Hi, everybody! For today’s post, I pulled together a spool of nail art striping tape, and a trio of pretty lacquers from the polish tool box: Wednesday, my much-adored muted turquoise creme from Zoya’s 2012 Beach Collection; Did You Ear About Van Gogh?, a perfectly lovely OPI khaki taupe creme; and Haba Xueshan, that extraordinary black/white/pale-blue-green matte glitter top coat (that makes my heart go pitter-patter) from Elevation Polish.
|L to R: Wednesday (Zoya), Haba Xueshan (Elevation Polish), and Did You Ear About Van Gogh? (OPI)|
Before I proceed further, let it be said that I’ve got a serious thing for striping tape.
Mmm hmm. I’m enamored with its ease of application, the many creative options it affords, and the price. Oh. My. Goodness. The price! I tell you, the stuff is dirt cheap.
My plan was to mix things up a bit, by fashioning crisp contrasting lines on three nails, and leaving the remaining two painted up with the glitter-topped cremes.
With that in mind, I painted up my thumb nail with the OPI Did You Ear About Van Gogh?, and the remaining three nails with Zoya’s Wednesday. From that point on, it was simply a matter of snipping pieces of tape, affixing them in simple patterns onto the three designated dry nails, and then painting over those taped nails with the khaki-taupey goodness of Van Gogh. Both of these creme lacquers are a dream to work with: opaque at two coats and smooth, smooth, smooth.
FYI, I prefer to remove striping tape while the overlying polish is still wet, because there then seems to be less drag and distortion of the resulting lines. To seal the design, I applied a thin layer of top coat to the now-striped nails.
On the thumb and ring finger nails, I jazzed up those plain creme surfaces with two coats of Haba Xueshan! Here’s an interesting factoid about this fabulous polish: It’s named after a mountain that rises some 3500 meters above the Tiger Leaping Gorge, in Yunnan, China! Haba Xueshan (the polish, that is), can be purchased at Llarowe for $10.50US. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of black and white glitter toppers, but this one is remarkably well-balanced in color as well as particle size and shape. And…it applies beautifully. No drag. No clumping. Just perfect.
Well, there you have it…my mish-mashed mani of taped, cremed and glittered proportions!
So, tell me, can you envision yourself sporting a mani of this type, or is it a little over-the-top for your tastes? I’m kinda partial to over-the-top, in case you hadn’t noticed.
Thanks so much for dropping by. Here’s hoping you’ll join me in checking out what my lovely co-challengers have in store for this week’s Mish Mash Challenge!