Win a CND Shellac Manicure

Comments 76 by Rebecca Bollwitt
Disclosure: Review — I received my manicure compliments of CND Canada. This is not a paid post. Views and opinions are my own. Please review the Policy & Disclosure section for further information.

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!

76 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. KaseySaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 12:33pm PST

    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. LelainiaLloydSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 12:54pm PST

    I love anything in deep plum colours.

  3. Cindy KSSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 12:58pm PST

    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. janSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 1:48pm PST

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

  5. MarySaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 2:37pm PST

    I love anything pink and sparkly!

  6. JustineSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 3:08pm PST

    I like plum shades.

  7. AngelaSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 4:43pm PST

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

  8. mariaSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 5:38pm PST

    I love a dark burgundy.

  9. Michelle WSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 9:03pm PST

    I also like plum and burgundy shades!

  10. randySaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 9:04pm PST


  11. NoraSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 9:43pm PST

    I love Shellac! Strawberry smoothie colour, please.

  12. KimSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 10:13pm PST

    I love the Romantique light pink shade!

  13. shannon macSaturday, December 5th, 2015 — 11:34pm PST

    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!

  14. KamSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 12:20am PST

    I like deep reds!

  15. BrendaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 1:56am PST

    I love red polish!

  16. DanikaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 6:31am PST

    Been liking coral nails lately

  17. MarinaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 9:16am PST

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

  18. HannahSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 9:28am PST

    burgandy for fall!

  19. FayezaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 9:53am PST

    Cake pop

  20. StacySunday, December 6th, 2015 — 10:06am PST

    I like a deep red!

  21. ChloeSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 10:54am PST

    Love their art called Cosmic Grid!

  22. Diane ToSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 11:47am PST

    My favourite nail colour is a dark royal blue!

  23. Melissa LiSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 2:02pm PST

    I love French manicures!

  24. LaelSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 3:14pm PST

    I love deep reds at this time of year.

  25. samanthaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 4:57pm PST


  26. Caitlin JSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 5:31pm PST

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

  27. HayleySunday, December 6th, 2015 — 7:39pm PST

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

  28. RebeccaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 7:57pm PST

    On my toes, I like a deep red.

  29. LorenaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 7:57pm PST

    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.

  30. Winnie WSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 8:35pm PST

    My fave nail colour right now is burgundy!!

  31. Jessica R.FSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 9:52pm PST

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

  32. AngelaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 10:12pm PST

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

  33. MayaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 10:24pm PST


  34. samanthaSunday, December 6th, 2015 — 10:59pm PST

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

  35. CassiaMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 12:21am PST

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

  36. LauraMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 2:15am PST

    French Manicures!

  37. Alana PMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 7:08am PST

    Hot Pink with snowflakes…

  38. Karen LMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 9:49am PST

    I’m currently loving geometric nail art!

  39. HGMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 9:52am PST

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

  40. JasmineMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 10:00am PST

    Deep Reds!

  41. RubyMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 10:11am PST

    royal blue

  42. SamanthaMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 10:27am PST

    baby pink!

  43. Brenda PentonMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 10:40am PST

    I love anything with sparkles

  44. albalinzyMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 10:52am PST

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

  45. KirstenMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 11:19am PST

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

  46. Carlie WeltersMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 11:33am PST

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

  47. RinoMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 11:58am PST


  48. TaniaMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 11:59am PST


  49. DonnaMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 12:41pm PST

    I love deep purples!

  50. MoniqueMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 1:14pm PST

    big fan of shellac nails! nude colors <3

  51. Dana NMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 1:36pm PST

    Neutral colors with some sparkly design

  52. Bernadette EstradaMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 1:55pm PST

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

  53. tracy kMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 3:29pm PST

    my favourite is the french manicure

  54. Jason BMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 3:55pm PST

    Dark Ron Burgundy

  55. AmandaMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 5:19pm PST

    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! 🙂

  56. Trish HustonMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 9:44pm PST

    Dark red with sparkles on top!

  57. Ariel CMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 9:59pm PST

    classic red is my fave!

  58. Paul TonsakerMonday, December 7th, 2015 — 10:19pm PST

    XMMAS present for my wife!

  59. AmandaTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 7:40am PST

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

  60. CeciliaTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 9:00am PST

    My favourite color is light pink!

  61. KaTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 9:41am PST

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

  62. EmmaTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 9:49am PST

    I love grey nail colours!

  63. ChistaTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 2:20pm PST

    burgundy is my fave nail colour right now.

  64. Samantha ReevesTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 2:44pm PST

    I keep my nails short and anything sparkly is great!

  65. sanazTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 3:43pm PST

    I like the peach orange colour

  66. JeanneTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 5:27pm PST

    Love the pinks and purples

  67. Randy ThomasTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 5:56pm PST

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

  68. DilaraTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 9:19pm PST

    I love a classic French mani

  69. Lucie BTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 10:02pm PST

    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).

  70. SanTuesday, December 8th, 2015 — 11:28pm PST

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

  71. MichelleCWednesday, December 9th, 2015 — 9:00am PST

    Fav colour right now is deep green

  72. DonaldWednesday, December 9th, 2015 — 10:12am PST

    Red for my wife.

  73. Margaret ImecsWednesday, December 9th, 2015 — 12:41pm PST

    I love purple

  74. Neena SmithWednesday, December 9th, 2015 — 8:37pm PST

    I adore Blue!

  75. TarrahWednesday, December 9th, 2015 — 10:57pm PST

    Rose pink, with a little bling

  76. HollyThursday, December 10th, 2015 — 9:15pm PST

    Blue Swirl

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