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I wanted to try out Pretty& Polished Rat-a-tat, a glitter polish with very fine turquoise bar glitter, turquoise and black micro-glitter, and turquoise and black hexes in various sizes. I didn't want to put on as much as I'd need to for it to be opaque, that meant I needed undies. I tried out a few different combinations before I settled on Lilacquer Super Green.

So tomorrow from 5 to 7 you're gonna give yourself a hand, green? Super green. )
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I've mentioned Rainbow Honey before. It and Cult Nails were probably the first indie companies I heard of, and I was really enamored with Rainbow Honey's Equestria Collection.

However, after careful consideration--of the polishes and my budgetary consideration--I realized that there were really only two of the Equestria collection that I felt I had to have: The Worst Possible Thing and 20% Cooler.

By the time I was ready to buy those, however, Rainbow Honey had come out with another collection, the Sakura Matsuri collection, and it had another must-have for me, Koi Pond. So I bought all three.

I swatched Koi Poind over Lime Crime's Pastelchio when I bought ti and it looked AMAZING, but I wanted to try it over something else, something that would be maybe reminiscent of, you know, a koi pond.

A Dive Bar and a Koi Pond. )
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Pretty Serious is both an indie company and an import; it's a small but burgeoning company in Australia. I first saw their polishes on Scrangie's blog. I rather hilariously didn't realize that the company was Australian--until I was paying for the collection I was buying--but I have to say...it was TOTALLY WORTH the extra dough on the conversion rate (damn you, weak American dollar!). The entire collection I bought (Into the Night) is incredibly lovely.

In the end, the answer was a Stroke of Brilliance. )
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'tini Beauty Lounge is a site/company that came to my attention for their lip stain--incidentally, the best lip stain I've ever come across, hands down--and though I kept eyeballing their nail products, I had yet to buy anything from them.

[personal profile] nilchance & [personal profile] beanside gave me a bottle of Bordeaux Bliss a while ago, but it looked so wishy-washy in the bottle, I hadn't been in a hurry to try it.

BIG MISTAKE. )
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Glitter Gal is another of those companies that doesn't seem to be an indie in the true sense of the word; that is, they seem to be a fairly sizeable Australian cosmetics company, they talk about having retailers worldwide, but I've only seen their products through smaller online retailers like Llarowe & Ninja Polish. So I don't know.

One mistake that I keep making over and over is forgetting to look at bottle size. I feel like Glitter Gal is rather expensive for the size bottle; below the cut, you'll see their 9ml and their 10ml bottle next to a standard size Essie bottle (13.5ml).

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Obviously, a lot of the pleasure of playing with nail polish is visual, so I link hop through a lot of blogs, I have a Facebook filter with a lot of nail polish manufacturers on it and I do a lot of window shopping.

Ludurana is one of those "not really indie" polishes; it's a Brazilian company and seems to be fairly large, though their polishes seem to only be available in the US through more small-scale brokers like Llarowe.

I saw Ludurana Show on Llarowe's site (it was featured on their front page for quite some time) and immediately fell in love. It's a GORGEOUS multichrome polish, like a oil slick rainbow; primarily blue/purple, but with rich flashes of green and red and gold. Seriously, I was OVERCOME with lust.

Sadly, I waited a little too long to take the plunge (I was waiting for Purple Smoke to come into stock, so I could buy them both at the same time) and it was sold out by the time I was ready. Fortunately, after a little bit of searching, I found it on ninjapolish.com, a site similar to Llarowe.

I was so excited!

Well. It turned out to be more of a mixed bag than I thought. )
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Short post today.

This is a vendor I don't have a lot of experience with. I just recently heard of her brand, Lilacquer, and was immediately attracted because she has a collection based on The Fifth Element, which is one of my cult faves.

Sadly, by the time I checked out her Etsy store (here), the majority of the collection was long gone, but she's looking to liquidate what's left of her inventory so the few colors she has left are on sale for $5 each, for full 0.5ml bottles.

I decided to get Roo-Bee Rhod and Super Green from her Fifth Element collection (I though the peach Leeloo Multipass would look ghastly on my skin) and Quantum Entanglement and Gluon Nails from her Science! collection.

O.K. There's a ball of fire, it's 1200 miles in diameter headin straight for Earth, and we have no idea how to stop it. THAT's the problem. )

ETA 11/05/12: A further note about Lilacquer & Cathleen, its owner: My bottle of Roo-Bee Rhod came without a label. Being the anal retentive twit that I am, I contacted Cathleen to find out if she would be willing to mail me a label for my bottle. I also wanted to find out if she ever planned to rerelease any of the other Fifth Element polishes. She replied within a day to let me know that OF COURSE she'd mail me a label, extend her profuse apologies for sending it without one, and letting me know that she did plan on rereleasing some--the more popular--of her Fifth Element polishes.

On the one hand, this sounds like nothing. On the other hand, with Customer Service as it is these days, I really appreciate that she reached out to me so promptly, that she was so accommodating, and that she was so receptive and kind to my message. It's exactly that kind of thing that will make me a devoted and loyal customer in the long term.
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After a couple days of dark manicures, I knew I wanted something bright and bold on my nails today. I didn't really have a plan, I was just winging it.

I started with Lime Crime Pastelchio. Lime Crime is one of the larger indies (limecrimemakeup.com). They primarily sell cosmetics; from what I understand, this is their first collection of nail polish, Les Desserts d'Antoinette, but I'm very impressed with them so far.

The collection description: "7 pastel shades, inspired by confectionary delights from Marie Antoinette's table. Recklessly pigmented crème formula is rich, smooth and opaque in just two coats. Each bottle comes equipped with a flat, wide brush for superb control and flawless application. Never tested on animals. 3-Free."

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I really do recommend the Lime Crime polishes in their entirety. The colors are lovely and bright, the formula is excellent (they're all 2 coat polishes, and not a dud in the collection).
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This post contains larger images than usual.

My plan was to give myself a day off. To just enjoy my adorable pink and black hearts and enjoy that there was no pressing need for me to do anything in particular with my nails.

Welp.

I got some new polishes in the mail and that was the end of that.

I'd been thinking about doing another project through the month of November. Less structured, hopefully less pressure, but I wanted to specifically explore the indie polish brands, and the arrival of the new polishes was too much temptation to resist.

I'm going to use a rather loose interpretation of indie, since some of the polishes I want to feature are from people working out of their houses, part-time and some of them are larger, more regimented operations. And some are imports, where I'm probably not sure of the provenance of their company. So, mainly, I'm going to focus on brands that you can't just walk into Sally's or Sephora or Ulta (Ul-ta? Only 3 people are going to get that joke) and buy.

But that's my loose plan for November.

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