Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Polish Pickup (PPU) June 2019: Weather Phenomenon Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! Polish Pickup (PPU) starts this Friday, and I have 3 shades to share with you tonight. This month's inspiration is weather, and I was curious to see what the maker's would come up with. Just in case this is your first PPU, here's the low-down on what to expect. First, 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 into the polishes coming in the coming month. Polish Pickup 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 ($5 for Canada and more for international). 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 this Friday, June 7th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, June 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) on the PPU website. Shall we go ahead and get a closer look at these beauties? 

Noodles Nail Polish






Underwater Icicles (2 coats)
Price: $12
Cap: None

Up first is Noodles Nail Polish Underwater Icicles which was inspired by brincles, which are underwater icicles that form from the surface and move downward into the ocean. Google it, you'll thank me. This is a vibrant blue jelly with green/blue shifting flakes, silver and blue glitters, and fine silver metallic flakies. The beautiful flakes are the first thing that caught my eye. I was expecting to need 3 coats, but I was impressed with the opacity and it fully covered in just 2. It applied flawlessly, and dried with a little bit of texture from the flakes and glitter. If you want a smooth, glossy finish, you may want to add a second coat of topcoat. 


Pepper Pot Polish






A Twister...With Teeth! (3 coats)
Price: $11
Cap: 75/US 5/UK

Mackenzie went out-of-the-box with a polish inspired by Sharknado! I've only seen one of them, but it was very memorable. You guys know how I feel about contrasting shimmers, and this one is a stunner. It's a greige crelly base with contrasting blue shimmer, and ultrachrome flakies. The base is perfectly shark-colored, and the blue just pops. I found the formula to be perfect, although it was a bit sheer. I needed to use 3 heavy coats for the photos above (if you use really thin ones, you may need a fourth). It dried with no texture and was easy to remove. 

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Starlight Polish








St. Elmo's Fire (2 coats over a black creme)
Price: $15
Cap: 230 bottles

Issa is the queen of shimmer toppers, and this month's inspiration is St. Elmo's Fire which is often seen by sailors and pilots. It's a color-shifting topper with blue to purple UP sibling pigment, blue to purple iridescent glitters, blue to purple translucent flakes, and a touch of silver sparkle. I went with 2 thin coats over black to get the full effect, but you could definitely get away with just 1. It dried quickly and with no texture. This one just glows on the nail and I love it. 


The website is open for wishlists now, so fill up that cart. I've been scoping out the website since Sunday, and my list keeps getting longer. Don't forget, the shop opens at 11:00 AM, and some items go quickly. You can find out more about PPU on their Facebook page and website.

*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, June 3, 2019

Chirality Polish: Soften Your Tips | Nourishing Cuticle Oil

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Hi guys! This past weekend was the Raleigh Pen Show, so I didn't have to travel and I got to sleep in my own bed! It's the little things, you know? Other than that, I've just been swatching on some upcoming polish collections, working, and making things with polymer clay. Tonight I have a brand new (sort of) cuticle care product from Chirality Polish to share with you. Soften Your Tips is Chirality Polish's cuticle oil, which is now available in a mini 3 mL size. The full-size version of Soften Your Tips has been available for a while now (including in PPU), but this is a new, travel-friendly size. Both the full-sized ($9) and mini ($5) versions are available now in the Chirality website





Here is some more information about the cuticle oil, including the ingredients, which is always important in your beauty products. 

Soften Your Tips is a Nourishing Cuticle Oil that was formulated with only the most skin-loving oils. It has been handcrafted to be super nourishing and will sink into your skin quickly without being greasy. Packaged in an elegant tube with a doe foot wand for easy application.

NEW more convenient size: 3 mL

Instructions: Apply to clean cuticles as often as needed to reduce dryness and improve skin's appearance. Rub oil into skin and nails after applying. Use at least 3 times a day, and especially after washing your hands, to get maximum benefits. Can apply to bare or polished nails. Use within one year of purchase.
Skin-Loving Ingredients
Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E. May contain fragrance.
Soften Your Tips leads with Jojoba oil which is a liquid wax that has small molecules that closely resembles our own natural oils. This allows it to actually penetrate your skin and nails deeply to nourish and repair from within. The remaining light and medium weight oils come together and are high in fatty acids and vitamins to help soften and condition your skin. Vitamin E is then added as a boost of skin conditioner and antioxidant. No preservatives added in this luxury cuticle oil.
Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil- A liquid wax that most closely resembles our own natural oils which allows it to penetrate the skin deeper and faster. Very nourishing while providing a soft silky feel to skin. Mimics collagen. Naturally contains Vitamin E and is an antioxidant.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil- A lightweight oil that is excellent for all skin types, but particularly skin-loving for dry sensitive skin. It is high in Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, and Vitamin A. Very moisturizing and has antioxidant properties.
Rice Bran Oil
Rice Bran Oil- A skin conditioning oil that is great for dry or mature skin. High in fatty acids. Conditions and softens the skin very well.
Avocado Oil
Avocado Oil- A medium weight oil that penetrates the skin very well. Good for dry skin. High concentrations of Vitamin E. Very moisturizing. Also has antioxidant properties.
Vitamin E
Vitamin E- A moisturizing skin conditioner. It is an antioxidant and a skin protectant. Contains skin healing properties that help to improve dry skin.

First things first, my favorite cuticle oil applicator is the doe foot wand. I find that rollerballs are unpredictable, sometimes adding a ton of oil, while at other times not applying anything at all. The brush applicators are nice, but they often don't hold as much product (usually 2 mL). Dropper bottles are fine, but I find they dispense too much product so I end up with greasy hands. That leaves us with the doe foot which is perfect on all fronts, IMHO. 

It felt very nice going on the nails and cuticle area. Don't forget to put some of that oil underneath your nails! It does take a few minutes to sink in, but I find that to be the case with most cuticle oils. I've been using this exclusively for the past couple weeks, and I can say that I haven't had any breaks or peels in my nails at all! The only thing I think could make this oil even better is an added fragrance. I know fragrance doesn't add anything to the efficacy of the oil, but I like to smell nice. I love this oil, and I plan on purchasing the full size ASAP and will keep this mini size in my purse or at my desk at work. Heck, I might get another mini for work and a full one for my house so I have one everywhere. Doesn't everyone do that? You can find out more about Chirality Polish on their websiteFacebook pageFacebook Fan Group, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

*These items 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*

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Static Lacquer Spring Blossom 2019 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! It's been a hot minute since I've posted, but I've got several PPU shades ready to review, so I won't be away for quite as long next time. Tonight I have a new 6-piece collection from Static Lacquer that features a rainbow of crellies that all have a scattered holographic finish. These will debut this Friday, May 24th at 5 PM PST in the Static Lacquer site as well as in The Polish Nook. Speaking of The Polish Nook, they will also have 2 exclusive colors available that I do not have to share with you tonight, but make sure to check those out. Each color from the Spring Blossom collection will be available individually for $10, or $56 for the set for a savings of $4. Shall we closer look at these beauties? 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Starlight and Sparkles Mythological Wish Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I got caught up on work and went to our local (ish) nursery. Oh, and I'm thinking of starting up my work with polymer clay. I used to make beads and miniatures back in the day, but just stopped having the time. I think it's time to make time again. Tonight I've got Issa from Starlight and Sparkles' newest collection, Mythological Wishes. In case you've forgotten, make sure to check out the original Mythological Creatures set I reviewed back in December which featured toppers with UP and Aurora pigments. The new Wishes Collection is six toppers with combined color-shifting shimmer and multichrome glitter (the shimmer in these are again UP and UP sibiling pigments). I'm also happy to mention that she has sample bottles that hold a decent amount of polish! The mini size holds 7.5 mL while a full bottle is the normal 15 mL. Mini bottles can have brush issues, but these were very generously sized and I had no issues with applying them.

Each full-sized bottle will retail for $16, or $11 for the mini bottle. On the Starlight and Sparkles website, purchasing four or more bottles of polish from the Mythological line in a single order will give a discount of 3.5% on all Mythological polishes in the order, which will be reflected in the cart as "Mythological line discount." The collection releases on May 17th at 7 PM MT on their website, and Psyche's Beau will start their pre-order at 12 PM PST. Shall we get to some photos? 

