Hey everyone! Today I am sharing with you a round up of my monthly Polish Pick Up hauls over several months. While I usually post a monthly haul, moving across Canada this summer really got in the way of that. So here are four hauls in all their glory.
Polish Pickup (PPU) is an online store that offers new indie nail polish, bath and body products, wax, and jewelry from 100+ brands every month, inspired by a different group-chosen theme. All products made each month are limited edition and can only be purchased during the first Friday-Monday of every month, when the PPU shop is open. PPU has a very cool community of makers located all over the world, coming together to sell their super unique products. Most of the information on PPU is in their facebook group, where you can see swatches and reviews of the upcoming products for each month. The one important thing to note is that when you order with PPU, it is effectively a preorder and items purchased won’t be shipped for around three weeks, so you need to be patient!
What I am showing you today are swatches of all the polishes I purchased. Even though these are LE items that can no longer be purchased a lot of people trade past PPU polishes in this facebook group here. So, if you really fall in love with something you see, it may be possible to still buy it at some point. However, this is also a great opportunity just to showcase some really incredible indie brands that have whole lines of polish that are permanent! Check them out and support small businesses! When has there been a better time?
June 2020 Cocktails & Mocktails
Penelope Luz Pitaya Drink
Pitaya Drink is a fuchsia jelly loaded with iridescent flakes in pinks, reds, purple and blue, with pink and gold glitter. This shade was inspired by Pitaya Caipirinha, a popular fruity drink in Brazil. This might still be one of my favourite purchases to date. When layered, this shade has incredible depth. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Sassy Pants Polish Vodka Raspberry Lemonade
Vodka Raspberry Lemonade is a red metallic base with red, bright pink and gold holographic glitters and microshreds. This shade was inspired by vodka raspberry lemonade, obviously. This is my favourite red in all of my collection. It is simply stunning. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Indie by Patty Lopes Celebrating with Friends
Celebrating with Friends is a red jelly base with micro holo flakes and black micro glitters. This shade was inspired by sangria mexican mule. I absolutely had to get this shade because it reminded me so much of strawberries! I cannot wait for Spring and Summer to come around again so I can do some cute fruit manis. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Painted Phalanges This IS Fruit
This IS Fruit is a neon orange jelly with matte yellow glitter, gold shifty flakes and red holo shreds. This shade was inspired by blood orange gin and tonic. OH my god is this shade NEON in person! I absolutely love it, especially with all the different glitters in there! Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Nailed it! No Way, Rosé
No Way, Rosé is a sheer pink leaning orange jelly with gold to green crystal flakies, a golden to green shimmer, and a subtle holo. This shade was inspired by rosé wine. This is seriously the most stunning and reflective polish! I see Nailed It doing super reflective polishes often, so this must be one of their go-to formulas! Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Beyond the Nail 24 Karat Martini
24 Karat Martini is a pale ivory creme with gold flakies. The inspiration for this shade was the Gold Rush Martini which has Goldschläger in it. I love how simple and chic this shade is. Here I used two coats and one coat of glossy top coat.
Scofflaw Grey Goose
Grey Goose is a light grey crelly with black and gunmetal flecks and speckles, and matte and metallic mint microglitters. This shade was inspired by Grey Goose Vodka. Scofflaw does some of the most incredible crellies out there, and I am tempted almost every month. This shade is just so unique. The mint glitters really add an extra dimension to it! Here I used two coats and one coat of glossy top coat.
July 2020 Rewind
July was the month that makers were allowed to bring back one past LE PPU item to the PPU shop, and one other to their own personal shops. This was a great opportunity for me to get a few shades that I had missed out on in the past, since I only just started purchasing from PPU in April!
