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Cheers to 2018!

Cheers to 2018!

Cheers to 2018!

It’s officially the first mani Monday of 2018! Cheers! My New Years Eve mani was def last minute, but still festive to ring in the new year!

Holo Polish for NYE

Holo Polish for NYE

I wore two holo polishes this New Years, a silver one from Zoya and a black one from Julep.  For a little confetti I added an Essie Luxe Effect topcoat on my middle and added some nail gems on my ring.  Quick, easy and festive!

New Year Mani

New Year Mani

Here’s to all the mani’s I loved in 2017 and all the ones to come in 2018!  Cheers!

 

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Mani Monday’s Gone Fishing

Mani Monday Has Gone Fishing

Mani Monday Has Gone Fishing

Random Fact for the day:  “Gone fishing” is a phrase commonly used when someone is completely unaware of his or her surroundings, checked out from reality, someone who has taken the opportunity to get away from the rigors of the day to day.  Commonly placed in shop windows to indicate that they weren’t around to do business.  This Monday, I definitely feel this way.  So my Koi fish mani is totally fitting.

Jamberry Koi Legend

Jamberry Koi Legend

This is another Jamberry wrap from my style box subscription.  The style box offerings are limited edition but there are plenty willing to trade half and full sheets (including myself).  I decided to pull this guy out because I had a baby boy shower to go to and I wanted something blue and boyish.  Luckily to my surprise, her theme for the party was fishing 🙂

Adorable Koi Fish Design

Adorable Koi Fish Design

The fun koi fish design not only was fitting for the event, it’s also super cute!  Plus, my in-laws have a pretty legit koi pond, complete with a little bridge my dog Zoey gets freaked out crossing.  She stops, looks at the fish, makes sure they aren’t going to get her, then crosses.  Its the funniest thing.

Koi Fish For Mani Monday

Koi Fish For Mani Monday

You can shop Jamberry here.  If you are looking for a half sheet of this wrap, hit me up!

Mani Monday: Jamberry Turquoise and Gatsby plus win free Jamberry!

 

Mani Monday:  Jamberry Turquoise and Gatsby

Mani Monday: Jamberry Turquoise and Gatsby

 

It’s Birthday Week! Yippie! Now granted this is not my birthday mani, it’s the week before my birthday mani. I’ve been saving these Jamberry wraps for awhile now and what’s better than birthday month! A summer turquoise mixed mani is absolutely perfect for August!

Jamberry Wraps

Jamberry Wraps

The wraps I used are Jamberry Turquoise and Gatsby. I absolutely love the combo of these two but I did kind of rush the application so a little bit of user error didn’t make them perfect. However, this application video is kinda legit so next time… next time…

Mega Pretty Mani for Summer

Mega Pretty Mani for Summer

Jamberry Turquoise with Gatsby on middle and thumb

Jamberry Turquoise with Gatsby on middle and thumb

In honor of my birthday I’m hosting a virtual JAMBERRY PARTY! Woot! Woot! So basically you can join the Facebook group and win some fun free stuff, see inspo, play some games and learn more about the wraps, polishes and nail stuff.  It wasn’t until I actually tried a Jamberry wrap that I figured out they aren’t actually that hard to apply, even with my left hand, and they’re way better than any other wrap I’ve tried in the past that only lasts that day.  I immediately could tell the quality difference.  If your interested in just giving Jamberry a shot for free join the group and pick your free sample.  Or just check out the designs and shop here, they even have disney, university/greek for back to school and pro teams.  PLUS new fall wraps are arriving the 1st, so you have a chance to shop the summer leaving or the new ones!  For more inspo check out my other Jamberry looks!

Join My Birthday Jamberry Party!

Join My Birthday Jamberry Party!

Trending Tuesday – #fuchsia

If the world of alicia was the internet #fuchsia would totally be trending.  Currently I’ve been having a color crush on #fuchsia.  After seeing it all over the place lately I’ve been really loving the color for a summer color crush.  Not only does it pair well with you summer neutrals like white, black and navy, it also is an unexpected pairing with lilac, red and blue.  As I build my wish list from my current inspo the easiest way to get this in my life is with a mani.  Check out my current fuchsia my mani!

