Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Etsy Inspired Snow Leopard Konad Mani

For this look, I was inspired by a set of fake nails I saw on Etsy.  Click here to check them out!

I loved that they were matte instead of shiny and I loved that they used one of my favorite color combinations, blue and grey.  So, of course, I had to try this look out for myself! 

Good thing I had the right Konad plate on hand (m57)!

Here's what I did:

Snow Leopard mani inspired by Etsy nails

Topped with Essie Matte About You!
I LOVE this look!  I opted not to do the accent nail like the Etsy seller did.  She painted the ring fingers the opposite way and used a blue base with grey accent dots. (Honestly, I just forgot to do it. haha!)

OK. First, I did my usual Nail Magic treatment coat.  Then, 2 coats of China Glaze's Strong Adhesion Base Coat.  Then I did 2 coats of China Glaze Recycle for the base.  Topped that off with Konad Special Polish in Black for the leopard print using the m57 image plate.  And finally, the baby blue polish was a franken I made by mixing China Glaze Flyin' High with a bunch of white.   I added those dots with a toothpick dipped in polish.  Et, voila!

Mais, non.  That's when I ran into trouble.  I tried to put a coat of Out The Door on top of it to get everything to dry faster, and this happened:

Holy streaking polish, Batman!  That's one stripey pinkie!
Yeah, the OTD topcoad did not play nice with the Konad Special Black polish.  I'm sure it was totally dry, but it still smeared like a mother.  So....

I had to resort to using my goopy bottle of Seche Vite. If you apply it carefully in a glob and just push the glob around without touching the brush to the polish underneath, it doesn't streak (usually). 

After I waited for that to dry, I applied the Essie Matte About You and all was well in the world of polish for me!  ;0)

One more shot- you can't really see the streaking from normal range, anyway.

Yeah, you bad.
Lemme know what you think...and as always,

Love and nail polish, ladies!


  1. This is SO pretty!! I looked for this matte topcoat but they didn't have it anywhere! >:( GRRRRRRR, i wish i found it :(

  2. I'm sure it's cause you're on the islands, right? I just found it at Target here on the mainland. ;0( I'm sorry, sweetie! Keep looking!

  3. Gorgeous job!!!!! I love that you added different coloured accents!

    PS:on the stamp smearing, it's happened to me too, but only when the stamp wasn't 100% dry.. wait for it a little more next time, hopefully it will work for u as well!


  4. I love them!Love the matte effect, and I might try to do something similar with bright colors!Thanks for the idea girl!

  5. Thanks so much! I feel bad for taking credit for it- which is why I linked to the etsy page. that seller is the real creative genius here! LOL. I am proud of my little version, tho! XD

  6. love this! i really need to get this plate!



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