Polish Pickup December 2019 | Winter Is Coming

by Lisa Heath

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December 2019 | Winter Is Coming

I have the final Polish Pickup post for 2019. Hard to believe another year is almost over… but at least we’re going out with a bang! Today we’re going to take a look at the Polish Pickup December 2019 Winter Is Coming shop!

This month the sales dates are changing. Instead of our typical Friday – Monday format, it will be a few days early and run from Monday – Friday. So mark your calendars for December 2nd – December 6th. This is to help expedite shipping a bit, but also give some breathing room for makers and PPU staff for the holidays.

This month I have 102 items to share with you all. It was a busy month, but as always – it was a fun month and putting the final collage together always makes me think “I did HOW many?!” but here we are.

The theme this month is ‘Winter Is Coming’ which left makers open to a lot of possibilities. They could go the Game of Thrones route or Winter in general. Anything from Winter traditions to holidays to memories to anything that freezes your little tush off. With the assortment I reviewed, there’s actually a nice, balanced mix of GoT and Winter in general.

This is an EXTREMELY photo heavy post. As of right now it’s 101 items with 3-7 photos PER item. 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.

Let’s get this show on the road.

1850 Artisan Polish | Winter Twilight (Thermal)

Inspiration: Winter Evening Sky

Description: Winter Twilight is a midnight blue (cold) to a dusty, medium blue (warm) with pink to purple and blue shifting iridescent micro flakes, copper shimmer and holographic micro flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 150 US / 15 UK

77 Nail Lacquer | Yippee-Ki-Yay MF

Inspiration: Christmas movie, Die Hard, John McClane

Also – Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Argue with me on it till you are blue in the face… but it will still be a Christmas movie.

Description: Yippee-Ki-Yay MF is a warm, magenta leaning purple base with a multichrome shift that shifts gold to orange to pink to purple to red, as well as subtle, delicate orange shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. The first coat applied really sheer, but it built up beautifully.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 98 US / 2 UK

All Mixed Up Lacquers | Cherry On The Rocks

Inspiration: Picture of frozen cherries

Description: Cherry On The Rocks is a slightly rusty cherry red jelly base loaded with red shimmer, scattered holographic glitter, small iridescent rainbow glitter, metallic red and silver holographic glitter, and rainbow flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

The glitters within give this shade a light texture, but 1 coat of top coat should still smooth it over.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 80 US / 5 UK

Alter Ego Nail Enamel | Get The Snow Off The Road!

Inspiration: Poorly plowed roads that sparkle in the sun, the residual snow can be so brilliant sunglasses are needed

Description: Get The Snow Off The Road! is a charcoal grey jelly base with 3 different particle sized holographic pigment in it to create a dazzling holo shade. I used 3 thin coats and glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $9.50 | Cap: None

Alter Ego Body Care Products | You Found Your Good Fortune

Inspiration: A German holiday tradition is to hide a glass dill pickle on the holiday tree. Whoever finds it first will have good fortune in the New Year.

Description: You Found Your Good Fortune is 2 pieces of glycerin based soap shaped like a whole dill pickle and a dill pickle spear (I’m craving dill pickles like I did when I was pregnant now) and they are mildly scented with dill seed essential oil. Makes a great stocking stuffer or weird gift for that pickle lover.

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerine (kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol (made from vegetable glycerin), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Oat protein,may contain pigments, micas, glitters, fragrance oil and/or essential oil

Price: $5.00 | Cap: 20 US / 5 UK

Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Pepper-Minter Is Coming

Inspiration: A play on “Winter Is Coming”, our version is an ode to the glorious season of peppermint! So get your pepperminty bark, tea, or latte and let’s celebrate winter!

Description: Pepper-Minter Is Coming is a warm toned, vibrant peppermint red crelly base with subtle holo shimmer, as well as matte and metallic glitters in white, red, and black.

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Siren’s Cure Cuticle Creme

Inspiration: The bright, fruity scents of holiday cooking & baking!

Description: Siren’s Cure Cuticle Creme is an interesting consistency. It’s whipped, so it feels light, but has a nice thickness to it at the same time. When applying, it reminds me of butter. It starts off feeling thickish, but melts away when in contact with body heat. It’s a really nice consistency and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy.

The scent is Merry Cranberry and it smells like the holidays. It has that crisp cranberry scent with the sweetness of raspberries. Basically the holidays minus the cinnamon scent.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, DMAE Bitartrate, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Avocado Fruit Oil, Witch Hazel Water, Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil, MSM, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, Organic Neem Seed Oil, Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

Price: $8.50 | Cap: 90 US / 10 UK

Aurora 5- Free Nail Lacquer | There Isn’t Enough Life on this Ice Cube to Fill a Space Cruiser

Inspiration: The ice planet Hoth from Star Wars. After destroying the first Death Star the rebel alliance is forced to flee and set up a new base of operations. The remote ice world of Hoth provides a beautiful but dangerous landscape for the rebels, complete with snow monsters and freezing temperatures that might just earn you a dunk in the bacta tank.

Description: There Isn’t Enough Life on this Ice Cube to Fill a Space Cruiser is a silvery white shimmer base with blue to green shifting shimmer and scattered holo. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 100 US / 10 UK

Baroness X | Acetone Antidote in I Want A Pink Xmas Tree!

Inspiration: non-traditional holiday trees

Description: Acetone Antidote is back – and I look forward to this every month. This month we have I Want A Pink Xmas Tree! which honestly sounds like a battle I would have with Nick.. mainly knowing he would say no. The scent is a powdery evergreen scent (the powdery scent cuts the harshness of evergreen) with light notes of berries, green apple and spun sugar. The scents shouldn’t work together… but they do. You get powder, shrubbery, sweet and tart all in one.

My nose primarily picks up tart apple and powder. It’s sweet but light.

If you are new to Acetone Antidote – this is a small vial of liquid that you pour into your polish remover in order to cut the harshness. I generally use a full vial for 10-12oz of remover, but you can do less if you prefer. Most use it with Acetone remover, but I use it in Remove + so it bumps up the moisturizing properties.

Ingredients: glycerin, jojoba oil, h2o, fragrance, poly 80

Price: $4.25 | Cap: 145 US / 10 UK

Baroness X | Ice Bubble Flambé (Thermal)

Inspiration: Our inspo is month is flammable ice bubbles that form in ice in some lakes. Most famously from Lake Abraham in Alberta, Canada. Methane bubbles are produced by decaying organic matter in the sediments at the bottom of lakes or rivers. The bubbles freeze when temperatures plunge.

Description: Ice Bubble Flambé is a thermal that shifts from a medium blurple (cold) to orchid pink (warm) with blue to violet shimmer and microflakes, as well as holo microglitters and micro flecks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: 80 US / 3 UK

Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Blood Magic

Inspiration: Inspired by the way dragon eggs are hatched in Game of Thrones

Description: Blood Magic is a rusty reddish burgundy jelly base with bright red to green shimmer and red o green ghost flakes. My photos do pull a bit bright, but I find the 3 fingered posed photo to be closest to accurate (but still it’s a bit darker in person.) I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Smarter Than The Average Dragon Tinted Lip Balm

Inspiration: Drogon from Game of Thrones

Description: Smarter Than Your Average Dragon is an unscented shimmery red lip balm. It’s definitely a pink leaning red, and on me it comes out strawberry pinkish red with my lip pigmentation. I found this slightly sheerer than previous months, so 1 swipe will give you a nice wash of pinky red color, but it builds up nicely. On my lips in the photo below is 3 swipes over my lips.

Price: $5.00 | No Cap

Beyond The Nail | Sansational

Inspiration: Sansa Stark in her Pink Dress

Description: Sansational is a pale, silvery pink crelly base with rose pink shimmer and soft gold flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

There’s a certain elegance with this polish that I adore.

Price: $10.00 | Cap: 200 US / 25 UK

BLUSH Lacquers | Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

Inspiration: Mistletoe

Description: Meet Me Under The Mistletoe is an olive green jelly based linear holographic with holographic microflecks mixed in, as well as iridescent glitters that shift orange to yellow to green. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

By Dany Vianna | Cozy By The Fireplace

Inspiration: a warm fireplace picture

Description: Cozy By The Fireplace is a medium rusty red-orange creme based linear holographic. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200 US / 15 UK

Cadillacquer | Blue Fire

Inspiration: The dragon Viserion in Game of Thrones

Description: Blue Fire is an effect topper (and the first one Cadillacquer has done!) and it’s a clear base packed with small silver holo flakes and blue aurora shimmer. I used 1 coat over a black creme base for these photos, then topped with top coat.

