Nude and Neon Leopard Nails

I’m on a leopard print kick!  So here’s another fun catty mani for you!

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If you’d like to see a tutorial, Polish Alcoholic has a nice one here: TUTORIAL.  A year ago I commented on her tutorial that I loved it…  why did it take me so long to try it?  I have no clue!

  • I started with a base of Sally Hansen Maximum Growth
  • then did two coats of OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around
  • then quickly made some pink, blue and green splotches using 3 neon nail lacquers from Cynthia Rowley
  • then I outlined the neon dots using a black skinny striper polish from L.A. Colors
  • lastly, I finished with a coat of seche vite

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Hope you survived the week.  Living for the weekend, amiright?  Have a great one everybody!

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Day 23 of OMD Challenge- Equalizer Nails

Day 23 is all about music!  I’m on a bit of a stamping kick lately… but I’ll go ahead and post my 3rd stamp design in a row!  music_equalizer_nails

I’m wearing EQUALIZER NAILS today!  A few other girls in the Oh Mon Dieu Nail Challenge had the same equalizer idea.  I guess we were on the same wavelength: check out Vic’s and Seize the Nail’s designs!   I was the only one that ‘cheated’ by using a stamp though! LOL

For my look I started with two coats of Alpine Snow by OPI.  When that was dry I sponged on stripes of four bright neon colors.  Then I topped it off with my CH31 Cheeky stamp and Konad black polish.  That cheeky stamp is very wide!  I had a lot of black polish to clean up off my skin!  Fun times.
Here’s the bright colors that I’m wearing:

RED ♥ Zoya Carmen (looks pink over top of my white base!)

ORANGE ♥ China Glaze Sun Worshiper (so bright!)

YELLOW ♥ China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (highlighter yellow)

GREEN ♥ Cynthia Rowley Neon Green (un-named)

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This mani was fun!  Easy to do on both hands too.  The funny thing is, I had a nail break on my dominant right hand last week, so I recently shortened all my nails, especially on that hand.  Turns out, it was so much easier to stamp on those shorter nails.  I kinda feel like going even shorter now!  I’ve noticed that my nail length has fluctuated a bit since I’ve started blogging.  They have been super long (here) and kinda short (here)… but I haven’t really settled on my signature length yet.  Not sure if I ever will!  I’m not habitual or predictable and I guess I change my mind a lot.  I’m the type of person that manages to do the same thing different every time!  So right now I want short nails.  In a week I’ll probably want them long again.  Who knows!

Check out the remaining themes for July↓  They get verrry interestingggg….. better put my creativity cap on!

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23. Music Themed :

Day 8 of the OMD Challenge-Matte Floral

Day 8 of the Oh Mon Dieu Rather Awesome Challenge is MATTE.  I love matte on top of nail art!  And today I’ve got a big bright mattified design for you!

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I’m wearing a strengthening base coat and then three coats of Salon Perfect Flamingo Flair.  Turns out that this neon has a really crappy formula 😦  Good thing the color is great, or I would just toss this polish aside for good.  It’s thick, chalky and streaky and dries very dull.  The polish was stacked up so thick that I had to apply a coat of seche vite to help the goopiness settle down.  And then I noticed that it was still super dull and flat-looking.  It wasn’t the slightest bit glossy- even with a healthy layer of top coat.  Good thing I’ll be mattifying it soon anyway!

Then I painted some random tropical looking flowers on top using FolkArt acrylic craft paint and topped it with one coat of  MASH Matte Topper.  I can’t compare MASH to other brands since it’s the only one I’ve ever tried, but I love it!  It was cheap, dries fast, and gives a nice effective matte finish on top of my nail art.

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Initially I liked the final result- it was really bright and tropical-looking.  And the Flamingo Flair almost seems to glow in the dark in dim lighting.  But otherwise, this mani was sorta a let down.  My Flamingo Flair chipped in less than 14 hrs. And half of those hours I was sleeping!   This was my first bottle of Salon Perfect nail polish… and if this shade is any indication of the quality of their products… then this will be my last!  Once it started chipping I couldn’t wait to get it off!  On the bright side, that means I can start prepping for my day 9 textured design.  See you then!  😀 Oh, and if you’re just hearing about the nail challenge- it’s not too late!  You can still join in!
8. Matte :

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Day 6 of OMD Challenge- BAM Neon Cloud Mani!

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Welcome to day 6 of the OMD Challenge!  I’m psyched that today is NEON DAY since I have always been a huge fan of neon polishes.  The brighter, the better!  I love wearing nails that are eye catching.  I spend a lot of time on my nails- so I guess I want people to see them?  Hehehe.  Do you feel the same way?

I have the perfect polish for today’s theme!  It’s a bright green from Funky Fingers called Limelight.  I went with a ‘cloud mani’ for this design.  Have you ever tried it?  If not, you gotta!  It’s so simple and no special tools required!  Here’s an excellent photo tutorial on Nailside blog.

