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Mani Monday – Coronavirus Nails

I know a lot of you are being forced to salvage your nails during this Coronavirus shutdown. That may include a really long grow out of your gel/acrylics, maybe even a self removal! And with that comes weak, troubled, unhealthy nails.  So if you are doing an at home DIY mani, you need a nice polish to rebuild those nails.  I really like the Avon Gel Finish Polish, its one of my all time favorite formulas.  Its super smooth and levels perfectly and wears extra long.  Avon just released 3 limited edition shades for spring/Mother’s Day and they are the perfect 3 colors to get through the rona 2020.  Serioiulsy I’ve just roated between these three, they really are the perfect colors.

Abstract Nail Art

Abstract Nail Art

Enchanted Fig Abstract Nails – Used Enchanted Fig (2 coats) then a swipe of Strawberry Pop and Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black finish with Gel Finish Top Coat.

Enchanted Fig (top)

Enchanted Fig (top)

Strawberry Pop – Used 2 coats and Gel Finish Top Coat.

Strawberry Pop

Strawberry Pop

Watermelon Kiss – Used 2 coats and Gel Finish Top Coat.

Watermelon Kiss

Watermelon Kiss

 
To order online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger go to “Product #” (next to sign in) select campaign 10 > enter in product number and qty > add to form > add to bag
 
Pretty Polished Gel Nail Enamel – Enchanting Fig – 508973  $7.00
Pretty Polished Gel Nail Enamel – Strawberry Pop – 509635  $7.00
Pretty Polished Gel Nail Enamel – Watermelon Kiss – 509597  $7.00
 

I Followed Jen Atkins 90’s Curls Tutorial — and here’s what I got!

I followed Jen Atkin's 90's Curl Tutorial -- and here's what I got!

I followed Jen Atkin’s 90’s Curl Tutorial — and here’s what I got!

Do you follow Jen Atkin on IG? Because you should. Not only is she an industry leader (everyone from Jen Aniston – Kardashians) but she’s super adorable and down to earth. I saw this tutorial as her ‘rona stay at home content and thought, looks easy enough, let’s try it!

Jen Atkin's IG TV Tutorial

Jen Atkin’s IG TV Tutorial

First of all I just got my new CHI hairdryer, from my eStore. YES AVON! Avon is now carrying CHI tools and I started with the one I use the most, a hairdryer. A quality tool not only gives you a better style, it treats your hair better. Seriously, invest in one. Secondly, I never used the diffuser that came with any hairdryer I’ve ever had. I didn’t know what it was for, and then I learned it was for curly hair, which I don’t have. BUT after watching her tutorial I was like OOOOOOH.  

Used my new CHI Advanced Ionic Hair Dryer from AVON

Used my new CHI Advanced Ionic Hair Dryer from AVON

I didn’t have the products she used but I did use the CHI Essentials Thermal spray, and mouse and gel I had already (old mark. products).  Like I said I used my new CHI Advanced Compact Ionic Hairdryer with the diffuser attachment.  

Finally!  A use for that diffuser tool

Finally! A use for that diffuser tool

I LOVE my hair!  Super easy to do, turned out great and def getting use out of that attachment I had no clue how to use.  Def doing this again!  This hairstyle not only hides the fact that I need a haircut and my roots done, but it really showcases my highlights!

Success!  Will def do this again... and wear this sweater again, and again, and again!

Success! Will def do this again… and wear this sweater again, and again, and again!

Also can we have a moment for the ultimate stay at home item, the Avon Everyday Coverup.  I have been LIVING IN THIS.  Its the perfect weight to actually keep you warm but not bulky and heavy like a winter cardi.  Its ribbed and super soft so it looks modern.  I just LOVE it.  And with a white tee, leggings and a turquoise horn necklace… done!  I’m debating ordering a 2nd just to have when this one gets worn out, because it will.  Shop this cardigan, necklace and CHI hairdryer at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Outfit on repeat:  cardi, tee, leggings, necklace

Outfit on repeat: cardi, tee, leggings, necklace

25 Uses for Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

25 Uses For Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

25 Uses For Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

Nothing gives you more bang for your buck than a good multi-tasking product.  One of my biggest multi-takers are my Avon True Color Dazzle Drops ($14).  This gem of a product is not one I’ve really “highlighted” before (see what I did there) but it’s currently FREE with your $50 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger so I thought I’d share why this guy is such a find with 25 uses for the Avon True Color Dazzle Drops.

