Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

(Click any pic to enlarge.)

Basecoat: Maybelline Salon Finish (Brick Creme)
Accent and designs: Konad special nail polish (Green, White)

Another successful composition, if I do say so myself! I wonder if I could get away with red, green, and white when it's not Christmas season. I'll try to think of something, because I think the colors look nice together.

I thought this was such a great idea for a picture! I'm sad to report that only now, after my nails aren't looking brand new, did I realize one finger is missing from the shot!

Bonus duckless pics! I took a lot of pictures of this set.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Basecoat: Konad special nail polish (Light Blue), Pure Ice nail polish (Calypso)
Designs: Konad special nail polish (White)

The thumb is meant to look like blowing snow. The middle three fingers are meant to look like snowflakes. The pinky is meant to look like snowballs. To my surprise, I don't have any actual snowflake designs! As with the candy canes, you have to use your imagination a bit.

The basecoat design on this one is different than my usual routine. I sponged on the light blue, but I thought it was too textured, so I painted over it with the calypso. I'm happy with the effect.

Candy Canes

I'm at it again with my late posting. This is last week's nail design. It's the closest rendition to candy canes I could do with what I have. What do you think? I used all Konad polish, with the red sponged on.

Basecoat: Konad special nail polish (Red)
Ribbons and Pearls: Konad special nail polish (White)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Punk Zebra

Basecoat: e.l.f. nail polish (Royal Purple)
Swirls: Konad special nail polish (Yellow)

I'm very excited about this design! It would make it near the top on a favorites list. I'd like to try it with other color combinations, but I'll be moving to winter designs next.

I think this is a really great purple!

Harvest Nails

Basecoat: e.l.f. nail polish (Chocolate)
Square design: Konad special nail polish (Orange)
Symbols: Konad special nail polish (Yellow)

This is the latest I've ever been posting! A whole other week has passed and needs to be posted too. I need to get on the ball! This is how I painted my nails for the week of Thanksgiving. I was going for something that would look autumnal and I'm pleased with the result.

Here's another view, and you can see my shoe in the background!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Animals on Blue

Basecoat: e.l.f nail polish (Dark Navy)
Line designs: Konad special nail polish (Midnight Blue)
Animals: Konad special nail polish (Light Blue)

This is my first design I've done using different shades of one color. (Amazing how black the dark navy looks on my nails, huh?) This one would be toward the bottom of the list if I ranked all the designs I've done. I was disappointed with how dark the basecoat turned out. (Look how pretty it is on e.l.f.'s website!) The line designs didn't show up as well as I'd hoped either. I wonder if the problem is all in the design composition, the colors, or if it's a combination of both. I might try something like this again with different colors. I'd definitely at least like to try the animals again. They're so cute!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stars on Pink with Silver Ribbons and Pearls

Basecoat: e.l.f nail polish (Berry Pink)
Ribbons and Pearls: Konad special nail polish (Silver)
Stars: Konad special nail polish (Midnight Blue)

I am really impressed with this design. It's also a favorite, though in a different way Gold Roses on Burgundy was. I can't really explain it! If I could categorize the styles, I'd say this is my favorite in this style, while the other is my favorite in that style.

I didn't realize this when I picked silver as my second color, but the berry pink has a silver cast.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gold Roses on Burgundy

Basecoat: e.l.f. nail polish (Burgundy)
Design: Konad special nail polish (Gold)

This design is much more subtle than anything I've done before, but I love it! I think it is my favorite so far! It reminds me of really fancy curtains. (That almost doesn't sound like a nice thing to say about a nail polish design.)

I had a hard time getting a picture of the design, so here are pictures of the components.

Bonus seal!

As you can see from e.l.f.'s product photo, the burgundy has a gold cast, so I thought the basecoat and designs would go well together.

Plate m65 with the rose design I used

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Basecoat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear (Black Out)
Designs*: Konad's special nail polish (Orange and White)

*I'm not good a describing/naming most of these designs! The first layer design is a mix between plaid and checks, I think. Or just one or the other? I've also got an extra detail at the tip of the thumb. I'd just call that a triple line X, I guess. The white designs are easier, mostly. We've got a pumpkin with Halloween written under it, a skull and crossbones, a face/mask, drops (implied blood, in this case, even though they're not red), and a spider.

I am so happy with this design! I'm not even going to show you the way I originally painted my nails on Sunday night. It was boooring! That means I've now designed my nails twice and not posted pics. Just think of all the money I'm saving!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coraline in Houndstooth

Basecoat: Sally Hansen Fast Dry Nail Color Pen (Hot Pink)
Houndstooth: Konad special polish (in what I'm calling Midnight Blue)
Coraline designs: Konad special polish (White)

I love that little mousie! I think he's my favorite on the Coraline plate I have.

Is this too close to Argyle Butterflies? Hot pink is pretty much my only basecoat color right now, because I don't paint well with regular polish and that is my only polish pen. I need to get some basecoats in fall colors! I've got a Halloween design already planned for next week!

Look, Nathan's iPhone!

Monday, October 12, 2009

French Fruits

I only used Konad's special nail polish this time. I sponged on some pink, put on white tips, and then put a kiwi, grapes, and blueberries (I think?) on every other finger.

I'm not really happy with this design. It is very hard for me to get the tips stamped correctly. You can probably tell! On some nails, the stamp does not go all the way to the end of the nail. On other nails, it's crooked. And it's almost impossible for me to keep this style on my nails anyway, it seems. I already have chips! The midnight blue (I'm guessing on the names, since they aren't labeled) streaked a little bit on me, even though I watched a movie before putting on top coat!

I originally wanted the fingers on one hand to each have a different fruit, but the other fruits are an orange (or lemon?), an apple, and strawberries. The red wouldn't show up on the pink, and neither would the orange. I also wanted to have a design over the tips, but I was getting tired of having to "erase" and start over, and adding another tip design probably would have lead to more of that, since I struggle with them so much right now!

I've decided I'll go through holding my rubber ducks! It will be like an added bonus. How did she do her nails? And what will the duck look like? :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Argyle Butterflies

Basecoat: Sally Hansen Fast Dry Nail Color Pen (Hot Pink)

I did the designs with Konad's special nail polish. The butterflies are obviously white, and the argyle is some sort of purple, but I don't know the exact name, since they're not labeled.

I originally thought I only had 9 butterfly stamps, so all of my fingers have different butterflies except for my pinkies. Then I realized that I have at least 11 butterfly stamps! I probably need to build a spreadsheet catalog!

I wonder how much someone would pay to have their nails done like this. (I'd do a much better job on cleanup!) Every time I do my own nails, I consider myself to have saved $15, since that is how much I would pay for a French manicure (including tip). My Konad kit plus extra plates will be paid for in no time, but I've also been thinking of putting an ad on craigslist to stamp other people's nails. I don't know how much to charge/what people would pay though!

I think I'll switch to holding a ball for taking pictures of my nails, though I do like the splayed across the chest look. (Bonus: Threadless shirt!) It's not good for a detail view though! And flat hands don't get the thumbs.