Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Monochrome & Textured Leopard Print


Hi everyone!

I'm really into black and white nail art lately so today's post is also about a black and white design!
I had actually planned do to something with acrylic paints but that was a total fail, so I quickly did some leopard print because that is my go-to design when all else fails and it's super late at night.


For this quick design I used: 
Alpine Snow - OPI
Frosted Purple - Gosh
Black acrylic paint


Although the name of the Frosted Sand polish is Frosted Purple, it doesn't really look purple at all. You can sometimes notice a purpleness in the polish, but it's not very obvious and if the name of the polish didn't have the word "purple" in it, I wouldn't have noticed this purpleness at all I think.


 You know how leopard print goes: three coats of Alpine Snow, make the spots with a dotting tool and then do the black outlines with a small brush.

I did the black outlines with acrylic paint because I wanted to try that out a bit - I just bought a set of 12 colours, just a cheap set so they're not very good paints but I just wanted to try acrylic paint out.

It is true that it's so much easier to work with than with polish! Now, my black polish I normally use for leopard print is a bit old, I'm halfway through the bottle so it's a bit gloopy, which I notice a lot when using it. I had no problems when using acrylic paint, it went a lot smoother than with my black polish.


I also put on a shiny topcoat afterwards because I wanted to see how the Froster Sand polish would look then. There's not a very noticeably difference, the grey looks a bit darker and glossier but that's about it:



What is your go-to design when all else fails? :)

Thanks for reading!

24 comments:

  1. Great idea to apply the spots with textured polish, it is a fantastic combination!

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I do leopard print so often I felt like I had to do some kind of twist on it this time haha :)

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  2. Love that textured polish! And I like this pattern, a lot! :) I saw very similiar stickers lately but with gold accent:)

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    1. Thank you Ela! I like this pattern a lot too haha! ;)

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  3. very nice mani! i bought exact the same gosh polish and didn't saw it was a sand polish so i gave it away. i really dislike textured polishes... but your mani looks beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I actually wanted to buy Frosted Plum after seeing some gorgeous swatches on AJ's blog (http://goo.gl/SemZYx) but I couldn't find it anywhere in the stores here - maybe it's just not for sale in my country :/ So I opted for this one instead, although it's not very purple ;)

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    2. in austria you get them at BIPA, i don't know if they have stores in Belgium and the online store sends only to Austria at the moment...

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    3. I have never heard of BIPA so I think they don't exist in my country :) I will just browse every polish store until I locate Frosted Plum. Which isn't such a bad thing haha :)

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  4. My go-to design is usually just plain creme or no polish at all lol. Love the kinda-heart-looking leopard print. I actually tried to do it a few weeks ago (inspired by you obviously) but failed miserably :( Gotta have to give it a go again soon I think it looks amazing, especially with textured polish!!!

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    1. Thank you! I cannot stand not wearing polish to be honest - I live in constant fear of breaking a nail when I'm polish-less haha! Wow, I am so honoured that you liked my design enough to try it out, that's so amazing! I'm sure it looked great though - but I'm looking forward to seeing the second try :)

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  5. Love these ones too! Love all your posts, just added your blog to my favourite blogs sidebar!
    Little Red x

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    1. Oh wow thank you so much! That's a really big compliment, you absolutely made my evening! :D

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  6. Wonderful design! And you are right, leopard print is very easy to do and always looks gorgeous!))

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    1. Thank you! It is indeed super easy but always so great!

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  7. Your manis are always stunning! I love the shape of your nails <3

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    1. Thank you! I love it too haha :)

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  8. Omg, your manicure is lovely :)

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  9. Stunning Leopard print :D *jaw dropper*

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  10. This design is so so pretty! I've looked at it a few times, can't believe I haven't commented already! It looks so perfect and I just love those colours x

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  11. I was just commenting on this about how I can't believe I haven't commented on this design before now because it's so gorgeous and I have looked at it a few times now, and then my comment disappeared :o ! Anyway, I love it, especially the colours you chose!

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    1. Oh no is Blogger being difficult again?! I have that sometimes as well, that I comment on something and it just doesn't appear :s Your comment came through fine though so don't worry! :)

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