holiday nails

A Clutch Worthy Holiday Mani

A Clutch Worthy Holiday Mani

A Clutch Worthy Holiday Mani

A good holiday mani is so clutch during the holiday season.  It doesn’t have to be a full on nail art situation, it can be as simple as a really good red.  Including today and Christmas day we only have 3 MORE MANI MONDAYS of the holiday season!  So let’s paint the nails red!

Red and Gold Holiday Mani

Red and Gold Holiday Mani

My perfect holiday red polish is the Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in Royal Red.  My glimmering gold accent nail is Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel in Glimmer.  Both are finished with the Avon Gel Finish Top Coat.

Avon True Color Pro Nail Enamel in Royal Red and Gel Finish in Glimmer

Avon True Color Pro Nail Enamel in Royal Red and Gel Finish in Glimmer

Perfect Pairing With The Stylish Sparkle Bracelet

Perfect Pairing With The Stylish Sparkle Bracelet

Simple, easy and perfect for the holidays! What goes with the perfect simple holiday mani?  The perfect holiday clutch, the mark. Soft Touch Velvet Clutch to be exact!  This deep navy velvet clutch from mark features a super pretty ruffle design on the front and a diamond like opening so you can get in and out of it super easy.  Plus slots for cards, detachable strap and a super pretty top lock!

Pretty Details and Digits

Pretty Details and Digits

mark. Soft Touch Velvet Clutch

mark. Soft Touch Velvet Clutch

I really find this to be the perfect pairing for the holiday!  Usually a clutch can barely fit what you need to bring but this one fits it all and is super pretty.  (Peep a live view here) You can shop my mani, bracelet and clutch at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger I also wanted to note that I got both these polishes in past A Boxes (see here).  If you are not taking advantage of these $10 deals then you are missing out!  Basically for the price of buying the polishes I got $90 worth of product!  The Party Ready A Box is our latest A Box now available at my eBoutique!

Anniversary Mani – Deep Red and Lace

Anniversary Mani:  Deep Red and Lace

Anniversary Mani: Deep Red and Lace

Yesterday was my 2nd wedding anniversary so in honor I re-created my wedding mani with a twist.  For my actual wedding I did a classic fall red with Avon Speed Dry in Red Wine, see the details here.  For my anniversary I tweaked it for something a little more fun, still in my wedding theme and perfect for fall festivities or even holiday!

Avon SpeedDry in Red Wine and Lace Overlay Wraps from Jamberry!

Avon SpeedDry in Red Wine and Lace Overlay Wraps from Jamberry!

Instead of all over red I added an accent nail in silver with mark. Nailed It duo.  Then, on my ring and middle I added a lace overlay wrap from Jamberry.  This is an old wrap from holiday last year but you can re-create the same look with new wraps from Jamberry with either Black Lace or Papel Picado.

Red Red Wine....

Red Red Wine….

If you aren’t already go ahead and sing red red wine… because I am.  To celebrate we went to Apple Hill a collection of orchards and farms up the hill a bit and took a stop at Lava Cap Winery.  In addition to my nails fitting right in they also brought back my wedding details.  My wedding colors were black and white with deep fall red and black lace accents!

Cheers!

Cheers!

You can shop Avon and mark. nail polish at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  If you would like to try Jamberry comment/dm me/hit me up and I’d love to send you a sample now that I joined as a hobbiest I can definitely hook you up and keep your mani Monday’s killer!

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: Thanksgiving Nails with Jamberry

Mani Monday:  Thanksgiving Nails With Jamberry

Mani Monday: Thanksgiving Nails With Jamberry

Eat drink and give thanks!  Thanksgiving is only days away, and with all the preparation for the feast I’ve already prepared my Thanksgiving Day Nails with Jamberry.  So you might remember a bit ago I tried out Jamberry and I was surprised on how well they actually worked!  So I placed an order with these 2 designs that are absolutely adorable for Thanksgiving!

Jamberry Faux Fox and Friday Flannel

Jamberry Faux Fox and Friday Flannel

I mean look at that little fox… with a tail!  How cute is that!?!  I paired Jamberry Faux Fox with the red buffalo plaid called Friday Flannel.  These two together are the perfect fall pairing but will be just as cute come holiday.

Thanksgiving Nails and mark. Let Your Finger Do The Talking Ring

Thanksgiving Nails and mark. Let Your Finger Do The Talking Ring

A litte on the ease of using a Jamberry nail wrap:  I definitely was a little hesitant since in the past these kind of things never even lasted a day!  BUT you can really tell the difference in quality with the Jamberry and honestly they’re not that hard to apply (even with your non dominant hand!)  My little trick was to go from the edge instead of from the middle out and heating it up.  That is KEY!  You can see the adhesive become tacky when you heat.

Select Your Size and Apply

Select Your Size and Apply

These nails I did Friday and then I did all things normal like washing your hands and showering but I also mega cleaned, gave 2 dogs a bath and sorted through gross recycling and they still look good and held up great.  I have NO DOUBT they’ll look this good come Thanksgiving Day!

