Retired

This post is obviously LONG overdue but, as you all know by now, I have retired this blog.

Although I’m sad that I allowed it to fade as it did, I’m also glad to have such an extensive snapshot in time of my interests over the year that I wrote this. I never in a million years thought that this blog would turn into the labor of love that it became. It helped me meet so many amazing individuals that I admire and have learned from. It taught me to never scoff at your own interests, no matter how absurd they might appear to be to the public (you write about NAIL POLISH?!?)

I plan to keep this blog up, but will be limiting certain features. I am deactivating the mailing list since there won’t be new posts, as well as social media notifications.

Thank you all so very much for taking this ride with me. It was a blast – a glittery, indie blast.

Love,
Ave

What The…Spam?

Hm, so as you may have noticed I put this blog on the back burner for a bit while adjusting into a new job/position. I hate that my return has to be to deal with some not-so-fun stuff, but so it goes!

I have been informed that some of my mailing list members recently received what appears to be a spam email and fake article. If you received is email – I am so sorry! I operate my mailing list through a WordPress plug in, and will be working with them to try and identify the issue. In the mean time I might de activate the mailing list temporarily to protect the innocent, but will only do so if absolutely necessary.

On an unrelated note, not polishing my nails for several months has left me with nails that are healthier than I have ever seen them before!

Darn you cold!

I wish I could say I’ve missed the last few posts because I was off galavanting on the beach for Memorial Day weekend. However that would be lie.

I’ve been plagued with the most obnoxious will-not-go-away cold that decided to rear it’s ugly head the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Of course.

I’ve recovered enough that I don’t think I need antibiotics but I’m at the end of my home remedy knowledge – I have a humidifier going, I’m taking Aleve-D, and using a personal steamer. Got a home remedy I haven’t listed? Please share!

Swatch & Review: Zoya ‘Megan’

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
~ Coco Chanel

I know a good base color, and Megan is her name.

Megan was a part of Zoya’s Winter 2011 Feel Collection. I actually received this mini during my very, very brief stint with Birchbox. I will probably end up purchasing a full sized bottle eventually because I’m going through this quickly! This is one of my favorite base colors when I want an almost-but-not-quite neutral.

Megan is a muted lavender lilac with gray undertones. Subtle enough that it is appropriate for work, but colorful enough to be fun in its own right! I adore using this under matte glitter – it’s a perfect canvas and never overpowers the top coat. As you can see, it has a wonderful creme finish.

My only issue with this shade is the formula. It is workable, but difficult. Somehow it manages to be overly thick at the same time as being too runny. Hm. This hasn’t bothered me too much since I tend not to wear this on its own very often – but it is definitely worth mentioning. I find that I have to allow my manicure to dry almost entirely before attempting clean up around the nail – otherwise my clean up brush will drag the polish. Boo!

Shown here: Nail Life Revitalizer Treatment, 2 coats Zoya Megan, 1 coat Out The Door

Megan

Opening Up For Guest Posts!

If you hadn’t noticed by my lack of posts, time got away from me this week! So I can think of no better time than now to implement something I have wanted to do for a while.

I am now officially accepting guest posts!

Do you have a blog or social media outlet you would like to help promote? Or maybe just a killer shade you just have to share?

If you would like to be featured on this site, please submit content & photos by either emailing me at polishpixelle@gmail.com or via my contact form (although you will still have to email the pictures).

General Rules

- Photos must be of good quality. In focus, preferably HD. iPhone photos are allowed but only if they are of high quality.
- Please be sure to add a watermark or text to your photos. If you need help with this, I can also add them in on my end
- Use common sense. This is a blog about nail polish, the indie movement, and cosmetics. No politics or unrelated controversial topics please! (duh)
- I reserve the right to edit as I see fit. I will not change the tone or general wording of content – but I will correct any spelling or grammar errors
- I will add in links to the products online so that readers can purchase if they so desire
- I reserve the right to reuse photos/content in future posts (credit will always be given to the creator). I.E. I might eventually do a recap of guest posts, or an overview of swatches in a particular shade etc.

Interested? I hope so!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I hope to hear from you soon!

Love and glitter,
AveSignature

Swatch & Review: OPI ‘Lemonade Stand By Your Man’

“If life gives you lemons, don’t settle for simply making lemonade – make a glorious scene at a lemonade stand.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, American author

Mmmm…lemonade.

I am extremely particular about yellow polishes, simply because it has the tendency to wash me out. I received this in a polish exchange and was surprised to find that I quite like the shade! Granted, I think it will look a million time better when/if I ever get a tan.

Lemonade Stand By Your Man (kudos for the name) is an older OPI (although not a black label) from their Retro Fun in the Sun Summer 2008 Collection. One of the reasons I was surprised to find that I liked this shade is because this has a shimmer finish – generally not one of my favorite finish types. However with this shade of yellow, it works! It has an almost candy-like appearance. It is a bright yellow in between light and medium which lends itself to being compatible with a variety of skin tones.

Perfect for summer. If I was more of a beach goer, this would be my first pick!

