Skincare Review: Rohto ChuLip Lip Essence – Japanese Lip Balm (Waikiki, Hello Paradise and Paris, Perfect Memories)

Hello all! Today I’ll be reviewing Rohto’s brand-new lip balm line: ChuLip Lip Essence. Someone suggested I try this as an alternative to EOS lip balm, which contains ingredients that may aggravate lip acne. I was immediately sold by the cheerful colours and cute packaging of ChuLip. Even the name is adorable! ChuLip is a play on words in Japanese – it sounds like the Japanese pronunciation of “tulip,” but it’s also a portmanteau of “chu” (sound effect for “kiss” in Japanese) and “lip.” Very clever! My lips get dry and chapped really quickly, especially during winter. I’ve tried every balm out there: Nivea, Carmex, Burt’s Bees…the list goes on. The only things that worked, and I swear I’m being serious, are Vaseline and original flavoured Lip Smackers. So I’m always excited to try out a new lip balm, hoping that I’ll find my holy grail. ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ So, did they hold up? Read on.

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ChuLip advert with Mariko of AKB48!

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My AM/PM Korean Skincare Routine

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Hello everybody! Today I have a quick post for you about how I’ve adopted a new skincare routine. I have been experimenting with products since the beginning of this year, and I think I’ve finally figured out the combination that works best for me. I have sensitive combination skin with an oily T-zone and dry patches on my temples and jaw. I also have some redness and hyperpigmentation due to eczema and acne around my jawline, mouth, and eyes. Lastly, I’m extremely prone to hormonal breakouts and closed comedones. As you can see, I needed a skincare regime that is gentle, moisturizing, won’t trigger breakouts/eczema flare-ups, and will lighten the discoloured areas. So far this routine has worked out great, and my skin is super happy! So read on if you’re interested in learning a little bit about Korean skincare!

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I’m alive! And I’m changing my name.

I haven’t posted in well over a year. It’s been a very long, emotionally exhausting, and busy 12 months. But I’m happy to say that things are looking better for me and I’m ready to start posting again. To everyone who is subscribed to my blog, thanks so much for sticking around. I’ll be posting plenty of new things soon!

Also, I will be changing the name of my blog to La Rose Nocturnalia Nails. Just in case there’s any confusion!

Love, Chelsea

Nail of the Day: Gyaru-Inspired Vintage Rose Stiletto Nails

Hi all! I made a cute set of floral nails to match my Liz Lisa phone wallpaper, haha~

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Base Pink – KIT Playas de Arena
  • Light Pink – OPI Pinking of You
  • Dark Pink – KIT First Kiss
  • Light Green – Etude House #CGR701
  • Dark Green – Essie Sew Psyched
  • Top Coat – Seche Vite
  • Gold chain beads and gold studs

First, I used a dotting tool to put down some big splotches of Pinking of You. Then I used a smaller dotting tool to outline the rose petals using First Kiss. To paint the leaves, I used a Warhammer model painting brush to make a teardrop shape with CGR701. Lastly, I used a mini dotting tool to add shading to the leaves with Sew Psyched. And voila~ vintage rose nails! Then I stuck some gold studs and chain on for extra decoration.

This set is available on my Etsy store. Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

Swatches: Quo by Orly in Celestial Stars

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Hi all! Today I’ll be reviewing a polish from Quo by Orly  called Celestial Stars. Quo is Shoppers Drug Mart’s in-house beauty brand. Most Quo products are pretty good, and I figured if Orly it making their nail polishes, they must be good too! This is a sparkly ultramarine blue that shifts to royal purple in the light. I suspect that it’s just a reformulated version of one of my favourite discontinued polishes – Orly Cosmic FX in Lunar Eclipse. I know the purple-blue duochrome is completely played out by now, but I can’t help myself. It’s my favourite colour combination~ so, let’s get started!

Packaging: 4/5

The polish comes in rounded 14 mL bottles, along with 2 mixing balls. The brush is very nice – narrow, with no loose fibres. The rubberized lid is helpfully stamped with a white ‘Q’ so it’s easy for me to find in my nail polish box! The problem is that the rubberized coating on the lid attracts loads of dust and lint – might not be a good idea to keep this around your makeup as it’ll certainly get dirty. I’ve only had the polish for a short time and you can already see how dusty they are. My other gripe is that the label is black, so it’s hard to read unless you’re looking in direct sunlight.

