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April 22, 2013

Lac Attack Spring Fling Collection Swatches & Review

Today I've got swatches of the Lac Attack 'Spring Fling' Collection to share with you! This 6-piece collection of polishes is really well-rounded; three are more opaque polishes with glitter and the other three are glitter toppers. I love the variety of polishes in this collection - there is definitely something for every kind of polishaholic!
*Products in this post were provided for my honest review and for swatching purposes!

Lac Attack Spring Fling Collection

Before we start here's a little background on what I used for these swatches - my basecoat is OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, my top coat is HK Girl fast dry tc, my matte top coat in these swatches is Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love. For most glitter toppers I use the 'dabble' method; for the polish 'Garden Party' I painted as usual. The swatches are arranged in alphabetical order which also conveniently means the 3 glitter toppers are first, then the opaque polishes!! The formula on all of these polishes was really great with the exception of Spring Fling, which stood out as being a bit thick and a little hard to work with.


Bunny Poop is "a mix of multiple sizes of yellow, pink, green, and blue pastel matte glitter in a clear base - the perfect spring glitter topper!" and the official Lac Attack description is spot on! Super adorable name for a super adorable polish :D The formula was great, no issues. I especially like the proportions of the glitter sizes on this one; the smallest sized glitters spread well and fill in a lot of space.
Lac Attack Bunny Poop
Bunny Poop over Holy Chick!

Lac Attack Bunny Poop
Bunny Poop over Lime Crime Milky Ways, bL Muggins, sandwiched with Holy Chick,
and OPI Mermaid's Tears

Lac Attack Bunny Poop macro
Bunny Poop over butterLondon Muggins


Cherry Blossom Bloom is a "clear base featuring white hexes and [large] rectangles, with two sizes of fuchsia circle glitter!" This polish is really unique - I haven't seen a lot of things (anything?!) like it and there's nothing similar to it in my stash. I would recommend two coats of this only because I love when the glitters in this one layer over each other - then it especially reminds me of blossoms!
Lac Attack Cherry Blossom Bloom
over CND Green Scene; gradient is SH Mint Sorbet and CND Green Scene

Lac Attack Cherry Blossom Bloom
over CND Green Scene; gradient is SH Mint Sorbet and CND Green Scene

Lac Attack Cherry Blossom Bloom
over CND Green Scene; gradient is SH Mint Sorbet and CND Green Scene

Garden Party + Cherry Blossom Bloom - this was a really complicated but really cool combo; layering these two glitters together looks very much like different flower petals strewn about!

Lac Attack Garden Party & Cherry Blossom Bloom


Garden Party is "inspired by the floral explosion in springtime -  a mixture of pale pink and green". This one can be built to opacity in 4 coats or so (yay glue base, amirite?). I appreciate that there's a more 'normal' glitter topper in this collection with smaller glitters so that there's something for everyone. Pretty polish and unique color combo compared to my stash.
Lac Attack Garden Party
built to opacity on pinkie and ring; SH Greige (middle) & Creamy Olive (pointer)

Lac Attack Garden Party
built to opacity on pinkie and ring; SH Greige (middle) & Creamy Olive (pointer)

Lac Attack Garden Party
over Sally Hansen Creamy Olive

Holy Chick! is "a white crelly base with pale blue and yellow hexes, and small iridescent glitters". All the white crelly lovers out there will definitely love this one, too - so delicate and pretty!! I went for more of a sheer look with this, but you can obviously build it up for to avoid VNL if you prefer. I found it easy to work with, but I treated it as I would any crelly and waited a little bit extra between coats to prevent drag! Psst. I generally prefer crellies built up as opposed to just layering them over a creme base like my ring finger, only because they get that very cool 'buried treasure' depth.
Lac Attack Holy Chick!
2 coats Holy Chick! + 1 coat over white creme on ring accent nail

Lac Attack Holy Chick!
2 coats Holy Chick! + 1 coat over white creme on ring accent nail

Lac Attack Holy Chick!
1 coat over white creme on ring accent nail, 2 coats Holy Chick!  

