Nail Polish Discussion - Any Brand

PearlyQueen

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Oh sorry you missed out.

I ordered from PPU, ended up getting 6, swapped out the Penelope Luz and added the Lemming and Ard As Nails. Wasn't sure about the KBShimmer, but got it anyway.
Thanks, it's worse than an EP launch trying to get one of those...
Oo, nice! I liked the KBShimmer!
 

Anitacska

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Here are my latest manis. I really haven't worn polish much (my nails are naked right now), so not many to show. Not even sure why I'm still buying polishes. Ah well.

First is Enchanted Polish October 2015 topped with Different Dimension Drops of Jupiter on the accents. I promptly regretted the DD as the blooming star glitters started sticking up and getting caught on things. I like the look of those, but hate them on my nails, they never lie flat!

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Next is Starrily Indigo Child. This was nice.

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This is Glam Polish Let Them Eat Cake. This was quite nice. I took the second picture a day later, so apologies for the chipping.

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Next is Picture Polish Tink. This is such a pretty one. Unfortunately I missed the sunshine, was too busy with work.

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Finally this is Emily de Molly I Forbid It! Again, apologies for the pictures and the chipping, I didn't get around to take pictures outside in the daylight. (I sound like a broken record!)

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PearlyQueen

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Here are my latest manis. I really haven't worn polish much (my nails are naked right now), so not many to show. Not even sure why I'm still buying polishes. Ah well.

First is Enchanted Polish October 2015 topped with Different Dimension Drops of Jupiter on the accents. I promptly regretted the DD as the blooming star glitters started sticking up and getting caught on things. I like the look of those, but hate them on my nails, they never lie flat!

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Next is Starrily Indigo Child. This was nice.

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This is Glam Polish Let Them Eat Cake. This was quite nice. I took the second picture a day later, so apologies for the chipping.

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Next is Picture Polish Tink. This is such a pretty one. Unfortunately I missed the sunshine, was too busy with work.

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Finally this is Emily de Molly I Forbid It! Again, apologies for the pictures and the chipping, I didn't get around to take pictures outside in the daylight. (I sound like a broken record!)

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Hey Anita, sorry I've been AWOL - family were down for a while and both jobs have been very busy since I last was here. lovely to see your manis! I do love a star glitter, but I know they can be troublesome. It looks really cute though! And Tink is stunning, definitely my favourite of these ones. I hope my "holiday" has given you time to feel more positive x I have several lots of mani pics in my camera, but never time to upload, edit and post ;( I hope to do it soon though! On the plus side, I haven't been spending money on polish recently, I blew it all on socialising with my brother. Not long till BF though. Not sure how Glam will work this year with the UK stuff. I'm not overly keen on the new collection coming out soon though. Take care xxx
 

Anitacska

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Hey Anita, sorry I've been AWOL - family were down for a while and both jobs have been very busy since I last was here. lovely to see your manis! I do love a star glitter, but I know they can be troublesome. It looks really cute though! And Tink is stunning, definitely my favourite of these ones. I hope my "holiday" has given you time to feel more positive x I have several lots of mani pics in my camera, but never time to upload, edit and post ;( I hope to do it soon though! On the plus side, I haven't been spending money on polish recently, I blew it all on socialising with my brother. Not long till BF though. Not sure how Glam will work this year with the UK stuff. I'm not overly keen on the new collection coming out soon though. Take care xxx

Thanks. We have good(ish) days and bad days, but at least they haven't run off since I last wrote, so that's good. Work has been less busy, it's just the usual daily stuff at the moment and my colleague is around, so it's much easier.

Nice that you spent some fun time with your brother. I wish my sister visited us, but she can't be bothered. She last came for our wedding in 1999.

I bought 4 polishes from HHC and sent them to Stackry. I'm not really sure about the new Glams, haven't seen that many swatches yet either. I saw that the PfD BF sale starts at 2 am our time, I definitely won't be ordering in the middle of the night, so hoping stuff won't sell out. Or I might order from Harlow, I think they still ship to the UK. Do you know about their BF sale? I think EdM will be middle of the night too unfortunately. Ah, the joys of work! I finally have money, but can't stay up in the night to buy stuff! (I do like my job and colleagues though, so it's okay.)
 

