Polish Pickup "Everything is FINE" December 2020

*Products shown were provided as press samples in exchange for photos and feedback. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

What a hot mess of a year 2020 has been... There have definitely been more downs than ups to say the least. Upon posting this, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. This year's celebrations are sure to look quite a bit different than usual for most of us. Normally on Thanksgiving, we tend to show thanks for the big things, like family, friends, health, etc. This year, I think we should all be especially thankful for the little things as well. The things that make us smile each day, getting us to the next. The things that distract us from the chaos and mayhem of the world. For many of us, one of those little things is nail polish. I'm so very thankful I'm able to share these little bottles of happiness with all of you. It's what makes me smile. I hope you all have a safe, happy Thanksgiving filled with love and all the little things. <3

All of the beautiful products shown here and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, December 4th, at 11am Eastern, through Monday, December 7th, at 11:59pm Eastern, only at PolishPickup.com!

Cupcake Polish

"Margaritas To Go"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: One of the few things that kept us sane during the first few months of quarantine: legal margaritas to go!

Description: "Margaritas To Go" is a lime green nail polish packed with a strong red shimmer. Shown here in 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is such a great electric neon green! It is a perfect match for margarita mix. Application was very smooth and easy. Coverage was sheer but buildable, with some slight VNL at 3 coats. The shifty shimmers add a beautiful aura to the bright base.

Find more from Cupcake Polish: www.cupcakepolish.com

Cuticula

"Let's Try That Again"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Pink champagne, new years, and a seriously need do over.

Description: "Let's Try That Again" is a rosy pink holographic base with bronze, rose gold, and platinum metallic flakes, rose hex glitters, and gold metallic dots to give it a bubbly feel. Shown here in 2 coats, plus Cuticula's Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat and Cloud Cover Matte Top Coat. *Note: Cuticula has officially changed bottles. This polish will be in a 15ml round bottle with clear paddle brush and the same cap as always.*

Thoughts: My metallic heart absolutely loves this one! It's not only a great new years polish, but a great Valentines polish as well. Application was very easy, as was any cuticle clean-up or edge touch-ups. The coverage was great, being fully opaque in just 2 coats. It did dry with some texture. I used a single coat of top coat, but two coats would smooth it right out.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com

Cuticula's Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat

Scented in 'Vanilla Pineapple Margarita'

Price: $9.00 | No Cap

Description: The 'Vanilla Pineapple Margarita' scent is described as having the sweet aroma of a creamy pineapple margarita with a touch of sweet vanilla. Some benefits of Limitless include: a 5 free formula that is non-smearing, non-shrinking, and dries to a rock hard finish. Click here for a full list of benefits and ingredients in Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat.

Thoughts: Limitless is a wonderful "go-to" top coat that I have always had great results with. The scent is delicious, being both sweet and fruity. I definitely pick up on the vanilla and pineapple notes first. The margarita notes are a bit harder to pick up on, but there is definitely a bit of a tanginess to the back end of the scent.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com

Fair Maiden Polish

"Trailblazer"

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: This is an ode to the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Description: "Trailblazer" is a black to red multichrome scattered with holo flake. Shown here in 2 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. $1 from each bottle sold will be donated to the Malala Fund.

Thoughts: I love the black hole-esque look this has, with the holo flecks adding an even more spacey feel. My understanding is that this black to red multichrome pigment is relatively new to the indie polish scene. I found the formula to be perfect, applying in smooth and even coats. Adding a matte top coat brings out the more yellow tones from the back-end of the shift, making the polish appear like it has a slightly brown tone to it.

Find more from Fair Maiden Polish: fairmaidenpolish.com

Glisten & Glow

"Concerts from the Couch"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: The amazing musical artists that cancelled tours due to Covid-19 and brought us amazing LIVE music via social media platforms and television broadcasts.

