Acrylic Nails: Wonder Woman Inspired Nail Art

Hey everybody! I just wanted to share some nice photos of the acrylic nail set I made a couple of days ago.

I used to be a huge comic book nerd. I still read the occasional comic book, manga, or graphic novel, but I don’t have as much time for it as I used to. Growing up, Wonder Woman was always my favourite superhero since she could hold her own, brawl with the best of them, and still look fabulous.

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Wonder Woman is DA BOMB. Even if she never had her nails did.

To make the starred nails, I painted 2 coats of OPI Blue My Mind. Then I used white polish and a fine brush to paint in each star by hand. As you can see, there are some faded spots on the stars because I didn’t wait long enough for them to dry before putting on top coat >_<! Not making that mistake again!

For the studded blue nails, I painted 2 coats of TONYMOLY Wonder Blue Woman over 2 coats of OPI Blue My Mind. TONYMOLY Wonder Blue Woman is a translucent blue jelly filled with teal, silver, and blue glitter. I then glued 3 gold pyramid studs near the base of the nails. You can see the bottle in the background of the picture!

The gradient nails were made with 3 coats of CG Ruby Slippers overlaid with 2 coats of Etude House Golden Bell.  Sooo shiny…I might use these two again for Chinese New Year nails!

Lastly, the striped nails. First, I painted each half of the nail with 3 coats of OPI Blue My Mind and CG Ruby Slippers. Then I used SH Golden-i to paint a gold stripe along the border. I’m going to be using OPI Goldeneye if I do this set again because the SH Golden-i is sooo transparent. I had to paint a bunch of thick layers of it before it was opaque over the blue. OPI Goldeneye is prettier anyway. To finish off, I added 2 stripes of gold striping tape.

All in all, ignoring drying time, these nails probably took me an hour to make, especially cause the stars and SH Golden-i were not cooperating lol.

If you want your own set, they’re available on my Etsy store.

❤ CC

Swatches: A (Tiny) Korean Nail Polish Extravaganza, Part II

Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a few more lovely Etude House polishes.

Click here to read Part I of this series! I’ve given a rundown on Etude House’s lines of nail polishes in terms of quality, selection and price.

Etude House Lemonade #CBE101, #CGR701, #CBL601, #CGR702

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Etude House Lemonade #CBE101, #CGR701, #CBL601, #CGR702

1 coat of #CBE101, #CGR701, #CBL601, #CGR702

These colours are from the Look At My Candyfloss collection, which is a set of 10 summery, cheerful creme pastels. Sadly I don’t know the English names of all of the polishes, so they’ll just be serial numbers for now.

CBE101 is a beautiful banana yellow. It applied smoothly and wasn’t at all streaky. It was almost completely opaque in 1 coat, and looked perfect with 2 coats. I’ve never had that happen with a yellow creme before! CGR701 is a very fresh yellowish-green, almost avocado like. I can’t see myself wearing this colour alone, but in combination with other colours I think it’d look lovely. Application was smooth, and it was opaque in 2 coats.CBL601 is a  soft powder blue. It was a little bit less opaque than the other colours, but it applied well and was fully opaque in 2 coats. CGR702 is nearly a dupe of CG For Audrey, but it’s more saturated has a slightly greener tone. For Audrey is bluer and slightly less saturated. I actually like this polish more than For Audrey, since it looks less washed-out on my skintone. Like the others, it applied well and was opaque in 2 coats. The formulas on these polishes was surprisingly good.

I bought all of these from the same Ebay seller, so I dunno if it was a problem with this particular batch or if this collection in general…but the brushes on some of the bottles are crap! The yellow and pale blue brushes were duds. After I started painting, little pieces of the bristles came off and got stuck in the polish. After painting a couple of layers the loose bits stopped coming off, but it still pissed me off and ruined several coats. The green and aqua brushes were ok, so I’m not sure what happened. They did get left in the mailbox for a few hours during a cold snap (-27 deg C!) so that might have damaged the bristles somehow? Still disappointing.

Aside from the messed up brushes, the packaging is well-made as is typical for Etude House. The Etude House logo is embossed on the cap of the brushes, and curliques are embossed on the bottles. They have the standard type of brushes. These are really cheap on Ebay, going for $2-4 each. Probably because the bottles are so small….I think they’re 8mL. Pick them up if you like pastels! Just be wary of dodgy brushes.

Etude House Dazzling Pink #5, Dazzling Purple #6, Dazzling Blue #7

Glitterbombs!

Etude House LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails Spangle Collection

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Etude House Dazzling Pink #5, Dazzling Purple #6, Dazzling Blue #7

These 3 are from the LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails Spangle collection. Whew, that title is a mouthful! Etude House really loves their long collection names. Anyway, holy glitterbombs, Batman! The colours aren’t too unusual, but the packaging and huge amounts of sparkle were too much to resist. This collection also has gold and silver versions, but I didn’t pick those up.

The glitter is sparse, so application can be tricky. After 2 coats you get pretty good coverage, though. It applied smoothly and wasn’t goopy or sticky. The clear base dries with a slightly matte finish, but I always use Seche Vite so it wasn’t really an issue for me. Dry time was pretty good. One issue is that there’s a veeeery slight coloured tinge to each polish, which you can see in my swatches. The pink has a pink tinge, the purple has a purple tinge, and the blue has a blue tinge. I’m not sure if that was intentional on their part or if the glitters are bleeding slightly. Only time will tell…I’ve had these for quite some time and the colour hasn’t changed any, so if there’s any bleeding it’s pretty minimal. Still, something to be mindful of.

