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Today I have for you a quick preview of one of Aphrodite Lacquers’ latest polishes: Make a Wish from the newly-released Birthday Collection!

Instead of going the usual “holiday” route and releasing a collection in green, red or gold, Rebecca, the amazing creator of Aphrodite Lacquers, has done something completely different and released a collection in honour of her impending December birthday. And that’s how the Birthday Collection was born!! With names like “The Icing on the Cake,” “It’s My Party,” “Never Too Old” and “Make a Wish,” this is a fun, gorgeous, birthday-ready collection!

Here’s a preview of Make a Wish, a delicate white jelly with silver glitter and a hidden silver shimmer.

Above I have two coats of Make a Wish on my index and middle fingers, and two coats over a coat of OPI’s Alpine Snow on my ring finger and pinky.

As with all my other Aphrodite Lacquers, I loved this polish. Application of all the jellies is perfect, and like the others, Make a Wish is a delicate, buildable polish.  You can wear it alone or for more pop, layer it over a white.

I will have more Birthday Collection reviews for you soon!

In the meantime, this polish is now available on Aphrodite’s Etsy shop, which just re-opened!

For more pictures and the latest news, don’t forget to follow Aphrodite Lacquers on Facebook and on Twitter!
~xo

I just had to find a way to link this to my blog. And since I can’t quite figure out how to reblog via WordPress, I am sharing it via a link. 🙂

The adorable Crystal from Crystal’s Crazy Combo’s recently won one of the polishes in my giveaway with Aphrodite Lacquers; she won Fete Champetre! I was so thrilled when her name came up, because Crystal shares a love of white / milky polishes with me. 🙂 I KNEW she’d love it! Turns out… she did!!!

So please head on over to Crystal’s blog to read the rest!!!!!

Pic courtesy of Crystal’s Crazy Combos

 

And a HUGE thank you to the amazing Rebecca from Aphrodite Lacquers!!! Get your very own Fete Champetre from her Etsy shop!!!

~xo

 

 

Today marks the first Wednesday in our joint Go Pink effort to in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honour of this month, more than 25 bloggers have joined Andrea from Finger Painting Fingers (who led this amazing effort!), and we will be sharing our pink manis every Wednesday throughout October!
For my first pink mani, I bring you this brand new, gorgeous polish from Aphrodite Lacquers, Fleurir.
This beauty is part of Aphrodite Lacquers’ latest collection that only launched yesterday, called Printemps a Paris, a collection after my own heart. These seven polishes are all white-based, pastel-hued, soft, springy shades that are an amazing break from the deep and vampy shades that have launched for fall.

I previously blogged about the release of this pretty collection here.

And here is the first polish from Printemps a Paris, Fleurier:

In daylight/shade

Do you see the beautiful pink base and those stunning shimmers?

Aphrodite Lacquers describes this polish as a pastel pink base with pink hidden shimmer and  pink/lavender/fuchsia glitters. It is so girly and pretty!!

Here is another shot to show the delicate yet noticeable shimmer:

With flash

Finally…. a bottle shot:

This polish, along with the rest of the Printemps a Paris collection, is available on Aphrodite’s Etsy show now!! Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

And please participate by sharing your pink manis on my Facebook page throughout October!

~xo



I have a slight problem with distraction. Sometimes I plan things out a certain way, e.g. the way I had planned to swatch then write a few reviews, but then somewhere along the line this amazing polish combination completely distracted me!!

First off, I have to thank the amazing Thea from Munchy’s Nails for introducing me to this stunning polish. She did a review not too long ago using Revlon Royal as undies (read it here), and I was blown away!! A gorgeous, deep, royal blue? (My favourite colour!) But one that is also a JELLY?? Get me to the drugstore!

To be honest, I might be called a bit of a drugstore snob… I haven’t owned a Revlon polish in longer than I’d like to admit. There is so much selection within the “pro” lines and indies of the world that I generally don’t get to shop for polish at a drugstore. But let me tell you, I was at the drugstore during my next lunch hour for Revlon Royal!

Have a look:

And that is just ONE coat since I was using it as a base. Is this not amazing???

