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

Swatches: Quo by Orly in Celestial Stars

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Hi all! Today I’ll be reviewing a polish from Quo by Orly  called Celestial Stars. Quo is Shoppers Drug Mart’s in-house beauty brand. Most Quo products are pretty good, and I figured if Orly it making their nail polishes, they must be good too! This is a sparkly ultramarine blue that shifts to royal purple in the light. I suspect that it’s just a reformulated version of one of my favourite discontinued polishes – Orly Cosmic FX in Lunar Eclipse. I know the purple-blue duochrome is completely played out by now, but I can’t help myself. It’s my favourite colour combination~ so, let’s get started!

Packaging: 4/5

The polish comes in rounded 14 mL bottles, along with 2 mixing balls. The brush is very nice – narrow, with no loose fibres. The rubberized lid is helpfully stamped with a white ‘Q’ so it’s easy for me to find in my nail polish box! The problem is that the rubberized coating on the lid attracts loads of dust and lint – might not be a good idea to keep this around your makeup as it’ll certainly get dirty. I’ve only had the polish for a short time and you can already see how dusty they are. My other gripe is that the label is black, so it’s hard to read unless you’re looking in direct sunlight.

Formula: 4/5

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The polish is big-3 free, but it’s got a very strong smell. It applied very smoothly without bubbling, and the consistency was perfect. It took 2 coats to achieve the bottle colour, which surprised me since the first coat was a bit sheer. In the photos I have 3 coats on. The polish dried very quickly, and it had a smooth, glossy finish. Not super shiny, but that was easily fixed with a coat of Seche Vite. I used a crappy top coat initially, but it really didn’t do anything for the colour or shine. You need a good quality top coat to really bring out the colour of this polish – otherwise it may look a little dull. The duochrome effect is a lot more subtle than in the bottle, but it’s still very pretty.

I was disappointed with the amount of tip wear, though. I painted my nails on Friday night, but it was too dim outside to swatch until Sunday morning. In the photo you can see that the tips are already completely worn. I’ve never had a polish wear so quickly on me, even though I do a lot of typing and work with my hands. I expected better wear from such an expensive polish.

Value: 3.5/5

I picked Celestial Stars up at Shoppers for $10 CAD – I’ve never seen the Quo by Orly line go on sale, so that didn’t factor into my evaluation at all. This is a really nice polish, and it’s a great dupe of some discontinued/expensive duochrome polishes. For comparison, OPI DS Magic costs $15 on sale, and the Orly Cosmic FX costs $10 now that it’s been discontinued. At the same time, if I’m paying $10 for a nail polish then I want to go more than 2 days without getting obvious tip wear.

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Obvious tip wear after only 2 days.

Overall Impression: 4/5

  • Pros: 3-free, applies well, dries quickly
  • Cons: Chips easily, expensive

Where To Buy:

Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada)

Dupes & Similar Shades:

Orly Cosmix FX – Lunar Eclipse (discontinued)

OPI Designer Series – Magic (discontinued)

Sally Hansen HD – Laser (discontinued)

Pure Ice – Deja Vu

Butter London – Scouse

Day 1 of OPI Nail Envy Treatment!

Hello everyone! So, if you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted at all in…a whole month! Half of that is because I’m lazy/busy haha~ when I get home from work, I usually have a bunch of orders to fill…add in the everyday tasks and I’m too tired/grumpy to blog. But there’s another reason~ it’s also because I’m trying to give my poor nails a break. Since I’ve worn nail polish every single day for 6 years or so, my nails have gotten in bad shape. Even though I use cuticle oil and lotion every day, my nails and cuticles became bone dry and flaky. I tried to cover up the damage with silk wraps, and tried a billion crappy drugstore products, but they didn’t really get any better. I decided to bite the bullet and go polish-free for a few weeks so that my nails could recover.

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This is a photo of my nails after I removed the polish. Even though they don’t look too bad in the picture, they’re in pretty terrible shape. Horizontal cracks, flaking/peeling tips, and stained orange/yellow! While filing away the worst of the damage, my left index fingernail snapped right in half and pulled a big flake with it. In the past week or two, every single nail on my right hand snapped off, so I didn’t even bother taking a photo of it. ´⌒`

Time to bring out the big guns! I bought a bottle of OPI Nail Envy for $15 CAD (ouch), which is considered one of the best nail hardeners. It’s got formaldehyde in it and the smell is awful, but it dissipates quickly. In layman’s terms, formaldehyde helps to “cross-link” the protein in your nails, strengthening them. Paradoxically, if you use too much formaldehyde nail hardener (and keep increasing the number/strength of protein cross- links) your nails will lose too much flexibility and will crack under pressure, rather than bending. See, studying biochemistry was useful! (´ ▽ ` )ノ

As per the bottle directions, I’m going to start with 2 coats, adding another coat every other day. I will report back in a week with my results!

❤ Chelsea

Swatches: Missha The Style Gemstone Nails in Citrine, Aquamarine, and Amethyst

Hello everyone~ today I’m going to be reviewing 3 Missha nail polishes. I’ve never bought Missha nail polish so I was excited to see the Gemstone Nails collection on sale! I picked up Citrine (orange), Aquamarine (blue), and Amethyst (purple). Let’s get started! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

Packaging: 10/10

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Missha’s packaging is feminine and pretty without being overly girly. The polish comes in curved 8 mL heart-shaped bottles with the Missha logo on the front. They don’t stack together or anything so storage isn’t as easy, but they look lovely lined up on a shelf. The caps are short and sturdy, and they’re made of a pretty iridescent black plastic that shimmers red/blue in the light. They have standard long, thin brushes. Lastly, they come with mixing balls – good job Missha!

