Zoya Hudson + Nina Ultra Pro Twinkle Twinkle

Hi, everyone! Happy Friday! My nephew and I finished digging the hole for the window well the other day, so hopefully there will be a window going in soon. Onto the polish!

Zoya Hudson + Nina Ultra Pro Twinkle Twinkle | Erin's Enamel

Zoya Hudson + Nina Ultra Pro Twinkle Twinkle

Zoya Hudson is from this spring’s Awaken collection. It’s a metallic purple orchid with silver shimmer. I did three coats to get it even, but the application issues were my own, not due to anything with the polish itself.

Zoya Hudson + Nina Ultra Pro Twinkle Twinkle | Erin's Enamel

Zoya Hudson + Nina Ultra Pro Twinkle Twinkle

I added the stripes using Nina Ultra Pro Twinkle Twinkle and a striper brush. Twinkle Twinkle was from a small textured collection (the other colors are silver and light pink). While this is textured, its particles are small enough that it feels more velvety than rough. What you see is one fairly thick coat. I haven’t worn it as a full nail, so I can’t speak to any other application issues.

However, I will note that the brush is really, really wide and a little… wonky, like the ends of the bristles weren’t cut evenly. There’s a comparison of the Nina brush to a Dior one over at Pointless Cafe. It’s entirely possible that the brush issues have gotten sorted out, though.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Zoya Kimmy

Hi, everyone! I hope your week is going well! I spent yesterday digging a hole, and after I get this post up, I’ll be going back to it.

I have a question before I get to Zoya Kimmy. I am planning to revamp my categories and tags (and add a page to browse them more easily), so I was wondering: what kind of tags would be most useful for you as a reader? Colors, finishes, etc.? Please leave me a comment, send me an email, or drop me a line on social media and let me know!

Okay, onto the polish!

Zoya Kimmy | Erin's Enamel

Zoya Kimmy

Zoya Kimmy is a candy apple red with gold glass fleck shimmer. I used two coats of this for a smooth, even finish. :-)

Zoya Kimmy | Erin's Enamel

Zoya Kimmy

Look at how gorgeous that shimmer is! I know it’s kind of cliche to say this, but this is one of those polishes that really looks like it glows. Zoya really does glass fleck finishes so well.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Pink Elephants on Parade (franken)

Hi, everyone! Short and sweet post today!

Pink Elephants on Parade | Erin's Enamel

Pink Elephants on Parade

Pink Elephants on Parade is a bubblegum pink creme with red, silver, gold, pink, and purple glitters. I used Sephora by OPI Seeing Pink Elephants as a base, hence the name of my franken. :-)

Pink Elephants on Parade | Erin's Enamel

Pink Elephants on Parade

I had to do three thin coats, but I otherwise didn’t have any issues with application.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Sephora by OPI I Only Shop Vintage, Stamped + Painted

Hi, all! Happy Friday! I am super pleased with today’s post, so let’s get to it!

Sephora by OPI I Only Shop Vintage | Erin's Enamel

Sephora by OPI I Only Shop Vintage

I started with a base of Sephora by OPI I Only Shop Vintage. It’s a warm light brown with lots of gold shimmer (that I could swear shifted a little green at certain angles), which I fell in love with thanks to this post over at Short ‘n Chic. This was two coats. While the SOPI line has been discontinued, it does pop up on Hautelook occasionally.

Sephora by OPI I Only Shop Vintage, stamped + painted | Erin's Enamel

Sephora by OPI I Only Shop Vintage, stamped + painted

I stamped it using Bundle Monster plate #321 and Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way, which as I said yesterday, is thin and watery and therefore not great for stamping. Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking with that.

Sephora by OPI I Only Shop Vintage, stamped + painted | Erin's Enamel

Sephora by OPI I Only Shop Vintage, stamped + painted

So I salvaged the ridiculously light stamping by painting over it! I used a small brush and SOPI Go My Own Way (shimmery blue) and Dark Room (dark teal creme), Zoya Ziv (gold), and China Glaze Just Be-Claws (red). To me, it looks like it’s enameled, almost. Love this finished result on this one!

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way + FingerPaints Peacock Portrait

Hi, all! Sorry that I’m a little on the late side today. It’s been an ugh kind of day. Anyway, today I have Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way + FingerPaints Peacock Portrait.

Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way + FingerPaints Peacock Portrait | Erin's Enamel

Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way + FingerPaints Peacock Portrait

Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way is a deep smoky navy with brighter blue shimmer (which I didn’t get a pic of on its own). The formula on this is absolute crap. It took three coats to get to a decent opacity. It was also really runny and tried to flood my cuticles a lot. I do that well enough on my own without help from the polish!

Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way + FingerPaints Peacock Portrait | Erin's Enamel

Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way + FingerPaints Peacock Portrait

FingerPaints Peacock Portrait has silver holographic microglitter, small blue hex glitter, and larger blue and green hex glitter in a clear base. Using it was a much more pleasant experience that GMOW. This is one coat that flowed on with very little dabbing required. If you look closely at my ring finger, you can see a bit of the rainbow from the holo glitter.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns

Hi, all! Today, I have China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns from the Sea Goddess collection.

