Thursday, 15 January 2015

TBT: Color Blocks

Hi lovelies,

I just remembered that I haven't posted these yet. I did them back in Seattle, this is my first tool-free nail art since forever, lol. I used the brushes from the polish bottles, and I'm totally surprised how lovely they turned out, the lines are pretty straight ; )


The shades I chose for these were Deborah Lippmann We are Family, a blackened purple, and Come Fly with Me, a dusky blue/turquoise. Both amazing colors with lovely formulas, and almost one-coaters.




I love this combo! What's your favorite color combo for nail art?

xx
Erin

Monday, 12 January 2015

NOTD: Deborah Lippmann Love will Leave a Mark

Hi lovelies,

It's been so long since I last posted a notd. These are the nails I'm rocking today! Deborah Lippmann Love will Leave a Mark from the 15th Anniversary LE Collection, Until Your Dreams Come True. I picked this color because I just learnt that Marsala is the color of 2015, which is an earthy red brown, and this looks very marsala in the bottle; but it definitely looked a lot darker on the nails, kind of like dark chocolate, hehe.

These nails matched with the yummy food I had today, check out my IG for the foodie pics if you're interested ; ) Oh, and I'm back to my nubs, I'll try to paint my nails more often, but no guarantees... And I only have the DL 15th set and another shade with me, I'll try my best to create some nail art : P




xx
Erin

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Krafty Gurl Gloss It Top Coat Review (Leopard Nails)

Hi lovelies,

Today I'm showing you a new topcoat I've been using, it was sent to me by Jacinta, the owner of Powder Perfect; they have a range of beautiful shades and also carries a variety of indie brands, including China Glaze, Bliss Polish and Krafty Gurl Designs, which is the brand of the topcoat I'm introducing today : )

I've been using this for a few nail art and plenty of swatches, so far I'm loving it! It dries clear to a high shine, and didn't shrink at all. Shrinkage is the thing I care the most for a topcoat, it really annoys me when a good nail art is ruined by shrinkage. It dries fast but slightly sticky to touch comparing to Seche Vite, so the surface may be dulled if not too careful. This is the only downside of the top coat, but I'm happy using it in swatches.

I use one coat for most swatches and nail art, and two coats over bumpier surfaces, like glitters.



The leopard print is inspired by one of the Mount Franklin LE Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins bottles. The bottles are just adorable to carry around, so I decided to do matching nails XD The polishes I used were OPI My Vampire is  Buff, Essie Over the Knee and Luxedo.


The top coat is on sale now for $5.50 a bottle from Powder Perfect, get it before it's too late!

xx
Erin

The topcoat was provided to me by Powder Perfect for my honest review, for more info please read my disclosure policy.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Glam Polish Hairspray Collection

Hi lovelies,

Today I have the swatches of Glam Polish's first collection of 2015 for you, the Hairspray Collection, releasing on Thursday January 8th at 8am Australian Time. The collection is a rainbow of holographic shades featuring lots of shimmer, glass flecks and microglitter inspired by the costumes and songs from the 2007 Movie. 
 

Welcome to the 60's is a holographic base packed with gold ultra holo glitter and a mix of matte white and holographic pink microglitter. Shown is three thin coats with topcoat. This is looks great with my skintone, so in love!!



I did some 60's inspired color combo stamping here, the image is from Easy Nail Art Stamping A9.


Run and Tell That is a tinted holographic base packed with ultra holo silver glitter and a mix black and white microglitter. I used three coats for this as well.



And nail art for this one is hand painted polish name, hehe.


Hey Mama is a described as a rose pink holo with a mix of pink and rainbow glass flecks, it's more orchid to me though, I love the shade anyway ; ) lovely consistency and opacity, I used three thin coats for these, you could totally get away with two thicker coats, but I prefer thin coats.




New Girl in Town is a coral holo with rose and peach glass flecks, sooo pretty!! This one is my personal favorite! Shown is two coats with topcoat.



And of course I had to do a more intricate nail art for my favorite shade, I did some "New Girl in Town" inspired vintage floral on my accent nails, the base was OPI My Vampire is Buff.


Big, Blonde & Beautiful is a shimmery lemon yellow holo, really different from anything in my stash. Shown is three coats with topcoat.



I thought red lips would be perfect for a blondy ; )


Nicest Kids in Town is a grass green holo with shimmer and turquoise glass flecks. This shade sparkles like a glitter XD I used two coats with a topcoat here.



I applied some cute little kid decals from La Vita è Bella over it to complete the look.


