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Guest Post for Fashion Polish – A Lacey Konadicure!

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Guest Post for Fashion Polish - Stamped Lace Manicure

Hey Everyone!

Just got back from seeing The Hunger Games and overall I really enjoyed it! They made a few changes that didn’t thrill me (the mutts and PG-13 rating), but that’s to be expected with a book adaption. Anyway, why don’t you all head on over to Fashion Polish to check out the awesome konadicure that I did for Sam! You can view it by clicking on the photo above or by using this link right [HERE]! :-D

♥ ♥ – Rie

31 Day Challenge: Day 31 (Re-Create Your Fave Challenge)

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I can’t believe this is the last day of the 31 Day Challenge!! It’s gone by so fast, and it’s been amazing sharing this experience with two bloggers I’ve admired even before I had my own blog! It’s been great having Cris and Sammy to run ideas by, share frustrations with, and shoot endless tweets to my heart’s content. This challenge forced me to push my boundaries and gave me a new love and appreciation for nail art! I loved it before, but I love it even more now that I know I’m not horrible at it. ;-) So I’ll pretty much cherish this fo-evah! :-D If you missed any of the previous days, I have them all tucked away [HERE] for you to view them at a glance. ^_^

For the last day we wanted to do something extra special. Our challenge for Day 31 was to re-create our favorite challenge. So we each picked out a mani from the other two girls that we loved and did our best to recreate the looks. ^_^

 


Day 31: Re-Create Your Favorite Challenge (Sammy – Studded Nails)

Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
Sammy did this kick-ass mani for her Day 25: Inspired By Fashion look. She took the inspiration from the Studded Sheath Dress by Michael Kors. As soon as I saw this on her nails I was in love and I knew I had to recreate it for today’s challenge :-D. It reminds me of sexy studded black boots or a slick leather belt. ♥

I marched my butt down to the local Michael’s Arts & Crafts store and managed to find the little gold studs/bullion (in the scrapbooking section), brought ‘em home and went to work. I used Wet n Wild’s Black Creme as my base. Sam also wrote a great FAQ that helped me out a lot when I recreated this manicure.
Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
I really REALLY love this manicure. I didn’t wear mine for the whole day since I still had another mani to create, but I’ll definitely be sporting this edgy design in the future. Thanks Sam for this awesome idea! ♥♥

Day 31: Re-Create Your Favorite Challenge (Cris – Animal Print)

Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
How cool is this?! Cris did this beautiful gradient manicure for her Day 13: Animal Print nail challenge. I love the vibrant colors and the hint of holographic sparkle. I wish I owned a pair of the awesome technicolor flip-flops in her post, those things are awesome! Is anyone else reminded of Lisa Frank from back in the day? :-D

I didn’t have the exact same polishes that Cris used but I did my best trying to keep things in the same color family. I used a LOT of different colors for this manicure and I spaced out when it came to writing them down. :-P Since I don’t have INM Northern Lights Hologram top coat I ended up using China Glaze’s Wireless Holographic top coat instead, so the holo shimmer is finer in my mani. I also NEED the m78 plate in my life! I used my m57 plate for this manicure.
Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
Day 31: Recreate Your Favorite Challenge
Macro shots of my two favorite color transitions. You’re gonna want to enlarge these two. Actually, backtrack to the first picture of the studded mani and enlarge all these photos ’cause they’re all splendiferous. :-D


And there you have it, the end of the 31 Day Challenge! It’s going to take me some time to get used to regular swatching and reviews now that I’m done, hah! I want to thank everyone that watched me go through this from Day 1, and anyone that joined in midway to watch my progress as well. This has been a blast and I hope it inspires some of you to start your own 31 Day Challenge in the future! ♥

31 Day Challenge: Day 29 (Inspired By The Supernatural)

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Morning Everyone!

We’re down to the final days of the 31 Day Challenge, I can’t believe it’s day 29 already! Today CrisSam and I are doing nails inspired by the supernatural. I remembered that I had bought a Halloween themed konad stamping plate (m13) but hadn’t gotten around to using it last month, so I figured it would be perfect for today’s look. ^_^

 


Day 29: Inspired By The Supernatural (Candy Skulls)

Day 29: Inspired By The Supernatural
Day 29: Inspired By The Supernatural
Day 29: Inspired By The Supernatural
Hah! The manicure makes me giggle. :-P I wanted to try to make sugar skulls with one of the stamps, so I used A England Guinevere, A England Galahad, and Essie’s Boat House for my little skull friends.  Two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On is the base. I then lightly sponged A England Perceval around each skull. And for my pinky I was messing around and layered China Glaze Poinsettia and A England Perceval ‘blood drips’ over Nails Inc. Trafalgar Square magnetic polish. I think this manicure is more silly than supernatural, but I kinda love it. :-D
Day 29: Inspired By The Supernatural
Day 29: Inspired By The Supernatural
Day 29: Inspired By The Supernatural
Some close-ups and macro shots of the stamping done for this mani. ^_^
Day 29: Inspired By The Supernatural
And here’s bottle shots o f the polishes I used for stamping. I’m really starting to enjoy stamping nail art. Methinks it’s time I invested in some Bundle Monster plates… :-)


Thanks for checking out my blog for another day of the challenge. There’s only two days left! I’ll see you all tomorrow for another lovely inspiration day. ^_^

31 Day Challenge: Day 25 (Inspired By Fashion – McQueen Nails)

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Hey Everyone!

I can’t believe we’re at day 25 of the 31 Day Challenge, it’s going by so incredibly fast! :-D Today’s nails are supposed to be inspired by fashion. My knowledge of fashion designers is rather limited so I was initially stumped on what to do for this manicure. Then my friend Jen showed me the “Baroque Angels” shoes by Alexander McQueen, and I knew what I had to do!

 

These are the shoes that inspired my manicure for today:

Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels Nails)

Image Credit - Velvet Honey Jar

 

The detail on McQueen’s shoes is simply AMAZING! The nude toned base of the stockings is such a beautiful contrast to the silver-grey lace and the chromatic heels. I knew I had to try to make this into my mani for the day. Enough chit chat, it’s picture time! ♥

 


Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels by Alexander McQueen)

Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels Nails)
Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels Nails)
I started out with two coats of Essie’s Brooch The Subject (beige nude creme) as my base polish and a thin coat of Seche Vite. I then took my m21 konad plate (yes, I finally have more than one stamping plate!! :-P) and used Pure Ice Kiss Me Here (grey creme) to stamp two separate images onto each nail. I stamped them close together so it would resemble the lace material on the heels. After that had dried I went back over each nail again with the m21 plate using China Glaze Millennium (platinum/chrome silver), slightly off center so I could create a bit of contrast. Finally, I took OPI’s Servin’ Up Sparkle and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City to do some very light sponging around the side and tip of each nail. Then I slapped on a final layer of SV and I was good to go! :-)
Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels Nails)
Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels Nails)
I’m extremely happy with the way these turned out. It was like transferring the idea I had in my head almost 100% onto my nails. I think that the only way I could have improved this was if I had access to rhinestones. ;-)
Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels Nails)
Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels Nails)
Here’s a few macro shots for your viewing pleasure. I really love the contrast between the three colors. And I really wish I owned those shoes! I would immediately roll my ankle trying to walk in them, but it’d be totally worth it. :-D
Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels Nails)

Bottle shots of the polishes I used. ^_^


I really enjoyed creating this look for the challenge! I’m saddened by the fact that the designer Alexander McQueen is no longer with us, but his fashion legacy and beautiful works of art will live on forever. ♥

Thanks for stopping by today! Now go check out Cris and Sam’s blogs to see their fashion inspired nails. ^_^

31 Day Challenge: Day 15 (Delicate Print)

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Hey Everyone!

