Midweek Manicure // The 4th of July (and birthday) edition

The hubby and I are just back from a short getaway to NYC! We went down for a few days to celebrate my birthday and we had a fantastic time. I’ll share some photos from our trip in a later post.

WHite Rhinestoned Nails

Since my birthday is so close to the 4th of July holiday, I wanted to do something that was both fancy (out came the rhinestones) and patriotic.

I used:

  • Revlon – Urban (a lovely deep blue with a bit of a purple tone)
  • Essie – Blanc (a nice creamy white)
  • Nail art Rhinestones in varying shapes and sizes – mostly round, a few tear-drop shaped (I think I got the ones I used from Sally Beauty)
  • Scotch Tape (to tape off part of my nail on the fingers where only part of the nail is painted)
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat
  • Tweezers

birthday nails

I painted every nail with Essie Blanc, except for my thumb on each hand, which I painted with the Revlon Urban color. After each nail was dry, I used a pair of tweezers to place rhinestones along my nail bed. On my middle finger and thumb nails, I made the design more vertical. I used seche vite top coat to affix the rhinestones. You could also use nail glue, but I prefer a dab of the Seche Vite. Once everything was secure, I made everything matte with a coat of Big Matte Top Coat.

*this design was inspired once again by one I saw by @ninanailedit’s instagram feed.

And if you’re in search of more 4th of July nail inspiration, check out the Tie-Dye 4th of July Nails I sported last year:

Red White and Blue Tie Dye Nails

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!



Midweek Manicure / All Different, Sorta the Same

I hope everyone’s week is going swimmingly so far. I almost can’t believe we’re half way through January. I need to get it together and start a workout regimen again, in keeping with the same New Years resolution I’ve had for the last million years…

In other news, this week’s manicure:

Nude and Black Mani

I decided to do something a bit different this week, meaning I did something a little different on each nail, no pattern repeating on either hand, except for the double nail stud design, one of those on each hand (but on different fingers!).

I used:

  • Jafra – Perfect Nude (base color on all nails, a really nice peachy-beige color which I think would work well on all skin tones, which is not always the case for nude shades)
  • Generic Black striper polish (you could also use black acrylic paint and a thin brush for this)
  • Black Nail Rhinestones
  • Nail Tape (to mask off parts of my nail to create the various designs)
  • Scissors or cuticle nippers (to cut the tape to the right lengths)
  • Base & Top coats to start and finish the mani

Black and Nude Nail Art

After the nude polish was dry (as in, let it dry for about an hour so that you don’t chance pulling up any of the polish when you start to tape off your designs). Using nail tape cut at various lengths, I laid it across my nails in various patterns – creating triangle shapes, stripes and so on – and used cuticle nippers to cut it down, if needed. In most cases I just made sure it was strongly stuck to my nail, but it was ok if the ends of the tape were long enough to hang over the edge of the nail or onto my skin. Since this was a fairly tedious process, I only used it on about 6 nails, and kept the patterns fairly simple. Then I just painted between the lines with the black polish, pulled off the tape (do this almost immediately) and my design was finished. On 4 nails, I used either one or two black rhinestones. I ended up with a sort of art-deco nail art project.




Midweek Manicure // A Little Bit of Glitz

First I just want to say that my prayers continue to go out to those affected by Monday’s bombings in Boston. I am thankful that all of my friends and family who were part of the marathon or who volunteered or watched are all safe, but my heart breaks for those who were more closely effected by the tragic event. I am looking forward to the day when the cowards who commit these evil acts are brought to justice.

This week I came across a mani I loved on pinterest and re-created it. Don’t ask me for the link to the originial mani because I can’t for the life of me seem to find it now. So frustrating.

Nude Mani with Crystals

I used:

Rhinestone Mani

After my base coat I painted a criss-cross pattern on each ring finger. Then I put a small amount of top coat at the base of each nail and pressed the rhinestones in a line at the nail bed. Once I’d finished each nail, I finished each nail with a full top coat. Done!

Rhinestone Manicure