Midweek Manicure // Clearly Tribal

Colorful Tribal Mani

Lately I’ve been toying around with simple colorful designs, and just practicing my line work. I had also recently purchased the colorful, Summer-y polishes at CVS and really wanted to use all three colors together.

I used:

Clear Tribal Nails

This is another design based on doodling. I used the nail art pen to draw a few lines and patterns on each nail, and then used the individual brushes in each polish, or a dotting tool, to fill in the negative space. Once it was all dry, I used a few dabs of top coat to affix some nail art studs, then painted over everything with some more top coat.

Happy Wednesday!


Midweek Manicure // I Heart Nail Art Pens

nude and green nail art

I picked up some Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens a few weeks ago and I LOVE THEM. The water-based fine-tipped markers make nail art super easy. The best thing about them is that if you mess up, you can just wipe away your mistake with a dampened cotton bud and start again. When I was first testing them out, I decided I’d try a simple doodle, and ended up with these leafy stems on my nails that look like…Fronds?

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush
  • I Heart Nail Art Pens in Turquoise and White
  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

leafy green nails

After a base coat of Royal Blush on all nails, I just began to draw out some stems and leaves on each nail, with not real attention to a specific pattern or symmetry. I drew everything out with the turquoise pen, then went over the top with the white, then back again with the turquoise, to create a shaded effect. Once dry, I topped everything with a coat of the Big Matte top coat (new favorite).

Happy Hump Day!


Midweek Manicure // Water Decals

Well, I had apparently maxed out on my media storage space and had to upgrade with wordpress, so I missed some posts. All’s well now, for at least a little while longer!

Water Decal Nails

I had ordered some flower water decals from Born Pretty Store, and at first sight, I wasn’t crazy about them. They’re basically stickers for your nails, that you dunk in water and place on. Ain’t nothing wrong with that, I just thought they might look too much like shiny little stickers on my nails. To my surprise, they didn’t! Once you remove the backing, they just blend in and look like they belong. I even had some people asking if I hand painted the flowers (maybe some day I’ll be that good). I actually loved the way they came out. I think what made me love the look even more was that I topped everything with a matte top coat – I love me some matte nails.

I used:

Matte Water Decal Nails

After two coats of Ruby Do, I waited for my nails to dry and then placed the decals. I used two on just about every nail, varying each nail slightly. Once finished I added two coats of the big matte top coat and was finished.

Flower Water Decal Nails

I see more water decals in my future! They truly are a quick and easy way to jazz up your nails with minimal effort.



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 // Accessories!

Today was one of those days when things just got under my skin. Lots of things irritated me today, and I mostly can’t even explain why. Sometimes its just my mood, sometimes its the mood of other people, other times I think its just the phases of the moon… At any rate, nail art helps to make me happy again. It’s my one creative outlet at the moment, so I’m channeling all my stress and pent-up aggravation into designs, which lately means piling on the 3d nail charms.

Nude & White Mani

I used:

So Much Fawn Mani

After a base coat, I used scotch tape to tape off a few nails, because I like the look of leaving some of the nail bare on a few fingers. Then I painted all but one or two fingers on each hand with So Much Fawn which is a nice muted mauve color. It’s important to remember to pull the scotch tape off of your nail as soon as possible after painting the nail – you’ll thanks me. I then painted my middle nail on my left hand, and my thumb and ring finger on my right hand with the Marshmallow. When it was all dry, I used topcoat to affix various studs, pearls and open rings onto my nails in the pattern you see above. Once everything was placed, I painted over all of my nails with my favorite top coat (Seche Vite)!

Nude and While Nails with Studs

…now for some relaxing! … and wine!


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!


Midweek Manicure – Salon Effects

This week I tried out some Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail laquer strips. I found them at my local drugstore. It took me a long time to decide what pattern/print/color I wanted since there are SO many to choose from, but I finally decided on this cute flowery pattern, called Girl Flower.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Flowers

Full disclosure: I don’t love the nail strips. While they are definitely quick and easy to apply, and come in all colors and patterns, they didn’t last very long and left a sort of lip at the base of the nail which would snag in my hair sometimes. So weird. They are also a pain-in-the-you-know-what to get off and I’m not sure they were worth the price for me, since they didn’t stay on nearly as long as I thought they would. Ok, I’ve hated on the nail strips for long enough. They really are pretty effortless and quick, and you might have a completely different experience from me, so if you want something quick, fun and easy, try these!

Happy Wednesday!