For the third Last Chance Design Lab challenge sponsored by CND, Tan Nguyen and Victoria Zegarelli will face off to see who has a chance of staying in the competition. CND’s Jan Arnold will select her favorite look Friday and you’ll find out who will remain for at least one more week.


All Last Chance challenges are done on a single nail tip. Contestants are also asked to describe their looks. There are no other elements to this battle.


Since Victoria packed her paintbrushes after the In Unison challenge, this week’s Last Chance challenge is loosely related.


Just One Look: Show us why you stand out from the rest, using only one image to make your point. This image should show us what is most unique about you. You can use any mediums for this challenge.


Here are the looks they created:



Tan Nguyen

For this challenge I chose to do the Marine Corps Emblem, which consists of the eagle, globe, and anchor. The eagle represents the proud nation we defend. It stands at the ready with our coastlines in sight and the entire world within reach of its outstretched wings. The globe represents our worldwide presence. The anchor points both to the Marine Corps’ naval heritage and its ability to access any coastline in the world. Together, the eagle, globe, and anchor symbolize our commitment to defend our nation — in the air, on land, and at sea. The emblem became official in 1955 but it has been a part of the Marines’ uniform since 1868.
It reminds me that I am once and  always a U.S. Marine. What makes it unique is that once I was a lean mean green fighting machine and now I’m a sensitive nail artist serving women. Many of my clients ask me, “how can a Marine end up doing nails?” I became interested in doing nails because of the artistic side of the profession. I have a passion for art and I express it on a smaller scale, using women’s nails as my canvas.





Victoria Zegarelli

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am all about the bling! I’m known for my very healthy addiction to Swarovski and there is never a day where I’m seen without some sort of sparkle on my nails. The very special nails I wear to the nail shows attract people from across the room. Everyone takes pictures of my glam nails and they always want to touch the fun dangling charms I make. My collection of crystals and gems always has my clients in awe. As I open the box I joke with them and say, “Come, come into the light!” I love that if a client can’t have embellishments, I can still brighten up their life with just a little glitter, foil or chrome polish.  I enjoy it so much when I ask them at the end of the service, “Do you love them?” and their eyes light up and they say “Oh yes I do!”  My favorite expression is Keep Calm and Shine Bright like a Diamond. And oh yes … I do eat glitter for breakfast.



Congratulations to Victoria Zegarelli for winning the third Last Chance Design Lab challenge! Victoria went up against defending champion Tan Nguyen to convey how each of them stood out from the crowd, using only a single image on a nail tip. CND’s Jan Arnold chose the winner.


Jan said, “Lovely write-up and without reading it, I knew this nail was Victoria! The precision of the eye is outstanding! So beautiful, and all the other elements worked in harmony.”


This means Victoria will move on to compete against the next eliminated contestant. Find out Friday who that will be.