What made you get into making your own products?
About six years ago I got really interested in nail art in general. A friend was accomplishing some really great creations, and as an artsy-craftsy type myself, I decided to give it a go. I quickly got wrapped up in a world of YouTube tutorials and the obsession grew. I invested in some stamping plates and other nail art supplies and started recreating some of the looks I had seen online. I was instantly hooked! This was also the first time I was exposed to Indie Nail Polish brands, and my polish collection was growing quickly. I’m the kind of person who likes to understand how things work, and research is a natural part of anything I devote time to. As I was researching Indie Nail Polish, and nail polish in general, I discovered Frankenpolish – the term given to the process of mixing and blending your own nail polish, often from nail polishes you already own, and other materials such as glitter. I had no idea I could make my own nail polish, and I went on to research how I could make a quality product myself.
What do you use for inspiration for new products?
I watch fashion and jewellery trends pretty closely to see what’s coming and going. In addition to trends, I also look at Pantone’s colour forecasts for the upcoming seasons for inspiration. Finally, I use my own interest and creativity to come up with ideas. One of the great things about having my own polish collection is being able to think about wanting a specific colour and then making it a reality. Sometimes I end up with unexpected creations as a result of prototyping – happy accidents, I call them! I love to hear what my customers and show visitors would like to see in future collections as well.
What makes your products unique?
When you purchase a bottle of my nail polish, everything that’s been done to get that polish in the bottle and into your hands has essentially been done by me, and I take a lot of pride in that. Whether it’s planning a collection, acquiring supplies, mixing and bottling or labelling and packaging, it really is a one-woman shop. My polish is made in small batches with a lot of care. I like my polish to be unique, and I want to give my customers some variety in what is available to them. I don’t want my polish to be identical to something you could pick off a drugstore shelf that was mass produced. Most importantly to me, is that at the end of the day, if I wouldn’t personally wear a nail polish that I create, it doesn’t go into a collection and I won’t sell it.
Are your products 5-free?
Absolutely! We began as 3-free and became 5-free in late 2015. It’s so important for me, and my customers. It’s a main discussion topic for me as a vendor, and I’m so happy to be able to offer a 5-free polish.