Fuchsia and Lilac Mani

Fuchsia and Lilac Mani

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Week O’Nautical – Memorial Day Mani

Week O'Nautical:  Memorial Day Mani

Week O’Nautical: Memorial Day Mani

The long weekend got the best of me so Week O’Nautical Mani Monday is going up on a Tuesday! Which is totally fine because sometimes there’s way more to life than being on the computer… like floating around on a swan in the pool! However this super simple mani is just way too pretty not to share even if it is a day late!

Avon Gel Finish in Sapphired Up

Avon Gel Finish in Sapphired Up

Avon just released a whole new range of colors in their Gel Finish formula. Including this perfect bright sapphire blue, appropriately called Sapphired Up. At first I was going to create a really fun nautical red white and blue mani, but once I put this polish on it was so stunning, so glossy, so smooth that I knew I was just going to wear this and only this. The pictures from my crappy phone (samsung s5 you have the WORST camera!) DO NOT do it justice!

Avon Gel Finish Sapphired Up For Merica'

Avon Gel Finish Sapphired Up For Merica’

Not only is it such a pretty color, the formula is also SPOT ON! This one is a one coat wonder, yes I’m wearing only 1 coat here! Super self leveling, smooth and covers wonderfully. Then on top of that I used the NEW Avon Gel Finish Top Coat. It already had a great finish but with the addition of the top coat it dried fast and was extra shiny. (Again what my stupid camera didn’t pick up).

Avon Gel Finish Top Coat For Extra Fast Shine

Avon Gel Finish Top Coat For Extra Fast Shine

In honor of the shades release the Avon Gel Finish nail polishes are on sale for only $4.99 a piece AND if you buy 3 you get the Gel Finish Top Coat FOR FREE!  Definitely worth it… because you can use the top coat over any polish and get that same Gel Finish.  Shop the new Gel Finish line at my eboutique!  I’ll def be sharing more colors and swatches.

I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend, got a little r&r and sported some red white and blue!  I certainly did if you couldn’t tell by my IG and my Week O’Nautical posts!  You can re-cap them all here:

Week O’Nautical Trending Tuesday:  Nautical Accents

Week O’Nautical:  Nautical Navy Pants

Week O’Nautical:  Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O’Nautical:  Red White and Blue Boho

Memorial Day Weekend '16

Memorial Day Weekend ’16

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday:  Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

So lately this pin has been receiving so many re-pinnes. Before that it was this cheesecake recipe I’ve yet to make it, but looks easy and delicious… I digress, back to the mani. Because it was getting so much pinterest love I decided to recreate it.

Recreating Most PInned Mani

Recreating Most PInned Mani

For my recreate I did it a little differently but kept the nude, blue and spot design. I recently got this Avon Gel Finish Polish in Barely There, a darker nude shade and been wanting to use it so figured this was the time! I applied 2 coats over the Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat on every finger except my ring where I used Essie Borrowed and Blue (last seen here). I then used a gold glitter on my middle and a leopard jamberry wrap on my pointer.  The wrap is called Spot On, which is just a leopard print on a clear base.

In Full Sun:  Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

In Full Sun: Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

All together my recreation has the same color scheme and overall design as the pin but with a little different twist with the glitter and clear based Jamberry wrap. I love the whole look and feel for spring and I can see thing working really well in the fall too coming off of summer brights.

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Can I comment on how awesome the Avon Gel Finish polishes are! They are so perfectly self leveling, shine and wear great without a top coat and last! Right now these polishes are any 2 for $8.99.  You can shop the gel finish polishes and the ridge filling base coat at my eBoutique.  You can shop Jamberry here.

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

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.

Summer Camp Nails

 

Summer Camp Nails

Summer Camp Nails

 

July has been a busy month for me between warm summer nights and weekend getaways, summer and summer vacation mindset have been in full swing!  Busy month also means neglected nails.  Sorry digits.  I went camping the other weekend and I knew I was gong to feel super dirty and super un-polished so I knew I needed to polish those nails with a good mani to have at least that.

Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Julep Chevron Decals

Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Julep Chevron Decals

We went camping up at Bullards Bar in Dobbins, CA.  Which you might remember from this post when we spent our summer vacation there on a house boat.  During that trip I wore this mani/pedi combo so I thought let’s wear that same peach!  Only this time with aqua chevron decals from my last Julep maven box!

Peach & Aqua Chevron Nails and Camping Uggs

Peach & Aqua Chevron Nails and Camping Uggs

Obviously my nails got dirty after a weekend in the dirt and now showers… did I mention how much I HATE not showering.  A lighter shade (Essie’s A Crewed Interest) helped mask the dirt, however the chevron decals not so much.  Overall I LOVED this look for summer and even more for summer camping!  Next time I wouldn’t try to apply the decals while being sleep deprived, things end up a little wonky haha.  If you’re going camping or to a summer camp recreate this mani and have a great time!  Use code SUMMER here for a FREE Julep maven box!

Essie's A Crewed Interest and Julep Chevron Decals

Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Julep Chevron Decals

The California drought definitely gave us a completely different experience this time visiting Bullards Bar but as always those waters were stunning!  Overall Bullards Bar is a much better lake for boating and jet ski’s.  If you have that, GO, but just for regular camping there are so many other great options in Nor Cal.

Bullards Bar Dobbins, CA

Bullards Bar Dobbins, CA

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

 

Nailed It: mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Futbol Blue and Palermo Purple

Nailed It Duo Buenos Aires Vibe ($7)

Nailed It Duo Buenos Aires Vibe ($7)

You guys!!! There’s a lot of excitement from the Buenos Aires Vibe capsule collection release in the world of Alicia… I mean a jumpsuit! a coral ombre clutch! a reversible dress! a fedora with interchangeable bands! etc… etc…  With all that excitement I kinda just glazed over these mark. Nailed It polishes. BUT. YOU. GUYS! mark. put out a holy mecca of nail polishes, a halo!!! That’s right a halo! Not only just a halo like many have tried in the past… but a most perfect halo that actually delivers the true definition of a halo.

Futbol Blue and Palermo Purple

Futbol Blue and Palermo Purple

For those of you not as obsessed about nail polish as myself, a halo is the most perfect polish that contains the most perfectly embedded adult holographic sparkle. THIS is a halo. Palermo Purple from the mark. Nailed It Duo.

Palermo Purple the PERFECT Halo Polish

Palermo Purple the PERFECT Halo Polish

Palermo Purple the PERFECT Halo Polish

Palermo Purple the PERFECT Halo Polish

Not only is it a halo, but it’s also in a perfect purple shade. Not too bold that you feel a little weird wearing it to work. Not too dark that it doesn’t show the halo and not too light that it doesn’t flatter.

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mark. Nailed It Duo Trend Mini Polishes

mark. Nailed It Duo Trend Mini Polishes

It’s so hard to capture this sparkly goodness but it’s there I promise you.  Paired with the purple is the Futbol Blue a bright metallic cobalt blue, which looks amazing on the toes for summer.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, mini bottles are the way to go.  You get about 10 uses out of each bottle (use = 10 fingers/toes), even though I seem to get a bit more than that.  But it’s just enough to get you through the season before you’re on to the next trend.

Halo Polish Awesomeness

Halo Polish Awesomeness

I like that these shades are vibrant enough for summer but also work year round.  At $7 a pop these are a great little find to treat yourself with.  They also pair perfectly with my summer clutch (mark. Fade To Fab Clutch).

Summer Nails With The Summer Clutch

Summer Nails With The Summer Clutch

Up close and personal!

Up close and personal! (to view the embedded sparkle!)

The mark. Nailed It Mini Trend Lacquers are part of the Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe capsule collection.  The beauty release is just as good as the fun boxes it comes in!  Check out the full beauty collection along with the fun fashion pieces that will make you summer instantly better at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger use promo code WELCOME for 20% off your order!

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Beauty Collection

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Beauty Collection