Category Archives: Help & Tips

Shellac Adventures

First of all, thank you for all your support! When I finish my previous post, I thought that you guys would desert me, but thank you to your wonderful comments and support, I feel much more comfortable blogging about random stuff.

This post, however, will be nail related (and somewhat ‘nad related too). For those of you who don’t know what Shellac is, it’s made by CND and they advertise it as “the mani that will last up to 14 days”. It applies just like nail polish and you use a UV lamp to “cure” it.

Photo Courtesy of CND

There are a few tutorials out there on how to do it, but I figured I would give you the most simple, 10 step, least amount of investment possible method.

What you need: as far as buying the stuff, all you need is a UV lamp (my 36watt eBay one works just fine), Shellac Base Coat, Shellac Top Coat, Shellac Color, and rubbing alcohol. Click on the image below if you want to see a bigger version!

As you can see, it’s not extremely difficult. After step 10, it really is rock solid and there’s no way you can dent it.

A couple things to keep in mind: make sure you wrap the tips but that seems pretty much impossible when my nails were short, but wrap if you can. Try to not let the stuff reach your nail bed and/or cuticles because after it cures, it’ll be more likely to peel after a couple showers when the stuff has washed off your skin, and lifting the polish from the nail.

To remove: I just soak a small square that I cut from felt with acetone and let it “sit” on my nail for about 3-4 minutes per nail and it just all flakes off.

As far as ‘nadding: I haven’t tried it yet because I’m skeptical. While I think that it’s thick enough to ‘nad with, the Shellac Top Coat is a bit on the thick ‘n draggy side. I’m worried that the design will smear.

In conclusion: Don’t be discouraged if it looks like crap or that it peels after you try Shellac the first time. It took me a couple tries until I got the “feel” of Shellac but once I got it down, it works good. I wouldn’t say that I could get it to last for 14 days, but I could definitely get a solid week in and have it look flawless.

Hope this helped someone! 🙂


Thicken Your Polish with Xathan Gum

Sooo one of my awesome readers filled me in on this YouTube video on how to thicken/raise the viscosity of your nail polish for ‘nadding! I haven’t had the time to try this but it does work! Check it out:

Feel free to share your thoughts if you have tried this!

Edit: make sure you guys read the comments posted on this. Some of you might find it helpful! There are a lot of good tips!

Regular Polish That Works with Konad and Fauxnad

Most of you who are regulars on my blog know that there’s a very helpful resource available here which is the list of polishes that work with Konad that are not the special Konad polish. I just wanted to remind you guys that this will be updated as I get additions. I usually try to update the list at least one a week. As of now, there are 144 polishes on that list and it’s growing.

I would have to say that the ones with the chrome finish are my favorite!

This one was from last year and it’s still one of my favorites!

For those of you who have made a contribution to the list, thank you! Keep ’em coming!

L’Oreal Star Magnet

Okay, so I’m cheating a bit here again! No matter what ‘nad designs I go out with, people (boys and girls) always comment on this when I wear it. They would get excited and ask me where I got it, then get bummed when they realize that they’re not available in the US (however, they do pop up on eBay every now and then).

I’m lucky enough to have friends in Europe to pick them up for me. This is the Silver color:

L’Oreal Star Magnets Silver

For those of you have have this, here is how I apply (I’m using my handy hand chart here):

  1. Apply base coat (I used NailTek II Foundation) on fingers 1-10.
  2. Apply one coat of Star Magnet on fingers 1-10.
  3. Apply second coat of Star Magnet to finger 1, then put finger one on magnet holder (but make sure polish doesn’t touch the magnet) and hold for 10-20 seconds.
  4. Repeat step 3 for remaining fingers.
  5. Apply one coat of Top Coat (I used Poshe).

Hope this helps! Thanks for looking!

Flesh Eatin’ Nails Tutorial By Celene

An awesome reader commented about how she loved Celene’s “Flesh Eatin’ Nails” manicure from the Konad Kontest Winners! Since Celene does not have a blog, I got her permission to host this tutorial here. So here is a photo tutorial on how to get the Flesh Eatin’ Nails that Celene rocked:

Flesh Eatin’ Nails Tutorial By Celene

Thanks again Celene for letting me post this here!

Also, don’t forget about the Konad Giveaway hosted by Konaddict! If you guys need a one-stop shop on the Konads that I have done in this blog, you can find it up above on the Photos tab!

DrFrankenPolish Ice Veil Konad

For those of you who haven’t checked out DrFrankenPolish’s blog, you should. Even if you don’t fraken, it’s so much fun just to see what she comes up with. Here’s one of her awesome colors in action!

DrFrankenPolish Ice Veil with Konad m69 with CND Times Square

Tip of the day: Foily finished polish look great with chromes! Try it out!

Duochrome Layering Konad (Sally Hansen Turquoise Opal over China Glaze OMG!)

The duochromeness continues! This is probably one of the coolest layering combos/duochromes I’ve ever worn. I added 2 coats of Sally Hansen Turqouise Opal on top of 2 coats of China Glaze OMG! The results were astounding!

Sally Hansen Turquoise Opal over China Glaze OMG!

Then I added a little Funky French on it:

Sally Hansen Turquoise Opal over China Glaze OMG! with Konad m44

Tip of the day: try layering a sheer duochrome over holographic finished polishes! The results will amaze you!

Thanks for looking