And we’re back again for day 15 of the 31 Day Challenge! Today’s task is Delicate Print, and I had a heck of a time trying to figure out what to do with this one. My hand drawn nail art abilities are still hit or miss and I really don’t have that many stamping plates to play with just yet. So I decided to wing it with my trusty m57 plate. There are two intricate patterns on the plate that I believe are intended for french tips. I used the two together to make a mehndi-esque design. :-)

Once you’re done here, head over to Cris and Sam’s blogs today to see their delicate print manicures. :-D

 


Day 15: Delicate Print

Day 15: Delicate Print (CG Wagon Trail, A England Holy Grail)
Day 15: Delicate Print (CG Wagon Trail, A England Holy Grail)
I started out with two coats of Wagon Trail by China Glaze. Wagon Trail is my absolute favorite nail polish by China Glaze. It’s a vampy, rich, blackened olive green filled with golden shimmer. Amazing, right?! I then used A-England’s Holy Grail (a beautifully regal gold polish I have yet to review) for my stamping plate. I’m actually pretty pleased that it came out looking better than I expected, and both of my roommates really enjoyed the finished look. They said it reminded them of a henna tattoo. ;-)
Day 15: Delicate Print (CG Wagon Trail, A England Holy Grail)
Day 15: Delicate Print (CG Wagon Trail, A England Holy Grail)
I personally don’t think that I could have picked a better pair of complimentary colors for this manicure today. Holy Grail looks absolutely stunning layered over Wagon Trail. :-D I messed up the patterned a bit on one or two nails, but it almost looks like I did it on purpose and you really can’t tell unless you’re looking super close.
Day 15: Delicate Print (CG Wagon Trail, A England Holy Grail)
Day 15: Delicate Print (CG Wagon Trail, A England Holy Grail)
And speaking of close-up views, here’s your daily dose of macros. Bon Appétit! :-)


That’s all I’ve got for today, tomorrow is the dreaded Tribal Nail Art challenge. My konad stamps won’t be able to save me this time. :?

31 Day Challenge: Day 14 (Flowers)

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Morning Everyone!

We’re at the start of a new week and we’re quickly approaching the halfway point for the 31 Day Challenge. Today is all about Flowers, and since there’s no way I can draw that freehand I decided to use my handy-dandy notebook m57 plate. :-D

I started out with two coats of Nite Owl by Orly, a beautiful nude taupe filled with silver micro-shimmer. I then took the floral print on my m57 stamp and layered Barry M’s Spring Green (bright grass green creme) and A-England’s Galahad (teal creme). I love the way this turned out!

Don’t forget to check out Cris and Sam’s blogs today for their take on flowers! :-)

 


Day 14: Flowers

Day 14: Flowers
Day 14: Flowers
I think this look is so gorgeous! The softness of Nite Owl is a wonderful backdrop for the brightness of Galahad and Spring Green. I messed up the stamp on my middle finger a teeny bit and tried to free paint a green flower in its place. Yeah…. No Bueno. :-)
Day 14: Flowers
Day 14: Flowers
In this macro shot you can see the soft merge of colors between Galahad and Spring Green. You can also check out the buttload of silver glitter in Nite Owl. :-P This whole manicure is super feminine and I love it! It reminds me of being on a beach. ;-)


That’s it for today’s manicure. Come back tomorrow for Day 15, which will be delicate print day!

31 Day Challenge: Day 13 (Animal Print)

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Hey Guys!

Today is day 13 of the 31 Day Challenge (Animal Print). This is going to be a quickie post because I am running low on time today. I kept it simple, I used the m57 tiger pattern to layer Konad Special Polish in White over 3 thin coats of Pool Party by Essence. I LOVE Pool Party, it’s a beautiful cheery blue filled with glass flecks. And y’all know I love glass flecks. ;-)

 


Day 13: Animal Print

Day 13: Animal Print (Essence Pool Party & Konad Special White)
Day 13: Animal Print (Essence Pool Party & Konad Special White)
This was a bit of a rush job and I smudged my pinky and pointed finger a bit, but overall I think this stamping worked out pretty well. I always come back to this tiger print stamp, it’s so versatile!
Essence  - Pool Party
Essence  - Pool Party
Pool Party on its own. I had a lemming for this polish for a long time and I’m glad I was finally able to get my hands on this gorgeous blue. It really does look like a reflective pool of water. :-D


That’s it for today, sorry this post is so short on words! :-P Now head over to Cris and Sam’s blogs today for their Animal Print manis for today! ^_^

31 Day Challenge: Day 6 (Violet Nails Semi-Fail)

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Happy Saturday Everyone!

