Midweek Manicure // Line Work

It may¬† not be the middle of the week anymore, but we’ll just go with it.

Lots of Lines Mani

Thiis week’s mani is a very involved one, but was surprisingly very forgiving. It did take some time and patience, and you can probably see that it’s not perfect, but it was fun to do.

White Orange and Black nails

I used:

  • Base Coat
  • Several So Easy Strip Rite polishes in black, white and what turned out to be orange (it didn’t loo so orange in the bottle!)
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush (for the nails without any design)
  • Top Coat

So, to create the look, I used a black striper polish to paint on an outline of the design I wanted, which is really just a series of triangles. After painting out the design in black, I went in with the orange and filled in between the lines, then did the same thing with the white. After all of that was dry, I went back with the black polish and cleaned up the lines. This great tutorial on youtube gave me the inspiration (and courage) to try the technique.

Tribal Triangles Nail ArtHappy Friday Ya’ll!



Midweek Manicure // Angles in Blue

As I was getting ready to leave work today I made an amazing discovery. It was 5pm, but it was STILL LIGHT OUT! Maybe I’m late to the party on this one, but I was pretty excited. Oh, the possibilities. Warmer weather, longer dog walks, daylight, daylight, daylight. The realization just made me happy.

Blue Geometric Nails

This week I used tape and three different polishes for a geometric mani. I’ve had the color “Can’t Find My Czechbook” by OPI for quite a while now and I’ve been dying to try it, but sometimes I have to wait for the right inspiration. It’s a really nice cream polish in a sort of muted robin’s egg color.

I used:

  • Professional 10 Nail Lacquer in Moonlight (nude/beige color)
  • OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
  • China Glaze First Mate (dark blue)
  • Scotch tape
  • Seche Vite top coat

Blue Triangles Mani

After a base coat, I painted two coats of Moonlight on all of my nails. After letting this dry completely (45 minutes to an hour), I taped off a portion of my nail to expose only a diagonal section running from one side of the nail bed to the end of my nail on the opposite side. I then painted this exposed portion with Can’t Find My Czechbook and removed the tape right away. After that coat of polish was also completely dry, I taped off the opposite portion of my nail and painted on the dark blue First Mate color, then pulled off the tape right away. The reason you need to let each coat dry completely is so that the tape doesn’t stick to the polish underneath (trust me, been there..just let it dry). Another good tip is to stick the scotch tape onto the palm of your hand first, then pull it off and put it on your nail, this makes the tape a little less sticky, so there’s even less chance of mucking something up!

Happy Hump Day!



Midweek Manicure – Neon at the Beach

Of course I brought nail polish with me on vacation. Would you expect anything less? I only brought a couple of different colors and a base and top coat, though. Since I didn’t have my usual overflowing plastic storage bins to dig through – full of paint brushes and dotting tools – I just came up with something pretty simple but still not just a plain ol’ manicure.

Sun Worshiper Mani

I used China Glaze Sun Worshiper over a clear base coat to painted diagonally across each nail from the corner of each nail bed leaving an open triangle at the base of each nail. Perfect for beach days under the hot sun!

Happy Wednesday!