Friday, 5 February 2010

Adorned Nails: KOH Purple Darkness effeminated


Conversation with self
Me: Are you sure you want to post these pictures?!
Witoxicity: No. I know my readers would be disappointed but I've promised them that I would show and tell.
Me: Your stamping work is atrocious! The print is almost invisible and y......
Witoxicity: I prefer to call that 'subtle'. I just didn't realise beforehand how essential it was to use a nail polish with high viscosity.
Me: And your choice of colour is laughable. Pink image using an equally pink stamp? You're such a dimwit! No wonder you couldn't see what you were stamping.
Witoxicity: Well, I just thought the pink would go well with the purple!




I bought KOH Purple Darkness a couple of months back. I believe it was one of six mainly dark and broody colours KOH released for the Winter Collection. Lighter colours can bring some cheer of course, but dark and broody colours are so right up my alley.

KOH Purple Darkness is a purple so dark that it’s almost black in some lighting, yet sometimes I think it's aubergine and at other times, red wine. (R:with flash) After some attempts, I finally managed to capture its purpleness in daylight:


This baby wasn’t the easiest to paint. It was translucent with two coats and uneven and streaky. The breakthrough came with the third coat and voila! His Royal Highness, Prince Purple of the Kingdom of Darkness, except that he's gone sissy.

L: in warm lighting
R: in daylight

Those subtle little flowery curly-wurlies are of course evidence of my tinkering with the Essence Nail Art Stampy Set. Being new to this, I knew I was going to make some stamping mistakes and there were quite a few.....okay, many! Very special thanks go out to Evil Angel, Kirsten and Asami for their invaluable advice given in response to my previous post. I could always do with tips and tricks from the experts! However, since I had already done the stamping before that, I shall only be able to incorporate the advice given in my future stamping endeavours.

Anyway, for the nail art images, I used KOH Flamingo (a matte) and as a top coat, KOH Top Coat Bamboo.


It's not ooh-aah, but it's o-kay for a first attempt. I suppose. I'll be there in the corner cowering in shame if you need me.

32 comments:

Miss Tapia said...

I like it! I think the colors are gorgeous =)

London's-beauty said...

It's not bad, it's great. i love that little convo!! I like how you did it, it's neat. :) but i think you should've did a brighter colour for the flowers so it shows out more. like white or yellow. :P xx

Bea said...

wth? I think you did great on stamping your nails. and the color combination aren't so bad. I think they're pretty cool!

Michèle said...

Oooh I like it! Not bad for a first time AT ALL.

Is Koh Flamingo a matte? The bottle makes it look that way? Loving the dark purple as well :-)

Linda Phuong Tran said...

this looks fabulous! i love the colour and the pattern. beautiful! XXX

witoxicity said...

@Miss Tapia
Thank you! I like this colour combination. It was just a pity that the pink lost its intensity in the process. :)

@London's-beauty
Thanks! This pink is actually the lightest colour that I have in my collection at the moment. I just have too many dark ones! :D

@Bea
Thank you. You're very kind. The pink here turned out too translucent for the image, hence looking subtle. ;D Better luck next time!

@Michèle
Heh heh, thanks! Yes, KOH Flamingo is indeed a matte in a frosted glass bottle. They have one other matte which is a black. :)

@Linda
Thank you. I like the curly-wurlies too. I will be trying out the other designs on the image plate in the days to come. I hope to show more later. :D

Mz. More said...

I love it and I love that you chose such a light color. It makes the design very subtle, yet still pretty. This is great for a first attempt. Can't wait to see more :)

Naoko said...

I agree with Mz. More, I really like that subtle effect, I think it's very elegant also, you are starting to do a good work! Happy weekend!! :-)

gildedangel said...

That is beautiful, you did a great job stamping!

aestheticcoo said...

I think your nails look lovely. It's subtle, more sophisticated. Your making it look more tempting in my eyes!:)

Kirsten (The Dutch Nail Blog) said...

I think it looks pretty good! I like subtle konads!

By the way, I changed my blog's name and address. I can now be found here: http://thedutchnailblog@blogspot.com

Shilka said...

