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December 2020 | Everything Is Fine & Sponsored Giveaway
Disclosure: I am a paid employee for Polish Pickup. While this post is not sponsored, I do have a financial relationship with the hosting shop.
What. A. Month. November is almost always the absolute busiest swatching month of the year, and I feel like every swatcher deserves an award for making it through. There are generally normal releases as well as Black Friday.. and all are fairly time sensitive due to the nature of Black Friday. I had fully intended on having this post up yesterday, but I was trying to finish up Black Friday releases and things just got pushed back a bit. So finally – I’m sharing my post for the Polish Pickup December 2020 Everything Is Fine theme!
True to December form, it’s a slightly smaller shop this month. Not small small… but usually there are about 190-200 products a month, and this month I think there’s about 160-170 items. Every December is a little different and a lot of brands take time off for the holidays, or cap their product so they can ship ahead and be done for the month.
For all photos shown – I used Vapid Lacquer Commitment Issues Peel Off Base, and I was testing 3 different glossy top coats from Alchemy Lacquer for this months photos, as well as her upcoming matte top coat. I used those top coats, aside from photos with Vibrant Vinyls and Cuticula.
I do use artificial lighting for my photos. I get the most done at night, so I swatch a lot at night. My current setup uses GlamCor Pro LIghts and I use the Ultra X Model and this Daylight Company Duo Daylight Lamp (affiliate link).
This is an EXTREMELY photo heavy post. 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 November shop will be live from December 4th – December 7th. Wishlisting started yesterday so it’s all set to browse the shop!
Alchemy Lacquers | Virtual Escape
Inspiration: Inspired by the PC Game No Man’s Sky
Description: Virtual Escape is an indigo jelly base with green to blue to purple to pink shifting shimmer and contrasting gold to lime-green to green to blue to turquoise shifting chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. In person, there is a stronger purple shift to the polish.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 175 US / 10 UK
All Mixed Up Lacquers | Happy Little Dumpster Fire
Inspiration:Teal dumpster with a Christmas tree on fire in it
Description: Happy Little Dumpster Fire is a cold reactive thermal and solar shade.Most thermals need heat to transition, but this is the winter wonderland version – so it’s actually cold that transitions this one. This starts as a dusty, light teal (warm) to black (cold) thermal.But that’s not all! When introduced to UV light (sunlight works, I used a UV light for these photos) the warm transition thermal shade goes to a purple and the cold transition goes to a deep berry purple. It also has shifting crystal flakes mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos
Price: $13.50 | Cap 150 US / 10 UK
Alter Ego Body Care Products | Unscented Acetone Additive
Inspiration: Inspired by “I wanted to give those with fragrance sensitivities/allergies to have acetone additive that is unscented.”
Description: Acetone Additive is a mix of oil and glycerine to cut the harshness from pure acetone. Anyone who’s used acetone a decent amount knows that it can leave a white, ashy look to your fingers, plus it dries you out something fierce. I used pure acetone once upon a time and after 4 swatches my fingers looked chewed up so I’d apply oil and balm to counteract it.. and then I just looked like a greasy mess. This was long before Acetone Additive was a thing, and partly why I changed to using Remove+. But with my amount of swatching – even the switch wasn’t enough. While I do keep a bottle of pure acetone (mainly for stamping plates) I prefer acetone additive in my Remove+.
If you’ve wanted to try it but didn’t want it scented – this ones for you!
For Acetone Additive – shake up the little bottle you receive to mix the ingredients, then pour the desired amount into your remover. Start with 1/3-1/2 and add more as needed (everyone is different!)
Price: 5.00 | Cap: None
Alter Ego Body Care Products | Can You Spare Any Change?
Inspiration: Inspired by the coin shortage of 2020, I have a fun meme about it
Description: Can You Spare Any Change? is a semi sheer silver chrome base with small copper hex glitters, as well as holographic copper micro glitters. i used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Dries down with texture and you will need 2 coats of top coat for a smooth finish
Price: $9.50 | Cap: None
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Really Good At Quarantine
Inspiration: Inspired by the side eye monkey meme that says “when you find out your daily lifestyle is actually called “quarantine”, which feels like a personal attack.
