Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Cookie Swirl Nails | Christmas Cookie Mani Swap 2018

Hi everyone and Merry (almost) Christmas!

I'm feeling extra festive today because this blog post is all about Christmas cookies... You might remember last year that I did a Christmas cookie mani swap with a bunch of other nail bloggers, and this year I was a part of it again!

The amazing Sarah of 25 Sweetpeas pulled this whole thing together and created another amazing e-magazine to enjoy this holiday season. Please check it out here!

If you want to read more about my nail design and cookies, as well as hear more about the magazine, then just keep reading! (Fair warning: this is a photo heavy post... I had too many fun ones to choose from)

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Rose Gold Snowflake Nails and butter LONDON Instagram Takeover

Hi everyone!

Today's post is super exciting for me... Today, I am taking over butter LONDON's Instagram Stories for their 8 Days of Deals promotion to talk about their deal on their Guilty Pleasures Ultimate Lacquer Stash!

butter LONDON was kind enough to send me the set and ask me to do a tutorial for their Instagram stories during their promotion! I am so excited to share this with all of you. With some of the polishes in their Guilty Pleasures Stash, I created this glittery rose gold snowflake nail design! I really love how it turned out and I think it is the perfect feminine twist on the typical snowflake design we're seeing float around this time of year.

If you'd like to hear more about butter LONDON's 8 Days of Deals and more about this nail design, then just keep on reading!

The Guilty Pleasures Ultimate Lacquer Stash is a set of 24 mini polishes from 4 of butter LONDON's nail lacquer lines. It includes....

  • 6 Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquers: super high-shine, lasting up to 10 days
  • 6 Crushed Diamond Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquers, shimmering polishes with high shine and lasting up to 10 days
  • 6 Trend Nail Lacquers, with their classic long-lasting formula
  • 6 Glazen Nail Lacquers, inspired by their Glazen Eye Glosses

From today 12/8 until tomorrow 12/9, butter LONDON is having a 30% off sale on their 2018 Holiday Collection, which includes the Guilty Pleasures stash! This is the first time EVER that this set is on sale, and it's only live for these two days.

Oh, and did I mention it's on Oprah's Favorite Things list this year? Definitely a plus that it has her seal of approval!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

butter London Peel-Off Glitter Collection | Live Swatches and Review

Hi everyone!

Today I have a swatch and review for the butter London Peel-Off Glitter Collection.

I love using glitter in my nail art, but I have to admit.... Scrubbing off glitter with acetone and trying to get every speck of glitter off my nails and cuticles after a nail art design is a bit of a hassle. When butter London reached out to me about this collection, I was so excited! It sounded like the perfect solution for me.

Keep on reading to hear what I thought of these polishes and to see my swatch photos/my live swatch video!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Essie Gel Couture Polishes Review | NailsByErin

Hi everyone!

Today I have two swatches from the Essie Gel Couture line. I was recently sent these polishes to review and I cannot believe I haven't tried out the Gel Couture line sooner!

I've been a long-time fan of Essie nail polishes (they were some of the first I ever had) and these are becoming new favorites of mine.

I received the below 8 nail polishes as well as the Platinum Grade top coat.

Overall impressions: these shades are gorgeous, the formulas are smooth and easy to apply, and the two step system seems to really compliment each other. Not to mention, these have the new, flatter and wider Essie brush which makes application a dream!! I am SO excited about their new brush and I think it is a huge improvement.

Now, into the swatches!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Riverdale Nails | NailsByErin

Hi everyone!

Since so many of you loved my Stranger Things Nails, I figured I should keep the series going and do another design inspired by a famous TV show... So this time I did nails themed around The CW's Riverdale!

I did each nail inspired by one of the main characters on the show.

On my pinky, I did a nail inspired by Cheryl. She is always wearing red, so I started with a red base (Color Club "Cadillac Red"). Then, I painted her black and gold spider brooch over it.

My ring finger is inspired by Veronica and a dress she wore with a scalloped collar. Then, I used a white nail polish to create some white pearls above the neckline, since Veronica loves her pearls.

My middle nail inspired by Betty. Her girl-next-door look consists of a lot of cute pink sweaters, so I took some inspiration from Season 1 Episode 2 and recreated her pink sweater with an embellished white collar. The pink nail polish is Color Club "Sugar Sheer".

