[A Very Late] Midweek Manicure // Matte Florals

So, I had typed up this post earlier and had somehow  managed to delete it instead of post it. Here we go again.

If you follow me on instagram (@mrspelkey) you would have already seen this mani in mid June. I painted them right before heading to the wedding of one of my oldest friends (whom I hadn’t seen in a long time). The wedding was held outside in a beautiful garden, at a beautiful venue, and so I thought a summer-y floral mani would fit the bill.

20140719-214533-78333271.Aren’t we cute? ca.1988.

Also, please pay no attention to my cuticles in the following photos. They are JACKED UP. I know.

Matte Floral Nails

I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Zoya Juanita
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Rosy Outlook
  • White, yellow and brown Stripe Rite polish
  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

Peach and Pink Floral Nails

After a base coat and three coats of Juanita (it’s pretty sheer), I used Rosy Outlook to dot round-ish circles on my nails wherever I wanted a flower to be. I then used a white striper polish to paint rounded lines within the pink blobs (that’s basically what they were) to give the flowers more dimension. Overall I kept it pretty loose and abstract. I then put one dot each of the yellow and brown in the center of each flower. Two coats of the Big Matte Top Coat and I was finished.

Floral Mani

Happy Weekend!



Midweek Manicure // The 4th of July (and birthday) edition

The hubby and I are just back from a short getaway to NYC! We went down for a few days to celebrate my birthday and we had a fantastic time. I’ll share some photos from our trip in a later post.

WHite Rhinestoned Nails

Since my birthday is so close to the 4th of July holiday, I wanted to do something that was both fancy (out came the rhinestones) and patriotic.

I used:

  • Revlon – Urban (a lovely deep blue with a bit of a purple tone)
  • Essie – Blanc (a nice creamy white)
  • Nail art Rhinestones in varying shapes and sizes – mostly round, a few tear-drop shaped (I think I got the ones I used from Sally Beauty)
  • Scotch Tape (to tape off part of my nail on the fingers where only part of the nail is painted)
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat
  • Tweezers

birthday nails

I painted every nail with Essie Blanc, except for my thumb on each hand, which I painted with the Revlon Urban color. After each nail was dry, I used a pair of tweezers to place rhinestones along my nail bed. On my middle finger and thumb nails, I made the design more vertical. I used seche vite top coat to affix the rhinestones. You could also use nail glue, but I prefer a dab of the Seche Vite. Once everything was secure, I made everything matte with a coat of Big Matte Top Coat.

*this design was inspired once again by one I saw by @ninanailedit’s instagram feed.

And if you’re in search of more 4th of July nail inspiration, check out the Tie-Dye 4th of July Nails I sported last year:

Red White and Blue Tie Dye Nails

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!



Midweek Manicure // Southwestern Chic

I think this is one of my favorite designs so far (I’ve probably said that before…).  I just have a southwestern/Aztec preference going on lately (jewelry, iphone case, blouses). This week’s mani is inspired once again by @ninanailedit on instagram. Love her stuff.

Southwestern Nails

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush (index and pinky finger)
  • Orly Luxe (thumb)
  • Ulta Snow White (base for middle and ring finger)
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black (for the design on middle and ring fingers)

 Aztec Nails(after a few days of wear)

Using the pen made this design a lot easier (for me). And I’ll say again that what’s great about the pens is that they are water based. If you mess up, you can just wipe your mistakes away with a damp cotton swab. I wore this design OUT.  At the risk of being redundant, I might be trying variations on this theme again and again. What’s your favorite motif of the moment?

Happy Painting!





Midweek Manicure // Clearly Tribal

Colorful Tribal Mani

Lately I’ve been toying around with simple colorful designs, and just practicing my line work. I had also recently purchased the colorful, Summer-y polishes at CVS and really wanted to use all three colors together.

I used:

Clear Tribal Nails

This is another design based on doodling. I used the nail art pen to draw a few lines and patterns on each nail, and then used the individual brushes in each polish, or a dotting tool, to fill in the negative space. Once it was all dry, I used a few dabs of top coat to affix some nail art studs, then painted over everything with some more top coat.

Happy Wednesday!



Midweek Manicure // I Heart Nail Art Pens

nude and green nail art

I picked up some Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens a few weeks ago and I LOVE THEM. The water-based fine-tipped markers make nail art super easy. The best thing about them is that if you mess up, you can just wipe away your mistake with a dampened cotton bud and start again. When I was first testing them out, I decided I’d try a simple doodle, and ended up with these leafy stems on my nails that look like…Fronds?

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush
  • I Heart Nail Art Pens in Turquoise and White
  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

leafy green nails

After a base coat of Royal Blush on all nails, I just began to draw out some stems and leaves on each nail, with not real attention to a specific pattern or symmetry. I drew everything out with the turquoise pen, then went over the top with the white, then back again with the turquoise, to create a shaded effect. Once dry, I topped everything with a coat of the Big Matte top coat (new favorite).

Happy Hump Day!



Midweek Manicure // Line Work

It may  not be the middle of the week anymore, but we’ll just go with it.

Lots of Lines Mani

Thiis week’s mani is a very involved one, but was surprisingly very forgiving. It did take some time and patience, and you can probably see that it’s not perfect, but it was fun to do.

White Orange and Black nails

I used:

  • Base Coat
  • Several So Easy Strip Rite polishes in black, white and what turned out to be orange (it didn’t loo so orange in the bottle!)
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush (for the nails without any design)
  • Top Coat

So, to create the look, I used a black striper polish to paint on an outline of the design I wanted, which is really just a series of triangles. After painting out the design in black, I went in with the orange and filled in between the lines, then did the same thing with the white. After all of that was dry, I went back with the black polish and cleaned up the lines. This great tutorial on youtube gave me the inspiration (and courage) to try the technique.

Tribal Triangles Nail ArtHappy Friday Ya’ll!



Midweek Manicure // Water Decals

Well, I had apparently maxed out on my media storage space and had to upgrade with wordpress, so I missed some posts. All’s well now, for at least a little while longer!

Water Decal Nails

I had ordered some flower water decals from Born Pretty Store, and at first sight, I wasn’t crazy about them. They’re basically stickers for your nails, that you dunk in water and place on. Ain’t nothing wrong with that, I just thought they might look too much like shiny little stickers on my nails. To my surprise, they didn’t! Once you remove the backing, they just blend in and look like they belong. I even had some people asking if I hand painted the flowers (maybe some day I’ll be that good). I actually loved the way they came out. I think what made me love the look even more was that I topped everything with a matte top coat – I love me some matte nails.

I used:

Matte Water Decal Nails

After two coats of Ruby Do, I waited for my nails to dry and then placed the decals. I used two on just about every nail, varying each nail slightly. Once finished I added two coats of the big matte top coat and was finished.

Flower Water Decal Nails

I see more water decals in my future! They truly are a quick and easy way to jazz up your nails with minimal effort.