Monday, August 6, 2012

NOTD Before & After: MSMD Monday featuring Misa Fountain Of Youth and Barielle Positive ZEN-ergy


Today my Monkey-See-Monkey-do Monday is the third in a chain of inspiration. I was inspired by this manicure by Polish Crazed (which you can see by clicking here), which was itself inspired by a manicure by NailXchange (which you can see by clicking here). I have a ton of thin nail tape, so I decided to go that route. I also had two light green untrieds that I've been dying to bust out, so I changed up the color a bit, too. :)

For my base color, I started with Misa's Fountain of Youth. This is a very, very light celery green polish (it almost looks white) with a matte frost finish:

Misa Fountain Of Youth, indirect light

Misa Fountain of Youth direct sun
 Once this was dry (or so I thought), I put strips or nail tape at random angles on my nails. Then, I sponged over the top of these with Barielle's Positive ZEN-ergy, an avocado green polish with a ton of shimmery micro-glitter in it:

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I like how this came out, although next time I'd stop the sponging up higher to show more of the base color. I also love these two colors together! Fountain Of Youth is not normally a polish I would wear too often, because it's so light and such a pastel shade; I bought it mostly for nail art purposes. Now that I see it on, I like it more than I thought I would; it's an edgy sort of pastel. And paired with another polish like it is here, it's beautiful.

One tip that I learned along the way with this technique. Either make sure your base polish is completely dry before you put the nail tape on, or de-sticky the tape a bit (by, for example, putting it on and off your skin a few times first). Otherwise, the tape will pull up the polish underneath it. This happened to me and I had to fill in the holes with a very tiny nail art brush. :)

Thanks for taking a look! Please check out the other ladies that participate in MSMD Monday, linked below via thumbnails. :)



  1. This is really creative! My lines from the brush don't come out clean :(

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  2. I am going to do this when I get home. I am only wearing one color, and no nail art today, and I am in desperate need of something.
    So I will do a late MSMD on your MSMD :D

    1. You should save the pictures and post them next monday, you'll be the 4th person in the chain of inspiration! How cool would it be to see how far it goes...How cool for Nailxchange to see her mani inspire so many people!! :)

    2. I am terrible at saving pics for scheduled posts. I get over excited and post about it right away. Maybe if I post the pic on my FB-page, it might work..

    3. Well I can't wait to see it either way...:)

    4. I managed to wait. I cant believe the views on the post! Seriously. I have to do this again. My google analytics is going crazy.

    5. I'm not surprised at all. You did such a lovely version--gorgeous greens and great choices with the stipes. :)

    6. think pink and dark pink will be pretty as well?

    7. Well, I'm not a pink lover...But yes, I think you'll make it work. :)

    8. I)`ll test a few things then. I really love the idea of the design. :)


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