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

Swatches: Missha The Style Gemstone Nails in Citrine, Aquamarine, and Amethyst

Hello everyone~ today I’m going to be reviewing 3 Missha nail polishes. I’ve never bought Missha nail polish so I was excited to see the Gemstone Nails collection on sale! I picked up Citrine (orange), Aquamarine (blue), and Amethyst (purple). Let’s get started! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

Packaging: 10/10

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Missha’s packaging is feminine and pretty without being overly girly. The polish comes in curved 8 mL heart-shaped bottles with the Missha logo on the front. They don’t stack together or anything so storage isn’t as easy, but they look lovely lined up on a shelf. The caps are short and sturdy, and they’re made of a pretty iridescent black plastic that shimmers red/blue in the light. They have standard long, thin brushes. Lastly, they come with mixing balls – good job Missha!

Formula: 4/10

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When I leaned in with my camera for a closer look, I was disappointed to see curled glitter in all 3 polishes! At first I thought it was the curve of the bottle distorting my vision, but the glitter is actually slightly curled. Nooo! ´⌒` The curling is the worst in Aquamarine – every glitter has curled. In Citrine, for some reason the giant gold hex hasn’t curled but all the smaller glitter did. And in Amethyst, all the hex glitter has curled but the star glitter is ok. The batch is from 26 February 2013 according to the sticker. Since it’s been sitting for a few months already, it probably won’t curl much more (I hope).

Anyway, as for the rest of the formula, it’s simply “ok.” Like most glitter polishes, it’s thick and a bit sticky. It didn’t apply very smoothly/evenly and left some streaks. On the bright side, the glitter goes on thickly! I got a nice amount of glitter with every coat. There’s also a pleasant surprise – the polish is scented! There’s a subtle rosy floral fragrance that fades as it dries. I noticed when I was painting that it wasn’t as stinky as other polishes, and the rose scent isn’t overpowering or fake-smelling. The box also says it contains Vitamin C and botanical extracts from pumpkin, hibiscus, and strawberry in addition to powder from crushed pearl, tourmaline, coral, and sapphire for shine. That’s nice and all, but I just wish I could find out if it’s 3-free or not!

Value: 6/10

I bought this from Ebay so I know I paid a bit more than it’s worth ($5 CAD), but you can buy it directly from Missha USA for $3. At least it’s cheap, since I would be pitching a fit right now if I’d spent more than that. I don’t think $3 is a lot for a small bottle of polish considering the curling isn’t too bad and the colours are pretty – although that’s basically $6 for a full size bottle and I’d rather buy China Glaze if I’m gong to spend that much.  You can also find it at KoreaDepart  for $2.34 USD. I picked it up from f2plus1 on Ebay for $4.90 USD.

Overall Impression: 5/10

  • Pros: Gorgeous packaging, very glittery, pleasant scent, fair price
  • Cons: Curling glitter, streaky application, a little too thick, no indication that it’s big-3 free

Thank you so much for reading!

❤ Chelsea