Showing posts with label Scotch tape. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scotch tape. Show all posts

July 4th nail art with Salon Perfect

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Time keeps whipping by me. The summer is going to be gone before I know it. But I intend to enjoy every last second of the summer. And Salon Perfect is making it quick and easy with their new products.

Salon Perfect has been busy lately and they just keep knocking them out of the park. They have released the Paint the Town Red, White and Blue collection. This affordable and stylish collection is available at Walmart and has six gorgeous polishes and nine topcoats. 
I used Sugar Cube, Blue Ribbon and Twinkle Twinkle for this nail art. I also used Salon Perfect's nail art tape. 

I started of with Sugar Cube, which is an amazing white cream polish that is the perfect base for nail art. Then I used scotch tape and applied a diagonal blue section on my nail using Blue Ribbon. Blue Ribbon is a deep shimmery navy blue. Then I used the nail art tape for the red stripes and added dots of Twinkle Twinkle for the stars. Sounds easy doesn't it? It really is. 

Salon Perfect July 4th nail art
Salon Perfect July 4th nail art
 The dotting tools and nail art brush are sturdy. They are also affordable at $3.98.
Salon Perfect dotting tools and nail art brush
The striping tape is great too. You get four rolls of tape for $1.98.

The hardest part of using nail art tape is when you lose the end of the tape. It is almost impossible to find the end of it again. Let me show you what I use to combat the battle of the ends of the tape.

Yep, it's just an empty scotch tape dispenser. I have used mine a lot and it's pretty scratched up. But it still works great. I still use scissors to cut the tape as the edge isn't sharp enough to cut the thin tape. But it sure makes it easy to find that illusive loose end of tape.

These polishes retail for $3.98 each, making having a awesome July 4th mani affordable and easy. Watch for more of the collection on the blog.

To get the latest Salon Perfect information and stay up-to-date on releases, follow them on Facebook, or on Instagram - @salonperfect.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Venique polishes make for a great checkerboard mani

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Venique is a favorite polish of mine. I recently purchased their new collection Venique Goes Hollywood and I love these foil polishes.

I used two of the shades for this checkerboard mani. These polishes worked superb for this as one coat worked nicely. Reels of Fun is the silver foil and Acting is Living is the purple foil. I will share the others with you soon.

I used scotch tape to make this design. It's always a fun nail art method. How would you use these foil polishes?

Venique Reels of Fun and Acting is Living nail art
Venique Reels of Fun and Acting is Living

Venique Reels of Fun and Acting is Living nail art
Venique Reels of Fun and Acting is Living nail art

Venique polishes can be purchased at CosmoProf or fine salons.

These polishes were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Gold lace striped nails using Zoya

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I really wanted to do a rich and dramatic manicure. So I decided to use Zoya Ibiza and Ziv.

Zoya polishes are great polishes with an outstanding formula. Ibiza is a deep, almost black, cream blue. Ziv is an elegant gold shimmer polish.

Lacy nail art using Zoya Ibiza and Ziv
Lacy nail art using Zoya Ibiza and Ziv

Lacy nail art using Zoya Ibiza and Ziv
Lacy nail art using Zoya Ibiza and Ziv

I started out with a base coat to provide a smooth surface for the manicure and to protect my nails from staining. Blue polishes are known to leave some of their color behind when removed.

I then used two coats of Zoya Ibiza for my base color. As I applied it I realized I could probably have gotten away with one coat but I almost always use two coats.

After I was sure my nails were dry (and with the help of Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat) I used scotch tape to my nails to aid in getting a straight line. Then I used Zoya Ziv over the tape and the exposed part of the nail. When you use scotch tape always make sure to place it on the back of your hand a couple of times to get most of the adhesive off before you put it on your nails. Then take the tape off quickly after you have applied the polish.

I used a dotting tool and applied dots of Zoya Ziv along the edge. Then after that dried I applied smaller dots of Zoya Ibiza in the center of the previous dots.

I topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat. I really love the dramatic look of this. I may just have to do this more often.

Colorado Rockies team spirit mani

Friday, August 3, 2012

I'm going to the Rockies game tomorrow. I love the Rockies -  although they really aren't showing up to the games this year. I hope they do better tomorrow. Either way - I am not a fair weather fan. I am a fan no matter what.

So to show my team spirit I did a Colorado Rockies mani for the weekend festivities!

Colorado Rockies nail art
Colorado Rockies nail art

I used Orly Charged Up for the base and Hits Hematita for the silver. The black tips are Zoya Raven.

