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Now that, (as of yesterday), I’ve moved into my new place, I’m a bit more settled and organized, and so able to paint my nails, and post! I’m trying to get in a few non-office colours before I start work next week (more on that in a later post), so decided on China Glaze Recycle, konaded with China Glaze Awaken.

Some things so far that are different about applying nail polish here, I’ve noticed a definite change for the better in application, I think it must be because it’s so much cooler here. Related to this, nail polish remover makes my fingers freeeeeze. I’m having to turn the heater on and warm my hands between konads. Isn’t summer supposed to end on the 22nd of September? I’m a bit of a wimp, temperature-wise, admittedly, but I’m cooooold.

Right, photos!

CG Recycle

Recycle on it’s own. I thought it might be too flat a grey for me to love, but it’s not, it’s one of my favourites. :)

CG Recycle + Awaken

Konaded with Awaken, which is amazing for the purpose. So much better than the Konad Silver SP, which was meh, though not as bad as the pink, which was really rubbish. (Broke my heart, because I really wanted it for konading on Recycle, as pink and grey is one of my preferred colour combinations.)

CG Recycle + Awaken 2

Dead on it’s very subtle indeed. But in the sun, Awaken comes into its own.

CG Recycle + Awaken 3

And lastly, my new toy that’s made playing with Konad even more fun:

NP remover dispenser

I love this nail polish remover dispenser, you just press down on the top with cotton wool and it dispenses a little remover. I know it’s hardly necessary, but when you’re trying to be very careful not to smudge wet polish, it’s so much more convenient than fiddling with bottles and caps. :)

Just a couple of shots of some experimental designs I fiddled around with the other day. The first two are on my cousin, aka my little guinea pig.

Experimental 1

L-R: one coat of Orly Bon Bon, Color Club Lazer Pink stamped with Konad White SP, some random white stamped with Konad Black SP, Color Club Lazer Pink stamped with Konad Black SP. I love the ring finger, I may have to replicate that one day!

Experimental 2L-R: Orly Platinum stamped with a Bourjois red, the Bourjois red on its own, Orly Bon Bon stamped with OPI Parlez-vous OPI?, Color Club Worth The Risque stamped with Manglaze The Death Tar.

I love the index finger, though I may be biased as that’s my favourite Konad stamp. It is now referred to as the cheongsam design, perfect for Chinese New Year! :p

Mine were slightly more monochromatic. They were originally just experiments, but I decided to wear them out for a few days, as they did kind of match each other!

Experimental 3L-R: Color Club Revvvolution stamped with Manglaze The Death Tar, Manglaze The Death Tar stamped with Orly Platinum, Manglaze The Death Tar stamped with Color Club Revvvolution, Manglaze The Death Tar stamped with Color Club Worth The Risque.

Experimental 4L-R: Manglaze TDT, Manglaze TDT tipped with Color Club Worth the Risque, Manglaze TDT stamped with a random Missha polish, same as ring finger but with topcoat, Manglaze TDT stamped with Color Club Worth the Risque.

 Night NailsI did this set of nails as an experiment for my ‘clubbing’ nails which I wanted to do for a night out. I tried a black-on-black (Black Konad Polish on a base of Man Glaze Matt) which seems to be all the rage – but can i just say that i thought of it way back when :p.

I also did a  Black Konad Polish on China Glaze’s Awaken (this is a great polish, especially if you’ve been lusting for OPI’s Earthquake like I have). The effect was amazing, my favourite had to be the black on black, but that was a little too subtle for my camera,  to fully capture. Perhaps if i went without a top coat? HMM!

A preview of the OPI You Don’t Know Jacque matt is on All Lacquered Up and I am super excited!

First up, thank you Brooke for the link! :)

This is from a few weeks back, using a Skin Food pink, 3 coats, plus Konad white SP using the fishnet stockings design from plate m57.

