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.
- 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!
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.
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.
It’s time for the Christmas-themed nail art!
Inspired by an image I saw on pinterest. These nails were easy (of course) to create.
- 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
Another water marbling manicure, this time made to look like turquoise. One of my favorites!
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.
Thinking of using this technique to create a tortoise shell mani next!
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.
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).
My first attempt at a palm tree gradient!
- 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.
Sad to think that it’s almost time to wrap it up with these summer-themed manis!
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.
- 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
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.
Hope everyone is having a great week!