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Mani Monday – Deep Purple and Gold

There’s just something that feels right when your nails are DONE. Coming after a week of the most tragically neglected nails this dark and glittering look makes me super happy.

Half Moon Gold Glitter over Deep Dark Purple

Half Moon Gold Glitter over Deep Dark Purple

A deep purple from the mark. Nailed It Nail Duo from fall (last seen here) is the perfect deep base for a DIY gold half moon.  I used an old Julep polish (Oscar) to free-hand the half moons but you can re-create with any of your fine glitters.

Shimmering Mani with mark and Julep

Shimmering Mani with mark and Julep

As with most of my mani’s this January they involve my favorite fingerless gloves from mark.  (Trendsetter Fingerless Gloves).  Winter hands are nothing to mess with!

mark. Trendsetter FIngerless Gloves

mark. Trendsetter FIngerless Gloves

What’s making your mani this month?  What shades are you looking forward to in February!?

Wear And Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Oh Couture Handbag

Wear And Share mark. Oh Couture Handbag

Wear And Share mark. Oh Couture Handbag

I’ve been seeing the quilted leather trend everywhere this fall from Express to Nordstroms to H&M and definitely from mark. in the mark. Oh Couture Bag ($38)!  With such an on trend item we had to choose it for our Wear and Share Wednesday!  And it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, you’ve already seen it on myself (here) and on Jackie from Living After Midnight (here) in previous posts, but this week we decided to let it take the feature and plan a whole outfit around it.  Don’t you love Jackie pairing it with plaid, looks so equestrian and classic!

Wear and Share Wednesday Look featuring the mark. Oh Couture Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday Look featuring the mark. Oh Couture Handbag

A Quilted Leather Look featuring mark.

A Quilted Leather Look featuring mark.

What goes better with a quilted leather handbag than a quilted leather skirt!?!  This mini skirt from Express couldn’t be more perfect, complete with its gold zipper details.  To make the skirt a little more day appropriate I paired it with a sheer blouse, the mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse, tights with some fun detailing with the mark. A Bit Lacey Tights, and tons of black and gold accents with my jewelry and heels!  Obviously, my black and gold obsession isn’t dying out.

What To Wear To Thanksgiving

What To Wear To Thanksgiving

So where would you wear an outfit like this?  How about to Thanksgiving!  I like the fun and edge the leather provides (or in my case the faux leather) then add some conservative with lady like details and design.  It can meet the parents, impress people you haven’t seen in a long time, and go out on the town on a cold November night for the Thanksgiving Eve!  For my “What To Wear To Thanksgiving” look #4 I’m loving this black and gold look!  Check out look #1, look #2 and look #3.

mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

Check out the details on this mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the throwback style but once I saw how they updated it with a modern faux leather cutout collar, gold buttons and lace down the front I was in love.  Plus the fit is flattering and modern so the retro styling just works.  This is one of those must-haves you should have in your wardrobe especially for the holiday season!  You’ll just throw it on add some bling and be DONE!

Opulent Arm Party With A Gold and Black Mani To Match

Opulent Arm Party With A Gold and Black Mani To Match

With all the detailing on this look I didn’t really need much BUT I did,  its black and white simplistic base really allowed the accessories to pop!  I just kept it all in the same family, shimming gold!  I stacked my arm party with bangles including the new mark. Antiqued Chic Bracelet and topped it off with my mani with the mark. Nailed It Duo in Tuxedo and Gleam Scene ($7 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  I’m so in love with our last wear and share item, the mark. Go Baroque Necklace ($45 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) that I wore it once again.  I mean its the ULTIMATE holiday necklace.

mark. A Bit Lacy Tights ($22 set of 2)

mark. A Bit Lacy Tights ($22 set of 2)

Tights are my best friend this time of year.  They keep me warm on cold November nights and allow wearing a mini skirt to be more functional.  I have quite a collection but none impress me more than the mark. tights over the years.  The quality is TOP KNOTCH and so is the style.  Just check out these mark.  A Bit Lacy Tights ($22 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)!  Most the leg is opaque with a slight pinstripe (as seen in the detailed pic above) but it has this bit of lace cutout trailing down the back of the leg to make them a stunner!

