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