Colors by Llarowe Summer 2014 Collection Part 1: THE PURPLES

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice week! My blogging mojo decided to take an unapproved vacation and I’m here trying to get it back. I was thinking it would be fun to try a different format for my posts now and then, this post being a “now”. Photo spam after the jump!
Head image for CBL Summer 2014 Purples

Typically my posts are centered around one of my Nail Art creations and the primary polishes I used get a “mini review”. And that works well, except that I am a nail polish junkie and, at my current posting vs. purchasing rate, you’d be seeing the polish I am buying today in a year or 2. Seriously. So I would like to try this: I will show and review a few of my new polish acquisitions and end the post with the Nail Art I created using them.

Your opinion on this new format and using it once or twice a month is really important to me. Sure, it’s my blog, but I want you to enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. I kindly ask that you leave your thoughts in the Comments area, good, bad or otherwise. I’ve got my big girl panties on!

 Today I’ll be showing you 3 colors from the Colors by Llarowe (CBL) Summer 2014 Collection. I believe there will be at least one more restock for these colors if you are interested in any of them. Restocks for this brand are usually announced only a day in advance so you should sign up for the Newsletter on their website to ensure you get notifications. These polishes range in price from $6 to $12, depending on the formula.
CBL My Own Private Island image 1
CBL My Own Private Island image 2
Meet My Own Private Island, described as a softened neon hot pinky orchid linear holo. This polish could easily be a one coater if applied slightly thicker, but I decided to go with 2 thin coats plus a coat of HK Girl topcoat. This is a gorgeous holo in person, but she was being camera shy here. I couldn’t take her outside since it’s monsoon season here in New Mexico and the downpour of rain is spontaneous and sporadic. Happily, she performs a bit better in the nail art.
CBL Candy is Dandy image 1
CBL Candy is Dandy image 2
This is Candy is Dandy, described by Llarowe as a lavender orchid crelly. I love this color! To me this polish represents the perfect Radiant Orchid that I had been in search of one since Pantone made the Color of the Year announcement. It dries semi-matte, so this is 2 easy coats along with a coat of HK Girl topcoat for the photo, which gave it so much shine it reflected my camera.
CBL Beautiful Disaster image 1
CBL Beautiful Disaster image 2

Finally I would like to share Beautiful Disaster, described as a clear base with assorted micro and holographic micro glitters. This was the surprise polish of the three for me. I thought it would be more like a glitter topper, but this amazing polish is fully opaque in 2 coats. I started with a base of OPI Glitter Off, applied 2 coats and finished with a coat of HK Girl topcoat. Even seeing it again in these pictures I am shaking my head in disbelief that this is a clear base. There’s some serious glitter in that bottle and I love all the gorgeous colors they put in the mix!

I was anticipating some challenges with these Colors by Llarowe polishes based on social media posts reporting that the formula was too thick. I have experienced that in the past with a few CBL polish shades, but these 3 colors worked perfectly for me.

CBL nail art image 1

Now for that Nail Art I promised! I thought My Own Private Island and Beautiful Disaster would go great together. And they did! So, now what do I do to improve on 2 amazing polishes? I did what any girl would do…dress them up in jewelry of course!

Basecoat and Topcoat: Nail Tek Foundation II and OPI Glitter Off Basecoat, HK Girl Topcoat
Base polish: Colors by Llarowe My Own Private Island and Beautiful Disaster
Stamping plate: Dashica Infinity Nails 55
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Gold (17)
Embellishments: Daily Charme and Sally Beauty studs

CBL Nail Art image 1

First I stamped my thumb, index and pinky fingers using a design that looked like necklaces from the Dashica Infinity 55 plate with Mundo de Unas gold stamping polish.

CBL Nail Art image 2

Then I added a Dainty Marquise Gem from Daily Charme to my middle finger and several 3D gold studs from a Sally Beauty Kit to my ring finger.

CBL Nail Art final image

My Own Private Island looked much for vibrant and true to color for the nail art photos. I wanted something pretty, feminine and jeweled that wouldn’t overwhelm the gorgeous polish. I am happy with the way the design turned. It’s untimely, but I am going to call this one “Happy Aquarius” as a nod to my birthstone in the marquise charm.

Of course I would love to hear your thoughts on the polishes and the design, but I am also really curious to know how you feel about this format.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post! See you at the next one.