Thursday, August 20, 2009


For some reason, when I was initially inspired to try my hand at Konading, I decided to complicate my life by simultaneously attempting to sponge on my nail colour as well. Happily, my experiments didn't turn out half bad (if I may say so myself).

For those who might be wondering, Konad does have a sponging kit, but in my usual "frugal" way I cheaped out and grabbed some sponge-tipped paint brushes from my local dollar store. You know, the kind you use for painting the edges around trim.

Look 1
This was my very first Konadicure, inspired by a silky red and black dress I own. In a way, I don't feel that pictures do it justice. The gold looked like a lovely gold leaf foil over the back/red and the sponging reminded me of graffiti art montages that roll in the credits of certain movies.

The red in this particular look is Vino, a discontinued crème red from MAC that I acquired in a "by-the-way" fashion. I am typically not a fan of bright reds on my nails, but this shade is a perfect blood red and it contrasts with black very nicely. I would love to get my hands on another one of these or a dupe if one let me know if you know of any!

Base colour: MAC - Vino
Tip: Rimmel - 399 Black Satin
Stamp: Konad SP - Black Pearl; Konad SP - Gold
Plate - M24 (Korean symbol)
Plate - M66 (bamboo)
Topcoat: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails w/ Nylon in Nude (no. 95)

Lamplight, with flash

Look 2
Base colour: China Glaze - Seduce Me; China Glaze - Reggae to Riches
Stamp: Konad SP - Black Pearl; Konad SP - Silver
Plate - M70 (graffiti)
Topcoat: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails w/ Nylon in Nude (no. 95)

As might become obvious over the course of my posts, I love grunge and graffiti (from an artistic point of view) and this was was the inspiration for this dirty pink look...a bit of girly grunge! I am proud to say that these nails garnered positive attention at a bar (though the verdict is still out on whether I was being hit on by a girl :P ) and Sephora (where I had the opportunity to give a MUA a quick rundown on Konad).

I am starting to think that sponging may be a great lazy way to get a French manicure on the days I don't feel like precision.

Thanks for looking!

- mKat

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D:) said...

That first one is truly amazing.

Nicole said...

Wow. I have to say I love BOTH of these equally. Fantastic!

Adrienne said...

LOVE both of them. Theyre so creative

mKat said...

Thank you all. :)

Jen said...

Your Konading is freakin' AWESOME!

Lucy said...

Wow! Love both looks. The first is really my favorite. Great job for the first time. Your first manicure looks Oriental. Lovely!

mKat said...

Thanks guys! :)

konADDICT said...

A reader of mine sent me a link to your post....I chose this as my favorite konadi I have seen....thanks for the amazing inspiration!!! & I feel so LAME I am just now aquainted with your blog....Im not the best surfer & researcher. But i gotta follow you...amazing work!

mKat said...

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mKat said...

Thanks Kon... I am very flattered. :) I haven't had a lot of time to Konad lately but I'm hoping to have more to contribute soon.

Love your blog! I've actually visited for inspiration! :)

P.S. I am part of a blog family of amazing ladies. (They truly are wonderful. I don't think I'd blog by myself...LOL)

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