January 26, 2011

Totally Awesome Konadicure!

I know I haven't made a video about it yet, but I've posted a couple pictures to show you what I've been up to lately. Well, since I received my Konad stamping kit and Bundle Monster Stamping Plates almost 3 weeks ago, I've been having a ball!

Typically, when I give myself a manicure.... I'm lucky if it lasts 2 days without chipping. Tip wear, chips, cracks, and feeling like I have "thick polish" on my nails drives me batsh!t crazy. What to do?!

Well, normally... I sit there and pick at the crack or chip. And it gets bigger. So I pick some more. We all know that once a hole emerges, there's no going back. No smoothing out the edges of the polish again, unless you go back and paint the nail all over again. Oh what a hassle!

And now a Public Service Announcement:

My apologies for my awful cuticles, and scaly skin. I've been going through a dry skin bout, and working on getting it healed up! It takes a little while of course.

That being said, can you believe that awesome violet-pink is one and the same purple in all these pictures!?!?! Yes, it is! And one of my absolute favorites in my entire collection!

Who has this must have polish? Why, Sinful Colors of course! Dream On is this great color I've used...  Two coats, over a base coat, and the color is vibrant and silky. This is actually a matte nail polish- aka it doesn't dry with a high-gloss, wet-look finish. Funny story- the first time I put this polish on, I thought something was wrong with it. I rolled it to mix for about 10 minutes straight. I seriously thought it wasn't mixed well enough.... I guess epic blonde moments still happen!

I've been dying to do different patterns on each nail, but have been having a difficult time deciding what I wanted to do. I was going to do only two "focal nails" with Dream On, but I wanted more color. So I decided alternating nails would have to do. For the black, I used Sinful Colors What's Your Name. For a black polish, this one caught my eye because of the micro-glitter it has. It's flecked with gorgeous peacock holo-glitter, so there's some great tones of purple, green and blues in it. I'm watching this application, since I've only worn it once before.... And it chipped like hell the second day I had it on. You guessed it, I picked it off. I seem to have a better base coat, and I now use Seche Vite top coat for my mani now.

Once my base colors were applied, I topped them off with a coat of Seche Vite.
With the black polish, I used a Sally Hansen Silver Chrome with the Argyle pattern on Konad plate M60. On my right thumb and left pointer finger, I tried to use the flowers with Konad Special Polish  in Gold-Black over the Argyle pattern, but it didn't show up very well. It's sort of like a shadow- I kind of dig it!
With the violet-pink polish, I used the polka dot stamp from Monster Bundle plate BM19 in KSP Gold-Black, then stamped partial portions of the swirl design on BM12 over it using the SH Silver Chrome polish. I topped 'er off with another coat of SV, and we're lookin pretty darn good if I do say so myself!

I didn't quite like the last mani I did, so I'm not showing you!

This isn't bad for the 4th time I've done stamping, is it?! Proof how easy it is!!

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