Sunday, November 28, 2021

Polish Pickup December 2021 Cozy Vibes: Noodles Nail Polish

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    Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving for my readers from the US. I'm actually celebrating tomorrow since my family will be coming into town to watch our animals while we leave for the BTS concert. Speaking of, I can't wait to leave for our trip! I know you don't want to hear about how excited I am about the concert, so shall we talk about another thing I'm excited about this week? Yes, it's Polish Pickup week again! 

     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. *Shipping Price Update 2021* Orders weighing up to 7 oz will still ship to the US for $3 while all other US orders will ship for $5 (more for international and they just had to increase the pricing to Canada). Since all orders are pre-orders, shipping will take place about 3 weeks after the end of the pre-order.

     PPU starts Friday, December 3rd at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, December 6th 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 is rare) on the PPU website. Shall we get to some pictures? 







Noodles Nail Polish Rosy and Cozy (2 coats)
Inspiration: photo of a relaxing lavender bath
Price: $12
Bottle Limit: None


    When I was a bit younger, I used to take a bunch of baths. For some reason I haven't taken one in a few years, even though I know they are good for relaxing. And a lavender bath? That sounds even better! Rosy and Cozy is a dusty mauve crelly base with pink shimmer, rose metallic microflakes, silver holo flakes, and rose hexagonal glitters. This is one of those neutral colors that is work appropriate, but with a fun twist. I really love the different flakies in this one. It applied easily in just 2 coats, but it dries with some texture from the glitters, so either use a glitter topcoat or 2 coats of a regular topcoat to smooth it all out. 

    The website is now open for wishlisting, so make sure to stop by the Polish Pickup website before Friday in case anything has a low cap. It's best to add your items to your cart the night before the sale goes live (you need to have an account and sign in first before adding your wish listed items to the cart). Easy peasy. What do you think? Which ones will you be picking up this month? 


*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*

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Noodles Nail Polish Holiday 2021 Collection Swatches and Reviews + Black Friday Sale Info

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Hi everyone! Whew, it's November. IT'S NOVEMBER! Remember how a month or 2 ago I said I needed to start shopping for Christmas super early? Well, technically I did, but I'm still not far enough along. How are all of you holding up? I'm actually going to see BTS in concert in LA in a few weeks and I cannot tell you how excited I am. I haven't had anything to look forward to in such a long time, and I was so lucky to score some tickets (they've gotten so popular). Tonight I have the holiday collection from Noodles Nail Polish to share with you. This 7-piece set features a variety of finishes including glitter toppers, crellies, and jellies and will be available this Friday, November 19th at 5 PM EST. All polishes will retail for $10 except for 8 Nights and Lights which will be $9.50. 

I just received information regarding this year's Black Friday sale, so here's the scoop:

"Coming a little earlier this year with a bigger discount!
Starts Wednesday November 24th at 9 pm EST and ends Monday 11:59 PM EST. 25% your entire purchase (excludes new holiday collection and mystery christmas duo) 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. Please note that since this discount is automatically applied it still counts as a coupon code and Shopify only allows one per transaction. Any US orders $75 or more (after discount) qualify for free shipping and will have the shipping manually refunded by myself when I process your order for packaging.
Every order of 6 or more polishes will receive a FREE Black Friday 2021 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. Mystery Christmas duo counts as ONE bottle since they are prepackaged and 1 listing. So if you order 1 of those sets, you would still need 5 other polishes to earn the Black Friday mystery. One mystery per customer.
I cannot 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. I am going to try my best to have a lot on hand, but you never know what will be most popular!"

Buckle up, friends: I hope you're ready for some glitter. :-D

Monday, November 1, 2021

Polish Pickup November 2021 Game Night Swatches and Reviews from Noodles Nail Polish and Starlight and Sparkles

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    How is it November?! It seems like it was April a few weeks ago. Before you know it, we will be falling back for daylight savings time (which I hate)! This is a very special week for me because I have the week off! I don't have much planned, except my parents will be coming on Wednesday and I haven't seen them in months. Can you believe the November Polish Pickup starts this Friday? This month's inspiration is Game Night, and I'm one of those weird people who doesn't like board games. I know! My husband, on the other hand, absolutely loves them. 

    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. *Shipping Price Update 2021* Orders weighing up to 7 oz will still ship to the US for $3 while all other US orders will ship for $5 (more for international and they just had to increase the pricing to Canada). Since all orders are pre-orders, shipping will take place about 3 weeks after the end of the pre-order.

    PPU starts Friday, November 5th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, November 8th 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 is rare) on the PPU website. Shall we get to some pictures? 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Halal Nail Polish from 786 Cosmetics: Swatches and Reviews

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Hi everyone! Was it a manic Monday for you? I'm delighted to say it wasn't a hectic Monday here. The weather the last couple weeks have been absolutely gorgeous. Fall always feels too short here in North Carolina, so I will relish cooler days. Tonight I have a very special post to share with you all. I believe everyone should be able to wear nail polish. I don't care about your race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation; if you want to wear nail polish, you should rock it! I'll admit that I was a bit uneducated about the difficulty Muslim people had in finding nail polish they could wear while practicing the religion. According to the Muslim faith, the entire body must be cleansed before performing the 5 daily prayers. Since traditional nail polishes form a physical barrier from water and oxygen, it would have to be removed before prayer and then reapplied. Who would want to continue to apply and remove polish so often? Not only that, all of the acteone needed to remove the polish would wreck havoc on your nails and cuticles. 

Despite there being over a billion Muslims, there are very few Halal nail polishes. When 786 Cosmetics contacted me about reviewing some of their polishes, I jumped at the chance. I was so curious how the polishes would differ from traditional polish. Since the polishes need to allow oxygen and water to pass through, I wanted to know how the application and wear compares to traditional polishes. The first time I remember hearing about a larger brand making halal polish was when Orly made their Breathable line a few years ago. I'm also really happy that 786 Cosmetics has included their water permeability certifications through the Kalamazoo Islamic Center and SGS Labs on their website. Whew, that's a lot of information, but it's information I think is important to know before getting to photos. The polishes retail for $12.95 each, and features cream, shimmer, and metallic finishes. Make sure to sign up for emails because they often have sales to save you some extra dough. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Noodles Nail Polish Halloween 2021 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! I hope things have been going well in your world. It's been pretty quiet around here lately. Work is going to be extremely busy in the middle of the month because we're having an online pen show since we're unable to attend any more in-person ones for the rest of the year. These take a ton of prep, but we get a ton done in just a week. Do I have any other fountain pen lovers reading the blog? If not, I highly recommend buying one. Something like the Platinum Preppy will suffice and will set you back less than $5 (not affiliated...just a good company with great CS) and you can refill them with any fun ink colors you want. 

Tonight I have the pleasure of sharing the Noodles Nail Polish Halloween collection with you. I hope you're ready to see some fun glitter shapes :-D The set includes 5 polishes - 2 glitter toppers, 2 glitter crellies, and a squishy jelly. All polishes except for Costumes & Candy (a glitter crelly, $9.50) will retail for $10 each. The collection will be released this Friday, October, 8th at 5 PM EST, so set those alarms. 

Let's get a better look at these warlocks.