March 2018 Polish Pickup Books

by Lisa Heath

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How is it almost time for another shop already? This month flew by! I feel like I just wrote my February post. Today I have my March 2018 Polish Pickup Books writeup to share!

This month I have 31 items (like Baskin Robbins!) to share with you. This is roughly 1/3 of the shop offerings and I’m completely grateful for the opportunity to work with so many brands each month.

I’m gonna do my usual thing, then we’ll move onto why everyone is really here. Let’s see my spiel first (in case someone who isn’t aware of PPU stumbles upon this post) 

Before I get into this, we’re going to talk about this new Facebook group and I’m going to describe it’s concept. The group is Polish Pickup. Polish Pickup offers a fun, interactive experience that allows you to submit theme ideas, vote for your favorite theme, and selectively purchase your favorite polishes every month. It’s NOT a box though. I think when it formed that was the major misconception of it.

Now, I love polish boxes, however, some purchasers shared their frustration in only wanting 1 or 2 polishes from a box and needing to unload the polishes in the box they didn’t want. So essentially they were paying $40 and up for 1 or 2 polishes and hoping they could sell the polishes they weren’t interested in.

Polish Pickup is different. While the concept of picking themes and voting isn’t new, instead of buying the whole box, you can shop online for JUST the single polishes you want. There can be many indie makers involved with the theme, but you only have to pay for the exact polishes you wanted rather than 4-8 polishes you may not have been interested in.

Then every month the theme and makers change and you get a whole new set of polishes to pick and choose from. So while it has a box like feel (with the voting and themes) it doesn’t carry the box commitment.

This set of polishes will be available from March 2nd at 11am EST through March 5th at 11:59pm EST.

Let’s take a look. This month’s theme will be Books! As an avid reader – I approve of this theme!

6 Harts – Watch Her Fly


Inspiration: Dragonquest

Description: Deep purple leaning fuchsia crelly with color shifting shimmer flecks, copper shimmer flecks, and blue microflakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $10.50

Cap: 150 Bottles


Alter Ego Nail Enamel – Midsummer Night’s Dream


Inspiration: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Description: A deep pewter foil metallic. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $7.50

No Cap

Alter Ego – Respite Bath Brumbs

Inspiration: Soaking in a bath with a good book

Description: Bath Crumbs are moisturizing bath crumbles in a jar. Similar to a bath bomb and bath melt combined. Lightly scented with Nag Champa. Bloggers received a clear plastic scoop – but it will come with a wooden one for purchases.

Price: $3.00 for 2 oz

No Cap

Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, steralkronium hectorite, tapioca flour, SLSa and polysorbate80

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer – Because Of My Character


Inspiration:The Glittering Court

Description: A silver ultra holographic base with 3 sizes of holographic pigment, silver ultra holographic glitter, cyan to indigo aurora shifting pigment, purple to copper to green aurora shifting pigment, platinum micro flakes, blue to green to gold shifting flakes, and fuchsia to copper to lime shifting flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. You may need 2 coats of top coat for a completely smooth finish.

Price: $14.00

Cap: 100 Bottles


Blush Lacquers – An Eccentric Billionaire


Inspiration: The Great Gatsby

Description: A soft yellow leaning chartreuse crelly base with pink to purple to blue to green multichrome flakes, shifting pink to purple to red to gold shimmer, scattered holographic and silver holographic flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00

No Cap


Cameo Colours Lacquers – Roads Only Found With My Mind


Inspiration: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Description: An off white scattered holographic crelly based polish with red to green shifting shimmer, silver, gunmetal and red flakes and chameleon and black holographic microglitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.50

Cap: 200 Bottles


Chirality Nail Polish – Shug’s Purple


Inspiration: The Color Purple

Description: A black jelly base packed with 4 different shades of purple and violet shimmer flecks with a very subtle touch of purple to gold color shifting shimmer flecks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $10.00

No Cap


Contrary Polish – All The Colors I Am Inside

Inspiration: The poem “Colors” from the book Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Description: Cafe au lait colored base with red-orange-gold-green multichrome shimmer, holo microflakes, and various iridescent color-shifting flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos

Price: $12.50

No Cap

Contrary Polish – Sea Of Flames Lip Balm

Inspiration: The “Sea of Flames” gem from the book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; this fictional gem is described as “the blue of tropical seas [with] a touch of red at its center, like flames inside a drop of water.”