Avon True Color Dazzle Drops Swatch (Full Sun)

Avon True Color Dazzle Drops Swatch (Full Sun)

Word on Avon True Color Dazzle Drops ($14):  Get your glow on…and take it to the max! Whether it’s a strong streak of sun-kissed shimmer or a deep bronze glow, your customized radiant look will dazzle as much as you dare. 5 fl. oz.  BENEFITS  • Provides a luminous, light-reflecting, pearl, dewy finish  • Adds a touch of silky moisture

Dazzle Drops Dropper

Dazzle Drops Dropper

 

25 Uses for Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

 

1. As a face highlighter: Use on cheekbones, under brow, tip of nose, cupids bow, all the places you’d highlight

2. Brighten Complexion: For a subtle glow, mix 1-2 drops with your face moisturizer

3. Glowing Base: For a luminous glow, mix 2-3 drops with your foundation

4. Accent Collarbone: Use on your collarbones, tips of shoulders, to accent your decolletage

5. Body Glow: Get an allover glow by mixing 3-4 drops with your body lotion

6. Longer Legs: Swipe Dazzle Drops down the front of your shins for the appearance of longer legs

7. Under Eye Brightener: Mix in with your under eye concealer to brighten up your under eye area

8. Look More Awake: Apply dazzle drops at the inner corner of your inner eye to appear bright eyed and bushy tailed

9. Fuller Lips: Using your finger tip, apply to your cupids bow and in the center of your bottom lip (with or without lip color)

10. DIY Shimmer Lipstick: Mix with your favorite lipstick to create a luminous finish

11. Golden Goddess: Mix Dazzle Drops with a liquid bronzer for that golden goddess look, apply where the sun would naturally hit or on the body

12. Easy Eye Shadow: Swipe Dazzle Drops all over the eye lid for a quick and easy glimmering eye look

13. Gleaming Primer: Using Dazzle Drops as your lid base, it creates a primer with gleam before applying eye shadows

14. Blushing Glow: Mix Dazzle Drops with your cream blush for a blushing glow, I like the Avon True Color Be Blushed Cheek Color

15. Define Brows: Use Dazzle Drops under your brow and right on top of the tail end of your brow to help define, preferably after using Avon Glimmersticks Brow Definer

16. Make Matte Look Less Flat: When wearing matte makeup, highlight with dazzle drops to add some light reflection for a more dimensional look

17. Make Your Highlight Pop: To achieve maximum highlight impact, layer your highlighters, use Dazzle Drops first then apply a powder highlight on top, like Avon True Color Moonlit Highlighting Powder

18. Beach Makeup: When you need a little beach glow, use Dazzle Drops on eye and cheeks along with waterproof mascara for easy beach makeup

19. DIY Shimmer Shadows: Combine dazzle drops with your favorite eye shadow to create a creamy shimmery eye look, apply with a dense brush like a concealer brush

20. Shimmery Eyeliner: Using and clean eyeliner brush, use Dazzle Drops as a glistening eyeliner, looks great with a smokey eye

21.  Aging Skin Looks Younger:  Because Dazzle Drops are a liquid you can use them on aging skin and instead of settling in line and wrinkles like a powder would, this actually illuminates and brings back that youthful glow

22.  Fake A Tan:  Build a body bronzer with some powdered bronzer, body lotion and Dazzle Drops

23.  Party Part:  For an easy party hairstyle, create a deep part and slick back into a sleek pony tail, apply Dazzle Drops down that part for a sparkling effect

24.  Coachella Brows:   Music festivals and party scenes sometime require an out-of-the-box makeup look, take a twist on glitter brows and run Dazzle Drops through your brows with a clean spoolie 

25.  Hair Shine That’s So EXTRA:  Add 1 drop of Dazzle Drops per 1 pump of the Avon Advance Techniques Daily Shine Dry Ends Serum, mix together and apply to dry hair to smooth and shine on a whole other level (another under-rated multi-tasking Avon product)

You can get the Avon True Color Dazzle Drops at my eBoutique for $14 or currently on sale as part of the buy one get one half off products, OR it’s automatically added to your cart FOR FREE with a $50 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

New Year New Mani

New Year New Mani!

