Wednesday, 29 September 2010

E.L.F Purple Pleaser Swatch (and with Konadding)

Here is E.L.F's Purple Pleaser. This comes very close to the colour I was expecting when I ordered Punk Purple last time which I was very disappointed with. But this colour definitely makes up for the disappointment.




So if you are buying one of these purples from E.L.F be aware that this is Purple Pleaser and Punk Purple looks dull pink IRL.

Then I added some stamping to the colour but I think it looked better before.


Konad Plate: M64
Base Colour: E.L.F. Purple Pleaser
Konad Colour: Miss Sporty Zodiac
Top Coat of NYC

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Where will this baby go next? Take two...

Hey guys... sorry for the lack of a Konadicure post for a while. It's been a busy weekend here with me moving house and all the 'Freshers' events taking place so I've been really busy and not had any time to do my nails, let alone get pictures and get them up here.

However, I have some exciting news. My package from Kesha, who is over at Nail Polish Obsession, arrived yesterday . She is based in Germany and had the great idea of sending a German brand nail polish on a trip around the world. You can see her post here. She asked which of her readers wanted to receive the polish next so I put my name down and she chose me to be the next lucky recipient.

The polish is Manhattan 610k there is no colour name, just a number.
Here is the package that Kesha sent me. She was really nice to include some sweet little extras.


The polish is nicely wrapped up in the little bag next to the little scroll where I have to write my details before I pass it on to the next person.

And here is the polish itself. It's a royal, plum purple.


The conditions of me receiving this polish are that I must post a manicure with it on my blog then pass it on to someone else who has a blog in a different country and will also share their mani with us.


I am asking who would like to get this polish next. If you're interested in seeing this as a guest polish in your collection please leave a comment letting me know how I can contact you, your blog name and your country of residence. I will pick the next recipient using random name picker.


If you want to be involved please be sure you are aware of the conditions of this game....
You must have a blog where you will post a mani you've done with this polish
You must offer your readers the same chance to receive it that I have here and post it along (no keepies!)

So, please leave your comments below and I'll announce who it will be when I post my mani with this polish. It may be a while as I want to wait for my broken nail to grow back a bit :)


Sunday, 26 September 2010

E.L.F Innocence Swatch

I've been searching for a good, affordable polish for 'Mannequin' hands for a while now. It ended up as a competition between E.L.F's Innocence and Desert Haze but many bloggers have said that the Desert Haze has a hint of brown and I wanted a flesh tone.

So here it is... E.L.F Innocence. I used 4 coats but I think 3 would have been fine if I didn't have yellow nails underneath. There's no topcoat in the picture, it's a pretty shiny polish by itself.
Please excuse the broken first finger.


I really like this colour. It's just what I've been looking for and at this price it's a steal!

This month's E.L.F Haul

I put in this order in the middle of the night on Wednesday and it came on Friday morning - amaaazing!

I ordered:
High Definition Powder
Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Brightening Eye Colour in Drama 
Nail Polishes (see below)


Left to Right
Matte Finisher
Innocence
Purple Pleaser
Royal Purple


I spent ages searching for a matte top coat and in the end, ended up doing a swap with Emily from Canada to get my bottle of Essie Matte About You and now there is one available in my country for just £1.50 so I bought it to see how it compares to the Essie.

You may remember that last time I bought E.L.F nail polishes I was really disappointed to find that the colours that arrived in the bottles looked completely different to how I saw them on my monitor.You can see the post here. This time I wasn't disappointed at all because I searched for swatches before I decided which colours to buy rather than going by the pictures on the website.

If anyone would like it, I will do another post similar to last time comparing the colours I've got to the pictures on the website, just let me know. And expect swatches of these babies this week as I'd like to contribute something for other people to refer to before buying these polishes online since others' swatches were so helpful to me.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

♪♫ If she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will

Here are my Dalmatian patterned nails for tonights fancy dress. It's a Disney theme so I'm going as one of the Dalmatians!

I used the leopard print pattern from Konad M57 and used a brush to fill in the holes to make spots.


Konad Plate: M57
Base Colour: Stargazer - White
Konad Colour: W7 - Black
Top Coat of NYC

Friday, 24 September 2010

Nailympics you say?

I'm moving out tomorrow... properly... for good! Well, for the year anyway. I have a birthday party to go to with Disney dress up tomorrow night and I'm going as one of the Dalmatians so I'm gonna go for spotty nails which I will post as soon as I can.

I think some of you might enjoy reading this. It's a story about the 'Nailympics' which were held here in the UK last weekend and has some piccys of amazing, you could call it novelty, nail art. Although it's admittedly not the kind I would try myself, it's still very good. I'm sure you could find more pictures somewhere else too.


Konad Plate: M60
Base Colour: Beauty UK Neon Blue
Konad Colour: Stargazer White
Top Coat of Essie Matte About You

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Daisy Doo

Sorry for the bad pictures recently. Everyday gets shorter and more dreary so it's hard to get any good sun light for taking pictures. For this picture I resorted to using the light from my phone's camera since all of the lightbulbs in my house give photos taken under them an orange tinge.