Anitacska

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Anne, have you ordered from Alchemy Lacquers lately? I quite like the look of their new collection and considering buying from them. They deliver to the UK and will have a $7 off shipping code for BF. Do you know how much is shipping and if they mark down packages? Or shall I just send them to Stackry?

Anyway, my last PPU UK order arrived last weekend, they are both very pretty.

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PearlyQueen

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Thanks. We have good(ish) days and bad days, but at least they haven't run off since I last wrote, so that's good. Work has been less busy, it's just the usual daily stuff at the moment and my colleague is around, so it's much easier.

Nice that you spent some fun time with your brother. I wish my sister visited us, but she can't be bothered. She last came for our wedding in 1999.

I bought 4 polishes from HHC and sent them to Stackry. I'm not really sure about the new Glams, haven't seen that many swatches yet either. I saw that the PfD BF sale starts at 2 am our time, I definitely won't be ordering in the middle of the night, so hoping stuff won't sell out. Or I might order from Harlow, I think they still ship to the UK. Do you know about their BF sale? I think EdM will be middle of the night too unfortunately. Ah, the joys of work! I finally have money, but can't stay up in the night to buy stuff! (I do like my job and colleagues though, so it's okay.)
Not running off is a good start xxx
I did enjoy my brother's visit - we did stuff every single day for a week, and it's the first socialising I've done since pandemic, so it was a bit stressful but also enjoyable. I've been glad to get back to normal as well though, I thought all the mixing might have made me a bit less Covid-stressed, but it hasn't :(
I'm not taken with the new Glams at all, and I don't think I have anything on my wishlist either - lots of polishes I like but nothing I feel I need, but there are doorbuster mysteries etc and maybe a chunky discount on some older shades might tempt me, it certainly did last year!
I've switched my in-office days around so I can do 3 x 2am launches on consecutive days! I was concerned I'd never get up for work the following morning if I was travelling (7am rising, as opposed to 8.30 when I work from home). I am currently looking at PfD 2am Thursday (and it is an enormous basket I've put together, which was a bit of a surprise!); Garden Path at 2am Friday; Nailed It at 10pm Friday; and Great Lakes at 2am Saturday. GLL have small batches releasing which I would like to get, but I doubt if I'll be fast enough - they seem to be about 50 at most in each batch (her last PPU polish sold out with a cap of 1150!!!) and the annoying 2-step verification slows checkout down way too much. I have a plan (she's offered to combine orders so this would work if it was fast enough!) - my fave small batch, do a single item checkout with card instead of Paypal, preferably with the long number copied and ready to paste... If I get it, yay, she will refund postage so I don't need to stop to enter the code. Next, back for the other small batches I would like, try to check those out, if they're not already gone, use the same method again. Finally, go back and order the non-limited new polishes, remember to use the free shipping code, and I should be able to get everything i want from that. But TBH, I think I won't even get the first one, never mind the others, and the 2am thing will have been a waste of time because the main collection will be available the next day anyway. At least it's the weekend for that one!
Garden Path and Nailed It won't be huge orders, and if I got everything I want from GLL it would be 9 polishes. They're all going to Stackry.
Alchemy are brilliant for Black Friday - I've never been charged customs from them, and the deals are generally awesome, so go for it! The new collection is very pretty.
 

PearlyQueen

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Anne, have you ordered from Alchemy Lacquers lately? I quite like the look of their new collection and considering buying from them. They deliver to the UK and will have a $7 off shipping code for BF. Do you know how much is shipping and if they mark down packages? Or shall I just send them to Stackry?

Anyway, my last PPU UK order arrived last weekend, they are both very pretty.

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These are really pretty!
 