Nails Immediately After I Did Them

Nails Immediately After I Did Them

Nails 4 Days Later

Nails 4 Days Later

Only issue is my pointer I didn’t apply it straight enough with my non dominant hand but that’s 1 nail out of 10, I consider that a win!

I’m currently hosting an online party with Jamberry.  You can join the group on Facebook (join here) and win prizes and get free samples.  To order go here and select Alicia’s Holiday Jamberry Bash.  There’s going to be some major savings this week AND you can get 1 free when you order 3 so fill up those stockings!

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…

 

Nailed It: mark. Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers in Firestarter & Hot Coal

The perfect gift to give and get is nail polish!  It can be a simple stocking stuffer or paired with a larger gift like leather gloves and/or a spa gift certificate.  Either way this time of the year there are tons of holiday-tastic options, my pick, the mark. Nailed It Duo ($7) in Firestarter and Hot Coal.

Nailed It:  Hot Coal with Firestarter Accent Nail

Nailed It: Hot Coal with Firestarter Accent Nail

Why I love this little duo is because for a super affordable price you get 2 trendy nail lacquers to mix and match all holiday season.  I love that it comes with a classic red (Firestarter) and a more trendy grey with an internal gold shimmer (Hot Coal).

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mark. Nailed It in Firestarter and Hot Coal

mark. Nailed It in Firestarter and Hot Coal

So basically one little set gives you endless options.  Here I wore Hot Coal with Firestarter as an accent.  But I’ve also worn Firestarter by itself with a super shiny topcoat and Hot Coal with a fun gold glitter diagonal tips!  Perfect manis for both Christmas and New Years Eve!

Red Lips, Red Nails, Red Cup

Red Lips, Red Nails, Red Cup

Hot Coal with Gold Glitter Tips

Hot Coal with Gold Glitter Tips

So if you’re looking for a little something to round out your holiday shopping or to round out your holiday looks pick up the mark. Nailed It Duo ($7) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Maybe match it to your lipstick like the Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Matte Ruby (now $5.99!)

Matching Red Lips to Red Nails

Matching Red Lips to Red Nails

mark. Nailed It Duo in Firestarter and Hot Coal

mark. Nailed It Duo in Firestarter and Hot Coal

 

BONUS!  If you’re following our 10 days of deals get the Avon Lip Set FOR FREE with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to check back every day for the next 6 deals at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Holiday Hangover

Time to take down the tree, turn off the twinkling lights and say goodbye to another year.  I’m in a bit of a holiday hangover, I don’t want it to be over.  I enjoyed the prepping, the festivities, the family and fun!  Since I’m not quite over Christmas vacation or ready to deal with reality and responsibility I thought I might as well relive it and share my holiday mani’s!

Red and White Argyle

Red and White Argyle

Come Christmas Eve I was so busy wrapping and prepping I still had my leftover holiday party nails, which were def chipping.  So I quickly did this!  In retrospect I wish I would of allowed myself more time and more creativity but c’est la vie!  I knew I wanted red so I used OPI The Spy Who Loved Me from the fall/holiday Bond collection.  I then used Konad White to stamp the argyle print from plate m60.  It was quick and somewhat messy but it was holiday-tastic!

Speaking of those leftover holiday party nails for the office party and annual Nutcracker outing I used Essie Beyond Cozy and China Glaze Winter Holly on my ring and thumb.  Again, I was pressed for time and these were opaque in one thick coat and super short dry time.  Essie’s Beyond Cozy I already knew was going to be a holiday lifesaver, check out quick and easy party hair and nails to see why!

Then came that week in between Christmas and New Years where I was SUPER lazy!  Luckily I was gifted and OPI mini set so I did a simple shimmery red with an accent nail in China Glaze Glitter All The Way.  I would of left this on for new years but I found myself with some extra time on my hands and my sister gifted me the Ciate Sequin Nails Kit so I thought… if there’s ever a time for full on sequin nails, its NYE!

Ciate Sequin Nails

Ciate Sequin Nails

The Ciate set was pretty quick and easy to use.  They provide you with Ciate Sequin Glitter Grip that you use as a base and top coat basically.  First do 2 coats of the grip letting the first coat dry completely and immediately after the second when its still wet dip your nail in the “sequin” (aka glitter).  The dip coats the nail pretty well then just pat it down with your finger and follow with another coat of Sequin Glitter Grip.  They also provided a little brush to sweep off the extra glitter but I found it unnecessary.  I just used my fingers as I was patting down the glitter.

I was pretty pleased with how they turned out, perfectly matched my sequined leggings for my NYE look!  As the night went on some of the sequin def came off especially against my satin lined clutch every time I reached in there.  Maybe a couple extra coats of top coat would of helped.  I got decently annoyed of them the next day and manually chipped it off most my nails purposely leaving an accent nail haha.  The set is great for a special night out or event and the kit gives you PLENTY to do this again and again.

Nothing completes a holiday manicure like some bling!  The rings and bracelets are all mark. which you can find on my eboutique at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com.  This holiday season I wore those Sparks Fly Bracelets and Just Your Luxe Ring to death!  They just matched everything and gave just the right amount of festive!  Hope you had a fantastic holiday and are having better luck jump back into reality!