Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Polish Pickup May 2022 National Parks and Landmarks: Noodles Nail Polish

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Hi everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. I suffer from allergies, and while they haven't been bad so far this year, today that all changed. Ugh, so much sneezing and a runny nose! Do any of you suffer from seasonal allergies? I actually have to take Zyrtec every day to keep my allergies at bay. And do you know when my allergies especially go haywire? When at national parks! It just so happens that this months Polish Pickup inspiration is National Parks and Landmarks! 

Tonight I've got this month's Polish Pickup shade from Noodles Nail Polish to share with you. I am always so excited to see what the makers come up with every month, and they never disappoint! The website is currently open for wishlisting, so go take a look at all the polishes available. PPU starts Friday, May 6th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, May 9th 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. I used to add a blurb in here about cheap PPU shipping, but honestly it's all changed so much that most orders are no longer $3. I just wanted to mention this to any newcomers to the Pickup. Shall we get to some pictures? 






Noodles Nail Polish Trevi Wishes (2 coats)
Inspiration: the Trevi Fountain in Italy and silver and copper coins tossed in when making a wish
Price: $11.50
Bottle Limit: None


I'm going to be honest, I've seen pictures of the Trevi Fountain before, but I had no idea that was its name! Who ever said you can't learn anything from enjoying nail polish? Trevi Wishes is a light taupe crelly base with aqua, silver, and copper hexagonal and circular glitters in matte and metallic finishes. I expected this to be a 3-coater due to the light base color, but I'm happy to state that it was perfectly opaque in just 2. It dries with texture due to all of the glitter, so I recommend a coat of a glitter smoothing topcoat followed up with a coat of a quick-dry topcoat for that smooth finish. 

There you have it folks! The PPU website is ready for wishlisting, so head on over there to browse the beauties. If any item has a bottle limit, you may want to check out right at 11 AM on Friday so they don't sell out.  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*

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Noodles Nail Polish Spring into Summer Collection 2022 Swatches and Reviews

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Hi everyone! Thank you so much to everyone who has picked up Cheerio Waterbus already! It's a beautiful polish, and I'm so glad there's so much interest. Don't forget, Natalie will have some bottles of it available on Friday during the Spring Collection release. The Spring into Summer Collection consists of 8 polishes in a variety of finishes that will retail for $10 each. There are glitter toppers, reflective glitter polishes, jellies, and crellies in this set. These will be available this Friday, April 29th at 5 PM EST on the Noodles Nail Polish website

You know these posts are picture-heavy, so should we just go ahead and look at what you're all here for? 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

My Noodles Nail Polish Collaboration: Cheerio Waterbus

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Hi everyone! I've been keeping a secret for the past couple months. Surprise! I collaborated with Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish to make a polish inspired by a fountain pen ink my husband and I worked on! I don't mention it much, but my day job is a nib specialist at a fountain pen company. I know, it's quite the unique job. My husband is also into pens and actually has a YouTube channel reviewing various stationery items including pens, ink, and paper accessories if you're interested in checking it out.

The corresponding ink, Cheerio Waterbus, was made by Pennonia Ink, a small maker based out of Hungary. You may be asking yourself, "what's with the name?" You know how we say things that rhyme like "See you later, alligator?" Well, other languages have the same thing, and in Hungarian it's "Szervusz vízibusz" which translates to "cheerio waterbus." My husband loved it and thought it would be a perfect name for an ink. What better than to have a Hungarian ink maker to make an ink inspired by a Hungarian phrase? 

If you are an ink fan, you will be able to purchase the ink and the nail polish both from my husband's web store here starting tomorrow (April 22nd) at 8 PM EST. Both are pre-orders and will be available for a week (or while supplies last for the ink) and will be shipped out as soon I receive the polish from Natalie. What if you aren't interested in the ink at all and just want the pretty nail polish? Good news! Natalie has said that she will be releasing some bottles of Cheerio Waterbus during her Spring 2022 Collection release on April 29th (which I'll be posting in the very near future). Oh, and the polish will retail for $10 each. Shall we get to more photos? 


What makes this ink special is that it contains a fine blue pigment that dries on top of the base ink color which is a beautiful emerald color. The wetter the nib, the more blue the ink will look. Cool, right? 







Noodles Nail Polish Cheerio Waterbus (3 coats)

Here we have Cheerio Waterbus the polish which is a sheer turquoise green base with strong emerald blue duochrome finish. When in bright lighting, the predominate color is the green, but under lower light, the blue really comes out, especially at an angle. I went ahead and used 3 thin coats for my swatches, but you may be able to get away with 2 if you have shorter nails, or use thicker coats. It dries a little dull, so I recommend a shiny topcoat to make the duochrome really pop. 

