August 2019 Polish Pickup | At The Carnival

by Lisa Heath
August 2019 Polish Pickup | At The Carnival

Press Sample of the August 2019
Polish Pickup | At The Carnival

It’s that time again! This post is the largest I’ve done for Polish Pickup so far, so there’s a ton of love and labor poured into it. Today we’re going to be looking at the August 2019 Polish Pickup At The Carnival!

I would have started this a little earlier, but Nick was doing a blog revamp for me! Plus we’re setting up to move to a bigger server for faster load times. It seems I’ve outgrown the current one and we’re seeing sightly slower load times as the days go on.

I’m still waiting on 1 polish (that I’m aware of) that was supposed to be delivered today, but good ol’ USPS decided they wanted it one more day. So I’ll have to add that final one into this post on Monday. At this point – I have 87 items to share!

For full disclosure – I like this theme, I like the creativity makers put into their creations… but I actually hate traditional carnivals. I’m scared of clowns, I don’t like topsy turvy or spinning rides. I do like the foods and games though. My high school puts on a yearly carnival and I was dragged to it for many years.

Not my thing.

I did vote for this theme though, because while I’m not a fan of carnivals – there’s a ton of inspo that can be drawn from them. The lights at night, the foods, the scents, the people, the costumes… lots of fun if I don’t have to physically attend.

Ready to take a look? Settle in, it’s a long, photo heavy post… and as usual (as of late) there will be a fun giveaway at the end!

1850 Artisan Polish | Madame Lulu

Inspiration: Based on the Madame Lulu character from The Carnivorous Carnival, part of A Series of Unfortunate Events

Description: Madame Lulu is a blue-leaning purple crelly base with copper and turquoise shimmer, as well as iridescent flakes that shift through colors of emerald, orange, pink, purple, and gold. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: None

77 Nail Lacquer | Carnival

Inspiration: Carnival is inspired by a song of the same name by Natalie Merchant.

Description: Carnival is a light/medium grey crelly with various black and white matte glitters, as well as blue to purple to red shifting pigment. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 90 Bottles

Alter Ego | Whirlin’ In The Moonlight

Inspiration:  a photo of a carnival ride called the Swing Chair taken just after sunset

Description:  Whirlin’ In The Moonlight is a deep navy blue creme base with micro holo gold glitters in hex and crescent moon. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $9.00 | Cap: 30 Bottles

Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Mermaid Tears Deep Nutrition Base Coat

Inspiration: Our favorite carnival refreshment!

Description: Mermaid Tears is a deep nutrition treatment, which can be worn as a base coat or on it’s own as a rehab treatment for brittle or weak nails. The moisturizing formula contains a smoothing complex that seals down Keratin cells, plus amino acids to help stimulate the formation of new Keratin cells while the weak sections grow out. The scent is Root Beer. It’s just like the real thing: refreshing, sweet, and just a little tangy!

I did a full, in depth review of Mermaid Tears in my blog post here.

Price: $8.50 | Cap: 180 Bottles

Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Nouveau Cirque

Inspiration: The contemporary or “new” circus Cirque Du Soleil.

Description: Nouveau Cirque is a royal blue jelly base packed with green to teal shifting aurora shimmer, micro holo flakes, and various iridescent flakes that shift from orange to pink, aqua to purple, fuchsia to lime, and blue to green. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

The base color is deeper in person.

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

AURORA 5-Free Nail Lacquer | Generic Rollercoaster Scream

Inspiration: Rollercoaster Tycoon computer game

Description: Generic Rollercoaster Scream is a a berry jelly base packed with ultrachrome chameleon and color shifting flakes that show sparks of teal, blue, purple, pink and magenta. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 100 Bottles

Baroness X | Lemon Beignet Acetone Additive

Inspiration: “Beignets have been associated with Mardi Gras in France since at least the 16th century, and many recipes for beignets appear in French works around the same time. The word beignet (pronounced ben-YAY) comes from the early Celtic word bigne meaning “to raise.” It is also French for “fritter.” Beignets, a New Orleans specialty, are fried, raised pieces of yeast dough.” After being fried, they are sprinkled with sugar, coated with various icings and/or filled with fruit preserves, pastry cream or chocolate.

