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Warmest wishes for 2019, darlings! I find it very fitting that my very first post for the year be for Polish Pickup. It’s one of my favorite polish times of the month. It’s still so thrilling to see how much this group and concept has grown and I’m really honored to be a part of it. This January round celebrates the theme Mythology, I have 13 items from 12 brands to show you. These will be shown across a variety of nail shapes and lengths. I try to control this as much as possible, but alas! This year brings a shopping change for PPU and Indie Pickup which I will be mentioning below. I have one more polish on the way which I was hoping would arrive today, but USPS probably knew and thus delayed further. Okay, let’s get to it!
Polish Pickup is a fun Facebook Group where members submit and vote for one theme for the month. Afterward, indie makers create a polish or product based on the decided theme. Members can make purchases through the Polish Pickup website during the four-day shopping window, where you can pick as little or as many items as you desire. The flat rate shipping price of US $3.00/CAD $5.00 is the cherry on top. Evidenced by its rapid growth, PPU is a very clever concept that has introduced me to many new indie brands, as well as given a wider stage for smaller, well-loved ones.
A new group, Indie Pickup, has been created to house most of the extra non-polish items that came along with the explosive growth of Polish Pickup. IPU will follow the same chosen theme and its sale and shipping schedule will now run in tandem with Polish Pickup. Yay for combined shipping!
Cameo Colours Lacquers – Sisters of the Sky
Cameo settled on a pretty and pleasant nude crelly, inspired by the daughters of Atlas. Sisters Of The Sky is a nude crelly with a pinky-mauve hue. There’s a mix of full of purple to blue iridescent micro glitters, ultra chrome flakes shifting blue to violet to copper, copper and holographic micro flakes. Tying this tiny kitchen sink together is a blue to indigo to purple shifting shimmer. That shimmer really packs a punch in this somewhat delicate looking mix. The base pulls more pink on me and I can see this polish looking different on the wearer based on their skin tone. Here, I’m wearing three thin coats with a glossy topcoat.
The Pleiades were the daughters of the titan Atlas, who was condemned to hold up the celestial heavens for all eternity.
$11.00 // 75 bottles available
Chirality Nail Polish – Ragnarök You Like A Hurricane
I’ll just be upfront and honest right now. Everything I know of Ragnarök, I learned from the third Thor movie of the same name. Norse mythology isn’t a huge interest of mine; I like it fine, but who says no to being (very loosely) educated by Hemsworth with sprinklings of Hiddleston and Goldblum. That’s right, I make good choices.
Ragnarök You Like A Hurricane (thank you, Amanda, for that name!) is a simple yet stunning black jelly base with a mix of blood red glitters and holographic micro glitters. The glitters in here are easy to access and lay nicely on the nail. Black and red are a classic combination and it works beautifully and effortlessly here. The polish builds up nicely which that telltale syrupiness of a jelly polish giving ultimate squishiness. I’m wearing three coats and two generous coats of glossy top coat to smooth the bumps from the glitters.
$10.00 // no limit
Chirality Nail Polish – Ragnarök’d
As I mentioned in the intro, Polish Pickup and Indie Pickup have now combined their shopping and shipping times. Since I only have one IPU item to show you, I figured I would just add it into this post.
For Indie Pickup, Amanda created a nourishing cuticle oil, again inspired by Ragnarök. Ragnarök’d carries the yummy scent of creamy vanilla, luxurious buttercream, and notes of warm cinnamon sugar and juicy strawberries. It’s a very delicious scent that reminds me that I should get a snack. A healthy snack, because, it’s January. The oil is light and not at all sticky and I quite like the doe foot applicator brush. I must draw attention to the tube that it comes in; it’s pretty fun and reminds me of a lippie.
$9.00 // 12 mL // 50 tubes available
Dany Vianna – Soulmate
Dany drew inspiration from the first human, made in the androgynous form in Greek Mythology. Soulmate is a light grey jelly base packed with pink and grey gunmetal micro flakes, holographic flakes, crystal, ultra chrome, and holographic flakes and aurora shimmers. The polish applies with ease and the base is light enough to allow all those flakes to shine through. I’m wearing three thin coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 // 125 bottles available
Femme Fatale – Ouranos
We arrive at our first magnetic polish! Ouranos from Femme Fatale is inspired by the primal god of the heavens from Greek Mythology. This is a vibrant berry jelly base with scattered holographic silver glitters and a subtle blue to purple shift appears when magnetized. It’s so pretty; right from the bottle, it’s a stunner! The formula here is a medium and allows all the added particles to show off! As I mentioned, the magnetic effect here is a bit on the subtle side but it’s still apparent. I’m wearing three thin coats, as I do with most magnetics and a glossy topcoat.
I’m also showing this polish without the magnetic effect further below.
$14.00 // no limit
Great Lakes Lacquer – Fox Fire
Mariah brings us the gorgeous tri-thermal, Fox Fire! Apart from the temperature sensitive fun of this polish, the big allure here for me is the overload of flakes! If you clutch your pearls for the flakes, you’ll delight in this one. Fox Fire, when cold, shows a blackened navy base which moves to peach then periwinkle warm. Throughout these states, glorious iridescent flakes shifting orange to gold to green are seen amongst blue to purple to orange to green shifting aurora shimmer.
I particularly love this one in its deep, cold state. I had a bit of a hard time capturing that peach shade during the transition but you might be able to spot hints of it. The jelly base is perfect here really allowing those flakes come at you. I’m wearing three thin coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 // no limit
Jior Couture – Goddess Yemoja
Sacha drew inspiration from the Mother of Orishas, Yemoja for her magnetic contribution this round. Yemoja, amongst other powerful things, is the protector of women and things related to women, like possibly, polish! Yemoja is a darkened holographic sea green with deep blue to violet shifts and a subtle blue magnetic pull. Although the magnetic flash here is on the subtle side, the polish itself is still evident and the overall look is in line with the inspiration. The polish itself is quite pigmented and can be worn in one coat without the magnetic effect. In these pictures, I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
I’m also showing this polish without the magnetic effect further below.
In mythology, Yemoja is often depicted as a mermaid, and is associated with the moon, water, and feminine mysteries. She is the protector of women. She governs everything pertaining to women; childbirth, conception, parenting, child safety, love, and healing. She oversees deep secrets, ancient wisdom, the moon, seashells, and the collective unconscious.
$11.50 // no limit
JReine Cosmetics – Through Iris Eyes
Iris, Goddess of Rainbows
Next up, Through Iris Eyes. Jill used Iris, the Goddess of Rainbows as the inspiration behind this Unicorn Pee filled topper. Though Iris Eyes is set is a clear jelly base with a pink-purple hue and is filled with OG UP pigment as well as accenting flakes and holographic sparkles. I rather enjoy wearing toppers on their own, so, I’m showing this polish both in its wild state and then over black and white. Over white, it shows up more pink than is visible in these photos. I’m wearing two coats alone, then one coat as a topper, both with a glossy topcoat.
$15.00 // no limit
KB Shimmer – Gaia
We have another flake filled goddess with us. Christy drew from Gaia also known as Mother Earth, the Greek Earth goddess from whom everything is born. Simply put, this polish wows! Gaia is described as a brilliant jelly blue base chockfull of color shifting unicorn flakes in shades of green, purple, pink and blue with pops of holographic glitter. The application is easy, especially with all those flakes inside. Those flakes lay well and the jelly base leaves the polish with a nice glossy glow. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
At the beginning, there was Chaos. He was darkness, a void. Then came Gaia (or Gaea). Some say that Gaia is Mother Earth, the Greek Earth goddess from whom everything is born. From Gaia sprang the starry heavens, the sky, mountains, plains, seas, and rivers.
$10.00 // no limit
Moonflower Lacquer – Atabey
Atabey, Tiano Mother Goddess
One of the things I love about Polish Pickup is how a maker’s interpretation of a theme can spark something for you. For me, this happened with Nadia’s polish, Atabey. Like me, Nadia hails from the Caribbean; she’s Puerto Rican. Her polish is inspired by the Taino, a group of gentle indigenous people who settled throughout the Caribbean. Her history brief reminded me of the Arawaks, our gentle indigenous settlers in St Lucia. This little kick of memory sent me on a fun history refresh, allowing me to share some forgotten stories with my little ones.
Atabey is a heavy pigmented teal creme with aurora shimmers that shift green to purple to blue. As we’ve come to expect from Nadia’s polishes, Atabey is opaque in one coat and it also stamps. The polish is on the slightly thicker side of medium but is still easy to work with. I’m showing it on its own and stamped over a black and white gradient, both with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 // 75 bottles available
Painted Polish – Luna
Roman Goddess of the Moon
Luna is the Roman Goddess of the Moon and she served as the muse behind Lexi’s polish this month. The base here is a slate grey crelly to which cobalt blue to violet color-shifting flakes have been added. This color combo is so easy and works very well here. I enjoy this tone of grey but the vibrancy of the flakes are the star maker here. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 // 400 bottles available
Pampered Polish – Gyrados
The lovely Timberlin proves that I can never, ever escape the Pokemons, much to the delight of my two obsessive boys. I will, however, take polish Pokemon over the eleventy million cards that I can never seem to evade. Gyarados is lush teal leaning green jelly holographic with a mix of flakes in iridescent, lavender and navy, ultra chrome chameleon flakes, green and a purple to aqua shifting aurora shimmer. This is such a fun polish and I really love how all the elements play together in that deep base. While described as teal, it pulls more green on me in person. Here, I’m wearing three thin coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 // no limit
Zombie Claw – What Sorcery Is This, Circe
Circe, Goddess of Sorcery
The final stunner comes from Sabrina who took inspiration from Circe, the Goddess of Sorcery. I actually have the Madeline Miller novel about this goddess on my “up next” bookshelf and I’m eager to get to it. What Sorcery Is This, Circe has a light grey linear holographic base with an intense purple shimmer and a mix of six different UCC flakes. There might as well be a bit of sorcery in there. At times, that shimmer completely takes over giving it an overall purple look. I’m wearing three thin coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.75 // 75 bottles available
There’s a bit of an accidental color palette going on here, eh! This is just a snippet of what’s available so be sure to check out other bloggers for more polishes. Bloggers of the month are Kerry, Sarah and Rachel for IPU.
Make sure you’re part of the Facebook Group and you’ve built your wishlists on the Polish Pickup site.
Available from on Friday, January 4th, 11 am EST, to Monday, January 7th, 11:59 pm EST from Polish Pickup Online
For a live show and swatch of the polishes available this round of Polish Pickup, don’t miss Delanie of Fat Cat Pawlished‘s live events on Facebook!
Don’t forget to check out Indie Pickup whose items will be available at the same time as Polish Pickup. ,