Anitacska

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Not running off is a good start xxx
I did enjoy my brother's visit - we did stuff every single day for a week, and it's the first socialising I've done since pandemic, so it was a bit stressful but also enjoyable. I've been glad to get back to normal as well though, I thought all the mixing might have made me a bit less Covid-stressed, but it hasn't :(
I'm not taken with the new Glams at all, and I don't think I have anything on my wishlist either - lots of polishes I like but nothing I feel I need, but there are doorbuster mysteries etc and maybe a chunky discount on some older shades might tempt me, it certainly did last year!
I've switched my in-office days around so I can do 3 x 2am launches on consecutive days! I was concerned I'd never get up for work the following morning if I was travelling (7am rising, as opposed to 8.30 when I work from home). I am currently looking at PfD 2am Thursday (and it is an enormous basket I've put together, which was a bit of a surprise!); Garden Path at 2am Friday; Nailed It at 10pm Friday; and Great Lakes at 2am Saturday. GLL have small batches releasing which I would like to get, but I doubt if I'll be fast enough - they seem to be about 50 at most in each batch (her last PPU polish sold out with a cap of 1150!!!) and the annoying 2-step verification slows checkout down way too much. I have a plan (she's offered to combine orders so this would work if it was fast enough!) - my fave small batch, do a single item checkout with card instead of Paypal, preferably with the long number copied and ready to paste... If I get it, yay, she will refund postage so I don't need to stop to enter the code. Next, back for the other small batches I would like, try to check those out, if they're not already gone, use the same method again. Finally, go back and order the non-limited new polishes, remember to use the free shipping code, and I should be able to get everything i want from that. But TBH, I think I won't even get the first one, never mind the others, and the 2am thing will have been a waste of time because the main collection will be available the next day anyway. At least it's the weekend for that one!
Garden Path and Nailed It won't be huge orders, and if I got everything I want from GLL it would be 9 polishes. They're all going to Stackry.
Alchemy are brilliant for Black Friday - I've never been charged customs from them, and the deals are generally awesome, so go for it! The new collection is very pretty.
Wow, you sound really organised! There's no point in me moving my work from home days because I have to be up early anyway to take my youngest to the station at 7.45. My only late start is on Tuesdays because he doesn't have to go in until 11.40, so I can get up a bit later (but usually by 7.45 because I have to take Max to the park before work. He now stays with us on Mondays and Tuesdays since I'm home, which is nice, but kinda messes up my Tuesday mornings.)

Just be careful if you pay with your card instead of Paypal because you might get charged exchange fee by your card company. This happened to me when I booked flights and hotels for my middle one and for some reason had to pay in euros, so got charged a fee on top.

Thanks for letting me know about Alchemy. I'll see what their international shippign rate is, it might be better if I send them to Stackry since I'll have a box open anyway. I'll try not to buy too much stuff as I've spent quite a lot lately. It seems if I have a bit more money, I want to spend it all! I really should be saving as well!
 

PearlyQueen

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Wow, you sound really organised! There's no point in me moving my work from home days because I have to be up early anyway to take my youngest to the station at 7.45. My only late start is on Tuesdays because he doesn't have to go in until 11.40, so I can get up a bit later (but usually by 7.45 because I have to take Max to the park before work. He now stays with us on Mondays and Tuesdays since I'm home, which is nice, but kinda messes up my Tuesday mornings.)

Just be careful if you pay with your card instead of Paypal because you might get charged exchange fee by your card company. This happened to me when I booked flights and hotels for my middle one and for some reason had to pay in euros, so got charged a fee on top.

Thanks for letting me know about Alchemy. I'll see what their international shippign rate is, it might be better if I send them to Stackry since I'll have a box open anyway. I'll try not to buy too much stuff as I've spent quite a lot lately. It seems if I have a bit more money, I want to spend it all! I really should be saving as well!
I'm trying to be!
Shame about your early starts, no wonder you're knackered. And I'm glad to hear Max is doing OK.
Thanks for the warning, I rang my cc and asked about the fees, it's 1.25%, so not too bad - Paypal charge it too, they just hide it by manipulating the exchange rate, so it's worth it to me if I get what I'm after!
So you made me look at Alchemy and there are a couple I'd like to pick up, so I might end up adding them to my list as well.
I have saved a bit by cutting back, eBay sales and second job - I don't want to spend it all on polish, but Black Friday is one event I always planned to spend a bit of my savings on. I couldn't do this regularly but it comes but once a year! I thought I'd be doing Wildflower as well, but she doesn't seem to be playing this year - it was one of my bigger splurges last year.
 