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Cadillacquer | Viserion

Inspiration: The dragon Viserion in Game of Thrones

Description: Viserion is a deep, cool toned purple crelly base with red and blue neon glitters ranging from sizes micro to medium. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Cameo Colours Lacquers | Sunkissed Snow Banks

Inspiration: Sunlight shining through snow covered trees onto snowbanks surrounding a frozen stream.

Description: Sunkissed Snow Banks is an icy blue-grey crelly base packed with scattered holo, gold metallic and silver holographic micro flakes, blue to violet to copper ultrachrome flakes, and a strong gold shimmer. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

I don’t usually do this. But this is a top pick for me this month. Definitely in my top 3.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: 95 US / 5 UK

Colores de Carol | Christmas Lights After Dark (Thermal)

Inspiration: An ombré Christmas Tree (Black to White)

Description: Christmas Lights After Dark is a black (cold) to clear (warm) thermal with holographic rainbow glitters in squares and hexes, as well as shifting rainbow micro shreds. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

I used it alone, but it can be used as a topper to transform any base color.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 250 US / 10 UK

Colors by Llarowe | Snow Birds

Inspiration:Our travels in Florida when the snow and cold hit.

Description: Snow Birds is a light teal based multichrome that shifts to purple to pink to green with scattered holographic. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: 200

Copacetic Cosmetics | Here Yeti, Yeti, Yeti

Inspiration: Mei’s Winter Skin Abominable (From Overwatch) & Her Winter Event called Yeti Hunt!

Description: Here Yeti, Yeti, Yeti is a black jelly base with turquoise hex glitters and fuchsia flakes mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $10.00 | Cap: 100 US / 20 UK

Crystal Knockout | Pastel Mirror

Inspiration: An iced-over lake reflecting the winter sunset

Description: Pastel Mirror is a delicate rose pink chrome base with shifts of purple and gold and subtle iridescent shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

This is slightly stronger in person, but the paleness of my skin and the paleness of the polish washed everything out. It’s a very delicate shade in general though.

Price:$11.00 | Cap: 80 US/ 10 UK

Cupcake Polish | The Santa Clause

Inspiration: The Santa Clause Movie starring Tim Allen

Description: The Santa Clause is a burgundy red based multichrome that shifts from red to gold to green. Certain angles, this polish is deep and vampy, and others it’s bright and cheery. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Cuticula | Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat and Mic Drop Base Coat Duo

Inspiration: Cuticula was inspired by a winter sunset and played off the colors of the photo of berry and lemon yellow shades.

Description: This month’s scent is Blackberry Lemon Curd, which smells like fresh squeezed lemons and berries mellowed out by vanilla, with a bit of fresh cream. It’s in my top 3 favorite Cuticula scents.

The duo this month includes Mic Drop base coat, which is a ridge filling and sticky base coat in 1 bottle. It’s 5 free and dries down to a pale, sheer milky base. Limitless Top Coat is also 5 Free, and it’s a quick dry top coat that gives your mani a nice shine, and if you float it… it plays nice with nail art too.

Price: $16.00 | Cap: 200 Duos US / 20 Duos UK

Cuticula | Fairy Frost Cloud Cover Matte Top Coat

Inspiration: a photo of a fairy standing in the snow.

Description: Fair Frost is a matte top coat with blend of micro rainbow pearl flakes, rainbow crystal chameleon flakes, and bright violet sparks in a quick drying matte base. I used 1 coat over Maniology Boy’s Tears for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 200

Different Dimension | I Believe (Magnetic)

Inspiration: The Polar Express

Description: I Believe is a navy blue jelly polish with added gold magnetic multichrome pigment and holographic microflakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: None

Dreamland Lacquer | Winter Never Quite Leaves (Thermal)

Inspiration: a photo that a friend took in the Arctic

Description: Winter Never Quite Leaves is a thermal that’s dark lavendar grey from some angles and dark brown from others when cold that transitions to a light teal when warm, and is filled with filled with shifty red to gold aurora pigment. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

The first photo below is the best of mine for transition colors. We just had colds sweep through our house and my body temp is still all over the place, so the transition tried to go back to cold too quickly for a photo session.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 180

Stamping Plate by DRK Nails | Designer 3 (Snow Flake)

Inspiration: A rainbow in the winter

Description: Designer 3 Snowflake Stamping Plate is a larger imaged plate that gives room for a lot of creativity. There are large snowflakes all over the plate that connect, and in some cases, they can also pass as flowers (so it goes from a Winter to Spring stamping plate). It’s deeper etched and images were super easy to pick up using a clear stamper.

Price: $7.50 | Cap: 50

DRK Nails | Gratitude

Inspiration: Rainbows in the Winter

Description: Gratitude is a pale silvery foil finish shade filled with pink to green aurora shimmer, holographic microflakes and iridescent blue to purple microflakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 130

Frozen Lake Stamping Plate | Esmaltes da Kelly

Inspiration: Frozen Lake

Description: Esmaltes da Kelly brings us a fall to Winter like plate with a nice variety of images. I did have some initial trouble picking up images with thinner stamping polishes, so I do recommend thicker, more pigmented ones. Could be my user error – but I was cruising along and came across that bump. Once I swapped stamping polish brands, it was smooth sailing.

Price: $14.00 | Cap: 100

Emily de Molly | Capture The Dream (Magnetic)

Inspiration: Blades of Glory

Description: Capture The Dream in a dark purple creme base with silvery white magnetic pigment. Very reactive to a magnetic, and a more simplistic magnetic that’s still stunning. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: None

Esmaltes da Kelly | Frozen Lake

Inspiration: Frozen Lake

Description: Frozen Lake is a clear base loaded with micro glitters! You’ll find an assortment of galaxy gold, silver, blue, green, lavender microglitters, as well as violet shimmer and purple and silver holographic flecks mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

The glitter particles are tiny, so there is a very mild texture, but 1 coat of top coat smoothed it over.

Price: $10.00 | Cap: 150

Ethereal Lacquer | Ice Fire

Inspiration: Inspired by the magic of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Description: Ice Fire is a multichrome that shifts teal to blue to purple to magenta and has an almost foil like finish. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 250

Fair Maiden Polish | Snow Berries

Inspiration: Photo of Snow Berries

Description: Snow Berries is a white crelly base loaded with red to gold to magenta to violet shimmer as well as multichrome flakes that flash purple, blue and indigo. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | No Cap

Ginger Fizz Boutique | First Snow Wax

Inspiration: There’s nothing quite like the first snowflakes of the season. Time seems to stand still while children and adults alike get lost in the magical world of a winter wonderland. You are taken back to your childhood days of making snow angles, building snowmen, and sledding down the biggest hills in town. It’s no wonder as adults we are still mystified by the power of a single, unique snowflake. Enjoy melting this scent and try creating some of your own paper snowflakes while you wait on the first snowflakes of the season.

Description: First Snow is a mini wax loaf that has lilac, light turquoise, and sky blue layers topped with three white, sparkling, snowflakes. This mini loaf is scented with juicy pear and leafy greens dusted with sugared cinnamon spices. The top notes are leaf green, orange, citrus and lime, middle notes are ripe pear and apple, and bottom notes are sugar and slight woodiness.

This is a very welcoming scent with milder fruits that give you that bit of juicy fragrance and the leafy greens and cinnamon balance it out to make it a good home fragrance that isn’t too sweet, but not too “holiday” My nose primarily picks up juicy pear, lime and sugar.

Price: $8.00 | Cap: 75 US / 25 UK

Girly Bits | I Came, I Thaw, I Conquered

Inspiration:  Ice Age (the movie)

Just wanted to mention when naming this polish came up, I voted for Ice Hole. Pam… I want to see an Ice Hole polish sometime.

Description: Ice Hole I Came, I Thaw, I Conquered is a soft lilac purple jelly base loaded with blue to aqua to purple to pink to violet shimmer that gives a glowy look, plus a subtle scattered holographic effect. It is on the sheer side when you first apply, but don’t freak out – it will build up nicely. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Glisten & Glow | Cuticle Remover Pen & Cuticle Oil Pen Duo

Inspiration: None

Description: This month Glisten & Glow brings us a duo pack of her cuticle remover and cuticle oil – both scented in Winter Cheer! The scent is a custom blend of orange, cinnamon, clove, cranberry and baked vanilla. My nose especially picks up on the orange and clove, but it’s a very warm scent. I detected a hint of the vanilla, but not the cranberry… all noses are different though. It’s a nice, holiday scent.

