Saturday, December 5, 2020

Polish Pickup Everything Is Fine December 2020 Swatches and Review

Polish Pickup December 2020 is open for pre-orders now and the theme is Everything Is Fine, paying tribute to a year that I think we all wish we could forget. The shop runs through Monday, December 7 at 11PM EST.  I have an embedded live swatch video at the end of the post if you want to see these in action! In case you didn't already know, Polish Pickup is a Facebook group and pop-up shop that offers monthly pre-orders of indie polish and crafts made to themes voted on by members of the group.  I have 13 products to share with you from Alter Ego, KBShimmer, Lollipop Posse Lacquer, Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers, Pretty Beautiful Unlimited, Rogue Lacquer, and Starlight Polish! Let's have a look...

*sent by the makers for photography and review*
Polish Pickup Everything Is Fine December 2020

Alter Ego Unscented Acetone Additive is a conditioner to be added to pure acetone to help it be more moisturizing. This version is without scent for those with fragrance sensitivities. 

Ingredients: glycerin, vitamin E oil, water

Price: $5 / no cap
Alter Ego Unscented Acetone Additive

Alter Ego Can You Spare Any Change? is a silver foil with orange holo glitters in various sizes. It has a nice formula that needs top coat to smooth due to the glitters. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover.

Inspiration: The coin shortage of 2020

Price: $9.50 / no cap
Alter Ego Can You Spare Any Change?

Alter Ego Can You Spare Any Change?

Alter Ego Can You Spare Any Change?

Alter Ego Can You Spare Any Change?

Alter Ego Can You Spare Any Change?

Alter Ego Can You Spare Any Change?

KBShimmer Cats & Pajamas is a dove gray jelly with holo microflakes and fuchsia/pink/orange multichrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a nice, fast-drying formula. 

Inspiration: Pets, working from home, and flannel

For most of us, 2020 did not work out as planned. Trips were cancelled and outings were postponed as we all scrambled to find toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Families started cooking together more and chatting around the dining room table. Lots of cats and dogs found homes as more people treasured their company. Many shifted to working from home, and comfy pajamas replaced stuffy work attire. Plaid patterns come in a rainbow of hues, but my favorites are a well-worn pair in pink, orange and gray.

Cat & Pajamas is a nod to flannel pajamas and the animals that keep us company while at home.

Price: $10 / no cap
KBShimmer Cats & Pajamas

KBShimmer Cats & Pajamas

KBShimmer Cats & Pajamas

KBShimmer Cats & Pajamas

KBShimmer Cats & Pajamas

KBShimmer Cats & Pajamas

KBShimmer Cats & Pajamas

KBShimmer Cozy At Home Sugar Scrub is a moisturizing sugar scrub with vanilla, tonka bean, jasmine, and patchouli fragrance notes. It has a clean, but floral, scent. 

Inspiration: Cozy At Home hand and body scrub is probably my favorite scent of 2020. At first, the scent is sweet, and I get a hint of vanilla, but then deeper notes of tonka bean start to come through. Rich and complex, subtle floral notes from vanilla and jasmine add depth, while a very subtle hint of patchouli anchors this intoxicating blend. Perfect for dry, winter skin, let Cozy At Home transform your bath into a private, cozy sanctuary.

Ingredients: 

Price: Sucrose, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Fragrance, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Mica

Price: $10 / no cap
KBShimmer Cozy At Home Sugar Scrub

KBShimmer Cozy At Home Sugar Scrub

KBShimmer Cozy At Home Sugar Scrub

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Relentless is a navy/iron blue jelly with pink/gold/green/blue multichrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a nice, fast-drying formula. 

Inspiration: a crab and his cigarette

Price: $13 / no cap

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Relentless

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Relentless

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Relentless

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Relentless

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Flatten the Curve is a turquoise jelly with gold holo microglitters, gold shimmer, holo shimmer, and white dot and square glitters. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a fast-drying formula and needs top coat to smooth. 

Inspiration: It was a phrase heard around the world in March of 2020. "Flatten the Curve" begins with a base color reminiscent of the minty aqua charts seen in the media. Scattered throughout are white dots and squares of glitter, representing the curve and grid, glimmering with hopeful sparks of golden shimmer and holo to remind us that joined together, we can Flatten the Curve.

Price: $10.99 / no cap
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Flatten the Curve

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Flatten the Curve

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Flatten the Curve

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Flatten the Curve

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Flatten the Curve

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Flatten the Curve

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Breathe is a forest green jelly with holo shimmer and microflakes, violet/pink/gold multichrome flakes, two types of crystal multichrome iridescent flakes, and green holo microglitters. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a fast-drying formula and minimal texture. 

Inspiration: a serene picture of deep foliage and the electric pink word Breathe

Price: $12 / 150 cap US / 10 cap UK
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Breathe

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Breathe

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Breathe

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Breathe

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Breathe

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Breathe

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Breathe

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Inner Peace Wax Sampler contains 15 mini soy waxes and a metal charm, with roughly 8 oz.

Inspiration: soothing and calming scents mixed with a little alcohol and smoke.

Scents include:

  • Beautiful Day - Fresh apple blends with dewy flower petals to create a clean, light scent.

  • Bedtime Bath - Fruity top notes of lemon peel and sweet apple add freshness to this soothing floral blend.

  • Lavender and chamomile are lifted with bergamot and blended with summer florals to create an enchanting effect. Soft powdery undertones blend with clear musk at the base of the scent.

  • Bonfire - Hints of red berries, juicy mandarin, damask plum, cassia bark, summer amaryllis, campfire smoke and vanilla bean.

