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Friday, February 3, 2012

A Valentine idea - Simple & Easy

With Valentines coming up, I wanted to start getting some ideas, so the other night I tried one of them out. I didn't want anything to over the top or insanely complicated. I absolutely loved the turn out.

Oh and last night Jack and I spent 3 hours going through my stash. re-organizing, and pulling polishes that I either didn't want/use or had enough back ups of. I took some pics, so hopefully I can get them loaded for tomorrow :) I must say, wow, I had about 400 more than I though!!! Jack even came from the hall closet carrying 2 boxes full, that I forgot about, eeekkkk!!!

Anyways, on to the mani. I started with 1 coat of Sally Hansen Rapid Red.











Then using these craft scissors I cut some tape strips out

Like so..... (if you look between my fingers, you can see my Chi, Rolo, well his face looking up at me like I'm crazy, lol. 


I then placed them on my nail, making semi half moons, taping off the red part and used Color Club Peppermint Twist. Then finished with a coat of SV.























62 comments:

  1. I want your craft sciccors arsenal, woman! Hand it over! lol This is such a beautiful manicure. I love that Color Club. :)

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  2. That read is to die for *____*
    Also brilliant idea to use these scissors for a half moon mani. Need to get some asap.
    Great look as always, hun!

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  3. That's the perfect red! <3 The finished manicure is also nice, but the red.. oh wow!

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  4. Why I never had such cool ideas?

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  5. so cute! Just love your nails!!

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  6. Briliant idea to use tape cut like that to do half moons :)

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  7. I love the tape manis, but I can't seem to make them work. The tape dissolves and breaks/rips I end up having to pick it off with tweezers. Am I using the wrong brand of scotch tape?

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    1. Thanks :) I always use Scotch brand tape in satin finish. Just make sure you are removing the tape ASAP after you each nail.

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  8. the red is awesome and so your finished mani (like ALL your recent posts)! I'm glad you're back! wish you all the best :) Sara

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  9. Love this! I can never usually decide between red or pink, but this way I get both! Wahoo!! xxxxx

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  10. that is so gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Love this mani!! I have a whole drawer full of craft scissors. My mind is now racing with ideas. Thanks!

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  12. Oh m geee this is so pretty. I will be attending a party this Valentines and so I will definitely prettify my nails like this <333

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  13. this is pretty! incredibly clever using the craft scissors for the half moon! love that idea!

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  14. HOW are your manis always so flawless? You are so talented! :)

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    1. Awww, thank you so much. It really was just practice for me :)

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  15. This is so cute! And it's so freaking flawless! It's absolutely perfect and symmetrical!

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  16. Your manis are always so perfect.

    But I have to admit... this one kinda of reminds me of college girls that get French manicures done where the nail bed is made to look super short so that the tips look long.

    Hahaha, I still love you though, Erika!

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  17. What kind of craft scissors do you use for cutting tape? I have a whole set and they will NOT cut tape! Grr. I love the look but can't do it!

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    1. I just use some that I picked up at AC Moore.

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  18. I need your secret. Every time I try to do a craft scissors mani, the polish bleeds under like nuts.

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    1. You really just need to make sure the ends of the tape that you will be polishing over, and 100% flat. That's why I prefer Scotch so I can make sure.

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  19. I have a few of those scissors.. with other designs too. Thanks for the idea :)
    It looks great!

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  20. I'm so glad you are posting again. I look forward to them everyday.

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  21. The tape and scissors method is brilliant! I always have such a hard time making mine look...right. Lined up and centered and such. Love this and those colors are gorgeous together. It's like love in nail form :)

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  22. so cute idea for valentine´s day! =D

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  23. New to following you....dumb question..What is SV? And who is the lucky person that gets all your leftovers :-)

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    1. SV means Seche Vite, which is a super fast drying topcoat ;-)

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  24. Oh my GOD, this is so cute!!!

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  25. pretty :D can't wait to try it

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  26. Hey Erica! Love this! Have you seen the Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish? Just discovered it! Haven't tried it though. Here's a page of the swatches: http://www.nailharmony.com/products/gelish-gel-polish/gelish-gel-polish.html#colors

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    1. I haven't tried it yet. I'm not sure if I will but they do sound interesting.

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  27. I loveee a good red and pink contrast. :) Question for you, how are you able to cut the tape with the shaped scissors? Have you ONLY used the scissors on tape (never on paper, etc.)? I've tried with several scissors and tapes and none of them have cut, only crinkled the tape. Any suggestions? Sorry if you're already answered this!

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    1. Yeah, I've only used these on tape, but I have to put the tape as close as I can to the back of the scissors and cut fast, lol.

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  28. Aww looks very feminine and beautiful!

    bybeatriz.blogspot.com

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  29. It looks so perfect, I love it!

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  30. This is so cute and simple! Great color choice.

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  31. I tagged you in my blog for awards. I love love love your blog.

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  32. Wow that's so smart using that sort of scissor to get half moons! :D This looks great btw :)

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  33. So simple and yet so awesome! I am in awe of your ideas and your nails!

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  34. Hi!
    I just saw you started posting again, I'm glad your back!
    Love from the Netherlands :)

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  35. been reading your blog for a while and I finally started following!! Love your blog, your nails, and you! Glad to see you posting again :)

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  36. Hey, you got an award from me ^^
    The rules:
    - thank who send you the award and add a link to her/his blog;
    - write 7 random things about you;
    - give the award to other 15 bloggers you love and tell them.

    http://irsadasbeauty-fullworld.blogspot.com/2012/02/vertisale-blogger-award.html

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  37. Great Valentine's idea! I just posted four V-Day manis myself... http://glittershewrote.com/2012/02/06/four-nail-art-looks-for-valentines-day/

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  38. Wow absolutely flawless! i tried this mani for the first time a couple days ago and too funny i did the same color combo! my lines did not come out as smooth as your though and instead of tape i used the 3 whole punch repair stickers. How long did you wait for your polish to dry before you peeled away your tape??

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  39. super cute, your pics are so beautiful, like always.

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  40. This mani is so cute! I tried to do a half moon mani recently, but trying to cut out the tape shapes didn't come out so well. I actually bought craft scissors for manicure designs after seeing them on your blog a while ago, but I completely forgot about them! I wonder if I bought this design.

    Thanks for the great post!

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  41. What base and top coats do you use and how long for drying do you do?

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  42. Genius idea! My daughter has an entire set of those kinds of scissors. I think I'll try a manicure with the other shapes. :)

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  43. I have been trying to do the half moon manicure and this is a fun and easy alternative! Thank you so much for sharing and I will be sure to try this.

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