Flashy Nails

One young lady's attempt to master decent nail art!

Diamond Cosmetics – Don’t Teal My Heart Away September 16, 2009

I know you’ve all seen this one swatched in lots of places, and I’ve been trying not to swatch the ones I’ve seen everywhere until lastbut I didn’t want to do purple again or a dark colour so this was it!  I’ve also added a picture of it with Opal Glitter on the top.  Opal Glitter by the way, is just lovely.  The glitter particles are opal white, greeny-yellow, green and blue, and so so tiny!  The downside to this polish though is it stinks like crazy for some reason.  My bottle of it could also do with a little bit of thinner.

Diamond Cosmetics, Dont Teal My Heart Away

Diamond Cosmetics, Don't Teal My Heart Away


Diamond Cosmetics Opal Glitter over Dont Teal My Heart Away

Diamond Cosmetics Opal Glitter over Don't Teal My Heart Away

Are you liking my new bigger pictures by the way?  I am, the old size were a little on the small side I felt, so we now have bigger images, hurrah!!

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New Hoard July 28, 2009

As I have been feeling sorry for myself recently, and as I needed to make amends to myself for chopping off my nails, I have treated myself to a new hoard!  Yesterday I bought a Miss Sporty nameless colour from the ‘dollar store’ (pound shop) which was a metallic-esque cherry red.  Today I bought 4 Stargazer colours.  £2.50 each, fab prices.  I was thinking of trying to get hold of them to supply them on my website, but I want to concentrate on buying the Diamond Cosmetics range first.  These are some seriously massive bottles, 14ml in each.  The brush is a bit chunky but it’s not too bad to work with, even when you have (newly) short little dinky nails!

None of these polishes have names, just numbers (next pic)

None of these polishes have names, just numbers (next pic)

170 , 135, 128, No number sticker :-(, Miss sporty nameless

170 , 135, 128, No number sticker :-(, Miss sporty nameless

All of them but the Miss Sporty

All of them but the Miss Sporty

Miss Sporty and the Stargazer red, almost dupes!

Miss Sporty and the Stargazer red, almost dupes!


I am in the process of doing a proper swatch of 128 (the gorgeous duo purple/rust/gold colour) so I will update once I have done it!


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:-O Red and Sparkle!!! July 7, 2009

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So here it is!  I can’t stop looking at my fingers!  This polish is just freakin’ AWESOME!

How amazing can one polish be!!  I still have the blue and green to swatch but this one will be staying until at least tomorrow (I daren’t leave it much longer than that as I think it may stain, despite me putting two coats of base on instead of my usual one.)

It has a weird sort of matt texture on the nail – it is so jam-packed with micro glitter that it stays fairly rough but not in a horrible way.  I top coated it, and it made it extra shiny, but then it kind of absorbed most of the gloss out of the top coat so I don’t think it would be possible to have this feeling all smooth on the nail like ordinary polish.  But seriously, HOW amazing is it!!  I think I’m going to be brave and try to Konad over it.  Not sure how well it will work with the surfact not being smooth, but that would be awesome if I could get a funky french on here, so if it doesn’t go horribly I will update with more pictures later 🙂


New Konad Goodness! June 19, 2009

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So my Konad Pro Salon Kit came on Tuesday.  I did take some pictures of it but they came out blurry (not good since my other job is a professional photographer!)  So I won’t be uploading them!  However I have done some lovely new Konads on some falsies – I was trying to use at least two different designs on most of the nails as I don’t have any proper full nail designs on any of my plates (the Pro Salon Kit only goes up to plate m49 I think it is) and I tend to have some sort of mental block when I’m trying to think which designs would work with what, etc.  So, I took a little bit of inspiration from pictures in the Konad book which shows different designs for the first 30-odd plates, and then worked in some of my own ideas from there.  So here’s some new goodness…

^^Ok so I thought I’d really like this when I decided to do it, and I do like it, but I seem to be cursed whenever I try to Konad in Silver or Gold.  For some reason it always comes out very pale and I don’t seem to every be able to get good coverage.  This was also the first time I’ve ever used one of the Konad French tip plates, and as you can see the silver didn’t ‘stick’ on one side.  Ah well, live and learn!

^^ *Sigh* I LOVE this!  I only wish my nails were long enough and slim enough to do this on myself.  Obviously I have had a few issues here with the designs not going on as cleanly as they could/should but I’m still getting to grips with the whole Konad thing, and I’m actually very proud of this!  In a way I sort of like that it isn’t perfect. 

^^ Whilst I do like this, I don’t think I’d wear it myself.  I’m just not an animal print kind of girl!  I put glitter over it because it seemed very bare when it was done and you could see a bit of overlap from where I’d had to join the design as this isn’t quite a full plate (and these nails are super long.)  However the only glitter I have is blue/green so I wasn’t sure if it would look ok.  I think it’s not too bad though.

^^ Sorry about the ‘No Name’ polishes – they are from a make-up set I was bought for Christmas and once I threw out the packaging I had no idea what the company was called.  Anyway, I digress.  I quite like this, if only it was crisper.  The red star gem at the bottom is covering a blank patch where the design didn’t all go onto the nail.  I really like the image I’ve used to tip the nail, but it always looks SO much better on everyone else’s designs than mine!

^ When I first started this nail, I wanted to just do the daisy print as a full nail.  However I printed it on at the bottom and was astounded by how awesome it looked against the plain nail.  So, I don’t know why I decided to tip it, or why I thought that tip would be a good idea but never mind.  Sorry about the quality of the pic by the way, it is actually one of the few nails I’ve done where it does actually look crisp, but the pic isn’t as sharp as I’d have liked.  I did a version of this nail for my own manicure last night, using the daisy print as a diagonal tip (black on white again) putting butterflies in the bottom corner of the nail too.  It looks awesome!

^^ YAY FOR STARS!  I LOVE stars!  I just had to use this tip as I think it is awesome.  Couldn’t think of what else to put with it so I chose the laces.  I don’t really like it, but I so will be using that tip again.

^^ I Think this is my fave.  I just think it looks amazing!  Perhaps I’m deluded 🙂  Anyway I love this pink, I will probably be purchasing another bottle of it in case they stop making it.  This is kind of similar to one of the designs in the Konad booklet, but I like it all the same.


^^I really REALLY like this one too.  Hello Sailor is SUCH a gorgeous colour.  Brilliant. I think this is quite subtle (the Konading rather than the colour of course.)  Like it lots 😀

So that’s it for now, sorry about the quality of the pictures, and sorry for it being a crazy long post!