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By now you probably know how I feel about my jelly polishes… especially jelly sandwiches! My last one even became my best post to date (check it out)!

For today’s post I used one of the new Selena Gomez for Nicole by OPI collection, Confetti Fun, a perfect rainbow glitterbomb, sandwiched between a base of Aphrodite Lacquers Fluerier, a pink jelly glitter, topped with my very favourite, OPI’s Funny Bunny!

NOPI Confetti Fun seems to be a near-dupe for OPI’s Rainbow Connection: it’s a rainbow-hued glitter with small and medium-sized pieces; however, what sets it apart from Rainbow Connection is its micro glitter and higher density of glitter. (Unfortunately I don’t have Rainbow to do a comparison post). I LOVE Confetti Fun and it is just perfect for jelly sandwiches!

Aphrodite Lacquers’ Fluerir was previously reviewed here and here, and Funny Bunny here and here.

Here are the bottles:

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And here is the final result. (I had really filed my nails down to nubbins…)

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So do you like these jelly sandwiches as much as me? 🙂

~xo

 

Can you believe 2012 is almost over? This year was a big one for me… I started my new job, recently moved to our new home, started blogging and taking my polish and beauty obsession to a whole new level, and along with that, I met some amazing people in this community.

It’s been a little quiet on my blog lately, mainly due to my big move just before Christmas… I thought I would catch up, not only on a blog post or two, but also share some of my top polishes of the year (with links to the original posts).

Hope this is a fun read for you!

In no particular order, here is Aphrodite Lacquers’ It’s My Party topped with The Icing on the Cake. I immediately fell in love with this hot pink jelly (and its glittery topper), and can’t wait to wear this with a little tan!

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My most popular post, even garnering a shout-out from Suzi Weiss-Fishman, OPI’s Creative Director, on her twitter chat recently (!!), was the Monet jelly sandwich. This was created using OPI’s Funny Bunny with Shimmer Polish Linna, and it turned into one of my favourite manicures.

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Oh Zoya Ornate Collection, how I love thee! After patiently waiting for this gorgeous collection to arrive, I created my very first striping tape mani using Zoya Storm and Aurora:

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Another day, another gorgeous Shimmer Polish! Karina, a deep vampy red jelly, is beautiful and glamorous and oh-so-sparkly!

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I loved the sparkle of this mani: a-England’s Dorian Grey topped with Shimmer Polish Vanessa. Look at that sparkle!

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And so you can see why I love Dorian Gray, look at this steely pewter:

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This year I also tried my very first Nubar polishes, and I fell in love. Look at shiny Nubar Espresso from the Simplicity Meets Elegance Collection:

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From the same collection, here is Nubar Rouge, another gorgeous pink I fell in love with:

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Up next, another of my most popular posts comes courtesy of OPI’s first foray into magnetics, from the OPI Skyfall Collection to commemorate 50 years of Bond films: OPI Magnetic Lacquer Is that Silva? I just love the holo magnetic!

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Blue is my favourite colour though I’ve often steered clear of it in my manicures. But Revlon Royal, especially combined with Aphrodite Lacquers’ Doorman, was something spectacular….

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Who doesn’t love a sparkly linear holographic polish? The ladies at Glitter Gal have made holos their business, and let me tell you, Glitter Gal Wisteria does not disappoint!! I loved the subtlety of this light hue…

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I am a fool for sparkles, and Aphrodite Lacquers Peacock Earrings was distracting. Here it is, layered over China Glaze’s Liquid Leather for optimum sparkle and shine:

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I think by now you know how much I adore jelly sandwiches. (And I should really do more of them!) Another Zoya collection that I was lusting after, Zoya Gloss, is a jelly-lover’s dream come true. Here is Zoya Frida layered with a relatively new indie, Kiss Your Elbow Polish’s A Drop in the Ocean:

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This list wouldn’t be complete without Picture Polish and their Mesh shade Tease, a glittery silvery-pink beauty that I received as part of their Blog Fest for 2012:

