It has been for. ev. er. I’m still here, I promise. This isn’t going to be a Polish Pickup-only blog. I just had to take a little time to get my brain back on a healthy path. I wrote a long and babbly post on my FB page the other night. You can check that out here if you’d like a bit more info on why I was gone. I’m super sorry about that.
But, I am back, and boy do I have a TON to share! First up is the February Polish Pickup. The theme? Sugar Rush. If you’re not too sure on what the Polish Pickup is, I’d recommend checking out my original post on it from last year. It’s a super neat project and I’m insanely lucky because I’ve been able to work with makers from the start of it.
This is another roundup post because of time, but oh my word, there’s SO MANY great things that you’ll see here shortly. These beauties will disappear tomorrow, February 4th at 11:59pm EST, so let’s jump on in, yeah?
77 Nail Lacquer – Sugar Berry ($12.99); inspired by chocolate-dipped strawberries coated in glitter. It is best described as a shimmering teal base with shifty iridescent glitters, blue/green microflakies, blue/green sparks and topped off with a golden shimmer. Sugar Berry is as delicious as the name implies. But. I mean. Don’t eat it. Please. This beautiful teal went on in two thin coats and smoothed out super well on its own. I added my usual Seche Vite top coat. This polish is capped at 50.
CrowsToes Nail Color – Sweet Evil ($12); inspiration for this unique pink is purple and pink cotton candy. Lauri, the head Crow describes it as a soft laven-pink base that is packed with contrasting color shifting shimmers. I’ve decided to rename this one Sweevil. One, it’s adorable. Two, SWEEEEEEEEEVIL. Either way, it’s friggen stunning, and truly unlike anything that I own. My photos show two smooth coats and top coat.
KBShimmer – Rock This Way ($10); Christy used yummy blue rock candy as her inspiration and totally knocked it out of the park! It is described as “a vibrant blue raspberry, cobalt blue color. Holo glow flakes float among this bold shade, while blue shimmer ads a pop of brightness to this sweet lacquer. ” …I am so in love. It’s glowy and bright and just plain beautiful. Those flow flakes are incredible, and I now need them in and on everything I own. My photos show two coats plus top coat, and it’s super easy to clean up and remove. Usually blues like this tend to stain me, and this was not the case with Rock This Way.
Lollipop Posse Lacquer – Call My Baby Lollipop ($11); Lollipop Posse Lacquer worked with a picture of a broken, heart-shaped lollipop for her inspo. The name is taken from the song “Lollipop” by the Chordettes. If that’s not stuck in your head after reading that for the rest of forever, I’m pretty sure we can’t be friends. Just sayin’. The polish is a complex mix of multiple colors of UCC flakes, linear holographic pigment, and multiple sizes of cholor-shifting chameleon hex glitter, all pulled together with a purple-based shimmer that can also shift blue. My photos show three coats plus top coat but y’all. It can be worn as a super fun topper over ANYTHING. It’s seriously so pretty, both solo and paired with something, AND there were no texture issues! AW YISS.
LynBDesigns – Saccharin Breeze ($12); Jennalyn drew inspo from Sweet N Low, which I think is actually fantastic. It’s the only sweetener my mom used as I was growing up, so this polish brings some sweet nostalgia my way. It is a bright watermelon jelly base loaded with pink to purple to blue shimmer, blue glass flecks, and copper colored micro holo glitters. This has to be one of the happiest pinks to ever exist, seriously. That blue flash, too. Oh my word. It’s a little hidden in my photos, but I promise it’s there. My photos show two coats and top coat. It did have a bit of texture between flakes and glitters, but they settled down with my TC.
Moon Shine Mani – The One With All The Candy ($11); inspiration was drawn from the FRIENDS episode “The One With All the Candy” where Monica’s neighbors just can’t get enough of her delicious candy that some call little drops of heaven. Phoebe describes it as a rich, shimmering rose/copper/amber/lime multichrome with multichrome flakies of the same shift (rose/copper/amber/lime), gold holo flakies and a speckling of red/gold/green shifty iridescent glitters. Sweet jesus. This one is so packed with all the best possible things, and it shows. There’s the copper that it shifts to, and with the flakies and glitters, it’s on fire. It goes on in two coats with just a touch of texture, so I’d recommend using a thicker top coat.
Night Owl Lacquer – Tastes Like Purple ($10); this gorgeous purple is inspired by delicious purple treats. It’s got a purple base with purple shimmer, purple metallic flakies, purple to blue shifting iridescent shreds, purple crystal flakes & holographic micro flakies. So uh. Just in case you’re feelin’ a little hungry… do not eat this one either, kay? Truthfully, you shouldn’t eat any of them, but I ain’t here to judge. Tastes Like Purple is incredible, and my favorite purple from Lindsay so far. It’s a bit warmer in person, but my camera decided to throw in a bit more blue than there actually is (mostly in that collage below). I color-corrected as much as I could, but I couldn’t quite do this beauty any justice. While it does have a lot going on, I’m super happy to report that there’s no texture whatsoever. HALLELOO. It’s also pretty damn opaque for having a jelly-ish base. My photos show two coats plus top coat. I dig it. Hard.
Night Owl Lacquer – Caramel Popcorn Wax Melt ($2.25); Lindsay handcrafts her wax melts with custom oil blends and a soy-parafin wax blend. Scent description: buttery popcorn smothered in salted caramel, scent notes of butter, roasted corn, salt, caramelized sugar, vanilla & maple. I want to bathe in this scent, and I’m not a bakery fan. At all. I love that I can smell the salty caramel and it throws like a damn champion. It went through our entire house, but not in an overpowering way. I neeeeeeeed more. Each cup comes with 1.8oz by wt/2floz – it’s large enough that you can cut it up into three or four pieces to keep enjoying it melt after melt. This wax is capped at 200. I highly HIGHLY recommend stocking up on it.
Northern Star – Turn Up The Sweet ($10); Turn Up the Sweet is inspired by a photo of a vanilla cupcake with boysenberry frosting, fresh blueberries, and blackberry drizzle. It is a rich purple polish with gold and blue micro flakes, and pink shimmer. I’d almost dare to call this a burgundy shade. Almost. It’s just so sophisticated, and the flakies are to die for. My photos show two coats plus top coat. This polish is capped at 150 bottles.
Starlight and Sparkles – Peppermints in the Parlor ($12); a translucent white crelly with white and red shimmer, translucent flakes that flash silver and red, and small opaque flakes in both red and white. The base color of the polish appears pale pink in some lighting because of the red shimmer.
“The inspiration for this polish is peppermints, but it’s also a book…Peppermints in the Parlor is named for one of the first books I ever checked out from the library I love most – it was suggested to me by one of the librarians in the children’s section while she was showing me around, and I checked out that one (and her other recommendations!) that day.”
The formula on this crelly is wonderful – it’s smooth and goes on so well AND has no issues with clumping or anything like that. My photos show two coats plus top coat.
There’s some great stuff here, yeah? I’m absolutely smitten with this month’s offerings. The February Polish Pickup is open from now until Monday, February 5th at 11:59 PM EST. As usual, shipping is a flat $3 for folks within the US. Shipping to Canada is now $5 (which honestly is still an amazing deal, considering). International shipping is also available at cost.
For more photos and links on everything available for preorder now, you’re going to want to check out the Polish Pickup Pack on FB.
I’m currently fighting sleep, so I think I might nap for a little while. I’ll be back later tonight with some more lacquer goodness! Thanks for stopping by!
***The nail polishes mentioned in this post were sent to me in exchange for an honest review and photos, which can be found above.***