Lacquered Bits

Posts by this author:

cirque colors Desert Bloom 2018

Hi guys!! The spring is finally here and so are spring polish collections. I have one of these here to show you. This is Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018 collection and I have swatches of all 9 shades. I only have two photos of each shade, because otherwise there would be too many photos and the post would have been too big. So only two photos today.

And here they are.


Pebble* – Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018

My daughter says it’s a skin colour with black glitter. So yes, in my words, a light nude with black flakes. It is opaque in two easy coats.

cirque colors pebble cirque colors pebble


Mineralized* – Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018

Mineralized is a tanned sister of Pebble. It has a bit of chocolate touch to it, so it can give your hands some red tint. The formula was the same as with Pebble, an easy one.

cirque colors mineralized cirque colors mineralized


Rose Canyon* – Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018

Is a pink nude sister of the previous two polishes. It is my favourite along with Pebble out of the Speckled three polishes. And the formula is the same quality.

cirque colors rose canyon cirque colors rose canyon


Fata Morgana* – Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018

It is a very pale lilac base with copper shimmer. It also contains very small holographic glitter, that makes it sparkle so beautifully. The shimmer also translates on to nails, so this is a major plus. The formula was very easy and it was opaque in two coats.

cirque colors fata morgana cirque colors fata morgana


Wildflowers* – Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018

Wildflowers is also a lilac polish, but much darker and dustier. It also contains copper shimmer and very small holographic glitter. And again the shimmer translates on to the nails. The formula was the same as with Fata Morgana.

cirque colors wildflowers cirque colors wildflowers


Earthen* – Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018

Oh, this one *_*. It’s a brownish taupe base with brown shimmer and the same small holographic glitter. The formula was again great as always and opaque in two coats.

cirque colors earthen cirque colors earthen


Dusky Skies* – Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018

This polish was drying pretty fast, so you have to be quick with application. I don’t know the reason, because otherwise the formula looks the same as other polishes. So you might want to be careful here. It is a true blurple, so it was very hard to photograph. My camera made it look blue, but my iPhone somehow managed to capture the true shade. So the last photo is the most accurate when it comes to the colour of this polish, but it is low in quality.

cirque colors dusky skies cirque colors dusky skies cirque colors dusky skies


Palm Springs* – Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018

It is a true turquoise base with pink shimmer and small holographic glitter. The formula was great and it needed two coats for full opacity.

cirque colors palm springs cirque colors palm springs


Taos* – Cirque Colors Desert Bloom 2018

This one is my least favourite when it comes to colour. It is green with a hint of teal. The shimmer here is also pink and it also contains a small holographic glitter. And the formula was the same as with the rest of the shades.

cirque colors taos cirque colors taos


The polishes are already available on and with their stockists.

What do you think? Well, I love almost all of them. The last one is the only one that I am not a fan of. But other 8 shades look amazing to me *_*.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your polishes!! x0x0


spring wreath

I think it’s time for winter to come to an end. We’ve had snow here in Slovenia for over a month now and I believe we are ready for plants to sprout and flowers to bloom. I need the warmth to come and the cold to go away. So in that spirit I made a spring wreath.

I was eyeing them on Pinterest since December and I knew I was going to make one when the time comes. And now that the time came, these kind of wreaths feel so right. They are full of colour and positiveness, which is something I need so bad right now. I have to fill my home with spring feeling, since the weather isn’t cooperating. And the first thing is this wreath.

spring wreath spring wreath

I bought a simple, made only of bare branches, wreath in Mömax store a while ago. And the roses too. I was searching for great quality roses, or any flowers for that matter, for quite some time on the web and I thought I found them in Merkur – a Slovenian hardware store. But then I found myself in Mömax and saw they had fake flowers there too. I must say I was impressed with them. They really are of great quality and to my disappointment the ones in Merkur aren’t. And going through all the flowers in Mömax, I also found the perfect wreath. But the best part here is that I will be able to have this spring wreath on my living room wall through the whole spring. You can make it with real flowers, but they will die in a couple of day whereas the fake ones won’t.

Making The Wreath

Here is what I did. I took kitchen twine so I would fasten the flowers on to the wreath. I didn’t want to use the glue in case I changed my mind and wanted to add some other flowers or change it in any way. But if you want to you can use the glue, it can be of great help.

I cut stems of all the roses in appropriate length and started to insert them in to the branches of the wreath. I also took the leaves off the stems and used them around the flowers to add the greenery. I tied the blooms and the leaves and once I was satisfied with my creation, I hung it on to the wall. I might move it to some place else, but for now it will hang right there.

So that’s it. Really very simple.

