Friday, 27 September 2013

33 Day Challenge: Tape Mani

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A tape mani was my introduction to nail art about 15 years ago and I haven't looked back since. They're easy, quick and the amount of designs that can be created is endless. I even created my first post for this blog with a tape mani. I know I've had to restrain myself from creating 33 different tape manis for this challenge and just sticking to it when absolutely necessary. Luckily for me, the third prompt called for a tape mani. Yay!

I wanted to create a skittlette manicure using Maybelline Color Show Sequins in, er, Sea-Quins as a base and Models Prefer in Midnight Madness. There's a bit of a story about Sea-Quins after the page break but I'll explain how I did the mani first. I started with two coats of Sea-Quins, topped it off with two coats of The Awesome Topcoat to make the glitter smooth, taped my middle and ring fingers and applied one medium coat of Midnight Madness. I took off the tape immediately after, let the two fingers dry and finished them with one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat. 

For my short polish story and a matted version of this mani, click on the page break.

Sea-Quins has been a bit of a bare-nail saver. About two months ago on a Monday, I happened to have bare nails for a whole day. I was on my way to uni in the city and realised I couldn't handle having naked nails so I  popped into Priceline to see if I could find a cheap polish. The cheapest I could find was Sea-Quins for about $2.95 and even though I wasn't completely blown by the colour, I decided to buy because I didn't really have anything similar in my stash. Off I went to a nearby park and started painting my nails. To my delight, the formula was great, it stayed where you put it, it was opaque in two coats and it dried super quickly. I also used it in another 'emergency' situation in my toes. I've kept it in my handbag for just-in-case situations.  I don't have lipstick, lip balm or the like but I carry this little baby with me everywhere. 

Of course I couldn't help myself and I applied a coat of Rimmel Pro Matte Finish to give it a softer finish. I've realised I might like this finish better because it's easier to photograph.

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Till next time, 



  1. This is stunning! Great color choices! :)

    1. Thanks! I usually struggle to pair up colours so i'm glad you like it!

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you! Tape manis are my comfort zone and (I think) I know how to work them.


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