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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

China Glaze Agro & Good As Gold Stripe

Hi everyone! Lately if I've been doing nail art, it's been stamping weirdly enough. I'm not usually a HUGE fan of stamping but little time has meant I've been doing more and more. I was going to freehand this mani but then decided stamping would be quicker.

China Glaze Agro & Essie Good as Gold stamping

I started out with 2 coats of China Glaze Agro from the 2012 Hunger Games collection. I really liked this collection and Agro is one of my favourites from it. The formula is great and I love the rich metallic green.

China Glaze Agro & Essie Good as Gold stamping

I decided to pair it with gold and stamp a simple stripe from the MoYou Pro XL 01 plate using Essie Good as Gold. I like simple designs like this near the cuticle. I finished with a coat of topcoat as always.

I really enjoyed wearing this mani. It was simple yet striking. What do you think of it?

Where to Buy:
China Glaze & Essie - Various retailers
MoYou


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MoYou on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Essie on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Paint Box Polish - All You Need Is... Collection - Swatches & Review

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone, today I have the new collection from Paint Box Polish to show you! This collection is a soft and beautiful collection. As the maker notes 'a soft, calming collection that made you feel at peace when you look at it. No glitz. No glitter. No in-your-face holo.'
 

As usual you will find the maker's description in italics then my notes for each colour right after. For all swatches I used Paint Box Polish Like Lightning quick dry topcoat. 

Kindness
is a warm toned dark grey polish with a heavy dose of gold shimmer. A beautiful polish that covers in 2 coats

2 coats and topcoat. I love the combination of the warm golden shimmer with the grey. A nice alternative to cooler greys. 

Paint Box Polish - Kindness

Paint Box Polish - Kindness


Paint Box Polish - Kindness

Calm is an icy slate blue shade that applies like a dream and has a heavy dose of brighter blue shimmer. Opaque in 2-3 coats.
3 coats and topcoat. I really love the blue shimmer in this. I love a good blue polish and always enjoy wearing them and this one is unlike any other one in my collection. I can see myself coming back to it a lot. 

Paint Box Polish - Calm

Paint Box Polish - Calm

Paint Box Polish - Calm

Harmony is a creamy mauve polish with a soft blue shimmer. It goes on like butter and is opaque in 2 coats. 
2 coats and topcoat. The contrast of the blue shimmer against the mauve is really pretty. I love mauves, especially for clothes and eyeshadows. I'll definitely wear this one again soon

Paint Box Polish - Harmony

Paint Box Polish - Harmony

Paint Box Polish - Calm
 
Peace is a soft white polish highlighted by green-gold-pink chrome flakies and holo flakies. Not a stark white at all, and opaque in 2 coats.

2 coats and topcoat. I'm a sucker for a white polish with flakes or glitter of any sort and I LOVE this one. The multicoloured flakes make it unique in my collection

Paint Box Polish - Peace
 
Paint Box Polish - Peace

Paint Box Polish - Peace

Love is a bright, pale pink with gold and pink shimmer as well as a soft holographic effect. Covers in 2-3 coats.
3 coats and topcoat. I love the hint of holo in this. A really delicate polish. 

Paint Box Polish - Love

Paint Box Polish - Love

Paint Box Polish - Love

Concerning the formula and application, I didn't have any issues whatsoever. The formulas here are fab, despite the colours being pale. As mentioned, I used 2 coats for all polishes except Calm and Love where I added a 3rd to be sure of complete coverage for photos. But I probably could have gotten away with 2. 

This is definitely a calming and soft collection and I've been craving these types of colours recently. It's like Pam read my mind!  

The All You Need Is... Collection is releasing February 18th at noon EST. 

Each polish retails for $10 for 15 mL full size bottles and $6 for 8 mL luxe minis. For the first two weeks after release, full sets will be offered at a 15% discount. 

You can use the code THEMANICAFE for 15% off your order!

I also wanted to remind you again about the Paint Box Polish fan group on Facebook called Paint Box Mani Mafia (which I co-admin). We’d love to have you join if you haven’t already!


Where to Buy:
Paint Box Polish
(Enter the code THEMANICAFE for 15% off your order!)

Paint Box Polish on Social Media:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter


The products in this post were provided for my honest review (except the Like Lightning topcoat mentioned which I purchased)

Friday, 10 February 2017

Paint Box Polish Bacio & Holo Pink Polkadots

Hi everyone. Today I have a quick and simple nail art post for you. I haven't actually been doing that much nail art recently. I know...terrible right? A mix of not feeling like it and not having much time have meant that I've been wearing my polish plain most of the time. Though I recently got this lovely soft brown creme on sale from Paint Box Polish and wanted to add a little something to it. 

Paint Box Polish Bacio & Color Club Miss Bliss

Originally, I was trying to get inspired for Valentine's nail art. But I don't celebrate Valentine's Day and wasn't really fancying wearing Valentine's nails when I did these. But I did use some pink and do some nail art anyway, even if it was just some quick stamping. 

I started out with 2 coats of Bacio. I then used Color Club Miss Bliss and MoYou Pro XL 01 plate to stamp the small polkadots. I finished with a coat of topcoat as always. 

Paint Box Polish Bacio & Color Club Miss Bliss

I really like the combination of pink and brown even if the polkadots didn't stand out quite as much as I'd hoped. What do you think of this mani? 

Bacio is still on sale over at Paint Box Polish so if you like it go grab it before it's gone!

