Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Noodles Nail Polish Fall 2019 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! Apparently fall is in the air, but you'd never guess it from the hot days we've been having in NC. Yeah, nothing feels less like fall than 90 degree days. That said, new fall polish collections can really set the mood! Fall is Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish's favorite season, and it really shows. She has a little bit of everything for this collection: glitter toppers, flakies, holo, and glitter crellies (oh my!). Most collections consist of 6 polishes, but she went ahead and sneaked a 7th one in there just for us. 

When: Friday, September 13th at 5 PM EST
Price: $9.50

This is an extremely picture-heavy post, so you may want to give it a little time to completely load. Without further ado, let's get to some swatches! 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Static Lacquer September 2019 Polish Pickup and Indie Pickup Magic and Alchemy: Dark Mark

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Happy Labor Day! I had a pretty relaxing day all things considering. I was super busy last weekend in San Francisco for work, so a quiet weekend was exactly what I needed. Tonight I have the final PPU shade to share with you, this time from Static LacquerPPU starts this Friday, Sept 6th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, Sept 9th at 11:59 PM on the PPU website. This month's inspiration is Magic and Alchemy, which seems to have quite the variety of themes and shades available. This month Static Lacquer has a polish for PPU and a new product, a cuticle balm, for Indie Pickup. 






Static Lacquer Dark Mark (2 coats)
Price: $12
Cap: US 200 UK 50

Dark Mark is a blackened green base (leans slightly olive) with green microflakes and a holo finish. It's a beautiful shade that is very fall-like. It was very opaque and needed just 2 coats for full opacity. It dried quickly with no texture and applied flawlessly. Another positive is that it is very easy to remove, too.





Static Lacquer Cuticle Balm in Dark Mark
Price: $4
Cap: US 50 UK 25
Scent Notes: Top: Citrus, Sea Salt, Ozone, Saffron, Middle: Plum, Cardamom, Clove, Incense, Sandalwood, Base: Amber, Dark Musk, Patchouli, Smoke

I'm going to be honest with you, when I first saw the scent notes, I had no idea if I'd like it. When you start throwing in things like incense and patchouli, I start to get scared. I'm happy to report that this is delightful! I cannot distinguish individual notes, but it's definitely a warm scent (likely from the amber and musk) with a bit of ozone that hits the back of the throat (in a good way). It's by no means super perfumey, either. The ingredients for the balm are as follows: 

coconut oil, sunflower wax, shea butter, mango butter, coco butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, argan oil, sunflower oil, vitamin e and fragrance oil


I don't use coconut oil on my face, but I find it great for the body. You can definitely tell from looking at it that it contains coconut oil. It warms up quickly and nicely moisturizes without being overly greasy. I've been using it every night since receiving it, and it's now a go-to before applying lotion. 

Definitely a couple homeruns from Stacy at Static Lacquer. Don't forget, the website is now open for wishlists, so you can quickly order what you're interested in, and not miss out on any items with a low cap. I'll be ready at 11:00 AM EST this Friday to get my order in. Thoughts? You can learn more about Static Lacquer on their websiteFacebookGroup, and Instagram pages, while you can find 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*

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Literary Lacquers September 2019 Polish Pickup Magic and Alchemy: Every God and Devil There Ever Was

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Hi guys! I'm back with the second installment of my PPU offerings, this time from Literary Lacquers. If you are new to PPU, please check out my post from the other day where I give the whole rundown. PPU starts Friday, Sept 6th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, Sept 9th at 11:59 PM on the PPU website. This month's inspiration is Magic and Alchemy, which is quite a broad spectrum. I'm so happy that Amy from Literary Lacquers is participating now as I've always been impressed with her ingenuity and formula. 








Literary Lacquers Every God and Devil There Ever Was (3 coats)
Price: $12
Cap: None
Inspiration: the comic The Invisibles by Scottish writer and chaos magic practitioner Grant Morrison 

I always feel so bad when I haven't read/watched the inspiration for a particular polish. Every God and Devil There Ever Was is a deep indigo jelly base with UCC flakes and holo micro glitters. You may be able to get away with 2 coats, but I used a third because bright lights tend to accentuate any visible nail line. It applied perfectly, and dried with a little bit of texture from the glitters. One coat of topcoat should smooth everything out for you though. Although it's dark, it never appeared black (the jelly base really helped with that). I didn't even think to add a matte topcoat to this, so thankfully you can see how cool this one looks from Jen at Laugh, Love, Contour.

