Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Guest Post: The Nail Network's Chelsea!

Hello, Manicured Monkey fans! My name is Chelsea, I run a little blog called The Nail Network and this is my first ever guest post! I'm so excited and flattered that Kristen asked me to do a post for you guys! :) I hope you like what I have to share with you!   
I've been feeling pretty adventurous lately as far as nail art goes, so I thought I'd give this awesome snakeskin design a shot. It was so much easier than I expected it to be and it turned out so awesome! The first step is, obviously, to apply your base coat; I used OPI Nail Envy Sensitive & Peeling because I'm trying to grow these babies out! ;) My base color for the snakeskin is two coats of China Glaze Pelican Gray. After that dried completely, I randomly painted some blobs of Revlon Stormy and OPI Skull and Glossbones and mixed them around a little bit; you can do this with the polish brush, a nail art brush, a toothpick, or whatever you happen to have laying around. When I was satisfied with how that looked, I stamped the snakeskin image from my Bundle Monster plates with OPI Lincoln Park After Dark and topped it with my favorite quick-dry top coat, Seche Vite. And this is what I had created: 

This mani was seriously so easy to do and I got complimented on it so many times. It really felt like I was wearing some of those really detailed nail polish strips. I think my favorite thing about this design is that you don't have to be really precise with it; the "blobbing" can be totally messy and random and it will still turn out awesome! I hope some of you decide to try this! Thanks for having me and I hope you enjoyed my post! :) 

Thanks Chelsea!! Giveaway update: Less than a week left to enter and I'm bringing back Hawaiian swag for a giveaway if the blog ends up at 1000 followers by Friday!! Make it happen monkeys!


  1. Adore the effect with the blobbing under the stamp, great touch!

  2. Hey Kristin, thanks so much for asking me to do a post for you! Hope you're having a blast in Hawaii!

  3. Can't wait to try this out with black and metallic green or teal or something :)

  4. I'm not usually a fan of snakeskin prints, but this manicure may change my mind a little.

  5. So pretty! I tried this but using brown, gold, and black, haha. :)


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