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Hello lovely readers! February has blown by and we are now entering into another Polish Pickup weekend! Where did the time go?? This month we have the theme Ancient History and there is such a lovely mix of colors and finishes and goodies! Wish listing is currently open, so let’s dive right in!

Alchemy Lacquer: Sands of Giza

  • Description: a lavender jelly with red/orange/yellow/green shifting shimmer with a scattered linear holo finish
  • Inspiration: a picture of a pyramid in Giza
  • Price: $11.50
  • Cap: 70US/5UK

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like and really built up for me on the third coat. Smooth application and jelly feel.

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Blush Lacquers: In the Begining

  • Description: a pale, silver toned lavendery pink, linear ultra holographic.
  • Inspiration: the creation of the universe
  • Price: $13
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is rich and smooth and appears pearlescent in indoor lighting with a touch of linear holo showing. It’s so very linear, I included a direct light shot to show it all off. In the sun, it really lights up.

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By Dany Vianna: Pharos

  • Description: a coral pinkish red when cold, to a baby pink when warm thermal with gold shimmer and matte white rectangle glitters.
  • Inspiration: Lighthouses
  • Price: $12
  • Cap: 200

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like and smooth, and the thermal properties are crazy reactive. The rectangular glitters might require a tiny bit of fishing and placement to get them evenly distributed.

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By Vanessa Molino: Misteries of Egypt

  • Description: a dusty brown (cold) to pinkish beige (warm) thermal with ultrachrome chameleon flakes in bronze/magenta/purple/gold and a subtle scattered holo.
  • Inspiration: ancient Egypt’s mysterious nights
  • Price: $13
  • Cap: 200

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. This one is also jelly like on application and can also be used as a topper. I think at the third coat the warm color starts to pop, otherwise you’ll have a lovely neutral pink that would look awesome over a cream. The thermal properties are also crazy reactive.

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Cameo Colours Lacquers: Dank River Valley

  • Description: a taupe crelly base with a slight bronze shimmer, bronze flecks, holo sparkle, and lime/blue/gold and blue/violet/copper ultrachrome chameleon flakes, and small caramel, gold, rose glitters and silver holo micro flakes.
  • Inspiration: a Mesopotamian image, and “History of the Entire World, I Guess”
  • Price: $11
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is crelly like and smooth on application and builds up quickly.

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Crystal Knockout: Solstice Stones

  • Description: a dusky blue leaning purple base with red to gold aurora shimmer, holo micro flakes, and platinum silver flakes.
  • Inspiration: Stonehenge
  • Price: $11
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like with a touch of squish factor. Despite the reflective flakes being on the medium size, they made no texture after topcoat.

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Cupcake Polish: Bath House

  • Description: a minty aqua blue crelly base with pink/aqua/gold/green iridescent flakes.
  • Inspiration: Roman Bath Houses
  • Price: $13
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula applies like a dense crelly, and dries down matte. The base color is so vibrant and flattering, I think depending on your lighting this might lean more blue or minty aqua. I think my swatch video gives a good representation if you’d prefer.

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DRK Nails: A Ring for Roxanne

  • Description: and ultrachrome magnetic in red to orange magnetic pigment with pastel iridescent flakes in copper to green, and aurora shimmer in red/gold/green.
  • Inspiration: Roxanne and Alexander the Great’s Wedding
  • Price: $13.90
  • Cap: 200

Swatches show three coats plus the magnetic topcoat, and magnetized with the cute glittery ring that comes with the polish. Formula is jelly like but builds up easily.

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DRK Nails: Easy Magnetic Effect

  • Description: developed the make magnetic polishes easier and faster! Apply a generous coat of this topper over your polish and use your magnet of choice.
  • Inspiration: the magic attraction between Roxanne and Alexander the Great
  • Price: $7.50
  • Cap: None

I was very excited to try out this topcoat, and I was not disappointed. You apply your magnetic polish like a normal polish and then top with this nifty little thing (generously) and then use your magnet of choice. I chose the ring magnet that comes with A Ring for Roxanne. If you decide to use the side of the ring, you’ll repel the magnetic particles and get a circular design like my swatches. Otherwise you can hold the ring on its side and get a thin line. Overall I approve of this topcoat, the two magnetics I used it on in this post were of a heavier pigment so I think it would be even more effective on magnetic polishes that have a normal/lighter pigment weight. The formula of it is very watery, though after washing your hands, any topcoat that got on your cuticles washes off. It dries down like a normal topcoat so it still seals everything in.

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Esmaltes da Kelly: Gladiators

  • Description: a warm red jelly base with gold, black and red holographic glitters in a variety of sizes.
  • Inspiration: Gladiators
  • Price: $10.50
  • Cap: 200

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula applies very dense and smooth on the nail despite the amount of glitter. There’s a ton and it plumps out easily by the second coat. I topped off with EdK’s glitter smoothing duo and I had no texture. Otherwise, I’d suggest two thin coats of topcoat or a decent amount of topcoat.

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Fair Maiden: Lady Godiva

  • Description: a neutral beige nude jelly base loaded with red the green shimmer, iridescent flakes, and scattered holo.
  • Inspiration: Lady Godiva’s choice of clothing… or lack of lol
  • Price: $11
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like but builds easily. This is what I’d consider a true nude base, as it will appear differently on a person depending on skin tone.

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Glisten and Glow: This Is Sparta!

