Sneak “Peak” February’s Minneapolish Collection

Hello Everyone

Today I’ve got a special preview for you. As many of you know Elevation Polish Headquarters is in Minnesota. Minneapolis has a special place in our hearts as it is our home. This collection shares my love of the city and my favorite places within it. If you get an opportunity please google the names see what amazing surprises Minneapolis has to offer. It’s such a great city to love, live and play in.

Lake of the Isles
One of my favorite spots to take a walk. I can just get lost rounding the lakes over and over. Bright blue cornflower. The finish type is new to elevation it is what we are calling a “Gelly” First coat goes on streaky the second coat evens it out. It dries to a very high shine like a gel polish but has the depth that a jelly provides.

The Walker
One of my favorite museums in minneapolis. It’s uniquely designed along with the art that is housed within it. The building it self is silver so where did I draw my inspiration from? The sun hits it just right and it has a cool sparkly metallic finish. Given the right sun I see elements of purple. Pair them together and you’ve got a bright purple holographic.

St. Anthony Falls
White jelly base with a blend of gunmetal glitter and multi-color, multi-sized iridescent glitter. This is also a  first for elevation polish. We haven’t had a production version of a white jelly based glitter yet. 3 coats thinly applied will do the trick. It reminds me of St Anthony Falls in the winter. Snow all around, a beautiful peaceful sounding manmade waterfall trapped in the heart of the city.

Mill City Ruins
One of the best hidden gems in the city. They managed to keep the past alive by showcasing it and building within it. This is the first thermal polish for elevation. It’s super subtle in it’s hot/cold change. It goes from a darker olive drab to a lighter one. it’s got loads of gold shimmers and gold flake shimmers in it. It’s thinner than most elevations but 3 light thin coats for full coverage. Like most thermals the shelf life for the thermal change is about 6 months, after that it will stay the beautiful color pictured here.

Theo Wirth Parkway
Jewel toned green with multi colored shimmers along with silver shimmers. The park that inspired the polish is easy to experience both driving through it and wondering the plentiful paths. It’s easy to be inspired by such a beautiful place that is full of natures beauty.

Yeti hides in the mini apple
Why wouldn’t yeti hide in Minneapolis (nickname: The Mini Apple)? With all these amazing places to hide, lakes, urban forests, plenty of snow. I bet he has been hiding in my back yard the whole time. Lol. Bright cherry red holographic with a slight hint of red/gold shimmer.

So what do you think of my home town? Can you see why it’s so easy to be inspired here. :) This collection will be launching Feb. 7th, 2015 (9PM, central) with a restock on Feb 22nd (9AM, central.) Yeti hides in the mini apple will only be available during the month of February.

Cheers to great places and great polishes,
❤ Lulu

Sneak “Peak” A Journey told through music collection

I thought I would take a break from shipping and bring you all an early sneak “peak” to a very personal collection for January 2015, A Journey told through music collection.

December as we assemble with our family and friends. It reminds me that January is all about ourselves. It’s a time to start a new. New diets, new life choices, new adventures, possibly even new members of your family, hopefully new polishes. I’ve had quite a few amazing journeys in my life. January is normally when I sit down and decide what adventures the new year will bring. The music lover in me always makes a soundtrack for my journeys. Without fail there is that one song that sticks out and gets stuck in my head for the whole trip. Inspired by songs that take me back to a time, place, memory and journey. I present a sneak “peak” at A Journey told through music collection. Click the name of the Artist and song to be taken to youtube for a listen.

