13 August 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Circus Inspired

Yes, I made it back from the States! No, I don't feel entirely human again yet, thanks to some neat-o jet lag that just won't die. Yes, I am so happy to be surrounded by my nail goodies again! And tragically, no, I was not able to buck that horrible tradition wherein my nails break to bits when I go out of town. Within 24 hours of leaving my flat, literally half my nails had broken down to the quick. I spent a month nursing them back to health...only to break my middle nail all over again just ONE DAY before I headed home. Oh, and I apparently have carpal tunnel now, which means I can't really feel half the fingers on my right hand, which makes doing my nails challenging, to say the least. Thankfully, I did this week's Twinsie Tuesday assignment, a circus-inspired manicure, before my trip, and I really liked how it came out!

I prefer circuses without animal acts these days, such as Cirque du Soleil, but when I was little, the word "circus" meant Ringling Bros., and Ringling Bros. meant tigers. A quick Google of "tiger nails" yielded this great design, which I absolutely had to try.

tiger print nails

After a base of (what else?) OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, I couldn't resist going with polishes from the On Safari collection, so the very roughly sponged gradient uses China Glaze Kalahari Kiss (hey, I used that for my first zebra nails too!) and China Glaze Desert Sun. Once those were dry, I used my Orly Jet Black nail art striper to add the tiger stripes.

Man, before I went to the States, I knew animal prints were in, but I just had no idea--they were everywhere!

tiger print nail art

Please swing by my fellow Twinsies for more circus-inspired manicures! Also, please wish me some drastically improved nail strength (and wrist strength, for good measure) because I am itching to get back to more nail art!

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Traci at DrinkCitra


  1. It looks great. The stripes are amazing

  2. I love how you did the gradient with the animal print, very nice!

  3. Mhmmm!!! Love the tiger stripes!!

  4. It is really well done, compliments!

  5. Gorgeous!! Hope you had a goo trip!

  6. I'm really sorry to hear that you have carpel tunnel syndromme :( Sad face!!!
    On the bright side, I am glad that you got back safe and sound from your trip, and your nails are as awesome as ever!! :D

  7. these are gorgeous! I love the colour combo as opposed to the usual orange tiger nails!! stunning :)

  8. I hope you had an awesome trip :D Love the mani!

  9. It's a really nice tiger print mani - it's way too long ago I wore one :)

  10. Beautiful!!! I'm so glad you had a safe trip! XOXOXO Wishing you much nail strength <3

  11. I'm glad your back from the states safely, hope you had fun!
    Love this mani, and I hope your carpal tunnel gets better asap so you can continue doing amazing manis!

  12. Get well soon! :-) I love the gradient and the final effect is simply perfect! :-)

  13. Love these colors, usually people do animal print with all kinds of colors, I really like the "natural" look of this :)

  14. Die Farben sind unglaublich schön, das gefällt mir.


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