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Let’s Take An Instant Vacation to Havana!

Let's Take An Instant Vacation to Havana

Let’s Take An Instant Vacation to Havana

Hola from Havana!  It’s time for our latest instant vacation capsule collection from mark, and we’re taking you to Cuba!  Escape to Havana instantly by way of a limited edition bath and body, beauty and fashion collection and it’s hotter than ever!  Let’s explore Havana instantly with a look at the magalog in part one of the release of our Instant Vacation collection.

mark. Instant Vacation Havana (Magalog 6)

mark. Instant Vacation Havana (Magalog 6)

Celebrate the energy of Havana with a vibrant blend of freshly cut papaya, deep Cuban orchid and warm velvet woods with the limited edition bath and body collection, Havana Sol.  This is the sole of the capsule collection.

Havana Sol Bath and Body Collection

Havana Sol Bath and Body Collection

Right where Old Havana turns into Centro Havana, along the Paseo del Prado, get an instal-worthy shot in a dress that itself blends old (it’s vintage print) and new (cold-shoulder cutouts).

mark. Back In Time Dress

mark. Back In Time Dress

Bienvenido a Cuba!  It’s the dawning of a new day in a place filled with retro charms.  Go for a ride in one of the colorful classic cars driving around.  Take a stroll through the streets to see the magnificent centuries old architecture.  Match the energy of the city with an impromptu mambo, cha-cha or salsa.  As for what you need to pack?  Think easy pieces and keep-cool comfort from covered head to exposed toes.

mark. Walking Tour Sandals

mark. Walking Tour Sandals

mark. Tropical Punch Necklace

mark. Tropical Punch Necklace

mark. Sunrise To Sunset Sandals

mark. Sunrise To Sunset Sandals

mark Show Stopping Earrings

mark Show Stopping Earrings

mark. Isle Style Bag

mark. Isle Style Bag

mark. Havana Moment Rings

mark. Havana Moment Rings

The Plaza Vieja – the site of major festivals, bullfights and other public gatherings dating back as far as 1559! – is the place for watching people and oohing over restored architecture. Simply don a LDD (little denim dress) and call it a (great) day!

mark. Vintage Wash Dress

mark. Vintage Wash Dress

Overlooking Old Havana, you have a bird’s eye view of how colorful life is down below.  Choose an electrifying chartreuse top and you’ll fit right in.

mark. Gaga For Guava Top

mark. Gaga For Guava Top

Get The Look:  The first rule of Havana, the streets are your runways and daylight is your spotlight!  That’s license to be bold with a crimson lip and to define eyes with a strong sweep of aqua shadow as liner.  Get the look with the limited edition Havana Sol color collection including our next generation of hookups in a limited edition eye pallet, bronzer blusher and 2 full color lip clicks!

Get The Look Of Havana

Get The Look Of Havana

Havana Sol Beauty Collection

Havana Sol Beauty Collection

Regardless if you’re actually going to Havana, or just taking an Instant Vacation, this collection is perfect for your summer life.  I personally love ALL. OF. IT. and you’ll love part 2 just as much.  Every year I look forward to these Instant Vacation capsule collections and Havana did not disappoint.  Easy summer pieces with a little hot Havana style, hello summer!  If anything take it as your inspiration for the day and stay tuned for my reviews and looks!  You can shop the mark. Havana Instant Vacation capsule collection here:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Havana Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

Havana Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

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!

 

Copy Cat Look: Lucy Hale Buenos Aires Vibe Cover Look

Lucy Hale's mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Cover Look

Lucy Hale’s mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Cover Look

With the Pretty Little Liars premier tonight I thought it was only fitting to recreate Lucy Hale’s cover look for the mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe collection.  Lucy looked so vacation perfect I just had to copy cat her look!

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe cover

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe cover

I know you already saw this dress here, and I promised you a look with the turquoise side (check back tomorrow!) but this mark. New Angled Slip Dress is so perfect for summer in my favorite blue color! This mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires capsule collection has your summer must-haves nailed!  To achieve the Lucy Hale Look I had to add on the mark. From The Top Fedora, sit on a retaining wall, and bask in warm sun surrounded by color!

Vacation Ready Look with mark.

Vacation Ready Look with mark.

mark. From The Top Fedora (with floral band)

mark. From The Top Fedora (with floral band)

mark. New Angled Slip Dress (reversible, blue side)

mark. New Angled Slip Dress (reversible, blue side)

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Capsule Collection

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Capsule Collection

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Color Collection

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Color Collection

Lucy Hale is wearing the mark. Buenos Aires Vibe color collection for her makeup look.  The sultry and colorful collection are the perfect addition for summer.  I love the purple tones replacing where you’d typically go black (liner, smokey eye, etc).  Summer is the perfect time to embrace color, functional and packable fashion and a good straw hat.  I’m totally vibing on the mark. Buenos Aires capsule collection, it’s here for a limited time so catch the vibe at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.

