Thursday, 18 September 2014

Colors By Llarowe Wind Beneath My Wings

Trying to get back into the posting so dipping into the archive until I get back to swatching properly,  makes sense anyway as I have lots of pretties there just waiting to be shown off.

Tonight I am showing you one of the CbL charity polishes that were released a few months back.

There were 5 in this collection (correct me if I am wrong as I haven't checked, just remembering off hand) and this one was for Prostate cancer) This was the one I picked out of the lot as it just looked so unique and droolworthy and, as with all the polishes, going towards a good cause.

Wind Beneath My Wings is a greyish denim grey polish, with a little holo and a lotta shimmer.  This was 1 coat of the Knight, 2 of the polish and 1 of the Shield.

Now in a way I feel bad for showing you all this one as it was part of a limited release, but you never know, Leah Ann sometimes brings back polishes so one day....

CbL polishes can be purchased from the Llarowe site shipping worldwide, and also from Harlow & Co, but also for all you UK ladies, Rainbow Connection has started stocking them too.

Thanks for looking <3

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

My Three Year Giveaway featuring a-england

Hello all of you, and firstly I will apologise immensely for my absence, I have been a busy little bee and had a lot going on so the blog unfortunately fell by the wayside.  However, I am back with a little bit of a bang....

My little blog turned three at the start of August and I had arranged a little giveaway with the always lovely and generous Adina of a-england.  She has so kindly agreed to donate 4 of her stunning polishes to the winner of my birthday giveaway, and even more exciting that the winner will get to pick the 4!!

Now if you aren't already familiar with a-england you really should be - in my humble opinion - so this is a great chance to try them out...... or if you have been lusting after some to add to your collection but not managed to get them yet, here you go...or if you already own them all, get some back ups! Ha!

For anyone who doesn't know about a-england Adina started up the company a good few years ago now with the explosive first collection, The Mythicals.  She has continued to wow with further collections - The Legend, Gothic Beauties, Burne-Jones Dream, Ballerina and the stand alone collection Heavenly Quotes. As part of the initial collection she also launched the Knight and Shield which are the only top and base coat I will use now since I got them a few years ago.

The image above just goes to show the little details that go into making a-england more than just  your average brand.  Each collection has its own little logo (apart from the Ballerina collection just now it seems) and I always find them so pretty on the site I decided to make a little group picture with them around the a-england logo.

Now in total, across all of these collections, there are 43 polishes....45 if you include the top and base.  And I am lucky enough to have all of these in pride of place as part of my polish collection.  I have shown all of there on the blog, some many times, but I decided to help you choose (and to show them all off again) I would have a little swatchathon.

So without further ado, here are all of the a-england polishes.....  Just so I don't have to keep saying it, every swatch is 2 coats of the polish without a top or base coat.  I love the way a-englands apply, just like butter and always look flawless!  I won't list all the descriptions, just the names, but you can head to the a-england site for some more information on any of these.

In order (the same as they are on the site) we have:

Starting with the Mythicals - King Arthur, Excalibur, Excalibur Renaissance and Merlin.

Morgan Le Fay, Iseult, Guinevere and Elaine.

Lady of the Lake, Tristam, Lancelot and Camelot.

Avalon, Perceval, Galahad and Holy Grail (new edition)

Holy Grail (limited edition).  Then onto the Legends - Saint George, Dragon and Princess Sabra (Tristam Eyes)

Order of the Garter, Princess Tears, Ascalon and Bridal Veil

And then the Gothic Beauties - Dorian Gray, Ophelia, Tess D'Ubervilles and Lady of Shalott

Jane Eyre.  And then the Burne-Jones Dreams - Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty), Rose Bower and Briarwood

Sleeping Palace, Fated Prince.  Now the Heavenly Quotes - Hurt No Living Thing and Love Is Enough.

And the Moonbeams...., She Walks in Beauty, Beauty Never Fails.  And Lastly the Ballerinas - Fonteyn

Her Rose Adagio, Encore Margot and Dancing with Nureyev.

Whew!!!  Now thanks for sticking though that and I hope you liked what you seen.  Hopefully I helped your decision and didn't make it more difficult ha!

Now for the giveaway part.....  it is open internationally, should be live from now!!! and will run for the next week.  Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

Good luck and thank you all so much as always and I hope you stick around after the giveaway is over ;)

Rebecca x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Cadillacquer What's In The Box?

I have for you today a very very special Cadillacquer polish called What's In The Box?

Now there is a story behind this polish....I was placing an order for some more sale polishes and a couple from the new Love The Music collection as a birthday present from me to me and was also emailing the lovely Madeleine at the same time and she done the sweetest thing ever and offered to make me a custom polish for my birthday.  Now I will stop here for a second and get a little sappy but this is a perfect example of how a nail polish obsession lets you 'meet' some of the most wonderful people.  I have met so many great people through nail polish and I am sure you all know who you are if you are reading this.

Now back to the polish, which I know is why you are all here really.  Now I love polish but have never been asked to make one so at first I was overwhelmed with ideas then I drew a blank...  Finally I came up with some very vague ideas and Madeleine came up with an ever prettier polish that I had imagined.

What's In The Box? has a bright blue and has light and dark purple glitters running through it.  Even though this polish was made at short notice, the quality is as I have come to expect from Cadillacquer.

I know you are all probably sighing by now and dying for the pictures but I just wanted to quickly explain the name choice, which again was chosen by me.  What's In The Box? has a few meanings but mainly it links to my blog name, the old tale of Pandora and her box...but there is also an added bonus where it ties in with the Cadillacquer theme of pop culture names by taking a quote from one of my (and also it turns out, Madelines) favourites movies, Seven.

So before you all give up and leave, here are the pictures.  I had 2  breaks (sigh) so nails are kind of shorter than usual but I had to show you anyway.  This is 1 coat of the Knight, 2 of the polish and 1 of the Shield.

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And now we have some bottle shots...

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I hope I have done this amazing polish justice with my pictures and I am sure I will wear this one often.

In a way I feel bad you showing you all this one as it is not available to buy but you can buy many other great Cadillacquer polishes from the site here.

Thank you all so much for looking and a special thanks to Madeleine for just being her <3 xxx

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Cadillacquer Days Gone Bye

Today I have another Cadillacquer polish to show you that is sadly discontinued, and just while I mention that, there are many more in the Cadillacquer sale just now that are being discontinued to make room for the great new collections and I just see this as an excuse to buy up the older polishes, and maybe the occasional new one....well, since I am placing an order anyway ;D

So this one is called Days Gone Bye and is so pretty but a little camera shy.  It has a black base with reddish shimmer and red berry glitters running through.  This is 1 coat of the Knight, 2 of the polish and 1 of the Shield.

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As I said, this polish is now discontinued but you can still pick it up in the sale on the Cadillacquer site so don't miss out on the chance to grab this one!  Cadillacquers can also be purchased from Llarowe, Harlow & Co and Rainbow Connection.

Thanks for looking <3 xx