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I have a slew of beautiful Aphrodite Lacquers polishes that I have been wanting to share, so I have broken it up into two spam posts… the first of which I bring you today!

For Fall 2012, Rebecca decided to take Aphrodite Lacquers in a different direction by releasing a gorgeous collection of whites and pastels, her favourite colours (some of mine too!) to contrast the deeps and darks generally preferred this time of year. This collection is called Printemps a Paris, and it is feminine, pretty, gorgeous. ❤  (See my previous posts here and here as well as a reblog of one of the gorgeous colours here.)

Here are a few of these stunning fall polishes for you to drool over 🙂

First up, Fluerier, previously posted for my first Go Pink Wednesday:

Aphrodite Lacquers describes this polish as a pastel pink base with pink hidden shimmer and  pink, lavender and fuchsia glitters. Gorgeous!

Up next, La Pluie…. a rainy, soft polish with a pastel blue base, blue hidden shimmer, and blue, silver, gunmetal glitters. Aptly named Rain in French:

Here I have on 2 coats on my index and middle fingers, and 2 coats over my new favourite white jelly, OPI’s Funny Bunny on the other two. See how buildable and gorgeous it is?

And then, Nuages, a gorgeous soft white jelly milky base with sky blue hidden shimmer, and aqua, silver and gunmetal glitters. Clouds, indeed:

Here, too, I layered 2 coats over OPI’s Funny Bunny on my first two fingers, with 2 coats of Nuages over a base coat on my ring and pinky. I love it both ways… and a third coat would have achieved the same look minus the undies.

Last but not least for today’s post, Terre (Earth), a soft pastel green base with green hidden shimmer, and yellow, moss green and emerald glitter. I didn’t think I would like Terre at first, but then you see it on, and wow. That shimmer… that softness… so squishy!

Check out the macro of it showing that gorgeous shimmer! (Feel free to click on the photo for a larger view.)

This collection, along with the rest of the Printemps a Paris collection, is still available on Aphrodite’s Etsy shop! And don’t forget to follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Aphrodite news!

Which one is your favourite so far?

~xo

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Today I have for you a few beauties from nubar’s latest collection, Simplicity Meets Elegance. This is a fall collection that is a gorgeous mix of brights and muted colours, a little unusual for fall, in an amazing way.

Nubar’s description of this collection: This season nubar brings you eight new, high-fashion colors with the “Simplicity meets Elegance” Collection. Classic shades of Royal Blue, Terra-Cotta, Espresso, and Velvet Silver add a simple, sophisticated flare to any wardrobe basics. Luxurious colors like Romance, Rouge, Mystique, and Chartreuse add an elegant touch. And elegant and classic they are.

This was my first nubar experience, and I was impressed. All three of the colours I tried had an almost jelly-like quality, leaning a little sheer but building to perfect coverage on 2 or 3 coats (depending on how thick or thin your coats are). The best part? Shine, shine, shine!!!!

The first of the three colours I have is Espresso, a very dark, muted, almost greyish brown. Perfection for fall, it almost is the exact same colour as espresso. It was hard to see this colour in the bottle shots, but in person, and on the nail, it is incredible and rich.

I used 2 generous coats of polish over a base coat, with no top coat so you could see the incredible shine. On its first coat, this polish was extremely sheer, almost jelly-like. However, it dried very quickly, and I topped that off with a generous second coat, which provided full coverage. One nice thing about all three of these nubar polishes was how they self-leveled on the second coat.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

In the shade photo below, you can really see its jelly quality:

Up next, the other colour I had been eyeing, a beautiful medium-toned grey, Velvet Silver. This was more of a creme than Espresso, but still very sheer on its first coat. I could have gone for a third coat, but with my two generous coats, it provided beautiful and full coverage. Isn’t it a stunning grey, perfect for fall and winter?

And finally, a huge surprise for a fall collection, Rouge, a gorgeous, hot pink creme. Out of the three colours, this was the least sheer, and applied quite nicely on its first coat. I LOVE that nubar threw in a bright pink for fall – how unconventional and exciting! And for those of us who love our greys and browns and blacks in our fall wardrobe (I’m looking in the mirror here!), what a nice pop of colour!

I was so lucky to have such a beautiful and sunny day today to capture the essence of these colours…

And I love them. I was so happy with the quality of these polishes, and their amazing high-shine finish, without a top coat! I wore Espresso for nearly a week with nary a chip. I am definitely going to be looking out for nubar’s next collection!

Oh and because I was so obsessed with Velvet Silver, I had to play with it. Look how perfectly it dresses up:

That is a subtle gradient of Shimmer Polish Jennifer, previously reviewed here. Isn’t it dreamy??

nubar products contain no toluene, DBP or added formaldehyde.

About Nubar: Since year 2000 Nubar has pioneered safer nail polish, free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (phthalate). They have gone further than other brands to also make their polish vegan and cruelty free. Nubar has accomplished this while still refusing to sacrifice quality or style.
Get your very own nubar Simplicity Meets Elegance colours from Nail Polish Canada, and anywhere else nubar is sold. Hurry though… I’m not sure how long these gorgeous beauties will be available!

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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