Nail Mail Monday: October Polish Pickup

I’m super excited because I actually have a Nail Mail Monday post. Woo Hoo! My October Polish Pickup order arrived late last week, and I can’t wait to share them with you guys.

Remember how I went completely nutsy-cuckoo during the October PPU last year? I think I bought 12 or 13 polishes, which is still my record for any one PPU sale. It was a frenzy, I tell ‘ya. A frenzy!

The October theme was “Villains”, so every maker themed their polish around a villain from a movie, TV show, book, etc. There was a lot of gorgeous and creative polish in this sale! And I was sorely tempted to go bonkers and repeat the Great Nail Polish Shopping Spree of 2017. But I didn’t! I ended up buying four polishes from the sale, and I’m proud of myself for being a “good girl”. (Well, sort of. I pretty much didn’t buy every polish I wanted because I’m already eyeing some collections. This cuts into my “good girl” credibility. But whatever. I’m going with it: I was such a good girl!!)

*As always, all the polish descriptions are from the PPU website.*


Dollish Polish, WOAH! Is My Hair Out? is a “slate blue-gray crelly scattered holo with blue shimmer and chunk full of silver holo micro glitters and royal, cobalt, and cerulean blue ultra chrome flakes.” This polish has a good formula. I found it easy to apply. It seemed sheer going onto my nails on the first coat, but it was nicely opaque for me in 2 coats.


The villainous inspiration behind this polish was none other than Hades from the Disney movie, Hercules. I’ve only seen this movie a couple of times, but, from what I remember, this polish really does justice to the character design.

From a purely polish fangirl standpoint, this beautiful polish has everything going for it. It is full of blues and grays, and both of those things are right up my alley. I love how it has a silky sort of look going onto the nail, but the sparkle factor is off the charts with this polish. I’m a big fan of chrome flakes (or, really, any kind of flakie … *ahem*), and I love the brighter pops of blue the flakes bring to this polish. This one wasn’t even on my radar when I went onto the website during the sale. But it had to come home with me.

I will say the one thing I don’t like about this polish — and this is more of a brand-wide thing with Dollish, in general — is the bottle and cap combination. Dollish comes in a square bottle with a small handle that is enclosed inside a larger, square plastic overlay. I have no problems with the brush size or even the smaller cap size. But I hate the big square overlay. I have (I think) 3 polishes from this brand, and that darn overlay is stuck on every single bottle. I take that back. Every bottle but one. I managed to get it off on one of the bottles after much swearing and a lot of struggle. That’s how I know there is normal-ish sized cap underneath. But the giant square top is not budging on the other two bottles. It makes getting a decent manicure a difficult task.


Lollipop Posse Lacquer, Your Name Belongs to Me Now is a “medium, navy-leaning blue that suspends red/green Aurora pigment, rust/red/green shifting multi chrome shimmer, and holographic flakes”. This polish has a stunning formula. It was opaque for me in 2 easy-peasy coats, and it was almost opaque in 1!


The inspirational villain for this polish was Yubaba from Spirited Away.

So, let’s get real. I HAD to have this because it is a sister polish to my much beloved Spirit of the Kohaku River. Both polishes are based on the movie Spirited Away. I love that movie on so many levels. I must have watched it at least a thousand times, and it speaks to me each and every time I see it. In terms of favorite Studio Ghibli movies (and even favorite anime movies), it is second only to Howl’s Moving Castle. It would not have mattered what color this polish was or what it looked like, it was going to come home with me!

You guys … I love this polish. It is so, so, so beautiful. It is calm, but it has a dangerous sort of feeling about it, due to the shimmery reds and bronzes that shift and color-change throughout the base color. I love how steely and gray-toned the base is, but there is also a decent amount of blue in here. This polish ticks so many boxes for me, and I think it is quickly going to become a favorite and much-treasured part of my stash.

Also, I’m just going to leave this here: Someone needs to do a whole collection based on Spirited Away. Oh! And Howl’s Moving Castle, too. Where do I go to start that petition?


