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Calico Splatter

16 May

I was looking for inspiration the other day.  You can get ideas from pretty much anything.  My inspiration for this mani was my cat.  She is a pest most of the time, but she sure is cute.  Seriously, she is one of the sweetest looking cats I’ve ever seen, but don’t let her fool you.  She doesn’t shy away from a fight.  Just last week she scratched and bit the neighbor kid when he crawled under our car after her.  Poor kid.

She is a calico and for this design, I mimicked her colors.  I haven’t done a splatter for a while.  I probably should’ve taped off my fingers.  I forgot how messy they get.  I found this to be harder to clean up than a water marble.

I started with a white base, just like kitty.  Then with my straw, splatted on China Glaze Liquid Leather.  To get my butterscotchy orange color, I mixed four different polishes; two oranges and two browns.  I added some Sinful Colors Snow me White, then went through with the black again.  I think the black  was the reason clean up was such a pain.  Getting black polish out of your cuticles can be difficult.

I wasn’t in love with this manicure until I put a top coat on it.  A glossy top coat can make all the difference in the world.  I’m loving this one and might just wear it for a few days.

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9 Responses to “Calico Splatter”

  1. Jenna Froggy May 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    My cat is solid white…no inspiration there, lol. I love how this turned out though, it is so gorgeous :O)

  2. GoingtotheShowing May 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Rachel, what top coat do you usually use?

    And this is lovely!

    • TopCoatIt May 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      As of late my favorite is Poshe. I used to use Seche Vite or Jordana Quick Shine because they don’t smear my nail art, but they both have shrinkage issues (SV more than Jordana) and hate that they get so thick as they age. Poshe dries fast, doesn’t shrink and doesn’t smear. I usually do need 2 coats to get the shine and smoothness of SV, but that’s not a deal breaker for me.

      • GoingtotheShowing May 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

        Thanks for letting me know! I have yet to find me a fav top coat. I dont wanna and have never used SV because of the warning labels but I should def try out Poshe. Thanks!

      • TopCoatIt May 18, 2012 at 9:17 am #

        No problem!

  3. Tara May 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    I think this is really pretty!

  4. Laurie May 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    OOOOOH I love this!!! I love those splatters that have non traditionally colors and this is one of them!!! SO COOL!

  5. Sandy May 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    So pretty! It does remind me of a calico—we have one in the neighborhood and she’s sweet. I personally have 6 cats, but no calicos. And I have NO talent for nail art. I just like to layer polishes. Mostly, it comes out fine. I have to read your article about top coats, specifically quick dry ones. Can you tell me whether you know if Out the Door is Cruelty-free? And, for that matter, SV? It’s def a deal-breaker for me. Thanks! ^-^
    BTW, love your blog and will subscribe today!

    • TopCoatIt May 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      Thanks Sandy! I haven’t been able to find cruelty free info on either top coat. You can find pretty detailed lists, Don’t Test and Do Test from PETA’s website.

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