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Summertime Leopard Print Nail Art

Summer Leopard Print Manicure
I haven’t posted some fun nail art since Easter! Which is a tad crazy, but let me fill you in on WHY before I get into how to do this wonderful summertime nail art.

For the past little bit, my nails have been awful. Peeling, brittle, and just not growing. Even if they did grow, they broke very easily. It was quite awful, especially considering how much I love nail art. The good news is that my nails are back on track! I essentially just stopped painting them 3 times a week, and I’ve been using the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength as a base. That stuff is seriously amazing. Makes my nails SO strong. I’m very excited that my nails are back to normal, and that I can now start posting more nail art (just less frequently so I don’t destroy them again haha).

Back to this manicure…

If you read my blog at all, you know that my favourite Konad plate is m57. Between the leopard print and the lace, this plate gets used probably 80% of the time I do my nails. Of course, this means that my nail art gets a little boring so I try to find new ways to use this plate. I decided to only do two accent nails with the leopard print, and make it a little summer-y.

The pink polish is Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic, and the mint is Essie Mint Candy Apple. Once completely dry I applied the leopard print stamp using Konad black stamping polish. Then I filled in a few of the spots with a white and pink striper.

It’s that easy folks.

 

 

Easter Bunny and Chick Nail Art

Easter Bunny and Chick Nail Art

Just in time for Easter I’m here to share this adorable Easter Bunny and Chick nail art!

To get started, you will need to paint your nails in pastel colours. Feel free to choose your favourites, just be sure to have a yellow nail for the chick. The bunny can be placed on any nail colour.

Once your nails are dry, you can stamp 3 nails with Konad plate m79 – the polka dot stamp. If you don’t have a Konad stamp, feel free to use a toothpick, dotting tool or a nail pen.

Here’s a step by step on how to paint the Bunny and the Chick:

Easter Bunny and Chick Nail Art

I used a nail art pen and stripers to draw in all of my details. I find these tools really useful especially when doing my non-dominant hand. When you’re doing these designs try and pick out the simple shapes – for example, the bunny’s head is just a half circle and two ovals for ears!

Once you’re done, and every detail is dry you’re going to finish it off with a top coat!

A little bit of a warning – the Sally Hanson nail art pens, and the Seche Vite top coat don’t seem to mix well. I’m not sure if it’s because of my fake nails, but once I applied my top coat all of my white details became opaque. For this reason, I’d use either a striper or a toothpick dipped in nail polish to create these designs. If you’ve tried a top coat that works well with the Nail Art Pens, please let me know in the comments!

 

Bad Nail Day

Just proof that I’m a normal human, and I’m having a bad nail day!

Easter Egg Nail Design

I was trying out a new image plate full of Easter eggs, and nothing seemed to be working.
This happens to me often when I try a new design, but normally I just start from scratch and do another design. Tonight, I just didn’t have it in me to my paint my nails all over again.
…and that’s okay.

St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

It’s St. Patrick’s Day today, so here’s a fun nail design you can throw on just in time for your party!

St Patrick's Day Nail Art

How to get this nail polish look:

  • Paint your nails a bright green – I used Joe Fresh Lime Juice (unfortunately I don’t think you can buy this online!) and OPI Did It On ‘Em (from the Nicki Minaj collection) on my accent nail
  • Once completely dry you’re going to stamp the diagonal design from Konad plate s6 on your accent nail. I used the Konad special polish in Green for my stamping polish.
  • On all of my other nails I used the little shamrock looking design from plate m81, and stamped it on my nails using the green and white stamping polish. Just place them on randomly and fill up your nail!
  • Once my little shamrocks were on, I put on a gold glitter top coat (not on the accent nail). The gold glitter made the white polish turn  a cream colour which worked out perfectly.
  • Once your glitter top coat is on, you can finish the design off with your favourite top coat!

Earlier this week, I attended the Joe Fresh runway show during Toronto Fashion Week. It was pretty inspiring, so I decided to give Joe Fresh nail products a try!  I picked up 3 nail polish colours, one of them is the green I used as a base in this manicure (on my 4 fingers). I can’t decide if I love or hate this polish…It’s incredibly sheer, I actually used 3 coats and while it looks pretty opaque in the pictures I can still see through it on my nails in real life. On the plus side, it dries rather quickly which makes putting on those 3 coats less daunting. The other amazing thing about Joe Fresh nail polish is that it is incredibly affordable. One bottle is only $4, or you can buy three bottles for $10!

The other 2 colours I picked up are a bright pink and a bright blue – I’m guessing those will be quite transparent as well, but for now I’m willing to give them another chance.

St. Patrick’s Day Nails

St. Patrick's Day Nails

St. Patrick’s Day is next weekend, and I love any excuse for a festive nail art design!

To achieve this look:

  • Paint four of your nails with China Glaze Cha Cha Cha, and one of your nails with China Glaze White on White (or alternate fingers, or just choose one colour!)
  • Once completely dry you can stamp on the white clover. I used plate A02, which I purchase from Maytheps in a set.
  • Then use Konad plate m81, and stamp on the little clovers from the full nail design. I stamped the design twice, and then stamped the little one on a third time
  • Finish it off with your favourite top coat – or a glitter top coat!

…and just in case you need a little St. Paddy’s Day laugh, check out this hilarious site – Paddy, not Patty