How is it already time? I feel like I just pushed out the October Polish Pickup post last weekend… but here we are again! It’s time to take a look at the Polish Pickup November 2019 Fairy Tales!
This last month was a rough one, and I took on a few less things while I got my stuff situated. Basically, my son needed me. He’s 13, and overall is more independent, but the loss of Wiggles hit him harder than I think I even anticipated. I’ve been mentally preparing him for it for awhile, but this was the kitty he’s had since he was a newborn. The one who probably plotted his death when I brought Jacob home from the hospital. So I was a little quieter on the blogging front while we healed from her loss. We’re all doing better since, but we still miss her.
I rescued her when she was a 2-3 years old and she was scared of everything, but she and I bonded immediately. When Jacob’s father would come home from work and we’d go out, she got insanely jealous and a couple times, she peed on his father’s pillow and the vet said she was associating him with bad things. When he came home, I left… so that was her retaliation. We worked on that and it stopped – but… she was my kitty through and through. Over the years she bonded with Jacob and was his shadow for the last 9 years.
I had a few setbacks happen last month, but this was the hardest blow.
This month I have 89 or 90 items to share (I’m still waiting on a couple in the mail, but not sure how many… 2 I think?) and it was a good month. I definitely had a lot of “gasp” moments when I opened up the polishes, which is a really good sign!
I did get a new light set up. It’s a bit better than the old set up, and about 10 sets of photos were done with the old, the remaining were done with the new. I see a definite difference is accuracy and it doesn’t lean as warm as it was. So thanks to Glamcor for sending an incredible set up for me to test out.
I was also happy with the theme. I’m a dreamer and a romantic, so overall – I love the idea of a ‘Happily Ever After’ but I also am realistic enough to know that things don’t always go as you want them to. I am divorced, so I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to being a dreamer. I am happy to see the mix of Fairy Tale types that makers selected – where we see the good and the bad in a sense. The darker fairy tales mixed in with the happy ones.
This is an EXTREMELY photo heavy post. As of right now it’s 89ish 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.
6 Harts Polish | Gifts of Kindness
Inspiration: book cover from The Elves and the Shoemaker
Description: Gifts of Kindness is a honeyed brown crelly base with gold microflakes, as well as colorshifting flakes that flash golds, greens and pinks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $10.00 | No Cap
77 Nail Lacquer | No. 44
Inspiration: “Godfather Death” – One of many German fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. Known as tale number 44.
Description: No 44 is a black based jelly scattered holographic with gold to orange to pink to purple to red multichrome shimmer and copper sparks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 95 Bottles
All Mixed Up Lacquers | Colors of the Wind
Description: Colors of the Wind is a sheer rose tinged beige jelly base with aurora shimmer, scattered holo, ultra chrome chameleon flakes that shift from blue to gold to green and pink to gold to green, and opal flakes that shift from orange to pink to gold and pink to purple to blue. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This is a very sheer shade, so it will show VNL. It can also work as a topper.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 80 Bottles
Alter Ego | Make A Banshee Blush (Glow In The Dark)
Inspiration:“One of my FB group mods is Irish. She grew up hearing stories about banshees and wanted the banshees to be represented in a positive light.”
Description: Make A Banshee Blush is a pale silvery grey base with silver shimmer throughout, and it glows bright pink in the dark. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $9.50 | No Cap
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Mermaid Tears Base Coat
Inspiration: Inspired by the magical fairy tales of the Nordic/Scandinavian regions
Description: Mermaid Tears is Anchor & Heart’s deep nutrition base coat and can be in one thin coat under your favorite polish, or on it’s own as a 3 week treatment. Perfect for brittle or weak nails, or to help maintain healthy growth! Formulated with amino acids to stimulate the formation of new Keratin cells while the weak sections grow out.
Scent: Winter Berry – frosty raspberry intermingled with orange zest and warm musk. It’s a very light, warm fruity scent. It isn’t super strong, but I do pick up the raspberry and musk most.
For these images, I used a coat of Mermaid Tears, then added silver holo glitters, stamped snowflakes with Cuticula Elaine and added another coat of Mermaid Tears on top.
Price: $8.50 | No Cap
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Saga
Inspiration: Inspired by the magical fairy tales of the Nordic/Scandinavian regions! We picked the Swedish word “Saga” because it’s one of their words for fairy tale!
Description: Saga is a milky blue toned grey jelly base with contrasting multichrome shimmer that shifts green to teal to blue to purple. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | No Cap
AURORA 5-Free Nail Lacquer | My Very Own Princess
Inspiration: “My daughter Aurora, who was the inspiration for starting my own polish line”
Description: My Very Own Princess is a sparkling orchid pink with a blue to green shimmery shift and rainbow micro flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100 Bottles
Baroness X | Acetone Antidote in Hänsel und Gretel
Inspiration: Hänsel und Gretel.
Description: Hänsel und Gretel scent is a gingerbread bundt cake topped with candied pears and a touch of bourbon based glaze. My nose picks up the spicy gingerbread scent first and the bite of bourbon. I don’t really detect the pears – but everyone’s nose is a bit different.
For acetone additives, you add a vial (or half… depending on preference) to 8-12 oz of polish remover. Most add it to acetone remover, but I actually add it to my purple remover which has added benefits already and this gives it a boost. You don’t have to only use acetone remover with it.
Ingredients: glycerin, jojoba oil, h2o, fragrance, polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), colorant
Price: $4.25 | No Cap
Baroness X | Let Down Your Hair
Inspiration: a photo of Rapunzel with coppery red hair in a teal dress
Description: Let Down Your Hair is a green leaning teal holographic with a blue flame, as well as coppery metallic shimmer. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | No Cap
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | When Water Sang Fire
Inspiration: Inspired by the tale When Water Sang Fire by Leigh Bardugo, this polish reflects Ulla unusual skin tone, her ambition to do the impossible, and her determination.
