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Hello! Today is the first day of the Cocktails and Mocktails round of Polish Pickup. Since I’m running late on opening day, I’m gonna just right into the goodies, first with a preamble about Polish Pickup and a quick eye to eye with me. Not that I needed the theme, but I have my drink in hand and I hope you have yours too! Let’s take a look at Polish Pickup June 2020: Cocktails & Mocktails!
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.
There are now two US Shipping options. First, Flat rate shipping for US $3.00 gets your order shipped in bubble mailers or a priority box if needed. The second option is Upgraded Shipping for US $10.00. Upgraded Shipping gets your order shipped in a priority box and will include a charm and a free sample.
Shipping to Canada is tiered based on weight, and international shipping is also available. There’s even a sister site now to accommodate orders from the UK and parts of Europe. 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. Check out the handy PPU FAQ for lots more information!
As of now, Indie Pickup has been following the same sale and shipping schedules as Polish Pickup where posts from makers are being combined in the Polish Pickup Facebook group. Indie Pickup was created to house most of the extra non-polish items that came along after the explosive growth of Polish Pickup. The Facebook group still exists but has been made redundant, with all sharing being move to the Polish Pickup Facebook Group. All your Pickup products in one place!
I know most of you are here for purchasing information and maybe a pretty form of distraction. As always, I’m so thankful you’ve included me in your day. I’m not sure how the past few days have affected you. It feels callous to not acknowledge how the ill-treatment of Blacks and other minorities has reached a boiling point, not only here in America but spouting tremoring demands for change around the world. Behind this post is a proud, Afro-Caribbean, Black woman who has seen the polish world come together for various reasons. I want to encourage and challenge you to take the steps necessary to educate yourself on what it takes to be anti-racist. Resources on education and donating toward change are everywhere!
Polish Pickup has provided the opportunity to make donations toward Lake Street in Minnesota.“Funds donated here will be used to help rebuild the Minneapolis businesses impacted by the riots [via] Welovelakestreet.com.” Also, “100% of charm sales made from June 5 to June 8 will go toward the donation.”
Bluebird Lacquer – Booze Cruise
We start this off with Lou’s Booze Cruise! She even had a little song to go with it! Booze Cruise is an orchid neon crelly polish packed with contrasting green to purple to blue shifting Ultra Chameleon Chrome flakies. I’ve always loved this shade, particularly for Summer. The flakes in there rest easy and play nicely in the base. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
Inspired by Cocktail. The classic 90’s story of a handsome bartenders struggle to mix the perfect drink while learning lessons about friendship, socio-economic prejudice, betrayal and redemption.
$11.50 | No Cap
By Dany Vianna – Flounder Cocktail
I have to give hats off to Dany as she had to scrap her first unstable thermal polish and quickly mix up this stunning replacement. Also, bear in mind that the brand By Dany Vianna is based in Brazil and as a yellow polish lover, I’m so glad she was able to pull through and birth this beauty!
This is Flounder Cocktail! It’s inspired by an orange juice and Curacao Blue drink which reminded Dany of Flounder the fish. Flounder Cocktail has a bright yellow crelly base with blue Ultra Chameleon Chrome flakes mixed in. The application is smooth with the flakes appearing sporadically. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | 160 Bottles Available
Cadillacquer – Kinky Carnival
This is Madeleine’s Kinky Carnival! This temperature reactive polish features iridescent chameleon flakies and shimmer in a grass green (cool) to light blue (warm) base. The flakes are endless in here and they lay nicely within the base. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.50 | No Cap
Cameo Colours Lacquers – Blackberry Basil Moscow Mule
Blackberry Basil Moscow Mule
Cameo’s Blackberry Basil Moscow Mule features a copper to gold to green ultra chrome base packed with holographic sparkle, red to bronze to copper, and lime to blue to gold Ultra Chrome Chameleon flakes. It also has a sprinkling of silver holographic micro flakes. There’s a delicate balance to this polish that I absolutely love. It’s incredibly shifty with the flakes breaking things apart just a bit. Additionally, it would work beautifully as a topper. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 | No Cap
Color Spectrum Polish – Mango Lemon Rita
The Mango Meyers Lemon Margarita Mocktail served as inspiration for Shannon‘s June polish! Mango Lemon Rita has a lemon-yellow base with shimmery undertones that shift from green to pink to gold. Also featured is a delicate blend of rainbow iridescent flakes, and yellow to green chrome flakes! Mango Lemon Rita is pretty sheer upon first few brush strokes but it builds up nicely. This would also work well as a topper! The flakes in there are on the smaller side, giving this polish a delicate look. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.00 | 80 bottles available
Cupcake Polish – Pink Lemonade
Next up is a pretty pink from Cupcake Polish! Sara’s Pink Lemonade is a pink creme enhanced with an orange to gold to green shifting aurora iridescent shimmer. The shimmer, you guys! This is an easy one to apply with a great payoff. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
Glisten & Glow – Mountain Dew Mocktail
This is Jill’s take on the classic green soft drink. Mountain Dew Mocktail is a neon yellow jelly polish loaded with various shapes and sizes of black and black holographic glitters. I am so in love with this bold contrast! As expected, there is quite a bit of texture here from those black glitters. You can use one or two helpings of topcoat to smooth this over. I’m wearing two coats and a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 | No Cap
Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
In addition to her fantastic neon glitter crelly, Jill will be offering her award-winning, fast-drying, glossy topcoat this round. It’s one of my favorite topcoats and I’ve used it here in nail art over Mountain Dew Mocktail.
