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I am so excited to share today’s post with you! In anticipation of tomorrow’s launch, I have for you a preview of three Colors by Llarowe, a brand-new line of polishes by the store of the same name!

The first three colours you’ll see are all gorgeous, holographic polishes, and I hope you will like them as much as I do.

The vampiest is Black Gold, Texas Tea, a limited edition polish collection to benefit the tornado victims in Granbury, Texas. Only a small amount was created, with all proceeds going to a fund for the victims. BGTT is a jet black linear holo, and very pigmented. In order to prevent staining (Leah Ann does warn of the staining potential on her website), I used 2 coats of basecoat, and I had zero staining. One tip: when removing highly-pigmented polish, be generous and use a clean piece of remover-soaked cotton on each nail, let sit for a few seconds, and wipe off with one good swipe. Then use a clean tiny piece of cotton to clean up any edges.

Here are two coats of BGTT over 2 coats of base coat, in the shade:

Colors_BlackGoldTexasTeaShd2Look at that AMAZING black! And that SHINE!!

And in artificial light:


Now wait for the incredible holographic sparkle in sunlight:



Next up, a tie for my favourite of these three, Rare Bear, from the Cheetoman & the Gang collection, named after her band of crazy kittens. How cute is that?? Leah Ann says that Rare Bear has the most intense blue/grey eyes, which inspired this medium gray-blue holographic. A portion of the proceeds from sale of this polish will benefit the ASPCA.

Another easy application with incredible shine, I wore 2 coats over A England’s base coat for these pictures.  Look at the gorgeous steel-blue visible in artificial light:

Colors_RareBearShdAnd in the sun, wow!


Finally, the third polish for today is Sparkles are a Girl’s Best Friend, a hot pink crelly holo base with purple flash and multi colored sparkle. This polish is a tribute to Leah Ann’s best friend Emily. And girly it is! hot pink, fun, summery!

Here it is full sun:


I just love that shade of pink!!

Unfortunately all my shade shots of Sparkles were slightly fuzzy, so I don’t have a picture for you, but trust me, it is so pretty!


Final verdict: I was really, really impressed.  The holo on these was incredible. It was highly noticeable, even on the very first coat. The base that was used is high-shine, even pre-top coat, and the colours were perfect. For a first collection, these are must-haves!

All of these polishes are 3-free and cruelty free, and come in a 15 ml square bottles. The future bottles after the initial launch will have those amazing soft-touch caps that we’ve come to love!

And they LAUNCH TOMORROW over on Llarowe! Don’t forget to follow Llarowe on Facebook, Pinterest and on Instagram!



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

Hey guys! Today I bring you one of my favourite types of manis… another jelly sandwich!

Some of the prettiest fine glitter polishes are created by indie brand Shimmer Polish. You have seen a lot of them on my blog (have a look)!  Cindy, its creator, has countless variations of these gorgeous, complex shimmer-blend polishes, mixing both expected and surprising colours together for beautiful effect.  One such polish is Mary, described as being mainly red, silver and black glitter in a soft-red tinted base, though there are some holographic glitters as well as other shades. I told you they were complex blends! Mary is incredibly glittery; sparkle-and-wink-at-you-while-you’re-driving kind of glitter! And you know how I feel about all things jelly!! This jelly base is so squishy that it looks like a luscious berry.

I decided to pair it with one of my favourite jelly polishes, Paloma from Zoya’s Gloss Collection (see it here as well!). And the result was jaw-droppingly glittery, squishy, juicy!!

Here are two coats of Mary over two coats of Paloma, topped with a finishing coat of Paloma for the jelly sandwich:

Shimmer_Mary_Zoya_jellyLook at that crazy shine!!! And click the pic to see the tiny holographic sparkles lighting up at the tips of my nails.

One more pic:


This was one of those manicures I did not want to remove – I wore it for about a week before I finally had to part with it… but looking at these pictures makes me want to reapply it!

You can find Shimmer Polish here. Be sure to like them on Facebook to participate in their contests and see the latest offers!

So what do you think? Do you love it nearly as much as me? 🙂





(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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