There is so much I need to cover today, so bear with me!
Ok, First, I just want to thank everyone for the comments that you take the time to leave! I LOVE reading them! And I really strive to reply to them, each of them. This past week has been ridiculously busy, to say the least, so sadly I have not been able to take the time to respond. I'm very sorry! But please know that I absolutely cherish them! Hopefully things will get better soon and I can get back to responding as well as commenting on all of your blogs!!!
Lori posted many questions for me yesterday, so I figured I would respond to them here on the chance maybe they may help someone else! so here goes:
L: I am trying to figure out how I can use my konad stuff foron my clients. Can you comment on your thoughts about that?
C: I think this is a great idea! Being able to offer Konad designs along with all your other talents is fantastic! I would recommend maybe taking a weekend and sitting down with all your Konad plates and TONS of fake nails and stamping away to create design ideas to show your clients! Also consider using multi-media nail art, like combining air brushing with Konad, or hand painted designs on top of a Konad full nail stamp! I also think a color chart is a good idea as well. you can even do this with a larger size fake nail. Paint the top half white and the bottom half black. Paint 1 nail this way for each of the polishes you can use to stamp with. then stamp a full plate image over the nail using that polish. Did that make sense? For instance...if you have 25 polishes that work for stamping, paint 25 nails (black at the top, white at the bottom), then stamp an image over the whole nail with 1 of those polishes. That way your clients can see what each stamping color will look like over a dark polish as well as over a light polish!
L: Is there an easier way to "fix" a mess up other than starting over and removing all polish? Do you stamp over top coat?
C: I am gonna answer these at the same time. The order I use is as follows:
The reason I do it this way is actually two reasons. First, I am WAY too impatient to wait for my nails to dry so I can Konad them. Applying top coat helps them dry WAY quicker. The second reason is this...If you have a nice thick layer of top coat, and then stamp an image that messes up or comes out wrong it can be fixed! Simply grab a cotton ball or pad (do NOT use felt or cotton swabs for this, they take too much off) wet with Acetone, then quickly and with very little pressure swipe over the nail. This should take just the Konad image off! I have done this up to 4 times on a nail before I started taking off the base polish! the key is to have a wet, but not soaked ball or pad, and to move quickly yet lightly!
Keep in mind though...doing this may cause the nail to appear cloudy, BUT the cloudiness will go away once you apply the top coat again at the end!
L: Why does konad special polish in black bleed so badly? Any solutions?
C: I think this can happen for multiple reasons. I am going to assume that by "bleeding" you mean that the image drags when you apply top coat. I hope I'm right, if not let me know! If that's what your talking about I maybe can help! First of all, all top coats react differently to Konad Special Polish. I used to use Poshe top coat and found that more often than not, it smeared my images. I have heard that China Glaze's Top coat does this as well. I have heard on the Nailphile that she only ever got good results from Konad's top coat. Nubar Diamont also drags for me. It's quite frustrating! I have found that the only thing that works MOST of the time for me is Seche Vite, BUT, brand new bottles of Seche seem to drag the image as well! GRRR this is so confusing!
So, use an older, thicker bottle of Seche Vite, Apply ALOT of polish over the stamp using a very light touch, try to NOT go over the same place twice (when in doubt, let it dry a bit and apply a second coat if it needs to be evened out!), and most importantly give the Konad polish plenty of time to dry before you apply the top coat, 5 minutes should be more than enough.
You can also try Wet and Wild "Black Creme" instead of Special Polish! I find it can dry a bit quick for me, but alot of people swear by it!
I really hope this helps girl!
1 more thing then off to todays mani!
I will be adding my email address in my profile, so if anyone has a question you can contact me that way if you prefer!
Ok! today's mani is a vault pic! I have LOTS of new fun stuff to show you guys, BUT, I haven't had time to do anything with my pics, soon, I promise!
I started this look with Pure Ice "French Kiss", a dark blue creme.
Then I went at it with M64 and White Special Polish.
This is a look I wanted to do in the Summer time that I never got around to. Sad, cause it is definitely bandanna-ish!
I just LOVE this!
It will definitely be brought back this summer!
Sad thing is, this stayed on my nails for exactly 5 minutes, just long enough to take pics, and get started on the next mani so I had vault pics for ya!
Next week will be FALL WEEK! All fall inspired mani's!
Well, that's it for today!
I hope you all have a wonderful day!