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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Alter Ego Salmon Smoker & Olympic Winner

Press Sample

Hi everyone! Today I have two polishes from Alter Ego Nail Enamel to show you! 

I have already swatched a gorgeous Alter Ego shade called Beach Comber Too! which you can see here

Today's polishes sent to me to review are Salmon Smoker and Olympic Winner. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Salmon Smoker & Olympic Winner

Alter Ego polishes have a different base to most indie polishes. They dry matte and some settling can occur, however a quick shake and the bottles are as normal. I find them to have a bit of a thicker consistency than most other polishes but I have had no problems with the application (please see notes on application of each polish below). 

First up, here is Salmon Smoker! This polish is a lovely perfect salmon colour with the type of texture and scattered holographic effect Alter Ego does so well. Here is how Cynthia describes this shade and her inspiration:
'Everyone knows this gal as a true carnivore and they are surprised to see that she is a top notch Salmon Smoker! She's got the superb skills to make sure the fish is well cooked but not overdone, ensuring that the color is absolutely perfect! Simple shimmer salmon, almost a coral.'

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Salmon Smoker

I used 2 coats of Salmon Smoker. As I mentioned above, the formula is a little thicker than most due to the type of base used but I find application is easy. I applied thin coats to avoid any unevenness. Salmon Smoker dries quickly and the formula is quite self leveling. You could add some polish thinner if you prefer but I was fine without it. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Salmon Smoker

I love the matte finish of this polish. 

I also added topcoat which really brings out the shimmer and slight scattered holographic effect. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Salmon Smoker

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Salmon Smoker

Next up is Olympic Winner, a metallic glitter polish. Here is Cynthia's description: 
'The utter absolute joy & pride to win a medal at the Olympics must be beyond words for the winners to describe! This enamel is a tribute to all winners throughout time :) Clear base with small metallic gold, silver & bronze glitters.'

This is my first glitter from Alter Ego and I really loved it. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Olympic Winner

At first, I was planning on layering this over a similar colour base polish but after testing it on a swatch wheel and seeing how opaque it was, decided to wear it alone. I was impressed with how dense the glitter is! I used two coats for full opacity. I can't wait to use this polish for nail art! 

Olympic Winner dries matte which suits me, I love matte glitter! The formula is very much like the others, thicker in consistency but self leveling. I'd recommend using two thin coats and allowing the first one to totally dry before adding the second. 

Here is how it looks with topcoat. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Olympic Winner

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Olympic Winner

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Olympic Winner

What do you think of these two? Do you prefer them matte or shiny? 

You can purchase Alter Ego Nail Enamel from the Alter Ego Etsy Store
Be sure to keep up with the Alter Ego Facebook page and watch out for discount codes!

Product in this post was provided for my honest review. 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Lynnderella Garnet Grace

Press Sample

Hi everyone, today I have another Lynnderella from the Birthstones and Talismans collection.
(I also swatched Peridot Power here and Topaz Optimism here)

Garnet Grace represents the birthstone of the month of January. This is a fabulous, rich, predominantly burgundy coloured polish. Lynnderella describes it as 'a dense mix of red, burgundy and purple accented with green and orange microglitter in a clear base.' 

Lynnderella Garnet Grace

I chose to layer Garnet Grace over A-England Guinevere to really let the glitter colours pop. I can also see it layering well over a deep purple polish for winter! 

Lynnderella Garnet Grace

I used one coat of Garnet Grace and found the glitter to be very dense...Definitely no fishing for glitter required for this one! The glitter is fine so application is easy, just make sure not to put too much on your brush.

Lynnderella Garnet Grace

Lynnderella Garnet Grace
Lynnderella Garnet Grace
I enjoyed wearing this mani, like all Lynn glitter bombs. What do you think of it? Which polish from this collection is your favourite? 

Lynnderella polishes are now available in Europe from Norway Nails. Don't forget that 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. 


Monday, 26 August 2013

SoFlaJo Sandy Shoes

Press Sample
Hi there! 

Today I have a lovely summery SoFlaJo polish for you. Sandy Shoes is a golden shimmery metallic shade from the 2012 summer collection 'Life's a Beach'. 


SoFlaJo Sandy Shoes

Here is Jody's description: 
'The sand might be fun to walk in, but it’s more fun to wear it on your fingers instead of “Sandy Shoes“! Ooooo we’ve captured that look of Florida’s golden sands, shifting with Hawaii’s famous black  sand underneath, and sparkling like Coronado’s mica sand beaches.'


SoFlaJo Sandy Shoes
I used 2 coats of Sandy Shoes and a coat of topcoat as always. The formula was really nice to work with and easy to apply. 


SoFlaJo Sandy Shoes
SoFlaJo Sandy Shoes
SoFlaJo Sandy Shoes
I loved this polish and enjoyed wearing it. It was especially beautiful in sunlight and I received a few compliments while wearing it! 

What do you think of this colour? 



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, 23 August 2013

Pretty & Polished Wax On Top Coat - Review

Press Sample

Hi everyone! Today I have something a little different to show you. 

Wax On Topcoat by Pretty & Polished is top coat with a wax finish. 

