Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nail No-Go (& One Heck of a Cheesy Moment)

Source/Credit: Chloe's Nails

Can I tell you something?  I love Pinterest, and I love trying out the ideas on my boards.

Do you know what makes me sad?  When I try one of those ideas, and it fails miserably!
Oh, yes, folks!  This is the story of a Pinterest Fail.  *collective gasp*

My finger nails aren't painted often, because it's too high-maintenance for me.  They're pretty for all of two days, and then they look drab, scuffed, and chipped.  However, when I finally do decide it's time to paint them again, it's really fun for me.

(Enter stage right: a Chloe's Nails tutorial with design scissors and tape found on Pinterest)

It seemed simple enough, and I had all the supplies already, so I gave it a whirl.  

I painted my nails the night before.

I cut the tape.
I applied the tape and painted with glitter polish.

I peeled the tape, and... it didn't work.  
The tape pulled up my base color and ripped along the glitter polish.
{No picture.  I was so disappointed that I immediately moved on before thinking to take one.}

Lessons learned:
- Make the tape less tacky by placing it on my skin first.
- Paint the glitter polish and then immediately remove the tape.

I still wanted to do something fun, so I added a darker color to half of my ring fingers.

Before it completely dried, I added glitter polish...

... and brushed it sideways to blend the colors in the middle.

The color is darker on the pinky-side.  I still wanted a slight two-tone effect.
And I changed my pinky polish while I was at it.

No tape.  No design scissors.  But good enough for me!  
And in my defense, I'm sticking to one of my reasons for writing this blog.  
I should try everything, even if I don't think I'll be good at it.  
Because I might be good at it!  (Just not this time.)

It's all Trial By  fire  Sapphire.  
** This cheesy moment brought to you by Lindsay's musical theatre roots. **

If you have any other tips on how to make this work, please tell me.  
I'm determined to get those nails!


Liz with the Lovely Life said...

oh shoot! good advice because I have this pinned and was gong to try it sometime..now I know how to proceed! They ended up looking great though! Have a great day!!

Amira said...

ooooo, thank you for sharing!!! This looks like it could be fun, and now I'll make sure not the tape isn't so tacky :-)

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Hey your nails still came out good!
I only paint my nails like every other week (but my toes are ALWAYS painted).
When I do paint them, 1 glitter nail is about as crazzzyyy as I get ;)


Emily Hope said...

I should really start doing my nails at home. I usually get them done with Shellac - because I hate all the chipping. But it really does take a toll on my bank account. Thanks for sharing this. I might just give it a try {maybe}

p.s. stopping by from Emmy June's blog.

Marie Danielle said...

I am so not good at things like this! I think the design you ended up doing is gorgeous!! Way better than my normal mani. :-)

Emily said...


I'm still on the "too high maintenance" bandwagon. But I think your end result is pretty rad. And we will totally do homemade mani-pedis during our real life girl's weekend.

Laura @ My Green Pen said...

Your nails look great either way. It's always a bummer when things don't go as planned.

Jenna@The Life of the Wife said...

Oh please post that to Pinterest as a FAIL :) HAHA I love ya!!


Annelise @ Aunie Sauce said...

Hey girl! I've done these manis a LOT!!! Definitely do put the tape on the back of your hand or palm first-- it always helps. And yes, take the tape off right after polishing... it's a must. Chloe always also uses Seche Vite topcoat between her polishing and taping to make sure that it is all the way dry... maybe that can help!