Monday, December 4, 2017

Gingerbread Nail Art | Christmas Cookie Mani Swap

Hello everyone, and happy December!

I am already completely in the holiday spirit, so I am really excited to share this festive mani with you all. 

I was asked by 25 Sweetpeas to join her Christmas Cookie Mani Swap, and I was happy to join! Basically this swap is a blogger collaboration with a holiday theme, except we are also swapping our favorite Christmas cookie recipes! Christmas cookies are an important part of the holiday season for my family, so I decided to do a nail design inspired by our favorite cookie: gingerbread!

(No pun intended by the fact that I am a ginger, and my favorite cookie is gingerbread. Lol 😂)

Check out the cover with everyone's cookies on it! Thanks again to Sarah from 25 Sweetpeas for putting this all together, it turned out awesome 😊

Friday, October 27, 2017

Stranger Things Nail Art!!

Hello everyone!

Today I have a special nail art design that I've been waiting to post for ages. In celebration of the release of Stranger Things Season 2, I did some Stranger Things inspired nail art! It's been such a long time since I did some proper freehand nail art, so this design was a challenge for me but I'm pretty happy with the results.

I also decided to take some pictures with Christmas lights, just to change things up. Plus, I thought it would be very fitting based on season 1 😜

**Comment down below who your favorite Stranger Things character is!** I think mine would be either Barb or Eleven (obviously!).

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Purple and Gold Floral Nails (Re-do!)

Hello everyone! 😄

Welcome back to my mani re-do series, haha. 

Today's recreation is of my Purple and Gold Floral nails from about a year ago! You all really loved this mani last time, and so did I. But my nails were so short back then!! I think the design looks a lot nicer now that my nails have grown out a bit.

You can check out my original post here, or keep reading to hear how I did this design!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pink and Gold Floral Nails (Re-do!)

Hello everyone!

Hope you're all doing well. Sorry for my lack of blog posts! I'm back at college and will be posting a little less frequently. I've been working hard to not disappear like last year, but I still won't be posting as often as I do in the summer.

I've really been loving this series I've been doing on my blog recently where I re-do some of my most popular designs. So, I decided to continue it and re-do my Pink and Gold Floral Nails!

I did these in July of 2016, and they are one of my most popular manis to date. They're probably one of my most reposted pins on Pinterest!

When I did them last year, though, my nails were super short and now looking back, I'm not super happy with how the photos look! Now that my nails are longer I thought the design would look a lot nicer.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

OPI Iceland Collection Swatches and Review

Hello everyone! 

Today I have a huge swatch and review to share with you all, for the new OPI Iceland Collection! 

The ones I swatched for you are in their Infinite Shine formula, but you can also purchase them in their regular nail polish line, as well as their Gel nail color formula. 

All of these swatches are done with the Infinite Shine base coat and the Infinite Shine top coat. 

I received these polishes as a part of the Preen.Me VIP Program.

Keep reading to hear what I think about these polishes!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Pink and Gold X Nails

Hello everyone!

Since I really enjoyed re-doing my blue quatrefoil nails last week, I decided to recreate another one of my favorite manis! This one is an oldie but a goodie: my pink and gold X nails from when I did a mani swap with Julie from @ wannaknowasecret! (Her username is now @ julie_awouters). 

When I first did this mani, I used individual straight nail vinyls to create the X shape since I didn't have my beloved right angle vinyls yet (can you believe it?!)

Check out my original version from over 2 years ago here! It's awesome to see my improvement over the years.

Keep on reading to see how I created this design!

Friday, August 18, 2017

illimité Impressionism Collection (Swatches and Review) | NailsByErin

Hello everyone!

Today I have a swatch and review for the entire Impressionism Collection by illimité! These polishes are exclusive to Live Love Polish and are designed and made in New York City.

I was so excited when I received these from LLP because I have seen them all over Instagram, and they looked so gorgeous! The polishes all look so unique and I love the packaging and design of the illimité brand. The bottles come in little white boxes and have the beautiful gold illimité logo across them. Plus, I absolutely love how the line is inspired by past artists and their work!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My 19th Birthday Nails

Hello everyone! 😊

Today (August 16th) is my birthday! I turn 19 this year. I always do my nails in some of my favorite styles for my birthday every year, so here is what I decided to do for my 19th!

Keep reading for more details about this mani!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beach Nails (Re-do from 4 years ago!)

Hi everyone!

Today I have a recreation of one of my old designs (from July 2013!!) I did some beach nail art and since I was going down the shore this weekend, I decided to recreate this design.

Plus, a recreation was kind of necessary. I always cringe when I look back at my old nail art, and this was no exception. But on the other hand, it's great to see how much I've improved over the years!