Glisten & Glow’s cuticle remover softens and removes excess cuticle as well as eponychium skin and comes in an easy to use twist-up pen style applicator. The cuticle oil is in the same style twist up pen – and I actually keep this duo in my desk drawer at work. It’s very easy to carry.

Directions for Cuticle Remover: Apply generously to the cuticle area and let sit for 60 seconds. Next, gently push back with your favorite tool, I personally love my Germanikure Crystal Cuticle Pusher (that’s an affiliate link) Finally, wash hands and cuticles thoroughly with soap and water.

ingredients: distilled water, potassium hydroxide, coconut oil and fragrance Glisten & Glow Cuticle Oil Pen is a custom blend of Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, argan oil, castor oil, acai berry extract, tea tree oil and fragrance oil

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Glisten & Glow | Olive, The Other Reindeer

Inspiration: Based on the children’s book and TV/DVD of Olive, The Other Reindeer written by Vivian Walsh about a jack Russell terrier dog, Olive who tries to save Christmas and help Santa deliver the presents to all the children. The play on words with OLIVE and “All of the” sure causes quite the mix up one little dog’s quest to save the day, not to mention all the characters that get in his way!

Description: Olive, The Other Reindeer is a white crelly base packed with various size and shape red, green and gold glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap:160

Grace-full Nail Polish | Winter Blooms (Tri-thermal)

Inspiration: crocus flower in the snow

Description: Winter Blooms is a tri thermal that transitions from purple (cold) to a lilac (warm) to a dusty mint bluish green when hot, with a strong green shimmer and pink, gold, blue and purple chrome flakes throughout. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 80

Great Lakes Lacquer | Not Today

Inspiration: Arya from Game Of Thrones

Description: Not Today is an effect topper filled with dark blue to purple iridescent shifting flake, aurora shimmer to match, and a scattered holographic pigment. I used 1 coat over a black creme, but 3 coats alone on the ring finger.

Price: $11.00 | No Cap

Great Lakes Lacquer | Sandor Is A Whole Mood

Inspiration: Sandor Clegane (The Hound) from GoT

Description: Sandor Is A Whole Mood is a pale steel gray crelly filled with two different aurora shifting shimmers and orange to gold to green shifting iridescent flake. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Heather’s Hues | Hotel of Ice (Tri-Thermal)

Inspiration: Romanian Ice Hotel in Lake Balea, Romania

Description: Hotel of Ice is a tri thermal that transitions from a plum purple (cold) to blurple (warm) to colorless/sheer white (hot) packed with red to copper to gold to green iridescent shimmer and iridescent flakes in red to green to gold and pink to orange to gold. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

I did these photos while still having a fever from a cold & flu bug, so the middle shade is only peeking out a little for photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 180

Heather’s Hues | No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

Inspiration: Macro photography of snowflakes

Description: No Two Snowflakes Are Alike is a densely packed effect topper that can be worn alone in 3 coats, or used over a base color. This is a clear base packed with turquoise to blue to violet to pink shimmer, iridescent blue to purple shreds, iridescent pink to gold to teal flakes, holo dust, flakes and microshreds. I used 1 coat over a black creme for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: 100

Stamper by Hit the Bottle Polishes | Double Shot No Ice

Inspiration: None

Description: The Double Shot, No Ice Stamper is a dual headed stamper. It comes apart in 3 pieces, a short barrel holding a stamper head, a long barrel with a stamper head and the cap (shown in photo below) The stamper heads are semi firm, with a little squish to them and are slightly sticky.

I’ve been using this same stamper, but with “ice” (crystals in the small barrel) so I’m familiar and comfortable with this style of stamper. What I usually do is use the long barrel end to stamp with, and I used the short barrel to burnish powder on and stamp with. Powders make the stamping heads slightly cloudy over time, so this way I’m not messing up my main stamper. You can also not use the smaller side and just have it hold onto a replacement stamping head.

Each month for Polish Pickup – when you see any stamp I’ve done – it’s done with this stamper (again, the “ice” version)

You will receive the 3 piece stamper and a scraper card in a clear box.

Price: $10.50 | Cap: 150

Hit the Bottle | Staring at the Embers (Stamping Polish)

Inspiration: being cozy in front of a glowing winter’s fire

Description: Staring At The Embers is a bright orange leaning coral creme with a very subtle gold sheen to it. It can work as a 1 coat creme or a stamping polish. I used 1 coat on my index and pinky, and stamped over black for middle and ring. It does dry to a satin finish, so use top coat to give it a glossy look.

Price: $8.50 | Cap: 200

Indie by Patty Lopes | Welcome to my Castle

Inspiration: Frozen’s Ice Castle

Description: Welcome To My Castle is a sheer white crelly base with holographic blue micro glitters, as well as white and blue glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: 80

Jior Couture | A Polish Has No Name

Inspiration: We wanted to incorporate both GoT and a normal wintery theme. The color was inspired by a sunrise over a snow covered home and field and the name was inspired by a famous line from Game of Thrones

Description: A Polish Has No Name is a pale grey creme with stunning copper shimmer that is slightly larger particle so it looks like tiny flecks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | No Cap

Jreine | Crystal Star

Inspiration: Inspired by LOL Winter Disco

Description: Crystal Star is a vibrant baby blue crelly base loaded with fuchsia to red to green to gold shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. Some VNL is still visible, as it is a slightly sheerer shade.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 400

Jreine | Pixie Magic Kit in DISCO

Inspiration: winter disco

Description: Pixie Magic is a burnishing powder that can be used easily without the use of Gel or a UV light. This kit comes with a 5ml bottle of Jreine’s Super Base (Burnishing Base coat), 0.30 grams by weight of Pixie Magic in DISCO and an applicator for easier application. This .30 gram pot should give you several manicures. 

Pixie Magic Kit in Disco is a powder that shifts red to green to gold and has a strong linear holo effect

I used DISCO over a medium red creme, but it can be used over a variety of colors.

Price: $15.00 | Cap: 400

Kathleen & Co | Winters Dusk

Inspiration: Winter’s Dusk

Description: Winter’s Dusk is a semi sheer light purple jelly base loaded wtih aurora shimmers that shift pink to orange to gold to green. While it starts off sheer, it does build up beautifully. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 250

KBShimmer | Cocoa & Cookies Sugar Scrub

Inspiration: Hot Chocolate & Christmas Cookies

Description: KBShimmer is back with her sugar scrub, and I swear this one makes you want to grab a spoon and dig in. Don’t though… don’t eat the body products.

Cocoa & Cookies smells exactly how you’d expect. If you took a fresh baked sugar cookie… and dipped it into a mug of hot chocolate and took a big whiff.. this is what that would smell like. It’s deliciously sweet and chocolately. I find the cocoa to be the stronger scent, but it’s a milk chocolate cocoa, so it’s semi mild and smooth, then I pick up the bakery sugar cookie scent.

KBShimmer’s sugar scrubs are good for all over the body or as a hand scrub, the sugar particles are medium grit so they do a good job getting dry spots on your body situated.

Price: $10.00 | No Cap

KBShimmer | Un-brrr-lieveable (Thermal)

Inspiration: Ice Castles

Description: Un-brrr-lieveable is a thermal that transitions from a cool toned purple (cold) and transitions to a light medium blue (warm) with iridescent flakes that flash pink, purple, aqua, green and gold, as well as silver holographic microglitters.

My camera freaked out with this one and the colors aren’t 100% accurate. The purple is a more vibrant purple and the blue goes a few shades lighter. I do recommend checking out the listing for a closer look at other shots.

Price: $10.00 | No Cap

Lemming Lacquer | Flame of Hope

Inspiration: The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

Description: Flame Of Hope is a navy blue crelly base loaded with holographic microglitter, red to bronze to copper shifting shimmer, as well as green to gold to orange to red iridescent flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 150

Lollipop Posse Lacquer | W is for Winnie

Inspiration: Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies

Description: W is for Winnie is a cold grey-blue jelly base packed with holographic microflakes, aurora shimmer and iridescent flakes that shift between orange, red, gold, and green. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

No photo does this polish justice. The shift, shimmer and holo play so nicely together and it’s a “see it in person and be wow’d” kind of color.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 190

Lucky 13 Lacquer | Nuclear Winter Wonderland (Thermal & Glow In The Dark)

Inspiration: nuclear winter, Crawl out through the fallout, baby!

