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Week O’Nautical – Mermaid Mani

Week O'Nautical:  Mermaid Mani

Week O’Nautical: Mermaid Mani

Week O’Nautical returns with Mani Monday!  Because the 4th of July falls on a Monday we get two mani Monday’s out of Week O’Nautical this year.  So, for this one, I decided to break away from the usual red white and blue and go mermaid nautical with these mermaid nails!

mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss Mini Gel Polish Duo

mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss Mini Gel Polish Duo

I started with the Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat.  A little trick is to use this ridge filling base coat not only to fill ridges on natural nails but to get white polish to apply better.  I also found having a thicker base coat like this works really well when applying jams (aka Jamberry Nail Wrap).  It helps protect your nails, create an even surface for application so they apply better and last longer, and it helps make removing jams much easier.

Jamberry Wrap in Mermaid Tales

Jamberry Wrap in Mermaid Tales

For this mermaid mani used the mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss mini gel lacquer duo.  I used the white (Cloud 9) on my pointer and pinkie, and the purple (Hula) on my thumb and middle.  On my ring I used Jamberry Nail Wrap in Mermaid Tales.  I then used the scraps to create an angled accent piece over my pointer.  I finished everything off with the Avon Gel Finish top coat, which is seriously a game changer in my life!

Mermaid Mani for Nautical Looks

Mermaid Mani for Nautical Looks

I’m definitely feeling like a nautical goddess with my mega pretty mermaid mani!  It was so hard to capture how stunning this mani is in real life with my crappy phone camera.  I was too lazy to use my real camera so you’re going to have to take my word on it.  The purple and teal in the metallic finish in Mermaid Tales looks so perfect with the mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss duo.  I’m such a fan of these new gel polishes they last so long and look so smooth. You can shop the mark. Nailed It Duo here and the Mermaid Tales wrap here.

In Full Sun

In Full Sun

In Shade

In Shade

Hope you don’t mind a little twist on my Week O’Nautical Mani Monday as we count down to the long weekend.  Going forward this week I’ll be in my red white and blue for our most patriotic holiday and special deals and free stuff too so check back all week long!  Preview the promos going on this week at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger:

June 27
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Use Promo Code: SUMMER

Use Promo Code: SUMMER

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Trending Tuesday: Tropical

If the world of alicia was the internet #tropical would totally be trending.  Do you notice a theme here… #pineapple, #maui, #tropical… I definitely like to take it tropical in the summer and this year there’s been a ton of awesome products to inspire.  Here’s what’s in inspiring me this Tuesday:

Lucy Hale In the mark. All Is Palm Maxi

Lucy Hale In the mark. All Is Palm Maxi

Caftans and Pineapples

Caftans, Arm Parties and Pineapples

Avon Tropical Shirt Dress Worn Open Like A Duster

Avon Tropical Shirt Dress Worn Open Like A Duster

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Tropical Mani's

Tropical Mani’s

mark. Wood Works Jewelry Collection

mark. Wood Works Jewelry Collection

Little White Dress, Turquoise Jewelry and Palm Leaves (items coming soon!)

Little White Dress, Turquoise Jewelry and Palm Leaves (items coming soon!)

Tropical Scents (Avon's Tripple Wick in Tropical Sunshine)

Tropical Scents (Avon’s Tripple Wick in Tropical Sunshine)

Tropical Casual

Tropical Casual

Avon Heavenly Hibiscus Lightweight Pant

Avon Heavenly Hibiscus Lightweight Pant

Lauren's Tropical Haul

Lauren’s Tropical Haul

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Black And White Tropical Prints

Black And White Tropical Prints

Tropical Greens (Avon Ruched Crochet Dress and Tropical Tote)

Tropical Greens (Avon Ruched Crochet Dress and Tropical Tote)

Avon Senses Starfruit and Coconut

Avon Senses Starfruit and Coconut

If that’s not enough inspo for your Tuesday you can check out my pinterest board for more!  Some of the items are available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to take advantage of the Avon Multi-Way Sarong offer with promo code MULTI.  (see IRL pics here).  Maybe it’s because I don’t get too many tropical vacations, but adding a few tropical items, scents and accessories definitely makes the summer a bit better.  What tropical items do you add into your life or do you just take a tropical vaca?   What are your favorite tropical locations to visit or dream about!?  I might need to plan a vacation!

 

Makeup Monday – mark. Maui Bliss Color Collection

Makeup Monday:  mark. Maui Bliss Color Collection

Makeup Monday: mark. Maui Bliss Color Collection

Switching pace from mani Monday to makeup Monday to talk about the all new, limited edition mark. Maui Bliss color collection. With each mark. Instant Vacation capsule collection they always include beauty items that represent the destination perfectly.  This year, included in the collection, is an eye shadow pallet, a bronzer, nail polish and a brush set.  All perfectly themed out and in travel friendly sizes!  Let’s take a closer look:

mark. Hawaii Five-Oh Eye Shadow compact:

mark. Hawaii Five-Oh Eye Shadow Pallet $10

mark. Hawaii Five-Oh Eye Shadow Pallet $10

With shades inspired b a lush tropical paradise, this mirrored mini palette packs a stunning punch.

