Midweek Manicure // Abstract & Colorful

Finally a midweek manicure! It’s been a while. These were inspired by a post I saw on Sally Hansen’s Instagram feed. The design is nice and bright and colorful. Finally it’s starting to feel like Spring around these parts.

Abstract Colorful nailsI used:

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Nails (base coat)
  • China Glaze – Liquid Leather (black base – 2 coats)
  • OPI – Mod About You (pastel pink)
  • OPI – Can’t Find My Czechbook (blue)
  • China Glaze – Passion for Petals (dark pink)
  • Seche Vite (top coat)

You could do this with any combination of colors you like. I started with a base coat of China Glaze Liquid Leather, then added random brush strokes of each color, one layer/color at a time. I just kept it really loose and random. I love how it turned out.

Happy Almost Friday!



Midweek Manicure // New Years Nails

Happy New Years’ Eve! I hope everyone enjoys their last night of 2013. This week I tried two different New Years’ nail art designs. The first one is a glitter gradient but unfortunately I had some slight camera issues (meaning the shutter speed was a little wonky and I didn’t look too closely at the photos before I had already removed the nail polish). New Years’ resolution #1 is for Kim to pay more attention to detail…

Hopefully you get the gist, the one salvageable photo actually came out kind of cool (IMHO):

Glitter Gradient

I used:

  • Essie – Sand Tropez (beige/nude base color)
  • Essie – On a Silver Platter (painted at the top of the nail for the glitter gradient)
  • Nail art rhinestones (I placed a few blue rhinestones on each nail to bring out the blue glitter in On a Silver Platter)


I love the glitters from their new Encrusted collection. I saw On a Silver Platter and kind of had to have it.

Next up is a fancy black and gold mani:

New Years Nails

I used:

  • Sephora by OPI – Never Enough Shoes (dark brown with subtle gold flecks for the dark base color)
  • Orly – Luxe (for the gold tip on my index finger, gold ring finger and gold polka dots on pinky)
  • Nail art rhinestones (two black ones on my ring finger)


Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!!