Tuesday, September 11, 2012

30 Day Challenge Day 11- Stripes *Sigh* And A Baby Tutorial

Hi kiddos, how is everyone doing today?  I'm ready to take my little heiney to bed but not before I get my post up for all you lacquer lovers to see.  I had a busy day today, got to reconnect with a friend I had lost contact with for a while. (Long story)  Let's just say it was a very good night!

Sooooo, stripes huh?  Yeah, not a fan!  I don't have striping tape and I don't want to play with stripes.  But the challenge was a way for me to spread my polished wings and venture into lands other than dots and water marbling.  So instead of glamouring you all into believing we had skipped over day 11 due to technical difficulties, I sucked it up and tried something new.  Originally I attempted zebra stripes but when the hubs asked me why I was scribbling on my nails, I chucked it and started over.  *Hides behind couch*  Oh ok, go ahead, have a look....

Why is your last picture so large Nicole you ask?  I have no clue...I redid it 3 times and the little mother sucker just wants to be large and in charge.  Of course I had to throw a few dots in...mainly because I jacked my middle finger up royally and didn't have it in me to redo it.  If you've never seen this design before, let me explain what I did.  Keep in mind, it's a major pain in the arse!

First I dripped about 4 or 5 large, and I mean schmongo (new word of the day) drops onto my little palette.  You could use a plate, tin foil, your husbands belly button, whatever floats your boat.  Then I sat there like a total loser and mixed the little effin puddle for what seemed like an hour (it was probably about 5 minutes) until it got gummy and started to make strings when I pulled on it.  I used my thinnest dotter to do the mixing.  I then got my nail as close as I could to said puddle and quickly but gently pulled up on my dotter bringing a string of gummy polish over my nail.  

As you can see, sometimes it didn't work as well as I had hoped.  Either the strings disappeared into thin air or they were a little too thick.  It's a cool process and really very simple but it is a little tricky to get your polish and pulling process just right.  With some practice, this could be really neat.  The trick is not to get too much polish on the dotter as you are pulling.  This is easier said than done.  Once the polish starts to thicken, it magically starts to disappear.  Your nice big puddle turns into a little spot of frustration.  I'm going to try this again and I'll take pics as I go.  It's a little difficult to explain without being able to show you kids some photos.  

You have to let this dry forever before top coating.  I didn't wait as long as I should have even though I thought I was ok.  We'll try again soon with a mini tutorial.  

My untried polish was Butter London Marrow, a deep purple with just a hint of shimmer.  Application was good, I did have a little dragging and spotting but the color is so pretty I didn't even care.  The pretty pinky purple polish I used was Zoya Perrie.  I love this polish.  It is very opaque and goes on great.  I used 2 coats of both polishes.  

Hope you guys aren't too disappointed with this one, stripes make me want to scream.  Can't we just get to water marbling already? :) 

Happy Polishing Friends!!

Check out the other lovely lacquer heads participating in the Polish Pit of Death, um, 30 Day Challenge.


  1. Thank you! It turned out better than I thought it would!

  2. AAHH LOVE. I need to string some polish again. You did great, this looks perfect :)

  3. I really like this idea! I'll have to try this sometime ;) Lovin' the work - new follower!

  4. This is one of the coolest manis I've seen yet, it reminds me something yummy, like truffles!