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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