Monday, July 31, 2023

Polish Pickup August 2023 Dreamscapes from Noodles Nail Polish: Phizzwizard

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Hello hello! Can you believe it's almost August?! When did that happen? As usual, Polish Pickup sneaked up on me, and this month's inspiration is Dreamscapes. The website is open now for making your wishlists, so stop on over and set that up if something you want has a bottle limit. It seems like things have been selling out fairly quickly which is great for the brands participating. 

The shop officially opens at 11:00 AM ET Friday, August 4th and ends on Monday, August 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. Just a heads-up, PPU raised their base shipping rates from $3 to $4 for the lightest packages. USPS keeps raising their prices, so at some point it gets too high and brands cannot eat those prices forever. If you get heavier items, I believe shipping prices get higher. Let's get a closer look at this month's Noodles Nail Polish offering. 

Noodles Nail Polish Phizzwizard (3 coats)
Inspiration: The book and movie "The BFG." A Phizzwizard is the best type of dream that the BFG captures.
Price: $12
Bottle Limit: None

Noodles Nail Polish Phizzwizard (1 coat) over 2 coats Zoya Ness

I can't believe I haven't seen/read The BFG. Have you? Is it just me? If Natalie makes it a theme, I tend to like it, so I should definitely watch it some weekend. This month we have a glitter topper! Phizzwizard can be used alone with 3 coats which is what is shown in the first photos, or used as a topper for any base color you'd like. It's a clear-based topper with blue/teal/green/indigo color shifting flakes, turquoise/black holo and matte glitters, and a touch of a scattered holo finish. The holo shimmer is more evident when you use it as a topper. If you use Phizzwizard as a stand alone polish, I found that dabbing the polish on works best. You may be able to see a little bit of nail underneath, but it's not as noticeable in person. It does dry with lots of texture, so I recommend a glitter smoother topcoat followed by a quick-dry topcoat to really get that smooth finish. I love it! 

There you have it, folks. What do you plan on picking up this month? Start your wishlist now so you don't miss out on any capped items. 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*

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Naps and Nails Sweet Tooth Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hello hello! I've been a posting machine lately. I still have a couple Zoya collections I need to get posted, so stay tuned for that. Tonight I have a brand new 5-piece collection releasing from Naps and Nails and it's inspired by the show Sweet Tooth. I'm not gonna lie, I had no idea about this show, but now that I looked it up, I want to watch it. Are you a fan? If so, tell me more about it in the comments. Anyway, back to the polishes, this set will be available on July 20th on the Naps and Nails website. Each cream polish will retail for $10 while Sweet Tooth (holo flakie) will be $13. If you purchase all 5 polishes, you will get them for the discounted price of $50. 

Shall we get to the the photos? 

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Noodles Nail Polish Summer 2023 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hello, friends! Yes, yet another post from me! I'm super excited to show you the summer collection from Noodles Nail Polish which features 8 polishes in a variety of colors and finishes. Expect the unexpected with Natalie's glitter crellies. These will be available this Saturday, July 15th at 5 PM EDT on the Noodles Nail Polish website. They will retail for just $10.50 each.

Just a reminder, the Polish Pickup Rewind Polish will also be available starting this weekend, and here is a quick photo to remind you of Mermaid Dancing. 

Shall we get to the swatches?

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Naps and Nails Polished Gamers Box July 2023: Unpredictable

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Can you believe it's 2 posts in one night?! I just wanted to make sure to give everyone enough time to prepare your wishlists for these upcoming pre-orders. Tonight I've got a shade from Naps and Nails for the Polished Gamers Box. It doesn't matter if you're a gamer or not; these polishes from the makers are so fun and beautiful. You may remember this box used to be monthly, but they recently changed to a quarterly schedule with each quarter having a different theme. This month's theme is LEGO video games, and the pre-order will start on July 15th and will close on July 20th. Shall we get a closer look at what Naps and Nails has in store for us? 

Indoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting

Naps and Nails Unpredictable (2 coats)
Inspiration: Two Face from the LEGO Batman games
Price: $13
Bottle Limit: 100 bottles
Goodness, we have another solar polish! I really hope you can see the difference between the indoor and outdoor lighting. Unpredictable is a bright pink crelly base in indoor lighting that changes to a purple in the sunlight with an iridescent rainbow flake finish. This one basically applied itself in just 2 coats, and it dried with minimal texture (a regular topcoat is plenty to smooth any bumps). 

I'm extremely impressed with how well these polishes applied and how quickly they change in sunlight. If you want to see swatches of the items available for the box ahead of time, you can always join the Polished Gamers Box Facebook Group to see what's coming from all the brands.

*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 11, 2023

Naps and Nails July 2023 Hella Handmade Creations: Mary Points the Way

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Hi everyone! Tonight I have a brand that has never been featured here before. I'm honored to be working with Naps and Nails, and if you know me, I'm a huge fan of both naps AND nails. Head on over to their shop to see some of the previous goodies she has had available. I have a couple polishes to share this week as well as a 5-piece collection that will be available next week. Definitely stop back to see these beauties. Tonight I have the Naps and Nails Hella Handmade Creations (HHC) polish for July 2023. New to HHC? It works similarly to Polish Pickup where there's a pre-order for exclusive polishes  with themes chosen by the brands participating. The pre-order opens every month on the 14th @ 12:01 am Eastern time and closes on the 21st @ 11:59 pm Hawaii time. During this time customers are able to shop all different brands within the shop and have everything ship from one location. Shall we get a closer look at the Naps and Nails shade for the month? 

Indoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting

Naps and Nails Mary Points the Way (3 coats)
Theme: The Nun/ Annabelle/ Conjuring Collection
Inspiration: The Nun
Price: $13.50
Bottle Limit: 100 soft/250 hard

We got a solar polish! I haven't had the chance to review or swatch that many solar polishes, so it took a little practice to make sure my swatches looked presentable. Mary Points the Way is a sheer white crelly base when in the shade that shifts into a light shadowy grey when in the sun, loaded with iridescent rainbow flakes. I ended up using 3 thin coats for my swatches, but it had a perfect formula, and dried with minimal texture. If you're interested in trying a solar polish for the first time, I definitely recommend checking this one out. You'll be amazed at how fast this one changes from white to grey as soon as you go outside.

Remember to set your calendar for the 14th, and you can check out the website now to make your wishlist.  

*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*