Midweek Manicure // Dip Dyed

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! This week’s manicure was inspired by one I saw over at loveMaegan. Her blog is another one that I check often.

dip dyed nails

I used Essie Limo Scene as a base color, and then lightly painted a few strokes of Essie Turquoise and Caicos at the tips to create the dip-dyed effect. I really like the color combo. I used Essie No Chips Ahead for a top coat and have to say that I had a few problems with it – meaning I really don’t like it. Have any of you out there used it? Do you have problems, too?I find a few hours after I use it the polish starts to bubble (this has happened several times). Needless to say I’m done using it. Sorry for the bad review but it’s the truth! I guess I’ll have to find a different Essie topcoat and see if I like it any better.

Two more days till Friday! Happy painting!


Midweek Manicure // Laced Up

So this week’s manicure had a bit of a double life. First I started with just a simple two coat job of Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos.

Essie Turquoise and Caicos Mani

Then, of course, I wanted to jazz it up. I had the idea to cut small pieces of lace down to the size of each nail and affix them onto each nail (I did that by painting a top coat onto the Turquoise and Caicos, placing the piece of lace down, then painting another coat of top coat over the top.

Lace Mani

I thought it came out pretty cute – it looks better from far away. I definitely think that I’ll have to work on it, though – not everything comes out perfect the first time, trust me! I think some thinner lace would work really well so that it won’t look so clunky! But it’s always fun to experiment. What do you think?