Monday, November 28, 2022

Polish Pickup December 2022 Maker's Choice Swatches and Reviews

I'm back tonight with the final Polish Pickup for the year. Can you believe it?! From some rumblings around some Facebook groups, it sounds like there will be some changes to PPU next year, and I'll be interested to see how that goes. I'll make sure to post about that when it comes straight from the headquarters since perhaps some of it could be rumors. As I said in my last post, Issa from Starlight Polish is back and she has a new shade for this month's PPU. This month's theme is Maker's Choice which I think is a perfect way to end the year because I'm sure brands have prototypes that they love that just haven't fit with any theme, and they can use it here. The website just opened for wishlisting, but also make sure to join the Polish Pickup Pack Facebook Group as swatches pop up left and right there as well. 

The shop officially opens at 11:00 AM ET Friday, December 2nd and ends on Monday, December 5th 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 swatches? 

Noodles Nail Polish Hanukkah Nights (3 coats)
Inspiration: Hanukkah decor
Price: $11.50
Bottle Limit: None

I just want to say how happy I am that there is a Hanukkah polish. I'm all about inclusivity, and not everyone celebrates Christmas, so give us all the variations! Hanukkah Nights gives us awesome glitter shapes, and I'm here for it. It's a pale blue crelly base with white/silver/blue glitters with white stars and blue moons. I went ahead and flipped the bottle for about a half hour before applying it to let the stars and moons sink to the top of the bottle. I used 3 thin coats for my photos while with the third I focused on dabbing the larger glitters on. Use thin coats, otherwise it can get too thick and you may get wrinkling when it dries. I would definitely recommend a glitter smoothing topcoat if you have one to make sure it evens it all out. 

Starlight Polish Verdant Scales (2 coats)
Inspiration: I haven't been in the best place the last few months, so for this month, I decided to create a polish that made me happy.  I felt like making a green, and winter makes me think of dragons, so Verdant Scales was born.  
Price: $16
Bottle Limit: 250 bottles

As someone who also had some tough months throughout the pandemic, I empathize with Issa. I'm so glad she's back to making new polishes, and I hope this creative outlet helps her even more. Verdant Scales is a green jelly with gold to bronze to green shifting old school UP sibling pigment, a touch of holographic shimmer, and scattered glitter, in both green to gold iridescent and green holographic. I did my best to show the shifting shimmer, but it's even more evident in real life. Don't be alarmed by it being a jelly; this one is still quite pigmented, and I got away with using just 2 coats for my swatches. Despite having a little glitter in there, just a regular coat of topcoat should be enough for a smooth finish. 

There you have it, folks! I'm making sure to set aside some money for PPU this month, because I know all of us will be partaking in all these Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales going on. Have a great one!

*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, November 21, 2022

Noodles Nail Polish Holiday 2022 Collection Swatches and Reviews and Black Friday Sale

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Hello hello! Happy Thanksgiving Week for my US readers! Safe travels if you're visiting family or friends out-of-state. Tonight I have the Noodles Nail Polish 8-piece holiday collection which features 2 glitter toppers, 4 glitter crellies, 1 jelly, and 1 holo polish. Each polish will be priced at $10, and will released this Wednesday, November 23rd at 5 PM EST. And that's not all: Wednesday also marks the beginning of the Black Friday Sale. Here's what Natalie has to say about the sale:

"Starts Wednesday November 23rd at 5 pm EST and ends Monday 11:59 PM EST. 25% off  your entire purchase (excludes new holiday collection) no code necessary or minimum. Discount will be automatically applied at checkout. 

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.  International $7 discount will also be refunded.

Every order of 6 or more polishes will receive a FREE Black Friday 2022 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. One mystery per customer.

I can not 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!"

Head on over to the website to see which polishes are eligible for the sale. This is going to be a very pic heavy post, so shall we get get this party started?


