Saturday, April 7, 2012

Step by Step: Gold Glittery Zebra Print

I'm seeing Easter nails everywhere but I must say I'm not in Easter mood at all, probably because I still can't believe it's already April. :/ Well, I ate already tons of chocolate eggs. :$ I hope I'll make an Easter mani till next week, when we're celebrating an Orthodox Easter. :) 

My nails really make me sad for months now and I can't find a reason why are they peeling so much, so of course I filed them down to nubs again. I have some peelies down to the nail bed so they need to grow out but even when they grow out, they start peeling on the same place. Annoying! :)

Oh well, when I'm having nubs, I tend to use something really neutral or when I'm in the mood, I do something crazy and fun and make them at least prettier with a design. :D So, I had this lovely combination in my minds and it turned out just perfectly.... Just like the title says: Gold Glittery Zebra Print. <3


They look so good on picture. :D It looks like I spent hours on doing them, but I was done so fast - just a fun layering and stamping and you get nails like this. :) It's very similar to the first Purple Sparkly Zebra Print I did months ago. :) I took pictures of all steps so I'm posting them here as a Step by Step "tutorial", but this is far from a tutorial, because it's really really easy. :D But in case someone who doesn't have an idea how to achieve nails like this, I posted all pictures, so more after a click. 
 All you need is a base coat, base color, a glitter nail polish, image plate with zebra print (you can also draw them but I'm not good in free hand designs :D ), stamping polish and a top coat. :)

Here's what I used for this manicure:
Nail Tek - Foundation 2
Essence - Irreplaceable
BM-223
Beauty Secrets TC Fast Finish Polish Dryer

I started with 2 coats of Essence - Irreplaceable. Nude with golden glass flecks - absolutely gorgeous! :L Very easy to apply, dries fast and looks gorgeous. :D Unfortunately this beauty was discontinued this March so I hope you all have this polish in your stash! :/
Nail Tek - Foundation 2
Essence - Irreplaceable / 2 coats

Then I added 1 coat of Essence - Make it Golden. &lt;3 I already showed it to you with Chuck (going back to see this post makes me even more sad, look at my long nails :c). I really like these 2 together! Make it Golden is still available so pick this beauty asap! It reminds me of DL's Boom Boom Pow. :)

Nail Tek - Foundation 2
Essence - Irreplaceable / 2 coats

I didn't stop there so I stamped zebra pattern from BM-223 with Wet n Wild - Black Créme and topped everything with a generous coat of top coat. First I tried to stamp this pattern with China Glaze - 2030 (gold metallic) but it was way to subtle as I wanted. :D But that's the reason I'm holding it in my hands, because that Black Créme's bottle isn't very flattering to hold. :D

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Nail Tek - Foundation 2
Essence - Irreplaceable / 2 coats
 Wet n Wild - Black Créme & BM-223 / stamping
Beauty Secrets TC Fast Finish Polish Dryer

Simple as that. :D Of course you can use another color combination you like, different patterns, it's all up to you. :) I usually never think of stamping over glitter polish but I think I should do it more often, because I really love how the glitters is peeking under the pattern. :L 

Let me know how do you like it and if you own any of these colors. I'm really a big fan of Color&Go minis from Essence - they're cheap, I love their brush, bottle with colored caps (genius idea :) ) and a lovely range of colors. Sometimes I wish they weren't minis, but in case I love the color, I pick 2 bottles. :D

Have a lovely weekend my dear readers  and followers, have a lovely and happy Easter! Thanks for reading!

Xoxo,
Ivana :k


55 Comment(s):

  1. Wow, that's such a pretty combo.

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  2. Your nails are so perfect :L I love how this looks, the gold and black are great together!

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    1. You're so sweet! Thank you! :h

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  3. This turned out to be such a beautiful manicure! I love the colors together. :)

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    1. Thank you! I was so happy when I saw the final result. :)

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  4. I am a sucker for animal prints and this one is gorgeous!!! I love the glitter with it, gives it something extra! Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

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    1. Thank you Tera! I definitely just started to love them, especially because you can make so many different combos. :) Have a lovely Easter!

