Good morning and happy Friday! I’m trying to get through this post today, so here’s hoping there’s minimal distractions. Nick is working next to me and on conference calls, so I had to switch to my quieter keyboard. I generally use a mechanical keyboard and I don’t think his coworkers want to hear CLACK CLACK CLACK as I type this post out. I type fairly fast, so the constant clacking might drive them all nuts. However – with the quieter keyboard, I’m not used to it and the feel of the keys, so here’s hoping I don’t have too many typing errors. Jacob is working on his school work, so only disruptions in the post would be when he needs help.
Today we’re looking at the Polish Pickup May 2020 Candy Land lineup!
Right now I have 111 items for this post, and as far as I know -I have 4 more in transit. Once arrived – I’ll be adding in Leesha’s Lacquer, NeverMind Polish, Wandering Songbird and Vapid Wax. USPS is running a bit slower – and although most of them shipped this past Monday they aren’t here yet. Hopefully tomorrow.
This month brings us a TON of purples, thermals and a good amount of neon to close neon shades. My skintone is all over the place in photos because neons make me look tan, and others I tried to correct color and since I’m not that great at it, my skin tone is either lighter, darker, redder or bluer. It is what it is.
Tax season ended 9 days ago so I’m back to a normal schedule. I actually have today off – which is why this post should be up today instead of tomorrow. I have a ton of PTO (Personal Time Off) banked so if I play my cards right, I can schedule it around Polish Pickup to work on some things more. Not like I can really go anywhere anyway.
The theme this month is Candy Land! Not necessarily the game – but some did use parts of the game as inspiration – this is about candy and sweets!
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 Esmaltes da Kelly. Cuticula and Vibrant Vinyls), 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 3 months ago)
This is an EXTREMELY photo heavy post. I think during upload it said 699 photos. 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 May Polish Pickup shop will open May 1st and close May 4th.
Let’s get this going. Nick’s making lunch really quick for us and Jacob hasn’t started his math or Spanish work yet – so I should be uninterrupted for a bit.
77 Nail Lacquer | Eye Candy
Inspiration: Inspired by Candytopia
Description: Eye Candy is a pink leaning candy apple red crelly base loaded with blue to purple to red shifting shimmer and subtle gold holographic shimmer. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 190 US / 10UK
77 Nail Lacquer | Sugar Sugar Effect Topper
Inspiration: Inspired by Candytopia
Description: Sugar Sugar is a clear base with blue to pink to purple shifting shimmer, iridescent rainbow microshreds and iridescent rainbow flakes. I used 1 coat over a black creme for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 190 US / 10 UK
Alchemy Lacquers | Darkside
Inspiration: We drew inspiration from the limited edition Darkside Skittles. A number of makers collaborated to choose a different flavor as inspiration. Be sure to check out the other skittle inspired polished and “paint the rainbow”!
Description: Darkside is a dark blue base with green to blue to purple to pink shimmer with a scattered holographic finish. Usually there is a strong blue to purple shift visible in person. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 125 US / 10 UK
All Mixed Up Lacquers | Hubba Bubba Baby
Inspiration: Inspired by Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape
Description: Hubba Bubba Baby is a bright corally pink jelly base with unicorn pigment shifting from green to pink, as well as iridescent crystal flakes that spark gold, pink, lavender, and aqua. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This is brighter in person.
Price: $12.50 | Cap No Cap US / 10 UK
Bath Balls by Alter Ego | Lemon Fizz
Inspiration: Inspired by Lemon Fizz candy drop
Description: Lemon Fizz Bath Balls are smaller, non bubbling bath balls that are best for mani and pedi soaks. Each ball is approximately.20 oz (you can see the size in the photo below) and when dropped in water – they release cocoa butter, shea butter and oil to soften your skin. The scent is Lemongrass – so it’s a nice, zingy scent for the water.
These are fragile, so it’s possible some might break in shipping. If they do – you can still use them by just pouring the crumbles into the water as well.
