Changes to restocks, news about SBPs, etc.

Hello Everyone

We have decided to make some changes to how we restock SBPs. While I know this may be an unpopular change at first. I think overall once we’ve done it a couple of times it will feel a little more fair.

There are a couple of reasons we decided to change things up.

  • We want to put the focus back on the core line of polishes. It takes me months and months to come up with concept, test, re-test, edit collections, wear test, pictures, blog posts. A lot of time and love goes into polishes that make the core line up.
  • We want them to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. We think the new set up will allow for that.
  • Our website was having difficulty dealing with the amount of traffic and refreshing. By grouping them all together with the larger availability we should have less errors with the site. We did test this concept late at night. There were a few of you that caught us, mid test.

So what will the changes be?

We will no longer offer SBPs monthly.

Instead will be will offering them seasonally. Once every 3 months/ 4 times a year. First stock of them will be offered September. The months they are offered, they will be stocked on the 7th and 22nd. On the future colors page will be show which months they are available. We will have 3 months worth of SBPs offered each time they are launched so it will range anywhere from 9-13 SBPs which would be a total of 270-390 polishes. We will set the limit at 2 polishes per seasonal launch per household. We felt like it will be easier to get them in the hands of everyone who wants them.

Samples will be continued to be offered monthly. We will have 18-30 sample polishes each month. There will be a limit of 1 polish per household per month.

What are samples and SBPs and why do I offer them?

Samples are just that samples. They range in quantity of 1-3 polishes. They are the rawest form of concept polishes. They are to test pigments, glitters, shimmers, color combinations and concepts

SBPs are samples that made it to the next level of concept. To see if samples can be scaled to a larger (30 bottle) batch without problems and in some cases SBPs are polishes that I made for myself to enjoy but it was easier to make them on a larger scale. (in most cases they will be called SBSs “small batch samples”)

Why I offer them. It’s pretty simple. It’s win/win for both you the customer and me the maker. It a way to recoup research and development costs on polishes that are perfectly usable but didn’t end up making the cut. Because I can keep my research and development costs low it means I can pass on the savings making the core line more cost efficient and I get the bonus of trying formulas out that might be a little more daring.

How are SBPs and SBSs named? 

Unlike the core line which theme and name come first SBPs are made first and the names comes second. We have a list of memorable ideas, places, objects, songs that we pull from. Here are two examples of how that works.

Iced Mocha: Recently one of the mystery polishes. It was made as a polish for myself. It wasn’t originally holo-ed. I loved that concept and color way. I made one and to get the formula right I kept up scaling it for a smoother application. Once I reached the desired thinness. I bottled a couple for myself. Then I was like. Oh I wonder what it would look like with holo. So I added holo, thinned it some more and ended up with 20 bottles. The result was very much like an iced mocha. So the name came naturally.

Reflections off Namakan & Tithonia: Both were active prototypes for Shinjuku Golden Gai. We had such a hard time deciding which of the 3 concepts to go with. Tithonia named after the  sunflower that reminded us of a trip to south america we took. The formula we thought was a bit on the thick side so we opted to rule that one out.

Reflections of Namakin was the front runner for Shinjuku Golden Gai for a long time. We ultimately decided it was a bit too strange in concept to have a full blown release. It was named after a special lake to my husband. Its one of his favorite lakes to canoe in.

Why beautiful polishes don’t make the cut…

There are a few polishes that we have released as SBPs that keep people wondering why they didn’t make the cut. There are so many factors. I’m going to list a couple of them

  • Formula issues… (whitening issues, thickness, not enough suspension, etc)
  • Shimmers/Ingredients not available anymore. (sometimes I test so far in advance by the time they would make the cut the shimmers/ingredients are no longer available.)
  • It didn’t fit into a collection (I will hold these ones for a while, up to 6 months to make sure I can’t fit them into a collection before they become an SBP)
  • They are frankens (sometimes when I test a new shimmer or concept I will use preexisting polishes to make sure I like the concept before I break it down to be replicated. It’s an easy way to test a concept without being fully committed to hours and hours of labor making a base color. preexisting polishes aren’t easy to come by in large enough quantities for a full scale release.

Which leads me to Angels are the yetis of the clouds…….

