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Saturday, December 5th, 2015 — 10:20am PDT
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Onyx Aesthetics Studio was just 10 days old when I visited to receive my first-ever CND Shellac Manicure complete with nail art. The new space on Abbott Street in Gastown was warm and welcoming, with a narrow entrance and space that opens up in the back where armchairs welcome pedicure recipients with pillows that say: “This is my happy place.”

“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”
~ Coco Chanel

I sat down facing a wall covered in quotes and inspirational art to get my new nails from a CND education ambassador, who knows the Shellac brand inside and out.

I was handed a hardcover book made by Onyx, printed with glossy images of the nail are they have done and can do for clients. Combined with over 100 options of Vinylux weekly polishes and Shellac Art Vandal spring collections, I was at a loss and couldn’t decide on what to get on my fingers before leaving on vacation this winter. I literally put myself into their hands and went with the flow.


I chose blue from the Art Vandal collection and topped that with sparkly foil accents. To see how best I could spread my look across two seasons I decided it was a Christmas gift-wrapped look.

Things I learned about Shellac:

  • Shellac is a brand name by CND, and not actually a gel polish.
  • 101 polishes currently available in CND Vinylux (108 in January, once the new Art Vandal collection is available) and 93 shades of CND Shellac (99 in January once the new Art Vandal collection is available).
  • It is non-damaging and fully removable, but long lasting (I’m going on 12 days with mine now and it’s still impeccable).
  • Shellac is the only non-damaging fully-removable and long-lasting polish requiring no soaking, roughing, or filing of the natural nail.
  • It contains no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP.
  • You can easily remove in-salon or at home with CND’s removal kit called “Offly Fast“, available at Onyx.

The entire process was very quick – unbelievably quick – and from the time I entered Onyx, got my Shellac, had a hand massage, talked to the owner, took pictures, and returned to my bus stop, I still had time on my original fare ticket to get home.

Win a CND Shellac Manicure

If you would like to try a CND Shellac Manicure for yourself at Onyx Aesthetics Studio, I have two to give away – for you and a friend! Here’s how you can enter to win this experience:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite nail colour or style (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @CNDCanada Shellac Manicure for you + a friend from @Miss604

Follow Onyx Aesthetics Studio on Facebook and Instagram for inspiration and follow CND on Twitter for more information about the Art Vandal product line, their full Shellac offerings, and more.

I will draw one contest winner at 9:00am on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The winner’s CND Shellac Manicure will be at Onyx Aesthetics Studio.

Update The winner is Dana!

Disclosure: Review
I received my manicure compliments of CND Canada. This is not a paid post. Views and opinions are my own.

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  1. Kasey says:

    Love it! I’ve walked by Onyx a few times, but haven’t stopped in yet – the space looks great! My fav colour is Hot Pop Pink (I <3 pink nails!) .

  2. I love anything in deep plum colours.

  3. Cindy KS says:

    I love the look of a French manicure. If I win I’d take my sister-in-law who is on much need of some TLC!!!

  4. jan says:

    i have seen raised items, like flowers, which look neat

  5. Mary says:

    I love anything pink and sparkly!

  6. Justine says:

    I like plum shades.

  7. Angela says:

    Yes please! My favorite is a negative space or french manicure!

  8. maria says:

    I love a dark burgundy.

  9. Michelle W says:

    I also like plum and burgundy shades!

  10. Nora says:

    I love Shellac! Strawberry smoothie colour, please.

  11. Kim says:

    I love the Romantique light pink shade!

  12. shannon mac says:

    I’d get an ombre style either red or black as the base and gold glitter for the ombre ends. would be a nice treat in time for graduation from RMT school next week!

  13. Kam says:

    I like deep reds!

  14. Brenda says:

    I love red polish!

  15. Danika says:

    Been liking coral nails lately

  16. Marina says:

    I love shellac! My go-to colors are dark grey or black.

  17. Hannah says:

    burgandy for fall!

  18. Fayeza says:

    Cake pop

  19. Stacy says:

    I like a deep red!

