So this month really snuck up on me, and I’m a little behind on it. Mainly – between the February shop closing and due dates for March photos – swatchers had 2 weeks (usually there’s 3 to 4ish.) Plus, one of the weekends was my son’s 14th birthday so I took the weekend off to celebrate with him and have his birthday party and all that fun stuff. However, somehow I pulled it together, and here we are – ready to look at the Polish Pickup for March 2020 – Ancient History!
Like with all themes, Ancient History is open to the makers interpretation of it. It can be literal, it can be whimsical, it can be a play on, or the figure of speech (like how my son says I’m ancient.)
Right now, I have about 102 items I think, things are still showing up which is why the post hasn’t been completed yet. I honestly don’t know fully what I’m still waiting on. SO i’m going to get started and post what I have in my possession.
I will have a giveaway at the end of the post like usual, so make sure you stick around for that.
Once again I did do each set of photos both glossy and matte. This month I used Night Owl Lacquer’s matte top coat for all matte shots.
For all photos shown, I used Vapid Lacquer Commitment Issues Peel Off Base, Sweet & Sour Lacquer Gloss Sauce as top coat (except for the photos showing Glisten & Glow, Cuticula, Vibrant Vinyls and Nail Hoot top coats), and Night Owl Lacquer Gone Matte Top Coat unless otherwise specified.
Since I leave for work while it’s still semi dark and I get home while it’s still semi dark – I do use artificial lighting for my photos. My current setup uses Glamcor Pro Lights and I use the Elite X model. That is a link for those wanting to look, but it’s not an affiliate link. The brand did send them for me to post on Instagram too though, so it is a press sample (which I posted about 2 months ago)
This is an EXTREMELY photo heavy post. There are over 100 products and 3-7 photos PER item (majority have 7 though.) If there is something specific you are looking for – on desktop hit CTRL + F and type what you are searching for. Otherwise, enjoy the long scroll down the page, and of course the giveaway at the end.
The March Polish Pickup shop will be open from March 6th – March 9th, and unfortunately there are a LOT of caps this month.
Let’s get started! It’s currently 7:10 PM on Friday night and most likely this won’t be going live until sometime late Saturday.
77 Nail Lacquer | Honey, I’m Rome!
Inspiration: Honey, I’m Rome! is inspired by an artistically enhanced photo of ancient Rome’s Colosseum.
Description: Honey, I’m Rome! is a wine reddish pink jelly base with gold to orange to pink to red shifting shimmer and iridescent teal to blue microglitters mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 175
Alchemy Lacquers | Sands of Giza
Inspiration: Inspired by Pyramids at Giza
Description: Sands of Giza is a medium lavender crelly base with red to orange to yellow to green shifting shimmer and a loose linear holographic effect. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 70
All Mixed Up Lacquers | Celtic Relic (Tri-Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by photo of old Irish Castles
Description: Celtic Relic is a trithermal that transitions from a medium dark shamrock green (cold) to medium dusty green (warm) to light Spring green (hot) with scattered holo, small iridescent glitters, gold glitters and emerald glitters, as well as 2 different crystal flakes and ultrachrome chameleon flakes that flash a rainbow of color. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 120
Alter Ego Body Care Products | 5th Century Indian Nut
Inspiration: Inspired by coconut oil! The first written account of coconut oil was a Egyptian traveler back in the 5th century describing a coconut as an Indian Nut.
Description: 5th Century Indian Nut is a white crelly base with dark brown and bronze microglitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $9.00 | Cap: None
Bar Soap by Alter Ego | 5th Century Indian Nut
Inspiration: Inspired by coconut oil
Description: 5th Century Indian Nut soap is molded to be a massage bar so it can work out some kinks while you lather up. There is a light lather, and it’s naturally scented (there’s not really even a scent) so it’s fragrance free.
I did have some hardening on the edges of my bar – but on use they softened up. They weren’t discolored – but I thought I would mention it so if you receive it and the edges are hardened, it’s not a big deal.
Price: $4.00 | Cap: 33
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Standing Stones at First Light (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by a nod to the maker’s favorite TV and book series, this polish was inspired by the centuries old standing stones of Scotland, especially when frames by a magical sunrise! Outlander fans, this is for you!
Description: Standing Stones At First Light is a pale coralish pink (warm) to terracotta red (cold) thermal with holographic shimmer, grey micro flakes and a bit of small glitters in chocolate brown, tan, grey and white. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
Baby Girl Lacquer | Remember the Time?!
Inspiration: Inspired by Queen Nefertiti
Description: Remember The Time?! is a creamy cappuccino brown crelly base with a mix of ultrachrome chameleon color shifting flakes. They flash orange, bronze, magenta,blue, brown and gold. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This shade pulls very warm on me, it’s actually a paler, cooler shade.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 100
Acetone Antidote by Baroness X | Cucumber Mint
Inspiration: Inspired by mint and cucumbers are two great food ingredients that have been used as far back as Ancient Greece. We’ve combined the two for this inspo.
Description: I always look forward to Acetone Antidote, and this month is a cool, calming scent of Cucumber Mint! The mix of minty scents is the strongest note for me – I pick up the spearmint mostly, but there’s also some peppermint and then I get a little cucumber. The description says there’s slight hints of cyclamen and green banana, but I don’t detect those at all.
Shake the vial and add the full bottle (.5oz) to 6-8oz of acetone. You can add the vial to more or less (down to 4oz of acetone, no less due to IFRA regulations). These are just suggestions for optimal scent and protection from acetone, the ratio can vary due to personal preference.
