GUYS. I have something extra special for you today that you’re just gonna love. Someone has figured out a way to combine your need to hoard all the polish, PLUS donate to a very good cause. Did you just do an ultra dramatic, overly exaggerated gasp of surprise? ME TOO! Prepare to breeze through life now that all your dreams are about to come true. You get pajamas, and you get pajamas, and YOU get pajamas … Happy days ahead for everyone. Here’s the scoop:
Crystal’s Charity Lacquers is an organization that started fundraising with nail polish close to 2 years ago. Each month or so, Crystal chooses a charity and teams up with indie brands to create exclusive polishes to sell and help raise funds for the cause. For March, she chose the amazing Lindsey with Tonic Polish and Joy with Joy Lacquer to release a duo to benefit the Hawaiian Humane Society.
So back the freak off, boyfriends, girlfriends, Universe and whatnot who says you don’t need another purple nail polish, cuz this right here is a total legit justification.
Crystal decided on the Hawaiian Humane Society for this month as it holds a very special place in her heart. At the very bottom of this post is a statement in Crystal’s own words (with pictures!), and I encourage everyone to read it. After all, it took me 18 years minimum to copy and paste that whole thing. Whew!
As mentioned up top, there is a duo up for grabs. I only have swatches of the Tonic Polish offering, but there is a link down below to another blog where you can view the swatches for Joy Lacquer. Who’s the best, most thorough, OCD blogger in all the land? (ME. The answer to that question is always ME. Write it down in a notebook in case there’s a quiz.)
OMG. Shut up, brain. Let’s talk polish:
This is Project Aloha, a sunset mauve holo multichrome that shifts to peach and sandy gold with orange to green shifting iridescent glitters. And if you don’t think this looks exactly like a sunset, then I am var var concerned about your brain. Lindsey nailed it, once again, as always. I mean, did we expect anything less? NO. WE. DID. NOT.
Under the lamps, a lot of the mauve came out, but it looks very purple on me. Not that I’m complaining. Mauve, purple. Potato, french fries. It’s all good.
Close up of those iridescent glitters that I’ve decided is my most favorite thing in the whole world. Well, after Leonardo DiCaprio in my living room handing me a Starbucks. As happens from time to time.
More macros cuz we haven’t drooled enough today. Well, technically I have, but I’m not normal, I’m quite aware. If you see me and somehow I’m not in the midst of a suuuuuper unattractive drooling type scenario, just assume I’ve been kidnapped cuz that seems more likely.
I reallllllllllly love nail polish, is what I’m saying.
Smelling salts would come in handy right about now. I feel a fainting episode is imminent. Quick! Roll a couch over just in case.
Lastly, once again (don’t forget), this is a charity duo and so Joy Lacquer has a polish too! Their offering is Mau Loa Ohana, a bright pink with orange chrome shift. Check out my girl, Elena, from Nail Experiments for swatches. Click here to see!
Pre-order for these starts on March 17 and runs through March 31st. Cost is $12 each and will be available to purchase at each respective maker’s site. To make it easy for you (and cuz BEST BLOGGER EVER), here are the links:
Tonic Polish – click here
Joy Lacquer – click here
If you’d like to get the inside scoop on future donations and brand collaborations, join Crystal’s Facebook group by clicking here. DO IT. I mean it.
Crystal will be making the donation to the Hawaiian Humane Society in person around April 7th. I’d soooo be on board with that if I could guarantee to hubby (complete with signed waiver, blood sample, and 18 lock-tight provisions and clauses) that I won’t bring home a suitcase full of kitties. Which is nigh on impossible, so guess I’ll stay home and wear pajamas all day instead. Not as fun, but pretty close.
Background on Crystal’s Charity Lacquers:
“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. 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.”
Photo of Crystal snuggling with Spot. The beautiful white pup with brown spots wearing the lei is Lily. And there’s a cat too who rules over them all. Clearly.