I have changed the title on this first one. Rather than calling it Favorite Polishes, it is now Favorite Nails. The reason being that I felt I was being redundant in my monthly posts. I found I was reposting the same brand in two or three categories. This also allows me to show my favorite NAIL pictures which may or may not have my favorite polishes.
#1: Maya Cosmetics Ignis: I do not like orangey-red polishes. As a rule, I cannot stand them! I was stunned into silence when I put on Ignis from Maya Cosmetics' The Aequilibrium Collection. It was the epitome of orange-red AND it was a jelly. AND I COULDN'T STOP STARING AT IT. The color is almost neon and the flakes add a major bonus. What I thought would not look good on me has become one of my favorites!
#2: Rainbow Honey 20% Cooler: When I put 20% Cooler on, some crazy, artistic creativity took ahold of me and I found myself really playing with the photos! I love the look over 20% Cooler over a lighter blue and matted over black. Here are two of my favorite photos...
#3: Breast Cancer Heartbreak: When I was asked to participate in a breast cancer awareness manicure, I was forced to stare my grief and anger of losing my nana in the face. Little did I know, what a great support I would find in the nail community! It really touched my heart to see the many kind comments on my blog and Facebook page. That cliche of realizing I am not alone really rang true for me after seeing all of the heartfelt comments and other women's gut-wrenching stories. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
BRANDS THAT IMPRESS:
These are brands that have in one way or another gone above and beyond my expectations.
Dior: Dior Shadow exceeded every expectation I had! And believe me, my expectations were HIGH. To pay such high dollar for a polish is a rarity for me, and I expected it to have excellent application, great wear time, and be so stunning that I couldn't stop staring at it. YES, YES, and YES! It was well worth the money I paid for it, and I will gladly buy Dior again. When I can afford it.
Maya Cosmetics: In May of this year, a stranger-Kat- reached out to me, told me she was planning on starting her own polish line, and asked me to give her input on her polishes. I almost said no, but for some reason, I didn't. Fast forward to October, Kat has an amazing polish line called Maya Cosmetics. I reviewed all 15 polishes on my blog and was FLOORED by every aspect of them. I consider it to be on the same level as Girly Bits and Cult Nails.
BLOGS OF NOTE:
Sometimes, I find a treasure of a blog that seems to fly under the radar. Sometimes, I find myself soaking in a lot of information from a particular blog. Either way, these are blogs that have grabbed my attention.
Nails and a Westie is a blog that is flying under the radar. She loves indie polishes and her photos are awesome close ups! She shows polishes in a new and fresh way. The name is really cool too. Why aren't you guys following her??? I can't get enough of her! And while you're at it, you can go like her Facebook page.
INDIES TO WATCH:
With almost 300 indie brands, it can be hard to know who to buy from. I want to showcase ones I have found that may show promise.
Maya Cosmetics: I have been communicating with and Kat and using her polishes since May. So while she is not new to me, I know that she is very new to all of you. I can say with no reservations that I fully endorse and support her business. Her polishes are incredibly well-made. She doesn't just make glitter polishes like many other indies-she makes shimmers, jellies, and top coats as well. Her polishes aren't even expensive-$8 each and pretty cheap shipping too.
Jindie Nails is crazy awesome to me! I met her when she asked me to review some polishes and I fell in love with them! She is very creative and has some real stunners in her repertoire. If you haven't bought from her yet, you should!
I love jewelry, strange art, and stalking shops, so each month I will show you something awesome I found! Expect to see a lot of jewelry!
Suami: One of my other loves is crochet. This shop sells crochet of really tiny animals! While the prices are way too high for me, I certainly admire the art! She has everything from wiener dogs to smurfs!
Dawgart is a fantastic painter who shows off dogs' and other pets' personalities very vividly! I am in love with the painting below! Her paintings are not too pricey either and easily affordable!