More leopard on the blog! Yay! I never tire of that print, but it is nice to get some variation…. so we have lilac!
This mani was still from when I was in Brasil and it is another one from Rosângela, the “family” manicurist. As i emntioend before, she has a huge range of lovely nail art “stickers”; they are actually hand painted by another lady on base coat and plastic, and Rô buys them to apply on to clients’ nails.
The nail polish is a beautiful shade of lilac called Lavanda from Ana Hickmann; it is creamy with some light silvery sheen to it.
Although it is leopard print, I found this quite delicate and discreet, as animal print go. I think applying the design over colour made it stand out less. Love it!
When I go to Brasil, I hang up my nail-doing shoes and leave my talons on the expert hands of Rosângela, a lovely lady who goes to my family home to sort out mum’s nails – she also does gran’s, two aunties’ and a cousins’ nails every week.
During Vogue’s Fashion Night out, I was invited by the fabulous team behind Essie to have an even more fabulous manicure inside a Mini Cooper. Yes. A mani in a mini.
You know when I say I obsess with things? Together with gradients, leopard print is a great nail obsession of mine.
If I could I would have either leopard print or gradient nails all the time. But that would be too boring for the blog, so I try to squeeze them in from time to time…
And this is the green turn. I “recycled” my new year’s eve manicure, as I didn’t have time to do anything more elaborate for the night, I just painted it with the gorgeous JN Beauty green 036.
You know when I obsess about a nail design I just can’t stop. I am actually surprised it took me this long to be at the leopard spots again…
This time, I went for a blue base with the beautiful L’Oréal’s colour riche in Rebel Blue.
Then I used Barry M Foil Effects in silver to add the spots and the super handy Barry M’s Nail art pen to add the black outlines and small spots, using the same tools as previously on this colourful leopard print manicure.
I am very pleased with the result; this design is very straight forward and has a great effect!
You probably know by now I obsess about things. After loving last week’s leopard print soooooo much, I decided to do another one, of course. I went for a lovely white/gold base and my leopard spots were very colourful!
First, I am going to say how much I love the OPI Ski Slope Sweetie, which I picked up at Olympia Beauty. It is part of OPI’s winter collection and the colour is just amazing – a metallic white base with some colour shifting from a shimmery gold with a tiny little spark of green and red sometimes to a colder white, almost silver. Stunning. Seriously, rarely do I fall in love with a light coloured polish, but this got me. I sense it being used more – it is and amazing base for art: non intrusive but so not boring! It applies alright, there were no bush marks – the OPI brush is great, but this polish is a bit on the thick side.
After applying two coats of SSS and letting it dry for about 15 minutes, I drew the spots with a fine nail brush and normal nail polish – I first did all blue (Kiko 385) spots, then purple (L’Oréal Flashing Lilac), green (L’Oréal Wasabi Hint), yellow (L’Oréal Banana Pop) and pink (L’Oréal Acid Watermelon), making sure they were well distributed and no nail had the exactly same pattern!
After that, I used Barry M’s Nail art pen (seriously, how did I have this at home for soooo long and never used? Love this thing!) to add the irregular black outlines and random flecks to the spots.
I finished it off with a topcoat (Seche Vite) and I am absolutely in love with it. Sooo pretty!!!
If you know me, you will know I have more than a soft spot for animal print. I just can’t stay away from it. Finally, I braved into doing something I wanted to do on my nails for a very long time: leopard print spots.
I am very surprised it took me this long. I thought it would be very difficult so always gave up before starting. Little did I know it was going to be quite easy and I would be very pleased with the results of my first attempt – amazingly with no huge mistakes!!!
Red nail polish is my first and true nail colour passion. For me, there is no better colour on my talons. So I used one of my favourite reds, Colorama’s 40 Graus, a vivacious and shiny orangey red. I applied two coats and let it dry for about an hour.
I then used Barry M Foil Effects nail polish in gold (another favourite of mine!) with a fine brush to create the spots in only half of each nail and finalised with Barry M’s nail art pen in black. This pen is great, fine, precise, fiving just the right amount of polish, so making the dark marks around and between the spots was a breeze. Applying with the left hand was a bit more challenging, but it worked well! I am thrilled with the result. After I let it dry for a few minutes, I applied a topcoat.
Truly in love, I feel these nails are really me.