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Makeup Look To Master: Everyday Slay

Makeup Look To Master:  Your Everyday Slay

Makeup Look To Master: Your Everyday Slay

The everyday makeup look is the hardest to perfect in my opinion, which is probably why mine is ever changing.  Not only do you need to find the best flattering shades, you also need to find the best formulas for your skin type and that work with your lifestyle… not to mention techniques and trends!  No one wants to look like they’re doing the same look they did when they first started wearing and experimenting with makeup.

First, determine what your everyday looks like.  What features you want to highlight, what products you like to use. Like for me, I like the look of a heavier eye and I don’t really like to wear foundation, so my look is going to be a more complicated eye look and a simpler face look.  For my lifestyle I need a look that works for my 9-5 that’s business casual, along with some after work and weekend casual actives.  Additionally, most of the year its super hot so I need something that doesn’t melt/sweat off and can handle my large pores.

My Go-To Everyday Makeup

My Go-To Everyday Makeup

Now that I’ve determined what my needs are, its time to slay!  I kid, I kid… I don’t slay I just like that it kinda rhymes… Anywho, I start with skincare straight out of the shower, a serum, eye cream and moisturizer.  Right now I’m using the Avon Anew Dual Elixir, the Anew Hydra Fusion Eye Serum and the Anew Ultimate Day Cream with SPF 25.

To battle my large pores and help battle the hot temps my face makeup starts with a primer, Ulta Poreless Face Primer.  Even though I said I don’t like foundation I’ve been wearing the Avon Magix Tinted Moisturizer in Light Medium.  It doesn’t feel like a foundation, or look like one, just blurs my imperfections and evens my skin tone all while looking natural.  Next, I follow up  with concealer under my eyes, on lids and on nose.  I use a fluffy brush and apply bronzer on the top of cheeks and forehead followed by blush on the apples of my cheeks.  Right now I’m using up my mark. Hooked Up Bronzer and been loving the Avon Blush Palette  from the spring.

Pinky Neutral Eyes and Liquid Liner

Pinky Neutral Eyes and Liquid Liner

For eyes, I stick to neutral pinks and taupes that are cool toned for my everyday.  Lately my go-to is a taupe shade in the transition area (from this holiday palette) and the Avon Glimmershadows in Rose Gold all over my lid and underneath.  From that same holiday palette I use a shimmery white to highlight my inner corners and brow bone.  I top it off with a winged eye using the Avon True Color SuperExtend Precise Liquid Liner in Black and Love and First Lash Mascara.  On my lips my everyday is some sort of balm or nourishing lipstick or oil, here I’m wearing some Burts Bee’s Lip Balm.

Just some side eye and RBF

Just some side eye and RBF

This is typically my everyday, all I do is tweak this look.  I tweak the eyeshadow colors and the lips most often.  Same eyeliner, same mascara, same blush/bronzer duo.  If I’m feeling really extra I’ll add a contour or highlight or maybe do my brows but for the most part this is it and easily re-createable even if you aren’t a liquid winged eyeliner fan, just swap in your fav black eyeliner (Glimmersticks are really easy to use!)

You can shop most of my go-to products that I used for this look at my eBoutique and today, June 6th, you can get FREE SHIPPING with a $25 order!  Perfect time to pick up some new makeup that are at lower price points.  I’d also suggest getting some Bug Guard as its on sale right now too!

This was a lot of words of/from alicia and very few and very similar pictures so if you read this entire post, kudos to you!

Why Not Rock A Blazer – mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket

Rocking Blazer - mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket

Rocking Blazer – mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket

Rock a blazer?  Why not!  This time of year, pre-spring if you will, is the perfect time to rock a blazer!  It’s still chilly so a jacket you can wear like a top is the best way to stay chic and warm.  You can rock a blazer with your work wear or your going out clothes which is why the investment is well worth it.  I’m currently rocking the mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket.  It isn’t like anything I already own with it’s take on a tux jacket made more casual with snakeskin print in a more casual material.

Rocking The mark. Tipping The Scales Blazer

Rocking The mark. Tipping The Scales Blazer

I rocked my mark. Tipping Scales Blazer with a black tee and blush columnist pants from Express.  There’s these slight pinky undertones to the grays in the blazer so my blush pants looked killer with it for a wear to work outfit.

Snakeskin and Blush

Snakeskin and Blush

For my accessories I went with the Feathered Friend Necklace and Grows On You Bracelet from mark.  These accessories have been in heavy rotation lately!

mark. Feathered Friend Necklace and Grows On You Bracelet

mark. Feathered Friend Necklace and Grows On You Bracelet

Are you ready to rock a blazer!?  I’m also loving this paired with a white tee and black jeans for some weekend wear!  As you can see in the pic below, definitely a look that rocks!  (ps those pants, shoes and bag are all available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) You can shop the mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket, Feathered Friend Necklace and Grows On You Bracelet at my eBoutique!

