03 April 2013

Born Pretty Store Review: Simple Striping Tape Manicure

Hi everyone! I'm running on about four hours of sleep and I don't know if I can stay up until this evening (it's about 4pm here), so I'm posting earlier than I normally do. Yeah for getting things done!

Along with the clear rhinestones that the Born Pretty Store sent me a few weeks ago (you can find that review here), they also sent me a roll of striping tape to try out. Since I had never done a striping tape manicure before, I decided to keep it simple. For my inspiration I headed over to Pshiiit blog. Camille has many beautiful designs using striping tape, and most of them are very simple, yet beautiful nonetheless.

Simple striping tape manicure

About the tape: This is a single roll of silver striping tape. It has a holographic effect, which I really like. It's about 1mm wide and you get a sizeable amount on one roll. I know you can find cheap striping tape on eBay or Amazon where you get 12 rolls of tape, but I like that you can get them individually. That way you can only buy the colours you want, or just buy one roll to try it out first.

Simple striping tape manicure

Overall, the striping tape worked well, and it does what it's supposed to do. However, since this is a new thing for me, keep in mind that I have nothing to compare it to. But I'd like to hear from you. Have you tried striping tape from different retailers? Are they generally the same in terms of quality or do you find that there's variation depending on where you buy it from?

Simple striping tape manicure

About the design: Since it's also Autism Awareness month I wanted a design that was predominantly blue. I started with three coats of Enchanted Polish Ballerina Sprinkles. It's a beautiful pale blue scattered holo with a subtle golden/peach shimmer. Unfortunately though I don't think this one is still available. I applied a coat of Seche Vite, waited for it to dry then taped off the sections where I wanted the darker blue. For that I used Lacquer Lust Pow Chica Wow Wow, a navy blue linear holo. The striping tape was applied when everything was dry. I just made sure to line up the edge of the tape on one end, then trim with small scissors on the other end. On my accent nail I used Fanchromatic Nails Broken Holo Theory, a silver holo glitter topper with micro-glitter and shards.

Simple striping tape manicure

I found the striping tape very tricky to use, and I'm hoping it will be easier with more practice. But it might be a while before I get the patience to try something like this again!

You can get this striping tape from the Born Pretty Store. Don't forget to use my coupon code MSL91 for 10% off!

What do you think of this? Do you like striping tape manicures?

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

11 comments:

  1. I love this manicure! So elegant.

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    1. Thanks Kelli! I think that was kinda the look I was going for, so yeah!! :D

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  2. You might have kept it simple, but I LOVE them! You're making me want to try my striping tape now. :-)
    I bought a pack of 12 off of ebay (hehe) a few months ago, but I have yet to try them.

    Love the blues as well!

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    1. Thanks so much Chantal! Good luck with your tape mani! It's a bit challenging just because the stuff is just so dang tiny. I think using the tape to mask off (where you lay the tape down, paint a polish then pull up) might be an easier starting point. That's what I plan to do next time.

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  3. just love the mani and the colors Meghan, stunning :)
    I think too that it's challenging to work with the striping tape - and sometimes the result doesn't match the effort !!

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    1. Thanks so much Mette! I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way about striping tape! :P

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  4. Hi Meghan, I just love your mani, it is wonderful. I agree with Mette, I find working with striping tape a challenge, no matter which one I tried. I mostly wear nubs and am left with minimal space to stick onto the nail. So far prefer it to use it as separator during application and then remove it for good ;-) - Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine, I'm glad you liked this! :) I really enjoy your tape manis and the way you use the tape as a separator. I think you posted one recently. It's on my bucket list of things to try. :D

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    2. Yes, I did :-) - I am sure you will create something utterly beautiful - cannot wait to see it :-)))

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  5. I have a pack of different colored striping tape, but I really love the holographic in yours! I only recently tried it for the first time on a manicure for my sister. :) She loved it!

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