1. How did you first get into making polish?
One bottle of holographic glitter got me into polish making. I started frankening for myself and it took off from there!
2. What was the inspiration for the name "M POLISH"? Is there a story behind the name?
M Polish represents me. My initials are “MP” and my logo (“MP” in a circle) is how I initial things at work, so the name and logo are a representation of myself. I wanted a name that really reflected me, and I think M Polish does that.
3. What inspires your collections (or where do you look for inspiration)? What inspired your latest collection? Any hints/ideas about upcoming collections?
I find inspiration all over. I’ve been on a holo kick, so my Winter Collection took off from there. What I really enjoy is creating something new and unique or something that you wouldn’t ordinarily expect would work, like flakes in a stamping polish. Two of the collections I have in the works for next year include some fun and surprising takes on what kinds of polishes can stamp!
4. Do you have a favorite indie maker(s)? Favorite mainstream brand?
OPI is hands down my favorite mainstream brand. I’ve been wearing OPI for as long as I can remember and they will always have a special place in my heart. I love so many indies, so it is hard to pick a favorite. If I could only pick one, it would be FUN – I have a helmer drawer full of her polishes. But I also adore so many others like KBShimmer, Serum No. 5, Vapid, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, Pahlish, and so many more. Indies shopping is definitely a weakness of mine!
5. What are your go-to products for nail/cuticle care?
I slather on cuticle oil like no one’s business. My favorite is Morning Star – I keep a bottle in my car, purse, living room, and nightstand. I also love Qtica’s Intense Cuticle Repair Balm – A friend gifted a jar to me and it works really well.
6. What are your favorite colors? In general? For summer? For fall?
My favorite color is red - I wear it any time of the year! In the summer, I can’t help but jump on the neon train – I love feeling bold and bright. And as fall and winter approach, I love the dark, vampy colors. My colors choices tend to follow the seasons, but I also love switching it up every so often!
7. This may be hard--but which are your 3 favorite creations so far?
I think my favorite polish so far is still To Have And To Holo. I really cannot get enough holo! Of my polishes, I probably use Pekin and Cayuga the most, though – I use a lot of white and black in my manis.
8. Do you have any other hobbies? Are you involved with any other clubs, associations, or recreational activities?
Ducks! The sounds crazy, but my husband and I have a small barn where we raise a variety of ducks in our small flock. We also grow a fair number of vegetables. Next year, we are adding turkeys and fruit trees to the mix!
9. What is your most favorite thing about being an indie maker? What are some of the challenges? What advice would you give to people considering starting their own brand? Overall, are you happy with your decision to get into the indie polish world?
My favorite part about making polish is the tinkering aspect – testing, reworking, and trying new combinations – I have a lot of fun with that. But my favorite thing about being a maker has to be seeing the amazing art people create with the polishes I make. I am absolutely blown away by the nail art being created and it makes me feel really special to be a small part of that.
One of my biggest challenges is translating the really great ideas in my head into a polish that will actually stamp! It can be really frustrating working and reworking an idea to think I have it working perfectly then hitting another snag and beginning to work and rework again. Thankfully, I enjoy the tinkering and the challenge of making things work. Sometimes it just takes many, many versions to get there!
And that rolls into any advice I would give someone thinking of starting: test, rework, and test some more. It can be frustrating at times, but reworking until the polish is perfect is worth all of the effort! Find one or two people you trust to give you honest feedback, and have them test prototypes for you. I am lucky to have two awesome women who test for me. I have lost track of how many prototypes I have sent them, but they help me by using them in different conditions, at different speeds, with different plates, etc and send me back feedback that I then use to make the polishes better. Having trustworthy people to provide honest feedback can definitely help the testing process be more fruitful.
Astrological sign : Virgo.
Favorite comfort food : PIE!
Favorite beauty item besides polish : Lip gloss.
Favorite fragrance : Lancome’s La Vie Este Belle.
Favorite vacation destination : Miami, FL or Niagara Falls, Canada.
Favorite candy : Twizzlers.
Favorite celebrity : anyone who can make me laugh.
Favorite family member or friend (you can pick one of each) : My husband – I’m lucky to have such a supportive husband who is also an amazing father.
Most recent read : The Outlander series.
Favorite TV show and character : Game of Thrones; Tyrion Lannister.
So there you have it, my darlings! A little glimpse into the world of Megan of M Polish!
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Until next time,