Rock It For Weekend Wear

Rock It For Weekend Wear

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Trending Tuesday: September Inspo

September Inspo

September Inspo

If the world of Alicia was the internet inspo for September would totally be trending!  September for me is always a love/hate relationship.  I LOVE August, summer, hot temps and long days.  September is the start to the end of all of that… but also the start of more things I love, Penn State football, all football, apple hill (for my nor cal’ers) and all the fun events in September.  Luckily it’s still summer hot here and we technically have a few weeks left of summer so here’s what’s inspiring me for September!

Color Pallet

September Inspo Colors

September Inspo Colors

This month I’m really feeling all shades of blues, especially navy, camels and nudes, red and burgundy with a bit of neutral blush tones and light greys.  Think very collegiate shades.

navy, burgundy, camel

navy, burgundy, camel

Camel Sleeveless Trench Vest

Camel Sleeveless Trench Vest

Off The Shoulder and White Jeans

Off The Shoulder and White Jeans

Mad For Plaid

Berry Plaid

Berry Plaid

Just as inspiring as a color pallet I always have a print I gravitate toward.  September it’s always plaid and menswear fabric inspired prints.

September Accessories

September Accessories

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September Beauty

Lauren Conrad's Makeup for September

Lauren Conrad’s Makeup for September

I saw this pic of Lauren for her September LC Lauren Conrad Collection ad and I immediately was smitten.  This is what September beauty is about, flawless skin, a light and bright eye with a classic wing liner, full lashes and a bright but deep berry lip.  I already use her staple eyeliner, mark. On The Edge Liquid Liner and I think I can find a similar lip shade!

Apple Everything

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

If pumpkin everything is the motto for October then apple everything is the inspo for September!  I’ll be sure to make my favorite apple crisp, take a visit to Apple Hill and light a few of my favorite apple scented candles this month.  I totally like apple flavors way more than pumpkin!

Avon Fresh Apple

Avon Fresh Apple

 

 

What is inspiring you this September?  Any traditions you like to bust out come September?

 

Soft Pants and Soft Shades with mark. Fine Print Pants

Soft Pants and Soft Shades with mark. Fine Print Pants

Soft Pants and Soft Shades with mark. Fine Print Pants

No secret that I’ve been digging the soft shades trend, but the soft pants trend is a little harder.  On pinterest they look like the most effortless thing out there, in real life they boarder bad Hammer pants.  When mark. released these Fine Print Pants ($36) I decided to give them a try!

mark. Fine Print Pants ($36)

mark. Fine Print Pants ($36)

These soft pants are exactly that a soft, lightweight, flowy material in a loose fitting cut with a higher waist line.  The mark. Fine Print Pants have a grey and black abstract print that is fun but yet subtle making them appropriate for a lot of occasions.

Styling Soft pants with Soft Shades

Styling Soft Pants

Styling Soft Pants

Styling mark. Fine Print Pants

When wearing soft pants you run the risk of looking like you dug out some early 90’s Hammer pants, which is why you need to pair it with the right thing on top.  I went with a fitted tank (Express Bra Cami) and an open front cardi (Express Tuck Stitch Cover Up).  This way, I kept the volume in the right places but still attained a relaxed fit and vibe.  Plus, the peach color against the grey and black pants achieves my soft shades color pallet.  (Even though I totally should of wore a grey cami instead of black)

Express Tuck Stitch Cover Up and mark. Tool Around Ring Set

Express Tuck Stitch Cover Up and mark. Tool Around Ring Set

Soft Pants in Soft Shades

Soft Pants in Soft Shades

mark. Box Set Necklace ($24)

mark. Box Set Necklace ($24)

My outfit is a little on the voluminous side, so keep the accessories simple with just a boyfriend watch (Avon, old) and layered necklace and rings, mark. Box Set Necklace ($24) and mark. Tool Around Ring Set ($18).

mark. In Black and White Tote

mark. In Black and White Tote

To add to my relaxed look a black and white tote with stud detailing with the mark. In Black and White Tote ($40 but get it for $30).  A tote is my favorite bag shape because all at the same time it’s casual, classic and chic, and you can fit your life in it.  You can get this mark. In Black and White Tote ($40) for ONLY $30 with any $25 mark. purchase (for a limited time at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).

Get this tote for only $30!

Get this tote for only $30!

