31 Day Challenge: Day 30 (Inspired by a Tutorial)

Hi all! Today’s challenge is Tutorial. I chose the Vintage Rose nails tutorial by Cutepolish! It’s a simpler way of doing roses than I normally would, but it’s much faster and still looks very cute.

I actually did these a long time ago, but I never got around to posting them. I’ve been so bad about posting lately! This is mostly because I’ve been busy with my job (I’ll never get used to working full-time and long commutes ´⌒`) and my Etsy store, and just…life in general I suppose, haha~  Anyway, onto the nails.

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Dark purple – KIT Spring Awakening
  • Light purple – China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Green – Etude House CGR701
  • Black – Sation Black
  • White – Acrylic ink
  • Topcoat – Seche Vite
  • Silver studs

It’s finally sunny/warm enough to take photos outside!! No more crappy, blurry photos…at least for a few months.  ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

I might be posting rather sporadically over the next week or two because I’m going to be ultra busy (convocation, yay!) and I may not have access to my camera. I’m getting a new phone with a 12 megapixel camera this week if all goes well, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed. However, you guys can look forward to seeing a huge batch of great posts coming up. Here’s a little list of what I have in the works for June and July:

  • A new nail art challenge!
  • Cheeky Jumbo nail stamping plate review
  • Comparison between resin/acrylic vs. glass/crystal/Swarovski rhinestones for nail art
  • Etude House Love Prism nail polish reviews
  • Stamping plate/nail polish raffle giveaway
  • Nail art tutorials: perfect ombre/gradient, studded flowers, peacock feathers, jewelled bows, princess tiaras, animal prints, pastel grunge, cute animals, and more!
  • A beginner’s shopping guide for nail art materials
  • A guide to choosing the best nail shape for you, and how to file your nails into that shape
  • A master list of places to buy nail polish, including obscure/indie brands

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll enjoy the great content I have in store!

❤ Chelsea

Manicure Monday and 31 Day Challenge Mashup: Day 29 (Supernatural)

Today’s challenge is Supernatural, which gives me an excellent excuse to paint glitter on my nails and draw unicorns.

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Pink – Innisfree #116
  • Purple – China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Topcoat – Essence Absolute Pure
  • White acrylic ink

Yaaaay unicorns! This manicure is pretty simple – I used Sweet Hook in a gradient over 2 coats of #116, then smoothed it out with some topcoat. I then used my calligraphy pen to draw the unicorn and the sparkle shapes. I think I might add some glitter later, because unicorns absolutely require glitter.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

31 Day Challenge: Day 28 (Inspired by a Flag)

Today’s challenge is Flag.

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Red – China Glaze Ruby Pumps
  • Blue – OPI Blue My Mind
  • Black – Nicole by OPI Razzle Dazzler
  • Pink – Innisfree #116
  • Topcoat – Essence Absolute Pure
  • White acrylic ink
  • Gold chains, studs, and caviar beads
  • Clear glass rhinestones

The timing is perfect, since this is the Victoria Day long weekend. For you non-Canadians, Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.  So, these nails are inspired by the Union Jack. I think my favourite is the Buckingham Palace guard…I love his little pink cheeks! I just wish I had some black flocking powder for his bearskin cap. =)

Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

31 Day Challenge: Day 27 (Inspired by Artwork)

Today’s challenge is Artwork. Probably my second favourite challenge! I’ve always been an artsy-fartsy type. By the by, the dent in my thumb is created by the hodgepodge of glue/hardener/teabag holding my poor thumbnail together.

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Red – Pandora’s Polish Citrus Playful
  • Yellow – Essence Mellow Yellow
  • White- Sally Hansen French White
  • Black india ink
  • White acrylic ink
  • White flatback pearls

Words cannot express my hatred for that Sally Hansen white. It’s one of the crappiest formulas I’ve ever seen…but I can’t expect much from a 3/$5 pack I guess, haha. I used a calligraphy pen to create the fine black lines, and a dotting tool to create the screentone effect.

Anyway, this nail art is inspired by Roy Lichenstein, pop artist extraordinaire! More specifically, I was inspired by one of my favourite pieces:

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Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

31 Day Challenge: Day 26 (Inspired by a Pattern)

Today’s challenge is Pattern. The challenge that allows me to be completely lazy and cheat!

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Pink – Zoya Happi
  • Black – Nicole by OPI

Sorry, I know these photos are absolutely awful compared to my usual ones! I used my Bundle Monster plate to do a cute swirly stamp in black. My pink nails match my eye-scorchingly bright pink sweater!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

31 Day Challenge: Day 25 (Inspired by Fashion)

Today’s challenge is Fashion. Finally, a challenge I can really get behind!

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Red – Pandora’s Polish Citrus Playful
  • Black india ink

I was inspired by this amazing dress by Alexander McQueen.

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Seriously, that pattern is so creative and beautiful! The dress is absolutely stunning. It’s my favourite McQueen design…it’s really too bad he’s gone. I always looked forward to seeing his designs.

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I can’t really do justice to such an intricate pattern, but I’m really proud of how these nails came out! That bird took forever to draw, lol.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

31 Day Challenge: Day 24 (Inspired by a Book)

Today’s challenge is Inspired by a Book. 

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Purple – Kit Spring Awakening
  • Hot Pink – Kit First Kiss
  • Pastel Pink – Innisfree #116
  • Topcoat – Essence Absolute Pure
  • Pink AB jelly resin rhinestones and gold studs

I decided to make some cute, cheerful spring nails inspired by Flower Fairies of the Spring by Cicely Mary Barker. I loved the Flower Fairies books growing up! They were filled with beautiful illustrations of fairies and gardens, and some of them had cute stories.

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Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea