August is Indie Month – CBL Young Turks

August is Indie Month! Hooray!

Today I have chosen an absolutely beautiful colour from Colours by Llarowe – one of my favourite indie makers on the market. CBL is based out of Colorado, and the maker, Leah Ann, also runs the popular website – where you can purchase thousands of beautiful indies from all over the world. Definitely check her out sometime! She is constantly releasing new collections so there is always something new and beautiful to try.

Are you wondering what I’m talking about when I say “August is Indie Month”? Check out my post about it HERE.

Time for some pictures! My first choice for Indie Month was “Young Turks”. I was sent this polish in the spring as one of 8 in a prize pack that I won in a giveaway on the CBL facebook page. Young Turks is part of the CBL Spring 2014 collection, and is described on their website as a bright turquoise holographic polish that dries semi-matte.



Outside, sunlight


Outside, sunlight


Inside, under lamp


Inside, light from window


Inside, with flash

I am feeling really disappointed right now, as my pictures showed some INSANE holo from this polish, but wordpress seems to have done something to the photos and now they look a little bit dulled out :(. Maybe it won’t on your end!

As with most CBL’s that I own, the formula on Young Turks was fantastic. It went on smooth and was perfect in two coats. (Pictures are 2 coats of Young Turks + 1 coat of HK Girl top coat). No complaints from me. Other than my bottle is almost 3/4 gone and this shade has been discontinued! The horror! LOL.

What is your favourite Indie brand?

Be sure to check back tomorrow, where I’ll be featuring an Emily de Molly!



Disclaimer: I won this polish in a giveaway on the CBL Facebook page. This polish was not sent to me for the purpose of review. As always, my reviews are 100% my own, honest opinions.


International Day of Pink / Colors by Llarowe: Bea Stings!


I am wearing this beautiful polish today in honour of the International Day of Pink! (Check out their website here). If you don’t know what the International Day of Pink is, here is a brief explanation that I have taken directly from their website: “International Day of Pink is a day where communities across the country, across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic & all forms of bullying.”

But I am sure you are wondering what started the International day of Pink movement? I am sure you are wondering “Why pink? What’s the reason behind it?” So here is another piece of information I have copied directly from their website to help you understand: “The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school stopped homophobic & transphobic bullying. The message was clear: anyone can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.”

Of course, it’s important for each of to be aware each and every day of bullying happening around us and in our schools. But, day of pink is a wonderful day to show those all around us who may be facing bullying that they are not alone, that we are here, that there are people who care, and that life is WORTH living.

Day of Pink is an important day for me, because my niece, Gracie, has been bullied since almost the day that she entered the public school system. She has been bullied to the point of self-harm and not wanting to live. She is seven years old. That’s right, you read it correctly, seven. For her to walk into school on a day like today and see hundreds of students and teachers standing behind her is amazing. Though she always needs to know that there are people there for her, this is a day for her to see just HOW many people care. This is a day of empowerment for her. You can read Gracie’s story here.


You can pick up your free “pink kits” and download PDF Day of Pink posters for next year or for every day awareness here.

Now, onto the polish!

As always, please excuse my crappy clean up skills and my short nails/horrible cuticles. They will get better as the days go on 🙂


I received this polish in a prize pack that I won on the Colors by Llarowe facebook page. The package came with 6 awesome polishes. Colors by Llarowe “Bea Stings!” is listed on their website as a “cherry red/pink holographic jelly with holographic micro glitters.” And let me tell you, it is GORGEOUS. In the photos you can see lots of different colour sparkles, pink, red, blue, silver, gold. It just shimmers with holo-y pink goodness, and I LOVE it. 😀

And now, I will bombard you with pictures to show you all of it’s gorgeousness in different lighting.


Above picture taken in direct natural sunlight, outdoors.


Above picture taken in dim sunlight standing at my living room window.


Above picture taken in my living room with a flash light shining on my nails.


A beautiful bottle shot to show how beautiful this polish is.

Colors by Llarowe is a fantastic indie brand polish that makes beautiful polishes with wonderful formulas. I linked their website above, so be sure to go and check them out! I currently own 9 polishes from her line and I am already itching to get more!

Do you own any Colors by Llarowe polishes? Which ones are your favourites?