Well, here I am, all bright, shiny and new! I am based in the UK and am your average, 'normal' woman. I don't have oodles of cash to spend on stuff, but when I do I want nice things, like every girl.
I have recently re-discovered make-up and nail polishes and love to read blogs with reviews on products and pictures of things I can try, so I thought I'd have a go myself !
I have always used Drugstore brands of make-up, from my teens to a few years back, but then stopped wearing it all together, unless I was going somewhere special. I got tired, lazy and it felt easy, know that feeling?
Well, my way back into the cosmetic arena was paved by watching a few tutorials on YouTube. A product got mentioned and I loved the packaging, yes, I am that shallow ;o).....anyway, I hunted it out and was shocked by the price, was make-up always this expensive?? !!! I was used to cheap stuff, but then, even the so called cheap brands seemed to have gotten mighty pricey......so I bit the bullet and bought it and then the cosmetic bug hit hard.
This first product that led me back into the world of make-up was Benefit's Dandelion powder! What a cute box, see, told you I was that shallow. But wow, all of Benefit's packaging was uber cute! So I soon found myself yearning after more and more of it.
A few months on and I now adore brands like Benefit and Urban Decay, haven't gotten on the Mac bandwagon yet, I have to restrict myself somehow !
Then about 8 weeks ago I bought a copy of Glamour magazine, only because it had a freebie on the front......it was a Nails Inc polish. I tried it, loved it then hunted down the other versions of the polish with the mag and bought all four of them. Hey, it was so much cheaper than buying the full priced ones, so why not? I was then hooked on nail polishes (seeing an addictive personality forming here?) ;o)
I browsed various blogs looking for reviews and swatches then I found Konad !
Now Konad is my passion at the moment. I'm not very good at it, I've only had it little over a month at this stage, but I am loving every minute of it!
For those that don't know, Konad is a nail art system. It uses metal plates with designs engraved into them, you need a special rubber stamp and polishes for it to work correctly, though some other thicker polishes can work as well. You just run the polish brush over the design you want in the metal plate, scrape away the excess, push the rubber stamp on the dsign then roll it on your nail! It is so simple and I think it looks great, and it is enourmous fun and incredibly addictive. If you haven't tried it yet, then hunt it down and give it a go.
Look what can be achieved with practice...
Here is the kit I started with, you can buy the other plates and polishes one at a time, or in sets, depending on how much you want to pay first time out. I recommend trying a cheaper set first, as some people don't find it so easy.
Anyway, I intend to post here with my Konad designs, just for fun, not because I'm an expert, because I am not, far from it! I just enjoy it. My nails are not great, I am a wife and mother, so my hands get lots of wear and tear. I had never looked after my hands, so they looked pretty bad and neglected. I am now trying to take more care, even wearing rubber gloves for washing up! Never bought a pair before Konad :o) Now I have turned into a saddo that cries when she breaks a nail!
I may also add my views on recent cosmetic hauls and products I love/hate etc.
Coming up over the next few days, catch-up! Chance to catch-up on recent purchases as they arrive in the post! Also I will be posting my existing Konad designs over the next couple of days. I have only been doing it since end November 2009 so there are only a few mani's to show you, but they will get posted in order, so you can see how it all progresses...
So, come and join in the fun!