Saturday, July 21, 2012

Classic Leopard

Hi everyone!!  Thank you all so much for all the well wishes!  I am feeling much, much better today!!
The boys all busied themselves with some PS3 this evening, so I had some time to sit down and do this!  I know what you're thinking, "Seriously, Nicole?  More leopard??"  Yeah, I like leopard.  

I started off with two coats of Ulta Plum Street, a deep red creme.

Next, I taped off the top section of my nail to create the half moon look.  (I do these easily by using those little notebook paper hole protectors.)

I then added one coat of China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, a nice sandy creme.

Next, I used my medium sized dotting tool with China Glaze Desert Sun, a soft carmel creme, to place some random dots that would serve as the center of the rosettes.  

I then used Kiss Black with my tiny dotting tool and formed the outside rosette rings.

This step was by far the most lengthy of all, I can assure you.

I finished it all off with one coat of SV.

Truth be told, this took me around two hours to create.  It was so nice to take my time with this!!

I am so thrilled with the end result, and I hope you are as well!!
I can't wait to see these out in the sun tomorrow! ...

Sun shots as promised!!!!

Happy Painting!


  1. Looks beautiful. I've wanted to try this one for a while :)

  2. Wow these are stunning!, Really, you made me want these on my nails!

  3. You're lengthy mani paid off. I am not a fan of animal print on me but these are great.

  4. This is gorgeous! I never thought of using those notebook hole protectors for half moons, genius!

    I love the look but I haven't tried leopard yet. Any tips you might have so that I don't make a complete mess of it?

  5. Love it! This mani looks amazing!

  6. I love your nails.. So awesome.. It is nice to be able to drop by again to see your blog.. lol.. Take Care! Nicky

  7. This is gorgeous. I love the jelly-like look of the red underneath!

  8. It was well worth the effort! I like the half moon of Ulta Plum Street and leopard print combination. Beautiful work!

  9. it's beautiful and who ever gets tired of leopard!? those people are what i call crazy...

  10. i LOVE this!! red and leopard is my favorite combo! this is so beautiful

  11. Love the combo of the moon and the leopard! very creative! <3

  12. That is so gorgeous! Thanks for mentioning that you do this with those paper reinforcements! I was wondering how the half moons were done!

  13. I never get tired of leopard print and I love the twist you came up with with the half moons. I have both KK and DS- I'm going to have to try them out as a leopard print now!

  14. I'm usually not into half moon mani's but I would be willing to try this one for sure! I can't believe you do this all freehanded. That is crazy! But it looks amazing!


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