It’s that time again, and I’m always shocked at how fast it sneaks up on me. I’m talking about Polish Pickup February 2020! Flora & Fauna is the theme – so it’s about the plant and animal life this month.
As of now (when I start typing this post) I have 101 items to share, but I’m still waiting on 5-7 items to arrive. Basically I’m in tax season now during my day job which won’t deter me from doing these massive Polish Pickup posts, but I do need to start typing a lot earlier to get things moving. The posts alone take roughly 8 hours, so if I start now, I might get done by tomorrow night with all of my breaks and my work schedule.
As far as I am aware – I think I’m still waiting on Bluebird Lacquer, Girly Bits (2 items), Grace-full Nail Polish, Luna Wax, and Emily de Molly.
I will have a giveaway at the end of the post like usual, so make sure you stick around for that.
This month I switched it up a bit and did each polish both glossy and matte. I only did 2 photos for matte to show them because that already brings us up to 7 photos per polish and… that’s a lot. I’m going to try to do this each month, however I went through a full bottle of matte top coat plus dipped into the start of a new bottle – and I basically need to buy a lot more matte top coat to continue it. I’m hoping to hit up Sally’s or something this weekend and seeing what a good price is to buy in bulk.
This is an EXTREMELY photo heavy post. As of right now it’s 101 items with 3-7 photos PER item (majority has 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 February Shop will open on February 7th and close February 10th.
For all photos shown, I used Vapid Lacquer Commitment Issues Peel Off Base, either Vibrant Vinyls or Cuticula top coat, and Tonic Polish Velvet Matte Top Coat unless otherwise specified.
Let’s get this show on the road!
77 Nail Lacquer | Call Of The Wild
Inspiration: Inspiration comes from an elk painting by Iris Scott.
Description: Call Of The Wild is a black jelly based scattered holographic with golden shimmer, iridescent microglitter and silver holo microbar glitter. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat. I didn’t experience any issue with the bars curling or adding any texture to the polish.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 115 US / 5 UK
1850 Artisan Polish | Sedum (Thermal)
Inspiration: The Sedum Plant
Description: Sedum is a thermal that transitions from pale green tinged silver (warm) to a blue-green (cold) that has a blue multichrome effect, as well as scattered holographic microflakes, and multichrome flakes that shift from emerald green to gold, rose gold, and pink. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 150 US / 20 UK
Alchemy Lacquers | Tridacna Maxima
Inspiration: The maxima clam
Description: Tridacna Maxima is a royal blue jelly base with multi-sized silver holographic glitter and a pink to orange to gold to green shimmer with a scattered linear holographic finish. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
The blue base is deeper in person. Since it’s jelly, the light passing through the polish lightened the color a bit.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 45 US / 5 UK
All Mixed Up Lacquer | Secret Garden
Inspiration: Photo of a piano covered in flowers
Description: Secret Garden is a semi sheer grey crelly base filled with scattered holo and glitters ranging from micro to large in a rainbow explosion of colors in square and hex shapes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 120 US / 10 UK
Alter Ego Nail Enamel | Daffodils Peek Through The Leaves
Inspiration: My own daffodil field
Description: Daffodils Peek Through The Leaves is an emerald green shimmery base with gold flakes mixed in. In some lighting the base appears to be more teal. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $9.50 | Cap: 72
Alter Ego Body Care Products | Ego Boosts Soap
Inspiration: My own daffodil field
Description: Ego Boosts Soap in Daffodils Through The Leaves is a hand created signature formula soap with bright green and yellow swirls. Unscented so those with sensitivities can use without issue as well.
Price: $4.00 | Cap: 33 US / 5 UK
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Shake It, Nudibranch
Inspiration: inspired by the beautiful yet strange Spanish Shawl Nudibranch – a toxic, hermaphroditic sea slug that swims by violently thrashing its body back and worth in a c-shape. The result is a truly unique dance that looks like a fancy purple and orange rug being vigorously shaken out!
Description: Shake It, Nudibranch is a vivid blurple to red to copper to gold shifting multichrome with iridescent flakes that shift orange to pink to gold. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
Baroness X | Acetone Additive
Inspiration: We’re pulling inspo from both sides of the theme this month, sweet purple figs (flora) and honey from bees (fauna).
Description: 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.
I personally use mine mostly in Zoya Remove+ remover – it’s not just for pure acetone.
