OPI - Don't Pretzel My Buttons
OPI - Dim Sum Plum
China Glaze - First Mate
China Glaze - Sea Spray
Can you believe I've been blogging for what 3 years now and I've never used striping tape before?!
This mani was originally intended as a recreation of this mani by Chelsea Queen. It didn't work out that well though. I had trouble staying within my thin striping tape lines, especially since I was painting with my bad hand. This was particularly hard with Dim Sum Plum because of the wide OPI brush. I probably should have used a nail art brush instead of the brush in the bottle but oh well... next time.
Also can you believe I have over 200 polishes but somehow don't have a single off white cream color?! Any recommendations? :)
Then while I was pulling the striping tape off of my right thumb, the polish that was on the tape got alll over my left thumb and index nail lol. This was before I figured out you're supposed to use tweezers. Newbie mistake. Anyway so I decided to change up the shapes so that I could strategically paint over the accidental pink splotch.
(Btw if you're wondering... the pink that is on my thumb and index nail is a different polish... Color Club Overboard... I was experimenting with it on my thumb since I thought the brush would work better than the OPI one. Wasn't happy with the way color looked vs. Dim Sum Plum though.)
So after playing around with the striping tape this is what I ended up with. I added Sea Spray since I ended up with 3 areas to fill in on my index and just continued on with it. It's actually a fluke that I ended up using Sea Spray. It was the only other polish I had out (I was experimenting with it for Monday Blues... which I actually skipped this week oops). All my other polishes were in my Helmer next to the bed and I didn't want to wake up my boyfriend. I think it works quite well with the other colors though :)
In terms of shapes I think my pinky nail is my favorite. Ring finger nail is my second favorite.
I'm not very happy with the execution of this mani. I still went over the striping tape lines a bit. I also got a crazy amount of shrinking from using Seche Vite. I almost never use it anymore... only for manis like this where I don't want to take a chance with smearing. But I think I'll have to find something else if it's going to shrink THIS much. These pictures were only taken about half an hour after applying SV :/ It is at the halfway point though... I guess maybe with some Seche Restore it would be better?