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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!

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.

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

Summer Nails in Spring – Julep Maven Review Natasha & Oscar

Julep Natasha & Oscar with mark. Pretty Stellar Ring

Julep Natasha & Oscar with mark. Pretty Stellar Ring

There’s that mark. Pretty Stellar ring again, I told you I’m going to wear the crap out of it!  I took advantage of that amazing offer Julep is having for trying out their Maven program for a penny.  Best penny I ever spent!  If you don’t know what a Julep Maven is, its basically another beauty subscription service only for NAILS!!!  Yay!  Here’s more info.  Plus if you sign up through my link then I’ll love you forever and maybe send you a thank you gift for doing so 🙂  And ITS ONLY A PENNY, SO WHY NOT!  USE CODE COLOR2012 HERE!

Anywaaaaayyyysss… So I took my Julep quiz and decided my “fit” was the Bombshell set.  The Julep Maven Bombshell Introductory Box includes:

  • Julep™ Facial for Hands Glycolic Scrub, contains glycolic acid combined with apricot seeds for double exfoliation that leaves your hands noticeably softer after just one use.
  • Natasha, intense orange. Call attention to your sandals.
  • Oscar, sparkle like a star with this ultra chic, multi-dimensional gold glitter.

Julep Bombshell Intro Box


I have to say, I was quite impressed.  I REALLY loved the Julep Facial For Hands Glycolic Scrub.  I gave myself an at home mani with this guy and I really felt like I had stepped out of the nail salon when I did it all at home, FOR A PENNY!

I think I’ll continue to get Julep boxes for a while.  I def need to build up my mani product collection, maybe not so much my polish collection but honestly, when is getting new polish a bad thing?  Just forces myself to get rid of some old frosted colors I own haha.  Natasha really proved the point that I LOVE full color cremes, especially bright ones!  I tend to save them for summer but really, I need to wear them all year long, especially in the spring!

Sign up to become a Julep Maven yourself and get in on this, again FOR A PENNY!  You can cancel at anytime so even if you just get your first box for a penny and be done with it, its so worth it!  To get my KILLER ring its available for presale through me for $18, hit me up!  aliciah.mentorassistant @ gmail.com

Easter Nails and Hamptons Collection Preview

I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do for my Easter mani this year but I knew I wanted a pastel… but I planned on wearing white and cobalt so I needed something to coordinate with the crisp color scheme… then I remembered Kristen got me a cobalt blue crackle for Christmas!  Perfect!  I decided to layer it over a pastel pink… this mark. tickled pink to be exact!
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Crackles may not still be “in” but I’m still enjoying them!  They’re a quick and easy way to create an interesting nail “design”.  Plus I thought it looked like a cracked hard boiled easter egg so totally themed out!!

Favorite Easter Mani Nail

Favorite Easter Mani Nail

Hamptons Collection

Hamptons Collection

For the rest of my Easter ensemble I wore pieces from mark.’s Instant Vacation Hamptons Collection debuting later this month!  Every year they do an Instant Vacation series and I think they nailed this one on the head!  I’m loving the easy breezy classy collection… it instantly transports to the Hamptons!  Of course I’m also loving this tiny pup Toby and my delish green chai!

Hamptons Collection

Hamptons Collection

From the collection I’m wearing the new Cool It Dress, Heat Wave Hoops (blue set), Pretty Stellar Ring, Catch Of The Day Clutch, Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner and Shadow in Naturalist, Gloss On Lipgloss in Sand in addition to the new Borrowed From The Boys Watch and Tall Order Sandals all from mark.  All these available for pre-order, hit me up!  aliciah.mentorassistant @gmail.com

Cuddling with Toby

To view the full Instant Vacation Hamptons Collection check out my facebook album.  For any pre-orders made before Friday April 20th you’ll get a FREE Instant Vacation The Hamptons Fragrance Sample, Bonus Hamptons Beauty Gift AND entered in to win the Heat Wave Hoop Set!  Here’s a peek at the other pair I didn’t have on with my easter outfit:

Heat Wave Hoops $26

Heat Wave Hoops Set $26

Weekend Nails – Pink and Grey

Lately I’ve been loving pastels and all things Spring, but technically its still Winter.  Which is why the weather one day will be wonderful and the next crappy.  So that means my nails will follow a similar pattern, pastel pink for spring grey for winter.

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Overall pink and grey is one of my absolute favorite color combos, and this coming from someone who generally hates pink!  There’s just something about the contrast that makes  my eyes happy.  I was originally inspired by this pic found on Pinterest.  (which I’ll probably still do sometime)  I’ve been loving my mark. Nailed It mini trend lacquer duo so I jumped at the chance to use my favorite pink, Tickled Pink.  For the grey I also used another mark. Nailed It mini trend lacquer in Industrial.  (From the duo set from fall 2011, if interested in it message me, its been in and out of last chance at my eBoutique.)  Of course I had to do a gradient glitter on my accent nail, Essie A Cut Above.  I’ve been obsessed with this glitter since I got it.

I loved how they turned out and made a great weekend mani for weekend fun activities!  You can purchase the mark. Nailed It mini trend lacquer duo in Voilet Femme now available at my eBoutique.  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com