Showing posts with label tape mani. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tape mani. Show all posts

13 March 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Brands, Day Two: Ode To Kodachrome

Hi everyone! I'm now a day behind with the Digit-al Dozen challenge, which means I'll either try to catch up during the week, or on the weekend. Today's design is inspired by Kodak, and its most iconic film, Kodachrome. One thing you probably don't know about me is that I have a love of film photography. I don't get a chance to practice much, and it's not something I excel at, but I have several film cameras, including a few older ones and a Lomography camera.

Ode to Kodachrome

14 February 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Vintage: Country Floral

Hi everyone! I've got some work deadlines coming up so my posting may be sporadic for the rest of the week, but I'm hoping to get my Digit-al Dozen posts up by the weekend. I still have one more design to post, and one more to paint, and I'm really looking forward to both!



01 February 2014

SoFlaJo Goldstone: Swatches, Review, and Classic Studs

Hi everyone! SoFlaJo is a Florida-based indie brand that's been on my radar for some time now, and I recently got the opportunity to try a few of their polishes. Jody, the maker, was kind enough to send me four polishes, so I'll be showing them to you over the next week or two.

SoFlaJo Goldstone Swatch

When I opened up the package, I immediately went for Goldstone, probably because of the beautiful gold shimmer. And I couldn't resist doing some nail art to complement it. Keep reading to check out the simple tape and stud manicure that I came up with!

29 January 2014

Wing Dust Collections Perfect Day: Swatches, Review and Some Simple Taping

Hi everyone! Tonight's post features a polish that I've had my eye on forever. I've been wanting Wing Dust Collections Perfect Day ever since it came out in the summer. I was able to get it at a recent restock, and literally the moment I opened my mail I wanted to use it right away! To be honest I see a lot of polish, and it takes a lot to make me excited, so it's great when I come across something so perfect.

Wing Dust Collections Perfect Day

Wing Dust Collections Perfect Day

And because I'm trying to improve my taping skills, I thought I'd experiment with a simple taped design. I still have a ways to go, but I think I'm improving. ;)

17 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Eleven, Polka Dots: Zoya Stunning Dots + Gradients

Hi everyone! After my design for day ten of the challenge - gradient nails - I've been wanting to do more gradients, and specifically taped gradient nails. So when figuring out what to do for today's challenge, it came to me that I could combine polka dots and gradients, while practicing my tape mani skills.

Zoya Stunning dots + gradient nail art

It also was a chance to use the polishes from the Zoya Stunning collection before I start getting really distracted by the fall colours and collections. Aside from the base colour (OPI My Vampire is Buff), all polishes used for this design are from the Zoya Stunning collection: Zoya Darcy (yellow creme), Thandie (orange creme), Micky (light pink creme), Yana (darker pink creme), Josie (green creme), and Rocky (sky blue creme). The contrast to the cream-coloured base really makes the colours more vibrant and bright, at least I think so.

Zoya Stunning dots + gradient nail art

To get this look: The process is a bit complicated to explain so I'll do a step-by-step:

Step #1: Paint all nails with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff. Let dry and use a quick dry top coat but only on the ring and middle nails.

Step #2: On your pinky, index and thumb do a two-colour gradient using a makeup sponge. For my pinky and thumb I used Josie and Rocky, while my index nail is a combination of Micky and Thandie. Seal those nails with a quick dry top coat.

Step #3: Let your nails dry completely, about 30 minutes, before moving on to the taping.

Zoya Stunning dots + gradient nail art

Step #4: Press pieces of tape on your skin to remove most of the tact. On your ring and middle nails tape off the bottom portion of the nail and do a two-colour gradient on top. I used Yana and Rocky on my ring fingernail and Darcy and Josie on my middle.

Step #5: Tape off the bottom portion of the fingernail on your pinky, index and thumb. Paint the exposed part with two coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff. Don't let it dry too much, you just want to do two quick coats - one right after another - and pull off the tape before the polish starts to dry.

Step #6: Finish with the dots using a tiny dotting tool, and seal design with a quick dry top coat.

Zoya Stunning dots + gradient nail art

I hope the step-by-step was clear. I feel like this design is not my usual type of work, but I rather like it. I like the bright, cheerful colours, and I like that it is different from what I normally do.

What do you think of this design? Would you be interested in a tutorial?