 My index nail is inspired by Jughead, so of course I had to recreate his iconic crown beanie. I don't have a deep gray polish that matches his beanie very well, so I used a black and a light gray polish to create this messy, textured look instead.

On my thumb, I painted the stripes from Archie's varsity jacket. I used Essie "All the Wave" as the royal blue base.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

butter London Patent Shine 10x Swatches and Review

Hi everyone!

Today I have swatches for 5 polishes from the butter London Patent Shine 10x Collection.

The Patent Shine 10x Lacquers are a 10-in-1 formula that is meant to be long-lasting with high shine. The range comes in 32 colors, and there is definitely a shade for everyone. All of their nail polishes are also 8-Free, which means they do not contain the dangerous ingredients Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, or TPHP.

Here's how butter London describes these lacquers: Butter London's innovative patent shine 10x formula is loaded with ingredients proven to promote brighter, stronger, healthier nails for your best-dressed nails yet. The patented shock resisting polymer technology delivers limitless shine with up to 10 days of wear. It’s everything you need in one brilliant bottle.

Keep on reading to see which polishes I tried out and what I thought about them. Fair warning: this is a photo-heavy post!

First up is one of my top two favorites... This is "Candy Floss", a baby blue creme. Here I'm wearing three coats with top coat.

Even without top coat, I will admit these polishes are pretty shiny. They definitely can be worn without a top coat, I just always prefer to put one on in order to finish and seal in the nail polish!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ariana Grande Cloud Sweetener Nails | NailsByErin

Hi everyone!

Today I have a super simple nail art design for you all, inspired by a nail design that Ariana Grande wore last week.

She posted a picture in her Instagram stories of her wearing matching cloud nails with her mom and her Nonna. As soon as I saw them on her story, I took a screenshot and knew I had to recreate it!

(I just want to mention, this nail design was done at @nail_swag salon by @natalieminerva. All credit to her for this beautiful design!)

Here's the image Ariana posted in her story of her nail art with her mom and Nonna:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

My 20th Birthday Nails | NailsByErin

Hi everyone!

Today is my 20th birthday, and you know what that means! If you've been following me for a while, you might remember that I do my nails for my birthday every year in some of my favorite nail art styles and polishes.

Here's what I'm wearing on my nails today... Keep reading for more details on this mani:

Monday, July 30, 2018

Mint and Rose Gold Floral Nails | NailsByErin

Hi everyone!

Today I have another floral design to share with all of you. These are some of my favorite manis to do! I incorporated some of my favorite polishes and designs into this one.

I have been really missing doing my simple geometric designs lately, and since you all loved my Rose Gold X Nails so much, I figured I would try another rose gold pattern. I actually pulled some inspiration for this from my Purple and Gold Floral Nails from a few years ago, where I did a white and purple floral nail and had the leaves in a metallic gold.

I have always loved that design and I was hoping to re-vamp it into this color scheme and add a little bit more of a geometric accent to it using some nail vinyls.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

reputation Taylor Swift Nails | NailsByErin

Hi everyone!

Today I am going to Taylor Swift's reputation Stadium Tour here in New Jersey, and I am so excited! I have been a Taylor fan for as long as I can remember, and I have been looking forward to this concert for months. And what kind of nail blogger would I be if I didn't do nail art for the occasion?

These are the nails that I did for the event, inspired by the album artwork.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Disney's "The Incredibles" Nails | NailsByErin

Hello everyone!

Today I have a really fun Disney nail art design to share with all of you, inspired by the new Disney Pixar movie The Incredibles! Since the sequel just came out, I figured it would be the perfect time to do some nail art inspired by these movies.

I actually just saw Incredibles 2 the other weekend with my family and we all loved it! We're all huge fans of the original movie and have been anxiously awaiting the sequel (for 14 years!) Let me know in the comments if you've seen the movie yet, and if you liked it! What was your favorite part or who was your favorite character?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Q&A and Face Behind the Nails Reveal!!

Hi everyone!

Today is the day! My Q&A and Face Behind the Nails reveal is officially up on my YouTube channel. It's crazy to think that I've been doing this for 5 years and never shown my face!

I'm both excited and nervous to share this video, but I think it will be so great to open the opportunity for a new chapter on YouTube. I want to assure you all that my nail tutorials are not going away! I will still be doing mostly nail art and nail tutorials, so don't worry if that's the kind of content you subscribed for. My channel name is NailsByErin, after all 😄

For the longest time I've just felt a little disconnected from all of you, and that my social media/YouTube videos have been too impersonal. I want to be able to talk to you guys face-to-face (face-to-camera...?) so hopefully now that I've done my face reveal, I can do more fun and personal content for you all.