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  5. this is gorgeous, never thought of adding glitter to a zebra but it looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you! Glitter really gives something extra to this manicure. :L

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  6. jxnzkkaowjNslqidb omg no matter what length your nails are I always absolutely adore them. They're so beautiful and your clean up is always flawless. *fangirls* :L

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    1. Thank you SO much Kirsten! :L Your comment makes me feel a bit better about my nails. :$ It's hard when I really want to grow them out but they just keep doing their thing. Oh well. xD

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  7. I love it! its so pretty and fancy, I need to try this i have irreplacable, i just need the gold. Happy easter.

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    1. You need Make it Golden too! Such a lovely glitter! :L Happy Easter dear!

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  8. OMG babe! I adore these! Thanks for posting the step by step! I'm definitely going to try this one out :) BTW - I love your nubbs :)

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    1. Thank you! :h First I didn't know if I should post them together, but now I'm happy at least someone finds them useful. :D I can't wait to see your manicure too!

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  9. Aw, I wouldn't be sad about your nail length. They look lovely the way they are :)

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    1. Thank you! :) I know they're not that horrible but I just love longer nail on me. :$ It's just what I prefer more on me, but of course I like my nubs too or I wouldn't post them. xD I still think if nails are polished with a pretty color or design, they can look gorgeous short or long. :)

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  10. OMG popolno <3 Verjetno si bom sposodila tole idejo

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    1. Hvala Ina! :h Kar kar, me prav zanima, kako izgleda na tvojih nohtih. :)

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  11. What a stunning combo! I love 'Irreplaceable' too and can't believe Essence discontinued it!

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    1. Thank you! Yap, Essence does this very often. :(

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  12. That's an amazing combo! I love how the stamping looks over the big glitter pieces.

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    1. Thank you Frances! :) Glitter really gives it another dimension. :D

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    2. I saw this color at the store today and remembered your post and bought it! I may try a similar design next...

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  13. Te han quedado perfectas. Gracias por tu arte. Un besote.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! :h

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  14. These are wonderful!! I love how pretty those Essence polishes are! :D

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    1. Thank you! :) I have so many of them and I still need to pick lots of them. :$

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  15. Just stunning, Ivana!! I bought Make it Golden, too and was wondering how to use it (I just layered on a couple nails but didn't satisfy me much)...And Irreplaceable is in my stash, too (not among my favourites) so I just have to try this mani!
    I'm a big fan of C&Go polishes, too. They are cheap but quality is good, and some shades are as special as high end ones ;-)
    I'm sorry for your nails :-( I hope stop peeling soon (but your hands look gorgeous all the same)!

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    1. Thank you Aly! :h You should try it over Chuck too, that was an awesome combo too! I really love that microshimmer inside, like a golden dust, so pretty. :L
      True, that's why I love them even more. :L Who doesn't love a great polish for a great price! Double win. :e
      Me too, they drives me nuts, but I can't do nothing. Need to get more treatments to try out. :) Thank you! :h

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    2. Today I tried it on a bronze-olive polish, I wanted to obtain a look similar to yours here, but haven't had the time to add stamping (all our friends came here for the Easter Monday BBQ). Anyway I love the subtle golden on bronze look, thanks for the suggestion!
      And I'll try it on Chuck too (less subtle, I guess :-))

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  16. Love your mani Ivana!! Sorry your nails are still peeling.

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    1. Thank you! I hope they'll start peeling soon! :D

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  17. Preprepreprekrasno :L :L :L

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  18. So gorgeous! Make It Golden is so lovely!

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  19. I like the gold glitter under the zebra print!

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  20. This is a gorgeous mani Ivana! I've got everything in my stash to do this too! ^_^

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    1. Thank you Rie! I can't wait to see it on your pretty nails! :L

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  21. dam se kladit da ovo ne bi izgledalo ovako fenomenalno na duljim noktima. kombinacija irreplacable i make it golden mi je veoma srcu draga, sljedeci put kad je napravim morat cu probat neki stamping preko

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    1. Joj, kod mene nema te podele, da nešto stoji bolje na kratkim ili duljim noktima. :D Kod mene sve stoji na svemu dok je sve uredno i dobro napravljeno. :$
      I meni je ta kombinacija prekrasna, baš su stvoreni jedno za drugo. x)

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  22. SOMEBODY TELL ME HOW I MISSED THIS POST ENTIRELY?!
    I love it love it love it to pieces!
    I need to try this look like YESTERDAY! WOW!

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