The Sea was Red
back by popular demand the red sea revised with a couple of slight adjustments. Red to Gold/Orange duochrome super holographic. The original (red sea) was actually inspired by a song (fun fact) which is why it’s so perfect for this collection.
Led Zeppelin- Going to California

Quarter Past Midnight
Blue to Purple duochrome that in some specific lighting conditions will appear red or gold. Opaque in 2 coats, 3 for best results. It can also be worn 1 coat over black
DJ Shadow- Midnight in a perfect world

Just like night time
Is a navy medium to high density holographic with blue, teal, aqua shimmer. (fun fact) the song that inspired this polish is also my ringtone on my phone. LOL It also happens to be from one of my favorite movies “The Point” which also inspired the polish Pointless Forest.
Harry Nilsson- Life line

Definition: The Vivid Unknown
This navy hint of teal creme is one of my dream polishes. It’s something I’ve always wanted to create and is one of my favorites to wear under shimmer and glitter toppers. This polish was inspired by two songs
Phillip Glass & Yo-Yo Ma- Definition
Phillip Glass & Yo-Yo Ma- The Vivid Unknown

Storm in the morning light
A hard to describe color. It is in the light slate grey blue family. Creme that is opaque in 2 coats and dries with a high shine. It really does remind me of storm clouds in the morning.
Portishead- Roads

Walk a little farther
a striking resemblance to an older color (Alphubel) this light blue is jam packed with intense blue micro shimmer. A symbol of using the past to build a fresh start and a bright future.
Modest Mouse- The world at large

And finally this collection wouldn’t be complete without Yeti. It wouldn’t be a collection without him.

Yeti Hugs: Feel so close
White (hint of grey) creme/jelly base with an arrangement of Blue, Pink, Purple flake shimmer. White to represent what a yeti hug would look like. It just feels like an optimistic polish. It’s one of my favorite palette cleansers.
Calvin Harris- Feel so close

I hope you enjoy this collection and playlist as much as I enjoyed putting this collection together. Some of the colors will be shown off better by bloggers. My camera set up isn’t sensitive enough to capture some of the fine details of the polishes.

❤ Lulu

News: January out with the old in with the new

The new year will mean new colors. YAY!!! In order to make room for these new colors I’ve got to discontinue some colors. They will be available through the month of December. December 28th the availability will be remaining stock, no new batches will be made after that date. I’m so excited about this. It means more room in the line up to revisit colors ideas like navy, light blue, light purple and glitter toppers. YAY!

The following will be discontinued:

Ave Secretan
Darkest Storm
El Cap 2
Forest of the fog
Hinglajgarh Forest
Huangshan 2
Jbel Ayachi 2
Le Crêt de la neige
Mount Cangyan
Mount McKinley
Mt. Meru
Naked Night Sky
Pointless Forest 2
Quartz Monzonite
River Rock
The Arches 2
Volcanic Dust

The following will be discontinued right away. The reason the following is being D/Ced right away is they have what I call an “Ugly bottle syndrome” name joking aside they all eventually have a common among indie polish problem where the white looks to fall to the bottom of the bottle. It usually doesn’t effect the polish color at all but it makes for a really ugly bottle.

Puncak Jaya

Cheers to new year new polishes,
<3 Lulu

NEWS: 3rd Annual Elevation Polish for Chrestomathy, Inc. Event

YAY It’s that time of year again!!!

We’ve finally finished up the details for this years charity event. We did experience a hiccup when setting up the auction this year. It’s the same hiccup we had last year so without a lot of time to fix it. We decided for the auction portion we will be using a site called Ebay

(Edit: We did take into account customer feedback about bidding owl and last minute we switched to ebay)

The auction will begin Friday at 9PM, and end on Monday evening.



The sales portion of the event will be held Friday at 9PM (central, MN time)

We made a big cartel site just for the event. When the event is over Chrestomathy will be taking it over so they can sell their client handmade products.

