Midweek Manicure // End of Summer Strawberries

Strawberry Nail Art

For these I started with Orly Red Flare for a base coat. Then I used a white polish (China Glaze White on White, of course) to paint on a base for the strawberry leaves so that the green would show up better against the red. The green I used over the white was Funky Fingers Wild Child. Then for the seeds I used a Milani striper polish in Black Sketch. Cute!

Strawberry Manicure


Midweek Manicure – Caviar Dreams

Red Caviar Manicure

How much did I love this manicure? Let me count the ways, on each little teeny weenie tiny bead. Ok, I won’t be doing that, but I did really love this mani experiment. Have any of you heard about the caviar manicures (see here) that are all the rage lately? (Is it weird that I just used the phrase “all the rage?”) Anyway, lots of people are loving it, including myself. I really wanted to re-create the look, but I’m too cheap frugal to spend $25 for the kit (available at Sephora). So, I found some crafting micro beads by Martha Stewart on

Add some polish and you got yourself a caviar kit in a bunch of different colors!

Caviar Manicure by MixedMethod

After a base coat, I painted on two coats of Orly Red Flare. When that was dry, I painted on a coat of Zoya Armor and then dumped some of the red beads on to the wet polish. I did this over a tray, and worked one nail at a time. Once the nail was coated with the red beads I pressed them down gently to make sure they stuck pretty well. After doing this to all nails, I painted a bit of my top coat just on the tips of each nails and across the top edge of the nail to seal everything in. I poured any of the beads that didn’t make it onto my nails back into the bead bottle for next time!

Red Caviar Mani

I wore these out for a bachelorette party and felt kind of like a rockstar the whole time. I think if I were to wear them to work, I might just do one accent nail-but full on was so fun!

Happy Wednesday!


Midweek Manicure – Stars and…Dots!

Happy Independence Day! I’m looking forward to a day full of parades, cookouts and fireworks! Here’s a Stars and Stripes inspired midweek manicure:

Independence Day Stars and Dots Mani

I painted Orly’s Red Flare on each nail except my ring finger and thumb. On those fingers, I painted white starts and then filled in some of the empty space with blue polka dots using China Glaze First Mate. I topped it off with Essie No Chips Ahead which I’m trying out for the very first time. So far, so good!

Happy 4th!


Midweek Manicure – Fit for a Queen

An·glo·phile [ang-gluh-fahyl, -fil]


a person who is friendly to or admires England or English customs, institutions, etc.
That’s Leah! And these are her nails:
Union Jack Nails
After Zoya Anchor Base Coat, I used China Glaze First Mate for the blue base, then painted the red cross using Orly Red Flare. After that dried, I used a generic (no name) white striper polish to outline the cross and create the union jack look. Topped it off with Zoya Armor Top Coat.
I was nervous at first to do nail art on someone else but Leah was a perfect first “victim.” I ended up not really being nervous at all, had a great time chatting away and painting (and sipping delicious wine), and am really happy with the finished product! Thanks for the experience, Leah!
British Nails