31 Inspired Days of Nail Art – Day 13: Tape Manicure

I literally just finished my tape manicure…just a little late. I have been late with everything lately which is super annoying.  I’ve been lacking a lot of inspiration when it comes to my manicures or anything in general, actually.  I hope it’s just temporary! So anyway, here is my tape manicure for today’s challenge:

essence You Belong To Me Swatch          essence You Belong To Me Swatch

I don’t think that I have used You Belong To Me since the first time I swatched it,  and my only question is: WHAT WAS I WAITING FOR??? I really love this color especially because it has this really beautiful hidden shimmer. These pictures make the color look more blue when in real life it has more of a green tone to it. The formula was ok–a little thick but nothing a few drops of thinner can’t fix.

I hope that the following qualifies as a tape manicure? I mean, I did use stripping tape…

essence You Belong To Me Choose Me! Stripping Tape Manicure          essence You Belong To Me Choose Me! Stripping Tape Manicure

I used a sponge to apply Choose Me! over You Belong To Me and the stripping tape I applied in a crisscross pattern.

Sorry, I couldn’t help it. This song was huge when I was in 6th/7th grade and I remember everyone wearing their jeans and sweatshirts backwards. I tried to join in on this fad until my mom  made me change and told me to stop acting like a fool. Ahhh…I love my mom. hahaha.

So back to the final mani: I still hate my sponging but I do like the colors. Again, the pictures make everything look  more blue than green. Choose Me! is such a pretty polish which is a dupe of OPI Catch Me In Your Net/Zoya Charla/Orly Halley’s Comet/WNW Teal Of Fortune/Sinful Colors Kissy so it is definitely more green than these pictures makes it out to be. The beautiful shimmery flecks make this polish a favorite of mine…along with the other dupes as well.

So, let me know what you think of my tape manicure. Don’t forget to check out the other challenge submissions below as well. Thanks for stopping by–catch up with you later!


16 thoughts on “31 Inspired Days of Nail Art – Day 13: Tape Manicure

    1. I bought some striping (stripping?) tape on ebay and it came from somewhere in China. It did not work at all. It seemed that the adhesive melted off or something so it would not stick on my nails. I have tried to do a few manis where I leave the tape on but it would just pull up. I won a giveaway from Amanda (Mae’s Beauty Reports) and she included a set of tape that actually works! lol I think this is the only way I will really use it from now on as well. Despite my messy sponging, I really do like it for the colors. 🙂
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  1. Cynthia have you tried 2 or 3 colors on wax paper. Then take a brush dipped in acetone and marry each color where it meets before you dip the sponge in it? I have only done this once but it turned out pretty good. And a side note, I love short nails for nail art. I think the short nails look great! Xoxo

    1. Hi Kami…I have not tried the brush with acetone to marry the colors, but I do swirl the colors a bit where they join with a toothpick so I guess it’s basically the same thing but the acetone must thin the colors out bit. It’s worth a shot! 🙂 I am enjoying my short nails right now…I hate having long nails because I tend to really get bad breaks and my nails seems to grow more narrow the longer they get. It’s weird…and I hate the shape.
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  2. Funny that you linked this song, I was just watching that movie with Justin timberlake and that girl and they try to be bed buddies and they end up falling in love, it’s now in my head-again!! This is so pretty, I haven’t tried my striping tape yet, it’s on the to do list now!!
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  3. It looks cool! I think it’s a better use of striping tape than for actual striping! I think it’d be neat to see the greener tones to it “in real life”, as well.
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    1. Jump! Jump! Ahhh…things were so simple back then. Why didn’t I enjoy my life back then when I didn’t have all this grown up shit to worry about?? However, I had a whole bunch of other teen issues that seemed just as crappy back then.

      Yes! I was annoyed that the green didn’t come out so well in my pictures. They are both great colors…blue or green.
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      1. I have totally had this thought, as well! I thought things were *so* tough as a teen and now I’m like, man, you were an idiot, haha. I guess it’s just a matter of perspective, but I wish I knew how easy it actually was back then so that I could have enjoyed it!

    1. Stripping tape is just about the easiest nail art to do ever. You always do such pretty nail looks so I’m sure you’ll do something great with it.

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