Wednesday, 9 July 2014

NOTD - Stars and Stripes

Yes, I'm finally back! Apologies for the longer-than-intended hiatus - I'd planned on just taking a week off for #RealTimeChem week to focus on the sciency side of my social media presence (including starting a new blog, Whimsical Science). And then I got sick and winter hit real bad, and I was just feeling - unmotivated - so a bit of a break from blogging was needed. But fear not, I am now back and ready to get back into the swing of things!

Last Friday, the 4th of July, was Independence Day in the USA. Now, I'm by no means American but I can't deny the stylish appeal of the Stars And Stripes. So, I thought I would share in my US friends' celebrations.

I painted a more intricate design on my left hand and had something simpler on my right because (a) my left hand is not so good with a paintbrush and (b) my right hand normally chips earlier than my left so I'm less inclined to put extra effort into it. So let's focus in on that left hand!

I first painted my nails white using 2 coats of Sinful Colors "Snow Me White". When that was properly dry, I used striping tape to mark off the sections I wanted to paint red. I painted the red stripes using Essence Colour & Go in "Fame Fatal" and removed the striping tape immediately. When the red pain was once again properly dry, I used striping tape and Essence Colour & Go in "Boy Next Door" (first edition) to paint the tips blue. I then covered my design in Sally Hansen Insta Dri topcoat. When my nails were touch dry, I added the "stars" to the tips using "Snow Me White" and the smaller side of the Essence Dotting Tool. (I added the detail after a layer of top coat so that, if I made a mistake, I could quickly remove it without removing the underlying blue polish.) I added a star-shaped stud from Essence to my thumb. I finished off with another layer of top coat.

My right hand features the same polishes, just alternating design elements over my fingers. I used the larger end of the Essence Dotting Tool to do the dots on my thumb.

Here's a close-up of my left hand. Clearly I need more practice with the striping tape (you can see that the red sections on my index finger were the first ones I did!), and I missed a few spots during clean-up, but overall I'm quite pleased with how it came out! Maybe next year I'll have improved my skills enough to do real stars!


  1. Hey Laura,

    Thank you for a great post! Where can I buy the Essence Dotting Tool?

    1. Thank you Lalannie! I bought my Essence dotting tool at Dischem, I think it was R19.95?

    2. You welcome, Laura! Thank you, will make my way there this weekend...

  2. This is just so gorgeous. It looks perfect and I loooooove it! I really love those colour together. I don't know why I never do 4th of July nails but hopefully next year ;)


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