02 January 2013

Favourites of 2012: Indies!

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Wednesday! I'm sorry this post is a bit late. I didn't have proper swatches for all of them (like I've mentioned previously, I'm lazy/always post mani photos on instagram but they're not the same quality as what I prefer to put on here since they're just phone pictures) and yesterday was a bit of a write-off for me haha. I hope you all had a safe and happy new year!

So, let's jump in. Before we start, I just wanted to mention that there are a couple of brands that I included in this list that aren't what I would consider "indie" - not handmade/foreign etc. The reason I grouped them all together was really for convenience and to avoid going crazy trying to categorise everything properly haha. So this list would more properly be titled "indies/foreign/not widely available/only available for purchase online/not available in traditional stores". Or something like that. Anyway, enough talk, more photos?

Lac Attack Dementor's Kiss

Layered over China Glaze Concrete Catwalk

I'm sure nobody is surprised that I put this on here. I know I'm biased since I helped Ana make the collection but you'll forgive me, right? I love this so hard. You guys know how I feel about black glitter. Obviously I go mental for it since I'm pretty sure it's the only glitter colour that has its own tag on here haha. Anyway, I love how this turned out. The black really pops with the red mixed in and it's easy to work with and just plain awesome. This was two coats.

a-england Dragon

Adina seriously blew us all out of the water with her collection of holos, the Legend. I'm still not over how beautiful they are. This was one of my favourites but I kept missing out on the chance to buy it (it was popular!) but finally managed to score it on Ninja Polish. It's such a rich green, adding the holo and the gold that runs through it is just icing on the cake. Also, Dragon? Seriously. It was made for me. Two easy coats.

Dollish Polish We're Simply Meant to Be

Over Sally Hansen Ion

This might be a party foul. I'm not sure. Is it a party foul for me to include polishes that aren't available anymore? If so, I'm sorry. When I heard that DP was releasing a collection themed around one of my favourite movies ever, the Nightmare Before Christmas, I knew I was going to have to try every day to get them. They were only available for about two weeks leading up to Halloween, which is really sad, because they were fantastic. This is my favourite of the ones I snagged - I love to look at it. It's so interesting - I love the smaller aqua and pale purple glitters mixed in with those large yellow and purple hexes. And obviously I love square glitter so if you make it black square glitter... I'm all up on that. This was two coats.

Lac Attack Jewel of the Nile

Over OPI So Many Clowns, So Little Time

God. I feel like this polish started so much this year! I was crazy about it but never lucky enough to catch it when it was in stock. I tweeted about it (because I have a serious twitter problem) and Ana replied right away... and the rest is history. I didn't know then that we would end up becoming friends (I didn't know she was my spirit animal then) - I just knew that she was talented, made pretty polishes and seemed nice. It's crazy how it started with Jewel of the Nile and ended up with us collaborating on a collection with a common passion as the theme... I feel so lucky to have "met" Ana! Jewel of the Nile is special to me for sentimental reasons, but also because I just think it's beautiful. I love the combination of glitters and it's matte glitter and I'm all about matte glitter.

Shimmer Polish Mary

Over OPI Danke-Shiny Red

I completely blame Salla for getting me to pay attention to Shimmer Polish. She was posting such beautiful swatches and I knew that I wouldn't be able to resist. This is such a lovely glitter. I love the combination of colours and that black glitter is to die for. I DIE. I feel like black glitter is a common theme already on my list. I'm such a sucker. I love the complexity of Shimmer glitters, and it was surprising to me that Mary was my favourite, since I'm not usually keen on red... but Mary is too beautiful to ignore!

KBShimmer Oh Splat!

No surprise here, right? I love polishes that look like candy, as I mentioned in my mainstream favourites post, and Oh Splat! just looks like happiness to me. I was so happy when Katie of Harlow & Co. started stocking KB, since they don't ship internationally directly from their store. I got a bottle of Oh Splat! for myself and one for a future giveaway... did you know that this polish was so popular that Katie did a restock of JUST Oh Splat! this year? Yeah. Craziness! This was three coats. Two is good for most people, apparently. but I can't seem to get rid of bald spots with two.

Different Dimension Social Suicide

Over China Glaze Concrete Catwalk

Black and white glitters rule my heart. I just love how versatile they are, you can use them to spice up any manicure and it will look awesome! I really loved Different Dimension's take on it for a lot of reasons - one, it's super easy to apply and the coverage is nice. But also Mean Girls reference. +10000000000000. I can't tell you how often I reached for this polish this year. I was just thinking about layering it over my current manicure haha. Obsessed.

Dollish Polish Toxic Avenger

Here's another one that's not available anymore... I'm sorry. It's strange that I picked two LE/discontinued Dollish Polishes for my list... I'm a bit of a jerk aren't I? Anyway, holographic and multichrome? SOLD. I only have a mini of this thanks to my amazing friend Jen, so I used it sparingly this year, but the first time I wore Toxic Avenger I kept the manicure on for over a week... I loved it that much. Two coats.

Girly Bits Mother May I?

I loved Girly Bits this year. If I had to pick just a couple of indie brands that we were all watching this year, Girly Bits would definitely be on there. It doesn't hurt that Pam is a total sweetheart! Mother May I was a standout for me. I love the combination of the iridescent shimmer and the different sizes of glitter. Also square glitter. I am shameless about square glitter. I definitely got a lot of wear out of this one! Three coats.

Jade Vermelho Surreal

I wouldn't classify Jade as an indie brand, as they aren't handmade, but they are foreign so they ended up on this list. I can't wait to reswatch this with some proper sunlight though - I had to make do with what I have! I'm eternally on the quest for the perfect red holo and this one is definitely pretty damn close. It's really pigmented and lovely and vibrant - obviously red (a lot of red holos come out looking more pink on the nail), almost squishy looking and WAY more holographic than my photo is making it seem. Lovely. Two coats.

a-england Princess Tears

Sensing a theme here? I'm such a sucker for holos haha. I love Princess Tears so much, it's a lovely colour and it has gorgeous shimmer that runs through it as well. It was like a classy lady colour with something extra when I was in the sun. Do you guys classify polish colours? I always like to wear classy shades even though I don't think that I'm classy at all haha. Anyway... I can't wait to see what Adina does in 2013! Two coats.

Lac Attack Weasley's Wizard Wheezes

Over OPI Yoga-ta Get this Blue

You didn't think I would only have one polish from the Magical Musings collection on here, did you? Nooooooooope. If you had asked me last  year if I thought a polish with bar glitter would be on my favourites list for ANYTHING, let alone favourites from the year, I would've laughed in your face. Yet here we are.... I love this glitter so hard. The bars feel perfect given who it was made for (Fred and George) and I love how the orange and yellow really pop over a dark blue. I'd love to see this over a dark red too... *makes note* This was two coats.

So, what do you guys think? What were some of your favourite indies of the year? Who will you be keeping an eye on? Are there any brands you want to try? I'm so excited to see what indie makers come up with in 2013, I feel like we got so many unique beauties from them in 2012. I'd like to see more black glitter please.... and more khaki green glitter!

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!


  1. I need the entire Harry Potter collection SO BAD! Great choices!

  2. 1) the HP Collection it´s amazing, I want it so bad! 2) I also pick one Jade holo (Deja Vu) and 2 A England to my picks of 2012 (Saint george and Princess Tears). I didn´t know about Mother May I and it´s beautiful.
    Really great picks!!

  3. OMG!!! These nail colors are so gorgeous! they all look so elegant and classy which makes them perfect for any occasion.

  4. Great post! In all seriousness, I haven't tried a single indie polish. Yet! Your post is a great guide on where to start ;)


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