You guys. This took SO MUCH STRIPING TAPE. Oh my god. 18 pieces per nail. I almost died. It took me 15 minutes per nail just to place them all! I thought this was going to be a medium fast mani (as many tape manis are) and it was NOT. Then again, it looks awesome!
The art (aka lots of X-shapped stripes) was inspired by @nailsbysophiaa. I kinda like her pink-to-blue gradient better than mine shades-of-purple one (you can honestly barely see the gradient) but I needed it to be purple, so hey! Still works.
~ Purple: Sephora X – Ignition
~ Purple metallic: Zoya – Giada
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Gold holo: ILNP – Fame
I guess I’m really liking striping tape right now…Monday, yesterday, and tomorrow’s manicures are all tape-based! It looks like next week is going to be mostly shades of blue and teal (I do go in phases…).
Ah well, hope you enjoyed! And Happy Thanksgiving if you are in the US. I didn’t do any themed manis this year, I kept doing turkeys in past years and they never came out right so I just didn’t try!
The best gift I got this holiday season was actually from Mentality polish…they let us (the bloggers) pick out 9 polishes from any of their past collections and sent them to us! Which means I have my paws on some truly spectacular polish 😀 It’s actually so bad that I am putting off wearing a few of them until I can come up with some nail art that does them justice! I just couldn’t resist starting with this combo though 🙂
Here we have the beautiful golden holographic polish Euphoria with an accent of Sailor. Euphoria is mind-bogglingly pretty. Opaque in two very easily controlled coats, she is …well, complicated. The easiest thing to say would be that she is a gold scattered holo polish with gold flakies of some variety. But she also has bits of red glitter that give a slight pink tinge and I think there are some silver flakies in there too? I have NO IDEA. In the sunlight she simply glows rainbows (see the blurry photo farther down) and in the shade…woah. My camera was flipping out. I was having trouble making it focus!
Sailor (which will get its own mani and post sometime soon) is a stunning deep blue matte polish that would be metallic if it weren’t matte. I love it. Hauntingly dark. Shown here is two coats (but you have to work fast as with all matte polishes…it can streak as it dries if you overwork it).
I basically just decided to cover up as little of Euphoria as I could get away with, while still contrasting the glossy finish with the matte finish of Sailor. So we have some tiny pieces of scotch tape and then some tinier pieces of striping tape. Also dots, because dots rock.
If you want to pick up either Euphoria ($9.25) or Sailor ($6.75) (and seriously, these polishes are so damn pretty I don’t even know what to do with myself…I think Euphoria might also be work appropriate because if you aren’t in the sun it just looks like a stunning rose gold polish), head on over to the Mentality website. You won’t be disappointed!