Make An Entrance With mark.

Make An Entrance With mark.

With these mark. A Bit Lacy Tights you’ll be making an entrance from the front and the back!  And let’s talk those heels!  Can you get a better holiday pump than the mark. SoPumped Heels ($60 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahesinger) ?  Real suede, platform, gold rivet detailing, cutouts and a mega gold heel!

mark. Oh Couture Handbag and mark. So Pumped Heels

mark. Oh Couture Handbag and mark. So Pumped Heels

Since I got this mark. Oh Couture Handbag I’ve been using it non-stop as my everyday bag.  It holds a lot without being a huge bulky bag.  It goes with everything from work to play and looks really more luxe than the $38 price tag would suggest.  This has to be one of my favorite handbags ever, like in my life ever.  It’s that good, making it easy to plan a whole outfit around it.  You can shop my look including the mark. Oh Couture Handbag, mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse, mark. Go Baroque Necklace, mark. Antique Chic Bracelet, mark. A Bit Lacy Tights and the mark. So Pumped Heels at my eBoutique (http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

A Total Look Based Around The mark. Oh Couture Handbag

A Total Look Based Around The mark. Oh Couture Handbag

PS.  A little Thanksgiving note of thanks to all the beauty out there.  While I was taking these pics these guys were just chilling enjoying the fall day.  It made me happy for all the beautiful fall foliage and the everyday beauty we see.  I’m also thankful for my sister who let me use her beautiful landscape as a backdrop!  She does more for me than I ever seem thankful for but I’m grateful!

Deer In The Fall Foliage

Deer In The Fall Foliage

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. girl Mani – Halloween Edition

Wear and Share Wed With mark. Nailed It Duo

Wear and Share Wed With mark. Nailed It Duo

It’s Wear and Share Wednesday – HALLOWEEN EDITION!!!  Jackie from Living After Midnight and I are bringing you two SPOOKY mark. girl manis to try for your #halloweenmanis (totally trending right now) from one mark. Nailed It Duo Trend Lacquer in Tuxedo (shiny black) and Gleam Scene (glittery gold).  Check out Jackie’s googly eyed mani over at Living After Midnight for the full details on how to get the look.

Purrrrrfect mark. girl mani for Halloween

Purrrrrfect mark. girl mani for Halloween

To recreate this purrrrfect mark. girl mani for Halloween paint your 4 fingers in Tuxedo (black).  Paint your thumb in Gleam Scene (gold) and create two almond shaped eyes with Gleam Scene on your middle and ring.  What’s great about these Nailed It Duos is that the mini size brush is perfect for this kind of nail art!  As that dries use a small thin brush to create the whiskers on your pointer and pinkie in Tinsel Town (silver).  I used an old liquid eyeliner brush from my mark. Get In Line Waterproof eyeliner.  Start with the the center whisker and flick it in a diagonal direction.  This way you can space your 2 outside whiskers off it.  I did the bottom whisker along the tip of the nail to also help with keeping it look neat.  Finally go back with Tuxedo to create the centers of the eyes over the almond shapes you created in Gleam Scene.  And DONE!  It’s actually a pretty simple and a purrrrfect nail costume!

mark. Nailed It Minis for Halloween Nail Art

mark. Nailed It Minis for Halloween Nail Art

These nails would be great to accompany a Cat Woman or just a cat costume, or even a Cleopatra/Egyptian costume!  If you’re not dressing up this would be a perfect nail costume just to theme out Halloween in your everyday. Then create a Halloween arm party!!!