$7.50 | No Cap
Jior Couture – A Dirty Shirley
From Sacha, we have the grown people’s version of her childhood drink. A Dirty Shirley has a shifty red to orange jelly base with a red to orange to gold multichrome shift reminiscent of the orange juice, grenadine, and splash of vodka in this drink. Added in is a touch of red to gold to green aurora representing the super sweet maraschino cherries and adorning slice of lime. This shade is so warm and shifty, the best looking Dirty Shirley yet! I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | No Cap
JReine Cosmetics – On The Rocks
I’m all about these shifty polishes and our next one comes from Jill of JReine Cosmetics! On The Rocks is inspired by A Blue Crane and is a bright blue jelly bursting with chromatic shimmers that shift red to copper to gold to green. This is such an intense polish in its movements! My favorite capture is at an angle where you can appreciate all the color shifts. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
JReine Cosmetics – Lyra Pixie Kit
Also from JReine is her pixie magic loose burnishing powder kit in the shade Lyra. Lyra has an intense shift featuring shimmering purple to violet to fuchsia to gold to green pigment. I’m wearing over Jill’s Royalty, a royal blue cream polish. Jill also sent me a bottle of her matte topcoat and of course I had to try it over Lyra in the last picture!
The kit makes the approach to burnishing so easy! It comes with Jill’s Super Base sticky base coat, the pixie magic powder in Lyra, and an applicator brush.
$13.00 | No Cap
KB Shimmer – Secret Menu
Christy’s polish is so rich and lavish! It literally looks like you should be able to taste the color on it. Secret Menu is inspired by that famous “Pink Purple Drink.” This polish starts with an indigo base that quickly shifts to a bold purple and berry-esque fuchsia. At some angles, a siren-like green shows, while in different lighting you may see hints of lime or a softer pink. Yes, endless shifts!! Secret Menu applies like a dream, smooth and buttery. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
Soft pink drinks, fruity purple drinks, ombre drinks, and more; with a siren in its logo, it is no wonder that the Seattle-based coffee joint tempts us with promises of pretty drinks. Hacking the menu to create beautiful and delicious drinks is a popular trend. These concoctions pop up on the internet, are blasted on social media, and quickly become staples on secret menus, much to the dismay of many a barista.
$10.00 | No Cap
KB Shimmer – Hot Summer Nights
I know that I’ve loved many of Christy’s sugar scrub scents before, but now they all pale in the sensual splendor that is Hot Summer Nights! I want this scent in lotion, body spray, laundry detergent, and toothpaste. Oh! And my husband agrees!
Hot Summer Nights is described as holding the scent of a blended tropical drink. Juicy pineapple is the star of the show, while subtle supporting notes of coconut and mango give way to the sweet heat of spiced rum. Accented by soft swirls of peach, cream, and gold, this scrub mimics the frozen look of your favorite blender drinks for a tropical tub-time treat.
I love the scent of pineapple and it’s the first thing I notice here. There is warmth and weight from the rum, without it having that signature alcoholic smell. It’s sweet and sexy, warm and captivating!
On a hot summer night, a cool drink can make the ills of the world seem so distant. If it’s fruity and made in a blender, even better! With many forgoing the beach for backyards and vacations for staycations this summer, let KBShimmer’s Hot Summer Nights sugar scrub take you away to paradise without leaving your home.
Just a note, as the country heats up, scrubs will arrive softer, some with oil on the top. This is normal as we design the scrubs to melt with body temperature. The scrubs can be stirred, and if you desire a more firm scrub, just pop it in the fridge.
