31 Day Challenge: Day 1 – Red Swirl Nail Art

Hi, all! Today’s the first day of the 31 Day Challenge, so I have some swirly red nail art for you!

31 Day Challenge: Day 1 - Red Swirl Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

31 Day Challenge: Day 1 – Red Swirl Nail Art

I started with a base of three coats of Zoya Aphrodite. It’s a maraschino cherry red jelly with gold and pink glass fleck. I wore it on its own for a few days before adding the nail art and ended up with some minor tip wear.

31 Day Challenge: Day 1 - Red Swirl Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

31 Day Challenge: Day 1 – Red Swirl Nail Art

Which I why I added a swipe of Orly Smolder, a blackened red shimmer, just across the free edge. ;) For the swirls, I used:

  • Orly Smolder
  • ILNP Very Ornamental (brick red holo)
  • OPI Visions of Love (deep oxblood creme/jelly)
  • Zoya Posh (shimmery red matte)
  • Zoya Lana (light red with greenish-gold shimmer)
  • China Glaze Red-Y to Rave (neon red creme) and
  • Sephora by OPI Be-Claus I Said So (bright red glitter)
31 Day Challenge: Day 1 - Red Swirl Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

31 Day Challenge: Day 1 – Red Swirl Nail Art

I topped the whole shebang off with a couple coats of KBShimmer Clearly on Top, which I have recently started using. I’m really diggin’ it. It’s shiny, dries very quickly, and has yet to smear!

More Nail Polish has created an InLinkz for each day of the challenge, so click through and check out some more red nail art!

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Zoya Isa + KBShimmer Fallen Angle

Hi, all! Quick post because homework beckons! I have had KBShimmer Fallen Angle on my wishlist ever since I saw the first swatch of it. When their recent sale coincided with me having a bit of extra money and Fallen Angle being discounted (since it’s being discontinued), I decided to grab it while the grabbing was good. :D

Zoya Isa + KBShimmer Fallen Angle | Erin's Enamel

Zoya Isa + KBShimmer Fallen Angle

I used two coats of Zoya Isa as a base. Isa is a very blue-based purple with bright blue shimmer. It’s so pretty!

Zoya Isa + KBShimmer Fallen Angle | Erin's Enamel

Zoya Isa + KBShimmer Fallen Angle

Fallen Angle is a deep royal blue jelly with blue holo triangles, silver holo hexes, blue hexes, and holo shimmer. It’s fairly close to opaque at three coats, but I chose to do two coats over Isa since I had some staining. (Boooooo.)

Tomorrow starts the 31 Day Challenge, headed by Chalkboard Nails. Who else is joining in?

The 31 Day Challenge #31DC2015 Prompts | Erin's Enamel

The 31 Day Challenge #31DC2015 Prompts

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

HPB Presents: Neons!

Hi, all! It’s time again for the monthly Hobby Polish Bloggers’ prompt, and for August, it’s neons. For those who don’t know, Hobby Polish Bloggers is a Facebook group for nail polish bloggers who do it for fun or just because we can. It’s a place where we can find information, feedback, and support. You can find us here if you’d like to join too!

HPB Presents: Neons! | Erin's Enamel

HPB Presents: Neons!

I started with a base of two coats of China Glaze White Out, which is thin and runny and would’ve needed at least one more coat if I was wearing it alone. I used a whole bunch of China Glaze neons for this look:

  • That’s Shore Bright (purple)
  • DJ Blue My Mind (blue)
  • Treble Maker (green)
  • Daisy Know My Name? (yellow)
  • Home Sweet House Music (orange)
  • Sun of a Peach (orange-y coral)
  • Red-y to Rave (red)
  • You Drive Me Coconuts (hot pink)
  • Bottoms Up (Barbie Pink)
HPB Presents: Neons! | Erin's Enamel

HPB Presents: Neons!

I used three colors for the gradients on each finger and then used those same sets of three to create zentangle-style decals for my ring fingers and thumbs. (I unfortunately don’t remember where I found the tangles, so if you’ve seen them somewhere, let me know so I can add proper credit!) For the decals on my right hand, I switched up which colors I used first, so it gave it a fairly different look.

Be sure to check out the InLinkz below for more neon awesomeness!!

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Grape Swirl Water Marble

Happy Friday! I am so glad that it’s the weekend. So, as a way of using untried polishes, I’ve been using the list randomizer at Random.org to pick polishes for me. (I did it with my last post, too.) Well, this time, I got 2 purples and 2 greens, so I thought grapes. Rather than paint actual grapes on my nails, I decided to do a water marble.

Grape Swirl Water Marble | Erin's Enamel

Grape Swirl Water Marble

I started with a white base, although I don’t remember exactly which polish it was. For the marble, I used Zoya Gemma, Zoya Tiana, Zoya Haven, and Zoya Zara. Gemma, Tiana, and Zara spread out really well in the water, but Haven was just really uncooperative in that regard (even using filtered, room temp water).

Grape Swirl Water Marble | Erin's Enamel

Grape Swirl Water Marble

I liked doing the swirly pattern because it seemed easier to get a decent-looking pattern than other designs I’ve tried. I don’t know why the edges look so rough though. It’s weird.

Also, Chalkboard Nails is once again taking on the 31 Day Challenge in September, and, crazy as it seems to me, I was thinking about trying it. Anyone else in?

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Sideways Chevron Colorblocking

Hi, all! Why isn’t it Friday yet?! For today’s post, I have some simple colorblocking.

Sideways Chevron Colorblocking | Erin's Enamel

Sideways Chevron Colorblocking

I started with a base of 2 coats of OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI?, a plummy purple with red and gold shimmer. It applied pretty well, but it was a little disconcertingly sheer on the first coat but built up nicely on the second. I did have to seriously color-correct my photos because DYJLO photographed super blue-toned.

Sideways Chevron Colorblocking | Erin's Enamel

Sideways Chevron Colorblocking (The green on the bottle is a reflection of my shirt.)

I cut strips of contact paper using some chevron-edged scissors to use like nail vinyls. I painted over the vinyl using a semi-thick coat of Finger Paints (which I never know whether it should be one word or two?) Gilded Chrome. It’s chock full of neutral gold glitter, but there’s also yellow gold and matte white glitter as well. It does dried textured too, so if that’s not your thing, you’ll need a good top coat to smooth it out.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

China Glaze If In Doubt, Surf It Out + Maybelline Dotty

Hi, all! Happy Friday! Sorry about missing Wednesday’s post. I didn’t get my post scheduled before I went out for the day to help my sister paint.

China Glaze If In Doubt, Surf It Out + Maybelline Dotty | Erin's Enamel

China Glaze If In Doubt, Surf It Out + Maybelline Dotty

I used two coats of China Glaze If In Doubt, Surf It Out, a kind of cantaloupe-colored orange creme. It was a little sheer and a little runny. If I hadn’t been planning to layer over it, it would’ve needed a third coat.

China Glaze If In Doubt, Surf It Out + Maybelline Dotty | Erin's Enamel

China Glaze If In Doubt, Surf It Out + Maybelline Dotty

This pic is a little more color accurate than the first one. Maybelline Dotty has matte black and white glitters in an orange jelly base. I used two coats of it here.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

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