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Monday, 10 April 2017

Mermaid Nails

Hi everyone! Today I have some mermaid nails to show you. I'd been meaning to redo these on me since I did them on my sister-in-law ages ago (hers on IG here) and just didn't get around to it until now. To be honest I kind of find vinyls a bit of a faff. I do like how these look though so I guess I need to make myself use them a bit more often! 

Essie & Pipe Dream Polish Mermaid Nails

Anyway, I started out with 2 coats of Essie Beyond Cozy. This is one of my favourite polishes and whenever I need some sparkle, I pull it out. I like that its not a gritty glitter but really sparkles in the sun. It's perfect for under nail art because of the smooth texture. 

I then applied mermaid vinyls from Neverland Lacquers and sponged a gradient of Pipe Dream Polish All In (A Night In Vegas Cremes collection) and Celebration (Street Carnival Collection) over the vinyl. As always I finished with topcoat. 

Essie & Pipe Dream Polish Mermaid Nails

I really love how the teal and blue pop over the sparkly base. I think mermaid vinyls are the only ones which really catch my attention though! What do you think? Are you a nail vinyl fan? 

I'm sorry to post a mani with discontinued Pipe Dream Polish shades but do check out the brand because she does other cool collections and colours. 

Where to Buy:   
Pipe Dream Polish
Essie - various retailers 

Pipe Dream Polish on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram
- Pinterest
Essie on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Zoya Tara & NfuOh 047

Hi everyone! Today I have a simple but gorgeous mani to share with you! I've recently re-discovered my love for flakies. Not that I ever didn't like them but I had sort of forgotten about all the flakies in my helmers... 

I recently got hold of Zoya Tara after lusting after it for a while. As soon as I received it, I knew it was love. I couldn't wait to get it on my nails and its already been used multiple times which, let's face it, is rare when you own a huge amount of nail polishes. But this polish is perfection, the perfect mix of red and purple which makes even short nubs feel fantastic. To top it off, the formula is fantastic. I used 2 coats of Tara and wore it alone for a couple of days. 

Zoya Tara

I then decided to add some flakies to pop against the dark base. I'm the proud owner of the whole flakie collection by NfuOh which, in my opinion, are some of the best flakies out there. I chose 047 to complement Tara. I used one coat then topcoat. 


Zoya Tara & NfuOh 047

Zoya Tara & NfuOh 047

What do you think of this mani? Do you have this Zoya polish? If so, I'd love to know if you love it as much as me! 

Where to Buy:
Zoya
NfuOh - Various retailers (Mine were purchased from the Pshiiit Boutique, Atouts Charme and various beauty supply stores in the US)


Zoya on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter  

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Hi everyone! With the recent new excitement in the nail community around unicorn pee polishes, I felt like pulling out Max Factor Fantasy Fire to wear. I loved this when I got it and everyone was going crazy for it and still love it as much now. 

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Color Club Nail-robi

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Color Club Nail-robi

I started out my mani with 2 coats of Color Club Nail-robi (anyone else cringe a bit at that name?) from the 2014 Safari Garden collection. This is a purple leaning blue creme with a really nice formula. It's almost a one-coater but I used 2 to be sure of an even finish. I then used 2 thin coats of Fantasy Fire. I probably didn't need two coats as it was pretty with one but I wanted even more of that gorgeous shifty shimmer and didn't regret it! I finished with topcoat as usual. 

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Color Club Nail-robi

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Color Club Nail-robi

I ended up wearing this mani for ages and still didn't want to take it off. It just goes to show that sometimes a simple plain polish does the job as well. Especially when the polish is as pretty as Fantasy Fire. I'll probably never own Clarins 230 but this is good enough for me! 

Where to Buy:
Color Club and various retailers
Max Factor - Various retailers (although Fantasy Fire is sadly no longer available) 

Max Factor on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Color Club on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Green & Gold Girly Bits - Bamboozled & Pirate Booty

Hi everyone! Today I have another late St Patrick's Day mani for you. I know I know...I'm playing catch up! This one is a lot simpler and more discreet than the last one. I wanted a quick mani but in green and gold so I pulled out a couple of glitters from Girly Bits for a simple but sparkly look.

Girly Bits Bamboozled & Pirate Booty

I used 2 coats of Bamboozled on all nails except my ring fingernails. Bamboozled is a gorgeous green holo glitter. I'm not really a green person but I do like this one a lot. I then used Pirate Booty for a gold accent nail. Pirate Booty was a box exclusive for the June 2015 A Box, Indied! It's gold glitter bomb basically. I applied one coat normally then sponged on another for maximum glitter! Pirate Booty becomes leprechaun gold! As always, I finished with a coat of topcoat. 

Girly Bits Bamboozled & Pirate Booty

I like this pairing and how it's fun for St Patrick's Day without being too obvious! What do you think of it? 

I'm sorry to be posting polishes which are no longer available for purchase but I hope you'll forgive me and check out Pam's current available colours. She always has a huge variety of colours and awesome finishes like these! 

Where to Buy:
Girly Bits Cosmetics

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

Friday, 24 March 2017

Late St Patrick's Day One Stroke

Hi everyone! Apologies in advance because I'm so late in posting. This is the mani I wore for St Patrick's Day but didn't get time to post! It seems a shame to not share them with you anyway though so here goes! 

I started out with 2 coats of OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow Matte. I'm generally a shiny girl but this is pretty matte as well. Of course I chose to topcoat though. What's good about a matte polish is that I don't have to matte my base before doing my one-stroke design. Ultimate laziness haha! Unfortunately I believe this polish is now quite hard to find. It may be possible to find one in a destash though. 

OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow (Matte) with topcoat and one-stroke Shamrock

I used two shades of acrylic paint and a square brush to make a one-stroke shamrock on my ring fingernails and added a couple of dots on the others with a dotting tool. I then finished with topcoat. 

OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow (Matte) with topcoat and one-stroke Shamrock

I like how topcoat brings out the shimmer more in the polish. What do you think? Do you generally prefer matte or shiny? 

Where to Buy:
OPI - various retailers

OPI on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Paint Box Polish Frutti Di Bosco & Stamped Roses

Hi everyone! Today I have a cute floral stamped mani to show you! 

I started out with 2 coats of Paint Box Polish Frutti di Bosco from the Ciao Gelato collection. It's a simple berry creme, nicely between pink and purple. 

Paint Box Polish Frutti di Bosco & Girly Bits White Wedding

I then used Girly Bits White Wedding stamping polish and the Emily De Molly EDM05 stamping plate to stamp the rose design. I'm really loving this Girly Bits stamping polish. It is SO opaque and shows up perfectly over all colours. As usual I finished with a coat of topcoat. 

Paint Box Polish Frutti di Bosco & Girly Bits White Wedding

What do you think of this mani? 

Where to Buy:
Paint Box Polish
(Enter the code THEMANICAFE for 15% off your order!)
Girly Bits Cosmetics
Emily de Molly

Paint Box Polish on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Girly Bits on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest - Google+
Emily de Molly on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest 

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


China Glaze on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
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