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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Girly Bits Custom - Sophie la Girafe

Hi everyone! Today I have a special polish to share with you. A little while back I had this custom polish made by Girly Bits Cosmetics in honour of my baby's first birthday! 

You might have seen that I had a custom polish made for when she was born. I have a bottle for me and a bottle for her. This custom is the same and I'm slowly but surely starting a special collection for her! 

Girly Bits - Sophie la Girafe (custom)

Here in France, Sophie la Girafe is a must-have baby item. I really like the character and line of products. Everything is so cute yet simple. I decided to make a Sophie la Girafe birthday cake for my little girl for her first birthday so it seemed fitting for this custom to be Sophie-inspired too! Pam created this gorgeous soft yellow crelly with brown, copper and pink glitters in it, inspired by Sophie's 'spots' and pink cheeks! I wanted the polish to be quite delicate and 'babyish' like Sophie and I really love how it turned out! I used 2 coats plus topcoat. 

Girly Bits - Sophie la Girafe (custom)

What do you think of it? Do you have any special custom polishes? 

Where to Buy:
Girly Bits Cosmetics


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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Paint Box Polish - Westerosi Collection

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have the Paint Box Polish Westerosi collection to show you! The collection is made up of 7 full coverage holo glitter polishes inspired by Game of Thrones. 

I'll admit that I don't watch Game of Thrones but I have to admit, I always see everyone talking about it and I'm maybe slightly curious as to what I'm missing, even though the very first episode made me think it wasn't for me. I do however love polish of course and was excited to try these out! 

Paint Box Polish - Westerosi Collection

You'll find the maker description for each polish in italic and my notes on each colour afterwards. So without further ado... 

Dracarys is an orange as bright as the fire unleased by Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons!
2 coats and topcoat. I'm not usually the biggest orange fan but this is juicy and so sparkly. Stunning for summer.

Paint Box Polish - Dracarys

Gold Shall Be Their Shrouds is inspired by the fierce Lannisters and their love for all things gold.
2 coats and topcoat. A sort of surprise favourite for me from the collection. Along with orange, yellow usually isn't one of my preferred colours but this one I really love! It is bright and juicy. Apparently glitter changes my mind! 

Paint Box Polish - Gold Shall Be Their Shrouds

I Want To Be THE Queen pays tribute to the green and gold colors of House Tyrell and Queen Margaery.
2 coats and topcoat. Easily one of my favourites of the collection if not my absolute favourite. Pam does greens so well and this is no exception. 

Paint Box Polish - I Want To Be THE Queen

The Night Is Dark and Full of Terrors is a glittery red that shines like the red ruby at Melisandre’s throat. (This polish has no anti-aging properties)
2 coats and topcoat. 

Paint Box Polish - The Night Is Dark and Full of Terrors

The Purple Wedding was a momentous event that deserves a tribute polish.
2 coats and topcoat. You have probably seen me wear this polish before. It started out as a custom for a friend of mine and I'm happy it is being released for everyone. It's lovely! 
 
Paint Box Polish - The Purple Wedding

Wight Eyed Walkers is as steely blue and glistening as the eyes of the Night King himself.
2 coats and topcoat. Another favourite for me. The glitter really shines in this one! 

Paint Box Polish- Wight Eyed Walkers

Winter is Coming. What else needs to be said? Grey with silver holo is as Stark as it gets.
2 coats and topcoat. A nice change from the regular silver holo polishes with the grey base. This one will be good for leadlighting etc

Paint Box Polish - Winter is Coming

Concerning the formula and application on these, they are all quite similar. A few of the colours are a little thicker than others (Winter is Coming, Wight Eyed Walkers) but all are good and apply easily. Depending on your application, they are opaque in 2-3 coats. As I mentioned I used 2 which was perfect. You certainly don't have to sponge them on but you could for an even blingier result. 

I also wanted to mention Pam's newly released Like Lightning Quick Dry topcoat as well. I purchased it when it went up on her site because I have been waiting FOREVER for a 5-free indie quick-dry topcoat. I have trouble with shrinkage with most quick-dry topcoats (Seche, Poshé etc) and have been using Revlon for a long time. I do like the Revlon a lot but I am glad to have a great indie alternative with a thicker texture for glitter especially. I have had nothing but good results so far. Being 5-free it has no bad smell which is a major problem for me with many topcoats (and non 3-free polishes in general) so I don't have a headache and no shrinkage! I'm a fan. Like Lightning retails for $6.00 for a 15 mL bottle.
 