This months scent is Purple Fig & Honey. Purple fig with top notes of warm honey and a slight touch of ginger in a sugary vanilla base. This month’s Acetone Antidote comes in a purple ombre glass bottle.
This is a lighter scent and honey and vanilla are the notes I detect most, then a hint of fig. It smells really nice.
Price: $4.25 | Cap: None
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Spriggan Lip Balm Tint
Inspiration: the Burnt Spriggans from Skyrim
Description: Spriggan is an unscented lip balm tinted a sheer, deep, brownish red with golden bronze shimmer. For the photo below, I applied 2 coats on my lips to reach the color shown.
This is one of the sheerer shades that I can think of for the lip tints done for Polish Pickup, but it’s very wearable for a variety of people and you can layer it up for more color.
Price: $5.00 | Cap: No Cap
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Look At His Little Boots!
Inspiration: the Dwarven mud crab pet you can get in Skyrim and how excited I was to see his accessories
Description: Look At His Little Boots! is a dark, denim blue grey crelly base with copper to green shimmer and gold flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 200 US / 20 UK
Beyond The Nail | Orchid Mantis Punch
Inspiration: The orchid mantis – the fauna that looks like flora!
Description: Orchid Mantis Punch is a sheer pink jelly base with strawberry pink shimmer, rainbow iridescent flakes and bubblegum pink microflakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 100 US / 20 UK
Bluebird Lacquer | Fishing for Compliments
Inspiration: Inspired by Chinese Dwarf King Fisher
Description: Fishing for Compliments is a thermal that goes from bright purple (cold) to neon pink (warm) with a light scattered holo and blue to purple ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
BLUSH Lacquers | By The Light Of The Moon
Description: By The Light Of The Moon is an aqua to blue-violet to bright purple shifting multichrome with hints of red and gold at the far edges and packed with holographic microflakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: No Cap
By Vanessa Molina | Ocean Is Magic (Thermal)
Inspiration: image illustrates ocean fauna and tropical sea
Description: Ocean Is Magic is a turquoise (cold) to colorless (warm) jelly based thermal with a ton of iridescent flakes mixed in that spark off shades of gold, pink, blue and purple. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 200 US / 20 UK
By Vanessa Molina | PEEL OFF
Inspiration: image of fauna that does skin exchange
Description: PEEL OFF is a peel off base coat which is perfect for swatchers like me! It does contain latex, so if you have a latex allergy, this isn’t for you. Goes on white and dries clear so it doesn’t alter the polish color – then it easily peels off when ready to remove. This can also be used to protect cuticles for stamping/gradients if you apply around the cuticle line and let dry.
Price: $9.00 | Cap: 200 US / 20 UK
Cadillacquer | Blue Poppy (Thermal)
Inspiration: The Himalayan Blue Poppy flower
Description: Blue Poppy is a medium blue (cold) to colorless (warm) thermal, with red color shifting shimmer and gold iridescent chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.50 | Cap: None
Cameo Colours Lacquers | Feathers In The Foliage
Inspiration: Image of a colourful red Macaw among leaves.
Description: Feathers In The Foliage is a vibrant lime-ish leafy green crelly, full of a variety of ultrachrome flakes, gold metallic micro flakes, and silver holo micro flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: Cap: 140 US / 10 UK
Colores de Carol | Double Trouble
Inspiration: Inspired by the split-colour Cardinal that is half male, half female.
Description: Double Trouble is a soft dove grey crelly with copper shimmer and Aurora shimmer, matte orange glitter, neon red dots and crystal red glitter. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 250 US / 20 UK
Crystal Knockout | Blue Springs & Manatees
Inspiration: Florida’s manatees
Description: Blue Springs & Manatees is a shimmery aqua jelly base with a green glow, holographic silver and turquoise glitter, and iridescent color shifting flakes in teal, green, and blue. I used 2 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: None
Crystal Knockout | Sunkissed Blooms
Inspiration: The tulip fields of the Netherlands
Description: Sunkissed Blooms is an effect topper with a strong pink-violet aurora shimmer and iridescent color shifting flakes in violet, red, orange, and gold. I used 1 coat over a black creme for these photos.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: None
Cupcake Polish | Bluebonnet
Inspiration: Texas Bluebonnets glowing at dusk
Description: Bluebonnet is a medium blue jelly base packed with iridescent shimmer that shifts from pink to gold to green. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This is a slightly deeper blue base in person.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None