Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Polish Refund Giveaway

Good evening, dear readers! I just have a quick post to share with you this evening. Doing my taxes is always a little stressful, and I wanted to do something fun to make tax day just a little more fun for everyone. I'm giving away a $20 gift certificate to Llarowe.com!

This giveaway is open internationally to participants 18 years and older! Good luck!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Last of the Colors by Llarowe Spam

Good morning, dear readers! I have one final set of photos of Spring polishes by Colors by Llarowe to share with you today, and I wanted to sneak it in before the restock! I used two coats for each of the photos below.

NMETIAC (Nobody Makes Emily Twerk in a Corner)
Now why would anyone want to make Emily twerk in the corner?!? Emily is funny, and a great asset to Team Llarowe. I'm sure there is some sort of private joke with the name, but whatever the exact inspiration, I love it! This is such a pretty polish, and if you don't have it, you'll probably want to order two- you're going to want a backup of this baby!

Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee
I cannot get this song out of my head every time I even think of this polish; I'm sure my family is tired of hearing me sing it by now. I love all the sparkle in this polish! It is beautiful and just sings.

Purple Rain (Reformulated)
It was a sad day when Llarowe announced the discontinuation of Purple Rain, and it was followed by loud cheers when Llarowe announced it was being reformulated and coming back. The newly reformulated Purple Rain is gorgeous- look at that glow!

I was fortunate enough to get a bottle of the original Purple Rain before it became unavailable, so naturally I had to compare them.
The original formula was darker than the newly reformulated version. If you have the original, you still might want the new version. They're different, and both of them are lovely in their own way.

The restock is scheduled tomorrow at 12pm MDT and 7pm MDT at Llarowe.com. Please note that the restock is actually a pre-order, so you will have to allow extra time for polishes to be made and shipped to you. Now to narrow down my list of what I need backups of!

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

More Colors by Llarowe Spring 2014 before tomorrow's restock!

Good evening, dear readers! I wanted to get another post in today to show off a few more Colors by Llarowe polishes before tomorrow's pre-order. I used two coats of polish for each of these photos.

The Great Pretender
I've seen The Great Pretender swatched over black, but these photos are two coats of The Great Pretender alone. I love the dark depth of this polish! The color shift that was present in the bottle didn't want to show on my nails for some reason, and I don't know if it depends on specific lighting. I'll have to play around with it some more, but this is exactly what I saw when I wore this beautiful polish.

Connie, You Saucy Minx
Can I say just how much I love the name of this polish?!? Ever since I first heard of it, I feel like I've been referring to everything with sass as a "saucy minx", lol! I love the hot pink shimmer, and I just could not stop staring at my nails!

Will You Still Love Me Teal-Morrow
Will You Still Love Me Teal-Morrow is a very dark teal blue, and I just could not get a good photo of it on my nails that wasn't too dark. It is a beautiful shade, and if you love it, you need to order it tomorrow. Supplies are limited of this beauty, so it cannot be pre-ordered.

Little Boy Blue
I have a sweet little boy, so I'm partial to this shade. There is so much pink and gold shimmer mixed in with this sky blue crelly, and it is stunning!

Purple Pizzazz
Purple glitters are added to this stunning purple holographic polish to add an extra level of WOW. Purple Pizzazz is the perfect name for this beauty!

These and other polishes are scheduled for pre-order tomorrow, April 9th at 12pm MDT and again at 7pm MDT at Llarowe.com. This will be the last appearance of Will You Still Love Me Teal-morrow, in addition to other CbL polishes. A complete list of retiring shades can be viewed on this Facebook post here. Keep an eye on the Llarowe Facebook page for more announcements.

Until next time, dear readers, have a great night!

Northern Star Polish Peacock Party, Yummy, Plummy, Mulberry, Ever After Polishes and Lettuce Cuticle Oil

Items in this post were gifted

Good morning, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you have been enjoying the start to a new week. For today's post, I have a few lovely polishes and a fun cuticle oil made by Kristin of Northern Star Polish to share, and I hope you enjoy them! Let's get to some pictures!

Peacock Party
Peacock Party is a dark teal blue color with a light linear holographic finish, wiggle your fingertips and see a party of peacocks appear!

Hehehe, I love this description, and it really is quite accurate! Peacock Party is just a fun shade to wear, and if teal is your thing, you definitely want this stunner in your collection. The formula was flawless, and I used two coats for this photo.

