Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Polish Pickup December 2023 Maker's Choice from Noodles Nail Polish: Holiday Sangria

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Hello hello! Can you believe it's already the final Polish Pickup release of the year?! Honestly, this year has flown by. It really feels like summer was a few weeks ago. This month's theme has no theme and is the maker's choice. 

The shop officially opens at 11:00 AM ET Friday, December 1st and ends on Monday, December 4th at 11:59 PM (but if a polish has a bottle limit and sells out before the end of the pre-order, it's gone, unless you get lucky and the cap gets raised...which can happen, but you have to be in the Facebook group for the notification) on the PPU website. 







Noodles Nail Polish Holiday Sangria (2 coats)
Inspiration: the holiday drink
Price: $11.50
Bottle Limit: 200 

Give me all of the silver holo flakes. Yes, all of them. Don't get me wrong, I love the color-shifting flakes as well, but there's just something special about the holo ones. Holiday Sangria is a deep berry crelly base with silver holo flakes, red/raspberry metallic glitters, and fine copper holo glitters. The visual texture of this one is just gorgeous. This was quite opaque and only needed 2 easy coats, but it does dry with lots of texture from the glitters, so I recommend a glitter smoothing topcoat for that glass-like finish. Love it! 

What do you plan on picking up this month? Start your wishlist now so you don't miss out on any capped items. You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Zoya November 2023 Color of the Month: Amaris

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Zoya Amaris (2 coats)

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I wanted to get this post out as soon as possible, because Zoya has these limited editions that are their Color of the Month shades and I'm unsure how long it will be available. It may be December 1st, or it could be later in the month, but none of the other COTM shades are currently available, so there's that. This month we have Amaris, and it retails for $12 and you can get free shipping with code CTM77. 

Ok, on to the polish: Amaris is a teal-leaning blue jelly base with loads of holographic hexagonal glitters. I thought it could be a 3-coater since it's a jelly, but I needed just 2 thicker coats for full opacity. It does dry with texture from all the glitters, so I recommend a glitter-smoothing topcoat followed by a QDTC, or at least 2 coats of a regular topcoat. What do you think of this month's shade? 

You can find out more about Zoya on their websiteFacebookTwitter, or Instagram pages. They often have sales, so check their social media pages periodically. 

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Monday, November 20, 2023

Noodles Nail Polish Holiday Collection 2023 Swatches and Reviews

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Hello everyone! Black Friday sales are in full swing for many brands, and I've already bought lots of things. Oops! Noodles Nail Polish always has their biggest sale of the year for Black Friday, and I have all the details for you. This is what Natalie had to say:

"Starts Wednesday November 22nd at 6 pm EST and ends Monday 11:59 PM EST. 25% your entire purchase (excludes new holiday collection), no code necessary or minimum. Discount will be automatically applied at checkout. To view all polishes included in the sale you can click on the tab Black Friday Sale.
Every order of 6 or more polishes will receive a FREE Black Friday 2023 mystery polish (while supplies last-it will be announced if they run out).
No code necessary for this, it will be added when shipping. It can be any 6 polishes, whether they are discounted or not. One mystery per customer, even if placing multiple orders.
I can not combine orders during this sale due to high volume of orders. I apologize for the inconvenience. I will not be able to restock anything that sells out, as shipping orders takes priority during the sale. I will restock what sells out as soon as I can, but nothing will restock during the sale."

There you have it! Definitely check out the website to see what's available to make your wishlist. Tonight I have the 8-piece Holiday Collection that will be releasing along with the Black Friday sale on Wednesday, November 22nd at 6 PM EST and each polish will retail for $10.50 (and are not a part of the Black Friday sale (but do count toward the 6 bottles for the free Black Friday mystery polish). These are always lengthy posts, so shall we get to the good stuff?

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Notta Box November 2023 OOH Shiny Things: Naps and Nails Oberon

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Hello hello! Yes, I'm back so soon, and this time with a new quarterly collaboration sale to the blog. Notta Box will be opening from November 10-15th and this month's theme is OOH Shiny Things. I'm glad that other collaborative boxes (or notta boxes ­čśé) are available these days. I know Polish Pickup scaled down their offerings a bit this year and there are requirements that make newer brands simply not able to partake. Shall we get a better look at what Naps and Nails will have for us this month? 










Naps and Nails Oberon (2 coats)
Inspiration: Supernatural's very own Dean and his first encounter with Fairies. 
Price: $13
Bottle Limit: None

I'm a big Supernatural fan, but somehow my husband and I just stopped watching after a bunch of seasons so I actually don't know how the show ended. Oops! I do remember this episode with Dean's encounter with Fairies! Oberon is a lime green base with silver reflective glitter, and shimmery shifts of green, pink, and gold. The reflective glitter adds a little texture to the finish, but I didn't find I needed to use a glitter smoothing topcoat. As soon as my husband saw this bottle, he told me "I need to put this one on my toes" which he totally did. If that isn't a glowing recommendation, I don't know what is. 

There you have it, folks! I hope you'll stop by the Notta Box site on November 10th to see all the goodies, including this one. You can find out more about the Notta Box on their Instagram page while you can find out more about Naps and Nails on their website, Facebook Group, or Instagram pages.


*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Naps and Nails Holomaniacs and Fantasmic Flakies Facebook Group Exclusive Polishes and Reviews: Holo-Biscus and Love Me or Leaf Me

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Hi everyone! We have the Daylight Savings Time change tonight and I'm dreading it. It's so hard going to work and coming home from work in the dark everyday. Does anyone really like DST? It was a long work week, so I really needed this weekend to rest up. Tonight I have 2 Facebook Group exclusives to share with you from Naps and Nails. Both colors are available now through the end of the month on the Naps and Nails website for $12 each (to get the polish, you must be a member of the respective group to get the code to purchase the polish).  The first shade is for the Holomaniacs Group and is named Holo-Biscus and and second is for the Fantasmic Flakies Group and is named Love Me or Leaf Me and both are inspired by a photo chosen by the group. Shall we get a closer look at these beauties? 








Naps and Nails Holo-Biscus (2 coats)
Inspired By: Winning Group Photo
Price: $12

Up first we have Holo-Biscus which is a red base with shimmery shifts of red/fuchsia/purple and orange/red shifting flakes with a holo finish. Even if you're in low indoor light, you still get to see the shifty purple shimmer in the base. When you're in sunlight, the holo finish really comes into play. There are some flakes in there, but if a flakie bomb isn't your thing, I think this will still work well for you. I used 2 thicker coats for full opacity, but it dried with a smooth finish, so a single coat of topcoat was all that was needed.







Naps and Nails Love Me or Leaf Me (2 coats)
Inspired By: Winning Group Photo
Price: $12

Continuing on we have Love Me or Leaf Me for the Fantasmic Flakies group, and boy, does this one pack a punch in the flakie department! It is a cobalt blue jelly base with shifting flakes of red/orange/gold/green and a slight holo finish. I absolutely am in love with the flakes in this one! It really looks like leaves floating in water, right? I used 2 thicker coats for full coverage, and surprisingly this one also still dried with minimal texture even with all the flakes.

There you have it, folks! Don't forget to join the groups to pick these up because they are both beautiful. You can find out more about Naps and Nails on their website, Facebook Group, or Instagram pages.

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*