Puddle Jumping is "inspired by the April showers, gray skies, and blue raindrops; a medium-light gray creme with tiny indigo and blue flakes and a gorgeous purple/blue hidden shimmer". This one is SO COOL! If you like micro-glittery polishes, this one is a must have. It reminds me of that really cool sort of grainy look some polishes have - in a good way. Crazy good formula; would be a one-coater on shorter nails ((I only did one coat on my ring finger!))
Lac Attack Puddle Jumping
2 coats on all fingers, no base color - ring nail is just 1 coat

Lac Attack Puddle Jumping
2 coats on all fingers, no base color - ring nail is just 1 coat

Lac Attack Puddle Jumping
hidden shimmer!

Lac Attack Puddle Jumping
1 coat, 2 coats

Spring Fling (the namesake of this collection) is inspired by "the return of the bright blue skies and growth in nature; [this polish] combines both of these with a bright blue base and small neon green glitter". I also saw a cool hidden shimmer in this polish! It's a really unique combination of colors and very bright. The formula was a little thick and I found it easiest to do two thicker coats as opposed to lots of thinner coats.
2 coats Spring Fling; accent nail is 1 thick coat over Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion
2 coats Spring Fling; accent nail is 1 thick coat over Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion

2 coats Spring Fling; accent nail is 1 thick coat over Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion
2 coats Spring Fling; accent nail is 1 thick coat over Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion

2 coats Spring Fling


tl;dr
  • well rounded collection with lots of different kinds of finishes (3 glitter toppers, 3 opaque-with-glitter polishes; a crelly, a full-opacity glitter, a unique glitter topper, a matte glitter topper, micro-flakie-glitter polish, crazy-cool blue + green polish)
  • great formula on all polishes, but Spring Fling was a little thick and tricky


Pricing & Availablity
Full size bottles are $8, minis are $4.25
* they all come in square bottles, which is awesomesauce because they fit in Helmers and Melmers better! Rejoice!

Lac Attack is available to purchase on their website and at two international distributors - Harlow &. Co and Beauty So Fly.

Looking for MOAR Lac Attack? Check out their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Lac Attack blog!

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Which ones are calling out to you?! If I HAD to pick a polish from each of the collections as faves, it would probably be a tie between Bunny Poop and Garden Party (too different to choose, right?) from the glitter toppers and definitely Puddle Jumping from the more opaque polishes.


*Products in this post were provided for my honest review and for swatching purposes!

April 9, 2013

Digit-al Dozen: Foiled Fish with Rainbow Honey Robot Collection

*some products in this post were sent for review*

Today's Digit-al Dozen post uses all 5 of the foil shades from the Rainbow Honey Robot Collection to make some fabulousy fishy nail art. The Rainbow Honey polishes were sent for me to swatch and review and I've had a TON of fun playing with them! Check out my fish fingers :p



with flash

abstract brush stroke base art | with stamping and glitter

I have been wanting to try the 'abstract brush stroke technique' made famous by Gorgeois (and then Chalkboard Nails with her OPI version) for a long time and the inspiration struck to finally try it! I did one coat of Lucky Bot, the light green foil shade, and then did random brush strokes of all the other colors until I was happy with the pattern. While I was aiming for a 'field of flowers' (for last week, ha) end result, this ended up being just perfect for the colors of a fish fauxnad mani!! I stamped a fishnet pattern with Revlon Lunar and my XL smooshy stamper on all my nails, and finally filled in some random scales with diamond shaped glitters. Somehow I don't have a rounded fish scale image on any of my many stamping plates?! So some shopping is in order ASAP! This was a little tough to photograph because the foils reflect light so much, so it was a little deeper in color in person - like the 'base' photo above.


Check out what the other ladies have for this day of Animal Week below!




*some products in this post were sent for review*

April 4, 2013

Rainbow Honey presents The Robot Collection: Swatches & Review


I might have teased you a little by showing you how well this new Robot Collection from Rainbow Honey stamps before showing you swatches, but I have a ton of swatch photos to share with you today! If you haven't seen the stamping test mani yet, check it out hereThis post is extremely photo heavy because I wanted to present these polishes in a variety of different lighting situations since they're very reflective. Are you ready?

*Products in this post were provided for my honest review and for swatching purposes!

clockwise starting top left: Bitty Love Bot, Dusty Bot, Femme Bot, Yoshimi over all foils, Skyward Bot, Lucky Bot

Come on, click more!

