Polish Me To Go: Floral Print

Happy Monday!

Today I have some quick nail art for you using glow polishes from Polish Me To Go – her polish is so much fun to use for nail art, because you can do cute designs and then see them completely differently when they glow.

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I used a white creme with Snow Glow over it, and then used various polishes from her collection to make the abstract floral print.

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So much fun!

❤ Rylee

I Love Peachy Polish: Undie Sunday!

EDITED from original post!!

I love my friend Valesha’s blog Peachy Polish, and decided to borrow (read: steal) her Undie Sunday idea!  Here are some of the polishes I have used under glitters and designs!

First up are a few shades from Ethereal Lacquer. I was a bit unhappy that they were very different colors in person from swatches I have seen, but they are still pretty.

EL Mint Madness

Ethereal Lacquer Mint Madness. Four coats plus topcoat to even it out. These were all on the thick side but applied evenly.

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I LavenDare You.  This color was inconsistent with the swatches I have seen.  Meagan from Ethereal Lacquer told me she had some pigment issues and is working super hard to fix this – she is even sending another polish to replace this! What a sweetheart.  Can you say customer service? Yowza!!!!!

EL Chelsea Rose

Chelsea Rose.  Another 4 coater with topcoat.  Pretty pink, but not as bright as I expected.

Essie Bottle Service

Essie Bottle Service.  Love this slightly orange leaning bright pink.  This went on in 3 easy, thin coats, shown with topcoat.

Essie Bouncer It's Me

Essie Bouncer It’s Me is a lovely deep blue.  The formula, however, leaves a LOT to be desired.  It is thin, streaky, and left bald patches.  This is five (yeah. I know.) thin coats plus topcoat, and that is kind of too many for my taste.  The color is lovely, however.  Sorry for the pale skin but I wanted you to get the real color here!

Good times.  More nail art, swatches, and other fun things coming this week!

❤ Rylee

Guest Post by Michelle from Laquerlicious: Be An Original!

BeAnOriginalBe An Original. This vinyl wall art is in the room where I brainstorm and create polish. After I put it up my husband said, “Who’s Bean Original?” He’s a peach. Anyway, I have always had this mentality. I’ve always been a leader, never a follower. I’ve always had my own style, my own opinions and my own way of doing things. I’m not trendy. I’m actually quite the opposite. I will go out of my way to NOT have or not do the same thing as someone else.

The unique world of indie polish has opened doors I never thought were possible. I thank brands like Girly Bits and Lynnderella for paving the pathway to allow me to be creative and do something I love – AND actually have an audience that appreciates it and wants it. I try my hardest to be an original at polish making. I try my very hardest to never imitate, duplicate or recreate another polish that has been made. Now, I have always said that because there are a limited number of suppliers for glitter, there will be polish makers that will inevitably have similar polish. Although we all have our own “style” (I LOVE glitter bombs!), we will sometimes come up with something similar to another makers work. This (I want to believe) is unintentional.

I am extremely disappointed to see brands being blatantly copied that CLEARLY had the upper hand on a certain polish. It’s almost as if it’s an unspoken “copyright” when an indie polish maker comes up with a unique idea. Other makers that have any sense know you don’t touch that idea. Don’t get me wrong – There’s no “law” that says you can’t buy/use a certain glitter that another polish maker has already used BUT to intentionally recreate that polish is absolutely unacceptable!! Copying another maker shows no couth, no standards, no integrity, zero creative skills and just flat out no respect for fellow makers. Paying any sort of attention in this indie polish world (which we should be doing at ALL times), we know damn well who does what, who makes what and who came out with what FIRST. Indie polish has a HUGE following but at the same time we are a tight knit little community. Most of us are supportive of one another. We are encouraging and we recognize a job well done. What we DON’T do is tolerate other makers copying polish. Just because a maker created a “successful polish” does not make it okay for another maker to copy (even in the slightest!!!) that “successful polish”. Get your OWN ideas! Be An Original!!!

Remember folks, I’m speaking only for myself. This is my opinion and mine alone. It doesn’t mean it’s right or it’s wrong. It just means it mine.

Thanks for an amazing guest post Michelle!  I have made so many great friends through the indie polish community, and it is disappointing when we don’t all stick together!  Check out Michelle’s INCREDIBLE polish by clicking HERE!!

Leave a comment and tell us about your passion!

❤ Rylee

Something Different: Glitter Table Top DIY

Not nails related…and yet, I wager you will enjoy this.  PIC HEAVY!!!!

Glitter…bling…pink, girly sparkles…totally me. And in the process of starting my line of polish, I began collecting pieces of furniture that I hope to one day use in an office dedicated to Wicked Polish.  So when I saw a pin on Pinterest of THIS table, I realized that pinning it was not enough. I needed to make this glorious table for myself. Immediately.

I did a bit of research Saturday night/Sunday morning (3am is a great hour for me, as it turns out).  I found THIS blogpost and realized that I would have to spend a bit of money on the resin/epoxy/whatever mixture I would need, and had no desire to wait after ordering, so I went to Home Depot and found this little gem for $24.95.

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I originally bought one, then went back for two more, then went back for two more for a “topcoat” this morning.  So this particular project wasn’t cheap, but I am way too proud to care.  I am sure I could have found the product online for less money, but frankly this is the weekend I had free, and I am the LEAST patient person ever.

