spring mani

Meghan Markle Sparkle is Mint To Be

Meghan Markle Sparkle is Mint To Be

Meghan Markle Sparkle is Mint To Be

My wedding set is currently at the jewelers being repaired so I was in the need of a fill in, and what’s better than a design fit for a Duchess! ¬†Random Snapple fact, Duchess is my favorite royalty title, shout out to Krista in 10th grade for winning that title at Snow Ball ūüėČ ¬†Anyways… This¬†Sterling Silver CZ Triplet Ring was inspired by that Meghan Markle Sparkle so for this week, its my place holder.

Meghan Markle Engagement Ring Dupe

Meghan Markle Engagement Ring Dupe

Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring

Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring

Obiv my sterling silver version is a little different as hers is a gold band, and CZ’s instead of her ¬†beautiful, and I’m sure flawless, diamonds, but at $34.99 I ain’t mad at it. ¬†It gives a lot of sparkle, a lot of Meghan Markle Sparkle! ¬†This weeks mani also #nailedit with the Avon Gel Finish Nail Polish in Mint To Be.

Avon Gel Finish Nail Polish in Mint To Be

Avon Gel Finish Nail Polish in Mint To Be

I’m REALLY loving this pastel polish shade. ¬†I def feel it pulls more robin’s egg blue than mint but its a great spring shade and pairs really well with all the blues I’ve been wearing lately. ¬†I’ve also been a little obsessed with all things engagement/wedding, like getting an album done from mine, and getting those dumb disposable cameras finally taken care of, and then one of my fav you tubers shared her engagement which made me have all the feels, and a friend is engaged, and I’ve been binging Married At First Sight… I guess its just that spring fever!

Avon Gel Finish Polish in Mint To Be and Topcoat

Avon Gel Finish Polish in Mint To Be and Topcoat

You can shop my favorite polish, these Gel Finish polishes online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to get your own Meghan Markle Sparkle to go along with it! ¬†You know I’ve been loving these fine jewelry releases from Avon this past year and this one takes the cake, the wedding cake! ¬†Plus, it would be cute to wear these two (ring & polish) if you’re doing the circuit of showers, weddings, events and parties or even Easter!

Nailed It: Avon Gel Finish in Moondust

Nailed It:  Avon Gel Finish in Moondust

Nailed It: Avon Gel Finish in Moondust

Smile, You’re Gorgeous! ¬†It may be a Monday,¬†but if anything can bring me a smile on a Monday, it’s a good mani. ¬†Now that spring is here, I’m loving a great creme finish mani¬†in a simple¬†spring shade. ¬†Avon Gel Finish in Moondust is¬†that perfect early spring shade.

Avon Gel Finish in Moondust and Be Inspired 5-Piece Essential Set

Avon Gel Finish in Moondust and Be Inspired 5-Piece Essential Set

Avon Gel Finish in Moondust Swatch

Avon Gel Finish in Moondust Swatch

Moodust is a light grey but it has enough white in it to almost be considered a pastel. ¬†Regardless, it will match your all your spring pastels shades. ¬†I’ve commented before how much I LOVE this Gel Finish formula. ¬†It’s so spot on glossy, goes on smooth and self levels like a champ! ¬†Finish¬†it with the Avon Gel Finish Top Coat! ¬†You know what else goes great with a mani? ¬†A new statement ring, like this ring set from mark. the Quite A Pair Ring Set is only $22 for the pair!

mark. Quite A Pair Ring Set

mark. Quite A Pair Ring Set

Light Grey Mani For Spring

Light Grey Mani For Spring

This Be Inspired 5-Piece Set can also be found at my eBoutique! ¬†I think it would make the perfect little gift for a Easter basket or for Mother’s Day along with a new polish and maybe some hand cream! ¬†You can shop Gel Finish Polish, the Be Insprired 5 Piece Set, the mark. Quite A Pair Ring Set and hand creams all at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

You can also get 40% off your order!  Learn more here!  Hello Spring!