Enjoy the rest of the photos and thank you for reading!! xoxo

spring wreath spring wreath spring wreath spring wreath


Alessandro Advent Calendar 2017

The second calendar I had this year was sent to me by Slovenian retailer. This is Alessandro Advent Calendar 2017. I already had a calendar from this brand two years ago, you can check it here: Alessandro Christmas Calendar 2015, but I wasn’t most impressed by it, because it had too many testers in bags. So I was interested when I got it this year, if they improved the contents. And yes they did. But I would still love to see more nail polishes in there. I think everyone would.


So this year we have seven mini nail polishes, two tester hand creams, two 5 ml nail creams, one cuticle remover, one hand peeling, two nail serums, four hand creams in various sizes (5, 10 and 30ml), one heel balm, one base coat, one top coat, one nail hardener and one nail whitener.

Those two testers could have been nail polishes and then I would have been really happy 🙂 .

And here are the contents of Alessandro Advent Calendar 2017.


Day 1: Hand!Spa Comfort Day Hand Cream 5ml

It has a very thick consistency and that makes it rather hard to spread, so I took a bigger amount of product out of the container then I usually do. And that is the reason the cream was gone in a few uses. It absorbs quickly, but it leaves some sort of film on your hands. It slowly fades away, but still, it’s there and you should know about it. If you don’t like that, then this product isn’t for you. It worked well and protected my hands well while I was using it.

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 2: Pedix Med Nail Serum

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 3: Hand!Spa Micro Peel with Fruit Acids Limited Edition 30ml

This is a chemical peeling for hands. An interesting twist and I have to admit I haven’t use it before. It contains glycolic, malic, lactic and other acids and it works pretty well. It has a gel texture and you easily rub it in to your hands. I was rubbing it for about thirty seconds and then I washed my hands with water. And after the use the skin on my hands felt so smooth and soft. So it is definitely working.

But you have to be careful, it says on the package you have to avoid sun exposure immediately after use. But I would suggest you have to wear sunscreen, when going out, just like you would on your face. So that’s a bit tricky, because you constantly wash your hands and that means you would have to reapply SPF constantly.

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 4: Hand!Spa Cream Rich Hand Cream – tester

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 5: Nail Polish Holy Guacamole

It is a bright light green with an easy formula and two coats opacity.

alessandro Holy Guacamolealessandro Holy Guacamole


Day 6: NailSpa Nail Strengthening Cream 5ml

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 7: Nail Polish Velvet Red

(already got it in 2015 calendar where you can check for swatches)

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 8: NailSpa Cuticle Remover

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 9: Nail Polish Latte Macchiato

This polish is light brown. The formula wasn’t as easy as it usually is with their polishes, but it was still easy enough. So I had no problems applying it. And the polish was opaque in two coats.

alessandro latte macchiatoalessandro latte macchiato


Day 10: Base Coat

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 11: Hand!Spa Nice Day Hand Cream 30ml

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 12: Nail Polish Rosy Wind

It is a brown polish and I am not sure if there are any rosy undertones, hence the name. The formula was easy and it was opaque in two coats.

alessandro rosy windalessandro rosy wind


Day 13: Nail Polish My First Love

It’s a beautiful spring pink with easy formula and two coats opacity.

alessandro my first lovealessandro my first love


Day 14: Pedix Feet Heel Rescue Balm 30ml

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 15: Gel Look Top Coat

I have to say here that this is my favourite top coat when it comes to nail art, because it doesn’t smudge the pattern. Especially with stamping.

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 16: Coco mango Nail Butter 5ml

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 17: Nail Polish Ruby Red

Is a really beautiful red. When I was removing it, it looked like I cut my finger, so I say it’s a proper blood red. Although blood reds tend to be darker. And it is opaque with one easy coat. I applied one coat on my middle finger and you can see there is no difference between middle and the rest of my fingers (I put on two coats on the rest).

alessandro ruby redalessandro ruby red


Day 18: Pro White – Nail Effect Polish

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 19: Nail Polish All Night Long

It’s a lot darker on nails than what it looks like in the bottle, so bare that in mind. It was easy to apply and it was opaque in two coats.

alessandro all night longalessandro all night long


Day 20: Hand!Spa Comfort Day Hand Cream – tester

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 21: Nail Serum

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 22: Express Nail Hardener

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 23: Hand!Spa Age Complex Cream Royal 5ml

alessandro advent calendar 2017


Day 24: Tenderly Melting Hand Cream 10ml

I already reviewed Tenderly melting hand cream here and I have already used up the cube edition one. And now I will start using this one. I will use it all up, because despite  its greasiness I still love wearing it during the day.

alessandro advent calendar 2017


And this is the end. I know, I am very late with the presentation, but I still wanted to show it to you. So you can have it as a guide for next year. And I hope Alessandro team reads this post and they add more polishes and no testers in here 😀 .