The Event will feature a variety of fantastic items

  • Small Batch Prototypes
  • Samples
  • Sets (including lulu’s favorite things)
  • Friends of Elevation donated polishes
  • Chrestomathy Inc handmade greeting cards (check them out they are amazing)

Left: Yeti saw stars in her eyes Right: and fell in love (3 sets available for auction)


Friends of Elevation Polish, Chaos and Crocodiles (each polish will be auctioned separately)

Just a couple of notes about the event:

  • Customer Service for the event will be handled by us (elevation polish) If you have questions please direct your emails to elevationpolish <at> gmail
  • The paypal account used for the event is the Chrestomathy, Inc one. We’ve been given brief access to it so we can process shipping.
  • Items from the event can not combine with items from our shop. (two different sites, two different paypal accounts)
  • FAQ, About and Links can be found on the top right tab on this blog, and also can be found at

Who is Chrestomathy, Inc?
Chrestomathy is a day training and habilitation service for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The three program sites are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in the nearby suburbs of Eden Prairie and Burnsville. Unlike most other programs serving this population, Chrestomathy is a specialized and relatively small company. Founded in 1985, their success can be attributed to our commitment to excellence, our commitment to working with individuals with complex needs and their positive, proactive approach to working with the individuals they serve.

Read more about Chrestomathy, Inc at their website.


We are so excited about being able to do this event again this year. Last year we had an amazing turn out and raised $9,895.00!!!! Check out the donation post from last year.  We are excited about the possibilities this year and hope to see you at the event.







NEWS: Yeti Says there is an APP for that.

Elevation Polish is proud to present the elevation polish app. YAY! In my interview with sheila of pointless cafe I delicately let it slip that, yes, indeed there will be an app for that.

There will be more details to come as the app gets further developed. We are getting close to finishing the app, but technology is a tricky beast so we don’t have an ETA yet. There is almost always one more thing, one more thing. We estimate it will take us another 2 months of development to fine tune everything. iPhone app will come first with the android app followed closely behind.

What is the goal of the elevation app? What are the features?

  • List of all the elevation polishes with swatch pictures (arranged by collection)
  • Save your wishlist
  • Save your collection, keep track of the polishes you already have
  • Optional push notifications for restocks
  • Link to the EVP Shop, Facebook and Instagram
  • (future development) be able to take your own swatch pictures

I’m going to leave you here with a bunch of pictures from my phone (iPhone 5). This is the prototype version. It’s simplistic and not all the information or pictures are there.

YAY! It’s so exciting!!!

❤ Lulu

NEWS: Elevation Polish 3rd Annual Auction and Sales for Charity

Hi Everyone

I’m excited to announce the details of the 3rd annual Elevation Polish auction for charity.

This year we decided to keep it simple and scale back a little bit. It was so successful last year, it took up our entire vacation month. Just because we won’t be striving for big numbers doesn’t mean the donation won’t be as meaningful. Each dollar helps.  I’m leaving up all the information from last year in the tab above. This will show everyone a little bit how we did it last year and a little bit about my non-profit of choice Chrestomathy, Inc.

I’ll be updating the tabs the beginning of october.

The event will be sectioned off into two separate areas. One will be buy it now polishes. polishes with a set price. These polishes will be available in my big cartel shop. For the auction portion. There is a separate site setup, same one we used last year. The auction start prices will vary depending on the item.

More details to come a little closer to the date.


OCTOBER 17-20th 2014


YAY! I hope to see you all there. I’ll be answering questions about the event on the elevation polish Facebook page.


<3 Lulu

Random: Vegas!!!! *word heavy post*

My Cosmoprof Badge and huge book of exhibits at the show.

Hello Everyone

It’s been crazy busy around EVP HQ. I’m finally able to sit down and write this post.

2 weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to join fellow beauty industry people, beauty bloggers, and nail polish makers at Cosmoprof beauty event in Las Vegas, NV. My experience might be different than most who went to the event. So, I thought I would share all the happenings from my point of view.

Cosmoprof is a business to business beauty trade show event, open to those in the industry.

For me, there isn’t really a whole lot to talk about that happened at the event proper. For me, a lot of the amazing happenings occurred sitting in the lounges of vegas and the 2 super cool events I was invited to. It was such a pleasure to hang out and chat with nail polish bloggers and fellow nail polish makers.

I want to thank Jennifer (super chic lacquer) for her shine and social event & Christy (KBShimmer) and Pam (Girly Bits) for their Sparkle and Wine event.

