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!

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That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Color Club Bright Night + Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!

Hi, all! Just a quick post today to share the mani I wore last Friday to my niece’s archery tournament!

Color Club Bright Night + Sephora by OPI Flurry Up! - Erin's Enamel

Color Club Bright Night + Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!

Color Club Bright Night, which I’ve shown before, is a vibrant, saturated cobalt blue creme. As before, this was two coats with flawless application. I added a coat of Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!, which has a couple different sizes of bright silver glitter in a clear base. It’s not very dense, so it did require a bit of dabbing and pushing in order to get it somewhat decently spread out. It’s a very simple layering combination, but it was quite pretty. :-)

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Neutral stripes with Julep and Oriflame

Hi, all! I am so ready for it to be next week (spring break, along with a few other reasons). Anyway, today I have a neutral striping tape look featuring Julep and Oriflame.

Julep Abigail - Erin's Enamel

Julep Abigail

Julep Abigail is a soft shell pink with a satin finish. They call it silk, but same difference really. This is two coats, and it applied fairly well.

 

Julep Abigail (top coated) - Erin's Enamel

Julep Abigail (top coated)

I despise the Julep bottles. They are tall and skinny, so every time I dipped the brush in, I felt like I was going to tip it over. Because of the height of the bottle, the brush is quite long, and the bristles tend to get flooded with polish as a result (even when I thought I wiped it off well enough). I also don’t think that the polishes are worth anywhere near what they cost. Regular price is $14, and they are only 8ml/.27 oz.

Sorry, that turned into a bit of a rant. I will refrain from further comment about Julep and get back to my NOTD.

Julep Abigail + Oriflame Daring Brown - Erin's Enamel

Julep Abigail + Oriflame Daring Brown

Oriflame Daring Brown is a deep mushroom brown creme. It’s not really what I would call daring, but it’s a nice shade nonetheless. I actually won this in a giveaway, along with a couple shades of red, from Sophie at My Awesome Beauty. I didn’t have any issues with application besides not sticking my tape down enough and the color bleeding under.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

FingerPaints Go Baroque

Hi, everyone! I have a super sparkly glitter from FingerPaints today!

FingerPaints Go Baroque - Erin's Enamel

FingerPaints Go Baroque

FingerPaints Go Baroque has superfine gold shimmer, small gold hex glitter, and larger light pink hex glitter. I put on three coats, but with slightly thicker application, I could’ve done just two. The base is clear, but the glitter is so reflective that it reads as opaque.¬† The cool thing was that I was laying on the couch reading and the sun was reflecting off my nails like they were a disco ball. :-) That reflectiveness is why my pics are a little darker than usual, by the way.

FingerPaints Go Baroque - Erin's Enamel

FingerPaints Go Baroque

The bad news about this is it chipped in a day. Half of my index finger was gone, and I don’t remember doing anything to cause it. I’ve never had that problem with any of the other FingerPaints I have, so I don’t know what caused it this time.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

China Glaze Flip-Flop Fantasy + Cracked Concrete

Hi, all! I have a couple older polishes from China Glaze to share today, that, put together, equal full-on 90s.

China Glaze Flip-Flop Fantasy - Erin's Enamel

China Glaze Flip-Flop Fantasy

China Glaze Flip-Flop Fantasy is a bright orange-reddish coral neon. It is so much brighter than what my pic shows. This is three coats because there was still some streakiness at two coats. I’m pretty sure that this exact color appears in a few of the fabrics that my mom has leftover from making clothes for me and my sisters in the early 90s.

China Glaze Flip-Flop Fantasy + Cracked Concrete - Erin's Enamel

China Glaze Flip-Flop Fantasy + Cracked Concrete

China Glaze Cracked Concrete is a medium gray creme, in crackle form. I got this for a buck or so in a Sally Beauty Red Tag Clearance, and it’s been an untried since then. Since crackle polishes first came out in the 90s, how could I resist putting these two together?!

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

FingerPaints Bare No Secrets + A Grape Catch

Hi, all! I have today a couple of polishes from the FingerPaints “A Pair Affair” collection that was created in collaboration with Michelle at All Lacquered Up.

FingerPaints Bare No Secrets + A Grape Catch gradient - Erin's Enamel

FingerPaints Bare No Secrets + A Grape Catch gradient

I started with a base of two coats of FingerPaints Bare No Secrets. It is a pink-leaning light sand with silvery shimmer and gold microglitter. It’s not the most flattering nude shade for me, and it seemed a little frosty when I initially put it on. Also, it managed to be thick and runny at the same time. I had to be very careful to keep it from completely flooding my cuticles.

FingerPaints Bare No Secrets + A Grape Catch gradient (matte) - Erin's Enamel

FingerPaints Bare No Secrets + A Grape Catch gradient (matte)

Because I wasn’t super happy with Bare No Secrets on its own, I decided to add A Grape Catch in a gradient. A Grape Catch is a dusty grape purple with silver shimmer as well as some multi-colored shimmer. I haven’t used this as a full nail color yet, but in just painting it on my swatch stick, it doesn’t seem to suffer from any of the same issues I had with Bare No Secrets. And as is my way, I added a matte top coat.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Spring floral NOTD

Hi, all! Today I have a mani that was inspired by this “Sunshine floral embellished dress” from eShakti. I fell in love with this dress, and since i can’t currently buy it, I thought I’d put it on my nails instead. ;-)

Spring floral NOTD - Erin's Enamel

Spring floral NOTD

I started with a base of three coats of Sephora by OPI Why Yellow There… A pretty buttercream yellow with an atrocious formula. The only reason that it turned out halfway decently is because I put the third coat on a little thick. Seriously though, don’t ever get this color.