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Starlight and Sparkles Thanksgiving Weekend Sale and Exclusive Polish

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Hello hello! It's been a hot minute, but I am so happy to have Issa from Starlight and Sparkles back from a little hiatus from making new polishes. Not only that, they are back with a Thanksgiving Weekend sale and a new exclusive shade (only available during the sale)! Here's all the info you need to know about next week: 

"Since our first Thanksgiving Weekend sale, Starlight and Sparkles has made a Snow Day polish each year as a limited edition gift with purchase. This year's polish, Snow Day 2022, is inspired by warmth and welcome, coming in from the cold and enjoying a cozy, crackling fire.

It will only be available as part of the Thanksgiving Weekend sale, which will be running from Wednesday, November 23rd to Tuesday, November 29th on the Starlight and Sparkles site.  

Starlight and Sparkles Thanksgiving Weekend Sale:

All products are 10% off (discount reflected in cart)
Free domestic shipping for orders over $35.00
Orders over $50.00 receive a 15mL bottle of Snow Day 2022 (exclusive polish for the Thanksgiving Weekend sale)
Orders over $75.00 also receive a 15mL bottle of Crystal top coat and a 15mL bottle of Obsidian
Orders over $100.00 also receive a mystery polish, and each additional $40.00 purchased will add another free mystery polish

Mystery polishes may include: prototypes, unique batches or single polishes made for this event, or unreleased (future) colors.  No order will contain duplicate mystery polishes unless specifically requested.  

No code required.  Value for offers is calculated after 10% discount.  Only available at"

The more you buy, the more free gifts you receive. And with how expensive shipping is right now, free shipping at just $35 is a welcomed reprieve. Shall we get a closer look at this years special polish? 

Starlight Polish Snow Day 2022 (1 coat) over Morgan Taylor Little Black Dress (2 coats)

Snow Day 2022 is a clear based topper with a mix of red and gold shimmer and flakes, meant to add a pop of warmth and sparkle over any color. Of course I used this over a black base so you can see all the extra goodies in this one as best as possible, but it truly can be worn over anything. It had the perfect density of flakes in just one simple coat and you can use regular brush strokes with it instead of having to dab it on. The flakes sit flat against the nail, so one coat of topcoat will easily smooth it all out. 

Starlight has a wide variety of polishes and special effect toppers (see my previous posts here) so make sure to check out the store and to start a cart. Don't forget, the sale starts next Tuesday! You can find out more about Starlight and Sparkles on their websiteEtsy pageInstagramFacebook Group, and Facebook page.

*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 2, 2022

Polish Pickup Tis The Season November 2022: Noodles Nail Polish Swatches and Review

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Happy Hump Day! Polish Pickup is upon us once again, and I can't believe we have only one more month this year. Where did the time go? Oh, and Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend, which means it'll be dark when I leave for work and dark when I come home. This month's Polish Pickup theme is Tis the Season which is perfect timing so you can get your holiday colors in plenty of time to wear during December. Have you started your wishlist yet? 

The shop officially opens at 11:00 AM ET this Friday, November 4th and ends on Monday, November 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 photos of this festive beauty?

Noodles Nail Polish Festivus (2 coats)
Inspiration: Colorful ornaments
Price: $11.50
Bottle Limit: None

If you want a party on the nail, you need to get Festivus. This one is just full of holiday-inspired glitters! It's a white crelly base with red/green/silver/gold/purple/pink/blue metallic hexagonal glitters and a touch of fine red microflakes. Even though it has all of these colors, your eye will initially process the red and green the most which is why it reads "holiday." I used 2 thin coats for full opacity, and it applied flawlessly. It obviously dries with lots of texture from the density of glitters, so I recommend a glitter smoothing topcoat followed by a quick-dry topcoat (if you don't have a glitter smoothing topcoat, you can always use 2 coats of your regular topcoat). 

What will you be picking up this month? The shop is currently open for wishlisting, so start your carts, especially if there's a bottle limit on one you're looking to purchase. Have a wonderful rest of the week! 

*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*