For this design I’m wearing:

Funky Fingers ♥ Limelight (2 easy coats)

NYC ♥ Black Lace Creme

NYC ♥ French White Tip

Cheeky CH47 Plate ♥ BAM stamp applied with Konad black polish

BAM!  It’s so bright and in your face!  Here’s a swatch of Limelight since it’s just so pretty- I couldn’t resist photographing it before I started my nail art.↓  I actually won this green from In The Gray Area’s awesome giveaway!  I feel like I could do a whole month’s worth of posts using all the cool polishes that J sent me.  15 in total!  So, if you’re out there and you haven’t won a giveaway yet- keep trying!  YOUR DAY WILL COME!  Maybe you will enter the OMD challenge and win the giveaway at the end?  Ya never know!  😀

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You can see the other designs here:
6. Neon :

And here’s the themes for the upcoming days:

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Sally Hansen Dry and Go Drops Review

sally_hansen_dry_go_dropsI love a good review!!   My ears always perk up when someone talks about whether a product lives up to it’s promises. Give me the scoop!! Lately I’ve been interested in those quick drying drops that we see on the market. So when I spotted these Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops at Harmon store for $6.39 I decided to give them a go.  I have been impressed with Sally Hansen lately since their Maximum Growth Treatment has made my nails long and in tip-top shape… so let’s see how their drying drops work.  Dazzle me, Sally Hansen!

PACKAGING This product packaging claims that this is a fast nail polish dryer which helps prevent smudges and dings.  Your nails are supposed to be dry to the touch in 60 seconds, and completely dry within 2 minutes.  It also has vitamin E to moisturize the cuticles (this is the part I was most worried about- I definitely don’t want to dry my cuticles out from whatever quick-dry chemicals are in here).  The bottle is 11ml which is larger than many of it’s competitors (like Qtica).  It comes with a black cap that you remove and discard… and then replace with the included dropper cap.

APPLICATION:  It says to apply nail color and top coat and then wait 60 seconds.  Then drip 1 or 2 drops of this stuff on each nail.

I started with a completely dry base coat that was painted on the day before.  Then I applied one coat of this awesome neon from Color Club called Lava Lamp.  I waited for the first coat to dry completely- probably a good 45 min.  Then I applied two more coats of Lava Lamp (about ten minutes apart).  So essentially I had three coats of color.  Then I did one coat of Sally Hansen Nail Shine Miracle topcoat.  I waited 60 seconds as instructed….and I then applied two drips of the Dry & Go drops to each nail.  Here’s what my nails looked like last night right after applying the drops. ↓

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ACTUAL RESULTS:  Sorry, but this stuff doesn’t really work that well.  My nails still felt tacky after a few minutes.  If I very lightly swept the pad of my finger over the surface of my nail I suppose it felt a tiny bit dryish, sort of.  But definitely not dry.  If I wasn’t laying on the couch watching a movie I would have dinged up my nails for sure.  However, my cuticles were happy with these drops!  They really felt moisturized and conditioned (to my surprise).   I went to bed two hours after applying these Dry & Go Drops and uh-oh… here’s what I woke up to in the morning.  Sheet marks! ↓

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FINAL THOUGHTS:  This product doesn’t live up to it’s promises.  I would have had better luck drying my nails with my old trusty- Seche Vite. However, I did like how my cuticles were moisturized by the drops.  This product wasn’t a total wash.  I think I will still use it from time to time while doing nail art.  I hate waiting for my nails to dry before I apply nail guide stickers, or striping tape- so I bet this stuff might come in handy to cut down drying time a little bit.  It also works better with less layers of polish.  I know this because my sheet marks were really bad on my left hand with three coats, but my right hand only had two coats of my Color Club polish and they didn’t smoosh nearly as much.  So, I guess Dry & Go Drops could come in handy if your mani only has one or two coats of color.  Would I recommend this product?  Probably not.  But I think I can still get some use out of it!

Side note:  I love this Lava Lamp nail polish.  The formula is a little goopy- but the color is to die for!  It’s this crazy combo of red and orange and it’s as bright as the sun in real life.  My boyfriend says I can land planes with these nails!  Yeah, my nails sorta do share a likeness to air traffic control wands.  And I like it.   😀
Don’t forget about our OMD Nail Art Challenge in July!  Here’s a pic of our prize packs… does it tempt the nail polish hoarder within you?
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Ten Minute Tie Dye Nails

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Ten minute nail art?  How cool is that?  I whipped these babies together in no time!  I did a base coat or Orly Ridge Filler… then I painted four different strips of bright colors.  I just sort of glopped them on very thick and messy.  Then I dragged a dotting tool through them to create the tie dye effect.  It would probably look nice with a bright white base coat- but I was going for quick and easy today so I skipped that part.  For such a ‘quick n dirty’ technique it came out pretty cool I think.  This could be a great option for some quick summertime nail art!

Have you ever tried tie dye nails?  I imagine that there’s a lot of different tie dye techniques out there!

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Yellow ♥ China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Orange ♥ China Glaze Sun Worshiper

Pink ♥ OPI Elephantastic Pink

Teal ♥ wet n wild I Need a Refresh-Mint

Striping Tape Peace Signs

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It’s TAPE MANI day in the April Nail Art Challenge.  Striping tape always amazes me!  Every time I use it I’m like WOW- this stuff is great!  It peels off your nail without a problem and what an easy way to get some crisp clean nail art!

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I started with a few base coats of my neon green polish by Cynthia Rowley. It’s so bright and green that it really reminded me of Earth Day from earlier in the week.  I taped my nails with some inexpensive striping tape from amazon and it surprisingly didn’t take very long.  Then I topped it off with an awesome teal holo!    This scattered holo is called Teal Dimension from L.A. Girl.  I’ve swatched other holos from that collection here and here. I can’t get enough of this stuff!   Then when I peeled the tape off the neon-it was like POW against the teal!  The whole color combo and the peace sign remind me of Earth, Mother Nature, peace and love.  I hope you like it cuz it was fun for me to wear! Peace! xx