Keep on reading to see more pictures and find out how I created this design!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ella + Mila "Little Plum Dress" Swatch and Review | #SwatchSunday

Hi everyone!

It's time for another #SwatchSunday! For the past two weeks, I've been reviewing some new polishes that I received from Snail VinylsThey have started to stock some nail polish brands, which is awesome!

Today's #SwatchSunday is for one of the Ella + Mila polishes that Snail Vinyls is stocking, called "Little Plum Dress".

If you're interested in purchasing this polish or any other products from Snail Vinyls, don't forget to use my code NAILSBYERIN for 15% off!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Holographic Plastic Bag Marble Mani

Hello everyone!

I did this super easy manicure the other day, inspired by all the plastic bag marble manis that I've seen Young Wild and Polished posting on Instagram lately!

I have done this nail art technique a few times before, but it has definitely been a while. The plastic bag technique is such an easy way to create some marble nails, and for the most part I am pretty happy with how this design turned out. 

Keep reading to find out how I created this mani!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Negative Space Pink Floral Nails

Hello everyone!

Today I have this negative space mani to share with all of you. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post the white base for these nails yesterday! I asked what you thought I would be putting on top, and clearly you guys know me very well, haha 😂  Yup, it's floral!

I added some pink flowers and gold accents to this mani, and even though it didn't turn out exactly the way I had hoped, I'm still happy with how it turned out.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ella + Mila "Under the Sea" Swatch and Review | #SwatchSunday

Hi everyone!

It's Sunday, which means that it's time for another #SwatchSunday post! You might remember from last week that I got some new polishes Snail Vinyls recently. They have started to stock a few nail polish brands, including Ella + Mila.

Today's #SwatchSunday is going to be for this gorgeous teal polish, "Under the Sea". I love the name of this! I immediately start imagining Sebastian sing "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid when I use this polish.

If you're interested in purchasing this polish or any other products from Snail Vinyls, don't forget to use my code NAILSBYERIN for 15% off!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rose Gold Marble Nails

Hello everyone!

Today I have a really simple but pretty design to share with all of you. I have been dying to use my bottle of Cirque "Halcyon" ever since I bought it. (I totally fell in love with it when I saw it online. I don't have any other polishes like this!!) So, I thought I would do an easy marble design with this beautiful rose gold glitter, especially since you all liked my marble nails so much last time. You can check out my other marble nails here.

I still don't think I've really nailed the marble effect technique.... Sometimes I am happy with how the marble looks, and other times I'm not. I guess it's just going to take some practice!

Keep reading to see how I created this design!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Harry Potter Nails | NailsByErin

Hello everyone!

Today is July 31st, which means it is Harry Potter's (and J.K. Rowling's) birthday! I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and the movies, so I wanted to do a design to celebrate. I decided on this super easy Harry/Gryffindor themed mani.

Keep reading to find out how I created this nail art, and be sure to comment your Hogwarts House down below! I'm a Ravenclaw 😊

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ella + Mila "Beach Resort Blue" Swatch and Review | #SwatchSunday

Hello everyone!

Today I have a #SwatchSunday post for you guys! I feel like it's been a while since I did my last one, and I really want to have these as a regular thing on my blog every Sunday.

I recently received a few new nail polishes from Snail Vinyls! They are stocking tons of new items in their store, including a few nail polish brands. One of them is Ella + Mila, and I have always wanted to try their polishes! For the next few #SwatchSunday's I'm going to be reviewing some of their polishes for you all. :)

If you're interested in purchasing this polish or any other products from Snail Vinyls, don't forget to use my code NAILSBYERIN for 15% off!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Shark Week Nails & Live Love Polish "Shark After Dark" Review!

Hello everyone,

Happy Shark Week! 

I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to do nails in honor of this week, but after I got the LLP collaboration with Discovery Channel for Shark Week, I knew I had to do a mani with these polishes!

The exclusive collection consists of two polishes, "Shark Skin" and "Shark After Dark", as well as holographic shark nail vinyls. The collection is limited edition, so be sure to get your hands on them before they sell out!

And if you buy the whole collection before Sunday, you can get 15% off with the code SHARKWEEK!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mermaid Nails to match my Living Royal Socks!

Hello everyone!

Today I have more nails to go with my new socks from Living Royal! When I saw these mermaid knee high socks online, I thought they were so cute! They have multicolored scales and even a fish tail at the bottom. I immediately knew that I had to do some mermaid scale nails to match.