  • Description: a multichrome polish that shifts from deep plum/red/bronze/golden yellow/green with added color shifting iridescent flakes that shift from pink/orange/gold/green.
  • Inspiration: the iconic line from the movie 300
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is smooth and medium link and builds up quickly. I had excellent flakie payoff and plumping factor by the second coat.

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Glisten and Glow: Quick Dry Glossy Topcoat

  • Description: an award winning fast dry glossy topcoat that dries within 2-4 minutes and increases the length of polish wear without smearing nail art.
  • Price: $7.50
  • Cap: None

This is the topcoat shown in all polishes in this post excluding the magnetics and the EdK. I have used this topcoat so much over the last few months and highly recommend it. It has never smeared my stamping, and dries very quickly with a lovely glossy shine. I’ve gone through almost two bottles so far and I’m still digging it.

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Lemming Lacquer: Bast

  • Description: a darky inky blue jelly base with bronze/copper/gold/pink mangetic multichrome magnetic flakes, sapphire and gold holo sparkes and holo microflakes
  • Inspiration: Bast, goddess of cats, protection, pleasure and bringer of good health
  • Price: $13
  • Cap: 250

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is rich and dense and heavily flirts with being a one coater. The magnetic particles are of the heavier side, so I’d recommend going just a little longer with your magnet. If worn alone, I think it still looks really cool with all the shimmer scattered throughout.

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Night Owl Lacquer: Deathly Hallows

  • Description: a black jelly base with holo flecks, gold to green, aqua to green, and bronze to green crystal flakes.
  • Inspiration: the Deathly Hallows from Harry Potter
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like but very smooth on application. I had excellent flakie payoff from each coat.

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Pahlish: Al Ula

  • Description: a soft periwinkle crelly base with pink shimmer and pink to orange to green shifting iridescent flakes.
  • Inspiration: Al Ula oasis and ruins
  • Price: $13
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula applies crelly like and really deepened and plumped out for me on the third coat. This is another very flattering shade, and glows like crazy from the flakes and shimmer.

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Poetry Cowgirl Polish: Booty Scootin

  • Description: as lilac base packed with red-gold-green shifting shimmer and aurora pigment and bronze-green-teal UCC flakies
  • Inspiration: the Chichen Itza Mayan Pyramid and a story behind maker Kristen’s boyfriend being 12 when they visited the Pyramid and not being able to climb down without scootin
  • Price: $13
  • Cap: 180

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is on the lighter side, but the flakes are very prominent.

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Pretty Beautiful Unlimited: Nectar

  • Description: a lightly tinted multichrome base that shifts red to bronze to copper with micro holo flakies and purple to red to gold crystal chameleon flakies
  • Inspiration: an Ancient Rome glass bottle
  • Price: $12
  • Cap: 140

Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. Formula is dense and rich on application, and really pops if you go in thin and slowly build it up. There’s a ton going on here and lots of sparkles.

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Pretty Beautiful Unlimited: Ambrosia Wax Sampler

  • Description: Ambrosia Wax Sampler – 15 scent sampler inspired by ancient Roman food, drink and perfume! Scents include:Amber & Lavender, Black Currant Vanilla & Amber, Cabernet Crush, Frankincense & Myrrh, Basil, Glowing Amber, Lilac, Muscadine, Rosewood & Musk, Sage Leaf, Sandalwood Rose, Sandalwood Vanilla, Sweet Vanilla Patchouli, Tuscan Wine and Wisteria
  • Inspiration: Ancient Rome food, perfume
  • Price: $8
  • Cap: 90 bags

PBU is bringing back her adorable sample bag full of smelly good wax. This time we have earthy tones that smells so lovely and warm. Each one smells lovely and there’s a perfect mix of scents to choose from if bakery scents aren’t your thing.

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Quixotic polish: The Sacred Peacock

  • Description: a medium dusty blue base with violet to gold to green multichrome shimmer
  • Inspiration: Zeus and Hero (Polished for Day’s created a shade that goes together with this one)
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: TBA

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is creamy and smooth on application and plumps out easily. The shimmer is very strong, and appears mostly as that violet shade in my swatches with an easy gold and green color roll at angles.

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Vapid.: Body Butter in the scent Pestilence

  • Description: scented in Pestilence to match the polish and has scent notes of: smokey sweet tabacco laced with musky vanilla, with the clean hint of lavender and the smoothness of tonka bean. Is in a 4 ounce tub.
  • Inspiration: Pestilence
  • Price: $10
  • Cap: None

I’m picky on butter. Like, really picky. I have two shelves in my bathroom of all the brands I’ve tried and hoarded. I was very excited to see that Vapid was bringing butter to the table and I love it. It’s on the heavier feeling when you use in, and moisturizes perfectly. I prefer my butters to behave like… well, butter and this does it. It’s whipped and dense, but melts as you rub it in. The scent is lovely and very unisex, with the sweet tobacco and vanilla at the forefront. You can catch undertones of lavender and Tonka bean at the ends of the scent. Very pleasant and not overwhelming. Definitely recommend.

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Vapid.: Pestilence

  • Description: a black jelly base with lightly scattered holo, as well as blue to purple to pink to aqua to green shifting iridescent flakes
  • Inspiration: Pestilence
  • Price: $13
  • Cap: 400US/20UK

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like but builds up crazy fast to opacity for a black jelly. The flakes are prominent against the inky background and appear in a lovely iridescent manner.

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Polish Pickup opens March 6th at 11am EST through March 9th at 11:59pm EST. Wish listing is currently open, so get in there and get those orders ready! Be sure to check out my swatch video to see these in action!

Thanks so much for reading! ❤