Sunday, October 5, 2014

Leopard Print Mani Inspired by Properly Polished

Happy Sunday!  My post is delayed today because I forgot to write it up last night and hit the publish button.  I actually woke up at 2am and remembered I forgot to do it.  Since I was exhausted and half awake, I just rolled over and said to myself I would wake up early and do it in the morning.  Well, it's morning, I didn't wake up early, and the post is late.  Ooops.

At least I'm getting a post up.  What I really wanted to get up today was my Halloween Nail Art wheel, but it is still a work in progress.  I think I have 3 nails done on it.  I was going to work on it last night but I got side tracked with my manicure for Twinsie Tuesday that took longer than expected.  It's awesome though so it was worth it!

Today I am sharing with you a fun animal print design I did after I saw this manicure by @properly_polished on Instagram.  Remember the other week when I said animal prints + gradients = awesome?  Yeah, well, this manicure is awesome!  One of my favorites!

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • INM - Brighella
  • China Glaze - Capacity to See Beyond
  • OPI - This Crown Needs A Gown
  • FlossGloss - DimePiece
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
Love love love this manicure.  I think my favorite part is the side to side gradient.  Nine times out of ten, I typically do the gradient starting at the cuticle and going down to the tip.  I don't think I've ever done one this way and I am very upset with myself that I haven't done this sooner!  Brighella to Capacity to See Byeond are gorgeous together and blend perfectly on the nail!

While I love my animal print nails, I have to say, the silver sparkly one is the highlight of this manicure.  Usually I put a top coat of OPI In True Stefani Fashion over This Crown Needs a Gown, but I wanted something more sparkly.  That's where DimePiece comes in to play.  This polish is so glitter packed filled with holo pieces.  Everyone must have it in their collection!

Notice I didn't add any sparkles to the rest of the manicure?  Despite desperately wanting to, I controlled myself from adding Northern Lights to the gradient.  While it would have blended perfectly with that sparkly accent, it would have made that plain black nail look a little weird.  As I've been told frequently this past week, "You cannot put Northern Lights over everything!!"  This manicure is proof that I don't have to!

What do you think?  Liking the look?  Isn't it awesome!?

Alright, time to edit this post and make sure what I typed makes sense and let all you lovelies see the manicure.  The Halloween Nail Art Wheel is coming soon, along with tutorials!!!  Hopefully by the end of the week! :)

Until next time, <3.

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