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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Spring Butterflies - Konad m76 & m79

Nina Ultra Pro "Mermaid" (3 coats)
Konad m76 and m79 in Special White and Green

For this konadicure I wanted to use designs from my new plates. I used 3 thin coats of "Mermaid" to get it opaque and then I put a Seche Vite topcoat to dry it quickly.  

Then I decided to layer two patterns.  The background is the lattice pattern from m79 in Special White. Over that I randomly placed the butterfly image from m76 in Special Green.  I think it might have looked better if I placed the butterfly in the same position on each nail, but, oh well....too late now!

Hope you enjoy these pics.  Please leave me some feedback, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pretty in Pink - Konad m57

NXY "Hot Pink"
All 3 patterns are from Konad IP m57 
      in Special White and Black

Here's a konadicure I did awhile back when my highschool did a Breast Cancer Awareness Week.  I wanted to do something pink to support the cause, but I made it a bit edgy by going over the white fishnet pattern with black lace and a black flower all from m57.

Hope you enjoy this konadicure.  Please leave me some feedback!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Blue on Blue - Konad m78

NYX "Titanic" (2 coats)
Konad IP m78 in Avon Mirror Shine "Glisten"

I just love this pattern from m78 - one of Konad's new plates.  It reminds me of that pattern when you swirl two toppings together, like on top of a mille-feuille pastry!  

I ordered the metallic blue "Glisten" from Avon after I'd read that it worked well for stamping, and it really was amazing - though you do have to work fast! It reminds me of the Revlon Top Speed Chromes that were out years ago. I'm still waiting to get a purple Mirror Shine that I also ordered, but it was out of stock.  

I added rhinestones on the ring finger and thumb.  I used a pale blue one on the ring finger and a cobalt blue one on the thumb because I had both colours and just couldn't decide which colour matched best.  These rhinestones are a bit too lumpy, though, but I got a bunch of them at the dollar store, and I can't resist using them!  They have adhesive on the back which makes them slide around a lot if I don't glop on a ton of topcoat, so I ended up picking off the ones on my thumbs soon after I snapped these pics.

Hope you enjoy this konadicure.  Please leave me your feedback!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Konad New Plates!

Designs from Konad IP m77 in Special White
One Coat Finger Paints "Tangerine Tint"
One Coat China Glaze "Bare if you Dare"
Sally Hansen (glitter) "Encore"

Yay!  My new plates arrived from OCnailart.  I didn't want to do a new konadicure until I got these plates, so when they arrived, I jumped right on it!  The only problem was, I had too many choices, and it took forever to decide which plate and which pattern to use first.

Unfortunately, I did this late at night and woke up to find one smushed nail.  DRAT!  Also, I'm not totally sure I like the colour I ended up using as the base, but I love these gems and pearl strands! After all, your nails are jewels - not tools! Ha, ha, ha....

Hope you enjoy this new design...I'll be doing more from the new patterns soon.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Konadicure #2

In artifical light - at night

Konad IP m59 in Special Red and White 
Finger Paints "Art District Delight"

In natural light - it's sunny today!


Here's an all-out Valentine's day konadicure.  I layered various designs from m59 over the pale pink base.  I used Konad Special stamping polish in white and red, so it took a lot of remover and Q-tips to keep the plate and scraper clean between colour and image changes.

As usual, I used Seche Vite topcoat because I find it doesn't smudge the stamped design like many other topcoats do.  I should mention that I started off, as I always do, with Orly Bonder basecoat.  I think it works the best and my manicures usually last even longer than it take for me to get bored and want to design a new konadicure!

To add a little shimmer, I topped it off with Orly "Prisma Gloss" which I like because the glitter is very fine and doesn't take away from the stamped images.  You really need to shake it up first, because the glitter all settles to the bottom of the bottle. 

As usual, I used Seche Vite because I find it doesn't smudge the stamped design like many other topcoats do.

I hope you all have a romantic, happy and healthy Valentine's Day!

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Purple Bling

         China Glaze "Spontaneous" (2 coats)

I was in the mood for something different from my usual konadicure, so I used some rhinestones instead.  I actually picked these up at the dollar store while my son was at his breakdancing class.

This is 2 coats of "Spontaneous" which is actually a bit more reddish violet than it looks here.  For some reason my camera made it look more bluish no matter what lighting I used.  There is a bit of drag near the cuticle on some nails that you can see in these close-up macro shots.

I added some rhinestones in circle, flower and triangle shapes, in white, yellow-orange, lilac and bright violet on the thumb and ring finger.  All but the flower have self-adhesive backs, which makes placing them easier.  I used tweezers to grasp and position them.  For the flower, I dabbed a bit of Seche Vite topcoat on the nail and placed the rhinestone.  Then I coated the gems and the whole nail generously with topcoat to seal them in place.

My older son was not impressed with this manicure.  He said it wasn't very fancy and missed my stamped patterns.  That cracked me up!

Oh well, it's been a couple of days and this mani is starting to chip - I did a lot of cooking and washing dishes yesterday.  There's just the excuse I need to plan another manicure!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Orange Juice

Finger Paints "Tangerine Tint" - 1 coat
Sally's Girl "Amped"- 1 coat on top for fingers
juicy orange design from Konad IP m55 in Special White

I did this when it was warm outside.  Ah, bare, happy feet....I miss not wearing shoes and boots and having cracked winter heels!  But I digress...

I wanted a really neon orange, so I started with "Tangerine Tint" and then added a coat of "Amped" which really brightened it up.  I added the orange slice stamp in Konad Special White.  Big toes got two orange slices.

My feet look kind of veiny and bloaty....sorry it's not a very flattering shot of the little piggies. 

This polish colour makes me want to go put on some "Morange" lipstick by MAC which is a totally bright orange.  It's not for everyone, I must admit, but I do love it.  I usually wear MAC "Redd" lip pencil with it.

Would you wear bright orange lipstick?

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Pink Taxi

Color Club "Lazer Pink"
White Tip - Sally Hansen "White On"
checkerboard from Konad IP m56 in Special Black

This is a konadicure I did when I first started learning how to use the system last spring. I have seen several variations on this theme on many different blogs.  Here I used Color Club's "Lazer Pink" which is a bit more neon in real life.  Then I painted a white tip - freehand.  I stamped the checkerboard pattern from m56 over the tip and finished it off with a line of silver striper polish.  

Why am I holding this brush?  Perhaps I intend to use it to hail a cab? Bad joke - okay, I know, I know.

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