New Year New Mani!

Happy New Year!  I hope 2019 is off to a spectacular… or sparkling start!

Matte Sparkle for the New Year

Matte Sparkle for the New Year

My New Years Eve mani has become my new year mani. While going through my nail polish stash I found these super sparkly polishes from Julep, which are actually a matte.  Making this mani something a little different and with all the glitter I was already wearing, matte seemed a good way to go.

New Year New Flowers ;)

New Year New Flowers 😉

These also look WAY better in person! I couldn’t capture the sparkle, so take my word for it.  I was kinda hesitant to give up wearing red on my nails but this purple polish is making it easy to transition to the new year.  Plus, first post always has to be a new mani post right!?

In the winter sun, trying to capture the sparkle

In the winter sun, trying to capture the sparkle

 

Cheers to 2019!

Mani Monday: Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

Holdiay nails? Nailed it!  Instead of the same red you wear every year try something equally as festive with a shimmering plum and cream with some easy but eye-catching nail art!  mark. Nailed It Gel Trend Gel Finish Mini Nail Laquers are part of the holiday sparkle beauty collection from mark./Avon and they’re the perfect pairing for your holiday nails!

mark. Nailed it It Gel Trend gel Finish Mini Nail Laquers

mark. Nailed it It Gel Trend gel Finish Mini Nail Laquers

It comes with 2 mini bottles in shades Sugar Plum and Eggnog.  The names (and shades) couldn’t be more fitting for holiday.  Like I said before I prefer these mini polishes they’re the perfect amount to get you through the season before you’re on to the next trend.

Eggnog and Sugarplum

Eggnog and Sugarplum

Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

Easy Holiday Nail Art with mark. Nailed It Duo in Eggnog and Sugarplum

For this easy nail art first paint your nails in Eggnog.  On my ring I flipped it so I used Sugarplum first.  Once it’s dried for about 2 minutes create a v shape by painting two angled swipes from cuticle to tip on each side of the nail.  The mini brushes on these mini polishes are perfect for achieving this.  It doesn’t have to be perfect to get a good look… mine are far from perfectly symmetrical.

mark. Nailed It Duo for Holiday Mani's!

mark. Nailed It Duo for Holiday Mani’s!

Easy Nail Art For Holidays!

Easy Nail Art For Holidays!

mark. Ready To Pounce Ring

mark. Ready To Pounce Ring

mark. Ready To Pounce Ring

mark. Ready To Pounce Ring

Unique Look For Your Digits This Holiday Season

Unique Look For Your Digits This Holiday Season

The mark. Nailed It Set is available at my eBoutique along with this super cute leopard ring!  Polish is a great little gift idea for stockings, as an add on, or just for a little gift.  Personally I love getting it in my stocking because I know I’ll be doing my nails over the break for upcoming NYE!  This set would be perfect for your NYE look!  Shop now and take advantage of 12 days of deals at my eBoutique!  Today you get to pick a travel size Anew product or tomorrow you get a FREE Platinum-Plated Diamond Pendant Necklace!  Shop now shop often and get those lists done!

mark. Nailed It Gel Polish Set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Nailed It Gel Polish Set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Mani Monday: Jamberry Sweet Nothing

mark. Let Your Finger Do The Talking With Jamberry Sweet Nothing Nail Wrap Mixed Mani

mark. Let Your Finger Do The Talking With Jamberry Sweet Nothing Nail Wrap Mixed Mani

Happy Columbus Day!  Need something to do on your random day off?  Do your nails!  I love random Monday’s off for a little self improvement, preferably while watching daytime TV!  Even if you don’t have today off (like me :/) then just chalk it up to being a typical mani Monday and DVR Kelly and Michael and The Price Is Right to watch while doing your nails.

