Good morning and Happy Thursday! I have a special collection for you today that I’m really excited about. Moon Shine Mani Looking For Group Collection! This is a World of Warcraft themed collection and Phoebe will be adding on to this collection over time, but these 8 shades are the start of the series.
I know I’ve mentioned it randomly over the years, but I am a World of Warcraft player. I’ve been playing since 2005, which is when I was pregnant with my son. I started playing because I was simply too sick to leave the house at that time (morning sickness SUCKED during my pregnancy, and lasted the full 9 months) so I had to find something to do to keep me busy.
This next part will be gibberish to those who don’t know the game at all, so I apologize.
About 10 years ago I was in a fairly hardcore raiding guild, and I was the guild officer that recruited new raiders. I would review their applications on our website (our guild was Impure) and contact them if I liked their application. One morning I “interviewed” a guy who wanted to fill a Warlock position we had open for raiding. We chatted online a bit, and he ended up joining us.
Over the next few months I went through leaving my husband (which was in the works for a bit already), and shortly after that, the Warlock and I became friends online. Then moved to texting and talking on the phone a bit here and there. About 9 years ago, I met that Warlock in person and… he moved in with me and the rest is history (it was Nick if you haven’t figured that out yet) and we’re still together.
Every other year World of Warcraft releases a new expansion to the game, so Nick and I generally take that week off and play together in game. It’s how we met, we have a lot of online friends we play with, so it’s fun for us – but also a special reminder since it’s technically where we met.
We no longer do the raiding thing on a serious level, but we have a group of WoW friends that we go in and raid with often when we’re all online.
So there you go, the story of how Nick and I met, and a little backstory on why I am excited about this collection.
Now onto the collection. The Looking For Group Collection is 8 pieces to start, and every few months it will be added onto. The polishes will be in categories related to the game such as people, places, races, classes, items, achievements, raids/instances, and random.
Let’s take a look. For each polish I will let you know what it’s named for and why Phoebe included it as inspiration for polish.
Cataclysmically Epic is an achievement in game that a player gets when they equip an epic item in every slot with a minimum item level of 359
Cataclysmically Epic is a grape purple to mauve to gold to green multichrome with green to blue to purple shifting chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
From Phoebe: The inspiration for this polish is an achievement I worked hard for at one point in the game, to equip an epic item in each gear slot. While it is no longer the highest level of this achievement I always liked the name and remember my excitement at getting it.
Home Sweet Gnome
Gnome is a race you can play in game. It’s available to those who play Alliance (I play Horde) I did play Alliance once and had 2 Gnomes (they really are cute) named Gnowai and Tinkertoys.
Home Sweet Gnome is a softer magenta pink with red to orange to yellow multichrome shimmer, lavender to gold micro flakes, as well as iridescent yellow glitters, holographic gold micro glitter and red to green shifting square glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
From Phoebe: The inspiration for this polish is the adorable gnome class, especially their hair, which has the most colorful customization options in the game. The polish is named after a gnome quest.
Leeeroy Jenkins! is a linear holographic topper with flecks of shifty pink to orange to gold to green chameleon flakes, as well as aqua and gold metallic flakes. I used 1 coat over a black creme for these photos.
From Phoebe: The inspiration for this polish is an infamous raid run in wow history when a player Leeroy Jenkins got his whole raid killed by running into a fight in Upper Black Rock Spire, yelling his own name, and became a popular internet meme as the video of the encounter went viral. It became so popular that the game designers actually named an achievement and in-game title after him.
If you want to see the video of it, it’s on Youtube. I believe there is mild language in there.
Magni Bronzebeard is a bronze metallic base with three different multichrome flakes that shift gold to bronze to silver, red to copper to gold to green and red to copper to orange to gold. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
From Phoebe: The inspiration for this polish is the dwarven ruler, Magni Bronzebeard who was once the king of Ironforge.
Molten Core is a 40 man raid instance. It was basically where everyone in Vanilla WoW started raiding! Tier 1 Raid Sets and two different Legendary weapons were here.
Molten Core is a deep cranberry red creme base with red to green shimmer, as well as red to copper to orange to gold multichrome flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
From Phoebe: The inspiration for this polish is the original wow 40 man raid, Molten Core.
Noggenfogger Elixir is a deep teal jell base with pink to green to blue shifting shimmer, as well as blue and green metallic flakes, cosmo holographic micro glitter, and purple to green shifting chameleon glitter. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
From Phoebe: The inspiration for this polish is an OG item in the game which transforms the player into a skeleton and the color inspiration is the potion’s icon in your bag.
Pools of Aggonar
Pools of Aggonar is a metallic multichrome that transitions through shades of green (primarily a spring green to forest green to teal) and has gold holographic microglitter, red to green shifting glitters, and pink to orange to gold to green chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
From Phoebe: The inspiration for this polish is the location in the game that my husband Tim and I first met and quested together. It happens to be a putrid grouping of fel blood slime pools where Arazzius the Cruel is found.
A Soulstone is a conjured item that a warlock can create beginning at level 18 with the [Soulstone] ability that temporarily grants one player the power of self-resurrection or allows the warlock to battle-ress a dead friendly target.
Soulstone is a boysenberry crelly base with green to teal multichrome shimmer, aqua to blue unicorn shimmer, as well as metallic blue and shifty pink to blue to gold chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
From Phoebe: The inspiration for this polish is a warlock spell that stores the soul of the party member, allowing resurrection upon death.
Moon Shine Mani Looking For Group Collection
Okay so obviously I have a fondness for the inspiration behind this collection, and I actually had things pop into my head of what I hope to see in future additions to this set. After playing for so long, there’s a lot of memories and moments that I would love to see bottled up. There are also class polishes I would love to see. Another thought that popped into my head was that I know there are a few nail bloggers out there that play, and if there was a collab of sorts that we each create a polish based on our characters.
This past Christmas, the main gift I got my mom happened to be custom polishes by various indie makers and each shade was based off her characters in game, then a WoW polish, guild polish and For The Horde Polish (which Phoebe actually was one of those makers too!) so I enjoy this kind of thing.
Application wise, everything applied well. I did use 3 thin coats for all except Leeeroy Jenkins! since it’s a topper and only needed 1 coat.
Price: $11.00 Each | $80.00 Full Collection
Release Date: August 10th at 9am EST
Where To Buy: Moon Shine Mani Shop
So what do you think? Are you familiar with World of Warcraft?