As you can see, Natalie did an amazing job making this ink come to life in nail polish form. If you're interested in both the ink and polish, stop by the Inkdependence store tomorrow, otherwise just wait for the April 29th release on the Noodles site. Thank you so much to everyone for your support! 

*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, March 28, 2022

Polish Pickup April 2022 Periodic Table from Noodles Nail Polish: Hydrogen in the Sky

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Hi everyone! I know I say this every month, but I can't believe it's almost April! And April just so happens to be my favorite month. It's my birthday month, it's getting warmer outside, flowers are blooming, and there's the best Easter candy! What more can a person ask for? 

Tonight I've got this month's Polish Pickup shade from Noodles Nail Polish. This month's theme is Ther Periodic Table. As a former microbiologist, I had to take a ton of Chemistry classes, and I actually worked in a Soil Chemistry lab (studying arsenic in drinking water) for 5 years. I am so excited to see what the makers come up with this month! PPU starts Friday, April 1st (no joking!) at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, April 4th 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. I used to add a blurb in here about cheap PPU shipping, but honestly it's all changed so much that most orders are no longer $3. I just wanted to mention this to any newcomers to the Pickup. Shall we get to some pictures? 






Noodles Nail Polish Hydrogen in the Sky (3 coats)
Inspiration: Inspired by the element hydrogen. Color inspired by a photo of hot air balloons against a sunset.
Price: $12
Bottle Limit: None

Ah yes, we have the lightest element, hydrogen, which also has the atomic number 1. I think people normally associate hydrogen with hot air balloons or zeppelins, which is why Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish gave us Hydrogen in the Sky. It's a light lavender crelly base with purple/pink/gold/copper/green shifting flakes, pink/purple matte glitters, pink/yellow iridescent glitters, and a sprinkling of fine gold holo glitters. What a perfect spring shade! I used 3 thin coats for my photos, and I'd recommend a glitter smoothing topcoat followed by a layer of quick-dry topcoat for the smoothest finish. If you don't have a glitter smoothing topcoat, I'd go ahead and use 2 coats of topcoat to smooth the flakes and glitter in Hydrogen in the Sky. 

There you have it folks! The website is ready for wishlisting, so head on over there to browse the beauties. If any item has a bottle limit, you may want to check out right at 11 AM on Friday so they don't sell out.  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*

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Zoya Winter 2021 Dazzle Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hello hello! I'm a little behind on my Zoya swatches, so I need to get on the ball. I'm working on their annual Naturel collection right now and the Spring Abundance Collection should be in the mail next week. The Dazzle Collection was released for the Winter 2021 season, and features 5 jelly-like shimmer polishes and one lip gloss. Shall we get to swatches? These are available now and retail for $12 each. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Noodles Nail Polish St. Patrick's Day Polish 2022: Magically Delicious

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Hi everyone! I know this post is a bit last minute, but USPS decided to take my package around the state of North Carolina for 3 days before delivering it. This year Natalie has a fun St. Patrick's Day polish for you, and it will be available this Saturday, March 5th at 5 PM EST on the Noodles Nail Polish website. It will retail for just $10, and I hope you're ready for some beautiful green crelly goodness! 






Noodles Nail Polish Magically Delicious (3 coats)

Oh man, look at this rainbow of glitter! Magically Delicious is inspired by that popular cereal and is a pale green crelly base with green/white/yellow/orange/pink/blue/purple hexagonal glitters in various sizes and a touch of gold holo glitters. I went ahead and used 3 thin coats for my photos, but if you use thicker coats, you may be able to get away with 2. The formula was thinner (in a good way!), and it dried with lots of texture from the glitter load. I recommend a glitter grabber topcoat if you have one, otherwise, double up on the regular topcoat to get a smooth finish. This is a must have!

You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group.

*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, February 28, 2022

Polish Pickup March 2022 Maker's Choice: Noodles Nail Polish

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Hi everyone! Wait, tomorrow's March? Wasn't it just January?! This year has just been flying by. I'm super excited for this weekend because my parents are coming! I haven't seen them much for the past couple years since they are out-of-state and the whole COVID situation. I plan to watch lots of terrible tv while eating lots of food that's bad for me. No regrets. 