I know there has been a lot of chatter about making this a core color. And for the reason above, it has been a true challenge. It is a franken. to make a 20 bottle batch I would have to secure 12 bottles of preexisting nail polish to make it. I have tried to break it down and make it on my own but there is something not right about the formula. Trust me, I’ve tried so many times and failed batch after failed batch, I decided there is nothing like the original franken formula.

That said…. Here is the good news. I’ve made arrangements to secure enough for 1 batch per month. 20 bottles. I will be doing this monthly as long as I’ve got the ingredients. I will not announce when they will be stocked. It could be 2am on the 16th or 4pm on a tuesday, who knows. In order to keep it as fair as possible I won’t be making an announcement when they will be stocked, it’s totally random, no hints, first come first served. The first batch will be released sometime in July.

Phew that is a long post. Please let me know your thoughts on the new changes. While nothing is ever perfect, this proved to be the least taxing on our resources and the most impactful in a good way for you the customer. We are open to other ideas but please also note that we have been working on solutions for a long time. We had several ideas and this one seemed the best.

EDIT: I want to thank you all for support, concerns, and feedback. My email is currently clogged with the overwhelming response this post has caused. It may take me a couple of days to respond to all the emails.

We have looked into a lot of different ways to make things better and a more enjoyable experience. We have thought long and hard about so many different ways to both get SBPs in the hands of people who haven’t gotten them and lessen the burden on our site. Aside from no longer offering any type of special polishes, we are going to try to see if this works. I know change is hard, which is why we didn’t act impulsively in making this decision.

Cheers to great polishes.

<3 Lulu

News: Shipping Delays

Hi Everyone

Just a quick note. We are experiencing some shipping delays. We are currently about half way done with orders from the 7th of the month. We have processed combined shipping and combined shipping refunds for orders on the 7th. We anticipate we should be done with orders placed on the 7th & 8th by Friday evening.

Our new shipping software, late start due to our labels being delayed combined volume of orders. We experienced more of a delay than expected. We will be working through the nights to get as many orders out in a day as possible while learning this new software.

Thank you all so much for your patience and I’m sorry for the delays.

Cheers,
Lulu

Yeti’s Healing Vibes part 2


Yeti’s healing vibes part 2

The healing had only just began in Nepal when earthquake number 2 hit. Yeti’s homeland is very much in need of help. We were at Elevation want to help as best we can. We came to the conclusion that Yeti’s healing vibes should be left in the shop as a way for us to help longer term. It will take a long time to fully heal from natures latest fury.

For the month of May we will continue donate $10.00 of each bottle sold to the American Himalayan foundation. From June forward we will continue to offer yeti’s healing vibes with $5.00 of each bottle sold being donated to American Himalayan foundation. We will be making the donations on a monthly basis.

I’ll be making a tab here in my blog so you can track the donations made (screenshot pics) and have links available to find where else to donate money to the healing.

Yeti’s Healing Vibes
Price: $12.00 USD
Description: Jade crelly with a blend of Ultra chrome flakes in 2 colors, gunmetal flake shimmer, White/Silver flake shimmer and aqua micro shimmer. Decorated with a <3 Nepal sticker on the back.

Restocks May 13th at 9PM, central and again on May 22nd at 9AM, central
Future Availability: June 7th, 9PM, central, June 22nd 9AM, central. It will be restocked during our normal restocks

Again if you are in a position to help monetarily, Please send your donations to American Himalayan FoundationAmerican Himalayan Foundation or any of the sites listed on this page InterAction:
Every little bit helps.

❤ Lulu

Yeti’s Healing Vibes AHF Charity Polish

There have been several somber moments here at elevation HQ. We’ve been saddened to hear the news of lost family, friends, homes, businesses, landmarks and spiritual places in the recent earthquake in Nepal. We here at elevation want to help as best we can. The devastation is too great to ignore. We do hope that because immediate action is needed on the ground that you will all take a moment to send good healing vibes their way or if you’re in a position to help monetarily that you make a donation. You can send a donation directly to American Himalayan Foundation. Link: http://www.himalayan-foundation.org

There are many other organizations there to help, click to the link to be taken to reputable charities working in the area. Link: InterAction

Info: $10.00 of each Yeti’s healing vibes will be donated directly to the American Himalayan Foundation. Donation will be made 2 times. On the 10th of the month and the 28th of the month. Pictures/screenshots of the donation will be added to this blog post. Yeti’s healing vibes will be available on the 7th of the month, with early access available for members on our big cartel site. Polish will be available until the 27th of the month.