SF pink + Konad white 4

SF pink + Konad white 3

SF pink + Konad white 1

The pink was closer to the first 2 pictures than the last. :)

So the other day I painted Jayme’s nails. We booked our favourite study room in uni (this is not an oxymoron, it has a gorgeous view, and it’s penthouse-like!), kicking out some folk who were actually studying in it in order to do our nails. (At least we could appreciate the view, I suppose, since we weren’t supposed to have our noses buried in books. :p)

The base is a Skin Foods pink, unfortunately they don’t do colour names, it’s a light-medium pink that needed three coats. It’s really pretty though, and sells for S$5.90 (US$4) at Skin Foods stores. Konaded over with Konad special polish in black with the zebra/tiger stripes design from plate m57. Without topcoat because I forgot to bring it. Oops.

They’re not the best photos I’m afraid, taken on the go where the light wasn’t too good.

Zebra Konad 2

Zebra Konad 1

Poised prettily over a Cafe Iguana menu. Mmm, margaritas.

Zebra Konad 3

You can see my konad-ing technique is still a work in progress, there are a number of gaps etc.

And just for fun, one taken with my Blackberry, with the aim of convincing people that I painted this by hand. :D

Zebra konad 4

So last weekend I caved and decided to ring the local Konad distributor and ask where I could get my hands on my first batch of Konad pretties. I could have ordered it online I suppose but I wanted to be able to look at the plates and take my own sweet time deciding which ones I was going to get!

Finally found them in a tiny little shop in IMM, right at the back, behind the counter! It was like they didn’t really want to sell them or something. Very strange. Anyways, they had a couple of packages, and I chose the biggest one:

  • 4 bottles of Konad special polish
  • 3 plates
  • A set of the stamp and scraper

I was hoping to get the double ended stamp but they didn’t have it. :( So I got all that for S$39.95, or around US$27 or so. I stood there for ages trying to choose which 3 plates I wanted, and the salesgirl was very patient with me, and kept trying things out on my nails. By the time I left I had different colours and stamps on almost every nail, some of them with gold tips, some with blue.. you get the picture.

In the end I settled on one plate with the big, full nail designs (m57), one with tip designs (m45) and one of the small flowery designs (m20). The last one caused me the most trouble, I was choosing between like 5 different plates and I particularly liked one design from each! Too bad you can’t pick and choose and have them make the plates on the spot. :p The first two were pretty easy, I knew I wanted one of the full nail ones from looking at konadicures from the likes of The Nailphile and Scrangie, and I was really looking forward to having a few of the tip ones to try out.

Ended up getting the special polishes in black, white, blue and red. (The salesgirl told me that one woman came in and got all 4 white, because she said she ran out of them so fast!)

I also picked up a few O2 Skin nail polishes, which were on sale this month for S$2 a pop, so I figured I’d try them out.

So here’s the result of my first ever Konad experience!

Konad 1

Pre-cleanup, I’m afraid.

Konad 1_2

It wasn’t all that hard, though I spent a fair while practicing on bits of paper, and cleaning off the plates once I had one hand done was an exercise in patience, for sure.

What was a problem was the base polish. I’ve never really heard of O2 Skin, but although I like the colour, the polish itself was a bit of a disaster. Required 4 coats to be remotely opaque, and was a streaky mess going on. It also took ages to dry, so I put a coat of Seche on, followed by the stamp, then another coat of Seche. Needless to say, there was major tip shrinkage the next day. MAJOR. There were veritable mountain ranges on the sides of each nail, where each layer had seemingly shifted a different amount. I could’ve given a geography lesson on plate tectonics.

The bottle is pretty, but the square top annoyed me, as I’m used to wiping excess polish off on the side of the bottle, then turning the brush around to paint my nails, and having a square top really impeded that. It’s probably just me being inefficient though, when I remembered to swipe the other side of the brush instead, all was well.

I’m still rather pleased with the results, and charmed by the purty floweeers, and have been admiring my hands all day! (And also had them admired, which was gratifying, though the constant refrain has been, “My word you have a lot of time on your hands!” or things to that effect. Heh.)

I’ve received word that my Transdesign haul is now safely in the hands of my cousin, who’s pack-muling it back from the US for me (take that, international shipping charges!), and I’m reaaaally excited!

All for now! :)