It’s that time of month again, and this month had a lot going on! School started back up and Jacob is officially an 8th grader. He’s off to a good start and seems to have gotten a nice selection of very enthusiastic teachers. This also means he gets home, does a little homework and crashes super early. He also has an end of school year trip for 8th graders in June that I just had to pay for, so I’m currently broke. I paid for it just a short month after paying for his root canal and custom color matched crown, so Top Ramen will be the meal of choice for me this month. Kidding. Nick cooks and he won’t waste his time on Top Ramen, but I secretly love Top Ramen since I never had it as a kid.
At any rate – today we’re going to look at my swatches and review of the Polish Pickup September 2019 shop with a theme of Magic & Alchemy!
So far I have 104 items done for this post, but I know there’s 2-3 more items still on the way to me. Once those get here, I’ll pop them into the review. I know for sure I’m waiting on Emily de Molly and Rogue Lacquer’s wax – but I suffer from momnesia, so it’s entirely possible another is out there. I also have Masked by Maiden’s Crystal Envy that I left at work that I’ll be including.
This month is Magic & Alchemy and it’s a really good one. Lots of various items and polish shades to choose from, and I was pleasantly surprised at the variety and creativity. So we’re gonna jump in and see what the makers have in store this month.
This is an EXTREMELY photo heavy post. As of right now it’s 104 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.
3Cheers4Ears | Pocket Size Potion Necklaces
Inspiration: Three magical potions from Harry Potter
Description: Pocket sized potion necklaces are 3 necklaces that look like tiny potions! Polyjuice Potion, is a frothy green that glows in the dark, Amortentia, is a shimmery pink that shifts from purple to aqua in the sun, and Felix Felicis, is a clear with gold flecks throughout. Each potion is 1.5 inches tall with a 30 inch stainless steel chain with a lobster clasp. You will receive 1 chain and all 3 charms so you can swap them out.
Price: $10.00 | No Cap
77 Nail Lacquer | Invocation of the Spirit
Inspiration: The Craft
Description: Invocation Of The Spirit is a black crelly base with caramel hex glitters and a variety of color shifting pigments that flash pink, light blue and violet. This was a bit on the thick side, but still applied without too many issues. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $14.00 | Cap: 90 Bottles
All Mixed Up Lacquers | A Fool’s Fate
Inspiration: Will-o’-the-Wisps from Disney’s Brave
Description: A Fool’s Fate is a vibrant blue creme base with scattered holo, blue shimmer, iridescent flakes, and 3 different color varieties of shift ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles
Alter Ego Body Care Products | Bath Blast
Inspiration: I wanted to include amber for my IPU product, I strive to make them relevant to each other when I am allowed to offer both. As amber is considered magical I felt people should have their own stone so embedded in the bath blast is a ROUGH CUT NOT POLISHED piece of amber. The pieces are different sizes and weights, this made it difficult to determine how much product there is per blast. I am going to say at least 6 ounces based on how I made each blast-I started with a set amount and looked to see how much was left before I started another.
Description: Bath Blast is a bath bomb that’s a little different. No oils were made in the creation so it’s more skin soothing vs skin moisturizing like a lot tend to be. Because there’s no oils though, it is more fragile. Mine actually shattered and … that’s why there’s only 1 photo of the product. It does arrive in a small white tub though so if it breaks in transit – it’s still all contained. Within each Bath Blast is a rough cut (unpolished) piece of amber! It is unscented
Price: $9.00 | Cap: 70
Alter Ego | Magical Amber (Thermal)
Inspiration:” Amber Boosts optimism, facilitates self-expression, attracts friends and helps to find partner in life, brings victory. Amber bead on a red thread repels witches and malicious spirits. It was believed in the old days that there is no such ailment the Amber would not heal. The Amber was taken internally to help with metabolism deficiencies, hearing problems, and stomach ailments. In Poland the Amber tincture is still considered an effective remedy for colds, throat and respiratory problems. The Amber powder is inhaled to bring relief from acute respiratory disease. Amber pieces are given to babies to chew when they have their first teeth appear. How to explain Amber’s healing powers? It turns out that Amber contains up to 8 weight percent of the amber acid, which has vitamin-like properties. By enhancing endocellular metabolism, the amber acid brings about general improvement of body condition, slows down ageing processes, and normalizes cardiac blood circulation. Protects from evil spells and an evil eye. Amber always was considered an anti-demonic amulet. It is also believed that an Amber bead, hidden in baby’s clothes, will counteract any malicious forces.”
