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Matte Berries & Canaries Konadicure & Matte Zoya Zara

September 11, 2009

I know you’ve seen about a million variations on this Konadicure using Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Polish in Whirlwind White as a base with my Konad m60 plate, but I swear this one actually looked quite different in person! The overlaid pattern was created using OPI’s Ate Berries In The Canaries, and then I topped it all off with a coat of Essie’s Matte About You to eliminate the shine and create a satiny finish.

I’m by no means a manicurist and I know the edges/cuticles look horribly messy, but bear with me! I thought that this was actually quite beautiful in person, and the matteness definitely lent a new element to the whole look. I don’t plan to be wearing thi smuch longer though – tomorrow I’m whipping out Chanel’s hot new Le Vernis Nail Colour in Jade Rose, which I predict will be insanely popular in the coming weeks!

I also attempted to mattify Zoya’s Zara polish, and while it definitely did look somewhat satiny/matte in person, it definitely wasn’t as matte as I had expected thanks to the multitude of golden shimmer this polish contains. The matte top coat created more of a semi-opaque glaze atop the polish, muting it. Still pretty though!

What nail colors have you been experimenting with lately?

Konadicure: Flowers Over Chiffon

August 6, 2009

Thank goodness this week is almost over! It’s just been one horrendous day after another, and I can’t wait to start afresh next week and to put this one behind me. On the bright side, at least my nails were cute! I used Essie’s Pure Chiffon as a base shade (it’s a really pretty champagne/peach neutral) and some random Sally Hansen polish I had over it.

I’ve since moved on from this manicure (it ended up not wearing too well) and I’m currently wearing Illamasqua’s Nail Varnish in Lament (a fluorescent coral) on my nails.

Pink & Purple Argyle Konadicure

July 1, 2009

This has got to be my most commented-on Konadicure yet–literally every person who’s noticed my nails has stopped me to ask about them. I guess there’s just something about the metallic pink underlayer and the argyle pattern that catches people’s eyes :).

While it’s not the most work-appropriate manicure, I’ve been having a ton of fun sporting this look for the past week or so. Now I’m just trying to think up what to try next!

Summer White Konadicure Using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polish

June 3, 2009

Believe it or not I’ve never sported white nails before, but with the coming of some warm sping weather and a plethora of white polishes lying around the house thanks to my recently-acquired Konad obsession, I figured now was as good a time as any. I’ve been using white as the Konad stamping color up until now, but I was inspired by the gorgeous Konadicures of others to try it as a base shade.

I used Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in 02 Whirlwind White for the simply fact that it’s the most opaque white polish I have, meaning I wouldn’t need multiple coats to achieve full coverage. These polishes work great as Konad stamping polishes, but the brushes that they come with are seriously an affront to good nailpolish brushes everything–the thing is atrociously bad! It’s wide, cumbersome, hard to wield and gets polish everywhere. I felt like I was attempting to polish my fingers with a bad bottle of white out.

But all griping aside, I seriously LOVE the way this Konadicure looks. Could be my favorite yet!

Revlon Fantasy Lengths in Lush and a Beaded Konadicure

May 28, 2009

I was headed out to an engagement party this past Memorial Day Weekend, and I didn’t really feel like wearing any mascara or curling my lashes, so I whipped out my trusty false lashes which did the trick. I only used two little clumps of lashes from Revlon’s Fantasy Lashes in Lush on the outer corners of each eye, and I was set. Instant lush, thick lashes that give a little drama without looking unnatural.

What do you think?

While I have a bunch of Revlon’s Fantasy Length Lashes (see my collection HERE), Lush is one of my faves because I can customize the look that I want to achieve and don’t have to bother with a full strip of lashes if I’m not so inclined.

And I’m terrible with the nailpolish photos for some reason (with flash there’s just so much glare!) but here’s one of my latest Konadicure using plate # 62 (which I purchased solely for this stamp). The base color is Revlon’s Fruitful Temptations Fruit-Scented Nailpolish in Not So Blue-berry (review HERE–and the color looks much better with flash) topped with Konad’s special polish in purple. I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on this one–loving it!

