Nail of the Day: Gyaru-Inspired Vintage Rose Stiletto Nails

Hi all! I made a cute set of floral nails to match my Liz Lisa phone wallpaper, haha~

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Base Pink – KIT Playas de Arena
  • Light Pink – OPI Pinking of You
  • Dark Pink – KIT First Kiss
  • Light Green – Etude House #CGR701
  • Dark Green – Essie Sew Psyched
  • Top Coat – Seche Vite
  • Gold chain beads and gold studs

First, I used a dotting tool to put down some big splotches of Pinking of You. Then I used a smaller dotting tool to outline the rose petals using First Kiss. To paint the leaves, I used a Warhammer model painting brush to make a teardrop shape with CGR701. Lastly, I used a mini dotting tool to add shading to the leaves with Sew Psyched. And voila~ vintage rose nails! Then I stuck some gold studs and chain on for extra decoration.

This set is available on my Etsy store. Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

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

31 Day Challenge: Day 19 (Galaxy)

Today’s challenge is Galaxy, so I decided to combine 2 hot trends: pastels and galaxy! I’m going to be making a pastel galaxy nail tutorial really soon, so hang tight! Also, check out my cute new stationery from Japan! Isn’t it cute? =)

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Purple – China Glaze Sweet Hook 
  • Pink – Innisfree #116
  • Blue – Etude House #CBL601
  • Topcoat – Essence Absolute Pure
  • White acrylic ink

Want to see how I made these? Check out my tutorial!

❤ Chelsea

Manicure Mondays and 31 Day Challenge Mashup: Day 11 (Polka Dot)

Today’s actual challenge is Polka Dot. I lied.

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Nail Polishes Used:

  • China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Seche Vite

Yup…more Sweet Hook, haha. This is definitely one of my favourite colours. I used a dotting tool dipped in white acrylic to do the polka dots, since that way it’s easy to erase mistakes. And boy, do I make mistakes…I have a love hate relationship with polka dots. I can’t stand when they’re not in straight lines or when the dots aren’t all the same size…so I redid them all about 3 times before giving up, lol! Then I used some glue to stick a resin bow to my thumb, which promptly fell off 10 seconds after I took the photo. Sigh.

Thanks for reading!

❤ CC

31 Day Challenge: Day 10 (Gradient)

Haha! As you can see I haven’t been keeping up on this at all…but in my defence, it’s time for my university finals so I’ve been quite busy studying. So, today I present you today’s challenge: Gradient nails. I’m mostly posting because today’s been the only sunny day in…2 weeks? I don’t like taking photos with interior lighting.

Oops…I just noticed I smudged the design on the thumbnail in between the 1st and 2nd pictures. D’oh!



Nail Polishes Used:

  • China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Essence Absolute Pure
  • Etude House #CBL601

I know you guys have seen me use this colour before…but I just love the combination of blue and purple. It’s just your standard ombre gradient manicure with a fun little white design (acrylic ink) on the thumbnail. I’ve actually had someone ask me if I would make a tutorial on how to do gradient nails since mine always look smooth and gradated with no patchiness. So, let me know if you’re interested and I’ll share my secrets!

Thanks for reading!

❤ CC

31 Day Challenge: Day 9 (Rainbow)

Look at my poor nubby index finger…*sniff sniff* I was trying on pants in the fitting room and I snapped the entire tip off while messing around with those squeeze hangers…and then the very next day I smashed my other index finger in the door and that one broke too. At least my hands are symmetrical now…

As long as they grow back in time for my graduation, I’ll be ok!

Today’s challenge is Rainbow.

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Nail Polishes Used:

  • China Glaze Sweet Hook + OPI Purple With a Purpose
  • Etude House #CBL601 + OPI Blue My Mind
  • Etude House #CGR701 + Illamasqua Viridian
  • Etude House #CBE101 + Essence Mellow Yellow (I think?)
  • OPI Pinking of You + Rimmel Shocker

Yeah yeah…there’s no orange or red in my rainbow. Pink is close enough, ok?!

This was a very simple cloud manicure. I painted 3 vertical stripes to make the background colour for each cloud, then added 3 more stripes right below them in the darker shade. A perfect cheerful manicure for a gloomy, rainy day like today!

Thanks for stopping by!

❤ CC

Manicure Monday and 31 Day Challenge Mashup: Day 7 (Black & White)

Today’s challenge is Black and White. Probably my least favourite colour combo on my own nails. Plain white just looks awful on my nails…I love making nail sets in these colours though~

Gosh…I didn’t notice how badly they’d chipped/shrunk until I zoomed in! Oh well…

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Nail Polishes Used:

  • Cuteberry Lacquers Crazy Diamond (tee hee)
  • Etude House Jelly Pop
  • Sation Black
  • Seche Vite
  • SH French White

Months (maybe years) ago I saw an adorable Etude House advertisement featuring cat nail art. I adore cats so I hunted down the ad. It’s for their nail art pens, which are apparently pretty decent.

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I’m going to do a cute animal nail art tutorial soon, so I can show you guys how to make the kitty!

First, I painted 1 coat of Sation Black (opaque, non-streaky black in 1 coat? be still my heart!) on each nail except for the ring finger, which is 2 coats of SH French White. I used some Seche Vite to speed things up. I then used a makeup sponge to make a glitter gradient on the black nails using Crazy Diamond. Last, I used calligraphy pens to paint the kitty on my ring finger using black and white acrylic ink. The last touch was to use a dotting tool very carefully to give Mr Kitty a silver bow. I then used Jelly Pop to seal it in, and glued on a clear rhinestone to decorate the bow.

For some reason the cuticle on the white nail basically peeled off. I think I must have messed up with my Seche Vite >_< Oh well…

Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by. =)

❤ CC