Formula and Application

For the first set of my photos, I used 1 coat of Static Lacquer's Primary Black with 2 coats of each respective topper followed with a coat of topcoat. By no means do you need to use 2 coats of each topper; I just used 2 to really show the shift under the bright lighting. The darker the base, the more noticeable the shift, but you can use any color really. These applied like a dream and even a sample bottle will last you a long time. Each polish dried quickly and with no texture, even with the multichrome glitter. 







Starlight and Sparkles Dragon Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

I took so many photos. I mean, I couldn't help myself...these are just so photogenic. Up first we have Dragon Wishes which has UP sibling pigment that shifts from bronze/gold/green and flashes orange and teal at most extreme angles, while the glitter shifts from bronze/yellow/green/turquoise. The glitter is fine and doesn't add texture which makes these easier to remove, too. 







Starlight and Sparkles Kelpie Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

Kelpie Wishes contains UP sibling pigment that shifts from teal/violet and flashes aqua and purple at most extreme angles, and the multichrome glitter shifts from teal/green/blue/violet/purple. Issa was kind enough to mention that Unicorn Wishes and Kelpie Wishes use the same glitter and unless you love shifters in the teal/blue/violet range, you may not need both. I personally found these to be very different...the color shift from the shimmer varies, and that's enough for me. 






Starlight and Sparkles Phantasmal Chimera Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

Phantasmal Chimera is a bit of a wild card as it's a combination of the 4 colors of multichrome glitter and the UP and UP sibling pigments used in the other Phantom polishes in the Mythological line. The effect is a profusion of colors and shiftiness. In other words, this one is extremely sparkly and quite the rainbow of color. 







Starlight and Sparkles Phantom Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

Up next is Phantom Wishes which shifts from a brilliant blue/violet/purple into near invisibility and the multichrome glitter shifts from blue/purple/violet/fuchsia/pink. The shimmer is the same UP sibling pigment used in the other Phantom polishes in the Mythological line. This one just glows on the nail. 






Starlight and Sparkles Phoenix Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

As you can probably tell from the photos, Phoenix Wishes is the original UP pigment and shifts from red/green/gold, and flashes red/bright green at extreme angles and is the same UP pigment used in the other Phoenix polishes in the Mythological line. The multichrome glitter shifts from pink/red/orange/gold. As much as I don't want to love UP-filled polishes (due to the price), I can't help but fall in love every time. I mean, just look at that last photo ­čśŹ







Starlight and Sparkles Unicorn Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

Last, but certainly not least, is Unicorn Wishes which shifts from cool green to deep blue, and flashes turquoise/indigo, and the multichrome glitter shifts from a teal-y green/blue/violet/purple/fuchsia. The shimmer is the same UP sibling pigment used in the other Unicorn polishes in the Mythological line. Again, Issa mentions that this one and Kelpie Wishes use the same glitter, so unless you really love the UP sibling pigment, you may not need both. If you ask me, you need both. 


L--R Dragon Wishes, Kelpie Wishes, Phantom Wishes, Phantasmal Chimera Wishes (1 coat) over 2 coats of Zoya Walker 


L-->R Phoenix Wishes, none, Unicorn Wishes, none (1 coat) over 2 coats of Zoya Walker

I went ahead and used all of the toppers over a lighter color and this time just one coat was used. As you can see, one coat is plenty and these are full of UP pigment, UP sibling pigment, and multichrome glitter. A sample bottle will last you a long time if you can't afford full-sized bottles. 

Well, there you have it! It's so hard for me to pick my favorites because they are all so beautiful and flashy. I was swatching these when my parents were in town, and they were so shocked with just how much they changed the base color. They've seen me wear a lot of colors, so it really takes a lot to surprise them. My top picks have to be Dragon Wishes, Phantasmal Chimera Wishes, and Unicorn Wishes. Gah, it's so hard to choose! These will be available on May 17th at 7 PM MT on the Starlight and Sparkles website and Etsy store, while the pre-order will start at 12 PM on the Psyche's Beau site. You can find out more about Starlight and Sparkles on their websiteEtsy pageInstagramFacebook Group, and Facebook page.

*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*