I can’t believe it’s that time again already, but it’s here! It’s time to look at my swatches and reviews of the Polish Pickup January 2020 Written In The Stars theme!
I took a little time off posting the last 2 weeks to focus on my son and life in general. I’ve still swatched a ton to prep for Polish Pickup and other releases coming up, but I spent more time away from the keyboard. We had a wonderful Christmas and my son got spoiled rotten by myself and Nick. His big gift was an Apple Watch series 5, which he’s absolutely loving. He’s a little young to have one (almost 14), but with his grades (he’s been honor roll throughout Junior High) and how hard he’s been working on his projects – I went ahead and spoiled him.
I wanted to get this post going because Jacob and I have a fun weekend planned of spending his gift cards and seeing Jumanji! I also have to exchange my gift from Nick (a gorgeous Tiffany’s 5 link bangle) to the next size up. Otherwise, if I slide it on – it’s never coming off.
So for the Polish Pickup January 2020 Written In The Stars shop – I have 103 items to share. I am waiting on 2-3 more items to show up (both international – Girly Bits PPU & IPU items, as well as Cadillacquer) which will put us at about 106 for the month. Once I get those in, I’ll pop them into this post.
The theme this month is Written In The Stars, which is anything galaxy or astrological. It’s fairly open ended, and a lot of makers went with Zodiac type inspiration. I’m on the cusp of Pisces and Aries but my birthday is actually within Aries (March 22nd) and I have to say – I’m thrilled with all the Aries inspiration.
This month is very purple and blue heavy. Fairly normal for a “stars” anything theme. I love it since I’m a purple fan. I did, and still do, have a cold and congestion. I am doing any scented item to the best of my ability – but please keep in mind that my sniffer is clogged. I was hoping it would unclog by the time I did this post, but it’s still at about half what it usually is.
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.
The January shop will go from January 3rd – January 6th.
Let’s get this show on the road. My hands are ice right now and I’m hoping the mega typing will help warm them up.
3Cheers4Ears | Galaxy Phone Grip
Inspiration: Inspired by Orion constellation and it’s biggest star Betelgeuse.
Description: The Galaxy Phone Grip makes it easier to hold your phone, or use it as a kickstand. It pops out to grip with your fingers, and when done using, just pop it back down and it lays flush with your case/phone. This is an oval shaped grip with a stunning galaxy scene on it, and when you turn the lights out – there’s a glow in the dark Orion constellation that appears. It’s very comfortable to hold and is easily applied with a sticky adhesion where it attaches to the phone.
Price: $20.00 | Cap: 45
77 Nail Lacquer | The Enigma of Pisces
Inspiration: Inspired by The Enigma of Pisces is inspired by artwork by Fernanda Fernandez.
Description: The Enigma of Pisces is a muted turquoise crelly base with itty bitty red microglitters, orange shimmer, and red to blue to purple iridescent flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This is a deeper turquoise in person.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 74
All Mixed Up Lacquers | Star Gazing (Tri Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by an image from Web of purple, blue, green sky with stars.
Description: Star Gazing is a tri thermal that shifts from denim blue (cold) to medium purple (warm) to dusty mint green (hot) with scattered holo and shifting crystal flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
With my cold and cooties – thermals were not my friend this month. The purple shift isn’t showing well since I had a fever. Please check out other photos in the Polish Pickup group to see it.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 80
Alter Ego Body Care Products | What’s Your Sign?
Inspiration: Inspired by all the stars, not just any one constellation or horoscope.
Description: What’s Your Sign? is a silver holographic with both linear and scattered holo mixed in. Originally it was made to be a top coat but can also be used on its own. I used 3 coats for these photos, and the final images show 1 coat over black.
Price: $9.50 | Cap: None
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Aquemini
Inspiration: Inspired by OutKast’s 1996 album cover of the same name. It is pronounced a-quem-in-i, combining aquarius and gemini into one!
Description: Aquemini is a black creme base with green to blue to purple multichrome shimmer, micro gold flakes, pink holo micro glitter, as well as gold and raspberry pink glitters. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 200
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Shipshape Hemp Hand & Body Lotion
Inspiration: Not Specified
Description: Shipshape Hemp Hand & Body Lotion is the newest addition to the Anchor & Heart Lacquer Essentials line of hand care products! Ultra-moisturizing, fast absorbing, no sticky residue, and the perfect consistency – not too thin or thick! I’ve only had this a week, but it’s perfect for me to use in between swatching. It gives my skin a boost of moisture without leaving a greasy looking residue behind on camera.
Organic hemp seed oil (THC free) is the star of the show, providing essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that help replenish skin of all types. Shipshape is vegan, cruelty free, with no added parabens, phthalates, or gluten, and formulated with 84% organic ingredients!
The scent is Moon Emotions which is a Lolita Lempicka perfume dupe. It’s a mix of fresh citrus, cashmere, and sandalwood. It’s light and I definitely picked up the sandalwood and cashmere scent. It’s warm and oddly soothing to me.
