thin line of Get In Line in Painted Black on top and a coat of Lash Act in Blackest Black. I highlighted my cheeks and eyebrow bone with the Exotic Beauty Face Mosaic Pallet ($16).   I used a bit of Bronze Pro on my cheeks just for definition since the look is focused on the eyes and a nude lip.  All the products used are available at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Exotic Eyes and Beach Waves with mark.

Exotic Eyes and Beach Waves with mark.

To complete the look beach waves were DEFINITELY in order!  On wet hair I just scrunched away with mark. Curl Commander Curl and Wave Defining Gel ($16) and a few spritzes of Curl to Curl  Reactivate and Define Mist ($14).  Then through out the day if things start to get frizzy or messy just spray some more Curl to Curl and scrunch.  If things get really bad, wet hands and scrunch, repeat as many times as necessary.  This is seriously the easiest way to get beach waves I’ve found, and the most successful!  You can get Curl Commander and Curl to Curl at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Follow it all up with a few sprays of the Instant Vacation Marrakesh Fragrance and you’re all set!  Since I’m not taking a real vacation anytime soon, I’m taking an Instant Vacation with this look!  Plan an awesome stay-cation by the pool, lake, beach, etc… or even just in the back yard.  Take the Marrakesh theme a step further and have a bbq complete with exotic foods, floor pillows, candle light or a bon fire/fire pit and some of your favorite people.  Put yourself in vacation mode… especially since you’ll already look the part!

Week O’ Nautical – Tuesday’s Look, Minty Nautical

Week O’Nautical sails on!  (pun intended haha)  Little note of fun, as I started to write this Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Summertime, the ultimate summer anthem,  just started playing on my iTunes.  Coincidence?  I think not… its fate!  And if you know me you know my obsession for Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  I can relate pretty much anything in life to a Fresh Prince episode!  Aaaaanyways…. here’s Tuesday’s fresh ensemble:

Minty Fresh Nautical Look Day 2

Minty Fresh Nautical Look Day 2

Minty Earrings and Beach Waves

Minty Earrings and Beach Waves

Nautical Stripes and Back Detail

Nautical Stripes and Back Detail

Makeup Look featuring mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

Makeup Look featuring mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

The Necessary Accessories

The Necessary Accessories

This is not your typical Nautical look but what’s more sea-worthy than some sea green?  It’s no secret for my mint obsession this spring and these are few of the pieces I actually have to play out that obsession with.  I’m wearing a mint green t-shirt with a black and white stripped bandage skirt, super easy!  The t-shirt I got for $5 at Target, (this one) and my skirt is from Express awhile ago.  But stripped bandage skirts are a dime a dozen so easily re-created.  I love my Express one for the unexpected back detailing with the line down the back.  I’m also glad I got it a size larger so its not skin tight.  I highly recommend adding a black and white stripped skirt to your wardrobe.  I’ve worn mine to death with everything from a t-shirt, to a blazer, to a button down dress shirt to a sequin tank for my Christmas party last year.

For my hair decided to try out some beach waves.  This style I wore a lot in the early 2000’s when I lived in PA and the humidity was ridiculous and NO WAY was I going to blow dry.  Plus the humidity brought out the waves.  Now in super dry Nor Cal there’s no waves in that hair, BUT mark. launched a NEW haircare line and the Curl Commander Curl and Wave Defining Gel  help me achieve effortless beach waves!  All I did was use a decent amount on towel dried hair and scrunched.  I used a little hairspray on my bangs and DONE!  I was really shocked how this gel created some texture in my naturally straight hair AND was soft not crunchy at all!  I’m looking forward to playing more with this look and with addition of Curl to Curl Reactivate and Define Mist.  More hair posts to come!

For the rest of my look I have on some minty fresh baubles from the Banana Republic outlet and mark.  My Borrowed From the Boys watch is a staple.  The ring and earrings are also from mark. which have been in and out of sale!

My makeup look of course is all mark. too!  My mark. of the moment product is the Keep It Going Longwear Shadow and Liner in Naturalist.  It’s a gel formula in a teal and brown duo.  I’ve been sporting by lining half my lid with the teal shade followed by the outer half in the brown with an eyeliner brush.  I then drag the brown shade up into my crease to create definition.  Its WAY easier than it sounds and creates interest with the pop of color perfect for spring and summer.  On my lips is another of my mark. must haves, Lip Click Color Shine in Cupid.  This is not your typical lipstick!  It wears like a balm with some shine and SPF 15!  Added bonus the cap is magnetic so you don’t loose it in your bag o’makeup so no ruined lipstick!  Love this flattering pink shade in Cupid.

So what’s the verdict on day 2?  Nautical enough?  What’s your favorite nautical looks?