August is Indie Month

Hooray! August is “Indie Month!”

A lovely lady from one of the beauty groups I am active in recently did an entire month of Julep manis that she referred to as “June is Julep Month!”. After letting her nails rest for the month of July, she decided that she wanted to have another mani challenge month, and chose to dedicate the month of August to indies!! She invited people to join her and even created a guideline table to help us out. You can check out her post about “August is Indie Month!” HERE.

I am super excited about participating in an Indie Month, because it means I get to give lots of love to these beautiful Indie polishes that I have sitting in my stash. It also means I get to support small Indie brands who totally deserve the love.

Are you wondering what “Indie” means? Basically, Indie polish means that the polish is made independently. The polishes are handmixed (unlike drug store and high-end polishes), and a LOT of work goes into them. Individuals, or small groups of individuals, put hours of work into creating the perfect formulas, the perfect colours, coming up with the perfect polish and collection names, and tons of other stuff that goes into making polishes. Sometimes, the indie polish maker is literally somebody who is mixing her polishes in her kitchen. Koodos to Indie makers for the hard, dedicated, and amazing work that they put into their brands!

Here is the guideline that Tina from “We Didn’t Miss It” set up for us.

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Now, I do own quite a few Indies, but not everything that she has listed (though someday I will, because I love to support Indie makers and there are so many amazing ones out there!). So I asked for permission to create my own guide based on hers. I don’t have 31 different brands, so you will see some brands repeated. For example, there may be a few days of Colors By Llarowe, but rest assured each of those days will be a different colour. There are a couple of days where I threw in a brand like “Hits” or “Layla” which aren’t really Indies, but they’re also not *huge* brands, and I didn’t have quite enough to get me through the entire Indie month, so I threw these in as they were untrieds.

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During this month I will also be topcoating all of my manis with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat (an amazing Indie top coat that I may actually die without, lol!). As for cuticle oils, I don’t own any that are made by Indies (something I should invest in, I’ve heard some great things), but I have a Julep cuticle oil here that I will use for cuticle care.

I am so excited about Indie Month. I can’t promise that I will absolutely have a post every single day (I am moving August 16th!), but I will get as many days in as I can! Please also follow me on Instagram, where I will also be posting pictures of my daily manis. 🙂

My nails aren’t long and strong like some of the girls participating in this challenge, but they’re getting stronger and longer every day; AND I’m getting better at my applying and clean-up skills! Speaking of long and strong… I just purchased some Duri, since I’ve heard so many people raving about it, and I will be using it as my base coat for the next 30 days. So keep an eye out for changes in my nails!

I will see you all back here tomorrow!

Cheers,

Taylor

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International Day of Pink / Colors by Llarowe: Bea Stings!

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I am wearing this beautiful polish today in honour of the International Day of Pink! (Check out their website here). If you don’t know what the International Day of Pink is, here is a brief explanation that I have taken directly from their website: “International Day of Pink is a day where communities across the country, across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic & all forms of bullying.”

But I am sure you are wondering what started the International day of Pink movement? I am sure you are wondering “Why pink? What’s the reason behind it?” So here is another piece of information I have copied directly from their website to help you understand: “The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school stopped homophobic & transphobic bullying. The message was clear: anyone can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.”

Of course, it’s important for each of to be aware each and every day of bullying happening around us and in our schools. But, day of pink is a wonderful day to show those all around us who may be facing bullying that they are not alone, that we are here, that there are people who care, and that life is WORTH living.

Day of Pink is an important day for me, because my niece, Gracie, has been bullied since almost the day that she entered the public school system. She has been bullied to the point of self-harm and not wanting to live. She is seven years old. That’s right, you read it correctly, seven. For her to walk into school on a day like today and see hundreds of students and teachers standing behind her is amazing. Though she always needs to know that there are people there for her, this is a day for her to see just HOW many people care. This is a day of empowerment for her. You can read Gracie’s story here.

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You can pick up your free “pink kits” and download PDF Day of Pink posters for next year or for every day awareness here.

Now, onto the polish!

As always, please excuse my crappy clean up skills and my short nails/horrible cuticles. They will get better as the days go on 🙂

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I received this polish in a prize pack that I won on the Colors by Llarowe facebook page. The package came with 6 awesome polishes. Colors by Llarowe “Bea Stings!” is listed on their website as a “cherry red/pink holographic jelly with holographic micro glitters.” And let me tell you, it is GORGEOUS. In the photos you can see lots of different colour sparkles, pink, red, blue, silver, gold. It just shimmers with holo-y pink goodness, and I LOVE it. 😀

And now, I will bombard you with pictures to show you all of it’s gorgeousness in different lighting.

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Above picture taken in direct natural sunlight, outdoors.

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Above picture taken in dim sunlight standing at my living room window.

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Above picture taken in my living room with a flash light shining on my nails.

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A beautiful bottle shot to show how beautiful this polish is.

Colors by Llarowe is a fantastic indie brand polish that makes beautiful polishes with wonderful formulas. I linked their website above, so be sure to go and check them out! I currently own 9 polishes from her line and I am already itching to get more!

Do you own any Colors by Llarowe polishes? Which ones are your favourites?