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Today is officially piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2012, and I am thrilled to finally spill the beans that I was selected by The Girls to participate! Yay!

I am elated to be a part of this ingenious worldwide event with almost 80 bloggers swatching new releases, and I cannot wait to share with you the two shades I received for review: Tease and Demeter!

Tease is a new “Mesh” shade, while Demeter is a new polish from their “Collaboration Collection”– it was created together with Katie from Harlow & Co, a Canadian Network member!  I was honoured to review one of our local Canadian girl’s co-creations!

First up, Demeter. I immediately imagined golden autumn leaves when I saw this… It is a deep, mesmerizing chocolate holographic colour, and reminded me of a cup of steaming hot cocoa on a cool day…really yummy.

The polish applied like a dream. It is a little on the thicker side, but not goopy (my favourite type of formula!), and at just one coat provided great coverage. I applied 2 coats over my usual: a basecoat (China Glaze Strong Adhesion), followed by a coat of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat. Even before I added top coat, the polish was beautifully shiny.

Indoor shot

The holographic particles looked like little shards… uneven, tiny particles.

Here is a slightly blurred photo so you can see the holo effect:

In direct sunlight

And one more:

Daylight – shade

Doesn’t it look so very chocolatey?

Demeter was gorgeous. And the best part:  I wore this polish for one week with barely any sign of wear!  I know this will become one of my go-to polishes for the fall!

Then we have a completely different colour…bright, glittery… Tease.

Tease is a brand-new “Mesh” shade featuring a fuchsia jelly base, densely packed full of pink and silver micro glitter. I have to admit, when I first saw Tease, I expected a clear base glitter polish that, when used as a top coat, would provide a “mesh” effect. Boy, was I surprised when I applied Tease and saw a completely opaque polish!!

Tease needed only 2 coats over a base coat, but the micro glitter gave it a rough, sandpaper-like finish that was easily glossed over with 2 thin coats of top coat.

Shade

Tease was tough to perfectly capture in photos. The silver in this polish reflected so much light that the polish looked slightly different in each photo.

Full sun

The light was literally dancing off this beauty!!

Tease is just stunning. The density of the dual-coloured micro glitter within the jelly gives it this incredible depth and sparkle. In the full sun picture above, you can see the two colours clearly in the bottle, but once on the nail, it’s almost impossible to see the silver.

Finally, a macro shot that you can see even better by clicking on the picture. Can you see the silver and pink micro glitter?

Macro – shade

Both Demeter and Tease were gorgeous polishes, definitely colours I would purchase and wear. Both dried in great time, were self-levelling and easy to apply. I also have to say, I absolutely LOVED the rubber brush handle as it made opening the bottles and applying that much easier. No slippery fingers here!
Check out the cool new QR labels on the side of each polish that you can scan with your smart phone in order to go to piCture pOlish on-line or to a Network Member site, depending on where the polish was purchased:

Tease will be available from piCture pOlish on-line and from all Network members, while Demeter is exclusive to piCture pOlish on-line and Harlow & Co.

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!



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If you have been following my blog, you know how I feel about jellies (love!) and how I have discovered the perfect “jellies in a bottle” thanks to the ridiculously talented Rebecca at Aphrodite Lacquers!! If you haven’t, catch up here!

Today I have a fantastic summery beauty for you, Mai Tai, which incidentally, also reminds me of my polish-BFF/sometime-co-blogger Mai, who is also obsessed with jellies. and polish. It also reminds me of a yummy Mai Tai cocktail. Or any fruity umbrella-cocktail, for that matter. (Really wish I were on a beach right now!)

Mai Tai is part of Aphrodite Lacquers’ The SandBar collection. It is a stunning red jelly with red glitter (some are holo!) and tiny silver shimmers. I had such difficulty photographing this polish! In some pictures, it leans more pink/blue-based, but in others, you can see the slight orange base it really has. I think this is because it kept reflecting the light outside…

So here are my best shots, 3 thin coats of Mai Tai over a base of China Glaze Strong Adhesion Basecoat, followed by a coat of A England’s The Shield top coat.

