Saturday, December 22, 2018

Stitch Me Up

Originally posted on October 31.

Happy Halloween! 🧟‍♀️🎃👻
I wasn’t sure what to paint for Halloween this year, so I went back to my favourite, super quick wounds technique with a few added stitches and (fake) glass shards for fun 😈


Originally posted on October 24.

You all know that I'm an EXO-L so I'm sure none of you are surprised that I wanted to support NAMANANA, Lay's American debut song and album!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Palette: Green

Originally posted on October 20.

Today I’m taking inspiration from one of own designs that I did back in the spring! This time I used green instead of blue for more of a fall vibe ✌🏻💚🍃


Originally posted on October 17.

Question: Which version of this design do you like better? 🤔 Comment 🖤 for the black bows or 💟 for the white bow!

Thursday, December 20, 2018


Originally posted on October 15.

Happy (belated) 23rd birthday to me! 🎉🎈🎂 I wanted to get these painted and posted by my birthday on October 12th, but I had a presentation that day and couldn’t get these done in time 🤷‍♀️

Butter London Glazen Collection Swatches

Originally posted October 9-11.

Earlier this year I was contacted by Butter London and asked if I was interested in trying out their brand new *peel-off* glitter polish collection, Glazen. As an avid hater of glitter polish removal, my interest was immediately peaked by the idea of glitter polish that you could just peel right off without having to use a special peel-off base coat. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Falling Leaves

Originally posted on September 30.

Finishing off September with some muted fall leaves 🍂🍁
Last year we seemed to go straight from su
mmer into winter, so it’s nice that we’re getting some actual fall weather this year! 🍂🍁

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Chuseok 2018

Originally posted on September 24.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival/Chuseok to everyone who celebrates! 🌕🐰

BTS Love Yourself World Tour

Me: *takes off one BTS design to paint another BTS design* 😜

Tickets for BTS' Love Yourself tour went on sale suuuper early, but I was lucky enough to snag a P1 ticket when they went on sale back in May. Once September rolled around and it was finally time to go to the concert I was pretty excited and, as always, needed my nails to be decked out for the occasion!

Sunday, December 16, 2018


Originally posted on September 15th.

Ah, IDOL. What an interesting music video. I'm pretty sure the first time I watched it I sat there questioning what the artistic director was on while coming up with the concept. After watching it many, many more times to plan out this design, I was still kind of feeling a bit overwhelmed by just how much stuff was going on. ðŸ¤·‍♀️
I did, however, end up narrowing things down and picking out some specific scenes that I felt showcased the overall vibe of the mv.


Originally posted on September 7th.

As I was browsing Pinterest yesterday for nail inspo I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to do one last summer design or jump straight into fall patterns. As I was scrolling, I found this cute print which isn’t really either, but I really liked the colour combo so that’s what I went for 🤷‍♀️🌄

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Retro Summer

Originally posted on August 11th.

Minimalistic summer vibes today totally inspired by the amazing @nail_unistella☀️🌈🌴
I feel like the multicoloured ring finger design looked way better on her shorter nails but what are you gonna do? 🤷‍♀️

Power Up

Originally posted on August 17th.

Red Velvet has a lot of comebacks in 2018. This design was inspired Power Up, the promotional song from their Summer Magic album. I have to admit, I wasn't much of a fan of the song on my first listen, but as with many RV songs it grew on me the more I listened to it. The mv was bright and colourful which made for the perfect, kpop-inspired summer nail design!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Moschino Resort 2019

Originally posted on August 3rd.

Would this design have been better suited for October? Probably.
Did I have the self-restraint to wait until then to paint it though? Apparently not. 🙈😂
This design is inspired by look no. 66 from @moschino’s Resort 2019 Collection. 🎪🎟 There were a ton of really interesting pieces in the collection, but this one was my favourite in terms of nail art potential ✌🏻

Thursday, December 13, 2018

BPS: The Gravity + Recall

Originally posted July 31st and August 7th.

I did some swatches for Born Pretty Store this summer and decided to make some little designs to go with them!

Dance the Night Away

Originally posted on July 21st.

This is the first Twice design I've ever painted! I know, I know, what took me so long? To be honestly, Twice's comebacks always seem to happen when I'm busy with other things so I've just never found the time to make any of their mvs into nail designs. ðŸ¤·‍♀️ 

I had a fun time with this one though and use the Day-to-Night progression of the music video as inspiration for the design!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Our Page

Originally posted on July 13th.

Inspired by SHINee's Our Page, this design was one of my favourites from the year for both its visuals and its sentimentality. If you're new here or just don't remember, I love SHINee. I love their music, I love their personalities, and I admire their strength as a team and as individuals. That's why making this design inspired by Our Page, a song written for Jonghyun, was so important to me. 

Gucci Cruise 2019

Hello friends! I'm alive!
I'm sorry for disappearing from the blog for the better part of 6 months; I've had a really busy half-year and just didn't have the time or energy to keep this blog (or FB/Tumblr) up to date with everything I've been doing on IG and Youtube.
In the time I've been away from the blog, I was working a summer job and then started a new graduate program in the Fall which took up a lot of my time. Now that I'm taking a semester-long break I have some time to catch up with all the blog-related things I've been slacking on recently -- so prepare yourselves for some back-to-back-to-back blog posts!

