It’s been a very busy month – but now I have the Polish Pickup April 2020 Aquatic Wonder post ready to share!
Easily my largest Polish Pickup post to date. I have 117 items to share, plus I still have 3-5 on the way. I know 2-3 for sure, and 2 others seem to be lost in USPS limbo, so I don’t know if those will make it or not. As usual, there is a giveaway at the end of the post – so be sure to enter that.
This month has been a doozy. We’ve been on lockdown for 2 weeks now, my job is considered essential (CPA office) so I do still leave to go to work, but Nick and Jacob have been hunkered down at home. Thank goodness for gaming systems so Jacob is still socializing and playing with friends. Nick is working from home, so he’s able to keep busy as well. I added homeschool teacher to my bag of tricks, which took a couple days to work into the schedule – but we’re pretty much all set up now.
I turned 38 last weekend. We had a nice, quiet evening at home. Nick made me an incredible dinner and dessert, and really it’s how I would have wanted to spend it – lockdown or not.
Once again I did do each set of photos both glossy and matte. I purchased 2 fresh bottles from Night Owl Lacquer and she was kind enough to send 2 refill bottles along with my 2 purchased bottles – so thank you again Lindsay!
For all photos shown – I used Vapid Lacquer Commitment Issues Peel Off Base, Sweet & Sour Lacquer Gloss Sauce as top coat (except for the photos showing Glisten & Glow, Cuticula, and Vibrant Vinyls), and Night Owl Lacquer Gone Matte Top Coat unless otherwise specified.
Since I leave for work while it’s still semi dark and I get home while it’s still semi dark – I do use artificial lighting for my photos. My current setup uses Glamcor Pro Lights and I use the Elite X model. That is a link for those wanting to look, but it’s not an affiliate link. The brand did send them for me to post on Instagram too though, so it is a press sample (which I posted about 3 months ago)
This is an EXTREMELY photo heavy post. There are almost 120 products and 3-7 photos PER item (majority have 7 though.) If there is something specific you are looking for – on desktop hit CTRL + F and type what you are searching for. Otherwise, enjoy the long scroll down the page, and of course the giveaway at the end.
The April Polish Pickup shop will be open from April 3rd-April 6th.
Let’s get started! It’s currently 12:23pm on Saturday, and I’m hoping to finish this tonight – but I don’t think it will complete until tomorrow (when wishlisting opens up!)
77 Nail Lacquer | Aliens?!
Inspiration: Inspired by the alien like jellyfish found in the Mariana Trench. Using a remotely operated vehicle, marine scientists dove to the deepest part of the world’s oceans, called the Mariana Trench, east of the Mariana Islands near Guam in the western Pacific Ocean; they were exploring the so-called Enigma Seamount (named for the lack of information scientists have on it) when they came upon this surreal-looking creature
Description: Aliens?! is an indigo jelly base that shifts red to green to blue to purple with blue to purple to red shifting large particle pigment and gold micro glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 145 US / 5 UK
Alchemy Lacquers | Halophile (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by pink salt lakes
Description: Halophile is a slightly orchid leaning hot pink (cold) to pale pink (warm) thermal with pink to red tp orange to gold to green shifting flakes and hot pink flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
It’s a bit brighter in person.
Price: $11.50 | Cap 75 US / 5 UK
All Mixed Up Lacquers | Hidden Treasure Mini Fizzies
Inspiration: Inspired by a photo of coral and colorful fish
Description: Hidden Treasure is a set of 2 hand painted mani/pedi bombs that look like geodes. They are almost too pretty to use!
Mani/Pedi bombs are similar to bath bombs, but smaller. They are packed with nourishing oils to soothe and soften dry skin. To use, drop one mani/pedi bomb into a dish or pedi bath of warm water, then soak hands or feet for about 10 minutes.
The scent is “On The Beach” and to me it smells like salty sea air and a touch of floral. I want to say soft jasmine like scent. It’s a really relaxing scent.
Price: $8.00 | Cap: 30
All Mixed Up Lacquers | Underwater Treasures (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by a photo of coral and colorful fish
Description: Underwater Treasures is a dusty plum (cold) to dusty rose pink (warm) thermal with scattered holo packed with different types of flakes including iridescent and ultrachrome chameleon. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
Lotion Stick by Alter Ego | Hit The Spot
Inspiration: Inspired by “I wanted a lotion stick that is ez to carry for immediate dry spot relief “
Description: Hit The Spot lotion stick is a slim, twist up plastic tube with balmy lotion inside. It is really good to travel with, as it is slim and easily fits in a pocket if needed. The lids also have a hole through them, so you can attach to a lanyard or chain and carry it on a keychain or around your neck as well.
Hit The Spot will be sold in a set of 3. One is unscented and you can smell the natural ingredients, and to me it smells like cocoa from the cocoa butter. The other 2 are scented – Pufferfish Pout and Twin Waterspouts. Both scented are very lightly scented, and the cocoa scent of the cocoa butter comes through stronger for me personally. I can smell something – but the cocoa skews it just enough that I can’t tell exactly what the scent is. Twin Waterspouts has a sort of salty sea type underlying scent and Pufferfish Pout seems to have a light floral. Again though – the cocoa is the stronger scent.
These are perfect for touch up spots that need some added moisture – as well as cuticles. While the name is Lotion Stick – it does have more of a cuticle balm like texture.
Price: $7.00 for a set of 3 | Cap: 30 Sets
Alter Ego | I Huff & I Puff
Inspiration: Inspired by a fun photo of a colorful yellow, fuschia & white pufferfish a fan group member posted in my fan group
Description: I Huff & I Puff is a sunflower yellow crelly base with fuchsia, white and silver micro glitters mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. It does have a very light texture when it dries down, but 1 coat of top coat was all it took to smooth it over.
Price: $9.50 | Cap: None
AURORA | Ocean Circus
Inspiration: Inspired by Cirque du Soleil ‘O’
Description: Ocean Circus is a clear base loaded with scattered holo, teal to purple shifting microflakes and rainbow flecks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. You can use this in just 1 coat as a topper as well. The particles within the clear base are super small, so there isn’t much texture – so 1 coat of top coat should smooth it out just fine.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100 US / 10 UK
Baby Girl Lacquer | Wonder Woman!
Inspiration: Inspired by a Wonder Woman Underwater scene.
Description: Wonder Woman! is a turquoise blue jelly base with ultrachrome chameleon flakes that flash fuchsia, copper, gold and green, as well as blue to purple, silver shimmer and a tiny bit of scattered holo mixed in. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. The more coats you add, the deeper the shade.
Price: $11.50 | Cap 100 US / 10 UK
Acetone Antidote by Baroness X | Atlantis
Inspiration: Inspired by Atlantis
Description: Atlantis Acetone Additive is an interesting but sort of addicting scent. It’s a base of peach, with coconut and salty sea air. Like a tropical drink being enjoyed sea side. The peach is definitely the prominent scent, but the coconut lingers and you almost catch it after you inhale – then there’s the salty sea air type scent after that mellows it all out. It’s pretty incredible.
Acetone Antidote is an additive for your acetone to protect your skin from the harshness of acetone. It contains glycerin and jojoba oil to help protect and moisturize your nails, skin, and cuticles during polish removal. Plus, no more ashy, dry skin.
Shake the vial and add the full bottle (.5oz) to 6-8oz of acetone. You can add the vial to more or less (down to 4oz of acetone, no less due to IFRA regulations). These are just suggestions for optimal scent and protection from acetone, the ratio can vary due to personal preference.
I use a full vial in 10 oz of Zoya Remove+
You will either receive this in a clear glass bottle as I’m showing, or it will be a cobalt blue glass bottle.
Price: $4.25 | Cap: None
Baroness X | Atlantis Beach – Fluid Art Polish Duo
Inspiration: Inspired by water washing up on the beach of Atlantis.
Atlantis – a vibrant blue fluid art base with turquoise shimmer and teal metallic microflakies
Sand Ahoy! – a light neutral, white beach sand fluid art base with holo microflakies and clear white microflakies
These polishes create the spotted effect as seen in fluid art nail polish designs. You can use them together with some white and seafoam green shades to create a water washing up on the beach effect. Of course they can be used separately to create any color combo you want. You just need one fluid art polish for cells to form. You will get more cells and colors if you use 2 fluid art polishes with other standard polishes.
This is a placeholder right now. The decals are drying after I messed up the first set. Don’t use ziplock bags. That’s what I took from this mess up. I will add the full mani photos in when they are done.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: None
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Subject Delta (Magnetic)
Inspiration: It’s no secret that I love the Bioshock games so when I saw the theme, I knew I wanted to make a polish for the first Big Daddy you get to explore the ocean floor with.
Description: Subject Delta is a blackened navy with copper to yellow to green magnetic pigment and gold to green ghost flakes (largest particle UP). I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. I left 2 nails unmagnetized and the other 2 I used a magnet with.
Price: $14.00 | Cap None
Lip Balm by Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Party Like it’s 1959
Inspiration: Inspired by the epic New Year’s Eve party in Rapture from the Bioshock games
Description: Party Like It’s 1959 is an unscented lip balm tinted a pale pinky beige with gold shimmer. I used 3 coats on my lips in the photo and only 1 swipe on the arm swatch. This builds up nicely and is a beautiful neutral shade.
