Colors by Llarowe – CbL Addicts Blue Me Away

Juggling adult life has never been easy for me. I can multi-task sure but to actually have to be in 2 or 3 places at a time, has been nothing but a struggle. Well today…is that day. I am of course working my ass off when I get a call. Bella has a 6:30 game tonight about a 30 min drive away, okay fine no problem. I will get her there by 5:45 like they want…Ha if only that were all. But no just wait there is more! Daniel has his first 50/70 baseball game tonight. At this point I am side eyeing my phone, and scrambling around trying to figure out how the hell am I going to get him to his game by 5:30…..which is almost an hour away! Yeah at this point I want to cry. Well do not fear because grandma Nana saves the day! Divide and conquer baby. Did I mention I am working late tonight? So Oscar will take Daniel and my mom will take Bella, all while I am sitting at work! But problem solved and I am a happy mama.

Life has obviously been super crazy lately and I havent had the time to use a few polishes that were sent to me as a gift from a dear sweet friend. I have a few CbL’s but not many at all, and this said friend felt the need to fix that. CbL Addicts Blue Me Away were one of the polishes she sent me and just wow. I can’t say it enough! Wowza!

CbL Addicts Blue Me away was originally made back in Feb 2014 as a group custom. At that time, I had no idea what indie polish was. I have since fell down that rabbit hole and am what most would call an Indie Snob. No shame whatsoever either. I knew Leah Ann’s formula was good but wow, for a polish that is 3 years old, it applied like it was made yesterday. I can NOT believe that it was opaque in one coat. Do you guys hear me, ONE COAT. She has her formula down, that’s for sure. I also purposely flooded one of my cuticles, because well blue, it stains. It did no such thing! It came right up. To say I was impressed is an understatement. But here let me show you what I am talking about.

 

Isn’t this polish just gawgeous! A deep rich blue but it still seems bright to me. Of course I took a macro or two. Haha

And because I am me and can’t leave well enough alone…I stamped over it. *gasp* I know, I know. It is just oh so beautiful on its own! I used a Lina Nail Art Supplies plate : You’re a Damasque! 01, I also used Fancy Gloss: Snow Queen, and my favorite Big Blue Stamper that I got from AliExpress! Ugh I just got 2 new ones yesterday and they pick up the image perfectly straight out the packaging!

And of course a macro so you can see the details better!

I have a confession to make and I am not sure how y’all are going to take it…..I just realized that this is my first ever post that is nOT a press sample!! Well I am hoping to keep post more frequent, i have been working on my time management skills…so far so good.

Anyways, I know this polish is no longer available in Leah Ann’s shop but even though it’s an oldie, it’s a goodie. I am sure you could find one in a destash, even though I have no idea why someone would want to give this yummy rich polish up! One coater you guys, one damn coat. Smh, yes I am still stuck on that! Haha Even if you can’t find this one, I still strongly suggest you check out Leah Ann’s shop, she has plenty of other pretties that I am sure you i will love. Well i think that about does it, i will share all links below:

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June Polish Pickup-Under The Sea Theme-Part2

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Look at that! I am already back with a ton more polishes to share! It has taken me a little longer than I planned to get this up because I had to feed the monters…I mean children. Hot dogs and mac n cheese had to have been the easiest meal I have made all week! Ha who am I kidding. I rarely cook anymore. I just don’t have the time! But let’s get back down to business. I have already posted the first 10 polishes on my blog yesterday. You can find it here if you didn’t get a chance to read it. Again, I am going to try really hard to keep the random talking to a minimum….really really try! I will share all links on where to purchase and what not at the end, like I did in the last post! Lets get this show on the road! <3

Seaweed is Always Greener by LE Polish is described as a bright green with blue shimmer and micro glitter. I really love how green this one is! So bright and yummy. The blue micro glitters contrast so well with the bright green base. I always love working with Allison, she is such a sweet person and she makes gorgeous polishes! This polish was an easy 2 coats and dried semi matte. Glossy top coat really brought out that sparkle! This one retails for $10.

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Sea Secret by Lollipop Posse Lacquer is described as a deep, blue-leaning teal creme with a strong linear holo flame. Karen wanted to keep the musical theme that she has going for her brand and instead of using an inspiration picture for this polish she used a song! Sea Secret was inspired by Tori Amos’ “Liquid Diamonds“. Karen makes some beauties and this has got to be one of my favorites from her! I did 2 coats and it was completely opaque. This one will retail for $12.

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Conch Shell by My Stunning Nails is described as a light pink base with a strong gold shimmer and various size/shape glitters. this is my first time working with Lisa and she was extremely easy to work with. This polish had a good formula and is opaque in 2 to 3 coats depending on how thick you apply it. This one retails for $9.95

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With Fronds Like These Who Needs Anemones by Night Owl Lacquer is described as a blue base packed with bright purple sparks, purple and bright blue micro flakies and scattered holo. I love Lindsay. Point. Blank. Period. She came on the Indie scene only last year and collection after collection she has slayed! She is a sweet heart with a heart of gold. And this polish…this polish is a blurple gold, if that makes scense. Haha She has her formula down pat and this beauty is a perfect two coater. This one retails for $9.

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Seawitch by Northern Star Polish is described as a dark grey that leans a bit periwinkle due to the pink micro flakes included, there are also teak/purple/green and orange/red color shifting flakies along with pink shimmer. This one is jam-packed with all types of goodies! This one was opaque in 2 easy coats. I had no issues at all. This retails at $9.00

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Whispers Of The Sea by Sassy Pants Lacquer is described as a  bisque shell crelly with blue-green shifting shimmer and blue and taupe micro-flakies. This one had a very nice formula. Applied very well. I did a thin first coat but I did apply a more generous second coat. Dried semi matte. This one retails for $11 .

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Holopod by Seventy Seven Lacquer is described as a gray to black base filled with various holographic and iridescent glitters, shimmer and micro-flakies. This is most certain completely filled with tons of glitter! It does dry very textured so I did do 2 coats of glossy top coat but it seemed fine after that!I was pleasantly surprised that it only took 2 coats to be completely opaque for me. Formula was a little on the thicker side but c’mon aren’t most glitter bombs. But after speaking with Connie, she immediately stated she will be tweeking the formula a bit. Which for me is HUGE, I love when a maker corrects a problem immediately. Connie is so easy to work with! This one will retail for $11.99.

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Pacific Dreaming by Smokey Mountain Lacquer is described as a  light blue with a green lean base with a gorgeous rose gold shimmer and scattered holo. Kim’s formula on this was silky smooth! I really like the application on  this one. It seriously just glided over my nail. Haha. I love the shimmer in this too, it compliments the base well. I did 2 coats for this one and it dried down pretty matte but the shimmer still showed up! This one retails for $11.

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Caribbean Storm Cocktail by Top Shelf Lacquer is described as a denim blue shimmer with pink to gold to orange to green color shifting flakes with a pink flash. This one is so gorgeous, I just can’t handle it. i have been on such a flakie kick lately that I have fallen deep into love with several of these polishes. This one included. Amy is such a sweetheart and I just love her brand name. Only top shelf baby! Or I will be dead the next day with a hangover haha anyways..the polish has a great formula and applied very easily. Only 2 coats and this baby was ready! ell that plus a top coat of course! This one retails for $12.

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Sea Turtle by Turtle Tootsie Polishes is described as an olive green base with gold/bronze flakies and gold shimmer. I love this shade of green and I think this theme was perfect for Chrissy! She got to do a turtle!! Haha How perfect is that! Formula was great, no pooling and not to thick. Just right! 2 coats and this one was completely opaque. Dried pretty fast too, which is always nice. This retails for $10.50.

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*Along with all these polishes, there will also be 2 nail art/ non-polish items!

Lantern & Wren formerly known as Ellison’s Organics contributed her Liquid Latex Shield. This was my first time using this brand and let me just say, I was very happy with the product. The latex dried fast and when i peeled it off, it came off clean. It didn’t leave any latex residue behind.

