Saturday, November 24, 2012

Purple Striping Tape Mani

Two exciting pieces of news: I just got a DSLR (a Nikon D3100, to be exact) and the husband finally built me that lightbox from Chalkboard Nails that I've been dying to have. Both of those things mean that I'm giving up my iPhone photos in favor of real high-res images!

I just picked up a bottle of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac, so I wanted to test it out in this new mani I saw on Pinterest. I painted two coats of the Sally Hansen on my nails and then a coat of Seche Vite before applying four pieces of striping tape.
I painted below the center line with two coats of Rimmel Night Before, a dark inky purple with a metallic sheen. After the polish had a chance to set (I waited a little longer than usual, since the formula was a little chunky), I pulled each piece of striping tape off one by one. I tried to be careful, but still ended up smudging some of the lines, as you'll see below. (In case you noticed, my cuticles are a little shiny because I smeared a bit of Vaseline around the nail to help keep the stray polish off ... it worked).

Not my favorite mani, but I loved the colors. With a little bit more practice with this striping tape -- and maybe a polish with a smoother formula, this one could be a winner with a second go-around.

- Posted by Allison H.

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