Midweek Manicure // Candy Cane Accents

It’s time for the Christmas-themed nail art!

Christmas Candy Cane NailsInspired by an image I saw on pinterest. These nails were easy (of course) to create.

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (as base coat)
  • Essie – Leading Lady (for the glittered polish on my ring finger)
  • Ulta – Snow White (on index finger, thumb and middle finger as a base for the red)
  • Essie – Born to Kilt (on my index finger and over the white on my thumb and middle fingers)
  • Metal nail art studs (on my index and pinky fingers)
  • Striping tape (to mask off space on my middle and thumb nails – after I placed the tape, I pained over it with Born to Kilt, then removed the tape ASAP to reveal the white polish underneath)

Happy Almost Friday!

kimberly

Seche Vite Top Coat

Midweek Manicure // Blue Waves

A simple, quick manicure this week. I saw this photo on instagram, and had to recreate the design.

Blue and White NailsI used:

  • Base Coat
  • Ulta – Snow White
  • Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure – Please Sea Me
  • Seche VIte Top Coat

After a base coat, I painted each nail white. Using a curved stroke, I painted a the blue onto each nail, leaving about 1/3 of the white showing. I finished it all off with my favorite top coat.

This design can certainly be done with all kinds of color combinations. The blue and white reminds me of ocean waves. Although, I had one woman tell me she thought it looked like I’d painted eyeballs on my nails…

kimberly

 

 

Midweek Manicure // The 4th of July (and birthday) edition

The hubby and I are just back from a short getaway to NYC! We went down for a few days to celebrate my birthday and we had a fantastic time. I’ll share some photos from our trip in a later post.

WHite Rhinestoned Nails

Since my birthday is so close to the 4th of July holiday, I wanted to do something that was both fancy (out came the rhinestones) and patriotic.

I used:

  • Revlon – Urban (a lovely deep blue with a bit of a purple tone)
  • Essie – Blanc (a nice creamy white)
  • Nail art Rhinestones in varying shapes and sizes – mostly round, a few tear-drop shaped (I think I got the ones I used from Sally Beauty)
  • Scotch Tape (to tape off part of my nail on the fingers where only part of the nail is painted)
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat
  • Tweezers

birthday nails

I painted every nail with Essie Blanc, except for my thumb on each hand, which I painted with the Revlon Urban color. After each nail was dry, I used a pair of tweezers to place rhinestones along my nail bed. On my middle finger and thumb nails, I made the design more vertical. I used seche vite top coat to affix the rhinestones. You could also use nail glue, but I prefer a dab of the Seche Vite. Once everything was secure, I made everything matte with a coat of Big Matte Top Coat.

*this design was inspired once again by one I saw by @ninanailedit’s instagram feed.

And if you’re in search of more 4th of July nail inspiration, check out the Tie-Dye 4th of July Nails I sported last year:

Red White and Blue Tie Dye Nails

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

kimberly

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!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Red White and Green for Christmas

I really need to learn to double check where my SD card is before I start taking photographs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought I’ve taken good photos only to realize a day later that I’d never put my card back in the camera. Someday I’ll learn…maybe. So since I’m dumb sometimes, here are some not-so-great photos of a several days old manicure that I spent a lot of time on….

Red White Green Gold Mani

This design is totally not my own, as I saw it on Pinterest and decided to recreate it.

I used:

Red and White Holiday Nails

After a base coat, I painted each nail – every nail but my ring fingers were painted white, the ring fingers red – I only painted about 3/4 of each nail, leaving a half moon shape at the nail bed. Then, I used a toothpick to draw a line between the painted and non-painted parts of my nail, in a half moon shape using Orly Luxe. Then, I used my dotting tool to place some polka dots on the painted part of each nail.

Christmas Nails

After all of that was dry, I placed one red, one green and one clear rhinestone on each nail along the gold stripe I’d painted. I used rhinestones of different shapes and sizes and used a dot of topcoat to affix each stone to the nail. Two coats of topcoat over it all and I was finished.

Christmas Mani

Now, I’m going to go work on my memory skills, hopefully next time I take some photos I’ll remember to put the SD card in my camera!

kimberly

DIY Lace Tiles

A few weeks ago I  played around with some spray paint and lace to create these pretty lace tiles that I have used to decorate our fireplace mantle.

Lace Tiles on Mantle 2

I intend to use them as a pretty backdrop, behind the white vases and picture frames I’m going to fill the mantle up with.

All you need are a few ceramic tiles (I got several at Home Depot for about 16 cents each), sandpaper to gently scuff up the tiles, spray paint, lace, scissors, and a board and strong glue (like gorilla glue) if you want to mount the tiles like I did (but that part is up to you). Here’s a step-by-step synopsis.

Lace Tile Supplies

First I got my little newspaper lined workstation all ready outside. Complete with some random sticks to keep the paper from blowing away.  I laid out the tiles and cut pieces of lace to the size/shape I wanted.

White Tiles on Newspaper

I found that if I scuffed up the tiles with sandpaper first, then sprayed them with a white “primer” the lace had something tacky to cling to and so it stayed down better when I sprayed the silver on top of the lace. I arranged the pieces of lace differently on each primed tile.

Lace on Tile

Once I had the lace positioned the way I wanted on the various tiles, I sprayed silver spray paint over the top of each tile.

Tile Sprayed Silver

Once the silver spray paint was almost dry, but still a bit tacky, I removed the lace.

Tile After Removing Lace

After the tiles were dry, I decided I wanted to arrange them on a long horizontal board to put on the mantle, so D cut me a long narrow piece of Masonite, the same width as the tiles but a bit longer than all of them lined up together, so I could give them a 1/4 of space between. Then I spent far too much time trying to arrange them so that they didn’t look so…arranged.

Several Lace Tiles

I glued them to the board with some gorilla glue and left them to set overnight with a bunch of books piled on top of them to make sure they were weighed down enough to adhere properly.

Lace Tiles on Mantle

Ta-dah! You could even use the tiles as coasters, or for several other DIY decorating projects. I like how these have started to spruce up the stone chimney stack. If anyone has any other ideas about how to liven up this space I’d love to hear them!

Happy Friday!