Description: Magical Amber is a slightly dusty orange when cold and shifts to a medium yellow when hot. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $9.00 | No Cap
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Quite Magnificent Matte Topcoat
Inspiration: The One and Only Rowena MacLeod from Supernatural! Fabulous, sarcastic, ageless, magical.
Description: Quite Magnificent is a matte topcoat with blue to green aurora shimmer and shifting blue to green to purple iridescent flakes. It dries down matte in about 2- 3 minutes, so no worries on dragging or trying to rush. I used 1 coat over Anchor & Heart Mermaid Tears for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 225 Bottles
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Little Wee Witch
Inspiration: The one and only Rowena MacLeod from Supernatural! Fabulous, sarcastic, ageless, magical…Rowena is as magnificent a witch as they get!
Description: Little Wee Witch is a linear super holographic base with various glitter in purple, fuchsia, navy blue, orange, and red. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | No Cap
AURORA 5-Free Nail Lacquer | Once More the Sith Will Rule the Galaxy (Magnetic)
Inspiration: Sith Alchemy from Star Wars
Description: Once More the Sith Will Rule the Galaxy is a deep blue multichrome magnetic polish based on sith alchemy, which was dark side technique used to create dark illusions. I did use an arc magnet for this mani, so the magnetic shimmer was repelled from the center of the nail vs drawn in. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 100 Bottles
Baroness X | Acetone Additive in Violet Magic
Inspiration: Inspired by my grandma Violet, my cousin and I would joke about how she was clairvoyant (that seems pretty magical!) AND it’s inspired by the use of violets in magic. Violets are bound to Venus and water. You can use it’s leaves to absorb evil spells and ill will.
Description: One of my monthly splurges! Acetone Additive helps cut the harshness of nail polish remover. It has glycerin and jojoba oil in it which protects and moisturizes your nails. I live by this stuff and it’s basically how my nails stay looking decent even with all the swatching I do. For this month, Violet Magic has a wonderful floral scent with a little bit of a woody note. It has notes of ylang ylang, rosewood, jasmine with a powdery touch and finishes off with a tart violet.
Price: $4.25 | No Cap
Baroness X | Smoke & Mirrors (Thermal & Glow In The Dark)
Inspiration: magicians and their “smoke and mirrors” tricks.
Description: Smoke & Mirrors is a black (cold) to colorless (warm) thermal polish with a green to purple shimmery shift and silver glitters in various sizes. It also glows green in the dark. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Void Salts
Inspiration: The alchemy ingredient from the Elder Scrolls game
Description: An unscented lip balm that’s tinted a dark, smoky amethyst. Perfect for fall and only leaves behind a light hint of color. It is buildable, and I used 3 light layers for my photo wearing it. That’s right – a real photo of me wearing it! My laser hair removal appointment is next week, so I was able to pull it off this month!
Price: $5.00 | No Cap
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | The Small Science
Inspiration: the Grishaverse books
Description: The Small Science is a deep purple polish loaded with red to green shifting shimmer and gold to green ghost flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $14.00 | No Cap
Bluebird Lacquer | Thinking of You
Inspiration: Voodoo Dolls
Description: Thinking Of You is a slightly dusty coppery rose scattered holographic with a small amount of tiny flecks in a deep purpley maroon. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200 Bottles
Bluebird Lacquer | Voodoo Bath Bomb
Inspiration: Voodoo Dolls
Description: Voodoo Bath Bomb is a large and creepy bath bomb that’s made to look like a voodoo doll. It’s as large as my hand (included a size comparison photo) and it’s scented with a combination of passion fruit, Crazilin cherry and orange blosson, with a light touch of teak wood. It’s a warm, soothing scent. It just arrived 2 days ago, so I haven’t’ had a chance to use it in a bath yet.
