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Leopard Print Tutorial

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I’m so happy that leopard print is back, because I love it! Also, thank goodness it’s really easy to create your own leopard print nails. The great thing with leopard print is that it never has to be 100% perfect.. The more irregular the shapes, the better it looks. So… Here’s a step-by-step tutorial how to do leopard print nails:

leopard print tutorial

Step 1:

Choose your undercoat color and paint your undercoat. I used the natural colours because I wanted to do two accent nails to spruce it up a bit. So, I used a nude from Missha. For my accent nails I painted half nude and half burnt pink (Missha). But you don’t have to do accent nails.

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Step 2:

Use your second colour to create random irregular shapes on your nail. I try to keep all the “blobs” about the same size, but some are long and thin while others are round and fatter. I used a nail art brush, but you could also use a dotting tool. I prefer to make these dots smaller and do more. Other people sometimes do larger blobs and fewer.  I used OPI “Wooden Shoe Like to Know” for this step.

Remember: keep a bit of space between each for the third colour and don’t stress if it doesn’t look like much yet.

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Step 3:

If you are not doing an accent nail, then this will be your final step. Using a small paint brush or nail art brush paint black around your brown blobs. For this step, DON’T just make a perfect black ring around your brown. The black lines should be broken. Also, they can follow the contours of your irregular blobs.

If you have large spaces between leopard print dots, you can use your black to draw short lines and dots. This will fill up the space and complete the look.

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Step 4: Accent Nails

For my accent nails (ring and middle fingers) I only did the leopard print on the nude half of the nails. The burnt pink I left blank. Then, down the dividing line in the center of each nail I stuck gold square metal studs. I really like the effect this creates.

Finally, remember to put a top coat on. And that’s it!

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You can go wild (excuse the pun) with leopard print 🙂 Check out some other ideas for leopard print that I was playing around with on my nail wheel.

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I’m having so much fun on my nail wheels, I don’t know why I didn’t get them sooner! I hope you like them.. Which is your favorite? 🙂


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Burnt pink stamping manicure

This is one from the archives 🙂 Its a relatively simple manicure, but I decided to spice it up with a Holika Holika matte top coat. I also added the french tip gloss top coat for contrast. I used a Konad silver stamping polish and the m67 stamping plate.

To be honest, I’m not crazy about this colour (and just as well because I couldn’t tell you what it’s called because it’s all in Korean). It’s a burnt pink colour from Missha. I really liked it in the bottle, but the more I saw it on my nails the more it reminded me of a granny manicure. I love the pics though, so I had to share it. Maybe you will like it, what do you think?

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Floral Stamping

Can you believe it, this is my first stamping post! I’ve had a phobia of stamping, and I finally plucked up the courage to attempt a stamping manicure to share 🙂

I used Konad stamping plate number m71 (you can see it in one of the pics). For the undercoats I used two different Missha blues (they don’t have names, hence the lack of info). Then, I topped it all off with a Shimmer Topcoat (It’s in Korean – “Shwimmer Topcoat” in the picture if you can read Korean) from the Face Shop which I just bought today.

It doesn’t look like much, but it took me AGES to do. I stamped the one nail and then painted a topcoat and it smudged. So I had to start that whole nail again! Arg! But despite the frustrations, I really like it! I hope you all like it too 🙂

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I absolutely love this topcoat, its so subtle, but it’s such a pretty shimmer. I think it will look nice with lots of different polishes. Yay! I love a good polish purchase 🙂 And it was only about $3 🙂


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Day 1 & 2 – Advent Challenge :)

I found out today (yes, I’m a little late) that there is an awesome Advent Calendar Challenge starting at the beginning of December. Mommy Loves Nail Polish and Nail Polish Galore among other blogs are also participating. I’ve been wanting to start a challenge or do something that will push me to try new things and be more creative with my designs. But I must say, I’m a bit scared! 🙂
Due to the fact that I’m a bit late to jump on board, I’ve decided to combine my first and second days.

So Day 1: Red

I used a beige by Missha (Korean brand) and glitter red by Skin Food

 

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Day 2: Gold

I used a really dark purple (that looks like black) by The Face Shop, Konad gold and a random gold glitter (called Castle Dew, it’s got greens and reds in too, very Christmasy).

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Here is the Advent Calendar Challenge list for those of you that may want to join (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) 🙂

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Ombre with a twist

This is one from the archives. I did it a couple of days ago when I was playing around with ombre nails. I attempted to do four colours (overly ambitious, I know). I wanted an earth toned mani, so I did black, dark brown, beige and white. It turned out well, I think 🙂 However, I messed up one of the nails at the cuticle, so I added the black pattern and the jewel to cover it up. All in all, I like this mani, I hope you do too 🙂

I used: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Black out”, a dark brown by Skin Food (Korean brand), a beige by Missha (Korean brand) and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “White on”.


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Magnetic nails! Come to mamma!

Magnetic nails polishes

This is what I used for this mani.

These are the things that I used for this mani. Sadly, unless you live in Korea or you are really familiar with Korean cosmetics, these exact brands may not much help. I used Missha, Modi Base Coat from Aritaum and Magnetic Nail Polish from Missha. Also, all the exact names are in Korean… so this is awkward! Moving swiftly along…

Magnet

Magnet for my magnetic polish

My polish came with a separate magnet. It has a diagram that shows the direction of stripes that the magnet will create.

Before

Before

I painted the magnetic nail polish on. As you can see, it looks normal. Then, I quickly (while the polish is still wet) held the magnet just above the nail. I had to be careful to keep the direction of the stripes in the direction I wanted it. Also, I had to hold the magnet really close to the nail to be effective (almost touching the nail) and hold it steady for about 20-30 seconds. This tactic worked well 🙂

After

After

Here’s what the nail looked like after the magnet.

 

Final Mani

Final Magnetic Mani

So this is the final mani. I hope you like it! What do you think? 🙂