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

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

31 Day Challenge: Day 20 (Water Marble)

Today’s challenge is Water Marble.

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • PurpleOPI Purple With A Purpose
  • Hot Pink – Kit First Kiss
  • Peachy Pink – Zoya Happi
  • Pastel Pink – Innisfree #116
  • Holo Glitter – Wet ‘n’ Wild Kaleidoscope
  • Topcoat – Essence Absolute Pure

As you can see, these are not truly water marbled nails. You have nooo idea how hard I tried to get the stupid marbling to work properly. I think my polishes just don’t play nice with water…I tried lots of combinations and brands but to no avail. So I gave up and painted some faux water marble stripes with a fine brush. I used a base coat of Purple With A Purpose, then painted stripes with Happi, First Kiss, and #116. I topped off the stripes with Kaleidoscope for some extra glitter.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

31 Day Challenge: Day 14 (Floral)

So glad that anatomy final is done! One more final exam and then undergrad is finally over…thank god.

Today’s challenge is Floral. I’m not really much of a floral person..I mean, they’re all right, I guess. So these nails aren’t all that flowery, haha~

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Nail Polishes Used:

  • Essence Absolute Pure
  • KIT Playas de Arena
  • Sation Black
  • Black India ink

I used my calligraphy pen with India ink to draw the floral designs, then sealed it in with the clear coat. I also used the clear coat to apply my brand spankin’ new glass rhinestones. They’re way more glittery and pretty than the resin ones, as you can see.

Here’s a couple of shots of me wearing the nails! As you can see, this set is a little bit big, but I like how the tips look. This was my first time filing stiletto-shaped tips, since these are just regular old round acrylic full nails. Next time I’ll file them a bit sharper.

The pinky is a little round since I accidentally broke the tip on the tabletop. Oops!

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Thanks for reading!

❤ CC

Swatches: KIT Nail Lacquer in First Kiss, Spring Awakening, and Playas De Arena

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Hello everyone! I’m going to be bringing you a new format for my polish reviews, since I think my previous reviews were a little bit long and rambling. I’ll be instead assigning points for packaging, formula, value, and overall impression.

Today, I’m going to be reviewing 3 polishes by KIT Nail Lacquer: First Kiss, Spring Awakening, and Playas de Arena. First Kiss is a cool-toned hot pink creme. Spring Awakening is a cool-toned mauve creme. Playas de Arena is a warm-toned peachy pastel pink creme.

KIT is an in-house brand owned by Rexall Pharmacy/PharmaPlus, a Canadian drugstore chain. You may not be able to get them outside of Canada unless you buy them online. They have over 40 colours, though the majority of them seem to be your typical cremes. They have some pretty shades in every colour of the rainbow.

Packaging: 6.5/10

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From left to right: First Kiss, Spring Awakening, and Playas de Arena

The polishes come in adorable, square 15 mL bottles with simple labels. Each one contains 2 mixing balls. The brush is easy to hold, but the lid feels very flimsy and cheap. I actually cracked the plastic of one lid by squeezing it too hard (and I’m not very strong). And being square, the lids don’t always close flush with the bottle which is incredibly annoying. However, they are quite attractive and the square shape allows for easy storage.

Formula: 7/10

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3 coats each of First Kiss, Spring Awakening, and Playas de Arena.

As you can see, the swatches are all a few shades darker than the bottle colour, especially First Kiss, but it’s not a huge deal. You can also see my sexy, pajama-clad reflection, haha. Oops!

Firstly, Kit polishes are big-3 free! That always scores points with me. They do contain stinky camphor though, so if Zoya polishes bother you then so will these. Applying all 3 polishes was very easy. First Kiss and Spring Awakening had smooth, thick formulas and looked pretty good in one coat. Spring Awakening was a little bit less opaque, however. Playas de Arena was thinner and disappointingly sheer, but I’ve come to expect it from pastel pinks. They didn’t bubble or streak at all.

I was absolutely not impressed by the drying time. A single coat of Playas de Arena dried fairly quickly, but Spring Awakening and First Kiss dried very slowly. On the bright side, they’re not chipping!

Value: 6/10

I was lucky enough to find these on sale at 3 for $13.99. However, at full price they’re $6.99 each – the same as China Glaze at the beauty supply store. For $6.99, I would expect better packaging, and quicker drying time. However, for the price I paid, I think I got a pretty good deal.

Overall Impression: 7/10

  • Pros: Big-3 free, opaque, smooth application
  • Cons:  Camphor smell, poor drying time, cheap packaging

Thanks for reading and I hope my post was helpful! Please let me know if you like my new review format.

  CC