Poor Royal has been sitting, untried, for a while… but I knew it would be perfect for my review of the next Aphrodite Lacquers Friday Night Glitter Bomb. Today I have Doorman (lol at the name) from the FNGB collection, and it’s a gorgeous sheer blue base with “a colour changing shimmer (from blue to purple to pink), and multiple different blue, black and white glitters.” It is so beautiful, and wait until you see it combined with Revlon Royal. It’s like they were made for each other!

In natural/artificial light

I love the way the tiny shimmer in Doorman comes to life over Royal!!! It looks really sky blue/turquoise in the shot above, as do the blue glitter squares. Doorman just seems to float overtop of this base!

In shade

And finally, a beautiful macro:

I just want to make a note about the square glitter in Doorman: in many indies I own, some of the square glitter, especially with thinner foil glitter, often starts to curl. You can see some waving in some of the glitter in the above shots, but I want to clarify that this was not quite tacoing or curling. It almost gave the glitter a 3D effect, accentuating the jelly look, which I personally love. I used a coat of Gelous, then a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward top coat and the mani was perfectly smooth.

Revlon Royal so impressed me that even though I had removed this mani, I just had to wear it again. Immediately reapplying Royal, the blinding sparkle of yet another unworn Aphrodite FNGB called to me. Check out how incredible Aphrodite Lacquers’ Miniskirt looked over Royal:

Full sun

(Though I’m personally not a fan of accent nails on me, I couldn’t decide between Doorman and Miniskirt – hence the accent pinky! lol)

Shade

This was 2 thin coats of Royal, followed by a generous coat of Miniskirt (and a coat of Doorman on the pinky 🙂 ), followed by a coat of Fast Forward top coat.

Miniskirt is so very pretty and versatile. It is described by Rebecca from Aphrodite Lacquers as a “sheer polish base, with green microglitter, a color changing shimmer that goes from green to aqua, and color changing glitter that goes from yellow to green to aqua.” It was a dream to apply. It’s so dense with this microglitter that you could even wear it alone, or over any other colour. And it is pretty smooth to start with which is why I skipped the Gelous coat this time.  I cannot wait to pair it with another undie!!

Edit: I wanted to share with that Revlon Royal did NOT stain my nails at all! I am always nervous when wearing highly pigmented greens or blues but Royal not only is gorgeous, but non-staining!!

So what do you guys think? Do you like one combo better?

~xo

Happy Saturday!!!

Today I want to introduce you to the newest collection from the amazing Aphrodite Lacquers – Printemps à Paris!!!!

I can’t even tell you how MUCH I adore this collection. There are seven polishes in total, all with a white or pastel-tint base. White base!!! I love, love, love white bases!!!

Without further ado, here is the stunning collection!!

I adore that Rebecca named this collection in French. How very romantic and appropriate for these gorgeous pastels!!

What I really love about Printemps is that most of them have a slightly monochrome look, with most of the glitter being a shade of its base colour. The exception are two very special polishes in this collection: Nuages (or clouds), which is a milky base with aqua, silver and grey glitter, and the extra-special “party-in-a-bottle” that is Fete Champetre (Garden Party), a lavender base with multi-colour glitters spanning the spectrum of all the glitters in this collection!!!! LOVE! And how appropriately named!

This entire collection will be released on October 1st on Aphrodite Lacquers’ Etsy shop!!!!

BUT WAIT….

Right now, you can WIN this entire collection over on my Facebook page, even before they are released to the public!!!!! The contest started today and runs until midnight on Sept. 29th and is open internationally!

First prize is all 7 BOTTLES of gorgeous Printemps à Paris!!

And 2nd prize is this beauty:

A bottle of Fete Champetre!!!!! Isn’t this so pretty?

I’ll have more swatches coming soon, but in the meantime, follow Rebecca on Aphrodite Lacquers’ Facebook page for the latest news, and head on over to The Obsessed on Facebook to win!!!

Good luck!

~xo

Today I have for you another absolutely BEAUTIFUL polish from the incredible Aphrodite Lacquers’ latest collection, Friday Night Glitter Bombs, or FNGB as they’re affectionately called.

This is a really fun collection of glittery top coats. If you follow my blog, or own any Aphrodite Lacquers, you’ll know that this is a little different for the brand. All of Rebecca’s collections to date have been colour or white nail polishes with glitter, cream or jelly consistency, not top coat polishes. That’s what I love about FNGBs – they are so different! And sparkly!!! (If you don’t believe me, also have a look at my last post!)

Enough reading…. here is VIP Room!

