Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Baby's first striping tape manicure (China Glaze On Safari nail art part 3!)

Hi lovelies! Happy Wednesday, we're halfway through the work week, yay! Today I'm really excited to show you guys my first adventure with striping tape.

China Glaze On Safari striping tape nail art - Prey Tell and I Herd That

This manicure started with a 3 lovely coats of China Glaze Prey Tell, a gorgeous vampy wine red that I wore alone for a day before doing this design on top of it. I knew I wanted to try my striping tape this week but I have no patience for tape when it comes to whole the "waiting for my polish to dry before using it" bit so I solved that problem by using it on a day-old manicure!

China Glaze On Safari striping tape nail art - Prey Tell and I Herd That

To make the patterns I just taped them off with the striping tape, applied 1 thick coat of the coppery sparkly awesomeness that is China Glaze I Herd That, then removed the tape while the polish was still wet. After all my nails were done I used 2 thick coats of Seche Vite on top since the stripes were super textured and I Herd That is also something of a topcoat-eater.

China Glaze On Safari striping tape nail art - Prey Tell and I Herd That

I've always read how striping tape is sooo easy to use and such a breeze and whatnot but I struggled with it on some of these patterns! The pattern on my pointer finger especially was quite a challenge. I think I spent like 20 minutes applying the tape for that one and I was pretty frustrated by the time I finished but I think it looks really cool!

China Glaze On Safari striping tape nail art - Prey Tell and I Herd That

After I'd done the first few nails I was definitely starting to get the hang of it. The really nice part about it to me was that since all my nails were already dry and this glitter dries super fast too, I could do one nail and then take a break and eat or watch tv or whatever and then do the next nail. I even did my right hand too! I don't like the patterns on this one quite as much as my left hand but I think they look pretty cool together :)

China Glaze On Safari striping tape nail art - Prey Tell and I Herd That

My favorite designs are the ones on the ring finger and pinkie of my left hand. I'm so happy with how those came out! I replicated the pinkie design on the pointer finger of my right hand but I didn't get it centered as well. Still not bad for my non-dominant hand, though. I actually really liked using the striping tape with my non-dominant hand because while it was a bit of a struggle, it was nice because if I got it wrong I could pick it up and reposition it rather than leaving it imperfect.

China Glaze On Safari striping tape nail art - Prey Tell and I Herd That

Here's a BONUS SWATCH of Prey Tell for you guys. Just... I can't with this polish. Look how pretty and vampy and shiny and amazing it is. Don't you want to just fall into it? It's just so RICH-looking. It's so shiny you can almost see my reflection in it taking the pictures!

China Glaze Prey Tell

Okay, that's all I have for you guys today! I'm definitely going to finish out this week with some more designs using On Safari colors so stay tuned for that. What do you guys think of these? Have you ever used striping tape before? Do you get as pumped about how clean and perfect the designs look as I did?

51 comments:

  1. this looks amazing for a first attempt, or even just for striping tape in general! Great color combo :)

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    1. thank you! :) I'm definitely a perfectionist so I spent a lot of time placing the tape so I wouldn't be mad if I screwed it up, haha. I looove these colors together too!

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  2. These look so awesome! I struggle to use striping tape too, it's so fiddly!

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    1. Thank you! And YES, fiddly is the perfect word for it! It kept not sticking where I wanted or moving or curling or something else obnoxious. With a little practice though I'm sure I'll get used to it... hopefully haha.

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  3. I had trouble with striping table the first few times, but it got easier! I think the nice thing about it is that you can get slight curves out of it, which is impossible with scotch tape. I also have trouble getting scotch tape to cut straight.
    These are awesome though! I love that glitter and your stripes/patterns are fantastic!

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    1. I hadn't even thought about being able to do curves with it... might have to try that out! And thank you! This glitter is sooo pretty and sparkly in real life.

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  4. Stellar for your first striping tape mani! The ring finger nail is amazing!

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  5. You are so talented! This is absolutely beautiful, you make me want to whip out my striping tape and give it a try haha =]!

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    1. Thank you so much! You definitely should - it's annoying at first but I think I'm really gonna like it.

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  6. wow are you sure you didnt try it before? it's to die for!

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    1. haha nope never, I've only even used Scotch tape once or twice... just don't have the patience to wait for my nails to dry! Thank you!!

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  7. This is BEYOND perfection, in every way!! I'm mad at myself that I didn't come up with this myself :P I am new follower now. You are gonna be BIG :D

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  8. dayum gurl, that's everything i like in a nail. the stripes, the glitter, the dark nummy wine color that i could swim in. num.

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  9. I thought this was stamped until I read your post. Very good job!

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  10. Wow, that looks amazing. I can't wait to peruse through the rest of your blog!

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  11. This is absolutely gorgeous. I'm amazed at how well you did this.

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  12. Super cute! I love how evenly spaced and precise this manicure is!

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    1. thank you! I'm the same way, I'm a perfectionist real bad so the neatness of striping tape just really makes me happy.

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  13. saw em on tumblr, liked em there and love them so much just had to come comment on your blog and let you know THEYRE AMAZING. I cant wait to get some striping tape! ;) L♥♥♥♥♥♥VE em

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    1. wow thank you so much!!! striping tape is SO FUN go get it now girl!

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    2. haha! :) im definitely gettin it soon when i find some extra money to spend lol

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    3. girl you know that stuff is $1.75 on amazon for 10 rolls! http://www.amazon.com/Nail-Stripe-Decoration-Sticker-Hologram/dp/B0069FDR96/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350062928&sr=8-1&keywords=striping+tape

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  14. These look amazing! You have now made me buy some striping tape, so I get experimenting aswell =]

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    1. thank you and that's awesome! so glad I inspired you to try it out, I love it!

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  15. Whitney this is a masterpiece but I feel ya on the striping tape. Last time I used it it took me over an hour! But this mani makes me want to play with it again. Very inspiring design!

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  16. Wow, this is a great design! I bought some striping tape a few months back but have not gotten around to doing anything with it yet. I will have to try some of your patterns out. :)

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  17. This looks so awesome Whitney. And so clean! I think I like your left pinky the most too. I should definitely get some striping tape.

    Don't you just love I Herd That? It's so gorgeous. In fact, I pretty much love the whole On Safari collection. I have a few more on their way to me (Jungle Queen, Kalahari Kiss and Desert Sun). Excited!

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  18. DUDE! Just found your blog and this is FREAKIN COOL!

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  19. I can't believe this is your first attempt with striping tape...this is amazing! I wouldn't like to share my first attempt lol.

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  20. Where did you buy yourself this stripingtape? (A) It looks pretty cool.

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  21. Your first time?! This is amaaazing! Mine is kinda similar but I like your colours better. Black and Gold has always been a favourite of mine xx

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  23. Excellent! I enjoyed this so much can't wait to get my tools and get started!, But I think it will be very tough for me. lots of people here also said that it not easy that much. Lets have try...

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