Formula: 4/5

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The polish is big-3 free, but it’s got a very strong smell. It applied very smoothly without bubbling, and the consistency was perfect. It took 2 coats to achieve the bottle colour, which surprised me since the first coat was a bit sheer. In the photos I have 3 coats on. The polish dried very quickly, and it had a smooth, glossy finish. Not super shiny, but that was easily fixed with a coat of Seche Vite. I used a crappy top coat initially, but it really didn’t do anything for the colour or shine. You need a good quality top coat to really bring out the colour of this polish – otherwise it may look a little dull. The duochrome effect is a lot more subtle than in the bottle, but it’s still very pretty.

I was disappointed with the amount of tip wear, though. I painted my nails on Friday night, but it was too dim outside to swatch until Sunday morning. In the photo you can see that the tips are already completely worn. I’ve never had a polish wear so quickly on me, even though I do a lot of typing and work with my hands. I expected better wear from such an expensive polish.

Value: 3.5/5

I picked Celestial Stars up at Shoppers for $10 CAD – I’ve never seen the Quo by Orly line go on sale, so that didn’t factor into my evaluation at all. This is a really nice polish, and it’s a great dupe of some discontinued/expensive duochrome polishes. For comparison, OPI DS Magic costs $15 on sale, and the Orly Cosmic FX costs $10 now that it’s been discontinued. At the same time, if I’m paying $10 for a nail polish then I want to go more than 2 days without getting obvious tip wear.

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Obvious tip wear after only 2 days.

Overall Impression: 4/5

  • Pros: 3-free, applies well, dries quickly
  • Cons: Chips easily, expensive

Where To Buy:

Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada)

Dupes & Similar Shades:

Orly Cosmix FX – Lunar Eclipse (discontinued)

OPI Designer Series – Magic (discontinued)

Sally Hansen HD – Laser (discontinued)

Pure Ice – Deja Vu

Butter London – Scouse

Nail of the Day: Candy Coloured, 80s/90s Inspired Printed Nails

Hi all! If you read my previous post, you’ll know I’m currently trying to  heal and grow my natural nails. So I’ll be showing off lots of press-ons for the next few weeks while my poor fingers recover from years of abuse, haha~

Anyway, today I was doing some spring cleaning this weekend, and I found loads of old 80s/90s clothes that I haven’t seen in ages! Lots of bright prints, neons, pastels, and bold lines (and horrifying denim pantsuits, but I won’t get into that). So I decided to make some cute colourful nails inspired by that era, with a bit of a modern edge.

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • PinkOPI Pinking of You
  • Blue – Etude House #CBL601
  • Pastel Yellow – Etude House #CBE101
  • Purple – China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Turquoise – China Glaze For Audrey
  • Bright Yellow – Essence Mellow Yellow
  • White – Sally Hansen White On

I used a fine paintbrush to draw the prints, and outlined them using a calligraphy pen and black India ink. Of course I managed to spill the ink all over the table and it got underneath my fingernails. Now I look like a coal miner, hurray…

This set will be available on my etsy store shortly! And as always, thank you for reading!

❤ Chelsea

Day 1 of OPI Nail Envy Treatment!

Hello everyone! So, if you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted at all in…a whole month! Half of that is because I’m lazy/busy haha~ when I get home from work, I usually have a bunch of orders to fill…add in the everyday tasks and I’m too tired/grumpy to blog. But there’s another reason~ it’s also because I’m trying to give my poor nails a break. Since I’ve worn nail polish every single day for 6 years or so, my nails have gotten in bad shape. Even though I use cuticle oil and lotion every day, my nails and cuticles became bone dry and flaky. I tried to cover up the damage with silk wraps, and tried a billion crappy drugstore products, but they didn’t really get any better. I decided to bite the bullet and go polish-free for a few weeks so that my nails could recover.

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This is a photo of my nails after I removed the polish. Even though they don’t look too bad in the picture, they’re in pretty terrible shape. Horizontal cracks, flaking/peeling tips, and stained orange/yellow! While filing away the worst of the damage, my left index fingernail snapped right in half and pulled a big flake with it. In the past week or two, every single nail on my right hand snapped off, so I didn’t even bother taking a photo of it. ´⌒`

Time to bring out the big guns! I bought a bottle of OPI Nail Envy for $15 CAD (ouch), which is considered one of the best nail hardeners. It’s got formaldehyde in it and the smell is awful, but it dissipates quickly. In layman’s terms, formaldehyde helps to “cross-link” the protein in your nails, strengthening them. Paradoxically, if you use too much formaldehyde nail hardener (and keep increasing the number/strength of protein cross- links) your nails will lose too much flexibility and will crack under pressure, rather than bending. See, studying biochemistry was useful! (´ ▽ ` )ノ

As per the bottle directions, I’m going to start with 2 coats, adding another coat every other day. I will report back in a week with my results!

❤ Chelsea