A comment from Mistress Zombie a few days ago has given me the idea to compile a list of regular polishes I use for stamping. Hopefully it might come in useful for you guys that are into stamping without using the expensive polishes.
I actually don't own, nor ever have owned, any Konad special polishes myself and do all my stamping with regular polishes that I've found through trial, error and good guesswork. I'm aiming to get the list up some time soon - I just need some good lighting to get decent pictures of the bottles... how annoying.


Konad Plate: M3
Base Colour: BYS - Tickle Me Pink
Konad Colour: Maybelline Water Shine Diamonds - Atomic Red
BYS Flirty Sparkle for the dots applied with a brush

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies



Plate: Fauxnad M34
Base Colour: W7 - Blue Lagoon
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 - Moonlight Shine
BYS Astro Gold for the dots and details, applied with a brush

Monday, 20 September 2010

Monochrome


Konad Plate: M60
Base Colour: Rimmel Lycra Wear 10 - Black Satin
Konad Colour: Collection 2000 - Moonlight Shine
Top Coat of Essie Matte About You

Sunday, 19 September 2010

It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart

I've just taken a 'Personality Type' quiz that Steph from Imperfectly Painted shared on Twitter and found out that I'm an INTP.
Then I found this website called The Personality Page where you can read about all the personality types and how they are in relationships and at work and such. I find it all very interesting and I thought you guys might like to give it a go.
You can take the quiz here.


Konad Plate: M57
Base Colour: Jay Jays - Thrillseeker
Konad Colour: Nails Inc - Victoria
Sequins from Viva La Nails
Top Coat of NYC

What's your personality type?

Saturday, 18 September 2010

A Tragic Loss

I got into a little skirmish with a shower curtain and the shower curtain won. And it took the tip of my thumbnail with it!

This is a new polish that I found reduced in Tesco from the Barbara Daly Make-Up range. I haven't captured it very well in the photo, but it's a gorgeous, deep royal purple.


Plate: Bundle Monster BM16
Base Colour: Barbara Daly - Purplicious
Stamp Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac
Gold Bullion from Viva La Nails
Top Coat of NYC

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Hulk Fail

I was going for a Hulk look with this one. Anyone who is familiar with the comics or the films will know Bruce Banner wears his trademark purple shorts whenever he's angry!

The little pink bits you see are some weird tiny foil strips from Viva La Nails. It's hard to come across ideas for using these.
I tried to make a line with them but ended up just making a mess instead!

Konad Plate: M57
Base Colour: Claire's Mood  - Peaceful/Confident
Konad Colour: L'Oreal LaquiResist - Bebe Blue
Purple: George @ Asda - Hoax
Top Coat of NYC

I'm staying away from home for a few days and trying to travel light which means I won't be packing many nail supplies or my beast of a camera so I won't be able to post anything for a while. I should be back on Friday.

♪♫ Autumn leaves under frozen souls...


... hungry hands turning soft and old.

This is a beautiful song by Paolo Nutini. If you've never heard it, please give it a listen.
I just think 'Autumn Leaves' when I look at this brown stamping and then the song popped into my head!


Konad Plate: M56
Base Colour: Barry M - Cyan Blue
Konad Colour: L'Oreal LaquiResist - Black Bean
For the Line: W7 Blue Lagoon applied with a paintbrush
Top Coat of NYC

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Poll Results

The poll that has been running for the past week finished today. I asked you whether you liked the new, 3 column layout of my blog.
Thanks to the people that voted - approximately 3% of my readers!!

44% of you said that the new layout doesn't display properly on your screen (i.e too wide, overlapping modules) so I've changed it back to the 2 column design and hope you'll have an easier time reading my blog.

I write this blog for you guys and I'm always after feedback. So I'd love to hear any suggestions about how I can improve anything such as the layout or the content.

You can email me any suggestions at
or, if you prefer anonymity - get over to my Formspring.



I also started up a Twitter account for the Nailasaurus this evening so please follow!
Just click the pic.


xx Thank You xx

Monday, 13 September 2010

Half Moon, Silver, Pearls, Red. And GIVEAWAY NEWS

I really like this manicure. It was very spur of the moment. I painted my nails this gorgeous Berry Pink base colour which for some reason I've never used before, then just decided to keep adding to it!


I used:
Base Colour: It has no name but it came in the Miners Berry Collection.
Half-Moon: Collection 2000 Moonlight Shine
Line: Stargazer White applied with a paintbrush
Pearls stuck on with Miss Sporty Top Coat
A top coat of NYC In A New York Minute


In other news, it's been a while since I started stashing goodies for my next giveaway and I will give you a sneak peek at them today. I think I will start the giveaway to celebrate 300 followers. As with the last giveaway, anyone who is a follower before the giveaway opens will get an extra entry when they put their name down!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

I'm a bit of a Copycat

The inspiration for this mani comes from Alice over at Nails By Alice. Click the link to see how to create this mani yourself. I saw her amazing mani a while ago but I needed some practice at dotting.


