Konad

NOTD Orly Neon Polish + New Nail Stamp Plate

I recently added another nail plate to the collection: Konad S3

NOTD, Faux-nad MLS301 Look #11 & #12 of the Contest/Giveaway!

So this is the final post to wrap up the first monthly giveaway on NailBlog!

Today was the last scheduled day for voting, and I learned a lot in how to better improve these giveaways in the future. Such as scheduling the posts beforehand rather than posting them in real-time. Since it came so late, I decided to combine both #11 and #12 into one post. Commenting once on this post will automatically gain you two entries! I decided to also extend the deadline by a day, allowing “late” comments since I was late in my posting. Anyone that comments before TOMORROW at midnight will still get their entries on this!

LOOK #11

This is one that (while it has it’s problems) looks much, much cuter in person. Trust me!

First I used two coats of Revlon “Royal” as the base. I then stamped a fishnet pattern using a white polish and covered it all with one coat of Revlon “Whimsical”. I have done this in the past and once this combination is mattified it looks like incredible little glazed sweets! I ended up going a different way with this look than intended, so all of that ended up being detrimental if anything. I then used a cream color to paint “hippie flowers”.

Placing dots along the edge turns them into doily like cookies. After all this had dried I then took China Glaze “Leather Black” and stamped various sweets from the MLS301 plate.

What continues to be a challenge for my stamping is evident here. Blast that placement! I will persevere, however, and continue on the righteous path of Konading. Almost like a right-handed batter who swings too left, I need to compensate for always placing them too high.

LOOK #12

So Mr. NB really wanted to get in on the fun, and asked if he could help the contest. I thought it would be awesome if he would do the final look #12 using the MLS 301 plate.

This is his contribution.

Not exactly what I expected.

You can tell this a boy did this.

How?

There’s a horse that says “I <3 ice-cream” (who’s also been to prison as “evident by his prison teardrop eye tattoo”), a bird shooting lasers, super-power pigs, and a horse with “battle scars”. (Hey! We finally found a good use for the leopard rip!)

I wanted to get in on it too, so the “Kosher” pig is mine. I thought it was funny. A teenage pig raised to be Kosher, rebelling against it all. A swine without a cause. I stood alone in this humor.

I also felt the prison horse needed candy in his belly. He looked hungry and sad from having slug optical-tentacles for ears.

But, this does show a very crafty use for nail stamps! I’ve seen talk of using nail polish on jewelry and even on the bottom of shoes to add zazz.. *gasp* One could do the same with nail stamps! Add a design or stamp to anything…phone covers? Sunglasses? People’s faces as they’re sleeping? Just remember to seal your masterpiece afterwards.

This is look #11/12 & #12/12 in the Plate/Stamper Giveaway Contest!

All you have to do is comment for a chance to win! Rules and details can be seen here: http://nailblog.net/notd-faux-naud-mls301-look-1-and-contestgiveaway/

NOTD, Faux-nad MLS301 Look #10 of the Contest/Giveaway!

So today I have something sweet and feathery for you. Or diabetic, literally for the birds and metaphorically for the cynics, depending on how you look at it.

q1 nail plate stamp

Love-birds with sweet-tooths and a pair of sweethearts on my ring finger!

q1 mls301 nail plate

Polishes used:

Kleancolor “Pastel Teal”, Kleancolor “Pastel Pink”, China Glaze “Leather Black”, Revlon “Valentine”, Seche Vite topcoat

I seem to be stuck using my drugstore polishes lately. Money has been tight so it’s put me in an thriftful mindset!

I first used three coats of “pastel teal” on my index, middle and pinkie. On my ring I used two coats of “pastel pink”, followed by painting a heart with the same teal. Since Kleancolor polishes dry a little slow for my liking (I’m all about speed!) I then topped it off these bases with a coat of Seche Vite fast dry topcoat. After drying, “Leather Black” was used along with the the MLS 301 plate to stamp swallows in various opposing positions. I then took “Valentine” and stamped them carrying little wrapped candies.

Initially I took great care in placing red polish in the center of the candy stamp, with white on the wrapper portion, to make them look more realistic and a bit more detailed. This worked easily and would probably look awesome against a dark color, however the white wrapper portion barely showed up against the teal. So I had to do it all over! But it’s a good idea for another time…

mls301 nail stamp

Hold the phone.
What’s that chicken doing here? Peeping on birds and trying to steal their candy?!

That’s no chicken. That’s a rooster, and his name is “techno-chicken”. He’s a ring I picked up from one of my absolute favorite ring shops and will be included in the next *scheduled* monthly giveaway!!

Stay tuned!

This is look #10/12 in the Plate/Stamper Giveaway Contest!

All you have to do is comment for a chance to win! Rules and details can be seen here: http://nailblog.net/notd-faux-naud-mls301-look-1-and-contestgiveaway/

NOTD, Faux-nad MLS301 Look #9 of the Contest/Giveaway!

lightning bolt nails ZINGZING! ZAP! ZOLT! ZIP! Z… Zzz!