I just LOVE this bottle shot!!

And here it is over 2 coats of Zoya Snow White. (You guys know how I feel about white bases….adore!)

Full sun

What is so cool about VIP Room is that the glitter is actually clear and iridescent, not pink or purple or yellow like it appears here. It sparkles in a very blueish, icy way in some light (like the bottle shot), and in other light, it reflects a rainbow of colours. Its creator describes it as “a sheer aqua base, with an aqua shimmer, aqua micro glitter, and iridescent squares that are kind of bluish and purpley and teal.” It is mesmerizing!!!

Here is another pic:

Shade

I think this polish would also look incredible with other base colours, maybe black, or even in a jelly sandwich!!

This beauty is available on Aphrodite Lacquers’ Etsy shop along with the rest of this glittery collection. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for sneak pics and all the latest news!!

Have you tried any Aphrodites?
What do you think about my white base with VIP?

~xo

As I was downloading pictures off my camera today to start preparing for a few blogs, I was so distracted by this beauty that I had to get to these pictures first. I was REALLY distracted. And for good reason.

Rebecca from Aphrodite Lacquers, one of my very favourite indie brands, recently sent me a few of her newest beauties to adore, erm, I mean, review. These polishes are stunning, like all of her polishes. And the very first one I have for you is a GEM!!

Peacock Earrings is part of her latest, the Friday Night Glitter Bombs collection, a collection of glittery topcoats. And glittery they are!! Peacock is a clear base with fine holo shimmer, multi-size black and white square glitters, with some teal, purple and blue holo microglitter tossed in for good measure. And it’s a sweet polish too: Rebecca dedicated this beauty to her sister Hannah, who recently pierced her ears so she could wear a pair of peacock earrings! 🙂

She nailed it (pardon the pun) with Peacock Earrings. Check out this macro shot:

It really reminded me of this:

Source

The bottle macro looks amazing. I love the colour combination and this polish truly evokes a pair of beautiful peacock feather earrings.

But I was not ready for this:

Full sun

The sparkle in this polish was blinding! Here I wore a generous coat of Peacock Earrings over 2 coats of China Glaze’s Liquid Leather (with China Glaze’s base and top coats), and what a combo this was!  I originally wanted to try it over another base colour, but I simply couldn’t. Peacock literally lit up this mani, and I wasn’t ready to see it on another colour just yet.

Let’s look at some more pictures:

I love the way the holo glitters light up in different colours!

in the shade

Peacock dazzles even in the shade!!

I don’t always take flash pictures because they can distort the colour, but Peacock looks amazing with flash:

With flash

The flash really brought out the blue and teal in the polish. I’m in love!

Peacock Earrings is available on Aphrodite Lacquers’ Etsy shop along with the rest of this beautiful glittery collection. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for sneak pics and all the latest!

More reviews of Friday Night Glitter Bombs coming soon too!

What did you think of this glittery gem? 🙂

~xo

 

(Some products were provided for consideration and review.)

While I was drafting up yesterday’s post about Dollish Polish’s Go Luigi!, I kept staring at my nails and debating how work-appropriate some of my more glittery looks are. While I personally adore glittery and colourful nail polish, sparkly eyeshadow or blush, red lips as much as nude lips, I often feel hindered by my professional job. I should point out that I do not work in a law firm or a suit-type environment; in fact, my office is quite relaxed and offers a casual dress code; yet I sometimes look at my nails before running out the door in the morning and wonder if I should have removed my polish.

Yesterday’s post with my two-toned Go Luigi! is already off in favour of my next blog post’s colour, but would you wear this to work?

This look was quite demure….

…before I added the sparkly The Many Shades of Mr. Grey:

And how do you feel about this look? Office-appropriate?

Sometimes I even wonder if my simpler polishes are “appreciated” in the workplace:

Thanks to my polish (and beauty products) addiction, I am always seeking my next purchase. Many times I want colours that are different, unlike anything sold in a beauty store, but I purchase and wear it, write a post about it, and then decide it’s not “safe” to wear in “real-life.”

I would love to know how my fellow polish lovers and non-polish-lovers alike feel about this dilemma.

Do you wear some polishes only to blog about them, then immediately remove before your work-day? Do you have weekend and weekday-specific polishes? Or are you bold enough to wear the bright and glittery confections, no matter the place?

xo

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

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