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Monday, 29 April 2019

Alter Ego Roasted Eggplant - Holy Shift Group Custom (May 2019)

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have a group exclusive from Alter Ego to show you! Roasted Eggplant is the Holy Shift group custom for May.

Roasted Eggplant is an eggplant coloured thermal polish. When warm, it pulls more red/mauve, and when cold more deep purple with a strong green/blue shimmer throughout. 

This is how it looks when my nail beds are warmer and the tips cooler.


I used 2 coats plus a coat of topcoat. Alone, this one dries down quite matte so I preferred to show you with topcoat. The formula is a tad on the thicker side, as with a lot of thermals, but nothing unmanageable! I love the shimmer! 



This is how it looks cooler after a splash of cool water because my hands were so warm

And finally an even cooler gradient look when my hands cooled down outside. 


I also snapped a pic of it in artificial lighting when cool so you can really get an idea of the shimmer and cold shade. 


Roasted Eggplant will be available for the month of May in 2 sizes and for Cynthia's regular prices 8.5ml for $5.00 and 17ml for $10.00. Don't forget to join thHoly Shift group to be able to purchase!

You can use code The Mani Cafe for 20% off!!
 

Where to Buy:
Alter Ego Body Care Products (20% off with code The Mani Cafe)

Alter Ego on Social Media:
Facebook
Instagram


The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Alter Ego Safety Dance & Salt Scrub - Polish Pickup and Indie Pickup - May 2019 (1980's)

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! I have the Alter Ego May Polish Pickup polish to show you today along with the new Salt Scrub from the brand!

The theme for May PPU and IPU is '1980's'. Safety Dance is inspired by the video of the song Safety Dance as you may have guessed

Safety Dance is a shimmery yellow polish with contrasting orange/pink shimmer. I say it every time but I love a good shimmer and Cynthia does them really well.




I used 2 coats, no topcoat. I love the formula on this one. Just right for my preferences!



The Alter Ego salt scrub can be used on the hands or body. I chose to test it out on my hands. The salt is a nice change from sugar and it is a totally different texture to other scrubs I'm used to using. The salt is grittier but more sparse which balances out nicely. The scrub is quite oily which is nice for deep moisturising. I applied to damp hands after I removed some nail polish, rubbed well and let it sit for a couple of minutes. I then rinsed my hands in warm water and they were lovely and soft afterwards. 

I like that this scrub is unscented. It's a nice change when you want something simple and would be good if, like me, you are quite sensitive to scents. The container is practical too, with a flip lid and you squeeze the product out.

Safety Dance will retail for $8.50 and the Salt Scrub will be $7.50. Both will be available for purchase from May 3rd to May 6th along with other polishes and products for the 1980's theme!

Polish Pickup and Indie Pickup:
US Pickup Site

UK Pickup Site
Polish Pickup Facebook

Indie Pickup Facebook 
Instagram

Alter Ego:
Store
Facebook 
Instagram

 
The products in this post were provided for my honest review
 

Monday, 15 April 2019

Floral on Nude

Hi everyone! Today I have some simple but pretty Spring nail art for you! I have done manicures like this in the past but often on a coloured base. 


I was inspired by @coyarose on Instagram to do some over a nude base. She did Forget-me-nots in blue. I chose to do some flowers in my favourite colour loosely inspired by some I have in my garden. Google tells me they're called Grape Hyacinths or Muscari. 



I started out my mani with 2 thin coats of Essie BBF Best Boyfriend and then used acrylic paints, a fine detail brush and a small dotting tool to paint the grass then the flowers. I finished with topcoat as always to seal the design. It's been a while since I wore a full mani of florals and I missed it so much! Florals are my favourite! 


What do you think of this mani? I love it and it fits in well with my current obsession with nude nails or nail art on a nude base! 


Where to Buy:
Essie - various retailers

Essie on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter 

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Essie BBF Best Boyfriend + Shine Of The Times

Hi everyone! I'm gonna be super predictable and post another mani today using Essie BBF Best Boyfriend. I know, I know, more nude and the same one to boot. So I'll keep the description short and sweet. 


I used 2 coats of BBF and then added a coat of Shine of the Times on the top and finished with topcoat. Shine of the Times is for sure one of my favourite toppers ever. I wish I had a back-up bottle so I could wear it way more without worrying about using it all! I love the shiftiness of the flakes and how it looks so different over different colours. 

Hope you like it too! 

Where to Buy:
Essie - various retailers

Essie on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter