Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Glitter Snowflake Nails

Hello everyone!

Long time, no see! I know that some of you have been missing my nail art and I apologize for my long absence.

For those of you who don't know, I started my senior year in high school this year, which means my life has been taken over by college applications/preparations. On top of that, I am planning to be an art major, which means any extra time I have is spend on art pieces to create my portfolio.

With all of the time I have had to spend on my portfolio and college aps, my nail art was pushed to the back-burner. I have only worn plain colors on my nails for weeks... Sometimes even nothing at all!

But I have a quick winter-y nail design for all of you, which is perfect for Christmas and through the rest of winter.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Born Pretty Store #97 Starry Sky Nail Polish Swatches | Born Pretty Store Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have swatch photos of the #97 Starry Sky nail polish from Born Pretty Store!

The Starry Sky polishes are a holographic, shifting micro-glitter polish that looks best layered over black. They make your nails look like you have the galaxy on them! :)

**Don't forget to use my code NSBW10 for 10% of on BornPrettyStore.com!**

Shown is one coat over one coat of a black nail polish.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sunset Aztec Decal Nails | Born Pretty Store Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have some summery gradient nails featuring some aztec water decals from Born Pretty Store!

These decals come in a size to fit your whole nail, but I decided to cut up the decals instead and use them as an accent. I know that I do a lot of decal designs so I try to change it up for you guys and show you other possibilities when using them :)

**Don't forget to use my code NSBW10 for 10% of on BornPrettyStore.com!**

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pink Leopard Nails | #BestieTwinNails with Carmen @ineedamani

Hello everyone!

Sorry for my absence for the past week! I was on vacation and kind of took a break from nails, and took some time to enjoy the summer and to hang out with my friends. But I am back with these matte pink leopard Bestie Twin Nails with the lovely Carmen from @ineedamani!


Sunday, August 16, 2015

My 17th Birthday Nails

Hello everyone!

Today, August 16th, is my 17th birthday! I wanted to sincerely thank you all because last year around my birthday, I had 34,000 Instagram followers. Now, I'm nearing 72,000! It's amazing to see how this little account of mine has grown over the years.

One of my all-time favorite manis that I've ever done is my blue and silver quatrefoil design using the Moroccan Vinyls from Snail Vinyls, so I decided to recreate it for my birthday!

I didn't get a chance to get a nice picture of this design, so here's a old-style iPhone photo of this mani :) Haha throwback to when all my photos were like this.... This mani did not turn out perfect because I did them late at night in a rush but I just like having a little something to celebrate on my nails :)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Green Chevron & Decal Nails | Born Pretty Store Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have another design using water decals from Born Pretty Store. If you've been following my blog for a while you will know that I love to use these... they are so easy and I love all of the patterns they come in!

I didn't want you guys to get bored of them, though, so I tried to do something different when using these decals. I'm not sure if I am completely happy with how it turned out, but I hope that you guys like them! :)

**Don't forget to use my code NSBW10 for 10% off on BornPrettyStore.com!**

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Navy and Pink Striped Nails | Daniel Wellington Watch Review

Hi everyone!

Today I have another mani with my Daniel Wellington watch! I really loved the design on my middle nail from my last mani so I decided to recreate it with a little twist. I added silver studs and a matte top coat to make a different look!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Navy and Pink Mix & Match Nails | Daniel Wellington Watch Review

Hello everyone!

Recently I was contacted by the Swedish watch company, Daniel Wellington. They asked if I would like to try out one of their watches and share it with all of you! After looking through all of their beautiful designs, I really fell in love with their Classic Southampton watch. I created this nail design to match the navy and pink band of the watch!

** They also were kind enough to give you guys a discount code that you can use until August 31st, 2015! The code is nails_by_erin, and it will take 15% off your order on www.danielwellington.com! **


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blue and Silver Glitter X Nails

Hello everyone!

