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Top Shelf Lacquer: Polish Pickup January 2018



Who else is spending Christmas Eve wondering why the cat’s been sitting in the dark staring at the toilet for the past two hours for no dadgum good reason? I mean, he literally hasn’t moved from one spot, not even by enticing him with smother-y hugs or full-on mouth kisses or NOTHING. At this point, I’m about 97.93749% certain the toilet is haunted, and in which case, GREEEEAT. I’m already terrified a snake is going to crawl out of it on a daily basis, so why not add one more baseless anxiety to the ever-growing mix? Seriously, WHO WANTS MY LIFE? Every single last one of you, pretttty sure. 


Top Shelf Lacquer: Get in the Spirit! Collection 



Welcome to yet another blog written with one eye sleeping.  One of these days, I’ll figure out a way to be normal; however, UNFORTUNATELY, today is not our day.  Work has kept me busy for the last week or so (unfairly, as you might imagine, what with all the goofing off and feet up on the desk, lounging, to do), so all lunchtime blogging and/or napping plans have gone out the freaking window.  In fact, it’s been dayyyys since I’ve taken a proper lunch break, and you’d ASSUME that makes you skinny, but AGAIN … today is not our day.


Top Shelf Lacquer: Drunken Creme Fall Holos


Now that the Polish Pickup blogging frenzy is officially done, it’s time to get on our focus face. Remember those 7,397 blogs left to write?  Not a dadgum dent. I figure at this point if there’s even a skosh of a chance in getting caught up, someone’s gonna have to come take the pajamas and the couches and the Full House away.

Except don’t, or I will cut you. 

So before stabby things happen, let’s do Plan B: pulling double blog duty plus superhuman efforting plus Cheetos far from grabby distance.  I mean, it’s not the most ideal, but it’s hard to write a blog while in the midst of a potato chip euphoria-type situation.

Okay, nail polish. LET’S GO. 


Amy from Top Shelf Lacquer sent me one of the most MUST HAVE fall collections of all time.  This is the Drunken Creme Fall Holos, and OMG, you guys! Wallets are flying out of purses, everywhere. 

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the best thing about fall is the colors. The palette on this collection is all your dreams come true.  Some warm and cozy beauties in here! A brown, an orange, a yellow, a GREEEEEEN!  Did someone just hand me a basketful of kitties? Might as well have.

For my swatches, I did two coats plus glossy top coat. The formula is silky smooth magical perfection. Seriously, a one way ticket to the Drool Convention, at minimum. And most likely not accidentally on all the surfaces. Mine AND yours.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the colors.  No need for screenshots; you’re buying all twelve!


DESCRIPTION:  A perfect fall pumpkin orange holographic creme


DESCRIPTION:  A cool medium grey holographic creme


DESCRIPTION:  A mustard yellow holographic creme (squeeee!)


DESCRIPTION:  A fun amaranth red holographic creme


DESCRIPTION:  A medium teal holographic creme


DESCRIPTION:  A dusky plum holographic creme


DESCRIPTION:  A lush olive green holographic creme (more squeeee!)


DESCRIPTION:  A warm rich milk chocolate brown holographic creme


DESCRIPTION:  A vampy burgundy holographic creme


DESCRIPTION:  A light teal holographic creme


DESCRIPTION:  A rich Prussian blue holographic creme


DESCRIPTION:  A dusky mauve holographic creme


Yep. All twelve, and in the cart they go! Weeee!

This collection is available now and comes in both full size and 8ml minis. Here’s the deets:

Full set of 12 retails for $120/full or $92/mini; individual bottles are $12/full or $8.50/mini. 

Where to buy: http://www.topshelflacquer.com

When to buy: 2.5 seconds ago. Get on it, boo boos!

And now, some click-y things!  Connect with Top Shelf Lacquer:



Fan Group

Okay, gang! That’s all for now.  Back in a few hours with your bonus blog. Maybe. I mean, clearly I’m not very good at blogging. 

Later, loves!


Top Shelf Lacquer: Polish Pickup September 2017


Blog train still rolling!  Hope you’re ready to spend some money today, cuz there’s no way you’re getting out of here without hoarding all the polish. Seriously, I MEAN IT.  Time to get off your no-buys, ladies! Cuz a legit no joke justification scenario is in effect.  And I’m just in here chatting like we have all the time in the world. 

WE DON’T. The Polish Pickup sale is underway y’all and there’s just two days left to get your life in order.  I have one of the prettiest polishes of your life to show you today, and you’re gonna need approximately 18,000 bottles. Grab your drool buckets!  Here’s Kindred Spirits from Top Shelf Lacquer:


OMG, have you ever?  (No you have not.)  I just love Amy’s polishes so much. Everything she makes is a masterpiece. If you’ve never owned a bottle, you’ve got a serious amount of catching up to do. But totally worth it if you’ve got a billion dollars handy.