First up I have a design that I posted back on July 10th inspired by a look from Gucci's Cruise 2019 collection!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018


After a little over a year, Blackpink is finally back with their first mini album SQUARE UP! I've never done a nail design for Blackpink before since their comebacks have always been at inconvenient times (AIIYL came out when I was still in Korea last year), but DDU-DU DDU-DU was actually released at the perfect time for me so I finally got induct them into the ranks of groups that I've made nail designs for! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Good Evening

After a year and eight months SHINee's back (back, back) for their 10th anniversary with their 6th full length album, The Story of Light (EP. 1, 2 & 3). Today's design is inspired by the music video for Good Evening, the promotional track from EP. 1.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Day and Night

Today I have some simple day v. night nails for you that are inspired by a cute print I saw on Pinterest ☁️☀️🌙⭐️

Friday, June 08, 2018


I'm revisiting my Finger Hearts design from this past February today in honour of Pride Month! ðŸ³️‍🌈

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Fake Love

Another BTS comeback, another interesting plot-driven music video to try to base a design around. My design planning for this one got pretty intense and almost morphed into a full-on mv analysis, so I feel like a sacrificed the design's colour scheme a bit for relevance to the story line. There are still some connecting threads to the nails though, which I think pull the design together.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sun's Out

Sunshine and purposely messy lines: my nails are definitely in vacation mode! 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Blooming Day

I don't know about anyone else, but I was a little surprised about the general vibe of EXO-CBX's latest comeback. Compared to Hey Mama! and KA-CHING!, Blooming Day is a lot more chill but I was definitely still feeling the album. 
The music video for Blooming Day was really pretty and aesthetic, and I wanted to capture that minimalism in this design.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Strawberry Bliss

Going for another kind of cute design today with some strawberries!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Hey guys! I'm back with another kpop design!
Back in March J-Hope, a member of BTS, released his mixtape "Hope World" and while I didn't have the time to do a design based on it right away, I still wanted to put something together for it because the music video for the promotional track "Daydream" was so fun!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Bunny Butts

I took a page out of @hannah_nails_it’s book this year and painted bunny butts for Easter! 😜🐰💐

Monday, April 02, 2018

St. Patrick's Day 2018

So I'm clearly a liiiiiittle bit late with these, but here are the nails I did for St. Patrick's Day last month!

Monday, March 26, 2018

100k Thank You + Giveaway

Hey guys! I'm pretty excited for a few different reasons today:
First, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, I'm excited to say that I recently passed 100,000 subscribers on Youtube!
Second, I'm excited to announce that I'm hosting an album giveaway as a way to share my excitement and gratitude with you all!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Black Dress

A little while ago CLC came back with a new concept for their album and title song "Black Dress." CLC is another one of my favourite girl groups, so I really wanted to put together a nail design for this comeback!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics

I'm a liiiittle bit late in posting these, but I had a lot of fun watching the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics this year and cheering on all of the athletes who were competing (especially those from Team Canada, but that's just some national bias showing ðŸ˜œðŸ‡¨ðŸ‡¦). All of the various ice skating events were definitely my favourites to watch, but I caught my fair share of curling, skiiing, and snowboarding as well.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

2018, Year of the Dog

Happy Lunar New Year to everyone who celebrates! It's now the year of the golden dog, so I incorporated a cute puppy into this design!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bad Boy

Who dat, who dat, who dat boy 👀
I had a a bit of fun back in early February putting together this design inspired by Red Velvet's Bad Boy music video. Given the time frame I painted it in, it also doubled as a kind of alternative Valentine's Day design!

Saturday, February 17, 2018


When SM first announced that they would be releasing Jonghyun's final album I was a little surprised at how fast it came. It was released just over a month after his passing, and honestly all of the emotions were, and still are, pretty raw. But everything else aside, Jonghyun is a true poet, a true artist, and being able to listen to Shinin' and then entire Poet | Artist album was a gift.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Secret Garden

This may come as a surprise to most of you since I've never painted a design for them before, but I really like Oh My Girl and was excited to see them come back this January! There were definitely some behind-the-scenes difficulties with this design, but I really wanted to make it work for such a pretty song!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Rose Marble

It's been way too long since I last did marble nails!
I tried a bit of a new technique for this design by mixing together a few different methods I've seen for painting marble nails.

Monday, January 22, 2018

I Come in Peace

I’ve been wanting to make this super cute alien print from Pinterest into a design for a while now and I finally got around to it! ✌🏻👽🌸

Thursday, January 18, 2018


For the past few years I've started off the year with cute character-inspired designs and I wanted to do the same this year! While I was browsing for inspiration I ran across Tarepanda - a lazy, droopy panda character form San-X - who I felt would make a really cute design!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Year in Manicures: 2017

Happy New Year!
I hope everyone's been having a good start to their 2018 so far!
If you follow me on Instagram (@nyanails) you may have seen that I was in BC over the new year. Since I was visiting a friend I didn't have much time to sit down and write blog posts, so it took me a little while to get this whole long post written out. Before starting in on new 2018 designs I wanted to take a look back at some of my favourite sets of nails from 2017!

Friday, January 12, 2018


I may live in Canada, but I'm not a big fan of the cold weather. Regardless, I'm always excited for December because of EXO's Winter Album releases! This year they released their Fourth Winter Special Album with the title song Universe, and the cafe theme of the music video gave me some fun ideas for a nail design!