As usual for Etude House, these polishes are packaged very nicely.  They’re in very cute heart-shaped bottles with long caps. Brushes are your standard type, not extra wide or anything like that. The collection name is silk-screened on the front of the bottles instead of embossed like most of their polishes. I think they’re 15mL, which is bigger than usual for this brand! You can easily find them individually on Ebay for about $7-8 each, but I’ve seen sets of 3-5 for $12-16. $7 each is more than I’d pay for these.

That’s it for now – I’ll be back soon with more from the exciting world of Korean nail polish. Thanks for reading!

❤ CC

Swatches: A (Tiny) Korean Nail Polish Extravaganza, Part I

Hello everyone!

Korean makeup and skincare products are now well-known in the West due to the advent of American BB creams, but their nail polish brands are largely unknown.  For my first post I’ll be giving a peek at some Etude House polishes from the Dear My Party collection. Etude House is a popular, low-to-mid priced Korean cosmetics brand with ultra-girly packaging. They’re best known for their makeup and BB creams, so I was really surprised when I stumbled upon their nail polishes while browsing for makeup.

Most Etude House polishes are easy to find and you can find them in sets of 3-4 on Ebay for $10-$15 CAD. Individual bottles can be found but the price varies widely depending the colour or seller. Even though they’re pretty inexpensive and the bottles are small (~5-10mL), the quality is good and they have some amazing, unique colours in addition to the standard lineup of pinks and neutrals. There are even some solid dupes of expensive Western brands like OPI and Deborah Lippmann. They have a couple that resemble some popular indie brands as well. Lastly, they don’t contain toluene or pthalates. I’m not sure if they contain formaldehyde, though, so be forewarned if you’re concerned about it. I know their top coats don’t contain formaldehyde so take from that what you will…I’ve probably huffed 10000x more formalin from dissections and tissue specimens than from nail polish, so I’m not worried about it anymore lol.

Now…onto the polish!

Etude House #PBE104 Golden Bell

Etude House Golden Bell #PBE104

Etude House #PBE104 Golden Bell

This is a really pretty gold glitter polish from the Dear My Party collection. My photo doesn’t really capture how shiny and bright this polish is – it is super glittery. It has multiple shapes/sizes of gold glitter, along with gold micro glitter, all suspended in clear base. It looks a bit like e.l.f. Golden Goddess, but in a more yellowy shade of gold.  The formula is quite nice, very thick but not sticky or goopy. I was pleasantly surprised at how densely packed the glitter was – a few brush strokes and it was almost full coverage! The larger hex glitter didn’t curl at all. Dry time was quite quick as well.

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Left – 2 coats. Right – 1 coat.

Ignore my ugly cuticles – isn’t it pretty?! This polish looks really striking against dark colours. Here I have it layered over OPI Live and Let Die.

So shiny!

Etude House Golden Bell gradient over OPI Live and Let Die

Gold glitter is nothing new, but I’ve never seen a polish that looked quite like this one. I got it on Ebay for $4.80, but you can likely find it for $3-4. It’s a little on the rare side, though. Happy hunting!

Etude House #PPK004 Peach Punch

Etude House Peach Punch

Etude House #PPK004 Peach Punch

Another winner from the Dear My Party collection! It’s a shimmery pale pink with multiple shapes/sizes of hex and round glitter in pink, silver, and holo, alongside silver micro glitter.  It has a soft foil finish eve though it looks a bit jelly-like in the bottle…it’s almost completely sheer and didn’t show up very well on my dark nailbeds without 3 coats. Next time I think I’ll put it on top of a pale pink like CG Bridezilla. It’s super shimmery and glittery – it looks gorgeous under the light! The formula on this one is similar to Golden Bell, but a lot thicker. It’s dense and heavy, but not sticky or gloopy. The larger glitter didn’t apply as smoothly as Golden Bell and clumped a little bit, but it was easily sorted by sweeping across the nail with the brush. No curling glitter here either! This one dried a bit more slowly than Golden Bell, but I did 3 thick layers.

Pretty!

Left – one coat. Right – two coats.

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3 coats of Etude House Peach Punch

Like all Etude House products, the Dear My Party polishes come in lovely packaging. The polishes come in 10mL tapered bottles. It’s hard to see in my pictures since the bottles are full, but the Etude House heart chariot logo is embossed on the front of each bottle. The brushes are wide, full, and were helpful in getting the glitter to spread out evenly along the nail without clumping. I can do a whole nail in one stroke. My main beef with them is that there are no steel balls in the bottles, so they’ll probably get clumpy later. Even my cheap Sally Hansen polishes often have a steel ball included, so that’s just laziness or lack of foresight on their part.

Etude House is definitely worth a look if you don’t mind waiting for shipping from South Korea. I waited 1-2 weeks for everything to arrive.

So, what do you all think of Etude House so far? I’m already sold by these two alone, and the best part is that the Dear My Party Collection is huge and full of gorgeous, unique glitter bombs! How many dupes of well-known polishes can you spot?

GLITTER. GLITTER EVERYWHERE.

The Complete Dear My Party Collection

That’s it for now – stay tuned for more Etude House and Korean polish swatches in the near future! =) Thanks for reading!

❤ CC