09 March 2014

Leopard-chaun Nails


Time for me to start on some cute green designs for St. Patrick's Day! The first is one that I have had in mind for a while--at least the basic idea. I have been ill since I got back from holiday, but I didnt let that stop me from manicure time...

As you can see, it's a gradual shift from leopard to zebra, and I thought doing it all in green would be a great start to the series. Animal print is so cute on nails, isn't it?

The base colour is the bottle I'm holding--Cult Nails Deal With It. Nice limey neon shimmery green with a strong gold flash. This is one of 5 shades in the Untamed (aka Coco's Colors) collection released a couple of summers ago. Coco is the daughter of Cult Nails' creator Maria, and she was only 13 at the time she came up with these awesome polishes! I nearly went with Zoya Midori, but chose this at the last second. Midori is very similar to this, but a bit more subdued, both in hue and courseness of shimmer. I wanted bright and punchy, and Deal With It did not disappoint.

The dark green for the spots and stripes is China Glaze Glittering Garland, and the middle of the spots is China Glaze Paper Chasing. I used a dotting tool and striper brush to achieve this look.

I love how Paper Chasing has the same sort of gold flash as Deal With It. Perfect combo!

In lower light. Glittering Garland still glitters happily :D
As I was lying in bed coughing and mustering up the energy to write this post, I was thinking of how this looked like something a leprechaun would ride. "A leprechaun's pet leopard... oh my gawd, it's a leopardchaun. Is this a thing? I AM ABOUT TO MAKE IT A THING." I jumped up that second, grabbed some black and gold paints, and did an accent on the ring finger:

Black acrylic paint and Revlon #925 Gold Coin, to be exact.
How cute is that?? A "traditional" strap and buckle you might find on a leprechaun's hat.
Sealed in with two coats of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

I'm still giggling about this. Leopardchaun. Because if there's one thing I love more than a good pun, it's a bad pun.

Do you like this monochromatic animal print look as much as I do? Let me know in the comments! (I recently switched over to Disqus for my comment system, so I hope this makes it easier for people to chime in. I love hearing from you guys!)

Tune in next time for more St. Paddy's nails! xoxo

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