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14 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Ten, Gradient: Whole Lotta Girly Bits

Hi everyone! Apologies for the late post, I meant to post my challenge mani last night but I fell asleep editing photos, lol! I'm not sure how other bloggers feel, but editing photos is probably the most boring aspect of blogging for me. On the bright side, maybe it could cure a case of insomnia?! :P

Polishes used L-R: Girly Bits Lover's Coral, Mint To Be, and Private Dancer (not pictured Jini Goes Indie!),
OPI My Vampire is Buff

About this design: The other day I received an awesome nail mail package from Girly Bits Cosmetics, including their new creme polishes that were sent for review. I'll have swatches very soon, but in the mean time, here's a bit of a teaser. The colours are so fun and bright I had to use them right away, and since they look good together, combining them in a gradient seemed to be the perfect solution.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

I've done some regular gradients before, so I decided to challenge myself by taping off sections for a taped gradient design. My taping skills still need some work but overall this wasn't an extremely difficult design.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

How to get this look: I used OPI My Vampire is Buff as my base and sealed my pinky, middle and index nails with KBShimmer Clearly On Top - a fast dry top coat. I waited for about 30 minutes for that to dry before taping those sections off with scotch tape (tip: remove the tact by sticking the tape to your skin a few times).

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

The gradient was done with a makeup sponge and Girly Bits Private Dancer, Lover's Coral, and Mint to Be. The glitter on my ring and thumb nails is Girly Bits Jini Goes Indie! - a great multi-coloured glitter topper with pink shimmer.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

Overall, I'm really happy with how the colours worked well together. The coral and mint do not make for a smooth gradient, but they look great together nonetheless. My taping skills still need some work, my lines are not always even and my angles are off on my middle finger, but that's something I want to practice.

What do you think of this look? Have you tried a taped gradient design?

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16 July 2013

Perfect Pairings: Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

Hi everyone! Last week the new Rainbow Honey collection arrived at my house. And despite the initial damper of having to pay customs fees (on top of the cost of buying the polish), I was super excited to get my hands on this collection. I didn't get a chance to swatch them because I was away visiting my dad and aunts over the weekend, but I knew that I wanted to start using them for some nail art!

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

My taping skills are something I want to work on, so I decided on a simple tape mani that would show off several of the polishes from this collection.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I used the three cremes/shimmers in the collection as my base colours: Mint Flavor, Tessie, and Apple Kid. And three jellies/glitters on top: Pink Cloud, The Kraken, and Lumine Hall.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I'm so glad I decided to keep the design simple, because the jellies/glitters are not the best polishes for tape manis - it is challenging to get clean lines when you pull the tape off. My guess is that the polish starts to set very quickly so you have to work faster than usual. Also the glitter sometimes prevents a clean line.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I topped them off with studs I got from the Born Pretty Store. Silver just seemed to be the perfect accent, and I love how the squares sort of mimic the taped lines.

What do you think of this? Have you gotten anything from the new Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X collection?

28 May 2013

Tape Manicure With Shimmer Polish Erica

Hi everyone! A quick reminder that my current giveaway ends in less than two hours, see the original post HERE for entry details. I'm back with another gorgeous creation from Shimmer Polish. I don't know about you, but I'm really enjoying these polishes, and I love slowly working my way through them.

I have a love/hate relationship with tape manis. Love because I enjoy the look of them, and there's endless possibilities. Hate because waiting for the base polish to dry thoroughly can be such a drag. I don't know where I got the idea to combine studs and a tape design, but that was the starting point for this mani.

Shimmer Polish Erica

Shimmer Polish Erica is a clear-based glitter polish that can be layered over another polish or built up to full opacity with 2-3 coats. Erica is described as a "crystal peridot," and while it appears to be light green, that's the result of the mixture of glitter. It's mainly made up of gold, silver, green and teal (from what I can tell), with a good helping of gold holo glitter. I love how it sparkles in the daylight and in low light.

Tape mani with Shimmer Polish Erica

I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff (of course!), and used one coat of Erica where I did the tape design. I had planned to use circle studs but didn't like how they looked, so I made a last minute switch to the stars. Everything was done, then I looked at my nails and realized...

Tape mani with Shimmer Polish Erica

...they looked like Christmas trees! Grrrrrr... FML. Not that I have anything against holiday decor, just not in late May. Maybe if I was gearing up for half-Christmas. ;)

Tape mani with Shimmer Polish Erica

Otherwise I love the combination of the glitter with the base polish. It has a softer look I think.

Shimmer Polish is available on Etsy, from Harlow & Co., and Overall Beauty. Follow Shimmer on Facebook, and the Shimmer Polish blog for updates.

What do you think of this design or this Shimmer Polish?

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

02 May 2013

Serum No. 5 Sky Lights

Hi everyone! I have another first for this blog...my first glow-in-the-dark polish! Victoria of Serum No. 5 sent this polish to me along with a few others, but I was so nervous about photographing a glow-in-the-dark polish that I really procrastinated on this. I'm so sorry Victoria!! If you missed my previous review of Serum No. 5 polishes, you can find that here.

