Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Neon Colour Block

My striping tape shenanigans strike again!  This time I tried a simple colour block as accents on my ring finger and thumb.

For this manicure, I began by cutting some strips of striping tape while my nails were bare.  Then I applied a base of three coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and topped it with Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat to speed up the drying time.

When that was completely dry, I placed the striping tape on my ring and thumb nails and filled in the blocks on one of the nails with China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (neon yellow), Australis Totes Amaze (neon pink) and Models Own Orange Sorbet (neon orange).  I only needed one coat of each polish over the white - no streaking or sheerness to worry about!

As soon as I finished applying the polish, I peeled the tape off and repeated the process with my thumb.

I'm really happy with how this mani turned out!  It's bright, colourful and was very easy to achieve.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Base & top coat:
Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:
OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls - three coats
Australis Totes Amaze - one coat
China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - one coat
Models Own Orange Sorbet - one coat


  1. Hi there! I'm visiting from WPNFF's blog critique group!
    First off, love your blog! I'm following you now. =)

    Here are some comments:
    - Love that your layout is clean, simple, and easy to navigate. Everything seems balanced, proportional, and fresh.
    - Great pictures! They are well composed and you have pretty good lighting, too! Yay for color accuracy. =)
    - The writing style is very easy to follow and not too wordy.
    - Blog header/banner is simple, but cute and memorable.

    - Move your follower buttons and widgets up higher, right under the "About Me" section is ideal. Then have label tags, and then have your blogroll.
    - Consider adding a search bar to your sidebar (above labels)?
    - Use page/post breaks after your first image in a blog post. I've been getting this suggestion on my own blog a lot, so I'm following it. It helps people find what they are looking for faster, and encourage more clicking around on your site.
    - Consider adding Disqus to your blog for commenting! It's way better than what is built in to Blogger, and you can migrate all your old posts to it so nothing is lost from previous months. If nothing else... turn off the captcha for commenting! This is a huge deterrent for getting comments from real people. For whatever reason they are harder to decode than ever. I know I won't leave a quick "looks amazing!" comment on a blog if I have to deal with one of those things, and I *love* leaving comments. (As a blogger, I know how much they mean!)

    Your blog is looking great, keep it up! Thanks for the topcoat comparison page, too!

    1. Thank you so much for the comprehensive critique! I moved the follower widgets etc. up higher on the sidebar, added a search widget and turned the captcha off (I had no clue it was on, d'oh).
      I know what you mean about the putting breaks in the posts and I have considered it, but it's my preference to show the whole post and I like to see whole posts at once on other blogs without clicking through, so I think I'll keep that aspect as-is. When I have picture-heavy posts and/or long walls of text, I'll be sure to put a break in.
      Thanks again for visiting and for your helpful tips!

  2. Hi, I'm coming from WPNFF blogger bootcamp post. :) I love your banner & your tabs under it - it doesn't take up much room but it makes a definite statement. Your photos are clean & clear, your watermark is well-placed, and you do a great job with clean-up on your nails. My only feedback is to have your social media buttons & search bar (if you have one, I couldn't find it), right up at the top of your sidebar. :) Oh, and have you considered turning off the captcha? It's really irritating (I can never get it right); if you have trouble with spammers, there is always disqus! :)

    1. Thanks so much for your feedback! I messed with the sidebar a bit and added a search function, so hopefully that looks better now. Thanks for letting me know about the captcha as well, I wasn't aware that I had it on, so it's off now! :D

  3. Hi there. I found you blog through the Critique feed back on Will Paint Nails for Food. I love the clean look on your blog. Its easy to read and your photos are great. One Suggestion I do have to move the "follow" options above your labels in the side bar. Make it easier for people to find was to follow you. I also noticed that you don't have a "search this blog option" I have had many experienced bloggers say this is an important element to have. I added one to mine and Im not sure how useful it is but I thought I would mention it. Hope you find this helpful and good luck with your blog.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, I'm glad you like my blog! Most people have suggested that I move my follow options up on the sidebar, so I took the advice and I think it looks better now (especially since I have heaps of labels!) Thanks again, and good luck to you too.


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