Thursday, September 24, 2009

A peacock and cherry blossoms

Hello ladies,

Today I am wearing Essie Angora Cardi from the Fall Color collection. I stamped cherry blossoms from plate S9 using Konad special polish in white. I couldn't resist adding purple rhinestones to the center of each flower.

Accompanying me to the canal for picture taking was a jeweled peacock perfume bottle with a faceted crystal stopper. At the store each week, I gaze at the cloisonne peacock in the glass, counter display. I adore the fanciful plumes!  

The photo above was taken in lower light. The others show the full sun of midday. 

I received compliments on Angora Cardi throughout the day. The color exists somewhere between mauve and purple. It has a muted, dusty look that is perfected with a high gloss topcoat. Angora Cardi was easily opaque in two coats. The formula applied smoothly over the surface of the nail. 

I love Angora Cardi as a base for nail art. The creme formula smartly offsets the stamping. I did have an unusual experience with the Konad topcoat. I applied a protective layer to keep the design from smudging before adding CND Air Dry to seal the manicure. It was odd because the Konad topcoat went through a matte stage at the tips before drying with shine. I have never seen this occur before with any other polish outside Essie Fall Color. I noticed it with Mink Muffs yesterday as well. It didn't affect the finished manicure at all, but I wanted to mention it for anyone who plans to use these polishes with the Konad.  

I hope you enjoyed the manicure and the whimsical prop.

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. gorgeous, look lovely on your nails<3

  2. That mani is really cute and the bottle is so pretty!

  3. 0o0o i love this colour on you,i love the konad very nice

  4. First I have to comment on the perfume bottle. It's an extradionary design. Just beautiful. I can just picture it on a beautiful antique ladies dresser. Your nails are beautiful and really compliment your prop. I really love this shade of polish. I believe I already have a few colors like this. The Konad design is very pretty as is the purple rhinestone. Have a lovely weekend. ((hugs))

  5. Oooh, gorgeous color - definitely want this one. And the konad with the jewel are so cute on this!
    That perfume bottle is absolutely stunning. I can't stop staring at it - perfect prop!

  6. KONADomania: Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it. :)

    gildedangel: Thanks sweetie! I wish I could take the peacock bottle home with me.

    Skye: Thanks, love. I am trying to do manicures for all you ladies looking at the start of spring weather. :)

    Lucy: Thank you! You are such a dear one. I would love to have a dressing table such as the one you describe. I have many trinkets about my apartment. I would certainly love to add this little peacock to my collection. I hope your weekend is going well. Lots of love and big hugs. :)

    Kirsten: Thank you! I am so pleased with how it turned out. :)

    Nicole: Angora Cardi is a great shade. It's a little duskier than some of the other similar purple tones out there. I'm glad you liked the shiny peacock too. :)


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