October 2009 | Emerald Sparkled

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

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Yes, it's a nail =)
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NOTD: Craftstore Pink Glitter Franken

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I have a problem in my knees. Especially my right one. I have been complaining about joint pain, especially when the weather was humid (before rain), and when I saw a doctor he said that the bones in my knee rubbed against each other and that was where the pain came from. But it has always been managable. But the pain became more noticable this year and when I woke up an hour ago, I had severe pain in my right knee and I can't walk properly right now. I feel like an old woman. My father has a joint problem too, but it's different than mine. His joint fluid (synovial fluid) has reduced with age. I'm going to try out his joint salve right now... Of course I'm grateful that this is not a matter of life and death, but it causes unnecessary discomfort.
Anyway, here is a funny franken I made a while ago. I actually don't like this one. It's gloopy and chunky and far from perfect, but it looks nice on nails from a distance. In summer I had this crazy(!) idea to pour some glitter in clear polish, but the cosmetic glitter I found was too expensive. So me and my boyfriend went to the craftstore and got a jar of glitter. I poured some in a bottle of clear polish on the street, and accidentaly poured some on my guy's jeans too, which made him glitter like a bug for a day. (Yes, we're still together.) Then I put the bottle in my bag and went home. It was only 5 minutes, and the glitter had already tinted the clear polish heavily, and turned silver itself. The result was not bad in the bottle, but the pieces are not uniform and the glitter is too big, I'll probably never wear that again.

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Excuse my cuticles, they have healed after this. (I'm still wearing the Jade Franken, this is an older picture.) Next time I'm going to get some duochrome cosmetic glitter and try again.
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Friday, October 30, 2009

NOTD: Jade Franken

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This is yet another franken I wasn't actually going for. But it happened. LOL.
Actually I started with a bottle of very runny lime green polish, and tried to turn it to a turquoise by adding some very cheap sky blue jelly polish. Then I hated it in the bottle and put it away. Some time ago I found the bottle again, and realized it was this gorgeous dusty jade shade, close to Chanel Jade and OPI Damone Roberts 1968. It's very sheer because it consists of all jellies, and this is 5 (five) coats.

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And yes, those are my pyjamas.
And my nails get along really well with my jade earrings mom & dad got me recently from China:

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The lighting is not reflecting the true color, the blue hint is almost non-existent, it's a true jade. I wish I could give you a formula, but since I never intended to do this one... My frankens are trial-error most of the time. And finally, here is a comparison pic: (Photo: mariannaoust@flickr)


Index: OPI Hey! Get in Lime, middle & pinky: Chanel Jade, ring: OPI Damone Roberts 1968.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

From The Vault: China Glaze Gussied Up Green & Devotion

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I have a big headache right now... Ow.
Today I have one of my Konadicures for you, It's China Glaze Devotion and design from m64 stamped over China Glaze Gussied Up Green, from the Rodeo Diva Collection. I own 3 polishes from that collection, including Rodeo Fanatic and Midnight Ride, and both are fantastic, especially Rodeo Fanatic.

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This flower pattern is one of my favorite Konad patterns. This stamp came out very crisp and almost without any mistake, and it's rare. I'm very anal about manicure mistakes, and one of the things that I hate most is hair-like dust particles getting stuck in my manicure/topcoat. I don't know if you experience such a problem, but it's one of my biggest problems while polishing my nails.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NOTD: Strawberry Banana Pudding

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OK, stupid name, I know. Just didn't know what to call this. It's my pastel pink franken, stamped with images from m51 in special yellow and special red polishes. I quite like the result. Yellow on pastel pink is very subtle, and looks peach from a distance.


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Ow, my cuticles hurt. As. Hell.