Description: Acetone Additive is a lifesaver if you use a lot (or even a little) nail polish remover. You add the vial to 8-12 ounces of remover (you can add less if you wish to) and it helps cut down the harsh effects of remover on your skin and nails.

Lemon Beignets smells delicious. Lemony bakery scent that’s sweet and will make your mouth water. It has a tartness from the lemon but it’s cut down by the sugary sweetness and dough scent.

Price: $4.25 | No Cap

Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Find Yourself

Inspiration: The carnival scene in Us

Description: Find Yourself is a sandy tan polish with glowing green to purplish pink shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

In person the shimmer shift is super strong. On camera it’s shy though.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 150 Bottles

Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Pop Pop Pop

Inspiration: Pennywise

Description: Pop Pop Pop is a very pigmented deep red tinted lip balm that smells of kettlecorn! It glides on smooth and has really nice staying power. When the “balm” wore off, my lips had a nice rosy stain to them.

My laser hair removal sessions seem to not be lining up with my swatching, cause I had it done 2 days before photographing. So no lip swatches again.

Price: $5.00 | No Cap

BLUSH Lacquers | Le Cirque Des Rêves

Inspiration:  The Night Circus novel by Erin Morgenstern

Description:  Le Cirque Des Rêves is a black jelly base with violet-pink to red-orange to gold shifting shimmer and holo flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | No Cap

By Dany Vianna | From the Top of the World

Inspiration: View from the top of Ferris Wheel

Description: From The Top Of The World is an indigo crelly base with pink to gold duochrome shimmer, crystal ultrachrome chameleon flakes and ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles

Cameo Colours Lacquers | Fluffy Sugar High

Inspiration:  Cotton Candy

Description: Fluffy Sugar High is a coral-y pink crelly full of pink to gold, violet to blue to indigo shimmers, holo micro flakes, and scattered holo sparkle. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: 95 Bottles

Colores de Carol | Feather Parade (Solar)

Inspiration:  Feather Parade

Description: Feather Parade is a solar polish (change by sunlight) from hot pink to violet with aurora shimmer and ultrachrom chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Colors by Llarowe | What a Ride!

Inspiration: Photo inspiration – the vivid colors of carnival

Description: What A Ride! is a bright turquoise with aqua, blue and purple shimmer and prismatic holo flake. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

This is a deeper, more vibrant shade in person. This tone of blue dulls out for my camera.

Price: $11.00 | No Cap

Copacetic Cosmetics | Radioactive Dancers (Glow In The Dark & Blacklight Reactive)

Inspiration: Brazilian Carnival Dancers

Description: Radioactive Dancers is a bright, lime green base with white micro shimmer. This shade glows in the dark and is blacklight reactive – which I forgot when I swatched it, so no photos of either. However, the creator does have photos of it, and it will be in the shop listing so you can see for yourself. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $10.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles

Crystal Knockout | Scoop Me Another Snowcone

Inspiration:  Snowcones

Description: Scoop Me Another Snowcone is a bright rosy pink scattered holographic base with purple aurora shimmer, rainbow iridescent shimmer, and holographic micro glitters in gold, turquoise, and orange. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Cupcake Polish | Texas Star

Inspiration: The Texas Star Ferris Wheel at the State Fair of Texas

Description: Texas Star is a black jelly base filled with silver holographic flakes, deep blue iridescent flakes and multichrome flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Cuticula | Nail Nectar Cuticle Oil Push Pens

Inspiration: Carnival treats

Description: Nail Nectar is a non greasy and luxurious to the touch cuticle oil full of beneficial oils to the skin and nails. Use this product as many times as you’d like throughout the day. The cuticle oil comes in the new silent push pens with brush applicator and cap. These pens can easily be refillable.

Scent #1: ‘Funhouse’ A scrumptious blend of Oreos, Funnel Cake, and Vanilla. This is my take on the Deep Fried Oreo.

Scent #2: ‘Candy Carousel’ A mouth watering mix of Cotton Candy, Kettle Corn, and Salt Water Taffy.

Funhouse is my favorite of the 2, and the pens are super easy to use. I actually have never had a push/clicky cuticle oil pen like this … and I’m in love with them!

Price: $10.00 for the Duo | Cap: 35 Sets

Cuticula | Limitless QDTC & Silk Base Coat Duo

Inspiration: Lemonade

Description: Limitless QDTC & Silk Base Coat Duo in the scent Blue Raspberry Lemonade! These smell DELICIOUS! Exactly what you’d expect if you pour a glass of blue raspberry lemonade. Slightly tart, citrusy and just enough sugar to smooth it out a little.

Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat is brand new, and it’s a 5 free quick dry top coat. I did use it as a top coat, and I didn’t experience any smearing, and I didn’t use the float method – so it did really well. The stamping I did in the photos below are what I tested it with.

Silk Base Coat is a 5 free scented strengthening base coat that adds a sheer milky look to your nails. Sometimes I just wear this and go.

Price: $16.00 for the Duo | No Cap

Different Dimension | Come One, Come All

Inspiration: Dusk at the carnival welcomes everyone

Description: Come One, Come All is a steel blue crelly base packed with pink to orange to copper to gold color shifting iridescent flakes, red to green to orange color shifting aurora shimmers, holographic microflakes and silver holographic microglitter. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat or these photos.

Price: $11.00 | No Cap

Different Dimension | Cuticle Oil Pen

Inspiration: Smells on the Carnival Midway

Description: On The Midway is a custom blended fragrance cuticle oil that smells just like the moment you step onto the carnival midway, with notes of kettle corn, candy apples, cotton candy and lemon shakes. As soon as I opened this, I was reminded of a carnival!

The cuticle oil works well and can be used throughout the day. It soaks in nicely and if used lightly, won’t interfere with other things you’re doing.

Price: $5.00 | No Cap

Dollish Polish | Small Town Throw Down

Inspiration: small town traveling carnival

Description: Small Town Throw Down is a pastel aqua blue crelly with pink shimmer, as well as pink, teal, yellow, green, and purple micro flakes, glitters, and ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Dreamland Lacquer | The King & The Queen

Inspiration:  “My photo of a Mardi Gras king and queen taken at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans”

Description:  The King & The Queen is a blue-grey crelly base with iridescent flakes and crushed gold flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

DRK Nails | Confete & Serpentina (Magnetic)

Inspiration: confetti & serpentine blue/pink picture

Description: Confete & Serpentina is a magnetic topper that shifts from blue to pink with iridescent multichrome microflakes. I used it on it’s own for these photos cause I have a thing with lighter magnetics that have that glowy effect. You can use it alone or as a topper though (and this way you know what color to expect straight out of the bottle) I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Price: $10.00 | Cap: 120 Bottles

DRK Nails | Easy Magnetic Effect (Top Coat)

Inspiration: The serpentine shape that a magnetic polish produces

Description: Easy Magnetic Effect was created to make it easier to get a magnetic effect from a magnetic polish. Using this will save you time and help to get the result you want. No need for rushing! Just apply the magnetic polish as a regular one and let it dry. Then apply a generous coat of this TC in one nail and use the magnet over it (repeat in the other nails).

I was skeptical, I won’t lie. However – I am a believer now. I painted 3 thin coats of the Confete & Serpentine magnetic polish (shown above) as regular polish – no magnet used during the 3 thin coats) then I used this top coat, and after each nail I used a magnet. I got nice lines from it and it was a lot less work than usual.

Price: $7.50 | Cap: 150

Emily de Molly | Late Night Blooms

Inspiration: Floriade. Floriade is an annual, month-long celebration of spring, held in Canberra, Australia.

Description: Late Night Blooms is an orchid purple base filled with pink to gold to green aurora shimmer and silver holographic micro glitters. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

In person this shade is more toned down, almost smokey haze like. It becomes this vibrant in the sun or brighter lighting though.

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Ethereal Lacquer | Caramel

Inspiration: Caramel apples

Description: Caramel is a warm caramel creme base with a strong red to green shifting aurora shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | No Cap