Manicure: Violet filigree

Manicure: Violet filigree

I think it’s time for another manicure post. I feel like I haven’t done one for a while, despite changing my nails at least twice a week. I just get so restless with my nails that change is inevitable. I was sporting some white ones earlier in the week that I captured on Instagram, but it felt odd against my tanned skin so I promptly changed to a light lilac.

I stamped with a Bundle Monster series 3 plate. I used the filigree design.

BM 314

I used Essie She’s Picture Perfect for a base, and stamped with a dark purple Konad polish that my brother kindly brought back for me from Taiwan. Not sure what the name is as it was a tiny bottle.

Essie She's Picture Perfect

It’s such a pretty and delicate filigree pattern. I think it might work better with a statement metallic colour. That’s an idea for next time… Overall I’m happy with how this one turned out.

Essie konad manicure

Of course you can’t really go wrong with purple on purple. Slowly getting through the different patterns of my BM set. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get through all of them

Essie konad manicure

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Manicure: Pink and silver stamp

Manicure: Pink and silver stamp

Happy Melbourne Cup day! The only day where it is socially acceptable for ladies to wear pieces of birds atop their heads without ridicule. As you can tell I’m not super into horse racing. I can’t say I’ve ever completely understood it. I guess you have to be a little into gambling to understand (I don’t even buy lottery tickets).

For this mani, I did a Nutrimetics girly rose pink base on my nails, and stamped with Konad Bronze. As I’ve discovered before, the bronze appears more cooler toned, and on the silver side rather than the warm gold tones. I’m still really obsessed with my Bundle Monster nail plates. I have so many untried patterns.

Pink and silver nail art stamp

This particular pattern had little tiny circles in a grid-like fashion. I think it looks very different up close, and a little further away. There is more order to the pattern when looking from afar.

Pink and silver nail art stamp

I like how the silver responds to different light. I needs to find more combinations to go with this Konad light bronze. Loving it!

Pink and silver nail art stamp

I hope everyone else had a lovely Melbourne Cup Day, and that if you placed any bets, you won up big!

Manicure: Konad Light Bronze review

Manicure: Konad Light Bronze review

I bought a few Konad polishes – not a necessity for nail stamping, but something that I find easier when I do my nails in a rush. Plus there are so many lovely pearlescent and metallic ones that are too hard to resist. I used Konad Light Bronze in this instance, which looks more like a gun-metal grey.

Light bronze konad nail stamp

I love this effect overall. I’m not sure if nude was the best choice for the base as in some light, it made my nails look a bit dirty. The polish itself picked up every little detail from the design. I found that the little sparkly particles would get stuck in my nail plates – requiring a good scouring with a cotton pad and a decent amount of nail polish remover.

Light bronze konad nail stamp

It was a bit of an issue getting the silver bits off of my fingertips, but they came off over time. I’ll definitely be using this polish more often, perhaps on a darker base.

Manicure: Halloween pumpkins and spiders

Manicure: Halloween pumpkins and spiders

Now I’m not one to celebrate Halloween (especially since no one really does down under), but when I came to doing my manicure the other day, I decided to do try a few spiders and cob webs on for size. I didn’t really care for anything too exuberant, so I went for subtle colours (read: nude, black and white).

I just used three different designs and repeated them on my nude polished nails. I admit from afar the spider looks like I have a dark mark on my nails, but up close its really cute and detailed. I admit I did have a bit of issue using the series 1 plates (I don’t think they’re etched as deep as the latter BM series, but I made do.

A bit of layering and a few minutes later, I ended up with this.

Halloween stamped nails

What do you have on your nails this Halloween?

Manicure: Orange and gold flowers

Manicure: Orange and gold flowers

Just another quick manicure post. For this one I used OPI Chopsticking to my Story, and BYS Midas Touch. This was a first using this combination. I like the subtlety, but there were times where I wanted the gold to stand out a touch more. I guess it is a little something away from my usual black and white stamping. I love how vibrant this orange is.

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Manicure: Purple houndstooth

Manicure: Purple houndstooth

I’ve toyed around with the houndstooth pattern from the Bundle Monster set on previous occasions and I’ve loved the clean, bold, crisp pattern it leaves on my nails. I decided to take it a step further and played around with the colour schemes. It isn’t a secret that I’m in love with purple. I chose two shades from China Glaze, and I’m pretty happy with the combination.

Lilac houndstooth nail stamping

I left my ring finger bare for a bit of contrast and starkness. I tend to wear lighter polishes for longer since the tip wear bothers me a lot less.

Lilac houndstooth nail stamping

The base lilac shade is CG’s Light as Air, and the stamp colour is CG’s Spontaneous.

Lilac houndstooth nail stamping

Needless to say I’ll probably be repeating this combination again in the future.

Manicure: Coral flowers

Manicure: Coral flowers

I more often than not repeat manicure colour combinations when I favour them. Coral and gold is no exception. I’ve definitely used it more than once. This particular combination is Bys Midas Touch with OPI Grand Canyon Sunset over the top. The gold is more of a rich yellow gold, although it varies in the sun quite a bit. Below is what I ended up with. All the specific details about this mani are under the cut!

OPI Grand Canyon Sunset and Bys Midas Touch

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