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Happy Saturday! I’m presenting this post way later than I wanted to! Unfortunately, my super trouper laptop crashed earlier this week and needed immediate repair. Thankfully, my husband was able to attend to it quickly and order what was needed to get it back up and running, sort of. I’m still fighting with it! Despite all of this, I’m so glad I can finally bring you our makers’ contributions to Polish Pickup May 2020 – Candy Land!
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 is the cherry on top. 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!
Baby Girl Lacquer – So Berry Yummy!
Fruity By The Foot | Tri-Thermal, Scented
We start things off with a fun, scented polish from Baby Girl Lacquer. Nene was inspired by Fruit By The Foot candy. So Berry Yummy is a fruity scented temperature-sensitive polish. The base goes through shades of purple when cold, to blue when cool and pink when warm. Mixed is an assortment of colorful flakes. The polish applies smoothly, with the base allowing the layered look of flakes. Also, its thermal qualities are very responsive. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | 100 bottles available
Bluebird Lacquer – Jelly Beans, Bows Knees and Toes Body Balm
Bluebird Lacquer has two products up for grabs this month!
First, we will take a look at Lou’s Bows Knees and Toes Body Balm, in the drool-worthy scent of Jelly Beans. The Jelly Beans scent carries fruity notes of cherry, lemon, peaches and spiced fruit. The balm itself comes in a large twist tube, which aids in giving specific attention to your rougher spots. I’ve enjoyed using it on my hands, especially at night, for some extra moisturization. Bows Knees and Toes Body Balm is made from organic and vegan ingredients.
You can see the ingredients in one of the shots below.
$10.00 for 2.2 oz tube | No Cap
Bluebird Lacquer – Ride In My Rolos Royce
Post Malone’s Candy Paint
Lou’s polish this month is inspired by Post Malone’s Candy Paint. Ride In My Rolos Royce has a sparkly magenta to purple shift with scattered holographic pigments of silver and fuchsia. This polish was such a struggle for my camera to capture. Pretty unfortunate, because while it’s pretty here, it is gorgeous when seen as it is supposed to. My pictures show this polish darker than it appears in person. It’s more pink-magenta than purple. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | No Cap
By Dany Vianna – Zombie Rainbow
We meet our first Skittles inspired nail polish! You may notice that quite a few makers are using Skittles as inspiration. They’ve created this fun collaboration based on varying editions of Skittles.
Dany’s polish was inspired by the limited edition Halloween Zombie Skittles. I had NO idea this Skittles flavor even existed! There’s even a mystery flavor in there! Zombie Rainbow has a crelly grey base with multicolored metallic micro flakes. It’s a very simple, yet effective approach. The polish applies easily, like a creme, with the micro-flakes showing through. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | 210 Bottles Available
Cadillacquer – Charlie
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Tri-Thermal
Here we have Charlie from Cadillacquer, inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! This polish has a temperature-sensitive base, filled with pink to orange to gold iridescent chameleon flakies. The tri-thermal base moves from dark grey when cold, to pink to lavender when warm. The flakes are nicely packed in there and while they lay well, they do leave some bumpiness on the nail. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.50 | No Cap
Cameo Colours Lacquers – Orange You Glad I Had Chocolate?
Image of Chocolate Orange Flavored Gin
Cameo was inspired by the image of a shimmery chocolate orange flavored gin for this polish. Orange You Glad I Had Chocolate is a warm, chocolatey brown jelly base, alive with red to green shimmer, semi-linear holographic sparkle, and holographic micro flakes. The first coat goes on slightly sheer which leads to the possibility of using as a topper. The red to green shift is very noticeable, increasing with each coat and adding warmth to the polish. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | No Cap
Color Spectrum Polish – Sweets and Sours
Sweet & Sour Skittles
Sweets and Sours is another of our Skittles polishes. Shannon’s is a hot pink neon jelly with green shimmer micro flakes. Added in are glitter dots of all the different skittles colors from the Sweets & Sours edition, including neon orange, neon green, neon blue, matte baby pink and metallic red. It applies with its signature slightly sticky jelly pull. The glitters appear intermittently, adding fun pops of color around the base. There is some bumpiness from those glitters. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.00 | 80 bottles available
Cupcake Polish – Rock My World
Sara created Rock My World, inspired by rock candy! Rock My Way is a purple-y pink jelly brimming with orange to gold to green shifting iridescent flakes and a complementing orange to gold to green shifting iridescent shimmer. This polish is chock full of flakies! They are incredibly shifty yet still allowing that squishy look to the polish. It all dries down fairly smooth. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
Glisten & Glow – Now and Later Cuticle Pen Duo
Now and Later candies
In addition to nail polish which we’ll see next, Jill has a cuticle pen duo once again for us this round. It follows her inspiration of Now and Later chewy candies. I remember these growing up. The fruit punch and green apple were my favorites. The Now and Later scent is a custom blend of strawberry, fruit punch, apple, and grape. Both pens carry the same delicious scent. When I first unwrapped the packaging, I was taken aback by how much they smelled like the candy!
