NOTD: Who has patience for striping tape?!

Hey everyone!

Life is super overwhelming right now. It’s only a few days before we fly out, bags are half put together (I might do a post on that, maybe), and we’re trying to get in all the visiting and such done while we still have a chance.

To destress I took a bit of me time to recreate a mani I found on reddit (album here, no idea who posted it, sorry!) a striping tape intensive checkered look.

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Holy hell, striping tape is a lot of work! I’m really proud of how these turned out though. I wanted the colours to be random so I didn’t pay much attention to where I was painting, and I think the overall effect is great.

Polishes used:

OPI- Skull and Glossbones (Let me tell you a story. I have yearned over this polish for YEARS, and someone online found it in a destash lot online for $15! and sent me the link. Turns out I had an almost dupe of it, but I don’t care. It’s perfect and I love it)

Deborah Lippmann- Party Girl (also from the destash lot)

Formula X- Private

And of course, Seche clear and vite.

Who’s dared a striping tape mani? They’re not hard so much as they’re time consuming, but it was nice to sit down and take some me time for a few hours as I did this. And I’m also proud to say, my dominant hand looks just as good (although the squares are a bit bigger ;P)

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NOTD: Hangman Interactive Nails

My team made it through round 1 of the nail contest I posted about previously. This week’s theme? Games.

After a whole lot of brainstorming, we decided to go with pen and paper games, and make them interactive. I chose hangman and had my husband play along, filling in the letters as we went. I think they turned out pretty well, and am definitely leaving them on (And if you’re wondering where the G is, he couldn’t figure it out and forfeited. I don’t blame him, it’s our team name after all, not a real word). I’m curious to see what people will say while I’m out and about.

Blank spaces:

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Part way through:

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Finished game:

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hangman nail art

The chosen letters

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(I’d like to point out those letters were written with my non dominant hand. Huzzah!)

Products used:

Seche Clear

Revlon chalkboard matte polish in white

Sally Hansen I ‚̧ Nail Art pens in red and black

Seche Vite (Post photos)

Orange Fuchsia Gradient with Iridescent Glitter

I love sponge gradients. Unfortunately, I hate the cleanup process, especially with metallics, so please excuse the shimmery cuticles.

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gradient nails

gradient nails

Colors used:
Seche clear
Kleancolor Metallic Mango
Kleancolor Metallic Orange
Kleancolor Metallic Fuchsia
Lacquistry unnamed glitter polish (Got it out of a mystery bag)
Seche Vite

I love the shades that Kleancolor makes, but even with Seche it chips almost instantly. I did this yesterday and I already touched up two fingers today. Anyone have advice on how to make it last??