Nailed It Nail Polish – No Way, Rosé
Are yall catching the glow on Tiara’s No Way, Rosé?! This is a peachy pink jelly, bubbling with gold to green crystal flakes and a complementing gold to green shifting shimmer. Despite the flakie overload, I had no issues while applying. I enjoy the warmth and glow that comes off this one! I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.75 | Cap 220
Painted Polish – Hold My Butter Beer
Here we have Hold My Butterbeer inspired by the wizarding world’s favorite beverage. Hold My Butterbeer is a chocolate brown jelly base with pink to orange to gold to green iridescent shifting flakes. It simultaneously has me longing for Fall and for some yummy Butterbeer. This polish has the exceptional application I’ve come to expect from Lexi. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.50 | 475 Bottles Available
Red Eyed Lacquer – You’re Mocking My Tail
Bianca was inspired by the Unicorn Mocktail for her polish this month! You’re Mocking My Tail is has a cool red base with emerald, aqua, and red shimmers as well as a teal to green aurora shimmer! The flakes in there are a little on the shy side however when they show, it’s so pretty! I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 | 110 Bottles Available
Rogue Lacquer – Purple Flavored
Apparently, Rachel loves grape soda and thus crafted Purple Flavored! I’m glad to see this sort of acknowledgment of the wonderful flavor purple! Purple Flavored is has a neon pastel purple base with red, gold, and a tinge of green color shifting flakes. It also features tiny royal purple sparkly speckles. The polish goes on well, even with its abundance of flakes that leave some texture. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 | No Cap
Starlight & Sparkle – Butterfly Lemon Drop Slush
Issa of Starlight and Sparkles was inspired by butterfly pea flower! She included some of the butterfly pea flower tea, which you will also receive with your order! Issa informed that the butterfly pea flower tea is initially blue, but when it’s exposed to something acidic, it brightens to purple, and then to pink! I was very eager to try this! Even though I knew was to expect, it was still such a fun surprise to see the color change when I squeezed lime into my tea. Also, it is delicious!
Butterfly Lemon Drop Slush is a magenta-purple polish with blue and purple color shifting aurora flakes, translucent blue flakes, blue-purple iridescent glitter, and a touch of color shifting blue-purple shimmer! It also has a bit of a creamy quality while maintaining it’s squishiness. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | 165 bottles available
Starlight & Sparkles – Happy Hour Charm & Page Marker Set
Issa also has the Happy Hour Charm and Page Marker set up for grabs this month, inspired by various cocktails and alcoholic beverages. This eight-piece set has six paperclip page markers and two clip-on charms. The six-page markers feature a champagne glass with pale pink beads, a martini glass with light purple beads, a margarita glass with green beads, a hurricane glass with blue beads, a tall glass with an umbrella and yellow beads, and a goblet glass with orange beads.
Additionally, the clip-on charms are a six-pack of glass beer bottles with amber beads, and a wine bottle and two wine glasses with red beads, both with lobster claw clasps. I’ve taken to wearing the charms on my hoodie zippers!
$14.00 | 48 sets available
Sweet & Sour Lacquer – Black Magic
How gorgeous is Black Magic! Here we have a black jelly base with lime to gold and purple to blue iridescent glitters, magenta, and purple iridescent chameleon glitters, and silver, black, and sky blue holographic glitters. There is some texture left from the pretty glitters so be sure to apply a good topcoat. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
Darlene will be donating $1.00 of each bottle sold to the American Online Giving Foundation. It’s an organization she found through her job, who is matching donations 2:1 and is working with them for the distribution of these donations, to make sure that the proceeds are being distributed accordingly while cutting processing costs of these donations. The donations made will be allocated toward supporting justice and equity for Black Americans
$12.50 | Cap 165
Vapid Lacquer – Pea-Cock-Tail
The peacock cocktail inspired Krys this round! This pretty one has a teal holographic base with a shimmer that shifts violet-blue to green. It is very pigmented and smooth to apply. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
Vapid Wax – Wild Passionfruit Bellini
Jennifer brings us Wild Passionfruit Bellini! This delicious scent is described as vivacious and bright with exotic passion fruit, melon, and mandarin blended with bubbly champagne, juicy nectarine, and black currant. I can isolate the passion fruit in there and a good anchoring depth from the black currant. Wild Passion Fruit Bellini has multichrome circle glitters and shimmer.
This scent is in collaboration with Amanda of Cuticula, who intends to bring this scent to your nails while you enjoy it in your home!
$5.00 for 3 oz | No Cap
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