Description: When Water Sang Fire is a light, greyed out mint crelly base with glowing red to green shimmer and holo flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | No Cap
Bluebird Lacquer | Party Ogre Here
Inspiration: I choose my favorite fairytale from childhood, Princess Furball. I found this story because it was is in a a book my mother gave me as a child. The book is from the 1930s and is illustrated by the wonderful Margaret Evans Price. My inspiration is a painting of Princess Furball in her fur coat from that book which I still have 30+ years later.
Description: Party Ogre Here is a grey crelly scattered holo with a moonstone blue shimmer, as well as red, orange, copper and bronze flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 120
BLUSH Lacquers | The Golden Goose
Inspiration: The Golden Goose fairytale
Description: The Golden Goose is a light 24 karat gold linear holographic with gold flakes and holographic flakes mixed in. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | No Cap
By Dany Vianna | To the Moon And Back
Inspiration: Guess How Much I Love You book
Description: To The Moon and Back is a medium, cool toned grey crelly base with holographic and metallic gold flakes mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200 Bottles
Cadillacquer | Mother Holle (Tri-Thermal)
Inspiration: The fairy tale Mother Holle.
Description: Mother Holle is a tri thermal polish that is dark grey when cold, changing to a dusty blue when warm/room temp to a bright orangey coral when hot, filled with red to orange to green iridescent glitters in micro, small and medium sizes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 280 Bottles
Cameo Colours Lacquers | Not All Tales Have An Ever After
Inspiration: Image of a book of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales.
Description: Not All Tales Have An Ever After is a rust toned deep brick red jelly with lime green to copper to blue color shifting flakes, metallic gold and silver holographic micro flakes, scattered holographic sparkle, and a touch of lime to gold iridescent micro glitter. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 95 Bottles
Colores de Carol | Asteroid B612
Inspiration: The Little Prince
Description: Asteroid B612 is an ultramarine blue jelly packed with gold holographic glitter in various shapes and sizes. The holographic gold stars on my nails come in a separate baggie that’s included in each order, and I individually placed them on the nail in between coats as well as on top. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | No Cap
Colores by Llarowe | The Ugly Duckling
Inspiration: The Ugly Duckling
Description: The Ugly Duckling is a deep, smokey charcoal jelly based holographic with Unicorn Pee pigment (red to green to gold shimmer) mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 200
Copacetic Cosmetics | Dance Magic
Inspiration: David Bowie in Labyrinth
Description: Dance Magic is a true sapphire blue polish with blue to purple shimmer that shifts mixed in. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles
Cupcake Polish | I’ll Never Grow Up
Inspiration: Peter Pan
Description: I’ll Never Grow Up is a medium sky blue creme crelly base filled with pink to green to gold and blue to gold to green multichrome flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | No Cap
Effect Topper by Cupcake Polish | Rainbow Fish
Inspiration: The Rainbow Fish book
Description: Rainbow Fish is a special effects topper filled with blue to pink to gold shifting iridescent shimmers, blue to pink to gold iridescent flakes, and a bit of silver holographic glitter. I used 1 coat of Rainbow Fish over a royal blue creme base.
Price: $10.00 | No Cap
Cuticula | Limitless Top Coat & Mic Drop Coat Duo
Inspiration: The Little Mermaid
Description: ‘Treasures Untold’ is the scent of sweet pineapple, acai berry, mango zest, tart passion fruit, creamy coconut milk, apples, peach, rose, yuzu zest, green apple, orchid leaves, and musky nuances. Very light and mainly tropical fruity mix. It reminds me a tropical fruit smoothie almost.
Limitless is a 5 Free Scented Quick Dry Top Coat. This quick drying formula is FREE of Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, and Formaldehyde.
Mic Drop base coat is a combination of ridge filler, strengthener, and sticky base coat. Fill in ridges, strengthen, and have a long lasting mani just in one application.
After swatchers received Mic Drop Base Coat – the supplier for this mix changed unexpectedly and there wasn’t time for Cuticula to get new bottles out to swatchers. The new formulation should be just the same, but the main difference will be that the light green tint to Mic Drop will no longer be there. It should be a milky white instead. I say ‘should’ because I haven’t seen it for myself.
Price: $16.00 For the Duo | No Cap
Cuticula | Licorice (Stamping Polish)
Description: Licorice is a black stamping polish that also works as a one coat black polish. For these photos I used Licorice over Alter Ego Nail Enamel’s Make A Banshee Blush. I topped it with Limitless Top Coat, also from Cuticula.
Price: $10.00 | No Cap
Different Dimension | Over the Rainbow Cuticle Oil
Inspiration: Wizard of Oz
Description: Over The Rainbow cuticle oil pen is fragranced with notes of the well known candies: lime, lemon, raspberry, grape, oranges and apples. Smells just like Skittles® Candy! The oil comes in a turn based click brush pen and is easy to carry and apply.
Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Fragrance, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil
Price: $5.00 | No Cap
Different Dimension | There’s No Place Like Home
Inspiration: Wizard of Oz
Description: There’s No Place Like Home is a ruby red jelly base with added gold to red to green color shifting iridescent glitters and holographic microglitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | No Cap
Dollish Polish | Once Upon A Dream
Inspiration: Sleeping Beauty
Description: Once Upon A Dream is a rich teal jelly base packed with pink to green to gold Aurora shimmer, holographic micro flakes and glitters, as well as color-shifting iridescent micro flakes in shades of pink, violet and blue. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Dries down with a very slight texture, but a good top coat should smooth it over, but if you use a thinner top coat, you might need 2 coats for a smooth to the touch finish.
Price: $13.00 | No Cap