Spring floral NOTD (Matte) - Erin's Enamel

Spring floral NOTD (Matte)

I free-handed the vines and leaves using Zoya Ray. I used a dotting tool and Zoya Purity to lay the base for the flowers, then painted on the pink details with Color Club Cloud Nine and then China Glaze Infra-Red.

Spring floral NOTD (Matte) - Erin's Enamel

Spring floral NOTD (Matte)

Naturally, I finished it off with matte top coat. I was really quite pleased with how this turned out. It’s super time-consuming to freehand designs, but I find them very satisfying!

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Wintery NOTD with KBShimmer

Hi, everyone! Last week, we got this:

Snow - Erin's Enamel

Snow-covered table and chairs

I took that just after 11 PM, after we had gotten 5 inches of snow in around 4 1/2 hours. For Alabama, it’s a pretty big deal. So in honor of our wintery weather, I used a pair of KBShimmer polishes from the winter blogger collection.

Winter NOTD with KBShimmer - Erin's Enamel

Winter NOTD with KBShimmer

On my thumb, index, and pinky fingers, I have two coats of I’d Rather Be With Blue, created in conjunction with Cosmetic Sanctuary. It’s a lovely light sky blue with icy blue and pink shimmer. It does dry matte, but I used top coat to make it shiny.

Winter NOTD with KBShimmer - Erin's Enamel

Winter NOTD with KBShimmer

On my middle and ring fingers, I have three coats of Snow Much Fun, by The Manicurator. It’s a light blue jelly packed with a few sizes of holographic glitter, white circles, and white snowflakes. This applied fairly well considering the amount of glitter. I did have to fish for the snowflakes a bit though. And of course, because of their size, the snowflakes stick up from the nail a bit; you can see that on my ring finger.

I’d just like to thank those of you who are still reading despite my inconsistency lately. I’m still trying to get my mojo back. It’s slowly coming, emphasis on the slowly. Anyway, thank you all! :-)

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Purple, Blue, and Green Skittlette

Hi, everyone! Today’s post was, of course, inspired by the amazing Marta over at Chit Chat Nails and her fabulous skittlette tutorial.

Purple, Blue, and Green Skittlette - Erin's Enamel

Purple, Blue, and Green Skittlette

For my thumb and index fingers, I applied two coats of Zoya Savita then added two dots in Zoya Veruschuka.

My middle and ring fingers have three coats of Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams and added dots in Veruschuka. Havana Dreams is a pretty light sky blue with a terrible formula. It wanted to drag and was streaky. I had to put the third coat on a little thicker than I normally would just to even it out. Also, I have no idea what kind of design I was shooting for on my ring finger. Whatever it was, I don’t think I actually made it…

Finally, my pinky is two coats of Pure Ice Sheer Luck. The diamond glitters are turquoise and purple and also holographic. You can see a bit of VNL, but the glitter was reflective enough to hide that in person.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

The Lacquer Legion – Reinvention – Green Snakeskin with Zoya

Hi, everyone! The Lacquer Legion is a monthly nail art challenge created by some of the biggest names in nail polish blogging: Work / Play / Polish, Chalkboard Nails, Rebecca Likes Nails, and The Nailasaurus. When I saw this month’s theme was “Reinvention” and some of the possible interpretations, I decided to join in and reinvent one of my early nail art attempts. I chose the green snakeskin because, while the stamping itself was pretty darn good, the colors underneath aren’t punchy enough for my liking and there’s some serious tip wear/tip pull going on.

Zoya Ivanka - Erin's Enamel

Zoya Ivanka

I started with a base of two thin coats of Zoya Ivanka. How gorgeous is this green?! It’s packed with bright gold glass fleck shimmer but leans blue at the edges! Sorry about the splotch on my bottle. It just shows how well-loved it is, right? ;-) I also added a single thin coat of Opal over this, but I forgot to take a picture of that step.

Zoya Ivanka sponged with Hunter, Kerry, and Giovanna - Erin's Enamel

Zoya Ivanka sponged with Hunter, Kerry, and Giovanna

So next I sponged on Hunter, Kerry, and Giovanna in random blotches, using torn-up bits of cosmetic wedges. I went back over a few spots with Ivanka until it looked how I wanted.

Lacquer Legion Reinvention - Green Snakeskin - Erin's Enamel

Green Snakeskin

Finally, as in the original, I stamped on a snakeskin pattern using Zoya Envy and Bundle Monster plate BM-215. The stamp transferred a little better on some fingers (my pinky and index fingers) than others (middle and ring). In person, the end result is so saturated and vivid. I keep thinking that I should call it “An Ode to Slytherin.”

Lacquer Legion Reinvention - Green Snakeskin - Then and Now - Erin's Enamel

Green Snakeskin – Then and Now (with much nicer cuticles)

I’m hoping that I can use this Reinvention post as a jumping off point to get my blogging mojo back. Lately the whole process, from actually painting my nails to taking and editing pics to writing out posts, has seemed very tedious, but I’ve also missed it. So I figure that recreating something from when I was new to the whole thing and so excited about it is a good way to sort of reinvent my mindset.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

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