Manicure Monday: Konad m95 Plate x3

I hope that the title of this post isn’t deceiving… I didn’t use the plate three times in a single manicure or anything like that. I was just trying to be cute and clever and thought that since this is my third time using the plate, I could pull off a vague, poor musical reference (Yeah x3 by Breezy). Plus I didn’t really know what to call this manicure, and this is all that came to mind.

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The Prodcuts

  • Base Coat/ Top Coat- L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ Wet N Wild Fast Dry
  • Wine Red/Purplish Polish- OPI No Spain No Gain
  • Silver Polish- Sally Hansen Silver Sweep
  • Glitter Polish- Essie Beyond Cozy
  • White Stamping Polish*- Claire’s Stamping Kit
  • Konad m95 plate, stamper, gift card (scraper), and a napkin or piece of paper

*Instead of using a stamping polish, I usually go with a standard white polish, but that won’t EVER happen again! I’m not sure if you can tell, but in comparison to my other manicures, the white this time around is much more vibrant and opaque! People aren’t lying when they say to invest in a quality white/black stamping polish.

As you can see in my manicure, I didn’t let the stamping polish dry enough or the thin fast dry top coat smeared the design. I found that when I used the base coat, which is thicker, first, there was less smearing. Evidently, I have some serious issues with this, so if you have any recommendations on the best top coats to use or any techniques, let me knowwwww!!

Again, sorry for getting this post out a week late (on the bright side, it was posted on time on insta ;))! School’s just been crazy and so freaking demanding D:< I hope everyone enjoys the next few days of the week and has a great weekend!

♡ Melissa

Manicure Monday: Pink October

It’s been a long time comin’, but I’m here now. And I’m ’bout to set your… computer on fire (I’m sorry, I just had to). It’s  been October for some time now, and in honor of that, I came up with a Breast Cancer Awareness manicure! This manicure is quick and easy, and is actually from last last last Monday, so I’m sorry it’s just coming out now.

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My school’s H.O.S.A bracelet! “Big or Small Save Them All”

The Products

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  • Base Coat/Top Coat- L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ Wet N Wild Fast Dry
  • White Polish- Circus by Andrea’s Choice Reverso
  • Light Pink Polish- Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl
  • Dark Pink Polish- Love & Beauty
  • Dotting Tool
  • Nail Polish “Palette”

The Procedure

  1. Apply a base coat and paint all nails, except the accent, dark pink.
  2. Paint the accent nail white.
  3. Wait for the white to dry completely.
  4. Take your palette, a plate or a lid, and add a few dabs of the light pink polish.
  5. Turn your hand towards you, where the cuticle is facing away from you.
  6. Using the dotting tool, dab it into the light pink polish and make an “X” shape on your nail. Once that is done, connect the top of the “X” to create the pink ribbon.
    • If your curve connecting the line looks too thick and closes the “gap” in the ribbon, wait for it to dry some and then apply a small dot of white polish.
  7. Wait for the design to dry completely and then add a top coat.

I’m sorry I don’t have pictures to accompany this tutorial- it’s impossible to do it with a single person, but hopefully my instructions are clear enough if you decide to try it out. If the there are any questions, feel free to comment and I’ll try to help you out!

♡ Melissa

Manicure Monday: Mixed Pattern Fall Nails

I meant to have this up Monday, but I was really exasperated with this manicure. And then I ever had time to get around to posting it until now.

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The Products

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  • L.A. Colors Calcium Nail Treatment- Base/top coat
  • N.Y.C In a New York Color Minute in 248B Manhattan- Base Color
  • N.Y.C French Tip White- Stamping Polish
  • Konad Stamper and Scraper
  • Konad m95 Plate
  • Tools for clean up

The Procedure

Part of the reason I was annoyed with this nail look is that I couldn’t pick up the design at all. No matter how hard I pressed, it didn’t transfer onto the stamper. No matter what polish I used (I tried 3 different ones), I had no results. After realizing that I wasn’t working fast enough, my frustration cleared and I was able to do my nails in minutes.