China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns | Erin's Enamel

China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns

China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns is a seafoam-ish green with teal glitter. When this polish came out, it was not very well-received, especially with regard to the formula. I didn’t have much of an issue though. I did three coats , as thin as I could get them. I also waited a long time between coats and used a super light touch.

China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns | Erin's Enamel

China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns

The color of this reminds me of sea glass. I unequivocally love this polish. It’s textured, but it’s not super rough and I didn’t really experience it snagging on anything.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

FingerPaints Wine at the Gallery + Silly Bee’s Chickadees Steph’s Toy Chest

Happy Friday! Today I have another seasonally inappropriate combo for you all!

FingerPaints Wine at the Gallery | Erin's Enamel

FingerPaints Wine at the Gallery

FingerPaints Wine at the Gallery is a deep red wine with some light gold shimmer. It’s 2 coats here. I got this on clearance a while back when FingerPaints was doing their redesign, so I don’t know if this color is available any more.

FingerPaints Wine at the Gallery + Silly Bee's Chickadees Steph's Toy Chest | Erin's Enamel

FingerPaints Wine at the Gallery + Silly Bee’s Chickadees Steph’s Toy Chest

Silly Bee’s Chickadees Steph’s Toy Chest is a glitter topper that tiny gold glitter and various sizes of circle glitters in red, green, and lilac. This was one coat with a fair bit of dabbing. I actually won this last year from Steph at Imperfectly Painted, who it was created with.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Salon Perfect Raisin the Roof + FingerPaints Vivid Reflections

Straight on to the polish today!

Salon Perfect Raisin the Roof | Erin's Enamel

Salon Perfect Raisin the Roof

Salon Perfect Raisin the Roof is a super dark raisin purple with gold shimmer. This was two coats, although if you’re careful, you can get away with one. I like this color, but it’s so dark that it looks black in most lighting.

Salon Perfect Raisin the Roof + FingerPaints Vivid Reflection | Erin's Enamel

Salon Perfect Raisin the Roof + FingerPaints Vivid Reflection

This is two coats of FingerPaints Vivid Reflection over Raisin the Roof. There are pastel orange, pink, and purple flakies in a clear base. When this collection came out, there were a lot of complaints about how the flakes were too pale and it was hard to find a base color that they worked over. I didn’t have that problem with any of them, though. *shrug*

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

KBShimmer Merry Pinkmas

HI! It has been three months since my last post (and another month before that…), and I am terribly sorry for that (see the end of the post for more about that). But I’m back again! So let’s get to it with KBShimmer Merry Pinkmas!

KBShimmer Merry Pinkmas | Erin's Enamel

KBShimmer Merry Pinkmas

KBShimmer Merry Pinkmas is from the Winter 2013 Blogger Collection. This one was made with Cristina from Let Them Have Polish. It’s a bubblegum pink jelly-creme with a whole lotta glitter: pink, silver, yellow, green, and red in variously sized bars, circles, squares, and hexes.

KBShimmer Merry Pinkmas | Erin's Enamel

KBShimmer Merry Pinkmas

This was three coats with some dabbing and pushing the glitters into place. The glitter did want to clump up a bit in some places, which you can see on my middle finger, but it wasn’t anything too bad. I don’t see this on the KBShimmer website any more, but if you like it, you might be able to find it on eBay or a blog sale.

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Studio Gear Cosmetics CC Cream Swatches + Review

*Products provided by BrandBacker for my unbiased review*

Hi, all! So… it’s been a while. Sorry about that. But I’m back today with a review of Studio Gear‘s CC Cream!

Studio Gear CC Cream (Box) - Erin's Enamel

Studio Gear CC Cream (Box)

Studio Gear CC Cream (Tube) - Erin's Enamel

Studio Gear CC Cream (Tube)

The black and silvery box houses a 1 oz tube. I have the shade Linen, which is the lightest of three shades. Can I just say how much I appreciate that, with the design of the tube, all the product flows toward the bottom? I hate when companies make it hard to use up the entire tube.

Studio Gear CC Cream (Unblended) - Erin's Enamel

Studio Gear CC Cream (Unblended)

The CC Cream comes out of the tube as a whitish cream with little beige spots, which are what Studio Gear calls “micro-encapsulated pigments.”

Studio Gear CC Cream (Partially Blended) - Erin's Enamel

Studio Gear CC Cream (Partially Blended)

As you start to blend it out, the pigments start to blend in with the base, and it becomes the tinted cream.

Studio Gear CC Cream (Fully Blended) - Erin's Enamel

Studio Gear CC Cream (Fully Blended)

Here it is, fully blended out. This shade was just a tiny bit too dark and too warm for my skin tone, so fairer ladies might find that this doesn’t work for them. It blended out really nicely and provided a light level of coverage, enough to even out some of the redness in my cheeks without feeling like a heavy mask. When I tested this on my face, I didn’t notice any settling into my pores. The cream didn’t blur them out like some foundations can, but it also didn’t make them any more noticeable.

The only real downside is the strong smell of sunscreen. The CC Cream includes SPF 20, which is great for protection, but it has a very, very strong scent that lingers for quite some time.

You can buy the Studio Gear CC Cream on the Studio Gear website here. Use the code bloggercc for 10% off your order! And follow Studio Gear on all of their social networks!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StudioGearCosmetics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SGearCosmetics
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/studiogear
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/studiogearcosmetics

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

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