Neon and Neutral Studded Squishy Marble

Hey, y’all! For today’s mani, I have a neon and neutral squishy marble that was supposed to be for a Hobby Polish Bloggers link-up, but I didn’t get it in there.

Neon and Neutral Studded Squishy Marble | Erin's Enamel
Neon and Neutral Studded Squishy Marble

For all fingers, I started with a base of Julep Brigitte, a white creme. I only used one coat as it’s pretty close to being a one coat wonder.

Neon and Neutral Studded Squishy Marble | Erin's Enamel
Neon and Neutral Studded Squishy Marble

Each finger got a different color scheme. For the neutral colors on all nails, I used Brigitte and Zoya Jacqueline, a light beige with a slight pearly shimmer.

Neon and Neutral Studded Squishy Marble | Erin's Enamel
Neon and Neutral Studded Squishy Marble

For the pinks, I used China Glaze Bottoms Up and Color Club Feathered Hair Out to There. The oranges are China Glaze Home Sweet House Music and Color Club Hot-Hot-Hot Pants. The yellows are China Glaze Celtic Sun and Color Club Under the Blacklight, and the greens are China Glaze Treble Maker and Color Club ‘Til the Record Stops.

Neon and Neutral Studded Squishy Marble | Erin's Enamel
Neon and Neutral Studded Squishy Marble

The blues on my thumb are China Glaze DJ Blue My Mind and Color Club Meet Me at the Rink. Once the squishy marbles were done, I added a layer of top coat and pressed the color-coordinating studs – one bright, one pastel – into it. The studs came from a wheel that I bought from Born Pretty Store.

I LOVED this mani so much! I actually recently wore the green (minus the beige) as a full mani, but you’ll see that in the future! ūüėČ

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Pink princess nail art

Hey, y’all! I have had a serious block when it’s come to posting the nail art that I have today. I actually wore this way, way back in February of 2016. I think I’m just not that fond of them, but I’m going to share them anyway!

Pink princess nail art featuring Finger Paints Be My Baby | Erin's Enamel
Pink princess nail art featuring Finger Paints Be My Baby

I’m not quite sure why I called these “pink princess,” but that’s what stuck when I was naming them. For this simple nail art, I started with a base of Finger Paints Be My Baby, a shimmery, glowy red-pink. I believe this was two coats, but like I said, it was so long ago I can’t be 100% sure.

Pink princess nail art featuring Finger Paints Be My Baby | Erin's Enamel
Pink princess nail art featuring Finger Paints Be My Baby

The studs came from a nail wheel that I got from Born Pretty Store. The diamond sticker came from a sampler set, made by Kiss. There were six or so different small sheets in different styles, and one of them had these fancy ones that I liked against the pink. All in all, it looks fine, and I don’t know why these gave me such a block! I guess sometimes that’s just the way it goes?

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Various Phone Photos, Part 2

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m back again with the second (and last) set of photos that I’ve taken with my phone. As I said last time, these are going to be a little inconsistent from my regular camera photos. Next week, I’ll be back with my normal photos and single manis per post.

KBShimmer Open Toad Shoes + Freehand Stripes and Chevrons | Erin's Enamel
KBShimmer Open Toad Shoes + Freehand Stripes and Chevrons

First up, I have this look featuring KBShimmer Open Toad Shoes. I used 2 coats for full opacity. I wanted to play off the colors of the glitter, so I selected three colors from the L.A. Colors Polish Fever set that I mentioned before: a neon yellow, a shimmery grape purple, and a royal blue jelly. Unfortunately the polishes in this set aren’t labeled with names, so I have no idea what they are…

Ocean Water Marble + Stamping | Erin's Enamel
Ocean Water Marble + Stamping

I wore this for my nephew’s birthday party because he was having a water gun/balloon fight. For the water marble, I used That’s Shore Bright (neon purple), Too Yacht to Handle (neon teal), and I Sea the Point (dusty cobalt blue creme), all from China Glaze. Then I stamped with Zoya Ryan (a navy creme, that I’ve actually stamped with a lot recently) and Born Pretty Store plate BP-L 003.