Paradise Inspired Shades

Paradise Inspired Shades

Word Of Alicia:  They did a similar pallet in the fall of 2013 and it’s one of my all time favorite mark. beauty products, so when I saw they did a summer version in paradise inspired shades I was super excited!  The beige shades are very similar to that fall pallet and great base shades that work well for a clean summer eye when wearing alone.  The teal is updated for summer that works really well in the crease and as a liner.  Purple is always my punch color in the summer and the coral shade is perfect as a transition shade or in the center of the lid.  I really like how this compact is really compact and priced really nice at $10.  You’ll throw this in your bag for every summer vaca and it will be all you need!

 

mark. Nailed It Trend Gel Finish Mini Nail Lacquers:

mark. Nailed It Trend Gel Finish Mini Nail Lacquers

mark. Nailed It Trend Gel Finish Mini Nail Lacquers

No salon, no uv light curing – just high-impact, gel-like shine in two limited-edition shades; Cloud 9, a heavenly white and Hula, a hip-swaying lavender.

Nailed It in Hula and Cloud 9

Nailed It in Hula and Cloud 9

Word Of Alicia:  Think of that vintage Hawaiian print poster, these 2 colors are the perfect representation of that.  I love wearing whites in the summer on my toes and the purple is muted enough to be your go to.  I’m excited to do some fun nail art with these but the formula is so great that just a single swipe is self leveling, pigmented and super glossy!

 

mark. Sunset Glow Face Bronzer:

mark. Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

mark. Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

Get the gorgeous glow of Maui’s incredible magic hour instantly with this bronzer featuring shimmering rays that illuminate and brighten all skin tones.

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

Word Of Alicia:  Definitely a personal favorite for summer, bronzer!  So much it got it’s own review.  Check it out here.  But if you like Benefit Hula Bronzer you’ll love this for half the cost.  After that shimmer on the top is used it’s a matte bronzer identical to hula.

 

mark. Take Five 5-piece Brush Set:

mark. Take Five 5-Piece Brush Set

mark. Take Five 5-Piece Brush Set

Whether you’re off to a major Maui vacay or simply to your workday, this travel-size kit holds all your essential brushes for making up or touching up.

All your tool essentials compacted into 1 set!

All your tool essentials compacted into 1 set! – and there’s a peek at Hula on my thumb 🙂

Word Of Alicia:  For someone who 8 times out of 10 is doing her makeup on the way to wherever a really good travel brush set is a lifesaver.  This one has the perfect pieces for my life.  Something for my bronzer/blush and highlighter and the right eye brushes to get that crease, blending and the perfect cat eye.  Plus its super pretty in the gold case.  This set makes everything above worth it.

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

Be a Maui Beauty!  It’s BLISSFULLY easy with the limited edition Maui Bliss Color Collection.  (see what they did there!? haha).   But seriously I’ve been waiting for a color collection worth my hard earned dollars from mark. and this is it.  You can shop it and the entire Maui Bliss collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and check out the current promos going on here.

Get The Look:  Maui Beauty

Get The Look: Maui Beauty

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

Word Of Alicia Review:  mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

If you couldn’t tell by this post, or this one I’m pretty excited for the mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss capsule collection.  One of the best parts of these collections is the beauty.  It always includes the best summer makeup must haves and this year does not disappoint with including a powder bronzer.  The mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer.  If there’s a single product that represents an “instant vacation” its bronzer.  Here’s my review on this beauty.

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

Word on the mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer:

Part of the limited edition Maui Bliss color collection. Get the gorgeous glow of Maui’s incredible magic hour instantly with this embossed pressed powder bronzer featuring shimmering rays that illuminate and brighten all skin tones. 0.29 oz. net wt.

mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer and Brush from Take 5 Brush Set

mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer and Brush from Take 5 Brush Set

BENEFITS
• Fragrance free
• Enhances skin tone
• Glides on effortlessl
• Provides instant glow to skin
• Illuminates and brightens skin
• Fade-proof for hours
• Stays fresh looking and color-true for hours
• Easy to blend

TO USE
• Swirl brush onto powder and apply to cheekbones, forehead, bridge of nose and chin, building a gradual glow. Add more color if desired.

