Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pretty In Pink Lace Mani + Konad

After discovering Konad stamping, I've been obsessed! Since using Revlon's Colorburst Lipgloss in Crystal Lilac, I've had this manicure in mind. The touch of black lace makes this mani simple and sophisticated.
Indoor Lighting
Base Color: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength- Champagne Toast
Konad Plate: m57
Konad Color: Wet n' Wild Wild Shine- Black Creme
Embellishment Design: Konad Hologram 3D Nail Sticker 05
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength- Flawless
For this mani, I didn't use a base coat. I tend not to when I apply light colors as my base so this way my mani will last longer than usual. You do want to use a base coat when applying deeper colors, like reds, blues, blacks, etc.. since they tend to stain your nails. Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength Nail Color in "Champagne Toast" is a beautiful delicate light pink with just a tiny hint of shimmer. Here I applied 3 coats as my base color.
Indoor Lighting
Base Color: Sally Hansen Champagne Toast

Next, I applied a lace-type Konad design, using Konad plate m57 and Wet n' Wild's Wild Shine in "Black Creme" on the top of my nail bed. Now, if you don't feel like dishing out those $7-$8 on Konad's special polish (in my case), then I definitely recommend getting WnW's Black Creme. It's a bit thicker than most polishes making it great for Konad-ing. And the best part? They only go for $.99!! You can find it at pharmacies like Rite-Aid and Walgreens and sometimes they have specials on Wet n' Wild cosmetics (BOGO 50% off). So you're actually paying around $1.50 for 2 of them. I've already started a nice little collection of their polishes, I'll be posting swatches of the colors I own soon.
Indoor Lighting
Konad Plate: m57
Konad Color: Wet n' Wild Black Creme
When I ordered my first Konad package I bought Hologram 3D Nail stickers. I decided to add one a flower on each of my ring fingers. Application was very easy, just like applying a regular sticker to something.

Konad Hologram 3D Nail Sticker on Ring Finger
To make sure your fabulous manicure lasts; apply a top coat. In this case I used Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength Nail Color in "Flawless." I bought this on a whim as I needed a clear top coat. I didn't notice it wasn't necessarily a top coat until I got home but I decided to keep it anyways and try it out. To my surprise, it works as a top coat better than any top coat polish I've ever tried. I've been raving about it to the ladies I know. It's made many of my manicures last up to a 1 1/2 weeks which is much longer than I've ever had a manicure last (see pic below - 8 days after application). A great buy! You can find it at your local Walgreens, Rite-Aid or CVS. It also comes as a bonus gift in some double packages alongside another color.
Natural Sunlight - Day 8
What color nail polish are you rocking right now???

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