  1. Paint nails with a base coat
  2. Paint nails two coats of a base color. If you’re using a fast dry polish like me, and it gets thick, try closing the bottle and shaking it after every couple of nails.
  3. Let that dry completely.
  4. Take a white polish and paint it on the design.
  5. Using the scraper, quickly remove the excess polish.
  6. Immediately after that, roll the stamper over the design and pick it up.
  7. Transfer the design onto your nail. Since you already have the design on the stamper, which is the most crucial step, you can take your time in stamping on the design.
  8. Repeat on all nails.
  9. Wait 5-10 minutes and apply a generous amount of top coat.
  10.  Using a polish remover and synthetic brush or q-tip clean up around your nails.

As you can see from the picture above, this isn’t my best work. The design is in no way even, but by this point, I was kind of fed up and just wanted to finish them.

Overall, I thought this design was perfect for fall because I used a dark, wine color. It also, has flowers, lace, and polka dots, which I feel like are always in,

I hope everyone has a great day!

♡ Melissa

Manicure Monday: Konad m95 Plate

I hoped to have a Manicure Monday up last week, but I didn’t have the time, so I’ll hop right into this one!

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Right hand. The better of the two.

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Left hand.

The Products

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L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ Ulta In Hi-brr Nation/ NYC French Tip White/ Polish Remover/ Synthetic Brush/ Konad Stamper, Scraper, m95 Plate

The Procedure

  • Paint all your nails with a base coat.
  • Paint all your nails with two coats of your base color.
  • Using a white polish, apply it to the geometric design on the plate.
  • Using the scraper, scrape off excess polish.
  • Quickly use the stamper and roll/press it onto the design.
  • Quickly line up the stamper with your nail and roll it onto the nail.
  • Repeat on all your fingers.
  • Use polish remover and a synthetic brush to clean up.
  • Wait for the design to dry for a bit and apply a top coat. Letting the design dry will prevent smearing.

That’s it for this quick Mani Monday! I hope you enjoyed and that everyone has a lovely week!

PS. if you want to see the rest of the designs on this plate, be sure to check them out here.

♡ Melissa

Manicure Monday: Ombre Nails Take 2

I meant to have this up yesterday, but was busy with volunteering at school followed by a birthday party at Del Frisco’s.

I’ve done ombre nails before, but decided to give it another shot, with a new technique. This time around, I think my nails came out much better! Overall, I’m very happy with the results.

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The Products:

L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ NYC French Tip White/ Julep Eden/ Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint/ Orchid Twist of Lime/ Makeup Sponge

L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ NYC French Tip White/ Julep Eden/ Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint/ Orchid Twist of Lime/ Makeup Sponge

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Polish Remover/ Synthetic Brush/ Q-tip (optional)

The Procedure:

  • Paint all your nails with a base coat to protect your nails. Then, paint on a white base; this will make the colors pop and more opaque.

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  • Wait for the base color to completely dry. Then, unscrew the lid on the three colors for easy access. Take your makeup sponge and apply the first color and the last color on the sponge on half of the length of the sponge. Then, paint the second color in between the other two colors. This will create a better gradient because the the colors will blend together.
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I use the left side of the sponge for my left hand and the right side for my right hand.

  • Line up the sponge with your finger. Then using a rolling motion, keep your finger still and move the sponge. Depending on how much polish you use, you may have to do this 1-2 times.

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  • Once you finish a nail, apply top coat. This will smooth out the design and make the colors blend flawlessly!
  • Repeat steps 2-4 on each nail.
  • Once all your nails are done, clean up your skin with polish remover and a brush/Q-tip.

That’s it for this Manicure Monday! I actually planned on stamping on a design from my Konad m95 plate, but as I was testing it for a review, it came out horrible, so I decided to go without it.

I hope that this tutorial was somewhat helpful and if you have any questions, you can comment below or email me! If you try out this manicure, please tag me at @lilkwazylau on instagram!

I hope that everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

~Melissa