Another lightning bolt look. I love these bolts! I was so glad to find this plate. I had been looking for lightning images for such a long time prior to finding the Q1/mls301. I had a bit of trouble on this one specifically, but solely due to really rushing through it making the bolts and color lines not as clean as I would have otherwise liked.

This is look #9/12 in the Plate/Stamper Giveaway Contest!

All you have to do is comment for a chance to win! Rules and details can be seen here: http://nailblog.net/notd-faux-naud-mls301-look-1-and-contestgiveaway/

NOTD, Faux-nad MLS301 Look #4 of the Contest/Giveaway!

konad candy nail stamp
China Glaze “Liquid Leather” as base, Sally Hansen “Lacey Lilac” (on index, pinky) and “Mint Sorbet” (on middle and ring) to stamp the Kawaii-Candy Portion of the MLS301 plate, and Nicole OPI “Love Your Life” on ring finger. While I love getting crazy and attempting innovation with stamps, sometimes you just gatta keep it as intended.

BUT see all those melted candies on my ring finger? This post also serves as a cautionary tale about the care needed when using a topcoat over a stamped image. Normally, I am super careful in not using any pressure to avoid streaking and morphing the stamp, however I totally lost my mind since I was using another polish rather than a topcoat. It’s totally the same concept, but my brain must not have processed that. I swiped away time after time without a care in the world…only to notice when taking these pictures.

This is look #4/12 in the Plate/Stamper Giveaway Contest! All you have to do is comment for a chance to win! Rules and details can be seen here: http://nailblog.net/notd-faux-naud-mls301-look-1-and-contestgiveaway/

NOTD, Faux-nad MLS301 Look #1 AND CONTEST/GIVEAWAY!

Konad Nail StampChina Glaze” Leather Black” as base, Sally Hansen “Golden-I” and the rainbow image on the MLS301 plate

I recently compiled a dozen pictures of different looks I’ve created using my most recent nail plate ( post HERE ). This is look #1/12. I was initially going to post them all together as a collage but then had the thought of turning it into a mini-contest!

WIN THE MLS301 NAIL PLATE (& STAMPER IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE!)

(a new one of course, not my own)

Over the next 3 weeks, I’ll be posting 12 looks using the MLS301 faux-nad (replica of the famous KonadUK Q1). All you have to do is leave a comment! No need to subscribe, email, follow, none of that foof.

Ok on to the fun stuff.

Rules:

1. Only one comment per person per post will be counted. (IE. Leave one comment on each of the 12 “MLS301 Look Post” and receive 12 entries. Comment 50 times, as I know you want to, on each of the 12 “MLS301 Look Post”s and receive… still 12 entries.)

2. If you comment more than once, you WON’T be disqualified. In fact the only thing I can think of that may disqualify you is if you turn rude and/or nasty, especially to other commenters.

3. This contest is open internationally!

4. Contest will end 5/18. Winner will be chosen via my 2nd favorite old school method (my 1st favorite are those giant bingo cages) which will be the entries written on paper and then chosen out of a hat. Winner will be notified and announced 5/19.

5. If you don’t have a stamper, have no fear! Let me know, and I will even throw one in so you can enjoy and take part in this contest too :)

And you know I’ll also be throwing in some cookies and other good stuff in the box ;) Winner will be notified via email and announced in post.

This will be the first of many monthly contests, so stay tuned or subscribe! (that is, as soon as I fix the html. I’ve received numerous emails regarding an error occurring on the site’s RSS feed, Facebook, Facebook like and subscribe options. I’m working on fixing them right now!)

New Nail Stamp Plate!

Last year Konad released a special edition stamping plate #Q1. It was limited edition and designed by the blog/blogger “The Charming Nails”! It was produced by KonadUK; in other words, found only in the UK.

Behold:

Photo courtesy of spellbindingnails.com

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until about two months after the release did I become aware of it. By that point, the venues I had scoured were sold out and the scalpers on Ebay had gone mad. $25+ for one plate?

(Although I read on the company KonadUK website the plate sells for around the same price even there)

I begrudging put it onto my watchlist for later. It was almost time for me to crack and purchase it when I stumbled upon… the knock-off!

Yes, a company from China (where else) just created a knock-off of the Q1!

Now, all the stamping plates I own are Konad. I have happily paid the extra money to ensure I get the best quality and to support the original company. However, I don’t think you can hold it TOO against me that this time I purchased my very first knock-off plate. A faux-nad, if you will. $3.99 VS $25? If you say you wouldn’t make the same decision, I can smell your pants on fire.

I haven’t been able to play with it too much, but I did want to spread the news for anyone looking. I found mine on Ebay, I have not seen this one on Amazon (yet).

Plate #MLS301 Lightning Bolt Stamp using Spoiled “Distant Memory” over Sally Hansen “Coral Reef”

NOTD Lace Fishnet

Konad Lace Fishnet Nail Polish (3)

Today’s nail of the Day is a lace fishnet

Using OPI “Wooden Shoe Like to Know”, Hard Candy “Sky”, Konad Plate #M57 & #M77

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