Category Archives: indie nail polish

Nude to Pink Gradient + Sticks & Stones Accents

I loved my nude to teal gradient + sticks and stones that I did a while back. I wanted to try it with pink and this time only opted for accents!

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3 Enkelini Swatches: Bling it On, Doynk & Argonaut

I have the great pleasure of testing out three of Etsy seller Enkilini’s nail polishes. Check out the swatches below:


BLING IT ON: a holographic glitter polish with a transparent pinkish-red base. This is 4 coats.

DOYNK: a multichrome glitter polish that flashes mostly gold with some black/green

ARGONAUT: a holographic blue polish that really shimmers in the sun!


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Nude/Teal Gradient + Sticks & Stones

I was super excited to get my hands on a bottle of Cover Bands’ Sticks & Stones nail polish, a coveted black/white glitter beloved by the entire nail painting community. I’ve been wanting to do a gradient with nude, and what better color to pair it with than teal? The Sticks & Stones top coat with this gradient is nothing short of perfection. It always evokes that retro-ish vibe for me! What do you think?

Buy Cover Bands’ Sticks & Stones here (when it’s back in stock)!

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Cookies & Cream Swatch from TheHungry Asian

What you see above is a swatch of TheHungryAsian‘s Cookies & Cream (15 ml, $9.25), a creamy white polish base with the perfect amount of matte black glitter. This is three coats of the nail polish over a clear base coat of polish.

A little bit about me: I work as a full time freelance fashion/beauty writer for various websites and occasionally for print. I’m a style editor at AOL Shopping, feature writer at Tyra Banks’ and current/past clients include Huffington Post, StyleList,  eHow Style, Yahoo! Shine, TheBudgetFashionista, TheStylishCity, and pretty much anywhere that’ll pay me to write! And…dun dun dun…exciting news: I’ve recently been commissioned to write an eBook on shoes/foot health that’ll be available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and anywhere eBooks are sold. I’m a wee bit excited about that one!

One of the perks of being a freelance beauty/fashion writer is that I often do get to sample products. I think it’s important to sample a product yourself before recommending it to anyone else, and that becomes more and more important the bigger your audience is. I also like to feature a nice mix of new/independent/smaller brands and larger companies. With that said, I’m a huge fan of Etsy. In fact, I have a vintage shop, Zebras And Bubblegum, that has been open for nearly 2 years. I will feature a number of indie and “big name” nail polish swatches in the coming months. The majority of these products were provided to me as samples for potential inclusion in upcoming stories for the other websites I write for, but I also wanted to include my favorites here for you all!

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