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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!