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Unboxing – Fall for Glimmer A Box and Avon Promo Codes

Upgrade your everyday sparkle by pairing neutral shadows with Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner. Add a cascade of shimmery earrings for a full-on, light-catching effect.  The Fall for Glimmer A Box is a $40 value that you can get for only $10!!! (Special set price reflected when added to bag with a $40 Campaign 21 purchase.)

A Box Unboxing - Fall For Glimmer

A Box Unboxing – Fall For Glimmer

Three full-size makeup faves and A-Box exclusive earrings.

Avon True Color Eye Quad in Warm Sunrise

Avon True Color Eye Quad in Warm Sunrise

• Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Warm Sunrise, .176 oz. net wt.

Swatched.

Swatched.

• Avon True Color Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner in Olive, .01 oz. net wt.

Olive Glimmerstick Swatched.

Olive Glimmerstick Swatched.

• Avon True Color Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Lotion, 2.7 fl. oz.

Exclusive Earrings!

Exclusive Earrings!

• A-Box Exclusive! Shimmering Teardrop Earrings, 1” drop pierced earrings with glass stone.

Perfect Fall Glimmer with the A Box!

Perfect Fall Glimmer with the A Box!

Word of Alicia:  Seriously this is a must-have, a personal favorite and trending perfectly for fall! I know I say that about all the A Boxes but they REALLY have upped the game and its staying that way through the rest of the year.  Warm Sunrise is a user favorite, its just the perfect warm toned neutrals that work for all skin tones.  You can create a basic or dramatic look.  The Olive Glimmerstick is so unique but looks stunning on!  And because its not a harsh black it really works for everyone, even the makeup novice.  Can we just talk about these earrings, how unique for Avon and even better that multi-faceted glimmer!  $10 for all the fall trends, DONE!

Wearing the A Box!  (along with some Mattitude Liquid Lipstick)

Wearing the A Box! (along with some Mattitude Liquid Lipstick)

So very wearable!

So very wearable!

Promo’s Going on a http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Fall for Glimmer A Box:  $10 with a $40 order, just add to cart and price will automatically update with a qualifying order.

Who knew olive eyeliner could be so pretty!

Who knew olive eyeliner could be so pretty!

NEW!  Live Out Loud Fragrance!  Get it before it launches at a special price of $25 with promo code LIVE

Promo Code SEPTFREE – Get a FREE Anew Reversalist Night Cream with your $50 order.  So basically build a $40 order, add on the A Box for $10 use promo code SEPTFREE and get a game changing night cream for FREE!

Warm Neutrals For Fall - Trending and Pretty!

Warm Neutrals For Fall – Trending and Pretty!

Makeup Looks To Master: Big and Bold

Makeup Looks To Master:  Big and Bold

Makeup Looks To Master: Big and Bold

Color in makeup is the absolute most fun but also seems to be the scariest for people to try and use in their go-to makeup looks. I’m continuing my 5 Makeup Looks to Master with the Big and Bold edition on color!  A fun bold color lets you have fun with makeup (as it should be fun!) and having a go-to makeup look using color gives you that assurance that it looks good and you can actually wear it in your daily life.

Big and Bold Colored Eyeliner

Big and Bold Colored Eyeliner

One really easy way to work a bold color into your look is with eyeliner.  Swapping out your basic black or brown with a bright aqua blue like this Avon Ultra Luxury Eyeliner in Sky Blue is super easy.  (I told you I was picking up a few more of these Ultra Luxury!)  If sky blue intimidates you, then try a navy blue, hunter green or dark purple.  These wear like a black but give a colorful twist so color newbies will still feel comfortable wearing them out. Avon Ultra Luxury Eyeliner in Sky Blue

Avon Ultra Luxury Eyeliner in Sky BlueLet the liner be the statement with a simple champaign shadow as your base, clean face makeup and a nude lip.