I use a full vial in 10 oz of Zoya Remove+
Price: $4.25 | Cap: None
Baroness X | Mint Xpress Drying Spray
Inspiration: Mint has been used as a remedy for indigestion since Ancient Egyptian times. In fact, dried peppermint leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1000 b.c. The ancient Greeks and Romans valued it as a stomach soother.
Description: Xpress Drying Spray is a dual use item. The main use is to do your nails, then when done – hold the spray above your nails and do 1-2 sprays, then wait 2 minutes for the speed drying. However, if you do your mani quick and don’t allow each layer to dry before moving onto the next, it will still ding your polish. This product helps dry the top layer. It will not penetrate the top layer.
While speeding up your mani, the oils used within it will also moisturize your cuticles, so even when you don’t need to speed anything up, you can spritz it on your hands for some extra cuticle and skin hydration.
This is lightly scented with a peppermint essential oil and fragrance oil blend. It comes in a 15 ml bottle (same size as Acetone Antidotes) with a spray cap. The spray cap will be separate when you receive it, and it will have a normal solid cap when you get it.
Price: $4.50 | Cap: None
Lip Balm by Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Ikaros
Inspiration: Kassandra wouldn’t be the Eagle Bearer without her pet eagle so this lip balm is inspired by him
Description: Ikaros tinted lip balm is a bright coral pink tinted lip balm with subtle pink shimmer and a very light vanilla scent. I applied 2 light layers for the photo below. It does layer up quite nicely and with a heavier hand, you can probably get a much brighter coral shade.
The scent is almost undetectable, but it you get it really close to your nose and sniff, you can tell it’s there.
Price: $5.00 | Cap: None
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | The Eagle Bearer
Inspiration: Inspired by Kassandra from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Description: The Eagle Bearer is a medium gold to pink pastel multichrome with 2 types of gold flakes mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
There is a very light texture with this shade, but 1 coat of top coat should be fine to smooth it over.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 250
Beyond the Nail | Aliens? Aliens.
Inspiration: Inspired by the famous meme starring a gentleman with big hair and an orange complexion who likes to explain the mysteries of the ancient world with the most obvious answer: Aliens.
Description: Aliens? Aliens. is a medium grey crelly base with strong copper shimmer and small copper hex glitters. This is probably my favorite polish with a matte top coat this month. I used 2 coats and a glossy topcoat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 100
Bath Bar by Bluebird Lacquer | UFO Bar
Inspiration: Inspired by Ancient aliens built the pyramids? That’s crazy!
Description: This is a UFO shaped bar made with activated charcoal, jojoba beads and organic cocoa and shea butter. It’s a scrubbie bar that has enough scrubbies to exfoliate, but it isn’t a harsh exfoliation. The bar itself starts to melt on contact with your skin and leaves you feeling super soft.
I tried it, it’s slipper to hold onto, but once you start using it, your fingers sort of melt into it for a better grip. I used it before shaving and my legs are buttery smooth now!
Price: $8.00 for a 2oz bar | Cap: None
Bluebird Lacquer | Ra Ra Sis Boom Bah!
Inspiration: Inspired by Ra the ancient Egyptian sun god. He was considered the god of kings, order and the sky. Ra has a human body with a falcons head and it he wore a serpent coiled around a solar disc along with a blue headdress.
Description: Ra Ra Sis Boom Bah! is an azure blue shimmery, metallic like holographic with blue to lavender to gold shimmer mixed in. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Main thing to note with this shade – on the first coat – float the coat on. When I brushed it on, any pressure and the brush left “bald” spots on my nail. Once I floated the polish on (basically, don’t touch the brush to the nail really – allow the brush to manipulate a drop of polish onto the nail for little to no pressure.) The second coat applied without any special care and I could apply pressure without it removing any.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
BLUSH Lacquers | In The Beginning
Inspiration: Inspired by the creation of the universe
Description: In The Beginning is a pale, silver toned lavender pink ultra linear holographic. It is more pink toned in person – but the holo flame kind of got in the way of showing the true color. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
By Dany Vianna | Pharos (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by lighthouses
Description: Pharos is a coral pinkish red (cold) to baby pink (warm) thermal with gold shimmer and matte white rectangle glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 200
By Vanessa Molina | Misteries of Egypt (thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by ancient Egypt and beauty of its mysterious nights
Description: Misteries of Egypt is a dusty brown (cold) to pinkish beige (warm) with ultrachrome chameleon flakes that shift bronze to gold to magenta to purple, as well as a subtle scattered holographic. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
The pinkish beige shows deeper the more/thicker layers you apply. The first layer is sheer enough that this could double as a topper.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 200
Cadillacquer | Origins (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by the video game Assassin’s Creed Origins. The game is set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–47 BCE).
Description: Origins is a burnt orangish red (cold) to dusty pumpkin orange (warm) to a pinkish beige (hot) tri thermal packed with small multicolored flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This shade transitions easily – and I wasn’t quick enough with photos to capture the hottest state (the pinkish beige) before it started going. My hands are pretty much ice all the time, so I apologize for not capturing that third state. Be sure to check out the listing when the site is live for photos of the third transition.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
Cameo Colours Lacquers | Dank River Valley
Inspiration: Inspired by a Mesopotamian image, and “History of the Entire World, I Guess.”
Description: Dank River Valley is a taupe crelly base with a slight bronze shimmer, bronze flecks, holo sparkle, as well as lime-blue-gold and blue-violet-copper ultrachrome chameleon flakes, and small caramel, gold, and rose glitters, and silver holo micro flakes.
I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. For a smooth finish – you might need 2 coats of top coat with all the flakes and glitter involved.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: None