Noodles Nail Polish, Proclamations is a “raspberry pink jelly packed with pink holo glitters, pink shimmer, and pink flakes”. This polish has an okay formula. I don’t think the formula was necessarily bad, but my bottle was quite a bit thicker than I expected it to be. It is pretty much opaque in 1 coat. I used 2 for my swatch picture. I am currently wearing this one in a manicure, and I used 2 coats for that, too. I kind of wish I had stuck to only 1, though.


The villain behind this polish is none other than Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter universe. Remember her oh-so-tidy hairdo and rather creepy love of all things pink? Um … yeah! This polish is perfect for her.

You guys already know what I am about to say. But here goes: I’m not a pink-loving gal. I know, I know. I say this all the time. Usually right after I have purchased yet another pink polish. I think I need to step back and admit I am falling more in love with this color.

In particular, I love the idea of this gorgeously deep and rich blue-toned pink. I think it shows a little more “red” in my swatch photo, but more of a true pink in the macro shot. In real life, the color is closer to the macro photo. It is a rich, deep, and unexpectedly sparkly pink. I love the color of it and the blingy sparkle.

I have to admit I don’t love how thick this polish is. It is the one drawback to it for me. I found it dried textured on my nails, and I did not enjoy this one as a 1-coater. I am thinking about putting some thinner into my bottle, but I want to wear it at least one more time before I do that.


Quixotic Polish, Bug Day is a “blackened navy base packed with lime green/indigo shifting flakes, green/teal micro flakes and a touch of holo micro flakes”. This polish has an amazing formula. It goes onto the nail like a dream, and it is opaque in 2 easy-peasy coats.


This mysteriously dark and glistening polish was inspired by The Ooogie Boogie Man from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Truthfully, I am not a super fan of this movie. I have seen it a couple of times, and I enjoyed it. But I don’t remember much from it. In particular, I don’t remember anything about the Oogie Boogie Man, even though he was the main bad guy in the movie! I can hear legions of Nightmare Before Christmas fans gnashing their teeth and cursing me from behind their computer screens even as I type this. Well, not “legions”. I don’t think that many people actually look at this blog. But maybe, like … 2?

I am absolutely and completely a super fan of this polish, though! This is, far and away, my absolute favorite polish from October’s sale. I love how it glistens through every layer of base and flakey goodness. It is dark and mysterious and a little bit creepy. And it reminds me of the shiny iridescence a beetle has. This is one of those polishes that floors me, and I can’t stop looking at it when it is on my nails. I’ve already worn it in a full manicure, and I really want to wear it again. Like, now.


For the last couple of PPU posts, I haven’t added the additional information about the sale. I think anyone finding this blog probably already knows about the sale, particularly since it has been around for a while now. But, just in case, here goes:

Polish Pickup is an online indie shop where you can browse and purchase from many different indie polish makers. Each month, there is a theme, and all the makers base their polishes on that theme. The sale can be found at This sale operates as a pre-sale. Once the sale closes, each maker has a certain amount of time in which to prepare their polishes. These are then shipped to a central location. From there, the genius polish fairies behind PPU pack up every order and ship all that nail polish loveliness to the rest of us! Shipping is a flat rate of $3 in the US and $5 in Canada. I believe the site ships internationally, too, but I don’t remember the shipping rate.

November’s sale starts on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10AM CST. It will end on Monday, November 5, 2018. The theme for November is “Bad Ass Women”. I just checked, and it looks like the site is already open for viewing. You can’t officially shop until the sale starts, but this gives you plenty of time to browse the selections and create your wishlist!


I remain happily in lust with the idea behind Polish Pickup. Out of all the polish things I have discovered over the last year or year and a half, I think this one might be my favorite. I love how it gives me access to many different indie makers. It also gives me the chance to try brands that interest me without feeling like I have to invest in a whole collection.

What about you guys? Have you shopped Polish Pickup? Did you shop the October sale? If so, what did you buy? Are you planning to shop November’s sale? I would love to hear all about it!



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