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.