Halloween Nails and Arm Party

Halloween Nails and Arm Party

I was inspired by this black bead bracelet with a black cat from Avon.  I picked this Avon Trick Or Treat Charm Bracelet up to theme out my Halloween week with the mark. Nailed It Duo’s and created an arm party perfect for Halloween.  Yes, you can wear holiday themed jewelry and not look like a crazy cat lady.  Avon has a bunch of these simple bead bracelets with fun holiday charms you can mix and match with your bracelets to make one killer arm party!

Black Cat Eyes and Charms

Black Cat Eyes and Charms

You can shop the mark. Nailed It Duos and Avon Charm Bracelets at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com BONUS!!!  Today is the last day to take 25% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE with promo code AUTUMN25  This is a really good deal that doesn’t happen too often!  (check out some of my past picks and get them at this mega discounted rate!)

mark. Nailed It Minis In Tuxedo, Gleam Scene and Tinsel Town

mark. Nailed It Minis In Tuxedo, Gleam Scene and Tinsel Town

I mean with my obsession with the black and gold trend lately its no surprise I worked it into my Halloween mani, but you these mark. shades are so awesome you’ll use them far past Halloween!

25% off everything at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code AUTUMN25

25% off everything at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code AUTUMN25

S.O.S. Save My Nails 4 Weeks to Restore My Nails – Results!

If you recall, I had some serious nail issues this summer, so I decided to give them the attention they need.  So I put together a little plan (see the plan here) with what I thought would help.  After week one I definitely saw my pitfalls, being consistent!   After the 4 weeks and now 6 weeks later I have to say the results are pretty much what I wanted.

Starting:  Had to shorten all my nails due to breakage and peeling and tried to give them an almond shape to help combat the breaking corners.

mark. Get The Point Ring and mani to match!

mark. Get The Point Ring and mani to match!

Week 1:  The almond shape does look a bit better with slightly longer nails but the peeling still persisted.  Switching to a moisturizing soap definitely helped my skin!

Julep polish with the mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

Julep polish with the mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

Week 2:  Finally seeing some strength return!

Nautical Nails with Julep's August Maven Box

Nautical Nails with Julep’s August Maven Box

Week 3:  Cuticles and nails are improving, can’t ask for more!  BONUS!  They’re wearing fall’s hottest shade… check back to see the full details!

Wearing the IT SHADE for fall

Wearing the IT SHADE for fall

Week 4:  Feeling like the length is getting back to a point I’m familiar with, except for that darn middle and ring!  Cuticles are noticeably better!  (But disregard the messy polish around them haha)

Essie The Lace Is On with mark. Get To The Point Ring

Essie The Lace Is On with mark. Get To The Point Ring

BIRTHDAY NAILS!!!  As hoped, in time for my Birthday my nails were better looking, hands more moisturized and looked great with that mark. Case Of The Glam Clutch!

Party Nails For The Birthday Mani!!!

Party Nails For The Birthday Mani!!!

Successes:  I definitely have improved the strength and length of my nails.  My cuticles are much better and switching to a moisturizing soap was key!  I def didn’t experience the tight dryness I had before.

Failures:  I could not for the life of me stay consistent with taking my vitamins, applying lotion and cuticle oil.  I just did it sporadically when I thought of it.  I still have some peeling issues on my ring fingers and I was hoping for better skin appearance in my hands.

My Normal Nails in mark. Nailed It Duo

My Normal Nails in mark. Nailed It Duo

Now 6 weeks later, I’ve ditched the almond shape and went back to square or kinda squoval.  The almond shape just didn’t work on my middle and kind of my ring either.  My natural nail shape is not the best so I have to work with what I’m given.  My pointer and thumb loved it!  They naturally curl under so almond was great for them!  Catch the full details of my mani in last week’s Wear and Share Wednesday post!!!

Going Forward:  I think I’m def better at keeping the hands moisturized with intense cream and cuticle oil at night before bed.  Might not be every night but a couple of times a week isn’t bad.  Moisturizing hand soap is now a staple at my sink and vitamins too, even though I’m sure I’ll overlook them every time I’m washing my hands.  All in all, in 4 weeks I rescued my nails to a point I was pleased with!