Description: "Concerts from the Couch" is a very dark gray base with added contrasting color shifting shimmer that shifts from purple, pink, red, green and gold. Shown here in 2 coats, plus Glisten & Glow's gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: I love this one! It's such a beautiful shimmer polish. It applied super smooth and easily with the included paddle style brush, leaving no brush strokes in the shimmer. The opacity is great as well, being perfectly opaque in two coats.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com

Glisten & Glow

Glitter Grabber

Price: $7.50 | No Cap

Description: Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber is an amazing new product that works to grab any extra texture that glitter or flakies can have. After applying your glitter or flakie polish and having let it dry fully, add a nice layer of Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber on top. Allow that to fully dry and then add your glossy or matte top coat. Click here for a full list of benefits and ingredients in Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber.

Thoughts: I used loose glitters to do a little comparison of the use of multiple coats of top coat vs Glitter Grabber. The photos showing this comparison are labeled above. As always, it got the job done and doesn't sacrifice any holo or shine from the glitters. I've come to the conclusion that one coat of Glitter Grabber equals out to two coats of top coat.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com

Heather's Hues

"Chiccy Nuggies"

Price: $12.50 | 150 US Cap | 20 UK Cap

Inspiration: Baby Yoda memes, which were a highlight for maker Heather this year.

Description: "Chiccy Nuggies" is a black to colorless thermal packed with a strong red-gold-green shimmer and a kiss of holo sparkle. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This polish is packed with shifty shimmers! I actually found the formula to sit a touch on the thicker side, but it still applied easily. It transitions super easily as well. So much in fact, it was hard to hold the cold state for pictures in my ~75 degree room. But, honestly, I consider that to be a good thing since this means it will transition more readily for those with lower body temperatures like myself.

Find more from Heather's Hues: www.heathershues.com

LynBDesigns

"Don't Be a Trash Can't, Be a Trash Can"

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: An illustration of a cute raccoon in a garbage can, telling us to stay positive even though 2020 has been trash.

Description: "Don't Be a Trash Can't, Be a Trash Can" is a violet to white thermal filled with purple to lime green to teal to copper to pink shifting flakes, cosmic holo micro flakies, and pink to gold to green shifting shimmer. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: While it's not technically listed as a tri-thermal, this polish does have a cornflower blue transition tone. I experienced very easy application in thin, even, quick-drying coats. The shifty flakes lay down beautifully and dry with very little texture. It has nice opacity, in fact I think most folks could probably get away with only two coats.

Find more from LynBDesigns: lynbdesigns.store

Night Owl Lacquer

"On the Bright Side"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: This was inspired by one of maker Lindsay's many coping mechanisms used to get through this year.

Description: "On the Bright Side" is a vibrant orchid purple filled with glowy red/gold/green aurora shimmer. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: I'm loving this one! It's just such a nice, feminine shade with a wonderful, easy to control formula. It is naturally sheer, and sits so delicately right in between pink and purple. It is gorgeous matte as well. This polish did come to me with a new to Night Owl paddle style brush, but there seems to be some inconsistencies with these new brushes, causing some to be defective. Because of this, this polish will either come with the regular wide style brush Night Owl has always used, or a paddle brush along with a replacement wide brush in case the paddle brush is defective. If you have had an issue with any of the newer brushes from Night Owl, just contact them and they will be glad to send you a replacement.

Find more from Night Owl Lacquer: nightowllacquer.com

Again, all of these beautiful products and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, December 4th, at 11am Eastern, through Monday, December 7th, at 11:59pm Eastern, only at PolishPickup.com!

About Polish Pickup

Polish Pickup is a monthly pre-order sale offering nail polishes and other handmade items from your favorite indie makers based on a theme voted on by the community. The shop opens at 11am Eastern on the first Friday of the month, and closes at 11:59pm Eastern the following Monday. The website typically opens for preview/wishlisting the Sunday before the sale begins.

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*Products shown were provided as press samples in exchange for photos and feedback. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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