Polish Pickup April 2018: Across the Universe

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Woah. Where have I been?  You know, I’d like to tell you I’ve been busy doing something really cool, like singing in an 80s band or learning how to riverdance, or maybe something even less cool (but CLEARLY AND TOTALLY worthwhile), like dressing the cat up in little outfits and carrying him in a purse through the grocery store.  But seriously, do you even know whose blog you’re reading right now?  Certainly not the blog of a person who goes and “does stuff” for a living, I’ll tell you that much.  YOU GUYS.  It’s me!  And y’all know damn well I’ve been laying on this couch for the past 12 days in the most extreme display of pajamas you EVER did see.

Welll, I mean.  Did you expect otherwise?  NO. YOU. DID NOT.  Although the whole cat-in-a-purse thing is definitely on the To-Do List.  I swear, why that cat hates me we’ll NEVER freaking know.

Oh, but hey!  It’s Polish Pickup time again, and I’ve somehow managed to swatch 11 lovely shades for you this month (i.e., suuuuper overachieve-y).  The theme is Across the Universe, an ode to planets and galaxies and other space-y interpretations – and we’re totally over the moon for this one!  Soooo … who’s ready to look at pretty things?  At this point, pretttty much all of us.  Unless you don’t like happiness or maybe you have no eyes.  I dunno.

KBSHIMMER: HUBBLE’D TOGETHER

DESCRIPTION:  A teal-leaning mint jelly base loaded with holographic micro flakies, unicorn flakies and glow in the dark powder

OPACITY:  Three coats plus glossy top coat

Christy’s inspiration is this awesome photo of Jupiter taken by the Hubble telescope:

Christy made a perfect polish twin if you’re asking my opinion.  All those flakies got me 27 levels of ridiculous.  These macros don’t help matters much AT ALL:

Price: $10

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SCOFFLAW VARNISH: LIFE ON MARS?

DESCRIPTION: A deep dusty red-orange full of aqua blue shimmer and highlights and silver flecks

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat

Finch was inspired by this photo of David Bowie and his song, Life on Mars?:

Another awesome interpretation!  I love that Finch went the orange route with this one.  I mean, I’m all for a blue polish but an orange one just gets me in the feels.  It’s a happy color, a warm and cozy color.  Orange gives my favorite color of all time (green, duh) a run for it’s dadgum money.  Toss in a contrasting blue shimmer, and FORGET IT.  I am dead.

Price: $12.50

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NAIL HOOT: PINK NEBULA

DESCRIPTION: A hot pink creme with black glitters and a dash of purple shimmer

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat

Brandie’s inspiration is this glorious shot of a pink nebula:

I am fully aware how tiny some of these pictures are loading.  Hardcore blogging skillz at an all-time high, y’all!  Looks like my 12 day break has affected me naught.

More shots for extra convincing!  Up close with that shimmer:

Price: $9.25

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LUCKY 13 LACQUER: SET PHASERS TO STUNNING

DESCRIPTION: A squishy sapphire jelly with aqua/sapphire/amethyst ultra chameleon chrome flakies and silver holo micro shreds

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat

Anya took her inspiration from Star Trek: The Next Generation:

Yep, a galaxy in a bottle.  As if Anya’s like an expert or something.

In addition to the polish, Anya made a most delicious scented top coat.  Here is Space Jam:

Inspired by this plate of blueberry macaroons:

Guuuurl .. this top coat smells soooo freaking good!  You don’t even have to have your fingers up under your nose to smell it either (unless you want to; completely normal behavior).  It permeates in the most wonderful way possible.  However, lemme remind you:  DO NOT EAT.   Smells good; taste like crap.  Do not ask how I know.

Price:  $12 (nail polish), capped at 100 bottles / $6 (top coat), capped at 150 bottles

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LYNBDESIGNS: SIMPLY CRABULOUS

DESCRIPTION: A deep purple crelly with red/gold/green/violet color shifting flakies and the smallest holographic shimmers

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat

Jennalyn was inspired by the Crab Nebula, her favorite of all the nebulas:

Can totally see why.  I love purple and orange together; a very striking combo.  And then of course you toss a bunch of flakies in there, and .. welp .. ladylike behavior = out the dadgum window.

More drools below!

In addition to the polish, Jennalyn made one of the coolest products of (basically) all time.  This is Universal Calm, a personal inhaler:

A what now?  I KNOW!  Jennalyn loves to diffuse essential oils so she created this personal, portable one full of a blend of lime, orange, lemon and grapefruit to make an aroma that’s both calming and uplifting.  Simply twist off the cap and breeeeeeathe.  And then if pajamas happen next, no one is surprised.

Price: $12 (nail polish) / $5.50 (inhaler)

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EMILY DE MOLLY: CREATED BY MAN

DESCRIPTION: A steel blue to very dark grey (almost black) thermal with blue to purple shifting shimmer, silver holographic microglitters and orange iridescent flakies

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat

Hayley chose Battlestar Galactica as her inspiration:

The thermal transition on this one was very quick, so my attempt to get the perfect swatch was an anxiety attack, sweatbead mustache and surprise snake photo during a leisurely Facebook scroll all rolled in one.  In other words, not my best effort but I frenzied it up real good anyway.  Please enjoy.

I mean, these flakies make it all better right?