Mani Monday: Whimsical Dark Florals

Mani Monday: Whimsical Dark Florals

Mani Monday: Whimsical Dark Florals

It’s just another mani Monday… I wish it were Sunday, because that’s my funday… ¬†and a Sunday Funday it was celebrating my nephew’s 18th birthday!

Jamberry

Jamberry Happily Humming

For today’s whimsical dark floral nails I used Jamberry Sister Style Happily Humming, a limited edition wrap. These dark florals with adorable hummingbirds really fit my aesthetic lately.

Spring Nails and Hunter Rain Boots

Spring Nails and Hunter Rain Boots

Just another perfect little spring mani.  You can shop the new Jamberry catalog here!

Mani Monday: Spring Red

 

Mani Monday:  Spring Red

Mani Monday: Spring Red

Mani Monday going up on a Tuesday! (so I might of forgot to hit “post” yesterday, oh well it was a Monday) Sometimes you just need a red nail, it’s classic, statement making in the right way and goes with just about everything. ¬†I’ve just been noticing classic red nails all over the place lately on celebs, in ads on regular people so¬†a good spring red just felt right.

Kelly In Red Inspo

Kelly In Red Inspo

LC in Red Inspo

LC in Red Inspo

Alicia In Red

Alicia In Red

This red mani was actually done by a professional! ¬†I get my nails done once a year as part of my birthday week treats but mom’s in town so I splurged for 2 times a year… and we had a busy weekend and no time to do them and we we’re already going for pedi’s so… I was late, obiv, so I didn’t pick out my color so I told the nail tech I want a spring red. ¬†Bright shiny true red is what she came back with and it looks great! ¬†However I will say that the stereotypical nail art w was not at all what I meant when I said an accent nail in glitter… as in topcoat. ¬†Whatev’s…

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Spring Red Mani

Spring Red Mani

This was an OPI shade but I didn’t get the name, however a few of my favorite spring reds are OPI Big Apple Red, Essie Shall We Chalet, Avon Gel Finish in Roses Are Red and Julep¬†Karissa. ¬†What is your go-to mani shade? ¬†Do you have a favorite red? ¬†I¬†think I love red even more as a pedi color, which right now you can get all the necessaries for an a DIY at home pedi FOR FREE with a $50 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger¬† and/or comment on this post with your favorite mani/pedi shades and you could win a Foot Works set from me!

 

 

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

Nailed It: Spring Break Mani – Rose Quartz Getaway

Nailed It:  Spring Break Mani

Nailed It: Spring Break Mani

Even though I’m not going on spring break I can put myself there mentally with this mani! ¬†I picked out this wrap to wear for Easter because the color of the year rose quartz and serenity are the prefect easter colors. ¬†Once I put it on I was like this is kinda perfect with the palm print since everyone is on spring break!

Spring Mani Essentials

Spring Mani Essentials

The wrap I used is Rose Quartz Getaway from Jamberry with an accent nail in Essie Apres Chic.  To prep I used this Avon Senses Cherry Blossom Hand Cream to help with cuticles.  Then I made sure the the nails were clean before applying Avon Ridge Filling Base Coat before applying my wrap.

Jamberry Rose Quartz Getaway with Essie Apres Chic

Jamberry Rose Quartz Getaway with Essie Apres Chic

mark. Grows On You Bracelet With My Spring Mani

mark. Grows On You Bracelet With My Spring Mani

As perfect as this mani is for spring break I’m wearing it for Easter. ¬†What I love is I put it on Palm Sunday and it looks just as good come Easter Sunday! ¬†And that week inbetween when I look down at my nails I feel like I’m on a mini spring break.

Color Of The Year For Easter Mani

Color Of The Year For Easter Mani

If you have a spring getaway coming up I highly recommend this wrap both for its design and staying power.  You can shop Jamberry here and you can get my bracelet at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and get 20% off a $60 order with promo code SAVE20

Getaway With A Spring Mani

Getaway With A Spring Mani

 

Nailed It: mark. Precious Petals Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers

mark. Precious Petals Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers

mark. Precious Petals Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers

Mani Monday going up on a Tuesday… I don’t think that phrase will ever get old to me… mainly because I’m always doing today what I needed to do yesterday… but anyways, it’s spring mani mode up in here! ¬†Luckily I got this mark. Nailed It Precious Petals Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers to freshen up my mani options with a fresh mint and steely grey!

