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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

STELLA CHROMA - Limited Edition Holiday Duo

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have a  Limited Edition Holiday duo from STELLA CHROMA to show you! Pam is releasing a couple of trios and this duo for the holiday season. I'll have those up soon as well so be sure to check back but for now, let's get to this duo!


Merlot Ho Ho! is a rich burgundy red with a unique holographic shimmer. I used 2 coats, no topcoat. The formula was absolute buttery perfection. This is exactly the kind of colour I find myself gravitating to for regular use. I'm sure it will become another favourite in my collection. 



Rosé Til Champagne is a luxe rose gold metallic foil polish with shining silver flakes. I used 2 coats, no topcoat. This is another beauty of a polish and an amazing colour and finish for the holiday season. I love the chunky silver flakes in this which make it super unique. I have a few rose gold polishes in my collection but none like this with this texture.  



I couldn't resist creating a gradient with these. The two shades just go so well together and scream festive to me! I sponged Merlot Ho Ho! onto the tips after applying two coats of Rosé Til Champagne and finished with topcoat. 



These two polishes will be available as a set for $24. The duo will be released on Black Friday (November 23rd) at noon EST and will be available through the end of 2018.
You can use the code THEMANICAFE to get 15% off your order!

Concerning Black Friday and Holiday deals - STELLA CHROMA will be lowering the free domestic shipping threshold from $50 to $25 from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. No code required.  

There will also be a free upgrade to domestic priority shipping from December 14th-19th. December 19th is the last day to order with arrival by Christmas.

As always, a portion of STELLA CHROMA proceeds are donated to charity.  For the last quarter of 2018 the donation will be made to GirlStart, a non-profit based in Austin, Texas that has after school and day-long camps to help young girls develop a love for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

I also wanted to remind you again about the STELLA CHROMA fan group on Facebook called stella chromatics. We’d love to have you join if you haven’t already!

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

STELLA CHROMA on Social Media:
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The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Alter Ego - Bitch Soap (Indie Pickup November 2018)

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! As promised in my last post, I have Alter Ego's offering for November's Indie Pickup (IPU) to show you!

Like Polish Pickup, the November theme for IPU is Bad Ass Women. Like for her polish, Cynthia has created a soap inspired by inspired by Hel, the Norse Goddess of the Underworld


This is a glycerin based soap with a sweet and spicy scent. Here is the maker's description of the scent as it is much more detailed than what I could do! 'Cool morrocan nights spill their spiced winds into the vastness. Become a part of this majesty! Crushed peppercorn, floral-fig and port wine. The notes--Fresh orchard, zesty citrus and black currant top-note, a jasmine, lily of the valley, hibiscus and tuberose middle-note, and a figgy-patchouli, peppercorn and soft white-musk base-note with a deep port wine.' I really like the scent of this one! Very pleasant and not too strong or overpowering. I love anything patchouli or fig so this one is definitely my cup of tea!

Cynthia did ask me to note that after sending out blogger samples, she has re-evaluated and modified the packaging to avoid the black lettering rubbing off. Purchases from IPU will be triple wrapped (shrink wrap, bubble wrap and bag). Retail price will be $8. 

This soap will be available for purchase from November 16th until November 19th along with a wide variety of products from other brands with the 'Bad Ass Women' theme!

Indie Pickup:
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Alter Ego:
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The products in this post were provided for my honest review
 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Alter Ego - Open Arms (Fan Group Exclusive November 2018)

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have the Alter Ego November Facebook group exclusive to show you! 


Open Arms is a coppery peachy pink with a gold shimmer. The formula was nice to work with. The finish is a bit frosted so some brush strokes are unavoidable. I used 2 coats, no topcoat. 


Open Arms is available for the month of November in 2 sizes and for Cynthia's regular prices 8.5ml for $4.75 and 17ml for $9.50. Don't forget to join the Alter Ego Facebook group to be able to purchase.

You can use code The Mani Cafe for 20% off!! 

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

Alter Ego on Social Media:
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Instagram


The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Friday, 2 November 2018

STELLA CHROMA - Axe Fight

Hi everyone! Today I have one of my absolute favourite ever polishes for you. This one has already been on the blog but I couldn't resist sharing it again. I don't show you it every time I wear it but I figure it's a beautiful colour for autumn/winter and an essential for me. It was originally part of the 12 collection inspired by Doctor Who, released in 2016. My bottle has the old name before rebranding, just in case it seems weird!



I pulled out Axe Fight because I wanted dark and simple nails. It is perfect and definitely perfect alone without nail art. The holographic particles are stunning and there's a red shimmer which peeks through. Unfortunately it isn't peeking through in my photos as it was a gloomy day and I then forgot to take pictures inside with artificial lighting. So I'm sorry about that. But do feel free to check out my original swatch post here to see more photos. 

I used 2 coats of Axe Fight and added two crystals to my ring fingernail for a little something 'fancy' to change things up a bit. I finished with topcoat as always. 


If you fancy grabbing Axe Fight or any other STELLA CHROMA polishes or products, you can use the code THEMANICAFE to get 15% off your order!

I also wanted to remind you again about the STELLA CHROMA fan group on Facebook called stella chromatics. We’d love to have you join if you haven’t already!

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