Sunday, November 19, 2017

Polish Pickup December 2017 Mace Polish Swatches and Review: Light Bringer

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Hi guys! I know, I'm blogging on a Sunday which is a huge shocker. I know lots of you are into the new big thing in indie polish: Polish Pickup. Tonight I have a new brand on the blog, and it just so happens to be their first month being a part of Polish Pickup. The owner of Mace Polish is Stacy, and she was kind enough to let me swatch her first Polish Pickup color named Light Bringer. Next I need to explain how this super awesome new thing called the Polish Pick up works. 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 that month. Do you hate it when a new indie box comes out with multiple brands and you only really love one of the colors? What do you do then? Destash the ones you don't want? Just suck it up and buy it and keep them all because you're too lazy to destash? Well, there's now a group and website called Polish Pickup that will open for suggestions for box themes for the upcoming month. Everyone votes, and the winner becomes the theme for a future box. Any indie brand can participate and 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 and Canada. 

The December theme is Holidays Around the World and the store will open on December 1 and close on December 4th. Last month there were over 50 brands represented, so I'm guessing we'll have at least that many this month. Shall we see what Mace Polish has in store for us this coming month? This one has a cap at 70 bottles, so start your shopping early! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Zoya Black Friday Sale Info 2017

Zoya is being super generous with their Black Friday sale this year. I plan on picking up some items like base coat and a few small gift sets. Will you be buying anything? 

Pssst…we’re letting you in on a little secret before it’s officially announced…

On Friday November 24th (Black Friday), Zoya is giving thanks to our fans by celebrating Black FRIYAY!

For one day only (11/24/17), fans can get 50% off ANY order on PLUS Free Shipping! (This includes all Nail Polish, Holiday Kits, Lip Shades, Naked Manicure, Qtica,Smart Spa, and Treatments.)


Valid to US and Canada Consumers until 11:59pm ET on 11/24/17.
(International Shipping Fees Apply for Canadian customers).

Go on and share the news! We are grateful for each and everyone one of you.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Different Dimension Someday We'll All Be Memories Too Collection Swatches and Review: Dream Come True

Different Dimension Dream Come True (2 coats)

Hi guys! I can't believe it's Wednesday, and Thanksgiving is next week. It really feels like I was on summer vacation a few short weeks ago. What are your plans? Oh, and remember how I mentioned that I hope Frankie Muniz would win Dancing With the Stars? Well, he made it to the finals! My question is how Drew Scott is still in it? He is a pretty terrible dancer, so I don't get why people are voting for him. Anyway, Different Dimension released their fall collection back in September and I have Dream Come True to show you tonight. I've purchased from them on Black Friday for the past few years because they have the best Doorbuster polishes for $5 with other promotions throughout the day. Make sure to join the Portal to a Different Dimension Facebook Group for full details as they come out. 

Dream Come True is a multichrome teal that flashes to purple, blue, gold, and green depending on the angle. Honestly, my photos don't even do it justice. I included a video bottle shot that hopefully works here. It's hard to see the base color in the bottle because of all the shimmer, but check the edges of my nails to see the teal. I didn't get staining with this one, but this is the type of color that tends to stain, so make sure to use a good base coat. I also recommend downward strokes (instead of any circular movements) when you remove it so it doesn't stain your cuticles. I've never had a problem with applying any Different Dimension polish, and this was no exception. I ended up using 2 coats for the photos above

This one is still for sale in the Different Dimension site and it retails for $12. If you don't want to miss out on anything Different Dimension, make sure to follow them on their websiteFacebook, or Instagram pages. Cheers!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Different Dimension Halloween 2017 Creepin' It Real Trio Swatches and Reviews

Hi guys! Happy Monday! I had a pretty relaxing weekend. We went to see the new Thor movie (it was great!) and did a little shopping at the the outlet mall. I got a super good deal on a new coat at Columbia, but that's pretty much it. I have some really exciting new collections I'll be posting in the coming weeks, so I hope you're able to stop back around soon. Tonight I have the 2017 Halloween trio from Different Dimension. Last year they featured a collection inspired by Edgar Alan Poe, and I remember I bought and reviewed a few of them (and loved them). Even though Halloween is over, these colors are still available for purchase, and are still perfect for fall and winter seasons.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Morgan Taylor Trick'r Treats Halloween Set Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! I have a few more polishes from Morgan Taylor to show you, but I was planning on showing these before Halloween. Yeah, then I got sick and none of it happened. Good thing these colors can be used for nail art any time of year, and this set is still available at Loxa Beauty for just $15. I've also reviewed all of these polishes a few years ago, but please don't look them up...they're basically terrible. 

