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Happy weekend!

I’m in a bit of a shimmery mood so today I have another gorgeous Shimmer Polish for you: Lorene! This one is described as a “Raspberry Mix” – a perfect description for this berry-coloured polish. The base is a deep berry colour, filled with tons of multi-hued glitter. The primary glitter colours that stand out are turquoise, magenta and lilac, accented with gold hexes. Like most Shimmers, the jelly base is great for layering, but I really wanted to wear Lorene on its own.

Here are 3 coats of Lorene with a coat of Gelous and a coat of top coat:

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Look at this gorgeous macro shot of Lorene (click on the pic to see more glittery detail!):

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Get your very own Shimmer Polish here. Be sure to like them on Facebook to participate in their contests and see more gorgeous photos!

Do you own any Shimmers?

~xo

 

 

 

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

Happy Friday!!

Today I have another gorgeous Shimmer Polish for you, an absolutely loaded-with-glitter indie brand that has perfected the art of multichromatic glitter bombs. If you have never tried a Shimmer… well, just wait and see…

Taylor is a deep red jelly loaded with tiny shimmers in green, purple and red. Much like some of my favourite vampy Shimmers (see Mary, Karina, Marilyn), Taylor’s gorgeous wine-coloured jelly base allows the glitters to be suspended, seemingly in mid-air (mid-polish?), creating a jelly-sandwich-in-a-bottle! J’ADORE Taylor!!!!!!

Enough chat… look at this amazing polish, 3 beautiful coats with a coat of Gelous to smooth the glitter, and a final coat of China Glaze Fast Forward top coat:

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I love the contrast of red and purple glitters in this wine-coloured base, colours you normally wouldn’t think to put together. And like most jelly glitters, you can wear Taylor alone or over a base colour, like a black.

Look at this macro of Taylor… sigh…

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And another, slightly lighter macro for you to drool over:

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You can find Shimmer Polish here. Be sure to like them on Facebook to participate in their contests and see more gorgeous photos!

So do you love it nearly as much as me?

~xo

 

 

 

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

 

A SUNSATIONAL NEON SUMMER BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHINA GLAZE®

Introducing 12 Smooth Crèmes and Juicy Jellies

 

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Los Angeles – (May 2013): Make waves this summer with the new China Glaze® Sunsational collection.  This fun palette of six brighter-than-bright crèmes and six juicy jelly polishes create a bold pop or sheer hint of color that are sure to see you through every highlight of your summer.

Mix and match these hot hues and different finishes from China Glaze® Sunsational for a vivid and bold expression on your tips and toes:

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  • Sun of A Peach: Popping peachy crème
  • Neon & On & On: Flirtatious pink crème
  • Bottoms Up: Passionate bubblegum pink-purple crème
  • That’s Shore Bright: Playful purple crème
  • Too Yacht to Handle: Teasing teal crème
  • Highlight of My Summer: Mellow mint green crème

 

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  • Shell-O: Juicy coral-pink jelly
  • Heat Index: Enticing pink jelly
  • You Drive Me Coconuts: Panic causing purple jelly
  • Are You Jelly?: Vivacious purple jelly
  • Isle See You Later:  Marine blue jelly
  • Keepin’ It Teal: Totally Turned Up turquoise jelly

 

China Glaze® Sunsational will be available in July 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit http://www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

Continuing with my weekly piCture pOlish posts, today I bring you one of my favourite vampy polishes, piCture pOlish Monroe! This is Monroe Reborn, the second version of this cult classic, but I will also show you a comparison of Monroe Original vs Monroe Reborn.

Monroe is described as a blood red jelly with scattered holographic, with no glitter. Monroe contains a holographic shimmer for that extra special touch and more rainbows of course!  Your nails will take on a whole new dimension when in bright light or sunlight! The holo effect is gorgeous on Monroe – shimmery, rainbow hues sparkling on your nails!

When Monroe was first reformulated, I was disappointed… I thought the piCture pOlish Girls were messing with perfection. But to be honest, even though I adore Monroe Original’s jelly base, it was a bit tricky to apply, streaking if you went over an area twice, whereas Monroe Reborn is self-levelling and a perfect consistency, making it easy to apply and almost a one-coater. Not only that, but the new Monroe is insanely holographic!!!

Here are two gorgeous coats of Monroe, before I even applied top coat:

picturepolish_MonroeThe holo bits are reflecting in this indoor lighting!