Neon Squishy Marble + Holo Stamping | Erin's Enamel
Neon Squishy Marble + Holo Stamping

For my niece’s spring band concert, I wanted to go bright. I used Color Club Youthquake (warm neon pink) and China Glaze Daisy Know My Name? (neon sunshine yellow) for the squishy marble over white undies. Then I stamped it with Color Club Beyond (black holo) and Bundle Monster plate Time Machine BM-XL136. My top coat unfortunately smeared my stamping a bit.

ILNP Fame + Zoya Ryan stamping | Erin's Enamel
ILNP Fame + Zoya Ryan stamping

I wore this on my nephew’s field trip to a science center. I don’t know what kind of lighting they have in their little snack room thing, but it made the holo flame seriously pop! This is two coats of ILNP Fame; I’m about halfway through my bottle, which is no small feat given how many polishes I have. I stamped with Zoya Ryan and Born Pretty plate BP-L 003. I love how well Ryan stamps!

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

Various Phone Photos, Part 1

Hello, all! I hope those of you in the US had a great 4th of July! For today’s post, I have some of the manis that I only took pictures of with my phone. These are going to be a little less consistent and a little less color accurate than my usual photos, but I liked them all too much not to post them.

Rainbow water marble | Erin's Enamel
Rainbow water marble

Up first is a water marble using a rainbow of Zoya cremes: Mira (grape purple), Sia (cobalt blue), Jace (grass green), Darcy (bright yellow), Sharon (medium orange), and Sooki (cherry red). I topped it with KBShimmer I Only Have Ice for You, a topper with silver holo micro glitter and flakies.

Gold holo with holo gradient stamping | Erin's Enamel
Gold holo with holo gradient stamping

I used 2 coats of KBShimmer Sun & Games, a gold holo microglitter in clear base. It’s so sparkly!! I used KBShimmer Poppy Kisses (a poppy red linear holo) and KBShimmer Orchidding Me? (an orchid purple linear holo) with Bundle Monster plate BM-322 for the gradient stamping.

Cozy nails | Erin's Enamel
Cozy nails

For the index and pinky fingers, I started with two coats of a color I created that is a burgundy shimmer. I used some loose diamond shaped glitter from Born Pretty Store. For my middle fingers, I used 2 coats of KBShimmer Brrr-tiful Dreamer, a grayed grape purple with aqua, silver, purple, and fuchsia glitters. I stamped this with Born Pretty plate BP-L 003 and Chromatic Polish (which is what I’ve named my creations) Full Moon, a white creme.

Election Day nails | Erin's Enamel
Election Day nails

To give you an idea of how far back my manis go, this was the nail art I put on for the last presidential election in November. I really, REALLY wish the results had gone a different way, but that’s a rant for another day… Anyway, for this nail art, I started with a base of two coats of ILNP MEGA (S), an intense linear silver holo. I used MEGA (S) with KBShimmer Poppy Kisses and KBShimmer Along for the Tide (a royal blue linear holo) in a water marble. Then I stamped with both KBShimmers and Bundle Monster plate BM-21. Unfortunately the stamping isn’t as visible as I wanted it to be, but I really liked it anyway.

Gingerbread house nail art | Erin's Enamel
Gingerbread house nail art

My gingerbread house nails were inspired by this Jaunty Juli tutorial. I used 2 coats of Zoya Nyssa, a brown creme, for the base of my gingerbread houses. I used white acrylic paint for the roofs and peppermint backgrounds and red acrylic paint for the roof outline. I dotted on the gumdrops on the roof with KBShimmer Poppy Kisses, KBShimmer Orchidding Me?, KBShimmer Along for the Tide, Milani 3D (gold holo), and Frenzy Polish Suck It! (green holo).

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!


The Color Box ‚Äď Blue Edition ‚Äď Spring 2017 (Swatch and Review)

Hello, everyone!! Today I have The Color Box from earlier this year, which I won in a giveaway! This is going to be a long post!

Before I get into that, though, I want to say that it has just been way too long since I last blogged! There were a few issues going on, and, as it does, blogging slipped to the back burner (and really, off the stove altogether for awhile). But now I have something like 20 posts to put up, so expect a bunch of stuff coming your way!

Read on for my thoughts about The Color Box.

