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Polish Pickup "Flora and Fauna" February 2020

*All products shown here were provided to me as press samples

in exchange for photos and feedback. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

What an awesome topic for my very first blog post! When I saw the final vote for this theme, I was thrilled! I am obsessed with wildlife! So much so, that it was actually my college major. I have a degree in biology, focused mainly in wildlife identification, populations, and behavior. So in other words, this month's theme of "Flora and Fauna" struck just the right cord for me!

All of these products and many more will be available Friday, February 7th through Monday February 10th, only at PolishPickup.com!

Dollish Polish

"Life Uh, Finds A Way"

Price: $13.00 | Cap: None

Description: An olive base packed with red/green/gold Aurora shimmer, micro holo glitters & flakes, and red/copper/gold/green UCC micro flakes.

Inspiration: The Tallankasaurus Goldbumus in his natural habitat, lounging seductively.

Thoughts: Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. This polish applied beautifully and dried with a slightly textured finish. The unique color along with the contrasting shimmer and flakes make this polish a definite gap-filler for any collection!

Find more from Dollish Polish: https://dollishpolish.bigcartel.com/

Fair Maiden Polish

"So So-fish-ticated"

Price: $11.00 | Cap: None

Description: A blurple when cold to light orchid when warm thermal with iridescent flakes and shimmer.

Inspiration: The beautiful Fairy Wrasse fish.

Thoughts: Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. This polish is truly stunning! The combination of formula and brush allowed for super controlled application and beautifully thin coats. Also, I was able to wear it for a few days out in the wild, and found it to naturally transition nice and easily.

Find more from Fair Maiden Polish: https://fairmaidenpolish.com/

Glisten & Glow

"Pink Gerbera Daisies"

Price: $12.50 | Cap: None US | 20 UK

Description: A bright neon pink glitter crellie polish packed with various size and shape black glitters and black holo glitters. Perfect pop of color for your Spring Break mani or pedi!

Inspiration: Pink gerbera daisies, Jill of Glisten & Glow's favorite flower.

Thoughts: Shown here in 2 thin coats, plus 2 coats of Glisten & Glow's gloss top coat along with a matte top coat. This polish applied nice and easily. I was very pleased with the opacity of the polish, with it barely needing 2 coats. It dried with a textured finish so I used 2 coats of gloss top coat to help smooth it out. One thing I took note of was the slight difference in color once dry. It did a bit darker with more peachy tones than it appears in the bottle.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: https://glistenandglow.bigcartel.com/

Glisten & Glow Cuticle Remover Pen & Cuticle Oil Pen Duo

scented in "Pomegranate Punch"

Price: $12.00 | Cap: None

Scent Description: "Pomegranate Punch" is a custom blend of the tangy fruity yet light and refreshing pomegranate with a twist of orange zest.

Glisten & Glows Cuticle Remover contains distilled water, potassium hydroxide, coconut oil and fragrance.

Directions: Apply generously to the cuticle area and let sit for 60 seconds. Next, gently push back with your favorite tool. Finally wash hands and cuticles thoroughly with soap and water.

Thoughts: This cuticle remover works great! I typically do a 4 finger swatch, so my thumbs can be neglected when it comes to cuticle keep up. I took before, during, and after shots of my thumb's cuticle, and have to say I am extremely pleased with the outcome. I would highly recommend this cuticle remover pen.

Glisten & Glow Cuticle Oil Pen is a custom blend of Jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, acai berry extract, tea tree oil and fragrance oil.

Thoughts: Being new to Glisten & Glow oil, I decided to use this as my only oil product for about 5 days in order to get a good sense of how well it works. I am quite pleased with both the somewhat slow rate of absorption and the effectiveness of this oil. I noticed my cuticles stayed hydrated for extended periods of time, even between hand washings.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: https://glistenandglow.bigcartel.com/

Heather's Hues

"La Mesange de Sophie"

Price: $12.50 | Cap: None

Description: This sweet thermal is heather purple when cold, and watermelon pink when warm. It's filled with an iridescent violet-pink-gold-green shimmer and a touch of violet-blue flakes that glow in the base.

Inspiration: Leptopoecile sophiae, commonly known as the white-browed tit-warbler bird.

Thoughts: Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. Shorter nails could definitely reach opacity with 2 coats. This polish applied smooth and easily, and it dried down quickly. I was able to wear this for a couple days, and found it to transition easily and naturally throughout the day.

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

Heather's Hues

WiTS Body Lotion scented in "Chocolate Orchid"

Price: $6.50 | Cap: 30 US | 5 UK

Description: 2 oz jar - This is a unique and fresh blend of light floral mixed with warm milk chocolate undertones to create a beautiful, clean fragrance.

Inspiration: Oncidium Sharry Baby, aka the chocolate orchid.

Thoughts: I am so excited to see this scent make a return! It was in Heather's shop for a short time last year, and out of the multitude of scents she offers, this one is quite possibly on the top of my list! As for WiTS itself, it has been my personal "go-to" lotion for about 2 years now. It absorbs quickly, has a non-greasy formula, but provides intense hydration. I would highly recommend it.

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

Nailed it! Hawaii

"I Got Lei'd"

Price: $12.75 | Cap: 150 US | 20 UK

Description: A purple jelly base packed with red/gold UCC flakies and a red to gold Aurora shimmer.

Inspiration: The Hawaiian flower lei.

Thoughts: Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. Shorter nails could definitely reach opacity with 2 coats. This polish applied super easily with the wide paddle brush, and the flakes lay beautifully flat for a nice smooth finish.

Find more from Nailed it! Hawaii: https://nailedithawaii.com/

Night Owl Lacquer

"One Owl of A Day"

Price: $12.50 | Cap: None

Description: This is an antique white crelly filled with gold/copper/green shifting crystal chameleon flakes, gold/green & aqua/green crystal flakes and copper shimmer flecks.

Inspiration: Owls, specifically an adorable struggling one that's having a rough day.

Thoughts: Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. I found it to apply easily and dry down smooth. Night Owl has got flakie polishes down to a perfect science, and this is yet another beautiful example of that.

Find more from Night Owl Lacquer: https://nightowllacquer.com/

Wildflower Lacquer

"Twice the Woman"

Price: $12.75 | Cap: 200

Description: A brick red base with pink to gold to green shimmer and scattered purple to blue crystal flakies and linear holo.

Inspiration: Flora and Fauna from the Addams Family.

Thoughts: Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. Beautiful polish with a nice shimmer glow. I found this polish to apply easily and smoothly. The formula makes it quite easy to apply in thin coats, also allowing a quick drying time. I had the opportunity to wear this for a few days and noticed no wear or chipping.

Find more from Wildflower Lacquer: https://www.wildflowerlacquer.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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*All products shown here were provided to me as press samples

in exchange for photos and feedback. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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