Description: Really Good At Quarantine is a grey tinged lavender crelly base with metallic bronze micro flakes, as well as a variety of smaller and micro glitters in sky blue, lavender, periwinkle, green, teal, and bronze. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This shade dries with a very mild texture, but you shouldn’t only need 1 coat of top coat for a smooth finish.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Siren’s Cure Cuticle Creme
Inspiration: Inspired by In My Feelings was inspired by the way 2020 made us feel & how it forced many of us to slow down, look inward, and appreciate the little things.
Description: In My Feelings is a scent similar to Daisy by Marc Jacobs (if you are familiar with that) It has top notes of tangy lemon and jasmine, middle notes of lily, rose petals, African violet, and daylily, and an anchoring base of cedarwood, patchouli, and musk.
To my nose, it’s a light but bright floral scent. Reminds me of Spring.
Siren’s Cure Cuticle Creme is a “bouncy creme” formula. It looks like creme, but has a slight wiggle like jello. It is fast absorbing if used lightly. If you want a more intense hydration – slather this stuff on, throw on some cotton gloves and relax
Price: $8.50 | Cap: 180 US / 20 UK
Apipila | Midnight
Inspiration: Inspired by Night view of the Pão de Açucar viewpoint in Rio de Janeiro
Description: Midnight is a black jelly base loaded with magenta to red to orange to gold to green shifting flakes and scattered holo shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 180 US / 20 UK
Stamping Plate by Apipila | Flowers Plate
Inspiration: Inspired by flowers
Description: Apipila also brings us a floral patterned stamping plate. It has a beautiful assortment of single flowers, as well as full nail floral prints. My plate had great etching and I was able to pick up images with my Hit The Bottle Large Clear Stamper.
Plate is 18cm x 10 cm
For this mani I used Top Shelf Lacquer Wipe Away 2020 and Maniology Fleece stamping polish.
Price: $14.00 | Cap: 400 US / 100 UK
Atomic Polish | Where? (Glow In The Dark)
Inspiration: Inspired by The lime character from a popular and adorable who-done-it video game
Description: Where? is a neon lime green crelly base with red to gold color shifting pigment and flakes, plus it glows green in the dark. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
I did use a UV flashlight for the glow in the dark photo since I swatch at night.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
AURORA 5-Free Nail Lacquer | Everything is Awesome
Inspiration: Inspired by the Song “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
Description: Everything Is Awesome is the ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ of flake polishes. It has 33 different types of flakes in a clear base. I show it below in 3 thin coats on index and pinky, and 1 coat over black. Everything lays relatively flat, so you should only need 1 coat of top coat for a smooth finish – but that highly depends on how many coats you apply or if you sponge on.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 200 US / 20 UK
Baby Girl Lacquer | Ish Is Getting Real (Thermal)
Description: Ish Is Getting Real is a soft, almost coral red (cold) to tan/off white (warm) crelly based thermal with rainbow color-shifting flakes, gold metallic flakes and golden flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap 100 US / 5 UK
Baroness X | Acetone Antidote
Inspiration: Inspired by simply that this year has been bananas and a dumpster fire…
Description: This month’s Acetone Antidote scent is Bananas Flambé, notes of real banana (not the candy), boozy caramel and a melty dollup of whipped cream. This is a custom blended, limited house scent.
I need more of this one. The banana scent is.. well… bananas and it’s delicious.
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 a 10 oz container of Zoya Remove+. If you use Remove+ and wish to do the same, but don’t swatch as often as I do – I would recommend shaking the vial to mix it up – then add only half of the vial to the Remove+ and test it. You can then add more as needed.
Price: $4.25 | Cap: None
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Hide Your Hive
Inspiration: Inspired by Murder Hornets!
Description: I think the Murder Hornets part of the year was when everyone just… stopped being surprised about anything that 2020 had to bring.
Hide Your Hive is a medium gray polish with glowing red to copper shimmer that shifts green at the extremes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 150 US / 10 UK
Black Dahlia Lacquer | Cuticle Oil
Inspiration: Inspired by “We were inspired by the look of candy canes lining the driveway of houses decorating for the holidays. “
Description: Candy Cane Forest is a holiday cuticle oil that features peppermint with a hint of cedar and pine, and an accent of sweet birch.
