Saturday, 10 November 2012

Glittery Leopard

Good morning (er...afternoon) everyone :)  I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

I used to do leopard print nails all the time - they were very much my go to nails when I couldn't think of anything else to do.  They're so quick and easy to do, but they look like they've taken a lot of effort!  Anyhoo, I realised I haven't done leopard print in a while, so I decided that's what I'd paint on my nails the other night.

I bought a few new glitter polishes the other day, so this had to be glittery of course!

I wanted to use my new Barry M Gold Glitter for the base.  I thought this was going to be a nice dense glitter like Red Glitter, but I layered it over Barry M Gold Foil just in case there were any little gaps.  Good job I did, because Gold Glitter is actually a lot more sparse than I was expecting.  Don't get me wrong, it's quite dense for a glitter, but you really wouldn't be able to build it up to be opaque on it's own.  I used 3 coats here, and I'm happy with it - I think it still achieved the look I was going for, especially in real life.

I then added dots of Jessica Ruffled Bottoms, and outlined the spots using a black nail art pen (that was going a bit mental and coming out so fast!  Hence the thick lines...).

So the next day (yesterday) I was thinking 'I've got challenge manicures I need to do...but I don't want to take off this glittery goodness!'.  But then, as I was buttoning up my coat, this happened.

Well the PVA glue base certainly did its job of making the glitter easier to remove!  Has anyone got any tips for making a manicure with a PVA base last a bit longer than a day or two?  Or will I just have to suck it up and remove it the old-fashioned way if I want to wear glitter for a few days?

Also, I'm hoping to get a few tutorials done this weekend.  Is a leopard print tutorial something people would be interested in, or is that something everyone's pretty happy with doing already?  If you've got any more suggestions of tutorials you'd like to see, just let me know in the comments (or if you're feeling shy you can email me at

Untried: Barry M Gold Glitter


  1. Wow I've never heard of using PVA on nails before, interesting! I really like this mani. The colours you used give it sort of regal feel too.

    1. I saw it on a few blogs, so I gave it a go, and it makes removal so much easier! Although clearly there's the risk of it just popping off lol.

  2. The only tip that's worked for me and made my PVA base last is to make sure not to get them wet for a couple of hours after doing them. I always ended up showering soon after the mani and it ended up softening the whole thing and it would chip in a hot minute.

    Awesome leopard print! The only time I freehanded this pattern my spacing was totally off. You definitely seem to have it down to a science! :)

  3. I tried a glitter leopard print the other day after seeing this shiny gold base :)