What made you decide to start making and selling polish?
Did you own any indies before you started making polish? Which ones?
TarasTalons started in 2012 as a blog about nails which I was doing while I looked into doing nail courses to become a nail tech. While I was getting into the blogging community I fell in love with indie brands but having just taken voluntary redundancy and paying for courses I couldn't really justify the shipping and customs charges so I started looking for UK brands and came up against a brick wall. I spent months doing research, spending my redundancy pay ;) and practising making polishes, and fell in love with doing it. I announced I was going to start my own brand of indie polish and got a massively positive reaction! It was around a year from me researching everything to actually releasing a collection. My first collection of polishes was limited edition with only 10 of each polishes and since then I have only created one off and custom polishes! I love creating something unique and affordable and that's why I recently started doing 5ml bottles as well as 10ml bottles!
I think that paragraph actually answered the first three questions haha! I do ramble when I'm talking about something I'm so passionate about! Sorry!
My favourite thing about the polish making process a hard one because I enjoy it all! Even the boring/repetitive bit like spending hours putting agitators balls in bottles and then collecting up the ones I've dropped ;) I really enjoy seeing what I've created and having people say they like it, it really makes my day and I keep all my feedback and pictures and comments on my phone :)
My ideas for colours and collections come from so many places! My phone, my diary and my notebook are always full of scribbled notes! Sometimes I get a colour idea first and a collection comes from it, sometimes I get a name or theme first, my brain is very random! Everything inspired me though, from a dessert in a restaurant, a dress someone is wearing in the supermarket or a film I love. My collection have varied wildly! There was a childhood collection based on everything I lived in my childhood, a songs collection, mythical collection, sweet treats, Criminal Minds, Romy and Michelle's high school reunion and many more! Since the 1st of April 2013 I've released 36 collections and 24 duos!
I love all my polishes and hate choosing a favourite ;) but when I'm asked I always have to say 'Clowning around' which was part of my first collection because it was the first polish I made!
If you could sum up your shop in five words, what would they be?
To sum up my shop in 5 words I'd say unique, affordable, fun, sparkly and random!
Tara has also very kindly offered up a discount code for readers; to get 10% off any order in her Etsy shop, just enter the code 'JUSTJESS' at checkout - there's no expiry date for this code and no minimum spend! If you do place an order, I'd love to know what you choose! At just £6.50 for 10ml bottles, and £3.50 for 5ml, there's really no excuse for not picking up something gorgeous and exclusive. I'm seriously in love with Polish is Thicker Than Water (shown above) so hands off that one!
Have you heard of Tara's Talons before? Are you as amazed as I am at how creative Tara is!?
[Please note all images in this post are c/o Tara's Talons and link to their original source]
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