Midweek Manicure // In the Sea

It’s hard to believe we are coming up on the last unofficial week of Summer. The months have flown by, and I only just recently went to the beach for the first time all season (it was well worth the wait). So, I suppose this mani marks the last of my summer-themed designs. I can’t say that I mind too much, though, because Fall is my favorite season. I love seeing the trees explode with color and the cooler weather suits me just fine.

In the Sea NailsI used:

In the Sea Water Decal Nails

This mani called for a lot of accessories, and I just had fun and got creative with placement. After painting my ring and thumb with Turquoise and Caicos and the rest of my nails with Marshmallow, I proceeded to cut out various motifs from the decals and place them on the nails I’d painted white. I saved the turquoise nails for a multitude of studs and pearls, which I affixed using the Seche Vite top coat. If you find that your nail studs don’t stay in place with a topcoat, try using a bit of nail glue.

Now it’s time to go and enjoy the last fleeting days of summer (I think another beach trip is in order).



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.