PS: The franken was done with some coral pink polish poured in a bottle of white creme polish. It's very creamy and opaque.
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From The Vault: Tinsel Flowers

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This is one Konadicure I loved very much and supported for many days. It was actually my birthday mani in July. Base coat is China Glaze Tinsel, stamped with Konad special polish in black & design from plate m74. Thanks to Kathleen, owner of OC Nail Art, I could get my hands on this plate, which is not yet to be sold in Turkey. Kathleen is such a friendly person, she wants to help you in every way she can. With help of her, I could get any kind of Konad supply I can't get here, plus she makes amazing discounts and offers free shipping over 20$ purchase. Just use the code sparkled to get 30% discount from your order. If you want to try out Konad or if you want to supply yourself in any kind of Konad stuff, be sure to check out her store.

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It looks really lit from within IRL!
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Monday, October 26, 2009

NOTD: Robin's Egg Marble

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Hey guys =) After watching Nihrida's Water Marbling Tutorial a few days ago, I thought I'd give it a try. It didn't come out exactly as I expected, I thought I'd post it anyway. My nails are in a bad condition right now and my cuticles hurt as well. Next time I'm going to be more patient do a neat job. Here is what I've come up with:

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I used Claire's polishes in aqua blue (dupe of China Glaze Shower Together) and a dark blue jelly. The base is a jelly-like mint green franken I did some time ago. I can't wait to repeat this in better colors.

Selam herkese =) Nihrida'nın water marble videosunu izledikten sonra, ben de denemeye karar verdim. Çok da kolay olmadı yapmak ama ben yine de buraya koyuyorum. Tırnaklarım pek iyi durumda değil ve tırnak diplerim de çok acıyor. Bir daha sefere daha sabırlı olup daha temiz iş çıkaracağım.
Baz olarak nane yeşili, kendim yaptığım bir ojeyi kullandım, üzerine de turkuaz ve lacivert ile water marble yaptım. Daha farklı renkler kullanarak da deneyeceğim bunu.

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NOTD: Funky Robo-Zebra Konad

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Today, my thumb nail broke painfully. It was really nice and long, and I was keeping my tips very strong with Mavala Scientifique, but it had a tear on one side, and when it got stuck while opening a box, it ripped painfully. Now I have it very very short.

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I filed all my nails down, and I hope they finally grow out without tearing on the sides this time. They always say thumbnails grow the slowest, but it doesn't seem to be the case with me, luckily. And my fastest growing nails are my ring fingers.
Anyway, I was kinda unwilling to do a manicure, but I did it anyway, because bare nails are the weakest. The base is Rimmel Your Majesty, and I stamped it with Konad special polish in red, and zebra pattern of m57. The result: Funky Robo-Zebra!

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The stamping was complete in 20 seconds. Can you believe that? It's a personal record!

Here is a bottle picture:
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Friday, October 23, 2009

From The Vault: Mint Green Butterflies

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This one comes from the vault. I had been lemming for a mint green polish the whole summer, and finally I had decided to franken my own. I started with a green polish and added sky blue drop by drop. I poured the excess green polish in an unused bottle of white polish, and forgot about it. When I found the bottle a month later, a pleasant surprise was waiting for me. It was a gorgeous light mint green shade, similar to the promo pictures of Essie Mint Candy Apple. I used it as base coat and stamped it with my Peppermint Patti franken, and m36.


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In real life they are very minty.

The picture below doesn't do the colors justice. They look closer to the bottle pictures.


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I absolutely loved this Konadicure, and wore it for 5 days, until it started to crack. Light pastel shades always crack on me, especially when they have thick consistency. And cracked polish sucks, unless it's intended to be worn as crackle-polish! =)
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NOTD: Vampy Roses

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So, I decided to do the single rose pattern again, this time in a different color combination. I'm wearing a vampy brownish-red here, which is close to OPI Give Me Moor. Then I topped it with image from m65, using China Glaze Emotion.

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I filed down some of my nails. I hate the shape of my pinkies right now.

Tek gül desenini tekrar uyguladım, bu sefer farklı bir renk kombinasyonu kullandım. Koyu, vamp bir bordo üzerine China Glaze Emotion kullanarak m65'deki gül desenini yaptım.
Bu arada tırnaklarımı törpüledim. Serçe parmağımın tırnaklarının şeklini beğenmiyorum şu an.