Description: Nuclear Winter Wonderland is a steel blue (cold) to dusty peachy pink (warm) thermal with white shimmer and crimson to copper to gold color shifting shimmer mixed in. I dropped the ball a bit – as it’s a glow in the dark and I was so focused on the thermal that I forgot to photograph it. It’s a strong red glow in the dark effect.

I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. The polish dries down to a satin like finish without a topper.

Price: $10.00 | Cap: 140

LynBDesigns | Oh Snow You Don’t

Inspiration: Inspired by my home town of Marquette Michigan and it’s epic snow falls

Description: Oh Snow You Don’t is a sheer, warm purple based red to gold to orange pastel multichrome with linear holo and red to orange to copper to gold ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 150

Masked by Maidens | Winter is Coming Masked Spray

Inspiration: Game of Thrones

Description: Masked by Maidens is a before you go toilet spray. Simply shake and spritz your toilet bowl waterline before you go. Masked creates a transparent film on the water surface that traps odor. 

Being the mom of a 13 year old boy… this is a must have product in our bathroom. I do have bottles from past shops that I have brought to work as well since it’s a public restroom on our floor. Everyone at work knows where I keep them so they can grab them if they need. So office or home – it’s nice to have and it works.

Price: $6.00 | No Cap

Moo Moo’s Signatures | Yuki Onna

Inspiration: Inspired by beautiful yokai in Japanese folkore, also being called as snow woman

Description: Yuki Onna is a sheer ice blue with blue to purple to red shimmer, purple to blue iridescent flakes and holo flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. VNL is still showing, so you can use thicker coats, or a base color to create a more opaque look.

Price: $13.50 | Cap: 200

Moon Shine Mani | KEVIN!!!

Inspiration: Inspired by the classic holiday film Home Alone, specifically the scene where Kevin sleds down the entry stairs, out the front door, and onto the front lawn

Description: KEVIN!!! is a brick red jelly base packed with red to copper multichrome, pink to gold to green aurora shimmer and holographic micro flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Moonflower Polish | Tropical Winter Vacation (Stamping Polish)

Inspiration: I’m from the tropics where it never snows and we can enjoy the beach during the winter. We even put up Christmas Lights on the palm trees! So whether you come join me in my current home of Florida or go visit my homeland of Puerto Rico, you know that beach getaway is how you’d rather be spending your winter.

Description: Tropical Winter Vacation is a medium purple stamping polish with pink to red to gold color shifting shimmer and scattered holo mixed in. I used this as a regular polish on my index and pinky, and stamped over a black creme on middle and ring.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 75

MTK Design | A Beautiful End (Thermal & Glow In The Dark)

Inspiration: Inspired by Robert Frost’s poem ‘Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening’

Description: A Beautiful End is a medium periwinkle purple (cold) to aqua blue (warm) thermal packed with iridescent flakes that shift pink to orange to blue. This glows aqua in the dark. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coats for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 75

My Indie Polish | Snow Shards

Inspiration: Snow Shards

Description: Snow Shards is a white crelly base with blue and turquoise glitters and matte blue mini stars. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

My Indie Polish | Gone Before You Know It (Thermal Topper)


Description: Gone Before You Know It is a medium deep teal (cold) to clearish light teal (warm) effect topper with a very subtle holographic effect. This is made to be a topper, but it can also be worn alone. I used 1 coat over Snow Shards.

This naturally dries down to a matte finish.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: No Cap

My Stunning Nails | Rosebud

Inspiration: Inspired by a red sled named Rosebud in the movie Citizen Kane

Description: Rosebud is a medium red creme with gold aurora shimmer, gold flakes and gold microglitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat.

I got some flakes (2 maybe?) that stuck up a little, so I manipulated them to lay smooth. They weren’t curled, they just hugged another flake and went a little wonky.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: 75

Nail Hoot | Winter Rose

Inspiration: Winter Roses

Description: Winter Rose is a bright pink jelly base with a bold blue flash and shimmering pink to blue microflakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $9.99 | No Cap

Nailed It Nail Polish | The Anti-Claus

Inspiration: Inspired by Krampus

Description: The Anti-Claus is a blackened red based scattered holographic, with red to orange to gold multichrome pigment, red to gold ultrachrome chameleon flakes, red to green crystal flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 120

Nailed It Nail Polish | Peppermint Forest Bye, Girl Barrier

Inspiration: Inspired by Mr. Mint from Candy Land

Description: Bye, Girl Barrier in Peppermint Forest, inspired by Mr Mint from Candy Land! This is a dual use product. You can use it as a latex cuticle barrier for nail art… and like I do – as a peel off base coat. It has no color so it dries down clear and doesn’t interfere with swatching or altering colors.

Want to know how I get through hundreds of swatches without my cuticles shriveling up? Products like this.

Brush 1 coat on, wait about a minute and a half for it to dry (when it’s clear, dry) paint, photograph, peel and go. It minimizes use of remover and still forms a nice base to avoid staining too.

It’s latex though, so if you have an allergy to it, don’t use.

This is lightly scented with a creamy vanilla scent and touch of peppermint so it doesn’t smell like straight up latex and is easier to handle.

Price: $6.75 | Cap: 45

Native War Paints | Beautiful Wanderings

Inspiration: Inspired by a photo of foot prints in the snow against a beautiful sky

Description: Beautiful Wanderings is a teal jelly base loaded with red to orange to yellow shifting shimmer. The shimmer is more vibrant in person and the polish has that inner glow look to it. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Necessary Evil Polish | Peppermint Kisses (Thermal)

Inspiration: Inspired by peppermint white chocolate mocha

Description: Peppermint Kisses is a warm, slightly pink leaning red (cold) to clearish white (warm) thermal with scattered holo, red shimmer and white and red holo glitters mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 150

NeVerMind Polish | It’s Almost Dawn

Inspiration: Inspired by 30 Days of Night

Description: It’s Almost Dawn is a blood red jelly base with white micro glitters and bright red micro glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100

Night Owl Lacquer | Nothing Burns Like The Cold

Inspiration: Inspired by a quote from George R.R. Martin

Description: Nothing Burns Like The Cold is a smokey navy blue jelly base filled with copper to red to gold to green color shifting crystal chameleon flakes and silver holographic micro flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Noodles Nail Polish | Red Cup Season

Inspiration: Inspired by Starbucks red cups for the holiday season. When the red cups come out, you know Christmas/Winter is coming!

Description: Red Cup Season is a cherry red crelly base loaded with holo flakes, silver and red holo micro glitters, and red metallic micro flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. It has a mild texture when dry, so you may need 2 coats of top coat for a smooth, glassy finish.

Price: $11.50 | No Cap

Olive and Finley | Three’s A Crowd Bracelet Trio

Inspiration: Inspired by “When winter holidays come, so do unexpected guests!

Description: The “three’s a crowd” bracelet trio comes ready to be gifted with a fabric bag and a winter themed card so you are never caught empty handed! Perfect to gift, but so sparkly, gorgeous and easy to wear that you might be tempted to keep them for yourself.

Featuring a wintery color palette, these stacking bracelets are primarily shades of silver and pewter with accents of blue and blurple. Each stretch bracelet is 7 inches. These 3 coordinating stacking bracelets look stunning layered together, but also make a statement when worn alone.

These are really nicely done and make nice arm candy. The stretch piece inside is a thin, clear stretchy piece, and I had no issues with it feeling like it might snap. Perfect for wearing with jeans or on a night out.

Price: $15.00 | Cap: 25 Sets

Pahlish | Jolly AF

Inspiration: neon Christmas lights

Description: Jolly AF is a bright holly green with scattered holographic microflakes and bright copper to lime green shifting multichrome shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Paint it Pretty Polish | Festival of Lights

Inspiration: Inspired by Niagara Falls

Description: Festival of Lights is an icy blue base with shifting shimmer and shifting crystal chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price:$12.00 | Cap: 70

Penélope Luz | Snow Tree

Inspiration: Inspired by the calm and delicate landscape of the snow-covered trees

Description: Snow Tree is a sheer silvery icy blue base loaded with green to purple duochrome shimmer and icy blue holographic glitters in 3 different sizes. I used 2 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. It does dry down to a textured feel, so you may need 2 coats of top coat for a smooth finish.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: 280

Pepper Pot Polish | Fireside Chat

Inspiration: Inspired by a warm and glowy fireplace in the middle of a snowstorm

Description: Fireside Chat is a vibrant persimmon orange-red with rainbow flakes, as well as gold flakes, and a pink shimmer. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.00 | Cap: 80

Bath Fizz by Pepper Pot Polish | Warm Fuzzy

Inspiration: Inspired by your favorite cozy blanket and sitting by a roaring fire.

