Amortentia

“Amortentia doesn’t create actual love, of course. That’s impossible. But it does cause a powerful infatuation or obsession. For that reason, it is probably the most dangerous potion in this room”
– Horace Slughorn (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

For some reason, I’ve really been craving pink polishes lately.  So I decided to finally break out the pink from Lac Attack’s Magical Musings collection (it’s Harry Potter-themed), and go all out.  It is a layering polish (you could probably get it opaque in like 6 coats if you really wanted to), so I layered it over China Glaze Escaping Reality, which is a neon bubblegum pink (think Barbie).  I wasn’t really creative with the layering combo, but I think next time I want to try Amortentia over a dark purple.

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Amortentia is a bright pink shimmer with small and medium lavender holographic glitter.  It is really pretty, and perfectly suited to it’s namesake, the strongest “love” potion in the world.  Also, it kind of reminds me of the love potion display in Fred and George Weasley’s shop in the movie.

This was one of the few Magical Musings polishes I didn’t plan on buying, just because I rarely wear pink, especially bright pinks like this.  But I am a huge Harry Potter geek, and I ended up just grabbing the whole collection because Harry Potter nail polish is my kryptonite.  But I’m really glad I got it, because it is very pretty, and recently I’ve actually been buying and wearing more pink polish.

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Here is a macro shot of the bottle so you can see the color a bit better.  It is a bit cooler-toned than Escaping Reality, and adds that color shimmer to any polish you layer it over.  I really love that!  I am a huge fan of layering shimmer.

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While I can’t say this is my favorite of the collection, I was surprised to find that I do really like Amortentia.  It’s very versatile, and definitely different than anything else I own.

Lac Attack polishes are available here.  The Magical Musings collection is currently all sold out, but I’m sure it will be restocked eventually, so keep an eye out for that.

Beauxbatons Academy

I finally got around to wearing Lac Attack’s Bauxbatons Academy, from the Harry Potter-themed Magical Musings collection, and it is amazing! It is definitely one of the ones I was most looking forward to when I bought the set, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint.

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Beauxbatons Academy, named for one of the other European wizarding schools, is a pale blue jelly with white, blue and yellow glitter.  Very delicate, but still really interesting.  I think it captures the school perfectly.

It is a bit sheer, so I layered it over Zoya Blu, which is the perfect undies for Beauxbatons.  Shown is two coats of Beauxbatons over two coats of Blu, with topcoat.

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I can’t pick a favorite from the collection, but this is definitely one of my top picks.  What do you think?

Durmstrang

Durmstrang was one of the few polishes from the Lac Attack Magical Musings collection that I wasn’t going to get.  And then, at the very last minute, I decided I needed the complete collection (you can’t get Hogwarts and Beauxbatons and leave out Durmstrang, right?).  I am soooo glad I did, because it is gorgeous!

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For those of you who aren’t Potterheads, Durmstrang is a wizarding school in Eastern Europe, and is featured in several of the Harry Potter novels, especially The Goblet of Fire.  Not much is said about it, other than it is extremely cold there, and the students wear dark furs (and are also maybe taught the dark arts).

Durmstrang (the polish) is a sheer shimmery teal blue with black diamonds and shards.  I think it is a great representation of Durmstrang (the school).  The base is really sheer, so this is probably best as a layering polish.  I swatched it on only two fingers so you can see how the base in Durmstrang changes the color you put it over.

And here’s a bottle shot, so you can see how gorgeous it really is:

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The formula was a little bit problematic.  I found it hard to get the bigger pieces out of the bottle, and even then, they didn’t want to stay on my nail.  It was a challenge to place the glitter while keeping the base even at the same time.  Still, it wasn’t the worst polish I’ve ever worked with.  Shown is two coats of Durmstrang on my index and middle fingers over Orly Snowcone.

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I can’t wait to show you the rest of the Magical Musings collection!  They are available for purchase in Lac Attack’s store, both in mini and full sizes.  The entire Magical Musings collection will be restocked today (January 23, 2013) at 5pm EST.  If you miss out, don’t worry, because Anastasia swears they’re not going anywhere!

Death Day Party

The Lac Attack Magical Musings Collection is hands-down my favorite polish collection of 2012.  And when I first saw pictures of Death Day Party, I knew it was going to be a favorite (I love that part of the books, too!).  It is a clear base filled with tiny gray flakes, tinier orange/copper flakes, and some pink/blue/purple shimmer.  So, so gorgeous!

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I took a close-up of the polish in the bottle so you can see how beautiful this polish is.  I really can’t tell you how much I love Death Day Party!  It is seriously magical!

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I used it for some accent nails over yesterday’s OPI Do You Lilac It?, but I can’t wait to do a full mani with this, so you will definitely be seeing it again.  I used one coat here, with a bit of dabbing to fill in some sparser areas.

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I think I want to try Death Day Party over a darker color next.  Maybe a cobalt blue.  What color do you want to see it over?

If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out the Magical Musings collection, available in Lac Attack’s shop.  I’m pretty picky about the indies I buy, but I really love every single one of them!  I really need to get some more swatches of them up soon!