My Indie drawer is super-full! I have my faves: Lacquistry, KB Shimmer, Darling Diva Polish, Windestine, and Pretty & Polished, and I have collected quite a few of these ;-). Then there are others I order from to try based on pics, reviews, or just browsing Etsy. I usually order 2 or 3 of their polishes at a time, and have fallen for Rainbow Honey, Utopia's Polish, Lacquer Convention, All that Glitters, Lush Lacquer, Feenix Polish, Whimsical Ideas by Pam, Aphrodite Lacquer, and Amy's Nail Boutique. And I have 1 Dollish, and 1 Nailventurous, but that's because they're so hard to get a hold of.
The top box is where my Indie's live. It's kinda full :-/
Anyway, I still browse Indie stores, but I'm starting to say "hmmm, I think I already have one like that" a lot more often. So, of course, I figured I'd try my hand at making my own, since I could then customize my polish.
So, I ordered some supplies:
To begin my foray into this uncharted territory, I started pretty easy: I added some Spectraflair powder to bottles of "Out the Door" fast-dry top coat. I've got 14 & 35 "fineness". Sorry, no pic though. Just looks like a grey polish, but it's magic! So far, so good! :-)
But then I got down to the business of making polishes I've been wanting. I made a matte black & white polish, with different sizes and shapes of glitter, including bars & squares (sound familiar?) There are a TON of different versions out there, but none that I really loved. I'm so happy with how mine came out.
I then needed to see how glitter behaves in the bottle, and how much I need, etc, so I figured I'd just add some pink, blue, & silver along w/silver bars for interest. In the end, I added more blue than pink, and more bars than I thought I had needed.
Ever since seeing Lacquisty's custom "Watermelon", I've been wanting a glitter polish reminiscent of that sweet, summer fruit. I started with pink glitter & added enough small black matte glitters to make it happen!
I also got some flakie-like pigments. I had no idea how these would look, so I threw in equal parts blue, violet, and green. I think it's fantastic over black.
I'm really happy with how these came out, especially since they're my VERY first tries!! It was super-fun, too! I'm sure as I go along I'll have some serious fails, but maybe I'll have some serious outrageousness! I already want to order more glitter!! ;-)
Frankening looked so fun, my boys wanted to try it out too!
They came up with "Glitter Bomb" and "Glitter Party"
Have you tried Frankening?