Ingredients: unrefined cocoa butter, unrefined shea butter, castor oil, baking soda citric acid, stearalkronium hectorite, tapioca flour, mica, lemograss essential oil
Price: $5.00 | Cap: 20 US/5 UK
Alter Ego Body Care Products | Lemon Fizz
Inspiration: Inspired by Lemon Fizz candy drops
Description: Lemon Fizz is a cool toned, lemon yellow crelly base loaded with pearl white shimmer. This shade lightly pulls chartreuse in the bottle, but on the nail it’s yellow.. This leans on the brighter side, but the shimmer helps mellow it out. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $9.00 | Cap: None
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Look Jim, I’m Eating You
Inspiration: Inspired by a Halloween episode of The Office where Dwight burns Jim (as only he can) by eating “Jim’s” aka Nerds candy!
Description: Look Jim, I’m Eating You is a slightly beige tinged grey crelly with purple to magenta ultrachrome chameleon flakes, as well as small scattered glitter in purple iridescence and matte magenta. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
Cuticle Creme by Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Double Apple
Inspiration: Inspired by a fruity, tropical drink!
Description: Siren’s Cure is a luxurious cuticle crème formulated to promote cuticle healing and nail growth. It contains 75% organic ingredients including aloe leaf juice, coconut oil, neem seed oil, jojoba oil, and white willow bark extract! It also contains skincare powerhouses OptiMSM and DMAE, known for their anti-inflammatory, skin healing, and toning properties.
I apply a small dab on each finger at the cuticle line and then massage in. Works beautifully.
The scent is Double Apple and it’s a blend of tart green apple and ripe pineapple. I definitely smell more tart green apple at first, and pineapple lingers after. It’s a very tropical scent and makes me wish I were on a beach.
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, DMAE Bitartrate, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Avocado Fruit Oil, Witch Hazel Water, Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Vegan MSM, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, Organic Neem Seed Oil, Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Fragrance
Price: $8.50 | Cap: 100 US/ 5 UK
Stamping Plate by Apipila Cosmeticos | Candy Land
Inspiration: Inspired by Candy Street
Description: Candy Land Stamping Plate by Apipila Cosmeticos is a stainless steel nail stamping plate engraved with exclusive designs for this theme! Lots of candy and sugary treats. I found the etching to be quite good and had no issues picking up designs at all. I love the variety from candy to cupcakes throughout the plate!
The plate is 10 cm x 15 cm
Price: $14.50 | Cap: None
Apipila | Sweet Pink (Stamping Polish)
Inspiration: Inspired by Street Candy
Description: Sweet Pink is a medium, cool toned pink with silver shimmer that can be used alone or as a stamping polish. I show it both ways in the manis below! I used 2 thin coats on the index and pinky.
Price: $9.00 | Cap: 80 US / 20 UK
AURORA | Holy Sugar Confection Batman
Inspiration: Inspired by Batman villain Sweet Tooth
Description: Holy Sugar Confection Batman is a soft, cool pink base loaded with purple to turquoise shimmer. The shimmer is more vibrant in person. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This is a stunning and dainty polish.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100 US / 10 UK
Baby Girl Lacquer | So Berry Yummy (Scented & Tri-Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by Fruit By The Foot
Description: So Berry Yummy is a trithermal that transitions from purple (cold) to medium blurple (warm) to pale lavender pink (hot) with a rainbow assortment of chrome flakes. It’s got a light berry scent as well that isn’t too strong, but just enough that you can smell it while applying and after dried. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap 85 US / 15 UK
Baroness X | Sweet Freeze
Inspiration: Inspired by the Skittles Cooler ice cream bars.
Description: Sweet Freeze is a medium orchid crelly base with tiny holo flakes and an iridescent shimmery shift from purple to pink to bronze to gold to green at extreme angles. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This shade shows more of a purple orchid on me, but warmer skin tones seem to pull more orchid pink.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
Acetone Antidote by Baroness X | Violet Sweets
Inspiration: Inspired by Choward’s violet flavored mints and gum.
Description: This month’s scent is Violet Sweets, and it smells just like the violet candy by Choward’s. If you haven’t had it before it smells like violet but has a sweet candy note. I’ve actually never had them before – but if you love violet scents – you will adore this one! To my nose, it’s a sweet but powdery violet scent.
