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 // Mummies for Halloween

I was so excited. Finally a midweek manicure and it could be Halloween themed! Then, the design didn’t really come out as nicely as I had planned. But, I’m just going to grin and bear it…


Mummy Halloween Nails

I used:

  • Base Coat – any old base coat will do
  • Essie Licorice for the solid black painted nails
  • Milani White striper polish for the Mummy fingers
  • Milani Black striper polish for the mummy eyes
  • Top Coat – any old top coat will do

Halloween Nails

After painting the solid black nails, I used the white striper polish to paint lines diagonally and horizontally across each nail that I’d decided was going to be a mummy, making sure to leave a little gap wherever I’d decided i wanted to paint in little eyes peeking out. Then, I used the black striper polish to make little black dots for the eyes, then once that dried, I put a smaller white dot inside the larger black dot. After it all dried I finished it off with a top coat.

I hope everyone has a happy Halloween!





Midweek Manicure // Stripes with Tape

My first mani using nail tape! I kept it really simple, just using the tape to make horizontal stripes on my nails, but I really like how it turned out.

Nail Tape Mani

I used:

Nail Tape Striped Mani

After my base coat and two coats of color were dry, I cut strips of nail art tape (a little longer than the width of my nail), laid them on, and used cuticle nippers to cut them to size.

What do you think? I love the nice clean lines that the nail tape provides. Any ideas about what else I can do with the tape? I’m eager to try out all sorts of stuff!



Midweek Manicure // Tie Dye Fourth of July

It’s almost time for fireworks! So for now, here’s the second of the  Independence-day-inspired mani’s I’m sharing on the blog leading up to July 4th! For this mani I used a toothpick to create a tie-dye effect, which conveniently also kind of reminds me of fireworks.

Red White and Blue Tie Dye Nails

I used:

Tie Die 4th of July

red white and blue nails

Working on one nail at a time, I painted on a healthy swath of the lightest color (the white) at the lower left of my nail toward the center. I then layered the red in the middle, and the blue at the upper right corner. Then, I took a toothpick and dragged the tip of it through the polish, starting in the white area at the lower left and dragging it toward the blue at the upper right corner. If you work quickly, you’ll end up with a nice tie-dye effect.

Check out my other 4th of July mani’s:



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 // Black and White

Sometimes, if I’m in need of some inspiration, I’ll do a search on instagram for #nails. Lots of great images always come back! I found a photo of some great black and white nail art and knew I wanted to try it (you can see the original image here).

black and white geo maniI used:

  • Essie Marshmallow
  • Milani Black striper polish

After two coats of Marshmallow, I painted patterns in black on my ring and thumb of my left hand, and on my index and ring fingers on my left hand. Then I instagramed it :)

#nails on instagram

black and white nail art

I’d love to see some of the nail art YOU do, or some of the inspiration you find! Share images on the MixedMethod facebook page or tag me in your photos (@mixedmethod) on instagram!



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!