Delicate fall leaves with Zoya Entice

Hi, everyone! I have a mani inspired by a pattern I found on Dreamstime, so onto the polish!

Delicate fall leaves with Zoya Entice | Erin's Enamel

Delicate fall leaves with Zoya Entice

Delicate fall leaves with Zoya Entice | Erin's Enamel

Delicate fall leaves with Zoya Entice

I was browsing the net for some mani inspiration when I came across the stock photo that I linked above (it’s also in the collage above) and decided to recreate it on my nails. I started with a base of three coats of Zoya Jacqueline, which is a light creamy beige from Lovely collection.

Delicate fall leaves with Zoya Entice | Erin's Enamel

Delicate fall leaves with Zoya Entice (flash photo)

I used a small detail brush and four cremes from Zoya’s fall Entice collection: Ryan (the navy blue), Nyssa (the milk chocolate brown), Veronica (the redder-toned berry), and Margo (the more purplish berry). These looked better from a distance where you couldn’t see the smearing from my top coat. Overall, though, I think they came out really, really well, so I was sad to take them off.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

HPB Oct. Halloween Mani Link-Up

Hi, everyone! I know I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, but I’ve gotten so frustrated with not having a space to take pics or to do anything more than paint on a single color. I’m going to try to fight through it more though!

For today’s post, I have a Halloween mani and link party from the Hobby Polish Bloggers group on Facebook. This group, founded by Steph at Imperfectly Painted, is for non-professional and just-for-fun nail polish bloggers. We use the group for support and feedback, and it’s just a really great environment. The group recently decided to do a monthly feature, and since this is October, this month’s theme is naturally… Halloween! So now, onto the polish!

HPB Oct. Halloween Mani Link-Up - Erin's Enamel

HPB Oct. Halloween Mani Link-Up

I started my Halloween mani with a base of two coats of Zoya Genevieve. It’s a bit… jelly-ish, I guess, so it actually could have used three coats. And it dried much darker than the bottle (which is what I’m holding, and I have no idea what’s up with the smokiness either). Anyway, I took Zoya Raven and a small detail brush and painted a spooky scene: a haunted house on my index finger, a dead tree on my middle, and a couple grave stones and bats on my ring finger. I added a bit of grass to all fingers too.

Using Zoya Brooklyn, I added a full moon to my pinky, lights to the house, and some highlights to all my fingers. The moon and house lights also received a coat of Pure Ice Glow in the Dark. I wish that my pictures had turned out better so that you could see the details more clearly. I’m definitely out of practice in that regard.

Be sure to check out all the other Halloween manis in the link below!

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Zoya Wendy + Bar

Hi, everyone! Today I have a glitter gradient featuring Zoya Wendy and Bar! I only managed to get one decent picture of this. It just kept coming out all blurry because I didn’t have my tripod.

Zoya Wendy + Bar | Erin's Enamel

Zoya Wendy + Bar

I started with a base of Zoya Wendy, which is a punchy coral creme that’s a wee bit more pink than it appears here. This was two coats, although I did have to go over a pinky again because I dented it. Wendy has a perfect formula. It’s thick, but not unmanageably so. And as a bonus, it didn’t need cleanup (which was good because I forgot to bring my brush when I went to house sit).

I added Zoya Bar, one of the Magical PixieDusts, in a glitter gradient using very thin, somewhat dry strokes. I know a lot of people didn’t really like how chunky the texture is on the Magical Pixies, but I don’t mind them. They’re especially good for when you are covered in stupidly itchy mosquito bites, as I currently am.

Are you a fan of the Magical Pixies? Or do you avoid the textured trend altogether?

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Zoya Stassi + Tilda

Hi, everyone! I hope that those of you who have gotten today off for Labor Day are enjoying it. Today, I have Zoya Stassi and Ling, in another episode of “Erin doesn’t know when to stop…”

Zoya Stassi | Erin's Enamel

Zoya Stassi

I started with three coats of Zoya Stassi. It has the same type of glitter and shimmer as Zoya Ling, but it’s in a grassy green jelly base. This applied really well, and for once, I didn’t have to do any cleanup. This is without top coat, by the way.

Zoya Stassi + Tilda | Erin's Enamel

Zoya Stassi + Tilda

I added a thick-ish coat of the coordinating warm green creme, Tilda. I freehanded it in a sideways half moon shape. I like the two together, but I don’t like what I did with Tilda all that much. It might have been better if I had used guides so that they were even. Okay, I’m off to start making some sweet and sour chicken for dinner.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Bright spring floral nail art

Hi, all! Happy Friday! I’m so glad that it’s a three day weekend cause I get to sleep in on Monday morning. :-) Today, I have some bright, springy floral nail art that’s rather out of season for the northern hemisphere. All of the colors I used came from China Glaze’s City Flourish collection from this spring.

Bright spring floral nail art | Erin's Enamel

Bright spring floral nail art

I started with three coats of China Glaze At Vase Value. It’s a pretty light robin’s egg blue, but the formula on this is as crappy as every review out there says. It was streaky and runny and it didn’t want to level out very well.

I used a striper brush to add Grass is Lime Greener for grass and flower stems. The purple flowers were added using a dotting tool and Lotus Begin. Finally, I painted the yellow flowers with Metro Pollen-tin and a small detail brush. I love how these colors work together, and this would look great at Easter time. (Maybe without the bubbly top coat though…)

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

China Glaze Off Shore Water Marble

Hi, everyone! I hope this Wednesday finds you well. :-) Today I have a water marble using some colors from the China Glaze Off Shore collection. These are sunlight pics, taken with my phone, because I was house-sitting for my sister and didn’t have my normal lighting.

China Glaze Off Shore Water Marble | Erin's Enamel

China Glaze Off Shore Water Marble (left hand)

As always, I started with a base of Zoya Purity. The water marble is China Glaze I Sea the Point (blue), X-Ta-Sea (purple), and Feel the Breeze (pink). Normally, I don’t have an issue with using China Glaze polishes for water marbling, but these were SO FINICKY. I had to redo the bulls-eye three or four times for each nail. I used room temperature filtered water, so I don’t think that was the issue.

China Glaze Off Shore Water Marble | Erin's Enamel

China Glaze Off Shore Water Marble (right hand)

My designs have gotten better though. I had a bit of a mishap with my middle finger. The polish from doing another nail managed to attack it. I’m still not sure how it happened, but the end result looks pretty cool, I think. Makes me wonder how a double-layered water marble would look.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!


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