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NOTD: Another Polished Princess, maybe?

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I'm very proud of this konadicure. It came out so crisp and smooth, and I've received many compliments. I've used a local brand polish, She Nail Sugar #521, (the polishes don't have names here, sadly.) which is comparable to Barielle Polished Princess.

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(Picture is property of All Lacquered Up)

See? I don't own Polished Princess, but looking at the swatches, I can say that 521 is a bit on the darker and greener side, not a dupe. And don't mind the brownish color in the middle of the bottle, it's the shadow of the "nail sugar" writing, and bad lighting =)
Here is the konadicure, stamped with Konad special polish in green and image from palette s06.

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Yaptığım bu konaddan çok memnunum. Çok net ve düzgün bir şekilde çıktı, bir de güzel sözler duydum bu manikür hakkında. Kullandığım oje She Nail Sugar #521, ben bunu Barielle Polished Princess'e benzetiyorum. Bende yok ama resimlere bakılırsa #521 biraz daha yeşil ve daha koyu.
Konad yaparken konad'ın kendi yeşil ojesini ve s06 diskini kullandım.


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

NOTD: White Fishnet and Black Flowers over Pink

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So after the Konad failure yesterday, I've decided to try out another konad design. Actually I was tired of removing all the layers of polish with acetone-free remover, because the one mom got is really bad, it doesn't do my cuticles and my hands well, I don't like it. I tried to avoid it till yesterday, but I ran out of my regular polish remover, so I had to use it. Anyway, I kinda half-heartedly put on some pink polish, then I decided I didn't like it very much and stamped it with the white fishnet design. Then I stamped the flower design from the same palette, m57, in black. Finally I did some freehand black tips. I don't really like this manicure very much, but it stays until I get my regular polish remover back in stock, and till I have better manicure ideas. Because sometimes I lose my mojo and no polish of mine seems to work that day for me.

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Just look at my cuticles. No matter how well I moisturize them after using acetone-free remover, they stay this way for at least a day. Eww.

Dünkü konad deneyiminden sonra, başka bir konad deseni yapmaya karar verdim. Aslında annemin aldığı asetonsuz oje çıkarıcı beni canımdan bezdirdi. Ellerime ve tırnak etlerime hiç iyi gelmedi. Aslında kullanmaktan düne kadar kaçınabilmiştim, ama asetonum bitince kullanmak zorunda kaldım.
Önce pembe oje sürdüm ama pek beğenmedim, üzerine beyaz file deseni, onun üzerine de siyah çiçekler ve siyah french bandı yaptım. Aslında güzel olduğunu söyleyemem ama doğru düzgün bir aseton alana kadar kalacak artık. Bazı günler ilhamımı kaybediyorum ve öyle zamanlarda hiçbir oje yakışmıyor sanki.
Tırnak diplerimin haline bakın. Asetonsuz çıkarıcı bu hale getiriyor işte.

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From The Vault: Red with roses

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This is one of my absolute favorite konad designs. I was wearing basic red polish, and I was designing one of my friend's nails, when she told me I should stamp my nails, too. So I took my konad special polish in white and m65, and stamped the single rose design on my ring finger. It was too far left, so I stamped my middle finger as well. I loved the result so much! I'm going to repeat this combo with other colors as soon as possible, it looks so crisp and lovely in real life! =)

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Bu güne kadar en çok sevdiğim konad desenlerinden. Düz kırmızı oje sürmüştüm, arkadaşımın tırnaklarını yaparken bana kendi tırnaklarımı da yapmamı söyledi. Ben de beyaz oje ile yüzük parmağımın tırnağına m65'teki tek gül desenini yaptım. Biraz yamuk olduğu için orta parmağımın tırnağına da aynı deseni yaptım. Desen çok hoşuma gitti, daha önce neden kullanmadıysam... En kısa zamanda başka renk kombinasyonlarıyla da yapacağım bu deseni.

