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March 2021 | Spring: Birds, Bees & Butterflies
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**I was asked in a PM about winners, and sorry! Winners were selected and given prizes on time – but I forgot to click the checkmark that actually displays the names. I do have email proof that I sent all codes before shop opened for March**
It’s that time again! I have several of the the Polish Pickup March 2021 offerings to share, and this month the theme is Spring: Birds, Bees & Butterflies!
So far I have 93 items but I still have at least 11 more on the way that got held up in USPS limbo. According to tracking they should arrive Monday and Tuesday and I will continue on then and add them into the post.
First things first. My nails aren’t “mine” for this entire post. I had a bad break last month before starting on PPU swatching, and I broke out the Kiara Sky Gelly Tips kit in Short Coffin. I did do a full post on those, so click the wording if you want to see. So yes, my nails look different because they are for now. I also am really enjoying the tips so I don’t know how long they will be on, but they are clear and don’t alter anything – so … I’m enjoying it!
For the fine details – for all photos shown – I used Vapid Lacquer Commitment Issues Peel Off Base, Sweet & Sour Lacquer Gloss Sauce (except for when I used Vibrant Vinyls and Cuticula), and Sweet & Sour Lacquer Secret Matte Sauce. I purchased the Vapid Lacquer Commitment Issues, but the Sweet & Sour Lacquer top coats were sent as gifts from the maker.
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 March shop will be open from March 5th – March 8th and wishlisting opens tomorrow.
Let’s do this…
1422 Designs | A Perilous Journey
Inspiration:Inspired by the monarch butterfly and its migration patterns
Description: A Perilous Journey is a rusty brownish red jelly base with red to orange to yellow hsifting shimmer, as well as gold to green to orange to red shifting flakes and gold flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100
A Bead Apart Jewelry | Hand Painted Hummingbird Dangle Earrings
Inspiration: Most people have lost someone they love. My late step-mother loved hummingbirds, and I think of her whenever I see them. This labor of love is a tribute to her memory.
Description: A Bead Apart brings us these cute dangle earrings that are each handpainted with 5 different Kathleen & Co polishes, and then glazed for a permanent finish. The earrings are 2″ long and 3/4″ wide, and the hummingbird itself is 3/4″ wide and 1/2″ tall. These aren’t heavy, so they don’t pull the lobe down.
Price: $15.00 | Cap: 40
Alchemy Lacquer | Metamorphosis
Inspiration: Metamorphosis is based on the Monarch chrysalis, about 24 hours before they eclose (come out), where the orange and black of their wings starts to develop and the chrysalis becomes translucent.
Description: Metamorphosis is a minty green meets pastel spring green crelly base with orange to gold to green shifting flakes, orange to gold green shifting shimmer and holographic flecks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200
All Mixed Up Lacquers | Butterfly of Darkness
Description: Butterfly of Darkness is a dusty pastel soft teal tinged mint green with unicorn pigment going from green to pink and mega bold ultra chrome chameleon flakes that shift gold to green to magenta. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: 120
All Mixed Up Lacquers | Mani/Pedi Fizzies
Description: 2 pack of spring green mani/pedi foaming fizzies with secret hidden colors scented in juicy apple fruit loops. All Mixed Up’s fizzies are fun to watch because they always have secret color swirlies in side. This month’s scent is described as juicy apple fruit loops, but I detected something lightly floral in it as well that I couldn’t place my finger on. I wouldn’t have used fruit loops as the description either, but it just might be my nose not getting that scent.
My nose detected a very light, pleasant floral – soft and delicate. It also detected mixed fruit, but not the cereal like fruit loops scent. It’s like a Spring time picnic with a fruit bowl and soft florals being carried by the wind. That’s the scent I get.
So these are basically smaller bath bombs made for feet and/or hands. You can take a small piece of one, drop it in and let it fizz up and the oils mix in the water, then soak your hands or feet. If you use a full fizzie, make sure it’s a big bowl and the water isn’t to the top – or you will overflow with fizz and you will be cleaning it up.
Ask me how I know…
Price: $7.00 | Cap: 30
Alter Ego Body Care Products | Pet & People Potion
Inspiration: Inspired by “I wanted to offer people a useful product they could use on themselves as well as their pets.”
Description: Pet & People Potion is a heart shaped solid lotion bar that is unscented and can be used on both pets and people!
