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It has been a few years since I last brought you a CbL Collection, and I’m so excited to share their brand-new collection for Spring/Summer 2017 today! There are seven beautiful shades that will have you screaming for sun and heat, especially if you’ve been under rainy skies like we have. This collection launched yesterday, May 1st on Llarowe.com!

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The first of the seven shades is She Sells Sea Shells, a bright pinkish-red linear holo with pink to lilac shimmer. Totally passable as a one-coater, She Sells Sea Shells applied smoothly and provided perfect, lush coverage with its second coat. I can’t wait to wear this cool bright polish for my summer pedis!

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The other shade in this colour family is You’re a Little Firecracker, a bright deepened fuchsia-red multi chrome holo with a purple/blue flame that shifts from deep fuchsia to copper orange to bright fuchsia. Llarowe calls this one a “summer vamp for your nails!” Another polish with perfect coverage and dreamy application, YaLF was almost a one-coater and its holo, perfection. Just a warning that the intensity of this one could stain a little, so use a good basecoat and don’t smear a polish-soaked remover pad when removing. Just LOOK at the holo in the slideshow below!

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Dream Big, the only purple in this collection, is described as an indigo-purple creme base with delicate but intense pink to gold to red shimmer. Although it looks quite deep in the bottle, once applied, I found it to be more of a midtone with beautiful complexity. I live for hidden shimmer!

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If you love neons, you will need Radioactive in your life! An intensely bright neon green creme base with intense red to gold to chartreuse shimmer, this one is truly blinding. I found this polish to be more of a jelly, and therefore a bit on the sheer side, even at two coats. To make it truly pop even more, wear this one over an opaque white!

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One of my favourites from this collection has to be The Bluest Eyes in Texas. Siiigh… Described as a bright milky turquoise blue creme base with intense gold shimmer and hints of gold to red/pink to green shimmer, this beautiful light blue shows intense fiery and pink flashes. Leah Ann was inspired to make this beauty by her sister’s eyes. Oh to have such lovely eyes!

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The Bluest Eyes in shade

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The Bluest Eyes in sunlight

The last two polishes in this collection bear the same name. The first, The Deep End, is a vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink. I found The Deep End to be a bluish teal with intense shifts in colour, needing a full two coats for complete opacity. It’s almost like a crelly (cream-jelly) polish, and so so gorgeous:

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And last but not least, my other favourite from this collection, The Deep End (H), which is basically the holographic version of the above polish. Described the same as its non-holo twin, a “vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink,” it has an incredibly gorgeous added holo sparkle. Do you see the two-toned nails in the slideshow below?? The deep blue-to-algae-turquoise looks exactly like the depth of the ocean!

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Look at these macros of holographic The Deep End!! I was utterly mesmerized by the beauty and sparkle of this polish!

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All Colors by Llarowe polishes are 5-free, cruelty-free and vegan.

In addition to Llarowe.com, you can find Leah Ann’s collections at a number of international stockists. As always, be sure to follow CbL on Instagram and Facebook for the latest news, restock updates, and for more swatches!

Which of these beauties is calling your name? Are you in love with the blues like me, or tend to lean for pinks and brights?

~xo

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

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Happy Monday!

It is getting impossible to ignore the chill of the approaching winter (at least for us in the Northern Hemisphere) and what better way to warm up than “Hot Chili!” Today I have for you two beauties from Glitter Gal that are in limited availability – Hot Chili and Transfusion, perfect shades for the season.

Hot Chili is an appropriately named chili-pepper red linear holographic. A warm and flattering, easy-to-wear red. Application was easy, however it was very sheer on the first coat. I would recommend a generous second coat, which gave me perfect opacity. I noticed that both Transfusion and Hot Chili dried to a slightly satin finish, so top coat was a must for me. I used China Glaze’s Fast Forward and it did not diminish any of the holo effect.