PearlyQueen

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Manis!
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First up is Silenzio Bruno by Vanessa Molina - loved this, especially the huge flakies!

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Kathleen & Co - Festival Light. This was stunning.

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M&N Polish The Silent - this was a magnetic, but I tried the method where you rest your finger on the magnet while painting it (for the first time) - not sure if it's not a good magnetic polish, if the method didn't work with my magnet or if I just did a rubbish job, but the effect was completely invisible. Still nice without it though. I'm going to try more of my magnetics soon, I seem to have quite a few and I need to find out if I've got the knack for it before I buy more!

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Illyrian - Estrella. This is quite the chameleon! I expected a grey flakie when I bought it, it was more of a purple flakie in the bottle. Then in my low lighting when I was applying it, it was back to grey again, with a very prominent green to orange shifting shimmer plus flakies. Then in my halogens in the other room - holo flakie sparkle bomb with coloured flakies in a taupe base! In indirect daytime light, it's more purple with beautiful shifting flakes and a strong pink shimmer. Much more interesting than I expected when I bought it!

I keep breaking nails though, sorry about the weird shapes it's throwing up.
 

Anitacska

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Manis!
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First up is Silenzio Bruno by Vanessa Molina - loved this, especially the huge flakies!

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Kathleen & Co - Festival Light. This was stunning.

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M&N Polish The Silent - this was a magnetic, but I tried the method where you rest your finger on the magnet while painting it (for the first time) - not sure if it's not a good magnetic polish, if the method didn't work with my magnet or if I just did a rubbish job, but the effect was completely invisible. Still nice without it though. I'm going to try more of my magnetics soon, I seem to have quite a few and I need to find out if I've got the knack for it before I buy more!

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Illyrian - Estrella. This is quite the chameleon! I expected a grey flakie when I bought it, it was more of a purple flakie in the bottle. Then in my low lighting when I was applying it, it was back to grey again, with a very prominent green to orange shifting shimmer plus flakies. Then in my halogens in the other room - holo flakie sparkle bomb with coloured flakies in a taupe base! In indirect daytime light, it's more purple with beautiful shifting flakes and a strong pink shimmer. Much more interesting than I expected when I bought it!

I keep breaking nails though, sorry about the weird shapes it's throwing up.

These are very nice, especially the Kathleen & co and the Illyrian. Sorry to hear about the breakages. I've pretty much given up on my nails, just keep them short.
 

PearlyQueen

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I woke up at 2 am, ordered from PfD (got everything I wanted) and EdM (missed out on one polish, her sale started at 1 am). Did you get everything you wanted?
I stayed up (eyes propped open with matchsticks as I'd done two days in the office!), jumped in at launch and got all I wanted. Hoping I was early enough for the free polish! I got a load of the year's previous releases, the only "new" things I added were one mystery bag and Howlite. I generally don't go for the newest release on BF, keep those for next year with a bigger saving! I was pleased with my order, but it didn't feel like the normal massive bargain with the exchange rate as it is. I hope I don't get things I already own in the mystery bag, I have two of the ones she listed as possibles (both PPU ones, so hopefully the risk is just one dupe). I had a look at all the options, some appealed much more than others, I hate these lotteries! But I'm keeping my fingers crossed it works out. I probably should have skipped it but I didn't!
Tonight is Garden Path, and this time there isn't much I want again. The only BF deals are some small batches, of which I'd quite like to get 4, discounted bundles (none of which I want), free polish with purchase (which will be an old one, overpour or proto, not a specific release for BF) and free US shipping with a $50 order - I'll add one normal full price polish to the basket if I get the four I want so I can get the shipping. But the numbers on the small batches are very low, so I may get nothing at all if I miss those. She's not even releasing a new collection this time, and the small batches are not especially cheap. I got a decent order this time last year, with their Christmas collection, free gift with purchase of an LE polish and cheap doorbuster polishes, this year's event is not that exciting at all.
 