Big and Bold Colorful Eyeshadow

Big and Bold Colorful Eyeshadow

I also love a colorful eye look using eyeshadow!  These pictures might not share the full in real life color of my makeup but I used my smokey eye technique and worked in color.  This time I used the Tarte High Tides and Good Vibes Eyeshadow Palette to create a big and bold teal eye look.  Use the same techniques as you use with your neutrals only swap in a color.  Same look and feel just tweaked for more fun!  (You could try the Avon True Color Matte Eyeshadow Quad in Tranquility to get a similar look for less)

Big and Bold Colorful Eyeshadow Makeup Look

Big and Bold Colorful Eyeshadow Makeup Look

When doing a bold eyeshadow look I tend to do a light shade all over the lid (Burried Gold) with a matte neutral shade in the transition area (South Beach) and a dark shade in the outer v (Dive In) with a pop of color to transition the dark shade on the outer into the light shade on the inner (Surf’s Up).  End result is a wearable colorful eye look using shadow!

Tarte High Tides and Good Vibes Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte High Tides and Good Vibes Eyeshadow Palette

These are two go-to ways I work color into my makeup looks but even if you’re shy to wear a colorful eye I know you can work in a colorful lipstick!  I think everyone should have a red lip they like to wear as a red lip always looks big and bold while still being classic.  Plus!  It works for all your holidays… maybe not Easter, but def Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day… you name it!  If you think you can’t wear a red lip, hit me up and I’ll find you the perfect red for you.  Right now for summer I’m loving the Avon True Color Perfectly Matte in Coral Fever – see my Lip of the Day post on here.  Additionally, there are some good free gifts going on at the eBoutique if you’re ready to pick up a new red lipstick or some big and bold colorful makeup.  Be sure to add that A Box too!

Free Highlighting Stick w/a $50 order use promo code GLOWNOW through June 30th

Free Highlighting Stick w/a $50 order use promo code GLOWNOW through June 30th

With a $50 order you can get a free highlighting stick or a free jewelry item.  So build a cart of say some new makeup totaling $40, add the A Box for $10, and then add one of these promo codes for a free gift and free shipping at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Free jewelry item of your choice w/a $50 order now through June 19th

Free jewelry item of your choice w/a $50 order now through June 19th

Makeup Looks To Master: Going Out

Makeup Looks To Master: Going Out

Makeup Looks To Master: Going Out

Things are going up on a Tuesday!  Well, that’s if you count the grocery store as going out… But my going-out makeup is!  Party makeup is the most fun and where you can take more risks.  I like to switch it up for the event, season, weather and just the overall vibes but having one go-to makeup look helps when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready, don’t know what you’re going to wear or exactly how the event will play out.  For the past year this has been my go-to going out makeup look.

Glittery Eyes and a Fun Lip!

Glittery Eyes and a Fun Lip!

Glittery eyes and a fun lip.  After stalking it for some time I finally used my birthday week treats to pick up the Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma.  This is a pretty intense gold glitter that pretty much makes your going out makeup a party all itself.  However it is $24 a pop so when Avon released their Glimmershadows in Fools Gold I noticed it was a pretty good dupe at only $8.  In the photo below I’m wearing the Stila version with a pink lip, in these other photos I’m wearing the Avon Glimmershadow.  You can see they’re very similar and a very fun going out look!

Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

A glittery liquid shadow like these are so impactful you don’t need much.  I like to start with putting some concealer on my eyelid, no need for a primer with the Avon since its so long lasting.  Then I’ll apply the glimmershadow.  I let it dry and set for maybe 30 seconds then I’ll go in with a neutral taupe shade above the crease in the transition area.  If I’m adding an outer v color then I will, like here I used a little black shadow.  I then use my favorite liquid liner Avon True Color Liquid Precise Pen and follow up with curling my lashes and mascara, Avon Love at 1st Lash in black.

Wearing Avon Glimmershadows in Fool's Gold

Wearing Avon Glimmershadows in Fool’s Gold

When doing my go-to going out look I stick to lip shades I know I love.  A good liquid lipstick will have more staying power for a long night out of eating and drinking!  I’m wearing mark. Pout Velvet Lip Paint in Fancy.  This has been discontinued which means savings for you, its only $5.99 right now!  I did pick up a backup as this is one of my favorites, its very comfortable to wear!  On my face I started with the same primer, Magix tint and blush I used in my everyday makeup look — see here.  Only addition is I added some making setting spray at the end and I did my brows (as seen here).  Going out makeup is the perfect time to contour and highlight however I didn’t do that here… oops.