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 10 oz of Zoya Remove+
Price: $ 4.25 | Cap: None
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Chewnicorn
Inspiration: Inspired by The Chewnicorn from Viva Pinata
Description: Chewnicorn is a pale baby blue polish full of red to green shifting shimmer. This is NOT this bright in person – my lighting really amped the blue to a brighter shade, it is a duller, baby blue in person. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
Lip Balm by Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Newtgat
Inspiration: Inspired by the cutest pinata from Viva Pinata, the Newtgat!
Description: Newtgat lip balm is a sheer raspberry colored lip balm with a hint of blue shimmer. I used 3 coats on my lips for the photo below.
I had someone ask why my photos like this are taken in my car – and it’s because I get natural, indirect lighting this way before running into work.
Also I look very tired in this photo because I am.
Price: $5.00 | Cap: None
Beyond the Nail | Lovable Nerds
Inspiration: Inspired by Strawberry and grape nerds candy
Description: Lovable Nerds is a medium purple crelly base filled with white & neon pink hex glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. I had no issue getting glitters out and did not have to fish for them.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: 75 US / 15 UK
Black Dahlia Lacquer | Sugar Dahlia
Inspiration: Inspired by Gumball Machine
Description: Sugar Dahlia is a deep violet jelly base with a soft aqua shift, indigo Aurora shimmers, purple to blue to green iridescent shifting flakes, and red to gold and magenta to teal shifting chrome chameleon flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This shade dries with a slight texture, but 1 coat of top coat should smooth it just fine.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
Bluebird Lacquer | Bows, Knees and Toes All Over Body Balm
Inspiration: Inspired by Jelly beans!
Description: Bows, Knees And Toes is an all over body balm to help smooth rough patches. Works well on elbows, knees and feet especially. It comes in a large twist tube applicator so you don’t get it on your hands and easily spreads on the body. I actually use this a lot after shaving my legs to make my legs extra silky smooth.
Ingredients: Shea butter, avocado butter, cocoa butter, aloe butter, jojoba oil and calendilla wax
Price: $10.00 | Cap: None
Bluebird Lacquer | Ride in my Rolos Royce
Inspiration: Inspired by Candy Paint by Post Malone
Description: Ride In My Rolos Royce is a magenta to purple shifting base with scattered holo particles in silver and fuchsia, as well as blue shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
BLUSH Lacquers | Here Fishy Fishy
Inspiration: Inspired by Swedish Fish
Description: Here Fishy Fishy is a royal blue crelly base with a sea of red-orange-gold shifting multichrome flakes and a pink-orange shifting shimmer. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $10.75 | Cap: None
By Dany Vianna | Zombie Rainbow
Inspiration: Part of the Skittles Collaboration. We drew inspiration from the limited edition Zombie Flavor for Halloween. Each maker part of the collaboration choose a different flavor as inspiration. Be sure to check out the other skittles polishes and ‘paint the rainbow’!
Description: Zombie Rainbow is a grey crelly base with multi colored metalic micro flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Swatcher bottles of this shade were hand mixed, and some of the grey pigment didn’t blend completely. By Dany Vianna assured me that the purchased batch will be blended with a machine and will not have those pigments. I didn’t have any major issues with the pigment, but thought I would mention it.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200 US / 10 UK
By Vanessa Molina | Wild Berry (Trithermal)
Inspiration: Part of the Skittles Collaboration. We drew inspiration from the combo pack of Wilb Berry and Tropical flavors. Each maker part of the collaboration choose a different flavor as inspiration. Be sure to check out the other skittles polishes and ‘paint the rainbow’!
Description: Wild Berry is a tri thermal that shifts from a warm purple (cold) to medium blue (warm) to light blue (hot) with violet shimmer and iridescent flakes that flash pink, purple and blue. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
It was incredibly warm in my computer room when I swatched this, so my bottle actually turned the warm blue shade – but it will most likely be purple in the bottle when you receive it. I also have a couple more photos to show all 3 shades. Keeping my hands cold enough to capture all 3 shifts was difficult due to the room temperature.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None