Pretty Nail Polish: Supporting Indie Brands in the time of Covid.

    influnenster-Kathleen
Heh Sassy Dames,
If you are like me, you are trying to find ways to stay upbeat, busy and do what you can in the time of Covid to keep your happiness quotient up and pass it on whenever possible.  One thing that is very much on my mind is the economy.  There are so many great ways to help out.  Realizing that Mother’s Day was coming up and not feeling much in the mood for some sort of blowout celebration, I decided to support Indie businesses instead with some unique gifts for moi, to do what I can to help our economy.
After a little researching, I found some great Indie Nail Polish Companies and their products that are worth a look-see:

Black Dahlia Lacquer

 

Advertised as “Artisan hand-crafted, cruelty free nail polish in Texas,” these lacquers are vegan and 5-free (free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor.)  And, it is leaping bunny cruelty free product approved.

It has a beautiful application!  It goes on like butter, or a smooth, rich milkshake.  One application is all you need for opaque coverage.  It dries in an instant, like salon-quality lacquer.  My only admonition is that it is quite a bit paler than the image on Amazon.  Still, so beautiful, I want to paint a wall with it!  Oh, P.S. minimal odor on application is such a nice aspect too.

My next Black Dahlia order is:

 

I had to order this one, having once upon a time lived on 6th street, in the East Village, NYC.  This polish would have gone perfect with my leggings, big hair, CBGB t-shirt and black moto jacket! It is described as, “a full coverage multi-dimensional holographic gold and silver glitter polish with accents of aqua and navy glitter.”  I can’t wait for this one to arrive!

ILNP

I’m not sure this is a true Indie company, but they are self-described as a “boutique” nail polish company.  That being said, they produce 412 really beautiful different colors. Maybe I’m out of the loop, but I didn’t know about them, because they aren’t in my salons, or any of the drug stores.

Their website is: https://www.ilnp.com, if you want to order directly from them.  They are also vegan, cruelty free and 7-free (7-Free means that in addition to not containing the “Toxic Trio” of Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate, our nail polishes are also free from Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, and Xylene.)

 

Ya, huh, this Gumdrop Bubblegum is soooooo pretty.  Who doesn’t love a good pinky-purple-orchid looking polish?  I seem to always gravitate towards them.  This one is a good one, with true ease of application.  It goes on thin and semi-opaque, with minimal odor. This polish has versatility and the effect from one to three coats gives you three different looks.   Drying time is pretty normal.  This is a high quality polish, with long-lasting results and sparkles nicely in bright light.  It may be be my favorite.  Just love it!

The next ILNP color – Internship – is described as more “neutral, with a kiss of sparkle.”  It’s very subtle for jobs, or other situations, where you want a more classic look.  I see this one being perfect for a grey track suit and a long run on a slightly chilly Paris morning, or any city street, stopping in a cafe for coffee.  Put that hood up when the wind blows and enjoy how your nails look next to that big white coffee cup.  Yum all around.  Plum subtle and sassy all the same.

 

NAIL HOOT INDIE LACQUERS

“Our mission is to provide a vast array of fun, unique, beautiful, durable, 5-free handmade polishes that are affordable. Plus we include a splash of adorable owls in every order. We also offer handmade nail care products, stamping and nail art supplies, and one-of-a-kind hand painted nail polish jewelry.”

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE both the names of my polish selections and the company name!  The color reminds me of what was inside my daughter’s Easter Basket.  If this Easter Egg colors are a crime, slap me in handcuffs, cause I love it.  And, “Nail Hoot,” — well, that is simply a hoot!  This is a true home-based Indie business, near St. Louis, MO.  Each bottle is handmade, poured and labeled and 5-Free.  The package comes with a lot of personal cuteness.  Very fun product and marketing.

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Crime of Passion and Hope Renewed are a bit streaky on application, but with 3 careful coats, you can get the proper effect and dry rapidly.  Applying a top coat is necessary to bring out the shine, as they are quite matte.  Almost no smell here too.  Non-toxics like this are really wonderful to use with kids.  To me, these are great girl party polishes.  Give them as gifts to those fun girlfriends, or teens wanting a pep-up, after all these virtual school days, which are “like sooo boring”, or so they say.  If you are still staying home and staying safe, order them and have a manicure party with your kids to welcome Summer Break!

Check out their website – http://www.nailhoot.com!  It is awesome and soooooooo creative! If you do nothing else today, you must check out their website.   It will make you smile!  If you don’t have the time, here’s my link:

KB SHIMMER

DREAM BOLD, LIVE BEAUTIFUL

This is a true Indie Company, woman-owned, born of being out of work unexpectedly and needing to support her family.  This is a story of a woman who followed her passion and just went for it and now has the job of her dreams.

“Shade Shifter” is simply one of the most beautiful polishes I’ve ever seen.  It’s truly eye-catching!  It changes colors/shades in different light, hence the name, sometimes more purple, other times more blue.  It’s long-lasting too.  A bit thinnish on one app, but just keep coating it on and you’ll get an amazing holo-mirror effect!  It had no detectable smell, unless you put it right up to your nose.

These are just a few of the polishes I ordered on Amazon.  Guess I went a little overboard!  I think I could be developing a little addiction problem.  Ah, well, there are worse things.

May your days be long and healthy.  May your polish collection be unique and never clump!

Peace and Aloha,

Mrs. Sassy Pants

XOXO

 

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