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Hello lovely readers! It’s that time again! Polish Pickup is right around the corner and this month we have my FAVORITE theme. I know, every month I say I love the creations and inspirations but this month is just damn epic. There’s bright colors, confetti, sweet and bakery scents, and adorable charms. This month I have my biggest post yet at 31 items. Those of you who also watch the swatch video: I tried keeping it as short as possible! Let’s dive right into this sweet smorgasbord!

Alchemy Lacquers: Darkside

  • Description: – a vampy dark blue with green/blue/purple/pink shifting shimmer with a scattered linear holographic finish
  • Inspiration: Darkside Skittles
  • Price: $11.50
  • Cap: 125 US/10 UK

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is a bit crelly like and builds up quickly. There’s a lovely purple color roll at extreme angles.

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Apipila: Sweet Pink

  • Description: a pink stamping polish
  • Price: $9.00
  • Cap: 80US/20UK

Swatches show it as the pink swirl stamp in the background. This stamps excellent, and I had no trouble getting clean images from it. I do want to note, that in the swatch video you can see better detailing on my stamps, please note that any gaps you see is because I do not have pure acetone to properly clean my plates right now. I’m using some store bought polish remover and it’s been utter garbage for stamping. I do apologize about that, I’m trying my luck in stores for acetone but I haven’t found any yet!

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Apipila: Candy Land Plate

  • Description: a stamping plate inspired by Candy Land
  • Inspiration: Candy Land
  • Price: $14.50
  • Cap: None

This plate is roughly the size of standard larger plates, especially if you’re familiar with Uber Chic plates. It is etched deeply, and also stamps wonderfully. I was totally going to grab this one anyway as it’s insanely cute. Below are two other stamping looks I created with it.

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Baroness X: Acetone Antidote in the scent Violet Sweets

  • Description: an additive for your acetone to protect your skin from the harshness of acetone. It contains glycerin and jojoba oil to help protect and moisturize your nails, skin, and cuticles during polish removal. Plus, no more ashy, dry skin! Shake the vial and add the full bottle (.5oz) to 6-8oz of acetone. You can add the vial to more or less (down to 4oz of acetone per vial). These are just suggestions for optimal scent and protection from acetone, the ratio can vary due to personal preference.
  • Inspiration: Choward’s violet candy, a violet scent with candy notes.
  • Price: $4.25
  • Cap: None

When I normally have pure acetone, I love using one vial of this in my 8 ounce pump bottle. I also use one drop of this in a dappen dish with acetone for clean up too. This stuff is wonderful and leaves behind a lingering scent with moisturized cuticles. This month’s scent is lovely, its got a strong candy note but also an equally strong violet scent. It smells awesome.

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Baroness X: Sweet Freeze

  • Description: a medium orchid with purple/pink/bronze/gold/green shifting shimmer and tony holo flakies
  • Inspiration: Skittles cooler ice cream bars
  • Price: $12.00
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like with a bit of squish to it. Those with shorter nails might be able to get away with two coats.

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Blush Lacquers: Here Fishy Fishy

  • Description: A royal blue crelly base with a sea of red-orange-gold shifting multichrome flakes and a pink-orange shifting shimmer.
  • Inspiration: Swedish Fish
  • Price: $10.75
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is creamy and smooth and self levels perfectly.

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By Dany Vianna: Zombie Rainbow 

  • Description: a crelly grey base packed with multicolored metallic micro flakies.
  • Inspiration: Zombie Skittles (the LE Halloween bag)
  • Price: $11.50
  • Cap: 200 US/10 UK

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula applies like a cream, and is very self leveling too.

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By Vanessa Molina: Wild Berry

  • Description: a blue to purple thermal with violet shimmer and iridescent flakes purple/pink/blue.
  • Inspiration: Tropical Skittles
  • Price: $13.00
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula apples like a crelly and the transition properties are very reactive. I almost feel like there’s a third color between the dark purple cold state and the light blue warm state.

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Cameo Colours Lacquers: Orange You Glad I Had Chocolate?
  • Description: a warm chocolatey brown jelly base, full of red to green shimmer, semi-linear holographic sparkle, and holographic micro flakes.
  • Inspiration: a shimmery photo of beautiful, chocolate orange flavored gin
  • Price: $11.50
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is crelly like and builds up quickly. I think most will be able to get away with two coats on this.

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Crystal Knockout: Lady Lolly

  • Description: A thermal that goes from bubblegum pink when cool to a soft gold when warm with a subtle white shimmer and matte glitters in pink and yellow
  • Inspiration: Princess Lolly from Candy Land
  • Price: $11
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula has a crelly feel on application with a touch of squish. Both states are soft and delicate, but obvious between one another. Easy color change depending on temperature.

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Cupcake Polish: Rock My World

  • Description: A purply-pink jelly brimming with orange to gold to green shifting iridescent flakes and a complementing orange to gold to green shifting iridescent shimmer.
  • Inspiration: Rock candy
  • Price: $13
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like but builds up quickly. I think I could have stopped at two coats, but wanted to see what a third thin coat would appear as. The base color is a tricky thing. It really depends on your lighting how pink or how purple tinted it is.