March 22, 2013

TGIF: Girly Bits Heirloom

This week's  TGIF: Thank Goodness, Indy Indie Friday!  is from one of the originals, Girly Bits! I have Heirloom to show you today. I have lusted and lemmed after this polish for so long and finally snagged it on sale and used a rewards coupon at Llarowe. It is so beautiful and everything I had hoped it would be in person!! I asked on my FB page what to layer this lovely topper with and got some great suggestions. Take a look!


indirect sunlight

indirect sunlight

OTT light

From pointer to pinkie: 1 coat of China Glaze Dress Me Up, 2 coats of Zoya Dove, 1 coat of butterLondon Toff on middle and pointer. I dabbled 1 coat of Heirloom on pinkie and ring, then just brushed some on the tips of my Toff fingers. It is so reflective and lovely in person; it was a little challenging to photograph because it is so reflective! My favorite combo is definitely the grey - the glitter stands out best and I can fully see all the different colors at once. It paired really well with Dress Me Up and Toff, but I feel like I have to get my fingers close to my eyes to see the glitters, while the contrast with grey is perfect from even a typing distance. But seriously, I love this. Love love love this. It's always a great feeling when you finally get a lemming and it's everything and more than you wanted it to be. Yes, I am totally gushing over this polish like a child in a recital or something, but it is so pretty in person and the colors, sizes, and shapes of glitter are perfectly balanced!




Now I'm curious, do you have this polish? Love it, hate it, meh it? I LOVE IT. I am so happy to have it :D

Girly Bits polishes are available lots of places! There is a handy list of authorized distributors on the Girly Bits website - check it out here. I purchased my bottle of Heirloom from Llarowe. Girly Bits will run you about $10 - $12.50. Sometimes you can catch them on sale in the $8-9 range. Girly Bits HQ is in Canada, so you'll have to wait a little if you're in the USA for your package if you order from Pam directly.

You can view updates and new colors on the Girly Bits Facebook page.

Don't forget to check out Kirsten's TGIF post over at Geeky Owl.

March 15, 2013

Geeky Owls + TGIF: Smores by Candeo Colors

SURPRISE! I've got a mani with a geeky owl FOR a certain Miss Geeky Owl, our very own Kirsten. I also have a TGIF: Thank Goodness, Indy Indie Friday! that I think she'll love - a neutral glitter from Candeo Colors called Smores.





Let me give you the deets on this mani! I did two coats of the Sinful Colors dupe for OPI's Mermaids Tears on my pointer and pinkie. The owls are made of China Glaze Mahogany Magic and Orly Nite Owl (one of Kirsten's favey polishes), then switched them respectively to do the owl tummies. Then I did one coat of Candeo Colors Smores over the teal nails, and also placed some glitter on the wittle owl tummies, too!

Smores is described as "a yummy mixture of small and medium brown hex, black squares, large white hex and small golo holo hex glitters in a clear base." I really love this polish because it is such a fun twist on typical glitter since it's all neutral colors! It also looks super yummy over my minty base - like mint chip ice cream or some other lovely confection. Plus I love the amount of glitter that I get at just one coat; it's the sort of glittery distribution that I personally prefer. Another thing of note that's interesting for an 'indie' brand is that Candeo Colors has been in the game a long time, and they've gone so far as to have profesh screeprinted labels on their bottles as well as SKUs on their bottom labels. You may or may not think that their level of professionalism is cool; I know some people really prefer their indies to be as handmade down to the last detail as possible (like handwritten labels, etc.).

Kirsten's birthday was last week and she is the reason we're doing Geek Week. I also really <3 her and feel pretty lucky that she's grown to be a pretty awesome blogger friend. I've had the pleasure of doing TWO 31 Day Challenges with her and we team up on Fridays to do TGIF, TGIF: Thank Goodness, Indy Indie Friday!.  I wish she didn't live so far away in Arizona because I feel like we'd totes be friends (altho Arizona is pretty awesome, so I get it).



And finally, peep the other Geeky Goodness below!







Now I'm curious, do you have this polish? Love it, hate it, meh it? I LOVE IT. I feel like every polishaholic needs a bottle because it's different and fun! 

Candeo Color polishes are available at their online store ($9). They are also sold at Llarowe (usually $11, about $8 on sale). You can view updates and new colors on the Candeo Colors Facebook page.



Don't forget to check out Kirsten's TGIF post over at Geeky Owl (you can also see her link in the inLinkz code, up there).

Now I'm curious, any awesome weekend plans? Are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day? I'm nursing a weird cough/sore throat that came on suddenly, so my plans are up in the air. 