Once again, the September Polish Pickup theme is Fall Foliage and Fun. Look at this cute inspiration photo:

Well, I could end the blog right here and y’all’d know you want this polish. Cuz two little birdies in a tree being adorable? We’ve all got the Grabby Fingers, pretty sure.

But because I am a DADGUM PROFESSIONAL, here’s swatches of Amy’s beautiful polish anyway:


DESCRIPTION:  A steel blue holographic with golden shift, bronze fleck and subtle lavender flame

OPACITY:  Two dreamy coats

You guys. I am in love with everything. The holo, the shift, the FLECK!, the FLAME!  Those are drooling words right there, and trust me, I’m already an unattractive mess. Application is smooth, color is glorious, sparkle is fantastical perfection. YOU WILL LOVE in a smother-y stalker-y kinda way, I just know it. 

More drool-y opportunities:

Who’s looking sexy right now?  NOT THIS LADY! Cuz one does not look good whilst the tongue is lolling about outside the body.

Okay, now FOCUS.  Here’s all you need to know:

As mentioned before, the Polish Pickup store is officially open and will stay open until Monday September 4 at 11:59pm EST.  DO 👏🏼 NOT 👏🏼 SLEEP 👏🏼 ON 👏🏼 THIS. Cuz who wants to wake up on Tuesday, sad and polish-less? Damn near no one, that’s who.  

To shop: http://www.PolishPickup.com

Cost: All the makers set their own pricing; Top Shelf will run you $12. But happiness is priceless, and that’s all that matters. Shipping is a flat $3 fee no matter if you buy one or a billion.

Plus, if you’ve already purchased from the sale, you can go back in and buy more goodies and PPU will combine your shipping. So feel free to place like 42 orders. You’ll be taken care of like royalty. 

To be continued; only one more to go! Later, loves!


Cupcake Polish + Top Shelf Lacquer + Crystal’s Charity Lacquers: Quad for the SPCA


After an evening full of couch lounging and spending an extraordinary amount of time watching my cat have a fight with a string tie from one of my shirts, suddenly it is after midnight and YET AGAIN now is the time to write a blog.  Seriously guys, I might never go to bed again.  Cuz FOR SOME REASON, the blog don’t write itself and there’s roughly 7,397 left to do.  Still.  I’m not very good at goals, let’s just say.

And naturally there’s a POLISH EMERGENCY! in our midst. So we’re gonna zip through the blog real quick before I tell you things after the things are no longer the things.  Clearly, I make perfect sense when my brain is half asleep.  But aside from all that, Crystal’s Charity Lacquers is back again and it’s time to hoard some polish! BOOM.

Each month or so, Crystal’s Charity Lacquers chooses a charity and teams up with indie brands to create exclusive polishes to sell and help raise funds for the cause. This round, she has chosen Sara from Cupcake Polish and Amy from Top Shelf Lacquer to release some pretties to benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, otherwise known as the SPCA.

So get off your no-buys, ladies! A TOTAL LEGIT JUSTIFICATION-type scenario just fell into your lap like no big deal. Lesssss go!


A charity for animals is one of the easiest causes to donate to.  Cuz we all love animals, cats and dogs and little baby pandas trapped in tiny bubble cocoons.  And it doesn’t matter how much hard work they are (in a poop scooping way, mostly) or the fact a piece of cat hair literally just flew into my wet manicure, I still want to kiss my fur baby straight in the mouth even though he probably licked his own butt approximately 2.5 seconds ago.  Not sure that’s an admirable quality or what this says about me as a person, but that is beside the point.  

As previously mentioned, there are two indie brands helping out this round, and I was lucky enough to bring you swatches of both this time.  The whole shebang, y’all!  If you’re thinking overachieve-y best blogger ever, well, you’d be about 97.48676% correct.

Here’s a brief rundown of all the goodies, then I’ll meet you at the bottom.  And then prepare to spend some money, cuz there’s no way you’re getting out of this blog without 27,000 bottles in the cart.  Rational behavior?  NOT TODAY!


Spoiler alert:  FLAKIES!  Wallets are officially flying out of purses, everywhere.


DESCRIPTION:  An emerald green holographic with pink/copper/green/gold color shifting metallic flakies

OPACITY:  Two coats plus top coat

Also, did I mention this is green?  Gah!  The effort to stay upright at the moment is a dire situation indeed.


DESCRIPTION:  A mulberry purple holographic with copper/red/gold color shifting metallic flakies 

OPACITY:  Again with the two coats

I’m loving how the flakies look like little glowy sparks of fire.  It’s comfy and cozy and happiness times a billion.  Did someone just walk in here and hand me a basket full of kitties?  Might as well have.

