Being fairly new to the nail blogging world, I am also fairly new to the experience of the "lemming". "Lemming," for the uninitiated among you, refers to the consuming, desperate desire to own and have and wear a particular nail polish. You are both "lemming" the polish, and the polish is a "lemming" of yours. Maybe silly, but it is much simpler than explaining how baaaadly you want the pretty thing.
My first was Nail-Venturous Floam, which I just recently acquired, as well as some other NVL polishes. But then all the Layla Hologram Effect swatches started to hit the interwebs, and I just. about. died. I've never even had a holo before, and then there were these... apparitions? ... and I could figure out how I could get them in Canada. And then, some ridiculous blind spot in my brain lifted, and I looked into this "Harlow & Co." everyone was talking about, and discovered they were a Canadian company! If I were the praying sort, then I might say someone had been answering them. And shipping was reasonable, or free if you spent $50! (First hint at the aforementioned no-buy that resulted...)
So, I mean, I had to support a fellow Canadian and buy all the things, right? Right? And being in my very same province, Harlow & Co.'s nail mail came just days later. Observe: (cont. after the break, pic HEAVY)
|My full Harlow & Co. haul, featuring my first Glitter Gal, my first Ozotic, and my two Layla Hologram Effect lemmings. Once I started with the holos, I just couldn't stop!|
I ended up with four beautiful polishes which I will show you sooon, after the almost-complete 31 Day Challenge is over, but for now we have Layla Flash Black.
|Layla Flash Black, and the means by which it came to me - Harlow & Co.!|
For more info on the accent nail design, check out my previous post on "Inspired by a Flag." But for now, looook at the pretty raaaaiiinbooowwws.
|Under artifical light, in my lightbox.|
|Close-up in artificial light.|
|In sunshine, with my iPhone's camera.|
Application was a bit tricky, as it definitely tended toward leaving bald spots. I let it dry totally (which didn't take long) between coats, and ended up kind of placing a blob and then shoving it around, sort of like with difficult glitters. But the brush and polish combined were very easy to control, and only went where I put them - just getting the polish to stay there was the trick.
I did three coats, and the reviews I've been reading about brutal tipwear and chips? Also very accurate. Within mere hours I needed to do touch-ups before I could photograph. Of course, this is without top coat, as they can "kill" the holo. I've heard the Laylas survive pretty well, but as I have to remove this tomorrow for the 31 Day Challenge anyway, I figured I'd try that out for myself next time.
Wears quickly? Yeah. Tricky application? Pretty much. Worth it? A WORLD of yes! If I hadn't spent so much money on my recent lemmings that I put myself on a reactionary month-long diet of not buying nail polish, I'd be buying all the other Layla holos right. freaking. now. But I'm a grown-up, and I have willpower...
For 24 more days, anyway! ;)
P.S. I will definitely be ordering from Harlow & Co. in future! Local, great selection, awesome customer service - and as crazy as this might sound, had nothing to do with this review. I am just naturally this excited about this business! I'm deranged, I know.