The collection will be available from Glam Polish Bigcartel Store as limited editions with nationwide and USA shipping. The price for each shade will be US$11.00 and shipping to USA addresses is now $3.50 for the first polish and $1.00 extra for each additional polish. The collection is expected to be available from our international stockists in late January.

xx
Erin

These polishes were provided to me by Glam Polish  for my honest review, for more info please read my disclosure policy.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!

This post was supposed to be posted on New Year's Day, and I totally forgot to type it up... So here's my New Year's Eve fireworks mani!! I used Deborah Lippmann Lost in Space as my base, and stamped on the fireworks and letters with Color Club Blue Heaven using the images from Messy Mansion-02; on the accent nails I had DL Fantastic Voyage, which is a perfectly holographic glitter bomb.




I have something excited to share with you, stay tuned ; )

xx
Erin

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Deborah Lippmann A Hard Day's Night

Hi lovelies,

I'm back from skiing XD and today I'm sharing the nails I wore during the trip, Deborah Lippmann A Hard Day's Night from their 15th Anniversary Collection, Until Your Dreams Come True. The collection was full of glittery pretties, and this one was one of my favorite!

It's a navy jelly with micro iridescent and holographic glitters, so it's fun to look at in both direct and indirect lightings. I used two thin coats here. 




I'm staying with my brother for Christmas and New Year in the US, and because I forgot to bring my tools, the cleanup was painful... I'll try lighter colors next time, or remember to bring the tools, lol.

I also tried out the Gel Lab Base and Top Coat; they were fast drying and glossy, the whole mani dried completely (hard to touch) within half an hour. However, it started chipping the next day, maybe skiing and cold weather was too much, I'm not sure.

I'll try to paint my nails one last time before I head home ; )

xx
Erin

Friday, 26 December 2014

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day!

I'm going skiing today XD so excited! How was everyone's Christmas?

Continuing with the glitter madness, I created this sparkly gift inspired mix 'n match. 

I used Enchanted Polish September as the base, again! This shade is so perfect for the holidays XD And decorated each nail with either gold tapes or red loose glitters. The gold bow on the middle finger is from Hex Nail Jewelry, which really completes the look.




xx
Erin

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hi lovelies,

Merry Christmas! I've saved something really special for Christmas, the ultimate Christmas tree mani with bar glitters!! I've had these bar glitters since forever, and I haven't done much with it except using it in the St. Patrick's polish I created.

I painted my nails with Essie Mojito Madness, and dipped them in the glitter while they were still wet, one nail at a time, and shake off the excess glitter. Then decorated them with some pastel studs from Born Pretty Store and a neon pink star stud from Emily de Molly. It also looks like easter eggs being hidden in the grass though, because of the pastel studs, lol.




xx
Erin

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Reindeer Nails featuring Born Pretty Store nail decorations

Hi lovelies,

Today I'm sharing the cutest glitter/nail decoration with you, reindeer glitters! You just stick them onto your nails using a topcoat/nail glue, and seal with a topcoat, boom, you have a cute nail art done. 

I started with Glam Polish Blizzard as the base, sponged on some white polish on the tips, added the reindeer glitters and painted the gold ropes between each using a nail art brush. So in love with these XD Blizzard is absolutely stunning on its own too, you may want to check out the swatches I did.



The reindeer glitters are from Born Pretty Store, you can use the code, BAHQ10, for a 10% off discount.


xx
Erin

Products were provided to me by Born Pretty Store for my honest review, for more info please read my disclosure policy.Born Pretty Store, you can

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Born Pretty Store Christmas Tree Nail Deco

Hi lovelies,

A week till Christmas!! I hope everyone's got their minds set on a Christmas design, if not, that's okay too, I still got a few to show you ; ) 

For this year's Christmas tree design, I kind of redid the design I've done for the last two years (2012 and 2013), but with a twist. I used the christmas tree nail charm from Born Pretty Store, which made things so much easier; and I was really happy to finally try something different for a design. Plus, the star on top of the tree is super duper cute XD

I used Glam Polish I Found a Dream, a green holographic polish, as the base; place some gold tapes on the nails and place the charm on the accent nail.



A pic of the nails with this Cockatoo Christmas ornament I got, so adorable! I don't actually decorate a tree, so it's just hanging on the wall, lol.


The christmas tree charms are available from Born Pretty Store with 10% off discount using this coupon, BAHQ10.



xx
Erin

Products were provided to me by Born Pretty Store for my honest review, for more info please read my disclosure policy.