Be sure to leave me comments with more questions if you have any, or let me know what videos you would like to see for the future!

Check out the video here:

Thank you again for your constant support over the past 5 years. I'm so excited for what's to come!

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Bloglovin': Erin @nails_by_erin

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

3,000 YouTube Subscribers!!! | Q&A and #facebehindthenails Reveal Coming Soon

Hi everyone!

I have a super exciting announcement! Just last week, I hit 3,000 YouTube subscribers. And as promised, I will be doing a #facebehindthenails reveal to celebrate!

I have been wanting to do a sit-down video for a while now, just to change up my content and connect with you guys better. I think being able to talk to you (or talk to you through a camera 😉) I'll be able to make much more engaging and personal content.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Bomb Pop Fourth of July Nails | NailsByErin

Hi everyone!

Today I have a super easy 4th of July nail design to share with all of you.

A few weeks ago, Sarah from 25Sweetpeas asked me to participate in her Summer Magazine Collaboration, themed around the Fourth of July! I highly recommend checking out the full magazine; it is filled with amazing nail designs, music playlists, food, fashion, and more from some amazing nail bloggers.

You can find the Summer Magazine here.

Now, onto the nails!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Rose Gold X Nails | Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Review | NailsByErin

Hi everyone!

Once again, I have to apologize for my hiatus. I took a break from doing a ton of nail blogging to focus on finishing up my sophomore year at college. It was a crazy semester!

Now that it's summer, I've been working full time and I'll admit, sometimes I feel like I'm running low on inspiration. Not to mention my nails have been constantly breaking... But I was able to grow them out long enough to do this simple rose gold and blush nail art!

I did this nail design using three polishes from the new Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line.

The shades I used were "Buff and Tumble", "White on Time", and "Petal to the Metal". I just thought these pink-toned shades went together so well! I think this is a beautiful color combination. I also used the Snail Vinyls Right Angle vinyls to create the design on my ring finger, and used dotting tools for the small accents on my pinky and index nails.

This was my first time using the new Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes, and I have to say that I was impressed! The brush is perfectly designed (very much like the usual Sally Hansen brush) and makes for an easy application with a nearly perfect cuticle line. I also found these polishes to be very self-leveling! And at the price, it's hard to beat. I can't speak for the longevity yet, as I haven't worn one for longer than a day, but hopefully I'll be publishing a more in-depth swatch/review of one of these shades soon.

The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes go for $4.99 a bottle and can be found at Ulta, CVS, and Walgreens.

This is a pretty simple design, but if you're interested in seeing how I created it, then you can check out my YouTube tutorial here!

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DISCLAIMER: These polishes were kindly sent to me by Sally Hansen. All opinions are my own. Some links are affiliate links.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sheer White and Purple Floral Nails

Hello everyone!

Today I have a design that I really love to share with you all. I hope you're not tired of seeing florals yet! ;) This is an elegant purple floral design over a sheer, milky white base.

This week was the first official day of spring, and here in NJ we celebrated with.... snow. But this nail art is definitely getting me more and more excited for the beautiful spring weather!

Keep on reading to hear more about how I created this design.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Londontown Vacay Mode Collection | Swatch and Review

Hey everyone!

Today I'm back with a swatch and review post for the Londontown Vacay Mode collection! This is their new spring collection and it is so bright and beautiful. It is made up of four shades; all of theme creme polishes.

Keep on reading to see the colors and hear what I have to say about them!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Minnie and Mickey Mouse Nails | 2018 Edition

Hi everyone!

Today I have some very fun and exciting nails for all of you. I have been dying to get these up on my blog and YouTube channel! 😄

If you have been following my blog for a while, then you might remember me doing Disney nails in 2014 and 2015. I finally got back to Disney World this week and I re-did my 2015 Disney manicure for the trip.

Of course, I had to take this obligatory picture of them in front of the castle.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Favorite Manis of 2017

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year! I can't believe 2018 is here. Now that 2017 is behind us, it's time to look back at all of my favorite nail designs from this past year 😊

Also, if you haven't already noticed, I did a little blog makeover for the New Year. I've been wanting to update things for a while but I never got around to it. I hope you all like the new look!

Onto the favorites...