Click here to be taken directly to the shop

Name: Yeti’s Healing Vibes

Description: Jade crelly with a blend of Ultra chrome flakes in 2 colors, gunmetal flake shimmer, White/Silver flake shimmer and aqua micro shimmer. Decorated with a heart nepal stick on the back.

With many many hearts,

Lulu & Team Elevation

 

This prayer is for GK

Oh Buddhas and Bodhisattvas abiding in all directions,
Endowed with great compassion,
Endowed with foreknowledge,
Endowed with divine eye,
Endowed with love,
Affording protection to sentient beings,
Please come forth through the power of your great compassion,
Please accept these offerings, both actually presented and mentally created.

Oh Compassionate Ones, you who possess
The wisdom of understanding,
The love of compassion,
The power of doing divine deeds,
And of protecting in incomprehensible measure,
GK is passing from this world to the next,
He is taking a great leap,
The light of this world has faded for him,
He has entered solitude with their karmic forces,
He has gone into a vast silence,
He is borne away by the great ocean of birth and death ..…

Oh Compassionate Ones, protect GK who is defenceless. Be to him like a mother and father.

Oh Compassionate Ones, let not the force of your compassion be weak, but aid them.

Let GK not go into the miserable states of existence.

Forget not your ancient vows.

Sneak “Peak” Streets of Japan Collection + Nepal Relief Info

YAY!!! After being postponed twice by several months. It’s finally time. The Streets of Japan Collection. My bravest and boldest collection. Filled with a variety of colors, textures, finishes. The backdrop was supposed to be tokyo. This collection ended up including places throughout japan and the colors evolved along with it. Japan is one of the most inspiring places. It was hard to narrow down what to be inspired by. EEEP! I imagine that this won’t be the last time I do a japan collection.

Let’s take a “peak” at this collection.

Shinjuku Golden Gai- blood orange, slight duo chrome. It’s not a traditional look of blood orange but more of the blood orange that a cartoon would be. It’s sort of orange, sort of pink, a little hot coral but the intense shimmer shifts from blue to violet/pink. Inspired by a sign in the alley of golden gai a bursting cartoon blood orange with little tears on it. Oh I wish I had a physical picture, instead it is inspired by a memory.

Icho Namiki- neon yellow (crelly), glow in the dark, UV reactive, gold micro shimmer with charcoal shift to blue flake shimmer. The shimmer may appear green because of the way it floats within the neon yellow. Gingko leaves golden in colors marked by the tree trunks that help the leaves look like they are floating. The senses are peaked by it’s glowing yellow goodness.

Hama Rikyu Gardens- Concrete grey with silver pearl shimmer, holographic pigment in a matte finish. The matte finish when top coated will show the holographic pigment more. When left matte the holographic pigment will look like strong silver shimmer. Meant to share the beauty of the concrete buildings that surround the park. It’s like a firm oasis from the overwhelming.

Hitsujiyama Park- Violet leaning soft pale pink with on tone shimmer light pink shimmer and sparse holographic pigment. Hitsujiyama park was the most pink in one place i’ve ever seen in my life. The flowers are so delicate and beautiful. Soft pink petals lit from within.

Evening walk in the cherry blossoms- This polish is the most special of the collection. This isn’t an elevation polish at all. I was granted permission from a frankener friend of mine to produce & release this polish as part of the streets of japan collection. Glitter Sheep has a unique eye for color, balance and brings an awesome glitter vision that I’ve always been in love with. I don’t know how she does it! This polish brings inspiration from a walk in the cherry blossoms at night. The polish has a slightly tinted blue base (very sheer), blend of small sized holographic blue, purple glitters, iridescent glitters in multiple sizes and shifts, sparse tiny fuchsia holo stars and sparse fucshia holographic daisy glitter. YAY! DAISY GLITTER!!!! The additional glitters of the fuchsia stars and daisies are meant to be sparse and not on every nail. This polish comes with special labels and will be available as long as we have the ingredients. We anticipate the run will last about 3 months. *special polish labels aren’t ready so no pictures are yet available*

Baby Yeti- Oh boy this polish has it all. I mean all!!! 70+ ingredients blended to mimic a baby yeti throwing the temper tantrum of all temper tantrums. It’s chaos at it’s best. Grey Crelly base, Silver Shimmer, Holographic pigment, Thermal Pigment, Glitters in multiple sizes and shapes and colors way to many to name…. but to name a few.. iridescent glitters (10 different sizes and colors), Pink, fuchsia, purple, watermelon pink, cabernet, black, white, gunmetal. There are different shapes ranging from hex, circle and even sparse (very sparse) white bar glitter. The thermal is subtle is goes from light grey to a medium grey.

