Friday, May 1, 2015

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: Spring Flowers - Gradient Petals and NYC Strip Me Off Review


After my rush to get April's theme done I pushed myself to get a jump start on May's.  I am glad that I did because I ended up creating two designs that I am extremely pleased with.

May's theme is Spring Flowers.  A nice and easy theme!  
I am also including a review of the new NYC Strip Me Off Base Coat.  But it is a different review than you probably think!


I started with one coat of Marshmallow.  This was just to help the color pop so two coats wasn't necessary.

Instead of applying Strip Me Off on my nails I decided to see how it would work as a clean up tool.  It's just a glue base right??? So it should work??? I applied a good coating around my cuticles and let it dry.


Once the base coat was dry I added my gradient.  I used Birds, Pink Bikini and Sherbet to create the gradient.

Sooooo, Strip Me Off did not work as well as I had hoped.  It was actually crazy difficult to get off my skin.  It took me forever!
I also added my petals using UberChic 1-02 and Marshmallow.

It got to the point that I was ready to chuck the manicure and start over again.  But the gradient turned out so fantastic and I didn't want to.  I finally decided to try washing my hands.  It helped but I still had a lot to get off and it did a number on my cuticles.  Boo!

I finally got it cleaned up enough to finish the manicure.  I added a coat of Northern Lights for some sparkle.



So lesson learned..don't use Strip Me Off as a clean up tool!  Great for easy glitter removal not getting off your skin.  


Stop by and see the other amazing designs these ladies created!


4 comments:

  1. The gradient is so pretty! Bummer that it didn't work out as a clean up product and took you so long to clean up.

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  2. Your mani turned out so pretty! It would have been a shame to ditch it because of that aggravating product! And now you (and we) know! Thank you for this review and the wonderful photos!

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  3. Such a gorgeous gradient! Love it!

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  4. Beautiful gradient! I've tried peel off coats around my nails and had the same issues, totally dried them out!

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