I am SO excited about today's mani. I had this idea in my head of how I wanted to do a design with these amazing Right Angle nail vinyls from Snail Vinyls and I ended up loving how it looked so much that I did it on both of my hands! It's one of those nail designs where it turned out exactly the way I had hoped! Yay!! :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Neon Dry Brush Aztec Nails

Hello everyone!

Today, I'm sharing a bit of a nail fail. I wanted to put a different twist on the dry brush style by combining it with the Tetris nail vinyls from Snail Vinyls! The lines didn't come out very well so I added the gold edge, but even then I don't think that it looks great. Still, I thought that I would share this mani with you all. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Chevron Floral Nails

 Hello everyone!

Today I have this really girly and fun chevron floral design to share with you all!

I've really been wanting to do a freehand floral pattern, and I recently fell in love with a chevron and floral pattern of a phone case that I found online. I did this nail design inspired by that pattern! I've also seen @nailstorming on Instagram do a lot of these kind of manis lately and I have been obsessed with them! I would say that this design is a combination of the two of those things :)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Orange & Floral Water Decal Nails | Born Pretty Store Review

Hello everyone!

I apologize for my 3 week hiatus, but now I am back and ready to share some fun summer nail art!

I think that Essie "Tart Deco" is one of the most beautiful colors for summer, especially for those of you who love to tan. But even on my super pale, never-tanning Irish skin, I love how bright it looks! 

I decided to pair up this polish with some new floral decals that I received from Born Pretty Store! (You guys probably know by now how much I love their floral water decals... It's such an easy way to get cute nails!) Here's how the mani turned out!

**Don't forget to use my code NSBW10 for 10% off on BornPrettyStore.com!**

Monday, June 15, 2015

Born Pretty Store Starry Sky Nail Polish Swatch & Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have swatch photos of the Starry Sky nail polish (#4) from Born Pretty Store!

**Don't forget to use my code NSBW10 for 10% off on BornPrettyStore.com!**

This polish is a multichrome holographic polish that also has holographic microglitter. On the nail, this polish is beautiful! It's like a galaxy in a bottle. It mainly shifts from blue to purple but I also caught bits of red and pink depending on the lighting.

Here I'm wearing three coats with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Color4Nails Cuticle-Away and Cuticle Oils Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have a review of two cuticle oil pens and a cuticle softener from Color4Nails. They recently launched these new products and they very kindly sent me two of the cuticle oils they are carrying (they have 5 oil pens, one of them is unscented as well).

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Rainbow Infinite Ombre Nails | Preen.Me & Sephora Formula X Infinite Ombre System

Hello everyone!

Today I have a rainbow ombre design using the new Formula X Infinite Ombre polishes! I was sent these by Sephora and Preen.Me through the #PreenMeVIP program to try.

I the system comes with 5 polishes: four colored polishes and one metallic silver polish (used as the base). The colored polishes are basically jelly polishes. The reddish pink is called "Boundless Berry", the yellow is "Limitless Lemon", the teal/green is "Timeless Teal" and the purple is called "Infinite Indigo". The "Platinum Prime" base gives the jelly polishes a really cool effect when layered over them.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Pink Princess Cosmetics Swatch & Review

Hello everyone! 

Today I have a really fun swatch post for you all featuring four gorgeous polishes from Pink Princess Cosmetics!

Up on their site they have 20 polishes available, and the colors come in a pretty wide range. They were kind enough to send me these beauties to swatch and share with all of you! :)

First up is "You Give Me Butterflies", a soft tan creme, kind of like the color of coffee. Here I'm wearing two coats! The formula was really nice and smooth, and though I usually don't go for nudes I do like this one! It is a beautiful shade.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Disney Nails: 2015 Edition!

Hello everyone!

I apologize for not having new nails up in about a week, but I have had a few fun things happening for the past week and I didn't have enough spare time to get a post or a video up for you all!

This past Memorial Day weekend, I traveled with my high school music department to Florida and we performed in Disney World! It was so much fun and I absolutely loved going back to Disney. You might remember that last year I did some Minnie Mouse nails when I went to Disney, so I wanted to do something similar but slightly different for this Disney trip!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thermal Butterfly Decal Nails | Born Pretty Store Review

Hello everyone!

