Monthly Archives: January 2012

Glitter Leopard

So I’m kind of obsessed with leopard print right now. Last spring I was stuck on stripes but right now? Leopard. Bear with me, folks…

For this design, I used a couple different types of gold glitter polish to create the sparkly base of this look. I concentrated the glitter towards the tip of my nail to give it an alternative french manicure appeal. Then drew on the leopard spots and Voila!

Note: I had the talons (stiletto nails) filed down to these much more friendly-looking square oval shapes. The men (and some women) who told me my nails were scary should be pleased, lol.

And normally, I wouldn’t show this, but the pinky nail of my right hand actually broke yesterday — along with my now long natural nails under the acrylic :`-( — and I haven’t fixed it yet but I really wanted to do this manicure last night. Soo….I modified the design for short nails. It’s kind of bootleg…I know….don’t judge me. 😉

Hope you enjoy.

Inspiration: The Kardarshians…clearly they understand my love for leopard O_o.

Detroit Lions Playoffs Manicure

In honor of my Lions and their playoff game TONIGHT, I’ve done this manicure. Their playoff clinching regular season record: 10-6 [left hand]. I’m hoping 4 (Jason Hanson), 9 (Matthew Stafford) and 81 (Calvin Johnson) play AMAZINGLY well [right hand].

LET’S GO LIONS!

Neon Zebra – Fruit Stripe Gum Nails

For Christmas at work, my Secret Santa got me a Value Twin Pack of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Wild Child (Zebra) and Kitty, Kitty (Leopard). I haven’t tried these before because I like to create my own designs but since they were a gift, I figured I’d give them a whirl.

Salon Effects: essentially nail polish that comes in the form of a sticker that one can lay on each nail. The strips come in a range of sizes that you match up to each of your nails before peeling off the protective plastic layer. Once you’ve peeled off the plastic, you lay the strip on each nail one-by-one and carefully mold it to your nail. From there, you use a nail file  to file away any of the strip that extends beyond the free edge of your nail. From the packaging and commercials, I thought this would be a pretty quick and easy process but I struggled to get them to lay flat with no wrinkles. I am applying the strips over acrylic not natural nails but sheesh. Here’s the result…

Anyways, once I had 10 strips affixed to my nails, I decided to jazz it up a bit. I used Kiss Nail Art paint to color the white portions of the Zebra print in neon green, orange and yellow. Does anybody remember Fruit Stripe gum??

Yipes! Stripes! Fruit Stripe Gum!

I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of these nail polish strips but I’ll reserve judgement for now. Whenever I take a break from my fun acrylic stiletto nails and go back to my natural nails, I’ll try the leopard print ones out.

For the colors I used on top of the zebra print…

(Left to Right) Kiss Nail Art Paint – Beach Green, Neon Orange, Beach Yellow

A Little Pop Art for the New Year

A short and sweet post for the 1st…

Pop art-inspired manicures aren’t particularly new but I decided to dip my toes in the stream of this trend for my first manicure of the new year.

My New Year’s resolution for my blog: Include a picture of all the polishes I used in each manicure, kind of like how a more traditional artist might explain what media they decided to use for a masterpiece. You’ll find that at the end of each post from here on out…

Looking forward to another year of creativity folks 😀

Left to Right: Orly Tiara, OPI Silver Shatter, China Glaze Dorothy Who?, Wet n Wild Fast Dry Ebony Hates Chris, Orly Goth, China Glaze Recycle, China Glaze Icicle, Kiss Nail Art – Silver Glitter, Pearl Blue, Black, Soft Pink