Notes about SBPs & Samples

Hi Everyone

I just got back from PBA Cosmoprof’s convention in las vegas. I got to meet loads of amazing bloggers and nail polish makers. I’ll talk more about this in the next post coming up later today.

It has been brought to my attention that there have been discussions going on in some of the fan groups. I wanted to address this as best I could and share my point of view, as the stress about this has been making my stomach ache.

The topic of discussion: The increase recently in resellers swooping in and buying to resell SBPs, Samples and limited release polishes and their practices, keeping the polishes out of the hands and sometimes financial reach of fans.

I’m going to say my point of view and not everyone will agree with me but that is ok.
Yes, it’s not fun that polishes are being kept away from the fans. I want all my fans to get these limited release polishes. There will never be a way to keep resellers out of my shop. The only thing I can do is to just stop selling these items completely. I don’t want to do that, nor do I think it’s the best option. We are going to think of different options that might hinder the reselling process and not make it so attractive.

I’m going to ask a huge favor of the fans out there. By buying polishes from the resellers, it is driving the market. Please choose not to participate, I know that is a hard thing to ask. I encourage you all to swap, if something isn’t your cup of tea or if you are in search of a particular SBP or sample. The nail polish swapping community is a great one. There are so many people who might have polishes you want and you might have something they want. If you need to sell for any reason, keep your prices as close to on par to what I offer them for (+ shipping and paypal fees, etc). It might take a little bit but over time people might get the idea that price gouging, and reselling for profit isn’t ok.

I don’t want this to come off as a threat because I don’t see it that way…I see it as an option. If there continues to be too much stress over what I see as my “B level polishes” I’m going to have no choice but to abandon selling these polishes. There has been so much focus on these polishes that people forget I come out with a new collection every month that is carefully cultivated, well thought out, My A level polishes, and most of the time they are available without the stress of a restock. My heart and soul is in those polishes. Let’s put the focus back on those.

I do encourage the fan groups to continue to discuss this and options that might appeal to all the fans.






The Sea Collection

Huge shot out to all the amazing bloggers out there who helped me capture amazing photos of the sea collection. Without their help, you all would have to see my photos, which we all know are sub par at best. LOL

I’m really excited about this collection. It features colors I wear very regularly. So you could say that this collection is tailor built just for me. It’s moody, cool and has all my favorite finish types. It leaves a lot of options for wearing them alone, stamping, nail art, marbling, layering. I don’t know if anyone will try this but I wore Bohai (thin layer) over Thracian. It sounds crazy but it gave bohai a dark depthness to it. It looks pretty cool.

This collection features polishes that are on the thick side. Thick polishes are my preference when it comes to opacity, and application feel. I know it’s not everyone’s preference so if you like thinner polishes. You can always use thinner in my polishes to make them your desired consistency. I recommend you use brands of thinner I’ve tested to work well with my polishes. The following work really well: Seche Vite, Zoya, OPI, Nicole OPI. Sally’s beauty brand does not however work well with my polishes. It will leave a ring of a rust colored fluid at the top of the polish, which won’t shake back in over time.

Bohai Sea- bright blue holo (holo is medium density)
Ceram Sea- bright turquoise creme (green leaning)
Weddell Sea- off white, white shimmer, silver shimmer, light holographic (low density)
Thracian Sea- Dark Grey (blue leaning/purple undertones) creme
The Med 2- Teal with green shimmer and green shift to gold shimmer
Limited Edition: Yeti’s oceanside vacation (available for June restocks only)

Ok so let’s get to pics!!!! First up is a group shot that I took, but after that I’m going to leave you with some links to bloggers who have taken gorgeous swatch shots which are more color accurate.

Swatches can be found here (with more to be added soon!)

Ida Nails it
Pointless Cafe
Dani’s Manis
Adventures in Acetone
Amanda Loves Polish (Facebook) 

I hope you all love the collection as much as I do. I may have to revisit the inspiration the sea again. It was such a fun idea to work with. I have a billion ideas and it was tough to narrow it down to what I did.

Cheers to great polishes,
❤ Lulu

Giveaway Winners: Yeti wears givenchy and Versace

YAY! Congrats to all 5 winners of the it’s all in the name giveaway.

Winners could you please email me at elevationpolish (at gmail) so I can ship your Yeti wears givenchy and versace.

Drum roll please…. and the winners are………

1. nisefo62 “Elevation names are always unusual and fun! So I like Tanuki… my dogs name. “)”

2. Sarah HG “Since Yeti is the best mascot on earth I have to stick with him. Since my favorite color is blue I have to go with that. I would love to see a bright, BRIGHT aqua blue holo or holo micro glitter with peach triangle glitter or something with that color combination. My favorite place I’ve ever gone on vacation (to date) is Bermuda, and the ocean color is bright blue aqua and the sand is a peachish pink (but I’m not a fan of pink so for this purpose we’ll say peach). So maybe something like “Yeti Escapes the Bermuda Triangle”. Triangle glitter is obviously perfect for this polish!”

3. Lesa G. ““One Small Step For Yeti, One Giant Leap For Yeti-kind”, “Yeti Vs Bigfoot”, “Breakfast At Yeti’s”, “Cool Hand Yeti”, “The Good, The Bad and The Yeti”. “Yeti Without A Cause”, “Citizen Yeti””

4. Valerie M “I would love to see Yeti loves margaritas! A lime green holo with shimmers and flakies! Or a Black Hills polish. The Black Hills in South Dakota are so beautiful at sunset.”

5. Yuko M “One of my favorite places in Hawaii is Hanauma Bay, which I find magical. I would love to see a polish named Hanauma Bay so that I can be transported back there by looking at my nails.”

