Nail Polish Inspiration: Dark Green + Glitter

It’s feeling like fall! For this mani, I wanted to go for a deeper green to pay homage to the color of the year (Emerald), while still keeping it fun and autumn appropriate. Here’s what I came up with that’s subtle enough to wear to work, yet fun enough to feel like you dressed up for a night out:

Orly Sparkling Garbage + essie Stylenomics

Orly Sparkling Garbage + essie Stylenomics

Taken indoors under artificial lighting, the glint of Sparkling Garbage really brings out the green undertones of Stylenomics (even though it’s difficult to see in this picture). I applied two coats of Stylesnomics on all nails, two coats of Sparkling Garbage on my accent nails, and finally one top coat.

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Orly Sparkling Garbage swatch

I love this color combination and, with any luck and hopefully very few dishes to wash, am looking forward to rocking it for awhile. Look at some of the other great designs people have come up with to compliment the unique shade of Sparkling Garbage below:

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Nailpolishgalore | The Manicurette

Dynamite Does Nails | Work Play Polish

Inspired by my mani or post? Send me a picture! What do you think about Sparkling Garbage? Do you think it’s subtle enough to be wearable in the workplace, or is it more of a weekend look? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nail Polish Inspiration: Mint

Time for some more mani fun! After drooling over some gorgeous Tiffany’s jewelry, I was inspired to create a mint/teal nail design. While I don’t have China Glaze For Audrey (although I have been eyeing it for awhile…), I do have essie Mint Candy Apple, and so that’s what I went with and I absolutely adore it!

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essie Mint Candy Apple + Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French White Tip

A little sloppy, I know, but I forgot to take a picture after clean up! This picture was taken indoors in artificial lighting with two coats of polish and a top coat, although it remains pretty true to color. I love how the little polka dots add some visual interest for a mid-week pick me up! I always get tons of compliments whenever I wear this color, and it lasted until I took it off over a week later! Try it out for yourself and check out what other crafty designs lacqueristas have done with this polish below:

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Polish This!| So Nailicious

Mostly Nail Polish | Fundamentally Flawless

Inspired by my mani or post? Send me a picture! What do you think about essie nail polishes? Would you wear this color? Do you think mint still maintains a firm position in fashion? Let me know in the comments below!

essie Fall 2013 Collection

Fall is finally in the air and I’m ready for autumn nail polishes! While some brands tend to go for a bright fall look (like Butter London’s Fall 2013 collection), essie sticks to the classical fall palette of muted jewel-tones and neutrals that it knows best. These colors are perfect for the September transition into fall, with enough variety to set them apart from summer shades.

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essie Fall 2013 Collection

Here’s how essie is advertising the colors:

  • After School Boy Blazer- academy blue-black
  • Cashmere Bathrobe- true flannel gray
  • For the Twill of It- rich medium brown with reflective green shimmer
  • The Lace is On- glistening jewel toned pearlescent fuchsia
  • Twin Sweater Set- vibrant crimson red
  • Vested Interest- cool gray teal

While the palette remains roughly the same as last year’s collection (below), there is enough variety to warrant picking up a few of the shades for fall 2013. Continue reading

10k Views + Versatile Blogger Award

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Lots of exciting news this week! First of all, thank you to everyone who reads Aphrodite Perception — this week we hit 10k views! It’s amazing to think that this blog, which started out as an outlet for my opinions on fashion and beauty products, has turned into something that others read regularly! Thanks again to all my readers — you guys are what keep me looking for new and better ideas for posts!

Secondly, I have been nominated for my first blog award, the Versatile Blogger Award, by Corrange! Such exciting news, thank you sweet girl! From the very beginning of this blog, my goal has been to share things that make me feel great as a person, regardless of their category. I have done posts on fashion trends, favorite recipes, even printables! Nothing makes me feel all warm and fluffy inside like sharing things that I truly love, and I’m glad to see that others enjoy the versatility of my blog as well.

The Versatile Blogger Award Nominations Continue reading

Monday Must-Haves: Fall Fashion

Welcome back to Monday Must-Haves! This past week autumn has definitely been in the air, and I can’t wait! Easily my favorite season, fall means lots of soft, warm clothes and layers, layers, layers! Check out some of the fun fall accessories I love that are sure to compliment the always-trendy jewel tones of the colder months:Monday Must-Haves: Fall Fashion
If you’re looking to update your fall wardrobe, think about classic pieces that will last you for years. And for the more “fun” accessories, the key is to choose simple pieces with a twist. For example, the navy booties above are a clean silhouette and can work with jeans, a pair of tights, or even a short skirt for going out! Like Coco Chanel said, less is more!

Monday Must-Haves: Back to Basics

Welcome back to Monday Must-Haves! By now, most colleges and seasonal jobs have started back into their daily grind. Check out these basics that will keep you looking and feeling your best throughout the entire upcoming year.Monday Must-Haves: Back to Basics
It’s time to start anew — think simple and clean! If you keep yourself organized, it’s easier to focus your attention on other things, like asking that cute guy who moved in next door if he wants to come over and join weekly game night!

Nail Polish of the Month: September 2013

Yay, it’s finally September! Autumn is my absolute favorite season — I love the mix of bright and dark colors, they lend themselves to such unique outfits and accessories. Thankfully, Butter London has released their new Fall 2013 collection, and it embraces the more colorful side of the season.

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Butter London’s Fall 2013 Collection via

I picked up one of the shades, Pimms (the bright, true yellow) a few weeks ago and have been wearing it ever since! Unfortunately, I have been really negligent about taking photos of my manis recently, but in the meantime check out this pic for an example of Pimms’s true coloring:

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Butter London Pimms via

Try this bright yellow by itself or add some other colors to your design for a bright, colorful mani like the ones below:

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Polish Insomniac | Nails by Kayla Shevonne

Peachy Polish | Polish Insomniac

What colors are your September favorites? Would you ever wear yellow nail polish?