Since I really have been loving the #104 thermal nail polish from Born Pretty Store, I decided to do a nail design with it!

I'm also using silver metallic butterfly water decals from Born Pretty Store in this mani.

Here is the nail polish transitioning (my pinky and the bottom half of most of my nails are cold):

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Born Pretty Store Thermal Polish Swatch & Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have a really fun swatch and review for you all, with two thermal polishes from Born Pretty Store!

These polishes don't have names, so the only way to identify them is by their assigned numbers. I received #104 and #301.

First up is #301. This one changes from a sky blue (warm) to a periwinkle-purple (cold). The change is very subtle, but the color is so pretty!

(By the way, I have water on my hands and around my cuticles because I ran my nails underwater before these photos)

Here it is in its warm state:

And cold:

And starting to transition. Again, the change is very subtle:

Formula was tricky on this one. It was kind of patchy. With two coats, it was good enough from far away, but the camera would still pick up the bald spots, so here I am wearing three coats. The polish was a little thick, as well, and it took some time to dry. Nothing too bad, but I can't say that the formula was amazing.

Next up is #104. This one shifts from a dark purple (cold) to a deep magenta (warm). 

Here it is in the warm state:

And when it is cold:

And here it is transitioning:

The formula was much better on this one! It was two coats and the formula was less thick than the first. It went on pretty smoothly, as well. I actually LOVE both of the colors that this changes to! I was impressed much more with how the polish transition and 

You definitely need a top coat when using these two polishes. They dry to a slightly waxy, non-shiny finish. I used the Glisten and Glow HK Girl Top Coat for these pictures.

Check out the thermal polishes here, and don't forget to use the code NSBW10 for 10% off your order on www.bornprettystore.com!

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DISCLAIMER: Born Pretty Store sent me these wraps to review and share with you all. I am not being paid to use this product. All opinions expressed on this product are strictly my own. I only post honest reviews for you all <3

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Royal Princess Nails

Hello everyone!

In case you haven't heard, there is a new royal baby: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana! I thought it might be fun to do some girly princess nails in honor of her :)

A while back I received this crown nail charm from Simply Spoiled Beauty and I thought it would be perfect for this design! (I don't currently see this exact charm listed on their site, but they have a ton of other nail bows and nail art tools that I'm sure you all will love.

Use code ERIN40 for 40% your order on www.simplyspoiledbeautyproducts.com!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

OPI Infinite Shine Floral Watermarble Nails

Hello everyone!

As you can probably tell, I have joined the nub club.... Yup, I've had three nail breaks in the past two days. Ugh.

But I am continuing with my series of watermarbling attempts; this time with a flower petal marble using "Running With the In-finite Crowd", "Pretty Pink Perseveres", and "Get Ryd-of-thym Blues" from the new OPI Infinite Shine line. 

*I received 10 polishes from the OPI Infinite Shine line (as well as the base and top coat) from Preen.Me through their #PreenMeVIP program, however, this does not affect my comments or opinions on the polishes*

Friday, April 24, 2015

Daisy and Watermarble Nails

Hello everyone!

You might remember from my last blog post that I tried to do a watermarble design, and failed. But I haven't given up yet! I recently received this 3D daisy stud from Born Pretty Store and the first nail idea that came to my mind was a green watermarble under it to resemble the pattern of a leaf.

I was really determined to do this look, so even though the idea of watermarbling was sickening, I tried my hand at the technique... And I finally had some success!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blue and Silver Quatrefoil Nails

Hello everyone!

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I tried watermarbling the other day for my new nail design. And you probably figured out that it didn't end up working too well.

After mourning the fact that I have no watermarbling skills, I needed a pick-me-up mani that was completely my style (a.k.a. blue and bling, especially with a bling accent nail).