This definitely has a strong peppermint smell to it, but the light woodsy hints are a really nice touch to it. They aren’t as easily detected – but definitely add a nice element.
Black Dahlia’s cuticle oils come in a 10ml glass bottle with a rollerball style applicator.
Price: $6.50 | Cap: None
Black Dahlia Lacquer | Double Kill
Description: Double Kill is a clear base densely packed with an assortment of rainbow color shifting flakes in micro and small sizes primarily, but a large flake might sneak in there. I used this in 3 coats alone as well as 1 coat over a black creme.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
By Dany Vianna | PJ’s My Jam (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by Pajamas
Description: PJ’s My Jam is a blue (cold) to clear (warm) crelly thermal with a mix of matte and metallic glitters in hex, dot and squares. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 370 US / 30 UK
By Vanessa Molina | Shhh (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by famous quarantine game.
Description: Shhh is a coral reddish orange (cold) to colorless (warm) thermal loaded with iridescent flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 400 US / 20 UK
Cadillacquer | Please Remain Calm (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by the song Parasite Eve, by Bring Me The Horizon.
Description: Please Remain Calm is a red (cold) to pink (warm) crelly based thermal with small black glitters and color shifting iridescent flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This is a deeper pink in person, but the bright, borderline neon aspect made it harder to photograph.
Price: $13.50 | Cap: None
Cameo Colours Lacquers | This is Fine-craft
Inspiration: Inspired by The “this is fine” meme, but created in Minecraft.
Description: This is Fine-craft is a darkened teal crelly base with a subtle gold shimmer, small caramel and brown metallic glitters, red to bronze to copper ultrachrome chameleon flakes, a light amount of scattered holo, and silver holo micro flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 100 US / 5 UK
Color Spectrum Polish | I’m Flipping Over 2020 (Tri-Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by a Funny meme of a child trying to do a backflip and failed.
Description: I’m Flipping Over 2020 is a deep navy (cold) to purple (warm) to pink (hot) crelly based tri-thermal loaded with bubblegum pink microflakes and a mix of iridescent flakes that shift from purple to blue to green to gold to pink. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 75 US / 5 UK
Color Spectrum Polish | Lip Balm
Inspiration: Inspired by “It’s Fine Dog Meme” sitting at the table with their coffee and flames surrounding the room.
Description: It’s Fine is a yellow tinted balm with scents of hazelnut latte and a hint of cinnamon along with a sprinkle of copper shimmer.
Hazelnut lattes are my weakness, so I absolutely adore this lip balm. The shimmer is incredibly subtle and the balm coats your lips but isn’t a glossy balm, it’s more of a satin finish for a slightly natural look while still giving hydration. It’s been my go to since the cooler months started kicking in here.
Price: $4.50 | Cap: 40 US / 5 UK
Colores de Carol | C’est la Vie (Glow In The Dark)
Inspiration: Inspired by 2020
Description: C’est la Vie is a neon coral crelly base with matte black shred glitters and iridescent gold chameleon glitters. Plus it glows pink in the dark. I Used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
I used a UV flashlight to “charge” my nails for the glow in the dark photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 200 US / 10 UK
Crystal Knockout | Kitty Cure
Inspiration: Inspired by My ginger tabby cat Mimi, who I adopted this year
Description: Kitty Cure is a yellow leaning orange jelly base loaded with strong red to orange aurora shimmer, green shimmer, gold flakes, and iridescent color shifting flakes that flash orange to gold to green. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: 11.00 | Cap
Cupcake Polish | Margaritas To Go
Inspiration: Inspired by the temporary legalization of to-go margaritas due to COVID.
Description: Margaritas To Go is a lime green nail polish packed with a strong red shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
Cuticula | Let’s Try That Again
Inspiration: Inspired by pink champagne and ringing in the new year.
Description: Let’s Try That Again is a rosy pink holographic base with bronze, rose gold, and platinum metallic flakes, rose hex, and gold metallic dots. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None