Ready For Vacation With A Lucy Hale Inspired Look

Ready For Vacation With A Lucy Hale Inspired Look

 

 

 

5 Must Haves for a Hawaiian Vacation

I kicked off the summer in Maui, Hawaii… lucky, I know!!!  It def was a trip of a lifetime spent with good family and friends, but being my first time there I didn’t really know what to expect… or pack!  Let’s just say I did not pack right for 8 days in a tropical laid back beach town.  Even though what I brought wasn’t ideal I had enough to make do, and I had a few key items that were absolutely essential!  So if you plan on visiting the islands anytime in the future here’s my top 5 must-haves to pack!

1.  mark. Phone It In Bag ($28)

Phone It In Bag Touring Maui

Phone It In Bag Touring Maui

mark. Phone It In Bag from snorkeling to fruit stand

mark. Phone It In Bag from snorkeling to fruit stand

This seriously was my lifesaver!  Easy, transportable, fit all the essentials and in a fun tropical color!  This bag perfectly fit my phone, point and shoot camera, spf lip product, my mark. hookup with eyeliner and waterproof mascara, and my cash and cards.  Everything I needed out and about and in a cross body bag style I was hands free for activities!  It made life so much easier by just grabbing this and going and its compact size kept it functional from everything from hiking up a volcano crater to beachside lounging!  Not only was this essential for Hawaii pretty much any vacation you take this would prove its worth.  You can pick up this bag at my eBoutique http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

2.  A simple gold bracelet

Dainty Gold And The Ocean

Dainty Gold And The Ocean

I picked up this m.powerment bracelet by mark. right before my trip and I didn’t take it off the entire time I was there.  It was just enough to be laid back but still give some shine.  It worked well swimming in the ocean, nights out, hiking, lounging and even in the shower.  I do not lie when I said I didn’t take it off.  I just knew that even if I didn’t put anything else on besides my bathing suit that this gave me a little extra something but didn’t make me look like I was overdoing it at all!  This bracelet is no longer available but you can accomplish the same thing with any dainty gold bracelet.  Try the LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls line, they have a great offering at affordable prices.

3.  Printed Rubber Flip Flops

Tropical Flipflops in a Tropical Local

Tropical Flipflops in a Tropical Local

I’m a heels wearer through and through… even when I really shouldn’t be, but the laid back Island life required nothing but flip flops and I totally was on board.  I picked these tropical print ones from Old Navy for about $3, the BEST place to get rubber flip flops.  Tons of styles and colors and the best prices out there and I can attest to the quality.  These ones took me on a hike through the bamboo forest to see one of the best waterfalls.  If I can wear a pair of flip flops on a hike, through the sand and during all my ocean and beach days you know they’re good.  Now if you would like to step up your game try a pair of Havaianas, or if you want to be more like the locals try some from surf brands like Reef, or if you want to be more like the jet setting tourists grab the designer Tory Burch‘s!

4.  mark. Keep It Going Long Wear Waterproof Liner and Shadow in Naturalist

mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

Pretty much everyday during my vacation I somehow ended up in the ocean, which I think is pretty common place in Maui.  So you needed to plan your look with a bathing suit underneath, versatile easy hair, and a makeup look that wasn’t overdone… and won’t smear all over your face once you body surf a wave or encountering the heat and humidity.  Enter in Keep It Going in Naturalist, this was my go to for mermaid eyes!  The duo consists of a deep coppery shimmery brown shade and a shimmery teal shade.  With these 2 combos I pretty much could create a go to look on my eyes that made me look a little put together but not overdone.  Some days I just lined my eyes in the brown or the teal or half teal half brown.  Other days I used my finger and applied the shimmery shades all over my lid.  If I needed a little extra definition at night I used the brown to shade my crease and the teal all over the lid.  Plus, it lasts and stays put and is travel friendly in size, no liquids so no problem flying with it!  (PS. see me wearing it here)

5.  Mastering beach waves

Everyone else windblown, Me,  perfect beach waves

Everyone else windblown, Me, perfect beach waves

There was absolutely no way I was blow drying my hair in that humidity!  I’m totally a weather snob here in dry hot Nor-Cal so any bit of humidity just makes me miserable… but not my hair.  Besides, like I said before, you end up in the ocean sometime during the day so no need for a blowout just beachy waves.  Plus it’s what all the locals look like anyways, with that great sea salt and sand that ends up in your hair.  I mastered the beach waves with mark. Curl To Curl spray ($14 – available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  On wet hair I just sprayed this all over and scrunched.  Through out the day if things started to frizz I just wet my hands and scrunched some more.  Post ocean adventures I just combed through my hair then sprayed a little more and scrunched again.  Easy as that!  If your hair doesn’t hold then try pairing it with mark. Curl Commander Gel ($16).  This gel is soft not crunchy and will really hold the style.  AND NOW mark. has travel friendly mini’s!  ($8 each) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Hair Care Travel Set for ($24)

mark. Hair Care Travel Set for ($24)

BONUS MUST HAVE!  – Brazilian Cut Suit Bottoms

Trending - Brazilian Cuts

Trending – Brazilian Cuts

Ok, maybe this isn’t a must have more like an observation but all the locals had this style on.  I personally do not own this style but I saw it all over the place!  If you’ve been wanting to try this style out the Hawaiian Islands are the best place for it, you’ll fit right in.  Victoria’s Secret has a lot of options in this style.  Pair it with some cut off jean shorts and a top that’s loose cut so your bathing suit top shows through particularly in a sheer, burnout, crochet or lace fabric and you’ll have nailed the Isle Style.  Top it with a straw fedora or a snap back over your beachy waves!