So if all that wasn’t enough to get you tossing polish in the cart all willy nilly, we’ll just go ahead and make your best day ever even best-i-er.  Cuz look what else you’re buying:


Dammmmmit.  I was trying to be a lady all day long, and now everything is ruined.  Cuz it’s hard to look classy while running for your drool bucket.


DESCRIPTION:  A deep red polish filled with glowing glass fleck and a subtle pink to orange shift

OPACITY:  Two smooth and yummy coats

This polish is ridiculously pretty.  More proof below:


DESCRIPTION:  A medium grey with blue shimmer and red/orange/pink/yellow color shifting flakies 

OPACITY:  Two amazing coats

Y’all know I have issues with Fall, simply because of its unfortunate proximity to the hell that is Winter.  But it’s polishes like this, ones that look like wet leaves on pavement or smoldering ashes in a bonfire, that makes me think that Fall is the best season there is.  Just for half a second, though, but still.

And now, we SWOON.  You guys.  Get on this like stat.


Pre-sale for these charity polishes has already started, cuz I am a DADGUM PROFESSIONAL, in case you are curious.  Regardless, there is time still left, so if bonus points are coming, well that sounds about right.  Last day to purchase is August 27 so make sure you go NOW, or at the very least, 5 seconds from now.

Cost for the Cupcake Polish colors is $13 and Top Shelf Lacquer’s is $12.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the SPCA, which makes this hoarding problem well and truly worth it.  Polishes are available now in each respective maker’s site, so here are the linkies all typed and ready to go:

Cupcake Polish 

Top Shelf Lacquer

Then while you’re in a clicking mood, go ahead and join the Crystal’s Charity Lacquers Facebook group so you can get inside scoop on future donations, brand collaborations, and polish sneak peeks. DO IT. I mean it. Click here.

And now we’re done!  I’m headed to bed and you’re headed for your checkbook.  Cuz that’s how this thing works. Weeeee!

Later, loves!


Indies Outside the Box: Fan-Tastic Customs 3rd Edition


GUYS.  I went to bed before midnight last night cuz for an extremely brief moment, I thought I had my life together.  Swatches were done, blog was done, and all my tiny baby pandas had been set free from their bubble traps.  So I laid myself down, snuggled deep into my pillow, and about carpal tunneled myself via a high-fiving frenzy.  Are trophies coming, y’all?  Cuz, logically, that sounds about right.

And then I proceeded to scroll Instagram under the covers until after 1am because VICTORIES ARE A THING FOR OTHER PEOPLE.  Ugh.  Seriously, someone needs to come take my internet away.  Except don’t, or I will cut you.

Beautiful things are on the blog today!  I’ve got the latest edition of the Indies Outside of the Box collaboration, and it’s basically a box full of perfection.  Who’s ready for a one way ticket to the Drool Convention?  (All of us, to be clear.)  Take a look!


And just like that, wallets are flying out of purses everywhere.  Weeeee!

The Indies Outside of the Box collab is a quarterly box created from inspiration photos submitted by the members in their fan group.  The box features two constant brands – Top Shelf Lacquer (love!) and Lollipop Posse Lacquer (more love!) – and two featured brands.  For this 3rd edition, Fair Maiden Polish and Polish ‘M have joined the fun, which basically means you’re buying this box.  At this point, you have no choice.

Here are the photos that were chosen:

And then magic happened …


DESCRIPTION:  A bright pink matte base with pink and gold flakies

OPACITY:  Two smooth coats

I stinkin’ love this one.  There’s just something about matte polish that gives me a dire case of the Grabby Fingers.  And then those little flakies peeping through?  Gah!  GIMME.

Then I did a couple of glossy versions, cuz SOMEONE’S a dadgum professional:

Top is under the lamps; bottom is in indirect lighting.  Either way, we lub it lots!


DESCRIPTION:  A blue-aqua crelly with pink shimmer and a touch of holographic sparkle

OPACITY:  Two easy coats

Seriously, are angels singing?  Cuz I hear angels.

Karen with Lollipop always makes such lovely polishes.  This blue is no exception.  And then that pink shimmer is this extra layer of magic, and suddenly your brain has gone away somewhere.  So. Freaking. Dreamy.  


DESCRIPTION:  A deep dusky purple holographic with magenta/orange/copper shifting flakies and a subtle violet/red shifting flame

OPACITY:  Two yummy coats

I won’t lie, I kinda wanna lick this one.  Except SOCIETY says no.  Booooo.

I mean, I know it tastes like poison and it might actually kill me, but what if – WHAT IF! – it doesn’t? What if it’s a grape Jolly Rancher and I’ve just been wasting so much time sitting here being normal and whatnot? What is the point in life if you can’t eat a bit of nail polish every now and then? I ask you, WHAT IS THE POINT?

