I declared May to be New Zealand Indie Polish Month so we could celebrate and share all the gorgeous creations being made right in our own country!
There are a number of talented polish makers right here producing small batches of handmade, cruelty free and totally unique nail polishes! For May we have been tagging our polish shots on facebook and instagram with #nzindiepolish. Go check it out! Any kiwi nail polish fans are also welcome to join our facebook group.
// So why indie polish?
When you start feeling like you have all the colours and all the glitters you could possibly need, then the door to the indie polish world opens and wow there are some really creative people out there! It blew me away the combinations and finishes that people dreamt up, not to mention the names and inspirations behind the polishes!
Animal testing is a huge hate for me and I have discovered just how many mainstream brands are allowing their products to be tested on animals (or allowing their parent company to test). There are a few good mainstream brands left which are cruelty free but the options are limited. Indie makers do their homework and are often also passionate about being cruelty free.
I love supporting the small businesses and especially the kiwi made ones which are now growing in number! Shipping costs are incredibly huge for us to buy nail polish from overseas makers so it is really exciting that there is more and more being made within NZ.
My first kiwi indie polish discovery was Star Kin who began selling their creations a year ago and I picked up a bottle of their polish Whale Farts – from then on I was hooked. Ami (the mastermind behind Star Kin) invited me to have a play with making a couple of polishes and I threw bunches of glitters in to a bottle of clear base and gosh it was a mess but so much fun!
I then imported crazy amounts of solvent resistant glitter, pigments and suspension base and have been mixing it all up ever since. Cue Peacock Pie. It can be difficult importing the products you need to make nail polish but the group of girls I have met on this journey have been a huge help and finally I am getting brave enough to give it to other people to try and begin selling it!
These are a few of my polishes which I will be stocking in my etsy shop later this month!
DIY nail art tutorials by Serra from Peacock Pie for The Dizain Collective. Check out more inspiring nail art from Peacock Pie on Serra’s website.