Now that it's Spring I've been feeling the itch to start up my Mani Monday shares again.
I'm so inspired with all the great bright colors for Spring.
I love perusing the nail polish colors and thinking of all the great
color combos that can be paired for great color block designs.
I love the look of color block nails - they're so clean and fresh.
I saw this great mint and orange outfit via Polyvore
and so when I headed to Walgreens on Saturday with Isabella to shop for some
Sally Hansen manicure supplies, I knew just which colors I was looking for.
I was super excited to to find that Walgreens had the Sally Hansen Extreme Wear polish and Salon Effects on sale for two for $5 with 1,000 points using my Balance Rewards card.
I love a good deal!!!!
When I saw the Mint Sorbet from the Sally Hansen Sweet Stripes -
I knew I found the perfect match.
Since the Extreme Wear nail polish was on such a great deal, I had to stock up.
Plus, I let Isabella choose a few colors. Can you tell which colors she picked?
First I started with a base coat.
When I first started doing my nails I never bothered with a base or a top coat.
However, over the months of doing my own manicures I found out
that a base and top coat make a big different in the longevity and uniformity of a manicure.
Next I grabbed my Mint Sorbet and Sun Kissed Extreme Wear polish.
I put down a coat of Mint Sorbet and let it dry for about 20 minutes.
The first mistake I made when trying the taped method for achieving stripes was
applying the tape too soon and it just melted to my polish.
I used washi tape to create my color block sections.
It worked great. It's not too sticky, but still makes a nice seal.
Place the tape across your nail at an angle.
I like to do a different angle for each nail.
Then paint the nail in the same manner as the bottom color.
I wait 30-60 seconds and then remove the tape.
Be careful not to get too much polish on the first swipe.
If there is too much it will run/bleed when you remove the tape.
Woohoo! Then I have a beautifully color blocked nail courtesy of Sally Hansen.
I added an accent stripe with the white Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen.
I really love how the entire look turned out!