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!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Divine Dotwork

Divine Dotwork Scratch Nail Wraps

More nail wraps! This time, I added a little embellishment by attaching some gold nail studs. These are the Divine Dotwork wraps from Scratch, designed by a tattoo artist. I love them – I’m kind of a sucker for black and white nail art.

Black and White Nail Wraps

After applying the wraps, I added a variety of gold nail studs (from born pretty store), on each nail. I painted both thumb nails gold (using the color Savoy by Julep) and kept them free of studs.

Divine Dotwork Mani

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!

kimberly

Seche Vite Top Coat

Midweek Manicure // Turquoise Nails

Another water marbling manicure, this time made to look like turquoise. One of my favorites!

turquoise nails

To get the turquoise look, I painted my naiels with a base coat of a turquoise polishes, which I sponged onto my nails to get a hint of an ombre effect. I used China Glaze For Audey and OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook and a cosmetic sponge (you can find a description of the technique here). Then I dropped some black polish (Essie Liquorice in this case) into a cup of room-temp water and used a hairspray and this water marbling technique to get the effect.

Water Marble Turquoise Nails

Thinking of using this technique to create a tortoise shell mani next!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // In the Sea

It’s hard to believe we are coming up on the last unofficial week of Summer. The months have flown by, and I only just recently went to the beach for the first time all season (it was well worth the wait). So, I suppose this mani marks the last of my summer-themed designs. I can’t say that I mind too much, though, because Fall is my favorite season. I love seeing the trees explode with color and the cooler weather suits me just fine.

In the Sea NailsI used:

In the Sea Water Decal Nails

This mani called for a lot of accessories, and I just had fun and got creative with placement. After painting my ring and thumb with Turquoise and Caicos and the rest of my nails with Marshmallow, I proceeded to cut out various motifs from the decals and place them on the nails I’d painted white. I saved the turquoise nails for a multitude of studs and pearls, which I affixed using the Seche Vite top coat. If you find that your nail studs don’t stay in place with a topcoat, try using a bit of nail glue.

Now it’s time to go and enjoy the last fleeting days of summer (I think another beach trip is in order).

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Ombre Palm Trees

My first attempt at a palm tree gradient!

Palm Tree Gradient Nails

I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Peach of Cake
  • China Glaze – Refresh Mint
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen – Black
  • Cosmetic Sponge
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

After using a cosmetic sponge to create the gradient effect as a base color for my nails (there are lots of tutorials for this on youtube), I free-handed some palm trees. Using the I Heart Nail Art Pen (once again) made creating the palm trees very effortless, but I think I might prefer to use a thinner, more precise striping brush the next time around. I feel like the trees lack a bit of definition and the color was pretty thin in some spots.

Ombre Palm Tree Nails

Sad to think that it’s almost time to wrap it up with these summer-themed manis!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Floral Water Decals

I’m really into nails decals and wraps lately. I stocked up on a bunch from Daily Charme and have been having a lot of fun incorporating them into different mani’s.

Tulip Water Decal ManiI used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Top Coat
  • Tulip Water Decals from Daily Charme on my middle and ring fingers
  • China Glaze Pelican Grey on my pinky and index fingers
  • Zoya Jinx on my thumb
  • A single silver nail stud on my thumb
  • Seche Vite top coat

Water Decal Mani

And then, of course, I felt the need to switch it up a bit, and used an I Heart Nail Art pen in White to doodle over the top of each nail.

Floral Decal Nails

Hope everyone is having a great week!

kimberly