My only complaint about this shade is that the formula is sheer enough that it requires several coats and is a bit runny. The layering of multiple coats is what allows for the almost-but-not-quite jelly appearance. While the end result is nice, it was a bit of a pain. I wish it was a touch thicker to at least allow for greater ease of application. However these do not appear to be formula flaws, it is just the price we pay to achieve a finish like this!

Shown here: 1 coat OPI Base Coat, 4 coats Lemonade Stand By Your Man, & 1 coat OPI Top Coat

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Where Do You See The Indie Polish Market Going?

I got asked a compelling question yesterday – do I think the indie polish movement is sustainable? It’s an interesting concept given that the indie movement quite literally exploded on the scene. Many trends that shine that brightly burn out over time. Will that happen to indie polish?

My answer (pure speculation) is yes and no. Do I think indie polish has a permanent place in the cosmetic world? Absolutely. Do I think it will continue the way it has been? No. I think that over time the influx of indie brands will slow down – as the market plateaus fewer individuals will be getting into it solely for financial reasons. However there are so many brands out there that are motivated by things other than money. The few I know that were founded solely for financial reasons quickly closed or sold their formulas/brand names because in the end they couldn’t keep up. It is an intense niche market – a labor of love.

I think that the largest challenge that the indie polish market will face over time is protecting formulas and innovative ideas from mainstream markets. Even in its infancy the indie movement was plagued with mainstream brands ‘duplicating’ formulas and finishes. How can this protection be achieved? I’m not sure. However I do think this will push indie brands in the direction of establishing full fledged companies and brands surrounding their ‘label’. So many of the indie brands I know and love operate as a perceived brand – the same way that I operate under ‘Polish Pixelle’. The brand name is used and recognized, but is not an established company. I think that as the indie market ages more and more owners will look towards fleshing out their brand enough to achieve the protections that come along with officially registering a brand/company.

Another change that I foresee happening is a migration off of Etsy. I adore Etsy – and it was the perfect launching pad for a niche market like this. However the reality is that it can hold brands back after a certain point. When using Etsy there is less of an incentive to pursue certain brand protections and build up the operations side. For brands that are just starting out this works wonderfully – a user friendly entry into an open market. For larger brands it can become an issue because they can find themselves wanting to move off Etsy but with limited knowledge about negotiating shipping contracts, setting up a website (especially a retail based ones, adding a cart to a site is no simple task!), and other crucial elements of running a retail based business. Of course this is a transition that all companies and brands face, but I think Etsy can put people in the position of being faced with making the transition at a point when they have become extremely popular. In summary, I think most brands eventually out grow Etsy. This is definitely not a blanket statement though – one example off the top of my head that defies more or less everything I just said is Lush Lacquer. They have stayed on Etsy throughout their rise in popularity and managed it extremely well (read: they keep postings up and make more as they need to rather than only posting them when they have them physically in stock therefore causing a rat race restock).

So I suppose, in short, that I expect to see some changes in terms of how the indie market operates – but I do not see the core of it changing. Where there is demand, there will be supply.

What do you think? Where do you see the indie polish market heading?

Manicure: Professional or DIY?

Curiosity killed the cat. For those of you who do your own manicures for the most part – do you also, on occasion, get them done professionally?

I’ve never been big on getting my nails done but prior to getting ‘into’ nail polish as a blogging topic I would get a professional manicure a few times a year – just enough to keep them looking decent. However once I started blogging, and doing my own nails, I stopped completely. In fact, I haven’t gotten my nails done professionally a single time since starting this blog. Mainly because I haven’t felt the need, but also because I’m pretty sure I’d be the most obnoxious client ever (“you don’t know what squoval means?!?!” “No clippers, file in only one direction please” ….yikes)

Since I’ve been so completely consumed by my new job, my nails have been naked and neglected for over a month. So much so that I have resigned myself to getting a professional manicure to at least get them back to a decent swatching state (I simply don’t have the time to do it myself).

This has me wondering – how much is too much to ask from your manicurist? Certain things I am not willing to compromise on, like filing only (NO clippers!) and no buffing. But other things I feel self conscious asking about – like filing in only one direction. How do you handle this? Any professional nail techs out there have any suggestions?

Swatch & Review: Lush Lacquer ‘Mr. Bubble’

“The brain that bubbles with phrases has hard work to collect its thoughts.”
~ Unknown

I can’t believe I never posted this. This is one of my all time favorite indie polish top coats – and I found the already edited, ready-to-post swatch in a random document folder on my computer. Awesome. My swatches are multiplying and hiding from me!

Mr. Bubble is an extremely fun and versatile top coat. Consisting of a clear suspension base and pink, blue and white matte glitter – it works over a multitude of base colors. I like to play up the youthfulness and whimsy of the glitter shades and pair this over vibrant colors, or pastels for more of a pop. I adore this top coat so much that I do something I very rarely do – I purchased a mini bottle of this along with some other purchases, and after trying it once I immediately ordered a full sized bottle.

Formula is easy to work with – glitter is evenly distributed throughout the suspension base. I only apply one coat of this as I like the base color to be very visible, but you could easily achieve more coverage with an additional coat.

Shown here: OPI Base Coat, 2 coats OPI Funky Dunkey (swatch & review), 1 coat Mr. Bubble, Seche Vite

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You can purchase Lush Lacquer polishes via their Etsy shop and you can find them on Facebook here.