Mani Monday With Jamberry Sweet Nothing

Mani Monday With Jamberry Sweet Nothing

Today’s mani Monday is a new one for me… Jamberry.  As popular as these nail wraps have been and as much of a nail girl as I am, I have yet to try Jamberry.  My bestie Krista is hosting a party so her killer Jamberry Rep Jen sent a sample to us interested ladies for a 7 day challenge to see how Jamberry wraps hold up.  I have to say, I’m impressed.

Jamberry Sweet Nothing, OPI Mourning Glory and Essie A Cut Above

Jamberry Sweet Nothing, OPI Mourning Glory and Essie A Cut Above

I selected Jamberry Sweet Nothing as my design.  Because the sample was a little big for my nail size I put them on the best fitting option my pointer.  The floral design with a black background is a great fall floral design.  I had a fun weekend planned so I wanted a fun mani to go with it, so I decided to accompany the floral design with just a basic shiny black polish (OPI Mourning Glory) and some mauve pink glitter on my middle (Essie A Cut Above).  I loved the look with just the basic black but the glitter stepped it up and made this a fall mani I’m loving!

Dark Floral Mani For Fall

Dark Floral Mani For Fall

Word Of Alicia Review:  Immediately I could tell that these were higher quality than nail wraps I’ve used in the past.  I thought they were easy to apply but the key is heating them up first.  I watched the tutorial on how to apply them and used my little desk side heater as my heat source.  Besides some edge peeling and some mega filing (and more filing throughout the week) these puppies stayed put way better than any I’ve tried.  I would definitely get them again… in fact I’m definitely getting these foxes for Thanksgiving!

mark. Let Your Finger Do The Talking Ring

mark. Let Your Finger Do The Talking Ring

I also am digging all the unique designs and how each design has it’s own hashtag so you can search how it looks in real life (IRL).  That makes an online shopper super happy!  You

 see here that the design I used looks just as great on everyone else too, I LOVE it paired with stripes!

Avon Above The Fringe Necklace Set (earrings not shown but super cute!)

Avon Above The Fringe Necklace Set (earrings not shown but super cute!)

If you’re interested in trying out some Jamberry shop Krista’s Creative Jamberry Party here!  Be sure to select Krista’s party and take advantage of the buy 3 get one free promotion going on now!  You can shop my ring and necklace set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Pretty Little Things For Fall

Pretty Little Things For Fall

 

Editors Note:  for whatever reason this post didn’t post on Monday so day late and a dollar short… deal with it.

Hairtastic: The Half Up Messy Bun

The Half Up Messy Bun

The Half Up Messy Bun

The half up messy bun is having a moment.  I’m totally on board with this hairstyle for a few reasons.

1.  It’s super easy.  Who doesn’t like easy.

2.  It’s super quick.  I’m always late.  ALWAYS.  So having a hairstyle in my arsenal that’s quick and looks good is a must have.

3.  It keeps your hair out of your face while still looking “done.”

4.  It works with semi-wet hair.  Again back to this whole late thing, I don’t have time to blow dry so I need some wet hair looks.

5.  It was my go-to hair style in High School when I was running late.  Obiv it looks way better now when I do it but who doesn’t like resurfacing old trends haha.

Black and Gold Accessories

sideview

The Perfect LBD For Night

more sideview

Here’s how I do it: Air dry my hair for a little bit, basically until my bangs are dry.  Next I prep the hair with mark. Give It To Me Straight Super Smoothing Lotion.  Then I separate about half my hair starting at about half inch above my ears.  With this gathered hair I either twist into a bun or just create a messy ponytail bun, both secured with an elastic.  By messy ponytail bun I mean I just go through the motions of doing a ponytail only I don’t pull the ends out.  There’s no wrong way to do this, just create a non-perfect half up look.  I then will round brush and blow-dry my bottom half of hair, finger comb/style my bangs and leave some face framing layers loose.  Spray it all with a hair spray (John Frieda Frizz Ease Aerosol is my hair spray of choice.)  Done!

