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Top Shelf Lacquer - After A Spring Rain Wax Melts (June Polish Pickup)

It's me, again.

While I know my nail polish obsession is pretty apparent, did all y'all also know that I am equally as addicted to wax melts? There's just something so cozy about my house smelling how I feel.

Top Shelf Lacquer is one of my favourite polish brands that also makes wax melts and I have been melting Amy's blends for a while and am so impressed with the throw and longevity of the wax.

After a Spring Rain is an in-house blend of fresh cut grass and garden greens with a hint of mint for a refreshing kick.  It has undertones of spring flowers and sandalwood for some added warmth.

After melting this wax, grass blends have shot up to the top of my list of favourite things to melt during the summer.  I have always been a fruity summer melter but the scent here is just so stereotypically summer that I feel like this will be my go-to blend for the season.  My husband, who is very vocally adverse to anything floral, quite liked this scent as well (so much that he had put in his own cube yesterday while I was working.....that's how I know he loves it).

I added a block of 'After a Spring Rain' to an already hot warmer and the wax melted within five minutes. Within 2-3 minutes I was starting to get the throw, and by the 15-20 minute mark it was obvious throughout our home.  I left the wax in for close to 50 hours before changing it and I felt like there was still life left in the scent.

These melts are 2.7oz and retail for $4.50USD.  No cap is planned.

Will you be grabbing this today?

Top Shelf Lacquer - I'm Only Happy When It Rains (June Polish Pickup Exclusive)

Hi everyone!

It's been a while again but when I come back, I always come back with a doozy!  Today is PPU day and I have Top Shelf Lacquer's exclusive for the month based on the theme of weather.  Amy, the brand owner, took a little liberty (which I love when it happens) and based this month's colour on the 90s song 'I'm Only Happy When It Rains' by Garbage.  This is a picture heavy post, so I'll get to it.

This polish is described as having a cool minty base, with a pink and blue shimmer, illusion flakes, and glass fleck.  I absolutely love the base colour for this polish.  Depending on lighting and skin tone, it can lean more green or blue.  I would describe it as the same kind of colour you would see in a glacier lake.  The flakes and shimmer and fleck (glass fleck is my hands down favourite finish) just add so much dimension.

I used three really thin coats for full coverage of my nails.  It has a creme-jelly base, so my recommendation is to allow each coat to slightly dry before adding the next coat to prevent any dragging. Amy has really perfected her formula for this type of polish and it quite literally stayed exactly where I put it before spreading over the nail. For me, it dried slightly demi-matte so I added a glossy quick dry top coat to make the shimmer, flakes, and fleck just pop.

'I'm Only Happy When It Rains' will be available from Polish Pickup starting today, June 7th and run until Monday, June 10th. It is not capped and will cost $13USD.

See you all there!

Black Lace Cosmetics - Until Darkness Dies Collection

Happy Monday, Friends!!

I'm back today with a collection from an up and coming Canadian brand, Black Lace Cosmetics.  BLC has been around for a while but I feel like with the rise of Polish Pickup smaller brands are starting to get more exposure.

The Until Darkness Dies Collection is a five polish collection of mixed finishes and colour families. I always like a mix of finishes so that everyone can find something you like. It has been inspired by Laura Thalassa's book 'Until Darkness Dies'. I love how much of a reader Amber-Marie is and how she is inspired by reading indie books. 

Midnight Siren

Midnight Siren is a green to good to blue duochrome. This polish is super light reflective so I would describe the finish as an almost foil look.  On my skin tone, the gold just pushed its way through and it felt like it danced through green to gold all day.

I used three whisper thin coats of Midnight Siren to reach full opacity. The formula was smooth as satin and dried quickly. Removal was easy as pie though I do recommend a little butter around the cuticles because told gold shimmers just wanted to stick around.

Compelling Magic

Compelling Magic is described as an orange to red to purple multichrome. This one looks like a sunset on the nail and I absolutely love it.  I wasn't expecting just how much and it's my favourite of the collection!

Compelling Magic needed three coats for full opacity. One coat over black also works but I loved it on its own so much that it was worth the extra coat. Applied a little sheer but built up nicely.

Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare is a teal-leaning blue with gold shimmer.  This one reminded me so much of one of my favourite brands of all-time, Bitch by Jaclyn.  The shimmer just catches the light so well.

I needed only two coats of Truth or Dare for full coverage. Due to the shimmer pigment, I did find that it was a little brushstroke-y but floating on the second coat (the brush not actually touching the nail) made it a little less noticeable.