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

 

The biggest trick for pulling off these pants in in the heels!  Maybe not so much if you’re tall and thin, but being short and curvy these mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps ($40) elongated my legs to pull off these pants.  Can I just for a second talk about how much I love these shoes… they are my everything!  Mega mega comfortable, go with basically everything and I just dig the design so much!  But I digress… overall soft pants are super appealing for their comfort factor but styled with the right pieces they’re just as fashionable as they are comfortable.

mark. Jewelry with mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Baby Me

mark. Jewelry with mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Baby Me

Pulling off soft pants with mark. Fine Print Pants

Pulling off soft pants with mark. Fine Print Pants

Total Look:  Soft Pants with Soft Shades

Total Look: Soft Pants with Soft Shades

Have you tried the soft pants trend?  Shop my exact outfit here (http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) and here (www.express.com).

Trending Tuesday: Soft Shades

If the world of alicia was the internet #softshades would be trending!  I’m completely, utterly, most definitely obsessing over all things neutral and soft.  And I don’t think I’m the only one because they are ALL OVER the place!  I think, in this weird, not-quite-spring but not-quite-winter season (except back East muhahaha) we’ll lean toward a fresh clean pallet but still need to be a bit layered and bundled.  This is where soft shades of whites, grays, blues, blushes, etc stand out as go-to’s for late February in a monochromatic fashion.

soft shades

soft shades for Scandal (The Limited)

I could get lost in Pinterest with all the soft shade pinspiration but a few standouts have made the board. Check out my soft shades board here for more inspiration.  Here’s what’s been inspiring me lately:

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soft shades pinspiration

soft shades pinspiration

 

Soft shades were also HUGE at the Oscar’s!  My favorites were Zoe, Lupita, Reese, with my top dress of the night going to Jennifer Aniston!

"the Rachael"

“the Rachael”

Oscar Dresses in Soft Shades

Oscar Dresses in Soft Shades

Oscar Dresses in Soft Shades

Oscar Dresses in Soft Shades

What I love about these tones are that they pair perfectly with your basics like black, navy and gray.  All you need are a few items to mix in with what you already have.  I picked up this peach/blush Tuck Stitch Cover Up from Express and it’s been in heavy rotation with everything from my mint jeans to my black dress pants!  My other must-have pick is the mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt (see here as my pick for February).  The addition of these two tops in soft shades opened up my wardrobe for a pinterest worthy soft shade love fest!  Here’s a peek how #softshades have been trending in my world.

Anchored with black

Anchored with black

Blush

Blush

Peach + Mint

Peach + Mint

Soft Blouse in Soft Shades

Soft Blouse in Soft Shades

All week I’ll be highlighting my soft shades (including the ones mentioned above), so be sure to check out my upcoming posts!  Have you been sporting soft shades this month?  What pins have been inspiring you?

What To Wear: Easter

One of my fondest memories is Mom taking us to get Easter outfits, which for me usually meant a new dress, purse and hat!  Even as a wee child I loved big Easter hats!  I may not get to spend the holiday with my Mom this year but I still uphold her tradition of wearing a special outfit for Easter.  And dying eggs… and eating Easter ham… and EASTER CANDY!  I have a few good options to wear this year, and I need your help deciding!  Comment on which look you think I should wear…

Option 1:  Black, White and Bold All Over!

Wearing mark. High Contrast Skirt, mark. Classic Hit Handbag, mark. Jewelry and Express Tee

Wearing mark. High Contrast Skirt, mark. Classic Hit Handbag, mark. Jewelry and Express Tee

See more on this look!

 

Option 2:  Royally Pretty

Wearing mark. Royal Pretty Dress, Major Mix Necklace, Wow Factor Earrings, Properly Chic Satchel and Borrowed From The Boys Blazer

Wearing mark. Royal Pretty Dress, Major Mix Necklace, Wow Factor Earrings, Properly Chic Satchel and Borrowed From The Boys Blazer

See more on this look!

 

Option 3:  Minty Fresh

Wearing mark. Major Hit Dress, Wave Me On Bracelet, Bold Move Bootie and Avon Classic Carry All Tote

Wearing mark. Major Hit Dress, Wave Me On Bracelet, Bold Move Bootie and Avon Classic Carry All Tote

See more on this look!

 

Option 4:  Blush and Butterflies

Wearing mark. Butterfly Bliss Tank, Get In The Swing Skirt, Bold Move Booties and Might Pretty Bracelet

Wearing mark. Butterfly Bliss Tank, Get In The Swing Skirt, Bold Move Booties and Might Pretty Bracelet

See more on this look!

 

Which outfit would you like to see restyled for Ester Sunday?  Each have a different spring trend perfect for the ultimate spring holiday!  In the spirit of Easter I’d soften up the looks and do a fresh makeup look and mani to match!  Comment below  and shop all 4 of these looks at my boutique!

