Basecoat: e.l.f Royal Purple
All-over nail squares (you can't really see them, but they're there): e.l.f Bubble Gum Pink
Fantasy Designs (unicorn, mermaid, goddess*, Cupid, fairy): Konad White
Topcoat: Covergirl Boundless Color Ameythist Mist
*My interpretation anyway, since I needed 5 designs.
After almost a yearlong hiatus, I'm back! It's been almost long enough that it feels like a completely new start. For example, whatever proficiencies I'd gained in steadiness and cleanup weren't there when I went to paint my nails Sunday. I know that it will all come back to me with time and practice, so please bear with me through the smudges! :)
As always, click any picture to see a larger version.
Basecoat: Maybelline Express Finish Go Go Green -- Perhaps to attract wealth in the new year :D
2nd coat: Gosh Rainbow -- I'm afraid none of the photos captured the magic of this polish. In person, you can see flecks of green and red shining out over the basecoat
Designs: Blue Konad special polish
Topcoat: New York Color Starry Silver Glitter
Add a star-shaped nail gem to each thumb, and there you have it!
I am going to the Billy Joel and Elton John concert tomorrow, so I wanted my nails to go with that theme. Nothing about this design went right, and I'm actually not really happy with it, but it's okay.
First, I put on the tips with a Konad special polish. The color didn't come out at all like I expected. I looks like a dark purple in the bottle (which doesn't even really show in the picture of the bottle), but it came out reddish-brown on my nails. Nathan says it's Burgundy, so I'll go with that.
Then I put design over the tips with Konad special polish in Gold. (You can just barely see this, in the picture and in person.) And I can't for the life of me think of the word for the design! Ts? Stripes? Graph? Whatever. Moving on. I painted over the whole thing with Zoya Elise. I've never painted the tips and then the nail, or even the tips and the nail! I topped it all off with the music lines and notes in the same Burgundy polish.
I got the idea to take a picture of myself holding the bottles from Susie!
(Click to enlarge, though this one looks a lot better from far away/smaller!)
The white is Konad special polish. The stripes are e.l.f. in Berry Pink. The sparkly topcoat is CoverGirl Boundless Color in Amethyst Mist. I applied it too early and smudged the tips and stripes. :( You can see a whole area on my thumb that I accidentally "erased" with the topcoat. I also didn't realize how far the stripes extended past the tips until I saw the picture. It looks really nice from the normal distance you usually see someone's hand though. (Of course, now that it's been on over a week, not so much! But it has stayed on the best of any tips I've ever done. Maybe it's the topcoat.)
I used the Konad special polish in red and white. By the time I made it to work the next day to take a picture with one of my duckies, I'd already chipped my thumb! At least it was in a non-designed area. It's weird how thick the base coat + top coat are though, huh?
I did this design on February 7th and wore it until today, when I redid my nails. Who knows when I'll post that design! :D My nails were pretty trashed by the end of the week though. I don't know why I'm so obsessed with doing tip designs when I can't keep them on!
I knew it would happen! I'm on a little kick of designed tips (which I'm just going to go ahead and call "French" for the sake of tags), rather than whole nail designs. I used the Konad special polish in orange and yellow on this one. I can't decide whether it looks like a tiger in the wrong colors or a fire.
Also, I'm behind on posting again. This was the design I did on January 31st.
This is simple, but I love it! The red and white are both Konad's special polish. I cannot get the French stamps on to save my life (and I also can't keep a French looking nice to save my life), so Nathan did this for me. He did a really good job, eh? I called this a reverse Minnie Mouse. :) I think I'm going to be obsessed with doing these types of designs now, so I hope my blog doesn't get monotonous!
Basecoat: CoverGirl Boundless Color (Violet Vision)
All-Over Designs: CoverGirl 3-in-1 (Rythmic Blue)
Wind: Konad special nail polish (White)
Topcoat: CoverGirl Boundless Color (Gold Rush)
I'm getting pretty advanced now, using 4 polishes! I think there is a lot of subtlety to this design though, so it's not over the top like 4 polishes could have been. This seems very weather-appropriate to me, though I was afraid at first that it would be very springy, since the basecoat is pastel purple.
I just got a whole batch of nail polishes in that I ordered from drugstore.com. All of the polishes except the white are from that batch. I think I might be becoming a nail polish addict! Uh-oh. Well, I've already half-thought that I might have a shopping addiction, so I guess that would just be a facet of that. It's not an extra addiction, at least!
Basecoat: Zoya nail polish (Gabrielle)
Squares: Konad special nail polish (Wine)
Designs: Konad special nail polish (White)
I had a massage at a local spa, and they had some colors of Zoya nail polish on sale, so I bought this color and another orange color. This color is a shimmery orange, and I really like the look. I couldn't capture a picture of the shimmer, but it looks really neat as the basecoat. Actually, this design was hard to photgraph all around. I think you can see that it's 2010 across the fingers, but in case you can't tell, it's champagne glasses on my thumbs. I've named this Konad polish, which is a dark reddish purple, "wine." Why doesn't Konad label them?
I have a terrible nail-biting problem, but I discovered that if I keep my nails manicured, I won't bite them. After months of $15 French manicures, I bought a Konad kit and got into the world of fancy nails!