Swatch & Review: Literary Lacquers – February 2017 Pop Up


It’s finally FriYAY!!! Here we are finishing up our second week of daily posts…* wipes sweat from forehead. Please pause for a second and give yourself a hand for sticking it out and being here with me through all the craziness. Today I am excited to bring some new polishes and returning faves from a from an amazing brand. You know I must be talking about Literary Lacuquers!

With the Etsy shop opening today, Friday, February 3, 8pm MST thru Sunday, February 5, midnight MST, a new pop up shop format will be used for this restock. That’s a full, but short weekend to shop and add these babies to your LitLac collection if you don’t already have them.

I have 7 of 8 polishes today, so let’s jump right into the swatches, as we have A LOT to cover.

**All swatches are done using Commitment Issue Peel-off Base Coat by Vapid and Tonic Topper by Tonic (shiny) and Matte Me by Jior Couture (matte). Swatch photos are taken using artificial lights.**

“Hope” is the Thing with Feathers
A pink amethyst linear holo with blue shimmer inspired by the poem “Hope” is the thing with feathers, by Emily Dickinson

The Happy Prince
A sparkling sapphire blue crelly with a subtle pink shimmer. Designed with Jennifer Sky Walker for her 5th blogiversary. The Happy Prince is inspired by the Oscar Wilde story of the same name.

Returning Favorites:

Desdemona’s Handkerchief
Aqua blue crème from the Summer 2016 Othello duo

For Thou Hast Eyes to See
Sea-green crème (fluoresces) from the Summer 2016 Othello duo

Salmon Chanted Evening
Pinky-coral crème (fluoresces) from the Spring 2016 Crème a la Mode Box

Cyantifically Proven
Turquoise cyan crème (fluoresces) from the Summer 2016 Crème a la Mode Box

Breathing Dreams Like Air
Lilac grey crème from the Winter 2015 Crème a la Mode Box

Also returning is Bluestocking Romance. A deep blue crème from the Fall 2015 Crème a la Mode Box (not shown).

Overall Thoughts

Formula: phenomenal!!! Exactly what you’d expect for holos and crèmes.

Application: applied easy and smooth.

Opaqueness: 2 coats for full opacity and no VNL

Availability: Friday, 2/3 @ 8pm MST – Sunday, 2/5, midnight MST. Please note, the two new polishes are not necessarily LE, but there are no current plans to stock them again after this pop up.

Price: New: $10, Returning Faves: $9.50

Overall: the crèmes are stunning but as you know by now, I have a secret love affair with all things crème. The 2 new polishes are gorgeous…Amy really knows a thing or 2 about polish.

You’ll be the hit of any book club with any of these polishes.

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The Queens Critique: It Girl Nail Art Stamping Plates & Cuticle Oil


Good Morning and happy Thursday! If you love, love and themed nail art, then by now, I’m sure you’ve contemplated a Valentine’s Day mani….or 2, I know I have. I searched for the perfect roses and hearts and came up short until I was sent 2 of the newest plates from Nicole at It Girl Nail Art. These plates have so many possibilities and I couldn’t wait to use them and show them off.

**Denotes the items I received to review

Stamping Plates

**IG115 is a Valentine’s plate with 8 full-nail images and 9 smaller images (similar layout to IG113 and IG114, the Christmas and Hanukkah plates).

**IG306 is a mini plate with two full-nail lace images, and one little lace trim border image.


-IG202 is a gallery plate with a mix of sacred geometry images–a few of which can be used as full-nail images or as a partial.

-IG305 is a mini plate with an infinity-style floral image with some hearts mixed in.

Cuticle Oil

If you haven’t found a cuticle oil that you love both the formula and fragrance, I beg you to try It Girl. In a previous post, I raved about the Lemon Sweet Tea scent and now Nicole has released some new fragrances.

**Hot Chocolate: Creamy and sweet with rich cocoa, topped with lightly toasted marshmallow.

**Caramel Macchiato: Rich espresso and creamy steamed milk with buttery caramel.

-London Fog Tea: The barista’s secret weapon for the tea-lover, a London Fog is earl gray, vanilla syrup, and steamed milk.

-Mulled Wine: Velvety red wine meets orange peel and traditional mulling spices.

-Chamomile Honey: Prized for its relaxing properties, chamomile has been used for centuries to ease stress and insomnia.

-Bourbon Hot Toddy: Before cold medicine, there was a good old hot toddy for the sniffles. With bourbon, bright citrus, and spices.

Overall Thoughts

Measurements: Full Size Plate – 12cm x 6cm and image area of 2.25cm. Mini Plates – 6cm lx 4cm and 3.2 x 3.2 cm / 2.5 x 2.5 (respectively). The narrow lace trim image measuring 4mm x 2.5cm.

Availability: Current

Price: Plates – $14.50 full size & $4.50 mini. Cuticle oil – $3 for 2ml brush pen and $6 for 10ml roller bottle.

Please note, some plates may be better or worse choices for beginners. For instance, some of the very fine lines like the roses on IG115 can be tricky to pick up especially if someone does not have a variety of stampers and polish to try. I used a sticky, marshmallow stamper with Mundo de Unas (MdU) black and the image picked up without issue. As you can see the image was very light but….I liked that it gave a delicate feel to the mani. Be sure to look for the details in the listing in the shop. 

Overall: No issues to report. I used MdU stamping polishes and various stampers for all the manis shown. I love all of the different hearts, love lettering and roses, they are just gorgeous. I also love the single images in the middle that compliment the larger images. The lace is amazing and the etching on both plates is perfect. The image size is perfect for those with longer nails like me.

Now, I know that not everyone is super into Valentine’s Day, and that’s totally fine. But since I’m celebrating my 3 year wedding anniversary, the day holds an extra special meaning to me. Are you a Valentine’s Day kinda person? What do you think of these plates? Let me know in the comments.

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Swatch & Review: Turtle Tootsie – February Birthstone Trio


*Inhales the February air** Ahhhhhhhh, you smell that? It’s the smell of love and snow and polish! I love this month so much for so many reasons. 2 of the most important people in my life were born this month, my dad, who I love and miss everyday and my middle child who will be 10 on the 18th. Also, on the 14th of this month I’ll be celebrating 3 years of wedded bliss to my amazing hubby Jason (I’m adding this just in case he reads this post, I can score brownie points and buy more polish).

But the fun doesn’t stop at birthdays and anniversaries, of course for those joyous occasions you need amazingly beautiful polish and that’s were Turtle Tootsies comes to the rescue. February is home of the the gorgeous Amethyst and Chrissy has done and exceptional job at caputuring its beauty in 3 polishes.

Enough of me blabbering, let’s get this party started!

**All swatches are done using Commitment Issue Peel-off Base Coat by Vapid and Marvel Liquid Macro by Superchic Lacquer(shiny) and Matte Me by Jior Couture (matte). Swatch photos are taken using artificial lights.**


February – is a white crelly with purple metallic flakies, lilac holo flakies and a purple shimmer


Amethyst – is a purple linear holo


Aquarius – is a holo glitter topper including purple metallic flakies, lilac holo flakies and iridescent purple flakies

Overall Thoughts

Formula: amazing as usual

Application: like butta baby!

Opaqueness: 2 coats for no VNL

Price: $25 for the trio in full size, $15 in mini.  Singles are $10/$6 respectively

Availability: Releasing February 1st

Overall: Seriously, this trio is GORGEOUS!!! I love the flexibility and variety you get. You can dress them up or they are perfect as is.

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