Description: Warm Fuzzy Bath Fizz is a nice, warm scent. Sweet spice, fragrant woods, tonka bean, light and dark musk, resin and rum. Nick really loved the scent because it wasn’t so “girly” and the scent lingers awhile after. I find myself sprinkling a little in the sink and running warm water just to scent the bathroom.

Bath Fizz is like a crushed bath bomb. Run water and then pour in your desired amount and it will fizz a bit and scent your bath water while also adding some body softening properties for a nice, silky smooth feeling after.

Price: $9.00 | No Cap

Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish | It’s Snow Cold

Inspiration: fresh fallen snow in morning light

Description: It’s Snow Cold is a sheer white jelly base packed with pink to purple to orange shifting shimmer as well as iridescent micro glitters that spark shades of pink, gold and aqua. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.50 | Cap: 140

Quixotic Polish | Make it Stop

Inspiration: Inspired by Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas, is you” 

I don’t listen to radio or anything much, and I can honestly say I don’t know all the words to this song. I’ve only heard snippets in movies, commercials and Del’s Youtube.

Description: Make It Stop is a gold linear holographic loaded with red to green multichrome shimmer. The red gives off a bronze shift and it’s beautiful. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.50 | Cap: 300

Rogue Lacquer | Winter Solstice

Inspiration: Inspired by the winter solstice

Description: Winter Solstice is a pale lavender jelly base with orange to pink to green color shifting flakes and holo micro flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 330

Sassy Cats Lacquer | Dragonglass

Inspiration: Game of thrones Dragonglass

Description: Dragonglass is a smokey black base with intense royal blue shimmer. There’s a very slight deep purple looking shift at extreme angles, but I’m not sure if my eyes are playing tricks or not. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. 

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100

Sassy Pants Polish | Frozen Sapphire

Inspiration: Inspired by a beautiful black, blue, silver winter scene

Description: Frozen Sapphire is a sapphire blue scattered holographic jelly base with black, holographic silver and white opalescent assorted glitters, as well as blue and silver shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100

Sassy Sauce Polish | Heart Tree

Inspiration: Game of Thrones Weirwood tree

Description: Heart Tree is a thin white crelly base with aurora and copper shimmer, red to orange shifting flakes and red holo micro glitter mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.75 | Cap: 100

Starlight and Sparkles | Frost Flowers

Inspiration: Inspired by frost flowers, or sea ice, are ice crystals that grow on thin ice over water. The feathery ice crystal structures they form tend to grow in groups, and look like glittering flowers in a field of sparkling ice. Frost flowers or ice flowers are also what a lot of people call the beautiful patterns of crystals that can form in ice on windows and windshields. I always loved those patterns in ice, so finding out they basically come in 3D, and that there are places where there are whole “meadows” of them, I knew I had to pick frost flowers for my polish inspiration this month!

Description: Frost Flowers is a blue leaning periwinkle crelly base with blue to purple and teal to violet iridescent aurora flakes, pearl white microflakes, and blue to purple and purple to pink iridescent shimmer. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $15.00 | Cap: 185

Starlight and Sparkles | Flurry in a Bottle Snow Globe

Inspiration: Inspired by snow globes!

Description: Flurry in a Bottle is a snow globe in a polish bottle! It contains blue and silver metallic and holographic glitter, blue-purple iridescent glitter, and two sizes of holographic silver snowflakes. Shake it up and watch the magic! The silver snowflakes are larger and heavier, and fall more quickly, while the smaller glitters drift more slowly downward. After it’s shaken up, you can tilt and flip the bottle, watching the snowflakes move, and how they move the other glitter as they fall.

The polish snow globe comes with a lanyard clip and a small ball chain with clasp (good for attaching to a purse or tote), as well as a lobster clasp with a ring on the end (good for using a ribbon loop to hang it like an ornament).

7.5mL bottle, full height approximately 3 and 1/8″

Price: $7.50 | Cap: 185


Inspiration: Inspired by album art for Foreigner’s classic hit “Cold As Ice”

Description: Cold As Ice is an antique gold metallic base that shifts through green, pale gold, and a bit of silver blue, with holo flakes and red to gold to yellow ultrachrome chameleon flakes

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Emulsified Sugar Scrub by STELLA CHROMA | I Drink And I Know Things

Inspiration: Inspired by Tyrion Lannister and his love for wine and knowledge.

Description: My favorite hand scrub! This month Stella Chroma went with a warm red wine scent with a woodsy finish. Reminds me of a Cabernet that Nick enjoys. I usually bring these to work to use… but this one will stay home. Don’t need them thinking I’m a lush.

Stella Chroma’s Emulsified Sugar Scrub is an incredibly fine particle sugar that’s densely packed in. Dig a little out of the jar, massage into your hands then rinse and keep rubbing it in while rinsing. Your hands will feel smooth, soft and incredible.

Price: $6.00 | No Cap

Supermoon Lacquer | This Is My December

Inspiration: Inspired by The song ‘My December’ by Linkin Park

Description: This Is My December is a medium navy blue holographic base filled with blue to red color shifting shimmer, silvery white shimmer, gold, red, and white sparks, iridescent blue, red, and rose pearl microflakes, and holographic microflakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Supernatural Lacquer | Santasaurus

Inspiration: Inspired by the book The Dinosaurs Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke

Description: Santasaurus is an evergreen jelly base with lime ultrachrome chameleon flakes, large particle holo sparkle, gold and green micro holo glitters and green color shift and metallic flake. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 70

Sweet & Sour Lacquer | Unbeleafably Evergreen

Inspiration: During the winter months, we usually rush to cover our plants to keep them from freezing over. Hellebores actually love the cold and thrive during the winter months. They start blooming around December, and continue through mid-Spring. However, hellebores are categorized as perennials and evergreen. Meaning, that they last for what seems an infinite amount of time, and they retain their green leaves year round.

Description: Unbeleafably Evergreen is a sheer golden green base with flakes that shift shifts from lime-blue-gold, violet-blue-green, and red-copper-gold-green. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

This is a sheerer shade and depending on the thickness of your coats, you may still have VNL.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 75

Sweet Heart Polish | You Sit on a Throne of Lies

Inspiration: Inspired by my favorite Christmas movie Elf, when Buddy realizes that the store Santa isn’t the real Santa

Description: You Sit On A Throne Of Lies is a greige crelly base with gold flakes, taupe to green, blue to pink & red to gold ultrachrome chameleon flakes, as well as copper shimmer with red and blue sparks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $9.50 | Cap: 95

The Lady Varnishes | Furnace Tune-Up

Inspiration: Inspired by furnace flames

Description: Furnace Tune-Up is a blackened plum crelly base with orange to green shimmer and indigo and pink flakes mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 150

The Soapy Chef | Winter is Here Whipped Body Butter

Inspiration: Inspired by Hot Apple Cider

Description: This is a fluffy whipped body butter. It moisturizes like crazy but doesn’t leave your skin greasy. Perfect for winter. Smells like hot cider, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg.

It’s basically a hug in a jar. My nose picks up the apple cider and nutmeg the most, with a hint of clove.

The consistency is thick but airy at the same time and it melts so nicely. I used it on my legs after shaving and WOW they felt incredible.

ingredients: Cocoa butter, btms 50, Distilled water, vegetable glycerin, fragrance oil, Germall plus liquid preservative, freshly grated cinnamon stick

Price: $10.00 | Cap: 50

Top Shelf Lacquer | Old Man Winter

Inspiration: Inspired by Old Man Winter

Description: Old Man Winter is a blue jelly like base, with blue sparkling glass fleck, linear holo and shifts of blue, purple, red, and green. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 350

QDTC by Top Shelf Lacquer | Winter Sparkles

Inspiration: inspired by the frozen twinkling branches in winter time in my area of the country (midwest / Cincinnati).

Description: Winter Sparkles is an actual glitter top coat, not a topper. It’s a quick dry top coat with copper holographic microglitters suspended within. You can use it to top your mani and go without need for another top coat layer.

This is fun and fast drying, but I don’t find it as glossy when dried down as a normal quick dry, I’m guessing due to the pigment/glitter mixed in. But it still works incredibly well.

