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Saturday, 26 May 2018

STELLA CHROMA - Where The Sky Meets the Ocean (STELLA CHROMAtics Group Custom)

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I am crazy excited to show you this stunning polish called Where the Sky Meets the Ocean by STELLA CHROMA. This is a custom for the Facebook fan group, STELLA CHROMAtics. The group members voted on the colour and finish etc. I have to admit, I didn't vote for blue but I am so glad it won the poll!


Where the Sky Meets the Ocean is a 'vibrant blue with sparkling blue/green/yellow shifting Aurora pigment and some green/yellow flakies'. It has so much depth and just GLOWS! It's been a while since I've been so obsessed with a new polish. If you choose to purchase it, I'm sure you won't be disappointed! 




I used 2 coats and topcoat and the formula was perfection! I posted this pic on Instagram and you can really see how the flakes just pop!



This beauty will be on sale June 15th noon EST through midnight August 31st and will retail for $12.00. You must be a member of STELLA CHROMAtics (names will be checked). 

You can use the code THEMANICAFE to get 15% off your order!

Feel free to check out the Facebook group for photos, info and fun related to the brand as well.

Where to Buy:
STELLA CHROMA (code THEMANICAFE for 15% off!)

STELLA CHROMA on Social Media:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Alter Ego - Vegas Gift Giver (Polish Pickup June 2018 - Video Games)

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! I have the June Polish Pick Up Exclusive from Alter Ego for you today!

The Polish Pick Up theme for June is 'Video Games'. Cynthia from Alter Ego has made a polish inspired by the MyVegas Facebook game. Vegas Gift Giver is a bright tomato red jelly with holo glitter. 


I used 3 coats plus topcoat. You could probably get away with 2 but I tend to prefer 3 with jellies like this. The formula was nice to work with and the sparkle is pretty. It does dry a little bit 'textured' and topcoat smooths everything out. 


Vegas Gift Giver will be available from June 1st at 11am EST until June 4th at 11:59pm EST along with polishes from other brands with the 'Video Games' theme!

Polish Pickup:
Store
Facebook

Alter Ego:
Store
Facebook 
Instagram

 
The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Monday, 21 May 2018

Pink Waves

Hi everyone! Today I have a nail art post for you finally! I'm sorry things have been a bit swatch centred recently, unfortunately that's all I've had time for recently and the schedules of collections just meant things worked out that way. I promise I'm going to have more nail art posts for you coming soon! 


The mani I have to show you today was a bit random. I found myself with some time to do my nails and some nail art and wasn't sure what I wanted to do (isn't that always the way...when you finally have time, you're indecisive!). I remembered a mani I saw by Ophélie/Tartofraises in blue which was really simple but pretty and decided to do my own version. 

I fancied doing it in shades of pink to change things up and make it my own so I started off with 2 coats of OPI Mod About You, which you probably all know is one of my absolute favourite pale pink polishes. I then used Pipe Dream Polish Take It Easy from the Mellowed Out Cremes collection to freehand some waves. I did the same with OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips and Colors By Llarowe Courage Brains Heart, this time using a brush instead of the brush from the polishes. 


I then used some white acrylic paint to freehand some thinner lines to tidy everything up somewhat and add some 'detail' and then finished with some dots using a dotting tool on the areas where I didn't draw a line to separate the different polishes. As always I finished with topcoat. 

I'm happy with how it turned out. It's funky and fun for Spring but was super simple! A good reminder that nail art doesn't have to be super complicated to look good and be fun to wear! 

Where to Buy:  
OPI - various retailers
Colors by Llarowe - Various stockists

OPI on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Llarowe/Colors by Llarowe on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Friday, 18 May 2018

Alter Ego Fan Favourites Collection - Swatches & Review

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have the new collection from Alter Ego to show you. This is the Fan Favourites collection and as you might can guess, the colours and names were chosen by fans in the Alter Ego Facebook group!

She's a Brick House is a shimmery metallic berry. This is hands down my favourite from the collection. It is vampy and rich but not too dark and has a beautiful sparkle to it. I used 2 coats plus topcoat. 