I applied a base coat and then two coats of Orly Charged up and then a coat of Seche Vite fast dry top coat. Then the time consuming part... cutting the scotch tape into the mountain shapes. That was a killer. Between going cross-eyed from trying to focus on the tiny cuts and my hands shaking trying to cut those small shapes it was an effort. But it worked out. What didn't work out was the hand drawn CR. I guess it is okay. But it isn't very "finished." But I am sure during my yelling, screaming and jumping up and down during the game no one is going to get that close.

I put the cut out scotch tape on my nails and then painted on Hits Hematita and removed the tape immediately.

Then after a coat of Seche Vite fast dry top coat I applied a piece of scotch tape (make sure to put it on the back of your hand a couple of times to get most of the "sticky" off.) for the tips and then used Zoya Raven. Again, I immediately removed the tape. Then another coat of SV and I was done.

It may sound quick but I am telling you... Cutting that tape was an effort in futility.

Puzzled? Nail art - step-by-step guide

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A friend recently found this idea on Pinterest and promptly pinned it and said "Do it." I am not sure where the original idea came from but I like it.

I tried to make a step-by-step guide for you. As usual, I got wrapped up in the nail art and forgot to take a few photos. But I think you will get the idea.

You will need the following supplies:
  • Four colors of polish of your choice. I used OPI Fiercely Fiona, Fly, Hoodoo Voodoo and Sephora by OPI Eve-y on
  • Scotch tape
  • Dotting tool

Puzzle pieces nail art
Finished puzzle manicure

Start off with a base coat to protect your natural nail. Then apply the lightest of the colors you have chosen. I used OPI Fiercely Fiona.

Then wait for the polish to completely dry. I use Seche Vite (SV) Fast Dry top coat and it definitely speeds up the process.

I usually tear off a few pieces of scotch tape and stick them around my work area. Then take two pieces and stick them to the back of your hand. This gets a lot of the adhesive off and really helps prevent damaging your polish. Tape off a quarter of your nail and then simply paint one of your other polish colors over the untaped area. Take the tape off immediately after. Again, I usually apply SV to the area I just painted.

Let that dry and move on to another section of your nail and repeat the process with the Scotch tape.

This is what it will look like as you progress.

Finish the last section and let dry.

Take the colors you want to use for the connections and put a few dots on a piece of paper.

Use your dotting tool and dot the connections points of the puzzle.

Top off with a good top coat and you are done! It really is that easy. This mani is time consuming - but easy.

Checkerboard scotch tape mani

Friday, May 11, 2012

I haven't sported a scotch tape mani in a while so I was looking forward to doing something special.

Well, after what seemed like hours pulling one polish out just to look at it and put it back again I finally decided on Essie "Smooth Sailing" and Deborah Lippmann "Dancing in the Sheets."

These colors are both stunning and would be delightful on their own. 

I applied Essie "Smooth Sailing" as a base color. Let me tell you. . . I was tempted to stop with just the base coat. Smooth Sailing is completely mesmerizing on its own.

Then I applied a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat to protect my polish from the tape. And of course to make it dry faster.

Then I used scotch tape to mark off the first checkerboard square. Don't laugh at my tape. It was on clearance and I think I like it better than clear tape. It makes it much easier for me to see where my tape line is. 

Essie Smooth Sailing.
If you try the scotch tape method don't forget to put the tape on the back of your hand or wrist and remove it a couple of times to get a lot of the adhesive off of the tape.

Then I applied a coat of Dancing in the sheets on the area I had taped off and as soon as I was finished painting the polish on I pulled the tape off. I did this on each nail and then applied another coat of Seche Vite.

I taped off the other checkerboard and repeated the steps. One thing that makes it easier is to stop the tape at your cuticle line. This keeps the tape flat on your nail and makes the line cleaner.

I finished off with yet another coat of Seche Vite (I really need to buy stock) and I was finished. . .  Instant nail art!

Scotch tape

Scotch tape mani - Zoya Skylar and Loreal Whimsical

Sunday, March 25, 2012

For this manicure I used two coats of Zoya Skylar for the base color. I love this color. A very subtle blue with lots of shimmer to it. The color reminds me of my favorite pair of faded jeans. As usual Zoya didn't disappoint me. The application was flawless and the brush is wider that a couple of my other Zoyas. The dry time was relatively fast.

Before I used the scotch tape I applied a coat of Seche Vite fast dry top coat. I have found that using SV is a must when I do scotch tape manis. Otherwise I would be waiting forever to finish.

I got most of the sticky off the tape by sticking the tape to the back of my hand. This way it is sticky but not sticky enough that I will remove my polish with it.

Then I applied the tape in a diagonal line over my nails leaving the tip of my nail showing. I quickly applied a thick coat of Loreal Whimsical and removed the tape without waiting. If you wait to long the tape will begin to dry and will pull up at the edge of the tape.

I was happy with the combo but of course I had to add one more thing. I used a striping brush and added a stripe of Zoya Ibiza.

I like the look - not too flashy - but very clean and classy.

Happy Polishing!


Scotch tape and dotting

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hey there lacquer lovers.

Tonight I have a new mani for you. I wasn't going to do my nails today because I had a killer headache. Then a Tylenol miracle happened and the headache was gone. What was the first thing I wanted to do? You got it.. Paint my nails.

I started out with a base coat of Seche Vite and then applied two layers of OPI's "Manicurist of Seville." I am in awe of this color. It's a deep, rich color of red (almost a burgundy) with wonderful coverage and super shine.

Then I used scotch tape and applied Sinful Colors "Black on Black." See my post here about using scotch tape to create a unique manicure.

Then to top off the the diagonal and add a little extra "zing" I used a dotting tool and added accent dots of OPI's "Pros & Bronze." If you don't have a dotting tool that's okay. See my post here about making your own.

I love the look. How do you accent your nails?

Happy Polishing!


Scotch tape mani with some glitz

Friday, February 17, 2012

I seriously think it takes me longer to pick out a polish to wear than to paint my nails. So I used several for my NOTD. 

I used OPI "I have a herring problem" for the base. I love this polish. It is from the new Holland Collection.

For the diagonal tip I used FingerPaints "Art of theft." 

And for the dots I used Nicole OPI "Make a comet-ment". This is one of my favorites. It has serious glitz and doesn't have a gritty finish. It almost looks like a rhinestone.

Scotch tape method for sprucing up an old manicure

Monday, January 30, 2012

Okay, I say "old manicure" tongue in cheek as my polish was only a day old. But I couldn't resist putting a silver lining on my nails.

I used a favorite of mine - OPI "Make a Comet-ment" and tape for my design.

First I set up my workstation and tore enough tape to do each nail. Now on to the fun stuff. Again, always put the tape on the back of your hand to get most of the sticky off before you put it on your nail.

Brush the accent polish on the open area of nail and remove the tape quickly. Voila!

Scotch tape - Glittery Valentine's Day Manicure

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hello everyone, I said I would be doing a post on Scotch tape manicures so here you go.

I love glitter and I love bold colors. If someone had told me a year ago that I would know the names of these polishes I would have told them they had lost their mind.

I wanted to experiment with a Valentine's Day Manicure, although this combination may be a little more Christmasy.

I started off with a base coat from Sally Hansen. I change my colors enough that a base coat isn't really needed but I hate to stain my nails with the bright colors.

Then I applied two layers of Sinful Colors "Sugar Sugar". I love the color. Sinful Colors has a nice thin brush and applies well. But sometimes it does give me a few bubbles. But just make sure the coats are nice and thin and it eliminates that problem for the most part.

Then I used a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. I love that stuff! It dries so fast means I can tape off my fingers relatively quickly without damaging the base layer.

Tear off enough Scotch Tape strips to do the pattern you want and stick them around your worktable. This will help you avoid smearing the polish when you move from finger to finger.

Take the Scotch Tape and apply it to the palm of your hand or the back of your hand. You just want to get a lot of the sticky adhesive off so it doesn't stick too much. Then apply the Scotch Tape leaving the area you want to accent. It doesn't have to be a stripe. It can be a straight tip, or a diagonal one -- or anything your heart desires. Use your imagination. Trust me - this is the hardest part. Trying to get the angles the same and the accent the same width is trying at times. Obviously I should have tried a little harder.

Then apply your accent color over the open area of tape. For my accent color I used Nicole by OPI "Make a Comet-ment"

Take the tape off quickly so the polish doesn't start to dry and pull off with the tape. Do the same on each finger and Voila!

You get an amazing accent without having to freehand anything. Goodness knows if I tried to freehand it would look like a kindergartner did it.

Scotch Tape Manicure. Zoya Mimi with Ultra Pro Black

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Scotch tape has become my friend lately. I really like using it to change my manicures up. For this one I used Zoya Mimi with Ultra Pro Black on the tips.
 I know the photo isn't the best because I took it with my Droid. I promise to use my good camera as much as possible in the future.

I really like the color combo on this. Of course Zoya is one of my all-time favorites. Such a great application and it wears wonderfully. I am going to do this manicure again this week and I will take photos as I go so those of you who don't know how tape manicures work can see it step by step. Stay tuned!

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