Husband Picks Another Polish: Colors by Llarowe True Colors


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Happy Friday, guys!  Yesterday Ben and I bummed a ride with my grandparents to a place that’s a couple hours away and went on the hunt for some polish goodies with our friend Drea.  While we came home empty handed from polish (Zoya Monet and OPI Sheer Tints, why do you hide?!), I got some pretty new MAC lipsticks.  Woohoo for me!  Also, it looks like the blog’s name transition is all working nicely now, so there shouldn’t be any issues with this post!  It should be uninterrupted polish picture goodness, so get settled in and enjoy.

When Ben ordered a few Colors by Llarowe goodies for me, he picked out some real stunners!  Today’s color is True Colors and it’s a rich purple linear holo, and has that same crazy holo power of my previous post of Good Fortune.  I love that when I look at her holos I can pretty much count through the rainbow colors like a kid. “Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet…”  Yep, good ol’ ROYGBIV keeps me on track to this day.  True Colors once again applied with ease, and the formula leveled out nice and smooth despite me painting with only one contact in last night.  For the swatches below I used one coat of a-england The Knight for my base and two thin coats of True Colors.  The coverage is great but if you’re looking for an even deeper purple, shoot for three coats or a thicker second coat.  I sorta wound up with thicker coats on my right hand (go figure), and it seemed to have that darker effect as a result.  It could also be that I’m crazy lost in my own head.

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Growing Pains, AKA Mary’s Mistakes

Hello again, a bit quicker than I’d expected!  Somehow in my excitement to get the new blog look and name going, there seemed to be some issues with the pictures from yesterday’s post.  Since I know the main focus here IS on the photos, I wanted to let everyone know this should be fixed.  So sorry about yesterday, and rest assured that you may now enjoy the goodness that is Colors by Llarowe Good Fortune.  New blog post with a new color coming soon and hopefully everything is getting smoothed out now.  Be sure and let me know if I’ve failed you guys in any other ways so I can fix it, haha! ;)

Reincarnated as She Paints Polish: Husband Picks a Polish Edition!


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FinallyMarriedIt’s been a while, polish lovers!  I sort of disappeared last year, expecting I’d be married midway into it.  The process took a bit longer, though.  Ben and I finally had our wedding ceremony, complete with family from across the pond on March 15, 2014 (beautifully captured here by Harbuck & Co.)!  It was the happiest day of my life, I had so much fun, grinning and laughing to the point that my face hurt and I still couldn’t stop smiling!  So obviously, one of our regular features of Boyfriend Picks a Polish…  well, it’s going to be transforming as well as the blog title.  Oh yeah!  Did you notice that?  It was time for the lovely Lacquer. Lit. Love. to evolve into something more… me!  Initially I hoped to embrace all things lacquer, lit, and love here, but I found I focused my appreciation for the fine arts towards music instead.  With a lot of support from friends and Ben, I finally managed to motivate myself for a new name!  Listening to a song from Panic! at the Disco, I finally found my inspiration!  In “The Ballad of Mona Lisa”, Brendon sings, “She paints her fingers with a close precision.”  I thought it was perfect, and thus She Paints Polish became an idea!  A lot of talking and brainstorming with Ben and our friend Sarah (who was also one of our stunning photographers for the wedding!) lead to the development of a pretty new banner.  Sarah, you rock!  Thanks so much for designing my new banner. ♥

So here we are, moving into a new beginning.  Last year was full of paperwork, waiting, and working out.  I lost 65 pounds, and now I’ve gained a husband and a little bit of my weight!  Haha, but I’ll keep you all posted on my world with little updates as I try to get myself focused again, living the married life and working and of course… painting my nails.  Ben and I thought my first post back should reflect my biggest life change since I posted on a regular basis, so we bring you the new & improved husband picks a polish!  This is actually one that he picked out for me when it came to ordering, as well.  Several several months ago he ordered some polishes for me just because they looked awesome.  Seriously, have I mentioned how amazing he is?  So it seems only fitting that my comeback polish will be one he selected from the very beginning of it coming to live with me!  Colors by Llarowe impressed us with several shades and I want so… many… colors!  AHHHH!  My wish list is not okay.  Leah Ann, what have you done to me and my wallet?  Haha, anyways, Ben selected Good Fortune from Colors by Llarowe for today’s post.  It is a gorgeous teal holo with strongly pigmented coverage and a perfectly smooth finish!  I’m serious, this polish is so flawless that I skipped topcoat and it’s still glossy and fabulous.  I used one coat of a-england The Knight as my base and two coats of CbL Good Fortune did the trick!  Just two coats gave me great coverage, but I did notice a bit of a visible nail line when looking at my pictures.  Funny, didn’t see it much when the holo effect was dazzling me (even in the shade, what?)…  Check out these photos, this is one seriously great.  I even snapped another one in my kitchen after I thought I was done with pictures because it keeps making my polish heart so happy.