Two coats in soft sunlight:

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and in the shade:

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Transfusion is deep blue-based berry shade with vampy qualities – definitely my favourite of the two! The holo provides it with a deep red/purple effect that I just loved. The formula on Transfusion was slightly crelly (cream-jelly), and it reached full opacity at two generous coats. Again, Transfusion dried to a somewhat satin finish and I added top coat which brought out a very high shine.

Two coats in natural light:

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in sunlight:

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Finally, a macro to show you the gorgeous holo effect:

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Glitter Gal is Big 5-free (Camphor, TFR, DPB, Formaldehyde, and Toluene), cruelty-free, long-wearing and fast-drying, and has become famous for their linear holographic polishes.

Glitter Gal is available directly from Glitter Gal’s online shop (they now ship from within the US to save on shipping!), or from online shops Llarowe, Harlow & Co, or check out the full list of stockists here. Glitter Gal is available in premium-boxed 15 ml bottles or the newer 10 ml bottles.

Don’t forget to follow Glitter Gal on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and previews!

Which one is your favourite shade, Hot Chili or Transfusion?

~xo

 

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

Happy Sunday!

Today I have you for you a few gorgeous La Femme polishes, another untried brand for me. These polishes were stunning, especially the holos. They are spectacular!

I’ve been on a bit of a purple kick lately, so here is beautiful Delicada, described as a delicate lilac linear holographic. It is so pretty and delicate, indeed.

Two coats over basecoat in natural daylight:

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I love the shine!!

And two coats with flash:

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Look at that holo sparkle! This polish is subdued with a gorgeous hint of lilac, but the light makes it come alive with brilliance!

 

Another neutral beauty is La Femme Natural, a spectacular silver linear holographic. What I loved about this polish was that although it looks very silver in the bottle, it’s actually quite subtle, and not an in-your-face silver.

Here are two coats over basecoat in the sun. I think this is my favourite of the holos!!

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And here it is with flash. Flash brings out the silver of this beauty:

 

 

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The third polish I have for you today is Valiosa, described as a mint green linear holographic, though I would describe it as more of a pistachio polish. It is a light green with a warm undercurrent…

Two coats over basecoat, in full sun:

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The final holographic La Femme polish I have for you is Preciosa, described as a Robin’s egg blue linear holographic, a perfect description of this icy cool-blue hue.

Here it is with 2 coats, no topcoat. You can see a hint of the linear holographic even without direct light:

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And check out the intense holo in a photo with flash:

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Which do you like best?

La Femme’s line of holographic beauties are available from Llarowe. Don’t forget to follow La Femme and Llarowe on Facebook!

~xo

 

 

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

I don’t know how else to put it. I am obsessed with A-England polishes.

Lady of the Lake was part of my very first A-England haul and I patiently waited to try it after I had worn the others. The quality of these nail polishes surpassed anything I had ever expected. Both the cremes I tried, Lancelot and Guinevere, applied with a mirror-like shine and wore incredibly well, lasting over a week with barely a chip.

Lady of the Lake is different. It applies like a creme, providing full coverage with 2 coats. It has a slight shimmer to it indoors, with this incredible depth that really makes me feel as though I am glancing into a deep, dark, mysterious lake…

But move into direct sunlight…

A subtle holo appears! The shimmer of Lady of the Lake reflects multi-colour, tiny specks of light and sparkles like tiny diamonds!

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The best thing about this polish is that it does not compromise shine or quality like some holo or shimmery polishes can. There is no streaking and the formula self-levels, applying evenly on its first coat. Though Lady of the Lake was shiny and applied beautifully, I did find that a top coat helped bring out more of its lustre. (Guinevere and Lancelot did not even need a top coat.)

I adore A-England polishes, and it’s fair to say this is my new favourite brand. I have placed an order for the new collection and cannot wait to update you with more A-England beauties!

You can purchase directly from A-England here (and shipping is always free!), or go local and purchase from Llarowe in the US.

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