Polished For Days Sea-ing is Believing
Sea-ing is Believing is a bright berry pink/red jelly packed with pink-orange-yellow iridescent shifting flakies. This shade was originally from the Flora and Fauna theme and was inspired by seahorses. I swear PFD is the master of flakie polishes. They are all simply must-haves!!! Especially this pink! Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Paradox Polish Peppermint Kisses
Peppermint Kisses is a thermal that shifts from red (cold) to clear (hot) and is packed with matte white, red and holographic hex and square glitters of different sizes. This shade was originally from the Winter is Coming theme and was inspired by peppermint white chocolate mochas. This is such a fun glitter packed thermal that is perfect for both the holidays and Valentine’s Day. You’ll see it in one of my upcoming holiday manis! Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Polished For Days Long Live the King
Long Live the King is a bright orange/red jelly packed with pink to gold and orange to gold/green shifting iridescent flakies. This shade was originally from the Magic and Alchemy theme and was inspired by the World of Color at Disney California Adventure. Again, another flakie stunner from PFD. Gotta catch ’em all! Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Fair Maiden Mindfreak
Mindfreak is an orange jelly polish packed with red to gold shifting flake and holo sparkle throughout. This was originally from the Magic and Alchemy theme and was inspired by Criss Angel. This is by far the most stunning orange polish I have ever seen. It is soo sparkly and so stunning in person. I wish I had bought two bottles! Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Beyond the Nail Aliens? Aliens.
Aliens? Aliens. is a medium grey crelly with copper hex glitters and a copper shimmer. This shade was originally from the Ancient History theme and was inspired by the famous meme starring a gentleman with big hair and an orange complexion who likes to explain the mysteries of the ancient world with the most obvious answer: Aliens. This struck me as such a beautiful and classy Fall polish. Here I used two coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Painted Polish Zombie Kill of the Week
Zombie Kill of the Week is a grey crelly with red-gold-copper shifting flakies. This shade was originally from the Horror Movies theme and was inspired by the movie Zombieland. Another beautiful Fall crelly to add to my repertoire. Here I used two coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Dreamland Lacquer Bats Full of Shame
Bats Full of Shame is a charcoal grey jelly with gold and red iridescent flakies. This shade was originally from the Urban Legends theme and was inspired by the vampire Nadja in the TV show What We Do in the Shadows. I absolutely adore the contrast of the dark base with the pinky-orange flakies. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
The Lady Varnishes She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not
She Lavas Me, She Lavas Me Not is a deep indigo crelly with red to green flakies and glitters, red to gold shimmer and blue holo glitters. This shade was originally from the Mythology theme and was inspired by Pele, the goddess of volcanoes. So far this has been the only shade from PPU where I have been disappointed with the formula. It is quite thick and does not self level AT ALL so you really do have to pile on the top coat to make it look even halfway decent. However, once you do have the top coat on, look at how gorgeous the shade is! Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Pahlish Al Ula
Al Ula is a soft periwinkle with pink shimmer and pink/orange/green shifting iridescent flakes. This shade was originally from the Ancient History theme and was inspired by the ancient walled city and oasis of Al Ula province in Saudi Arabia. I am totally in love with this soft blue with subtle pink flakies. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
August 2020 Weird Science
This theme included anything from the movie Weird Science, or any interesting science phenomena.
Sassy Sauce I Wanna See Your Peacock
I Wanna See Your Peacock is a thermal that shifts from a hot neon orange (cold) to a hot neon pink (hot) with a red/golden shimmer, multiple shapes and sizes of matte hot pink glitters, and purple/red/gold shifting ghost flakies. This shade was inspired by the science behind bright neon hair dyes, and a particular hair style that was ombre from neon orange to neon pink. This shade is SO FUN and SO BRIGHT! Also, the matte pink glitters really make it for me! Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Heather’s Hues Beat the Heat
Beat the Heat is a solar that shifts from a peachy orange when inside to a deep red plum when in direct UV light and is filled with iridescent purple-pink-gold-green shimmer, iridescent flakies in orange-pink-gold-green and holo shimmer. This shade was inspired by Tesla’s special “rainbow glass” designed to keep out UV rays and heat out which reduces the energy used by the electric car. I was shocked by how deep this shade gets in the sun! It’s been a long time since I’ve had a solar polish, at least 12 years. Both shades are really stunning. Here I used three thin coats and one coat of glossy top coat.
