Saturday, 18 April 2015

April Nail Art Challenge: 17th Retro

Hi lovelies,

For retro nails I did some neon block, bright, colorful and a lot of contrast! They certainly brightened up my day, I hope they will brighten up yours too.

All the shades I used were from Orly, Skinny Dip, Beach Cruiser, Melt Your Popsicle and Glowstick. They were quite opaque, so I didn't use a white base here, the yellow needed one more extra coat than the others though. The blocks were done free-handed, so I'm quite happy with how they came out.





xx
Erin

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

April Nail Art Challenge: 14th Inspired by Fabric

Hi lovelies,

Today is my first day back to school after Easter, sooo tired... Please forgive me if I'm not posting often in the next few weeks, I have mid semester exams coming, got to study : (

Inspired by Fabric was an easy decision, I picked velvet straight away. The base I used was Harem Silks From Bombay, and the stamping was in deep blue using an image from BM-312. Harem Silks From Bombay is a dark navy with burgundy shimmer matte shade, edgy and sexy! 



I love eye-catching designs, but also enjoy some occasional subtle, low profile manis.



xx
Erin

Saturday, 11 April 2015

April Nail Art Challenge: 11th Tribal

Hi lovelies,

This is also going to be my road trip mani for tomorrow, so I tried to make it more interesting with a galaxy background. I put way too much effort on the galaxy part though... I sponged on two other multichrome polishes which totally didn't show on the final result. Enchanted Polish Across the Universe was already perfect on its own as a galaxy mani!


This is Across the Universe two coats on its own, a strong multichrome holo shifting from green to copper then purple and aqua.


Underwater shots.



For the galaxy background I sponged on multiple layers of EP Time to Pretend, Magical Mystery Tour and Ozotic 617 (large holo particles); and the only shade you can see on the nails is 617, the other two just don't show at all. I just don't understand, they are different multichromes from Across the Universe, anyone knows what happened there?

Ozotic is such a gorgeous holo, I'll need to swatch it alone another day, but you can see its holo particles most clear on the center of my index.


The stamping was a total failure too... I had trouble lining up the image with the nails vertically, but I just couldn't bare to start over. Anyway, the stamping plates I used were BM 402, 403 and 406. Finally I finished the look with adding the little stars using acrylic paint.


The underwater look totally blew me away!


Here's a outdoor lighting pic, the color shifting is quite amazing.


Overall, I liked this mani a lot, mostly because the base though.
xx
Erin

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

April Nail Art Challenge: 8th Skittle

Hi lovelies,

The theme was skittle, and the first thing came to my mind was Skittles, the candy. Obviously I didn't wanna do that, so then I remembered these gorgeous rainbow leopard skittles Sarah from Chalkboard Nails did, which I really loved. So this became "honor nails that you love".

The polishes I used for the rainbow skittles were Butter London Blagger, Essie Mojito Madness, OPI Need Sunglasses? Zoya Arizona and OPI Brights Power (thumb to pinkie). The leopard print was done free-handed using Essie Licorice and Blanc


This is just so bright and cheerful!!





xx
Erin

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Enchanted Polish Youth and Dime Piece

Hi lovelies,

I'm sharing two more untried shades with you today, Enchanted Polish Dime Piece and Youth. Yes, another holo-terrific post!

Dime Piece is a strong silver holo, This might be the strongest I've seen so far, you can see the rainbows even in shaded lighting. The formula was flawless, shown is two smooth coats.





For an eye catching polish like this, I would recommend to keep it as simple as possible. I did a hexagon pattern stamping. The image I used for these is from BM-422, they went really well together.



Youth is a duochrome holo shifting from green to blue then purple, the color shifting was kind of hard to catch for this, I only got a pink shimmer here (with flash).


Flash and underwater.


Underwater without flash shows the most of the color shifting, but kind of blurry though, cause it was quite dark with only indoor lights.  Seems like I gotta work on my multichrome capturing skills : P


xx
Erin

Sunday, 5 April 2015

April Nail Art Challenge: 5th Easter

Hi lovelies,

Happy Easter!! 

I've done so much Easter (carrot...) related stuff over the weekend, since it's been raining, ALL THE TIME. First I'll show you the nails I'm wearing for the long weekend. Freehand painted bunny and carrots on a creamy base; the base was Lime Crime Milky Ways, and the paintings were done using acrylic paint. I'm so in love with these, really happy that they turned out so neat and adorable! Especially love that fluffy pink bunny XD





That's the small carrot cake I made, layered with cream cheese frosting, and sprinkled with pan fried carrot flakes and chopped walnuts. I also baked a bunch of mini carrot cake doughnuts, and left them without the frosting, been having them as brekkie and snacks, nom nom.


I literally carrot-ed everything! Lol.


xx
Erin

Friday, 3 April 2015

April Nail Art Challenge: 2nd Black and White

Hi lovelies,

Since the challenge had brought me so much inspiration last month, I've decided to the challenge again for April as well! And here is the catching up mani.

White base with black kitty footprints and the kitty water decal from La Vita è Bella; the black and white were Essie Licorice and Blanc.




To see more manis from other nail artists check out the hashtag on IG, click on the pic and you can see the tag with a link.


xx
Erin

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Grab Bags!!

Hi lovelies,

I'm offering some grab bags for sale, since the blog sale was going rather slowly. I'm hoping I can send the polishes all out to new homes where they'll be used and more loved soon, some of the polishes have been siting in the cupboard for over two years, it's just sad. 

Australian residents only, sorry I can't risk sending polishes overseas : (


These is the pile of polishes that will be separated into grab bags. ALL MUST GO.


There are tons of indies and some main streams (OPI, butter London and China Glaze, etc.). Lots of discontinued and HTF shades.

I'll try to put as much polishes as I can in a 500g shipping bag, so each bag will be a  mix of normal and mini sizes, otherwise is upon request.

There are two different options you can choose from:


Happy Grab Bag   $40
a mix of everything, postage included


Super Grab Bag   $45

a mix of everything, including 1-2 more pricey shades and postage


If you're interested, please send me an email at erinxuan@hotmail.com with the following details:
  • grab bag option
  • preferred colors
  • other request
Payments are preferred via PayPal after confirmation over email.

Thanks! xx
Erin

Monday, 30 March 2015

March Art Challenge: 30th Charms

Hi lovelies,

I can't believe it's the last day of the challenge already! So for this mani, I did something really sweet, candy colors and cute nail charms XD 


I used four different shades for these, the shade on my thumb is the same as the ring; from the index finger to pinkie: Revlon Sublime Strawberry, OPI Pink Friday, Essie Good Morning Hope and Face of Australia Would You Like Some Orange Sherbet? so in love with the color combo right now!!



The nail charms I used for decoration were from Hex Nail Jewelry, they are "Love" and "Owl No.2".



xx
Erin

Saturday, 28 March 2015

March Art Challenge: 27th Illution

Hi lovelies,

I didn't have a clue about illution nails, so I googled. Again, haha. And I really like optical illusion nails Cathy, from More Nail Polish did, so I dug out all the stamping plates I have and decided on these three, Easy Nail Art Stamps A22A35 and A33.

White base with black stampings, simple and so beautiful!




xx
Erin