Here it is in the sun:

picturepolish_MonroeSunI am in LOVE with this holo beauty!

 

The original Monroe was one of my first piCture pOlish loves. In fact, I believe it was the first piCture pOlish I ever ordered! And because of how curious I was myself when the new Monroe was released, here are some comparison shots of Monroe Original vs Reborn for you:

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Can you tell which is the new and which is original Monroe?

Monroe Reborn: index and ring fingers
Monroe Original: middle and pinky

And here is a photo with flash, comparing the two:

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The above picture shows the intensity of the holo in new Monroe; the pieces are larger and much more intense, whereas original Monroe had a very faint and subtle holo effect. Monroe Reborn has the same scattered holo as Cosmos and some of the Ozotic holos – simply stunning!!

I am still obsessed with Monroe Original, and am really lucky to have a backup bottle. (As you can imagine, I use it sparingly!) However, Monroe Reborn is a new love of mine, not only because of the holo effect and its alluring vampy shade, but also thanks to its fantastic ease of application and speedy dry time!

If you love holos as much as me, you can get Monroe by visiting piCture pOlish on-line and or any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada.

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

~xo

 

 

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

 

One of my favourite recent indie collections is another one from Aphrodite Lacquers. Inspired by the Shakespearean star-crossed lovers, the Romes & Jules Collection is Valentine’s Day perfection personified. With names such as Montagues, Misadventure and Two Star-Crossed Lovers, and colours ranging from white to red and pink glitter, this selection of polishes is beautiful for the girly-girl and the vamp-polish-lover.

Today I bring you three polishes from this collection, and I couldn’t be more excited as Rebecca, Aphrodite’s amazing creator, recently added five more beauties to this collection!! And wait until you see these!

First up, Two Star Crossed Lovers, described as a light purple polish, with different purple and holo glitters, along with a hidden purplish-pinkish shimmer. Subtle, deliciously-squishy jelly and gorgeous!! If you don’t know, Aphrodite Lacquers has become known for their amazing jelly bases – the polishes look like layers of glitter are suspended in milky clouds on your fingers. Here are two coats of Two Star Crossed Lovers with base coat – before top coat!! This collection is incredibly shiny… have a look:

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The next colour is Wherefore Art Thou – one of my favourite expressions from the Romeo and Juliet story, and a beautiful light pink polish, with tons of different pink and holo glitters and a hidden purplish-pinkish shimmer that dances in the light. Once again, two coats over base… no top coat:

Aphrodite_WhereforeArtThouSome of the glitter in Wherefore Art Thou is holographic and just stunning!

 

The last polish for today is the one I was most excited about, mainly because it has a milky white base, my favourite! Violent Delights is a white jelly polish, packed with white glitters of various sizes and all the different pink and purple glitters from this collection, and holo microglitters scattered throughout. It actually contains all of the different glitters used in this collection!! How cool is that?

This one is literally packed with glitter. Packed. I will try wearing it over my favourite white jelly, OPI’s Funny Bunny next time, to both use it more sparingly and to reduce the chances of glitter overload. Here are two coats of this beauty:

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Click on the picture to enlarge it and see the detail, because it is like a jelly sandwich in a bottle. If you follow my blog, you know how I feel about jelly and squishy polishes. If you’re like me, you NEED this!!!

 

These beauties, along with the recent additions to the Romes & Jules collection, were just released on Aphrodite’s Etsy shop!

For more pictures and the latest news, don’t forget to follow Aphrodite Lacquers on Facebook and on Twitter! And don’t forget, my contest is open for another two days, and you can win your very own bottle of Violent Delights from Aphrodite (along with 2 more of her beauties)!! Enter here!

 

So which one is your favourite? And have you managed to snag any of these pretties?
~xo

Today I have for you another jelly sandwich! This one was photographed in the fall but I didn’t get a chance to post it with all of the things that have been going on lately (my big move)….

You may remember my adoration of the Zoya Gloss trio, a collection of perfect jellies that I cannot get enough of (see more here and here!). In this mani, I used Zoya Katherine, along with one of my favourite indie brands, Aphrodite Lacquers…. squished together in a jam-like polish. 🙂

Catfight was from Aphrodite’s Friday Night Glitter Bombs Collection released in early September, and described as a sheer red polish, with a pinkish purple shimmer, and multiple different red, black, and white glitters. It’s gorgeous in its bottle – a deep red jelly glitter. Instead of wearing this alone, I decided to layer this polish between coats of Zoya Katherine, a deep aubergine jelly in the highest shine, glossy formula I have ever seen.

