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Midweek Manicure // Chevron Nails

It’s been ages since the last midweek manicure!

Chevron Nails

I wore this nail design at my friend Marisa’s wedding last month. I wanted it to be very subtle, but still fun and interesting. …Please forgive the quality of the iphone photos…

I used:

  • Base Coat
  • White polish (any white polish will do, i.e. I can’t remember the name of this one)
  • Zig Zag nail tip guides from Born Pretty Store
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Bare Dare
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

Neutral Chevron Nails

After a base coat and two coats of white polish on each nail had dried, I placed the nail strips on each nail (two on each), and then painted over them with Bare Dare. I made sure to remove the stickers as soon as I’d painted over them to get the best effect. After everything dried, I added a top coat.

White and Cream Chevron Nails

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Midweek Manicure // Neon Gradient + Leopard

Happy Wednesday! This week’s midweek manicure is one I did quite a while ago, but forgot to post! It’s another one inspired by @ninanailedit on instagram. I saw it and wanted to try it. It’s so different from designs I usually do, but once I’d finished it I was in love.

 

Neon Gradient NailsI used:

  • Base coat (any old base coat will do)
  • Nina Ultra Pro Punki Purple
  • China Glaze Pelican Gray
  • Essie Butler Please
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black
  • Top Coat (I like Seche Vite best)

Gradient Nails with Leopard Print

After a base coat, I stamped on a sponge gradient onto each nail. I made sure the gradient ran perpendicular to my nail bed, which isn’t typical for a gradient (and I think that’s part of why I ended up liking this mani so much). To create the sponge gradient, I painted a stripe of Punki Purple, Recycled and Butler Please onto the sponge. I didn’t get a picture of it, but this photo shows how that works:

sponge gradient tutorial from layniefingers.com

After I’d finished all the sponging, I went back and drew on some leopard spots with my I Heart Nail Art pen. A thick top coat with Seche Vite made it all come together.

Leopard Print Gradient Nails

In love! I hope you like it, too.

kimberly

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Midweek Manicure // Blue Waves

A simple, quick manicure this week. I saw this photo on instagram, and had to recreate the design.

Blue and White NailsI used:

  • Base Coat
  • Ulta – Snow White
  • Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure – Please Sea Me
  • Seche VIte Top Coat

After a base coat, I painted each nail white. Using a curved stroke, I painted a the blue onto each nail, leaving about 1/3 of the white showing. I finished it all off with my favorite top coat.

This design can certainly be done with all kinds of color combinations. The blue and white reminds me of ocean waves. Although, I had one woman tell me she thought it looked like I’d painted eyeballs on my nails…

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Midweek Manicure // In the Sea

It’s hard to believe we are coming up on the last unofficial week of Summer. The months have flown by, and I only just recently went to the beach for the first time all season (it was well worth the wait). So, I suppose this mani marks the last of my summer-themed designs. I can’t say that I mind too much, though, because Fall is my favorite season. I love seeing the trees explode with color and the cooler weather suits me just fine.

In the Sea NailsI used:

In the Sea Water Decal Nails

This mani called for a lot of accessories, and I just had fun and got creative with placement. After painting my ring and thumb with Turquoise and Caicos and the rest of my nails with Marshmallow, I proceeded to cut out various motifs from the decals and place them on the nails I’d painted white. I saved the turquoise nails for a multitude of studs and pearls, which I affixed using the Seche Vite top coat. If you find that your nail studs don’t stay in place with a topcoat, try using a bit of nail glue.

Now it’s time to go and enjoy the last fleeting days of summer (I think another beach trip is in order).

kimberly

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Midweek Manicure // Ombre Palm Trees

My first attempt at a palm tree gradient!

Palm Tree Gradient Nails

I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Peach of Cake
  • China Glaze – Refresh Mint
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen – Black
  • Cosmetic Sponge
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

After using a cosmetic sponge to create the gradient effect as a base color for my nails (there are lots of tutorials for this on youtube), I free-handed some palm trees. Using the I Heart Nail Art Pen (once again) made creating the palm trees very effortless, but I think I might prefer to use a thinner, more precise striping brush the next time around. I feel like the trees lack a bit of definition and the color was pretty thin in some spots.

Ombre Palm Tree Nails

Sad to think that it’s almost time to wrap it up with these summer-themed manis!

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Midweek Manicure // Floral Water Decals

I’m really into nails decals and wraps lately. I stocked up on a bunch from Daily Charme and have been having a lot of fun incorporating them into different mani’s.

Tulip Water Decal ManiI used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Top Coat
  • Tulip Water Decals from Daily Charme on my middle and ring fingers
  • China Glaze Pelican Grey on my pinky and index fingers
  • Zoya Jinx on my thumb
  • A single silver nail stud on my thumb
  • Seche Vite top coat

Water Decal Mani

And then, of course, I felt the need to switch it up a bit, and used an I Heart Nail Art pen in White to doodle over the top of each nail.

Floral Decal Nails

Hope everyone is having a great week!

kimberly

 

 

 

 

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[A Very Late] Midweek Manicure // Matte Florals

So, I had typed up this post earlier and had somehow  managed to delete it instead of post it. Here we go again.

If you follow me on instagram (@mrspelkey) you would have already seen this mani in mid June. I painted them right before heading to the wedding of one of my oldest friends (whom I hadn’t seen in a long time). The wedding was held outside in a beautiful garden, at a beautiful venue, and so I thought a summer-y floral mani would fit the bill.

20140719-214533-78333271.Aren’t we cute? ca.1988.

Also, please pay no attention to my cuticles in the following photos. They are JACKED UP. I know.

Matte Floral Nails

I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Zoya Juanita
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Rosy Outlook
  • White, yellow and brown Stripe Rite polish
  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

Peach and Pink Floral Nails

After a base coat and three coats of Juanita (it’s pretty sheer), I used Rosy Outlook to dot round-ish circles on my nails wherever I wanted a flower to be. I then used a white striper polish to paint rounded lines within the pink blobs (that’s basically what they were) to give the flowers more dimension. Overall I kept it pretty loose and abstract. I then put one dot each of the yellow and brown in the center of each flower. Two coats of the Big Matte Top Coat and I was finished.

Floral Mani

Happy Weekend!

kimberly