Yummy Plummy
A deep purple linear holographic polish, Yummy Plummy is another lovely holo polish from Northern Star. I don't wear brighter purple polishes often (I love my dusty purples), but Yummy Plummy just might change that for me. This is the perfect shade of purple: not too light, not too dark, and so pretty! I used two coats for this photo.

Oh man, swatching Mulberry has been the polish that has delayed this post. I swatched it three times and took hundreds of photos, but I still couldn't quite capture the beauty of this polish. A dark mauve/purple polish with twinkling mica flakes and shifting micro glitter, Mulberry is my favorite of these polishes in this blog post. It has an amazing depth that you just have to see on your nails to believe. Mulberry is a special release polish, and $5 from every bottle sold is donated to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. I'm sad that there is a need for this organization, and they have several projects in place that provide resources and assistance to those experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. I'm so glad to see Norther Star Polish supporting this organization, and you can help too buy purchasing a bottle. I used two coats for this photo.

Ever After over Mulberry
Ever After is a clear-based glitter topper consisting of metallic purple shreds, gold stars, and squares and hexes in various sizes. I love glitter polishes, and Ever After is beautiful! I love that Kristin kept to a smaller colour palette (gold and purple) and she was still able to make it interesting by playing with different shapes and shades of colour. It definitely makes it easier to match with a larger variety of base colours. I chose to swatch it over Mulberry in the hopes that those in pain will get their (happily) Ever After. It applies easily with a little dab here and a little swish there, and I did not have to fish for any of the glitters. The stars are a little more sparse than the other shapes, but I did not have to search for them either. I used about one and a half coats for the above photo. The half coat was just where I filled in some slightly bare areas on my nails. I then followed up with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

Lettuce-Scented Cuticle Oil
Yes, dear readers, you did read that right- this cuticle oil is lettuce scented! I've never seen lettuce as a scent option for anything before, and I have to say, it is pretty awesome! It is a nice clean and light scent, and I think it is perfect for spring. I also adore the packaging and application method for this cuticle oil. You have probably seen many doe-foot applications for applying lip glosses, so my first thought was admittedly the choice in application was a little odd. After testing it out, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Seriously, it is a great way to apply oil to the cuticles! Only a little bit of oil comes out on the applicator at a time and the applicator allows plenty of control to where you want the oil to go. The oil itself it very hydrating, and it definitely keeps my cuticles happy!

These and other polishes and cuticle oil scents can by purchased by visiting the North Star Polish etsy shop. You can also follow Northern Star Polish on her Facebook page and on Instagram.

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day! <3

Disclaimer: Items in this posted were gifted to me by Northern Star Polish. All opinions stated above are honest and mine alone. I welcome any feedback in the comments on this post. I reserve the right to remove derogatory and and unhelpful comments at my own discretion.

Monday, April 7, 2014

More Colors by Llarowe swatch spam!!

Good evening, readers! This post is going up far later in the day than I had wanted, but it has been a busy Monday at Chez Jedi Wife. I wasn't kidding when I said that I had several more Colors by Llarowe polishes to share with you, so let's dive right in and see a few more, yes? I used two coats of polish for each of these swatch photos. The formula was perfect on all of them, something I have come to expect from CbLs!

Coral Confusion
I am in love with this coral shade! It is so vibrant and one of my favorite colours for the season!

Julie Julie Julie
Another vibrant shade, Julie Julie Julie is a little pinker than its Coral Confusion cousin.

Neon Punk
And now we go even pinker with Neon Punk! I was a little unsure of this one at first, but was I wrong: this is a MUST HAVE for spring and summer!

Waters of Belize
Ah, a nice peaceful looking blue. I've never been to Belize, but if the water looks anything like this, I need to add it to one of my places to visit one day!

These and other Colors by Llarowe polishes can be purchased from Llarowe.com. The exact date and time of the presale has not been announced, so be sure to follow Llarowe on Facebook to find out when these and other amazing polishes are available. The presale may be later this week, so definitely stay tuned! I am off to sleep, and I'll have more to share tomorrow!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Spring 2014 Holos

Good morning, dear readers! It look like it is going to be a beautiful day here (knock on wood), and what could be better to share than holo polishes! For today's post, I have the holographic polishes that are part of the Colors by Llarowe Spring 2014 lineup to share. Leah Ann release quite a few, so here comes a bunch of photos! So I don't sound like a broken record, I'll just tell you now that the formula was perfect on these. I personally didn't find them too thick to work with and they all dried very quickly for me. I used two coats for all these photos.

