Pretty Serious green and gold nail art

Hi, everyone! The mani I have today was originally meant to be my St. Patrick’s Day nail art, but for a variety of reasons, I ended up doing it about a week later. So let’s get into the polish!

Pretty Serious Breathless | Erin's Enamel

Pretty Serious Breathless

Pretty Serious Breathless is a limited edition kelly green with silvery flakies. This was nearly a one-coater, but I did two because there was a slight bit of unevenness. As of writing this, it’s still available on the website, but there’s no telling how much longer it will be there.

Pretty Serious gold and green nail art | Erin's Enamel

Pretty Serious gold and green nail art

I then used a thin striping brush to add lines of Pretty Serious Yuletide of the Machines, a bright yellow-gold foil.

Pretty Serious gold and green nail art | Erin's Enamel

Pretty Serious gold and green nail art

I added stripes of Pretty Serious VT100 (which, unfortunately, does not seem to be available anymore), skipping over the gold lines in some spots to create the illusion of a woven plaid.

Pretty Serious gold and green nail art | Erin's Enamel

Pretty Serious gold and green nail art

After waiting for some quick dry top coat to dry, I taped off the triangles and painted on a generous layer of Pretty Serious Liquid Leprechaun (also currently unavailable, but it usually makes a reappearance every March). I tapped it down a bit once it had dried to the touch just to make sure the glitter was as smooth as possible. I then went back and added the outline using Yuletide of the Machines.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

HPB Presents: Dusty – Vintage Wallpaper Nail Art

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday! This has just been a very “ughhhh” kind of week, so I’m quite glad it’s over. So for today, I have another mani for the Hobby Polish Bloggers’ monthly link up; you can see all of my HPB manis and find out more about it here. The April theme is “Dusty,” so let’s see what I did for it.

HPB Presents: Dusty - Vintage Wallpaper Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

HPB Presents: Dusty – Vintage Wallpaper Nail Art

I started with a white creme base before I sponged on a gradient of Zoya Lake (dusty light blue) and Ireland (light dusty sage green). It took three coats to be opaque.

HPB Presents: Dusty - Vintage Wallpaper Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

HPB Presents: Dusty – Vintage Wallpaper Nail Art

I stamped on the leafy pattern using Zoya Natty (a dusty deep colonial blue) and Bundle Monster plate Polynesia BM-XL115. I used a clear stamper from the Born Pretty Store. It likes to slid a bit when I go to roll it over the plate if it’s not scraped well enough, but it otherwise works fantastically.

HPB Presents: Dusty - Vintage Wallpaper Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

HPB Presents: Dusty – Vintage Wallpaper Nail Art

The end result reminded me a lot of a vintage wallpaper pattern, hence the name of my post. Also, my poor hand had a rough week too. My ring finger nail broke when my cat jumped out of the crate I was carrying him in right as I was trying to put it down, and I burned my index finger trying to open a bag of steamed veggies for dinner. Like I said, definitely glad this week is over!

Be sure to click through for the rest of my fellow HPB members’ dusty manis!

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Gray magnetic nail art

Hi, all! Straight into it today!

Gray magnetic nail art | Erin's Enamel

Gray magnetic nail art

I was inspired, of course, by the amazing magician that is Sveta, specifically this video tutorial. Once my base of a plain black creme was dry, I painted on a coat of China Glaze Pull Me Close, a medium cool-toned gray metallic, and immediately went over it with a strong magnet; I just used one from our refrigerator.

Gray magnetic nail art | Erin's Enamel

Gray magnetic nail art

After that layer was complete dry, I taped off the X with nail vinyls, added another layer of Pull Me Close, and went back over it with the magnet again. A layer of quick dry top coat later, and I had some simple nifty, shifty nail art.

Gray magnetic nail art (matte) | Erin's Enamel

Gray magnetic nail art (matte)

And then, just for shiggles, I added a layer of matte top coat.:)

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Green Dry Marble with Barielle

Hi, all! Since tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I have a bit of green nail art to share today!

Green Dry Marble with Barielle | Erin's Enamel

Green Dry Marble with Barielle

I recently got a silicone baking mat to use for nail art and decal-making purposes (actually a pair of them on Amazon for only $5!!), so I decided to try my hand at some dry marbling.

Green Dry Marble with Barielle | Erin's Enamel

Green Dry Marble with Barielle

I used three green shades from Barielle for this: Date Night (a shimmery emerald green), Boho Chic (a deep blue green creme), and Gondola Ride (a medium sage green). On the mat, I painted a thick layer of the base color, either Date Night or Boho Chic. Then I added a thick line diagonallydown the middle using Gondola Ride and drew back and forth with a short striper brush.

Green Dry Marble with Barielle | Erin's Enamel

Green Dry Marble with Barielle

I let the decals dry for a couple days, which was much longer than necessary; I just wasn’t ready to take my previous mani off for a bit.😀 When I was ready to put the decals on, I painted on a coat of the base color, trimmed the decal fairly close, and smoothed it onto the slightly tacky base.

Using the baking mat worked pretty well. The decal peeled off smoothly, and the slight texture from the mat (from threads sandwiched in the silicone) wasn’t apparent on the nail. The only problem I had was the decals dried out a little too much before I used them and became a bit brittle. That was my fault though, not the mat’s. All in all, it is definitely worth the very low price I paid.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Blue and Green Squishy Marble Nail Art

Hi, all! I am so glad that it’s Friday. This week has just seemed especially long. The colors for this mani were picked by my niece and nephew, so let’s see how this all turned out!

Blue and Green Squishy Marble Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

Blue and Green Squishy Marble Nail Art

I started this with a base of two coats of Frenzy Polish OOM (Out of Mana). It’s a pale cornflower blue with shimmer that shifts from pink to orange.

Blue and Green Squishy Marble Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

Blue and Green Squishy Marble Nail Art

I put a liberal coat of liquid latex around my nails because squishy marbles are a messy affair. I applied a few drops each of Frenzy Polish OOM (Out of Mana), Frenzy Polish Arctic Fox, and Sally Hansen Wet My Whistle on a stamper and squished the whole thing on my nail, trying to blend the edges of the colors.

Blue and Green Squishy Marble Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

Blue and Green Squishy Marble Nail Art

After I got done, I realized that the final result looked a lot like Minecraft maps! Considering both kids and I play the game, I think it’s rather fitting.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Blue and purple reciprocal gradient

Hi, all! For today’s post, I have my first ever attempt at a reciprocal gradient, which is where you do a double layered gradient but flip the colors. Read on to see what I mean!

Blue and purple gradient, featuring Zoya Sia and Lidia | Erin's Enamel

Blue and purple gradient, featuring Zoya Sia and Lidia

I started my mani with a base gradient of Zoya Sia, a royal blue creme, and Lidia, an eggplant purple creme. It took three coats to make the gradient opaque.

Blue and purple reciprocal gradient, featuring Zoya Sia, Lidia, Estelle, and Giada | Erin's Enamel

Blue and purple reciprocal gradient, featuring Zoya Sia, Lidia, Estelle, and Giada

After adding some quick dry top coat and waiting for it to dry thoroughly, I put on some striping tape and added the gradient over top. I used Estelle, a shimmering metallic royal blue, and Giada, a shimmery eggplant purple, and flipped the colors so the blue ended up on top of the underlying purple.

Blue and purple reciprocal gradient, featuring Zoya Sia, Lidia, Estelle, and Giada | Erin's Enamel

Blue and purple reciprocal gradient, featuring Zoya Sia, Lidia, Estelle, and Giada

This gradient took only 2 coats to become fully opaque, and I made sure to pull the striping tape off after finishing each nail. That way you get a clean line. (Except, of course, where the polish decides to seep under the tape…) This had a really cool, duochrome-ish look in person, and I liked the fact that the shimmer added a little something extra.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

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