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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!

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Week O’Nautical – Julep Sail Away Bombshell Maven Box

Julep Set Sail Collection for May

Julep Set Sail Collection for May

Ok so I was supposed to post this yesterday but the long weekend was way to enjoyable to be on the computer/tablet/etc. I definitely disconnected over Memorial Day weekend and I’m totally ok with it. So here’s my mani Monday post “going up, on a Tuesday!”

May Bombshell Maven Box

May Bombshell Maven Box

For May, Julep released a “Set Sail” collection based around nautical influences.  I HAD to opt in this month and get my monthly maven box in bombshell which included a purple creme with blue undertones (Denise) and a slightly off white creme (Vanna) with a lip crayon in a fuchsia (which I gave to my mom because it looked PERFECT on her).  Even though these shades aren’t your typical nautical red white and blue (which I was this close on getting instead) they still go perfectly with your nautical looks.  For my add on I added these anchor nail decals because as much as I liked my free-hand anchor last year (see here) this was WAY EASIER!  Oh and can we mention it came with salt water taffy from Ocean City MD, how fitting!

Julep Anchor Nail Decals Add-On's

Julep Anchor Nail Decals Add-On’s

I really couldn’t decided on what I wanted to do with this box since I’ve been into just classically painted nails in one color with a great topcoat.  So I decided just to do 2 fingers in Vanna (white) and 3 in Denise (purple) with the anchors on my pointer and middle.

Week O'Nautical Nails with Julep

Week O’Nautical Nails with Julep

I have to say despite my horrible cuticles this nail look definitely was a favorite as of late.  It got a lot of attention randomly, like the check stand girl complimenting how great they looked and how she thought it was a gel mani.  Goes to prove how fantastic the Julep formula is!

Thumbs up for Julep!

Thumbs up for Julep!

Nautical Mani for Week O'Nautical

Nautical Mani for Week O’Nautical

Julep Denise and Vanna from the Set Sail Collection

Julep Denise and Vanna from the Set Sail Collection

As we are officially unofficially now in summer, and the long Memorial Day weekend is now over, so is my Week O’Nautical here on the blog… until the 4th of July that is.  Until then, let’s paint the town red!  and purple!  and white!  and all the other mani colors of summer!

A little Kate Spade and Julep!

A little Kate Spade and Julep!

Trending Tuesday #halloweenmanis

If the world of alicia was the internet #halloweenmanis would be trending!  With Halloween coming up next week there’s at least one thing we can do to be festive, put a costume on your nails!  I’m a sucker for theme-ing out anything and that includes my mani’s!  Check out last year’s versions here  This year however I’ve been festive for the last week or so which means #halloweenmanis all week!
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Something super simple for October is black.  Basic black actually is pretty chic so sporting it before Halloween is definitely a way to be festive but yet not over the top.  Something new to try this year is Black Vinyl by Julep.  It has a different finish than your normal polish giving it the edge in the black nail polish department.  And if you’re not a black nail polish wearer – now’s your chance!  It’s Halloween anything goes!
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It’s a rubbery, matte finish… basically like vinyl for your nails, hence the name black vinyl!  I received mine as part of my bombshell box for the month of October paired with a shimmery deep green, Valerie.  These two are the perfect pairings for a chic #halloweenmani and/or #halloweenmanipedi pairing!  I wore the green shade in this Wear and Share Wednesday post if you look hard enough 🙂
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Let me just say that Julep is been on point lately!  A little insight into Julep, every month the release a collection with a pairing suited for 5 different style types.  The pairing is your maven monthly box and my type is Bombshell which like I said has been spot. on.!!!  To get your own maven box sign up here (you can get it for only a penny!  use code PENNY).  Believe me you won’t be disappointed plus becoming a maven gets you additional discount, exclusives, promotions and free products!

I’ll be highlighting my #halloweenmanis all week so check back for more nail costumes!!!

Mani Monday – St. Patrick’s Day

Somebody’s got a case of the Monday’s.  And that somebody is me.  In a bit of a St. Patty’s hangover… and since I don’t actually consume adult beverages its more of a fun hangover.  So it’s only fitting to post my fun St. Patty’s mani on this mundane Monday.

St.  Patty's Mani with Julep

St. Patty’s Mani with Julep

I’m not usually a fan of green on my nails, since they’re long I sometimes feel like greens and blues look gawdy but when I got my Julep Maven Box this month I KNEW green was SO going to happen.  I’m wearing Adrianna, the pastel green and Lucky the emerald and gold glitter.  I also added on the matte topcoat this month to my maven box so I used that over Adrianna.  Then of course what’s a festive mani without a festive ring!?!  Sporing my color-of-the-year emerald green ring from mark.  This is one of my all time favorite rings from mark. and perfect for adding a statement!  Shop the Serious Rock Ring ($18) at my eboutique: http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger I have to say I was really excited with the March offerings from Julep.  The theme was playful, sidewalk chalk colors, offering a wide range of pastels, perfect for spring!  To get the sidewalk chalk look they recommended adding the matte top coat.  This was my first venture with matte and I have to say I didn’t hate it.  It def showed the imperfections though, so next time I’ll have to try to be as close to perfect as I can and allow the proper amount of dry time.  Usually when I do my nails I sit still for like 2 min then I start back up and usually nick a few.

Julep Maven Bombshell Box for March

Julep Maven Bombshell Box for March

Also in my Julep Bombshell Box for March was the Rock Star hand cream.  This is what i was probably most excited about because my hands are a disaster!  I mean just look at my posts… you can see how old man winter has took a toll on them.  The Rockstar hand cream is certainly a rockstar!  I’ve noticed a difference in the extreme dry patches I have between my finger and my cuticles look a bit better too!  It claims to last through 2 hand washings and I can vouch it does!  I just need to stay on it and keep this bad boy on my hands! To get your own Julep maven box for ONLY A PENNY be sure to click through my referral and use promo code JULEPVIP:  http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/29643/