HOMEMADE Nail Polish by Allison Rose Spiekermann
Hey there chickadees,
Today’s post is a first for me; my first ever book review.
I bought this book on a whim and if I’d had time to talk myself out of it I would have said “You’ll never find the time, money and effort to actually begin producing your own nail polish, despite the appeal of being a bona fide indie maker” However thanks to Kindle One-Click it was downloaded before the voices in my head had chance to dissuade me, and I’m very glad of that.
Firstly, the book is short. I read the whole thing cover to cover in less than an hour! But this is not a book to be read in one sitting. Think of it more as a recipe book and though it will sit on your shelf a number of weeks untouched, it will be a staple for you to dip in and out of and come back to for tips and advice. (Why didn’t that work? How do I change this consistency? I wonder what it mentions about glitters?)
The book starts with the basics of what polishes are made up of – what the ingredients of nail polish are and what they do. More than that though, Allison warns not to run out and buy bulk orders of chemicals but simple tips on where to start and advice for dabblers (like me) who might want to cobble together things they already have!
Even if you’re not planning on making your own but are just curious what actually goes into the process there are some gems of advice for any polish lover; some more obvious (NEVER use nail polish remover to thin a polish) and others super useful (look for HDPE on plastic bottles to ensure they’re suitable for acetone storage). I literally streaked highlighter all through this book as it was packed full of interesting tips.
If you do decide to jump in with both feet the how-tos/recipes are easy to follow and the results are very sleek and professional looking. If becoming your own polish creator is something you’ve ever considered then this book will be an essential read.
The book layout (or my KindleFire version) is very simple and clean. All the polishes have clear photographs of the ideal finished product and the methods used are also illustrated throughout with step by step photographs.
I was particularly keen on the ‘Deconstructing Nail Polish’ section as it can not only be used to help troubleshoot polishes you’ve created yourself but can also help you to tweak existing polishes in your collection that are in need of a little improvement. Lumpy, too opaque, not jellifying? Skip ahead to this section for advice.
The resources section is also an invaluable resource in finding ingredients and inspiration online.
So if you want to find out how eye-shadow, silicone baking cups, and an eye-dropper fit into polish making you’ll just have to get your own copy here (currently £6.99 on Amazon)
Have you thought about creating your own polish? Would you like to know more about polish making? Have you read this book? Are there any other recommended reads for would-be indie polish producers?
If you’ve liked today’s post keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming review of How I Nailed It by Leighton Denny.