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 // Blank Space

I’ve had that Taylor Swift song stuck in my head all day today, and the title of the song just seemed to go so well with this week’s mani.

Blank Space NailsI used:

To create the design I put the manicure guide stickers on top of my nails (which I had already painted with a base coat). I then painted over them with two coats of Chinchilly and removed the stickers ASAP. Lastly I painted over everything with a top coat. NExt time I’ll get better photos!

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Midweek Manicure // Christmas Nails – Ornamental Touch

Merry Christmas Eve! Just stopping in to share a quick shot of the fun wraps I’ll be wearing on my nails for Christmas. They were part of the December Monthly Mani Box from Scratch, and are called Ornamental Touch. They remind me of ugly Christmas sweaters (in a good way).

Ornamental Touch Christmas Nail WrapsAlso, if you’re still looking for last minute mani ideas, here are a few from the Mixed Method archives:

   

Has everyone finished all of their Christmas preparations? I think I’m done, finally. Can’t wait to see lots of family over the next few days!

kimberly

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 // Dragon’s Den

I recently discovered this really great nail wrap company called Scratch. The company partners with different artists each month, who design nail wraps that are almost always incredible. You can buy the wraps individually, or you can subscribe for a monthly mani box, which is what I decided to do (mostly because I wanted all the wraps ever). What’s nice about the monthly service is that you have the option to skip months if you decide that the featured designs just aren’t for you.

dragons den nail wraps

I’m waring the Dragon’s Den wraps that were a part of the October mani box. I love how fun and colorful these are. Even though these were part of a monthly box, you can still buy them individually from the Scratch website, too!

Dragons Den Nail Wraps from goscratchit.com

kimberly

 

p.s. This post was not sponsored in any way.

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