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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Girly Bits - I Licked It, So It's Mine (February 2018 Polish Pickup)

Hiya everyone! I have a super awesome mega beautiful polish to show you today that I was sooooo excited for. It's been a while since I was so desperate and impatient to receive a polish but I just knew I was going to love this one and I needed it from when I saw the very first promo pics. 

I Licked It, So It's Mine is the Girly Bits contribution for the February Polish Pickup. Can we just mention that name? How perfect and cute! It makes me love the polish even more!! I Licked It, So It's Mine is described by Pam as a 'glowing light pink base with prismatic holo flakes that look like sugar crystals. There is a sweet golden glow and a violet shine, with added blue holographic glitter, and blue metallic flakes'. The theme for February's Polish Pickup was 'Sugar Rush' and Pam was inspired by Unicorn Bark!

I applied 3 thin coats and topped with topcoat. The formula was perfection, as I expect from Pam. I can't even properly describe how beautiful I think this polish is. It glows in the shade and is just stunning in the sunlight as well. It's holographic, shimmery, bright and delicate all at the same time. I'm really really sad that I didn't order a second bottle. I don't even mean that in the joking 'I need a backup sense' but genuinely a 'what the hell was I thinking when I bought only one?!' :( 

What do you think of this one? Did you pick it up? I love Pam's complex finishes as you probably know by now if you're a regular reader and this one just absolutely wowed me. That is quite a feat.

This beauty is unfortunately no longer available, as that's the nature of Polish Pickup. But do check out Pam's site for more beautiful colours and monthly shades etc. I'll pop the Polish Pickup info down below too. There are some stunning things every month and something for everyone!

Polish Pickup:

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

STELLA CHROMA - HHC Exclusives March 2018

 Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have the upcoming STELLA CHROMA exclusives for HHC (Hella Handmade Creations). HHC is a Facebook group which has featured indie makers each month who create exclusive polishes for members. This month, STELLA CHROMA is one of the featured makers and Pam has created three gorgeous, complex polishes! 

HHC was previously Hella Holo Customs but they have recently changed name to Hella Handmade Creations and will be offering a wider variety of polishes and products. Check out the HHC Facebook group here to keep up with new exclusives and chatter!

Now, onto the swatches! Check out the end of my post for availability and purchase info as well as a discount code!

Nightwander is a vibrant blue with linear holo, pink flakes and green/pink shifting micro flakies. This polish is the maker's choice from the inspiration photos submitted. 

I used 2 coats of Nightwander. Photos are without topcoat. The formula was excellent, just as I expect from Pam. The shiftiness of the flakes against the super vibrant base is stunning. I love when holos are more interesting than just linear holo! If you love blue polish, this one is a must-have.

Peri-Winkle in Time is an ultra holo periwinkle blue with pink shimmer and pink flakes and was based on the number one member voted inspiration photo in the HHC group.

This is another interesting combination that I love. I'm a sucker for pink, shimmer and flakes so this one is totally my cup of tea. It is delicate and so so pretty! A very wearable colour. I used 2 coats and again, application was a breeze. No topcoat. 
Pluminescence is a grass green linear holo with bright blue flakies, based on the second highest voted inspiration photo submitted in the HHC group. 

This polish just makes me think of summer and peacocks. Again, nothing to report formula-wise. I used 2 coats and no topcoat.
I love how these polishes look next to eachother, they make the perfect set. I was inspired to try out a gradient with Nightwander and Pluminescence, continuing on the peacock inspiration. I knew they would look great together on the nail. I started out with Pluminescence and then created the gradient with a triangular cosmetic sponge. I then topped with a coat of STELLA CHROMA Like Lightning topcoat. I've already written about this topcoat on my blog, but if you are looking for a great quick-dry topcoat, this is perfection. The texture isn't too thin or too thick, no shrinkage (and believe me, pretty much every topcoat shrinks on me), 5-free and fast-drying. What more could you need? 

The HHC exclusive polishes will go on sale on March 14th at 12:01 EST. The listing will be password protected and you will need to be a member of the HHC group to access the password and purchase. Each polish will retail for $13 and they will be available until the end of March. 
You can get 15% off your order with code THEMANICAFE
If you purchase or just want to keep up to date with all things STELLA CHROMA, we'd love to have you in the fan group on Facebook called stella chromatics (which I co-admin). 
Where to Buy:
STELLA CHROMA on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Hella Handmade Creations: Store - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest 
The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Pahlish - Sarey's Berry & Gradient Stamping

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a good weekend. I have a quick but simple mani to share with you today. 

I wore this mani a couple of weeks ago when I shortened my nails again after a break. I absolutely have to file them all down to match so when I have new nubs, I always put on a polish I know I love, especially on short nails. Pahlish Sarey's Berry is an old favourite and I always know I can put it on and it will look beautiful. It is a purple pulling fuchsia berry polish packed with silver and violet flakes. The finish and colour are right up my street. 

To accentuate the base colour without covering it up too much I chose to do some quick gradient stamping with Girly Bits Gettin' Figgy With It and Essie No Place Like Chrome. I like how the purple sort of blends into the base colour and makes it look like the stamping is emerging closer to the tip. It was admittedly more discreet than I imagined but I did really like it. The floral image is from Lina Nail Art Supplies Make Your Mark 03 plate. I topped with topcoat as always.

What do you think of this one? What are your go-to polishes when you need a safe but sure option?

Where to Buy:   
Essie - various retailers  
Girly Bits Cosmetics 
Lina Nail Art Supplies

Pahlish on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Essie on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter  
Girly Bits on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest - Google+ 
Lina Nail Art Supplies on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter