Thursday, October 23, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Fall 2014 Collection Swatches & Review

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Hello everyone!

I've got swatches of eight of the new Colors by Llarowe Fall 2014 Collection to share with you today.  The restocks are today, at 12:00pm MDT and again at 7:00pm, so make sure you are ready if you want any of these gorgeous polishes!

Colors by Llarowe Fall 2014 Collection

Seasons of Change is a beautiful dusty teal holo with a bunch of pink flake shimmer and a golden flash.  This is one of my favorites, for sure!  The formula was so smooth, opaque in two coats, and photographed without top coat.

Sandy We Ain't In Kansas Anymore is a vivid blue holo with a turquoise duochrome and purple shimmer (which sadly, you can't see in my photo).  I love, love this one as well.  It's got more of a metallic finish to it than the others, and is one of those glowy polishes that appear slightly darkened at the edges.  The holographic effect is more subtle than the rest, and it's opaque in two coats.  This was photographed without top coat.

My Broken Down Crop Duster is a deep, muted purple (slightly charcoal) holo with a flash of golden shimmer.  Such a gorgeous fall color, and the holographic effect is extremely strong in this one, so it's amazing in the sun!  This one was also nearly opaque in one coat.

Mercy is a burgundy holo, which leans slightly more purple than red.  It's another beautiful color, perfect for fall.  It was also nearly opaque in one coat with a perfect formula, and the holographic effect is pretty strong.

Obsessed With Marilyn is a cranberry red holo.  This one is more of a jelly than the other holos, and the holo is less dense, more scattered, but it really glows from within.  So pretty!  It was opaque in two coats, and I photographed it without top coat as it dried quite shiny.

Penny For Your Thoughts is a burnt orange holo.  Like Obsessed With Marilyn, this one is more jelly than the other holos, with a less dense holo effect, but really glows.  It's such a lovely fall color and opaque in two coats.
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, this one stains pretty badly (bright yellowish stains), however, I scrubbed my nails with a toothbrush and my Arm & Hammer toothpaste, and about 90% of the stains came off.  I then lightly buffed after and they were gone.  You could also do a soak of lemon and baking soda.  You may want to avoid this one if that sounds like too much to handle though!

Burning Embers is a gorgeous, deep bronze with a stunning burgundy duochrome shimmer.  It shifts red, gold, and green and is packed with flakes and multicolored shimmer, so it's super sparkly!  Totally Fall appropriate, and has a perfect formula; opaque in two coats.  I'm not wearing top coat in the photos.


Sherwood Forest is a deep teal green jelly base, with red, orange, gold, blue, and green duochrome shimmer, as well as some multicolored shimmer that really shines in direct lighting.  This is another one of my favorites, and so Fall appropriate.  It was slightly sheer, so I used three thin coats for the photos, without top coat.



I hope you all enjoyed the swatches!  My picks are Sandy We Ain't In Kansas Anymore, Seasons of Change, and My Broken Down Crop Duster.  Make sure you head over to Llarowe if you've got your eye on any of these.  The first restock has now passed, but the second is at 7:00pm MDT!

You can also find more information about Colors by Llarowe here:
CbL @ Harlow & Co:

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#WNAC2014 - October / Fall: Gradient

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Hello everyone!

Friday was the second post for our Weekly Nail Art Challenge, and the theme was gradient.


I love a good gradient base; it always makes my nail art that much more special, I think.  I was already wearing a really pretty magenta plum shade (CND Plumville), so I decided to just add a dark gradient on top to make it a bit more "Fall", using Julep Jodi and A England Lancelot.


 I was really happy with the gradient, but of course I couldn't leave it alone, so I created a flower petal pattern using Love & Beauty (Forever 21) Ivory and my 18/0 Round brush from Michael’s.


The design was sort of inspired by a leaf print I found last week on Pinterest, so that's where the idea came from, although I figured flower petals would be prettier with the base colors.


I’m posting this a few days late (surprise, surprise), because I decided to film a tutorial for the design, so I hope you all enjoy it!

And here's a reminder of the challenge for the month, if you missed last weeks post:
#WNAC2014 - October: Fall

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Colors by Llarowe I Love Candy Corn Halloween 2014 Swatches & Review

Friday, October 10, 2014
Hi everyone!

Colors by Llarowe has an amazing Halloween trio this year, which will restock today over on their shop.  I will be sharing my swatches of the collection with you today, which consists of two holographic jelly polishes, and a metallic polish packed with flakes.  I believe it's the final time this set will be available, so grab them if you can, before they're gone!

Colors by Llarowe Halloween 2014 Trio


Punkin' is a pumpkin orange holographic jelly.  This is a really beautiful warm orange, with a great holographic effect.  Since it's a jelly, it's slightly sheer, but it covered well in two coats.  I am not wearing top coat in the photo below, as the jellies dried very shiny.

Witchipoo is a warm yellow holographic jelly.  I really love the effect and even the color of this one, but it's a bit sad on my long nails, because I have such a visible tips.  As you can tell, it's quite sheer; I had to apply four thin coats, and while the end result isn't too bad (and dried fast), four coats is a lot for it to still have such a visible line.  That said, I'm sure this is probably amazing on shorter nails, so keep that in mind.

What Knockers! is a blackened charcoal metallic polish, packed with coppery orange flakes.  I saved the best for last, because this one is so awesome, and perfect for this time of year.  The flakes are so beautiful in person, and seem to almost shift a bit red in the light.  Just gorgeous.  I'm wearing two coats in the photo, and one coat of top coat smoothed it out really nicely.

The Colors by Llarowe Halloween 2014 Trio will be available today at 12:00pm MDT and again at 7:00pm MDT.  There will also be a preorder for their Fall 2014 collection (which is insanely gorgeous), and I should have my swatches up a bit later on today, so stay tuned!

I hope you all enjoyed the swatches, and thank you for reading! :)


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