Today marks four years since I took my first step into the blogosphere. Last year I took a look back at how things had changed on my blog and in my life. This year I felt I needed to honour the polish that started it all for me.
Back in late 2009, I had just finished using up the last of my favourite polish. It was a brand I hadn't heard of before that I had picked up at Priceline. The brand was Jessica and the polish name was Palladium.
At the time I had a nice little collection of about 30-40 polishes which I had been very slowing adding to since the mid 1990's. There were no fancy brands, no OPI or Chanel, but lots of Revlons (especially Street Wear's), Ulta3s and even some early Ozotics (circa 2001). I'd only ever purchased my polishes in bricks and mortar stores around town, which really limited what I was able to get.
I was rather devastated that I had used up the last of my beloved Jessica Palladium. This was following on from losing my previous favourite polish, 'Burn' from the Aussie brand Stuf. I had purchased that Stuf. brand polish at priceline, and had also gone through several backup bottles that I got from the Stuf. store at Southland in Melbourne. I think Stuf. went belly up taking my favourite polish with them. Although I'm sure I still have a few other Stuf. polishes that I might pull out for some vintage blog action.
So, where was I, ah yes, sad, because I had run out of Jessica Pallidum. The first stop was the same Priceline store to see if they had more. Nope not a single bottle of Jessica polish. Next I scoured every other Priceline store in Canberra. Nothing. Next I went online and started googling.
This is the point at which my mind exploded. BAM! The google search for my illustrious gold polish took me to a nail blog - The poilsh addict to be precise. That blog linked me to Scrangie's - BAM there goes my mind again. There is only one other blog that I started reading that day in late 2009, and have continued to read every day - Nihrida.
On those blogs (which I went back through all the previous posts) I started seeing amazing polishes with finishes I had never seen in my life. It was a time when the China Glaze OMG collection was still easily available (yes, I grabbed the whole collection at a nice cheap price - no I wasn't smart enough to buy eleventy billion sets to make me a squillionaire now).
The discovery of all these new polishes meant my search for Palladium was placed on the back burner. It was a few year later when I spotted a full sized bottle on a blog sale that I was finally able to replace the precious. Of course by that time, I had about 50 other gold polishes that were half a whisker different to it, but of course I still needed my original love!
The last four years have been lots of fun. I remember when I got my very first blog follower that wasn't my mum. I was blown away that someone found my blog and then decided to stay for a read!
I've particularly loved my experimentation with making true franken polishes. Back then we mixed existing polishes and adding amazing products like spectraflair and the colour shifting powders. This was back in a time before suspension base and when there was only a handful on indie brands worldwide.
It's incredible to see how the Australian indie scene has exploded and how Aussie indies have become some of the most popular and sort after brands in the world. Good on you girls! I feel a special connection to all of those brands, because I know it was because of this blog that I was able to make first contact with the most amazing supplier of nail polishes making supplies in the country - the same single supplier that all the hand made Aussie indies now source though!
Another achievement for me on this blog was my continued series of daily blogging. There was a period during 2012 and 2013 where I posted every single day for more than a year. I think it was about 15 months where I went non stop and posted every single day.
Having just looked at how much I have written tonight, I'm going to leave it there and say thank you so much for coming along with me on this journey. I love reading all your comments and emails, and whilst keeping this blog going is something I enjoy doing for myself, it's so rewarding to know that so many awesome people join me everyday.
Now it's time to show you how I chose to wear Jessica Palladium today.
I did three nails with Jessica Palladium and then two accent nails where I painted a fish tail braid design using two other gold shades - Urban Decay Twisted and Zoya Ziv. To make it truly a 'me' mani, I just couldn't leave it alone (although I probably should have) I placed gold caviar beads along the fish tail lines. For some reason this actually looks way better in real life than these photos show. Damn macros are no ones friend.
Once again, thanks for looking!