Price: $9.00 | Cap: 300

Turtle Tootsie Polishes | Purple Cozy Blanket

Inspiration: A Cozy Blanket

Description: Purple Cozy Blanket is a deep dark purple linear holographic polish with pink, green and gold shimmers and black holo micro glitter. It’s leaning more cool toned in my photos than it is in person. Lean it a little more warmer purple. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200

4-1 Nail Serum By Vanessa Molina

Inspiration: Winter

Description: This is a 4-in-1 Nail Serum that is made to strengths nails, nourishes nails and cuticles, cleanse and protects hands.

One thing that surprised me, is that this is a spray. Not a pump or wand. It sprays onto your nails. You do need to use quick bursts when pumping the nozzle to avoid a stream (that looks dirtier written out than I intended) so you get the spray on your nails and cuticles. It’s not a heavy serum, so it soaks in quick. It does have a floral like, slightly perfumy scent to it.

I’ve only been using it for a week, so I can’t say whether it’s helping or not. I haven’t had any bad reactions to it and my nails and cuticles look good still after over 100 swatches done in 3 days – so that’s good, right?

Price: $8.50 | Cap: 100

Vapid. | Doing Yeti Things (Thermal)


Description: Doin’ Yeti Things is a thermal that transitions from a pale blue tinged grey (warm) to medium almost turquoise blue (cold) with green to pink to gold shifting shimmer and a bit of scattered holo. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 300

Polish Pickup December 2019 | Winter Is Coming

It is so satisfying to see a post come together and know you’re about to hit publish and 2-3 weeks of rush rush rush is just… visually complete. It always amazes me.

This month we see a lot of cool tones and holy crap the thermals. I do love thermals… but I was sick recently and trying to do thermals with a fever is incredibly frustrating. I still got it done though- so.. ha!

January shades are already rolling in, so we’ll rinse and repeat soon :)

Where To Buy: Polish Pickup Shop

Shop Dates: December 2nd at 11am EST through December 6th at 11:59pm EST

The Polish Pickup Shop is open for previews tomorrow , so you can start loading up your wishlists then! A few items still need to be added, but I think the majority of polishes and items I have will be on the site and ready when it opens.


I’m giving away Five VIP Passes to shop early and Five $10 Gift Cards to shop with!

Entry is fairly easy – just use the widget below! Giveaway ends at 7pm PST Sunday, December 1st!

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Jessica Fowler November 26, 2019 - 4:17 pm

I think the one I want most is the PfD, but out of these, the Quixotic.

Jena November 27, 2019 - 3:25 pm

So many beautiful shades. Ice Fire is definitely one on my favorites.

Sheena November 30, 2019 - 6:52 pm

This is a difficult month, but I think I need Olive, The Other Reindeer. It’s perfect Christmas colors.

Victoria Correa November 28, 2019 - 1:08 pm

The Night Owl Lacquer was the first item to catch my eye this month.

Ashley Jarrett November 26, 2019 - 4:20 pm

I need that quixotic or I’ll die.

Jessica Ratliff November 26, 2019 - 4:27 pm

I need Dragonglass by Sassy Cats.

Alyssa Berube November 26, 2019 - 4:37 pm

I need Nailed It’s latex barrier!

Michelle November 26, 2019 - 9:13 pm

So many I want, but I absolutely need Nailed It! The Anti Claus!

Merrisa November 27, 2019 - 7:12 pm

Need to find a way to narrow down the wishlist.

Sarah S. November 29, 2019 - 10:54 am

I think we all need help narrowing down

Bren Michelle November 26, 2019 - 4:26 pm

I have to have The Santa Clause from cupcake polish!

Jessica Ratliff November 26, 2019 - 4:26 pm

There are so many good products I can’t wait to get my hands on

Julie Holt November 26, 2019 - 4:29 pm

I want that yummy Cuticula duo!

Sherry Krautschun November 30, 2019 - 9:32 pm

I absolutely need fancy gloss and zombie claw and also necessary evil!!

Krysten Bercaw November 26, 2019 - 4:33 pm

Ohhhhhhh. Cant waite

Alia November 26, 2019 - 4:34 pm

I’m loving all the reds this month, it’s really making me feel the holidays! The one I want the most is the Noodles.

Andrea d November 26, 2019 - 4:38 pm

Quixotic! I think. There’s a lot I NEED here

Kelly Martin November 26, 2019 - 4:39 pm

The Dreamland is my most wanted polish, so unique!

Beth Gregory November 26, 2019 - 8:57 pm

In think my must have is SassyCat this month. A beautiful blue without glitters or holo or flakes is something I don’t have.

Alexis Stoughton November 27, 2019 - 9:30 am

Nothing burns like the cold is probably my most wanted polish, but my wish list is still at 9 and I’ll have to do some trimming.

Marisha Anderson November 26, 2019 - 4:40 pm

My son is named after Linkin Park and he was born in December, the year Chester passed away. Supermoon Lacquer This Is My December has a special place in my heart

Jessica Fowler November 26, 2019 - 4:41 pm

Okay I changed my mind, out of these I really like the Nailed It (and out of the whole shop, the Polished For Days).

Carin November 26, 2019 - 4:41 pm

Quixotic is my top pick but since i love Iceland, the beard oil from Matterhorn sounds quite interesting.

glee November 26, 2019 - 4:51 pm

Great Lakes Lacquer and Night Owl Lacquer

Kerry Ice November 26, 2019 - 4:51 pm

Ethereal is my favorite one!

Johanne Beaulieu November 26, 2019 - 4:53 pm

Dreamland Lacquer | Winter Never Quite Leaves (Thermal) Is so unexpected! I love it!

Grace Ledbetter November 26, 2019 - 4:55 pm

So excited for Necessary Evil’s Peppermint Kisses! This will be the perfect polish for my Christmas manicure!

Dana Liz November 27, 2019 - 9:00 pm

I’m really liking the Vapid this month!

Jenny Martin November 26, 2019 - 4:56 pm

I really want the Glisten and Glow cuticle oil and remover set!

Candice Woodward November 26, 2019 - 4:57 pm

Night Owl

Jennifer Lehr November 26, 2019 - 5:25 pm

So many beauties this month!

Natalie davis November 26, 2019 - 5:02 pm

All these polishes are so beautiful. Trying to get only 5 amd this is so hard.

Ames November 26, 2019 - 5:02 pm

Its ever changing but i will give you my top three. Cadillacquer viserion, supermoons because there’s just so much i can connect with with her inspiration. And then kb shimmer because it just looks soooo purdy!!

Sarah S. November 26, 2019 - 5:11 pm

I really need that sweet heart polish! It’s going to make the cutest sweater mani!

Alyssa Ohm November 26, 2019 - 5:13 pm

I have so many that I love! My top choice is from Ethereal lacquer but man so many to choose from!

Jessica L November 26, 2019 - 5:20 pm

I really want the Girly Bits!

Anne Helmenstine November 26, 2019 - 5:48 pm

Oooh so many are wonderful! I think the Sassy Cats Dragonglass is the one calling my name the loudest.

Jackie Bodick November 26, 2019 - 5:51 pm

My two must haves are LynBDesigns and Sassy Sauce. Both are gorgeous and so me!

Lauren Katzenberger November 26, 2019 - 6:02 pm


Shelly Collins November 26, 2019 - 6:03 pm

I need Necessary Evil and All Mixed Up for sure!! Love those two polishes!!

Polished Hippy November 26, 2019 - 6:04 pm

Supernatural’s green is going in my cart for sure!

Stephanie Wren November 26, 2019 - 6:10 pm

Love Dragonglass.

Lisa Stock November 26, 2019 - 6:10 pm

My number one item this month is Sassy Pants Polish- Frozen Sapphire (perfect color for blue jeans mani!). Following would be KB Shimmer sugar scrub & Love My Luna’s wax contribution. This will be my smallest order due to the holidays.

Bree R. November 26, 2019 - 6:13 pm

Sassy Cats for me this month!

Jenn Wertz November 26, 2019 - 6:17 pm

Thank you once again for an amazing post Lisa. I don’t know if I can quite pick my one must have yet. As of right now though my top 4 are: Glisten & Glow – Olive the Other Reindeer, JReine – Crystal Star, Necessary Evil – Peppermint Kisses and Vapid – Doing Yeti Things.

Amy K November 26, 2019 - 6:18 pm

Quixotic, for sure!