Tonight I've got this month's Polish Pickup shade from Noodles Nail Polish. This month's theme is Maker's Choice which I think is a great change of pace. I can only imagine the amount of work it takes to come up with a new and exclusive polish based on a different theme every month. I'm sure every maker has had a polish they wanted to release that just didn't quite fit any theme. PPU starts Friday, March 4th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, March 7th 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 Blueberry Lemonade (2 coats)
Inspiration: a sister polish to a fan favorite of ours – pink lemonade
Price: $12
Bottle Limit: None


I don't think I've ever had blueberry lemonade, but now I want some. Blueberry Lemonade is a pale blue crelly base with yellow, blue, and white hexagonal glitters in different sizes. This is just the perfect spring polish. I've been really loving polishes with yellow glitter lately. This one applied easily in just 2 coats, like all Noodles. This one will dry with texture, so either use 2 coats of topcoat, or a glitter topper topcoat followed by a coat of quick dry topcoat. 

There you have it folks! The website is ready for wishlisting, so head on over there to browse the beauties. If any item has a cap, you may want to check out right at 11 AM on Friday so they don't sell out.  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, February 16, 2022

Zoya Fall 2021 Nostalgic Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hey everyone! Guess who's fashionably late on this post? I've also got the Zoya Winter collection ready to go, so this will be a very Zoya-heavy week. They just had a big sale earlier in the week, but their big Earth Day promotion will be around before you know it. The fall Nostalgic Collection is a 6-piece set of creams that are still available and retail for $12 each. Swatch time! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Noodles Nail Polish Winter and Valentine's Day Collection 2022 Swatches and Reviews

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Hello again! I told you I wouldn't be away for long! Apparently there's another huge snowstorm sweeping across most of the US in the next few days. I hope everyone stays safe out there! NC is lucky in that we will only get some rain out of the deal. Tonight I've got the new 8-piece Noodles Nail Polish Winter Collection and Valentine's Day duo. As usual, there's a wide variety of finishes here including crellies, jellies, and glitter toppers so there's a little bit for everyone. 

These will be available this Friday, February 4th at 6 PM EST on the Noodles website and all polishes will retail for just $10 each. Buckle up, and I hope you're ready for some glitter! 

Monday, January 31, 2022

Polish Pickup February 2022 90s TV Swatches and Reviews

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Hi everyone! It's been a hot minute since I've posted, and I hope the start to the year has been going well for you. I've been working from home more lately with the increasing COVID numbers. Other than that, it's been really quiet around here. Tonight I've got a couple of this month's Polish Pickup shades and I'll be back later this week to share the new Noodles Nail Polish Winter and Valentine's Day polishes. I promise I won't be as much of a stranger around here. This month's inspiration is 90s TV, and boy did I watch a ton of tv during the 90s! I was born in the 80s, so I was full in on watching all the must-see tv and TGIF shows during the 90s. 

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, February 4th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, February 7th 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 The Points Don't Matter (2 coats)
Inspiration: Whose Line is it Anyway?
Price: $12
Bottle Limit: None


Did you watch Whose Line is it Anyway? I grew up a couple hours from Cleveland, so all Drew Carey shows were popular where I grew up. Apparently there's a revival of the show and I had no idea! If you love improv, you would love this show. This month Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish gives us The Points Don't Matter which is a light grey crelly base with metallic red/purple/blue/fuchsia glitters, matte light purple glitters, and holo sky blue glitters, as well as a touch of holo flakes. This one was more opaque than I expected, and it fully covered in 2 easy coats. It's definitely glitter dense, so I would recommend a glitter grabber topcoat, or 2 coats of a thicker topcoat to get that smooth finish. 







Soothing Soul Nail Lacquer Zoidberg (3 coats)
Inspiration: Zoidberg from Futurama 
Price: $12
Bottle Limit: 100 bottles


I've definitely watched plenty of Futurama! Zoidberg is a Decapodian doctor with a sad story. Soothing Soul Nail Lacquer gives us Zoidberg which is a bubblegum pink color with a blue pearlescent finish. Some pearl finishes can show brushstrokes, but with this one, they are very minimal. I went ahead and used 3 thin coats, but you may be able to get away with 2 if you use thicker coats or have short nails. It dries with no texture at all, but a topcoat really makes the pearl pop. Zoidberg has a cap of just 100 bottles, so you may want to add this to your cart early in case it sells out. 

There you have it folks! The website is ready for wishlisting, so head on over there to browse the beauties. If any item has a cap, you may want to check out right at 11 AM on Friday so they don't sell out.  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*