Price: $10.00 for 4 oz | Cap: 50
AURORA | My Ruling Planet is Uranus
Inspiration: Inspired by Aquarius
Description: My Ruling Planet is Uranus is a clear base loaded with blue flakes, with a mix of ultrachrome chameleon flakes added that flash green, purple, pink, orange and gold. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100
Baroness X | Acetone Antidote – Green Dragon
Inspiration: Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac.
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 month’s scent is Green Dragon which is a custom house blend of green tea with lemongrass. I definitely smell the green tea and then get a hit of lemongrass. It’s a very soothing and calming type scent. I’m going to be buying 2-3 backup bottles when shop opens.
Price: $4.25 | Cap: 160
Effect Topper by Baroness X | X Marks The Spot Liquid Nail Art
Inspiration: The name is inspired by how horoscopes and predictions often say ___ marks the ___. Example: “The New Moon marks the beginning of a new lunar and personal cycle.” We just inserted “X” from our Baroness X branding and “Spot” for the effect of this topper/smoosh polish.
Description: X Marks The Spot is a black fluid art polish with a scattered holo effect. I’ve never done fluid art, and I’ve never made decals – but I was able to do it in my first go (it was that easy to work with!) I actually followed a video tutorial from Courtney of Polished Lifting to do the fluid art, so I recommend checking that out.
For these photos I used the method linked above, and I used X Marks The Spot with Baroness X Unclad and a deep red creme.
Trigger Warning: fluid art has small “cells” and it could trigger trypophobia
Price: $10.50 | Cap: 75
Lip Balm by Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Fierce
Inspiration: Inspired by the attributes from the Dragon sign from the Korean zodiac
Description: Fierce is an unscented lip balm with aqua green to gold shimmer. It does leave a slight, sheer white on the lips with a subtle sparkle. Leaves lips smooth and soft.
Price: $5.00 | Cap: None
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Mightiest of the Signs
Inspiration: Inspired by the Dragon sign from the Korean zodiac.
Description: Mightiest Of The Signs is a red based multichrome that shifts from gold to green and blue to purple with holo flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
Beyond the Nail | Birch Please (Matte)
Inspiration: Inspired by Birch (Celtic Zodiac Sign)
Description: Birch Please is a matte creamy beige base with gold and caramel brown glitters in both hex and round shapes. I used 2 coats for these photos, and the last set of photos shows this with a glossy top coat.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: 100
Bluebird Lacquer | Left of Centaur
Inspiration: Inspired by The Crux constellation to the left of Centaurus.
Description: Left of Centaur is a royal purple linear holographic with purple shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200
BLUSH Lacquers | Star-Crossed Lovers
Inspiration: Inspired by Romeo + Juliet movie cover (1999 version)
Description: Star-Crossed Lovers is a burnt orange nail polish with a shifting pink-orange-gold shimmer, holographic flakes and gold flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: None
Effect Topper By Dany Vianna | Star Charting (Thermal)
Inspired by Star Charts.
Description: Star Charting is a thermal topper that goes from clear to ultramarine blue with aurora and holographic flakies. I used it over bare nail, pale nude, black and deep, bright pink to show it off.
The description says it goes to ultramarine blue, but my bottle sits at the periwinkle blue line and goes to clear. It is possible the bottle you receive will be a deeper blue.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 140
Unfortunately this product was pulled from the January shop.
By Dany Vianna | Year of the Cat
Inspiration: Inspired by Kyo from Fruits Basket
Description: Year of the Cat is a yellow leaning orange crelly base with a mix of matte black and white hex and square glitters mixed in. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 140
Cadillacquer | The Underestimated One
Inspiration: Inspired by the Cancer Zodiac Sign
Description: The Underestimated One is a fuchsia (cold) to dusty light blue (warm) thermal, packed with red to copper ultra chrome chameleon flakes, red to orange to green aurora shimmer and red micro flakes.
Price: $13.50 | Cap: None
Cameo Colours Lacquers | The Twins: Castor
Inspiration: Inspired by an image of the Gemini constellation
Description: The Twins: Castor is a deep inky navy blue scattered holo with a pink sheen, silver and gold galaxy holo, silver holo micro flakes, gold metallic micro flakes and orange to gold crystal chameleon flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This shade dries down with a mild texture, but 1 coat of top coat should smooth it over.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 95
Effect Topper by Cameo Colours Lacquers | The Twins: Pollux
Inspiration: Inspired by an image of the Gemini constellation
Description: The Twins: Pollux is a flake top coat with red sparks, metallic gold flakes, orange to gold crystal chameleon flakes, as well as electric blue and silver holo micro flakes.
This s created to be worn with The Twins: Castor – so I’m showing it over that shade as well as a black creme. I used 1 coat over both shades.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: 95