There were so many brilliant suggestions in this giveaway. I can’t wait to get to my work desk and play around with some ideas. Will Yeti Go to space?…. Will he finally get a girlfriend to share in his adventures?…… We will have to wait to see.

I’ve got one last giveaway this month. Stay tuned on the 30th right here on my blog.


Giveaway: It’s all in the name *CLOSED*

Giveaway notice!

This is a fun one with a little sneak peak to the inner workings here at elevation.

I get asked this question a lot. What’s with the names Lulu? What comes first the polish or the name?

My process is probably like many others. Usually I talked to friends, recall old memories, then take to my photo albums or the albums of friends for inspiration. I get a general idea of the vibe (dark, pastel, mixed, crazy) of a location/polish/collection. Then the fun really starts. Inspiration turns into on paper color concepts, one location can have as many as 10 color concepts before I even start the polish making process. I take the best concepts (2 usually) for each location and turn them into a single polish. You can sometimes find some of these concept polishes for sale on the 7th of the month (Samples) If I like the finished product of the sample. I’ll access and see what it would take to make a 30 bottle batch. (sometimes you can find these 30 bottle batches on the website) sold as SBPs (small batch prototypes.) If I don’t like the finished product of either the sample of SBP then I’ll start the process all over again. From there the collections are arranged by how they feel for the time of year.

SBP naming goes a little differently. The name doesn’t reflect the original concept. I want to keep that hidden as to not spoil any surprises. I take to my inspiration board and match them up with ideas, places or things that don’t have a concept polish yet.

Then there are really unique polishes… Ones that don’t fit the norm. Like our giveaway polish. Yeti wears givenchy and versace. Originally it started as a joke about what would yeti do next. You know jokes among friends… it always turns to the most unexpected and/or lewd. This time it went the just plain unexpected route. Yeti would be the highest of fashionistas and wear two brands known for being both edgy and fun. Givenchy and Versace. Nothing like yeti himself who I imagine would be soft and cuddly. The white glitters representing Yeti, The Black Givenchy, the gold versace and the teal represents me. I made this polish as a gift to my closest friends, making a full SBP style batch, saving the rest for both the instagram giveaway and now this one.

Here is your chance to win “Yeti Wears Givenchy and Versace”

To enter: Leave a comment with your fun elevation polish name suggestion. Who knows it might actually become a future color. It can be anything a thing an idea, a place, an action, a yeti. The sky is the limit.

5 Winners will be chosen at random on May 18th at 9PM (Central time)
Winners will be announced in next post.

(if you won a giveaway within the last month, please allow others to win, one entry per person please.)

Good Luck,
❤ Lulu

News: Restock/Vacation update

Hi Everyone

April has been an exciting month for Team Elevation! For our month off, it sure has been busy! We have been busy catching up on overdue work and overdue vacations. We did not so exciting stuff like spring cleaning, supply ordering, and taxes. We did exciting stuff like, getting out snowshoeing with the dogs, downhill skiing, ice-climbing, winter camping, and even a spring paddle. Some of us even did super exciting stuff like decide to abandon a snow camp because of a pair of overly curious Mountain Lions (Lulu will have to post more about that one)!

Some of you may have noticed we were out of stock of many colors due to a shortage of bottles. Well, the bottle shipment is in! And we used some of the extra time we had this month to make new batches of old colors so we now have a limited supply of most things back on the site, with more to come soon!

Lulu has been in and out of the shop the last few weeks but is mainly on vacation and taking advantage of the time to help out with some family matters. She has also been very busy planning the summer colors, stocking up on supplies, and preparing for an awesome May. (Hint: More free time=more SBPs and samples!)

Thank you for your continued patience as we continue to stock up for May and catch up on inspiration.

Team Elevation

News: Bottle Shortage

Hi Everyone

Some of you may have noticed the inventory on the website is running super low right now and the membership site is currently shut down. We were experiencing a bottle shortage. Bottles are on the way, expected Saturday, actually. It should take us a couple of days to bottle up our current batches of polish. We will start doing a slight restock on Tuesday (mainly out of stock older colors). We will continue to add new stock as it becomes available. The membership site password will also be activated on Tuesday for members.

Thank you for your patience.

Team Elevation & Lulu

Hello from my vacation

Hi Everyone

Greetings from my vacation. YAY! I’m taking a second to share some excitement. As many of you have figured out, since her and I have worked together on many occasions, Shannon of Pahlish and I have a bit of a “bromance” going on. Our friendship started with polish and quickly blossomed into an amazing friendship over the years. Late night talks about polish and shared sense of humor make her so easy to work with.

To celebrate her 1 year anniversary of doing monthly duos. We decided it would be so much fun to work together again and share a little glimpse into our fun polish friendship.

As part of my vacation, I travelled all the way from Minnesota to Arkansas to work hand and hand with Shannon to create this beautiful duo, and to also force her to go camping with me (mwhahaha, but that is a story for another day.) They are colors that are very much us, colors we love wearing. Soft with subtle twinkle. Two minds melding together to celebrate this most awesome of occasions with polish!!!!

Wish her a warm EvP congratulations!

Now on to the details!

Name: Budding Bromance Duo
Base Color (Pahlish): Romance, a light and airy grey with copper micro shimmer, blue and green shimmer
Glitter Topper (EvP): Bromance, winter white squares, hexes, small grey hexes, red/green shifting flakies (sparse density) in a soft holographic shimmered base.

Where to buy/Availability: This will be only available in Pahlish’s big cartel shop. It will be restocked each friday at 7PM, central during the month of april. For more information about her site and polishes click the link below, or find her on Facebook.

Bottle Shots & Tilt Shots + Macro Shots

I hope you have as much fun with this duo as we did creating it. OK back to the wilderness, I go.  As always team EP will be available to answer any comments, questions or concerns. Please direct all questions about the duo to Pahlish.