Wearing mark. Pout Velvet Lip Paint in Fancy

Wearing mark. Pout Velvet Lip Paint in Fancy

Believe me you want a glitter shadow in your arsenal!  Even if you don’t go all out a little swipe of this on a clean lid and some mascara will have you instantly party-ready!  But note, these Avon Glimmershadows are selling like hotcakes!  There are a few shades already on back order and not a whole lot of stock coming down the pipes until closer to fall, so I recommend you jump on this Fool’s Gold shade while its still available AND they’re buy one get one half off at my eBoutique!

Word On Avon Ultra Luxury Liners — that are only $1.75!

Before I get into my 5 Makeup Looks To Master Series (see here) I thought I’d share a little exciting makeup deal.  The Avon Ultra Luxury Liners are only $1.75 this campaign… move over E.L.F.!

Ultra Luxury Liners

Ultra Luxury Liners

Word On The Avon Ultra Luxury Liners: Looking for perfect lines that won’t smudge? Check out our best-selling Ultra Luxury Eyeliner! It gets rave reviews (seriously, 5 stars across the board) and it’s one of our absolute faves for a beautiful everyday look and only $1.75 right now (not kidding!)

Ultra Luxury Lip Liner:  The glide-on lip pencil puts the finishing touch on your pout with rich, creamy color* that goes on smoothly and stays for hours. 0.04 oz. net wt.  BENEFITS:  Delivers precision; Helps prevent feathering or bleeding; Powdery feel; Won’t pull or tug; Easily sharpens to a fine point; Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

Ultra Luxury Brow Pencil:  Back by popular demand! The expert brow liner glides on with soft, smooth strokes to fill in and shape your brows for a natural look every time. .04 oz. net wt.  BENEFITS: Smudge-resistant; Hours of wear; Provides precise application; Rich, creamy color with a powdery feel*; Won’t tug or pull; Easily sharpens to a fine point; Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

Ultra Luxury Eyeliner:  Back by popular demand! The glide-on eye liner pencil delivers hours of smudge-resistant wear combined with perfect precision. .04 oz. net wt.  BENEFITS:  Won’t pull or tug; Rich, creamy color with a powdery feel*; Glides on with soft, smooth strokes; Ophthalmologist-tested; Easily sharpens to a fine point; Easily blends for a smoky eye look; Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups

Ultra Luxury Liners for $1.75

Ultra Luxury Liners for $1.75

Word of Alicia:  These liners are a re-release because they originally discontinued them and got so many requests to bring them back that they did.  I remember not loving them before, but I probably tried the black eyeliner and a pencil eyeliner is not what I like in a black eyeliner so I prob was like pass… so this time around I tried an eyeliner in a fun color (in Emerald), a brow pencil because why not (in Blonde), and a lip pencil (in Chocolate).

Ultra Luxury Lip Liner in Chocolate

Ultra Luxury Lip Liner in Chocolate

I’m really glad I did because the Ultra Luxury Lip Liner is Chocolate is now a top favorite makeup item!  Its the perfect nude brown that you can wear alone or with your favorite lip shade.  The pencil gives a nice sharp line while still being soft and comfortable to wear and they sharpen really well too!

Ultra Luxury Brow Pencil in Blonde

Ultra Luxury Brow Pencil in Blonde

I’m not a huge brow person so take my review with a grain of salt, but the blonde pencil is perfect cool toned blonde that works well for brows.  It’s soft enough to easily apply and hard enough not to go on as a blobby mess.  For someone who just fills in and defines every once in awhile this is PERFECT!

Ultra Luxury Eyeliner in Emerald

Ultra Luxury Eyeliner in Emerald

The Emerald Ultra Luxury Eyeliner surprised me too!  It’s definitely softer, muted color not as opaque as I usually go for, but sometimes that’s what you want.  If you are not a big eyeliner person and just want a little definition or use it rarely these at $1.75 couldn’t be better.  These aren’t super long lasting but if you pair it with a primer and a good lid shade base color it lasts through the day.