The Cuticle Remover helps soften and remove excess cuticle and eponychium skin. The Cuticle Oil helps nourish and moisturize nails and surrounding skin. I love using them back to back, layering on the scent. Both oils come in a twist-up style, brush tip applicator pen. Not sold separately.
Jill’s has become one of my absolute favorite cuticle oils. It works well with me, absorbing well into the skin without being greasy.
$12.00 | No Cap
Glisten & Glow – Now and Later
Now and Later candies
As promised, here is the Glisten & Glow nail polish, Now and Later! Now and Later the polish has a white crelly base, jam-packed with various sized and shape glitters in pink, purple, red, yellow, and neon green just like the Now and Later candy wrappers!
Now and Later’s base isn’t a stark, bright white. Maybe it’s tinted by the glitters but it looks more off white to me. This is an incredibly thirsty and textured polish. The glitters are bold and endless which of course, affects how it dries. You can use two coats of topcoat if you find it necessary. I’m wearing three thin coats with a generous brushing of topcoat.
As a child, I loved Now and Later candies! My parents and I would take road trips to Maine to visit my Mom’s side of the family and I always got 4 little pieces as a special, sweet treat!
$12.50 | No Cap
JReine Cosmetics – Confection Pixie Magic Kit
JReine Cosmetics is back with a Pixie Magic Kit and nail polish this round! First, we’ll look at the Pixie Magic Kit. Confection, inspired by candy, is a loose burnishing powder with a shimmering purple to pink to gold to blue shift. I’m wearing over Jill’s Brazen, a blue cream polish.
The kit makes the approach to burnishing very manageable. It comes with Jill’s Super Base sticky base coat, the pixie magic powders in Confection, and an applicator brush.
$15.00 | No Cap
JReine Cosmetics – Radioactive Nom Nom
Grab your sunglasses as you take a look at Radioactive Nom Nom! Jill was inspired by Rock Candy for this creation. Radioactive Nom Nom has a bright, neon green base, warmed with red to gold to green shifting shimmer. The polish applies really well, kind of like a really. It’s so bright, y’all! More than it appears in my photos. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
KB Shimmer – Fruit Slices, Yummy Yummy
Fruit Slices Gummy Candy
From KB Shimmer, we have Fruit Slices, Yummy Yummy! This is a bright, coral-colored jelly polish infused with color-shifting flakes and micro holographic flakes that add pops of sparkle. The flakes shift from a fiery orange to lemon yellow and lime green. The polish applies with ease, with the flakes laying well. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
I love the type of gummy candy that is slightly firm, brightly colored and covered in crunchy sugar crystals. Especially fruit slices, yummy, yummy! Give me all the lime, cherry, orange, and other fruit-flavored treats, please! Maybe it’s because I remember candy dishes full of them as a child, or the fact that just saying, “fruit slices,” immediately brings to mind that awful but catchy song about fruit salad that makes me want to wiggle! – Christy
$10.00 | No Cap
KB Shimmer – Spun Sugar
Summer Days at the Fair/Cotton Candy
Also from KB Shimmer is the sugar scrub, Spun Sugar. When I first heard the name, I expected the usual sweet and warm cotton candy scent. Instead, I was greeted by a deep, rich scent that carried way more than soft sweetness. The KB Shimmer Spun Sugar captures sugary notes of raspberry cotton candy, tart lemon, and is warmed with undertones of musk and caramel. More than just cotton candy, Christy intended this scent to capture the memories of sweet summer days at the fair. Also, it’s a similar, updated version of her Pink Sugar scent.
