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cheetah nail art

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half cheetah nail artCheetah Nail Art once again, I know! If you have been following my blog for a while now, you will have noticed that this is my favorite design! It is just so easy to do and looks great in any color combinations!

And this time I decided to do a half nail cheetah print! And I love the result!

Cheetah Nail Art – The Materials

half cheetah nail art

Cheetah Nail Art – The How To

[infobox style=”alert-info”] After each step, I always gave the polish about 5 minutes to dry before I continued!  [/infobox]

After the base coat was dry, I added two layers of Alpine Snow as my base color!

I used a ripped up makeup sponge (a small piece) to add several coats of the purple! I decided to leave the ring finger all white as my accent nail!

With a dotting tool, I applied small purple dots on the white base.

I used a black gel pen to add the brackets around the dots and along the edge of the purple half, to give it a gradient feel.

After I had cleaned up the edges with nail polish remover, I applied a generous amount of top coat, to bring it all together!
half cheetah nail art


This nail art took me about one hour from start to finish! Suzi and the 7 Düsseldorf’s is my favorite purple of all times! And I dread the moment I run out, as it is part of a OPI special edition, and it won’t be easy to get my hands on a replacement!


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October 23, 2015 6 comments
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OPI Color paints pond nail art

OPI Color Paints Pond Nails Disclosure: Products have been purchased by me. No compensation has been given to me for this review.

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I had another play date with the OPI Color paints, and this time I used the Pond technique to create a 3D effect. I have been itching to try the pond nail art for quite some time. But I couldn’t get my hands on a polish that works for this.

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The Pond Nail Art is a technique where you use multiple coats of sheer polish (jelly consistency works best) and you apply dots (or other small designs) in between each layer. This will give your nail art a 3D depth effect.

OPI Color Paints Pond Nails – The Materials

Any of the colors of the OPI Color Paint collection will work for the pond technique, and I choose my favorite out of the bunch Turquoise Aesthetic. For the dots, I used OPI Alpine Snow and a small-sized dotting tool

OPI Color Paints Pond Nails – The Technique

Give the polish time to dry between each step

Starting off with a dry base polish, apply a thin coat of turquoise and after a couple of minutes a few dots. Again a layer of turquoise and then dots. I did a total of four layers. And of course as the final step a top coat.

The Pond technique is easy to pull off. All you need is the right kind of nail polish and a bit of patience to give each layer time to dry. The whole nail art took me about one hour from start to finish.

OPI color paints pond nail art

Close up look

The close up picture shows the in-depth look of this dots! And you can get creative with the shapes you want to layer in between. Hearts for Valentine, Pumpkin for Fall, and so on.

The OPI Color Paints collection is perfect for anyone that loves nail art but thinks they might lack the skills! Grab a few colors of OPI Color Paints and get creating, you can’t do wrong! You can read more about this collection and my first thoughts here.


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September 14, 2015 14 comments
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OPI Color Paint

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I have been procrastinating over this collection for quite a while now. And I finally had my first playdate with the OPI Color Paints. The possibilities with this collection are endless!

For today, I am just doing a quick introduction to the collection, and what makes it so special.

What is OPI Color Paints all About?

The OPI Color Paints collection consists of eight blendable, sheer colors and one base color (silver). What makes this so unique is that you can run wild with your creativity. And every single design will be unique with no skill required.

You can layer them over each other to come up with a brand new color. How about a gradient? Ever wanted to try a “Pond” manicure? And of course, my trusted and beloved Saran wrap technique! It doesn’t matter what you want to create; you can do it all with OPI Color Paints.

The OPI collection includes a silver canvas polish that is supposed to help make the colors pop. It does its job great. But when you apply it, you might catch yourselves screaming: Holly streaks, Batman!

I did some research on this problem, and I am not the only one, who came across this. And on the other hand, a lot of reviewers said that just a regular white polish as a base will do the trick too.

OPI Color Paints

My first date with OPI Color Paints

For my first play date, I used the Saran wrap technique. It is one of my favorites and gave me a good idea how these polishes work!

At first I wasn’t going to post any pictures of this, but after a couple of days I changed my mind. Hence, you can see some tip wear in the photos. Hope you don’t mind.

Another problem I had, when I applied my OPI RapiDry Top Coat, the whole design turned cloudy and lost its shine. At first I thought I grabbed the matte top coat by accident, but no, it was my regular fast drying top coat.

When looking into the issue, I found that I am the only one who that happened to (at least under the first three pages of a google search).

 I do not know if it is because of the fast drying quality, next time I use these polishes I will make sure to use a regular top coat.

OPI Color Paints

My first impression with OPI Color Paints leaves me with the urge to play with it all day long, and let my inner wild artist free rein! I think that everyone who enjoys painting their nails should have this collection, no matter you skill lever or lack thereof.

