Here is my NOTD: Julep Trina Turk Fall 2012 collection in Sophie with pink striping tape.
This was my first time working with striping tape. It’s relatively easy. The tape I purchased from amazon a while back at a really cheap price and shipping was pretty close to nothing. It took a while to get here, but I spent way less than $5 for sure for a whole lot of colors.
I have a small collection of Julep polishes (all sample sizes) because I purchased a Julep Maven 6-month subscription. My experience with Julep has so far been “so-so.” Through the subscription I have been sent a variety of colors and finishes. The creams are the ones I have been using mostly. I have noticed that the creams get kind of thick. With the first coat of this polish it seemed fine, but the second coat seemed a bit thicker. And I’m not sure if others have experienced this, but the polish dries quickly to the touch, but it seemed like it took a while for it to dry completely. I definitely messed up my right hand a couple of times. I might have been impatient since I was so tired yesterday, but I’m definitely going to give Julep another try.
As for the striping tape, I was sad to notice this morning that my top coat dissolved the color. The pink is supposed to be a little brighter, but it is what it is.
Overall status of this manicure: semi-fail.
I think I might just use the striping tape for guides/templates for other nail art.
Here’s my 49er’s manicure for my day 7 challenge. This was slightly time consuming but other wise very easy.
First I started with a base coat of OPI Sand On Your Own Feet on all my fingers except my index finger.
For my football finger I used an unconventional brown OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!
To start the fishtail manicure I started with Julep Scarlett. It wasn’t bold enough with the sparkle so I added just a little bit of OPI Speak For Your-Elf. Just make one diagonal line on your nail from one corner of your cuticle ending at the middle of the nail bed.
Using your next color, in my case OPI Morning Glory, paint in the opposite direction of your first stripe.
With your next color paint your stripe in the same direction of your first stripe halfway covering your first stripe. Repeat this process with all the colors alternating directions of your stripes and always covering half of your stripe previous.
For the football I used a really small brush and painted lines mimicking a football with OPI Alpine Snow.
Are you always on the go?
In between school, meetings, family outings, and friendly dinners it is hard to find time to pamper my hands. When I really want to give myself a manicure I find it very hard to sit down and remove my nail polish, care for my cuticles, and paint my nails. What’s one solution?
Doing part of the work on the go.
If you carpool or take the bus/taxi or even walk to your next destination take these little babies with you.
These one step pads are made of felt and they are soaked with moisturizing nail polish remover. They aren’t overly soaked so there is no remover dripping down your fingers as you remove your polish. It is infused with aloe to help moisturize and condition your nails while you remove your polish.
I literally grabbed two packets before leaving the house and threw them in my purse pocket.
They are small, convenient, and quick. If you leave the pad on your nail for a few seconds the polish can be easily wiped off.
These pads work really well. The only thing I can say is to make sure there is not a lot of air draft where you are using these. I had the car window open to keep the odor low for my fellow carpooler. But by the time I got to my last nail the pad dried out and I couldn’t remove the nail polish on my thumb.
I used one pad per hand because the pad dried so quickly. I will have to try them in a more enclosed area next time. Despite this con I did like these pads. They clean the nail very well and my nail beds are not left dry crying for lotion.
I received these from a mail order subscription to julep. I encourage my readers to check out the julep maven subscription at julep