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Aphrodite Lacquers The Romance Novel Collection – Swathces and Review

Yet another new indie brand for me today, Aphrodite Lacquers. I have six polishes to show you, all from the so-called “The Romance Novel” collection. These are, according to the creator Rebecca, vibrant jelly polishes, with names straight out of your poolside read. Maybe not the most fall-appropriate collection, but there’s always a chance to wear these for a lovely sunny vacation down south, right?

The six lacquers in this collection are all variations on a theme. They all have a lovely squishy jelly base, with microglitter and hexes matching the base, and they all also have white hexes.

In this collection you’ll find
Tempt – Blue jelly base, packed full of sky blue micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Forbidden – Purple jelly base, packed full of amethyst micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Secret – Hot pink jelly base, packed full of dark pink micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Kisses – Fuschia jelly base, packed full of fuschia micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Enchant – Aqua jelly base, packed full of green micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter
Smolder – Dark red jelly base, packed full of bright red micro glitter and hexes, and white glitter

Let’s take a look, shall we? Pictures are in the same order as the list above.

The formulas on all of these were good, although not completely consistent. Secret, Enchant and Tempt were a smidge more thick than the others, but still very nice and easy to apply. Kisses, Smolder and Forbidden had a thinner formula, but the glitters are still very well suspended, and there’s no problems in applying the polish. Secret, Smolder, Enchant and Tempt needed two coats, while Kisses and Forbidden are on the sheerer side and needed three generous coats. All are shown on their own, with topcoat.

Aphrodite Lacquers are sold at Etsy, and the price is $8 a bottle. Also check out Aphrodite Lacquers at Facebook and Twitter for news and updates about the brand.

These products were sent to me for review.

China Glaze Eye Candy Collection – Swatches & Review

One of China Glaze’s collections this winter is the awesome glitterbomby Eye Candy Collection, which consists of 6 glittery shades inspired by the legendary Marilyn Monroe.

From the press release:  Forget diamonds!  This winter China Glaze introduces a nail industry first: utilizing 3-D glitters in its new “Eye Candy” collection.  Inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her timeless allure, this innovative new glitter technology provides a knock-your-eyes-out, super sparkly effect to your manicure.   Multi-sized and differently shaped glitter particles are cleverly combined to create a sexy, super decadent, 3-D finish in six bright, eye-popping shades.  Whether you prefer gleaming gold or glamorous smoky grey, China Glaze’s “Eye Candy” collection adds a dazzling finish to your holiday look with a glimmer that is sure to catch everyone’s eye! 

The six polishes in this collection are all very unique, and I’m happy to say that China Glaze trumps all the glitter collections this year! I found it really difficult to pick a favorite among these, because they all have something special to catch the eye. Check them out!

Love Marilyn

Fine red glitter and big silver glitter in a clear base. 3 generous coats.

Blonde Bombshell

Both fine and big gold glitter, plus gold bar glitter in a clear base. 3 coats.

Lorelei’s Tiara

Fine silver glitter and big blue glitter in a clear base. 3 coats.

Material Girl

Fine and big pink glitter and large pink holo glitter in a clear base. 3 coats.

Some Like It Haute

Fine charcoal glitter and big holo glitter in a clear base. 3 thin or 2 generous coats.

Marry A Millionaire

Fine purple glitter and holo bar glitter in a clear base. 3 generous coats.

The formula on these is nice and easy to work with, although they can get a little moppy because of the sheer amount of glitter. I didn’t have any problems getting thin coats when needed, though. Even if the base is clear, there’s no problem in getting these opaque, because there’s a lot of glitter here! All of them were opaque in 3 coats, but some need thicker coats than others, and could probably also be applied in 4 thin coats instead. The sparser glitters, like Marry A Millionaire and Love Marilyn, could also be used as topcoats over other colors. The polishes are thirsty topcoat eaters, so these swatches are all photographed with a coat of Poshé on top.

As I said, it’s hard to pick favorites here, because they are all so pretty! The ones that I like a smidge more than the others, though, are Lorelei’s Tiara, Material Girl and Some Like It Haute.

What do you think of this glitter-tastic collection from China Glaze?

(These products were sent to me for review.)

Product review: Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads

Some weeks ago I was browsing the cosmetics section at Carrefour, and then I picked up this box of “Quickies” nail polish remover pads. I thought they would be nice to have in my purse in case of a nail polish removing emergency or something. The price is 10.50 QR, about 3 USD.

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The box contains 20 quilted polish remover pads, and the box is sealable to prevent them from drying out. It really works, because I found out that my box actually had been opened when I got home from the store, but it’s been sitting in my purse for three or four weeks now, and they are still moist.

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I didn’t have high hopes for this product, but I thought I would try them anyway. But hey, they work like a charm! I had dense glitter polish on, and it removed the polish like it wasn’t even there! I’m used to struggling to get glitter polish off, so this was a pleasant surprise. The pads didn’t dissolve or break, and didn’t leave any color residue on the fingers. I used only five pads to remove polish from all 10 nails, I think that’s pretty darn good, don’t you? The nails didn’t seem dry after use.

There are some downsides, though. The first is that they feel really greasy, so I needed to wash my hands after use. That’s not exactly ideal for an on-the-go product like this. The other is the smell. It has a strong, sickly-sweet perfume, it’s rather overpowering. Luckily, the box closes very well, so you don’t feel the smell when you’re not using it.

I think I’ll be using this for glitter polish removing from now on. It’s nice to find a product that keeps the promises it makes, i.e. : “These large, thick pads effectively remove all traces of nail varnish – quickly!”

Quickies can be found at Carrefour or Boots.

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