Okay, as I said before, I won the Color Box back in March, and it was a pretty lucky win. The Color Box is a quarterly polish box with five different indie makers ‚Äď each collaborating with a different blogger ‚Äď in it. Each box is a different color theme, and the one I have is blue. The other awesome thing about winning this box is that I had never purchased from any of these makers before. I‚Äôll be putting links to everyone‚Äôs shops and blogs below, so be sure to check them all out!

The Color Box - Blue Edition - Spring 2017 Packaging and Polishes | Erin's Enamel
The Color Box – Blue Edition – Spring 2017 Packaging and Polishes

The Color Box comes packaged in a cardboard box with all the polishes individually wrapped in bubble wrap, tied together with a ribbon, and nestled on some shredded paper. Also enclosed are business cards and such for each of the makers as well as the card for the box as a whole. I’ve actually worn the ribbon in my hair a few times just because it’s so cute!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Niagara Sunrise; The Color Box - Blue Edition - Spring 2017 | Erin's Enamel
Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Niagara Sunrise swatch

The first polish I have is Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Niagara Sunrise, created with Imperfectly Painted. It’s a grayed denim blue that is packed with coppery shimmer and gold microflakies. It was a little on the thicker side, but not unmanageably so. It was fully opaque in two coats and dried a touch dull. I will say, however, that the brush and cap aren’t my favorite. The cap is a little on the short side while the brush is a little on the long side. That’s just personal preference, though, and didn’t really affect how the polish applied.

Check out Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer here and Imperfectly Painted here!

Tonic Polish Manna’s Mystical Masterpiece swatch; The Color Box - Blue Edition - Spring 2017 | Erin's Enamel
Tonic Polish Manna’s Mystical Masterpiece swatch

Tonic Polish Manna’s Mystical Masterpiece, created with Manna’s Manis, is a cobalt blue duochrome with a purple shift and a fine linear holographic shimmer. My swatch doesn’t really capture the purple shift very well, but you can see it at the top of the bottle and a bit where the incandescent light is hitting my nails. It’s a bit of a thinner formula and wants to pull itself off a bit if you go over it too much. I did three thin coats for full opacity. This is just intensely vibrant and glowy in real life!

Find Tonic Polish here and Manna’s Manis here!

Blush Lacquer Blue a Fuse swatch; The Color Box - Blue Edition - Spring 2017 | Erin's Enamel
Blush Lacquers Blue a Fuse swatch

Blush Lacquers and Bruised Up Dollie came up with Blue a Fuse. It’s a deeper blue base with black shard glitters, blue microflakes, and holo flakies. The shards come out of the bottle really easily, but they do take a bit of manipulation to get them where you want. The formula was a tiny bit thick and dried a touch dull, but it covered mostly in 2 coats. The nails that needed 3 were me doing thin coats (meaning overly thin).

Check out Blush Lacquers here and Bruised Up Dollie here!

Baroness X Sakura Skies swatch; The Color Box - Blue Edition - Spring 2017 | Erin's Enamel
Baroness X Sakura Skies swatch

Baroness X Sakura Skies, created with xoxo, Jen, is a sky blue with pink-gold shifting glass fleck shimmer. The formula on this one is right in my sweet spot, but it did take three coats for me to have full coverage. Most other reviews I’ve seen have had 1-2 coat coverage, so I may have just been doing exceptionally thin coats when I swatched it. It also dries a little dull, so top coat is a must for shininess!

You can find Baroness X here and xoxo, Jen here!

Super Moon Lacquer Texas Treasures swatch; The Color Box - Blue Edition - Spring 2017 | Erin's Enamel
Super Moon Lacquer Texas Treasures swatch

Last but definitely not least is Super Moon Lacquer Texas Treasures, created with Polish Galore. It’ss a deep teal-ish navy with copper and holo microglitters and a linear holo finish. The formula on this one was absolutely fantastic too. It was very nearly one coat, but there was a tiny bit of unevenness that required a second coat. This one might be my favorite of all!

Check out Super Moon Lacquer here and Polish Galore here!

WHEW! That was a massive post!

I really loved all of these polishes, and I appreciate that it’s a wide variety of shades. It has definitely piqued my interest in purchasing from all these makers in the future!