Paint Box Polish - Like Lightning Quick Dry Topcoat

This collection will be released at noon EST on June 30th. They will retail for $10.00 for the 15ml bottles and $6.00 for the 8ml luxe minis and you can use the code THEMANICAFE for 15% off your order! 

Paint Box Polish - Westerosi Collection
 
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 which I purchased)

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Girly Bits I AM Calm & Cirque Halcyon Leopard

Hi everyone! Today I have a super simple mani for you but one I really enjoyed wearing! 

I started out with 2 coats of Girly Bits I AM Calm from the Hocus Pocus Fall 2015 collection. This is a 'deep wine jelly, with fine glowing  red/gold shimmer' and it is exactly the type of colour I love. Dark and glowing. The formula and application were great, no comments in particular to add there. 

Girly Bits I AM Calm & Cirque Halcyon

To add a bit of nail art without covering too much of the base colour, I decided to do an accent nail. It seems like forever since I did accent nails rather than full manis of nail art and I forgot how much I like them as well. 

Girly Bits I AM Calm & Cirque Halcyon

I used Cirque Halcyon and a dotting tool to make a chunky leopard print design. I like the rose gold against the red and it's a nice change from colour combinations I might usually wear. I'm literally obsessed with Cirque Halcyon. I wish it hadn't been limited edition. 

What do you think of this mani? Are you more into accent nails or full manis of nail art? 

Where to Buy:
Girly Bits Cosmetics
Cirque Colors (stockists worldwide)

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

Monday, 11 July 2016

Femme Fatale Stargazing on Saturn - March 2016 COTM

Hi everyone! Today I have a mani with my first ever Femme Fatale polish to show you! I have admired the brand's polishes for a long time and finally picked one up when I was shopping at Girly Bits for peel-off basecoat! Pam has recently started carrying both Dance Legend and Femme Fatale products which is awesome! I was a happy bunny to get a Dance Legend Peel off base and this stunner from Femme Fatale called Stargazing on Saturn.

Femme Fatale Stargazing on Saturn - March COTM - Essie Penny Talk

This is the March Colour of the Month and is described as a 'sparkly navy crelly with copper shine, red sparks and fine silver holo microglitter'. I'd say that it is maybe more teal, at least on me and the copper shine is amazing and what made me have to try it!

I used two coats of Stargazing on Saturn and the formula and application were just perfect. I know I don't have any other Femme Fatale polishes to compare but this makes me want to try more for sure!

Femme Fatale Stargazing on Saturn - March COTM - Essie Penny Talk

I then used a thin coat of topcoat to create a totally smooth surface for nail art. The holo glitter looks slightly gritty without but smooths over with just a thin topcoat. I then used Essie Penny Talk, my clear stamper and Moyou Enchanted 16 plate to stamp this geometric design. It reminds me of space/stargazing and goes well with the theme here! I then finished with another coat of topcoat! I love how Penny Talk matches the copper in the base!

What do you think of this mani? Are you a Femme Fatale fan? I certainly think I'm a new one!

Where to Buy:
Femme Fatale, Girly Bits Cosmetics & other stockists (list here
MoYou
Essie - Various stockists 

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

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette Inspired Nail Art

Hi everyone! Today I have a couple of manis to show you which I had been meaning to do for ages, ever since picking up the Gwen Stefani palettes by Urban Decay.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette inspired nail art

The eyeshadow palette (white packaging) and blush palette (black packaging) were released in collaboration with Gwen Stefani and they're both really lovely. I was excited to create some nail art inspired by the bold white/gold and black/gold packaging. I was happy to find a stamp by Moyou which is quite similar to the overlapping stripe design on the palette boxes.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette inspired nail art

I started out my white mani with 2 coats of OPI Alpine Snow which is a real favourite of mine with a great formula. I then used a gold Barry M polish (Foil Effects 320) and Moyou Holy Shapes 01 plate to stamp. I finished off with topcoat as always. For the black mani, I used A England Camelot and the same Barry M gold to stamp with.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette inspired nail art

I like how these turned out and it was fun matching my nails to something so closely. What do you think of these? Which one do you prefer?

Where to Buy:
A England (UK shipping only) & various retailers (see list here)
OPI & Barry M - Various retailers 
MoYou

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OPI on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Barry M on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
MoYou on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter