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What To Wear In Maui: The Off The Shoulder Dress

What To Wear In Maui - Off The Shoulder Dress

What To Wear In Maui – Off The Shoulder Dress

The epic drive from Kahului to Hana is world famous.  It is a curvy coastal road with views of its natural beauty of its unblemished cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and miles and miles of rainforest.  It was one of my favorite things we did while visiting Maui and according to mark.; The epic drive from Kahului to Hana on the Hana Highway is an absolutely must.  Wear a dress that’s both comfy in the car and cute enough to steal some attention from the jaw-dropping scenery when you jump out to ooh and awe.   For this scenario the perfect piece is the mark. Warm Shoulder Dress.

mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

Not only is the off the shoulder trend huge this summer it’s a star item from the mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss capsule collection.  Inspired from our tropical destination Maui, this dress is lightweight, features a hibiscus like cutout design along the hem and cut to be the the perfect versatile dress for summer vacations and beyond.

Off The Shoulder Trend For Summer

Off The Shoulder Trend For Summer

I may not currently be in Maui but I am taking an instant vacation there wearing this pretty blue dress.  You know those pieces you put on and you just feel good in, this is one of them.  The periwinkle blue color is just stunning, and not like anything else I already own.  I like that I can wear it off one shoulder, both shoulders, the sleeves pushed up or long.  It’s really functional and pretty.

Versatile Way To Wear It

Versatile Way To Wear It

For something comfy to wear on a summer road trip or along the road to Hana this dress has that relaxed vibe.  Especially if you pair it with some shimmering flip flops and a great beach bag.  If I was in Maui I’d wear it over my suit and my bag would include a towel, snorkeling gear, Avon Sun+ Sunscreen, mark. Touch and Glow Coral, and Avon Big and Daring Waterproof mascara!  However I’m not, so for my any day in real life look I wore it over a lace bralette (Victoria’s Secret Pink) instead of a swim suit.  And my  faux straw bag (Lilly Pulitzer for Target) contains my wallet instead of snorkeling gear and a towel but the Touch and Glow and Big and Daring stay!

Your Go-To Summer Dress - mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

Your Go-To Summer Dress – mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

Perfect For A Summer Road Trip

Perfect For A Summer Road Trip

Maybe it’s the birds of paradise, or the cute floral cut outs but I’m feeling pretty tropical.  With the pretty blue dress I’m wearing the pretty Blue Atlantic jewelry collection (pendant necklace and earrings).  My bracelets are actually from my trip to Hawaii from a local vendor.  Finally for the perfect tropical feel my bright orangy-coral lip is mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini.

Cut out skirt detail!

Cut out skirt detail!

Lips:  mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini

Lips: mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini  Jewery:  Avon Blue Atlantic Collection

If you’re planning a trip to Maui this would be the perfect dress to pack.  If you want to just be influenced by Maui this would fit the bill for that too.  From the mark. Maui Bliss collection this has to be my favorite fashion piece.  You can shop the entire Maui Bliss collection here.  Use promo code MULTI for a free sarong that would oh so match this collection perfectly!

mark. Maui Bliss Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

mark. Maui Bliss Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

For more from my Maui Bliss Collection looks check out the maxi dress, the color collection, the bronzer and the fragrance!  With this little capsule collection you’ll be ready for your Maui vacation, or at least look like you just had one 😉

Maui Vacation Ready With These Must Haves!

Maui Vacation Ready With These Must Haves!

 

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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

What To Wear In Maui: The Tropical Print Maxi

What To Wear In Maui - The Tropical Print Maxi

What To Wear In Maui – The Tropical Print Maxi

The number one thing you should pack on a trip to the Hawaiian Islands is a tropical print maxi dress.  Not only does it easily pack into a suitcase but you can wear it day, night, out, lounging, casual, dressed up and even as a swim cover up!  The one I’m loving this season is the mark. All Is Palm Maxi!  Not only does it have the perfect tropical palm print, it has an easy to wear shape and straps you can wear 5 ways (or more if you’re creative!)

mark. All Is Palm Maxi Dress

mark. All Is Palm Maxi Dress

So you’re not going to Hawaii… but this still might be the perfect dress.  Might as well take an instant vacation by just wearing this dress this summer.  IT. IS. SO. COMFORTABLE.  That’s really all the reason you need, cute and comfy.  Weather you’re in humid Hawaii or hot California (or anywhere else) this dress works.  I also added a lace bralette underneath to make it even more wearable!

mark. All Is Palm Maxi - Your Summer Cute and Comfy Maxi

mark. All Is Palm Maxi – Your Summer Cute and Comfy Maxi

I decided to pair my mark. All Is Palm maxi with my other must-have, a sun hat!  How cute is this mark. Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat with it’s sparkles, wide round brim in earthy brown.  Perfect for Maui or a Monday.

