Friday, August 12, 2011

Fashion Beauty Friend Friday: Creative Manis!

For FBFF today, we're linking up to Miss Rockwell at Lifestyles of the Thrifty and Shameless with our Creative Manicures posts.  I LOVE this.  No, seriously.  I LOVE THIS!!! I love doing my nails, and had fun with this idea! Head on over to her page to see a list of everyone who is posting.  I'm really looking forward to seeing the other girls, there are some REALLY creative people out there.

Enough, I know.  Get to the mani.

I was super excited to get my Konad black special polish in the mail this week and was anxious to start stamping.  Along with my Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in white, I went to town.  And it was a BLAST:


Then, as I was cleaning up the kitchen, I saw my inspiration:


And I knew I had my creative mani. 


Yup, I went there.


So, to achieve this, I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen XW and let it completely dry.  (That is after shaping, dealing with cuticles and Nail Magic basecoat.) After it had dried, I wiped an alcohol wipe over the nails to make sure they were clean and went to work.  I used the Konad system I bought on Amazon, with Konad special polish in black.  I had already tried a black polish of my own, Milani, but it's not strong enough.  I think Konad special polish is the equivalent of 3 coats? I think I read that somewhere.  I have since learned that the special nail polish takes longer than regular polish to dry, hence the swipes...oops! I later used China Glaze Purple Panic for the tips, applying them freehand.  I finished off with a coat of Seche Vite topcoat.

Stamping is incredible. Here's a video, the video I first watched.  It looks complicated, but trust me, it's not.  You get into the swing of it really fast.  I bought a little manicure cup-thing from Sally Beauty like they use in nail salons for the nail polish remover.  I HIGHLY recommend stamping.  Then again, it's addicting!

Have fun!!

10 comments:

  1. made it over here via Lifestyles of the Shameless
    love this look and had no idea about the stamping
    i must have been living under a rock
    i love this, gonna go check out where to purchase this!
    thanks for sharing
    brett

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  2. Awesome! You totally rocked this manicure out girl!!

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  3. OMG I was going to say you did that by hand - incredible! hehe I'm wearing a zebra print currently thanks to Sally Hansen nail stickers :) Love this week's FBFF idea!

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  4. Your nails look fantastic! Zebra with hot pink is such a sassy combo and I love it on nails! (ps. your wedding ring is beautiful!) I just discovered your blog through the FFBF...so cute, love the chandeliers!
    xx,
    mae
    www.alltheshinypieces.com

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  5. Super cute! It looks amazing, and to think you did it yourself. I want to try it for sure!

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  6. I also have a Konad stamper!

    Zebra print was the first one I did too. :) I love that you added that little touch of pink!

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  7. OMFG I love this. It's insane. I wish I had a Konad, maybe I'll get the polish markers and try to freehand it? Great job darling!
    xoxo
    Lia

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  8. Visiting from FBFF. This is so pretty and intricate. Love it.
    Daphne.
    http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com

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  9. Okay...so I'm definitely investing in a Konad stamper ASAP. I'm literally drooling over here! It's gorgeous and I love the way you added a pop of color on the tips!

    http://thriftyandshameless.blogspot.com

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  10. Thanks guys! I definitely recommend the Konad! It's sooooo fun!!

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