So I pulled out these quatrefoil vinyls that I received from Snail Vinyls (they're called the Moroccan Stencils on their site) and threw this mani together! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Live Love Polish & Colores de Carol Exclusives

Hello everyone!

Today I have some super gorgeous SPARKLY nail polishes to share with you. These are exclusives by Colores de Carol and are only available on LiveLovePolish.com

These are all super sparkly, so if you are a glitter lover then these are a must-have! My camera seriously had a hard time focusing on these glitters with all of the holo action happening.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mix & Match Easter Nails

Hello everyone!

I don't think that I did any Easter nails last year, so now I'm making up for it with this mix and match Easter mani!

There are so many different designs that you can do for Easter, and I couldn't choose which one I wanted to do! So I decided to incorporate a little bit of everything :) 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

OPI Infinite Shine Review & Leopard Print Nails

Hello everyone!

The other day I got some super exciting nail mail: The new OPI Infinite Shine system, which I received from Preen.Me as a part of their #PreenMeVIP program!

I actually snapped these two pictures when I first opened this, because I was so excited and the packaging was so cute!!!

I received 10 polishes as well as the special base coat (primer) and top coat (gloss), and they came in this little box!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pink and White Lace Nails | Born Pretty Store Nail Wrap Review

Hello everyone!

As many of you probably know by now, I absolutely love girly, pink designs, and I love the look of lace nails. However, I don't have the patience or fine enough brushes to paint them by hand, and I have never tried stamping before so I haven't attempted doing lace nails that way.

Luckily, Born Pretty Store was kind enough to send me these gorgeous white lace nail wraps to try out! They have a clear backing and have little silver rhinestones as a little accent.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Glitter Gradient with Salon Perfect "Luck of the Irish"

Hello everyone!

I've had a total nail blogger fail, not to mention a total Irish-girl fail... I had absolutely no nail art for St. Patrick's Day! My nails weren't even painted green yesterday!

Luckily, I came home from school yesterday afternoon to some St. Patrick's nail mail from Salon Perfect. I wish I could have gotten it sooner, so I could have had time to swatch them all and write a full blog post for you, but I just couldn't get a whole collection review up in a few hours!

I think I will still be reviewing the collection, but it will be up later. Sorry again for not having these polishes for a St. Patrick's Day swatch spam!

This is a glitter topper from the collection, appropriately named "Luck of the Irish"! It's a fun, glittery polish (gold hex glitter with gold but mostly green micro-glitter) in a clear base.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Textured Mermaid Scale Nails | Snail Vinyls Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have a very fun (and summery!) design using scale nail art vinyls from Snail Vinyls! Yup, I am sooo done with winter and I can't wait for the warmer weather.

When I first saw these scale vinyls, I knew that I wanted to do a mermaid scale nail design. I picked up OPI "Honey Ryder' and Nicole by OPI "That's What I Mint" because they are two gorgeous textured polishes that not only compliment each other but they make perfect mermaid colors!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Born Pretty Store Black & White Lace Nail Wrap Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have a review of these black and white Born Pretty Store nail wraps!

For those of you who aren't very good with freehand designs or just aren't very good at nail art, you will be excited to hear about these! The nail wraps are easy to apply and don't require any drying time or extra tools.

 I did add a bit of my own flair to this mani rather than using the wraps on all of my nails, because I really wanted to include these rhinestones from Born Pretty Store that I have been loving lately! I know I kind of went crazy with the bling, but I had to add a bit of sparkle with the black nails :)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Soft Purple Gradient Nails with Born Pretty Store Bow

Hello everyone!

Today I have a nice "refresher" mani to share with you all. I wanted to do something simple and pretty that would compliment this cute little silver nail bow from Born Pretty Store (these come in a bunch of different, silver and pearl designs, but the one I'm using here is #727).

After a serious amount of resisting from reaching for a light pink, I picked up Color Club "Holy Chic" for the gradient in this mani. Not only do I love the name, but the color is stunning and creates such a lovely gradient when paired with white. I've really been loving purples and blues lately, and while this is definitely a light purple it does lean towards that sort of cool purple/periwinkle color. It is gorgeous!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Aqua Floral Phone Case Inspired Nails

Hello everyone!

