Tutorial: Pastel Galaxy Nail Art

Hello everyone! I thought I’d bring you guys a quick-and-easy nail art tutorial today.

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  • Purple, blue, and pink nail polish (I used China Glaze Sweet Hook, Etude House #CBL602, and Innisfree #116)
  • White nail polish or acrylic paint
  • Clear nail polish
  • Dotting tool or nail art pen
  • Makeup sponges

Step 1: Paint your entire nail with your purple nail polish.

Step 2: Paint one half of a makeup sponge with pink polish, and paint the other half blue. Make sure you overlap the pink and blue a little bit in the middle to create some purple as shown in the photo.

Step 3: Gently dab the makeup sponge onto your nail in whatever pattern you like.

Step 4: Using another makeup sponge, dab a few layers of white polish or paint on top of the pink and blue patches.

Step 5: Blend the colours together with a coat of clear polish and allow it to dry.

Step 6: Using a dotting tool or pen, add tiny white dots and stars to your nail.

Step 7: Seal in your design with another coat of clear polish and allow it to dry.

Finished! Enjoy your gorgeous, kawaii pastel nails!

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Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

DIY: Make Your Own Gentle, Scented, Moisturizing Nail Polish Remover!

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As any nail polish lover knows, acetone polish remover is absolute hell on your nails and skin. I have extremely dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to cracking if I go more than a few hours without cream or oil. I can’t even use the foil method to remove glitter polish because it messed up my skin so much. I made the switch to non-acetone remover, which is a bit less powerful. It wasn’t as drying, but it still wasn’t as gentle as I’d like…so, I did a bit of research onto how to improve this formula. Make sure you do this in a ventilated area!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  Non-acetone nail polish remover (You can use acetone remover, but mix your glycerine in gradually, with a small amount of water, as acetone and glycerine don’t mix)
  • Plain, unscented glyercine (you can find this at any drugstore)
  • Water
  • Scented essential oil (optional, it’s just to make your remover less stinky)

Step 1: Measure out the glycerine with a spoon. I used 2.5 tablespoons for a 350 mL bottle of remover, so that’s roughly 1.5 tablespoons for 200 mL.

Step 2: Slowly add your glycerine to your non-acetone remover.  If your glycerine forms a small layer on top, that just means you added a little bit too much, sdd a spoonful of water to make the glycerine more soluble.

Step 3: Close the cap. Shake the bottle thoroughly until the glycerine is all mixed in.

Step 4: Optional – to make the remover a little bit less stinky, add 1-2 drops of an essential oil, such as lavender oil. Close the cap and shake thoroughly again.

Voila, you’re finished! This nail polish remover will be a little bit kinder on your cuticles than the standard drugstore fare, and it’s so easy to make! You’ll still need to use cuticle oil regularly of course, but this remover didn’t dry out my skin nearly as much.

Good luck and enjoy!

❤ CC

Nail Art Tutorial: Lovely Lace, Part I

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Hi everybody! I’m going to be trying out some new things on my blog. For starters, every so often  I’ll post a new batch of nail art tutorials! Each set of tutorials will be related – one set will be all about drawing flowers, one about drawing fruit, etc. So with that, let’s begin the first tutorial set: lace! I also apologize ahead of time for my absolutely hideous cuticles. I was testing out a homemade nail polish remover this morning and…yeah. It wasn’t pretty, lol >_<!

Anyway…lace is beautiful and elegant in a manicure. I’m a huge fan of gothic/sweet lolita fashion, and ace is my favourite pattern to draw. However, it can be really difficult to get the lace look without using press-on decals, which don’t last that long before peeling and ruining your manicure.

Each tutorial is for a different lace ‘element’ which you can mix-and-match with other elements as you choose to make a unique design. I’ll definitely add more lace patterns in the future!

Oh, and for those who are curious – I use calligraphy pens and India ink. That way if I make an error I can just wipe it off with a Q-tip. You can easily seal it in with topcoat as long as you’re careful not to smudge it with the brush.

Must-have Materials:

  • Black or white nail polish, acrylic paint, ink, or nail art pens
  • Background colour
  • Top and base coat
  • Fine brush, toothpick, dotting tool, calligraphy pen, or nail art pens. Whatever fine-tipped tool you’re most comfortable with!

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Hopefully these lace tutorials have inspired you to create your own designs! Lace is incredibly versatile so there are thousands of unique patterns to be found. Check out fabric stores, fashion/wedding magazines, or historical paintings for inspiration.

I hope you found these tutorials helpful – if you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

❤ CC