Monday, August 3, 2020

Polish Pickup August 2020 Weird Science Swatches & Reviews

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Hi everyone! I told you'd I'd be back soon! My parents are here and I am so happy to see them! We are distancing and masking with our HEPA filter going to be on the safe side. Tonight I have a bunch of items from this month's Polish Pickup to share with you. The theme is Weird Science and this is near and dear to my heart as I have a Ph. D in Microbiology and worked in science for over a decade. Despite not being in science anymore, I'm still a science geek in my heart. New to PPU? If so, here's how it works:

Definitely join the Polish Pickup Facebook Group. You don't necessarily need to actively participate in the group, but it will give you a look at the polishes that will be available in the coming month. PPU themes are chosen by the people, often a few months in advance (brands need time to find their inspiration and test their polish). Any indie brand that has been around for at least a year can participate and each has their own specific inspiration picture and polish for that month. All you need to do is go to the Polish Pickup site during the pre-order window (the first Friday-Monday of the month) to make all of your purchases of these exclusive polishes. There's no need to pay for multiple shipping charges; since this is a pre-order, all polishes get sent to Polish Pickup and they send you the polishes you ordered. Yup, it's that simple. Oh, and shipping is a flat-rate of $3 to the US (more for international and they just had to increase the pricing to Canada). Recently they also opened a UK site which you can find here. Since all orders are pre-orders, shipping will take place about 3 weeks after the end of the pre-order.

PPU starts Friday, August 7th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, August 10th at 11:59 PM (but if a polish has a cap and sells out before the end of the pre-order, it's gone, unless you get lucky and the cap gets raised...which is rare) on the PPU website. Guess what next month is?? PPU Rewind! Each brand gets to bring back a shade (or product) from a previous month for the PPU website, and a different color they can sell on their website if they're interested. 

The website is currently open for wishlisting, so go check out this month's offerings STAT. Time for swatches!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Nailed It! Summer 2020 Shades of Summer Collection Swatches and Review: Nightfall

*I bought this*

Hi everyone! It has been a hot minute since I've blogged, right? Don't worry, I have my monthly Polish Pickup post coming up soon, so you won't miss me again. I hope you're staying safe during the pandemic; I've been staying home, wearing a mask, and practicing proper hygiene. Oh, I'm on vacation next week, too! I mean, I'm not going anywhere, so I guess you can call it a staycation. My parents are coming to visit me and it's the first time I've seen them since January. They will have their own areas of our house, and we will be wearing masks and distancing, but it will be so nice to just have them there even if we'll be adding a few extra feet between us. 

Other than that, not much else has been going on with me. I've been working out as much as possible; I've lost about 75 lbs since last May. If I can do it, you can do it. I have strictly worked out from home using Les Mills On Demand. Let me know if you want to hear more about my fitness journey. And yes, it truly is a journey. There is a beginning, but never an end. Tonight I'm featuring a brand that has quickly become a favorite of mine. Tiara is the mastermind behind Nailed It! and she is based out of Hawaii. Tonight I have one shade from their newest collection, the Shades of Summer, which is full of shifty shimmers. 

Nailed It! Nightfall (3 coats)

Nailed It! Nightfall, low light (3 coats)

Did I go a little nuts with all the photos? Yes, but no regrets. Nightfall is an extremely shifty polish. It has a medium cool purple base color that has red/gold/green/blue shifting shimmer with a slight holographic finish. Straight on and in bright light you see the purple and red, and as you start to angle your nails, the gold and green comes out to play. If you have low light, the gold and green are most evident with the blue only coming out in low light and at extreme angles. I hope this makes sense! I could have used 2 coats, but I went ahead and used a third thin coat for good measure. I've never had an issues with the formula on any of their polishes. I absolutely love this polish, and I've received many compliments while wearing it. I'm actually considering a backup bottle. 

This one retails for $12.50 and it's available now on the Nailed It! website. You can find out more about Nailed It! on their site, Facebook Group, Instagram, or YouTube pages. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Noodles Nail Polish 2020 Summer Fruit Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! Obviously I took a little time off after that huge Polished Gamers undertaking. It was a challenge and I'm so glad I was able to finish it all on time while working full-time during a pandemic. Work has been crazy busy lately, too. Tonight I have the newest Noodles Nail Polish collection which features 6 neon glitter crellies that just brightened my mood instantly. This set will be available on Wednesday, July 1st at 5 PM EST on for $9.50 each. Can you believe next week is July?! Yes, half of 2020 is gone. If you told me tomorrow that it was June 1st, I'd totally believe you because what is time any more? 

Enough talking, I know what you're all here for :-D Shall we get to the swatches?

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Polished Gamers Box June 2020 Borderlands Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys, I've got a mega post for you tonight! That's right, I was honored to be asked to review June's box which was inspired by the Borderlands games. While I don't play the game, my husband owns all of them (and I've watched him play plenty). As such, I've asked my husband to give a little blurb about the game: 

"Hey folks! This game is full of wild and irreverent characters. Soldiers, gamblers, tyrants, dinosaurs, gunzerkers, and one little Cl4p-tr unit to tie the franchise together. It's full of wild creatures and wild raiders and plots and caricatures. This is a cool collection, and it's fun drawing the parallels between the polishes and what they're meant to represent. -Mike"

New to the Polished Gamers Box? I'm here to answer some of your questions!

 What is the Polished Gamers Box?

The Polished Gamers Box is a game themed box featuring several makers each month. Each box will have a gaming related theme and feature different types of indie products that include nail polish, nail care, body care, wax, and other handmade items.

What if I don’t want to order everything in the box?

That’s the beauty of the Polished Gamers Box! You can pick and choose what you want to order. No minimums or maximums, just order what items you want!
When can I get the box?
The box will launch on the 15th of every month and will be available for preorder until the 20th.
Preorders will open at 12:00PM MST / 1:00PM CST / 2:00 EST
The turn around time will be approximately 2-3 weeks after the box preorder ends on the 20th of each month.
Where do I go to order the box?
Is there Polished Gamers social media I can follow?
There is!
Facebook group:
How much is shipping for the box?
Domestic: $4 flat rate shipping
International: At cost shipping (website will calculate at checkout) 
If you do make multiple purchases, shipping overages can/will be refunded if the multiple purchases are made using the same name
Are there caps on items?
Each maker will set caps for their items and things can sell out! Caps are all listed in their respective listings.

The box will be live here on Monday, June 15th at 2 PM EST and go through Friday, June 20th. This is going to be extremely pic heavy, so you may need to give your device a few extra moments to load. Without further ado, let's look at these beauties!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Noodles Nail Polish 2020 Anniversary Trio Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! I know I've been a bit quiet here the past few weeks, but for good reason - I'm the blogger of the month for the Polish Gamers box! It works similar to the Polish Pickup setup, but I'll describe that later in the week. Just be prepared for a MASSIVE post. Can you believe Noodles Nail Polish has been around for 7 (!!!) years? That's really something to be proud of, Natalie! To celebrate this milestone, a trio of polishes will be available this Friday, June 12th at 5 PM EST in the Noodles Nail Polish store. The set features 2 flake jellies with contrasting shimmer and a full-coverage micro glitter polish. Each polish will retail for $10 and will be restocked if anything sells out. Ok, less talking and more pictures of pretty polishes!