This works well on pet’s foot pads to create a nourishing barrier. Tested on both cats and dogs… but is also usable on humans. I’ve been using it for my hands lately and I do love the feel. It’s not a creamy lotion, but it has an emollient like feeling to it which gives your skin a nice, healthy glow without being a greasy mess.
It comes in a heart shaped container which is adorable. I will be grabbing a backup of this – and I’m actually really glad it’s unscented!
Price: $4.00 | Cap: 85
Alter Ego Body Care Products | What A Big Boy!
Inspiration: Inspired by the Blue Morpho Butterfly
Description: What a Big Boy! is a medium sky blueish turquoise base with silvery shimmer and black microglitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
The base with shimmer gives this polish an almost metallic like look – which is why it also looks slightly textured with the addition of microglitters. I only needed 1 coat of top coat to smooth over though.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: None
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Mermaid Tears Base Coat
Inspiration: The scent was inspired by whimsical butterfly wings and the sweetness of a bird song. Light & pretty!
Description: I actually use this product a ton. I like using it as a base for nail art primarily but it’s a deep nutrition base coat.
Mermaid Tears is a deep nutrition rehab treatment for your nails and can help weak or brittle nails. It has a moisturizing formula that contains a smoothing complex to seal down Keratin cells, while amino acids help stimulate the formation of new Keratin cells.
My nails have never been a problem for me personally, so I cannot test if they help weak, brittle nails. I’ve always had strong, healthy nails – so I cannot confirm or deny if the base coat helps those issues.
As far as a stand alone base coat, it worked very well for me. It’s a milky neutral pink and 3 thin coats is the sweet spot for a great nail art base.
Scented in “Fly Away” – a light fruity/floral fusion featuring mandarin slices, pink berries, sheer waterlily, tuberose, white peach, lily of the valley – all warmed with subtle notes of amber, musk, and sandalwood.
To my nose the scent is light and pleasant. My nose picks up the mandarin and lily of the valley the most.
Price: $8.50 | Cap: None
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Spread Your Wings & Fly, Butterfly
Inspiration: Inspired by Mariah Carey’s 1997 album Butterfly
Description: Spread Your Wings & Fly, Butterfly is a copper tinted ultra holographic base with copper, gold, tan, caramel, and rose gold glitter in various shapes, sizes, and finishes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This album came out when I was a freshman in high school – so lots of memories with various songs here.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
Apipila | Galo da Serra
Inspiration: Inspired by Galo da Serra bird
Description: Galo da Serra is a citrus orange creme. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat on my index and pinky for these photos. The middle and ring fingers were an attempt with the other Apipila item shown right after this one.
Yes I’m aware my nail art is lacking.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: 100
Apipila | Mix/Stamping Plate
Inspiration: Inspired by Marble nails
Description: Sterilizable plate for mixtures of products such as nail polish, nail gel, glitter, pigments. Mix Plate can be used as a basis for creating effects and mixing colors. It can also be used to mix products for make-up.
Okay – so I’m not a nail art person really. I can water marble and I can do basic stamping, so I was a little out of my element with this plate. However – I do see the usefulness with it.
So it has a few things to do with it. There are 2 areas (the rectangle and circle) that you can do designs on and stamp to pick it up. And it seems more “stamp while wet” vs making decals, since decals usually don’t peel up super easy on surfaces like these. The nail polishes around the border? Those you can pick up with a stamper. There’s also a Love Polish image in the bottom left corner that if you had a stamper to shrink images – you might have a pretty darn cute stamp there too.
My nail design started as a gradient but I got bumped and my stamp “skidded” across the nail, so I decided to try smoosh art. It’s not great – but I didn’t hate it (you might, I didn’t) so I just went with it. It wasn’t typical smoosh art and actually had less cleanup needed since it wasn’t all goopy.
It’s not a giant plate – it’s really not much bigger than a normal stamping plate and I do show it with my hand over it a few photos down so you get an idea of size reference.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 12.00
Atomic Polish | The Bird Queen
Inspiration: Inspired by Violet-Crowned Woodnymph
Description: The Bird Queen is a violet base and is filled with shimmery pigment that shifts from green to purple. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
AURORA 5-Free Nail Lacquer | Metamorphosis
Inspiration: Inspired by Butterfly symbolism of transformation/rebirth
Description: Metamorphosis is a deep fuchsia jelly base packed with crystal chameleon and glitter flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 200
Baby Girl Lacquer | When Doves Cry
Inspiration: Song by Prince – When Doves Cry
Description: A beautiful shimmery lilac crelly base with pink to blue color-shifting pigment, as well as color-shifting and ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 100
Baroness X | Acetone Antidote in Tea Time in a Rose Garden
Inspiration: Inspired by roses as inspo for the butterflies and blackberries as inspo for the birds.
