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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. šŸ˜‰

Hope you enjoy.

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

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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 Ā 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

Turquoise Ombre Cheetah Print

I’ll admit, I was doing a lot in this manicure. I mean an ombre (fading colors from light to dark) base color and ombre cheetah print all together? Well I love the turquoise/gold color combination. I also love ombre and animal prints. But all 3 in the same manicure? Why the heck not?

Ombre nails popped up on the runway this fall on Jen Kao’s Spring 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway show. CND (creators of the popular Shellac manicure) created 4 different ombre looks especially for her models. CND airbrushed nails for these looks but I find it pretty simple to do this look at home as long as you have a makeup sponge to help you blend one color into the next.

For my look, I used Orly Bailamos, Sally Hansen HD Spectrum, and Wet N Wild Fast Dry Teal of Fortune to create the teal ombre base color on the majority of my nails then Wet N Wild Fast Dry Ebony Hates Chris and Orly Luxe to do the black and gold cheetah print. On my pointer fingers, I used Orly Luxe for the base color then Orly Bailamos, Wet N Wild Fast Dry Teal of Fortune and Ebony Hates Chris for the ombre cheetah print.

I absolutely love this mani…hope you enjoy them too!

Messing with wet nail polish and the work of The Best In Detroit Period

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Last night, I attempted disturbing the surface of a coat of wet nail polish, a strange thought if you’re used to being afraid to move after you’ve applied a coat of polish for fear of smudges, dings or (God forbid) a fingerprint. I’ve seen nail art pictures where layers of wet nail polish are swirled with a toothpick to create a tie dyed pattern. I wasn’t interested in a complete tie dye manicure so I gave this concept a try on one nail just to see what would happen.

For this, I used Orly Passion Fruit as a base color on all of my nails. Next I applied a thick layer of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue and Celeb City from the same polish line soon after that. I then used a nail art dotter to make little slashes down to the pink base color layer. I kinda like this effect. This isn’t exactly how I thought it might have come out but I’m definitely going to explore this technique more in the future.

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In other news, I’ve loved stiletto nails for months (see here and here) but I wasn’t sure if I wasn’t sure if I ever wanted to get them done professionally. If you saw my last nail art post, that was my first attempt at a professional stiletto nail job. The nail tech had no clue what I was talking about and those somewhere-between-round-and-pointy nails were the result. (-_-)

After a lot of internet searching I happened upon a page of a nail tech/makeup artist called Gemini Twin Shauwn Diva (“the best in Detroit period”) who specializes in them and does some of the most imaginative nail art I’ve ever seen. (P.S. I need to make up a grand nickname for myself…The Picasso of Pinkies seems too humble now :-P). Here’s the link to the facebook page of the salon. Let me tell you you can get everything done at this salon…it was like an assembly line of beauty.Ā  I made an appointment to see her for two reasons: To finally get a full set of the stiletto nail tip shape I love and to observe how she does such interesting nail art. The girl is TALENTED. I took soooo many mental notes and I honestly feel that I’ll be able to step my game up based on what I observed in terms of what tools, techniques and supplies she used. I chose four nail polish colors (blue, pink, green, yellow), she chose complimentary nail art colors and items (green, pink, yellow, and black paint, a crackle polish, jewels, metal rings and chains…everything but the kitchen sink) and created the tiny masterpieces below…

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My favorite is the cheetah print over the stripes!!!

Hope you enjoyed my experimentation and the work of the best in Detroit period. Have a great day folks šŸ˜€

Two Fall Trends In One

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Well folks, it’s 62 degrees and rainy where I am which is a sure sign that I should be packing up the denim booty shorts and assessing my cardigan situation because it is FALL. I tackled 2 spring trends in one manicure earlier this year in this post. Here is my Two Fall Trends In One manicure –snow leopard and polka dots, in my Signature 1/2 and 1/2 manicure style. šŸ˜‰ Now polka dots, much like the stripes in my spring trend mani, never go out of style. The color combinations may change with the season but polka dots are pretty much here to stay.

This mani was inspired by a Dolce & Gabbana dress that I found on my random internet search for fall fashion inspiration.

The dress retails for $879 but it is currently sold out on mytheresa.com in case you were frantically searching for your debit/credit cards…lol

Now the snow leopard print has seen a recent uptick in popularity thanks to the women’s leggings that Lil Wayne rocked at the MTV Video Music Awards this year.

Check out the story on these leggingsĀ  here. They’re made by Tripp NYC, an NYC street fashion company, and are sold in boutiques the world over. And guess what? They only retail for $44! Now that, ladies and gents, beats $879 for a fall trend.

For this manicure I used China Glaze White Out and Wet n Wild Fast Dry Ebony Hates Chris. I used toothpicks to draw the snow leopard design and also for the white polka dots. Hope you all enjoy!

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Feather Nails

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Feather accessories are all the rage right now. Feather earrings, feather hair extensions, feather headbands…feather everything! Well I figured it was fine time to extend this trend to my favorite accessory, my nails. For this look I applied 3 coats of Sally Hansen HD Spectrum, a turquoise foil finish polish color that I recently picked up on clearance at Target. I chose it because it appeared to be a blue-purple duo chrome polish in the bottle and while there is no duo chrome effect on the nail, the finish is still very pretty. I then applied one coat of OPI Top Coat (my fave nail glue alternative) and took pheasant feathers (a $1.99 bag from JoAnn’s) that I had pre-cut to be slightly smaller than my nail and applied them one by one. One coat of Seche Vite Top Coat to finish it off and Voila! Feather Nails!

I’m keeping it short because I’m ready to get out and enjoy my Sunday. Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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Snakeskin Manicure Posted on Nails Magazine’s Website

Today I saw a Facebook status update from Nails Magazine alerting everyone of a Color Club nail art contest for the 4th of July. I immediately went to the Color Club page and entered Stars and Stripes Forever. That be awesome if I won…*stares off dreamily*…

Oh, the actual point of this post! In the same Nails Magazine update they reminded everyone to submit their art for their 365 Days of Nail Art Blog. A few weeks ago I submitted several of my pictures to the editor for consideration. I figured now was as good as a time as any to check back to see if anything made the cut…and lo and behold, on June 15th’s post I found my Snakeskin Manicure picture! I’m Day 166! Click here to see it! I’m honored that they chose my art to feature on their blog…especially considering the other entries. I mean there are some folks that have downright fantasy-level nail art! Anyways, check out my art on there and scroll through the other entries if you’re looking for inspiration or just to be wowed.

The Snakeskin Manicure lives on!!

Detroit Tigers Baseball Manicure

Hello all! Today I went to the Detroit Tigers vs Seattle Mariners game at Comerica Park and to help root-root-root for the home team, I did this Detroit Tigers-baseball-theme manicure. On my thumb, index and middle fingers I painted 2 coats of OPI A Good Mandarin Is Hard To Find then painted the black tiger stripes with the Art Deco Nail Art Striper in black. On the ring finger, I painted 2 coats of OPI Dating A Royal then painted the classic Old English ‘D’ (found on Detroit Tigers’ uniforms, hats, etc) using the Art Deco Nail Art Striper in white. On my pinky, I painted 2 coats of China Glaze White on White then drew the baseball stitching with the Art Deco Nail Art Striper in red glitter. Sadly my beloved Tigers lost :-(, but I enjoyed the game! I hope you enjoyed your Sunday too. šŸ˜€

Crocodile Nails (Snakeskin Nails Remix)

imageSooo, it’s my birthday! Woop woop!! But I had a hard time thinking of a good birthday manicure. So a fellow nail polish fan suggested I do something having to do with my birthstone, which happens to be the emerald. So I googled images for ’emerald green’ to get some inspiration. And…

Eek!! There are like 15 different shades for emerald green!! But wait…do you see that picture? All the way to the right? Second one down? What is that?

My God, it’s a clutch. And it. is. gorgeous. This Emerald Green Givenchy Crocodile Embossed Melancholia clutch was featured in an article on BagBliss.com. Check out the article here for more about this beautiful bag. Welp, that’s all the inspiration I needed. I used the same technique from my Snakeskin Nails post in April, but I used China Glaze Paper Chasing for the medium green and China Glaze Jolly Holly for the darker green. I hope you like it. I certainly do. šŸ˜€

Snakeskin Nails

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The snakeskin print is HOT for Spring/Summer 2011, but this isn’t your grandma’s snakeskin. Designers have updated its look for the warmer months and made it much more youth- (and yet still not PETA) friendly. Just check out this collage pic from The Sche Report’s blog about the popularity of “Predator Prints” at Spring/Summer 2011 fashion shows internationally.

These snakeskin accessory snapshots are from the Spring 2011 runways of Lanvin, Thakoon, Rochas, Mark Fast, Pucci, Burberry and YSL. Well my interest was piqued! I’d encourage you to check out The Sche’s Report’s Predator Print blog post in its entirety AND browse their site if you need some fashion inspiration. http://theschereport.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/springsummer-2011-top-10-trends-9-predator-prints/

The snakeskin trend even crossed over into the nail art realm. In this post from Allure.com, they found a nail salon that is actually offering customers a pedicure that uses real snakeskin…for $300!

http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2011/03/the-snakeskin-pedicure.html

I don’t know about you guys but I’d like to spend just a little a whole lot less on my manicure/pedicure needs, especially if it’s just to follow a trend. So I came up with a way of mimicking the snakeskin print on nails using 2 different nail colors and a small piece of tulle from Jo Ann Fabrics. I applied my base coat then two coats of China Glaze Oxygen (very pale pink) and let that dry for a bit. I then applied 1 coat of China Glaze Liquid Leather (black) and while it was still wet, I made an imprint with the tulle on my nail then quickly peeled it off. Add 1 coat of top coat and Voila!

Vintage clutch swag…

Disclaimer: For any PETA people out there reading this – I love snakeskin, sorry. That said, to those who are ready to jump on the snakeskin trend bandwagon, I’d recommend checking out your local vintage and thrift stores before buying a brand new snakeskin bag, shoe, or belt. Not only will you save money but it’s a great way to reuse the fashionable pieces already out there. Style is cyclical. Grab some trendy pieces from yesteryear.

Let me know what you think! Don’t be scared, that’s what the comment section is for :-D!