September 13, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does it Again: Tape! Lime Crime Milky Ways and butterLondon Bossy Boots Reciprocal Gradient nail art

Well well well, today's post didn't go as planned! Today's theme is tape manis, and tape manis are super cool but they're also sometimes the most "challenging" simply because of time constraints (i.e. waiting and waiting for all the layers to dry to do the tape part). I took a crack at The Reciprocal Gradient and struggled with it a bit. Check out my subtle pastel gradient nails using Lime Crime Milky Ways and butterLondon Bossy Boots!

Manicurity | Lime Crime Milky Ways and butterLondon Bossy Boots Reciprocal Gradient nail art

Manicurity | Lime Crime Milky Ways and butterLondon Bossy Boots Reciprocal Gradient nail art

Manicurity | Lime Crime Milky Ways and butterLondon Bossy Boots Reciprocal Gradient nail art

Manicurity | Lime Crime Milky Ways and butterLondon Bossy Boots Reciprocal Gradient nail art

So I love the idea of the reciprocal gradient and for my first time these are pretty cool, but I'm bummed that I spent soooo much time on these and I feel like they ended up sort of meh. The colors I picked didn't play nicely and didn't want to build very well, then it seems like my red striping tape bled into the polishes (has that happened to anyone else? is that a "thing"?!)? Next time I will definitely be picking some much more opaque, bold colors so this has a lot more punch (because OMG, have you seen this one from Adventures in Acetone? to die for!) instead of being so soft, subtle and pretty.

Have you tried the reciprocal gradient? Any tips?? And has your striping tape ever deposited color onto your nails like it seems like mine has? I thought it was just stray pieces are first and tried to dig them out with tweezers, but it really does seem like the color bled (there's some spots of red on my middle and pinkie, and some gold making the Milky Ways part of the gradient on the first layer of my index look weird).

Check out the other tape nails for today and don't forget out $200 giftcard giveaway!

6 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! I love the way the ring finger came out! (:

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  2. personally, i really like the subtlety of the colours. Bummer about your striping tape, i've never had this happen xx

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  3. This looks super challenging, but it looks amazing, Emma! :)

    I want to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can read more about your nomination on the post where I nominated you. :)

    http://veggiesandglitter.com/2013/09/14/veggies-and-glitter-has-been-nominated-for-the-versatile-blogger-award/

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  4. Very pretty! I agree that tape manicures are some of the hardest...I can handle the waiting around!

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  5. I am really loving your ring finger it's beautiful! (this is a non creepy love I promise!) :)

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