Non-Collection Polish, Bring it back color


YAY! Stay behind catch a wave is back by popular demand. Released in June 2012. S For a long time these glitters where no longer available to me but via a stroke of good luck I’m once again able to purchase them and share this polish with you all. Featuring Blue and Teal circle glitters in two sizes, multiple green to gold shifting iridescent glitters and white iridescent circle glitter. The base is clear but over time the glitters will leach a little bit of color into the base with the glitters maintaining their color.

In other news:
We here at elevation polish have had to send lots of yeti hugs to our friends in Nepal. We were so saddened to hear the news of lost friends, family, homes and businesses. We are trying our best to act as fast as we can to have a relief polish labelled and ready to go. More details will be coming soon. Just to pull it all together it might have to be released mid-month (may). We will make an announcement here and on our Facebook page when it all comes together. For now we are sending good vibes and making personal donations where ever possible.

If you would like to make a donation now please visit InterAction to make sure your money goes to a non-profit that is already on the ground there in Nepal. With a crisis like this acting fast is key.

 

Streets of Japan Collection will be launching May 7th at 9PM, central time with a restock of the collection on the 22nd of may at 9AM, central on Elevation Polish Bigcartel Shop

Nepal Relief polish will be possibly launching May 10th/12th more details to come in a separate post and links on Facebook.

Many Many Hearts,

Lulu

Introducing Lulu’s Favorite Things!

Hi Everyone

Different kind of post today. I’m really excited to share this today. The last couple of months I’ve been slowly cultivating my favorite things for my shop. Working with other nail polish makers is a huge passion of mine. We all do such amazing different things. I’ve been lucky enough to be given the go ahead to sell some of these amazing items in my shop. Items that I use every day and pair well with your elevations. YAY!!! This is just the start. I’ve got more items coming in with launches starting today, a couple more next month and the following month.

The items range from Hand and Nail care to Body and Soul care.

Launching today in about an hour here (then again being restocked on the 7th of April at 9PM) We’ve got the start of Lulu’s favorite things.

Different Dimension Diversion Oils
These are amazing! I’ve been using a similar product to the headache oil for years. I’ve always had bad headaches and this is the one thing that eases the pain. I’m not sure it will work for everyone but I know it works for me. The relax oil is just that it helps you relax

Emerald & Ash Cuticle Oils
The scents on these are amazing!!! I’m guilty of using these as a perfume oil as well as a cuticle oil. I tend to use them at night to set the mood for sleep and it can work it’s magic overnight. The scents are unique and mysterious with a hit of earthy. At least the ones we decided on for our shop. She has some really crazy ones in her shop.

Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat
Quick dry, high shine top coat. Pairs well with your favorite elevations. I’ve added G&G HK Girl top coat to my testing routine when I make new polishes. It’s amazing how well it works with the cremes and also didn’t dull any of our holographic polishes.

Northern Star Cuticle Oils
YAY! So excited about this one. Her oils are amazing. They travel really well. Come in a purse friendly size, and packaging. The oils themselves are so nourishing. I’ll admit I’m guilty of forgetting to take care of nails. When I remember, these oils give me a jump start back to healthier cuticles, with results showing rather quickly. They get me back on track to a healthy routine.

What is also pretty amazing (I know I’m over using that word, LOL) is that not only do these talented ladies make the cool products I’ve mentioned above but they also make some pretty darn cool polishes too. If you have time or room in your polish budget I would encourage you to check them out. Click the names above to be taken to their shops.

Lulu’s favorite things can be found on our newly updated website. YAY!

Lulu’s Favorite Things 

 

YAY!!!!!

<3 Lulu

Sneak “Peak” Wyoming the Wild Collection

Hi Everyone

Long time since I last posted. I wanted to share with you all a sneak “peak” of the next collection launching April 7th at 9PM, central time. It’s called Wyoming the wild. I’ve always had a huge love affair with wyoming. There is just something about the nature, scenery, the people who make it such a unique place. It’s my favorite place in all of the US.