But aside from all that, I’ll just be over here reattaching my jaw to my face about 18,000 times. BRB.

And then I went outside for this one.  The overachieve-y is in FULL EFFECT:


DESCRIPTION:  A rose pink base with gold shimmer, gold micro flecks, rose iridescent flakies, rose gold microflakies and touch of scattered pink galaxy holo

OPACITY:  Two beautiful coats

OMG.  It’s time to roll the couches over cuz we’re all about to get suuuuuper pass-out-y in here.  Cuz you can’t just toss in all those goodies and then expect anything ladylike to happen next. Nope, it’s sweaty to, like, the trillionth degree.


Now here’s where it gets serious.  This box is only available for the next four days, so now is not the time for lounging on couches.  FOR REAL.  Don’t 👏🏼 sleep 👏🏼 on 👏🏼 this!  If you miss it, it’s a sad state of affairs for you.

Here’s some deets:

Cost for this box is $40 plus shipping

Pre-sale ends August 14 at 1159pm EST, and then the box goes away forever.  Are you properly panicked yet?  Well, you should be.

Expected ship date is August 30, which also happens to be my birthday.  Write it down in your book in case there’s a quiz.  Or if you’re in a Starbucks and a gift card just falls in your lap like no big deal.  

Available at http://www.topshelflacquer.com RIGHT NOW, so get on it, boo boos!  Cuz it’s Friday and you’re most likely wearing sweatpants doing nothing anyway.  Well, if you’re me.

Later, loves!


Top Shelf Lacquer: Polish Pickup August 2017


Remember that time when I was the monthly designated blogger for the Polish Pickup and I blogged so much, my hands literally just fell off my body in a carpal tunnel-y rebellion-type EXTRAVAGANZA!?  For a girl who lounges on couches for a living, that was an insane display of effort, and I’m quite certain at this point I can stop with the pants and the productivity and the moving of the legs and whatnot.  Cuz once you hit Doing Things, LEVEL EXPERT, it’s 37 years of pajamas and Starbucks and hubby bringing back snacks from the kitchen.  Who’s writing this blog then?  Seriously, I don’t even know.

And now somehow 30 days or so have passed us by, and the August Polish Pickup is officially lurking. What?!  Did July last like 4 seconds, or what?  I swear, time needs to STOP IT with the overachieve-y or else winter will be here soon, and I’m not interested in that one bit.  Cue the hives, I can already tell.  Blah.

But no more chatty.  I have a huge slew of pretties to get through this week, and if I want to attempt to be a proper blogger, then now is not the time to take 18 years.  Cuz FOR SOME REASON, the Polish Pickup only lasts 4 days and if we all wanna have an anxiety attack to the trillionth degree, well that sounds about right.  Here’s the contribution from Top Shelf Lacquer:


The theme for the month of August is Old Hollywood, which is only unfortunate due to it’s surprising lack of Leonardo.  I know he’s not really Old Hollywood per se, but I think if you played Jack Dawson in Titanic, Howard Hughes, one of the Three Musketeers and a man who pretended to be a pilot to get free rides on airplanes, well quite simply … you get a waiver.  

This is why I’m not in charge of things.  Cuz clearly, I need supervised.

Amy chose Shirley Temple as her inspiration:

And then this beautiful thing happened: 

My photos don’t even do it justice, but did y’all see flakies?  Squeeeeee!  We’re officially about 2.5 seconds away from noodle legs, so let’s move on before unattractive things happen.

DESCRIPTION:  A silver linear holographic polish with a strong purple shift and loaded with color shifting flakies that change from purple to blue to teal to green

Under the lamps, HOLO say heyyyyyy:

Then I added a matte top coat for funsies:

Another angle, which I swore looked completely different from the first picture, but in reality it’s most definitely different by at least 17 millimeters. You know, VASTLY DIFFERENT is what I mean.

And here’s where our brains completely stop working:

BIG. PUDDLE. OF GOO.  Well, you didn’t come here for the ladylike composure anyway. Tongues are lolling, everywhere!

So about this Polish Pickup thing, I’ll give you a brief rundown of talking points:  

WHAT: 42 indie polish brands all coming together for a one-stop shop event; you buy one or all, it’s up to you! Flat $3 shipping no matter what. 

WHEN: Friday, August 4 at 11am EST thru all day Monday, August 7

WHERE: http://www.PolishPickup.com

If you’d rather read the more eloquent version, click here for the FAQs from the PPU website.

The prices will vary from brand to brand, but Top Shelf’s Shirley Temple will retail for $12. Although a billion dollars would be fine too. FLAKIES, guys. Flakies.

To join in the fun of future Polish Pickup theme nominations, voting and sneak peeks, click here for the Facebook fan group. DO IT. I’m serious.

To be continued, loves!  Only 7,347 polishes to go!