L-R Glow Top Coat, All White Now, Little Black Dress, Orange Crush (3 coats of each)

Yes, you can see just how stained my nails really are when showing the Glow Top Coat. It has a bit of texture to it, but it doesn't really change the base color. All White Now is a stark white creme that looks like (and sort of applies like) white-out. Like all white polishes, the first coat was really streaky, but it evened out with the third. Little Black Dress is your typical black creme, but it really applied well. It needed just 2 coats for full coverage, but I went ahead and did a third for continuity since the others all needed 3. And finally, Orange Crush is a bright orange jelly polish. It was sheerer than I expected, but that's just because it has more of a jelly finish. Photos show 3 heavier coats, and you can still see some visible nail line. 

L-R Glow Top Coat, All White Now, Little Black Dress, Orange Crush (3 coats of each) with 1 coat of Glow Top Coat over each color

I went ahead and applied the Glow Top Coat on each of the colors to see if it affected the color, but alas, it didn't. Like I said above, it's more of a texture change than a color change. Do you like the picture of my glowing nails? Yeah, apparently I have no idea how to take pictures in the dark, so my apologies. That said, I think this photo shows something interesting: the Glow Top Coat shows up best by itself, or over white. Notice how there is a significant decrease in color over Little Black Dress and Orange Crush? 

This is a cute little set that is only available for a limited time, so get it while you still can!  Learn more about Morgan Taylor on their FacebookInstagramTwitter, or Youtube sites.

*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*

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Morgan Taylor Fall 2017 Matadora Collection Swatches and Reviews Part II

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Hi guys! So...I've been gone a week. In that week I celebrated my 10 year anniversary, and was sick. I was mostly just sick. My dad caught something while visiting and he was so kind to give it to me. I usually do my nails every night, but I skipped it most days last week (which also put me behind on some upcoming collections). Remember when I started the Morgan Taylor Matadora Collection many days ago? Shall we see how the second half fares?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Morgan Taylor Fall 2017 Matadora Collection Swatches and Reviews Part I

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Hi guys! Sorry I've been a bit absent, but I took a few days off to visit with my parents. My dad came down with something on Saturday, so we spent all of Sunday on the couch watching Stranger Things 2. I could definitely think of worse things to do. Did you binge watch it this weekend? Tonight I have the Morgan Taylor Matadora collection to show you, and it features vampy colors inspired by Spain. To be honest, I think the killing of bulls for sport is disgusting, so I'm going to try and ignore the killing part, and focus on the culture. I'd love to hear what you think about this. That said, let's get to some swatches.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pretty Woman Designer Nails Artificial Nail Kit Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! My family is in town, but I wanted to do a quick review of a product I've never shown on the blog - artificial/press-on nails! You know I'm terrible at nail art, so this is a quick and easy way to get nail art. I have 2 sets to show you today, but make sure to follow me on Instagram because I'll be giving away 3 sets of these to a lucky winner! Pretty Woman NYC has been around since 2000, and they have press-on nails in various shapes and lengths for all nails. My nails are really long right now so I was sent a set of round and stiletto nails to try out. Hit that "read more" button to see my thoughts. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Returning Shades from Literary Lacquers for Oct. 2017

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Hi guys! It was yet another manic Monday here. I have family coming into town this week, and it's been far too long since I've seen them! We had a pretty good weekend where we went for a 5 mile hike, cleaned the house, and ran some errands. Tonight I have 3 of the 10 returning shades on sale now from Literary Lacquers. If you love holo finishes, you need to see these polishes! As always, all glitter and creme polishes are $10, while the holos are $12 each. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Literary Lacquers Faulkner Duo 2017: A Rose for Emily and The Best You Have

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Hi guys! TGIF! Tonight I have a brand new duo from Literary Lacquers which inspired by William Faulkner's short story, "A Rose for Emily". If you want to read it, you can find it here. Faulkner isn't my favorite author, but I know my MIL did her Master's thesis on his work. The creme from the duo is named for Emily, while the glitter topper, The Best You Have, is named for what Emily asked the shopkeeper for when she was buying the poison. Very dark and appropriate for this time of year. These are available now for $10 each in the Literary Lacquers store

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Summer 2017 Mix Tape: Overdrive Edition: The Future is Coming On

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Future is Coming On (3 coats)

Hi guys! Have you ever had one of those clumsy nights? I had one of those yesterday evening. I was burning a wax tart in my warmer when I reached over to turn it off before going to sleep. Well, my sleeve knocked the wax over and I tried to catch it before it got everywhere. I proceeded to get hot wax all over my hand, the wall, and the floor. It pretty much came off of the wall and floor, but it took more work than I wanted to do at 11 PM. *sigh* Anyway, remember when I posted about the 2 polishes I bought from the Summer Mix Tape collection from Lollipop Posse Lacquer a few weeks ago? I was so impressed with them I had to buy the other polish I was eyeing with my 20% off code. 

