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This is where I will be posting information about restocks, new shades, etc.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Restock on Etsy 12/28

Hello!  I'll be stocking the new collection + the Hawaiian collection among others on Etsy tomorrow, 12/28 in the early morning hours, by 7am PST.  Buy 2 or more polishes, and I'll include a free mini.  It will most likely be Electrical Snowstorm, but I might send something else if I run out of those.

Here is a review from The Polish Squirrel! thepolishsquirrel.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/new-windestine-collection/

Also included in the restock is a stand-alone polish: When Hearts Collide


Look familiar?  This is what I was in the process of mixing when I decided to make a small quantity of Electrical Snowstorm!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Starting 12/19, buy 2 get a mini for 5 cents!


Hello!  I have 2 shades that I created as one-offs, which I've posted swatches of below. There's another photo of Coraline in the post previous to this.

Coraline was created with some excess base color from a future shade.  I tweaked the base, then added matte pink and matte hot orange glitter, as well as matte white squares.

Electrical Snowstorm was created while I was attempting to remake a prototype for a future shade.  I tweaked the base for this one too.  Then I added snow white glitter, and iridescent bar glitter.

coraline & electrical snowstorm
3 coats each + topcoat
electrical snowstorm
3 coats + topcoat
They'll be available as minis starting this Wednesday in the Big Cartel shop, for $5.50 each.  However, if you purchase 2 other bottles in addition to Coraline or Electrical Snowstorm, you can get either one for 5 cents + shipping!  Just enter coupon code 'coraline' for Coraline, OR enter coupon code 'electrical' for Electrical Snowstorm.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Coming in January!


I couldn't resist adding one glitter-bomb, which is the green one :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Previews of 2 upcoming shades

This one's a chocolate brown creme with holo & red shimmer added in.  I haven't decided on a name yet :)


I'm real excited about this coral-ish jelly with pink, hot orange, and white matte glitter.  It was very difficult to get a photo that really captures how it looks in real life.  This was the best I could do.  :)


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Happy Holidays Giveaway

Hi everyone,
I posted this to Facebook & Twitter, but forgot to post here on the blog.  Sorry about that!  I'm having a Happy Holidays giveaway with 2 prizes.  Each prize consists of 3 different polishes.  Please enter here.

If you're not on Facebook, feel free to enter a different giveaway that I'm holding on my nail blog!

Here's a prototype of an upcoming polish.  It's called "Pond Patrol".  Based on this name, any ideas what the collection was inspired by?





Friday, December 7, 2012

Round bottle clearance!

Hi everyone, all the polishes that are in round bottles have been marked down to $5.  If you order before tomorrow night, you can still get free shipping over $35 with code 'countdown'!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Free shipping over $35

Hi everyone, first I wanted to mention that Overall Beauty is now carrying Moana.  I love this polish, it's my favorite out of the Hawaiian collection.

This week, use coupon code 'countdown' to receive free shipping on orders over $35!  Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Additional polishes at Overall Beauty

Hello! 
Kim from Overall Beauty is going to carry 3 additional shades in her shop... She should be getting them tomorrow, so keep an eye out for those!

Also, here's another review of some polishes, specifically Androgynous, Snow Prince, and Pele!

Blog Nailed It

I'm working on some exciting new polishes; 3 have been finalized so far.  I've contacted some great bloggers who have graciously agreed to do reviews, and they'll be getting samples around mid or end of December!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cyber Monday deal + Hawaiian collection reviews

Hello! I'm going to have a Cyber Monday deal in both the Big Cartel shop and the Etsy shop from 9pm PST tomorrow (11/25) to 9pm PST on Monday, 11/26.  Please use code 'cyber' to receive free shipping on your entire order!  The Etsy selection won't be as expansive as Big Cartel but I'll definitely be including the Hawaiian collection, Androgynous, and Jeweled Sand among others.

Speaking of the Hawaiian collection, here are links to some awesome blogs that have reviewed it:
The Nail Network
The Polish Squirrel



Monday, November 19, 2012

Ready for Black Friday?