Can you see the gorgeous shimmers??

And see how the bottle appears slightly more orange than the polish on my nails? (It’s not just me, right??)

As expected, I fell in love with Mai Tai. At first, I thought it would be very similar to Rum Runner (judge for yourself), another gorgeous Aphrodite jelly, but I was so wrong. Rum Runner is much more berry and cool-toned, whereas I found Mai Tai to be warmer, more red and more vibrant.

The other bonus I have experienced with every single one of my Aphrodites is that they remove incredibly easilly for glitter polishes!

If you love jellies like I do, then follow Aphrodite Lacquers on Twitter, on Facebook, or head to the Etsy store to stock up!

So what do you think? How do Rum Runner and Mai Tai compare?

Today I have for you another polish from one of my favourite indies: Aphrodite Lacquers!

Rebecca, the creator behind this genius “jellies in a bottle” line, released her Romance Collection at the beginning of the summer. (Gosh, “beginning of the summer” sounds like so long ago already!) This collection is made up of glitter-packed vibrant jellies, one of which I bring you today: Enchant.
Enchant is a very light-green jelly packed with tiny green micro-glitters that make it look more fern-green than light green. There are also small green and white hex glitters, creating a gorgeous polish full of depth and shimmer.

For these swatches, I used 3 thin coats of Enchant over China Glaze’s Strong Adhesion Basecoat, and topped with A England’s The Shield top coat.


Can you see the tiny micro-glitters? : )

This macro shot will show you both the jelly goodness and all of the glitters:

Enchant is a stunning green polish – not for the faint of heart! ;-))

And I have to say, one of the best things about Aphrodite Lacquers (besides the amazing customer service and speedy shipping) is how easily these glitter polishes remove. I use the foil method for maybe a minute each hand, and these puppies slide right off with the cotton pad. If in a hurry, they come off very easily with just cotton balls and nail polish remover. It’s almost like they melt off. No scrubbing!!!

To see all of the latest from Aphrodite Lacquers, go to her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter!

To purchase Enchant or any of the other beauties, go to her Etsy store!

So… have you tried any Aphrodite Lacquers? What’s your favourite colour?

~xoxo

The other day I came across this contest that made me do a double-take. Shellac for LIFE??? Umm, yes please!!!

Since I have already entered, I thought it would only be fair for me to share this with you. Have you entered??

Go to Shellac’s page on NailpolishCanada.com and enter by telling Nailpolish Canada how winning would change your life. And you could win a lifetime supply of CND’s Shellac (to be exact, a 25-year supply of Shellac, and they even throw in the UV lamp)!

And the best part: this is open to both Canadian and US nail polish addicts, erm, I mean, readers!!!!!

GOOD LUCK!!!

xo

As much as I adore nail polish in a myriad of crazy colours – in all my makeup, actually – I love to go back to nudes and soft colours once in a while. So when nail mail arrived in the form of Whimsical Ideas by Pam, which I had been patiently awaiting for weeks, I could not decide which to try first!

You see, Pam no longer ships internationally so I had to get creative to order these beauties. And re-routing through the States takes a lot longer than I thought… 🙂  I was so excited, I briefly contemplated wearing all of them at the same time!

Here are three of the beauties I ordered. (The 4th will be on its way soon!)

Because I had been itching for all of these beauties since the day I discovered Pam (why didn’t I just order them then, right??? I know…), it really was a tough call, but I chose Ooh La La!

Ooh La La! is a stunning, very sheer, bubble gum pink. Not bubblegum pink in a Katy Perry kind of way, but in a French manicure, elegant kind of way. Dispersed in the pink goodness there are tiny light blue micro glitters, along with lavender, small hex glitters.

Something worth noting: when I received the bottle, I expected a lot of sparkle via the lavender glitters, but this polish is not like that. At first I thought the bottle had settled and that’s why I could not get visible hex glitters on my nails, but it seems that Ooh La La! is meant to be more demure. 🙂

Ok enough reading… here are some pics!