Last September I had the honor of spending some time camping with friends for my birthday in the most scenic of places. Wyoming. It was such a great trip. I had also several months earlier did a solo road trip to the big horn mountains. It was so peaceful but also so wild. I knew it was time for a collection to be born.

On my solo trip to the big horn mountains. I had a run in with two creatures that define wild. Cougars, two of them. I climbed up a little ways from cloud peak, set up camp, got some water boiling for some tea. I felt like something was watching me. I had felt it for about an hour. I heard snowmobilers off in the distance, then it stopped. A man softly with his friend in tow, yelled to me. “You should pack your things, quick!” and I asked “Why?” he then told me and pointed out to me. Two cougars on separate peaks staring at me, watching my every move. I had earlier took a close look at the peaks to make sure I was alone but sure enough I had missed them as they blended in with the rocks. I then had a decision to make. Pack up on my own, hike out with the possibility of the cougars following me or let these 2 nice gentleman who I don’t even know help me. I opted for the later option. Both men helped me pack up my camp with a quickness I’ve never known and nicely snowmobiled me back to my car. Once at my car I realized. I had found what I had set out to see. Wyoming in all it’s wild.

I wanted this collection to share my love of wyoming. It was so easy to be inspired but such a beautiful place. I’ve got some amazing stories to tell, instead I’ll let the colors do the talking.

Hidden Falls- 23K Gold Nugget Topper. Made from real 23K gold, each piece of gold is hand rolled and measured to get a precise amount of gold per bottle. It features larger pieces of gold than most other gold toppers. Because of the time it takes to make just one bottle, and the gold itself. It does come with a $25.00 price tag.

Whoa Jackson Hole- Grey/Griege/Taupe Thermal Holographic, silver shimmer. The thermal aspects to this polish are super super subtle and you might not even notice it. The silver shimmer takes center stage and the soft holographic (low density) adds a nice little twinkle. Thicker style polish, dries slightly matte, 2 coats for full coverage.

Thunder Basin- Dark Brown Creme. Over the years I’ve been asked why a brown creme has never been in the line up. Since it’s my favorite polish color. It took me a long time to figure out what my perfect brown creme would be. It’s like a dark milk chocolate, thinner formula style creme. I think I found the perfect balance of formula and color.

Cloud Peak- blue with black and multi colored flake shimmer, sparse holographic. That sort of says it all because it has it all. I originally made this to test out the new to me ingredient. Ultra chrome flakes. I wanted to add everything to see what would happen the result turned out beautiful like the sky on top of cloud peak. 2 coats should do the trick.

Grand Teton Sunset- Purple Creme. This is a new formula for elevation. This has a built in top coat. Because of the built in top coat it does not play well when additional top coat is added, it makes the color streaky. This color will look different depending on your skin tone. It can lean blue, it can be soft, it can be bright. It’s the kind of color that makes cameras freak out. 2 to 3 coats for full coverage.

Iceberg Lake- Dusty jade/mint with pearl micro shimmer. It’s got the softest of pearl shimmers. Just like iceberg lake it twinkles softly encouraging you to look at it really closely. The subtleness of the shimmer may not pick up on all cameras but it’s there. I recommend, thin coats, drying between coats, 3 thin layers.

Fireflies in a dark meadow- black creme/jelly with ultra chrome flake shimmer, gold flake shimmer. One of my most requested SBPs is now part of the core collection with a few slight adjustments. The opacity is ramped up, the gold shimmer given the top billing and the multi-color/ ultra chrome flakes, light up as your hand position changes.

What do you think of the collection? Did you google the locations?

This collection will be launching on April 7th at 9PM, central. The next restock of it after the launch will be on April 22nd at 9AM, central. Llarowe will be launching these soon after we launch them. We will be sharing all of the team elevation polish swatchers, pictures and reviews on our Facebook page.

Cheers,
❤ Lulu

Big Shout out to the following people for making this collection possible:
Ashley & Nate for the label help
Richard Nixon, he knows what he did
The two men who helped save me from cougars.
Kelly for showing me such beauty
Team Elevation Swatchers, for their hard work taking pics of the collection.

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