I love using this scrub as a pre-shave, sloughing off dead skin to give a smooth, clean shave.
On hot summer days, families loaded up their cars and headed to the State Fair for food, fun, and festivities. In the air, the aromas of fried food, milkshakes, and caramel ready to cover fresh apples made your taste buds water. Screams from kids whizzing around on rides that thrilled were made even better when accompanied by school friends and bellies full of cotton candy and fresh-squeezed lemonade, making the State Fair the best event to cap off summer.
Spun Sugar Hand & Body Scrub evokes memories of those sweet summer days at the fair. – Christy
$10.00 | No Cap
Leesha’s Lacquer – Crazy Sour
Leesha’s Crazy Sour is a celebration of the crazy sour Skittles. Yes. this is part of the Skittles collaboration if you’re keeping check. Crazy Sour has a muted neon green crelly base with orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple hex glitters. The application here is easy, with the glitters laying well but leaving texture. The base isn’t an eye-searing neon, but closer to being bleached out. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.00 | 160 bottles available
Moonflower Polish – Dulce De Coco
Puerto Rican Coconut Candy
Here we have Dulce De Coco. Inspired by Nadia’s favorite traditional Puerto Rican candy, made from coconuts. The polish name translates to coconut candy. Dulce De Coco is an off-white crelly full of iridescent micro flakes. Unlike Nadia’s usual dual-usage polishes, this one is designed to be used as a regular polish. I did however, stamp with it over her Menta; I love the subtle look!
The polish has a bit of a gritty texture which is apparent during brush strokes. Be sure to let it dry sufficiently between coats to reduce bubbling. As expected, there is a textured feel after drying but topcoat smooths it down and allows the microflakes to pop. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 | 50 Bottles Available
Nailed It Nail Polish – Cosmic Cocoa
Galaxy Chocolate Bark
From Nailed It, Nail Polish, we have Cosmic Cocoa! Tiara was inspired by galaxy chocolate bark for her polish. This is a linear holographic base with turquoise shimmer, blue to purple to green UCC flakes, and holographic flakes. It’s a pretty intense polish housing lots of shimmer and flakes. The dry down is only a little textured. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.75 | Cap 220
Necessary Evil Polish – Sugar Skulls
How striking is Tamara’s Sugar Skulls! Her polish has a neon magenta base with circle glitters in neon purple, orange, yellow, green, and blue. The glitters make themselves easily available and lay well. There is some bumpiness left behind but a good topcoat takes care of that. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | No Cap
Painted Polish – Sucker For Sprinkles
Lexi’s this month is Sucker For Sprinkles. Nice Spring-y colors in a white crelly base. The application was pretty easy especially with Lexi’s new wider brushes. There is a little bit of bumpiness because of the glitters. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | No Cap
Red Eyed Lacquer – Don’t Go Dragon My Hi-Chews!
Dragon Fruit Hi-Chews
Bianca was inspired by her favorite candy, Dragonfruit flavored Hi-Chews! The composition of her polish actually paints of picture of those bright, pink, or white-fleshed dragonfruits. Don’t Go Dragon My Hi-Chews is a neon-magenta crelly with a speckling of black holographic galaxy glitters and some white shimmer. The polish applies smoothly with a slight bit of texture from the glitters. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
I’m still yet to find that Hi-Chew Bianca sent with this polish. At this point, I’m convinced my kids are involved.
$12.50 | 165 Bottles Available
Rogue Lacquer – Jaw Breaker
Rachel of Rogue did an incredible job adapting her inspiration photo to her polish! I always love seeing that. Named after the inspiration, Jaw Breaker has a white crelly base with red, blue, and gold metallic micro flakes! The polish applies very easily but leaves a slight bit of texture. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 | No Cap
Rogue Lacquer – Skittles Take It Off Soy Remover
Rachel is also debuting a new product, her “Take It Off” Soy-Based Nail Polish Remover! If you are new to soy-based removers, here’s what you need to know. While this remover isn’t as quick as your usual acetone-based remover, it’s cleaning properties are great, all while moisturizing nails and surrounding cuticles.