MTK Design Frozen Smoke
Frozen Smoke is a thermal that shifts from a deep smoky blue (cold) to a bright indigo (warm) to a clear (hot) with a slight blue tint and is filled with copper-gold-green shifting iridescent flakies and matching shimmer. This shade was inspired by Areogel; a synthetic porous ultralight material derived from a gel. I realized after the fact that I actually didn’t get pictures of the coldest form of the shade, so what you see in thess pictures are the warm and hot states. I really love how the flakies in here contrast with the cool blues. I’ll definitely be using this one in an upcoming mani. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Nailed It! Neural Network
Neural Network is a blackened navy jelly loaded with magnetic flakes that shift from green-teal-blue-pink and pink-gold-green crystal flakies. This shade was inspired by neural networks in the nervous system. This shade was an absolute must have for me when I saw those magnetic pigments. In the photos I have magnetized the middle nail, and it looks great both magnetized and unmagnetized! So reflective! Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Baroness X Nacre
Nacre is a clear fluid art polish with a pinky purple shift and green glass specks. This shade was inspired by nacre, also known as mother of pearl which is one of the toughest materials created in nature. This was my first time using a fluid art polish and it turned out so well! Basically you dot a variety of polishes on a silicone mat, and dot some of the fluid polish on as well until you have a decent puddle, then you squish the puddle with the mat to slightly mix and cells form. After you let it dry you can cut it up and use as decals! I can’t wait to try more fluid art designs! As you can see in my example I used a variety of purple and periwinkle polishes.
September 2020 All Hallows Eve
The theme for September was anything Halloween of course! And I couldn’t have been happier!
Dollish Polish It’s Spoopy Time
It’s Spoopy Time is a pumpkin orange with aurora colour-shifting shimmer, packed with black micro flakes and shreds. This shade was inspired by a vintage Halloween print. This shade was a must-have, partly because of the name. And while I don’t usually gravitate towards shades with shreds, these were sparse enough that they laid nice and flat. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Noodles Nail Polish Straight Outta Salem
Straight Outta Salem is a dusty teal crelly with orange, black, gunmetal, and orange-green iridescent glitters, and orange microflakes. This shade was inspired by a particular photo of pumpkins set against a teal sky. This shade is absolutely chock-o-block packed with glitters. This means it is thicker and chunky, but with a few layers of top coat it smooths right out. I absolutely love the composition of this shade. Here I used two coats and two coats of glossy top coat (it could have used a third layer of TC).
Eerie is a thermal that shifts from black (cold) to turquoise (hot) packed with red-orange-green flakies and iridescent glitters. This shade was inspired by a picture of pumpkins against a turquoise background. Cadillacquer really kills it with thermals. I get sucked in almost every time. This one in particular is stunning with the combination of flakes and glitters as well. Here I used two coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Penelope Luz Moon Spells
Moon Spells is a dark blue jelly with purple, turquoise and orange iridescent flakes with little holographic glitters. This shade was inspired by the importance of the moon for many halloween rituals. This is another shade by Penelope Luz that leaves me awe-struck with the depth you can achieve when layering. SO stunning! Here I used three coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Scofflaw Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun is a medium grey crelly with red, lavender, and dark purple glitters, as well as violet shimmer and scattered holo. This shade was inspired by ghouls. Like I said, Scofflaw is the King/Queen of crellies! Another stunner. Here I used two coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Colores de Carol Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Now You See Me, Now You Don’t is a thermal that shifts from black (cold) to colourless (warm) and is packed with black, orange, green and violet holo glitters in a variety of shapes and sizes. This shade was inspired by a Halloween Charcuterie Candy Board. This is such a fun shade that can be used as a topper. Personally, I like it on its own built up. Again, like most thermals it is quite thick, especially with all those glitters, so thin coats are key. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat.
Nail Hoot Attack of the Holographic Bats
Attack of the Holographic Bats is a clear topper filled in small silver holo bat glitters and scattered silver holo microglitters. This shade was inspired by bats. This is such a unique topper, I had to have it. The holo bats are absolutely adorable. They are slightly large so they can stick up from the nail, but this can be solved by pushing them down when the polish is mostly dry before you top coat. Here I show two coats on its own, and one coat over Eerie, with two coats of glossy top coat.
Well, that was QUITE the round up! I’m looking forward to getting back to my smaller monthly posts. However, it is a lot of fun scrolling through all of these polishes, just looking at how beautiful they all are!
What is your favourite from this round up?