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Next is a sparkly vampy black jelly courtesy of Aphrodite Lacquers, Nebula. Though I love vamps, I don’t always wear straight black polishes, unless, of course, they have a little something like Nebula does. Filled with aqua and silver glitters, Nebula has depth and sparkle:

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And last but not least, the one that started my love affair with Aphrodite Lacquers, Grapetini! I think it’s fair to say that AL is one of my favourite indies, having created a number of polishes that I wear again and again… and Grapetini, with its purple squishiness, was part of my very first AL order that was not meant to be. It has the unfortunate distinction of being my first polish to arrive smashed to pieces lol.

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And that, dear readers, is my first top… 16 list! It was meant to be a top-12 but there were simply too many that I adore. There are many more that I love and wanted to share, but in the spirit of keeping this a somewhat shortish blog post, not all the beauties could be included… Perhaps I will share another top-12 list soon.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I have enjoyed selecting my favourites. May the New Year bring you and your loved ones much joy and happiness, success and love.

~xo

Following yesterday’s post of my Monet-inspired OPI Funny Bunny and Shimmer Polish jelly sandwich, I thought it only appropriate to dedicate a quick post to the canvas of one of my favourite manicures…

 

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This delicate jelly sandwich (detailed here) was built upon my newest favourite white jelly polish, OPI’s Funny Bunny. Funny Bunny was released in 2007’s Garden Party collection for spring. I know, it does seem like a really old polish now that I type that out! However, it is perfection bottled. A perfect soft white, Funny Bunny is a clean white jelly leaning slightly warm rather than blue-based. It’s not warm enough to be yellow which I love! It’s like a crisp white linen shirt…

Unlike last year’s NY Ballet Collection, a collection of very sheer jellies which I wanted to love but didn’t due to the 3 – 4 coats needed to achieve any hint of colour or coverage, Funny Bunny only needs two nice coats for beautiful and even coverage. A white that self-levels? Sign me up!

Here it is, with only two coats and base/top coat:

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I am in love.

How do you like Funny Bunny?

~xo

Today I have for you possibly my favourite jelly sandwich ever… resembling a Monet painting, a watercolour-like abstract on each nail.

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While stocking up on some OPI polishes recently, I came across OPI’s Funny Bunny, an incredible soft-white jelly, a polish that I am perplexed about having missed all this time. If you are obsessed with white polishes like me, you know how hard they can be to apply. Funny Bunny is not like that – it is a dream! By the second coat, it is even, provides perfect coverage in that sheer, jelly way, and shines like crazy.

I knew I wanted to make a jelly sandwich when I applied Funny Bunny. For whatever reason, I chose a new Shimmer Polish I wanted to try, Linna, a gorgeous, turquoise-green glitter beauty. If you read any of my other Shimmer Polish reviews, you’ll know how amazing and glitter-packed Shimmers are. They are sparkly, provide coverage, and are sometimes made up of a dozen colours in one bottle! Linna is a pretty turquoise, leaning more green, but also contains red, blue and gold glitter.

After the 2 coats of Funny Bunny, I added two very thin coats of Shimmer Linna, then topped that off with a generous coat of Funny Bunny.

And the beautiful result (if I say so myself):

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My version of a delicate Monet painting….

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And a macro to show you the beautiful depth and squishyness of this mani:

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I should also mention that with this mani I finally attempted the glue peel-off-basecoat method, applying a coat of Elmer’s glue before the manicure as my base. After 24 hours, I had a big chip on my index finger, which immediately prompted me to start picking at the polish…

24 hours = not long enough for me.

Following Wacky Laki’s tutorial, I tried to “peel off” the polish using a cuticle stick, but unfortunately not all the polish was easy to peel off. On some fingernails, I was digging and pushing, trying to make an edge to peel off the polish.

Final verdict: was not worth the trouble for me… I think I’ll stick with 10 min of foil removal over 10 min of picking at my nails.

 

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What do you think of this combination?

Do you love jelly sandwiches as much as me?

 

~xo

 

 

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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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