Today I have a rather long and pic heavy post for you today! There is a little interview with Catriona the creator of the Belle Glamour indie nail polish and four of her lovely polishes to show you. 🙂
Belle Glamour polishes are available Here.
I conducted this informal interview with Catriona via email, and here it is! 🙂
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from?
I am 20 years old, and going to be 21 in march, I am a stay at home wife and I have a daughter who is almost one. I live in a small town in central Scotland, and have lived in and around this area for my whole life. Recently my mum moved to London, and so we holiday down there, but I’m still a Scottish girl at heart.
2. Why did you decide start making Indie nail polish?
I had needed something to keep myself busy with having anxiety issues etc, and so I began painting false nails and selling them as a small hobby, I then thought about it a lot, and decided I wanted to make my own polish to paint them, having something that I created gives me a real buzz.
3. How did you decide on Belle Glamour as a brand name?
Having self esteem and anxiety issues, I wanted a fresh start, and I knew a lot of other women out there would feel the same, I wanted to make something to let the user feel beautiful, glamorous and worth it. Then I thought about naming it Beautifully Glamorous, and thought of the ‘language of love’ – French. The Word Belle is French for Beautiful, hence, Belle Glamour.
4. How long have you loved nail polish for?
I haven’t adored nail polish for long at all, I was a nail biter up until last summer, and then I wore a lot of false nails to cover this, but gave that up and I am now in recovery!
5. Where do you get your inspiration for new shades?
This, I do not have an answer for exactly, because I don’t really know, it comes from this and that really, one collection I have came from my favourite book/film series, Harry Potter.
6. Tell us about your polish production and how you find time to do it all?
I buy all of my ingredients and test these if they come from a new supplier etc, I then get to the making and documenting stage. My husband works shifts, and so when he is off his work, he looks after our daughter so I can get creative and work.
7. What is the best part about making your own line of polishes?
Definitely being able to see a polish you want, and making a dupe for personal use. I now find myself thinking ‘can I make that myself?’ and if the answer is yes, I wont buy!
8. And the worst?
Glitter everywhere. And I seriously mean EVERYWHERE. I sneeze glitter.
9. And finally If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Hmmm.. tough one. To read minds? Then I could see what everyone would buy 😜
So a big thank you to Catriona for taking the time to do this and for your very brave and honest answers to my questions! 🙂
And now on to the four Belle Glamour polishes I have to show you today, they are Pretty In, Pumpkin Pie, Green Eyed Monster and Silver Arrow.
The first polish is Pretty In. This is a lovely pink with a blue shimmer, and loads of holographic sparkles!
Pretty In has a lovely satin finish and applied really smoothly, this is three thin coats over base coat, I think it could be opaque in two coats if I had made them a little thicker.
For me the blue shimmer really made this polish stand out, it gives it a lovely lilac glow and tones down the overall pinkness and really complements the wonderful holographic glitter.
Here is Pumpkin Pie, this is an orange shimmer with a sprinkling of matte black glitter bars.
I applied three coats of I found the formula to be really thick, it made it rather difficult to apply, but by the third coat there was good coverage and a nice amount of the glitter bars which didn’t take any fishing for.
Unfortunately orange really doesn’t suit me at all 😦 I’m to pale, and it really highlights my dreadful circulation, lol! I think that on someone with a darker skin tone this polish would be lovely!
The third polish I’m going to show you is called Green Eyed Monster,
Green Eyed Monster
This polish is a lovely mid toned green shimmer, with loads of holographic glitter. On the first coat I found the application to be a bit odd, it was a little bit clumpy and difficult to get an even layer, but as the first coat dried it revealed the texture! Which was a wonderful surprise! 🙂
Green Eyed Monster
I applied the second coat and the coverage was perfect! It’s not an overly textured polish, but it really adds an extra dimension to this already lovely polish, It makes the Holographic glitter really sparkle too!
Green Eyed Monster
And last of all this is Silver Arrow.
When I first removed this polish from the packaging, it looked like a very average mid toned silver metallic, but the moment I moved it into the light the holographic shine was revealed!
I applied three coats of Silver Arrow, the coverage was wonderful. I have found that with some holographic polishes there can be a lot of creasing up and dragging, but that is really not the case with this one! The application was perfect even with my normal base coat!
Also there where no brush marks and it was wonderfully self leveling!
Silver Arrow is definitely my favourite out of the four polishes 🙂
I brought these four polishes at a discounted price and the review of them is my honest opinion 😀