I had to get a picture of these socks to show how the feet look like the bottom of a mermaid tail! And after some difficult maneuvering, I got a this picture with my nails and socks in front of my pool. I thought it was perfect for the mermaid theme! :)

Keep reading to see how I created this design! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Floral Studded Nails | Sally Beauty

Hello everyone!

Today I have another nail design using products from Sally Beauty! And I'm so happy with how this one turned out :) I feel like its been so long since I did a floral design. I always end up loving these girly manis!

While on my Sally's haul, I picked up another Orly Breathable nail polish. This color, "Pamper Me" was just too pretty to pass up! It is a beautiful light pink creme. It is pretty much opaque in two coats, but I am wearing three thin coats on my pinky and index nails.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Mint and Rhinestone Nails | Sally Beauty

Hi everyone!

Today I have a super simple and pretty nail design using products from Sally Beauty! I used Orly Breathable nail polish in "Fresh Start" as the main color in this design. I also picked up a pack of rhinestones by Cina while I was at Sally Beauty, since their color scheme went really well with this polish!

These Orly Breathable polishes are a 3-in-1: they recommend wearing the two coats of color on its own, no base or top coat required! This polish does look great on its own, but for the sake of this design I did end up using top coat. With two thin coats the mint was opaque. And it is such a beautiful color!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Salon Perfect Naked Nutrients Collection

Hello everyone!

Today I have a big swatch and review for you all, of the Naked Nutrients Collection from Salon Perfect! They were kind enough to send it to me, and I tried all 8 of them. They are available at Walmart stores for $3.98 each, which is such a great price!

The Naked Nutrients polishes have a keratin treatment in the polish to strengthen your nails as well as having long lasting color.

**This is a photo heavy post!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mitty Chrome Powder from Snail Vinyls

Hello everyone!

Today I have a review of a product that is very new to me (although I know I'm late to the party on this). I tried out a chrome powder! This one is the Mitty Chrome Powder in "Blue Bullet", which I was sent by Snail Vinyls.

**I'm also excited to share with you guys that I have a discount code for Snail Vinyls! Use the code NAILSBYERIN at checkout to get 15% off!

If you're interested to read about my experience with this chrome powder, just keep reading! :)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Madam Glam "Sexy Vibrance" Swatch and Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have my last swatch and review from Madam Glam, and it's a fun one! This is Madam Glam "Sexy Vibrance". I really love this polish!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Madam Glam "Wine Divine" Swatch and Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have a swatch and review of Madam Glam "Wine Divine". This polish 
is a deep wine red with a metallic shimmer.

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I love to wear vampy wine and burgundy shades in the fall and winter! So even though it's summer right now, I'll definitely be reaching for colors like this later this year :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Madam Glam "Happy Birthday" Swatch and Review

Hi everyone!

Today I have another swatch and review from Madam Glam! This next polish is called "Happy Birthday", and it might just be my favorite out of the 4 Madam Glam polishes I received!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Madam Glam "Minty Canvas" Swatch and Review

Hello everyone!

For the next few days, I have some swatches and reviews of Madam Glam nail polishes to share with you all! I was recently contacted by them and asked to pick out a few polishes to try. This first one is called "Minty Canvas"

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Galaxy Nails | Living Royal Socks

Hello everyone!

Today I have a fun post with some nails inspired by my new socks from Living Royal!

Living Royal was kind enough to send me a few pairs of cool socks to share with you all. I especially love the galaxy knee high socks! I haven't done galaxy nails in a while, and I thought that these socks would be perfect to match my nails to.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Essie Spring 2017 Collection Review

Hi everyone!

Today I have swatches and reviews for all 6 polishes in the Essie Spring 2017 collection. 

If you have been following me for a while, you might know that Essie has always been one of my favorite brands, and it was one of the first nail polish brands I religiously used. So I was definitely excited to get the opportunity to review this collection! I received these polishes through the Preen.Me VIP program to review and share with all of you.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Nails

Hello everyone! :) 

Happy St. Patrick's Day, but more importantly, happy Beauty and the Beast premiere day!!!!!

I have been so excited for this movie for months and I cannot wait to see it today!! Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite movies growing up and Belle was always my favorite princess. To celebrate the premiere, I did some nail art inspired by the new live-action movie :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Chevron Nails

Hi everyone!

One of my favorite holidays is this week: St. Patrick's Day! I decided to do some fun nails for it, using some of my favorite nail art styles :)

Keep reading for more details about how I created this mani!

Also, be to sure to follow my blog on Bloglovin' and to follow me on Instagram, @nails_by_erin

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Favorite Manis of 2016

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year! I hope you have all been having a happy and healthy holiday season. 2016 is officially behind us, which means it's time to go through my favorite manis from the year!