OPI Color Paints is available by selected retailers and amazon.com (affiliated link)


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August 26, 2015 4 comments
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dry brush nail art

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I have another nail art for you featuring nail polishes from the OPI Brights 2015 collection. And in the center of it all the My Car has Navy-gation polish.dry brush nail art

Before I move on to the how-to of the look, let me tell a bit about this polish. It is a pain in the neck to work with! It had taken a bit of fiddling with it before I was happy. But it is a gorgeous navy blue and at the end well worth the effort!

If you find yourself struggling with My Car has Navy-gation here are some tips:

  • Put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before you use it! The application will go smoother
  • apply over a white base color it will help to make the color pop
  • Lay it on thick. Get as much polish on that brush as possible, and with as little strokes as possible apply it
  • Finish up with a high gloss top coat, or go matte. Both finishes are gorgeous, in comparison on the satin finish this polish dries down to

Now on to the Dry Brush Nail Artdry brush nail art

The dry brush nail art is very easy to do and has a cool distressed look that will work for any length of nails and in any color combination

The polishes I used are (affiliated links):

Starting off with one coat alpine snow on all nails for the base color! Followed by two coats navy-gation on the thumb, pointer, and pinky.

To create the dry brush nail art, wipe of as much polish as possible off on the bottle neck of the polish and wipe the brush on a piece of paper to remove excess. You want as little polish as possible on the brush.

The apply to the nails. I find that a stippling motion works better than strokes. As the polish tends to collect on the tip of the nail.

Repeat the steps with other colors, and keep on layering until you are happy.

The dry brush nail art a quick to do as the individual layers (besides base color) dry super fast!dry brush nail art

So go ahead and give this dry brush method a try next time you do your nails! And do not forget to check out my dotticure that I also created with the OPI Brights polishes!

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This is part of the Sparkle Queen Nail Art Linkup! To see the rest of the beautiful collection go here

June 9, 2015 10 comments
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Dotticure with opi brights

All products used for this Dotticure with OPI Brights were purchased by me!

I’m a bit late to the game with the OPI Brights, but that is ok because you are not missing out! As of lately OPI has been letting me down with their new releases!

My gripe with this collection is that they are incredibly hard to work with! And I just can’t seem to pull off any nail art with it!

They are gorgeous colors on their own, even so you need gazillion coats over an “undie” (white polish) before the results are decent!

The worse one being My Car has Navy-Gation. But this horrible polish deserves its own post.

For today’s dotticure with OPI Brights, I used the two most manageable ones I Sea You Wear OPI and The Berry Thought of You!

Dotticure with opi brights

Dotticure with OPI Brights: I Sea You wear OPI and The Berry Though of You

I Sea You Wear OPI is a pretty blue glitter with a purple flash. Here is a closeup bottle shot to show off the sparkles and the purple.

Dotticure with opi brights

I Sea You Wear OPI – blue glitter polish with a purple flash

Starting with a white base color, I added four layers of I Sea You Wear OPI. Yes, you read that right, it took four layers before I was happy with it!

Starting with a white base color, I added four layers of I Sea You Wear OPI. Yes, you read that right, it took four layers before I was happy with it!

Then with a dotting tool I added dots with The Berry thought of You and thought that adding a ruffian touch to it would be nice. WRONG! The Berry thought of You is not opaque enough to layer with one coat. So I had to go over the ruffian and dots a few times before it was opaque. Which resulted in a bubbly mess 🙁

Dotticure with opi brights

It all looked prettier in my head

And one more picture in different lightening to make those sparkles shine! I couldn’t catch the purple on camera, no matter what angle I tried!

dotticure with OPI Brights

at least it has pretty sparkles

I can not recommend this collection in a clear conscience! You will easily find similar polishes with a better quality and for half the price

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May 21, 2015 3 comments
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Animal Print Nail Art

Have I told you before how much I love animal print nail art! And why? It is so damn easy to pull off, works with any color combination, and it is a success every single time! And that is why, my dears, I do them so often!

But I normally stick to my trusted cheetah print, and with today’s nail art I went all out. I added zebra stripes, yay me! And I dusted off my matte top coat to add that finishing touch!animal print nail art

I only used two nail polishes

  • OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Clinique Pink
  • black acrylic paint
  • striping brush and a dotting tool
  • OPI Matte Top CoatAnimal Print Nail Art

It was easy to do! I used the dotting tool for the cheetah print. Making large dots with pink polish, and after it was dry, I applied the black brackets around the spots with the smaller end of the tool and black acrylic paint.

For the zebra stripes, I used the stripping brush and the black paint. To make the line thicker, I put pressure on the brush. Just use less pressure to make the line thinner.

Animal print

My nails look so fierce! And the matte top coat just adds to the effect. The design looks almost printed on not painted!animal print

The animal print nail art is part of the Instagram #freehandchallenge! If you are a fellow IGer, check out the other ladies creations under this hashtag. And, of course, don’t forget to follow me, if you haven’t done so already!

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