Happy Hump Day, ladies! We’re halfway through the week, and Saturday is within striking distance. Woot! Woot! I say we liven things up with a fun and easy “leopard” manicure; one that can be worn straight-up until the weekend, when a bit of sparkly polish transforms this mani into a party on your nails.
Ready? Let’s go….
I used the following products (all purchased by me or given as a gift by my lovely friend):
- butterLONDON Horse Power – a “nail fertilizer” (nourishing base coat treatment) that I’ve been wanting to try for ages, but at $19US a bottle, I just never got around to picking it up. Thanks to my St. Patrick’s Day secret elf, Meredith Hughes, I’m now the proud owner this much raved about product. Reapplied daily, for up to four weeks, I’m told that miracles will happen. My nails promise to let you know! Thanks again, Meredith!
- butterLONDON Cream Tea – goodness, this is a lovely soft white, and may now be my Favorite Ever “Winter” White. It applies like dream, but that was expected. I buy butterLONDON, relying on a consistently excellent formula, and that’s what I reliably get, each and every time. There’s so much crappy product quality control out there right now, that its refreshing to feel confidence about what you’re getting. I picked this one up last week at an Ulta $9.99 butterLONDON sale. For what it’s worth, I always purchase butterLONDON on sale, and save 30% on bottles that ordinarily go for $15US.
- butterLONDON Fash Pack – a neutral medium milk chocolate creme, dosed with a pinch of gold microshimmer (the brand doesn’t mention this on the product’s webpage, but it’s very evident)
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out – reliably smooth and glossy 1-coat true black creme.
- butterLONDON Fairy Cake – just as advertised: “Full coverage, silvery, multi-colour iridescent glitter suspended in a light grey base.”
- butterLONDON Hardwear – the brand’s contribution to the expanding world of fast-try top coats.
Over a base of Horse Power, I applied three ultra-thin coats of butterLONDON Cream Tea, allowing each coat to dry, before applying the next. Cream Tea is another must-have white (also check out the pretty pale greyish-ish white My Boyfriend Scales Walls, reviewed here, earlier this week), perfect for nail art. I can’t recommend it more strongly. Like many whites, it required multiple coats – in this case, three – to achieve opacity.
Once dry, it was time to decide on a tutorial. I’d never done a leopard-spotted manicure before, and as is becoming public knowledge, I have difficulty drawing stick figures.
In the end, and after watching several video tutes, I found my expert: CutePolish, home of the some of the best video nail art tutorials on the web. It didn’t surprise me to learn that her leopard nails video is super easy and fun. If done as instructed, you’ll end up with great results.
After a final layer of top coat, here’s how mine turned out…
Crisp, abstract and fun!
I find this a very wearable mani, perfect for office and play. Best of all, it takes only a minute to transform this already serviceable mani into its party version!
Meet butterLONDON Fairy Cake, that crazy-gorgeous, full-coverage, silvery multi-color micro knock-your-socks-off glitter polish.
My aim here was to gently highlight the center of each leopard’s dot, with a brush of sparkle.
Less than a minute later…
I was sealing the deal with a layer of Hardwear quick-dry top coat, and had myself some dressy leopards…
Pretty, don’t you think?
So, have you tried leopard print nails yet? And what do you think of the blinged up version? I say that under the glitter, it kind of loses a bit of its leopard-y vibe, but I certainly do like me some sparkle.
Thanks so much for dropping by. And remember: there’s lots more where these nails came from.
Don’t forget to check out my lovely co-challengers’ “L” contributions below, in this 12th week of Kimber’s ABC Challenge…