Midweek Manicure // Neon Gradient + Leopard

Happy Wednesday! This week’s midweek manicure is one I did quite a while ago, but forgot to post! It’s another one inspired by @ninanailedit on instagram. I saw it and wanted to try it. It’s so different from designs I usually do, but once I’d finished it I was in love.


Neon Gradient NailsI used:

  • Base coat (any old base coat will do)
  • Nina Ultra Pro Punki Purple
  • China Glaze Pelican Gray
  • Essie Butler Please
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black
  • Top Coat (I like Seche Vite best)

Gradient Nails with Leopard Print

After a base coat, I stamped on a sponge gradient onto each nail. I made sure the gradient ran perpendicular to my nail bed, which isn’t typical for a gradient (and I think that’s part of why I ended up liking this mani so much). To create the sponge gradient, I painted a stripe of Punki Purple, Recycled and Butler Please onto the sponge. I didn’t get a picture of it, but this photo shows how that works:

sponge gradient tutorial from

After I’d finished all the sponging, I went back and drew on some leopard spots with my I Heart Nail Art pen. A thick top coat with Seche Vite made it all come together.

Leopard Print Gradient Nails

In love! I hope you like it, too.



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!



Midweek Manicure // Deep Blue Sea

Blue nails! Very unlike me.

Blue Nails

This easy ombre mani was inspired by @ninanailedit‘s instagram page. I just love her nail designs. I saw this one on her feed and had to recreate it.

I used:

When painting the glittery Mermaid’s Tale color on my middle finger on each hand, I attempted some glitter placement – that is, using a toothpick or dotting tool to place glitter pieces one at a time – but I just didn’t have the patience for it. Despite my lack of patience, I do love the blue-green sparkle of that polish and am happy with how it came out!

Blue Ombre Nails

Happy Almost-Friday!




Midweek Manicure // ombre with some sparkle

It is becoming increasingly obvious that I really like cream polishes in neutral/nude/beige colors. I’m ok with that. It made this ombre mani really easy. :)

Ombre Nails with Sparkle Accent

I used:

I painted each nail like so:

Ombre Mani Colors

I also added a square metal stud to my thumb for a bit more…pizzaz? I used a little dab of top coat to affix the stud before coating the whole nail with topcoat to finish.

Purple Neutral Ombre Mani

This midweek mani looks an awful lot like an ombre mani I shared a little over a year ago, except that I achieved the ombre effect for that mani by adding varying amounts of white polish to the same base color. This time, I didn’t necessarily follow an ombre pattern in going from left to right/darkest to lightest and instead I used different polishes but made sure to keep the colors all in the same color-family (so much easier). I really didn’t pay too much mind to achieving any kind of gradient effect.

Thanks for reading!


Ombre Shades Manicure

Midweek Manicure – Ombre Two Ways

My friend Leah is getting married in two weeks (!!!) and she has asked me to paint her nails for the special occasion. I painted her nails a few weeks ago, and this time we will be creating an ombre effect. In preparation for the event I tried out two different ways of creating an ombre effect on your nails:

Ombre Shades Manicure

Ombre Shades Manicure2

For this style, I mixed China Glaze Foie Gras with varying amounts of China Glaze White on White so that the color got lighter and lighter as I painted each finger.

Ombre Gradient Manicure

Gold Ombre Manicure

For this I first painted a base of China Glaze White on White. Once that dried I painted a strip of Zoya Jinx at the nail bed, then Orly Luxe in the middle and a stripe of the White on White again at the tip of the nail, then I blended them with a cosmetic sponge until I achieved the desired effect.

A while back I posted my first attempt at Ombre, which I think I had more success with:

pink ombre nails

Loving Ombre right now! Can’t wait to share with you how Leah’s nails turn out!

Happy Wednesday!