Here is Pretty & Polished's description of the product:
'Wax on Top Coat works over any nail polish to give you that wax finish as if you dipped your nails into hot candle wax! This wax effect topper can also be described as a "satin finish".'

Pretty & Polished Wax On Topcoat over Pretty & Polished Jawbreaker

I was excited to try this product and decided to try it over a glitter polish because I love matte topcoat with glitter and this is similar. 
I used Pretty & Polished Jawbreaker (which was actually my first indie polish and still one of my favourites!) and then one coat of Wax On Top Coat. 

Pretty & Polished Wax On Topcoat over Pretty & Polished Jawbreaker

Application was a breeze and the formula was very nice to work with. I found this to be quick drying too. 

Now lets talk about the result! It's definitely as described, not shiny but not matte either. There is some sheen left and it is gorgeous! 

To show you the effect, here is a comparison over a regular black creme polish (I used Kiko 275). I used one coat of each topcoat. 
I am wearing my go-to regular topcoat, Revlon Quick Dry, on my pointer finger.
On my middle and ring fingers is Wax On. 

On my little finger is Butter London Matte topcoat. 

Comparison: Pointer: Revlon Fast Dry, Middle and Ring: P&P Wax On, Pinkie: Butter London Matte Finish

Comparison: Pointer: Revlon Fast Dry, Middle and Ring: P&P Wax On, Pinkie: Butter London Matte Finish

As you can see, here the difference is striking. Wax On Topcoat is far from shiny but not flat matte either. 
 
Comparison: Pointer: Revlon Fast Dry, Middle and Ring: P&P Wax On, Pinkie: Butter London Matte Finish


I think this is a great way to change up polishes and wear them a little differently. 

You can buy Wax On Topcoat at http://shopprettyandpolished.com/ and also from the Pretty & Polished Etsy store

Product in this post was provided for my honest review.   

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Pretty & Polished The Saga

Press Sample

Hi everyone! Today I have one of Pretty & Polished's recent releases to show you! 

This polish is called The Saga and is inspired by the popular Candy Crush Saga game! Personally I haven't yet played the game but I have heard how addictive it is, so maybe its a good thing I'm not sucked in yet! 

Pretty & Polished The Saga

This is how Pretty & Polished describe The Saga : inspired by the favorite online candy game, Candy Crush Saga. You will find all the colors and shapes of this game in this creamy white based polish. 
Polish Type: Crelly (creme/jelly)
Glitter: Moderate, includes red, green, purple, orange, and yellow glitters in different shapes and sizes.
Opacity: 2-3 layers. 


I can't really do much better than that! One thing I love about P&P is the information they provide alongside the shades on their website which is very precise. 

Pretty & Polished The Saga

I think that The Saga is a great representation of the game even down to the shapes of glitter used! 

I used 3 coats of The Saga. I found that I needed to dab a little to place the large circle glitters. I found leaving my bottle on its side for a few minutes before application made it very easy.

Pretty & Polished The Saga
 
I then also decided to swatch this one with a white base to see how it looked. I used 2 coats of Essie Blanc and one coat of The Saga. 

Pretty & Polished The Saga over Essie Blanc

Pretty & Polished The Saga over Essie Blanc
 
Pretty & Polished The Saga over Essie Blanc

Personally, I prefer this one with the white base as I love how the glitters really pop and look more vibrant but you can wear it either way! 

Pretty & Polished The Saga over Essie Blanc

What do you think of this polish? Do you play Candy Crush Saga?

Pretty & Polished shades can be purchased at http://www.shopprettyandpolished.com/ and at the Pretty & Polished Etsy Store.

Product in this post was provided for my honest review.   

Friday, 9 August 2013

Lynnderella Mixed Feelings

Press Sample

Hi everyone! Today I have a Lynnderella polish from the Mixed Feelings Collection.

For me, Mixed Feelings is one of the most exciting polishes from this collection. They are all gorgeous of course but I'm a sucker for multicoloured Lynns!!

Lynnderella Mixed Feelings

Lynnderella describes this polish as 'the latest member of The Glittering Crowd lineage.
More than 300 assorted glitters with iridescent blue flash overlay and clear base'.


Lynnderella Mixed Feelings

Mixed Feelings' HUGE variety of shapes and sizes of glitter make it perfect to go with almost any base colour you could think of! I chose to layer one coat of Mixed Feelings over 2 coats of Zoya Natty and I loved the result. The dusty colour of Natty provides a great contrast for the different colours of glitter.

 
Lynnderella Mixed Feelings

I slightly dabbed to place a few of the glitters but found the formula of Mixed Feelings easy to apply and very like other Lynnderella polishes I own. I easily got a variety of shapes of glitter onto my nails with very little effort. 

Lynnderella Mixed Feelings

Lynnderella Mixed Feelings

Lynnderella Mixed Feelings

Lynnderella polishes are available in Europe from Norway Nails and don't forget that The Mani Café readers can use the code MANICAFE at the checkout to get 10% off your purchase.
You can like the Norway Nails Facebook page to keep up with information on brands and stock here.  


Product in this post was provided for my honest review.