Category Archives: Striping Tape.

SWATCH SUNDAY: ORLY Bailamos

Do you remember you very first polish of certain brands? I posted my very first Essie a while back, so I thought it would be fun to swatch another first polish… my very first ORLY! I picked up this shade (ORLY Bailamos) back in 2010ish at Winners. According to my internet googling abilities, it was originally released as part of the Summer 2010 collection. 

Bailamos is a stunning turquoise shimmer that screams Summer. Most importantly, it’s opaque in two easy coats. & considering this polish is 7 years old, the formula is still as flawless as when I first bought it. Obviously my weakness for a good blue/teal/turquoise polish has lasted a long, long time. 

Do you have this gorgeous ORLY shade in your collection? After searching this shade, I’m bummed I haven’t pulled it out of my stash to wear my often. Truthfully it did spend a good 2 years sitting in my parents addict (more props to that awesome formula for lasting!) but even still I can’t believe I haven’t reached for it more often. It’s just so pretty. Also I can only imagine how gorgeous this shade would look matte! Must try that next! 

What was your very first ORLY shade? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Maniswap with @nailmedaily


The mani swaps just keep coming! Today I’m sharing the swap I did with my fellow Instagram Nail rockstar, Jessica aka @nailmedaily. She did a gorgeous job recreating my blue & yellow Spring stripes mani, & I went nautical recreating her design!


The polishes I used for my swap were:

  • Base Coat: Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat 
  • Essie Wrap Me Up
  • Essie A-List
  • Boho Greem Make Up Pacific Ocean
  • Nicole by OPI A Phil’s Paradise
  • Born Pretty Store thick striping tape. 
  • What’s Up Nails anchor stencil. 

I’m in love with how these turned out! I received these anchor stencils from What’s Up Nails in my order, & had been itching to use them. When I saw Jessica’s gorgeous nautical mani, I knew it was the perfect opportunity. 

Jessica’s original mani was just so pretty, & the colours complimented each other so well, I had to recreate it. The fun part about mani swaps is the chance to recreate manis you love, or maybe you missed the first time. Definitely having a lot of fun surrounded by all this awesome inspiration. 

What do you think of our recreations? Let me know in the comments below, & don’t forget to check out @nailmedaily on Instagram! 

Mani Swap with @LoveforNails01


Today Im excited to share another mani swap with one of my fellow Instagram nail art girlies. This time I teamed up with Hannah (@lovefornails01)! For this swap, she recreated my recent cactus design, & I recreated her Negative Space deep V tape mani.

For this mani, I used:

  • Base coat: Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat
  • Top Coat: Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise
  • Sally Hansen Terra Coppa
  • Snail Vinyls Single Deep Chevron nail vinyls
  • Born Pretty Store thick striping tape.

As soon as I saw this design, I knew I had to try & recreate it. I love the combination of the turquoise with the bronze-y colour. I’m a huge fan of Art Deco Tape manis, but I’m been nervous to try them on my own. I was really excited to team up with Hannah so I could give her version a try!

Hope you love this swap as much as I do! I have a few more swaps coming up which I’m really excited for, as well as some Easter designs. 🐥🐰🥕  So stay tuned!

Tribal Print Accent Nail

Today I have some more nail art to share with you! I’m really enjoying being able to do my nails again. It’s surprising how relaxing it is to be able to sit down & pull out my polishes at the end of the night.


It’s been a while since I did anything tribal-esque on my nails, so I felt like it was about time. Again, I continued the trend with some pretty Spring polishes that I haven’t pulled out in a while.

For this manicure, I used:

  • ACO by Ardene Whacky
  • ACO by Ardene Flawless
  • Essie Mint Candy Apple
  • Essie Lounge Lover 
  • Kiss Products Nail Art Striper in Black
  • Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Thick striping tape from Born Pretty Store.
  • Small dotting tool.

It’s been too long since I’ve tried to freehand lines like this, hence why I only did an accent nail, & used striping tape to create my thick lines. I really should invest in some acrylic paint for nail art, eventually. (Although I’ve been saying that for ages, & still haven’t.) Even with the wonky lines though, I really love this accent nail. Makes me feel like I’m officially back in the nail art game again!

I think if I went with some pastel polish, & white lines, these would be great for Easter Egg nails! I’m starting to plan my Easter manicures so I will have to try this again with the right colour palette.


What do you think of my tribal-esque accent nail? Let me know in the comments below!

July Manicure Favorites.

Since July has sped past us, leaving us behind in it’s dust (seriously… it’s August! When did that happen?!) I thought I would share my favorite manicures from the past month. So now, in no particular order, here are my July monthly manicure favorites!

monthly favorites

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July actually saw some fun new manicures for me (and a return to some old favorites), so it was harder than I thought picking 4 stand out favorites of the bunch. It came down to a toss up between my purple ombre nails, and my Wonder Woman nails… but since I already was showing off my Justice League manicure I thought I’d let the purple have it. =) After all, everything is better with purple.

I think I might start doing this at the end of the month. It’s a good way for me to go through what I’ve done and figure out what I’m most proud of from the previous month. It also pushes me to want to create more, and new, manicures.

Coral stripes & my first real striping tape manicure.

When I first read about the OMD Nail Art Challenge for this month I got excited. Even though my first attempt at the 30 Day Nail Art challenge kind of crashed and burned, I wanted another attempt at accomplishing a challenge. What I like about this challenge is you don’t have to do it every day. That makes it easier when I want to be able to do something other than the prompt.

 

Today’s prompt was Coral. As you have seen, I love coral. And I own a lot of coral nail polishes. I also really wanted to attempt something with the striping tape I received for my birthday last year. I’ve played around with it a little bit, but never accomplished a full manicure. So this was my first real attempt using it.

coralstripes

The polishes I used for this manicure were:

  • Sinful Colors Easy Going — creambase color.
  • Quo by ORLY Sugar Cookie — cream base color.
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Coral Reef — stripes.
  • Sinful Colors Island Coral — stripes.
  • Rimmel Salon Pro Reggae Splash — stripes.
  • Essie Go to Go Top Coat.

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For a first attempt with striping tape, I’m really happy with the outcome. The lines are definitely cleaner than when I freehand my lines, and I like that I could create thicker lines easier. Of course, it did take much longer to do my nails than it usually does, but that was mostly cutting and applying the tape, and then taking the time to pull it off. But I can definitely see myself using it again.

So what do you think of these coral stripes? I think it’s a great Summer manicure, even though I’m going to spend the majority of my day cleaning and organizing my closet and purging old clothing I never wear. Not the most glamorous way to spend my day off, but it is a great excuse to play dress up! =)