Where to Buy:
Paint Box Polish
(Enter the code THEMANICAFE for 15% off your order, non sale items only)
Color Club and various retailers

Paint Box Polish on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Color Club on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Girly Bits December 2016 CoTM (Grandma Got Run Over By A John Deere & Xmas & O's)

Hi everyone! In today's post I'm sharing a couple of polishes which I was super excited to buy. These are the most exciting additions to my collection in a while. Ever since seeing the first promo pics from Girly Bits of the December 2016 CoTM duo, I knew I had to have them. 

I was especially excited about Grandma Got Run Over By A John Deere but I honestly LOVE both and actually wish they were core colours so I could get backups. 

I'm going to start with my favourite though...Grandma Got Run Over By A John Deere is 'an interesting shade of green that sits somewhere between dill pickle and pine with a strong copper shift, swimming with the tiniest holographic sparkles'. I don't think I can do much better than Pam's description other than to say that the shimmer and shift are out of this world. I'm a huge fan of Pam's complex finishes but this one is just outstanding. One of my favourite Girly Bits and one of my favourite polishes ever. Easily. I used 2 coats and topcoat.

Girly Bits - Grandma Got Run Over By A John Deere

Girly Bits - Grandma Got Run Over By A John Deere

Girly Bits - Grandma Got Run Over By A John Deere

Xmas & O's is a rose gold foil polish. If you are a regular reader, you might know that I love this finish. Metallic flake foil polishes are kind of a recent obsession for me and this one is no different. I love rose gold and this feels 'neutral' yet elegant if that makes sense. I used 2 coats and topcoat. 

Girly Bits - Xmas & O's

Girly Bits - Xmas & O's

Unfortunately as this was a Color of The Month duo, these polishes are no longer available. You might be able to grab them in a destash or sale maybe. Girly Bits has so many other gorgeous polishes and a new LE duo each month!

 
Where to Buy:
Girly Bits Cosmetics


Girly Bits on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest - Google+

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Darling Diva Cover It In Gravy

Hi everyone! Today I have a mani to share with you that I was really excited about because it includes a long time lemming of mine which I finally got my hands on recently! 

Darling Diva Cover It In Gravy was half of the November 2015 Limited Edition Get In My Mouth Duo created by Darling Diva and Firecracker Lacquer for Thanksgiving. I didn't pick up the duo and I have regretted it ever since because I wanted Cover It In Gravy so much! I was thrilled when a lovely friend (Hi Pam!) was super sweet and offered me her bottle. So sweet and very much appreciated! I love this polish just as much as I thought I would and I now want to put it over so many polishes! 

Darling Diva Cover It In Gravy

Cover It In Gravy is a shimmer and flakie packed colour shifting topper. The shift in it is stunning. For this mani I started out with a gradient of OPI Yank My Doodle from the Washington DC collection and Zoya Desirée, a brown creme. Desirée is one of my favourite ever polishes I think and I knew it would work well with the Darling Diva. I then used just one coat of Cover It In Gravy and topcoat.


OPI Yank My Doodle & Zoya Desirée with Darling Diva Cover It In Gravy


OPI Yank My Doodle & Zoya Desirée with Darling Diva Cover It In Gravy

I love how this mani turned out and I couldn't stop staring at my nails! What do you think of it? Don't be surprised if I end up posting this topper again soon. I'm obsessed. I'm sorry to be posting an LE that is no longer available but it was just too pretty not to. Do check out Darling Diva though because Carrie comes up with some seriously stunning polishes!

Where to Buy: 
Darling Diva Polish
Zoya
OPI - various retailers

Darling Diva Polish on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
OPI on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Zoya on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Colors by Llarowe - The Mighty Red Baron

Hi everyone! I have a simple swatch post for you today of one of my all time favourite red polishes! This is The Mighty Red Baron by Colors by Llarowe! I know, I know...you've probably seen this one a million times but it really is worth all the mentions. 

Colors by Llarowe - The Mighty Red Baron

The Mighty Red Baron is a rich, red holo with a glowing velvety finish unlike any other polish I have to be honest. The formula is fantastic and I used 2 easy coats plus topcoat. The only negative about this polish is that I did experience staining with it despite using basecoat but that is because of the pigment in it. The listing on the CbL website does have a staining warning though I'm not sure it was there back in 2014 when I bought this when it came out. It doesn't matter though. I still love it and honestly I wear polish almost all the time anyway so it doesn't matter too much. But keep it in mind if you want to purchase this one. 

 
Colors by Llarowe - The Mighty Red Baron


I ended up wearing this polish alone and not even adding to it. I love a good simple red and with the finish on this one, it stands out enough on it's own! I'm afraid there was no sun to be seen when I wore this so you'll just have to believe me about how amazing it looks in sunlight!

Where to Buy:
Llarowe 
International Stockist list

Colors by Llarowe on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Cirque Besos

Hi everyone! Recently I have been obsessed with everything metallic. You've probably seen my chrome powder posts already and the gorgeous Cirque Idyllic, the light blue metallic flake polish from the holiday collection. I've continued on that and have been pulling out pretty much all of my metallic flake polishes to wear again, including this one. 

Cirque Besos

This is Cirque Besos which unfortunately was a limited edition release as part of the Speckled and Sparkled collection. The brand describes it as a 'deep magenta sterling foil holographic (made with superfine sterling silver pigment)'. I love magenta and rich colours like this in any texture but this one is just gorgeous. I loved how it made my hands looked and didn't even feel like doing nail art on it! 

Cirque Besos

I used 2 coats of Besos plus topcoat as always. The formula was perfect. The only bad thing about this polish is that it was LE! Thankfully Cirque do have some other great polishes with this finish and sometimes rerelease popular shades (such as Halcyon and Hatch!). 

Where to Buy:
Cirque Colors (stockists worldwide)

Cirque Colors on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest