Manicure: Orange crush

Manicure: Orange crush

I’m so glad the sun has decided to show up today. That solid week of rain was such a bummer. I’ll admit it was fun to wear the gumboots and stomp in all the puddles (as if I were five again, hah). But coupled with the non-stop rain and freezing cold, it just got exhausting. It just ain’t fun. I picked up a few new polishes from the Priceline sale a few weeks ago. I got some new ones at the Glam Polish sale too, but we won’t talk about that now.

I used Sally Hansen’s Crushed Xtreme Wear stamped with a Konad white polish. The rainy week left me deprived of a warm summer’s day so I thought a little bit of citrus would brighten things up a bit. I’m pretty impressed with Sally Hansen polishes. I wouldn’t have given them a go if it weren’t for the fact that they were down to 2 bucks at the Priceline sales.

Orange manicure

Orange manicure

So insanely obsessed with nail stamping these days. I just wish I had more time in the day week to keep up with how often I change my mind about the patterns. ANYWAY! So glad it is Friday tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great end to the week! Xx

Manicure: Silver ninja stars

Manicure: Silver ninja stars

With little to no time between work and other commitments, I did a quick nail stamp mani last week. I had a lilac base on my nails already – China Glaze Light as Air. I love this shade as it is just a whisper of purple.

I contemplated stamping with an eggplant purple colour, but felt it was too overpowering for my mood. I ended up using Konad Light Bronze – a shimmery silver colour. What looked like a geometric pattern on the metal plate turned into funky ninja stars on my nails.


Ninja stars

Ninja stars

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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.

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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

Manicure: Purple and bronze geometric patterns

Manicure: Purple and bronze geometric patterns

I have a whole lot of purple shades, but China Glaze Spontaneous is something I seem to use more often than not. I thought a bright hue would offset the predicted storms in Sydney, and inject some happiness into my day. I experimented with Konad Light Bronze again. I’m trying to see which combinations look best.

Purple and silver nail stamping

Purple and silver nail stamping

It looks a white-silver in bright light, and a dirty-silver in darker light. I love how tonal it is.

Purple and silver nail stamping

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?