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FREE mark. Bath and Body Trio at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

FREE mark. Bath and Body Trio at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Get In The Swing Skirt

Wear and Share Wednesday with the mark. Get In The Swing Skirt

Wear and Share Wednesday with the mark. Get In The Swing Skirt

Let’s get back in the swing of things with Wear And Share Wednesday with Living After Midnite!  This week Jackie and I picked the mark. Get In the Swing Skirt ($40) a blush toned, faux leather skater skirt!  If that’s not 3 major spring trends rolled up all into one killer spring skirt then I don’t know what is!

Spring Trend:  Faux Leather for Wear and Share Wed!

Spring Trend: Faux Leather for Wear and Share Wed!

The mark. Get In The Swing Skirt offers a basic with interest that you can build many looks around.  I mean just look how Jackie from Living After Midnite paired hers with a fuzzy sweater and pumps for a sweet look.  After I saw Lucy Hale sport it in the mark. magalog I knew I wanted to re-create her look with the mark. Butterfly Bliss Tank ($20), mark. Rebel Chic Moto Jacket ($65) and mark. Bold Moves Bootie ($40).  Sidenote, how did I not have a black leather jacket in my wardrobe before!?!  Regardless this mark. Rebel Chic Moto Jacket is PERFECT!  The fit is impeccable and its not cropped so the small of my back doesn’t get cold!

Recreating Lucy Hale's mark. Magalog Look with the Get In The Swing Skirt

Recreating Lucy Hale’s mark. Magalog Look with the Get In The Swing Skirt

Burnout detail with a butterfly decal with the mark. Butterfly Bliss Tank ($20)

Burnout detail with a butterfly decal with the mark. Butterfly Bliss Tank ($20)

Pairing a faux-leather blush skirt with more faux-leather seems almost like it would be too much, but because of the neutral tone of the skirt they actually pair really nice together.  Putting a burnt-out style graphic tank underneath helps break up the faux-leather and keeps the look simple and cool.  Lucy Hale was quoted calling this outfit “fiercely feminine” which I think sums it up perfectly!

"Fiercely Feminine" Look With mark. New Arrivals

“Fiercely Feminine” Look With mark. New Arrivals

"Fiercely Feminine" Look with mark. New Arrivals

Zoey Licking Her Chops Because The Look Is So Tasty!

To accessorize I just added the mark. All In Good Time Watch ($40), mark.Mighty Pretty m.Powerment Bracelet ($25) and a vintage mark. bracelet the Set In Stones bracelet.  (keep an eye out for it in the sale section!).  Pop on a bright poppy lip shade with the mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Poppy and I’ve got myself a feminine but edgy spring look!

mark. Might Pretty Bracelet and mark. All In Good Time Watch

mark. Mighty Pretty Bracelet and mark. All In Good Time Watch with Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Poppy

If you’re hesitant in wearing a faux-leather skirt then getting one in a skater/swing cut and a neutral blush tone is an easy way to wear the trend without being too look at me!  Nothing about this says hooker like you mind might automatically go to when you hear faux-leather skirt.   Added bonus its not too short either!  You can shop the mark. Get In The Swing Skirt ($40) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger along with the rest of my outfit!  (tank, jacket, booties, bracelet, watch and lip color!)  It’s a one stop shop for a majorly killer outfit!  Be sure to check out the details of Jackie’s look over at Living After Midnite!

Zoey says "Shop the look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger"

Zoey says “Shop the look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Crazy For Coral

It’s January.  Bleck.  Everything is bleak and barren and Spring seems so far away.  However, it is a new year, and I’m ready for some change to brighten things up.  Just one look at the mark. magalog for January and you can instantly see why I’m cray cray for coral!  It instantly brightens, heightens and enlightens!

Crazy for Coral

Crazy for Coral

That cover look was created by mark. makeup artist Jamie Greenberg – who, by the way, I want to make my best friend because what I can gather by way of the world wide web haha she seems like the coolest girl ever!  Check out her YouTube channel and see what  I mean!  Jamie highlighted the face with pops of coral that really work for this time of year when you need a little color.  Blush is really your best friend in January!

Inspired, I decided to recreate the mark. magalog 1 cover look on myself!

Recreate The Look - Crazy For Coral

Recreate The Look – Crazy For Coral

A Coral Lip Really Pops With Coral Accessories

A Coral Lip Really Pops With Coral Accessories

Get The Look:

To recreate this look I followed Jamie’s steps only I also used Get In Line waterproof liquid liner in Painted Black on my top lash line.  I loved how this look instantly brightened my face and my day!  Recreate this look yourself and I promise it will instantly brighten your day as well.  You can shop all the products used at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com and print out the face chart below to easily follow Jamie’s steps:  Coral Craze Face Chart

Look for part 2 to my Crazy For Coral post where I’ll feature those KILLER coral accessories!