While this particular box is no longer available, you can keep up with The Color Box for future releases on their website as well as in their Facebook group and on their Instagram. [**DOUBLE CHECK THAT NO MAKERS HAVE THESE AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY**]

Which color is your favorite? Do you have any other favorites from these makers that I should check out?

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!








Harry Potter Birthday Party ‚Äď 9 1/4 edition ‚Äď the games and favors


When planning the party, my sister and I both agreed that we wanted to play games that would make the party even more magic. Since the party was inside Hogwarts, it was just naturally that our wizards¬†and witches had to have classes or some kind of¬†magic training…

1.The Sorting Hat Game


Once most of the kids had arrived, we played our first game. The sorting hat game… We did not want to separate the kids into houses because most of the guests were Gryffindor fans. Our favors were special made wands (each wand was¬†unique)¬†and spell books with several surprises inside. Because of several¬†requests, we started to make wands and sell them in our etsy store.

 My sister (who made all the wands) was our wand master and together with the sorting hat, she chose one guest at a time to come to the middle of the classroom and asked questions like

Would you rather be able to speak to animals, to read minds or to fly on a broom?

Would you like to do good magic or dark magic?

What is your favorite subject? Herbology, potion making or spells and jinxes

What do you like best? Spiders, worms, snakes or non of the three

Do you like gold or silver? Black or White?

Who do you like the most? Professor Snape, Dumbledore or Hagrid

Who is your favorite magical creature? Dragon, unicorn, phoenix or snake?

Based on the answers and the input of the sorting hat, the wand master gave the wizard or witch their special wand and they were allowed to chose a potions, charms, defense against the dark arts or history of magic spell book favor box. Inside was a Gryffindor felt tie, Harry Potter glasses and lightening bolt tattoo as well as package of Bertie Botts beans and Harry Potter Sticker packages. We gave them the favors in the beginning, because we needed the wands for the next game and as a bonus it was extra cute that half the guests were wearing their ties and glasses.



2. Charms class – ‚ÄúWingardium Leviosa.‚ÄĚ


We wanted the kids to try out their wands and got right into our next game.¬†They had to¬†practice ‚ÄúWingardium Leviosa.‚ÄĚ Instead of feathers, we used balloons and the kids had to keep them floating.¬†They could only¬†touch the balloons¬†with their wands and had to repeat the spell ‚ÄúWingardium Leviosa.‚ÄĚ We had a small breeze which made it extra difficult and fun. Whoever could¬†keep the balloon afloat¬†the longest, won a price from the Gringotts treasure chest. We played several rounds before starting the next game. So easy and so much fun…


3. Owl Post – Mail from Harry Potter


The week before we had attended another birthday party with really awesome games and my boys loved the pass the parcel game. Luca asked to play it also at his party and our challenge was to incorporate it into the theme. We actually made two parcels. We wrapped a small gift into about 15 layers of¬†wrapping paper¬†and included a small surprise like a package of stickers, a lollipop or a small gadget in each layer. The last layer was wrapped in brown packing paper and we drew a seal and other details to make it look like a Hogwarts parcel. it was just perfect. Before we played the game, the parcels were displayed in the owlery, which was one of the Adventkalender, we reused one last time. They looked great together and was additional decoration.¬†¬†All the kids stood in a circle and¬†because we didn’t have any music, the sorting hat told my sister when to stop. We made sure all the kids got a layer and a surprise and one lucky kid got a small toy at the end. This game was also really successful because the anticipation was growing with every layer and you could see the kids getting more and more excited.

4. Magic creature hunt


Shortly before the party we hid about 50 plastic creatures like worms, bugs, spiders etc around the premises. They were bigger than real creatures and came in all kinds of colors. It was a group game and all kids that participated received a price from the Gringotts treasure vault once all creatures were captured. I was surprised how fast they found all the creatures and I loved that it was a team game.

5. The quidditch game


One of my favorite things about the party was the Quidditch field with the Ocean in the back. We simplified the game and had only three hoops, different sizes of balls and some brooms and let the kids make up their own games. From riding around with brooms to trying to shoot through the holes, the quidditch field was used during the entire party and was a real success.

6. The diary of Tom Riddle

I had found some special ink for under $5 that turned invisible shortly after writing with it. We didn’t really had a game with the ink, but the kids loved to write a message for¬†Tom Riddle that turned invisible after a few seconds. It was a nice game for all the kids that knew the story. I did take some pictures and will upload the pictures soon.