We’re on Day 6 of the 31 Day Challenge now, and it’s all about Violet Nails today! I wanted to do something a little out of my comfort zone today to try to start easing myself into the weeks to come, so I busted out my m57 konad stamping plate… And kinda blundered this manicure. This is my third time ever using my konad stamp so I’m still working out the user error. :-P After two attempts at getting the stamp perfectly placed on my nails I gave up for the day. You still get the general idea of what I was trying to do, right? ;-)

Don’t forget to head over to Cris and Sam’s blogs for their Day 6 Violet manis. ^_^


NARS Purple Rain & China Glaze Avalanche

Day 6: (Violet Nails) - Purple Rain by NARS & Avalanche by China Glaze
Day 6: (Violet Nails) - Purple Rain by NARS & Avalanche by China Glaze
Day 6: (Violet Nails) - Purple Rain by NARS & Avalanche by China Glaze
I started out with two coats of NARS Purple Rain, a gorgeous deep purple with pink and blue shimmer. Purple Rain is a very close dupe for China Glaze Let’s Groove, I’ll have to do a comparison post in the future. ^_^ Then I stamped China Glaze Avalanche over the top and sealed everything up with a coat of Seche Vite. Avalanche is incredibly frosty and is hell to work with on its own, but it’s really great to use for stamping! The boyfriend’s mom gifted Avalanche to me because she knows how much I fangirl for China Glaze. One of these days I WILL swatch my entire CG collection for you all, but that will be a project for another day. :-D
Day 6: (Violet Nails) - Purple Rain by NARS & Avalanche by China Glaze (flash)
Here’s a shot of the color combo with flash, you can see the blue and pink shimmer really well in this photo. Click the image to enlarge it to its original size for an even better look. :-)
Day 6: (Violet Nails) - Purple Rain by NARS & Avalanche by China Glaze
Annnnnnnd a macro of the only nail I stamped [almost] perfectly. Let’s pretend like the rest of my nails look this good. :-P


 

That’s it for Day 6! From now on we’re getting into more of the tricky stuff, tomorrow is Black & White nails! :-D

Adventures in Konading – Leopard Spots

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Konad Stamp m57

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I received my Konad stamping kit in the mail earlier this week and I immediately had to try it out. My first attempt was to do a gradient with a stamping pattern over it. I quickly remembered that I’m not very good at free-hand nail art, so that was a huge fail. :-P After that I decided to keep it simple and chose the leopard spot stamp from the m57 plate. I think I did a pretty darn good for never using the Konad system before. Onto the pictures!!

 


Peach Leopard?

Leopard Spots
Leopard Spots
I recently got overzealous with my nail filing and brought them down to super short nubbins, so bear with me as they grow back out. :-P I used the white Konad special stamping polish that came with my kit for the spots, What Do You Think? by Essence for my base color, and Rouge Andalou by NARS for filling in the leopard spot pattern. :-)
Leopard Spots
Here’s a picture of both hands, mostly because I wanted to test out the self timer on my camera and also to show of my favorite opal ring. ;-)

Konad Stamp m57
Here’s a close up of the m57 plate, it’s got quite a few nice patterns on it so I’ll have to play around with it more. I want to use the french tip ones once my nails grow up a bit.
What Do You Think?
Here’s What Do You Think? all by itself. It’s a nice peachy coral by Essence that I got as part of one of my blog sale buys. ^_^ This is two coats. What Do You Think? is a dupe for Chanel’s Orange Fizz, so that killed a lemming for me and I spent a fraction of the $25 Chanel price tag. :-D


Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed my first experience with Konad stamping. I think it’s a fairly quick and easy way to spice up your manicure. I have to experiment with it and see which regular nail polishes work well with the system, but I think that will be part of the fun. ^_^

Purchase Info:

Essence nail polish can be purchased from Ulta.com for $.99/each, what a steal! You can buy Konad supplies from WowSoCool.com and the Born Pretty website (listed under Nail Art Stamping).

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