Spring Mani with mark. and Henri Bendel Bracelets

Spring Mani with mark. and Henri Bendel Bracelets

mark. released it’s newest Nailed It Duo set that I absolutely adore for spring! ¬†The two shades Green Thumb and Steel Magnolia are totally unique and perfect for transitioning into spring and beyond. ¬†They are shimmers with a metallic matte finish, which you could easily top with a topcoat for that shimmer to really show through. ¬†I personally really loved the matte finish, it just felt really different than anything I’ve worn lately.

Green Thumb and Steel Magnolia

Green Thumb and Steel Magnolia

Green thumb is so pretty to me. ¬†It’s more of a sea foam, a little retro a little modern. ¬†I just love it! ¬†Plus I love wearing this color in March as we lead up to St. Patrick’s day with all things in shades of green. ¬†Steel Magnolia is a really good metallic too! ¬†I will wear these both by themselves and together for a lot of different looks. ¬†It’s one of those pairings really worth having in your stash.

Accent Nail:  Jamberry Silver Chevron

Accent Nail: Jamberry Silver Chevron

Since I’ve been loving mixed mani’s lately I used another Jamberry wrap as my accent nail, this time in silver chevron. ¬†It has a clear base so you can put it over a colored polish for a really fun look. ¬†I really like it over Green Thumb, it really ties the look together!

Mixed Mani with mark. Nailed It Precious Petals and Jamberry Silver Chevron

Mixed Mani with mark. Nailed It Precious Petals and Jamberry Silver Chevron

I’m really obsessing over these shades, probably one of my more favorite Nailed It Duo‘s from mark.! ¬†And they’re only $7 for the pair! ¬†You can shop the mark. Nailed It Duo’s at by eBoutique. ¬†If you’re interested in Jamberry you can get this wrap here. ¬†In addition as today is International Women’s Day a special FREE GIFT with any $45 order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger I would love this little number to stash in my purse, I love the double zippered pouches!

mark. Nailed It Duo in Precious Petals

mark. Nailed It Duo in Precious Petals

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!

Mani Monday – Easter Nails

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail! ¬†Hippity hoppity, hippity hoppity Easter’s on its way! ¬†Time to prepare your Sunday best in the ultimate of all things spring for your Easter outfit! ¬†Regardless if your day involves a visit from the Easter Bunny, Easter service, Easter brunch or an Easter ham theres a spring look for you. ¬†Let’s start small… with an Easter mani! ¬†As I think about what I’m going to do here’s a few past mani’s for this Monday that would be perfect!

Mint and yellow color blocked nails with a silver stripe!  See the details here!

Colorblocked with mark. Nail This Look Set and All In Good Time Watch

Colorblocked with mark. Nail This Look Set and All In Good Time Watch

Yellow nails from the mark. Nail This Look Kit (Sunsation).  See details here!

Pop Of Yellow

Pop Of Yellow

Pantone’s color for spring, dazzling blue! ¬†See the details here!

Dazzling Blue with Julep Monaco

Dazzling Blue with Julep Monaco

Spring floral design with the mark. Nail This Look Polish and Bracelet Set.  See the details here!

Abstract Floral Mani

Abstract Floral Mani

Peach with angled mint tips!  See the details here!

Spring Break Mani

Spring Break Mani

Sorbet nails!  See the details here!

mark. Nailed It in Cupcake and Creamsicle

mark. Nailed It in Cupcake and Creamsicle

Seawater shades with glittering Luxe Effect topcoat!  See details here!

Sea Water Nails

Sea Water Nails

Easter pastels!  Mint with a lilac accent nail!  See the details here!  Or Pastel pink with a grey accent nail!  See the details here!

Pastel Pallet Mani and Cross Your Fingers Ring

Pastel Pallet Mani and Cross Your Fingers Ring

Pink and Grey mani!