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Toadarrific Vinyls contributed mermaid scale stencils, under the sea sticker decals and this oh so amazing mermaid sticker for helmers, walls, cars, or wherever you want to put it! Yup it is on my helmer! I have never used this brand before and my first impressions were good. The vinyls peeled from the sheet nicely. I didn’t have to do any weeding, which in my book is a win! They adhered to my nail good and were pretty easy to remove. These are all priced separately so the mermaid decal will be $3, The Under The Sea Decals & Mermaid Scale Stencils retails for $5!

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Phew! That was a lot wasn’t it! But you guys have made it to the end! Thanks for riding out this long ass post with me! But tell me, did you decide on what you will be picking up next weekend? Shop opens June 2nd at 11am EST, and get this the first 100 purchases get this cool mermaid scale charm! Yeah I will be buying a few! I also want to mention 3 other brands that are participating, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, Lilypad Lacquer, and Girly Bits will all have polishes available in the Polish Pickup Shop! Psst, those will be the ones I purchase! Haha Anyways, I guess now would be a good time to tell you that you only have 3 days to shop, it closes Monday June 5th at midnight. So make sure to snag what you want, because once it closes they are gone forever!!! I want to end this post and say what an honor it was to work with so many talented and amazingly sweet people. I have not one bad experience whatsoever. Each and every maker was kind, helpful, and just plain awesome. 23 makers in total! Thank you all so very much from the bottom of my heart and to all my readers who deal with me on the regular, I love y’all to pieces! <3

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Sidenote: For all swatches I used Nailed It Nail Polish- Bye Girl Barrier for a peel off base and I used both HKGirl Top Coat and Matte Top Coat from Glisten & Glow.

June Polish Pickup-Under The Sea Theme-Part 1

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Hey loves! I want to warn you ahead of time that this is going to be a really long post! I will keep my blabbing to a minimum, I promise. Haha. Today I am going to be sharing a ton of polishes from the June Polish Pickup. Not everyone knows what that is, so let me elaborate a bit. The Polish Pickup is hosted by the ladies of Fair Maiden Polish. Each month there is a theme that was voted for by everyone in the Polish Pickup group, and then makers sign up to participate for that month. What is different about this than a subscription box? Well YOU get to pick which polishes you want! You can pick 2 or 10, it doesn’t matter. Plus shipping is only $3 for US & Canada! Pretty awesome right. There will be 2 post because well, my host isn’t allowing me to post all the pictures I want to post for each maker and I feel every picture is needed to show off the awesomeness of each maker/polish!  So lets jump right in shall we..

Courtney’s Frogspawn Coral by Alter Ego can be worn as a topper or on its own. It has a clear base with small green glitters and iridescent flakies that shift between purple and blue. I used a black base for my swatch and only needed one coat of the polish. I did do a swatch video for Instagram and for some reason it seemed I had a lot of trouble with the green glitters but I honestly didn’t have THAT much trouble. Haha I mean with any glitter you usually have to do a little placement but not how that video showed. It was a great formula and applied evenly. Cynthia was inspired by Courtney’s (From 6hart Polish) aquarium (which is pictured). This one will retail for $7 .

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Snail Shells and Mermaid Tails by BLUSH Lacquers is described as a light blue base with a green-blue-purple shifting shimmer and a linear holo. Victoria’s formula is spot on and this applied so smoothly. I did two coats and it was completely opaque. Victoria mentioned that she was inspired by abalone snail shells. This one will be $12.75 for a full-size.

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Deep Rising by Chirality Polish is a gold linear holo. It is absolutely stunning. Amanda’s formula is great and I really thought it might take three coats to get to the opacity I like but nope, the second coat was enough! This one will run you $10.

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Lucky Star by Contrary Polish is described as a cobalt blue filled with gold glass fleck shimmer. Carrie got her inspiration from a picture of a Blue Linckia starfish. She did a fantastic job with this polish! I did get the chance to meet Carrie at Polish Con New York and buy a few polishes but this is the first Contrary polish I have been able to actually use and I was blown away with the smooth formula! It applied like buttah! I did 2 coats and it was completely opaque! This one will be $10.50 .

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Righteous! by Darling Diva Polish is a topper. It’s a clear base packed with iridescent flakes. I used Lucky Star by Contrary Polish as my base and did one coat of Righteous! it was plenty! I love the coverage and the formula was smooth. Carrie is always a pleasure to work with and this time was no different. Carries suggested I use a blue base and I can see why, I mean just look at this beauty! This retails for $10.

