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Homemade Nail Polish: Create Unique Colors and Designs For Eye-Catching Nails Hardcover – May 20, 2014

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About the Author

Allison Rose Spiekermann is the founder and creative director of Nail Pattern Boldness, an independent nail polish company based in Burlington, VT, which specializes in unique and innovative products to help both amateur and professional nail polish enthusiasts get more out of every manicure. She lives in Burlington, VT.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; Gift edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612433073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612433073
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Schafer on October 11, 2014
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I think this book is excellent for anyone who wants to franken their own polishes, as opposed to going into business making and selling polishes. It gives you a rundown of polish ingredients first, so you know what the heck some of those things are. Goes into an overview of safety, plus the necessity of suspension base, and explains the different glitter sizes, including where to look for solvent-resistant ones. Lists of the (minimal) equipment you’ll need, and how to completely clean old polish bottles to re-use. (Buy a bunch of acetone; you’ll need it!) Lists several of the commercial polishes the author uses for base colors, so you don’t have to scramble trying to find a really true red, for instance. Plus how to use powder eye make-up for adding color. (Note, eyeshadow turns the polish matte.)

Then she runs you through making a sample polish, step-by-step. After that there are several recipes for specific colors, in different finishes; matte, iridescent, glitter, holo, jelly and creme. Then a brief section on fixing polish, and retrieving glitter from existing polishes. A section with application tips and ideas, plus nail art ideas and how-tos. Last, a bunch of resources for supplies and other stuff.

For such a small book (only 96 pages), it covers quite a lot of ground, and I think answers most questions anyone would have. If you wanted to do something outside the scope of this book, you’d have to experiment; but you’d have a good base of knowledge to build on. The photos are nice and clear, and in color, though not super-huge. I think it’s worth the money, even though I wasn’t crazy about every color recipe it had. That's simply personal taste, though. With this book, I can make colors I *do* want. It did cover some details that tutorials I’ve read/watched didn’t include, which is one thing I was specifically looking for. You can color me satisfied.
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Polish lingo inbound! haha annddd its written by the make of Nail Pattern Boldness! Buy it just to support an indie maker!
This is more about frakening than formulating your own polish from scratch. She does have some info about where to buy supplies if you want to full on make your own. What I thought was really helpful was the info about all the different additives, solvents, and plasticizers that make up polish....essentially, how polish "works". In the last few pages there is also some nail art too.
If you want to know more about polish, buy it!
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The book has some great ideas, and I love how it breaks down what each of the chemical ingredients in nail polish actually does. Note that it does NOT deal with powdered pigments at all, and instead emphasizes mixing premade nail polishes together to produce different colors. It's also very glitter-heavy. But if you're a beginner and you love glitter polishes, this is a good place to start.
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I thought I would need a lab worthy of Walter White in order to create beautiful nail polish. Imagine my surprise upon reading Spiekermann's book to discover just how simple it really is.

The author breaks down the basic chemical properties of nail polish in the first few pages. Her writing style is crisp, conversational and easy to understand which is helpful for those of us who may not be scientifically inclined. The book also gives practical tips on how to obtain and safely handle ingredients. The bulk of the book includes recipes for over 30 colors to mix up on your own along with some rad nail decorating suggestions.

This is a great guide for the novice craft-person as well as someone more advanced. The recipes have you blending existing polishes available at your drug store to create custom colors of your own. This makes the process simpler and more affordable if you are like me and less likely to track down raw chemicals. However, if you are ambitious, this book gives some great information, tools and inspiration for more advanced techniques and mixing.

I am psyched to channel my inner Walter White, minus the murderous ego and felony rap sheet, to create some incredible custom nail polish.
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As someone who loves all things DIY, this book was exactly what I was hoping for: easy to understand, easy to access recipes for some really awesome and fun polishes. For those of us who don't have the equipment, technical wherewithal, or time (toddler, anyone?) to make from-scratch polish, but still want to avoid falling into "frumpy mama" land, this book gives you enough know-how to try a few things, plus the confidence to strike out on your own colorful, glitter-tastic creative adventure. I've been having a lot of fun with this book during said toddler's nap time.
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