I think like me, many of you are nail polish and/or makeup “collectors” right? I never intended to start collecting makeup or nail polish but it just kind of wound up that way.
I think the first collection I had was MAC Lipsticks. Since I discovered them 20+ years ago I became obsessed with their lipstick. I still think they have the best lipstick line out there. So over the last 20+ years I have always had about 75-100 MAC lipsticks at any given time! Then slowly my nail polish collection started growing. Then I started blogging and everything EXPLODED into chaos, haha!
Today I’ve got a perfect manicure for those who might be a little, oh I don’t know, avant garde or daring. It’s what I call a Cat Fur Manicure. It’s actually not as time consuming as a lot of nail tutorials out there, which is a good thing for someone as impatient as I am. It can take a little practice though!
So what do you need for this tutorial? Not much. All you need is a base coat, some nostril scissors (or other small scissors will work) and some cat fur!
It helps to have access to a cat, to get the aforementioned fur. 🙂
For this tutorial I went with Chewbacca’s fur because it’s a nice orange color and orange, as you know, is very popular for spring and summer.
First thing to do is brush the cat to get some cat fur. I only had to go over Chewbacca’s coat maybe ten times to get a good amount of fur.
Then carefully pull out the fur from the brush. I try to take it out as gently as I can so it doesn’t get wadded up in a huge ball, which makes it difficult to lay out on the nail.
Next I snip sections out from the hair clump large enough to cover each nail. Make sure you have all ten done before you start the actual application process because it’s much easier that way.
- The first step with the actual manicure, after all the prep is done, is to paint on a layer of base coat.
- While the base coat is still wet apply your first section of hair right on top. Try to get all the hairs going in the same direction as much as possible.
- Then lightly press the hairs into the base coat so they stick.
- If you didn’t get enough hair with the first coat, you can lightly dab another layer of base coat on top of the first coat of fur, then lay down a second coat. Repeat the process of pressing it down to ensure it sticks to the nail.
- Next up is the trimming part. This is where the nostril scissors come in handy. You want to trim all the loose hairs that are sticking up off the edges of your nails and all around your fingers/cuticle area so it looks nice and neat. This is probably the most time consuming part of the process but it’s worth it!
- You can do a top coat if you wish to make the manicure last even longer but I kind of like mine to have a more organic look, so I didn’t use one here.
Viola! You now have a cat fur manicure and I pretty much guarantee you that you won’t see many other people with this design.
The cool thing about this is if you have different types of cats, you can have a different look. For instance I have a brown tabby named Squirt. If I wanted a darker, multi-colored mani, say because I am going out to an edgy restaurant for dinner, I could use her fur. And Sammy has pale peach/orange fur and pure white fur on his underbelly. So if I wanted a lighter more conservative look, say for a job interview, I could use his fur.
And the great thing is you could use any animal fur really! Parker has shiny jet black fur and some white fur, so I could do a black and white look with his. So many options!
Is this a manicure you would try?
By the way…
Happy St. Patrick’s Day (again)!
As I mentioned in my blog post today and on Twitter/Facebook, I wanted to share St. Patrick’s Day manicures from readers. I think it’s always fun to see the various ideas people come up with.
So without further ado, here they are!
From Nevermind Suzi.
From Sara Magdalena.
From The Feminine Files.
From The Manicured Monkey.
From Lacq Lustre.
From Lusty For Lacquer.
From Nail Club France.
From Newsie Nail Novice.
From Keely’s Nails.
From The Creative Owlette.
From My Fingertip Gallery.
From Bubbles and Baubles.
Thanks for submitting everyone!
There have been so many great spring products this year I can barely keep my head on straight! I decided to write a post showing you my picks of the very best of the best of spring 2014 (so far at least). I have to say though, it was really hard to just pick 12 items/collections because there were so many great ones!
- Deborah Lippmann Spring Reverie Collection ($18 each)
I really liked this collection of soft pastel creme shades, but especially Build Me Up Buttercup, Spring Buds and Flowers In Her Hair.
- Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color ($6.49 each)
These new Milani lip shades are incredible! Super intense and super saturated. They are SO worth hunting down.
- theBalm Instain ($22 each)
Instain Blushes are insanely cute but they also deliver as powerful, colorful punch. Good stuff!
- Milani Coming Up Roses ($7.99 each)
I think this is probably one of the best things ever for spring. Super pigmented blushes in a 3D rose shaped form? Yes please!
- theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer ($24)
Cindy-Lou Manizer is the latest convicted dame from theBalm, and my favorite! See why.
- Too Faced Chocolate Bar ($49)
This palette rocked my world. Not only because it really does look and smell like a chocolate bar, but there are some beautiful shades inside.
- Too Faced Sweethearts Powder Flush Blush ($30 each)
Two new shades of this blush came out for spring and both are so pretty. I love to just gaze at them!
- OPI Brazil ($4.50 each)
There are some shades in this collection that have me so excited for warmer weather and they include I Just Can’t Cope-acabana, Where Did Suzi’s Man-go?, Live. Love. Carnival and Toucan Do It If You Try.
- Nicole by OPI Roughles ($7.99 each)
I can’t even think of the last time I loved an entire collection so much. I LOVE THESE!
- Wet n Wild Fergie Vicious Varnish High Shine Lip Stain ($3.49 each)
I really wasn’t expecting these to be as cool as they turned out to be. There are some really gorgeous glossy bright shades in this collection, and the price is so right.
- Nubar Crushed Candy Collection ($9.00 each)
I completely adore so many of these shades! They are unique and look so cool and different depending on what shade you layer them over. Excellent collection.
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes ($26 each)
Gorgeous shades, as per usual. There are three new full-sized ones out, check them out!
What are your top picks for spring?
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