I was able to remove Rachel’s Jaw Breaker using this remover. Instead of rubbing, I allowed the Take It Off be absorbed into the polish which makes for easier wiping off. I didn’t need to scrub off the flakes or anything, it came off with ease. This one carries the light scent of delicious Skittles!
Below, you will find a list of ingredients as well as simple instructions.
$7.00 | No Cap
Starlight & Sparkles – Candy Land Charm and Page Marker set
Sweet Treats in CandyLand
We have two sweet products from Starlight and Sparkles this month!
Issa crafted a new set of sweet Charm and Page Markers, this time inspired by sweet treats from the game Candy Land! This is a seven-piece set, with six paperclip page markers and one clip-on charm. I’ve been using the charms on my hoodie zippers! The six-page markers feature charms in the shape of a cupcake, a milkshake, a chocolate bar, a donut (not shown), a lollipop, and an ice cream bar.
The page markers use rectangular paper clips (also called owl clips), frosted crystal beads with a bit of a blue flash (these reminded me of sugar!), various charms, and stainless steel and gold-plated stainless steel findings (the lobster clasp and the rings). Due to the shape of the paperclip, the charms can’t freely slide all around, and I find these type of paperclips to be quite secure, reliably able to hold quite a few sheets, and my experience is that they’re usually less likely to leave paperclip imprints in the page they’re attached to. – Issa
$14.00 | 45 sets available
Starlight & Sparkle – Fateful Pinks
Pink Cards in CandyLand
Continuing on her inspired trek through Candy Land, Issa was inspired by the pink cards to create Starlight Polish Fateful Pinks! Fateful Pinks is a pink linear holographic polish with color shifting aurora flakes, translucent blue flakes, and silver galaxy holographic glitter. The polish applies with a bit of a syrupy feel, laying well and allowing the elements to shine through. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
Those cardstock controllers of destiny, capable of sweeping players across a board with the flip of a card, raising and crushing hopes, bringing games to unexpectedly swift ends or drawing them out interminably.
$12.50 | 215 bottles available
Sweet & Sour Lacquer – Jelly Queen
Darlene was inspired by Candy Crush’s Jelly Queen for her sweet contribution. I’m pretty pleased to see some Candy Crush here! Sweet and Sour Lacquer’s Jelly Queen is a multichrome jelly base with shifts ranging from red-orange to pink when worn alone, and blue to purple when worn over black. Also mixed in are crystal chameleon flakies that shift from copper to red to gold to green. This polish goes on pretty sheer which lends to its use as a topper; I love the difference this shows over black! I’m wearing three to four coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 | Cap 110
Vapid Lacquer – Candy Paint
Krys of Vapid Lacquer was also inspired by candy paint, using it as the namesake for her polish this month. Candy Paint has a magenta, berry pink base which holds colorful, shifty flakes, subtle shimmer, and holographic sparkles. This squishy polish applies smooth and easy with everything staying where you put it. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
Sparkle, shift, and flake, hand-painted pinstripes, custom-blended colors, airbrushed masterpieces, and gold flake. It’s a staple in the flashiest rides, and best in class winners held close by their doting owners and builders. Candy Paint is sweet, looks wet with a high gloss topcoat, and incorporates all the flash and power found in these rolling beauties. – Krys
$13.00 | 420 bottles available
Vapid Wax – Queen of Candy Land
Jennifer of Vapid Wax was also inspired by Candy Land for her yummy wax this month. Queen of Candy Land scent is described as blue raspberry slushie on the bottom melting away to reveal the top layer; a mixture of sweet cotton candy, buttercream frosting, and tart lemonade! If I could use one word to describe this scent, it would be tart!
In melting, the blue raspberry scent is what I first pick up. It’s very sharp, bright, and juicy. As the yellow, lemonade portion comes in, it brings it another level of citrus tartness with a mingling of sweetness from the frosting and cotton candy.
The wax itself is dual scented and colored which I love! The bottom blue layer features the blue raspberry profile, while the yellow holds that lemonade. The wax block is adorned with a cheerful mix of glitters on top!
$5.00 for 3 oz | No Cap
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