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I recently shared with you part 1 of Nubar’s My Sweet Escape collection, a gorgeous set of eight luxe and summery shades for Spring/Summer 2013. The collection includes bright cremes and creme pastels. I love the span of shades in this grouping, and have broken it up into two posts for you: the brights (here), and the blue/greens which I have for you today!

Here is the cool “travel bag” the collection arrived in:


Here are the gorgeous blues and greens of the collection for you to drool over!

Let’s start with Jaded, a light turquoise, reminding me of the colour of the ocean on a tropical beach, and one of my ultimate favourites of this set. Like the other Nubars I’ve experienced, the formula was leaning towards a crelly – a cream jelly – and I simply adore jellies. On the first coat it was a little sheer, as jellies tend to be, but the second coat levelled easily and provided perfect coverage. Enough reading; look at this polish that transports me to Bora Bora (well, in my mind anyway):


That is two easy coats over base. I had not even applied top coat as I ended up using Jaded for another look – and look at this shine!

Here is a shade picture that leans more blue:


And see what I did with Jaded and Ozotic here – simply gorgeous!

A close relative of Jaded is My New Obsession, though I think my two bottles were mislabeled and mine was labeled Dusk Till Dawn. 🙂 My New Obsession is a shade darker and a hint bluer than Jaded, making it a medium turquoise-blue. Formula on this was fantastic, and here are 2 coats over base coat, before adding top coat:


The above sun photo really emphasizes the teal in My New Obsession, whereas in artificial light it leans even bluer:


Is that not a perfect shade?? So wearable, and perfect for the rising temps!! And I love how Nubar included two “related” shades in this collection.

The final blue polish from My Sweet Escape is Dusk Till Dawn (which is the other mislabeled bottle so I was calling this the wrong name in my previous Ozotic post!).  Dusk Till Dawn is a royal blue, though I hesitate to call it either bright or dark – in reality it is a perfect cerulean, and a touch darker than my camera insisted on capturing it. Here are two gorgeous, shiny coats over base coat:


Here is a picture of Dusk Till Dawn in sunlight:


Yet another wearable, gorgeous blue!! And best part of all? NON-staining!! (When I find blues or greens that do not stain, I jump for joy.  Just today I was cringing at staining from another blue!)

And check out my Dusk Till Dawn/Ozotic manicure here.

Last but not least, Into the Wild, a muted emerald green. I am not always a green fan… I like certain greens and in small doses, but I think Into the Wild may be the polish to convince me to wear green on my tips! It’s a pretty Kelly Green, and now (oddly) I think of Grace Kelly whenever I see these swatches. Regal, beautiful, lady-like, just like Princess Grace. It truly is a spectacular colour, and like the others, was an amazing consistency. Here are two generous coats, pre-top coat, and this shade picture is extremely colour-accurate:


Is that not a pretty, summery green?

One more picture, this time direct light so it leans a touch lighter:


Check out my last combo utilizing the My Sweet Escape beauties here, Into the Wild with piCture pOlish Ariel’s Tale! (I am loving these Nubars, alone or as bases!)

Once again, I was quite impressed with Nubar. In my experience, their polishes have consistently delivered amazing shine and wearability, and this entire collection was the same. I love the variety of shades My Sweet Escape delivers, screaming summer, sun, and beach. If you are looking for summer and bright colours, you need My Sweet Escape.

Like all nubar products, “My Sweet Escape” Collection is free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (phthalate), and is vegan and cruelty free. Nubar is available directly from Nubar’s online shop, from Nail Polish Canada, Harlow & Co. and other fine retailers.

So which one do you like best?


We finally had a gorgeous weekend here, with incredible temps today – I was actually outside without a winter coat for the first time in months!! – and it made me think of spring and, dare I say it, summer!  And what better to celebrate than with a beach-themed collection? Oh balmy weather, how I have missed you!

Today I bring you a couple of bright pastels from NCLA’s latest collection, Life’s a Beach. NCLA is a Los Angeles-based luxury line created in February of 2011, and has been featured in many publications including Glamour, Cosmopolitan and People. NCLA has a penchant for playful California-style collections, and Life’s a Beach is no different. Consisting of four gorgeous summery pastels, this collection screams “summer” and “beach.” (I am actually feeling summery just writing this blog post!)

Tennis Anyone? is a pale yellow pastel creme, and it is beautiful!! It was a little streaky on the first coat (as yellows can sometimes be), so I decided to go with 3 thin coats. This being my first experience with NCLA, I was very impressed by the shiny finish pre-top-coat. My camera kept insisting on photographing Tennis Anyone? as a much brighter colour than it is. I think my first picture in the shade is a pretty accurate colour depiction:

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Bright, summery, fun. I love it.

The second colour I have from Life’s a Beach is the one I’ve been eyeing sine its debut, Don’t Call Me Peachy, a beautiful peach pastel! Don’t you think that is an adorable name?

I used 3 coats again as this was a bit streaky on the first coat, but it was gorgeous and perfect by the third coat:

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Look at that shine!! and that gorgeous peach colour!

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I loved both these colours and can’t wait to wear them again as the temps heats up. There are two additional colours in this collection, As If! and AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree that are just as pretty and pastel. If you like pastels, this is your summer collection!

So which one was your favourite?

Life’s a Beach is now available at Nail Polish Canada who have recently started carrying this brand! They have multiple NCLA collections so get your faves here.  Also check out NCLA’s website, and don’t forget to follow NCLA on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter.  Follow Nail Polish Canada on Facebook to keep up-to-date on their latest collections!



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

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!


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