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From The Vault: Lavender Roses

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Here is an old Konadicure of mine, using China Glaze Agent Lavender as base and Konad special polish in black. If I use a fast drying topcoat under the stamp, the stamping comes out so much clearer!

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I topped it with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri quick drying topcoat. I'm still trying out new topcoats, to see how they work. I've been using Mavadry lately, and I love it. It's very shiny, like Sally Hansen Mega Shine. I loved it too, but it shrinks too fast and I haven't experienced it with Mavadry yet. I'm almost halfway down the bottle, and will see how that lasts.
Then I decided to do some chevron french tips in black, with rhinestones.

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Bu zamanında yaptığım bir konad deseni. Baz olarak China Glaze Agent Lavender ve üstüne siyah konad ojesi ve m65 diskinı kullandım. Eğer konad yapmadan önce alta cila sürerseniz, desenin ne kadar net çıktığına inanamayacaksınız.
En üste Sally Hansen Insta-Dri cila sürmüştüm. Sürekli yeni cilalar deniyorum. Şu an Mavadry kullanıyorum ve çok beğendim. Çok ışıltılı, tıpkı Sally Hansen Mega Shine gibi. Mega Shine da çok iyiydi, fakat çok büzülme yapıyordu. Bu sorunu Mavadry ile yaşamadım. Daha yarısınayım, bakalım ne kadar dayanacak.
Son olarak siyah ile Chevron French yaptım, ve taşlar ekledim.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NOTD: Viola Glitter

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Here is my recent NOTD, using Collistar Viola Glitter as base, and China Glaze Emotion for stamping. I used palette m66, and decorated the butterflies with pink and purple rhinestones.

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Please excuse the minor tipwear. I hope you like it!

Son yaptığım manikür. Collistar Viola Glitter oje üzerine China Glaze Emotion ve m66 diski ile kelebek desenleri yaptım. Sonra kelebekleri pembe ve mor taşlarla süsledim.
Uçlardan biraz aşınma oldu, kusura bakmayın. Umarım hoşunuza gider =)

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Welcome To My Blog!

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Hello! Finally I decided to start this blog about my love for nail polish, nail art, and occasionally make-up.
A little info about me: I'm a 25 year old girl who lives in Istanbul, Turkey. Polishing and designing my nails are some of my absolutely favorite leisure activities. I'm a Senior at the university and my major is Computer Engineering. I love books and spending time on internet, watching House MD or Family Guy, following make-up blogs, etc. I enjoy good movies, nice food, spending time with my guy, playing games on my wii, ds and ps3 (yes, I'm a geek :), going out with friends, photography and art.
For the start, here is a konad manicure I've done lately:

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It's China Glaze Harmony over a dark navy polish by Claire's (no number), and Konad image plate m65.
Make yourselves at home and enjoy my blog =)

Merhaba! Sonunda ojeler ve ara sıra da makyaj ile ilgili yazılarımı paylaşmak amacıyla blog açmış bulunuyorum.
Kendim hakkında biraz bilgi vermek gerekirse: İstanbul'da yaşayan 25 yaşında bir kızım. Tırnaklarımı boyamak ve üstlerine desenler yapmak en sevdiğim boş zaman aktivitelerinden biri. Üniversite son sınıf öğrencisiyim ve Bilgisayar Mühendisliği bölümünde okuyorum. Kitapları, interneti, House M.D. ve Family Guy izlemeyi, oje ve makyaj blogları okumayı seviyorum. Sinemaya gitmeyi, yemek yemeyi, sevgilimle vakit geçirmeyi, Wii, Nintendo DS ve PS3 oynamayı, arkadaşlarımla çıkmayı, fotoğraf çekmeyi ve sanatı da öyle.
Başlangıç olarak Claire's lacivert oje üzerine China Glaze Harmony ve konad disk m65 ile yaptığım deseni görebilirsiniz.
Umarım blogum hoşunuza gider =)

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