If you are in Australia, you can have this polish shipped locally instead of through PPU, but you gotta place an order with just this polish only.  Then go back and place an additional PPU order for the rest. (Cuz only crazy people buy one polish and then leave the store like NO BIG DEAL.)

If you are in the US or other international countries besides Australia, order like normal.  You know, 42 separate ones.  Decisioning is hard, let’s just say.

Price: $10, capped at 250 bottles

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PRETTY JELLY: I AM GROOT

DESCRIPTION: A full-on flakie EXTRAVAGANZA! Full of turquoise green metallic flakies flecked with red and orange multichrome flakies and holographic flakies

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat

I’m not even gonna pretend anything normal is happening right now.  Ugh.  First, GREEN.  Second, FLAKIES.  Third, me sitting here crying over nail polish.  OMG, am I still married cuz seriously, I don’t even know.

Liz was inspired by this little fella from Guardians of the Galaxy:

And now, the macros.  It’s about to get suuuuuper pass-out-y, just so you know:

No words.  Just wallets flying out of purses, everywhere.

Price: $11

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LOLLIPOP POSSE LACQUER: A STAR BURNED OUT

DESCRIPTION: A dusky navy crelly filled with strong red shimmer, red to green shifting Aurora pigment, gold flake and gold holographic galaxy glitters

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat

Karen was inspired by the music video, The Sky is a Neighborhood, by the Foo Fighters:

I saw the Foo Fighters in concert a few months back and they played this song for us.  You know, in case that makes me only slightly more cooler than the lady who carries her cat around in a purse.  If not, well then enjoy these flakie bits:

Mercy.  The drool has gone awry in about 17 un-sexy levels.  Blah.

Price: $12, capped at 200 bottles

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FAIR MAIDEN POLISH: INTERSTELLAR

DESCRIPTION: A soft blue based linear holographic multichrome that shifts champagne golden/green/aqua with copper, silver and gold holographic glitters

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat

Sarah and Adrienne chose this beautiful photo as their inspiration:

And then naturally a beautiful polish was borne.  I saw so many shifts in this polish, but the blue base was the hardest to capture. I think I got pretty close, though.  Maybe.  Kinda.  Seriously, no one is more professionaler than me.

Macros on point though!

Price: $11

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ANCHOR & HEART LACQUER: I HAVE THE POWER

DESCRIPTION: A turquoise foil with shifting ultra chameleon chrome flakies, iridescent flakies and Aurora pigment

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat shown here; three coats might be better for ultimate opacity

Taryn was inspired by one of the cartoons of my childhood, He Man & the Masters of the Universe:

I can’t get enough of all these flakies!  I am in flakie heaven this month, for real.  The foil finish on this polish is ultra shiny and reflective and a bonafide driving hazard.  Potholes coming outta nowhere with this one.  But worth it?  YES, like a trillion-fold.

Price: $13

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BLUSH LACQUERS: LASSO THE MOON

DESCRIPTION: A soft silvery-taupe with violet-blue shimmer, holographic pigment and holo flakies

OPACITY: Two coats plus glossy top coat

Victoria was inspired by this scene from the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life:

The movie is black and white, but Victoria took her own liberties with the color of this polish.  I think the pearlescent, ethereal look of this is nothing short of spectacular.  The most glorious moonlit glow of your life!  Toots for Victoria, YET AGAIN, for making me love a pale polish against my pale skin and somehow managing to make these sausage fingers not look so sad and sausage-y.

Price: $13

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THE ROUND UP

Whew! All done!  For all the lounging I’ve done lately, I’d say I made up for it reallll good this time.  I’ve been blogging for about 5 hours now all while simultaneously down the Full House rabbit hole, so the fact the majority of this has proper words, somewhat useful information and whatnot is a damn near miracle to like the trillionth degree.  THIS IS WHY YOU’RE BUYING ALL THIS.  In case you didn’t know.

Your shopping deets below.  Focus!

WHAT: 100-plus indie polish brands and products all coming together for a one-stop shop event; you buy one or all, it’s up to you! Flat $3USD/$5CAN shipping no matter what. International shipping at cost. Combined shipping is offered as well so go ahead and make 42 separate orders; it’s all good (crazy, but good).  

WHEN: Friday, April 6 at 11am EST thru Monday, April 9 at 1159pm EST

WHERE: http://www.polishpickup.com

If you’d rather read the more eloquent version, click here for the FAQs from the PPU website. For extra bonus points, click here to join the Facebook fan group to take part in future Polish Pickup theme nominations, voting and sneak peeks. And then prepare to spend some money cuz it’s a bye bye checkbook-type situation for you.  Weeeee!

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4 responses »

  1. Damn it Diana! You know how sometimes you see a swatch of a polish and you’re immediately in love but then more swatches come out that aren’t so glamorous so you fall out of love? Well, I currently have TWELVE polishes in my PPU wishlist and that’s 7 more than I told myself I’m allowed to buy. I was really hoping you’d talk me out of some of these but YOU FAILED!
    These are the ones you swatched that are on my list: EdM – Created By Man, Pretty Jelly – I Am Groot, Fair Maiden – Interstellar, and Anchor & Heart – I Have The Power.
    Yours are the first swatches I’ve seen of the Scofflaw & Blush polishes and they are both gorgeous!

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  2. That Blush would be perfect for a wedding (something ‘blue’). Sucker for White polish 🙂 Love all your swatches…my list keeps growing..up to 14 so far, LOL!!

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