My display for the sparkle and wine event. HUGE thank you to a special fan out there for the amazing Yeti art that I used for my handouts. He’s so cute. Also thank you to pointless cafe (Sheila) for taking this photo.

Shy as I may be, these two events really got me out of my shell. It introduced me to all the fabulous ladies who take the time to blog all the amazing indie nail polishes as well as the polish makers. Some of the time, I think customers think all of us indie nail polish makers are competitive. This trip really re-affirmed what I already knew, that the opposite is true. Most of the conversations I had with other makers were talking about how we can and do share ideas, thoughts, formulas, suppliers to make all of our polishes better, not to mention fan girl-ing over each others work (you know, most of us are fans too). Talking to all the other nail polish makers was the highlight of my trip. It really felt like a marvelous community to be a part of.

I know, I know. I’m getting all happy hippy sappy up in here. It was an amazing adventure that is for sure. It was such a pleasure to meet each person I met.

Me (Lulu) wearing Chaos and Crocodiles operation vegas, Sarey (Chaos and Crocodiles) wearing Pahlish Casino Oasis, Shannon (Pahlish) wearing Elevation Polish Yeti finds an Oasis. We are all wearing each others polishes.

Photo Courtesy of Serum No.5, via Work, Play, Polish's site

Katie from Harlow & Co (e-tailer), Cara-Jean from Jaded Nail Co., Victoria from Serum No. 5, Shannon of Pahlish, Leslie from work, play, polish (blog), Lulu (Me) and Christian from Polish TBH

The other thing that I learned, which I already kind of knew, is that bloggers are AMAZING!!! Yup, I said it, and in all caps because I really mean it. Bloggers and their beautiful pictures are something most of us take for granted. I wanted to take a moment to say a huge THANK YOU to all the bloggers out there, big or small. What you do is so cool and thank you for spending your free time, and not so free time to bring us amazing swatches, reviews and up to date information. Blogging isn’t a simple task, especially the bloggers that help me (I’m late almost every month with blog packs, YIKES!) The complexity of what they do I’ll never fully understand. What they do isn’t as simple as just snapping some nail pics and they magically appear on the internet. It takes time, care, and love.

Have you told your favorite blogger how awesome their photos, reviews and blog are? The next time, I see a blog post that I love. I’m going to take the time to tell them how much I appreciate them and their post. Seems like the least I can do.

Yeti finds an Oasis

Yeti finds an Oasis…. Yes, I did do a polish exclusive for this event. I’ve been getting a lot of questions as to if it will be available to the public for purchase. The short answer is unfortunately, no. It was made specifically for the event. The idea was to take everything that elevation is (color, finish, opacity, name, everything)  and combine them into just one polish. It’s like if someone where to ask you to define who you are in just one word. It was tough but I think I did it. I do, however, have 15 bottles left. In order to be fair. I’ll be giving them away via here on my blog and instagram. Post to come in about 2 weeks.

One last and final thought. I’ll show you a glimpse of how new colors are born. Sometimes you may notice that colors when paired with their said inspiration don’t quite match up how you think they would. Take Vegas for example. When you google images, what you see is either bright lights or desert sands. The picture below is how I saw vegas, a shot that I’m going to be using for my inspiration for next years Vegas polish. (don’t worry, next year I will make them available for all.) For me, polishes capture a memory, a moment in time, a feeling which is then turned into a color.

Inspiration: Kiddo taking the time to appreciate his surroundings

I’m not sure where I was going with this blog post other than… the nail polish community is such a happy place to be. It’s up to all of us to keep it an energetic, happy, positive place.

Cheers to great polishes,

P.S. If you want to read more about Cosmoprof, Shine and Social, Sparkle & Wine. Most of the posts are being tagged with those key words and here are a couple of great posts to get you started.

Serum No.5’s Blog (Post #1) and (Post #2)

Polish Galore

Work, Play, Polish