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I Shall Call Him Squishy by Ellagee is a pink base with a slight magenta undertone and blue shimmer. It was opaque in two easy coats. I absolutely LOVE Laura’s box that the polish came in! Formula was flawless and it was a smooth application. This will retail for $12.

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Rainbow Acans by Envy Lacquer is described as having a purple leaning blurple base with multi chrome flakies and linear holo. This polish is so gorgeous and I feel I couldn’t capture this one (nor most of the others) as well as I would have hoped. In real life they are all so much more gorgeous in my opinion! I did two coats and it was opaque. Formula had a good consistency. This one will be $11 .

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Ready For This Jelly by Fair Maiden Polish is described as a bright magenta with blue-violet shimmer, holographic sparkle and color shifting iridescent glitter aqua-sea green. This polish is such a gorgeous color! Great formula and oh man, Sarah and Adrienne are such dolls! I didn’t make it to their table during polish con BUT I did get to meet them once they were packing up and they were just dolls! But that is beside the point. They make some amazing polishes and this is no exception. I did two coats. This one retails for $11.

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Euphotic by Jior Couture Polish is described as a sea green/blue with gold shimmer and scattered holo. I am very familiar with Sacha from Jior and her polishes are always great. The formula is nice and smooth. The application is always flawless. Opaque in 2 coats. Because this one leans a little more teal than the rest, it is one of my favorites. But I do love them all! This one will be $8.

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Mermazing by Leesha’s Lacquer is described as a light blue base with a strong gold shimmer and iridescent glitters. This is another new to me brand like so many others on this post. But Alicia’s polish had a good consistency and was opaque in 2 regular coats. That gold shimmer really shines through! I did not receive an inspiration picture for this one though. This one retails for $10.

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So this wraps up part 1. There are 10 more polishes that will be in part 2. My overall experience while working with the above 10 ladies has been nothing short of amazing. Never in a million years did I think that I would get an opportunity like this! I am so excited to share with you not only this post but part 2 as well!!! I’ve never needed to do two parts haha. Anyways, enough about me. If you need more information on the polish pick up, click here. I hope this long post didn’t bore you to death and that you now know which polishes you want to pick up! These will all be available for pre-order June 2nd until June 5th. Once this window closes they will not be available again. So make sure to snag the ones you want. What is also really cool is that these will all be available in one central place so that you don’t have to go to several sites and what not. Link will be below. I am off to start on part 2 my loves so I shall see you soon!

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Sidenote: For all swatches I used Nailed It Nail Polish- Bye Girl Barrier for a peel off base and I used both HKGirl Top Coat and Matte Top Coat from Glisten & Glow.

Night Owl Lacquer – Collapsed Star – Polish Pick Up

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Oh man, today was a shit show. I had 16 patients to draw and it felt never ending. I usually dont mind it and love all the work. But I am defientely exausted from this past weekend. I have fallen behind so this post wont be as long as I normally would like. Just know that I am working hard to catch up!

Lindsay from Night Owl lacquer sent me her polish Collapsed star which is apart of the Polish Pick Up. The Polish Pick Up is a really cool concept too! Instead of commiting to buying a box and not wanting all the polishes, yo can pick and choose which you want. There is a monthly theme that is chosen and every month there are different makers, though there are a lot of makers that sign up monthly!

The theme for May was science and Lindsay’s inspiration picture is gorgeous and she hit it out the park!

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Collapsed Star is described as a black polish with green shimmer, black holo micro glitter, blue & green galaxy holo glitters and electric blue flakies. This polish is perfect. The formula is nice and smooth. It dries semi glossy and though the first coat was somewhat sheer, the second coat made it completely opaque. This will be $9 and avaiable May 5th until May 9th so make sure to mark your calenders!

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If you arent a member of the Polish Pick Up group you should definetly go join! So many makers are making beautiful polishes for this theme!! Make sure to check out the websie on May 5th at www.polishpickup.com There is more information about Polish Pick Up in the pinned post in the group as well! Make sure to joina and follow Night Owl Lacquer too. All links below:

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