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Cuticula: Power Couple Duo

  • Description: ‘Sweet Escape’ a candied effervescent concoction of pink lemon, citron, candied strawberry and lime zest with loads of sugar cane followed with ripe berries.
  • Info:
      • Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat:
        • 5 free – Quick dry – Hours of amazing scent – The formula is not too thick, not too thin – Glossy shine – Non smearing – Non shrinking – Dries to a rock hard finish – Keeps your mani protected and long lasting.
      •  Mic Drop Base Coat: Formula is ridge filling, has sticky adhesion, all while strengthening the nails. Wear in 2 coats alone or one coat under your favorite nail polish. This 3-in-1 Base Coat contains Ridge Filler, Sticky Base Coat, and Strengthening Base Coat.
        • Benefits: 5 free – Dries quickly – Fills ridges and creates an incredibly smooth surface on the nails – Creates a sticky bond between your nail and polish for longer wear time. – Helps defend against staining – Protects Against Breaking or Splitting – Durable Protection – Keeps your mani protected and long lasting.
  • Price: $16.00
  • Cap: None

I did a little nail art with the duo inspired by what I was smelling. My nose picks up a delightful strawberry lemonade with a strong cane sugar undertone. Wait for your topcoat to dry down and you’ll start smelling the scent. When applying the topcoat, make sure to use the bead method and you’ll get no streaking and lovely plumping action. I really like wearing the mic drop base coat at two coats when I am between swatching for strength and protection.

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Cuticula: Magically Delicious

  • Description: a soft purple crelly with gold, royal blue, fuchsia, and green metallic flakes, orange, bright pink, violet, and baby blue holographic micro flakes, and micro gold metallic flakes.
  • Inspiration: Unicorn Bark
  • Price: $12.00
  • Cap: 340US/10UK

Swatches show three coats with Limitless topcoat. Formula is smooth and crelly like on application. If you have shorter nails, you might be able to get away with two coats.

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DRK Nails: Raspberry in Blue

  • Description: a blue jelly base mixed with red/gold/green iridescent flakes
  • Inspiration: 7belo (a Brazilian candy)
  • Price: $13.00
  • Cap: 200 US/ 10 UK

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like and builds up quickly. Looking back, I think I could have stopped at two coats. If you polish lightly, then I’d suggest going up to three coats. This is just a touch darker in person, though the flakes are very vibrant still.

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DRK Nails: Too Much Fun

  • Description: a multicolored mix of 7 different iridescent/pastel flakes.
  • Inspiration: sprinkles over a Brigadeiro (a Brazilian candy)
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: 150 US/10 UK

Swatches show one coat over an off white cream with topcoat. Formula is jelly like, has loads of squish, and excellent flakie payoff.

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Esmaltes da Kelly: Skittles Original

  • Description: a thermal polish clear/red (warm/cold) with matte glitters in red, orange, yellow, green and purple.
  • Inspiration: Original Skittles
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: 300 US/20 UK

Swatches show two coats with Esmaltes da Kelly glitter smoothing topcoat duo. Formula is jelly like and rich, and builds up quickly. This has excellent glitter payoff on the brush strokes. It is thirsty for topcoat, so I’d suggest something like the smoothing duo to remove any texture.

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Esmaltes da Kelly: Glitter Smoother Duo

  • Description: a glitter smoothing topcoat duo. Start off with the glitter smoother (the creamy looking one) and finish off with the glossy bottle.
  • Price: $15.00
  • Cap: None

You can see this in action on my swatch video and in the above shots. It is absolutely a must if you’re a glitter lover like myself. You apply the cloudy one first, wait a few minutes and then finish off with the glossy topcoat. This definitely smooths out any texture from harsh glitters.

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Fair Maiden: Limey Bean

  • Description:  a neon chartreuse packed with iridescent orange – green flake and shimmer
  • Inspiration: bright neon green lemon-lime jelly beans
  • Price: $11
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is crelly like and has a strong squish factor to it. In person, the base color looks exactly like a crushed highlighter on your nails. It’s very vibrant and neon.

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Glisten and Glow: Now and Later

  • Description: a white based glitter crelly packed with various sizes and shaped glitter in pink, purple, red, yellow, and neon green.
  • Inspiration: Jill’s favorite childhood candy, Now and Laters
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: 250 US/ 15UK

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is crelly like but easy to apply and also has awesome glitter payoff on application. You might need an extra coat of topcoat to smooth everything out.

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Glisten and Glow: Cuticle Oil and Cuticle Remover duo

  • Description: both are scented in Now and Later: a custom blend of strawberry, fruit punch, apple and grape.
    • Cuticle Oil: is a blend of Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, argan oil, castor oil, acai berry extract, tea tree oil and fragrance.
    • Cuticle Remover: apply generously to your cuticle area and let sit for 60 seconds. Then gently push back with your favorite tool. Finally, wash hands and cuticles thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Price: $12.00
  • Cap: 180 US/15 UK

First off, this scent is awesome. I get a dominant strawberry top note, but it definitely smells like a Now and Later! The cuticle remover is of the gentler type, and works wonderfully. You can see a full tutorial on my swatch video.