March 8, 2013

Stripey TGIF: Candy Lacquer Cupcake Wars

This week's  TGIF: Thank Goodness, Indy Indie Friday!  is actually made of stripes!! It's 'Cupcake Wars' from Candy Lacquer, which is comprised of different metallic bar glitters in a clear base and that's it - just bar glitters. I'm really pleased that none of the metallic bar glitters in this polish seem to be curling at all - not reflectively or forrealsies!





I layered one coat of Cupcake Wars over 1x CND Green Scene, 2x Essence Nude It!, 1x Sinful Colors Rain Storm, and 2x Zoya Raven (from pointer to pinkie). I like this polish but I don't love it; maybe I haven't found the right base polish to make it sing yet?! I think it looks best over nude and black in my swatches, personally. It's a cool idea and it is executed very well, but I just don't love it. I don't think this particular polish is still available, but she does have an all matte bar glitter polish that was recently released. Currently Candy Lacquer is on vacation until March 24th, and her Big Cartel store is closed until then (obvs) - but it's a bummer because I can't view any of her recent polishes aside from the photos she has uploaded to her FB page. 



Now I'm curious, do you have this polish? Love it, hate it, meh it? I meh it - great idea and execution, but it doesn't spark an immediate OMG from me.

Candy Lacquer polishes are available at her Big Cartel store ($8.50). You can view updates and new colors on the Candy Lacquer Facebook page. She is currently on vacation until March 24th, tho.
Don't forget to check out Kirsten's TGIF post over at Geeky Owl.

And finally, don't forget to check out my fellow striped friends this week - Kerrie at Pish Posh and Polish, Ashley of Smashley Sparkles, and The (one and only) Crumpet!

February 1, 2013

TGIF: Lacquistry Whadya Gelt for Hanukkah?

This week's TGIF: Thank Goodness, Indy Indie Friday! is 'Whadya Gelt for Hanukkah?' from Lacquistry. According to the official description, Gelt is "a stunning mix of fine gold, medium gold, and large gold holo hex’s accented with bright pops of electric blue mini and medium hex." The large holo glitters in this polish are super pretty! The holo glitters can look a little bit bent, but it's just the light reflecting off the surface. Also just thought I would mention, the gold holo glitters appear teal because I was wearing a teal sweater :3








I've included a semi-awkward photo to show you that the large holo on top corner of my middle finger isn't curly; it definitely lays flat on my nail!

I dabbled one coat all over my first two nails and sort of swiped a little down half of my other two nails; the base color is two coats of Sinful Colors Hot Spot. This polish is super pretty and sparkly! I love the mix of glitters in Jenna's polishes; they are always really interesting and complex, with a good proportion of sizes, colors, and shapes between all the different glitters in the bottle. If you've never tried an indie brand before, I highly recommend Jenna from Lacquistry; her customer service is beyond any other brand of basically anything I have come into contact with, polish or not.




Now I'm curious, do you have this polish? Love it, hate it, meh it? My boyfriend really likes it :p

Lacquistry polishes are available at her Etsy store ($8.75). You can view updates and new colors on the Lacquistry Facebook page. This particular polish is seasonal for winter, so if it's not still in the store, look out for it perhaps returning next year and on blog sales (I like checking polishsale.livejournal.com personally).

Don't forget to check out Kirsten's TGIF post over at Geeky Owl!

January 25, 2013

TGIF: Candy Lacquer Rarity

This week's TGIF: Thank Goodness, Indy Indie Friday! is 'Rarity' from Candy Lacquer! It's a mix of white and purple glitters (including purple squares!!!!) and some light blue diamond glitters, inspired by its namesake pony on My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. I love the colors and shapes together!!







This was one dabbled coat of Rarity on top of a yellow marbled base. Candy Lacquer polishes apply really well and the glitter is always well suspended; I don't have to dig for glitters when applying. This is sort of a subtle topper because it's mostly white, but has a little color, too. Sometimes diamond glitters are sort of poke-y and annoying, but these seem sort of thin (in a good way) and unimposing on the nail. Sandra from Candy Lacquer is really great about shipping quickly, too!



Now I'm curious, do you have this polish? Love it, hate it, meh it? I am excited to layer this with other colors!

Candy Lacquer polishes are available at her Big Cartel store ($8.50). You can view updates and new colors on the Candy Lacquer Facebook page.

Don't forget to check out Kirsten's TGIF post over at Geeky Owl!