I love nail art, and stamping is fantastic for those nail designs with super thin lines and shapes that I could never create by hand. If you haven’t tried stamping yet, I highly recommend Konad for some great designs. It took me a few tries to get used to the process of stamping, but it’s a breeze to do once you’ve got it down. Thanks to NailPolishCanada.com (which–clearly–will ship to the US) for sending along one of Konad’s new plates, m85!
These are the tools I use for stamping. I also have a plate holder from Konad, but I honestly don’t like using it. I just rest the plate on my leg.
These are all the designs on plate m85. I used Orly Iron Butterfly as a base and stamped with China Glaze Harmony.
Then, I did a full manicure with one of the designs. I’m not sure if this design is supposed to waves of some sort, flames, or groovy 70s lines, but I went with the latter interpretation and used Love & Beauty Light Green and MAC Blue India. (Love & Beauty by Forever 21 are really bad about reusing names for colors, I actually think I have 2 bottles labeled “Light Green.” Kind of annoying…)
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This is probably the first successful Konadicure I’ve ever done. While I really enjoy hand-painting nail art, I’ve never been able to get good results from the Konad stamping system–there’s definitely a learning curve I’ve been slow to grasp. Anyway, I thought this was a really awesome looking manicure. I love the contrasting textures along with the contrasting finishes and colors. I really suggest getting China Glaze Millennium if only to stamp with, because it’s a fantastically smooth, opaque silver in just one coat. I found this along with other China Glaze Khromes on clearance at Sally’s for $3.99!
First layer: Orly Iron Butterfly (matte)
Second layer: China Glaze Millennium with plate M62
Topcoat: Sally Hansen Mega-shine Topcoat (only over the tips)
Roadie is one of my beagles. We rescued him a few years ago. Last night as he cuddled in my bed, I gave him an awesome pedicure to match mine with Orly Solid Gold.
So, I’ve been lusting after Solid Gold since I saw Scrangie post it with & without a topcoat. Um, words? Escaping me. This is a totally beautiful glittering bronzy-gold which finishes matte and ooooh-so-smooth. I like the novelty of matte polishes, but this one has really been sold to me due to how BEAUTIFUL it is with a topcoat. It’s hard to describe why the effect of the matte finish + glossy topcoat is more beautiful than a typical glossy finished polish.. maybe the glitter is slightly magnified? I’m not sure, but I love it.