Swatch & Review: Project Aloha – A Tonic Custom for Crystal’s Charity Lacquers


Good morning polish people!! Today I have a very special S&R. Today I have the Tonic custom for Crystal’s Charity Lacquers FB Group. This polish is benefiting The Hawaiian Humane Society.

Here are a few words from Crystal, creator of the FB group.

“I’ll give you a bit of the backstory on my group, in case you aren’t familiar with us. I’ve been involved in fundraising for a number of years now, and always struggled to raise funds. In April 2015, I decided to take a new approach and started asking some of my favourite brands if they would be willing to create custom polishes for me to give away in a raffle style draw. After getting a number of brands on board, we launched our first campaign, a double giveaway benefiting the SPCA and the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research. That first campaign wrapped up in September 2015 and was more successful that I ever could have dreamed. In order to keep momentum going between giveaways, we introduced our limited edition collaboration sales. That first sale was for the Hawaiian Humane Society so we’ve come a bit full circle with this sale.”  
“The Hawaiian Humane Society is a cause very close to my heart. I am a huge animal lover, so helping animals is something I always strive to do. During a trip to Oahu in March 2015, the search for a larger sized geocache brought me to the Hawaiian Humane Society grounds. The geocache owner had received permission to hide the geocache in the middle of the shelter grounds, and upon first arrival, I was stunned by the well thought out shelter and their beautiful grounds. We found the cache and then I couldn’t resist saying hello to the animals. The shelter workers were friendly and offered us treats to give to the animals and told us that we could sign a dog out to walk around or play in one of the play areas. This was like no shelter I’d been to before. You could feel the love and see how the shelter was built with the animals happiness in mind. We signed out a sweet pup named Spot and took him for a run in the play area. Once he was tired, we snuggled on a bench and fed him some treats. And then there was Lily. This girl stole my heart and cemented my love for this shelter. Lily was an amazing dog who came in as a stray. She had endless energy and even knew some tricks. When you offered her a treat, she would sit up on her hind legs and put her front paws together like she was praying. She was amazing! But she was a special girl, who needed a special human to give her the forever home she needed. She had been adopted and returned to the shelter already. As a Canadian, we often hear the horror stories of American kill shelters. After spending time with Lily, I nervously, and with tears in my eyes, approached one of the shelter staff and asked them about their policies. I was relieved to hear that the Hawaiian Humane Society does not put time limits on the animals to find their forever homes. This is something that is extremely important to me. I eventually pulled myself away from the animals and we left. But I’ve never forgotten Lily. It took a year and two failed adoptions before this beautiful, silly girl finally found her forever home and I am so grateful to the Hawaiian Humane Society for not giving up on her. Since that trip, I have supported the Hawaiian Humane Society through donations and gifts. We returned to the island in January, 2016 and visited once again with a large donation of food, toys and other supplies needed by the shelter. They were mid renovation during that visit and have recently completed a complete overhaul of the facilities. We have another trip booked for this April, and I am excited to make the donation from our Crystal’s Charity Lacquers March 2017 sale in person! The Hawaiian Humane Society is also Oahu’s only open admissions shelter. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people to surrender their animals. They believe there must be a place where all animals are welcome. This means that they will also accept illegal animals with no questions asked and work to save them through relocation to the mainland. The shelter also offers fantastic, affordable programs to help curb the feral cat population through spaying and neutering. I could go on and on about the wonderful programs through the Hawaiian Humane Society as this has barely scratched the surface of all they do.”
“When it came time to name this beautiful polish for a cause, we wanted the name to reflect the cause. Project Aloha felt perfect for this polish. Aloha is commonly known to be an island greeting, but it also means love. And with this fundraiser, we aim to spread love and compassion to the animals of the Hawaiian Humane Society as they wait to find their perfect forever home.”

Also for this fundraiser, Joy from Joy Lacquer has created a beautiful polish as well named Mau Loa Ohana (Forever Family). Please be sure to check it out as well.

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

Pictures of Crystal’s trips to the Humane Society. The photo of her snuggling the dog is Spot and the beautiful white with brown spots pup wearing the lei is Lily.

Project Aloha
A sunset mauve holo multichrome that shifts to peach and sandy gold with orange to green shifting iridescent glitters.

Overall Thoughts

Formula/Application: AMAZING!!!

Opacity: 2 coats

Price: $12 per bottle

Availability: Friday, March 17th through Friday, March 31st. Donation to the Humane Society will be made in person around April 7th. Each polish will be available through each respective maker’s site.

Overall: Lindsey strikes again with another amazing polish!! If you haven’t figured out by now to get EVERYTHING that comes from Tonic, then take a word from the wise and #buyallthetonics!!

Are you on IG??? If so, be sure to use the following hashtags when posting your manis. #crystalscharitylacquers and #polishforacause. Also, the Humane Society uses #HawaiianHumane and #OptToAdopt 

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