Sharpie Watercolor Nail Art

Hi, all! Before I get to today’s post, I wanted to share that Zoya is having a promo where you get 4 polishes for $15, shipped. It runs through 1/13/16 and, of course, excludes the Naked Manicure and the new Whisper shades. You can see all of my posts with Zoya polishes here. Now onto the polish!

Sharpie Watercolor Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

Sharpie Watercolor Nail Art

I used a peel off base under this since I didn’t know how well it was going to go (all my other attempts have been fails). Pro-tip: make sure it is 100% dry before you try to apply polish because otherwise it goes lumpy and deformed looking like on my index finger…

Sharpie Watercolor Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

Sharpie Watercolor Nail Art

I used one coat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base. One coat was decent coverage for my current purposes, but it would need a second if you were just going to wear it.

Sharpie Watercolor Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

Sharpie Watercolor Nail Art

I used pink, blue, and purple Sharpies for the watercolor effect. Instead of drawing directly on my nail, I scribbled on a paint palette with each color and added a little bit of rubbing alcohol to thin it. Then I dabbed it on using a regular paint brush. I discovered that if I didn’t let the previous dabs dry enough before adding the next color, the colors muddled together more than I wanted. I did find also that the ink ran into my cuticles a bit and didn’t want to come out.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Soft Stamped Gradient

Hi, all! I have a new lighting set up, and I’m still trying to get used to it. So my pics are a little rougher than normal (and took so much longer to edit…).

Soft Stamped Gradient | Erin's Enamel

Soft Stamped Gradient

I used Zoya Ana (a light almond creme with a satin finish) and Brittany (a rosy pink with a satin finish) to create the gradient. FIVE layers…

Soft Stamped Gradient | Erin's Enamel

Soft Stamped Gradient

I don’t think I waited long enough between layers because it pulled up the previous layer in a few spots, like on the tips of my index and middle fingers.

Soft Stamped Gradient | Erin's Enamel

Soft Stamped Gradient

For the stamp, I used Zoya Sage (a soft sage green satin) and Bundle Monster plate BM-S107, one of the Shangri-La buffet-style plates. It’s a really good plate, and I never have any issues picking up the image from it. (Transferring it to my nail is occasionally another story…)

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Wavy Gradient Nail Art

Happy New Year, y’all! I have a wavy ocean-y gradient to share with you today!

Wavy Gradient Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

Wavy Gradient Nail Art

I started this with a base of ILNP Fame. If you’re into nail polish at all (which I assume you are, since you’re here), this is a must-have shade in my opinion. It’s got these super sparkly silver (or maybe white gold) flakes, along with some yellow gold flakes and holo. It applies fantastically and dries really quickly. Definitely worth every penny!

Wavy Gradient Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

Wavy Gradient Nail Art

After waiting for my quick-dry top coat to dry thoroughly, I applied some wave pattern nail vinyls from Pueen and then applied liquid latex. I made sure to put some of the latex on the side of my nail where the vinyl didn’t quite cover, just because I’m very messy with my gradients.

Wavy Gradient Nail Art | Erin's Enamel

Wavy Gradient Nail Art

For my gradient, I used Zoya Sia (royal blue creme), Talia (turquoise blue creme), and Cecilia (teal green creme). Working one nail at a time, I sponged on two thin coats of the gradient and then immediately pulled off the latex and the vinyl. This is another one of those manis that turned out exactly like I pictured it. Love it when that happens!

That’s all for today! Thank for looking!

My fave nail art from 2015

Y’all, I am so glad to see 2015 going away. It’s been a rough year. Blogging-wise, I’ve skipped weeks at a time, and that’s just no bueno. I’m going to try, as ever, to be better about consistency in the upcoming year. For now, though, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite nail art looks from this year.

OMD Challenge Day 10 - Floral | Erin's Enamel

OMD Challenge Day 10 – Floral

This first look came from the OMD3 challenge. I did the design based off of a Valentino dress that I really liked. [original post]

OMD Challenge Day 14 - Fish | Erin's Enamel

OMD Challenge Day 14 – Fish

Also from the OMD3 challenge is my fish look, which is the logo for a former local hockey team. I still maintain that this is one of my favorite things I have ever put on my nails. [original post]

OMD Challenge Day 21 - Travel | Erinโ€™s Enamel

OMD Challenge Day 21 – Travel

Travel nails, featuring the best, smoothest gradient I have ever done. [original post]