A little Island Style

A little Island Style

For a little more island style stack up some fun bracelets like the mark. grows on you bracelet and Avon Stretch Bracelet set (coming soon).  I added my wood palm leaf earrings I got in Maui at Martin and McArthur because they were absolutely perfect, but you could wear the wood motif jewelry from mark. with the wood works earrings, bracelet and necklace.  Finish it off with a walkable heel with the mark. around back heels.

Stacked Bracelets from mark. and Avon

Stacked Bracelets from mark. and Avon

mark. Around Back Heels and Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat

mark. Around Back Heels and Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat

You can shop all the items at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger for your instant vacation Maui look!  Regardless if you have a trip planned or not you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation!  PLUS take advantage of these offers starting tomorrow!

  • 5/21-5/23:  Gear Up for Memorial Day. Get ready for fun in the sun with up to 50% off sunny weather must haves!
  • 5/24 – 5/26: Get a Boho Princess Necklace and Earring Giftset Free ($24.99 value) with your $50+ order! (Use Code:  BOHO)
  • 5/27: Memorial Day Weekend!  Get Free Shipping with your $25+ order! (Use Code:  MEMORIAL)
Taking An Instant Vacation to Maui with mark.

Taking An Instant Vacation to Maui with mark.

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.

Trending Thursday #coconuttreat

Enjoying a Coconut Treat in Maui

Enjoying a Coconut Treat in Maui

If the world of alicia was the internet then today the top trending search would be #coconuttreat  I’m such a sucker for anything coconut!  Not only is it delicious (as a kid it was my favorite snack) but it also just smells like summer (can we say hawaiian tropic!)  Here are my top 5 coconut treats that I’m obsessing over

 

#bathandbody

mark. Coconut Treat Body Line

mark. Coconut Treat Body Line

This entire line of bath and body products from mark. in coconut treat are straight out of paradise!  The scent is described as a deliciously tropical indulgence, with refreshing coconut water and mandarin mingling with luscious hazelnut and coconut cream.  Basically, in licia-language its a warm coconut smell with sweet undertones.  It’s not overpowering or too beachy so you can wear it for all occasions.  This whole line is a must!  Layer by starting with Three’s A Charm 3-in-1 cleanser (8) that can be used as a body wash, bubble bath or shampoo!  Follow up with Whipped Up Body Butter ($10), my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE, super moisturizing and creamy.  The finish off with Get Misty Body Mist ($14) for lasting smell-delish-all-day power!  I’ve never been more excited about a bath and body line since Bath and Body Works return of Vanilla Bean Noel each Christmas.  Shop the collection at my eBoutique.

 

#sheenstealer

mark. Sheen Stealer Coconut Treat

mark. Sheen Stealer Coconut Treat

 

The Sheen Stealer Dry Oil Body Spray ($10) in #coconuttreat is so awesome it is trending all on its own!  If you know me, you know I’m a huge advocate for oils, from hair to body to cuticles… Nothing quite does the job like a good nutrient rich oil.  This one not only is an easy to use spray dry oil but it smells so divine!  AND it makes your tan look WAY better.  Just spray this on your arms and chest for a glowing finish.  Then spray a line down your legs which will also make them look longer and tanner!  This gives your bod a back from the beach glow that just screams summer!  Shop it at my eBoutique.

 

#coconutwater

Coconut water straight from the coconut!

Coconut water straight from the coconut!

The power of coconut water is like that of a miracle!  Seriously, its the most hydrating and it tastes the best straight from the coconut.  Yes, some of you might think its bitter, so it might be an acquired taste, but once you acquire it you’ll never look back!  To help break you in try one of the ones flavored with pineapple or mango.  You can get these at your local grocery store.  I prefer the large coconut you have to machete open as my #coconuttreat

PS.  You might recall that Phone It In Bag from my Hawaii must-haves 🙂

 

#hawaiiantropictanningoil

Pool Days

Pool Days

Yes, yes I know, tanning is bad.  Sun is bad.  But life is too short not for me to enjoy my favorite pastime.  Sunbathing!  I have a hard time getting color, I just say I have natural sunscreen.  The only thing that works for me is Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Oil and a day of sun.  Plus I absolutely LOVE the strong coconut smell!  To me this IS summer and the ultimate #coconuttreat

 

#coconutcream

Berries and Coconut Cream

Berries and Coconut Cream

For a REAL #coconuttreat this pretty much is my ideal of yummy!  For the perfect summer breakfast, snack, dessert, party favorite try this recipe from Love and Lemmons for Berries and Coconut Cream.  After finding it on pinterest I’ve been obsessed ever since.  This would be great at a summer picnic, super easy and really yummy!

 

I hope you’re inspired to get some #coconuttreat trending in your world.