Friday, May 21, 2010

KotD – Islands of my Childhood

Let me start by saying that I don’t care for today’s konadicure too much. Though I do like how these colours work together and love the pattern I used, it just doesn’t work for me overall. Also, my cuticles just suck today, despite Lemony Flutter and oil.

This is what I used for this konadicure:

  • NailTek Foundation II
  • essie Turquoise & Caicos
  • Konad image plate m70
  • Konad Special Nail Polish white
  • Orly Lemonade
  • Konad Princess Polish Psyche Pink
  • Konad Princess Top Coat
  • Seche Vite

First, let’s take a look at Turquoise & Caicos. I used three coats of T&C between one each of NailTek Foundation II and Seche Vite.

Turquoise & Caicos is a sweet shade of slightly muted turquoise. I’d almost classify it as a minty green, as I expect turquoise to be more vivid and cool. The colour reminded me of Eyeko Vintage Polish, T&C is brighter, though. It’s also a relatively sheer creme polish, which I understand to be quite normal for essie. I only applied three coats, as I intended to stamp over it, but for full opacity I believe four or five coats should do it.
I was happy with the application, Turquoise & Caicos was smooth and mostly free of streaks. However, I did have a couple of bald spots. The brush is sound and soft, definitely a good one.

This is Turquoise & Caicos in two coats without top coat (with flash):

And these photos show Turquoise & Caicos in three coats with Seche Vite. The first one was taken with flash, the second one without and under a ‘natural spectrum’ bulb:


Then I prepared my Konad supplies and got to stamping. I used the paint splatter design from image plate m70 to layer white, pink and yellow polish over the turquoise base. After I had applied a coat of Konad‘s top coat I added Seche Vite for extra shine and durability.


Hmmm, didn’t I do this manicure before? I definitely wore similar konadicures in different colours. But hey, it’s not my aim to wear something different every day.

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