Thief of Souls

Thief of Souls is described as a smokey greyed purple with red shimmer.  I wish I had worn this polish over a black because I don't think my swatches really does it justice.  I would describe it as a greyed out purple jelly with red shimmer swimming in it.  One of those types of colours that is almost impossible to describe and every person would describe it differently.

I used three coats for opacity. My nail line is really strong (because my nail beds are so short and my free edge is so long) so the photos show it much sheerer than it is in person. Three coats provided me with the coverage I felt comfortable with in person.

Three Hundred and Twenty Two Favors

Three Hundred and Twenty Two Favors is a green to purple duochrome in a black base.  I used this polish over a black base coat to really let the green to purple pop.  This is the most popular of the chrome shifts and it's easy to see why. It's such a noticeable, attention grabbing change in colour.  The black creme under it really allowed the chrome to do its thing.

I used one coat of Three Hundred and Twenty Two Favors over a one coat black creme. It went on as smooth as butter and I wore this for days without chipping or wear.

The Until Darkness Dies Collection is available now for $60.00CAD or for $12.50CAD separately.  BlackLace Cosmetics offers free Canadian and US shipping over $60 or a flat rate of $8.00.

Which of these is your favourite?

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Ever After - Under the Iron Sea (March 2019 PPU Exclusive)

I have one last polish to share from this weekend's upcoming Polish Pickup 'Album Covers' release.  Ever After has taken on Keane's sophomore album, Under the Iron Sea and created a polish that just needs to find its way onto your wish list. Under the Iron Sea is an album that is based on the realities of finally achieving what you set out to do and the pros and cons that come with it so this deep, moody polish perfectly captured the colours of the cover art as well as the feel of the music.

Under the Iron Sea is a deep navy holo with blue shifting aurora shimmer and navy blue holo hex and micro flakes. For me, I saw a blackened teal jelly base with small dark microflakes and a strong tightly scattered holo flare. The holo is really prominent in person and my bright lights kind of washed that out.  You can see it better in the macro shots.

I'm not much one for green polish or blue polish but when you give me a deep teal polish, it's always instant love.  I knew from the second I unwrapped this bottle that I was going to love how it looks. I was right.  This is the type of colour I could wear forever.

Like the album this polish is based on, the formula of Under the Iron Sea is perfection.  Jelly holos really work well for me, especially given I have such a strong c-curve (especially on my ring finger). The jelly applies easily and then stays where it's put. The first coat was slightly transparent but the second covered my nail line perfectly!  Easy application and removal.

Under the Iron Sea will be available for $11 from March 1st - March 4th at Polish Pickup.

Will you be adding this to your ever extending list?

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Fiendish Fancies - Famous Blue Raincoat (March 2019 PPU Exclusive)

"Leonard Cohen isn't a singer. He's a poet who sings."
-Author unknown

Happy Sunday morning, everyone!  I'm back again today with another polish for this week's upcoming Polish Pickup 'Album Cover' release.

I will be the first person to admit that I am not hugely into Leonard Cohen. I like his music and feel like the above mentioned quote about him being a poet is spot on. I am more familiar with Cohen's poetry than his music thanks to a high school english teacher who used his poems often when introducing new novels and themes.  You cannot argue Cohen's influence and talent, however.  So, I was not one bit surprised to read that Lara over at Fiendish Fancies decided to create a polish based on one of my personal favourites by Cohen, Famous Blue Raincoat. Even better, she decided to use the cover that was done by Jennifer Warnes which includes Cohen's music and lyrics but changed to focus on the female perspective of the song.

Famous Blue Raincoat is a  bright navy blue base filled with gold flakes and a blue shimmer and subtle holo sparkle.  This polish looks different depending on lighting and skin tone, like most blues would.  My fellow bloggers who received this polish really brought out some of the differences of this polish.  My swatches you see here are true to how the colour looked to my eye when wearing it.

Fiendish Fancies' polishes are always the ones that I get stopped about the most by non-nail polish people when I am out and about doing my thing.  I can't remember a time when I was wearing one of Lara's polishes when someone out in the world didn't stop me to ask me what it was.

Famous Blue Raincoat is almost a one coater polish. I used two coats for the purpose of photography but I probably could have gotten away with just one.  It did dry down to what I would call a demi-matte finish.  Not matte enough to be called a matte but enough that I wanted to use the topcoat to really bring out the depth of the flakes in this polish.  Fiendish Fancies wears really well on me and I got 5 days without any noticeable wear before I changed it.

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Famous Blue Raincoat will be available from Polish Pickup starting March 1st until March 4th. There is a cap of 100 bottles (US/Canada) and 20 bottles (UK) and will retail for $12.

Do you think Lara captured the spirit of Cohen's song?

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