Good morning, readers! I have a really special Collaboration Box to share with you today for Depression Awareness. I am really happy I was able to swatch these beauties and below is the info I received directly from the polish makers.
This special edition box is a collaboration between 8 indie polish makers with proceeds benefiting the group I Need a LightHouse. I Need a LightHouse is an amazing organization that works directly with people who suffer from depressive disorders as well as educates the family members of those individuals so that they can learn coping methods and help their loved ones. You can find more information about the organization here.
The box will include the following 8 polishes plus a She Shines topcoat from Alter Ego:
Alter Ego - Grows Hope
A medium green foil-ish finish.
While this woman doesn't suffer from depression she knows lots of people who do. She Grows Hope for those she knows who suffer, trying to make others more aware of how personal these issues can be, and by standing quietly by the side of these people she loves so much, without judgement, to help in whatever way she can.
I'm showing two coats below with She Shines Top Coat. It dries to a matte finish.
Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Never Look Back
A clear base packed with emerald green microglitter and sparks of blue and purple.
As someone who suffers from clinical depression, I’m constantly reminding myself to look to the future and not dwell on the past. It can be immensely difficult to do so, but it is completely necessary for my recovery. Remember that the future holds amazing things, so don’t dwell on the bad from the past!
I'm showing 2 coats with She Shines top coat. Very densely packed!
ellagee - Sparks Of Hope:
A lush emerald green with subtle shifts of teal and gold sparkling with gold holo dust.
Because when things look dark even the smallest spark of hope can light the way to healing.
I'm showing three thin coats with She Shines top coat.
Peita’s Polish - Serenity
A teal crelly full of various sized turquoise holographic glitter.
It reminds me of the twinkling clear waters of Australian beaches. I know the beach is often a place of solace for many people in times of stress.
I'm showing three coats below with She Shine top coat.
Philly Loves Lacquer - I Made You a Nest
A lightly tinted teal base packed with silver, turquoise, teal, blue, and green micro glitters.
I made this to pay homage to the comic by Robot Hugs, which I found right before I sought help for my own depression. Sometimes you just need a friend to make you a nest of cuddly blankets and hang out with you in it when things are really rough. http://www.robot-hugs.com/nest/
I'm showing three coats below with She Shines top coat.
Rica - Alchemical Seas of Hope
A sea green jelly with various green/gold glitters (dots, squares, hexes and micro glitter) in various finishes (holographic, metallic and matte).
I named it Alchemical Seas of Hope because sometimes depression can feel like you’re in turbulent seas. As hard things may seem to be, there is always a lighthouse of hope in the horizon. Don’t lose sight of that.
I'm showing three coats below with She Shines top coat. You can still see slight VNL so layering may work as well.
Superficially Colorful - Breathe
An aqua/turquoise holographic polish with a little silver and blue shimmer.
I think it's what we all need. To take a deep breath and go on. Everything is easier when you can breathe.
I'm showing two coats below with She Shines top coat. The holo is subtle in my light box photos but it's definitely there.
Sweet Heart Polish - You’re Amazing
A deep royal blue jelly with a mix of matte, metallic, and holographic blue glitters in a variety of shapes and sizes with micro iridescent bar glitter.
I named this beauty You’re Amazing, because sometimes you can forget this and it always nice to have a reminder.
I'm showing four coats below with She Shines top coat. There is still VNL at 4 coats, so I would probably layer this.
Each description above was written by each maker to give some insight into why Depression Awareness is important to us. Boxes will be available starting November 16 at NOON EST at the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer shop. This is a very limited box with only 20 being made available for sale. Each box will cost $80 shipped domestically and $60 of each box will be donated to I Need a Lighthouse within a week of selling out. International packages will shipped flat rate priority and will cost $94.25 to Canada and $98.25 everywhere else. For transparency purposes, Julie of BEGL will provide screenshots of the donation and donation amount once it has been made. If anyone would like to make a donation directly, they can easily do so via the INALH website, here.
What are your thoughts on this box? I think these are 8 gorgeous polishes and I hope some of you will consider purchasing for such a great cause. Which are your favorites? Thanks so much for reading!
*The polishes in this post were sent for me to review with my honest opinion.