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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Nail Polish Canada – The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014!

Do you like giveaways? I sure do! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

Our beloved Nail Polish Canada has put together one of the most awesome giveaways to ever hit the Internet… up to 200 bottles of polish to one person!

Here is NPC’s descrption: “Weโ€™ve partnered with Cirque Colors, NCLA & Picture Polish to host the biggest giveaway ever. One winner will take home up to 200 nail polishes from over 10 different brands!ย The prize starts at zero, then bloggers can each pick a favourite shade to be added to the prize. You can enter on our page. You can also enter once on each blog that adds a shade to the prize.”

So you just know that I went ahead and added a polish! As of this morning, the giveaway is at 97 polishes! Here is what I picked:

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I don’t personally own this shade, but it’s so beautiful and I’ve been lemming over it, so this is what I chose :).

You can enter on NPC’s website, and then on each blog who is participating (at least the ones who put together a blog post!)

Want an extra entry into the giveaway?

Enter here!

And for your convenience, I’ve put together a Google spreadsheet with links to all of the blogs with entry forms! Check it out here!

piCture pOlish: Voodoo

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I received Picture Polish Voodoo back in September, from a lovely lady in my birthday swap group on Facebook.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you want to look at it), I have so much polish that this is the first time I have tried it!

Voodoo is a redish/brown polish with a golden shimmer in it. The colour is quite nice, and the shimmer is decently strong, as in I can see the shimmer even in my dimly lit living room, where I can’t usually see the details of a polish. The formula was just okay; it was thick, but definitely workable. I find the smell strong, and so did a friend of mine, but I stopped noticing it after a couple of nails.

The pictures below (shown in a couple of different types of lighting to show the differences) show 3 thin coats of polish and 1 coat of HK Girl top coat (my fave!). Please excuse the pictures… I am relatively new to this, and while I can take amazing pictures of other things, I can’t seem to get awesome pictures of my nails! So I did my best ๐Ÿ™‚ (Also, my cuticles and cleanup techniques suck! ..working on it!)

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Here is a close up picture to show the lovely shimmer within the polish.

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Do you own any piCture pOlishes? What do you think of them? What are your favourites? Comment below! ๐Ÿ™‚

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all products in this blog have been purchased by me and have not been sent by companies for reviews.