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! Simply shake up the vial and pour into your polish remover. I generally pour a full vial into a 10 oz pump bottle, but I recommend shaking it and pouring half in and adding more if you feel you need more.
This month’s Acetone Antidote is Tea Time in a Rose Garden – a house blend of sweet blackberry jam filled butter cookies with a smattering of rose jam (Lush type).
This is an interesting scent and when I first got it I kept having to go back and sniff it again because it confused my senses for a bit. So I get the rose jam (if you are familiar with LUSH you know this one) but rose jam is a lemon, rose and geranium if I remember correctly – so it’s a sweet floral with some citrus zing. So this scent takes that and then there is a blackberry jam butter cookie scent mixed in and I got a lot of butter cookie scent.
It is pleasant but it’s very different, and I feel like it’s more complex and it smells slightly different every time I got in to sniff again.
Price: 4.25 | Cap: none
Baroness X | Coronet (Magnetic)
Inspiration: Inspired by the Coronet Hummingbird from South America
Description: Coronet is a green to blue to purple to magenta to gold multichrome base with pink to gold to green magnetic multichrome pigment, as well as a rainbow assortment of iridescent flakes mixed in. I used 3 thin coats for these photos, and used a magnet on middle and index fingers only.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 200
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | A Lion With A Thorn In Its Paw
Inspiration: We picked Songbird from the Bioshock games as inspiration
Description: A Lion With A Thorn In Its Paw is a cornflower blue with an orange to gold to green shimmer and holo flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
Bluebird Lacquer | Bluebird is the Word
Inspiration: Inspired by my logo and brand mascot the Eastern Bluebird.
Description: Bluebord is the Word is a bright pure blue with rust-gold-red-copper shifting flakies. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
By Dany Vianna | Butterfly Effect (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by a purple butterfly picture
Description: Butterfly is a purple (warm) to black (cold) creme based thermal with pink aurora shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 300
By Dany Vianna | Flamingo Pouch for Masks
Description: This is a pouch for your masks that has a zippered compartment for clean masks, and then a non closure section in the middle to store used ones. This is great for purses, bags, laptop bags, etc so your extra masks aren’t just floating around, and used ones aren’t mingling with new ones. I always have about 5-7 masks on me at once and currently use the zippered compartments within my laptop bag, so I love that this keeps them separated!
Price: 16.00 | Cap: 30
By Vanessa Molina | Vanessa D’Auria
Inspiration: Inspired by the Vanessa D’Auria Butterfly.
Description: Vanessa D’Auria is an ultrachrome chameleon purple to pink to gold to green with scattered holo pigment. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 320
Cameo Colours Lacquers | Hummin’ Bee
Inspiration: Inspired by the Bee Hummingbird, which is the smallest bird in the world at only 2-2.5″ fully grown, and native to Cuba.
Description: Hummin’ Bee is a pale dove grey crelly base with scattered holo, aqua to indigo shimmer, blue to violet to copper ultrachrome chameleon flakes, violet to pink to gold ultrachrome chameleon flakes, and holographic micro flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 105
Color Spectrum Polish | Every Little Thing Is Gon’ Be Alright
Inspiration: Inspired by Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
Description: Every Little Thing Is Gon’ Be Alright is a sparkling grey holo base with red, yellow, blue holo glitters, blue to red shifting ultrachrome chameleon flakes, blue to green shifting ultrachrome chameleon flakes and yellow to orange ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 105
Color Spectrum Polish | Vegan Lip Balm in Nature’s Nectar
Inspiration: Inspired by Butterflies traveling from flower to flower
Description: Nature’s Nectar is a sheer chocolatey brown balm with scents of lavender, vanilla and honeysuckle with a sprinkle of gold shimmer. While there is a scent, there is not a taste – it’s purely scented and not a flavor oil.
Price: $5.00 | Cap: 40