Bronzy Glow with mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

Bronzy Glow with mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

WORD OF ALICIA:

I definitely would recommend this as your new bronzer!  First off it’s a super stunning package and design.  I love the shell design and its a decent amount of product for only $16.  That super pretty sparkle however is just on the surface, which is kind of a bummer (and biggest con) but honestly I like matte bronzers better anyhow.  This isn’t a true true matte it has the tiniest amount of shimmer.  There is a lot of shimmer here on my face because it was that first swipe of that top layer.  If you never quite liked Glowdacious because it’s too shimmery then you’ll like this one.  I like that this one isn’t orange at all (even though my pic kinda leans orange but that’s my camera settings) and it isn’t too muddy.  I’ve used it to effectively contour, worn just on the tops of my cheeks, and on any areas I want to look sun kissed.  It met all my expectations.  Wear time is nice as well.  If you want to instantly look like you’ve taken an Maui vacation this is the bronzer to do it!

Best Bronzer For Summer 2016

Best Bronzer For Summer 2016

You can shop the bronzer at my eboutique (along with the brush set and my outfit, all coming later to the blog!)  BONUS today there’s free shipping on a $25 order with promo code FREESHIP.  Might as well shop the rest of the beauty collection and get that free shipping!

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss Limited Edition Bath and Body Collection

WORD OF ALICIA REVIEW: MARK. INSTANT VACATION MAUI BLISS LIMITED EDITION BEAUTY COLLECTION

WORD OF ALICIA REVIEW: MARK. INSTANT VACATION MAUI BLISS LIMITED EDITION BEAUTY COLLECTION

Aloha, Maui!  It’s time for the latest Instant Vacation from mark., Maui Bliss!  It all starts with the fragrance… the key piece to the capsule collection.  This year mark. switched it up and did an entire bath and body line in the new scent Maui Bliss.

mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss

mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss

WORD ON THE SCENT:  Get whisked away to a paradise island with this Hawaiian-inspired blend of reforesting coconut water, exotic hibiscus and rich glowing amber.

Maui Bliss Bath and Body

Maui Bliss Bath and Body

WORD ON THE COLLECTION:

mark. Maui Bliss Shimmering Moisture Gel

mark. Maui Bliss Shimmering Moisture Gel

SHIMMERING MOISTURE GEL
Once this smooth gel formula melts into the skin, a cooling and refreshing effect takes over, leaving skin feeling moisturized with a hint of tan-enhancing shimmer. 5 fl. oz.
Price: $12.00 
mark. Maui Bliss Body Butter

mark. Maui Bliss Body Butter

BODY BUTTER

With aloe, shea and cocoa butters plus coconut oil, this ultra-rich formula melts right into the skin and keeps it feeling moisturized all day. 7.58 oz. net wt.
Price: $12.00 
mark. Maui Bliss Body Mist

mark. Maui Bliss Body Mist

BODY MIST

This mist not only adds a hint of scent to the skin, it also leaves it refreshed and hydrated. 6.7 fl. oz.
Price: $14.00 
mark. Maui Bliss Body Wash

mark. Maui Bliss Body Wash

BODY WASH

This gentle formula moisturizes as it cleanses, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. 8 fl. oz.
Price: $10.00 
Instantly Taking A Vacation With This Packaging

Instantly Taking A Vacation With This Packaging

WORD ON THE LOOK:  I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and good advertisement images, and this one did not disappoint.  Every year they do a little extra effort on the package design.  This year the pretty sunset colors and image really captures the warmth of the scent.  It really smells like an Hawaiian sunset!  I love the palm leafs too and that stunning model in the stunning pink dress.  They had me at Aloha!

The Signature Scent: Maui Bliss

The Signature Scent: Maui Bliss

WORD OF ALICIA:  I can’t lie, I’m a little disspointed they didn’t do a true perfume because I LOVE THIS ONE SOOOO MUCH!  The body spray is nice, it lasts a good amount of time, it’s refreshing but I would of loved to layer it with a true perfume and I totally would of bought multiples.  The whole line is wonderful, typical of mark bath and body.  If you haven’t tried them the body cream is so rich and wonderful and not too greasy and the shower gel is moisturizing.  They work so well layered together you’re going to want the whole line, but my top pick is the Shimmering Moisture Gel.  Its lightweight moisturizing gel with really great fragrance pay off.  The shimmer is sun kissed and it works WONDERS as an after sun.  I’ll be stocking up on this for sure.

Top Pick: The Shimmering Moisture Gel

Top Pick: The Shimmering Moisture Gel

The Perfect Sun Kissed Shimmer

The Perfect Sun Kissed Shimmer

Dynamic Duo: If you can only pick 2

Dynamic Duo: If you can only pick 2

The body butter is so rich and luxurious

The body butter is so rich and luxurious

I'm ready for my instant vacation to Maui!

I’m ready for my instant vacation to Maui!

You can shop the entire collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to check the latest promo codes available here.  Want to win some Maui Bliss FOR FREE!?  Join my Facebook group and automatically be entered!  Join HERE.