Spring, Flowers & St. Patrick’s Day Nails | #MonthlyMani

March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!  I am not Irish, and I don’t really celebrate the holiday, but the weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and it is officially spring on Friday, so let’s celebrate with some St. Patrick’s Day nails!

St. Patrick's Day floral-inspired manicure feat. nail art pen & Jamberry accent nail | #MonthlyMani via Delightfully Kristi

I knew that for this month’s St. Patrick’s Day #MonthlyMani theme I wanted to incorporate the color green (duh), but after that I was stuck.

I didn’t really want to attempt four-leaf clovers or pots of gold (even though that probably would have been really cool).  Rainbows were an option, but then I was suddenly inspired by the arrival of spring and all of the gorgeous spring flowers!

St. Patrick's Day floral-inspired manicure feat. nail art pen & Jamberry accent nail | #MonthlyMani via Delightfully Kristi

I grabbed my favorite springy green polish, aptly named “Four Leaf Clover” by China Glaze, along with my new hot pink nail art pen from Born Pretty Store, a basic white polish by NYC and a pretty green floral accent from Jamberry Nails.

After I fell in love with my first Jamicure, I asked my friend, Heather (my new resident Jamberry expert) if there was a better application method since I found the traditional method kinda tricky.  She shared the “baggie method” (link to a tutorial video), which has made my Jamberry’s even better!  It’s super easy and quick and it works perfectly for my curved nails.

Here’s how easy it is:

St. Patrick's Day floral-inspired manicure feat. nail art pen & Jamberry accent nail -- Jamberry "baggie method" application | #MonthlyMani via Delightfully Kristi

Start by applying and trimming the nail wrap.  Next, wrap a plastic baggie around the nail as tightly as you can, making sure to get tight around the tip.  Apply a heated rice (or bean/bead) bag to the baggie-wrapped nail for approximately 10 seconds (depending on how hot your heat source).  Remove heat and baggie and you’re done!

Of course, you can press the nail wrap on with your fingers or an orange stick (why do they call it that??) before and after applying heat.  You can also reapply the baggie and heat as needed to make sure the nail wrap is smooth and sealed around all edges.  But that’s it, it’s that easy!

St. Patrick's Day floral-inspired manicure feat. nail art pen & Jamberry accent nail | #MonthlyMani via Delightfully Kristi

Once I had my “Imperial” Jamberry accent nails in place, I painted green polish on the rest of my nails.  (You may have noticed the shamrock covering my injured finger in the other photos… it’s actually healing really well, but it isn’t all that pretty with the nail mostly missing, so the “clover” is there for your sake haha!)

St. Patrick's Day floral-inspired manicure feat. nail art pen & Jamberry accent nail | #MonthlyMani via Delightfully Kristi

Since I loved the accent nail pattern so much, I decided to add another accent nail creating my own pink/purple nail art using my new nail art pen and dotting tool.  This was my first time trying these nail art pens (you can find them here), but they were way easier to use than I thought they would be!

I was picturing those awkward nail art pens that came out way back in the day (I think I was in middle school…).  But these came out smoothly and in an easy to use thin line, perfect for making intricate designs.  I made a couple flowers and added polka dots as easy as if I was drawing on paper!  (Well, until I had to use my left hand to draw on my right hand…. but still!)

St. Patrick's Day floral-inspired manicure feat. nail art pen & Jamberry accent nail | #MonthlyMani via Delightfully Kristi

Don’t forget to check out the links below to see what the rest of the #MonthlyMani gals came up with for their St. Patrick’s Day nails!

Piniel from Pins-Place
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Erika from Erika’s Style Diary
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty
Ashley from Style on High

St. Patrick's Day floral-inspired manicure feat. nail art pen & Jamberry accent nail | #MonthlyMani via Delightfully Kristi

Are you a big fan of St. Patrick’s Day?  I’ll be sharing my thrifted St. Patty’s Day outfit this Thursday, so stay tuned!  Also, if you’re sill interested in trying some free Jamberry Nails, I did a side-by-side comparison with regular nail polish, and I’ll be sharing that and an exciting giveaway sooooon!!  ;)

Thanks for reading!

Delightfully, Kristi (signature)

PS.  Here’s a coupon code for 10% any purchase from Born Pretty Store: “AT10K31” !

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15 Comments

  • sistasfromcali

    We love the flower details. They are perfect for spring and are totally cute. Great job girl! :)

    March 17, 2015 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! It’s been so beautiful here lately, I was totally inspired! ;)

      March 17, 2015 at 9:05 am Reply
      • sistasfromcali

        The flowers are blooming and everything looks beautiful and colorful. It’s great! Glad you found inspiration! :)

        March 17, 2015 at 9:07 am Reply
        • Kristi

          Isn’t it gorgeous?? A little hot this weekend, but gorgeous haha!

          March 17, 2015 at 9:21 am Reply
          • sistasfromcali

            We know! it was crazy hot here too. You live in the LA area right?

            March 17, 2015 at 9:31 am
          • Kristi

            Yup, Orange County, it was ridiculously hot! People looked like they were melting haha!

            March 17, 2015 at 9:32 am
          • sistasfromcali

            Oh ok! We’re kinda close to you lol. Yeah people were melting here too. It’s crazy! and it’s only gonna get hotter!

            March 17, 2015 at 9:34 am
  • The Fashion Huntress

    LOVE THIS!!! Can’t wait for next month!

    March 17, 2015 at 10:30 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks! Me toooo!! ;)

      March 17, 2015 at 10:59 am Reply
  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    Gorgeous nails! The flower details turned out so pretty!

    March 17, 2015 at 11:40 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Erika!! The flowers were surprisingly easy to make! :)

      March 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    AH they came out beautifully! Love the flower one! Sorry I bailed at the last minute this week, works been crazy and I didn’t have time to get in on the action but I’ll definitely be in for TST in a few days!

    March 17, 2015 at 3:22 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      No worries, we’ll catch ya next month!! Thanks, I was definitely inspired this week! :)

      March 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Ashley | StyleOnHigh

    I love that your polish is called “Four Leaf Clover”- I feel like you should get bonus points for that, haha. I’ve had some wraps for a while that I haven’t used yet because I wasn’t exactly sure how, so the demo was really awesome for me! Thanks! :)

    March 17, 2015 at 3:42 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Haha right?! It wasn’t even on purpose, it’s an old polish but it’s the prefect green! ;)
      Glad I could help, I think it’s the easiest and most fool proof application method I’ve seen/tried so far. :)

      March 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm Reply

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