Midweek Manicure // Matte it Again

Well, the snow just keeps coming. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that.

Matte Half Moon Manicure

I’m really loving matte nails right now (again)!

I used:

  • Orly Nail Defense
  • Ulta Snow White
  • Essie Chinchilly
  • Essie Matte About You Top Coat

After using the Nail defense strengthening treatment as a base coat, I painted each nail with two coats of the Snow White. Then, leaving a sliver of white showing on each nail, I painted two coats of Chinchilly over that and achieved a sort-of half-moon design. Then I added two coats of the matte top coat and was finished!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Red White and Green for Christmas

I really need to learn to double check where my SD card is before I start taking photographs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought I’ve taken good photos only to realize a day later that I’d never put my card back in the camera. Someday I’ll learn…maybe. So since I’m dumb sometimes, here are some not-so-great photos of a several days old manicure that I spent a lot of time on….

Red White Green Gold Mani

This design is totally not my own, as I saw it on Pinterest and decided to recreate it.

I used:

Red and White Holiday Nails

After a base coat, I painted each nail – every nail but my ring fingers were painted white, the ring fingers red – I only painted about 3/4 of each nail, leaving a half moon shape at the nail bed. Then, I used a toothpick to draw a line between the painted and non-painted parts of my nail, in a half moon shape using Orly Luxe. Then, I used my dotting tool to place some polka dots on the painted part of each nail.

Christmas Nails

After all of that was dry, I placed one red, one green and one clear rhinestone on each nail along the gold stripe I’d painted. I used rhinestones of different shapes and sizes and used a dot of topcoat to affix each stone to the nail. Two coats of topcoat over it all and I was finished.

Christmas Mani

Now, I’m going to go work on my memory skills, hopefully next time I take some photos I’ll remember to put the SD card in my camera!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Pretty Patriotic

Gearing up for Independence Day next week! It’s my favorite holiday because I love the parades, and the cookouts…and the fireworks! Annnd it’s 3 days after my birthday and I like having an extra reason to celebrate!

So, here is the first of two 4th-of-July themed midweek manicures:

Red White and Blue Mani

I used:

Red White and Blue Base

Grab yourself some red, white, and blue polishes and anything you conjure up will look pretty patriotic, if you ask me. I polka-dotted my ring and thumb fingers with white polish after painting on a bright blue base color.*  For the red and white striped nail, I painted two coats of White on White, waited for that to dry, and then taped off the stripes and painted on the red. Don’t let your nail dry too long before removing the tape. I left my index finger pretty plain and all red, and then just painted a triangle tip on my pinky. Done and done.

*And a word to the wise – make sure your polka dots are COMPLETELY dry, and use a thick coat of top coat, or you might end up with some weirdness (see: my left thumbnail).

4th of July nail Art

What do you think? Will you be giving yourself a patriotic manicure to celebrate the holiday? What are your 4th of July plans! I’d love to hear about them!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Leopard Print Tips

Leopard Print Nails

These were fun. I love animal print on my nails. I’m sick this week and my brain is not working correctly so I can’t think of much more to write about this mani…

I used:

Leopard Print Step 1

After a clear base coat, I painted two coats of Essie Sand Tropez along the top half of my nails, as you see above. Then, I used the brush of the Jafra Mocha Cream polish to dab on small circle-ish dots in a random pattern.

Leopard Print Step 2

Before adding a topcoat, I used the Black Milani polish to outline the brown spots. Make sure you don’t outline the dots the whole way around. In order for the spots to resemble leopard print, you should only outline two or three ‘sides’ or each dot, and don’t let the lines connect all of the time. I also added small black dots here and there.

Leopard Print Step 3

Once dry, add a top coat and you’re done! meow.

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Gold and Green

You know, for St. Patty’s day!

I wanted to do something quick and easy but a little different, so I decided on a caviar manicure (check out my first caviar mani post here).

gold and green caviar mani

I used:

After a base coat on all nails, I painted on two coats of the green on every finger except for my ring finger on each hand. On each ring finger, I painted on two coats of Luxe. Then, I painted on a pretty heavy coat of the Seche Vite and immediately poured the microbeads onto the nail. Once you’ve got your nail covered with microbeads, press them down gently onto the nail to sort of smoosh (technical word) them into the topcoat so that they adhere and stay. Do one nail at a time and repeat the process as you go.

I took a few photos with the flash to show the sparkly-ness.

St. Patrick's Day Mani

I don’t think D and I will be doing anything too special to celebrate the day, although we might have some corned beef and cabbage… YUM! Are you doing anything to celebrate St. Patrick’s day? Perhaps some fancy nail polish? I’d love to hear your plans!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Valentine’s Day Nails x2

This week I have two different Valentine’s Day themed mani’s to share.

First is this pink white and red mani that is a sort-of simple twist on a french tip manicure.

Valentine's Day French Tip Mani

Colors used:

V-Day Mani Steps

Next, I tried this cute heart-print mani:

Heart-Print Mani

I used Diva Bride as a basecoat for this mani too, and then used my dotting tool to paint on two dots close to eachother, then dragged the tool down to make a heart shape using Orly Swizzle Stick.

Hope everyone has a happy Valentine’s Day! What will you be wearing on your nails?

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