Midweek Manicure // Nude + Neon Polka Dots

Hi Hi. I think I’ve changed my nail polish about 4 times in the last 5 days. I’m having a nail art identity crisis. Last night, I settled on an easy polka dot mani. This pattern is kind of my go-to because it’s relatively easy to execute with some practice but it still looks like you put a lot of effort in. Not to mention, I love the combo of nude and neon colors. (warning: cell phone photos ahead…)

nude and neon pink polka dots mani

I used:

  • Finger Paints Blank Canvas Cream (nude base)
  • Finger Paints Watermelon Watercolor (any bright neon pink will do!)
  • Dotting tool (a toothpick would work, too)

After two coats of your desired base color, dot on your neon polish using a dotting tool or tooth pick. Most of the time, I start with dots at the base of my nail, then move up row by row. I start with two dots at the base of my nail, then the row above will have three dots placed on the in-between spaces of the previous row. I finished it off with a top coat of Orly Nail Defense.

polka dot nail art

You can check out some of the polka dot mani’s I’ve shared previously: here, here and here. :)

kimberly

 

Midweek Manicure // Chevron Nails

This has nothing to do with nail polish, but tonight I signed D and I up for free ballroom dance classes to prepare us for our first dance at the wedding reception. The first of the 5 classes starts the week after next and promises to be very interesting! I’ll let you know how it goes!

In other news, this week I have chevron nails – finally! I’d tried doing a similar pattern with tape and special scissors and all kinds of stuff but found that free-handing it worked best.

Chevron Mani

I used:

  • China Glaze – For Audrey (Tiffany Blue base color)
  • Stripe Rite striper polish in gold (for the chevron pattern)

I first painted on a base coat of the China Glaze. Once it was dry, I used the striper polish to paint the tips of my nails with the triangle pattern first, then painted the triangle at the base of my nail to match the angle that I painted along the top. Easy Peasy!

kimberly

 

Midweek Manicure // Yellow Lines

Spring is officially here, although you might not know it if you live in New England. Right now it feels like a balmy 32 degrees outside. But, I am defying the weather by wearing bright pink pants and colorful nail art. This week I’m sharing an easy-to-do  colorful yellow and white(ish) Spring mani:

Yellow Lines Nail Art

I used:

Milani Yellow and Essie Mashmallow

I started with two coats of marshmallow and then when that was dry just started painting lines with the yellow in various directions across my nails.

Yellow Lines Nail Art How-To

(this is the kind of nail design that will warrant a little bit of clean-up at the end. Just use a nail brush (or a small paintbrush from Michaels – that’s what I use), dip it in nail polish remover and run it it around the edges of your nail – anywhere you’ve gotten polish where it isn’t supposed to be!

Yellow Lines Nail Art

And there you have it! I’d love to see some other early spring-inspired nail art. Feel free to share!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Oz the Great and Powerful Swatches

Happy Wednesday! Over the weekend, D and I went to see Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D. I thought it was pretty good and it was nice to have a night out and eat movie theater popcorn. Before the movie, we stopped at Ulta (yay!) where I picked up two OPI polishes from their Oz the Great and Powerful collection. Here’s a look at the two colors:

OPI Glints of Glinda

OPI Oz the Great and Powerful Polish

First is Glints of Glinda. A very light, very translucent peachy-pink shade. It’s pretty subtle but I really like it. I can see myself using it for a lot of nail art where I’ll need a good neutral base. It had a nice amount of shine and went on really smoothly – sometimes I worry about very translucent polishes drying really streaky, but I didn’t have that problem with this polish.

OPI What Wizardry is This

Next is What Wizardry is this, which is a liquid sand polish. I was really excited to try it because I’m sure you all know by now that I love textured nails (see here, and here). The color goes on nicely and dries matte (but stays sparkly because of the gold glitter in it). Once dry, you end up with a sandpaper-like finish. Kind of a cool concept. It’s also been pretty long-wearing, even without a topcoat so…10 extra points for that.

OPI What Wizardry Is This label

OPI Oz Great and Powerful polish

Thanks for reading!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Lots of Lines

Happy Wednesday! This week I’m sharing a free-handed mani that really challenged my ability to paint straight lines:

Diagonal Lines Mani

I used:

Once the base color was dry, I’d generally start with the lines by painting one diagonal line across the nail so that I had a starting point to work from.

Lines and Stripes Mani How-To

Then I’d continue to paint lines parallel to the first line above or below it. Next, I’d paint lines going perpendicular to the first line  in the space on my nail opposite from where the parallel lines were. Sometimes I’d start lines going in a third direction. I tried to have each nail look a little bit different.

Black Lines Nail Art

I really like how it came out and surprisingly it didn’t take too long. The only problem I had (I always do this) is that I didn’t wait long enough for the black lines to dry and they got a little streaky when I added a top coat. Oh well. patience is a virtue, need to work on that…

Lines Mani

What do you think? Will you give it a try?

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // All Lit Up!

Totally festive today with these nails!

Christmas Lights Mani

I used Essie Marshmallow for a base color, then one coat of Milani Diamond Dazzle for the sparkle on top. Then I used a Milani Black striper polish to paint the “strings.” I used my dotting tools to paint on the Red (Essie Snap Happy), Green (China Glaze Starboard) and Blue (Essie Butler Please) “lights.”

And the count-down is on. Time to finish up all that Christmas shopping and cookie baking!

Midweek Manicure // Dip Dyed

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! This week’s manicure was inspired by one I saw over at loveMaegan. Her blog is another one that I check often.

dip dyed nails

I used Essie Limo Scene as a base color, and then lightly painted a few strokes of Essie Turquoise and Caicos at the tips to create the dip-dyed effect. I really like the color combo. I used Essie No Chips Ahead for a top coat and have to say that I had a few problems with it – meaning I really don’t like it. Have any of you out there used it? Do you have problems, too?I find a few hours after I use it the polish starts to bubble (this has happened several times). Needless to say I’m done using it. Sorry for the bad review but it’s the truth! I guess I’ll have to find a different Essie topcoat and see if I like it any better.

Two more days till Friday! Happy painting!