Konad Nail Art Stamping: first attempt

konad nail art stamping

Years back, my mom bought me a nail art stamping kit. I was in high school at the time and didn’t quite get the hang of it and eventually gave it up. Boy, I wish I held onto that kit now. Who would think years later I would find it fun again? Since I’ve picked up nail art again the past year I’ve been visiting the Konad site looking at different sets to try out. They all seemed a little expensive for what I was getting so I held off. It wasn’t until I got a Christmas gift check from my grandpa that I went onto amazon and found a monster bundle pack that gave me a ton of plates to try out, along with a plate holder, stamper and scraper. I suggest you check amazon if you want to try one of these out. This is the set that I bought:

Bundle Monster Nail Art Polish Stamping Manicure Image Plate Kit 25pc

Konad Stamping Nail Art Image Plate Holder

Konad Nail Art Double Ended Stamper And Scraper

There was a set with 17 plates instead of 21, but for only a few dollars more, I could get a few more designs so why not. I opted to give it a go without the special Konad polish. I think it’s supposed to be thinner than regular polish for easy stamping but the colors are so basic, and other bloggers have mastered stamping with regular polishes, I figured so could I.

Here are the plates that were included:

image plates for nail art stamping

image plates for nail art stamping

image plates for nail art stamping

image plates for nail art stamping

I’ve been on a glitter polish kick lately and wanted to try a manicure that would be easy and not need additions coats or drying time. For my base color I used Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in “Commander in Chic”. I used Sally Hansen’s Xtreme wear in “Black Out”. Both colors only take one coat for full opacity.

Sally Hansen Commander in Chic

sally hansen commander in chic

Sally Hansen Black Out

One thing to note is the brush head of the complete salon polish. It has a slightly chiseled tip for precise application. I really hate when I get polish on my cuticles and fingers, I like that this brush helped me get into the curve of the nail bed without getting all over the place.

The process: nail art stamping doesn’t take much, but you will need to make sure the polishes you choose stamp well. I tried this yesterday with a metallic green and gold. Neither showed because they were too thin. Another unsuccessfully attempt happened when I was trying to be too careful and the polish would dry on the stamp before the transfer.

nail art stamping results

You have to be fairly quick, you can be clean later once you get a good routine down. Make sure you have a cotton pad soaked in nail polish removed ready to clean the scraper,

plate, and stamper between each finger. Finish the design with a shiny fast drying top coat like Seche Vite.

I can’t wait to try the rest of the designs. There are a lot of different ones in this bundle that look cute. Have you tried nail art stamping? Do you have any tips to share? Is there a favorite plate that you like to use?

[How to] Do Holiday Sprinkle Glitter Nails

A friend of mine found a fabulous manicure photo on pinterest and asked for a tutorial.

holiday glitter nails

Purdy, dontcha think?

Materials needed:

Base Coat Nail Polish & Nude Base Polish & Clear Top Coat

Loose glitter (optional) & Glitter polish (finely milled, chunk, or a combination of both)

Make-up sponge wedges & Scissors

Materials used. *no loose glitter in this tutorial, sorry

1. Always start with a base coat polish. Base coats help to smooth out ridges, protect your natural nail from staining, and can extend the life of your polish of choice. I am using one from Orly that has added proteins for strength. I would use a ridge filler but my nails are in pretty good condition right now.

2. Follow with 1-2 coats of your nude polish. A single-coat opaque nude color would work best to keep the polish thin. Allow to dry.

Sephora OPI Dear Diary Swatch

Sephora OPI Dear Diary used

3. Get your glitter polish bottles and roll them between your hands to mix well. Even if you think their mixed–do it. I was surprised how much glitter I was missing out on from not properly rolling and shaking the bottles to get the glitters to fully remix instead of settling on one side the bottle. Once you’ve mixed get your makeup sponge and turn it on its side:
how to do glitter nails Paint the corner with the glitter polish and then dab the makeup sponge corner onto just the edge of the nail. You can slowly build up the glitter on top of each other because you are doing it in thin steps. You can alternate glitters so it has a different look also. The key is to treat the glitter portion like you are doing a gradient. More glitter towards the tips, and

less towards the cuticle.

glitter nails

I used two types of glitter and layered them on top of another

glitter nail tips

Loose glitter version*:

Pour your loose glitter of choice into a very small dipping cup. Paint your nail on just the tips (can be uneven/jagged/’like-a-richter-scale-messy”) so the glitter catches in and gradient way. You can add more clear polish to the tip area so it catches more. Quickly dip your nail into the glitter or dump over the nail to completely cover the wet polish. Blow excess glitter away and allow to dry for several minutes.

4. Top your glitter design with a nice shiny top coat, like seche vite. It gives it a nice glossy look and will seal in your design.

glitter nails glitter nail tips nude glitter

Have another way of completing this look? Let us know! 🙂

Starry Night Manicure

Starry Night Manicure Starry Night Nails

My fellow blogger Kit found this awesome galaxy nail photo that I was dying to duplicate myself. I didn’t quite understand the directions until way later and hope the next time around will look just like it.

How awesome is that, guys? I mean, really. I didn’t quite understand how you could spatter such small specks but I now realize this is done with a brush being bent over ( kinda like how you would feel one in the store to feel the bristles). The bigger “stars” are done

with a stippling brush and a steady hand.

starry night manicure starry night nails

So instead of galaxy nails I ended up with starry night nails that I think turned out just as well. Mine have more sparkle to them since I used some glitters and holo’s.sally hansen nail hardener sinful colors midnight blue sally hansen black out essie mezmerised

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Hardener, Sinful Colors Midnight Blue, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out, Essie Mezmerised
Sally hansen Celeb City OPI Teenage Dream INM Northern Lights Silver Holo Orly Seche Vite Top CoaTSally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City, OPI Teenage Dream, INM Northern Lights Silver Holo, Orly French tip White, Seche Vite Top Coat

Before starting this design, it’s best to have your cuticles and fingers moisturized so they don’t pick up excess (dark) polish. The more moisturized they are, the better the final outcome. To begin, I first used nail hardener, and did my base color as Midnight Blue. I then took a bit of makeup sponge (a piece clipped off from a wedge) and tweezers and used Black Out to create a darker gradation in different areas on the nail. Yes, you will get it all over your finger as well, just leave it for now. I then used Mezmerised to create a lighter blue gradation on the other side of the nail so it went from bright to dark.

Because this was intended to look like a galaxy, you need to create star-dust. I did this by using Teenage Dream and Northern lights in different areas of the nail. I then added Celeb City near the edge of my nails. I used a nail art brush to draw bigger “stars” with the Orly French Tip White.

Clean up the nail with a q-tip and nail polish remover or nail art brush. Finish with a shiny top coat.

starry night manicure starry night nails

starry night manicure starry night nails

starry night manicure starry night nails