  20. Chloe says:

    Love their art called Cosmic Grid!

  21. Diane To says:

    My favourite nail colour is a dark royal blue!

  22. Melissa Li says:

    I love French manicures!

  23. Lael says:

    I love deep reds at this time of year.

  24. samantha says:


  25. Caitlin J says:

    I love a soft, natural-looking pink or coral.

  26. Hayley says:

    I love black, especially the matte look. Dark purple us stunning too.

  27. Rebecca says:

    On my toes, I like a deep red.

  28. Lorena says:

    I would absolutley love to be spoiled with a French Manicure “CND Shellac”. It would be my first and I’d show everyone the fine work you do! Love this.

  29. Winnie W says:

    My fave nail colour right now is burgundy!!

  30. Jessica R.F says:

    Shimmer, sequins, sparkles! Especially in metallics, purples, or a deep fuchsia. Love KISS press-on nail art, too. Guaranteed boredom buster 🙂

  31. Angela says:

    I love shellac! I love changing my go-to colours depending on the season. Right now… reds, burgundies… I love changing up my colours!

  32. samantha says:

    i love a good classic french mani but i usually paint my nails nude

  33. Cassia says:

    I love shellac! My go-to colors are dark grey or burgundy.

  34. Laura says:

    French Manicures!

  35. Alana P says:

    Hot Pink with snowflakes…

  36. Karen L says:

    I’m currently loving geometric nail art!

  37. HG says:

    For this time of year I like deep reds! Although most other times I go for a shade of beige!

  38. Jasmine says:

    Deep Reds!

  39. Ruby says:

    royal blue

  40. Samantha says:

    baby pink!

  41. Brenda Penton says:

    I love anything with sparkles

  42. albalinzy says:

    My favorite color is nude-y pinks or dark maroon red! For this season i love the christmas nail looks!

  43. Kirsten says:

    I’d love to do a pretty blue with silver snowflakes!

  44. Carlie Welters says:

    Plums, reds or orange-y. Depending on my mood and time of year 🙂

  45. Donna says:

    I love deep purples!

  46. Monique says:

    big fan of shellac nails! nude colors <3

  47. Dana N says:

    Neutral colors with some sparkly design

  48. Bernadette Estrada says:

    favorite nail colour is bubble gum pink with sparkles on top!!!

  49. tracy k says:

    my favourite is the french manicure

  50. Jason B says:

    Dark Ron Burgundy

  51. Amanda says:

    I love changing my nail polish colour depending on the season! Right now I have a plum colour on my nails. In the summer I love turquoise blue! 🙂

  52. Trish Huston says:

    Dark red with sparkles on top!

  53. Ariel C says:

    classic red is my fave!

  54. Paul Tonsaker says:

    XMMAS present for my wife!

  55. Amanda says:

    Glittery nails are the best! Though I’d love to get classic french manicures for me and my maid of honor!

  56. Cecilia says:

    My favourite color is light pink!

  57. Ka says:

    I love neutral colors on my nails but would love a dark dramatic color on a random nail

  58. Emma says:

    I love grey nail colours!

  59. Chista says:

    burgundy is my fave nail colour right now.

  60. Samantha Reeves says:

    I keep my nails short and anything sparkly is great!

  61. sanaz says:

    I like the peach orange colour

  62. Jeanne says:

    Love the pinks and purples

  63. Randy Thomas says:

    I would love to win this for wife for Christmas! She would enjoy a nice manicure downtown.

  64. Dilara says:

    I love a classic French mani

  65. Lucie B says:

    I don’t have a favorite colour or style, which just shows that I need a manicure ( I think I’ve only been twice in my life).

  66. San says:

    I learned something new today – I didn’t know Shellac wasn’t a type of gel polish. My favourite colour is cornflower blue.

  67. MichelleC says:

    Fav colour right now is deep green

  68. Donald says:

    Red for my wife.

  69. Margaret Imecs says:

    I love purple

  70. Neena Smith says:

    I adore Blue!

  71. Tarrah says:

    Rose pink, with a little bling

  72. Holly says:

    Blue Swirl

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