It's W7 Black on BYS Fools Paradise with a top coat of NYC.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Flower Power

You may notice that my post is a little later than normal today. I spent most of my day at the house I am renting this year and shopping for decor to go inside it!
I was a bit disappointed when I first moved my stuff in as it hadn't been cleaned properly and had a miserable feel to it, I think because it was empty and really seemed hollow. But now that me and the other girls are filling it with stuff and making it a bit more homely, I think it looks and feels much nicer. 

I also received some great news last night. I passed the exam I had to resit last month so I get to progress to the next year of my course! Phew! I'm sooo happy now!



Konad Plate: M64
Base Colour: La Femme - Mint Cream
Konad Colour: NYC Nail Glossies - 243B
For the flowers: BYS - Astro Gold
Top Coat of Essie Matte About You

Thursday, 9 September 2010

More Stickers

Here are some more nail stickers from Viva La Nails over Barry M Raspberry. There is a random sequin on my index finger there! It must have got stuck to my nails when I was rummaging round in my supplies.


These stickers look amazing and I gave them a fairly good review a few weeks ago but I think I've changed my mind after wearing them.
With these particular stickers, the silver wore off to reveal black underneath after just a few hours.
They are also a nightmare to remove. They won't come off in one piece once you've applied a top coat so you have to literally scratch them off in little pieces.
I'll be sticking to water decals in the future which remove easily with a bit of Nail Varnish Remover.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

I ♥ Purple




Plate: Bundle Monster - BM02
Base Colour: All About Face @ Tesco - Black Cherry
Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac
Sequin hearts from poundland
Top Coat of NYC

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

3rd Marbling Attempt = WIN


After my disastrous first attempt and all of your amazing advice, I tried marbling again!

My second attempt went a bit better but was still not up to scratch and I managed to ruin it soon after by bumping and scratching it before it was dry. I think I put too many layers of polish on underneath. This was before clean-up - I didn't even keep it on long enough to get a proper picture.
The marbling isn't too bad but I don't like the colours very much.



My 3rd attempt went much better - I used thinner polishes as you all suggested and I'm pretty pleased with the result.
I used 2 coats of BYS Lilac Bliss as a base and wrapped my fingers in sellotape...


For the marbling I used purple, pink and glittery bronze. Then cleaned them up nicely...


 I think I just need to work on getting more of a pattern on my nails rather than a few random swirls.

If you regularly visit my blog and can remember what it looked like a few days ago when I just had two columns, please let me know what you think about the new layout by answering the poll over there on the right! Honest answers are much appreciated - I won't take it personally if you answer in the negative :)

Monday, 6 September 2010

Hologruffian

Don't worry, I haven't invented a new gruffalo-esque monster. It's just a Ruffian Manicure with a Holo as a base :D





I used nail guides for this one to get a crisp line.
Base Colour: GOSH Holographic
Top Colour: W7 Black
Top Coat of NYC

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Marbling Fail

I have been meaning to try marbling for ages and was reminded by Marina a few days ago. My first attempt didn't go very well. I ended up with lumps and bumps everywhere and more of a clumping than marbling effect. I think it's because I dunked my fingers in, then pulled them back out without remving the excess which then also stuck to my nail.

I used:
L'Oreal LacquiResist - Bebe Blue
and two old Collection 2000 polishes in a red and pink colour.
then a top coat of NYC

Before clean-up:

After clean-up:

As you can see, there's much room for improvement so any advice is welcomed!

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Pinkness

I'm not a great fan of pink nail polish but I really felt like wearing some this week.


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM16
Base Colour: Primark Glo Baby Glo - Pinky n Flirty
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 - Monlight Shine
Top Coat of NYC

Friday, 3 September 2010

Tutorial: Sequin Tips

I had a few requests for a tutorial on the Sequin Tip nails I did for PHD's Just Tips Challenge.
Sorry about the abysmal lighting in the photos. I was waiting for a sunny day, but it never came.




1. 
Prepare everything you will need. I used:
E.L.F. Nude as a base just to get an even colour. You can go with a simple base or jazz it up with some colour.
A top coat. I used Miss Sporty.
A Nail Stick
Sequins


2. 
Paint on your base colour and let it dry.


3. 
You need to 'Blob' a small amount of the top coat on to the tip of your nail in the corner.


4. 
Put some base coat on a piece of paper to dip the end of the nail stick in to get it sticky.
Pick up a sequin.


5.
Try to get it in the right position first time.
If you miss, don't worry, you can move it around or take it off and reposition it.


6. 
Repeat steps 3-5 working from one side of the nail to the other.


7. 
Once the sequins are in place and the clear varnish holding them on is dry enough to keep them in position, apply a thick top coat, ensuring you cover all the sequins.
If you are careful I expect they could last a few days, it just depends how long you can endure the constant catching and snagging! I only lasted a few hours!

If you like this tutorial and do them yourself, please leave me a link. I'd love to see your take!



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