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Lemming Lacquer: Peanut Butter Chocolate Time!

  • Description: a milk chocolate holo with multichrome shimmer shifting red, bronze, copper and gold. Inspired by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
  • Inspiration: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Price: $12.00
  • Cap: 250 bottles

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is rich and dense on the nail and heavily flirts with being a one coater.

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Night Owl Lacquer: Candy Coated

  • Description: a bright indigo crelly filled with iridescent color shifting crystal chameleon flakes
  • Inspiration: brightly colored candy coating
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula applies like a smooth jelly but builds up quickly. For some, I think two coats will be just fine. No issues with the flakes, and no texture after topcoat.

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Pahlish: Mochi Meow

  • Description: Mochi kittens
  • Inspiration:  a pale grey with a ton of glowing pink to soft gold shifting shimmer
  • Price: $13.00
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is crelly like but super creamy on application with strong self leveling properties. This leans more neutral on me, and I’m digging it.

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Penelope Luz: Apple Love

  • Description: a deep, cool toned vampy red base with shimmery warm red magnetic pigment and some scattered holo
  • Inspiration: A popular Brazilian treat (candy apples)
  • Price: $12.00
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats, then magnetized with Magic Magnetic topcoat (from a few PPU’s ago). Formula is dense and rich on application and heavily flirts with being a one coater.

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Penelope Luz: Sweet and Shine

  • Description: an effect topcoat that’s a clear base with medium silver magnetic pigment, galaxy gold glitters and little iridescent flake
  • Inspiration:
  • Price: $12.00
  • Cap: None

Swatches show one coat over a purple cream, then magnetized with the Magic Magnetic topcoat. This gives lots of flakie payoff with one coat, and the magnetic line is a strong silver with lots of movement.

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Poetry Cowgirl Polish: Peppermint Stick

  • Description: a minty green based packed with red-gold shifting shimmer and a hint of red-green aurora pigment
  • Inspiration: red and green candy canes
  • Price: $12.00
  • Cap: TBA

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula feels creamy and jelly like. Overall, I’d say this is a more delicate shade so if you have a prominent free edge, you might want to wear a color correcting base.

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Pretty Beautiful Unlimited: Melts in Your Mouth

  • Description: a purple to blue to pink tri-thermal loaded with glowing indigo/purple Aurora shimmer and a mix of 3 crystal chameleon flakies
  • Inspiration: Pink and purple M&Ms
  • Price: $11.50
  • Cap: 150 US/10 UK

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is squishy and jelly like. The thermal properties are very reactive and you can easily see three colors depending on your temperature.

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Pretty Beautiful Unlimited: Wax Sampler

  • Description: 15 scent sampler including: Blue Raspberry Candy, Bubble Gum, Grape Airheads, Gummy Bears, Jelly Beans, Jolly Ranchers, Lemon Drops, Pop Rock Candies, Salt Water Taffy, Salted Butterscotch, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Sweet Tarts , Watermelon Taffy & Whipped Marshmallow Cream
  • Inspiration: the floor to ceiling candy shops in the mall, where you can fill your bag with any sweets
  • Price: $8.00
  • Cap: 150 US/10 UK

This month’s sampler is so fun. There’s even a little lolipop pendant in there (I’m totally hiding mine from my son). The scents are spot on this month, and so far, every time I’ve melted anything from these samplers the throw is awesome.

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Quixotic Polish: Delici-Oso!

  • Description: a deep maroon base giving way to a steel blue shimmer that shifts from purple to magenta and even orange at extreme angles
  • Inspiration: purple and blue gummie bears
  • Price: $13
  • Cap: TBA

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is dense and rich on application and very smooth. This one is crazy shifty. You’ll easily see a strong rich blue with purple at the angles. In extreme angles it lights up with a strong magenta, with a hint of orange.

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Supernatural Lacquer: All Treats No Tricks *Proceeds from this polish will be donated to “Harvest for the Hungry”

  • Description: A spooky black base with orange to green Halloween shimmer
  • Inspiration: Halloween candy
  • Price: $11.50
  • Cap: 75 US/5 UK

Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like, but smooth and easy to build up.

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Vapid.: Candy Paint

  • Description: a magenta pink color dripping with flakes, shimmer, and holographic mist.
  • Inspiration: The candy colors that custom cars and classic muscle are adorned with
  • Price:
  • Cap: 400US/20UK

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is medium like and very smooth on application. I don’t think my swatches did this one justice, so definitely check out my swatch video to see it better. There’s loads of flakie goodness and shimmer action.

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Polish Pickup goes live May 1st at 11am EST through May 4th at 11:59pm EST. Wish listing should open up soon, I’m fairly certain I saw they were shooting for Sunday (tomorrow). Be sure to check out my swatch video were I tried really hard to keep it short and sweet (haha)!

Thanks so much for reading!