Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016!

How is it already my last post of 2015?!? I can't believe the year has gone by so fast but to end 2015 off with a bang I have another super glittery manicure for you!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Just Add Glitter

Q: What should you do when you can't think of a New Year's Eve nail design?
A: Just add glitter!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Winter Garden

I hope everyone's been having a lovely holiday season! I'm a few days late but Merry Christmas if you celebrate it and if it's not your thing then I hope you've been having a nice few days off of work! ^^

My Christmas nails for this year were semi-inspired by SMTown's Winter Garden Project!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Plaid Tips (Dual Product Review: Water Decals + Charms)

Hey guys! I have a dual wintery product review for you today! Both the plaid water decals and the Christmas Charms I’ll be talking about are from Born Pretty Store.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sing For You

Leave it to exo to release a new Christmas album right in the middle of exam month when I have 500 things to do. Not that I'm complaining about new music (I love the album), but the timing did mean that I had to be a little late with this Sing For You inspired design.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Warm Wishes 2015

Tim Hortons re-released their #WarmWishes holiday cups this year! I'm super pleased about this because they honestly make the cutest nail designs!

Saturday, December 05, 2015


I've been getting a lot of request for BTS nails recently, so their latest comeback with the album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 2 was the perfect opportunity for me to transform their promotional song and mv Run into a nail design!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sweater Weather (Water Decal Review)

Hey guys! I have another BPS review for you today! Today I’ll be reviewing some water decals (what a surprise)!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Looking Sharp

Hey guys! I wanted to do something kind of seasonal for my nails today so here we are!

Saturday, November 14, 2015


How awesome is exo's collaboration with Star Wars for The Force Awakens?! I was pretty excited to hear about it because a) I'm always up for more music from exo and b) any excuse to do galaxy nails is always welcome! 

Saturday, November 07, 2015

4 Walls

One of my favourite girl group recently came back with their 4th full length album which means that it's time to add to my Comeback Series! This time around my inspiration is f(x)'s song 4 Walls.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bite Me

Phew, I managed to get a second Halloween design in before the end of October!
This one is a little darker than the ghosts, but I think it's equally awesome!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ghostly Gathering

October is almost over which means it's time for Halloween nails!!
I feel like with holiday designs I'm always stuck between having too many ideas and no ideas (or alternatively, just not liking any of my multitude of ideas). I felt like that this year too, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing but had like 5 partially thought out ideas floating around. It took me an entire day, but I finally settled on two Halloween designs for the year. This is the first of the two designs!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Toxic Waste (Water Decal Review)

Hey guys! Just one more product review and then I’ll get back to doing regular, hand painted art, I promise! Anyways, today’s review is for BPS (as always) and is on another set of water decals.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Leopard Print Vinyls Review

Hey guys! I'm so sorry I've been MIA for a few weeks! I've been super busy with school (and I still am sobs), and I also took a tip to Montreal with some friends over reading week so I've had pretty much no time to write up blog posts. Hopefully I'll be less busy after October aka Midterm season. >.<

Anyways, it's review time! Today I’ll be talking about some vinyls that I received from Born Pretty Store.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

NYAN Turns Three!

Time sure flies, doesn't it? I can barely believe that another whole year has gone by filled with painting, photographing, editing, and blogging here at Not Your Average Nails! It's been another really fun year so I wanted to take a look back at some of the standout moments of the past 12 months!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shine Like Stars

I think we all need to take a minute to appreciate how gorgeous this necklace that I picked up at a street festival last week is! *-* I knew as I was buying it that I wanted to make a nail design to go with it and voila! Here is the end result!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dumb Dumb

♫♪ Oh baby baby baby baby baby, you make me crazy crazy crazy crazy hey! ♪♫

As some of you may know, a few weeks ago Red Velvet released their first full album entitled The Red along with a music video for the promotional single from the album, Dumb Dumb. Being the hopeless SM stan that I am, I decided that a nail design inspired by the song and mv were needed!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

You Think

♫♪ You Think ya real cool (you're not); Boy, you ain't cooler than me, nah. ♪♫
Like I said with my last SNSD manicure, this design is a little late considering the mv for You Think was released a month ago. I got it done and that's what count though, right?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rose To The Occasion

Hi guys! If you follow me on Instagram as well as here you probably know that I'm super behind with this post; I should have had it up like 5 days ago. The reason for this - besides me being a lazy butt who didn't want to edit photos - is that school has started up once again which means it's back to classes (boo!) and having a social life (woo!). As much as it pains me, this means I'll probably be cutting down on the volume of designs I'll be posting for a little while to concentrate on school. I should still have at least one design up per week, but sadly it'll probably be a little difficult for me to do more than that.

But anyways, now that you're updated on me let's get back to the matter at hand: my nails!
I swear I know that the season that's just started is fall and not spring, but I've just been feeling the floral designs lately!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Lion Heart

♫♪ Tell me whyyy, why does my heart keep shaking?
I'm right here, right next to you,
Snap out if it Lion Heart ♫♪

I'm adding to my Comeback series today with a design inspired by SNSD's new song and album Lion Heart! Well, kind of new. I may be a few weeks behind with this design but y'know. I did the design and that's all that matters! :P

Monday, August 31, 2015

Floral Water Decal Review

I have another Born Pretty Store product review for you guys today! I’m trying out another set of water decals today and this time they’re floral patterned.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Siren Song (+Tutorial!)

Summer isn't almost over; school isn't starting soon, what are you talking about?
I'm obviously in denial about the end of summer holidays creeping up faster than I would like, so in retaliation and in a desperate attempt to hold on to the warm weather and stress-free days I did a glittery, gaudy mermaid nail design for you all!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Roaring Nails

Have roaring nails, not boring nails!
A few weeks ago my friend Robin from Roaring Nails contacted me about participating in her Summer of Guest Posts series and I was more than happy to agree to it! You can check out my guest post here
Since she said I could do whatever I wanted to for the post I decided to literally make roaring nails for her!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Super Mario

I have a very special design to share with all of you today!