This one is named after one of my favorite songs of the 2000s, Clint Eastwood by Gorillaz. The Future is Coming On is described as a steel grey base with loads of red/green/gold shifting iridescent glitter and shimmer. Maybe it's the glitter, but this looks more greige than steel grey to my eye. Man, these iridescent glitter polishes are on point! I think the only way this polish could be any better is if she added a bit of multichrome flakes to the mix. It's really sheer, but built up to full opacity in 3 coats. The formula was great, but make sure to use thin coats. Removal was a pain, so use a peel-off base coat or the foil method.

The Future is Coming On is still available on their site and it retails for $11. You can find more information about Lollipop Posse Lacquer on their websiteInstagramFacebook, and Facebook Fan Group pages. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Polish Con 2017 Exclusives: Cotton Candy Chaos and Midway Madness

Hi guys! Anyone still watching Dancing with the Stars? My pick is still Frankie Muniz, but he almost went home last night! Can we get Nick Lachey gone? I have nothing against the guy, but he just isn't a good dancer. I had a great weekend just relaxing and enjoying the cooler weather here otherwise. Tonight I have 2 of the 3 Lollipop Posse Lacquer Polish Con exclusives to show you tonight. You  may be asking yourself, "Audrey, you didn't tell me you went to Polish Con!" Well, I didn't. I was lucky enough to go to the Indie Shop in Atlanta earlier this year, but I just can't justify flying to Chicago. That said, LPL has the overstock of exclusives on their website right now. Go ahead and press that Read More button for swatches and my thoughts.

Friday, October 13, 2017

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee Collection Swatches & Reviews: Let's Slang and You Dew You

Hi guys! TGIF! I've had a long week after my recent travels, so I'm planning on resting this weekend. Do you have any special plans? My 10-year wedding anniversary is coming up, so I should start thinking of some things we can do that weekend. Tonight I have 2 of the 4 KBShimmer polishes from the Unicorn Pee collection which features the shifty unicorn pee shimmer. What is that, you ask? Back in the day, Clarins made a special polish (Clarins 230) that was coveted by the nail community. The polish has long been discontinued, but there have been small batches of pigments that have made its way among indie brands. KBShimmer was able to get their hands on a bit of it, so Christy decided to release this 4-piece collection ($12 each) last month. Let's take a closer look at these warlocks.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Through the Stone Collection Swatches and Review: I Was Born For You

Anchor & Heart I Was Born For You (3 coats)

Hi guys! I know, it's been awhile. I was in Denver for 4 days, but I think this should be the last weekend I will be traveling for work this year. As soon as I got home I had some in-laws at the house so I've been busy at the home front as well. Other than that, not much is going on with me. Tonight I have a new brand on the blog. I've been meaning to try Anchor & Heart for months, and after seeing bottle shots from the Through the Stone Collection, I knew I needed to bite the bullet and finally purchase. Multichrome polishes are still all the rage, but I've been trying to be a bit more selective on the polishes I buy because some are very similar. 

I Was Born For You is a blackened plum base with flashes of emerald and blue. It also has a sprinkling of iridescent holographic microglitter and a scattered holographic finish as seen in the last photo. It slightly reminds me Whooo Are Youuu from Vapid Lacquer, so if you weren't able to buy that one, you may want to purchase this one. It doesn't have the exact same shift, and Vapid's has the larger microflakes which isn't in Anchor & Heart. It applied perfectly in 3 coats. Depending on your application, you may be able to get away with just 2 coats. Even with the microglitter, not too much elbow grease was needed for removal. 

The Through the Stone Collection is currently not for sale, but good news, the pre-order starts on Oct. 13th and will continue through Oct. 16th. Each polish is $12 each, or you can purchase the whole collection for $77 (a saving of $1 per polish).  I've been really impressed with other polishes Taryn has released recently, so I will definitely be making another order. You can learn more about Anchor & Heart on their website, Instagram, Facebook, or Facebook Fan group page. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Zoya Fall 2017 Sophisticates Collection Swatches and Reviews Part IV

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Hi guys! I was so saddened to wake up to the news of Las Vegas. I would love to live in a world where it surprises me again. On a much lighter note, we'll be finishing up the Zoya Sophisticates collection. Just today I received the press info for their winter Party Girl Collection:

I see some really interesting polishes if you ask me. Also, didn't Zoya used to have 6 polishes in their winter collections? I'm not complaining! Shall we finish this collection first? 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Zoya Fall 2017 Sophisticates Collection Swatches and Reviews Part III

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Hi guys! Sorry for the absence the last few days. I was fighting that allergic reaction for a few days, and last night I went and got the new iPhone 8 plus. I'm loving it so far! Tonight we're continuing the marathon that is the Zoya Sophisticates Collection. No more small talk, let's do this!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Zoya Fall 2017 Lipstick Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! Tonight I have swatches of the latest 7 Zoya lipsticks. There's a BOGO Free sale going on for the next few hours, so I wanted to get this out ASAP. Yup, you'll get 2 Zoya lipsticks for just $12 with free shipping on orders over $25 until midnight (EST) tonight! I was going to post these reviews with the lipsticks on my lips, but I happened to have an allergic reaction to something I ate so my lips are a swollen painful mess right now. I will mention that I've found all Zoya lipsticks to be moisturizing (even their matte finishes) and last around 3-5 hours depending on the color. Swatch time!

L-R Addie, Bristol, Izzy

Addie: a nude cream with some pink undertones. It was the lightest of the shades and was also one of the more pigmented colors.
Bristol: a medium wine cream. It looks more intimidating in the tube, but I think this will be a wearable color for the fall. 
Izzy: an opaque fuchsia cream. It has a bit more red in it to my eye. 

L-R Layne, Lucky, Maggie, Tommy

Layne: a dusty rose/mauve cream. This is my favorite from the collection and it was really pigmented. 
Lucky: a bright, cool-toned pink cream. It's a fun burst of color for a fall set. 
Maggie: a medium berry cream. Once applied it looks a little like Layne, but it's definitely more red. 
Tommy: a deep blue/purple cream. Whoa, what an intense color! It's outside of their "normal" colors, but I'm glad to see they're looking outside the box. 

Natural Light Shade (3 swipes of color)

Natural Light Direct Sunlight (3 swipes of color)

Well there you have it! I hope this gives you a chance to pick up any colors you're interested in before the sale goes away. These retail for $12, which is a fair price, but you can get these for $6 using the code ZLIP now. What do you think? You can find out more about Zoya and their lipsticks on their websiteFacebookTwitter, or Instagram pages.

*These lipsticks 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, September 20, 2017

Zoya Fall 2017 Sophisticates Collection Swatches and Reviews Part II

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Hi guys! Not much is going on around here. I'm not traveling for a couple more weeks, and I'm super happy about that. Dancing With the Stars was good last night. Jordan and Lindsey seem to be the front-runners, but I'm rooting for Frankie Muniz. Tonight I'll be finishing up the first half of the Sophisticates collection from Zoya. Let's get to some swatches!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Zoya Fall 2017 Sophisticates Collection Swatches and Reviews Part I

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Hi guys! Dancing With the Stars is back on tonight, and you know I'll be watching. Watching from the beginning is the best so you can watch the good and the bad. Tonight I have the first 3 polishes from the Zoya 2017 Sophisticates Collection. The days are getting shorter and the weather is slowly getting cooler. Well, ever-so-slightly cooler here in NC. And with the changing weather we get some new transitional colors to get us through the early fall months. This is a 12-piece collection with a mix of cremes, shimmers, and pearls, so we need to get into some swatches.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Summer 2017 Mix Tape: Overdrive Edition: But My Hands are Busy in the Air and She Lives On the Borderline

Hi guys! Tonight I have a new brand on the blog, and I've been meaning to try them for months. When I saw swatches from the Lollipop Posse Lacquer Summer 2017 collection I knew I had to get a couple. I ordered on August 8th and received my shipping notice on the 13th. When the package didn't move for over a week I went ahead and e-mailed them. Apparently three labels were misplaced and mine was one of them. Karen shipped the items the next day and gave me a 20% discount on my next order to make up for the delay. I must say, it was all handled quickly and professionally and I'll definitely be back to order more items. A+ for customer service. Now how are the polishes? 

Monday, September 11, 2017

More Zoya Swatches and Reviews: Flynn, Josie, Lotus

Hi guys! I was traveling for work again this past week and I'm still feeling the exhaustion. This time I was in Texas and I was lucky enough to see my mother and sister-in-law! I don't get to see them often, so it was great to visit with them after work. Oh, and I hope all my readers in Texas and the Southeast are safe and sound from the recent hurricanes. My thoughts are with you during this tough time. On a lighter note, I have a few more random swatches from classic collections from Zoya. I'm still working my way through the latest Sophisticates Collection for Fall 2017, but it will be up in a week or 2. Shall we get to some reviews?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics - Julie G Bohemian Dreams Collection Swatches and Reviews: Part II

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Hi guys! Tonight I have the second half of the Julie G Bohemian Dreams collection to share with you. To be honest, I haven't been this impressed with a mainstream collection in months, especially at the price point. Speaking of pricing, individual bottles retail for $3.99, but you can buy the whole collection for just $9.95 on the Jesse's Girl website. I don't often say this, but I recommend buying the whole set to save yourself some major bucks...and because it's a beautiful collection. So how about we get to the final reviews? 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics - Julie G Bohemian Dreams Collection Swatches and Reviews: Part I

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Hi guys! I tried getting this post up last night, but it ended up taking me longer to edit the photos. Seriously, I think I spend the most time editing photos these days. Yesterday was Labor Day and I had a relaxing 3-day weekend. Tonight I have a new limited edition collection from Jesse's Girl Cosmetics called Bohemian Dreams. The bottles are the same, but the caps have a faux wood grain finish over the top. I should have taken a picture of the bottle, but of course I forgot. If you look closely at a few of the photos you can get a sense of what it looks like. While I like that they did something a little different to the bottle, I must admit that it's not my favorite look and it doesn't look very realistic. But still, for $3.99 a bottle, I'm not going to be picky. You should be able to find these at your local Rite Aid store or on the Jesse's Girl Cosmetics website. If you happen to like all of the colors, you can catch the whole set for just $9.95. So yeah, if you like 2-3 of the colors, you may as well buy the 6-piece collection and gift the others. Shall we get started?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Polish 'M July 2017 Polish Pickup Exclusive Swatches and Review: Ripped in Rio de Janiero

Polish 'M Ripped in Rio de Janiero (3 coats)

Hi guys! TGIF! Things are finally getting back to normal around here. There are a few good Labor Day sales going on so I may pick up a few polishes. It also just happens to be the weekend for the Polish Pickup pre-order. I've held off for a few hours, but I'll be buckling later tonight. I just can't narrow my list down! The theme is Fall Foliage and Fun and the makers knocked it out of the park. There's a variety of colors and finishes, and there's something for everyone. Tonight I have the last color I bought from the July Polish Pickup and features one of my favorite makers, Polish 'M. 

Ripped in Rio de Janiero is a bright orange leaning coral with gold flakes and shimmer and galaxy microglitter. If there's an orange polish, you know I'm buying it. Summer doesn't end after Labor Day in hot North Carolina, so I have plenty of time to still wear this one. I used 3 thin coats for the swatches above, but you may get away with 2 if you have shorter nails or use thicker coats. It dries with a bit of texture, so make sure to use a thicker topcoat. Removal will be a little bit of a pain with the microglitter, but isn't terrible. 

Again, you can learn more about the Polish Pickup on their Facebook page and website and the pre-order began today with flat-rate shipping of just $3. What will you be buying? Have a great extended weekend! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Northern Star Polish July 2017 Polish Pickup Exclusive Swatches and Review: Shark Bite

Northern Star Polish Shark Bite (2 coats) $9

Hi guys! Long time, no blog. Guess who has jet lag? San Francisco was least as much as I got to see of it. They say you need 24 hours per time zone change to readjust and I'm right in the middle of it. Tonight I have another exclusive polish from Polish Pickup which I mentioned a couple weeks ago. If you need a little refresher on how it works, follow the link here for more information. Northern Star Polish is run by Kristen and she's been making polish for years. Last year she took a long hiatus and this is her way of getting back into the polish game. She made some of my favorite cuticle oils, but it doesn't look like she's making those yet. On the bright side, Northern Star Polish is releasing another polish for September's Polish Pickup and you can see that here

I know, I know, Shark Bite isn't for sale anymore, but at least you can see a pretty swatch and learn a bit more for the pre-order which goes from 9/1-9/4. It's a teal blue cream base with fuchsia microglitter and aqua blue shimmer. It's extremely saturated, but I didn't have any issues with staining. That said, this is the type of color that may stain so don't forget your base coat! The formula was just perfect, and I needed just 2 coats for full coverage. Even with the microglitter, it does not dry textured so you can use pretty much any top coat you have around. This is supposed to be named after a drink, but I've never heard of a Shark Bite. Please tell me I'm not the only one! 

Obviously this has everything I love in a polish. Saturated color? Check. Contrasting shimmer/microglitter? Check. Good formula? Check. I'll definitely be purchasing a few polishes from this month's Polish Pickup and there's a good chance I'll get Take a Bite from Northern Star Polish. Again, you can learn more about the Polish Pickup on their Facebook page and website and the pre-order begins on 9/1 with flat-rate shipping of just $3.