It's been quite a year and I've totally enjoyed my journey toward getting here! I've improved with my skills quite a bit, and my photos a ton! Let's take a walk down memory lane shall we?
I've definitely grown in my mani skills, each square equals a mani I chose from each month I've been blogging. As you can tell, I've grown in my skills, my range and my creativity! Especially in my photography too – getting a good light/light box combo was the total key!
In celebration of my one year Blogiversary, I reached out to a number of my favorite brands I have purchased from quite frequently over the year to see if they'd be interested in contributing to a celebration of my first year of nail blogging. I was so out-of-control happy that they all were so generous with their offers and I couldn't be more pleased. In honor of their generosity, I created a manicure highlighting my favorite indie polish brands.
Have you figured out which brands I love yet? Well here they are, starting with the thumb we have Literary Lacquers Megatron, then we have Indigo Bananas Galactic Halo (holo), Smitten Polish Figgy Pudding, Painted Polish Blinded by Bubbly and finally Fair Maiden Polish Merry Plum and Bright. Which polish here do you like the best?!
There is so much I can say about these brands! Literary Lacquers creates her polishes while being inspired by books!x How awesome is that? Indigo Bananas continues to impress me with creativity and unique polishes! Smitten Polish has the most awesome creamy holos! Painted Polish is holo microglitter heaven – perfect for an accent or just the craziest bling ever! And Fair Maiden Polish was a new-to-the-scene indie last year and they just blew everyone away with their quality and inventiveness. I could go on and on, but seriously, just look at the mani above, their polishes clearly speak for themselves. Not only are their creations spectacular, the ladies behind these brands are so kind and I have been such a happy customer over the past year.
Now, clearly I purchase and love a lot of other indie brands, these are just a few I have felt a special/more personal connection with the makers, which is half of what makes this nail polish world so extremely amazing!
My Blogiversary is just half a week before my actual birthday (March 4), so I consider this a combo giveaway, a way to say thanks to all my lovely readers and a way for all of us to celebrate together. In addition to the indies I've mentioned above, Beatometry, a USA based stockist of International brands (including the buzz-worthy Creative Shop Stamper) contacted me about a contribution as well! This world of nail polish is just so special and everyone is it just the best!
So let's celebrate by me showing you the goods! This giveaway is open internationally for some prizes only (I'll specify in the description). No giveaway only accounts, following just to unfollow after the giveaway (I know your game and you will be disqualified) and you must be 18 or older to enter.
Literary Lacquers – Three Polishes of the winner's choosing – Open Internationally
Indigo Bananas – Two prize packs of two polishes of winners' choosing (in stock only) –
|Swatches courtesy of Lavish Layerings|
Smitten Polish – The recently released Valentine's Day collection – US Only
Painted Polish – A $20 Gift Certificate – Open Internationally, excluding shipping costs
Fair Maiden Polish – One bottle of Total Eclipse of the Heart – US Only
Beautometry – A nail plate of the winner's choice (she stocks Messy Mansion, Emily de Molly and more) – US Only
And finally from me, your Newsie Nail Novice – Two prize packs of a bottle of L'Oreal Masked Affair. Which I know is not an indie polish, but is a much-sought-after hard-to-find drugstore holo. – US Only
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