Flashy Nails

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

A sheer and flowery Konad July 28, 2009

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I did this lovely (ish) mani on Sunday night.  Unfortunately I had already severely split my thumbnail and teabagging it wasn’t working, and then I split the middle finger on the other hand, so I guess my nails were telling me they were too weak, so I chopped them all down   :’-(    they feel really strange now, really sort of sharp and weak but they will start to grow again soon.

Anyway here is the said mani:

Base coat: Revlon (Color Beam Sheer range) Night Light - from the pound shop (or Dollar store as you guys call it which sounds so much better!)

Base coat: Revlon (Color Beam Sheer range) Night Light - from the pound shop (or Dollar store as you guys call it which sounds so much better!)Konad was done in Deep Jungle and Blue Pearl Princess Polishes, and M29

The little pink flower gem came with my Pro Salon Kit (Id like to add, I knocked THEM ALL out of the container and spent about 15 minutes picking them up with tweezers :-( )

The little pink flower gem came with my Pro Salon Kit (I'd like to add, I knocked THEM ALL out of the container and spent about 15 minutes picking them up with tweezers 😦 )

I’ve had the Revlon a while, bought it in the ‘dollar store’ because I really liked it, but it’s just TOO sheer for me normally.  However I really fancied something a bit more sheer when I did this and it’s about the only sheer I have, so it got used.  It says it is free of two of the big three, so I’m not sure if it’s free of all of them or not.  It is very thin and watery but it did apply well, and although you can’t tell from these pics, it’s got a nice shimmer to it, and it’s a bit more lilac than it looks in these pics.  The only thing I don’t like is, it makes the tips of your nails look green for some reason!  I may consider using it to layer over another colour next time.

Collection 2000 BMX Bandit/China Glaze OMG July 16, 2009

I wasn’t going to use another creme for a while as I’m a bit sick of them and their less than perfect application, and I was going to do a nice OMG with some Konad over the top.  But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it seemed a shame to cover up OMG, so I decided to do a nice simple French with Collection 2000 Hot looks BMX Bandit for the tips, and OMG for the base.  It came out amazing!  BMX Bandit hasn’t disaappointed at all – the colour is So amazing.  I did think there was nothing like it, but then I had another quick sweep over all the nail blogs I read this morning and realised it is very similar to Orly Cashmere Cardigan (by the way how stunning is that Manicure!) Anyway, I managed to dink my index and middle fingers on my right hand so the tips have a couple big dents in them, but my left hand looks good.

I should also mention that we have had a very overcast day here today so the OMG isn’t being given the chance to perform to it’s best 😦  and also, it took me about an hour to place all the rhinestones – yes they are all individually stuck down – I had quite the bad back when I was finished!  (I have 90 rhinestones in total, a massive 45 on each hand!)  Sorry in advance for the lack of tidying up!

I really love the BMX Bandit so much!  And it works so well with the silver of OMG, which is some consolation when it’s not behaving in it’s shimmery, holographic, OMG way!!

Thanks for reading 😀


Swatch/Review – Vixen July 12, 2009

I didn’t expect to be posting a new swatch today, as I only did the swatch of Dynasty yesterday, but when I went to bed last night I noticed I had some Dynasty on one of my cuticles and, being the little tinker I am ( I still haven’t grown out of picking at things I should’t, like scabs for example), I decided to pick it.  To my surprise and vague horror, I peeled almost the entire nail of polish off in one big sheet!  It happened on most of the other nails too.  Well needless to say this left with the desperate need for a new manicure, but not before giving my fingernails so tlc this morning.

So here we are, I’ve gone for Vixen today because when I was thinking about what I wanted to do with my nails, I was thinking I fancied something a little bit punky and I had the perfect idea, inspired by my husband, all will be revealed further down the post!

This is Vixen:

It’s a really nice colour, and didn’t have as much of the applcation issues that I found with Dynasty.  However ad you can see on the second picture, there were all these little lumps in the polish after I’d finished applying it.  Now I’m not sure if these are possibly just little bubbles, as I painted it on pretty thick.  I guess they probably are, but I was glad I was going to be putting Konad over the top of it.  It did the annoying going tacky really fast and then never seeming to dry much more than that, like Dynasty, although not quite as bad.  I left it alone for about an hour before I started the Konading process.

Ok so my Konad was inspired by a little gift that my husband brought me yesterday, which was this:

I love Hello Kitty, and Pucca and other such cute things (I’m wearing a My Little Pony Tshirt as I type this!) and yesterday he went climbing for the day with one of his brothers and a friend, in the Lake District.  He saw this at a Motorway Service Station on the way home and decided to buy me it.  Aww 🙂  So, I thought I’d do a punky Hello Kitty design today.  I have a rucksack which is black and fuchsia (and which I can’t find a picture of online and it’s buried in a cupboard upstairs so I can’t go take a picture of it) and it added to my inspiration……I won’t keep you in suspense any longer!!

I LOVE THIS KONADICURE!!!!!  I didn’t really like the colour of Vixen on its own, it’s not really a colour I’d wear just plain (although that doesn’t really matter as I never ever just wear my nails with just a base colour on them, there’s always something else) but now I’ve added to them, I’m amazed at the results!  They don’t look like something I’ve done at all.  I used the Fishnet from M57 as well as the Pastel Pink special polish, and the Hello Kitty from the Fauxnad plates with Black Special Polish.  Then I added hot pink and black rhinestones the the middle parts of Hello Kitty’s bows.  On some fingers the fishnet didn’t quite go on fully/tidily and neither did the HK’s but as I was after a punky look, I decided it didn’t matter.  I tried to be as random as I could manage (I’m really not good at random, I prefer patterns) when I was stamping the Kitty’s on my nails.  I’m really pleased with it.

I think it’s interesting how Konad TC changes the colour of the polish underneath it.  I’d be irritated if I had a polish I loved and it made it look a lot different but I like what it’s done to this colour.  It now kind of reminds me of my wedding dress:

Yes that’s the actual dress I wore when I got married.  I’m not one for tradition.  Anyway, enough of my babbling.  Posting that picture has made me want to show you guys more of my wedding pics! Would you like to see some?  Also It’s made me want to do one of those “All about you” survey things, would you be interested in reading it?

Thanks for reading (If you didn’t fall asleep by now!) 😀