7. A dementor Pinata or was it Voldemort


Last but not least, we had a Pinata that started out to¬†as a dementor but looked more like Voldemort. I had to make a last minute change, so we didn’t have the time to color the bag black to make it look even more¬†part of the scary¬†figure. I think the kids didn’t care who or what they were beating up. Of course they had to use a spell when hitting the pi√Īata. Expecto Patronum was perfect¬†to defend themselves from the dementors. The dementor/Voldemort was quickly eliminated and didn’t stand¬†a change against our witches and wizards.

We had planned a couple more games but didn’t do them in the end. The kids ended up playing their own imaginary games with the wands and that was even better. I am really happy how the party had turned out in the end.

Harry Potter Birthday Party ‚Äď 9 1/4 edition ‚Äď sweet treats table

We knew from the beginning that our party had to be set inside Hogwarts castle. We loved our backdrop during Christmas and knew that it would be perfect for the party as well. The wall backdrop was made out of plastic sheet from oriental trading which we had hot glued onto bed sheets. We also reused the portraits and the floating candles we made for Christmas. image

The Sweet Treats Table


Our sweet table was a mixture of Honeydukes, magical inspiration from the books and our own imagination. From baby mandrakes, a sorting hat cake,¬†¬†jumping snakes, puking pastilles, house elf cupcakes to snitches, chocolate frogs, every flavor beans and more,¬†we wanted¬†something special for any witch or wizard….


We asked Luca what kind of cake he wanted, and he decided on the sorting hat, which was made out of rice crispies and fondant. The cake was one of the last things we made and unfortunately we ran out of time, because we wanted to paint it also with food coloring to give it more dimension. Also because of the hot weather in South Florida, it had melted a little. But well, mishaps happen…imageimageimageWhen we decided on the design for the cupcakes, we did not want to have “House cupcakes” because we are all Gryffindor fans in our heart.¬†So I had the idea to use Dobby as our inspiration. Little elfs on all the cupcakes would have¬†been cute, but we already had the cupcake toppers that we designed and are available in our etsy store. My sister made¬†a clay Dobby and clay socks and the House Elf Cupcakes idea was born…

imageTo display the Honeydukes treats, we bought cauldrons from the Dollar store that we had washed inside and glittered outside for a more magical look. Of course chocolate frogs, golden snitches¬†and every flavor beans had to be there too…We found templates for both packaging and the wings¬†online that I will share at the end of the post. Pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and golden/silver sprinkles became magic wands…imageThe mandrakes were chocolate cakes inside a pot that was painted to get a more earthy look with fondant Mandrake plants planted inside (the top was a plastic plant cut in pieces). We had Deathly Hollows and red scar sugar cookies and a¬†Mrs Dursley Pudding (with another Dobby) that¬†could have flown up in the air and crash any minute.

imageWe are working on a Harry Potter printable or ready made party package. We already have the photo booth props, cupcake toppers and the invitations for sale, but we will also offer the food tags, garlands, water bottle wrappers, signs, favor boxes and wands as soon as possible. If you are interested in any of our items, you can always contact us at


Snitches template:

Chocolate Frogs box template: (I changed the font in golden)

Bertie Botts box template:

(we kept our boxes open that the kids could take a bean rather than the whole box)





Harry Potter Birthday Party ‚Äď 9 1/4 edition ‚Äď savory treats table

We knew from the beginning that our party had to be set inside Hogwarts castle. We loved our backdrop during Christmas and knew that it would be perfect for our party as well. The wall backdrop was made out of a plastic sheet from Oriental Trading which we hot glued onto bed sheets. We also reused the portraits and the floating candles we made for Christmas.