This time last year I was in Scotland for my cousin Stephanie's wedding and I had the honour of being asked to do her nails for the big day! Now these are not your typical wedding nails - they are awesome, Super Mario-inspired wedding nails!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Mortal Instruments (+ Tutorial!)

I've been doing a lot of music-inspired designs this year, but I'm doing something a little different today with this book-inspired design! Are there any Shadowhunter fans out there?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Light As A Feather (Feather Water Decal Review)

What do you do when you don't have time to paint your nails? Personally, I use the opportunity to do the BPS water decal review that I've been putting off for a month.... Shhh don't tell Alice I've been slacking. 

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Married To The Music

♫♪ Are you married to the music? (We're married to the music!) ♪♫
I'm back at the kpop designs this week courtesy of SHINee and their repackage album and promotional single of the same name, Married To The Music!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Eeep, I'm so late with this post, sorry guys!
I had a busy few days at work and didn't get around to writing up a full post on this design.

Anyways, as you may have already heard if you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, last week my friend and coworker Isabelle got married and I had the honour of doing her nails for the wedding!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Party Till The Sundown

Are you ready for something bright? I'm back at the neon designs after doing a few pastel ones and I'm really loving having bright, summery colours on my nails again!
This week's design is completely, 100% inspired by the lovely @ninanailedit and the equally fab @ane_li on Instagram!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gimme That, Gimme That Ice Cream

Who wants some ice cream??
Even though I'm surrounded my ice cream all summer (I work at an ice cream shop) I'm still not tired of it and even love it enough to wear it (in the form of charms) on my nails!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Molang (+ Tutorial!)

I'm revisiting another old design of mine today, this time it's one that you should all be pretty familiar with - my Molang nails! I've been using this design as my display picture across all of the blog's social media for almost a year now and a few weeks ago I got a request on Tumblr to do a tutorial for it!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


More summer comebacks equals more summer kpop designs!
This time around I'm focusing on SNSD's new pre-release single Party and the music video for that song!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

All Hands On Deck (Ship's Wheel Decoration Review)

Question: Is it really summer if you don't do an obligatory nautical design?
Answer: Of course not!

To satisfy that summer requirement, here is a simple, chic, nautical nail design for you!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Canada Day 2015

Happy Canada Day everyone!
I decided to do something a little different this year, so here to celebrate the holiday are a polar bear, a moose, a beaver, and the most feared bird in the country, a Canadian Goose!

Monday, June 29, 2015

PINee (+ Tutorial!)

Grab your sunglasses because this design is bright!
Though I have used neon polishes in all but one of my designs this month, in none of the designs did the neons take center stage quite like they do here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chase the Sunset (Palm Tree Sticker Review)

Hey guys! I’m doing another summer design as well as another product review for Born Pretty Store today! Though I’m obviously more of a freehand-design kind of girl, I was lured in by the large number of stickers (12 sheets!) included in this package.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Popsicle Party

Hey guys! After the slew of music-inspired designs that I've done over the past two or so months I kind of want to shake things up and do some more general, summery designs. First up is this cute, bright popsicle print!

Thursday, June 11, 2015


I have another recreation of an old design for you today! This time the design is even more recent - I first did it last November - but it was fun to redo all the same!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Love Me Right

Hey guys!
I'm sure you know me pretty well by now, so you probably guessed that I wouldn't be able to let Exo's comeback go by without doing a design for it! This time they're back with their repackage album "Love Me Right," and my design is based off of the mv for the title track of the same name!

EXO Love Me Right Nail Art

Monday, May 25, 2015

Bad Blood

I just can't seem to get away from music-inspired designs lately! This week's artist is a little more widely known though, so she and her music will probably be more familiar to you. My muse for this design is none other than Taylor Swift and her newest music video for the song Bad Blood!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Hey guys! I have another kpop design for you today (sorry to my followers who don't listen to this kind of music; a lot of groups I like just happen to be having comebacks all around the same time which is why I've been inundating you with these designs!). My muse for this design is SHINee, and more specifically the music video for View, the promotional single off their 4th Album Odd.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

You Octopi My Thoughts (+ Tutorial!)

I'm going to take you back in time today to the not-so-distant past (aka the beginning of last year). February of 2014 was when I first created this design at the (persistent) request of my roommate, and now I've painted it again at the request of a lovely anon on tumblr!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Like You Know It All

Today's design is really simple, just a gradient with my go-to tribal design over top (+ some studs because every design could use some studs).

Monday, May 11, 2015

Masquerade (Rhinestone Mask Review)

Hey guys, I'm doing another product review for BPS today! I think there was probably some kind of shipping issue with this order since it was sent out early February and I didn't receive it until a few weeks ago. When I has originally ordered these 3D Rhinestone Mask Decorations I was thinking of doing some kind of belated Mardi Gras theme, but since it's a little late for that I reevaluated and realized that for a lot of people it's probably getting close to prom season! Therefore this prom/masquerade design was born!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Del Sol Swatches

I'm finally posting these long-awaited Del Sol swatches!
I can't believe how long this has taken, from a weird mix-up with UPS which extended delivery time, to exams, to the sun not cooperating with me, these swatches have encountered setback after setback. But fear not, they are finally here!

Saturday, May 02, 2015


As promised, here is my second design for Big Bang's comeback, this time focusing on the video for their song Loser.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Bae Bae

I have so many designs and things to do at the moment but everything is getting put on hold for a minute for Big Bang's comeback!