summer mani

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!

Mani Monday: Navy and Cream

Hello Summer. I’m welcoming the first day of summer with a not so summery mani Monday! These Avon Gel Finish polishes are spot on, and I found my inky navy shade hidden in an old bag so I decided to use it and this new cream shade for a mixed mani.

Mani Monday:  Navy and Cream

Mani Monday: Navy and Cream

Wearing Avon Gel Finish in Inked Up and Creme Brûlée with Gel Finish Top Coat. I thought it needed a little something so I decided to add Jamberry Grenada over my ring finger.

Avon Gel Finish in Inked Up and Creme Brule  with Jamberry Grenada

Avon Gel Finish in Inked Up and Creme Brule with Jamberry Grenada

This is 6 days later and see how great it still looks! With long summer days filled with things like kayaking, bbq’s and laundry a lasting mani is necessary!  And sidenote that duck was my best friend while out kayaking, he obiv liked my mani.

Loving The Avon Gel Finish Polishes

Loving The Avon Gel Finish Polishes

You can shop the Avon Gel Finish polishes at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and get an extra 20% off $60 with promo code FORDAD.

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

Nailed It: Crafty Nail

#mynailsandmyperfume Featuring Avon Femme, Essie Forget Me Nots, Julep Sienna and Avon Gel Finish

#mynailsandmyperfume Featuring Avon Femme, Essie Forget Me Nots, Julep Sienna and Avon Gel Finish

She’s crafty and she’s just my type, she’s crafty… go ahead sing the Beasties Boys because we’re getting crafty up in here! With Crafty Nail! So if you’re looking for a good nail inspiration go to the Crafty Nail blog, she does some really fun nail looks that will totally have you inspired! In honor of her 2015 OMD3 challenge (and the last day of it).  I decided to put some of the mani’s I’ve been rocking for the last 30 days all in one post.

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

The Perfect Summer Camp Mani

4th Of July Mani

4th Of July Mani

Black and White Nails

Black and White Nails

Metallic Summer Blue

Metallic Summer Blue

'merica round 2

‘merica round 2

Baby Pink With A Matte Top Coat

Baby Pink With A Matte Top Coat

#mynailsandmybag a purple with a halo!

#mynailsandmybag a purple with a halo!

State Fair White Avon Gel Finish

State Fair White Avon Gel Finish

Tropical Accents With Essie

Tropical Accents With Essie

A Really Messy Lined Mani

A Really Messy Lined Mani

Avon Barefoot Beige and Essie A Cut Above

Avon Barefoot Beige and Essie A Cut Above

#mynailsandmydrink in orange and gold and a casualty

#mynailsandmydrink in orange and gold and a casualty

In addition to Crafty Nail being an awesome blog she’s also a fellow Avon rep who created a exclusive set available online only at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  The 5 piece set includes a base coat, a hot pink polish, a silver dazzling topper and a topcoat all for only $12.99!  Stand out from the average mani with her dazzling look that features a popping pink and just the right amount of sparkle.

Crafty Nail For Avon

Crafty Nail For Avon

Follow these easy instructions to create the look:

1) Start with one coat of Nail Experts Gel Strength Base Coat
2) Apply two coats of Nailwear Pro+ in Hottie (wait 5 minutes between coats)
3) Brush Dazzlers Disco Ball onto a makeup wedge and lightly sponge the glitter onto just the tips of your nails
4) Repeat as necessary until you reach the desired amount of glitter
5) Finish with one coat of Nail Experts UV Gloss Guard Top Coat

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

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: Berry Mixed Mani

Berry Mixed Mani

Berry Mixed Mani

In the summertime I can not get enough summer time berries.  I’m talking strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries… all fresh from the local farm’s stands on the side of the roads.  I make an effort to drive home the long way just so I can stop by and grab a bunch.  So I figured, lets apply my summertime berry love to my nails and make it fun with a mixed mani!

Berry deails with Avon Berry Smooth Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel

Berry deails with Avon Berry Smooth Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel

I started with the perfect berry shade, Avon Berry Smooth Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel on my thumb middle and ring.  I followed up with Julep Oscar on my pointer for summertime sparkle.  For the black I used mark. Nailed It in Tuxedo and used the Avon Nail Tool to easily do the black polka dots.

I was inspired by Dollhouse Nails NZ’s look they did, only swapping out the neon purple for my berry shade.  See the pinspiration here!  They have the BEST inspiration, I just lover her work.  If I’m ever in New Zealand I’ll most certainly drop by.  Until then I’ll just copy cat her looks, Alicia style.

In full summertime sun!

In full summertime sun!

I think this look would be great for transitioning into fall too!  Plus I love the way it matched my new mark. Gleam Weaver Bracelet ($28)!  Have you tried a mixed mani this summer?  What pinspiration for nails are you loving?

mark. Gleam Weaver Bracelet

mark. Gleam Weaver Bracelet

S.O.S. Save My Nails – Week 1 Update!

Its been just a little over a week since I implemented my S.O.S. Save My Nails Plan and so far so good…

Week 1 Nails - and a mark. sneak peek!

Week 1 Nails – and a mark. sneak peek!

The Good:  I def have noticed a different in the dryness in my hands, they’re much much more moisturized.  My cuticles are also much better, I’m not so embarrassed of them, so win!  My nails definitely are a little bit longer than last week, but I wouldn’t say too much more than a normal week’s growth.  I’m kinda liking the new nail shape especially in a bright creme polish like this, Julep’s Natasha and Ginger (on ring finger).

The Bad:    I’m not really good at sticking to the plan, especially the internal part.  Considering in the last three days I’ve had Burger King, Taco Bell and McDonalds so that eating healthier thing isn’t quite working out so well.  Definitely not drinking more water like I need to, and I forget to take my vitamins.

Week 2 Hopefulls:  Actually stick to the plan!  More vegetables, more water, consistency in applying my hand cream/cuticle oil and actually take my vitamins every day!

PS:  mark. Sneak Peek!  Check back on Friday to see the full details on this new clutch, necklace and tank!  Yay!

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