 

Spring Rain is a bright blue almost metallic which sparkles too. This one dries slightly dull and a little 'textured' like a glitter polish but smooths right out with topcoat. I used 2 coats plus topcoat. 


   
Petal Perfect is a sheer purple loaded with blue/purple shimmer. I used 3 coats and topcoat. I could have gotten away with two probably. I also think this one would be fun layered over other colours. It kind of glows because the shimmer is so strong!



Summer Sunset is a pink jelly with golden shimmer and pink flecks. I used 3 coats and topcoat. This colour isn't the most flattering on my skin tone unfortunately but I do like the golden shimmer! 


Morning Glory is a frosty lavender/pink. I have to admit that this isn't my favourite colour or finish but if you like frosts, this one is for you. There are some specks in this polish which seemed a little strange but they aren't too noticeable on the nail. You can see it a little on my ring finger. Brushstrokes are noticeable with this polish but perhaps you could avoid it by sponging on the last coat. I used 2 coats and topcoat. 

 

Silver Lining is a metallic silver with black flecks that has a sort of speckled finish to it. This one is unique in my collection. I'm not a big fan of silver polishes but I like that this one has something different to it! I used 2 coats and topcoat. 


The Fan Favourites collection is available now and each polish retails for $9.50. You can get 20% off your order with code The Mani Cafe

Where to Buy:
Alter Ego Body Care Products (20% off with code The Mani Cafe)

Alter Ego on Social Media:
Facebook
Instagram


The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Alter Ego - Macarena AAAY! (Polish Pickup May 2018 - 1990's - Pop Culture)

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! I have the May Polish Pick Up Exclusive from Alter Ego for you today!

The Polish Pick Up theme for this month is '1990's'. Cynthia from Alter Ego has made a polish inspired by the Macarena. So so 90's! Here is Cynthia's explanation for her inspiration and polish : 'It was and still is a fun sounding song and it will still bring people to their feet if they hear it. Back when it was first introduced, I felt it was a way to bring people together, everyone of all ages and abilities would start dancing it together with no concern about it other than to have a few minutes of fun!  The color is from one of the dancers, she is wearing pastel pink satin hot pants and I put a blue shimmer in it to give a nod to all the blues some of the dancers were wearing too.'


Macarena AAAY! is a pastel pink satin with blue shimmer. The colour is kind of frosty and metallic. I'm not generally a fan of frosts but this one doesn't streak or leave visible brushstrokes which is really nice. 


I used 2 coats of Macarena AAAY! and the formula was nice to work with. I finished with topcoat. I like how this is metallic but kind of pretty and girly too. It pulls between soft pink and a soft lavender/lilac because of the shimmer. 


Macarena AAAY! will be available from May 4th at 11am EST until May 7th at 11:59pm EST along with polishes from other brands with the '90's Pop Culture' theme!

Polish Pickup:
Store
Facebook

Alter Ego:
Store
Facebook 
Instagram

 
The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Rouge Louboutin

Hi everyone! Today I have an absolutely stunning polish to show you! I know I'm late to the party in the nail polish world with this one. I've admired it since it came out and some crazy amazing friends gave it to me recently as a gift for my 30th birthday! This is definitely an amazing gift and I love it! You'll see why I'm sure! 


Rouge Louboutin is a red creme polish in the signature Louboutin red. The bottle is nothing less than fantastic and makes a beautiful display piece for polish addicts like myself! It now lives proudly on my shelf. It definitely doesn't fit in a Helmer with the rest!



I used two easy coats and finished with topcoat. The formula was excellent. The brush was nice and despite the unusual bottle and top, it was easy to apply and nice to hold. You get used to it quickly. 



I loved it so much that when I had to take it off due to wear and a broken nail, I put it right back on again (after filing them all down because of the break). I decided to change it up a bit and add some white gold flake topcoat. I used one coat of OPI Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat which is a limited edition released with the 2013 Mariah Carey Holiday collection. I figured why not add some more extravagance? If any base colour deserves a bit of gold, it's a red like this! 


What do you think of it? 

Where to Buy: 
Christian Louboutin
OPI - various retailers (though the white gold topcoat was a Limited Edition as mentioned above)

Louboutin on Social Media - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
OPI on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter