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].


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

2011 in review – I couldn’t have done it without you!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Holiday Manicure

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

So I’m keeping this post short because food is waiting on me, but here’s my holiday manicure. Base color on the majority of my nails is China Glaze Ruby Pumps, the perfect sparkly red. The base color on my pointer finger is China Glaze Lubu Heels, a black base with red glitter, and I painted some plaid stripes and a little sprig of holly.

No matter how you celebrate, I hope you enjoy your day!


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


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.


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.  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…



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 😀

Pink, Purple and Feeling Blue



Hey hey, here are pics from my first “client”! This nail fan offered a donation towards my nail polish obsession, *clears throat*, I mean hobby in exchange for two hands full of designs. Her only request: Use pink and purple. 10 little blank canvases, eh? The result is what you see above. I honestly didn’t keep track of what I used on which fingers…I just went with the flow. If you’ve been following my blog since the beginning (or have looked at my old posts), you may recognize the Purple Leopard print which was one of my first nail art designs posted on this site.

Now usually after I’ve done a manicure on myself, I’m too creatively-spent to think about doing another manicure for at least another day. But a couple hours later, I was working on my own nails…another free-flowing creative manicure using all sorts of blues.

Prepare yourself for an Introspective Artiste (ar-TEESTE) moment…

I’m beginning to realize that, unless I’ve been inspired by something I see or I give myself time to let the creativity bug work through me, it’s hard for me to do a manicure…hence the reduced frequency of my posts. When I was actively searching for inspiration (or drawing from the long list of suggestions I’ve gotten), I’d do 2-3 manicures per week. Now I wait for something to strike me…or I’ll take advantage of a free block of time to relax, let go and create. That translates to me doing my nails less frequently (once a week/maybe twice) but these creations seem better to me.

Enough artsy babble, check how much I’m *feeling* blue below, listen to some George Gershwin ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ and enjoy this two-fer post 😀


Mondrian-Inspired Nails


In an effort to expand my horizons, this past weekend I checked out a documentary about Charles and Ray Eames. You may not know them by name (I didn’t before Friday) but chances are great that you know the art and design masterpieces they created together over several decades. Awesome individually as an architect (Charles) and a painter (Ray), they were best known for their collaborative efforts which led to these popular, innovative, relatively affordable chair designs. Their motto: The best for the most for the least. Here are a few examples….

Ok, whose grandparents had this chair/ottoman set? I’m pretty sure mine did.

The chair present in every doctor’s office in the 1980s…

And you haven’t lived until you’ve napped in one of the Eames’ tandem chairs commonly used in airports…

But what struck me most about the documentary of the lives of the Eames was their house. When an architect and an artist get married and design their own home, beauty ensues. I dedicate my manicure to this…

Here is more information about the history Eames house, also known as Case Study House #8.

For this manicure, I used one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers, a very pale pink, to provide a neutral background for this take on a stained glass nail effect. I used a black Kiss Nail Artist brush to paint the lines. Instead of the primary colors the Eames used, I chose some pretty fall colors for this manicure (Thanks Mom!). I, at random, filled in squares with China Glaze Ruby Pumps (microglitter red), Orly Fowl Play (deep purple with orange and red glitter), Wet n Wild Fast Dry (shimmery orange/gold), and Orly Luxe (metallic gold).

If you get a chance, check out this article about the Eames documentary and see if your local independent theater is screening it. Education and inspiration in one interesting film…

UPDATE 11-22-11: A modern art enthusiast and Twitter friend has given me more info on the inspiration behind the design of this house. Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter who created this painting and other similar works of art:

The Eames were inspired by his work while designing their house and I was inspired by the Eames. For more info about Mondrian, check out this Wikipedia entry. For that reason, I’ve changed the name of this post to give credit where credit is due.