I didn't have a lot of time for nails this week, but I really wanted to try out a freehand floral pattern. I really miss doing freehand designs! I used to only do designs like this but I guess my style has changed since then.

Anyway, I got the inspiration for this floral pattern from my sister's phone case. It has such a pretty floral pattern and I really wanted to recreate it on my nails! The design didn't turn out quite how I wanted it to, but I decided to post this anyway.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

#SwatchSunday: Model's Own "Pear Purple" Swatch and Review

Hello everyone! 

Today I have a really beautiful swatch to share with you. This is Model's Own "Pear Purple" from their Diamond Luxe collection. The great thing about this polish is the subtle micro-glitter. If you look at it closely, you can see very fine gold glitter! It is so beautiful when it catches the light, yet not too overwhelming. The color definitely still takes center stage.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bright Gradient Nails | Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil Review

I have a really cool product to show you guys today! :)

If you're into nail art, then you've probably at least heard of the liquid latex/liquid painter's tape products that have become very popular lately.

Today, I have one of those liquid latex products to share with you! This is the Crystalline Nail Veil from Color4Nails (which already wins bonus points for the name... Nail Veil!) Haha :)

*If you have a latex allergy, do not use this product! Most of these kinds of liquid painter's tape include latex, so try to find another solution if you are allergic, like Elmer's glue.

The nail veil comes in a bottle with a thin brush, like a striping nail art brush. The latex itself is yellow and it dries a slightly darker yellow. Their website says that it dries in about one minute, but it took about 2 minutes for me.

Since it is under 10° where I live, we've all been longing for the warmer weather, which inspired me to do a gradient with super fun, bright colors! I settled on China Glaze "Float On" and "Too Yacht to Handle".


Sunday, February 15, 2015

#SwatchSunday: Color Club "Factory Girl" and "Pucci-Licious" Swatches and Review | Live Love Polish

Hello everyone! 

I am so excited to share these gorgeous Color Club cream polishes with you! I got these beauties from Live Love Polish, an online nail polish store that carries cruelty-free brands like Models Own, LVX, and China Glaze, as well as some indie brands like Pretty & Polished and Colores de Carol.

First up is Color Club "Pucci-licious" is a gorgeous cool purple cream that is completely opaque in two thin coats. The application was so smooth and the polish itself is beautiful!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Nails: Pink Stripes with Heart Studs

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

I've been a little under the weather for the past few days but I wanted to do a quick Valentine's day design for you all!

I've seen a lot of lip manis, a lot of pink gradients, and a lot of gradient hearts, so I wanted to try something different and a little more simple. I decided on this stripe design, and I used the heart studs to capture the Valentine's day theme.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Colores de Carol Valentine's Day Gift Set from Live Love Polish!

Hi again! Hope you are all having a great week.

Today I have three stunning Colores de Carol polishes to show you: "Amethyst""Bling" and "Jesse's Girl". These are all available on LiveLovePolish.com, and "Jesse's Girl" is exclusively available from Live Love Polish!

First up is Colores de Carol "Amethyst", a magenta/purple holographic polish with a blue shimmer. Let me tell you, when this catches the light it is stunning. I am obsessed with holos like this! Shown is two coats with top coat.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Pretty & Polished Exclusives from Live Love Polish!

Hello everyone!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I think we all can agree that festive nail polish is a must! Today I am so excited to share with you these gorgeous Valentine's Day polishes by Pretty & Polished, which you can only get from LiveLovePolish.com!

*Check back later this week to see three beautiful Colores de Carol polishes (one of them being exclusive, from Live Love Polish only)!

First up is Pretty & Polished "He Makes Me Blush"; a light pink crelly polish with pink, red, and silver hex glitter, as well as pink and white heart glitters! Shown is three coats with a top coat.