It seems like a lot of brands are lifting caps so you don't have to have ninja fingers to get what you want. Hurray! It's been cooler here in NC for the past few days, and this one is giving me fall vibes. What do you think? To learn more about Literary Lacquers, check out their website, Facebook Group, Facebook page, and Instagram while you can find more about PPU on their Facebook page and website. As always, thanks for reading! 

*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, August 27, 2019

Noodles Nail Polish September 2019 Polish Pickup Magic and Alchemy: Three Wishes

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Hola! Summer's almost over, huh? A co-worker went to Starbucks today because the pumpkin spice latte was released today. I mean, on August 27th?! Is it just me, or is that too early? #controversialtopics Anyway, can you believe the September Polish Pickup (PPU) is upon us once more? I just got my August order yesterday, so I'm all ready to go shopping. Not sure how PPU works? Here's a little refresher: 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 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 ($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 Friday, Sept 6th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, Sept 9th 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. This month's inspiration is Magic and Alchemy, which is quite a broad spectrum. I've got 3 shades to share with you this month, so should we get into Noodles Nail Polish's contribution? 






Noodles Nail Polish Three Wishes (3 coats)
Price: $11:50
Cap: None
Inspiration: The Genie from Aladdin

I'll always think of the Genie like this:

not this:


And I'll always think of Robin Williams in the role. Anway, Three Wishes is a bright cornflower blue crelly with blue/gold glitter, holo/gold flakes, and blue shimmer. So much blue and gold, just like the genie! I found it be to be on the sheer side, but it built up to full opacity with 3 coats. The formula was smooth and easy, but it dries with texture from the glitter. If you want easy removal, bust out that peel-off basecoat, or use the foil method. 

This one is super sparkly, and I love a good cornflower blue polish.  You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group while you can learn more about PPU on their Facebook page and website. Have a great night! 

*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, July 30, 2019

Noodles Nail Polish Summer 2019 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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I hope you're not sick of me yet! I know there was radio silence from me for several weeks, but I'm back with a vengeance. Surprise, Noodles has a new collection releasing Thursday, August 1st at 5 PM EST. It's a 6-piece set full of classic Noodles goodness...which you know means glitter, glitter, and more glitter! All polishes will retail for $9.50 each. Also releasing on Thursday is a brand new prototype which I do not have to share with you, so you'll have to stop by the Noodles website to check it out. Natalie usually has one big Black Friday sale a year, but she is bursting at the seams with polish, so most polishes (minus the new collection, of course), will be discounted. Not all final stock polishes will be on sale, but most will be. No code will be needed, and the discount will be reflected on the website. Woot! This is going to be an extremely picture-heavy post, so let's get into this. 

Static Lacquer August 2019 Polish Pickup/Indie Pickup At the Carnival: Off to Neverland

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Hi guys! The last PPU shade I have to share this month is from Static Lacquer and Stacy was inspired by this amazing photo she took while at the San Diego Fair. Apparently this same swing ride used to be at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, hence the name. Off to Neverland will be available this Friday at 11:00 AM EST through Monday, August 5th at 11:59 PM EST (unless this one sells out...which it might) on the PPU site. And I almost forgot to mention that Static Lacquer has a magnet with this month's polish. You may be used to the smaller magnets available from Static Lacquer, but this month Stacy tackled a new, larger single magnet. Don't worry, I have some comparison photos so you can get a better idea of the size. 





Static Lacquer Off to Neverland (3 coats)
Price: $12
Cap: US 75 UK 25

Wow, what a bright beauty! My friends and family are used to me wearing some crazy nail polishes, so it takes a lot for them to comment on my nails. Can you believe I got 3 compliments while wearing this one? I mean, this one isn't subtle. Off to Neverland is a neon watermelon pink base with holo flakies, orange/pink/gold crystal flakies, and green shimmer. While it has lots of extra goodies added for dimension and interest, the bright base really steals the show. It does dry slightly dull from the neon pigment, so make sure to add a shiny topcoat. The formula was great, and I used 3 thin coats to cover my VNL. 

(oops, when I opened the package the packaging for the magnet was on the end and got cut...sorry about that!)


(This photo really shows the shimmer and flakes in Off to Neverland)



Static Lacquer Off to Neverland Magnet 
Price: $4.50
Cap: US 30 UK 10

As you can see, this month's neodymium magnet is several times larger than the ones previous released. It's slightly larger than a quarter, and has a diameter of ~1". I immediately put mine on a Helmer, but they can easily be used on refrigerators, whiteboard calendars, or in the office. 