Karin November 26, 2019 - 6:20 pm

I really like the Starlight and Sparkles | Flurry in a Bottle Snow Globe. I’ll be saving a spot for it on my Christmas tree. :-)

Christine November 26, 2019 - 6:28 pm

Thanks so much for all of your hard work!!! I have a few I am really excited to get my hands on, but mostly the Esmalte winter plate, because the images remind me of home, and Necessary Evil – Peppermint kisses because I just dont have that perfect Christmas Red nail polish, and its a thermal on top of that! ;)

Becky c November 26, 2019 - 6:31 pm

I need Anchor & Heart!

Alida-Jane November 26, 2019 - 6:36 pm

So difficult to pick only one, but probably Necessary Evil Polish’s Peppermint Kisses. Such a happy thermal!

Allison Dobo November 26, 2019 - 6:38 pm

Definitely Moo Moo Signatures!

Angela November 26, 2019 - 6:40 pm

I’m really liking Night Owl Lacquer this month!

Kate Fancher November 26, 2019 - 6:48 pm


Lisa S November 26, 2019 - 6:49 pm

Necessary Evil is required!

Christina Ponzo November 26, 2019 - 7:01 pm

My #1 is Ethereal Lacquer: Ice Fire, but I have 6 or 7 on my list.

Kim November 26, 2019 - 7:08 pm

Lucky 13 Nuclear Winter Wonderland

Tara Urenda November 26, 2019 - 7:09 pm

The Cuticula set

Robin November 26, 2019 - 7:12 pm

Holy cow! You’ve been busy. Your swatches are beautiful– THANK YOU for sharing all of these amazing pics. Your swatches have me excited to try a couple of new-to-me brands this time including Cameo Colours and Lucky 13. :)

Robin November 26, 2019 - 7:14 pm

Oooo… now I see that there is a question! My number one must-have is the Cadillaquer.

Stephanie November 26, 2019 - 7:14 pm

Totally getting the Cuticula Duo!

Arin Loomis November 26, 2019 - 7:21 pm

My #1 is Ethereal Ice Fire

TropicalChrome November 26, 2019 - 7:23 pm

I’ve been in love with the Girly Bits since I first saw it!

Stephanie G November 26, 2019 - 7:27 pm

I’m all about that Night Owl Lacquer. This is two months in a row I’ve needed theirs!

Melissa B. November 26, 2019 - 7:37 pm

Starlight Polish Frost Flowers is my must have!

Jen Walker November 26, 2019 - 7:40 pm

Pick one? I can pick a colour family easier- reds for me ; holidays must be coming up! I really want the snowflake stamping plate too!

Leisa Fitzgerald November 26, 2019 - 7:40 pm

Dreamland and Ethereal are my faves!

Lesley November 26, 2019 - 7:40 pm

I live for that Dreamland Lacquer thermal. That’s my favorite colour combo.

Ashlee November 26, 2019 - 7:44 pm

My #1 may be the snow globe polish bottle! It’s so cute!

Corrine Loftus November 26, 2019 - 7:46 pm

Nail Hoot is my top for December!!

Heidi Bingham November 26, 2019 - 7:48 pm

That Quixotic MUST BE MINE!!

Liz Fox Oke November 26, 2019 - 7:59 pm


Danielle Ice November 26, 2019 - 8:20 pm

Just ONE must have? Blood Magic.

Hedra November 26, 2019 - 8:20 pm

This month I’m completely smitten with Necessary Evil’s Peppermint Kisses even though I’m not typically a red-wearer. I also must have the Esmalte winter plate and stamper; it will be my first plate. Thanks for the great pics! It added a few more to my want list.

Jennifer November 26, 2019 - 8:37 pm

Gosh everything looks amazing! Your swatches are phenomenal. I just can’t pick a favorite. So many must haves!

Jacey November 26, 2019 - 8:50 pm

Rouge lacquer!

Beth Chow November 26, 2019 - 8:57 pm

That Dreamland gives me heart eyes

Sierra S November 26, 2019 - 8:59 pm

I think the Jreine is my top this month! This would also be my 1st polish from them. It’s such a dreamy color

Chris R November 26, 2019 - 9:07 pm

Wow! Tough choices (as usual). I really like the Night Owl’s “Nothing Burns Like the Cold.”

RaeAnn Pieper November 26, 2019 - 9:11 pm

My must have this month is Nevermind Polish!! The mist amazing red <3

Katelyn Bell November 26, 2019 - 9:36 pm

Looking forward to Jolly AF! Awesome name, fun color.

Stephanie November 26, 2019 - 9:51 pm

Must have Ice Hole! Oops I mean, I Came, I Thaw, I Conquered from Girly Bits.

Lisa Heath November 27, 2019 - 12:50 pm

hahaha – I will get an Ice Hole polish dammit!

Madam Red November 26, 2019 - 11:02 pm

I will probably order Ice Fire.

Jennifer Lynn Markus November 26, 2019 - 11:12 pm

Top 1? That’s impossible for me to say. Hmmm Quixotic… usually Femme Fatale too.
How about top 3 thermals? There’s a lot to pick from from and it’s like I can’t say no! Ok so, top 3 are Heathers Hues – Hotel of Ice, lucky 13 – Nuclear Winter Wonderland, and I think My Indie polish just took the lead with her duo. I can’t wait to use that topper over her crelly. I’m in so much trouble this month. Necessary Evil, Colores de Carol, Baroness X, Vapid… did I mention I love multichromish shifty stuff too? Excuse me while I post my kidney up on Etsy. I mean it is technically homemade

Ruxandra Iorga November 26, 2019 - 11:43 pm

I’m really loving Night Owl Lacquer this month!

Alexis S November 27, 2019 - 12:37 am

I need. Lemming Lacquer Flame of Hope.

Nan November 27, 2019 - 12:51 am

Emily deMolly wins me over each and every month! Gorgeous grape!

Lauriestrode November 27, 2019 - 1:39 am

Dreamland is the one that really stood out for me, but there are a lot that I love this month. Girly Bits is also VERY drool worthy – and all those silvery, shimmery polishes had me ooohing and aaaahhing :D.

Melissa November 30, 2019 - 6:50 pm

I absolutely need that Glisten & Glow

Johanne Beaulieu November 27, 2019 - 2:14 am

Vapid. | Doing Yeti Things (Thermal) is calling my name.

Julissa November 27, 2019 - 2:15 am

I need Heather Hues Hote of Ice!

Tammy M November 27, 2019 - 2:17 am

Girly Bits is my #1!

Ilka Figueroa November 27, 2019 - 2:39 am

The Dreamland!

Chelsie Yoshioka November 27, 2019 - 2:51 am

The Glisten and Glow polish!

ROHDE Angélina November 27, 2019 - 3:04 am

My number one pick is the Lolliposse! But I gasp seeing your swatch of the Starlight and Sparkles

Sarah November 27, 2019 - 3:08 am

So hard to narrow it down this month!

Dana Liz November 27, 2019 - 3:28 am

My #1 this month is Fancy Gloss!

Anita James November 27, 2019 - 3:43 am

The Girly Bits is my top choice. And I agree, the name Ice Hole would’ve been hilarious!

Doris Canela-DeJesus November 27, 2019 - 3:46 am

I can’t even narrow it down I want everything…

JoJo Pierce November 27, 2019 - 4:00 am

The Bee’s Knee’s products are at the top of my wishlist!

V November 27, 2019 - 5:02 am

Thanks for all the swatches! Really loving Ethereal and Vapid!

Diane Stazer Sabatos November 27, 2019 - 5:07 am

MSM Kevin for sure, but I really need a good purple too!

Meaghan Jencks November 27, 2019 - 5:49 am

Omg…I can’t choose just one but I’m loving that Ethereal!

Meowidith W November 27, 2019 - 5:55 am

The rogue is my number one!

Jan Jones November 27, 2019 - 5:56 am

My must have this month is the Fancy Gloss Little Snowflake.

Norda November 27, 2019 - 6:11 am

I’m looking forward to top shelf. I’ve been looking for a gold topper but everytime the glitter pieces are too large. This is perfect

Katie Difiore November 27, 2019 - 6:14 am

So many, but Night Owl stands out to me!

Angela November 27, 2019 - 6:23 am

Turtle Tootsie also looks amazing!

Melanie Smith November 27, 2019 - 7:02 am

Heather’sHue’s polish is so pretty

Nicole November 27, 2019 - 7:09 am

I need neeeeed vapid doing yeti things

Stephanie G November 27, 2019 - 7:18 am

The Colores de Carol is calling my name, tbh. Holo + Black + Thermal is my jam.

Bree R. November 27, 2019 - 7:47 am

I might have to spring for the Girly Bits!

Sarah GK November 27, 2019 - 8:10 am

Quite a few on my list because of these amazing swatches, but I think the Quixotic and Lollipop Posse are at the top!