Ooh La La! in the shade

Ooh La La! direct sunlight (with lots of residual cuticle oil, apparently) : )

alternate shade

And finally, so you can see the glitter, here is a macro shot:

As you can see, Ooh La La! is very sheer.  For these swatches, I wore Ooh La La! on its own (I always like to see what polishes look like without undies). I used a base coat of A England’s The Knight, followed by three coats of Ooh La La! and a top coat of China Glaze Fast Forward quick-dry top coat. I could probably have added a fourth coat but I don’t know how much of an impact that would have had on the opacity.

I love this look. If I had painted my tips white, this would have been a gorgeous glitter French mani!

What do you think? Is Ooh La La! on your wishlist? 🙂

~xo

Today I have for you another stunning jelly from Aphrodite Lacquers!

This one is a bit different. I have never seen a polish quite like this… It’s a near-opaque black jelly polish with black glitter dancing within. Completely black-on-black! Meet… Blackhole:

If you have read my previous posts about Aphrodite Lacquers, you will know how much I adore Rebecca’s polishes. This time, she sent me two from the Outta This World collection to review: Nebula, which I previously reviewed here, and Blackhole.

Outta This World is a collection of vampy black glitters (I love vampy polishes!), and Blackhole is described as a “black jelly polish with three different size black hex glitter.” The glitter is tough to see on two or more coats, but becomes very visible in direct light.  Here is a shot of Blackhole in direct sunlight so you can see the glitter:

Direct sunlight

And a super-close-up macro to give you an idea of the jelly with its black glitter:

Blackhole indoor macro shot

For these swatches, I wore a coat of A England’s The Knight basecoat, followed by 2 coats of Blackhole, topped with China Glaze’s Fast Forward quick-dry topcoat. The polish, as with all Aphrodites I have worn, dries fairly quickly (especially with my quick-dry topcoat), and to a crazy high shine!

I wanted to see what it looked like on its own before layering it, but I would love to see it swatched over a grey. I’ll have to try it!

Aphrodite Lacquers are available on her Etsy store and you can follow her on Facebook!

Have you tried this one yet? And would you layer it?

~xo

Who doesn’t love Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s??  I kept seeing China Glaze’s aptly-named For Audrey swatched all over, and the few times I remembered to look for it, I could not find it. Thanks to some amazing Facebook fans’ advice, I finally found it at a local Sally Beauty!!

Though I have at least three or four different shades of turquoise, I simply had to have For Audrey, if for nothing else, just for Audrey.

Scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The colour is gorgeous. It is the perfect Tiffany blue.

I was not disappointed. As with most China Glaze lacquers, For Audrey went on beautifully, and is shown here at two coats.


I used China Glaze’s Strong Adhesion base coat under two coats of For Audrey.

The polish was gorgeous, shiny and chip-free for the few days that I wore it as a creme….

I had been inspired by another blogger’s post about Whimsical Ideas by Pam’s Kitty Glitter where she had swatched it over For Audrey, and was dying to try it! These polishes are a match made in heaven! Kitty Glitter, as you can see from my previous post here, is a very sheer Tiffany-blue, needing at least three coats for opacity.

Here it is with For Audrey as a base:

Compared to Kitty Glitter alone, no base:

Kitty Glitter and For Audrey share a gorgeous base colour, and I love the way they complement each other.  Being the crazy perfectionist that I am, though, I would like to try Kitty Glitter over a light coat of For Audrey, as I felt the base drowned out the beauty of Kitty Glitter. I kept thinking I was wearing OPI’s Piroutte My Whistle over For Audrey instead of gorgeous Kitty Glitter!!

(If you don’t believe me, check out Scrangie’s pic of Piroutte here!)

Which do you like better? Kitty Glitter with For Audrey, or Kitty Glitter alone?
Or maybe just For Audrey alone?

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