Friday, September 30, 2016

Colors by Llarowe October POTM: Fall is Calling

Happy Friday, dear readers! This week has flown by so quickly, and I'm looking forward to the weekend to catch up on my never-ending "to do" list. I've got several photos to go through and writing to do as well, so I'll be busy working on more blog content.

As you already know, I had the opportunity to attend Polish Con in Chicago earlier this month. One of the vendors on site was Leah Ann Llarowe from Llarowe.com, and I happened to pick up the new upcoming Polish of the Month (POTM) for October at the end of the event. It is such a gorgeous colour, and because it will be available for purchase as a preorder tomorrow, I had to share it here beforehand. Let's check it out!

Indoor Full Spectrum Lighting

Outside/Natural Sunlight
Two coats plus top coat

The Polish of the Month for October 2016 is called Fall is Calling.  This polish is an reddened berry plum linear holo with a pink to gold shift. This polish dries to a high shine and offers complete coverage in one coat.  It is Fall in a bottle!

I totally defied the description and used two coats rather than one for these swatch photos. Bwahahahahaha! I'm such a villain! One coat actually did yield full coverage, but with the bright lights in my swatch area, I thought it best to add a second coat for photography purposes.

Fall is Calling applied really nicely with just a few quick strokes of the brush on my nails. Like other Colors by Llarowe shades, the formula is on the thicker side, but it is still easy to work with. If you prefer thinner formulas, you'll want to add a few drops of nail polish thinner to the bottle.

Fall is Calling will be available for pre-order at Llarowe.com here for 24 hours starting at 12pm Mountain Time October 1st through noon Mountain Time on October 2nd. Please note that this is the only time this shade will be available, so if this polish speaks to you, you need to order it during the 24 hour window; it will not be offered again at a later time.

What do you think of the upcoming CbL Polish of the Month? Is it starting to feel like fall for you? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!





Wednesday, September 28, 2016

OPI Reveal at CPNA 2016: Breakfast at Tiffany's!

Happy hump day, dear readers! This week has been flying by, and it will be the weekend before we know it! Now on to this evening's post before I explode with excitement!

While I was at Cosmoprof North America this past July, I had the opportunity to see the upcoming holiday collection for 2016. I was asked to keep mum on the collection until now. I'm thrilled to share that the new collection is inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany's! I couldn't think of a better brand creating a collection inspired by such a classic, and the best part is it is being released in all formulas! Check it out!
Infinite Shine

GelColor

How perfect is this display!

Nail Lacquer

I don't have these shades on hand to share swatch photos yet, but I am certainly eager to see them on the nails!


I also spied this cute limited edition set of Avojuice minis. I've actually been using the Avojuice lotions long before I ever started painting my nails, and I usually have a mini bottle in my bag.

I don't have any specific details on a launch date for the collection so keep an eye out on OPI's social media for news on when this will be out!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful night!
XO!




Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ellagee Crushed Gemstones: Original Shades and a New Trio!

Press Sample

Greetings, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well! My laptop decided to die on me early last week, and my husband's attempts at finding and fixing the problem is still unsuccessful. He had a package of computer parts arrive in the mail today, so I am hopeful that something works and I am able to resume blogging more frequently! The hubby was able to leave me with his computer today so I could get this post up, but I need a better long-term solution. Until then, I'll do my best to get posts up! I'm going to apologize in advance if I start to get loopy or have gross grammatical errors as a lot of my blogging has to be done really late at night for the moment. Now on to today's post!

Holos, multichromes, and shimmers have really taken the polish world by storm lately, but sometimes there is nothing like a good old-fashioned glitter to make my day. For today's post, I have the Crushed Gemstones by Ellagee to share with you. 
The series originally started out with the 12 birthstone inspired shades plus another polish, and this fall, Laura, the proprietor behind the brand, is adding three new gorgeous polishes to the collection. I was debating on what order to present them to you, and I decided to start off with the original shades. Rather than sound like a broken record, let me fill you in on some of the details here! All of these polishes are swatched over Zoya Purity by dabbing approximately one coat over the base.The formula was easy to work with, and the glitters spread quite nicely over my nails. You might get some slight gathering of glitters if you paint these on as you would a traditional polish. They dry to a textured finish so you'll have to use a few coats of top coat to get a smooth finish.

This is a picture-heavy post, and I hope you're ready for this. Let's jump in!

Crushed Garnet

Birthstone polish for the January babies! Crushed Garnet, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of deep pink.

Crushed Amethyst

Birthstone polish for the February babies! One full sized 15 ml bottle of Crushed Amethyst, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of purple.

Crushed Aquamarine

Birthstone polish for the March babies! Crushed Aquamarine, a clear base with a dense  mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of aqua.

Crushed Diamond

Birthstone polish for the April babies! Crushed Diamond, a clear base with a dense mix of iridescent and holo glitter in shades of white and silver.

Crushed Emerald

Birthstone polish for the May babies! Crushed Emerald, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of green.

Crushed Alexandrite

Birthstone polish for the June babies! Crushed Alexandrite, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of lilac.

Crushed Ruby

Birthstone polish for the July babies! Crushed Ruby, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of red.

Crushed Peridot

Birthstone polish for the August babies! Crushed Peridot, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of lime green and chartreuse.

Crushed Sapphire

Birthstone polish for the September babies! Crushed Sapphire, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of blue.

Crushed Pink Tourmaline

Birthstone polish for the October babies! Crushed Pink Tourmaline, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of pink.

Crushed Yellow Topaz

Birthstone polish for the November babies! Crushed Yellow Topaz, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of yellow gold.

Crushed Blue Zircon

Birthstone polish for the December babies! Crushed Blue Zircon, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of ocean blue.

Crushed Tourmaline

Crushed Tourmaline, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of teal.

NEW SHADES

Crushed Agate

Crushed Agate, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of brown, gold, and copper.

Crushed Onyx

Crushed Onyx, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of black with a bit of iridescent glitter.

Crushed Citrine

Crushed Citrine, a clear base with a dense mix of metallic and holo glitter in shades of orange, coral, and gold.

The new Crushed Gemstones will be launching on the Ellagee website here on October 1st at 3pm CST. Here is a handy clock if you aren't sure of the time difference from where you are located. The older 13 shades are already on the website now for purchase should you want to get a jump on your glitters! If you can wait for the launch of the three new shades, you can save 20% off the full 16-piece collection for the first week the new shades launch! That's a fabulous deal for a gorgeous set of glitters! Even though I wore them as toppers here, you could use a sponge to dab them on to opacity for fully jeweled nails.

What do you think of the Crushed Gemstones polishes? Do you have any favorites? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful night!
XO!