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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

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 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