I'll be looking for electronics first & foremost on Black Friday.  Then I'm going to shop for nail polish :)  I've seen a number of shops already starting to post BF deals, so I'm doing the same:

Use code 'stuffing' to receive free shipping on Friday, 8/23 from 1AM PST - 9PM PST.  This code is for the Big Cartel shop.  Please remember I only ship to the contiguous 48 states.  Thanks!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Restock on Monday 11/12

Hello!  I'll be restocking the shop tomorrow (Monday) around 11am PST.  If you're thinking about buying any Windestine polishes to give as holiday gifts, I've stocked as many colors as possible, and there will be minis... perfect for stocking stuffers. :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Check out my polishes at Overall Beauty!

Kim over at Overall Beauty is carrying some of my polishes on her site!  They should be arriving this Thursday:  Swimming With the Sharks, Snow Prince, Secret Garden (without hearts), and X-mas Deco.  They will all be in the octagonal bottles.

As you may know, I haven't been offering international shipping.  So for the international ladies, sorry it took so long to get something in place but I'm so glad it's finally happened.

Check out this giveaway!

Naked Without Polish is having a giveaway with many wonderful polish prizes!  If you are an international fan, my Land, Sea & Sky collection is one of the prizes.

http://nakedwithoutpolish.blogspot.com/2012/11/1200-likes600-followers-giveaway.html

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Buy 2, get a free mini

The shop's open! http://windestine.bigcartel.com

Until Sunday, 11/4 @ 9pm PST:
If you buy 2 or more polishes, I will include a free mini Decorated.  If you already have a mini Decorated (please let me know, I will look through back orders) or it's in your current order, I'll send you a mini X-mas Deco instead.  If you ordered yesterday, no worries, this applies to you too.  Thanks everyone!!!

Decorated

X-mas Deco
 X-mas Deco is only available as a freebie in mini right now.  It might be available for sale as full-size in the future.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Restock 10/31 on Big Cartel

Hi all, I'll be stocking exclusively on Big Cartel for awhile (http://windestine.bigcartel.com).  It's definitely easier to just keep track of one shop.  Listings will be live tomorrow morning (Halloween) right after I wake up.  So around 6am PST. 

The Hawaiian collection will be available, and some items have been marked down.  So far I've started using the octagonal bottles for Androgynous, Moana, Pele, and Peach Ice.  Eventually other shades will be offered in these bottles also.

In other news, I found a distributor who's interested in offering my polishes in her online store!  She ships internationally which was my ultimate goal when I started my search.  If all works out, she will carry an exclusive (to her shop) polish that is a Christmas version of 80's Deco.  I think it looks so cute and hope to show it to you soon.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Presenting... Moana

Here is the last (and my favorite) of the Hawaiian collection... Moana.  I was inspired by the brightly colored corals of the ocean for this polish, hence the hot pink & orange glitters.

Moana - bottle shot

Moana - 3 coats + topcoat
 
Moana - 3 coats + topcoat
This one also needs topcoat.  I added a LOT of glitter to this one, and the ease of application suffered for it, but the end result is worth the hassle.  Although it looks sheer in the photos, you'll get full coverage (no VNL) in 3 coats.  My photos suck and do not do this polish justice.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Presenting... Peach Ice

Heehee, the name is kind of boring, but I'm using it to describe the inspiration for this polish... Hawaiian Shave Ice which I loooove.  This one is opaque at 2 coats, and it definitely needs topcoat otherwise the glitter will seem a bit bumpy. 

Peach Ice - bottle shot

Peach Ice - 2 coats + topcoat
natural light

Peach Ice - 2 coats + topcoat
natural light
I wasn't going to include the last photo, but I accidentally rotated it instead of deleting (random!) but I like this angle and decided to post it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Presenting... Pele + I'm on Twitter

Here's the first polish from my upcoming Hawaii inspired trio.  Pele is a mix of various colored glitters in a red-orange base.

Pele - 3 coats + topcoat
Pele - 3 coats + topcoat
Pele 
I may add a little more glitter to the final color... I'm still on the fence about that.

Also, I'm going to try twitter and see how that goes.  I will try my best to remember to tweet about important things.  :)    @windestine

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tiny preview & a new Poll!

Hi everyone,
Here is a tiny preview of some jelly colors I've finalized.  I have already selected a mix of glitters to swirl in with the red jelly.  I'm really happy with how it looks!  Once the peach & turquoise jellies have their glitters picked out, I'll post some swatches.

In the meantime, there's a new poll!  I'd love to find out which color you like the best, based on the pic I've posted below.  Granted, the colors are not 100% true to real life appearance but I'm still curious of what you think! :)  Thanks!


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Swatches of Spring into Fall

Today was a very productive day despite the uncomfortable heat.  I did some swatching, and worked on some prototypes.  Lately I've been gravitating away from glitter topcoats.  I think my polishes can have a more unique look when I use a colored base.

Here are 'Spring into Fall' and 'Secret Garden' without hearts.

Spring into Fall (2 coats + topcoat in artificial light)

Spring into Fall (2 coats + topcoat in natural light)

 
Secret Garden without hearts over pink + topcoat in natural light
Spring into Fall definitely needs topcoat.  I used one coat of Seche Vite in the photos and that was enough for me. 

It may not be very noticeable, but I added some small snow white glitter to heartless Secret Garden .  I'll have both versions available in the shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Next restock: October 4

Hello!  I'm planning to re-open the Etsy shop on October 4th @ 5pm PST.  What's been slowing me down is I have a lot of empty round bottles and no brushes.  I had to discard many extremely bent/wonky brushes and find a supplier who sells the brushes individually.  If I don't get the brushes early next week, I will either push back the restock or start using the hexagonal (technically they're octagonal) bottles.

Here is the list of polishes I will have:
Asbestos
Girl With the Best Smile
Shadowplay
Raspberry Swirl
Rainforest
Sister's Day
Decorated
Sunset Glow
Bellatrix
Secret Garden
Secret Garden (heartless)
80's Deco
Over the Rainbow
Into the Wild
Spica *swirl*
Confetti
Hearts of the Forest
I'll Fly With You
Swimming With the Sharks
Androgynous
Snow Prince
We Only Come Out At Night (Halloween)
Spring into Fall (prototype from my last post)
Senescence (shimmery green from a couple posts down)

So many, hope I didn't forget anything.  I have one more bottle of Carbon Copy so I'll list that also.
About 85% of the poll results are favorable for Senescence, so I'm very happy to be able to offer it.

That being said, I did not keep track of all the pigments & measurements I used for Spring into Fall & Senescence.  If they are well received and I ever attempt to make another batch of either one, I don't know if it will look the same.  LOL.

Thank you for your interest!!!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Halloween polish & more

Firstly, thanks for all your feedback regarding the green polish I posted last week!

I'm still in the process of getting more bottles & brushes, so I won't be opening the shop again until next week or the week after.  I am also figuring out which labels will work best with a new bottle shape I'll be using.  They're  hexagonal, as you can see below.



That's a new color I'm working on (green again!!!):

prototype

Here is my humble & single contribution to all the awesome Halloween polishes that have been released the last couple of weeks by other indies:

L-R: 2 coats over red, 1 coat over red, 2 coats w/no basecoat
This is a mixture of copper shimmer & matte orange, red, and hot pink glitters in a black jelly base.  It's best worn as a topcoat, otherwise it will be quite sheer as you can see on my pinky finger.  I used a black base to tone down the brightness of the glitters.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I've added a poll! and Snow Prince revealed

I'm so excited! This has nothing to do with nail polish, but the blog itself...  I've wanted to add a poll for weeks and weeks, but the poll offered by Blogger kept giving me an error message.  I tried 2 free polls from external sites but those didn't work out either.  Then all the other free polls required I create an account, which is just another password to remember.  Well, I found a tutorial on how to create a poll using Google docs, and that's what you see to the left of this post!!! It's regarding the polish I swatched in the post previous to this one.

And here is a swatch of my first white jelly, Snow Prince!