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It looks slightly sheer in the bright sun, but in the shade, below, you can see the depth and high shine of this combo. I just LOVE how this is bordering on the edge of both vampy and glittery…  And did you see that slight purple shimmer?

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I believe Zoya Katherine is still available at Zoya.com as well as Nail Polish Canada and anywhere else Zoya is sold. Unfortunately Catfight may now be a HTF polish as it seems to be sold out on Aphrodite Lacquers’ Etsy shop, but keep an eye on her shop, Facebook page and on Twitter for the latest updates!

Do you love jellies as much as I do? 🙂

~xo

 

Today I have a couple of the latest beauties from Sonnetarium for you. These are a part of her Winter 2012 Collection, a gorgeous, delectable-looking collection of five polishes perfect for the holiday and winter season.

The first colour is candy for your fingertips: Peppermint Kiss, a gorgeous, near-white with the slightest whisper of pink, filled with white, green and red hexes in multiple sizes. Loving white bases (and jellies!), this was a fun variation of a holiday polish. Love!

Sonnetarium_PeppermintKissFor this mani, I used two generous coats of Peppermint Kiss alone, though I did think about layering it over a coat of my favourite jelly white, OPI’s Funny Bunny. Next time for sure. 🙂

 

Up next, Twelve Days, a hot and bright jelly with small gold, silver and white glitters. This one is seriously glitter-dense and sparkly! It was so hard to capture the beautiful red on camera as the glitters wanted to dance for my camera, but here are two coats with a coat of top coat:

Sonnetarium_TwelveDaysCoverage on Twelve Days was amazing. The first coat is a little sheer, but ultra-vibrant, and by the second coat, perfection!

 

I loved both these polishes. I love that they are winter colours, though I would wear them at any time. Both of these beauties are available from Sonnetarium’s freshly updated online shop, and are 3-free. Sonnetarium offers both 9mL and 15ml sizes… Don’t forget to follow Sonnetarium on Facebook for the latest news!

 

~xo

 

 

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

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.

 

Shimmer Polish is available on Cindy’s Etsy shop. Don’t forget to follow her blog and her Facebook page as she holds lots of giveaways and shares news about the brand!

OPI polishes are available at Professional Salons and spas. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

 

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.)

Continuing on from my Aphrodite Lacquers Spam post yesterday, here are the rest of the Printemps a Paris beauties!

Yesterday I showed you how stunning and pretty Fluerir, La Pluie, Nuages and Terre are… Let’s start today’s post with what I consider to be the centrepiece of the Printemps a Paris collection: Fete Champetre. Referring to Garden Party, Fete Champetre is truly a party in a bottle. A whitish lavender base with pinkish purple hidden shimmer, it is filled with multi-colour glitter used in the rest of this collection. Look at this fun and gorgeous bottle macro:

Here it is swatched:

That’s two coats on the index and middle fingers, and 3 coats on the other two. I previously reblogged Crystal’s Crazy Combos’ blog of this here – she won this stunning polish in my last giveaway! 🙂

Next up, beautiful Soleil, a milky white-pinkish base with the signature pink hidden shimmer of this collection, and dark pink, fuchsia, and red glitters. Below you see its shine and shimmer, even in the shade!

I have on two coats on the index and middle fingers again, with 3 coats on the ring and pinky.

Here is Soleil or Sun in beautiful sunlight:


It is such a girly and pretty polish!

Last but not least, Papillon, or Butterfly, a milky pale lavender base in a more purple hidden shimmer, with lavender and purple glitters.

I layered 3 coats on my pinky and ring fingers, while using 2 coats on the rest to show you how buildable these polishes are. Papillon looks a little whiter in the sunlight picture than in real life… it is a stunning, delicate beauty.

Overall, I adored this collection. As with all of Rebecca’s other amazing creations, this collection was cohesive, sharing a similarity across all seven polishes, yet allowing each colour to be a one-of-a-kind polish. And the best part? This was a fall collection released at the beginning of October! How different and fun to release such a pretty and pastel collection at a time when dark and moody polishes rule. Love!

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 of the seven polishes did you like the best?

~xo

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