Mahalo Maui

Mahalo Maui

Even if you don’t make it to Hawaii these items will still step up your Isle Style and make your stay-cation feel tropical worthy!

Instant Vacation Looks – The Hampton’s Collection

Gear up for Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial summer kickoff! with some looks that will have you covered day to night, laying on the beach or taking an instant vacation in your cubicle!

For Night

Easy neutrals with a pop of color take you from sitting out on the deck during happy hour to full on night out! Pair it with Tall Order Sandals to create some killer stems and bronze those stems with Glow It All Gradual Self Tanner. Nothing compliments a LWD more than a tan!

What I’m Wearing:

Shop All These:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

For Day

For Day:

Easily transition your outfit by converting the Catch Of The Day Clutch to a shoulder bag with the convertible strap and throw on the Blaze The Way Blazer for a polished summer work look. Neutrals keep you looking professional while the IT COLOR of the moment in our Rock Of Ages Necklace keeps you fun and on trend.

What I added to transition my look for day. Everyone NEEDS this neutral blazer, perfect for covering up from that blasting AC! Its a wardrobe staple that will transition MANY outfits without looking too stuffy.

Shop these transitional pieces: http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

For Play

For Play:

The Catch Of The Day Clutch can also be worn cross body so you have the use of your hands for shopping, clapping or whatever your play date involves! Throw on our comfy flats, Sunny Outlook Sandals to take you everywhere you need to go!

Sunny Outlook Sandals $32

Get The Look

Get The Look: Hampton’s Color Collection.  You can recreate my makeup look with some of our NEW color collection and some old favorites!!!

First I bronzed up my skin with our gradual tanners for both face and body, It’s A Glow (12) Glow It All ($14).

For Face I used Conceal For Real Hookup ($6) to cover even out and cover up flaws. Followed by Bronze Pro ($12) lightly all over with emphasis on my cheeks for contouring.

For Eyes I used the the new Keep It Going shade Naturalist $11 (Brown and Teal). I lined half my eye with the teal shade using the Flat Eyeliner Brush ($7). Followed by lining the outer half with the brown shade with wining it out and blended into the crease. I topped it off with liquid black liner, Get In Line Waterproof Liquid Liner in Painted Black ($6.50) and finishing it off with Lash All You Want in Black ($11). This gave a pop of color on the eye coordinating with the pop’s of color in my outfit, but mild enough for day wear.

For Lips I used Gloss On Lip Gloss in Sunset Beach ($10).

Fragrance I used the new Instant Vacation Fragrance Hamptons in both the shimmering body lotion ($10) and fragrance ($20) for extra staying power and just a little gleam with the shimmer lotion. This is not your typical glitter lotion, just a very pretty adult shimmer.

shop it: http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com/

This collection has to be one of my ALL time favorites from mark.  Each piece is versatile and fits so nicely into your summer wardrobe.  It has me wanting summer vacation NOW!  But until then I’ll just have to wear the pieces and take an Instant Vacation.  All items are now available at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Easter Nails and Hamptons Collection Preview

I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do for my Easter mani this year but I knew I wanted a pastel… but I planned on wearing white and cobalt so I needed something to coordinate with the crisp color scheme… then I remembered Kristen got me a cobalt blue crackle for Christmas!  Perfect!  I decided to layer it over a pastel pink… this mark. tickled pink to be exact!
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Crackles may not still be “in” but I’m still enjoying them!  They’re a quick and easy way to create an interesting nail “design”.  Plus I thought it looked like a cracked hard boiled easter egg so totally themed out!!

Favorite Easter Mani Nail

Favorite Easter Mani Nail

Hamptons Collection

Hamptons Collection

For the rest of my Easter ensemble I wore pieces from mark.’s Instant Vacation Hamptons Collection debuting later this month!  Every year they do an Instant Vacation series and I think they nailed this one on the head!  I’m loving the easy breezy classy collection… it instantly transports to the Hamptons!  Of course I’m also loving this tiny pup Toby and my delish green chai!

Hamptons Collection

Hamptons Collection

From the collection I’m wearing the new Cool It Dress, Heat Wave Hoops (blue set), Pretty Stellar Ring, Catch Of The Day Clutch, Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner and Shadow in Naturalist, Gloss On Lipgloss in Sand in addition to the new Borrowed From The Boys Watch and Tall Order Sandals all from mark.  All these available for pre-order, hit me up!  aliciah.mentorassistant @gmail.com

Cuddling with Toby

To view the full Instant Vacation Hamptons Collection check out my facebook album.  For any pre-orders made before Friday April 20th you’ll get a FREE Instant Vacation The Hamptons Fragrance Sample, Bonus Hamptons Beauty Gift AND entered in to win the Heat Wave Hoop Set!  Here’s a peek at the other pair I didn’t have on with my easter outfit:

Heat Wave Hoops $26

Heat Wave Hoops Set $26