Snow Prince, 3 coats
If you've read the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, this polish was inspired by a specific character... Ash...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Something in the works

I'm not sure how I feel about this polish, it certainly reminds me of fall, but it's missing something... glitter!  I loooove glitter but decided to try something new since I've had the ingredients available for a while.  What do you think?!

no name, 2 coats

no name, 2 coats

Friday, August 31, 2012


Hello!  I'm just cutting and pasting the update I put on Etsy this morning:

All orders from last week were placed in the mail on 8/27. It looks like the post office didn't do the acceptance scan. I am keeping an eye on the process of these packages. Thank you for your patience. :)

I plan to have more Androgynous, Spica *swirl*, and Bellatrix available during mid-September (17th'ish). The Halloween polish & Snow Prince will also be released at that time. I am putting the shop in vacation mode starting 9/7 in preparation for the restock. Thanks!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Not fond of hearts?

You may have seen Polished Cousins review of Secret Garden without hearts.  I've received a number of requests for the heartless version (lol) so that's in the works and I'll have it in the shop around mid September.

In other news, I'm adding Carbon Copy to the list of discontinued polishes, so if you've been on the fence over this polish, now's the time to grab it!

In international news, the distributor I had been in talks with (for international shipping purposes)... it's not working out.  I'm going to try contacting another distributor, so keep your fingers crossed for me!!!  Thank you!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The new Bellatrix

Here's a comparison between the new and old versions of Bellatrix.  You might not even be able to tell the difference. :)

L: new Bellatrix; R: old Bellatrix
So what did I change?  I mentioned chartreuse glitter in an earlier post... I removed the fine copper and added fine chartreuse glitter.  During the prototype phase, I was using a small sample pack of the fine chartreuse without knowing the supplier didn't carry the glitter anymore.  So I settled on copper instead.  I think Bellatrix looks nice both ways, but I'm glad I was able to make it as I had originally envisioned.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Some swatches of polishes in the upcoming restock

Here are closeups & swatches of Sister's Day, Raspberry Swirl, and Rainforest:

Sister's Day - matte fine lavender, small periwinkle,
medium lavender, yellow hex, and pink hearts

Raspberry Swirl - microfine magenta, copper, light pink

Rainforest - microfine gold, green, turquoise
Sister's Day over Finger Paints Bauhaus Burgundy
and wet n' wild Sugar Coat
Rainforest over wet n' wild Disturbia and
Rapberry Swirl over Spoiled Thanks a Latte and
Spoiled 2 Weeks Sober (?!)
Does Sister's Day remind you of a little something called Secret Garden?  Yes?!  I love the glitter combo so much I decided to make something similar.  Any day can be Sister's Day, so wear it anytime!

P.S. I removed Snow Prince from the restock because I want to make some more tweaks to the formula.  Sorry for the sudden change.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Next restock - 8/22/12

I'll be restocking the Etsy shop this Wednesday, 8/22/12 @ 5pm PST. 

The following shades will be available:

Sunset Glow
Secret Garden
Decorated
Androgynous
Bellatrix (slightly changed formula; swatch coming soon)
Spica *swirl*
Asbestos
Carbon Copy
Girl With the Best Smile
Over the Rainbow
Shadowplay
Swimming With the Sharks
I'll Fly With You
Hearts of the Forest
80's Deco
Into the Wild
Confetti
Rainforest (reformulated; swatch coming soon)
Raspberry Swirl (a mix of microfine glitter; swatch coming soon)
Sister's Day (a mix of matte glitters; swatch coming soon)

Stay tuned for the swatches!  I hope the new shades get lots of love <3


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Retirements...

First, the sad news... I've stopped producing the following polishes:

Into the Wild
Hydrangeas
Confetti
Over the Rainbow
Shadowplay
Jeweled Sand

Please note: they're *not* gone forever!  I plan on bringing them back eventually, sometime next year.  Whatever's in the Big Cartel shop is all I have left.