Description: Sea of Flames has a sweet cabernet-inspired flavor (Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with notes of crushed berries, currants, vanilla, and sugar). It is packaged in a sturdy acrylic jar with a clear lid. Since these balms are poured by hand, the design of each balm will vary slightly.

In this lip balm, the “water” is a sea blue with green shimmer, the “flames” are an orangey pink-red, and there’s a copper-red shimmer running through both. The balm is tinted in the jar but only provides the slightest hint of shimmer on the lips.

This is INCREDIBLY lightly tinted. If you have really pigmented lips, it may only show up as a shine. I do show a swatch on my finger and you can see the slightest tint. It does smell yummy and feels really good on. It’s not a sticky balm.

Price: $6.50

Cap: 100 Jars

Ingredients: Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Lauryl Laurate, Red 7, Red 40, Flavor Oil, Stevia

Dollish Polish – Blood Like Liquid Fire


Inspiration: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Description: The Vampire Lestate is a super squishy deep crimson jelly base packed with metallic shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00

No Cap

Dollish Polish – Dusty Coffin Cuticle Oil Pen

Inspiration: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Description: blood orange scent, with notes of moist earth, vanilla musk, spiced clove, aged mahogany wood and just a hint of death and decay. The perfect scent for the undead! To me it’s like an earthy citrus cut with vanilla. Very mellow and actually very different from anything I own.

There is a deeper colored blob of color running through this cuticle oil so don’t be alarmed when you get it! Nothing’s wrong and it’s intended to be this way! It’s meant to look like blood oozing around the inside of the pen.

Price: $6.50

Cap: 90 Pens

Ellagee – Nolite Te Bastardes Carboundorum


Inspiration: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Description:  A rich, deep red matte with red shimmer and bright red translucent flakes. I show it with and without top coat in a closeup photo, but the main photos are done with no top coat. I used 2 coats for these photos.


Ellagee – Book Zipper Bag

Inspiration: Books!

Description: This zippered bag with a Polish Pickup exclusive design is perfect for carrying your on the go manicure essentials. It’s 9”x4”, spun polyester poplin and machine washable.

It comfortably fits 6-9 full size polish bottles, depending on the brand. It carries 6 full sized OPI or 9 rectangular bottles (like Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer) or 8 round bottles (like Ellagee bottles) It’s incredibly soft too.

Price: $12.00

No Cap

Fair Maiden Polish – You Do It Too


Inspiration: Everyone Poops

Description: A multichrome that shifts green to gold to copper to magenta in a plummy red toned base with holographic glitters in silver, copper and emerald, as well as iridescent glitters that shift green to gold to red. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00

No Cap


Fair Maiden Polish ‘Masked by Maidens’ – You Do It Too Toilet Spray


Inspiration: Everyone Poops

Description: Just a spritz or two
Right before you go poo-poo!

Our classical scent of lemongrass, lavender and peppermint will freshen up your bathroom. Spray right into the water before you go and flush it all away when you are done!

Made with all natural essential oils.

This is basically a toilet spray that “traps” odors. Perfect for those who live in a one bathroom household with 2 boys (me) but also if you have dinner guests or people over so they aren’t embarrassed if they have to go #2 while at your home (or if you have to go while people are there) My son gleefully tested this stuff out during his nightly routine (at least he’s regular?) and it actually does work. I was impressed.

Price: $6.00 for 2 fl oz spray


Girly Bits Cosmetics – As You Wish


Inspiration: The Princess Bride

Description: A blackened teal based polish with copper to green to gold multichrome shine, prismatic holographic flakes, deep copper metallic flakes, multichrome flakes that shift green to pink to copper to gold. The blackened teal is hard to see and shows more as a deep greenish brown on the nail with all the elements involved.

I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00

No Cap


Great Lakes Lacquer – Time Is A Face On The Water


Inspiration: Stephen King’s Wizard And Glass, the fourth book in The Dark Tower series.

Description: A metallic sky blue multichrome holographic, featuring strong shifts from lavender and pink to orange and green. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50

No Cap


KBShimmer – If You Want My Bodice


Inspiration: Bodice Ripper Romance Novel

Description: This is a multichrome polish that shifts from a cool minty teal to a deep lavender with flecksof unicorn flakes that shift in a rainbow of colors, and micro holographic flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $10.00

No Cap


Lilly Anne’s Garden – Lothlorien Hand and Body Lotion


Inspiration: Lothlorien (Lord of the Rings)

Description: A hand and body lotion with the scent of Waterlily-Melon. I definitely get more Waterlily than melon in this scent, so it leans more on the floral side for my nose. It has notes of cucmber, lily of the valley and jasmine.

Important: Bloggers received bottles of lotion, but because of customer recommendations (the lotion is thick and hard to get out of bottles) – Lilly Anne’s Garden will be using 2 oz jars for purchases!

 Price: $5.50

No Cap


Lucky 13 Lacquer – 6 Inches of Snow


Inspiration: Jon Snow’s tryst with Ygritte from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Description: Black based polish with genuine silver micro flakes, Spectraflair linear holographic, as well as ice blue to fire red shifting shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00

Cap; 200 Bottles


Lucky 13 Lacquer Elemental Ward Quick Dry Top Coat in Sweet Wine, Sweeter Women


Inspiration: Tyrion from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Description: This is a scented quick dry top coat that is 4 free (contains toulene to make it a quick dry) and has a black cherry wine scent with a light hint of floral. It’s sweet but gives you a red wine kick.

I used this top coat for all swatches in this post.

Price: $6.00

Cap: 200 Bottles


LynBDesigns – Saunter Vaguely Downwards


Inspiration: Crowley From Good Omens

Description: Black based linear holographic shimmer with scattered holo shimmer as well, and intense red to gold to orange to violet multichrome. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00

Cap: 200 Bottles


Moon Shine Mani – The Secret of the Golden Holo


Inspiration: Nancy Drew Series of Mystery Stories

Description: Intense gold linear holographic packed with warm gold shimmer and speckled with multichrome flakes that shift red to gold to green. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00

No Cap


Pahlish – The Land Of Tears


Inspiration: The Little Prince

Description: A violet jelly base with holographic pigments and flakes with a bright olive green to bright blue multichrome shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00

No Cap


Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish – 1910


Inspiration: 11th Edition Encyclopedia Britannica

Description: A deep blue leaning olive green packed with shimmer and gold micro flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.50

No Cap


Quixotic Polish – The Girl Who Stood On A Grave

Inspiration: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Description: A medium grey crelly base with purple to blue to red shifting shimmer and scattered holographic. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price:  $11.50

No Cap

Sassy Pants Polish – Wild Things


Inspiration: Where The Wild Things Are

Description: An azure blue jelly based scattered holographic with holographic micro shreds and glitters, as well as a purple to red iridescent shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00

No Cap


Scofflaw Nail Varnish – The Lady Amalthea


Inspiration: The Last Unicorn

Description:  A soft and slightly dusty seafoam green crelly base packed with iridescent and sparkle that shifts through a rainbow of colors, as well as lilac and aqua microglitters and violet shreds. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50

No Cap


Stella Chroma – Let Me Show You


Inspiration: Inspired by this vivid picture representing the moment Tom Riddle brings Harry into the diary for the first time in the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Description: A blackened brown jelly base loaded with bright, multicolored flakes and gold shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00

No Cap


Sweet Heart Polish – I Know You’re Not Thirsty


Inspiration: Go the F*ck to Sleep

Description: A  deep royal blue shimmer with copper flecks, copper to gold chameleon glitter, yellow to green and pink to gold color shifting flakes.  I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00

Cap: 200 Bottles


Top Shelf Lacquer – For Pete’s Sake


Inspiration: “This polish is inspired by my daughter’s favorite books, Pete the Cat.  I chose one of the books from her collection called “Pete the Cat and the missing cupcakes” by Kimberly & James Dean.  I love Pete the Cat books b/c they are short enough to hold her attention and always have a nice lesson in the story as well.”

Description: “For Pete’s Sake” is a super shifty multichrome polish that shifts from dark blue to deep purple to red and green.  It is loaded with chameleon flakes that shift from pink to orange to green.  The base is also scattered with tiny holographic glitter. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00

No Cap


March 2018 Polish Pickup Books

As someone who was raised with very little TV time and was told to “read a book instead” I really enjoyed this theme. I regularly read 2-3 books a week, and while I love the classics – I’m generally drawn to more paranormal fantasy type books. I have also been following the Sue Grafton Kinsey Malhone series for years and was absolutely devastated when she passed away last year. The final book “Z” will never be written. So I’ve read A-Y.

Anyways, all of these shades were lovely and I swear the makers are getting better and better every month with their creations!

Where To Buy: Polish Pickup Shop

Shop Dates: March 2nd at 11am EST through March 5th at 11:59pm EST

Shipping Price: $3.00 Within US  (regardless of how many you buy!)

The Polish Pickup Shop now has WISHLISTS! If you see things you like, you can go to the shop and start adding to your wishlist! Not everything is up quite yet, but it will be soon.

Make sure you check out the group to see more swatches, and Delanie’s Swatch The Box for live viewing of about 55 of this months polishes!



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Joe Miragliotta February 28, 2018 - 9:49 am

Anne McCaffrey is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. I’ve read all of her Dragons of Pern books and a few others as well. She’s great.

Angie February 28, 2018 - 9:56 am

Sooo many gorgeous shades. I own so much nail polish, I got really addicted to it a few years back, but I never use it. I need to start painting my nails.

Leigh February 28, 2018 - 11:08 am

What gorgeous photography. You are a hand model!! I love what you have shared. I don’t feel pulled together unless my nails are done, whether it is a special occasion or not. :)

Jeanette February 28, 2018 - 12:59 pm

You have got some great pictures! Those colors on the nails are absolutely outstanding and I could use a whole bunch of those right now. I love to color my nails as much as I can just because life is too boring without colors.

Jennifer Van Huss February 28, 2018 - 4:39 pm

There are so many beautiful colours here!! I’m torn between loving Midsomers night dream and Enchanted Princess. I think those two are my favourite!!! I love the sparkles and the depth of the colours

Lisa Favre February 28, 2018 - 5:13 pm

These are really beautiful colours and such a great glitter base to so many of them! I really love “An Eccentric Billionaire” – it is SO Gatsby style!

Destany February 28, 2018 - 5:41 pm

Wow! That’s a lot of polish haha! Lots and lots to choose from. I’m a fan of Richelle Mead, but I’ve never read that book. Weird that I’m using this post to add books to my wishlist? :)

Julie Bennett March 1, 2018 - 8:27 pm

I love Richelle Mead (that’s my polish!), but this book isn’t her normal style. I probably should’ve gone with Gameboard of the Gods (I so wish she would release the 3rd book!), but this series lends itself to creating colors much more than her other series. :) It’s an interesting book, but I think it’s mislabeled as “fantasy.” :D

Joely Smith February 28, 2018 - 7:05 pm

Your photos are AMAZING and honestly I am not THAT into nail polish I mean I use it, but I do not go seeking out any other blog nail polish post other than yours! You find the BEST trendy colors!!!! I always try to find ONE favorite but end up loving so many on your posts! I am totally into the greens this time of the year and you have some KILLER green colors!

Terri Steffes February 28, 2018 - 8:34 pm

I was sold on that Pewter foil one, then all the ones that followed were incredible too. How do you choose?? I would have to redo my nails every day with that many colors!

chubskulitrose March 1, 2018 - 6:04 am

I like them all but my favorite is the blue color! Your nails are perfectly cut, I am envious! I only paint my nails once in a while, it doesn’t stay very well especially during summer when I spend most of my time in the garden.

Kathy March 1, 2018 - 7:25 am

Wow, those are some seriously beautiful colors. I need to get myself some of these. I really love the glittery ones. Those are always my favorite.

Ricci March 1, 2018 - 1:59 pm

I love bright nail colors for spring! I need to try a few of these for myself!! Thanks for the heads up on these gorgeous colors!!

Julie Bennett March 1, 2018 - 8:27 pm

Gorgeous, Lisa!!! Thank you for sharing! :D Also, the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer cap is up to 200 now for anyone interested! :D

Claudia Krusch March 2, 2018 - 5:34 am

Love all the colors and the styles! So many great options! I need to check some of these out! After all, Spring is here!

Lynndee March 2, 2018 - 6:19 am

Such gorgeous and fabulous nail colors. And your nails are beautiful too. :) I have always loved red so I’m going to check those.

Ada March 3, 2018 - 7:40 pm

All of these are just gorgeous! I love the sparkly ones the best.

Trina Oliveira March 5, 2018 - 1:28 pm

Totally jealous of all your nail polishes! WOW! My fave is the Decatur Georgia


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