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
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
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
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