I decided on these particular shades based on:
-popularity of the shade
-supplies on hand

The following shades are seasonal and won't be returning once I've sold out:

Sunset Glow
Decorated

I still have about 10-15 bottles of these two, so there's still plenty available :)

That being said, I recently went crazy and bought loads of matte glitter from the You Mix clearance event.  Additionally, I finally got my hands on some white lacquer which I'd been waiting on for a while.  Due to these wonderful developments, I'm releasing at least 2 new shades to fill the void left behind by the previously mentioned 6-8 shades.  Once again, I'd say it's another case of serendipity.  Maybe I'll use that name... Yay!  I hope you're as excited about it as I am!

As always, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at windestine@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Thanks!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hello!  All orders prior to 8/11 have been shipped.  If you didn't receive a delivery confirmation number and want to keep track of the package, please e-mail me at windestine@gmail.com and I will gladly send it to you.

I'm going to re-open the Big Cartel shop (http://windestine.bigcartel.com) tomorrow evening with what I have in stock:


Sunset Glow
Secret Garden
Spica *swirl*
Asbestos
Carbon Copy
Girl With the Best Smile
Jeweled Sand
Over the Rainbow
Shadowplay
Swimming With the Sharks
I'll Fly With You
Hearts of the Forest
80's Deco
Into the Wild
Confetti

I'm working on making more of Androgynous and a slightly different Bellatrix.  When I originally mixed Bellatrix I couldn't find the Chartreuse glitter in the size I wanted, but now I have it... **victory dance**!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thanks everyone for your orders :)  Androgynous sold out really quick, I was surprised!  I am making more, and it's available for purchase in the shop right now, in addition to some bottles of Jeweled Sand.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Swatches of my current polishes

I have a separate page where I'll be updating the swatches here but this is what I have so far:

80's Deco

Androgynous

Bellatrix

Decorated

Girl With the Best Smile

Hearts of the Forest

I'll Fly With You

Into the Wild

Secret Garden

Spica *swirl*

Sunset Glow

Swimming With the Sharks

Monday, August 6, 2012

Next restock

First of all, Thank you to everyone who put in orders over the weekend!  I'm happy to tell you that they've all been packed & shipped!!!  I'm doing a free trial on stamps.com & I finally got the hang of it a couple orders in, so I hope everyone got their delivery confirmation numbers by e-mail. 
The next opening will be this Thursday, 8/9 @ 5pm PST on http://windestine.bigcartel.com.  Hope to see you there!  After this one, I will try to focus more on stocking the Etsy shop.

P.S. I might release a Halloween polish.  Last week I was wearing an early prototype for I'll Fly With You, and I realized it would almost be a perfect manicure for Halloween.  I'm in the process of tweaking, so we'll see what happens.  I told myself not to release anymore polishes this year, but... this was like serendipity!

P.P.S. If you haven't taken advantage of it already, the Subscribe by E-mail feature (to the left) is very useful for keeping track of new blog postings :)  It's pretty much like getting a newsletter.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Restock info

I have many bottles of polish waiting to be packaged and shipped to their new homes!  I happened to look at the weather forecast today, and I decided to move the restock up to tomorrow morning @ 10am PST.  If you can't make this one, the next one will probably be next Thursday.  Both openings will be on http://windestine.bigcartel.com & they will have the same stock:

Sunset Glow
Secret Garden
Androgynous
Androgynous mini
Decorated
Decorated mini
Bellatrix
Spica *swirl*
Asbestos
Carbon Copy
Girl With the Best Smile
Hydrangeas
Jeweled Sand
Over the Rainbow
Shadowplay
Swimming With the Sharks
I'll Fly With You
Hearts of the Forest
80's Deco
Into the Wild
Confetti

I no longer feel comfortable shipping by First Class or Priority Mail, so I'm switching over to Parcel Post shipping, which means higher prices and longer shipping times.  Of course this doesn't really benefit you as the customer in any way, so I'm offering discount codes for a limited time. 

DISCOUNT INFO! 
Use code 'DEC' for $3.75 off the price of a mini Decorated. 
Use code 'AND' for $3.75 off the price of a mini Androgynous. 
Good while supplies last; you MUST enter the code during checkout. 

Also, make sure to read the policies page and entire product description before making purchases! Thank you!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hello!  Check out my "Polishes in production" page; it's still a work in progress :)