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:


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.


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.


Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea