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Week O’Nautical: Ocean Blue Mani

Week O'Nautical:  Ocean Blue Mani

Week O’Nautical: Ocean Blue Mani

Week O’Nautical is ‘licia language for my way to countdown to patriotic holidays with all things red, white and blue with a nautical take.  Why nautical?  Because its beachy and long summer weekends should be as beachy as possible.  Usually its a way to get through the work week when really you’re already checked out for the long weekend.  However, 2020 threw us for a loop and instead of my wear to work posts its all about the home life this year.  What hasn’t changed… manis!  This May I’ve been really into blues.  

Oceanic Hues from Essie

Oceanic Hues from Essie

Inspired by this Blue Ombre ring from Avon in oceanic blues I couldn’t decided on which blues to do.  I ended up going with Essie Lapis of Luxury with an accent nail in Borrowed & Blue.  These shades are few of my oldies but goodies! 

Avon Blue Ombre Ring

Avon Blue Ombre Ring

I really love blue mani’s for spring and summer, plus they go really well with patriotic ootd’s.  I know I’ll be doing another one by the time actual MDW roles around but I can gurantee it will probably be a shade of blue.  

Essie Lapis of Luxury and Borrowed & Blue

Essie Lapis of Luxury and Borrowed & Blue

What mani is on your hand this week!?

WoN Kickoff with a WFH OOTD - Joggers and Beach Sweaters!

WoN Kickoff with a WFH OOTD – Joggers and Beach Sweaters!

 

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
 

Apres Ski January

Apres Ski January

Apres Ski January

Can you believe its the end of January already!  1 full month down of 2020 and that’s crazy!  Winter sometimes drags on but so far that hasn’t been the case.  Even though I haven’t hit the winter Tahoe slopes this January, I certainly dressed like it.  Apres Ski was my vibe; cozy, cute and functional.

Cozy Sweaters + Leggings + Boots = Winter Wardrobe

Cozy Sweaters + Leggings + Boots = Winter Wardrobe

I loved that cozy oversized sweaters are in this season, becasue on cold winter days that’s kinda all I want to wear.  I picked this iced blue one up on clearance from Express along with these Chanel inspired boots!  I’m obsessed.  I don’t really do casual very well so having some on trend casual pieces makes it way easier for that weekend wear.

Casual Winter Wear

Casual Winter Wear

To elevate the casual, oversized sweater I paired them with my faux leather leggings from Peach.  That is the definition of Apre Ski in my book!  Plus some faux pearl hoops from Avon help too 🙂

Pearly details for a winter sunset

Pearly details for a winter sunset

New Year New Bag

New Year New Bag

New year means a new bag!  I switched out of my holiday plaid bag I was using in Dec for this black quilted tote.  It kinda has the feel of a down coat so perfect for Apres Ski January.  New year also means new mani!  After months of gel polish I had it removed for some serious nail health repair and a regular polish gray mani.

New Year New Mani

New Year New Mani

As January comes to a close what were you loving all January long?  Whats in your sights for the rest of 2020!?

 

Mani Monday: Essie Fall 2019

Mani Monday:  Essie Fall 2019

Mani Monday: Essie Fall 2019

It’s officially sweater weather with six limited edition nail polishes from Essie with the fall 2019 collection.  “It’s time to get back to your roots and explore the home grown countryside with the essie fall 2019 collection of six autumn nail polish shades. As the leaves begin to fall and the outside air becomes crisp – it’s official, it’s sweater weather. These limited edition nail polish shades are guaranteed to leave you on the bright cider.”

Essie Fall 2019 Collection

Essie Fall 2019 Collection

Essie is one of my favorite nail brands partly because they do really good seasonal collections.  They build a color story that really represents a feeling, trend, season!  Because of that I decided to google the fall collection 2019 and I barely found any IRL’s, swatches, etc and I was a little shocked.  The ones I did find convinced me to head over to CVS and see what they had.  I intended only to pick up one shade but after seeing the colors, the theme, the names I couldn’t leave without at least 3.

My top picks:  Hay There, Sweater Weather, On The Bright Cider

My top picks: Hay There, Sweater Weather, On The Bright Cider

The top 3 I picked were 3 colors I definiltey did not already have in my collection.  Hay There, a fall yellow, caught my eye first.  Its a perfect color to transition with.  On The Bright Cider, the color of apple cider, became a must-have for my Apple Hill fall outings.  Sweater Weather, a metallic green, which is the most out of my norm.  It was also the last bottle in this color at the store and from the reviews I read it was the one that everyone liked best so I grabbed it too.

With those names how can you not pick up one... or three!?

With those names how can you not pick up one… or three!?