  • Boozy Bites - Top notes of melted butter, mimosa and hints of coconut. Middle notes of Kentucky Bourbon, sweet fluffy marshmallows and confectioners sugar. Bottom notes of crushed vanilla, soft amber and musk.

  • Cabernet Grape - Orange sweetens this fruity blend of grape and aged cognac. A hint of spiced wood finishes the blend.

  • Coconut Milk & Lavender - A beautiful and enticing blend of lavender with silky French vanilla infused with rich coconut milk and hints of musk.

  • Fiji Dates & Lemon Peel - Plump & sweet Fiji dates with tangy lemon zest mingle with the sweet earthy date balanced with some rich florals.

  • Ginseng Fusion - Top notes of bergamot, Mexican lime and California orange. Middle notes of Jasmine, ginger, ginseng, and clove buds. Bottom notes of grated nutmeg, cool mint, a hint of white rose and white musk.

  • Kauai Spa - This incredibly unique, floral spa contains notes of gardenia, jasmine, cyclamen, lilac, hyacinth, mimosa flower, rose, muguet/lily. Well rounded, complex, and very fresh!

  • Lavender Chamomile - A super aromatherapy blend made up of California lemon, soothing chamomile, lavender, camellia leaf, rose petals, soft cedar wood, musk.

  • Lime Basil Mandarin - An intricate blend of Italian mandarin accented with juicy lime and herbaceous earthy basil accords.

  • Maple Whiskey Toddy - A warm, after dinner drink with pronounced notes of maple and rum, leading to a buttery, creamy vanilla and caramelized sugar base note.

  • Passion Fruit & Guava - A fruit and floral combination with green apples, orange and peach followed with a sweet summer floral bouquet of flowers and a background of warm resin and soothing musk.

  • Smoked Vanilla - An intriguing, rustic and masculine fragrance that balances smoke and creamy vanilla notes with spices.

  • Wild Peach Poppies - Top Notes of sparkling prosecco, peach, apricot, waterfruit, juicy berry and bergamot; middle notes of honeysuckle, magnolia and wild jasmine with bottom notes of sugared musk, sandalwood and teakwood.

Price: $8 / 180 cap US / 20 cap UK
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Inner Peace Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Inner Peace Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Inner Peace Wax Sampler

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise is a clear polish with blue  and aqua holo microglitters and magenta/red/gold multichrome flakes. I wore it in four thin coats on its own and it dried quickly with pretty minimal texture for having glitter. I also wore it in one coat over Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before, which was from March 2020 Polish Pickup.

Inspiration: Original inspiration is the Australian fire opal. This polish is an ode to polishes last and promise that even through adversity we can persevere.

Price: $12 / no cap
Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise over Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before
Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise over Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise over Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise over Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before

Rogue Lacquer From the Ashes We Rise over Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before

Starlight and Sparkles Oil Slick Pendant is a unicorn pee pigment cabochon pendant with black cord necklace. 

Inspiration: Oil slick on asphalt. Because 2020 has been garbage.

This pendant uses a black pendant tray and a glass cabochon, and showcases the fantastically shifty gorgeousness of red to green shifting old school unicorn pee pigment! They show shift all the way from fiery crimson to vivid green to beautiful almost-indigo blue at extreme angles – like the rainbow of an oil slick, but even more intense! The outline of the same overlapping spiral/criss-cross pattern that is on the back of the pendants shows under the pigment in the pendant, like seeing the outline of asphalt’s uneven texture through an oil slick on its surface.


The glass cabochon is 1" (25mm). The pendant itself is 1.1" (28mm) wide and 1.4" (35mm) tall, including the loop at the top. The interior width of the loop is approximately .17" (4.5mm). The pendant comes on an 18” black cord necklace with nickel free findings and extender chain. The pendant can be removed from the necklace, so you'll be able to swap that if you have a necklace you prefer to wear it with!


As these are handmade, there will be variance between pieces, and may be small imperfections or tiny bubbles under the glass. The black finish on the pendant trays can be damaged by rough handling, harsh cleaners, or solvents, so please do be a bit gentle with these.


product size: Pendant: Black pendant tray, 1" glass cabochon, and old school UP pigment! Necklace: Black cord with nickel free findings and extender chain

 
Price: $11 / 300 cap US / 30 cap UK
Starlight and Sparkles Oil Slick Pendant

Starlight and Sparkles Oil Slick Pendant

Starlight and Sparkles Oil Slick Pendant

Starlight and Sparkles Oil Slick Pendant

Starlight Polish Toxic is a tan jelly with silver holo shimmer and microglitters. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a nice, fast-drying formula and minimal texture. 

Inspiration: Britney Spears' Toxic

This polish’s inspiration is Britney Spears’ Toxic, a song that has made it onto a lot of people’s quarantine playlists. This polish is by request from people who loved our November PPU polish, Silver as the Moon, Shining as the Stars and wanted to see it in nude!

Price: $13 / 150 cap US / 15 cap UK
Starlight Polish Toxic

Starlight Polish Toxic

Starlight Polish Toxic

Starlight Polish Toxic

Starlight Polish Toxic

Starlight Polish Toxic

Now for live swatches!



The shop runs through Monday, December 7 at 11PM EST. I think we can all agree this year is almost over! I hope you take the time to check out the Polish Pickup Everything Is Fine shop this month and see all the creative ways makers are still processing the havoc we went through in the last few months. See anything you live, in spite of everything?

*sent by the makers for photography and review*

The Polish Pickup is a monthly event in which multiple indie makers create polishes on a single theme. Find them at: 


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