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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Happy Hour Collection (Textured Thermals)

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have a wonderful upcoming collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquer to show you! This is the Happy Hour collection composed of 4 textured thermal polishes inspired by cocktails! Jin makes THE BEST thermals, they're so reactive and change so easily!

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Happy Hour Collection

I have swatched each shade without topcoat and then with so that you can see them both ways. Personally I like them shiny too but prefer the original textured matte finish. I use Revlon quick dry topcoat which is not a thick topcoat so you might find you get a smoother finish with a thicker topcoat such as Seche Vite or similar. 

I used 2 coats of each colour.

I have included Jin's description of each shade as well as her recipe for the cocktail which inspired each polish! I know I'll be trying out the recipes for sure! So fun! 

Great Raspberry Flute 
Changes from medium blue to light green, inspired by this lemon-y cocktail

Ingredients:
2 oz Raspberry Vodka (UV Blue)
½ oz Triple Sec 

1 oz lime juice

How to: 
Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. 
Strain into a chilled Martini glass. 
Garnish with lime wedge. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Great Raspberry Flute - warm - without topcoat

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Great Raspberry Flute - cold - without topcoat

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Great Raspberry Flute - warm - with topcoat

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Great Raspberry Flute - cold - with topcoat

This one is my favourite from the collection! I just love the rich teal-blue when cold and it makes a lovely gradient. 

Cupid's Cup
Changes from a dark to light pink, inspired by a juicy pink cocktail

Ingredients
2 oz Hpnotiq Harmonie 
1 oz vodka
½ oz Cointreau
½ oz lime juice


How to:
Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Strain into a chilled Martini glass.
Garnish with candy lips.

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Cupid's Cup - warm - without topcoat
 
Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Cupid's Cup - cold - without topcoat

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Cupid's Cup - warm - with topcoat
 
Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Cupid's Cup - cold - with topcoat

I love this one, like all of Jin's pink/purple toned polishes. This is just a colour family she does really well. The cool purple is gorgeous! 

Steamy Affair 
A metallic dark brown that changes to silver with a little bit of holographic glitter, inspired by this black coffee cocktail. 

Ingredients: 
1 oz Irish Cream  
1 oz Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)
Sugar to taste
Hot coffee
Light cream

How to: 
Add Kahlua and Irish cream to a coffee glass and stir.
Fill with hot coffee and sugar to taste.
Float light cream or half & half on top.

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Steamy Affair - warm - without topcoat

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Steamy Affair - cold - without topcoat
 
Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Steamy Affair - cold - with topcoat

(I'm sorry I either didn't take a picture of Steamy Affair warm with topcoat or I lost the pictures...bad blogger...apologies.)

This is a really original polish in my collection! I think it's a huge change from other thermal polish colours we have seen before. It is super sparkly too! 

Grand Tequila Sunrise
Changes from red to orange, inspired by this beautiful cocktail

Ingredients: 
1-1 ½ oz Grand Marnier
¾ oz Tequila - Silver 
4 oz Orange Juice 
2 tsp Grenadine

How to:
Shake Grand Marnier, tequila and orange juice with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Strain into a chilled collins or highball glass.
Top with grenadine and serve without stirring.

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Tequila Sunrise - warm - without topcoat
 
Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Tequila Sunrise - cold - without topcoat

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Tequila Sunrise - warm - with topcoat

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Tequila Sunrise - cold - with topcoat

This one just suits it's name perfectly in my opinion. The red to orange colour change feels very tropical!

The formula and application on all of these were really good, as I have come to expect from Superficially Colorful Lacquers. They definitely did not disappoint. I find that the colours are a perfect representation of the cocktails they are inspired by. 

The Happy Hour collection will be released April 26, 12am EST / 5pm UTC on the Superficially Colorful site with worldwide shipping!
You can like the Superficially Colorful Facebook page to keep up with new releases and restock info. 


The products in this post were provided for my honest review.

Friday, 17 April 2015

A Special Girly Bits Custom

Hi everyone! Sorry for the sparse blog posts at the minute but the mani I have to show you today will sort of explain my absence. 

This is a custom Girly Bits polish I had made to celebrate a special occasion, the birth of my daughter last month. Pam really created exactly what I had imagined and more. I am in love with this polish. I actually had two bottles of this made, one for myself and one for my daughter. 

Girly Bits Custom

This is a gorgeous jelly polish packed full of purple shimmer and flakies. Here I chose to wear one coat over Zoya Reagan, a fuchsia creme. As you can see, there is so much shimmer and loads of flakies so one coat is enough with undies. Otherwise, this polish looks pretty alone with 2-3 coats. I'll enjoy wearing it both ways. 

Girly Bits Custom

This is definitely one of the most special polishes in my collection, if not THE most special one. Thank you so much to Pam for creating this for us!!! 

Girly Bits Custom

I will be trying to post when I can but I'm sure you'll understand if my posts are a little less regular at the moment. Thank you for reading! You can also follow me on IG (@themanicafe) where I post quite often  
Girly Bits polishes can be purchased from the Girly Bits Cosmetics website.
Keep up with new releases and restock information by liking Girly Bits Cosmetics on Facebook.