MELISSA J FELTS November 27, 2019 - 8:52 am

I think I will have to get Pahlish | Jolly AF!

JSpen November 27, 2019 - 8:46 am

TY Lisa! My favorite this time is Necessary Evil Peppermint Kisses. It’s the perfect amount of cute and holiday!

katierose295 November 27, 2019 - 9:35 am

Amazing job, as always! I want the Glisten and Glow “Olive the Other Reindeer” the most. A perfect holiday crelly. :)

Allya November 27, 2019 - 9:55 am

How could there possibly be so many gorgeous polishes in one month? Dang!!!

I need Blue Fire, like, yesterday.

Trisha Law November 27, 2019 - 11:00 am

My must have polish for this month is Fair Maiden!

Koneko November 27, 2019 - 11:13 am

The Dreamland thermal, Winter Never Quite Leaves, ias top of my list

Kate Fancher November 27, 2019 - 11:19 am

Different Dimensions!

Stacy Pennock November 27, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Sassy Sauce Heart Tree is so beautiful and completely unique so it’s my #1 pick this month!

Terri November 27, 2019 - 12:26 pm

I’m looking for red this month and Love the thermal from Necessary Evil! Vapid’s Yeti is calling me by name as well…

Terri November 27, 2019 - 12:28 pm

Lisa, I check out your Polish Pickup article every month before I make final decisions. Your photos rock and descriptions are so helpful ( how many coats, texture, etc) so Thank you very much. You work so hard for us.

Lisa Heath November 27, 2019 - 12:45 pm

Thank you so much Terri – I really appreciate that!

megan johnson November 27, 2019 - 12:59 pm

Lucky 13 Lacquer <3

Renate Lambert November 27, 2019 - 1:01 pm

I really liked Sweet & Sour Lacquer Unbeleafably Evergeen. What a truly unique shade!

Amy C. November 27, 2019 - 1:35 pm

The Ethereal is my must have from this upcoming PPU.

Angela November 28, 2019 - 8:32 pm

Polished for Days is very pretty!

gg November 27, 2019 - 2:16 pm

I hate thermals, but I am intrigued by Lucky 13’s Nuclear Winter Wonderland – very diff shades.

Carolyn Spengler November 27, 2019 - 2:39 pm

I can never resist a Christmas polish. Olive, the Other Reindeer is so packed with Christmas cheer. Love it!

Justina November 27, 2019 - 3:05 pm

The Soapy Chef body butter!

Amey November 27, 2019 - 3:05 pm

Today i cant live without the acetone anidote! It has a cap so im worried!!!

Danielle Hamilton November 27, 2019 - 4:04 pm

Must have is the vapid!

Samantha November 27, 2019 - 5:53 pm

Kb shimmer

Janine M November 27, 2019 - 6:28 pm

Definitely picking up the LynBDesigns!

Luci T November 27, 2019 - 6:57 pm

I need that polish snow globe! Slim chance of me actually getting one, but a girl can dream.

Stephanie G November 27, 2019 - 9:06 pm

I’m really hoping to grab the Alter Ego lacquer too. I have grey, but not THAT grey, it’s totally different! XD

Elizabeth G November 27, 2019 - 9:11 pm

I love Great Lakes Lacquer’s Sandor is a Whole Mood <3 <3 <3

Meghann McCroskey November 27, 2019 - 9:38 pm

My number one pick is Night Owl Lacquer.

Rebecca Freeman November 27, 2019 - 9:52 pm

So excited for the Lucky 13 and Night Owl Lacquer!

Jan Jones November 27, 2019 - 11:24 pm

I need DRK’s Snowflake stamping plate. ❤️

Fernanda Yanez November 27, 2019 - 11:36 pm

Hands down Cadillacquer “Viserion”. I loooove purples, and Game Of Thrones?? One of my top series (still mad about that last season tbh).

Bree R. November 27, 2019 - 11:50 pm

Thinking about getting EDK’s stamping plate!

breanna h November 28, 2019 - 2:15 am

I think my favorite this month is the Nail Hoot. I also want that “snow globe” to put on my tree

Johanne Beaulieu November 28, 2019 - 2:21 am

I need Grace-full Nail Polish | Winter Blooms (Tri-thermal).

Arline Guenther November 28, 2019 - 2:35 am

My favorite for this month is Native War Paints – Beautiful Wanderings, although there are many lovely colors that I like, that one stands out the most.

Mel November 28, 2019 - 5:17 am

I am really loving Night Owl this month!

Wendy L November 28, 2019 - 6:54 am

I really hope I can score a Pickle soap from Alter Ego!! Those are SOOO fun! But since I probably won’t be able to get one, I’ll have to say the red thermal from Necessary Evil called Peppermint Kisses.

Laura November 28, 2019 - 8:26 am

My #1 pick is Girly Bits! Great post as always. Glad you are feeling better!

Elizabeth Cowan November 28, 2019 - 9:17 am

So many beautiful polishes this month but my favorites are Vapid and Emily de Molly

Anne F November 28, 2019 - 11:02 am

Night Owl and Necessary Evil have caught my eye this month

Janet November 28, 2019 - 3:10 pm

This is my first time here and my Wishlist is insane but i am so excited about it. I have quite a few i need to have but the one that has caught my eye is Vapid, Doing Yeti Things. This post helped me so much. Thank You

Q November 28, 2019 - 7:35 pm

Hit the bottle!!

Brandi Hughes November 28, 2019 - 8:17 pm

Copacetic, Beyond the Nail & both Cadillacquers!

Meghann McCroskey November 28, 2019 - 8:20 pm

Supernatural Lacquer.

Elizabeth G November 28, 2019 - 9:52 pm

Jior’s “A Polish Has No Name” is really calling to me.

Alexis S November 28, 2019 - 10:11 pm

I love Flirtin’ |Ornamental! It needs a place in my collection.

Jan Jones November 29, 2019 - 1:26 am

I plan to order Bees Knees Lacquer’s tinted lip balm. I use them as lipsticks now.

Jenna November 29, 2019 - 5:44 am

Dreamland: winter never quite leaves :)

Jennifer Avila November 29, 2019 - 6:12 am

Sweet & Sour Unbeleafably Evergreen

Stephanie G November 29, 2019 - 10:04 am

I really like the Valid Lacquer.

Melissa B. November 29, 2019 - 12:54 pm

I also like Painted Polish’s Sugar Plum Sunset.

Kathleen November 29, 2019 - 1:42 pm

Indy by Patty Lopes Welcome to my Castle is my favorite.

Brandi Hughes November 29, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Cameo Colors & Lemming Lacquer

Kate K November 29, 2019 - 2:11 pm

Polished for Days All is Calm is top of my list, though there are a couple others giving it a run for its money.

Lisa November 29, 2019 - 3:34 pm

My favorite was Necessary Evil’s Peppermint Kisses. It’s just too sweet.

Johanne Beaulieu November 29, 2019 - 4:38 pm

Love me some Alter Ego Nail Enamel | Get The Snow Off The Road!

Carolyn Spengler November 29, 2019 - 7:38 pm

I’m dying to smell the KB Shimmer sugar scub!!! YUM!

Meghann McCroskey November 29, 2019 - 8:34 pm

I can’t wait for Indie by Patty Lopes.

Meowidith W November 30, 2019 - 1:03 am

The heather’s hues thermal, rogue, and the grace-full are my tops!

Deepika N November 30, 2019 - 2:10 am

Thanks for the post! My fave is probably Quixotic Make it Stop.

Jan Jones November 30, 2019 - 4:24 am

After seeing Del’s live swatches, I may need Alter Ego’s Get That Snow Off the Road. Such great holo.

Felicia Bulgozdy November 30, 2019 - 5:55 am

I NEED Christmas Lights After Dark and Ice Fire.

Johanne Beaulieu November 30, 2019 - 6:23 am

Great Lakes Lacquer | Not Today just became my new favorite after watching Del’s video.

Christina Ponzo November 30, 2019 - 10:01 am

Ice Fire is #1, but I have 6 on my list.

Cristin Schulz November 30, 2019 - 10:19 am

This month (and black Friday) is going to make my bank account scream!!

roblesy November 30, 2019 - 12:55 pm

Can’t wait to get the Dreamland Lacquer, even though I’ve been trying to avoid getting any more thermals.

Brandi Hughes November 30, 2019 - 12:58 pm

Adding Cameo Colours & Top Shelf

Kimberly Pratt November 3