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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Alter Ego Snowflake Soap

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have a festive soap from Alter Ego to show you! This product was originally meant for IPU but will now not be part of that but available from the Alter Ego site.

The Snow soap is inspired by the snow in Cynthia's garden.


The snow soap has a sweet and minty scent with hints of vanilla and chocolate in a snowflake shape. It has glitter too which is really pretty. I really like the scent which is clean and fresh, not too strong. I mostly smell the mint. which is a nice change, I have never had a soap with a similar scent before.

This soap is already available for purchase for $3.50. 

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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The products in this post were provided for my honest review
 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Alter Ego Dreamscape - Fan Group Exclusive December 2018

Press Sample/Review

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


Dreamscape is a light blue with golden flakes and various glitter. Cynthia held a contest in her group and the winner got to design a polish. The winner chose a painting and named the polish 'Dreamscape'.

The formula was nice. I used 2 coats, no topcoat. This one does dry with a slightly textured look so you'll want to add topcoat for a super smooth finish.  


Dreamscape is available for the month of December 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:
Facebook
Instagram


The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Deborah Lippmann Flashdance & One-Stroke Flowers

Hi everyone! Today I have some fun nail art to share with you. If you've been following me a while you might remember that I love one-stroke nail art and florals. It's been ages since I've had much time to do this kind of nail art. I recently found myself with an evening alone and a craving to do some fun nail art. 


I had put on Deborah Lippmann Flashdance earlier in the day and I love the colour so I thought it deserved some nice decoration. I set out to do a couple of accent nails on each hand but it turned into a full mani! No regrets. I loved wearing this. The only thing I didn't think through well was using peel off base coat because Flashdance is a glitter polish and it meant my mani didn't last as long as I would like. But at least removal was easy and I didn't loose any polish by accident! 

So, from the beginning, I used a coat of Dance Legend Peel-Off base coat then 3 thin coats of Flashdance. Flashdance is a mix of purple and fuchsia glitter in a clear base but it is just about opaque on me in 2 coats. I added a third to be sure. 


I then used some topcoat and matte topcoat to smooth and mattify my base for the one-stroke painting. I chose purple and white acrylic paint to pop against the base colour. I used a slanted brush, a fine detail brush and a dotting tool. I finished with topcoat as always. I ended up using a couple of coats of topcoat because the glitter polish eats it. You might want to try something thicker for this polish if you have it or get it. Next time, I think I'll wear this one matte, I loved how it looked when I was doing my painting but I prefer a shiny finish for nail art. 

Anyway, I was quite happy with how this turned out. I'm a bit out of practice so it's far from my best but it was nice to wear a whole one-stroke mani for a change! 

Where to Buy:
Deborah Lippmann & various other retailers

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