31 Day Challenge: Day 3 - Yellow "Lemonade Storm" | Erin's Enamel

31 Day Challenge: Day 3 – Yellow “Lemonade Storm”

From my failed attempt at the 31 Day Challenge, it’s my “Lemonade Storm.” I need practice making the detail finer, but I liked the way the colors blended into each other. [original post]

31DC2015 : Day 5 - Blue Umbrellas | Erin's Enamel

31DC2015 : Day 5 – Blue Umbrellas

This was my absolute favorite of this year, and one of the top ones I’ve ever done. It turned out pretty much exactly like I saw it in my head. [original post]

HPB Presents: Bloody Drip Nails for Halloween | Erin's Enamel

HPB Presents: Bloody Drip Nails for Halloween

And last but not least, my bloody drip nails. I really loved how these turned out too. [original post]

I’m hoping to get my post scheduled for tomorrow and then get back to my regular 3-days-a-week posting schedule from there. Hopeefully…

Okay, that’s all for today! Thanks so much for looking!

HPB Presents: Bloody Drip Nails for Halloween

Happy Halloween, y’all! For today, I have my next Hobby Polish Bloggers monthly prompt! HPB is a nail polish blogger group on Facebook where we can find support and feedback. It’s a great buncch of people, so if you blog about nail polish for fun, you should definitely join us!

HPB Presents: Bloody Drip Nails for Halloween | Erin's Enamel

HPB Presents: Bloody Drip Nails for Halloween

I used Simply Nailogical’s tutorial (auto-playing video) for these. I used two coats of Zoya Trixie for my base because I wanted a little bit of sparkle. Trixie is your standard silver foil, but it has a pretty nice formula.

HPB Presents: Bloody Drip Nails for Halloween | Erin's Enamel

HPB Presents: Bloody Drip Nails for Halloween

I masked off around my nails with liquid latex (I just use a Graftobian one I found on Amazon) and, once that was dry, put on drip-shaped vinyls from Pueen.

HPB Presents: Bloody Drip Nails for Halloween | Erin's Enamel

HPB Presents: Bloody Drip Nails for Halloween

I used Zoya Raven, Claire, and Rekha for the gradient. It took three coats, and even still Rekha is a little translucent (although that just makes it look like it did run down my nails). I peeled everything off (it’s ridiculously fun pulling off the latex) and added top coat. And then I went and shoved my nails in my family’s faces, going “lookit, bloody nails!” :D

Hit the link-up below to see the Halloween looks from my fellow HPBers!

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Leafy nail art with Frenzy Polish & Nine Zero Lacquer

Hi, all! Happy almost Halloween! Today I have some fall appropriate nail art using shades from Frenzy Polish and Nine Zero Lacquer (which is created by the fantastic jessface90 on Youtube!).

Frenzy Polish Falling Leaves | Erin's Enamel

Frenzy Polish Falling Leaves

I used a coat of a plain white cream then put on two coats of Frenzy Polish Falling Leaves. It’s a white crelly with red, orange, and yellow gold flakes/shredded glitter. This applies really well, and you get a good distribution of the glitter without having to manipulate it. However, it is on the thinner/sheerer side, which is why I used undies.

Frenzy Polish Falling Leaves with Nine Zero Corn Maize and Pumpkin Everything | Erin's Enamel

Frenzy Polish Falling Leaves with Nine Zero Corn Maize and Pumpkin Everything

I used Corn Maize and Pumpkin Everything from Nine Zero Lacquer to freehand some (semi-wonky) leaves. The only problem I had with these is that they dried so quickly it was hard to use them for fine detailing.

Nine Zero Lacquer Corn Maize | Erin's Enamel

Nine Zero Lacquer Corn Maize

Corn Maize is a vibrant mustard yellow holo. The holo in this is fairly subtle. The color is so fantastic though that I don’t care. I was concerned that it would do terrible things to my skintone, but it looked great. No lobster hands or anything! Also: great formula. This was two super smooth and easy to apply coats.

Nine Zero Lacquer Pumpkin Everything | Erin's Enamel

Nine Zero Lacquer Pumpkin Everything

Hey, look! I managed to capture holo pretty well for once! :D Nine Zero Pumpkin Everything is a holo that is pretty much the exact shade of pumpkin pie. Like Corn Maize, the formula on this is pretty much perfection. It was nearly opaque in one coat, but I did two because there was a tiny bit of unevenness. These polishes were from her debut collection, and if these are that good, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with in the future!

Frenzy Polish (please note that her shop is only open a few days a week) // FB Group // Instagram

Nine Zero Lacquer // FB Page // Instagram

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

 

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