Price: $7.00 | Cap: 50
BLUSH Lacquers | Under Pressure
Inspiration: Harry Houdini and his famous water torture trick.
Description: Under Pressure is a burnt sienna jelly base loaded with gold flake, rose gold micro flakes and a touch of holo flake. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | No Cap
Bohemian Polish | Crystal Method
Inspiration: Crystals in witchcraft
Description: Crystal Method is a pale lavender jelly packed with glitters in black, pink, green, purple, and blue. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $10.00 | No Cap
Bohemian Polish | Spellbound Wax
Inspiration: Hexes and spells and witchcraft, oh my!
Description: An intoxicating blend of a lovespell type and sweet lemon drops. This is a nice, mellow scent that would be good for having company over for a lightly sweet, citrus scent with a very light hint of almost like almond vanilla to cut the tartness.
Price: $4.00 | No Cap
By Dany Vianna | Basilisk Scales
Inspiration: Basilisk Scales as potion ingredients
Description: Basilisk Scales is a peridot green jelly holographic base with gold metallic flakes, as well as gold and green ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 100 Bottles
By Dany Vianna | Key to Eternal Life Necklace
Inspiration: Philosopher’s Stone
Description: Gold toned necklace with glass crystal beads in tones of red and orange and a key pendant. This is a lightweight necklace and comes with an extender in case you prefer the necklace to be longer. Below photo is shown without the extender on and the key falls right at the top center of my chest.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 25
Cadillacquer | The Miracles of Sabrina Spellman
Inspiration: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Description: The Miracles of Sabrina Spellman is a light gray crelly with small black and dark blue glitters, as well as red to orange to gold ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.50 | No Cap
Cameo Colours Lacquers | Elixir of Immortality
Inspiration: The Elixir of Immortality, an ornate glass and silver pitcher full of purple liquid with a blue glow.
Description: Elixir of Immortality is a light purple crelly base full of violet to purple to indigo to blue shimmers, holo sparkle, holo micro flakes, and platinum silver flakes. I used 3 thn coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 95 Bottles
Color Spectrum Polish | Sprinkle A Little Magic (Tri-Thermal)
Inspiration: Magical Rainbow Fairy
Description: Sprinkle A Little Magic is a purple (cold) to denim blue (warm) to dusty light blue (hot) tri-thermal loaded with blue and purple shimmers, blue iridescent microflakes, fiery pink microflakes and holo flecks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 70 Bottles
Colores de Carol | Dragonlord
Description: Dragonlord is a rich oxblood red metallic with aurora shimmer and ultrachrome chameleon micro flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 300 Bottles
Copacetic Cosmetics | True Love Prevails, Universe Be Damned
Inspiration: The Cure & Qetsiyah From Vampire Diaries
Description: True Love Prevails, Universe Be Damned is a pink leaning red with a magenta glitter that shifts into a beautiful orange shade. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles
Crystal Knockout | Mistress of No Mercy (Thermal)
Inspiration: Circe, Goddess of Magic
Description: Mistress of No Mercy is a pinkish purple (cold) to light ivory (warm) thermal with copper aurora, iridescent red shimmer, bronze micro flakes, and multichrome flakes in pink, gold, green, and orange. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | No Cap
Cupcake Polish | Wicked Through and Through
Inspiration: Elphaba from Wicked
Description: Wicked Through And Through is a forest green jelly base loaded with vibrant green to gold to pink color shifting iridescent flakes. This dries mildly textured due to the flake content, but 1 coat of top coat smoothed it for me. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $ 13.00 | No Cap
Cuticula | Magic Mirror Magnetic Shifting Topper
Inspiration: Disney’s Fantasia
Description: Magic Mirror is a shimmery, shifting magnetic pigment topper. This topper shifts from violet to blue to green and can be applied over any base color. I did 1 coat over a dark purple creme.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 270