The Savory Treats Table



When designing the table and deciding what food we would like, both Eva and I wanted to have something like a showstopper. A couple years back, we had a bug party and the cake was a massive worm covering the length of the table. Immediately we both thought about Hagrid and the massive Hagrid’s little lunch¬†sandwich was born. We wanted to present it appropriately and build a tray from a shelf and a painted wooden board that we covered in plastic wrap. Also I liked the idea to have something other than pizza for a kids party…


We like to use our cupcake toppers also in other food.¬†The toppers¬†makes it look more festive and it brings the whole theme together. Chips and dips get magical names and the savory table¬†was almost ready. We had this wonderful fitting multi tier stand and converted it into our Dark Forest holder. We had spider webs, bat wings, thestral chips and blast ended skrewts that could be dipped into Felix Felices, Weasley’s Barrow dip or into Cockroach clusters. To make the table complete, we offered Gillyweed Sauerkraut, roasted Dragon egg nuts, Hufflepuff Popcorn and a Gryffindor potato salad. imageimage

Since we were in a state park with BBQ grills, we also offered hot dogs aehm I mean broomsticks. The pictures only show the before uncooked dogs, because once the party was in full swing, we¬†forgot to¬†retake it…


We are working on a Harry Potter printable or ready made party package. We already have the photo booth props, cupcake toppers and the invitations for sale, but we will also offer the food tags, garlands, water bottle wrappers, signs, favor boxes and wands as soon as possible. If you are interested in any of our items, you can always contact us at

A Harry Potter Birthday Party ‚Äď 9 1/4 edition

The big day was finally here and the party was amazing. The actual birthday was already last December but because of various reasons, we had to celebrate about two months late… which worked out quite well, because it wasn’t just a regular 9th birthday party, we celebrated Luca’s 9 1/4 birthday.


Our location was magically transformed¬†into our own Hogwarts on the beach… We had savory treats like Hagrid’s little sandwich, which was several feet long and spider web chips from the Dark Forest. For the sweet tooth, we had chocolate frogs, snitches, little angry Mandrakes and Mrs Dursley’s Pudding to name a few of the treats.



The little witches and wizards were greeted from the sorting hat and received a wand and spell book as a favor after answering some questions to decide which wand was the right fit. We gave out the favors at the beginning¬†because we had some magical lessons¬†planned like spells and charms and wanted the kids to use their wands as much as possible. Other games included an owl post game, a magical creature hunt, choose your house, a dementor/Voldemort pi√Īata and of course we had to have¬†a Quiddich field.


We got a lot of positive feedback and I want to share all of the details, pictures, games, decoration etc in the¬†upcoming blog posts. Also lots of DIY projects as well as some of the resources we used and where we got some of our magical things…





A birthday invitation directly from the wizard world delivered by a mail owl


I thought, since we featured the DIY felt owls in one of the last posts, why not share another of my favorite owl crafts we made.


When making birthday invitations for our parties, we already want to start with a bang. My kids are invited to lots of birthday parties throughout the year and if a birthday party invitation stands out or has a special detail, we are definitely going to the party. We have created some clever invitation like an actual egg (even though the picture doesn’t give any justice, it was my favorite invitation ever) filled with confetti¬†for a Yoshi party, a dice box for a¬†casino party or¬†a paper carrot¬†for an Easter¬†party. I am a big fan of 3D invitations.


For our Harry Potter party, we also wanted to intrigue our guests. We had some different ideas, but decided a mail owl was perfect, because this is the natural way to receive mail and packages in the wizard world. Since real owls were not really available, we had to make our own owls. If you have visited our other blog or have seen some of the props and parties, you might already know our style. Our pictures and images are defined by their black outlines and are a mixture between cartoon and reality. We have a unique process in which both my sister and I are involved making the picture. She first pencil draws the image, outlines it with a marker and afterwards colors it and makes it look our signature style.


We scan the image and I edit and retouch it with an image manipulation program.

The invitation owl that we had created was cute, but¬†so far it was only a¬†picture of an owl with¬†its wings spread. We had to find a way to transform it and make it look like¬†it was flying and delivering a message or invitation. In my head, I knew exactly how the owl was supposed to look and after editing it on the computer, adding a backdrop and the invitation scroll, the owl was “ready” to deliver our invitation.¬†Almost… After we printed the invitation, I went back and¬†made some small modifications like changing some sizes. Once reprinted, we¬†cut out the owls and assembled the¬†invitation. They came out even more beautiful than imagined. I knew they were perfect, when I saw the face of my birthday boy. He was very happy giving them out and we both can’t wait for the party.





We do offer the download with an empty invitation template in our etsy store. If you are interested in ready made invitation, just send us a message to for details. Here is the link: