MISH MASH CHALLENGE – Taping, Two Cremes & a Glitter!

Lisa writes…

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!

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  50 comments for “MISH MASH CHALLENGE – Taping, Two Cremes & a Glitter!

  1. August 7, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Loving this! The color combo is perfect and that Elevation! I didn’t realize it had the matte blue/green glitters in it…I’m not a huge fan of b & w glitters but I could change my mind for that one! Great job, Lisa 🙂

  2. A-Mani-Maniac
    August 7, 2013 at 4:57 am

    I’m in a beachy, muted kind of color mood now! I just love this. And I didn’t notice looking at the photo the pale colored dots in that glitter topper until I read the text. Definitely unique.

  3. Chantelle Pfitzner
    August 7, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Excellent job, what a great colour combo and wow I didn’t realize there were pale blue glitters in with the black and white either, so cute!!

  4. Amber
    August 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I love this mani! Not over the top at all. But hey, my motto is “the more glitter and sparkle on my nails the better!”
    I haven’t tried nail striping tape, but I can see I need to. I love the look it gives. I’m just worried I’ll make a mess of my nails haha!

  5. August 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I love all your manis and nail art! I might join this challenge too!

  6. Cristina@PBP
    August 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Striping tape is a girl’s best friend. 😀 Beautiful manicure!

  7. August 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I need to try this again! Very pretty!

  8. CreativelyYours
    August 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm


  9. August 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Love, love, love! Absolutely gorgeous!

  10. August 7, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    OMG, I love skittlettes and I adore this one. And stop, wait a minute, that’s a glitter with aqua coloured pieces?? WAAAAANT! I also like the colour match so much, that’s fabulous!

  11. August 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    This is nude with a pop of color perfection Lisa! And you can never go wrong with black and white glitter i swear black and white is my go to glitter polish to give any mani an extra oomf!! Gorgeous mani girl!!

  12. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks, Diana! I’m with you re: the b/w business. Hugs, girl!

  13. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks, Simona. Lemme know if you want me to get you anything stateside, to send over to you in Italia!

  14. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks, Amy <3

  15. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you 🙂

  16. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks, Jeanie!!! 🙂

  17. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks, Cristina. Ditto on the Girls Best Friend deal! 🙂

  18. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Eugenia, that would be TERRIFIC!

  19. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks, Amber. I share the exact same glitter theory. LOL. I also share the same anxiety when it comes time to art-up the mani. I find a glass of wine works wonders. 😉

  20. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks, Chantelle. Yeah, isn’t it cool with the pale blue business? And again…I ADORE your taped mani. Stunning and original work!

  21. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Me too, Liz. Beachy times are coming to an end soon, so I guess now’s the time, right? Thanks for your kind comment, sweetie <3

  22. Lisa Chakan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks, Natalie! Wish we were all closer geographically. Imagine a monthly polish meet! OMG. LOL. Thanks, so much, sweets <3

  23. Kristine Jones
    August 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    These are so darn stunning!!! I love how the different designs and colors balance each other out. The final look is just perfect 🙂

  24. Jenna-Loves Polish
    August 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    OMG. I love that glitter polish. It matches perfectly =)

  25. August 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Lisa!!!! This is gorgeous!!! I love the design! And the color combination is stunning!! although if you think this is over the top, don’t look at mine. This is just stunning! And I’m with you on striping tape! It’s the best )

  26. August 8, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Thanks, Dionne!!! 🙂

  27. August 8, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Thanks, Jenna! 🙂

  28. August 8, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Thanks for your sweet comment, Kristine!! 🙂

  29. Meredith
    August 8, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Simply stunning, Lisa!!!!! I absolutely adore the Zoya polish! It looks fabulous on you!

  30. August 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I love this look, it’s so wearable and I really like the colours you went with!

  31. Criminal Nails
    August 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Over-the-top (mani) is my middle name, but you know that, Lisa! So I love your manicure for today! And just like you… striping tape is my summer love, just forever! Those two pair very well, and the glitter is… well, gorgeous ;D

  32. August 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    This looks so lovely! Nice job 🙂

  33. Lavinia Monica
    August 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, looks nice:D I love that color:D

  34. plgreen16
    August 11, 2013 at 5:13 am

    As usual you hit a home run with this one.

  35. August 11, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Beautiful!! I’m still working on my striping tape skills so I wouldn’t have the courage to try these cool designs. Hopefully one day I will be able to try it though because I love it!

  36. August 11, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Great color combination! I love that glitter 🙂 I have a few Elevation Polish shades and they are just amazing.

  37. Nail Art Novice
    August 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    This looks fab! I just love those colours together and that GLITTER! Phwoar!

  38. Kimberly Williams
    August 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I adore this! The color combo, the striping pattern, the glitter…it’s just perfection! Can you believe I don’t have Wednesday? Gah! Must grab it ASAP!

  39. August 12, 2013 at 2:50 am

    That would be so awesome! My bf and friends do their best to be understanding about polish, but they really just don’t get it lol

  40. August 13, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Thanks, Kimber!! 🙂

  41. August 13, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Thanks, Jenni!

  42. August 13, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Agreed, re the Elevations! Thanks, Ria! 🙂

  43. August 13, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Thanks, Gini! I’ve no doubt that you’ll nail striping, in no time! Tis a lotta fun!

  44. August 13, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Thanks, Patty! 🙂

  45. August 13, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Thank you, Lavinia!

  46. August 13, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Roxy, many thanks! 🙂

  47. August 13, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Thanks, M!!! <3

  48. August 13, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I thank you enormously, Bookish!!! 🙂

  49. August 13, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Thank you, Meredith! 🙂

  50. August 15, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I love the nude and mint combo!

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