Serum No. 5 Sky Lights

Even without its glow-in-the-dark properties, Sky Lights is a beautiful polish. It's a very sheer off-white polish with an iridescent shimmer. Some glow-in-the-dark polishes are meant to be worn on their own, but this is definitely a layering polish, and I can see it looking good over pretty much anything.

Serum No. 5 Sky Lights

For these swatches I layered one generous coat over OPI Vant to Bite My Neck? I did a tape mani so that you could see how it changes the base polish. The formula was perfect and I had no issues with this polish.

Serum No. 5 Sky Lights

In the dark, it glows a beautiful blue, it's really quite stunning. It wasn't a strong glow, but I imagine that if I used 2-3 coats, then it might be stronger. I was somewhat able to capture how it glows in the dark, but it's actually a bit stronger than you see in my photo. I'm still getting used to photographing polishes like this.

Serum No. 5 Sky Lights

Overall, I think it's a really fun polish to have. I like that it looks great during the day and at night in the dark. I can also see how having a glow-in-the-dark polish could be fun for doing nail art. I have one more glow-in-the-dark polish to review and I want to do something special with it. :)

Serum No. 5 is available through their website and Etsy store, as well as Mei Mei's Signatures. This polish is also available through Overall Beauty, and Serum No. 5 will be launching soon on Harlow & Co.. Keep up to date with Serum No. 5 by Facebook and Instagram (@serumno5).

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

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 February 2013

Cirque Hellebore (and a Tape Mani)

Hi everyone! Cirque Hellebore is my second experience with Cirque polish (my first was Fleur est Belle) and I have to say I'm impressed with both the beauty of their polishes and the great formula!

Hellebore is from the recent Objet d'Art collection and is a pistachio green glitter in a clear base. It's a mixture of micro to small sized glitter, and the variation adds interest to the polish. There are also flecks of pink and fuchsia micro glitter that you can see if you enlarge the photos, though it's subtle. It can be worn on its own - I used two coats for these swatches - without being too thick, or it can be layered over another polish. For a glitter polish it glides on so smoothly, and there was absolutely no issues with the formula. It also dries extremely quickly.

Cirque Hellebore

Overall, I really love Hellebore. It has a luminosity that, unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture in these photos. And the formula is impressive. But the colour doesn't work too well with my skin tone and it gives me the dreaded "lobster hands." I plan to keep it, but will probably only use it as an accent nail or to do glitter tips. I think it would also be nice layered over a contrasting colour.

Cirque Hellebore

I had the idea to combine it with Estee Lauder Smashed in a tape mani. Smashed is a gorgeous warm-toned purple that has an amazing shimmer with flecks of fuchsia, purple, and blue. The formula was also perfect - I used two coats and there was no issues with it being thin or streaky. I'll have to do a proper swatch of this sometime.

Tape mani with Cirque Hellebore and Estee Lauder Smashed

Cirque Hellebore and Estee Lauder Smashed

I love how the tape mani turned out, it would be perfect for a party or a special night out. But it's not really what I want to be wearing to school tomorrow. So I have to rush off and redo my nails before it gets too late. :/

What do you think of Cirque Hellebore? Do you think it works with the deep purple of Estee Lauder Smashed?

21 January 2013

China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces, Part 2: Bling it On and Glitz 'n Pieces

Hi everyone! This is my second instalment for the China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces collection. For an overview of the collection as well as some notes about the formula on these polishes, you'll want to check out yesterday's post.

As I explained yesterday, I want to show different ways you can wear these polishes in addition to providing swatches. Part of my reason for doing it this way is because of my own interests, but mainly because I wanted to do something different than other swatches I've seen for this collection.

China Glaze Bling it On and Glitz 'n Pieces

Bling it On: This is a lavender/periwinkle glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces." For this one I did a tape mani layering it over China Glaze Pelican Grey. If you are interested in how to do tape manis, I did a post on my Tumblr a few months ago outlining how I do them, and some tips to prevent damaging the bottom layer of polish. You can find that post here.

China Glaze Bling it On

China Glaze Bling it On

Glitz 'n Pieces: This is a silver glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces." For this I did a sponged glitter gradient over China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, a nice hot pink that dries to almost a squishy jelly finish. I know I've been doing a lot of sponged glitter tips lately, so sorry for showing this technique again. But it is a really good way to wear these polishes, even with the large hexes and bar glitter. For this mani, I dabbed a bit of polish on my tips, then used a sponge to pick up some of the glitter and dab it in other spots. I hope that makes sense. I really love the combination of black, silver, and hot pink on this one, and I've been meaning to do something like this for awhile.

China Glaze Glitz 'n Pieces

China Glaze Glitz 'n Pieces

What do you think of these polishes? Would you wear them either way?

Hope you liked these, and thanks for visiting! :)
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