Midweek Manicure // Sephora by OPI Chic Prints

Happy Hump Day! This week I tried some Chic Prints from Sephora by OPI in “Tiger.” Much like the Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips, these are quick and easy to put on and don’t involve any drying time – always nice!

Sephora by OPI Chic Prints

As you might be able to tell by just looking at the shape of the little box of appliques, I’ve had these Chic Prints for years. I just never got around to using them I guess. They’ve been sitting in my little big nail polish box. I figured it was about time to use them. You just find the strip that fits your nail, warm them up by rubbing the strip a bit, peel it off and place it on your nail. Use a nail file to file off any strip excess that hangs over the end of your nail.

Tiger Chic Prints Mani

They came out…ok. As I said, I’ve had these for years and that might be why I had some trouble with getting them to stick on well and smooth out. Filing the edges off was a bit difficult and they didn’t have much flexibility. When compared to the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Strips I used a few months ago, I liked those a lot better as they were a bit easier to work with. But by now (meaning about 3 years later…) I think that Sephora by OPI has probably improved their formula for these appliques….IF they even sell them anymore?? It looks like they’re now marketing their nail polish strips as “Trend Tips.” Sephora by OPI Tiger Chic Prints Mani

These tiger print nails remind me of the tiger print mani I shared almost a year ago. I’ll have to pick up some Trend Tips on my next trip to Sephora to see if those strips are any different. But for now, I’m loving me some animal print!



Midweek Manicure // Paint Splattered Nails

I’m really excited to share this week’s manicure with you guys! Paint splatter!

Paint Splatter Mani

This one was a little more involved, and called for a lot of clean up, but it was totally worth it, I love the effect. To re-create it all you need is your choice of polish colors (I used two different blues on top of a neutral base), a drinking straw, nail polish remover and a nail brush to remove the spattered polish that gets on your fingers and not your nail.

Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams, Essie Butler Please, Essie Sand Tropez
Sephora by Opi Havana Dreams, Essie Butler Please and Essie Sand Tropez (Sand Tropez as a base color)

Paint your base color, then dip your straw in the polish and blow through the opposite end to splatter the polish onto your nail. Then just clean up the edges with your polish remover and brush, and voila!

Blue Paint Splatter Nails

What do you think? Is this something you would try? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Painting!


Midweek Manicure // Giraffe Print

giraffe print mani

Well, I’m still having computer related issues. Still waiting to get my laptop back from being repaired, so I had to dig deep back into the nail art vault and today I present you with a giraffe print mani from a few years ago – which accounts for the photo quality.

For this I used a base color of Essie Sand Tropez and then painted on the rectangular spots using Sephora by OPI polish in the color Never Enough Shoes. Hope you like it! I thought it was fun to do an animal print that you don’t see very often. I might try it again soon!

Happy Wednesday!


Easter Manicure

After a long day of baking and furniture flipping, I sat down and created and Easter-egg inspired manicure.

After painting on a white base I used several different pastel colors to paint different designs on each nail. I like the subtle effect. I do not like how my skin is especially dry looking in this photo, though. I think I need to just stop doing dishes!

I was first inspired to do this design after I saw a pin on pinterest that lead me to this blog post.

happy painting!