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New Category: Akzentz Gel Play

From the first nail competition to bring you BLINGED! a mystery embellishment contest, or the first competition to to host a gel-in-a-polish-bottle category, arrives another competition industry first: Akzentz Gel Play Challenge!

Competitors will have one hour to hand paint artwork onto five fingers using only the gels provided to them seconds before the competition begins.

The Canada Nail Cup has never been an ordinary nail competition because Canada is no ordinary place. Continuing to think outside the box on concepts like flat-rate registration fees or the idea that a competitor can bring just one nail model but still participate in every category, Akzentz Gel Play Challenge caries on the tradition.

A theme will be announced either days before the competition or just as the sponsor gels are being distributed. Either way, participants will be required to create hand painted nail art using only the gels provided to them. Just like our Blinged! category, participants will be able to bring home the un-used gels that were given to them.

We are continuing to improve our systems and standards based on feedback from participants.  Every year things get better and better; and we learn from deficiencies to improve them for the following year. We hope this category replacement is just one of those improvements.

CND 20min Gel Polish Challenge WInners Toronto 2015


3rd Place

Elizabeth Christofi


2nd Place

Kazumi Suzumura


1st Place

Phuong Tran


Aigul Fritzke

Aigul Fritzke was born and raised in Kazakhstan and moved in 1997 to Saskatchewan where she lives with her husband and three children.  She has a natural talent for creativity and launched her dream career in aesthetics by combining her eye for beauty with an exceptional gift of artistry. 

Aigul is a trained facial makeup artist, completing the educational requirements of the Academy of Ottawa, an internationally recognized Master Makeup Artistry school.  She has done glamour and special effects makeup for theater, television, fashion, bridal and photo events.  She also does spa services such as manicures, pedicures, brow shaping and waxing for hair removal.

In 2006, she became a certified nail technician, mastering the competencies of nail overlays and extensions by gel and acrylic. Aigul is fascinated by the creative options of “nail art” as a medium for self expression. She says, “Our hands convey a powerful first impression of ourselves as we use them to express ourselves as we speak and meet and greet others.”

She attends trade shows and is an educator to beginner and advanced students. She enjoys the thrill and stress of competition and has won awards nationally and internationally.  For her, the premier nail product is from Masterworks by Amy Becker and she is the sole Canadian distributor of this ‘gold standard in gel.”

Aigul’s work has been published in NAILPRO magazine and she has shared her expertise on several youtube videos.

 Follow Aigul on Facebook/Instagram at aigulfritzkeartistry and see the products she offers on her Aigulfritzke Masterworks website.

Cheryl Thibault

Cheryl Thibault is a Certified Esthetician/ Spa Therapist, Eyelash and Nail Technician, as well as a  qualified Instructor of adult education, having graduated from the National Association of Career Colleges. She is the founder and director of Mirage Spa Education Canada, and has been in the nail,  spa and esthetics industry since 1981. She is also the creator and owner of Spa One Professional Nail Products.

Cheryl Thibault grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan where she became interested in the spa and esthetics industry. Graduating with honors in Cosmetology in 1981, she has since obtained the titles of Esthetician/Spa Therapist, Eyelash and Nail Technician, and Instructor.

Obtaining her certification in adult education through the NACC, Cheryl is fully qualified to offer and teach a variety of courses within the industry. Having owned and operated a private trade school in Regina, she has been teaching esthetics and nail technology since 1983, eventually relocating her business and personal life to Victoria, B.C.  where she founded Mirage Spa Education Canada, which  offers online and distance education globally. She provides the highest quality of education and motivation for all of her students.

Cheryl’s goal is to create a positive difference in the lives of others, not only by helping them visualize their dream, but also by positively affecting the industry standards, and the public’s perception of this very rewarding career.
She possesses many credentials in a variety of areas within the industry, and has written and holds copyrights on many training manuals for the related topics of health, beauty and fitness. She has been featured in “Starting a Business in Saskatchewan”, a book produced by the Government of Saskatchewan, as well as a TV program called “Making Your Dreams Come True.”


Olga Palylyk

Olga Palylyk was born a raised in St Petersburg, Russia and started her nail technician career in BC, Canada, where she lives now.
She has been trained and won numerous awards both nationally and internationally.
Olga has been a Certified Senior Educator for Amore International since 2002.
She teaches Beginner and Advanced nail technology, troubleshooting, and nail art techniques raising the professional bar for beginner as well as seasoned nail technicians. Olga has educated both nationally and internationally, working at trade shows in Russia, Canada and the USA.
Her work and educational articles have been published in both NailPro and Nails magazines as well as used for promotional posters for salons and other nail publications. Video tutorial of Olga’s original designs are available at her web site