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

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

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:

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Thanks for reading!

❤ Chelsea

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

31 Day Challenge: Day 3 (Yellow)

I don’t know how I feel about yellow nail polish. Sometimes I think it’s adorable…sometimes I think it’s really ugly. Which is strange, because I love to wear yellow! Anyway…ready for some obnoxiously bright acrylic yellow nails? All I could think of was that annoying Wiz Khalifa song. Black and yellow black and yellow black and yellow black and yellow!

Or Hufflepuff. Let’s go with Hufflepuff!

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Nail Polishes Used:

  • Essence Mellow Yellow (I think? I can’t remember the name of this one for the life of me…)

Basically I plopped down one coat of the Mellow Yellow, then used black striping tape  after it dried. I used some clear polish to stick on the clear and black rhinestones, and voila! Bumblebee nails, Wu Tang nails, schoolbus nails…whatever you wanna call them, lol.
Enjoy and thanks for reading! Stay tuned for another post coming today~

❤ CC

Swatches: A (Tiny) Korean Nail Polish Extravaganza, Part II

Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a few more lovely Etude House polishes.

Click here to read Part I of this series! I’ve given a rundown on Etude House’s lines of nail polishes in terms of quality, selection and price.

Etude House Lemonade #CBE101, #CGR701, #CBL601, #CGR702

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Etude House Lemonade #CBE101, #CGR701, #CBL601, #CGR702

1 coat of #CBE101, #CGR701, #CBL601, #CGR702

These colours are from the Look At My Candyfloss collection, which is a set of 10 summery, cheerful creme pastels. Sadly I don’t know the English names of all of the polishes, so they’ll just be serial numbers for now.

CBE101 is a beautiful banana yellow. It applied smoothly and wasn’t at all streaky. It was almost completely opaque in 1 coat, and looked perfect with 2 coats. I’ve never had that happen with a yellow creme before! CGR701 is a very fresh yellowish-green, almost avocado like. I can’t see myself wearing this colour alone, but in combination with other colours I think it’d look lovely. Application was smooth, and it was opaque in 2 coats.CBL601 is a  soft powder blue. It was a little bit less opaque than the other colours, but it applied well and was fully opaque in 2 coats. CGR702 is nearly a dupe of CG For Audrey, but it’s more saturated has a slightly greener tone. For Audrey is bluer and slightly less saturated. I actually like this polish more than For Audrey, since it looks less washed-out on my skintone. Like the others, it applied well and was opaque in 2 coats. The formulas on these polishes was surprisingly good.

I bought all of these from the same Ebay seller, so I dunno if it was a problem with this particular batch or if this collection in general…but the brushes on some of the bottles are crap! The yellow and pale blue brushes were duds. After I started painting, little pieces of the bristles came off and got stuck in the polish. After painting a couple of layers the loose bits stopped coming off, but it still pissed me off and ruined several coats. The green and aqua brushes were ok, so I’m not sure what happened. They did get left in the mailbox for a few hours during a cold snap (-27 deg C!) so that might have damaged the bristles somehow? Still disappointing.

Aside from the messed up brushes, the packaging is well-made as is typical for Etude House. The Etude House logo is embossed on the cap of the brushes, and curliques are embossed on the bottles. They have the standard type of brushes. These are really cheap on Ebay, going for $2-4 each. Probably because the bottles are so small….I think they’re 8mL. Pick them up if you like pastels! Just be wary of dodgy brushes.

Etude House Dazzling Pink #5, Dazzling Purple #6, Dazzling Blue #7

Glitterbombs!

Etude House LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails Spangle Collection

LUCIDarling Spangle Swatches

Etude House Dazzling Pink #5, Dazzling Purple #6, Dazzling Blue #7

These 3 are from the LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails Spangle collection. Whew, that title is a mouthful! Etude House really loves their long collection names. Anyway, holy glitterbombs, Batman! The colours aren’t too unusual, but the packaging and huge amounts of sparkle were too much to resist. This collection also has gold and silver versions, but I didn’t pick those up.

The glitter is sparse, so application can be tricky. After 2 coats you get pretty good coverage, though. It applied smoothly and wasn’t goopy or sticky. The clear base dries with a slightly matte finish, but I always use Seche Vite so it wasn’t really an issue for me. Dry time was pretty good. One issue is that there’s a veeeery slight coloured tinge to each polish, which you can see in my swatches. The pink has a pink tinge, the purple has a purple tinge, and the blue has a blue tinge. I’m not sure if that was intentional on their part or if the glitters are bleeding slightly. Only time will tell…I’ve had these for quite some time and the colour hasn’t changed any, so if there’s any bleeding it’s pretty minimal. Still, something to be mindful of.

As usual for Etude House, these polishes are packaged very nicely.  They’re in very cute heart-shaped bottles with long caps. Brushes are your standard type, not extra wide or anything like that. The collection name is silk-screened on the front of the bottles instead of embossed like most of their polishes. I think they’re 15mL, which is bigger than usual for this brand! You can easily find them individually on Ebay for about $7-8 each, but I’ve seen sets of 3-5 for $12-16. $7 each is more than I’d pay for these.

That’s it for now – I’ll be back soon with more from the exciting world of Korean nail polish. Thanks for reading!

❤ CC