My Big Girl Panties
I'm not sure what I like more about My Big Girl Panties- the colour itself or the name. It is bright and springy, and just WOW.

Concrete Jungle
Concrete Jungle was the biggest surprise of this set. In the bottle on a grey day, the polish looks like a simple charcoal-grey, but in the sun, it just comes to life on the nails with this amazing blue hue. Even if you have other grey polishes in your collection, Concrete Jungle is a must have for every collection!

Lucy, I'm Home!
Lucy, I'm home! was another interesting polish for me. It looks like a medium red in the bottle and in the swatches I had seen thus far, so I was surprised at how pink it looked against my olive skin tone. I totally dig the colour, and I'll be painting this on my toes later today!

The Mighty Red Baron
I'm so glad Leah Ann released this rich red shade! I've been wanting a nice dark red that wasn't too vampy in my collection, and The Mighty Red Baron fits the bill perfectly! I tend to not wear dark reds over the spring and summer, but I can see myself making exceptions for this beauty.

Young Turks
A bright turquoise, Young Turks is THE colour I think of when I think of spring. I love shades that remind me of the tropics, and Young Turks does just that. It's a great colour for both spring and summer, and if you're a blue fan, you're going to want this baby.

Deanna, It's Blue!
Why yes, yes it is blue! And what a blue it is! I love that it is a medium-dark shade of blue- it's dark enough that nothing could describe it better than just the word "blue". I've not had my coffee yet so I'm probably not making any sense (sorry, readers!), but trust me, it's gorgeous and you need it!

In A Different Dimension
I knew I would love In A Different Dimension when I first heard it was a teal holographic polish, but I was still blown away when I first saw it. The green shimmer in this polish adds a level of depth and complexity that just took my breath away. This is another must-have for any collection!

House of Blues
I couldn't have bought my new camera at a better time than before having to photograph this blurple beauty. My other camera would have screamed curses at me before photographing it in either blue or purple, but my new one was able to capture the combo shade perfectly. The only problem you'll have with this polish is having people ask you all the time whether it is blue or purple!

These gorgeous polishes are about to be stocked within the hour at Harlow & Co., but don't fret if you miss out. They are also going to sold as a preorder some time next week at Llarowe.com. The exact date and time of the presale has not been announced, so be sure to follow Llarowe on Facebook to find out when these and other amazing polishes are available.  

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful weekend! <3

Friday, April 4, 2014

Colors by Llarowe: Spring Jellies

Good afternoon, dear readers, and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!  While I have absolutely nothing planned for the weekend, I am looking forward to spending some quality time together with my hubs and little man. I'm also looking forward to having a little more "me" time so I can do some photo editing and writing- I have lots of swatches done and almost ready to share with you!

It is another grey day here in Northern Cali (BOO!), and I wanted to brighten it up with a little sunshine. What could be more perfect that a nice, sunny yellow? I figured while I was at it, I'd show the other jellies from the Colors by Llarowe Spring 2014 collection. Let's get to some photos!

Tweety Bird
Yay, yellow! Tweety Bird is bright and sunny, and definitely helps brighten a dark day! I'm a little on the fence about polishes that show off the nail line, but I am digging this. It reminds me of daffodils, and it will also be perfect for warm summer and hopefully sunny days. I used two squishy coats for the photos above.

Grape Juice
Grape Juice is a lovely purple jelly with superb formula. If you like jelly polishes, this one is a definite must have! I used three coats for the photos above to get this slightly darker look.

Ocean Water
I have a confession to make about this one: I wasn't sure I would like it when I first saw it in the bottle. I know, I know, crazy, right? Reason told me I should like the colour since I am drawn to this shade in general, but I didn't think I would like it as a jelly with visible nail line. I am happy to report that I was SO WRONG and Ocean Water is amazing! The colour is gorgeous and made me want to book a tropical vacation. I used two coats for these photos.

I've got lots more of the Spring polishes to share with you, so I hope you are prepared to see them!

Until next time, have a wonderful day! <3