This one has a cap of just 75 bottles, so there is definitely a chance this could sell out. If not all the bottles available for the UK sell out when the pre-order closes over there, they will be added back to the US site for everyone to have a second chance. The site is currently open for wishlisting, so make sure to add this one and put your order in early. You can learn more about Static Lacquer on their websiteFacebookGroup, and Instagram pages, while you can find 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*

Starlight Polish August 2019 Polish Pickup At the Carnival: Sun Down, Lights Up

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I told you I was going to be spamming you with lots of posts this week! If you need a little refresher on PPU, make sure to check out my post from earlier this evening. The shop opens this Friday at 11:00 AM EST and closes at 11:59 EST on Monday, August 5th. This month's inspiration was "At the Carnival" and I am very impressed with the creativity the makers showed this month. Several went outside the box, and I'm loving it. Issa from Starlight Polish always sends along a little blurb about the polish in her own words, and I always love that addition. Here is what she has to say about this month's polish:

"Starlight Polish Sun Down, Lights Up is inspired by that magical moment in the evening, during or after sunset, when it’s finally considered dark enough to turn on the nighttime lights for the rides and booths.  When you’re a kid, nighttime makes everything more of an adventure than it is in the daytime.  For a kid who loved night and loved the dark like I did, being at a fair or carnival that late, seeing that moment when the lights all turn on, it’s a little bit of magic all its own.  And at a carnival, daytime is fun and happy, but at night, it feels like anything could happen – like you’re in a world just a little removed from real life.  I loved (and still love) that kind of thing. "

Come on, who can't relate this?! Everything was better at night...somehow the food tasted even better (is that even possible?), the twists and turns seemed faster, and the prizes seemed bigger.







Starlight and Sparkles Sun Down, Lights Up (2 coats)
Price: $11
Cap: US 200 UK 20

Sun Down, Light's Up is a deep blue base with blurple to red shifting shimmer (which mostly appears blue to purple), holo flakes, clear holo glitter, and different shades of UCC flakes. Don't worry, the flakes and glitter don't really add any texture, so a thin glossy topcoat will smooth everything out. Swatches show 2 thicker coats, so you may need a third if you use really thin ones. I love the inspiration, and I love how the base resembles the "nighttime" sky with the holo particles reminiscent of a starry night, and the multi-colored flakes being those bright lights of the ticket booths and rides. This is so well done and a beautiful shade. 

Again, make sure to pick this one up this Friday at 11:00 AM EST for $11. This one is the epitome of a carnival and I think everyone can relate to the inspiration. You can find out more about Starlight Polish on their websiteEtsy pageInstagramFacebook Group, and Facebook page while you can learn more about PPU on their Facebook page and website. Have a great night!

*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*

Noodles Nail Polish August 2019 Polish Pickup At the Carnival: Carnivale

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Tonight I have the first of 3 posts on August's Polish Pickup (PPU). Have you heard of PPU? If not, you're really missing out on some beautiful and exclusive indie polishes! Here's how it 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 at the polishes that will be available 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, August 2nd at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, August 5th 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. This month's inspiration is "At the Carnival" and can you believe I've never been to a true carnival with clowns and stuff? I mean, I've been to the fair which has "carnival rides" and the amazing food that is terrible for you, but nothing with animal acts, etc. The PPU website is currently open for wishlists, and I can tell it's going to be a bad month for my wallet. Shall we go ahead and get a closer look at Natalie's shade? 











Noodles Nail Polish Carnivale (3 coats)
Price: $12
Cap: US 100 UK 15
Inspiration: Costumes at the Venice Carnival

This is one of those polishes that needs lots of photos, trust me. Carnivale is a light blue holo base with blue/purple/pink shifting shimmer, large silver flakes, silver glitter, and blue/purple/pink color-shifting flakies. The first thing that jumps out at you are the silver flakes, and they are striking. The purple and pink shimmer and flakes are a bit more shy, and show up best in low light, which is why I showed so many photos to try and capture that purple/blue glow. It was slightly sheer, but built up well in 3 thin coats, and applied easily, like all my Noodles. I would be sure to wrap your tips to make sure none of the silver shards lands on the edge of the nail, because that will drive you nuts (it's not just me, right?). It has some texture from the larger flakes, so use a slightly thicker topcoat to completely smooth this one out. 

You can pick this one up this weekend, but with a cap of just 100 bottles, you may not want to wait too long to put your order in. You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group while you can learn more about PPU on their Facebook page and website. Have a great night! 

*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*