Colors by Llarowe Nail Polish in Shiny Happy People, swatch

Colors by Llarowe — Shiny Happy People (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Happy International Women’s Day!

Just for a little background, International Women’s Day was originally observed as International Working Women’s Day in New York City, 1909. In 1917, women textile workers in Petrograd demonstrated on the day, marking the start of the Russian Revolution. Upon the revolution’s end, the new government granted Russian women the right to vote.

The United Nations officially adopted the observance in 1975. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

Now, I feel a bit funny celebrating the day with something as relatively trifling as a nail polish swatch, but this is a nail polish blog, after all!

Collection: Colors by Llarowe 2016 Summer

I’ve been trying to pick up more indie brands lately (though I’ve been somewhat foiled by beginning to avoid ecommerce platform Shopify) and Colors by Llarowe is one of the latest brands I’ve tried.

Shiny Happy People (named for a great R.E.M. song) is a periwinkle with an explosion of holo shimmer.

Colors by Llarowe Nail Polish in Shiny Happy People
Colors by Llarowe Nail Polish in Shiny Happy People

R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People (1991)

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Indie Nail Polish Haulage from Harlow & Co (November 2016)

Haulage! Harlow & Co (November 2016)

Well, I had a rough night so I have no swatch post written up for today.

I stupidly stayed up until 3 doing (mostly) some work and then little Olive, who had been so nicely sleeping through the night for a month, decided she would wake up at 4 in the morning and stay like that for an hour or so, instead of sleeping through to 7 or 8 like she usually does. Of course, both she and Peanut woke up at 7ish so I basically got an hour of sleep, and then about an hour and a half after that.

So here’s a haulage post! ‘Cause they’re pretty easy to do, ha!

I actually ordered this back in November but didn’t get around to even opening it until a week ago. (I know that’s a bad idea, just in case the wrong items were shipped. It’s a very bad habit I have.) It’s my first order from Canadian online nail polish retailer Harlow & Co. They were running a Black Friday sale, so I got my first two Colors by Llarowe and three more A Englands.

(By the way, Harlow & Co’s website doesn’t load when you type in “” without the “www.” I’ve emailed them about this—it’s a pretty quick fix—but they haven’t bothered. I never type in “www”, so this annoys me. Also I think it’s weird that they’re clearly a for-profit business with a .org domain. I guess someone’s squatting on

Here are my goodies!
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