Left to Right: Essie Grow Faster Base Coat // Julep Susie// Nails Inc. Haymarket // NYC Tudor City Teal
Julep Emilie // Forever 21 Green (old, but this color is similar) // Seche Vite Top Coat // Sephora by OPI Quick Dry Spray (I LOVE this product!)
I’ve been meaning to try this style of ombré manicure for a while and last Sunday I gave it a go. I finally accumulated enough different shades of green for this to work (side note: you guys, I have so many polishes in the mint green family- that’s how obsessed I am with that color!) There’s no technique involved here- I just painted each nail with a different shade of green. I feel like this is perfect for spring because it reminds me of green things growing!
Using a gold metallic sharpie as a nail art tool is pure genius if you ask me! After seeing this manicure on Pinterest, I knew I had to try this trick out for myself. I used the sharpie two different ways- to draw hearts in the look on the left and to add gold tips for the look on the right. The consistency of the sharpie is so close to my gold nail polish- you can’t really tell that I drew the details on later!
If you’re going to use the sharpie, it’s best to wait until your nails are fully and completely dry, otherwise the tip will dig into your polish. Once your nails are dry, draw on any design you want with the sharpie. Then wait for the sharpie to dry, add a top coat (try not to let the brush touch your design) and you’re all done! To see the first manicure in motion, take a look at the little video I made and if you’re looking for more manicure inspiration, you should check out my pinterest board!
Tell me: What have you been wearing on your nails lately?
Before applying the magnet
Confession: I’ve had this nail polish for almost a year but this is my first time trying it! It was given to me as a birthday gift by a dear friend and I was so excited to test it out. Then, I misplaced it somewhere in my room (which is not that large, mind you). It finally resurfaced a few months later, but by that time the weather was warmer and I was focused on brighter hues.
Now that I’m starting to look forward to fall, it seemed like the perfect time to finally put this color to use! The second picture shows what the polish looks like before the magnet- a perfectly nice metallic purple. However, after you magnetize the nail polish- bam! Suddenly you’ve got this super cool wave effect all over your nails! I think it looks awesome and I’d love to try out some of the other colors, like this teal or burgundy. Another nail polish style that I’m dying to try is the Ciaté Velvet Manicure!
Tell me: What’s one nail polish manicure that you’ve been meaning to try out?
First off, I have to tell you guys that this week’s manicure was inspired directly by this post on Santina’s blog. Santina always posts awesome manicures and I’d been wanting to trying the leopard print look for a while, so I decided to just go for it. It was not as hard as I feared it would be, but definitely requires that you have some time and patience. I think it turned out fairly well for my first attempt and I do really love the colors that I chose to put together. For my next try, I would attempt to add a few more spots so that they don’t look quite so spaced out.
Tell me: Would you try out leopard print on your nails?
Also, just wanted to let you guys know that I’m currently accepting sign-ups for the Correspondence Club for July! If you want to participate in July, please send me your information by midnight Saturday (June 30th at 11:59pm EST).
Half-moon manicure tutorials have been floating around the internet for a while now, but it wasn’t until I saw this post on the Forever 21 blog that I got my butt into gear and finally gave it a try! I loved the combination of blue and green in the post, but decided to try it with two different shades of the same color. Enter this mint polish which is easily one of my favorites right now and this deep green that I picked up at Forever 21 a while ago. I do love the two colors I chose, but I don’t love that my half-moon is not well-defined. Next time I’ll be a little more careful with stickers and make sure they’re pressed down firmly on the nail. I’ll probably also go for more of a contrast next time, like Keiko did so well!
Tell me: Have you tried the half-moon manicure?