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My Return: Enchanted Polish February 2013 Brings Me Back


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Hello all your dedicated lovelies who follow my blog!  I know I’ve been away for a very long time now, but I think I may finally be making a return.  I got very busy towards the end of last year with working retail during the holidays and never quite found the time (nor the proper weather!) to work on my blog.  I have, however, been getting loads of pretty new polishes to share with you and I’ve had all sorts of big changes in my life.  Ben will be here in a few more months, we filed for a fiancé visa in February and now it’s time to wait for that to be approved.  Then we can get married and start our life together!  I’ve also began working out every day, and I’ve almost finished my first run through of P90X.  I started back in January because I’d like to be slimmed down and in shape for my wedding this summer!  Bride bod, here I come, haha!  I’ll be starting week 12 out of 13 on Sunday, and then going for round two.  So far I’ve managed to lose a little more that 27 pounds, which is very exciting but I still have a long way to go to reach my goal.  I used to be a tiny thing in both height and weight when I rode horses and was in athletics in school, but I’ve really struggled with weight since I was in the later years of high school and college.  I can definitely tell a difference at this point and I’m smaller than I’ve been in years, but reaching my goal is going to take a bit longer.  However, now that the weather is getting back to being beautiful and pleasant, I figured I may have things under control enough to begin blogging again!

It only figures that my return to blogging would share an Enchanted Polish!  I didn’t think about the fact that the polish I’d swatched was a very rare limited edition one until after I’d taken and edited pictures, though.  Please don’t hate me too much!  It may be possible to find someone who snatched up two bottles (like I did, though one was for Drea and has already been claimed ♥) and make a trade though, if you’re as crazy in love with it as I was.  The mystery polish I speak of is Enchanted Polish February 2013!  Chelsea has decided to make a special limited edition polish each month and so far they’ve been lovely holo multichromes, which seems to be her true talent.  I can’t get over how she manages to make so many unique multichromes with that fabulous holo finish, and I think I need ALL of them.  Collect ALL the Enchanteds!  *does a fist pump in the air*  Anyways, what I love about February 2013 is the depth and richness behind it.  This polish flashes from green, to a wine or berry shade, to magenta, orange, and golden shades.  And behind it all, there’s a darkness that tends to lurk around the edges of your nails when the light hits it, giving an almost ombre faded effect.  I love the dark and moody look to this polish!  As with all of my Enchanted polishes, this one applied like a dream, smooth and very self-leveling.  I used one coat of a-england The Knight as a base coat and two coats of February 2012.  I skipped the top coat for now because I badly need to order some more a-england The Shield.  It’s the only one of my topcoats I’ve used so far that doesn’t try to nom up on the holo effect of my polishes, but part of that could be that my other topcoats tend to be of the fast drying variety.  Either way, I don’t think this polish needed it, but I may give it another shot whenever I get my hands on The Shield again!  Enjoy the mass of pictures, I never can resist taking several when I have a color-shifting polish.

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And in the sun!  Check out all the pretty colors with that holo love. ♥
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So there’s the glory of Enchanted Polish February 2013!  My friend Lyssa recently moved into the same apartment complex and I’ve been trying to get her hooked on my polish obsession…  In her words, Enchanteds are very sparkly!  I think it’s a pretty spot on description, and I’m so darned in love with her work that I snatched up 4 more polishes from Chelsea on her launch for Tuesday.  If you want to pick up some yourself, you can buy Enchanted Polish directly through Chelsea from, and also sign up to receive newsletters.  She only releases the monthly limited editions here and the newsletter emails notify you of upcoming launches, so it’s pretty fantastic if you’re a nut like I am!  You can also purchase Enchanted Polish at Llarowe, Harlow & Co. and Mei Mei’s Signatures, and follow Chelsea’s Facebook through… well, Facebook.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and with luck and a little time I should be able to get back to a regular posting schedule. I missed sharing pretty polish with all of you!  And this weekend, I’ll be insanely busy.  I’m going to see a Matchbox Twenty concert with my lovely Drea and my fabulous Stephanie!  If you guys are lucky, I may share a concert photo or two with my next blog post, haha.  Oh Rob and the boys, I shall see you soon.  ♥  Until next time, take care and stay lacquered! ♥


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