Pink and Grey mani!

Inspiration from a fellow nail enthusiast, Zooey Daschanel!  Nude (or in my case, peach) with pastel green tips!   See the details here!

Zooey Daschanel Copy Cat nails with Essie

Zooey Daschanel Copy Cat nails with Essie

Finally, a crackle polish over a pastel, which reminds me cracking egg shells!  See the details here!

Favorite Easter Mani Nail

Favorite Easter Mani Nail

I’ve definitely done quite a few looks suitable for the Easter holiday. ¬†I love pastels in the spring, kind of surprised how little I’ve featured them. ¬†Hopefully these got you inspired to create your perfect Easter mani. ¬†If you need even more inspiration check out my Nailed It board on Pinterest! ¬†Any thoughts on what I should do this Easter!?! ¬†A lot depends on which Easter Dress I pick! ¬†Be sure to check back for my next post on Easter dresses!

Essie Color Coordination with Spring Pastels

Every once and a while I get it together and match. ¬†Usually when I’m painting my nails I pick my mani look completely separate of my pedi look, but this week I was inspired by a spring color pallet for perfectly coordinating pastels! ¬†I’ve been TOTALLY digging pastels this spring ESPECIALLY mint green!!! ¬†(I’m dying for some mint pants and/or jean shorts). ¬†I’ve been eyeing all the beautiful color pallets other ladies have been putting together, especially on Pinterest. ¬†So when deciding on my mani/pedi colors I decided to go with a beautiful spring pastel pallet coordinating my fingers and toes and I liked it!

Spring Pastel Pallet all by Essie

Spring Pastel Pallet all by Essie

I decided to go with a mint green and a lilac accented with flakie. ¬†For the mint green I choose Essie’s Absolutely Shore from the summer 2011 Brazilliant collection and my ultimate favorite pastel purple, Essie’s Nice is Nice from their spring 2011 French Affair collection.

Pastel Pallet Mani and Cross Your Fingers Ring

Pastel Pallet Mani and Cross Your Fingers Ring

For my mani I used the Absolutely Shore with an accent nail in the Nice is Nice with the flakie gradient in Essie’s Luxeffects in Shine Of The Times. ¬†The ring is a new mark. release dropping 5/18 at my eBoutique. ¬†I really liked the weathered gold and aztec appeal with my spring mani, extremely on trend ūüôā

As a true accent nail was created for, the accent nail color is what I put on my toes! ¬†Perfectly coordinated! ¬†Then I topped it off with a single topcoat of the flakie Shine of the Times. ¬†It was one pretty pallet perfectly coordinating on my digits! ¬†It was really hard to show how killer the flakie looked over the pastel shade so here’s a bunch of more pics!

Close up of the accent nail and flakie gradient

Close up of the accent nail and flakie gradient

In the shade, see how it glimmers!?!

In the shade, see how it glimmers!?!

My perfectly coordinating Essie Nice is Nice pedi

My perfectly coordinating Essie Nice is Nice pedi

pedi sparkles too!
pedi sparkles too!

mark. Tall Order Sandals highlight a pedi

mark. Tall Order Sandals highlight a pedi

Ok my feet look weird and I felt weird taking pics of my feet but I have to share how much I LOVE this combination!  I look down and it just makes me happy and sunny with such a fun spring pallet!

And how much do you love those sandals! ¬†They’re SO comfortable and go with everything. ¬†The sturdy heel makes them so easy to walk in and wear all day. ¬†I’m typically a 5 and these are a 6 and they are huge even with inserts, but that’s the problem I’m used to. ¬†These sandals are only available in full sizes and run a little big so I say half sizes order down. ¬†You can snag yourself a pair of the Tall Order Sandals for $38 at my eBoutique or through me (aliciah.mentorassistant at gmail dot com). ¬†One of my FAVORITE mark. products fo sho!

So ¬†how do you like the look? ¬†Do your mani’s and pedi’s usually match? ¬†Or ever do an accent nail that matches with your pedi (like its supposed to haha)?