Today I have my last Halloween look of these season: the haunted house manicure. I was inspired by the bewitching elements contained in Gothic novels: a candelabra, a portrait, a bat, a black cat, a skeleton key and the Moon. I used Konad special polish in black and designs from M05 and Coraline plates C01 and C04. From the Royal Gems Collection, Nubar 24K brings out the vintage gold.
I took the pictures while at the final showing of Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on Sunday. My apologies for not documenting the black cat and orange Moon on my thumb nail. For visualization purposes, it was similar to this design from a black cat beneath a silver crescent. I hope the inclusion of creepy pumpkin men will make a worthy substitute.
Tiny hand, tiny pumpkin.
The pumpkin man has glowing red eyes that looked sinister beneath the waxing Moon. Here in daylight his stature visibly overcomes the treetops and the nearby building. All the gourds comprising his midsection are carved with haunting expressions. Click to enlarge.
The mount of the headless horseman has an animated head that would rear up, startling people when they passed.
Nubar 24K is the last polish I have to review from the Royal Gems Collection. The majority of these polishes were amazing with worlds of glitter stirred into jewel tones and metallic shades. True gold colored glitter is present in the brassy gold that is 24K. Rainbow micro glitter particles refract sunlight beautifully. I was surprised how wearable 24K is despite the strong yellow undertone in the polish. My concern it would look garish against my skin was unwarranted. The color is as rich as the name.
I have been having some trouble with my Konad topcoat bubbling. My current bottle is unfortunately a topcoat/champagne hybrid. I will be replacing it soon.
Migi Nail Art company sent me their orange shimmer pen to test. To my delight, I found the pens work with Konad special polish. The orange polish set perfectly and didn't cause any smearing or disruption to the stamped design. They can be used to highlight or add color to Konad stamping. I enjoyed adding a spark of orange to the candle flames. Details can really create fluidity in a look. The orange in the fire relates to the cameo and the Moon. You will be seeing more Migi nail art pens partnered with Konad stamping.
Happy painting, ladies!