Formula: 4/10

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When I leaned in with my camera for a closer look, I was disappointed to see curled glitter in all 3 polishes! At first I thought it was the curve of the bottle distorting my vision, but the glitter is actually slightly curled. Nooo! ´⌒` The curling is the worst in Aquamarine – every glitter has curled. In Citrine, for some reason the giant gold hex hasn’t curled but all the smaller glitter did. And in Amethyst, all the hex glitter has curled but the star glitter is ok. The batch is from 26 February 2013 according to the sticker. Since it’s been sitting for a few months already, it probably won’t curl much more (I hope).

Anyway, as for the rest of the formula, it’s simply “ok.” Like most glitter polishes, it’s thick and a bit sticky. It didn’t apply very smoothly/evenly and left some streaks. On the bright side, the glitter goes on thickly! I got a nice amount of glitter with every coat. There’s also a pleasant surprise – the polish is scented! There’s a subtle rosy floral fragrance that fades as it dries. I noticed when I was painting that it wasn’t as stinky as other polishes, and the rose scent isn’t overpowering or fake-smelling. The box also says it contains Vitamin C and botanical extracts from pumpkin, hibiscus, and strawberry in addition to powder from crushed pearl, tourmaline, coral, and sapphire for shine. That’s nice and all, but I just wish I could find out if it’s 3-free or not!

Value: 6/10

I bought this from Ebay so I know I paid a bit more than it’s worth ($5 CAD), but you can buy it directly from Missha USA for $3. At least it’s cheap, since I would be pitching a fit right now if I’d spent more than that. I don’t think $3 is a lot for a small bottle of polish considering the curling isn’t too bad and the colours are pretty – although that’s basically $6 for a full size bottle and I’d rather buy China Glaze if I’m gong to spend that much.  You can also find it at KoreaDepart  for $2.34 USD. I picked it up from f2plus1 on Ebay for $4.90 USD.

Overall Impression: 5/10

  • Pros: Gorgeous packaging, very glittery, pleasant scent, fair price
  • Cons: Curling glitter, streaky application, a little too thick, no indication that it’s big-3 free

Thank you so much for reading!

❤ Chelsea

Cuteberry Lacquers Returns From The Dead! Sneak Peek For July 1 Launch~

Hi all!

If you’ve been following my blog since I first started writing in January 2013 (thank you!), then you know that I launched my own indie polish shop a few months ago. At the time I was having so many issues with shipping internationally and getting supplies shipped to/from that I had to put everything on hold.  I am very pleased to announce that I’m starting up shop again, as I’ve found an affordable shipping provider for US and international orders! Rejoice! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

I’m still working on getting a better price for Canadian shipping right now – unfortunately it’s very hard to ship parcels to my fellow Canadians. I have found a shipping provider that ships for about half the price of Canada Post! But now I can ship worldwide as long as it’s legal for them to receive such things in the mail.

On July 1, I’ll be re-launching Cuteberry Lacquers on my Etsy shop with a great sale! Between July 1 and Jule 8, use the coupon code HelloWorld at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order . Initially 10 polishes will be available, with more colours and collections coming out over time. I tried to make this set of colours varied – there’s clear glitter topcoats, jellies, flakies, and cremes.

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❤ Chelsea

Nail of the Day: Candy-Coloured Leopard Print Stiletto Nails

Hello everyone! Just wanted to show off a cute stiletto nail set I made this weekend.

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Nail Polishes and Materials Used:

  • Pink – Innisfree #116
  • Blue – Etude House #CBL601
  • Purple – China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Yellow – Etude House #CBE101

(Oops! You can still see the nail glue…)

At first, I really hated stiletto nails. I thought they looked tacky and silly. But then they started to grow on me…and now I just adore them! They’re edgy and chic. Of course, they’re completely impractical for day-to-day tasks at this length. I tried to type this post with the nails on and hit about 4 different keys at once, haha ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ And so far my office job has been tolerant of my wilder manicures (neon stripes, gradients, glitter, you name it!) but I’m not sure if I could show up wearing inch-long stiletto nails.

Anyway, this set is also available on my etsy store!

❤ Chelsea

The Cuteberry Nail Challenge

Hello everybody!

I’ve decided to make my own version of the 31 day nail challenge, except I’m lazy so it’s only 30 days. Haha~

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Each day, do a manicure based on your favourite…

  1. Dessert or candy
  2. Drink or cocktail
  3. Comic book character
  4. Textile or fabric
  5. Sea creature
  6. 4 seasons
  7. Celebrity
  8. Album cover
  9. Piece of clothing (or jewellery, shoes, accessory, etc!)
  10. Nail polish
  11. Music video
  12. Planet
  13. Flower
  14. Cartoon character
  15. Work of art
  16. Movie
  17. Gemstone
  18. Shape
  19. Holiday
  20. Novel or comic book
  21. Colour
  22. Sports team
  23. Flag
  24. Landmark
  25. TV show
  26. Ice cream
  27. Fruit or vegetable
  28. Childhood toy
  29. Song
  30. Star Sign

How the challenge works is very simple. Every day, do a nail art design inspired by your favourite thing in the day’s challenge category. For example, Day 7 is Celebrity, so I would do a manicure inspired by my favourite celebrity. My favourite celebrity is Bom Park. Her nails are always so perfect! She goes to Tsuya Nail Shop. I don’t want to steal their photos, so please check the link for some amazing, beautiful Japanese nail art.

Anyways, good luck with the challenge and show off your lovely creations. I’m excited to see!

❤ Chelsea