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Monday, 29 July 2013

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013

Celebrating the Year of the Blogger

Hi everyone! Today I have a really special post for you as you can tell from the title...

I'm really excited and honoured to be a part of the piCture pOlish Blog Fest! piCture pOlish has decided to make this year 'the Year of the Blogger' and celebrate nail art and manicures created by bloggers, which I think is a great sentiment. 

Today, bloggers across the world will have some nail art for you each using 3 piCture pOlish shades! And for the Blog Awards...each nail art creation shown today including my own will go into the running to be chosen to create a collaboration shade with piCture pOlish launched in 2014. There will be 3 awards (as voted by PP friends and fans, Blog Fest participants and Jules and Megs of piCture pOlish) and voting will take place via a special Pinterest board made by piCture pOlish. 

piCture pOlish Sunset, Mad Magenta & Wisteria

The polishes which were selected for me to create my nail art are Sunset, Wisteria and Mad Magenta and they're all gorgeous! I loved the colours and application on all three of these shades. The formulas were perfect, as I have found with all of my piCture pOlishes. They are perfect for nail art because of their formula and opacity. 

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - Sunset, Mad Magenta, Wisteria

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - Sunset, Mad Magenta, Wisteria

I decided to use these three shades to create a bright and summery floral manicure. I applied Sunset as my base then added flowers and dots using Wisteria and Mad Magenta. Sunset is actually so neon that it made my camera flip out a bit! It's so perfect for summer, as are Mad Magenta and Wisteria!


piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - Sunset, Mad Magenta, Wisteria

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - Sunset, Mad Magenta, Wisteria

If you would like to recreate this nail art, here is how I did it step-by-step. All you will need is your 3 shades of polish and a dotting tool (as well as your base and topcoat). I used a white base to make my neon mani really pop but that is entirely optional. 



piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - Sunset, Mad Magenta, Wisteria

I hope you like this manicure as much as I enjoyed creating it and wearing it! If so, I'd love if you'd consider voting for it!

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - Sunset, Mad Magenta, Wisteria

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - Sunset, Mad Magenta, Wisteria

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - Sunset, Mad Magenta, Wisteria


piCture pOlish are based in Australia but ship their lovely polishes internationally from their website! Check out their information on their Shipping Page. You can also check out their Network Page to find international stockists. Because they are awesome piCture pOlish also have some cool deals which are always available and involve free polish! See the Everyday Deals Page for more information. 

Also be sure to check out the brand and keep up with news, information, new releases as well as lovely swatches and chatter via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube

Check out the Blog Fest Pinterest Board here

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Guest Post for My Nail Polish Obsession

Hi everyone! I'd love if you might hop on over to check out my guest post at My Nail Polish Obsession featuring Red Dog Designs Summershine! See the post here and please do check out the rest of Jen's awesome blog! It's one of my favourites and she has some of the best glitter manis!




Monday, 22 July 2013

Mint Mani for Talia Joy

On Tuesday July 16th, the online beauty community lost a talented make-up and nail artist. Talia Joy Castellano was 13 years old and battled two types of cancer from the age of 6, neuroblastoma and preleukemia. Talia was well known for her Youtube Channel where she shared various beauty videos including great tutorials which were viewed by many people, including myself. In her short life she accomplished a lot and inspired many people. She appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and was made an honourary Cover Girl, a huge dream of hers. You can find Talia's Instagram here


The last mani Talia posted on Instagram was a mint coloured mani using POP Nailglam Mint Magic. Nikole over at Nail Polish Wars asked for us bloggers to come together and create mint manis to honour and remember Talia. I'm a little late so apologies for that but I wanted to join in for this lovely cause. 

Mint Mani for Talia

So here is my mint mani for Talia. I used 2 coats of Enchanted Polish Britney Spear-Mint and stamped with two images from the Nailz Craze plate NC 02. 

Mint Mani for Talia

Mint Mani for Talia

Mint Mani for Talia

Mint Mani for Talia

Thinking of Talia and her family and friends <3 

Please see Nikole's post over at Nail Polish Wars for information, hashtags and the InLinkz code if you want to join in. Also Nikole is asking that we share the manis on her Facebook Page. Please use hashtags #mintmanisfortaliajoy and ‎#TaliasLegacy on social media sites.

Enchanted Polish is available from http://enchantedpolish.bigcartel.com/ and stocked on Llarowe, Pshiiit Boutique, Harlow & Co, and Mei Mei's Signatures.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

SoFlaJo Pink It Up

Press Sample

Hi everyone! Today I have a beautiful SoFlaJo polish to show you! 

This is Pink It Up! from the Matte Love collection. As the name of the collection suggests, this is a matte finish polish. Pink it Up! is a vibrant shade of pink with lots of shimmer. 

SoFlaJo Pink It Up! without topcoat

SoFlaJo describes this polish as 'a brilliant pink shimmer matte. Not quite neon, not quote bubblegum, this one is for every pink lover!' and I'd definitely agree with that. I loved this polish. 


SoFlaJo Pink It Up! without topcoat

I used 2 coats of Pink It Up! over my regular basecoat. The formula and application were lovely, I had no problems at all. 

SoFlaJo Pink It Up! without topcoat
SoFlaJo Pink It Up! without topcoat

I then topcoated this beauty to show you what it looks like shiny too! The shimmer shows even more with topcoat! Personally I liked wearing this both with and without topcoat so it is very versatile. 

