Monday, September 28, 2020

Polish Pickup October 2020 Animation: Swatches and Reviews

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Hi folks! It was indeed a manic Monday today. It was so manic that it feels like it should be Wednesday already. Tonight I've got 5 items from the October Polish Pickup which has a theme of Animation this month. I'm not going to lie, I must not watch many animated shows because I didn't know the inspiration for many of the products this month while going through my wishlist. That doesn't matter much to me; if the polish is pretty, I'm gonna buy it. 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, Oct. 2nd at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, Oct. 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 websiteThe website is currently open for wishlisting, so go check out this month's offerings STAT. Time for swatches!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Static Lacquer INK Quad 2020 Swatches and Reviews

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Hi folks! I bet you don't know what to think with a new post THREE days in a row, right? Are you sick of hearing from me yet? I hope not, because I have a Polish Pickup post coming up in a few days. I know, so many good polishes have been coming out! Tonight I have a quad from Static Lacquer which goes hand-in-hand with their September Polish Pickup shade, Early to Bed, Early to Die which is inspired by songs from Ice Nine Kills. This quad is available now for just $35 for all of them, or $11 each. Shall we get a little more acquainted with this set? 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Noodles Nail Polish Fall Sightseeing Collection 2020 Swatches and Reviews

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Hi folks! I told you I'd be back tonight with the Noodles Nail Polish Fall Sightseeing Collection! Instead of the usually 6-piece set, Natalie gave us a collection with 8, all inspired by popular North Eastern towns to visit in the Fall. I'm gonna be totally honest with you: I've never been to any of these places ­čśČ I've been to lots of states in my day, but I've missed several states in the Northeast. I've heard that it's super popular for leafers in the fall. I lived in Knoxville, TN for about 5 years which is right next to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, so I got my leaf-seeing excursions there. The Fall Sightseeing Collection will be available tomorrow, September 25th at 5 PM EST and each polish will retail for just $9.50 each. Shall we get a closer look at them? 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Noodles Nail Polish Halloween Trio 2020 Swatches and Reviews

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Hi folks! Happy Hump Day (although it's almost over). I've been a busy swatching machine lately, so you'll see a bunch of posts over the next week. It always seems to ebb and flow depending on the time of year. Fall and Halloween is such a busy time and makers really seem to shine during this season. I know Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish's favorite season is Fall, so she really goes all out. Case in point, she didn't do a 6-piece collection like usual, she went with 8 (spoiler for tomorrow's post). Tonight I have the Halloween trio which will be available this Friday, September 25th at 5 PM EST on the Noodles website. All polishes will retail for just $9.50 each. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New Shades from Soothing Soul Nail Lacquer: September 2020 Swatches and Reviews

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Hi folks! I hope your week has been going well. Can you believe it's the middle of September and Daylight Savings Time will be starting very soon. I hate driving to and from work in the dark ­čś× Other than that, I've basically been going to work and staying home as much as possible. Very exciting stuff as we all know too well. Tonight I have 5 shades from Soothing Soul Nail Lacquer to share with you. These will be released this Friday, September 18th on their website for just $9.50 each. They are all different shimmer shades, but they're not part of any specific collection. Shall we get a better look at these beauties? 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Charity Box Fall Festival September 2020: Static Lacquer Swatches and Review

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Hi folks! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. Honestly, I did the same thing I've done every weekend since March (not much). I'd say there was a bit more eating than usual though. Tonight I have one of the shades from this month's Charity Box. New to The Charity Box? Here's what they have to say about it: 

We are a monthly indie collaboration box hosted by JReine Cosmetics that donates a portion of each box to charity.  There is a new theme each month that is voted on in our Facebook group – help us shape future boxes and suggest your own favorite charitable organizations to be sponsored!  
Each month, the box contains at least 3 items created by indie makers, and the designated portion of proceeds from sales is donated to that month’s sponsored nonprofit organization.
This month's theme is Fall Festival and actually has a whopping 10 items instead of 3 and my wishlist definitely has a few items on it. From what I can gather, there will now be at least 10 different makers as they've grown over the past few months. The pre-order starts at 10 AM EST on Sept. 10th and goes through 11 PM EST on Sept. 19th. This month's charity is the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation and a percentage from each bottle sold will go toward Alzheimer's research at leading research institutes. Shall we get a close look at some swatches?

Static Lacquer Serenity (3 coats)
Price: $12
Cap: 75 bottles

Static Lacquer's shade for The Charity Box is Serenity which is a deep denim blue holo base with loads of red/copper/gold UCC flakes and copper shimmer. I'm super happy that the linear holographic  finish didn't overpower the flakes which sometimes happens. The formula was perfect, and I ended up using 3 thin coats to really build up the flakes. Sometimes blues and teals can stain the nails, and I had no issues with it. It dried with no texture, and was a breeze to remove. There's just so much to love with this one! 
Make sure to set your alarms for the sale tomorrow morning. What do you think? Which ones are you picking up? If you want to see photos of other shades that will be available, make sure to join The Charity Box Facebook Group before the box opens. Stay safe out there! 

*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*