Sunday, January 25, 2015
I hope you're doing well in this new year and staying warm! I decided to try out an unusual image plate - Vivid Lacquer VL 025. I love trying a new or different nail plate. This one was especially fun, since I am a big fan of crocheting.
I bought the plate on Etsy. It has several unusual crocheting and knitting designs.
The biggest challenge with this plate was trying to decide how to do the stamping - should I apply the dark color over the light one? the light color over the dark? I also had a few false starts with colors that were too similar to show the design clearly.
In the end, I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri Raspberry Race as a base and used the shimmery and darker Sally Hansen Insta Dri Pronto Purple for the stamping.
It's different look, it has a cozy feel to it, and I love the overall effect.
Thanks for coming by Konaddicts! I hope you're staying warm!
Monday, December 8, 2014
Hello, everyone! I hope you're staying warm out there! The holidays are creeping up on us!
I was feeling like wearing rich colors. I experimented a while and chose a gradient of Revlon Top Speed Expresso and Sallly Hansen Insta Dri Red-io Active. I wasn't sure that the brown-to-red gradient would work, but I love the final product!
I used another pattern from QA61 and the lovely Essie Good as Gold for the stamping.
I love how this little chocolate-cherry mani came out!
Thanks for stopping by, Konaddicts! Remember to be good - I think Santa is watching!
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Hello, everyone! I hope all of my American friends had an awesome Thanksgiving! This year, for the first time, I roasted a turkey myself. It was a big deal for me since I'm usually happy to let others do the cooking! :) The turkey turned out well, and it was just nice to spend the day with family and friends.
I wanted a fun and Thanksgiving-themed manicure to wear. I kept telling myself that "one year" I would try out the little turkey design on Winstonia W119; this was the year!
I began with China Glaze Life Preserver and made decals of the feathers and the turkey with Revlon Top Speed Espresso and L'oreal Walk on the Beach. I decided to give my turkey some eyes and to dab on a little red for his wattle. The feather pattern isn't as opaque as I thought. I probably should have been more careful with my fill color.
So...what the heck is going on with my top coat or base coat? I can't seem to go more than a day without chips. Ideas?
Well, Konaddicts, thank you for stopping by!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I wish I had gotten an earlier picture of this mani. I was waiting for a sunny day and we just didn't have any, so, I apologize ahead of time for the chips and wear. I still wanted to share my attempt at these colored, flowery manicures. I love all the new image plates out there, but I also like using multiple colors, so this was my first attempt at combining the full nail design and multiple colors.
To start, I used the lovely neutral Sally Hansen Insta Dri Sand Storm. The plate is QA 61. I used Kleancolor Military Green for the stamping. Then, I grabbed my tiny paint brush and added some additional colors: Kleancolor Cappuccino, NYC Spring Street, and Sally Hansen Royal Red Cream. I added a few dots of gold to add a little sparkle.
Initially, I wasn't sure how I felt about this one, but after a day or so, it grew on me. I'll keep at it!
Stay warm, Konaddicts! Thanks for reading!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
I didn't have much time for nails this week, so I decided that it might be a good time to try out my nail decals from the Born Pretty store. Ach! I love them! They're water decals, so they're super easy to apply and they lie flat on the nail. Since the decals are typically clear, you need a light base color. I used Sinful Easy Going.
I love these! I am surely headed back to the Born Pretty Store for more decals. They have awesome sales that making stocking up on these a cinch. I only wish I had tried them in Spring when the pastels would have a been a better fit for the season - we actually have a light dusting of snow this morning!
Take care, Konaddicts! Thanks for stopping by!