Saturday, September 1, 2012

Llama Nails & the Princess Bride

For starters I wanted to let you know that I have started a new group called Llama Nails on Facebook.  Courtney from the Cuticle Chronicles and myself will be the admins and we would love everyone to join in on the fun!!  We will be doing manis on Wednesdays.  We have not set a starting date yet but we will be beginning with the ABC's of polish.  Let me know if you want to join! We would love to have you :-)  Just don't bring any drama......that's what the llama is for.  We save the drama for the llama.

This is our mascot....isn't she cute and you want to paint her nails?! 

Now, my big news.  Announcing this may be a little premature, but I am so excited I can't contain it any longer.  I have decided to make indie polish to sell!!  (you are all clapping I know)  
When I first got into nail art I knew nothing about indie polishes.  After a few months I was introduced through swatches to indie sellers like Dollish Polish, 365 Days of Color, and Vivid Colors.  I love glitter and all things homemade so naturally I was intrigued.  It took me a while to buy one and when I did I fell in love.  What I love about indie polishes is the thought behind them. The personalization of it all.  I love that all of my geeky loves are put into color and glitter to parade around on my nails. Most of my current stash is from D & R Apothecary and I am a loyal follower and buyer of her polishes. But being the DOER that I am, I wanted to try this out.  I wanted to create polishes that show my love for color and design and all things nerd. So I spent a few months doing some research and I kept coming up with these ideas for 'collections' of polishes. I talked to my husband about it and he thought it was a great idea! He gave me the go ahead to buy the materials I needed  and a whole new child was born :-P  
I have created my first set of polishes all based on The Princess Bride.  We are still in the experimenting phase, but I wanted to share with you what I have planned and what I have created thus far. I am pretty geeked if I do say so and so far my husband and neighbors have given me some thumbs up so I am feeling very confident.  I would love to know what you think as well and if you would want to buy any of these.  Let your friends know, tell your neighbors. Hey, tell your friends neighbors.  Tell your Aunt Susie's cousins brothers wife.  Just send them over and have them take a look.  I apologize if the pictures aren't that great.  I need to figure out how to photograph polish better.  

The first polish I made was called 'Hello, My name is Indigo'. (get it?)  It didn't work out quite right, so I am in the process of tweaking it and making it perfect. No pictures of that yet.

The second one is called Princess Buttercup.  A yellow glitter polish with yellow flowers. 

Who doesn't love and hate Princess Buttercup? With her holier than thou attitude but ever lasting 
love for dear Wesley!

I think this would love just lovely over a cream base

The next polish is called As You Wish.  A pink base shimmery base with matte pink hearts and turqouise hex glitter. 

As You Wish really means I love you.  I chose the turquoise to represent Wesley's beautiful eyes that looks like the sea after a storm. 

Maybe over a dark pink base or even white

Next, we have Iocane Powder.  A white pearl base with irridescent fine glitter and burgundy bar glitter.

My favorite scene in the movie.  The red bar glitter is representative of the wine that Vizzini and the Man in Black drink during their battle of wits.  Nothin beats the line.  "Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line! HAHHAHAHA!" and then he dies.

I think this would look great by itself or even over black.  I also think this looks better with one coat instead of two.  It almost is too thick with two. 

And last we have The Dread Pirate Roberts.  Although I just came up with a catchier name as I was writing this....the Mani in Black. hehe. A black base with silvery black and black hex glitters. 

The best character in the movie.  When Wesley becomes the Dread Pirate Roberts and is so dashing and courageous. I love me some Cary Elwes <3

I love the way the mica used in this polish gives it an almost grainy look.  It reminds me a bit of stone.  This would be great over silver or grey. 

Well, I hope you are as excited as I am! I can't wait to get them up for sale and for people to try them out! 
Please let me know what you think.  I love you guys :-) Oh, and help me come up with a name to call my polish! So far I have come up with Mayberry Nails (there is a story behind that) or maybe even Llama Nails! Any and all suggestions are welcome


  1. Congrats on launching your own line! They look beautiful!!
    I can't find your group on Facebook?? Help!

    1. Did you click on the link? If that doesn't work you can friend me and I will send you an invite. Kelly Cooke :-)

  2. They look fabulous!! The Princess Bride is one of my husband's favorite movies.

  3. You Go girl!

    TPB is one of my & hubby's all time fav movies. We own it on VHS, laser disc & DVD. LOL

    How about Llama Laquers?

    1. Aw, thanks! Laser disc....hilarious. I loooove Llama Lacquers. You might just have something there!