 

Hay There

Essie Hay There

Essie Hay There

On The Bright Cider

Essie On The Bright Cider

Essie On The Bright Cider

 

Sweater Weather

Essie Sweater Weather

Essie Sweater Weather

These 3 shades were my September mani colors.  Usually I stick to my pinks, berries, reds but I’m glad I got something out of my comfort zone.  Sweater Weather got the most compliments from strangers haha.  Its kinda alien, kinda fall, kinda shimmery.  I see Sweater Weather being a really fun color for Halloween too!  These 3, well the whole collection really, go so well with the fall trends… menswear, 70’s vibe, plaids, neutrals, marigold, denim… Now the question is do I need the other 3 shades from this collection!?  I really like the other three for all my other fall activities, visit to the pumpkin patch, friendsgiving, regular Thanksgiving, etc.  I think I just answered my own question 😉

 

Summer Mani Pedi Combos for August

It’s mani Monday and I have bare nails. And I’ve had bare nails for like 2 weeks or so! I’m ready to feel human again and lacquer these puppies up but what color should I choose!? I’ve picked up a few new shades in addition to put tother a few of-the-moment, perfect-for summer-in-August, mani/pedi combos:

Nuditude and Teal Me About It

Nuditude and Teal Me About It

I just picked up Teal Me About It and I’m dying to use it.  I saw Essie make this pairing with similar shades and I’ve been thinking about it ever since!

Parfait Pink and Creme Brûlée

Parfait Pink and Creme Brûlée

A bright pink is my go to for summer, it always wears well and paired with an on-trend white shade on the toes its a no-fail pairing.  (see Creme Brûlée on here)

Sterling and Roses are Red

Sterling and Roses are Red

A collab that will look great through Labor Day!

Sapphired Up and Orange You Crazy

Sapphired Up and Orange You Crazy

This pairing has those Nautical vibes I’ll be loving come Labor Day for Week O’Nautical.  Sapphired up is also one of my all time favorites (see here).

Terracotta and Limoncello

Terracotta and Limoncello

This duo will look stunning with all the leopard and animal print that’s SO IN right now.  Don’t be scared of that Terracotta shade, its actually really wearable and pretty, not blah and brown.

 

As you can tell these pairing are all in my favorite formula, the Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel.  It is hands down my favorite formula and paired with the Gel Finish Top Coat it literally looks as good as a classic gel mani, and lasts really long.  Right now you can get any 2 polishes/top coat for 2 for $11.  An even better deal, you can get the Gel Finish Top Coat with select shades for only $10!  Shop Gel Finish polish and the deals online here.  Now the bigger question is what color should I pick to do my mani/pedi!?!  Leave a comment on your pick for me 🙂

Meghan Markle Sparkle is Mint To Be

Meghan Markle Sparkle is Mint To Be

Meghan Markle Sparkle is Mint To Be

My wedding set is currently at the jewelers being repaired so I was in the need of a fill in, and what’s better than a design fit for a Duchess!  Random Snapple fact, Duchess is my favorite royalty title, shout out to Krista in 10th grade for winning that title at Snow Ball 😉  Anyways… This Sterling Silver CZ Triplet Ring was inspired by that Meghan Markle Sparkle so for this week, its my place holder.

Meghan Markle Engagement Ring Dupe

Meghan Markle Engagement Ring Dupe

Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring

Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring

Obiv my sterling silver version is a little different as hers is a gold band, and CZ’s instead of her  beautiful, and I’m sure flawless, diamonds, but at $34.99 I ain’t mad at it.  It gives a lot of sparkle, a lot of Meghan Markle Sparkle!  This weeks mani also #nailedit with the Avon Gel Finish Nail Polish in Mint To Be.

Avon Gel Finish Nail Polish in Mint To Be

Avon Gel Finish Nail Polish in Mint To Be

I’m REALLY loving this pastel polish shade.  I def feel it pulls more robin’s egg blue than mint but its a great spring shade and pairs really well with all the blues I’ve been wearing lately.  I’ve also been a little obsessed with all things engagement/wedding, like getting an album done from mine, and getting those dumb disposable cameras finally taken care of, and then one of my fav you tubers shared her engagement which made me have all the feels, and a friend is engaged, and I’ve been binging Married At First Sight… I guess its just that spring fever!

Avon Gel Finish Polish in Mint To Be and Topcoat

Avon Gel Finish Polish in Mint To Be and Topcoat

You can shop my favorite polish, these Gel Finish polishes online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to get your own Meghan Markle Sparkle to go along with it!  You know I’ve been loving these fine jewelry releases from Avon this past year and this one takes the cake, the wedding cake!  Plus, it would be cute to wear these two (ring & polish) if you’re doing the circuit of showers, weddings, events and parties or even Easter!

