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Essie "Aruba Blue"

Essie “Aruba Blue”

I love stamping. But, admittedly, I tend to do it in about the most boring possible manner when I do full-nail stamps. White for dark colors, black for light colors. Metallics for everybody! And… that’s it. I was fully geared up to do this stamp (my favorite, which you will see in probably every other stamping mani I do from now until the end of time) in white over the dark blue, but at the last minute I decided to go with black.

I’m so glad I did. This gorgeous effect got a ton of compliments, including minor assault by a coworker who grabbed my hand and nearly pulled me off my feet. But, as I mentioned in a previous post, this is the one circumstance in which I love having my personal space violated. All in the name of art (and maybe just a hint of envy).

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A Foray Into Striping Tape

Sephora by OPI "Read My Palm"

Sephora by OPI “Read My Palm”

Striping tape has long been a point of contention with me. While countless others have had success, I found nothing but frustration. However, when experimenting with an Independence Day manicure (whose picture I seem to have misplaced…) I learned that I had white striping tape. So, instead of using the tape to mask stripes, I decided to leave it on. Y’know… kinda how it was maybe meant to be used. Or something.

It worked brilliantly. And, thus, a new love was born. Add in my typical floral and a rhinestone for the hell of it, and I had one rockin’ mani. Striping tape, we are finally friends.

Bonus: If you look closely, my middle finger is a sausage in this picture. See how it looks bent? It’s not. It’s flat. This was taken a day or two after injuring my finger when a dog, whom I was not notified was dog-aggressive, bolted before I had securely grabbed his leash. The leash wrapped around my finger, and… well, I’m probably lucky it didn’t break or worse. Yay sausage finger!