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Happy weekend! It is a gorgeous weekend here and I thought I would bring you a few more polish swatches from my favourite indie brand, Aphrodite Lacquers.

AL’s last collection, the stunning Romes & Jules collection, consisted of 10 gorgeous shades, with something for everyone. You can see some of the beauties in this post, and today I will show you three of the lighter polishes from the Romes & Jules collection!

The first colour, and my very favourite from the entire collection, is Inauspicious Stars, a milky white jelly base with white and pastel pink, purple and blue glitters, with tiny holo microglitters scattered throughout. Inauspicious Stars is like the “light” version of Violent Delights; a multi-colour glitter, only this time, in a pastel version. This was one of the polishes unveiled with the release of the second part of Romes & Jules, and it was as though Rebecca had read my mind: while wearing Violent Delights, I was thinking that a pale version of this would look amazing… it would be highly wearable, and allow us to wear glitter even when a crazy, bright glitter polish may not be appropriate. And the next thing you know… Inauspicious Stars was released!

Here are two coats over 1 coat of OPI Funny Bunny, my go-to white jelly:

Aphrodite_InauspiciousStarsIs that not lovely, and so demure?

 

The next white-based beauty is Capulets, another milky-white base with lots of bright colorful glitters, both matte and shiny. This polish is so colourful and fun, and contains the much-sought-after circle glitters along with square and hex glitters. I decided to layer 2 coats of Capulets over 1 coat of Funny Bunny:

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The last polish I have for you today is Fortune’s Fool, another gorgeous milky base, this time in a light blue colour with lots of different blue and holo glitters and a hidden pale blue shimmer. I simply adore Aphrodite Lacquers’ hidden shimmer bases – they dance for you in certain light and are spectacular! You can see it in my picture, especially on my ring finger. Fortune’s Fool was a little sheerer than the other polishes, so I used three coats here, over base and without top coat. Look at that shine!

Aphrodite_Fortune's-Fool

Once again, these polishes reinforce my love of Aphrodite Lacquers and her indie polishes. Rebecca, its creator, can do no wrong!

To get your very own Aphrodite Lacquers, including these stunners from the Romes & Jules collection, head over to Aphrodite’s Etsy shop! For more pictures and the latest news, don’t forget to follow Aphrodite Lacquers on Facebook and on Twitter!

Which Romes & Jules polish is your favourite so far?

~xo

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

Monet Le PrintempsMonet’s Le Printemps (Source)

 

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):

Shimmer_Linna_jelly_OPI_FunnyBunny

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:

Shimmer_Linna_jelly_OPI_FunnyBunnyMacro

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.)

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

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