Midweek Manicure // Textures & Shapes

Enjoying a day off today due to winter storm Nika, which now has Dennis hell-bent on getting himself a snowblower since we’re expecting even more snow this weekend. Meanwhile, I’ve been spending some time thinking up nail-art ideas, and wanted to share with you two recent manicures.

OPI Vesper Liquid SandFirst is a liquid sand polish by OPI called Vesper. I found it in a discount bin at Ulta and have decided it’s my favorite of their liquid sands. I love the color and finish. It’s hard to photograph, but hopefully this photo does it a bit of justice.

Secondly is this simple and quick Valentine’s Day themed mani, featuring simple little hearts at the end of each nail.

SImple Hearts

After a base coat, I used China Glaze Passion for Petals to create little heart shapes by painting on two swipes of polish at downward and intersecting angles. Top coat and done!

Now back out to do some more shoveling – the more I shovel, the less we need a snowblower, right?



Midweek Manicure // Caviar and Velvet (its a holiday two-fer)

Merry Christmas Eve! Have you finished your shopping? I had to exchange a few things this morning, which I thought was going to be a very bad idea as I was on my way to the mall, this morning, but it wasn’t too bad. Now I can finally say I’m finished.

I’ve been busy painting my nails, too. I have two holiday-inspired manicures to share today. The first is a very red green and white manicure with a caviar accent nail.

Christmas Caviar Nails

For this mani I used:

  • China Glaze Below Deck (green)
  • Orly Red Flare (bright red)
  • Essie Marshmallow (white) with one coat of Milani white glitter polish on top
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Microbeads (see my first caviar nails post for more about caviar manicures – for this accent nail, I just mixed red, green, silver and gold beads in a cup and poured them onto a wet topcoat on my nail)

The second is a really simple manicure using flocking powder to create the velvet effect.

Green Velvet Holiday Nails

I used:

  • China Glaze Below Deck (for a green base coat)
  • Seche Vite Top Coa
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Flocking Powder (check Ebay or Amazon if you’re looking for it and can’t find it at your local craft store)

Green Christmas Nails

It doesn’t really translate well in the photograph, but I love the texture the flocking powder creates.

Radar on Porch

Radar is always somewhere nearby when I”m taking photos of my nails – and looking like a crazy person to everyone in the neighborhood. He’s on Santa-watch today.

For more holiday nail ideas, check out these posts:

What are you wearing on your nails for the holiday?



Midweek Manicure // Red White and Green for Christmas

I really need to learn to double check where my SD card is before I start taking photographs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought I’ve taken good photos only to realize a day later that I’d never put my card back in the camera. Someday I’ll learn…maybe. So since I’m dumb sometimes, here are some not-so-great photos of a several days old manicure that I spent a lot of time on….

Red White Green Gold Mani

This design is totally not my own, as I saw it on Pinterest and decided to recreate it.

I used:

Red and White Holiday Nails

After a base coat, I painted each nail – every nail but my ring fingers were painted white, the ring fingers red – I only painted about 3/4 of each nail, leaving a half moon shape at the nail bed. Then, I used a toothpick to draw a line between the painted and non-painted parts of my nail, in a half moon shape using Orly Luxe. Then, I used my dotting tool to place some polka dots on the painted part of each nail.

Christmas Nails

After all of that was dry, I placed one red, one green and one clear rhinestone on each nail along the gold stripe I’d painted. I used rhinestones of different shapes and sizes and used a dot of topcoat to affix each stone to the nail. Two coats of topcoat over it all and I was finished.

Christmas Mani

Now, I’m going to go work on my memory skills, hopefully next time I take some photos I’ll remember to put the SD card in my camera!



Midweek Manicure // ombre with some sparkle

It is becoming increasingly obvious that I really like cream polishes in neutral/nude/beige colors. I’m ok with that. It made this ombre mani really easy. :)

Ombre Nails with Sparkle Accent

I used:

I painted each nail like so:

Ombre Mani Colors

I also added a square metal stud to my thumb for a bit more…pizzaz? I used a little dab of top coat to affix the stud before coating the whole nail with topcoat to finish.

Purple Neutral Ombre Mani

This midweek mani looks an awful lot like an ombre mani I shared a little over a year ago, except that I achieved the ombre effect for that mani by adding varying amounts of white polish to the same base color. This time, I didn’t necessarily follow an ombre pattern in going from left to right/darkest to lightest and instead I used different polishes but made sure to keep the colors all in the same color-family (so much easier). I really didn’t pay too much mind to achieving any kind of gradient effect.

Thanks for reading!



Midweek Manicure // Pretty Patriotic

Gearing up for Independence Day next week! It’s my favorite holiday because I love the parades, and the cookouts…and the fireworks! Annnd it’s 3 days after my birthday and I like having an extra reason to celebrate!

So, here is the first of two 4th-of-July themed midweek manicures:

Red White and Blue Mani

I used:

Red White and Blue Base

Grab yourself some red, white, and blue polishes and anything you conjure up will look pretty patriotic, if you ask me. I polka-dotted my ring and thumb fingers with white polish after painting on a bright blue base color.*  For the red and white striped nail, I painted two coats of White on White, waited for that to dry, and then taped off the stripes and painted on the red. Don’t let your nail dry too long before removing the tape. I left my index finger pretty plain and all red, and then just painted a triangle tip on my pinky. Done and done.

*And a word to the wise – make sure your polka dots are COMPLETELY dry, and use a thick coat of top coat, or you might end up with some weirdness (see: my left thumbnail).

4th of July nail Art

What do you think? Will you be giving yourself a patriotic manicure to celebrate the holiday? What are your 4th of July plans! I’d love to hear about them!



Midweek Manicure // Studded

Admittedly the paint job on this one isn’t great. But if I wave my hands really fast you’d never notice.

Tart-y For the Party with Silver Studs

And I’m having fun gluing all kinds of stuff to my nails lately!

I used:

After two coats of Tart-y for the Party, I put a dab of nail glue along my my nail where I wanted to place the studs (in this case one at the base of the nail on my thumb and index fingers, and three along my ring fingers, from the base of the nail to the top).

Pastel Purple Mani with Studs

I topped it all off with a fast drying top coat. I’m loving the studded look, you might see more of them here in the very near future!



Midweek Manicure // Watercolor Nails

Watercolor Nails

This week, I wanted to use some spring-y pastel colors on my nails, and after several attempts (and fails) and different designs, I figured I should keep it kind of simple! I first painted on a white base coat and then dotted on each of the three bright colors I chose, and a bit more of the base color, then swirled them together using a dotting tool.

China Glaze and Essie Polishes

I used:

  • Essie Marshmallow as a base color
  • 3 spring/pastel polishes (China Glaze Passion for Petals, China Glaze For Audrey and China Glaze Tart-y for the Party)
  • Dotting tool (you could also use a toothpick)

After two coats of Essie Marshmallow dried on my nail, I placed a few dots of each color on the nail, topped off with another drop of the Marshmallow to help with the ‘mixing.’

Watercolor Nails How-To

Then, using a dotting tool or toothpick, swirl all the colors together. If you end up with an excessive amount of polish on your nail (see above), remove a bit with the end of the tool while you’re swirling. Then, you should end up with something like this:

watercolor marble mani

**Make sure you allow the polish ample time to dry before applying a topcoat. Because of the dotting and swirling you end up with a lot of polish on your nail, and it will need some time to dry – give it about an hour or so before a top coat.

Watercolor Nails

watercolor mani detail

Happy Hump Day!