Saturday, May 25, 2013

T: Tape Mani with Re-fresh Mint by China Glaze

Hey there! For the letter "T", I did a tape mani inspired by mint chocolate candy canes. I used Re-fresh Mint and Call of the Wild, both by China Glaze.


Below is the striping tape I used.  It's foil tape, I ordered this from eBay a while back, they're super cheap.  I got 8 rolls for $2.

I still had paint seepage under the tape, but it is hard to find thin strips of tape to use for nail art so I don't know of any other kind of tape to buy. Cutting scotch tape into skinny little uniform strips is a pain in the butt!

In order to get thicker lines I just place two or three strips of tape side by side.  The pattern of thickness the I used here, is one stripe, then three, then one, then two, then one.  Much easier than cutting tape.


This mani requires a lot of time and patience... something I'm a bit short on these days, so it will be a while before I do another one of these.  Or I'll just do one accent nail next time.

I also found it a bit annoying, after pulling the tape off, the tape kept sticking to my other hand, arm, sleeve... and they had brown nail polish on them so I got brown specks of polish everywhere.... what am I saying?  Have a large area set aside (and time) to work in and designate a spot to place the used stripes.

Overall though, the effect is nice, my husband was excited to see the finished nails.  He said they looked like candy.

Well, that is it for today.  I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

25 comments:

  1. Hahaha, it definitely does remind me of mint chocolate! Love this mani <3

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  2. I'm sorry, but I had to start laughing while picturing you fighting with the striping tape! I really like the color combo - it's not the usual, and I like that. When I read your title, the first thought that popped in my head was Frango Mints, but got the candy canes when I saw your photo...

    Ok, and now I'm hungry.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments. I'm smiling... :D

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  3. Love it! And yes, tape is a pain in the butt, but when you get results like yours, you can understand why we put up with it! Beautiful!

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  4. They look perfect, a true chocolate mint candy cane ^^ I also use those striping tapes, and I love them! It took me a little to get used to it due to its stickiness, but I keep a notebook open right next to me and stick the bits there after they've been used :) It's handy!

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    1. That is a good idea, M! I need more practice with the nail striping tapes. They are extra sticky. Thanks!

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  5. I really love Refresh Mint, I've been lusting after it for ages!
    I love the look of this, it really does look like sweets, nom!

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    1. :D Thank you. I did nom mint chocolate ice cream afterwards!

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  6. I agree with your hubby and I love the final result and colours!

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  7. Jenni, these came out FABU! And it reminds me of Andes chocolate mints. Delicious mani. :)

    I laughed over the tape everywhere! LOL. Seriously! Every. Freaking. Where.

    Nice job!

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  8. I agree! They totally look like chocolate mint! Yum!

    And omg how perfect are those lines?!

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    1. Yes well thank goodness for acetone to clean up those paint seep-ages...

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  9. Yes, your nails really look like candy! You did a great job, I know that this kind of nail art requires a lot of patience and is so time consuming too! :)

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  10. Wowww!! I wanna eat your nails hahaha!

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  11. Wow!!! This is so pretty. Love the background color and the design. You def did a great job on this one. I really love it! Hope to see more great manis!

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    1. Thanks, Jules! I hope I can come up with more inspiring manis!

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  13. Gorgeous mani! Made me think of mint ice cream with chocolate sauce :D

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