Sunday, September 16, 2012

My first ziplock bag manicure feat. Manhattan - Green Chai, Essence - Miss Lavender and Essence - Pop Pastel Blue

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far! I am, because it is the first weekend after I officially submitted my PhD thesis. I'm feeling so relieved, even though I am a bit nervous. I'd like to know what the reviewers think, but I won't find out before I will be awarded my degree. And there still is this final exam ahead of me. Not looking forward to that. Oh anyways, let's talk nail polish rather than work!

Today I have for you my first attempt in a ziplock mani. If you have not heard about that, you basically make your own nail polish "stickers" by painting designs on a ziplock bag, peel them off and but them onto your nails. Sounds easy, huh. Well, it actually is. Bregje from Oooh, Shinies! made a great tutorial here.
When my Manhattan Green Chai mani (swatches on its own here) showed some tip wear, I decided to spice it up a bit with these ziplock nail stickers. I chose two pastel colors, Essence's Show Your Feet Polishes in Miss Lavender and Pop Pastel Blue (I know, those are meant to be worn on your toe nails, but why should they not work for finger nails as well ;)). Instead of the ziplock bag I used oven paper, as recommended by Chiro form Nail Of This Week. I let everything dry overnight. The stickers really came off easily. Before applying them onto the nails, I cut them with shaped scissors. Here is the final result.



It did not turn out as neat as I wanted it to be. The stickers were rather thick, because if you make them too thin, they're hard to peel off and tear easily. I also had to apply two coats of Seche Vite and it still wasn't 100% smooth. Plus my nails looked pretty thick with all those layers of polish on. Next time I will go with a one- or two-coater as a base and try to make the stickers as thin as possible, so I can get a smooth result. Still I liked the colors together.

Have you every tried the ziplock method? Maybe someone has some tips and tricks?

Thanks for reading, have a great Sunday!
<3 Sabine

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