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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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Good Tide-ings, swatch

China Glaze — Good Tide-ings (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

I recently picked up a 6-pack of minis from China Glaze’s Holiday 2016 collection, Seas & Greetings.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time!
(Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)

Good Tide-ings (83786, though the mini has a different code) is a pastel periwinkle cream that falls right in between purple and blue. It is very slightly greyed, which gives it a touch of dustiness.

Not the most winter holiday-inspired color, nor the most unique shade ever. Pretty, though.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Good Tide-ings
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Good Tide-ings

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Show Us Your Tips!, swatch

OPI — Show Us Your Tips! (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2016 Spring, New Orleans

Many moons ago, I was kind of close to heading off to New Orleans for college, but in the end I came to Canada, instead. To this day, I still haven’t visted New Orleans, and it remains on my travel list. I mean, I gotta try authentic beignets, po-boys, and jambalaya someday, right?!

A float is seen in the parade down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day, New Orleans
A float is seen in the parade down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day.
Image: dailyhotel.com

OPI’s main spring collection this year is all about New Orleans. (This isn’t a new concept: see Misa’s 2010 Mardi Gras collection, which includes one of my all-time favorites, the one-coat wonder Throw Me Something Purple Please, which I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed yet!) I chose one shade out of the 12—which was fairly tough as the collection is full of fun brights!

Show Us Your Tips! (NL N62) is one of my most loved colors—a periwinkle blue—but with a twist. It’s full of fine, iridescent silver shimmer!

OPI Nail Lacquer in Show Us Your Tips!

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Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in Eye Candy, swatch

Morgan Taylor — Eye Candy (Professional Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Morgan Taylor

I received this, my second Morgan Taylor polish, from my recent Luxe Box.

Eye Candy (50096) is a stunning deeper shade of periwinkle in a cream finish. It’s a touch more lilac than blue, with a hint of dustiness, but not enough to detract from some intensity.

Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in Eye Candy

Periwinkle flowers
Periwinkle flowers. Image: encyclopediaofukraine.com

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Eve Snow Nail Lacquer in Alter Ego, swatch

Eve Snow — Alter Ego (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Eve Snow

I first heard of British nail polish brand Eve Snow a year or two ago, and promptly added one of my favorite of their nail colors off the website to my Pinterest wishlist, just so I wouldn’t forget about them.

Fast forward to this last October, when found two Eve Snow bottles at Winners! It was my first time seeing the brand in person, so like a proper nail polish nut, I suppressed a squeal and moseyed over to pick them up. Turned out one was a dud (some kind of nail strengthener or something, whatever, amirite?) but the other was the exact shade I had pinned earlier. What are the odds of that?

So, fate conspired to add Alter Ego (008) to my collection. It’s a periwinkle blue iridescent shimmer. Pretty, right? It even has pink and green flashes in the bottle.

Eve Snow Nail Lacquer in Alter Ego, swatch

Periwinkle flowers
Periwinkle flowers. Image: playbuzz.com

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Sally Hansen — Babe Blue (Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Sally Hansen 2015 Spring

I was standing in front of the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color display at a drugstore, trying to decide what color to buy. I’m gonna be very frank here and say that I’m not usually a big fan of Sally Hansen polishes, but I did use to like the Xtreme Wear line. However, I hadn’t bought any for many years, and I kind of forgot what I already had.

In the end, I picked up a color that I was simply drawn to, even though it’s not the most unique. Yes, it’s actually quite similar to Essie Bikini So Teeny, which I also picked up recently.

Babe Blue (240) is a recent addition to the Xtreme Wear line-up, as it was part of Sally Hansen’s spring collection earlier this year. It’s a light pastel blue with a periwinkle tint: a little lighter and less periwinkle-y than Bikini So Teeny, if you’re wondering.

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Essie — Bikini So Teeny (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie Summer 2012, Bikini So Teeny

I was inspired to get this springy/summery polish after The Beautified Blogger posted her swatch recently!

Essie calls Bikini So Teeny (800) “a sparkling, cornflower blue”. It’s certainly a very pretty, soft shade of pastel cornflower, but the “sparkling” part is overstating it! There is some fine silver sparkle in this polish, but it’s really subtle, a bit sparse, and can be difficult to see.

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