I have to say, this manicure was rather short lived. It's not because I disliked it, it was because it didn't turn out how I expected it to. I think it was the accents...I need to stick to thumb and ring finger. The only successful manicure I've had where I've used this sort of accent is when I copied Young, Wild, and Polished. Oh how I loved that manicure.
But I digress, on to this manicure. I keep seeing all over Instagram and the Blogger world numerous nail artists creating a leopard manicure with heart spots. Since I love leopard manicures, I knew I had to try it. The other night when I was on Twitter discussing what I was going to do, I convinced my little sister Kylie of SparKylie Nails to attempt them as well! At the end of this post I'm including her manicure as well, which I think is better than mine. Currently, Kylie isn't posting much to her blog since she's working on upgrading it, but she frequently posts her manicures on Instagram and Twitter. Please, check her out, she's such a young talent and she is always inspiring me. I love her default picture on Twitter!
Enough jibber jabber, onto the nails!
- Sally Hansen - Pink Blink
- Orly - Miss Conduct
- Sinful Colors - Black on Black
Okay, maybe they weren't as horrible as I thought. To get these nails, I first started out with a base coat of Pink Blink and Miss Conduct. Pink Blink is a very pretty pastel pink polish. I love using it for nail art, although for painting a base I found it a tad difficult to use. It wasn't the brush itself, or the application, but what happened when I was applying it. Let me start off by saying, I love the shape of the brush, it is U shaped so it fits right up against the cuticle and with one or two swipes you get full coverage. What I disliked was how the polish dripped down the stick part of the brush then onto the brush, and then flooded my nail. I think if the stick part wasn't flat and square this wouldn't happen. Then when you have such a thin lil neck on the bottle, you can't really rub much excess polish off. Despite this, I love the polish. It's worth it when you're working with an amazing formula.
And well, I love Orly Miss Conduct. Perfect pink polish with holo glitter. Gosh, I loved it. When the bases were dried, with a dotting tool, I added the hearts and the leopard spots. With my nail art brush, I outlined all the spots with black and filled in some of the blank areas.
Now time for Kylie's masterpiece!
Cute, right?? Amazing talent this lil chica has. I love her bigger hearts. Mine disappeared into the leopard, while hers stood out which I like. The colors Kylie used were Zoya - Dana, Loreal - Penthouse Pink, and Black Acrylic Paint. Maybe I need to start using acrylics? hmmm.
Have you tried this design? Like Kylie's nails? Like my nails? Had that issue with the Sally Hansen brush I had?
Slowly I'm getting into the Valentines Day spirit through my nail art. I still hate the holiday, nothing will change that, and I cannot wait for the 15th! For all you lovely followers though, I shall continue to put on some Valentines Day nail art. Do you have any suggestions? I'd love to hear!
Until next time <3
**Sally Hansen Pink Blink was provided by Sally Hansen for promotional purposes. All expressed opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure page for more info**