Midweek Manicure // Blank Space

I’ve had that Taylor Swift song stuck in my head all day today, and the title of the song just seemed to go so well with this week’s mani.

Blank Space NailsI used:

To create the design I put the manicure guide stickers on top of my nails (which I had already painted with a base coat). I then painted over them with two coats of Chinchilly and removed the stickers ASAP. Lastly I painted over everything with a top coat. NExt time I’ll get better photos!




Midweek Manicure // Candy Cane Accents

It’s time for the Christmas-themed nail art!

Christmas Candy Cane NailsInspired by an image I saw on pinterest. These nails were easy (of course) to create.

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (as base coat)
  • Essie – Leading Lady (for the glittered polish on my ring finger)
  • Ulta – Snow White (on index finger, thumb and middle finger as a base for the red)
  • Essie – Born to Kilt (on my index finger and over the white on my thumb and middle fingers)
  • Metal nail art studs (on my index and pinky fingers)
  • Striping tape (to mask off space on my middle and thumb nails – after I placed the tape, I pained over it with Born to Kilt, then removed the tape ASAP to reveal the white polish underneath)

Happy Almost Friday!


Seche Vite Top Coat


Midweek Manicure // Accessories!

Today was one of those days when things just got under my skin. Lots of things irritated me today, and I mostly can’t even explain why. Sometimes its just my mood, sometimes its the mood of other people, other times I think its just the phases of the moon… At any rate, nail art helps to make me happy again. It’s my one creative outlet at the moment, so I’m channeling all my stress and pent-up aggravation into designs, which lately means piling on the 3d nail charms.

Nude & White Mani

I used:

So Much Fawn Mani

After a base coat, I used scotch tape to tape off a few nails, because I like the look of leaving some of the nail bare on a few fingers. Then I painted all but one or two fingers on each hand with So Much Fawn which is a nice muted mauve color. It’s important to remember to pull the scotch tape off of your nail as soon as possible after painting the nail – you’ll thanks me. I then painted my middle nail on my left hand, and my thumb and ring finger on my right hand with the Marshmallow. When it was all dry, I used topcoat to affix various studs, pearls and open rings onto my nails in the pattern you see above. Once everything was placed, I painted over all of my nails with my favorite top coat (Seche Vite)!

Nude and While Nails with Studs

…now for some relaxing! … and wine!



Midweek Manicure // Matte it Again

Well, the snow just keeps coming. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that.

Matte Half Moon Manicure

I’m really loving matte nails right now (again)!

I used:

  • Orly Nail Defense
  • Ulta Snow White
  • Essie Chinchilly
  • Essie Matte About You Top Coat

After using the Nail defense strengthening treatment as a base coat, I painted each nail with two coats of the Snow White. Then, leaving a sliver of white showing on each nail, I painted two coats of Chinchilly over that and achieved a sort-of half-moon design. Then I added two coats of the matte top coat and was finished!



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!!



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 // Holiday Red

I made it through today, and the way this week is going, that’s something to be proud of! Is anyone else having a trying week? Let’s take solace in the fact that tomorrow is Friday. TGIF.

Red Glitter Mani

Usually, I am a cream polish kind of girl, but around the holidays I don’t mind a little bit of sparkle. For this Mani, I kept it pretty simple, and just layered two polishes for a nice holiday-appropriate look.

In addition to a base and top coat I used:

Essie E-Nuff is E-Nuff

Essie Leading Lady

Essie Leading Lady and E-Nuff is E-Nuff

One coat of E-Nuff is E-Nuff topped with a coat of Leading Lady and a top coat and I was finished. I really like the richness of the color and the subtle glitter.


Holiday Red Nails

Stay tuned for more holiday nail art!