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. :)

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OPI are releasing You Don’t Know Jacques in MATTE. :D I am so ridiculously excited.

Details on more colours here.

Update on the polishes, they’ve all arrived pretty much in one piece, (except for the abovementioned YDKJ, which unfortunately leaked a fair bit!), and it’s actually made painting my nails that much harder, because I have to sit around and try on about 5 different colours before I can actually choose just one! There’ve been a couple of days when I’ve gone out with 5 different colours, finishes, brands, you name it, just because the need to make a choice completely defeated me. :p

Anyway! Some shots of a Skin Food taupe with silver shimmer that I love:

Skin Food taupe 1

Skin food taupe 2

Like I said, I do really like the colour, but the wear on it isn’t so good. This is 3 coats plus Seche, and it succumbs to a lot of tip pull. Still, it’s pretty enough that I’ve worn it thrice now even with those issues.

Apparently Lianne’s cousin and my sister are both coincidentally on the same flight returning from New York, both with our various hauls of nail polish (Lianne and I have a knack for saying the same thing, thinking the same thing etc so as serendipitous as it sounds, we’re kinda used to it)! I sure hope nothing happens to them as they approach our sunny, overpriced OPI shores.

Lianne and I are looking forward to a day of rolling around in our nail polish loot and will break only for meals and poops. Will keep y’all posted!

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! :)

Yay first post! :)

A quick introduction, we’re 2 girls in Singapore, who in the past month or so have been subject to intense mutual enabling with regard to nail polish, facilitated mostly by some of the amazing nail polish blogs out there. (Mostly added to the blogroll on the sidebar!)

The last month has seen new lemming being born almost every moment, a virtual population explosion, and also seen us loading our relatives coming back from the states with many, many polishes, as well as the beginning of the Konad madness. This blog seemed like a natural offshoot. :p

Lianne started off only being interested in cremes, but has since been drawn into the dark side of shimmers and duochromes. Before this recent haulage, she owned about 10 OPI nail polishes, all in pretty much the same shade of dark red. At the moment she’s attracted to all things blue!

Jayme started off never painting her tips because she did not know that tips could stay perfect for more than 2 days. Until very recently, she did not discover the top coat and was under the impression that base coats were just another avenue for nail polish companies to make an extra buck. She has now repented. Prior to above mentioned haul, Jayme owned zero OPI (except for 1 that was a gift from Lianne – a fantastic I’ve Got The Blues For Red) because paying $26 for a bottle of OPI just seemed insane, no matter how amazing the name of the polish is. At the moment she’s attracted to all things Taupe and would like the entire collection of Rescue Beauty Lounge (I’ll pass the glittery ones to Lianne) kthnxbai!

Okay, that should cover it. We hope you enjoy the posts! :)