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VIDEO: Polish Tips! Getting the perfect white manicure

I recently found some old video footage that I shot back in June. While I don’t like the particular polish color I used in the video (I think it’s technically a white neon), the tips included in the video are valuable because white (and super light) nail polishes are particularly challenging. It can be difficult to get perfect results.

Here are some tips and tricks for getting the best manicure possible when using white polishes. :)

NOTE: The polish I used is the video is Mod in Manhattan from Color Club. It was included in a Birchbox sample box.

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Basic Manicure – Parts 1 & 2

Products Used / Mentioned

Zoya Remove+
Sephora by OPI polish remover
Cotton Rounds
HandsDown Ultra Nail & Cosmetic Pads – http://www.transdesign.com
Nail Brush – http://www.transdesign.com
Softsoap Cucumber & Melon soap
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
Orangewood Stick
Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme
The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil
The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream
Magic Nail, Nail Hardener
CND Sticky Base Coat

Products Used / Mentioned

China Glaze Liquid Leather polish
Zoya Maisie Fleck Effects polish
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

See photos of manicure

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How To: Nail Stamping

Hi all! I’ve had a lot of questions about Konad nail stamping, so I thought I’d make a video sharing what I’ve learned over the last couple months.

Konad nail stamping is what allows me to get super detailed images and patterns on my fingernails. It looks a bit intimidating at first, but it’s actually super easy. Like these examples…

To get started with Konad, you really only need 3 products: the stamper (I suggest the double-ended stamper), an image plate ($4-7 online), and the Konad Special Nail Polish (or a metallic/chrome nail polish–just experiment). Everything else I mention in the video is in addition to those three things, but can be swapped out with whatever you have on hand.

You can get all three products from websites that sell Konad. I ordered from wowsocool.com and they had great customer service. They even offer a kit–which is what I ended up doing–where you get three polishes, the stamper, a scraper, 5 image plates of your choice, and the plate holder. I don’t even use the plate holder or scraper, so I don’t know that I would recommend those products, but they did come in the kit. You can order the same products from ocnailart.com, although I don’t think they have them in a kit like that.

OR, you can go to Amazon and find the same products for less. :) Here’s a link to some over at Amazon. I’ve since ordered some of the image plates from Amazon sellers and it was a great experience. Less expensive for the polish and image plates. An all around good experience. :)

Also at Amazon, you can get the knock-off brand image plates. These “fake” Konad plates are sold under a few different names, but the ones I bought are from Bundle Monster. 21 image plates for $17.95! Hello?! Such a good deal. You can get them here. I’ve used them and the results are very similar to the Konad brand plates. The full pattern images tend to be a bit smaller (won’t fit on longer nails or large nail beds), the edges are sharp (watch your fingers!), and there is no paper backing on the pates, but other than that, they are awesome!

EDITED TO ADD: Bundle Monster now has a second set of plate which have paper on the back and larger designs for full nail stamping. Check them out HERE.

NOTE: In the video, the blue nail polish I used as a base color is Slushied from the Sephora by OPI Glee mini kit. :)

Anyhow, enjoy!

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