Whew! It's been quite a year - the first full year I have had my own blogging website as opposed to Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, etc. It has been a great adventure - I've learned SO much, which was the goal, and made many new friends who share this hobby. I am always impressed with how much people are willing to help and support each other in this community and I would like to thank all of the readers who take their precious time to read this blog, the people who make the gorgeous polish I feature, and my beloved fellow bloggers who keep this fun and interesting. I am deeply grateful for you all! I have a couple of mondo posts with a selection of my 2015 favorites. This is by no means comprehensive - there were so many more polishes I loved but decided to focus on the ones that I already had photographed and reviewed. Some of these pre-date 2015, obviously, but they were things I wore this past year and enjoyed. Let's get started after the break!
*some polishes sent by the makers and others purchased*
A England Saint George was one of my very first indie/boutique polish purchases and I still love it dearly. Back in late 2011-2012 there were very few green holos on the market and this was a must have for me.
Anonymous Lacquer Best Belize may well be my favorite release from the brand. I love how the base color just glows and the flakes add something really special. This was an exclusive to the Awesome Sauce Indie Box in July.
Aurora Lacquers Crystalline Frost was another polish from the Awesome Sauce Indie Box, the debut release. It is SO reflective and has just the right opacity to balance the glitter and foil without looking lumpy. Perfection!
Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer I Fought for My Soul was one of the new shades that came out with the re-release of the Once More with Feeling Collection. This was the collection that got me hooked on the brand in 2013 so I repurchased all of it after covering three of the new shades on the blog. I especially loved this one, as red holos are a staple of my collection and the little gunmetal flakes take it to the next level.
Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Fireside Songs was from the Collaboration Duo with Octopus Party Nail Lacquer that just released. This polish has ALL THE THINGS. Multichrome flakes, shimmer, holo, sparkle, and is in a rich vampy dark base. Pretty much everything I like.
Celestial Cosmetics Land of Fae is pretty much my favorite polish from the brand. It was made of magical ingredients no longer available so I made sure to purchase an extra bottle and sent one to my buddy Schette as well. I love dark blues and teals so this was a easy pick.
Darling Diva Polish Cen-O-Bite Me was from the brand's recent Hellraiser Collection. I was super-sad this was limited edition as it was purple perfection! I love the duochrome shift in it that makes it really rich-looking.
Ellagee The Bell Still Rings for Me came from the First Gift of Christmas Collaboration Box. I loved how it worked on its own or as a topper and how cute is the little Santa hat on the logo? So festive and cheerful!
Enchanted Polish Cranberry Cosmo. How can I have the words? This from my very first hand made indie order at Llarowe in early 2012. It is such a simple but perfect cranberry holo with hints of flecks in it. There was nothing else out there like it when it released.
Ever After Polish Baby, It's Cold Outside came from their 'Tis the Season to Sparkle Collection. Honestly I could have picked so many favorites from the brand but settled into this one because it is dark blue (love) and demonstrates Rachel's love affair with flakes. And believe me, they love her right back!
Fae Polish Nuts & Crannies was from the Thanksgiving Family Jewels Collection. I love how glowing and gorgeous this is - I just wore it as a pedi for a couple weeks over the holidays and it was a perfect pick. Fae Polish is a newer brand and I have picked up quite a few of Veronica's offerings since trying this one. Give her a look!
Fair Maiden Polish I Wanna Do Bad Things with You was from the Freak Show Collection that launched just before Halloween. Nothing freaky about this one! It is a super-wearable shimmery holo with a touch of duochrome. I have always loved the subtle elements in this brand and this polish exemplifies them.
Frenzy Polish To the North Pole, of Course! is another one from the First Gift of Christmas Collaboration Box. I had my eye on the brand for a while and had started purchasing their collections in earnest with the second collection release. I love how complex and lovely their polishes are with nice mixes of flakes, glitter, and other elements, never overpowering. I feel like the brand has a real signature look that I enjoy.
Girly Bits Cosmetics Hot! Hot! Hot! was yet another from the First Gift of Christmas Collaboration Box (can you tell I liked it?). This polish had an amazing mix of warm and cool elements and is one of the brand's signature "shimmolo" finishes - a mix of shimmer and scattered holo.
Glam Polish Bad Hair Day was a charity polish to benefit the Alopecia Areata Foundation of Australia. I loved the base color and the fact that the glitters were fairly smooth considering how packed it was. The fact a portion went to charity was just icing on the cake!
Glittering Elements Beyond the Sea is one of those polishes that reminds me why the brand will always be in my top favorites! The rich blue shimmery base just glows. I have nearly all of the brand's releases and adore them ridiculously much!
Grace-full Nail Polish Stop the Show is a two-in-one polish! This is a neat idea that Theresa, the maker, has been exploring - a shimmery foil base with a jelly that transforms it or can be worn on its own. I have loved every one of these combos she has put out!
Here is the Red Tint on its own:
And the base color, Stop the Show, without the tint, such that it leans cooler:
Ice Polish Do Ya Love Me? was from Valentine's Day and is such a lovely, cool pink with elements of purple. The brand, originally based in Minnesota, has been on hiatus since Erin's move to Wisconsin, but I hope she comes back soon as I need more!
That wraps up the first half of my 2015 favorites and I'll be back tomorrow with more. Didn't these makers do great things in 2015?
*some polishes sent by the makers and others purchased*