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…





Midweek Manicure // Drybrush ++

Blue Drybrush Nails

This week, I’m sharing some nail art I created using a drybrush technique.  It’s done exactly the way it sounds: you use a dry paint brush to create and abstract, multi-colored, brush-stroke effect on your nails.

I used:

  • Scotch tape
  • Ulta Snow White
  • China Glaze Refresh-Mint
  • OPI Keeping Suzy at Bay
  • OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
  • Pastel Nail Studs
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in White
  • Small, flat top paint brush (easy to find in your local craft store)
  • Paper towel
  • Aluminum foil (or some other surface to place dots of nail polish on that you can then dip your brush into)

Drybrush nail art

First I taped off the lower portion of several nails to keep them bare and unpainted. I then added two coats of Snow White on each nail as a base coat. After putting a small puddle of the green and blue colors I’d be using on a piece of tin foil. I dipped the very dry brush into the first color, and painted a few strokes onto the nail. I repeated this process with the different colors on the same nail, wiping the brush off on a piece of paper towel between color-switches. I then repeated this same process on each nail. Once everything was dry, I added a top coat and placed several nail studs on each half-painted nail to add a bit of interest.

A day or so later, I wanted to add a little somethin’ somethin’, and used a while I Heart Nail Art Pen to draw some designs over the top of the drybrush pattern.

Drybrush Nails with Tribal Print

Happy Hump Day!




Midweek Manicure // Deep Blue Sea

Blue nails! Very unlike me.

Blue Nails

This easy ombre mani was inspired by @ninanailedit‘s instagram page. I just love her nail designs. I saw this one on her feed and had to recreate it.

I used:

When painting the glittery Mermaid’s Tale color on my middle finger on each hand, I attempted some glitter placement – that is, using a toothpick or dotting tool to place glitter pieces one at a time – but I just didn’t have the patience for it. Despite my lack of patience, I do love the blue-green sparkle of that polish and am happy with how it came out!

Blue Ombre Nails

Happy Almost-Friday!




Midweek Manicure // Angles in Blue

As I was getting ready to leave work today I made an amazing discovery. It was 5pm, but it was STILL LIGHT OUT! Maybe I’m late to the party on this one, but I was pretty excited. Oh, the possibilities. Warmer weather, longer dog walks, daylight, daylight, daylight. The realization just made me happy.

Blue Geometric Nails

This week I used tape and three different polishes for a geometric mani. I’ve had the color “Can’t Find My Czechbook” by OPI for quite a while now and I’ve been dying to try it, but sometimes I have to wait for the right inspiration. It’s a really nice cream polish in a sort of muted robin’s egg color.

I used:

  • Professional 10 Nail Lacquer in Moonlight (nude/beige color)
  • OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
  • China Glaze First Mate (dark blue)
  • Scotch tape
  • Seche Vite top coat

Blue Triangles Mani

After a base coat, I painted two coats of Moonlight on all of my nails. After letting this dry completely (45 minutes to an hour), I taped off a portion of my nail to expose only a diagonal section running from one side of the nail bed to the end of my nail on the opposite side. I then painted this exposed portion with Can’t Find My Czechbook and removed the tape right away. After that coat of polish was also completely dry, I taped off the opposite portion of my nail and painted on the dark blue First Mate color, then pulled off the tape right away. The reason you need to let each coat dry completely is so that the tape doesn’t stick to the polish underneath (trust me, been there..just let it dry). Another good tip is to stick the scotch tape onto the palm of your hand first, then pull it off and put it on your nail, this makes the tape a little less sticky, so there’s even less chance of mucking something up!

Happy Hump Day!



Midweek Manicure // Adventures in Plaid

Happy Hump Day!

Plaid Nail Tape Mani

This was a relatively ambitious one. I used nail tape to achieve the plaid design. I’m in a love hate relationship with nail tape at this point. Has anyone else used it? How do you get it to not want to peel off after a few days?! Apparently multiple coats of top coat are not enough?  Anyway…

In addition to a top and base coat , I used:

Blue and Silver Plaid Mani

To start, after a base coat I painted each nail with two coats of Keeping Suzi At Bay. Once dry, I started, one nail at a time, by cutting short strips of nail tape, and taping them on my nail in the pattern above to create a plaid effect. I used cuticle nippers to cut the nail tape in strips that were initially a bit longer than the area I needed them to cover. Once I placed the tape, I used cuticle nippers to cut it to the right length. Then one, two, three coats of top coat (!! – I had to get the tape to stay stuck down!) and I was ready to go.

Plaid Nails

They took me a while, but I think it was worth the effort (although some people might start to think I have too much time on my hands…)

Blue and Silver Plaid Nails


DIY, Jewlery

DIY Faceted Clay Bangles

I really love polymer clay. It’s so easy to create whatever you want, and if you mess up, you just squish it all back together and start over. I’ve been trying to find the time lately to make some more jewelry and I decided a new bright bangle would be quick and easy.

Polymer Clay Faceted Bangle

All you need is some polymer clay (I prefer Sculpey III), a razor blade, a bangle to use as a template, and an oven to bake the clay in (I use my toaster oven!).

First I rolled out the clay into a long rope. Once it was long enough, I wrapped the clay rope around an old silver bangle to make sure the size was just right. I cut the clay to size and then smoothed the ends together to get rid of the seam as much as possible.

Sizing the Bangle

Then, I ‘faceted’ the clay rope by slicing off pieces with a razor blade at different angles and lengths. I left the metal bangle on the inside of the clay for stability’s sake.

Faceting the clay bangle

(Sorry for the poor picture quality there…)

Once I was satisfied with how it looked, I removed the metal bangle and baked the clay in the oven (according to the directions on the package).

Blue Clay Bracelet

I made several different colors:

Faceted Clay Bangles

A fun way to start a colorful arm party!