Bow-Tipped Konadicure Using Plate m56

May 13, 2009

I’ve have to say that the KONAD Stamping Nail Art System has to be one of my favorite beauty finds of 2009 (see more info on it HERE). The whole process is fun, quick, easy and relatively inexpensive. Trust me, if someone as clumsy as yours truly can use it, anyone can!

I was delighted to see that Etude House carried a few Konad items, as the stuff is much cheaper in Korea than it is here in the States. Check out my haul HERE! My nails have been something of a mess lately after removing the falsies that I wore during my Korea-trip, so I decided it was time for a little Konadicure using my new m56 plate (which I bought purely for the bow pattern) and my first Konad polish.

While the whole KONAD system is really easy to use, I will say that the French tips are a bit challenging to precisely position at the tips of your nails. But no matter, the bows look cute even if they are a little off-kilter! And while the KONAD polish is ridiculously tiny, it does work much better with the whole KONAD system than anything else I’ve tried–which I guess would be pretty obvious since it was made for the solely for that purpose.

Lately I’ve taken to giving myself manicures at home, and the KONAD system is seriously perfect for adding a little flair to the looks! I’m thinking next week I’ll go for some butterflies :).

Starry Konadicure

March 4, 2009

I decided to test out Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Whirlwind White using my new M3 Konad plate and here’s the result! I’m thinking with a different color-scheme this’ll make a great Fourth of July mani. Overall I’m really liking it–I tihnk it’s pretty cute.

Konadicure #2 Using Plate M60

February 18, 2009

After my relative success with Konad Attempt #1, I figured I’d try something a bit more subtle for work and this is what I came up with–the same white polish over China Glaze in Exceptionally Gifted-what do you think? Again this is pre-clean up so there’s white print everywhere, but overall I really love the subtlety of this look. If you’re not looking closely you wouldn’t even notice that the pattern is there!

Messy messy messy!

KONAD Stamping Nail Art System Review & My First Konadicure!

February 16, 2009

Guess what arrived in the mail yesterday? My very own Konad Stamping Nail Art System~~or at least part of one. After seeing this video I basically became Konad-obsessed and couldn’t rest until I got some Konad of my very own, so I ordered up a stamper, scraper, image plate holder and one image plate to give the system a try. I skipped on the special polishes and all that because if I ended up hating the whole Konad thing I didn’t want to be out too much money.

I ordered plate M60 primarily for the argyle pattern (top right) and gave it a try as soon as it arrived! You basically grab a gloopy polish (I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nail Xtreme Wear in white), swipe it over the pattern, scrape away the excess, pick up the image with the stamper, and transfer it to your nail.

As you can see, the plate starts to get a little scratched up from the scraper which is unfortunate (don’t mind the fact that you can see my chandelier reflected in the plate–I was taking a few last minute photos for you all), but all in all the system works amazingly well! It did take me a few tries (okay a ton of tries) to find a polish that would work with the Konad stamp, but once I did I was good to go.

I’m sure if I used an actual Konad polish I’d get a lot more opacity in the design, and therefore a more vivid “stamp,” but I’m pretty happy with my results!

My nails post-Konad stamping, and pre-cleaning up. As you can see, it gets all over the place!

Close-up of my nail. Since this isn’t a Konad special polish, the colors isn’t as opaque as it could be and therfore looks somewhat blue instead of the bright white it would be had I used Konad polish.

Stay tuned for more Konad manicures (or Konadicures) in the coming days, since I’ve already switched my nails to a different pattern!

ABS Wants: The Coolest Nail Product Ever

February 3, 2009

This has got to be the first YouTube video that I’ve ever watched from beginning to end–I’m seriously fascinated by this product! I read about Konad’s Stamping Nail Art kits on a forum I frequent and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since. I’ll definitely be testing this out at some point so if you’re interested, stay tuned!