I got these when the first launched earlier in the year so I’ve had some time to give them a good go, not just a first impression.  I do know I’ll be picking up a few more lip shades, Currant has my eye.  In the eyeliners I already got the Sky Blue to try but maybe I should get the Eggplant too!  I mean these are a $1.75!  PLUS on Thursday June 6th there will be a FREE SHIP CODE on a $25 order so would be a great time to get a little makeup order going, maybe swoop on that SSS Bug Guard that’s on sale too!  I’ll keep ya posted when the code goes live at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Lip Of The Week: Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Roasted Chestnut

Lip of The Week:  Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Roasted Chestnut

Lip of The Week: Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Roasted Chestnut

Hello March! Hello daylight, florals, warming temps and fresh spring air! Its like a switch went off and I have all the spring feels come March 1st. I busted out all my florals, even if I am wearing them with boots and tights. Either way, today’s lip of the week is a pretty neutral that looks great with all the florals, Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Toasted Chestnut.

Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Roasted Chestnut

Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Roasted Chestnut

Word On Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick Line:  New Shades Available!  Give your lips some TLC with high-impact color, moisturizing texture and a creamy feel. .106 oz. net wt.

BENEFITS
• 100% improvement in lip health and dryness in just 2 weeks!
• Infused with marine collagen and jojoba oil to nourish, plump and soften lips and fine lines
• Keeps lips feeling nourished and conditioned even after you take it off
• Full, even and lasting coverage
• Satin finish

AVON TRUE COLOR means the color you buy is the color you apply. Now all your favorite lipsticks, glosses, eye shadows and nail enamel have Avon’s acclaimed TRUE COLOR technology, designed to give you the natural flawless look you want… nothing less. Rich pigments are blended into our high-quality formulas for guaranteed color that stays true all day.  FUSS-FREE, FAIL-FREE MAKEUP THAT LOOKS AND PERFORMS THE WAY YOU EXPECT IT TO. THAT’S THE AVON TRUE COLOR PROMISE.

Roasted Chestnut Swatch

Roasted Chestnut Swatch

Word on Roasted Chestnut:  This is one of the newly released shades in the line that I picked up during the sale last campaign.  I was expecting this to be a darker brown shade but its actually a very wearable deeper nude.  It’s more flattering than a “foundation” nude color and goes with pretty much any color you’re wearing and will work year round.  Works especially well with spring florals.  😉

Wearing florals and a neutral lip!

Wearing florals and a neutral lip!

Shop Online: http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

PS:  Can you tell its a Monday 😉

Word On Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss

Today’s Lip of the Week is lots of lips!  Avon has a new product release, its newest lip gloss, Lip Glow!  It comes in 21 shades, some similar to Avon’s most popular Glazewear shades, some shades completley brand new.  I picked out 5 shades to try and I’ve been wearing them non-stop.

Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss

Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss

Word on Lip Glow:  Glow is the new gloss. Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss has more shine, more moisturization, more color* and zero stickiness. It’s formulated with chia seed and rose hip oils to help nourish and moisturize for soft, supple lips. .27 fl. oz.

BENEFITS

• Highly-saturated shades
• Long-lasting shine
• Comfortable, creamy feel
• Paraben-free

TO USE

Smooth onto lips.

Up close and personal

Up close and personal

Word of Alicia:  Overall I highly enjoy the formula.  It is moisturizing and not sticky, as promised.  It feels luxe and full not slimy or slippery.  You can really tell its a lip oil full of benefits.  As far as color options, I think there’s somethign for everyone for every occasion.  In the below pictures you can tell it was a windy day while taking these pics, my hair DID NOT STICK to my lip glow, that alone should be a reason to give it a go haha.

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Lit

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Lit

LIT:  The only creme (opaque) color in my collection.  Color payoff is really strong and leaves behind a nice lip stain as it wears off.  If you are a liquid lipstick fan this would be a good option for you.

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Estrella

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Estrella

ESTRELLA:  This is probably my favorite from the bunch.  Its just such a flattering shade on me that can be worn year round for any occasion.  For being a shimmer shade (sheer) it has a good color payoff and is extremely similar to my favorite Avon True Color Lip Balm in Plum Passion.

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Lighthouse

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Lighthouse

LIGHTHOUSE:  This shade is a replacement for Glazewear Mocha Latte.  I picked this because a fellow rep, Lisa Scola, is always spreading her love for Mocha Latte Glazewear, which also is one of our biggest sellers.  I definitely was not disappointed by this neutral.  Just an easy to wear brown towned sheer.

