Velvet Tapestry feat. Colors by Llarowe for Favorite Indie #NAILlinkup

When I saw “Favorite Indie” as one of the prompts for October in my N.A.I.L. Group (Nail Art Ideas Linkup) I thought to myself “well that will be an easy one”. Famous last words in nail art land. I have a drawer of Colors by Llarowe polishes, so that choice was easy. But as I started riffling through it in search of a color combination it dawned on me…if I am going to pay homage to my favorite indie it should to be good, REALLY GOOD.
Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV, Colors by Llarowe Moonshine

First I need to thank Nancy B. from my CBL Group for coming up with a name for the design. I was having a brain dead day and I knew those ladies would come up with something wonderful!
Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV and Colors by Llarowe Moonshine
I decided to use one of my early Colors by Llarowe purchases, Tequila IV, and a color I bought last winter that never made it onto my nails called Moonshine (go ahead, smack me!). I applied 2 coats of Tequila IV to every finger except my ring finger, which received 2 coats of Moonshine. I finished with a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.
Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV and Colors by Llarowe Moonshine
The plan changed a little as I started to give more thought to my design and I repolished my middle finger with Moonshine. I used Half Moon’s from NailVinyls to tape off on my thumb, index and pinky and quickly polished with 2 coats of Moonshine. I added another coat of HK Girl Topcoat, as I always do before stamping.
Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV, Colors by Llarowe Moonshine, Mundo de Unas, MoYou London Fashionista 08, MoYou London Fashionista 07
The boozy names of the polishes aside, I saw a very elegant combination when I looked at my nails and decided to go with that theme. I stamped my middle finger with MoYou London Fashionista 08 and my ring finger with Fashionista 07 using Mundo de Unas Light Gold #40.
Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV, Colors by Llarowe Moonshine, Mundo de Unas, MoYou London Fashionista 08, MoYou London Fashionista 07
I finished the design by adding a combination of rectangle, marquise and small round clear rhinestones to the edge of the half moon on my thumb, index and pinky fingers.
Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV, Colors by Llarowe Moonshine, Mundo de Unas, MoYou London Fashionista 08, MoYou London Fashionista 07
I was excited to head outside to see these polishes in direct sunlight. As I expected, they didn’t disappoint!
Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV, Colors by Llarowe Moonshine, Mundo de Unas, MoYou London Fashionista 08, MoYou London Fashionista 07
One last look in a new hand pose I am test driving. What do you think? Does it make my hand look fat? Yeah, I actually asked that! Maybe I shouldn’t be writing posts at 2:45AM. 🙂
Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV, Colors by Llarowe Moonshine, Mundo de Unas, MoYou London Fashionista 08, MoYou London Fashionista 07
 Product Recap
Basecoat and Topcoat: NailTek Foundation II and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Polish colors: Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV and Colors by Llarowe Moonshine
Stamping plates: MoYou London Fashionista 07 and 08
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Light Gold #40
Accessories: Half Moons from NailVinyls
Embellishments: Rectangle, marquise and circle rhinestones from Sally Beauty

 It didn’t occur to me until I was completely done with this design, photographing and all, that I had chosen two colors that Llarowe has retired. What a crappy thing to do showing you colors you can’t buy, right? I am really sorry! I took a look at colors that are currently available to try to make up for my fail and Golden Touch and Blonde Ambition look like suitable replacements for Tequila IV. Moonshine was a bit more challenging with it’s jelly sparkle formula. Perhaps Billy Jean would give a similar look. I don’t own any of them to compare for you but I’d love to get some feedback from CBL fans.

I hope you enjoyed this design and I would love to hear your thoughts! I couldn’t have been happier with the way it turned out. Don’t forget to scroll down to see the Favorite Indie polishes of other group members.

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.

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  • Thanks Anne! <3

  • Thank you Kim sweetie! <3 Yep, this is just the right amount of bling for you! And they are small and not at all bothersome. I haven't had a chance to go through all the group posts yet and Lucky 13 is a new one to me. Look forward to learning more!

  • Gorgeousness!!

  • Stunning design, Karolyn!! I could even see me wearing this amount of bling! LOL
    Agree with your fans – definitely royal and regal!! 🙂

    Both of these polishes seem quite worthy of favorite Indies. Glad to see some Lucky 13 in the group's posts too (I was going to use one of hers…had I been able to.)

  • Oh "royal", I love that too! You all are coming up with the best words! Thank you very much Anita! <3

  • love it totally, gorgeous and royal look

  • Welcome Translucent Mermaid! Thank you! I am go glad you liked the design! Thank you for easing my worries too. Maybe it was just the late hour, but it looked all puffy to me. I really appreciate the feedback! 🙂

  • Of course you are welcome to repeat that again and again Diana! 🙂 I feel the same about your lovely work! Thank you and God bless you too hun! (And thank you for teaching me a new word in Español too! Stunning)

  • Oh "regal" I love that! Thank you Sumeet!

  • So beautiful, the stamping is so crisp! And don't worry, your hand doesn't look fat, the pose is OK 🙂

  • LA CAJITA DE DIANA

    U know and i want to repeat again and again i love all your nail art. Awesome manicure…"Despampanante" God Bless U.

  • This is so regal! I love the color combination and tapestry pattern!