If you are not familiar with Polish Pickup or Indie Pickup, each month they choose a theme and the participating brands make an exclusive polish or product. They are only available on the first weekend of each month. Shipping is also very affordable at only $5 to Canada flat rate but it does ship from the US.
The Polish Pickup theme for September 2019 is Magic & Alchemy and Alter Ego chose amber as her inspiration. I got to try out her Magical Amber thermal polish and bath blast ahead of Polish Pickup for review.
Alter Ego Magical Amber Swatches (Polish Pickup)
warm state of Alter Ego Magical Amber
Cynthia chose amber because it is meant to boost optimism, facilitate self-expression,
attract friends and more. An amber bead on a red thread is meant to repel malicious spirits. It was believed in the old days that there is no such ailment that amber would not heal. There may be something to it as amber does have some vitamin like properties and they would even give it to babies to chew on.
transitioning state of Alter Ego Magical Amber
cold state of magical amber.
It doesn’t give me lobster hands, that is the ice water and keeping my hand in front of the AC unit on a boiling hot day.
Alter Ego Magical Amber is a jelly style thermal, yellow when warm to amber when cool. Three coats shown here and you can still see some visible nail line. I do often need a third coat of regular polish as I have strong visible nail line so it may be more opaque or you with three.
Availability: Exclusive to Polish Pickup (September 6-9), priced at $9 with no cap
Alter Ego Magical Amber Bath Blast (Indie Pickup)
Indie Pickup is the sister to Polish Pickup. It is for all the bath, body, scented and random stuff you could wish for. For Magic & Alchemy Indie Pickup, Alter Ego has her new Bath Blast. Different to her bath bombs which are made with oil, the Magical Amber Bath Blast is a soothing witch hazel bath bomb. Inside each Magical Amber Bath Blast, you will find a chunk of rough cut unpolished amber you can leave in your bath for its magical properties.
It is a bit more crumbly than her regular bombs. The Bath Blast comes wrapped in plastic and in a container, but may still crack in transit. It is also a good idea to unwrap it over the bath. I actually crumbled mine into the shipping container so I could get you a photo of the piece of amber.
Since it was not oily, I just gave the bath a quick rinse when I was done. But once dry there was a fine white powder left (Quincy left kitty paw marks across the tiles). So rinse the tub like you would for a regular coloured/oily bath bomb. It is unscented for those who have sensitivities.
There will be a cap on the unscented Magical Amber Bath Blast. The pieces of amber are limited and some may not fit the bath bomb. There will be approximately 75 available, check for confirmation from Cynthia once she is back from Indie Expo Canada.
Both can be purchased directly from Polish Pickup starting September 6th. Shipping is $3 to the US or $5 to Canada. You can mix and match brands for that flat rate shipping.