Thank you for reading and see you in next post! xoxo


loccitane hand care

About a week ago I went to L’Occitane store in the centre of Ljubljana to have a hand care done. I was invited by the Slovenian representative, because they wanted to show me the new One Minute Hand Scrub. It is not a manicure, it is not a massage, it is more of a care so they can show you how to properly use their products. I don’t know if they do this in other countries too. So my foreign readers go and check in your stores.

loccitane hand care

Now let me start with the treatment. First I washed my hands. Then Liza took the One Minute Scrub and put it on to my hands. She gently scrubbed my hands for about a minute with it and I have to say it’s pretty gentle. My skin felt so soft to the touch. Just like with the old scrub, but less oily (I will compare the two, once I use the new one a few more times).

I washed my hands, dried them and then Liza applied the Intensive Hand Balm. Which I by the way have at home for almost a year now, but I didn’t use it yet, because I already have too many of their hand lotions. She massaged my hands in circular movements, so the balm would absorb well. And for obvious reasons, to simply massage my hands. And to finish everything she applied Nails & Cuticle Nourishing Oil on my cuticles. She massaged everything in to my skin and nails and after about 10 minutes, she was done, sadly. It felt so good so I almost asked her to keep doing what she was doing 😀 .

My Slovenian readers, I can tell you that you can simply go to L’Occitane store, any store in Slovenia and ask for this kind of treatment. And while you are there you can use my

20% discount code LACQUEREDBITS

on all hand care products or you can use it in online store on all hand care: L’Occitane Slovenija. This code is valid until 15.02.2018. It applies only in L’Occitane stores and online, not Nama, Muller or any other store that sells L’Occitane.


And I also have a code for this lovely Trio Hand Creams, which includes Arlésienne, 30 ml, Pivoine Flora, 30 ml and Cherry Blossom, 30 ml. It retails for 24,30 €, but with my disount code


you can get it for only 16,20 €. You can use this one only online and it’s valid until 15.02.2018.

Thank you for reading and see you in the next post! xoxo

loccitane one minute hand scrub loccitane one minute hand scrub loccitane one minute hand scrub loccitane hand care loccitane hand cream loccitane hand cream loccitane cuticle oil


alessandro powdery pastels

Hi there!! Today I present to you the new spring 2018 collection Alessandro Powdery Pastels. There are five shades in this collection and they are all from the pastel side of colour spectre. When I saw them online I fell in love immediately. I don’t know what it is about them, but the pastels always attract me. There are three rosy shades and two greyish in this collection. They all had great formula with two coats opacity, so there is really nothing negative to say about them. And now let’s start with them.


Romantic Morning* – Alessandro Powdery Pastels

Is the lightest of the rosy bunch. I would describe it as a pink/rosy nude pastel with hints of dustiness. Beautiful and easy to work with and you know how hard can formula with these light shades can be. And for the full opacity I applied two coats.

alessandro romantic morning alessandro romantic morning alessandro romantic morning


Dried Rose* – Alessandro Powdery Pastels

This one is a bit darker then the first one. To me it’s that antique, quaint rosy colour and I loved it on my nails. I applied two easy coats for full opacity. The brush was giving me a bit of trouble around the cuticles, so I had some cleaning to do afterwards.

alessandro dried rose alessandro dried rose


Yes, It’s Love!* – Alessandro Powdery Pastels

Is the darkest of the rosy bunch and it contains shimmer. That was a surprise to me, because I didn’t see it in the bottle. It’s very subtle, even on the nails, but it gives the colour grainy effect. I mean it’s glossy to the touch, but it looks as if there was sand in there.

It was easy to apply and opaque in two coats.

alessandro yes its love alessandro yes its love alessandro yes its love


Lazy Day* – Alessandro Powdery Pastels

The name of this polish is so perfect, a foggy lazy day. The colour isn’t just grey though, it has a touch of pink or lavender in there and it’s what makes it suitable for the spring.

I applied two easy coats for full opacity.

alessandro lazy day alessandro lazy day alessandro lazy day


Stay With Me!* – Alessandro Powdery Pastels

Is the darker grey polish, which also has some lavender tones in there. It’s beautiful and it goes great with the other polishes from this collection. This one also had an easy formula and I did two coats to reach full opacity.

alessandro stay with me alessandro stay with me alessandro stay with me


So these are the five polishes from Alessandro Powdery Pastels collection. I think they are well balanced, the whole collection can bee used in one nail art and I think I might just do that.

And what do you think? The polishes are available on Ekozmetka web site, so grab them while you can.

Thank you for reading and see you next time!! xoxo