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November 2020 | Red Carpet
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I’ve been fairly sluggish this month due to personal things, but I’m back on the upswing and ready to keep going. My step father had surgery a couple weeks ago and it was rough. He’s doing much better now and I’m relaxing a bit more. Due to Covid – I haven’t seen him since March (even though they lived 1 mile from us when we were in California) and because of the ongoing pandemic – I couldn’t fly home to see him. I’ve always been incredibly close with my mom and Mike (step dad) so this was hard on me. He and my mom have been together since I was a toddler – and they actually met cause he saved me from drowning.
So I apologize for being a little later than normal this month, I needed a few days off for mental health but things are much better and I’m back in a groove.
Today we’ll be looking at my review of several of the items featured in the Polish Pickup November 2020 Red Carpet shop!
I do have more items on the way. Fedex delivered Vanessa Molina’s package to the wrong address and they’ve already let me know that and are trying to retrieve it. A few others are still in limbo as the USPS system works through its load. As things arrive – I’ll be popping them in. I know for sure I have 3 more items on the way – just not sure if more surprises are coming or not.
This month had a lot more green than I’m used to seeing in a Polish Pickup shop. Are the tides shifting? Well, no – there’s still a good amount of purple too. It’s just not dominating this month.
For all photos shown – I used Vapid Lacquer Commitment Issues Peel Off Base, Sweet & Sour Lacquer Gloss Sauce (this top coat is gifted to me by the maker) as top coat (except for the photos showing Anchor & Heart Lacquer and Vibrant Vinyls), and Anchor & Heart Lacquer Matte Top Coat unless otherwise specified.
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.
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 November shop will be live from November 6th – November 9th. Wishlisting is today and may be live before this post is finished.
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77 Nail Lacquer | Dakota
Inspiration:Dakota is inspired by a “holo-descent” dress worn by Dakota Fanning on the red carpet.
Description: Dakota is a sheer, light periwinkle leaning blue jelly base with blue to purple to red shifting shimmer, a mix of red, crimson, lavender and aqua micro glitters, and rainbow iridescent micro bar glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
I don’t have a strong VNL, but you can still see mine after 3 coats. I just wanted to mention that for those with a stronger NVL.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 350 US / 25 UK
Alchemy Lacquers | Plum Perfect
Inspiration:Inspired by Zendaya on the purple carpet at the 2019 Emmy’s
Description: Plum Perfect is a plum jelly base with shimmer that shifts through gold, lime, green, turquoise, and blue with a multichrome like finish. Some brushstrokes are visible due to the shimmer content. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 150 US / 10 UK
All Mixed Up Lacquers | In the Lime Light
Inspiration: Inspired by LED lights in Katy Perry’s dress
Description: In The Lime Light is a bright lime green crelly base with a colorful variety of different holographic flakes and a light sprinkling of shifty fairy dust. I used 3 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Due to the flake content, there may be some texture in application. 2 coats of top coat should smooth it all just fine though.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 110 US /10 UK
Brush Oil Pen Duo | Alter Ego Body Care Products
Inspiration:Overall inspired by the red carpet theme, the names and scents reflect the premiere’s stars and the movies they are representing.
Description: Brush Oil Pen Duo has 2 scent choices:
Dressed for Success is a white carnation, sandalwood, blood orange, smokey wood, black rose and patchouli with toasted vanilla, amber, vetiver and Egyptian musk. I’m not huge on patchouli or musk – so this one isn’t really for me, but if you like those – then you’ll enjoy it.
At The Movies is a hot buttered popcorn scent. It messes with me since I love popcorn and my hands smell like it, but there is none in my belly.
This duo is much thinner consistency than I’m used to. It does soak in easier, but be prepared to apply in small doses as it is runnier than what you’re probably used to.
Price: $6.50 | Cap: 125 US / 25 UK
Alter Ego Body Care Products | Pewter Perfect
Inspiration: Inspired by a model’s red carpet dress at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Description: Pewter Perfect is a gunmetal grey crelly base with pewter grey micro flecks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $9.50 | Cap: None
QDTC by Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Ferry Fast
Inspiration: Inspired by enjoying a fresh, decadent cranberry-orange muffin whilst recovering from a champagne hangover the morning after the Awards!
Description: Ferry Fast is a 5 free glossy top coat that is scented. I find that it dries a touch slower than 4 free quick dry top coats, but not enough to bother me. It does have a nice, glassy finish. For nail art – it does need to be “floated” over the design as to not smear – like with many top coats.
Here Goes Muffin is the scent this month, and it is a cranberry and orange/lemon citrus with coconut milk, warm melted butter and vanilla drizzle. The citrus notes are the strongest for me and I didn’t immediately think “muffin” when I first smelled it. I can detect a bakery like scent – but the notes are really subtle. Once it dries down, the orange portion of citrus jumps out more.
For the stamping I used this months EDK plate (shown down a little ways) along with Anchor & Heart Mermaid Tears as the base and Maniology Turquoise as the stamping polish.
Price: $6.50 | Cap: None
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | So Much Sexy Face
Inspiration: Has there ever been a more fabulous, hilarious, talented group of individuals on the red carpet than the Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye?! Each unique yet together they make the perfect team!
Description: So Much Sexy Face is a deep blue jelly base loaded with magenta to copper to gold multichrome pigment, as well as a scattering of baby blue iridescent micro glitters that seem to twinkle against the deep base. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
Apipila | Glamour
Inspiration: Inspired by Dress of Sabrina Sato
Description: Glamour is a red leaning magenta pink jelly base filled with colorful iridescent flakes and subtle gold shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.99 | Cap: 200 US / 20 UK
Stamping Plate by Apipila | Red Carpet Plate
Inspiration: Inspired by cinema, photos, fame…the theme
Description: Red Carpet Plate is a 10 x 15 cm stainless steel plate featuring a variety of red carpet themed images. A few designs would also be perfect for New Years manis too!