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Aura

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Aura

AURA:  This is another shimmer (sheer) shade with a pink tone, which, as an everyday shade, I think is perfect.  I’ve been wearing this a lot lately just because it goes with every makeup look.  Simple, easy and comfortable.  This is a safe shade if you want to try the Lip Glows but not sure what color to pick.

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Luna

Avon True Color Lip Glow in Luna

LUNA:  Luna is a sleep shade, a surprising stunner that’s super unique.  It’s also unexpectedly selling out.  I picked this one because I wanted to test it out see if it would be a good replacement for a shade my sister is constantly hunting for.   This one wears kind of like a lilac milkshake nude.  It’s also one that works really well layerd over other shades, lipstick or even over a little concealer for a more bolder nude lip.  It almost looks grey toned in these pics, but its a light purple and a shimmer (sheer) formula.

I really like these Lip Glows, super easy to wear.  For years I’ve been pretty exclusive to lipstick and balm so getting back in the lip gloss game is a fun change.  Even better, these are only $5.99 at intro price at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  That price is a steal considering lip oils from other brands are easily in the $15 to $25 range.  Plus today only, there’s a promo code for FREE SHIPPING on $25 a perfect time to pick up some makeup items like these Lip Glows.  Use promo code HELLOSUMMER at my eBoutique.

 

 

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

Word Of Alicia Review:  mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

If you couldn’t tell by this post, or this one I’m pretty excited for the mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss capsule collection.  One of the best parts of these collections is the beauty.  It always includes the best summer makeup must haves and this year does not disappoint with including a powder bronzer.  The mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer.  If there’s a single product that represents an “instant vacation” its bronzer.  Here’s my review on this beauty.

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

Word on the mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer:

Part of the limited edition Maui Bliss color collection. Get the gorgeous glow of Maui’s incredible magic hour instantly with this embossed pressed powder bronzer featuring shimmering rays that illuminate and brighten all skin tones. 0.29 oz. net wt.

mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer and Brush from Take 5 Brush Set

mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer and Brush from Take 5 Brush Set

BENEFITS
• Fragrance free
• Enhances skin tone
• Glides on effortlessl
• Provides instant glow to skin
• Illuminates and brightens skin
• Fade-proof for hours
• Stays fresh looking and color-true for hours
• Easy to blend

TO USE
• Swirl brush onto powder and apply to cheekbones, forehead, bridge of nose and chin, building a gradual glow. Add more color if desired.

Bronzy Glow with mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

Bronzy Glow with mark. Maui Bliss Sunset Glow Face Bronzer

WORD OF ALICIA:

I definitely would recommend this as your new bronzer!  First off it’s a super stunning package and design.  I love the shell design and its a decent amount of product for only $16.  That super pretty sparkle however is just on the surface, which is kind of a bummer (and biggest con) but honestly I like matte bronzers better anyhow.  This isn’t a true true matte it has the tiniest amount of shimmer.  There is a lot of shimmer here on my face because it was that first swipe of that top layer.  If you never quite liked Glowdacious because it’s too shimmery then you’ll like this one.  I like that this one isn’t orange at all (even though my pic kinda leans orange but that’s my camera settings) and it isn’t too muddy.  I’ve used it to effectively contour, worn just on the tops of my cheeks, and on any areas I want to look sun kissed.  It met all my expectations.  Wear time is nice as well.  If you want to instantly look like you’ve taken an Maui vacation this is the bronzer to do it!

Best Bronzer For Summer 2016

Best Bronzer For Summer 2016

You can shop the bronzer at my eboutique (along with the brush set and my outfit, all coming later to the blog!)  BONUS today there’s free shipping on a $25 order with promo code FREESHIP.  Might as well shop the rest of the beauty collection and get that free shipping!