Man Of The Woods Mani

Man Of The Woods Mani

Man Of The Woods Mani

About last night… screw the Oscars, I was at Justin Timberlake’s Man Of The Woods Tour! In pure JT form, the show was nothing short of show stopper.  I really dig how themed out this MOTW release is, from his marketing images, to his logo (LOVE the logo!), to the tour set and beyond.  We all know I love a good theme.  I was inspired to do a little Man Of The Woods Mani for his Sacramento show, which is today’s Mani Monday.

Man Of The Woods Album Cover

Man Of The Woods Album Cover

Man Of The Woods Tour

Man Of The Woods Tour

Mixed mani with deep charcoal, muddy gray shades from Julep, and a beige and orange from OPI with a little nail art on my middle as an ode to the album cover.   I’m definitely digging it.

MOTW Mixed Mani

MOTW Mixed Mani

JT on a Sunday Funday definitely makes a Monday a little bit better, well, besides the late night and sore feet 😉  To recap those JT feels I took the setlist and made a little Spotify playlist and phone highlights on repeat!

Show opener with MOTW logo that I totally dig!

Show opener with MOTW logo that I totally dig!

Sunday Night Out!

Sunday Night Out!

Set design had a legit campfire!

Set design had a legit campfire!

That's me and a (blurry) JT!

That’s me and a (blurry) JT!

Killer Show From The Man In The Woods

Killer Show From The Man In The Woods

Special shout out to Natalie and her pal Jimmy for hooking us up with upgraded seats 😉

Sac-Town Tour Stop

Sac-Town Tour Stop

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!

A Merry and Bright A Box

A Merry and Bright A Box

A Merry and Bright A Box

Your days will be full of festive cheer if you snatch up the C24 A Box Merry and Bright (product # 920051). It will get you holiday ready in a flash with three bold, fun makeup selections and charming earrings to cap off an outfit. The makeup picks are full-size options that will make your holidays shine. At only $10 with any $40 purchase, this is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

Get Holiday RED-y!

Wearing the A Box Exclusives!

Four Bright and Fun Picks:  Three full-size makeup essentials and A-Box exclusive earrings—a $32 value!

Avon True Color Be Blushed Cheek Color in Blushing Nude: .14 oz.

A Neutral Cream Blush

A Neutral Cream Blush

Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in Royal Read: .4 oz.

Your Go-To Red Nail

Your Go-To Red Nail

Avon True Color Eyeshadow Duo in Healthy Glow: .07 oz.

Everyday Day Eye Duo PERFECT with a Red Lip

Everyday Day Eye Duo PERFECT with a Red Lip

A-Box Exclusive Holiday Earring Glamour Stud Duo: Hematite color, pack of 2

2 Pairs of Go With Anything Earrings

2 Pairs of Go With Anything Earrings

This A Box is one that’s well worth it!  If you get it for yourself you’ll have everything you need, a neutral makeup option that will match perfectly with a red lip!  A go-to red polish for the holiday season.  Lastly the perfect pair of earrings for all those blingy statement necklaces or for a simple pairing with your cozy winter looks.  The A Box is $10 with a $40 purchase so pick up a holiday outfit and add this on and you’re all set!

Be Merry Be Bright!

Be Merry Be Bright!

NOW this would also make a GREAT gift option!  Basic must-have shades that any girl can appreciate, and 2 pairs of earrings that are cute enough for basically everyone.  PLUS you can wrap an A Box like a Christmas Tree so mega cute idea especially for a white elephant, girlfriend gift or hostess gift.  The A Box is $10 with a $40 purchase so pick up your stocking stuffers, or a cute holiday item and add this on and you’ll have a great start on your holiday shopping.

Be Holiday RED-y!

Be Holiday RED-y!

You can get the Merry and Bright A Box at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

A Box $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

A Box $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Nailed It: Birthday Mani!

It’s Mani Monday AND Birthday Week sooooo Birthday Mani it is!

Nailed It:  Birthday Mani!

Nailed It: Birthday Mani!

I’m a summer baby so I wanted a summer mani but also a little party so I went with a bright orange with gold glitter accents.  I did go gel… which is rare for me.  Even having a professional mani is rare for me but #birthdayweektreats!  Well actually pre-birthday week treats. I had them done last week, so I knew I needed to last a week, so what lasts?  Gel.  What ruins my nails?  Gel.  It’s a love hate relationship.  I know once I soak these off those long talons will soon break.  I have ridged nails so all the buffing and filing them down really removes a lot of their strength.  But until then I’m sporting birthday nails!

Orange and Gold Glitter Gel

Orange and Gold Glitter Gel

I know the glitter gel is Daisy Gel Polish Legendary Diamond 467 but I didn’t take note of the orange.  I know it was the brand DND and in the 400’s so it might of been Pastel Orange but either way I’m digging it for a late summer birthday mani!

Birthday Talons

Birthday Talons