Whats wrong with subtle? :D I think it's awesome. I'm not into nail art, because working in professional environment, I cannot have my nails distract ppl I am talking with... But such subtle stuff is appropriate for anyone =D

Lavender said...

wow! great job! you are such a humble person. show us more next time.

bowsnhearts said...

I think it's really pretty! I can see the prints very well!

witoxicity said...

@Mz. More
Subtle by accident, ha ha! Thanks! Hey, it's true what they say: It's addictive! :D

@Naoko
Aww, thank you! You're so sweet. Have a good weekend too! :)

@gildedangel
Thanks for your kind words! I appreciate it very much. :)

@aestheticcoo
Thank you! Go on now, go place that order for KONAD plates. You know you want them. ;D

@Kirsten
Thank you! You're very kind. Btw, I've corrected the blog address. Apologies for that! :)

@Shilka
Thanks! Actually, in real life, the images are even less noticeable than in these pictures here. So, I can see that being worn to work without being distracting at all. :D

@Lavender
Thank you, my dear. The confidence will build up over time with more practice. Yes, I will certainly show more of these in future. :)

@bowsnhearts
Ha ha, thank you! In person, the prints are less obvious though. Purple Darkness is very dominant. :)

KONADomania said...

You did a great job! As I've heard this essence stampy is difficult to handle than the konad one, love the subtle effect of it, the colours look great!

Gail said...

I think it looks very sophisticated.... x

twinsouls888 said...

The conversation with self is really funny ahaha ^_^.

I love the colors, the subtle floral designs gives the impression of mystery. It's a lovely dark mysterious color hehe ^_^. I like it girl. You're like a pro already in nail stamping ;) It looks soo sophisticated.

And thanks so much for joining the Skin MD Giveaway and leavin' sweet comments, I appreciate it really.

Have a happy weekend. ^_^

xoxo
ems

Shifa said...

looks very mysterious! Stunning work

witoxicity said...

@KONADomania
Thank you so much for your kind words! When I get my KONAD plates later, I will be able to tell the difference in quality. For now, I'll just have to make do with this one. :D

@Gail
Aw, thanks! :)

@twinsouls888
I'm glad you liked this. Dark and mysterious, hmm, I like that description! :D Do have a pleasant weekend too!

@Shifa
Thank you! :)

Danielle said...

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!

Well, I don't know why you had that conversation with yourself. I think they are stunning. Love the colours and the stamping. Subtle and perfect!

xx

witoxicity said...

@Danielle
Heh heh, thank you! You're so very kind, Danielle! I appreciate that vote of confidence. I really enjoyed doing this, so I can't wait to show more of these! :D

Natalie Nguyen said...

Don't be too harsh on yourself! I think you did a fantastic job! I on the other hand would probably smudge the life out of those flowers if I were the one doing it!

Shop N' Chomp said...

I think you did a fine job! Psst...I talk to myself too. XP

Gabriela said...

Gorgeous design. I love it!

witoxicity said...

@Natalie
Aww, thank you, my dear! Frankly, you should have seen the smudged ones on my other hand! Ha ha!

@Shop N' Chomp
Thanks! Heh heh, so I'm not the only one who converses with herself, eh? Good to know. ;D

@Gabriela
Thank you! :)

Cynthia Zacharica. said...

Lol I love yr conversations with yourself :D
I happen to adore this design...it's so pretty n has some oomph factor. Hey have u read the book 'Dimwit: The funniest stupidest things ever said'?? It's hilarious...I think u'll like it.
♥XX♥

witoxicity said...

@Cynthia
I'm glad this stamp design is to your liking. :) I've never read the book 'Dimwit' but I have read excerpts from it before and they were darned funny! :D

Daniela said...

I like it too. It's very subtle :)

witoxicity said...

@Daniela
Thank you! I'm glad this is to your liking. :)

Beauty Vibes said...

The colour and the pattern look very nice together! Seems we have the same first stamping set ;) I think that the Catrice nail couture line works great for stamping as well :)

witoxicity said...

@Beauty Vibes
Thanks! Yes, we are both starting out with the same stamping kit! :D Thanks for the tip. I'll try stamping with the Catrice nail polishes. :)