I have a fun read for you today. The book Homemade Nail Polish was sent to us and I’ve been having a ball reading it. This is everything you need to know about the world of nail polish in a fast, easy format. If you’ve ever drooled over the colors you see that so many indie polish creators have introduced and wish you could do that, then you absolutely need this book. Even if you are like I am and just dream of the creativity, you’ll want this book.
The author, Allison Rose Spiekermann, is the creator of her own indie nail polish line, Nail Pattern Baldness. She has shared what she’s learned with us for $16.95 ($12.24 at Amazon.com; $9.95 for Kindle). If you follow her directions you’ll be saving more than that and feeling like a million bucks.
Chapter One is absolutely vital since the author describes everything you need to know about the ingredients. You’ll find out the basic ingredients and about all the extras like which glitters to use, which inexpensive polishes to use for mixing, and what every term means. It’s short but oh so sweet.
In Chapter Two you’ll learn what equipment you need to buy to start on this project. The author helps you with the best products to purchase plus she teaches you about some less expensive alternatives when applicable.
The heart of the book is found in Chapter Three and this is the chapter you’ll love best. For example, Allison shows you how to use eyeshadow to add the interest in a polish you want to create. Have a polish you hate on your eyes? Well you can use that to add to your homemade nail color. Or pick up one of her suggestions about drugstore shadows to make your creation.
Just like a well written cookbook, she has ingredients and exact directions. Just like a chef you can take that recipe and change the colors you use and make it your own.
Other things you’ll learn in Chapter Three are how to combine polishes, how to use glitters properly, all about special effect additives and how to make matte polish. You can make jellies, holographic polishes, neons and mattes with her recipes. This chapter has the tricks of the trade along with instructions on doing a good manicure.
Chapter Four is all about the fun techniques that we admire on others – jelly sandwiches, decals, stencils, galaxy nails (I need to try this technique!), dot methods, adding loose glitter and so much more.
Allison Rose Spiekermann doesn’t miss a trick in Homemade Nail Polish. She teaches us everything from the basics to the secrets to how to create a perfect nail application. The proper ingredients and sources and where to buy them are in the book. I can’t help thinking about what a great gift this would make along with some of the equipment needed to get someone started.
If you love nail polish or know someone who does, what a perfect book this is. Pretty fun, great ideas and creativity at its best. — Marcia
*received for editorial consideration