SoFlaJo Pink It Up! with topcoat
SoFlaJo Pink It Up! - Bottle shot

SoFlaJo polishes can be purchased from the SoFlaJo website and Etsy store. Keep up with news and info from SoFlaJo over on the SoFlaJo Facebook page

The polish in this post was sent to me for honest review.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Lynnderella Topaz Optimism

Press Sample
 
Hey everyone! Today I have another Lynnderella polish from the Birthstones and Talismans collection to show you. You can see my swatches and review of Peridot Power here if you missed it. 

This beauty is called Topaz Optimism and its the yellow of the collection, which represents the birthstone of the month of November. Lynnderella describes this as 'assorted golds and satin yellow glitters in a clear base'. 

Lynnderella Topaz Optimism

Yellow polish is not usually my thing but this one is gorgeous...I think because of the mix of gold and yellow it is much easier to wear and combine with different base colours. 

I chose to layer Topaz Optimism over Illamasqua Load and really loved the delicate result. It shows that yellow really doesn't always have to be an 'in your face' colour! I'm looking forward to trying different colour combinations with this one and having fun with it. 

Lynnderella Topaz Optimism

I used 2 coats of Load then one dabbed coat of Topaz Optimism. I easily got a variety of glitters on the nail, including stars and flowers without any trouble at all. 

Lynnderella Topaz Optimism
So what do you think of this mani? Do you wear yellow polish? 

Lynnderella Topaz Optimism

Lynnderella Topaz Optimism

Lynnderella polishes are now available in Europe from Norway Nails and Wenche, the lovely lady behind the website has generously offered a code for The Mani Café readers to get 10% off their purchases from the site. Just enter the code MANICAFE at the checkout to get the reduction off your purchase. 
You can like the Norway Nails Facebook page to keep up with information on brands and stock here

Lynnderella polishes are also available from the Lynnderella Ebay Store for those of you in the US.  

Product in this post was provided for my honest review. 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Lynnderella Peridot Power

Press Sample

Hi everyone! Today I have one of the shades from the new Lynnderella Talismans and Birthstones collection. The collection is composed of 12 shades, one for each month of the year, and is all of the glittery goodness we expect from Lynnderella. 

Peridot Power is the month of August polish. Peridot is the birthstone for the month and this polish captures the colour of the jewel wonderfully. 

Lynnderella Peridot Power

Lynnderella describes this shade as containing 'translucent neon yellow and lime hexagons as well as chatreuse glitters accented with microglitters in a clear base'. Let me tell you, it is stunning. I chose to layer this polish over a darker base colour to really show you the shimmer which is more hidden when worn over a lighter colour. 

Lynnderella Peridot Power

For my base I used 2 coats of A-England Tess D'Urbervilles from the Gothic Beauties collection. I then applied one dabbed coat of Peridot Power and finished with topcoat. 

The holographic glitter in a variety of shapes really catches the sunlight and I found it hard not to stare at my nails all the time. 

Lynnderella Peridot Power

And great news for Lynnderella fans in Europe...in case you didn't see already...Norway Nails is now a european distributor of Lynnderella polishes! How great is that?! I can tell you that Wenche of Norway Nails is really a sweetheart. She carries many wonderful brands, making them accessible to european nail polish addicts like myself

Lynnderella Peridot Power

Lynnderella Peridot Power

Lynnderella polishes are available from the Lynnderella Ebay Store (US) and Norway Nails (Europe). 

Product in this post was provided for my honest review.  

Saturday, 13 July 2013

A-England Rose Bower

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous red polish to show you...so gorgeous in fact that it has jumped right up to being one of my favourite reds! 

A-England Rose Bower is from the Burne-Jones Dream Collection and it is everything I know and love from the brand. Adina really creates outstanding polishes and wows me with every new release.

A-England Rose Bower
Rose Bower is a raspberry red with scattered holographic particles. It is a very classy yet eye-catching colour! I applied 2 coats but honestly it was almost a one-coater, like many other A-Englands. Drying time was fast also. I finished my mani with one coat of topcoat. 

A-England Rose Bower
A-England Rose Bower
A-England Rose Bower
A-England Rose Bower



A-England Rose Bower
A-England Rose Bower

For me, this is really an outstanding shade and already a firm favourite in my collection. What do you think of this one? 

A-England polishes are available from many distributors worldwide. Check out the complete list here.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

SoFlaJo Salmon-Chanted Evening

Press Sample

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous polish from the recent Wet Dreams collection from SoFlaJo to show you. 

Salmon-Chanted Evening (isn't that a great name?!) is a complex colour. It pulls champagne, gold and silver depending on the lighting and has some great colour shifts! The texture is also fabulous with lots of depth and slight holographic finish. 

SoFlaJo Salmon-Chanted Evening
 
SoFlaJo Salmon-Chanted Evening


SoFlaJo describes this polish as 'a shimmer creme polish that flashes from pink to green in a light holographic base' and I can't really do better than that! 

SoFlaJo Salmon-Chanted Evening - Sunlight
SoFlaJo Salmon-Chanted Evening - Artificial Lighting

I found the formula and application on this polish lovely with nothing to report. I used 2 coats and topcoat. 

SoFlaJo Salmon-Chanted Evening
SoFlaJo Salmon-Chanted Evening


SoFlaJo Salmon-Chanted Evening


SoFlaJo Salmon-Chanted Evening - Bottle Shot

I really enjoyed wearing this polish and I cannot wait to wear and show you more pretties from SoFlaJo! 

SoFlaJo polishes can be purchased from the SoFlaJo website and Etsy store. Keep up with news and info from SoFlaJo over on the SoFlaJo Facebook page

The polish in this post was sent to me for honest review.