Price: $5.00 | Cap: None
Beyond the Nail | Starfish Sunset
Inspiration: Inspired by a starfish laying on the beach at sunset
Description: Starfish Sunset is a deep cerulean blue crelly base with violet to gold shimmer, hot magenta pink glitter, and white matte star glitter. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. I did have to fish a little for the star glitters, but it wasn’t too bad. A couple came up on their own, the others I tilted the bottle and swirled the brush around to grab.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 150 US / 15 UK
Black Dahlia Lacquer | Island of Atlas
Inspiration: Inspired by Underwater city of Atlantis
Description: Island of Atlantis is a deep teal green crelly base loaded with blue to green aurora shimmer, holographic micro flakes, champagne to green metallic flakes and green to blue to magenta to red to gold multichrome and iridescent shifting flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
Bluebird Lacquer | Kick His Ass Sea-glass
Inspiration: Inspired by sea glass beach
Description: Kick His Ass Sea-Glass is a pale gold pearl like base with green to red shifting shimmer, scattered holo and ultrachrome chameleon flakes that flash blue to purple to magenta to gold. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200 US / No Cap UK
BLUSH Lacquers | The Black Pearl
Inspiration: Inspired by Tahitian Black Pearls
Description: The Black Pearl is a smokey dark grey creme base with a shifting pink-orange-gold-green shimmer. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
By Dany Vianna | Tortoiseshell
Inspiration:Inspired by Tortoiseshell pattern
Description: Tortoiseshell is a yellow tinged brown jelly base with black and brown small glitters, as well as gold metallic flakes. My main photo (directly below) is more color accurate. For some reason this pulls really reddish brown on me, but in person it is more yellowish brown. Almost like you paint your nails with a brown, then paint over with a yellow sheer tinted polish. It’s an interesting shade. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200 US / 10 UK
By Vanessa Molina | Wonder Seabed
Inspiration: Inspired by the deep sea, where shoal of fish move almost like a ballet.
Description: Wonder Seabed is a medium blue jelly base with iridescent blue to gold to green falkes, pink to green aurora shimmer and scattered holo. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
Cadillacquer | Shape Of Water
Inspiration: Inspired by the movie The Shape of Water
Description: Shape Of Water is a deep teal jelly base with color shifting flakes that show blue to green to gold, and small red metallic glitters. It is more teal in person – my photos pull more blue. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.50 | Cap: None
Cameo Colours Lacquers | Coronate Medusa
Inspiration: Inspired by the Atolla Jellyfish (also known as Atolla wyvillei and coronate medusa).
Description: Coronate Medusa is a bright orange leaning red crelly base with scattered holo, red to gold shimmer, orange to gold crystal chameleon flakes, red to gold to green shifting flakes, and silver holo microflakes. There’s a lot of elements in here, but they aren’t overpowering – so there’s a nice, delicate balance. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
Chirality | Factory Reset Restorative Nail Treatment
Inspiration: Inspired by Oceans
Description: This is my second bottle of Factory Reset, as I have tested it before. Factory Reset is a Restorative Nail Treatment that is made to restore your nails back to their healthiest “factory settings.” Can be used as a base coat as well ( and quite well I might add) however, my nails don’t peel and are quite strong (I can take someones eye out clipping my nails) so I cannot speak on that.
However, I did used this on my “Cinderella” hand as it says to: Apply one coat to nails every day for six days. Remove Factory Reset on the seventh day. For the next two weeks, apply one coat twice a week and remove at the end of each week. Use as needed afterwards.
When using as directed, my nails actually lightened. While I don’t have severely stained nails, they of course have a light “tinge” to them and that went away. They did look whiter and brighter.
As a base coat – you can also layer it up to 3 thin layers and have a nice, neutral, pale pinkish beige shade on your nails that look juicy. I enjoy this look. Shown in the photo is just 1 coat, and my nails have a nice, natural “glow” to them.
This is a scented product, and the scent is a blend of rain water and red apples. It’s light and refreshing.
Price: $8.00 | Cap: None
Chirality | LOST
Inspiration: Inspired by Bermuda Triangle
Description: LOST is an oceanic teal blue crelly base with purple shimmer, silver micro glitter, and green to purple metallic flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
Color Spectrum Polish | Coral Me Crazy
Inspiration: Inspired by beautiful coral reef with colorful fish
Description: Coral Me Crazy is a peachy coral jelly base loaded with gold shimmer, blue irirdescent glitters, as well as blue, green and purple mosaic glass glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. I did have to fish a little for the mosaic glass glitters.
Mosaic Glass Glitters are extremely thin glitters, so they don’t have much texture and are almost see-thru. I really like the look of them.
Price: $10.00 | Cap 75 US / 5 UK