Here is my table…I painted it black and shiny about 4 years ago on a whim and loved it.

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Sorry for the mess, we are in the process of closing the sale of our home (soon?) and moving. Plus, it always looks like this. Hah.

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I’ve been making polish directly on this table for a while with the intention of refinishing it, so it has base and glitter and watermarks oh my!

IMG_8704I hauled it outside thanks to a wonderful friend who came over in the middle of her day when I realized I was alone…and sanded it down. I think my sandpaper was 150 grit, it was whatever looked tough enough to cut through the shiny finish on the table.

IMG_8707It got super windy and started to sprinkle (of COURSE), so I papered off the legs of the table. Probably the smartest last minute decision I made all day.

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Never inhale crap.  And be sure to take your ID with you to buy spraypaint. I got distracted and nearly bought neon pink, orange, yellow, and green spray paint. I don’t know what I would do with it, but keep it around long enough and I would think of something!

IMG_8709I decided to use white primer because I don’t like grey. I also figured I would be able to see more easily where I still needed paint.

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I used glitter that I have for making polish that didn’t pass the curl test – frankly, I don’t mind telling you I got it from Glitties, because it curls so badly you won’t want to use their glitter for nail polish making.  You’re welcome.  I mixed in some other sizes and colors of glitter I have lying around (and trust me, I have LOTS).

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I sprayed the table pink…

IMG_8715…and poured on this whole container of glitter, carefully covering the entire space.  I used pink paint so that any bare spots would be less noticeable.

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I liked it really well just like this – it has a sort of velour look.  I realized immediately that the paint hadn’t been sticky enough, and my glitter was blowing around in the wind.  I was highly annoyed, but had read someone had used Mod Podge to get their glitter to stay before applying the epoxy.

Don’t. Do. It.

I didn’t take pictures of this part because I was SO angry with myself and absolutely certain the whole project would be a huge waste of money.  The Mod Podge didn’t cover the table and left ridges where it refused to spread.  The glitter balled up and stuck to itself but not the table.  UGH.

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My lumps. My lovely glitter lumps. Check ’em out.

I show you this to prove that this epoxy is amazing and will straighten up any stupid things you do. Try not to test that statement, though; even Jesus doesn’t like to be tested.

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I took the epoxy out and read the directions about 27 times.  I had cups to measure it out, stirring sticks, and foam brushes.  Oh, and a dog who distracted me. Look.

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So I measure the resin and additive carefully and followed the directions, mixing slowly to avoid air bubbles.   I poured on the first package (approx 1 quart, I ended up using 5 total)

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It doesn’t look good, but the process itself was easy.  As I spread the epoxy around, glitter picked up on the brush, but I never struggled with any bald spots.  The instructions state to blow on the surface as you go to get rid of bubbles, as the epoxy will even itself out that way.  It does work, but I didn’t have a thick enough layer so I just ignored that for the first coat.

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I did bring the table back inside for this part, as you can see.  The epoxy actually does not have an insanely strong smell, and between the wind and the rain, I knew there was NO chance of getting a high gloss, perfect shine if I left the table outside.  Be sure to cover your floor so the people buying your house don’t have a pink sparkly floor 🙂

IMG_8740These aren’t actually bubbles. This is chunky glitter balls, thanks to my Mod Podge experiment.  But never fear. Mr. WickedNails had the amazing idea to sand them down before my second and final coat of epoxy.  Brilliant!

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I applied my final coat approximately 20 hours after the first coat went on, and I am thrilled with the results!

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I picked a tough table to epoxy, as the sides are rounded. I struggled with drips the entire time, and the sides lack a thick coat of glitter, but a quick sanding of the epoxy icicles and I will be a happy camper!

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I seriously love this so much. I want to take it back outside so you can have a sunlight pic…but seriously, I’m alone again and it is raining. So…eventually I will update this with a sun pic!

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I hope you enjoyed this stray from the norm.  I would love for you to send me links to any projects you have tried, or want to attempt!

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❤ Rylee

Wicked Polish: Fifty Nifty

In case you aren’t familiar with this song…click HERE to understand why our music teacher had the class sing it in first grade.

(Wow, you say, that must be on home video someplace! Nope.  I skipped first grade and never learned the song. It wasn’t until Mr. Smith’s fifth grade geography class that I learned the location of every state, plus the state capital and 3 major cities.  He also invented the Smith Dot System.  I digress.)

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Red and blue micro glitter, silver holo micro bar glitter, and blue holo and white stars. This is two coats alone, no undies. This glitter is hungry and will require generous topcoat for smooooooothness.

Here is the debut of Wicked Polish Fifty Nifty. I dedicate this to all of you out there thinking, wow, so many red, white, and blue polishes…Americans must be super full of themselves.  Some of us are…clearly, I just told you two stories about my childhood and sit here typing away, convinced you read them and cared.  That’s pretty self centered.

In reality, we aren’t all self centered. There are millions of people serving our country, other countries, and families sacrificing their own comfort and safety for us.  Self centered? Not a chance.  This polish is for them.  And, if I can get enough glitter, this polish might actually make it to my website in time for you to have it by Independence Day. If not, wear it any other day. I promise they are sacrificing 365 days a year.  Can’t have enough country pride!

USA!USA!USA! Rylee