Anitacska

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I stayed up (eyes propped open with matchsticks as I'd done two days in the office!), jumped in at launch and got all I wanted. Hoping I was early enough for the free polish! I got a load of the year's previous releases, the only "new" things I added were one mystery bag and Howlite. I generally don't go for the newest release on BF, keep those for next year with a bigger saving! I was pleased with my order, but it didn't feel like the normal massive bargain with the exchange rate as it is. I hope I don't get things I already own in the mystery bag, I have two of the ones she listed as possibles (both PPU ones, so hopefully the risk is just one dupe). I had a look at all the options, some appealed much more than others, I hate these lotteries! But I'm keeping my fingers crossed it works out. I probably should have skipped it but I didn't!
Tonight is Garden Path, and this time there isn't much I want again. The only BF deals are some small batches, of which I'd quite like to get 4, discounted bundles (none of which I want), free polish with purchase (which will be an old one, overpour or proto, not a specific release for BF) and free US shipping with a $50 order - I'll add one normal full price polish to the basket if I get the four I want so I can get the shipping. But the numbers on the small batches are very low, so I may get nothing at all if I miss those. She's not even releasing a new collection this time, and the small batches are not especially cheap. I got a decent order this time last year, with their Christmas collection, free gift with purchase of an LE polish and cheap doorbuster polishes, this year's event is not that exciting at all.

I didn't order much from either, got 10 from PfD and 9 from EdM. Polishes are beginning to look more and more similar nowadays. I considered Howlite, but didn't get it in the end, perhaps I can get a decant from you? Let me know what you get in your mystery bags please. She said the free polish ran out at 3.10 am, so we should be good.

I'm only buying from Alchemy now (maybe), that's not until Friday night. My middle one is going to a concert tonight, so it'll be a late night for me, so I don't expect to be able to wait up tomorrow night. I'll see how it goes.
 

PearlyQueen

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I didn't order much from either, got 10 from PfD and 9 from EdM. Polishes are beginning to look more and more similar nowadays. I considered Howlite, but didn't get it in the end, perhaps I can get a decant from you? Let me know what you get in your mystery bags please. She said the free polish ran out at 3.10 am, so we should be good.

I'm only buying from Alchemy now (maybe), that's not until Friday night. My middle one is going to a concert tonight, so it'll be a late night for me, so I don't expect to be able to wait up tomorrow night. I'll see how it goes.
I got 11 "normal" polishes, Howlite, Mystery bag (1 x 3 polishes) and a backup of Snow, since I was ordering anyway and I've used it a few times already. (and the freebie, thanks for the update on that, I was long gone by then, so yay!) In the past I've struggled to narrow down my basket to 20 polishes, not this year. I don't know if it's that she's brought out a fair few I'm not interested in or if she's just released fewer polishes overall, or even that older collections get discontinued more quickly these days. A couple of years ago I ditched a few that I wanted to keep it down to 20 (because of international shipping costs) and they never came back afterwards.
I don't see me buying vast numbers from any of the BF sales though, the GPLs - it'll be 5, the GLLs, I'm looking at 9 (and both only if I get lucky), Nailed It won't have that many either. I've been toying with picking up some ILNP multichromes as well though. I haven't bought any for years, so I'm missing a few. I don't think I'll get Alchemy after all.
We'll see how it goes. I'm definitely focused on fewer brands these days.
And I forgot about Glam! I'm not sure if I'll buy from them yet. There are a lot of mysteries, no limit this year, but she's been very focused on glitters in recent collections so I worry I won't like them, since none of the recent releases have tempted me. I'll see how I feel (tonight? I think)
 

Anitacska

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Thanks hun! I had a look, I don't think I'm going to buy anything. There are a couple of older colours I like, and all those mysteries of course, but somehow it's just not pulling me in. I'd rather buy something else this year. The cheap sale polishes are not to my taste at all, and I worry that the mysteries will be the same.
You're welcome. I'm not ordering either. I quite like a few from the new collection, but they're not unique. I don't want to get mysteries, I have far too many polishes to bother with that sort of thing now.
 

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