Take a look at some inspiration on this look!  https://www.pinterest.com/ach167/hair-tastic/

Who else is sporting the half up messy bun!?

my go-to hair as of late!

my go-to hair as of late!

Week O’Nautical TGIF

The long Memorial Day weekend is here!  TGIF!  Time to start the unofficial kickoff of summer!  Week O’Nautical continues with some red white and blue!

Time To Start The Weekend!

Nautical Arm Party

Nautical Arm Party

Arm party:  Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet, mark. Looking Sharp Bracelet in rose gold, Avon tortoise watch.  (shop here)

Summer Time Treat:  Infused Water!

Infused Water For Your Weekend

Infused Water For Your Weekend

This was probably the best idea as of late.  Fill multiple mason jars with your favorite fruit, fill with water and refrigerate.  Grab and go options that are not only tasty, refreshing and portable but also super cute and pinterest worthy!  How great would these look on your picnic table this weekend!?  Mine includes lemon, cucumber, strawberries, blueberries and kiwi.

Casual Friday!

Red Lace OOTD

Red Lace OOTD

Casual Friday might not be so casual around here, nor is it that nautical, but red white and blue for the win! See the last time I shared this dress here.  Paired today’s OOTD with a red lip (Avon), mark. jewelry and some summer heels (Steve Madden).

Sipping water in my red dress...

Sipping water in my red white and blue…

Get Weekend Ready!

Mini playlist on repeat as of late.  Don’t be discouraged by the image of the Biebs… it’s Skrillex so enough said.

 

 

 

Mani Monday: Copy Cat Lauren Conrad Nails

Lauren Conrad Nail Inspo (via IG)

Lauren Conrad Nail Inspo (via IG)

Lauren Conrad posted this pretty up on her Instagram page and I was immediately smitten, the soft shades, the gorge trimmings and that nail!  A small pop of sparkly goodness that I HAD to recreate!  It looks like a white base shade with pink undertones and a glittered textured top coat like Essie LuxeEffects (which I’ve been known to rock).

Copy Cat:  Lauren Conrad Mani

Copy Cat: Lauren Conrad Mani

For my recreation I used Julep Dana as my base and Avon Dazzlers Top Coat in Disco Ball.  I think the outcome was definitely spot on!  I could of gone with Avon Dazzlers Top Coat in Show Stopper Copper to look a bit more like hers, but I liked the silver.  I have many Essie LuxeEffects and I have to say these Avon Dazzlers are giving them a run for their money… literally, considering these Avon polishes are only $6.

Julep Dana and Avon Dazzlers in Disco Ball

Julep Dana and Avon Dazzlers in Disco Ball

Creamy white mani with dazzling glitter topcoat!

Creamy white mani with dazzling glitter topcoat!

Huge fan of this one!  Definitely going to recreate this a few more times, plus it was super quick and easy with mega impact!  Bonus it’s the perfect soft shades mani to go with my current obsession (see here)!

Recreating Lauren Conrad's Nails with Julep and Avon

Recreating Lauren Conrad’s Nails with Julep and Avon

Pretty perfect for her Cinderella inspired collection for Kohl’s right!?  Check back for my “chic peek” from the Disney’s Cinderella collection by LC Lauren Conrad!

A Mani Fit For A Princess

A Mani Fit For A Princess

 

12 Mani’s of Christmas

So many Christmas nail ideas, so little time! Only a week until Christmas, so even if I do a new nail look everyday I still couldn’t fit in thislist! Lucky for me some of these work great for New Year’s and beyond!  In no particular order, let’s count them down… 12 drummers drumming…err…

12.  Classic bright red.  

mark. Nailed It Duo in Firestarter and Hot Coal

mark. Nailed It Duo in Firestarter and Hot Coal

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Sometimes perfect bright classic red is all your nails need.  The perfect red for me this year is the mark. Nailed It Duo in Firestarter.  Creamy, bright and pure holiday excellence.  See it on here.