I had no issues with stamping, and the etching was well done on this plate. For the mani I used a black creme base and Maniology Cozy as the stamping polish
Price: $14.99 | Cap: 400 US / 100 UK
Atomic Polish | Spectroscopy
Inspiration:Inspired by Fiona Xie’s colorful dress from the 2019 SAG Awards
Description: Spectroscopy is a purple jelly base multichrome that shifts purple, pink and orange. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Maker Side Note: Spectroscopy is the study of the wavelengths (color) matter produces/absorbs. And this polish is FULL of color. Boom. Science.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
AURORA 5-Free Nail Lacquer | DNA Sequins
Inspiration: Inspired by all the glorious sequins that adorn red carpet dresses and how they sparkle under those photo flashes!
Description: DNA Sequins is a black jelly base with a rainbow of sparkling micro glitters. The look of this one in person is insane and it’s beautifully done. I’d love more in this finish with a variety of colors. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This will dry with a light texture, 2 coats of top coat may be needed for a smooth finish.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100 US / 10 UK
Baby Girl Lacquer | Issa Dress
Inspiration: Inspired by Issa Rae’s “Black Panther Premiere” Purple Carpet Dress.
Description: Issa Dress is a white matte crelly base with a lime green flash, as well as copper to gold to green ultra chrome chameleon flecks mixed in. I show it below without top coat, but the final 2 coats show top coat. I used 3 thin coats.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 100 US / 10 UK
Baroness X | Starlet (Magnetic)
Inspiration: Inspired by Izabel Goulart’s custom Etro dress from 2019 Cannes Film Festival, I’m totally in love with this fabric and the cut of the dress.
Description: Starlet is a purple leaning berry scattered holographic base with pinkish silver magnetic pigment and gold microflecks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Usually I show 2 fingers unmagnetized and 2 magnetized in these photos and this month I was in a fog and it slipped my mind, so I apologize for that.
Price: $12.75 | Cap: None
Acetone Antidote by Baroness X | Walk the Rainbow
Inspiration: Inspired by all the beautiful couture walking the red carpet AND that time that Lily Singh walked the red carpet at the Grammy’s with a clear clutch full of colorful Skittles.
Description: Walk The Rainbow is the November scent, and it’s similar to Skittles – but a little heavier on the citrus notes. Like you got a handful of skittles and it was primarily the lime ones. That’s what the scent reminds me of.
This month’s AA arrives in a cobalt blue glass bottle or a clear bottle with a random colored liquid or pink, orange, yellow or green.
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 a 10 oz container of Zoya Remove+. If you use Remove+ and wish to do the same, but don’t swatch as often as I do – I would recommend shaking the vial to mix it up – then add only half of the vial to the Remove+ and test it. You can then add more as needed.
Price: $4.35 | Cap: None
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | *GASP
Inspiration: Inspired by the meme of King Joffrey and the Purple Wedding
Description: *Gasp is a medium smokey plum purple creme base loaded with strong gold shimmer. Brushstrokes are visible due to the shimmer content. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
Beyond the Nail | Going Gaga
Inspiration: Inspired by Lady Gaga on the red carpet at the 2010 Grammy Awards
Description: Going Gaga is a light-medium lilac purple pearl base with violet shimmer, holographic microglitter and buttercup yellow matte hex glitters. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 125 US / 25 UK
Cuticle Oil by Black Dahlia Lacquer | Balsam Fir
Inspiration: Inspired by the scent of fir trees.
Description: This is a lighter cuticle oil that soaks in nice and quick, and this month’s scent is Balsam Fir. Smells exactly like a fresh cut Christmas tree! The scent is lighter so it doesn’t overwhelm – but still detectable. It does smell like a Christmas Tree but my nose also picks up a slight peppery note too.
This is made with therapeutic grade essential oil.
Price: $6.25 | Cap: None
Black Dahlia Lacquer | Agamemnon & Clytemnestra
Inspiration: We were inspired by the play ‘Agamemnon’, which is the earliest known usage of a red carpet. Clytemnestra was Agamemnon’s wife.
Description: This is a polish duo from Black Dahlia this month. Each polish will be 8oz sized bottles (which is shown in my photos) so they are not full sized.
Agamemnon is a dark smokey teal blue creme stamping polish. It also acts as a nice creme polish. I didn’t experience any staining – but due to it being a nicely pigmented blue shade – it might be possible, so be sure to use a good base coat.
Clytemnestra is a golden champagne jelly base with pink iridescent flash, as well as blue to purple to fuchsia to gold shifting flakes and iridescent flakes.
For these photos, I show Agamemnon alone, stamped over Clytemnestra, Clytemnestra alone and layered over Agamemnon. They make a beautiful duo.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
By Dany Vianna | Satisfied
Inspiration: Inspired by Renee Elise Goldsberry dreess for the 70th Tony Awards
Description: Satisfied is a slightly pastel like buttercup yellow crelly base with deep grey micro flecks and black glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 420 US / 30 UK
Cadillacquer | Smile (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by Katy Perry on the red carpet at the 2013 Grammy Awards
Description: Smile is a dark hunter green (cold) to sage green (warm) crelly based thermal, with gold ultra chrome chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.50 | Cap: None
Cameo Colours Lacquers | Purple Reign
Inspiration:Inspired by the purple gown Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Black Panther premiere.
Description: Purple Reign is a regal purple jelly, full of holo sparkle, indigo/purple/red shifting shimmer, gold flecks, gold metallic micro flakes and silver holo micro flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 95 US / 5 UK