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

mark. Maui Bliss Beauty Collection

Pumpkin Spiced Mani

Pumpkin Spiced Mani

Pumpkin Spiced Mani

Because I’m a basic white girl and all things pumpkin and fall-tastic occupy my world lately, a pumpkin spiced mani seemed to be perfectly fitting!  I couldn’t decide what fall mani I wanted to do as I searched through my polish collection.  This Julep  polish in Brielle jumped out at me!  Since burnt orange isn’t really a color in Alicia’s favorites  (or even general likes) I’ve never used this shade.  But this time it called out to me, like “hey, I’m more pumpkin than ugly 70’s burnt orange, and I’m perfect for fall!”

Sweater Weather  (mark. Chain Of Command Cardigan)

Sweater Weather (mark. Chain Of Command Cardigan)

To spice up the creamy pumpkin orange color in Julep Brielle I added a rose gold stripe on the sides in Essie Penny Talk.  The perfect pumpkin spice mani for a sweater weather kind of day.  I’m super excited to sport this October perfect mani for a trip to the pumpkin patch, or just sipping some pumpkin spiced chai (recipe to come!), either way it’s a winner.

Pumpkin Spiced Kind of Day

Pumpkin Spiced Kind of Day

Shop Julep here, Essie here and my sweater and rings here and my super cute mug is from Marshall’s!  Happy October!

Pumpkin Spiced Mani for Fall

Pumpkin Spiced Mani for Fall

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!

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Blue Bella and Rosetta

2 Looks From The Same mark. Nailed It Duo

2 Looks From The Same mark. Nailed It Duo

Bringing you another Wear and Share Wednesday Jackie from Living After Midnight and I both styled our different looks around one item… these mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacqures Duo in Blue Bella and Roesetta ($7).  The set contains two mini bottles of polish in super on trend metallic shades, a dark blue (Blue Bella) and a berry (Rosetta).   Let me just tell you, I’ve seen these shades all over the 2013 releases for fall from Essie to OPI to Zoya and so on and so on.  When mark. released this duo for ONLY $7 (cheaper than one bottle of regular polish!!) as part of the 10 year anniversary collection from mark., Jackie and I knew these were making it into a wear and share Wednesday!

mark, Nailed It Duo for a Nautical Look

mark, Nailed It Duo for a Nautical Look

Not only is it Wear and Share Wednesday but I’m also kicking off Week O’Nautical for Labor Day coming up this weekend!  Nothing is more nautical than a deep metallic blue shade like in Blue Bella, so I used that as my base.  It’s definitely a shade that needs 2 coats but the color payoff is phenom!  I then used Rosetta to make the nautical stripes.

mark. Nailed It Duo in Blue Belle and Rosetta

mark. Nailed It Duo in Blue Bella and Rosetta

The stripes were inspired by nautical military jackets, kind of like the one I’m wearing also from mark. which is also part of the 10 year anniversary collection.  This High Ranking Style Jacket ($40 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) is a navy knit jacket with military details.  Military trends are always in style so this light weight jacket is perfect year round, but I’m especially loving it for transitioning into fall.  It’s definitely still really hot out but at night its starting to get cooler and its always cold under the blowing ac, so enter in this jacket!

mark. High Ranking Style Jacket

mark. High Ranking Style Jacket

Remember this look???… well I updated it for Week O’Nautical Labor Day Edition with the High Ranking Style Jacket ($40 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger ) the pyramid studs from All The Angles Earrings Set ($20 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger ), a navy and silver stretch bracelet from Forever 21, and silver rings (top one from a vendor in Mexico and the bottom from Tiffany and Co.) and the mark Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Peony ( which kinda matches the Rosetta shade 🙂  $10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger )… and the mark. Tall Order Sandals but I cut them off, oopsies!

Week O'Nautical Look

Week O’Nautical Look

An inspired look from these 2 on trend nail shades def was a good idea!  If you’re starting your fall collections, start with these shades!  You can definitely wear them now and later and I promise you, you’re going to see them all over!  Get the set for only $7 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Just see how easily Jackie and I created two different looks from the same set, you know you can create a million more!

mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers Inspired Look

mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers Inspired Look

PS.  Wordpress apparently thinks I’m spamming you with links to my eBoutique so if you would like to shop the products used copy and paste http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger into your browser and shop all the new arrivals for the mark. 10th anniversary collection!

PSS.  Come back for the follow up post and see how my S.O.S. save my nails worked out!