11.  Avon Nail Art Design French Tips

Avon Nail Art Design French Tips

Avon Nail Art Design French Tips

For my holiday party this weekend I’ll be wearing these Avon Nail Art Design French Tips in Let It Snow and using them again in Tartan for Christmas Eve!  All you do is use your favorite shade as your base.  Then apply the nail art strip after it’s dried.  Place it higher on the nail if you want a typical french tip look or lower to show just a little for a half moon mani look.  Could even just use these just as an accent nail.  Either way they’re fun and festive and a level of detailed design I could never do on own!  Aaaaand they’ve been marked down to $2.99 so take advantage of that free 2-day shipping and get these NOW!  (http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

10.  Nude with gold tips.

Nude with Skinny Gold Tips

Nude with Skinny Gold Tips

This is just too pretty!  To recreate the look go with a nude that’s a little more on the pink side and make your gold french tips super slim.  Try Essie Penny Talk for the tips!

9.  DIY Buffalo Plaid

DIY Buffalo Plaid

DIY Buffalo Plaid

Easy enough to recreate after seeing the tutorial over at http://petitepeinture.com/julep-holiday-tartan-tutorial  Obviously I’ve been having a plaid moment this fall/winter!

8.  Jackie from Living After Midnight’s Snowman Mani

Living After Midnite:  Snowman Nails

Living After Midnite: Snowman Nails

My Wear and Share partner in crime, Jackie over at Living After Midnight, showed us her KILLER snowman mani.  Not only is this guy super festive, it’s great in snowy January as well!  I’m LOVING it paired with her striped top and emerald jewels too!

7.  Green and gold.

Green and Gold Mani

Green and Gold Mani

Go to the other end of the Christmas color spectrum with a deep green polish topped with some gold glitter.  Try Essie Stylenomics with Essie LuxeEffects in Rock At The Top.

6.  Snowy White

Glistening Snowy Nails with Avon Iceberg White and Essie LuxeEffects in Shine Of The Times (with and w/o flash)

Glistening Snowy Nails with Avon Iceberg White and Essie LuxeEffects in Shine Of The Times (with and w/o flash)

Our friends over at Sealaura already showed us how chic an all white mani can be, but let’s step it up a notch with a snowy white look!  Top Avon’s Gel Finish in Iceberg White with Essie LuxeEffects in Shine Of The Times for a glistening snowy white look… and maybe if you want, do a red accent nail like I did!

5.  Santa Nail Art!

Santa Nail Art

Santa Nail Art

This one looks easy enough to recreate!  Basically do a red nail with white french tip.  Where they meet draw a thin line in silver.  (Try using an old liquid eyeliner brush to get a super thin line!)  To do your Santa accent nail start by doing the beard first.  Let that dry, then do the red santa hat by just making a thick line.  After that dries, make small dots in a row for the top of the hat.  Dot on black eyes (try using a toothpick) and the nose and you’re done!  Seal it all with a topcoat!

4.  Blue Christmas – Avon Gel Finish Winter 2014 Shades

Avon Gel Finish in Iceberg White, Alaska and Inked Up (L to R)

Avon Gel Finish in Iceberg White, Alaska and Inked Up (L to R)

For your non-typical holiday mani I’m loving these shades from Avon.  You already know I’ve been digging Iceberg White, but Inked Out and Alaska (now only $4.99!) are also perfect wintery shades.  Blue for the holidays has become a favorite and not just for Hanukkah!  If you want to make it a little more festive, top it with a silver glitter topcoat.

3.  Gold Stripes with Julep December Box:  Classic With A Twist

Julep Maven December Box - Classic With A Twist

Julep Maven December Box – Classic With A Twist

Julep always has the perfectly paired offering with their monthly box selections.  For December I went with the Classic With A Twist selection featuring Sienna and Ilga from the Count It Down collection.  I also added on the striping tape for a little holiday nail art.  This is the perfect set for the work week leading up to Christmas!

2. Presents

Presents!!!

Presents!!!

Create cute little presents on your nails with some striping tape and a bow decal or just paint it on with two stripes and a bow!  Bonus points if you can do that awesome tree!

1.  Fair Isle Nails 

Fair Isle Nails

Fair Isle Nails

Now this might be for the advanced but it’s like a Christmas sweater for your nails!  How festive and cozy!

 

And a partridge in a pear tree…