Monday, January 23, 2012

Coming Soon - The Let's Get Nekkid Collection!

Our next collection is finally ready and just a few weeks behind schedule! LOL! This collection is near and dear to me and I feel like it is a big risk. I am actually a bit nervous about this one since it is so different than anything we have done before.

If you know me, you know I think even when I sleep. I take many dreams as a jumping point. I feel like a lot of what I am thinking or feeling gets incorporated into my dreams and then I try to determine if it was just a random dream or something more.

Well I had a dream one night that I made a collection of 6 various shades of "nude" that represented those of my family. See I always see nudes that are this pasty color and that does not represent me at all. I wanted one for me, something that would go with my olive yellow skin. Apparently this thought was brought into my dreams and in my dreams I made one for my moms milky tan skin color, one for my skin color, a beautiful pale ivory for my cousin's skin color, a light chocolate color for my other cousin and a super dark brown that reminded me of my "grandfather". (not my biological grandfather but he is the guy my grandmother married and I knew as one of my grandfather's as a kid.) I always thought it was so cool how different we all looked and even as a kid I thought it was so cool that my family had such a mix where most of my friends families all looked the same. I don't know why I thought that made me so lucky, but I always loved that about my family. In my dream I peppered my blog with all these family photos from when I was a kid while telling this story. In reality, that is just a bit too personal for me to be sharing. You all know what Juan and I look like, but I'm not about to ask my family to expose themselves to everyone for Cult Nails. It wouldn't be fair.

When I woke up from that dream, I knew I had to do it, but I needed to pair it down to only 4 colors. I started with opaque cremes, but I felt it was too stark and mannequin hands. I then moved on to make them thinner and more sheer and I loved them, they were perfect. But then hasn't that been done already? So I decided to add gold shimmer to all of them. And then I decided to make the colors a little "off" not an exact skin tone match, but more of an enhancement. Because frankly I want to show off my nails, not hide them to look like the rest of me. I also wanted colors to look good on everyone and not be so "skin tone" specific. So all that from one dream! LOL!

Needless to say when we were trying to name the collection Juan and I kept going back to the all skin tone thing, so we decided to twist it up just a little bit more and we named each color (with the exception of toxic seaweed) after a nude beach.

So here I bring you The Let's Get Nekkid Collection!

This is a very subtle sheer light tan color. This was inspired by my mom. The shimmer is what makes this one stand out. It is very subtle, yet brings some fun with the gold shimmer.

This one is inspired by my skin tone. Coco actually mixed this one! While I was making the others she sat there and made this one for me. It was the summer time and I had a bit of a tan going on, and then we made it a bit more vibrant so it wouldn't be an exact match and added the shimmer. 

This was inspired by one of my cousins. Her skin color is so beautiful. I remember as a kid, I wished I was as dark as her. Her skin reminds me a lot of Halle Berry's skin tone. But again I didn't want an exact match, I wanted something reminiscent and a bit different. Then a co-worker told me I should make Power Thief with gold instead of silver shimmer, because the silver shimmer clashes with her gold jewelry. Well her wish is my command - this is the same neutral shade with gold shimmer. 

This one was inspired by my Grandpa Al. He passed away when I was young, but he remained a huge impact on my life. He would tell us stories about what it was like growing up black when there was so much racism going on in our world. He always told us your skin color did not matter as long as you were a good person and worked hard. He told us stories of how he worked his way up from a shoe shine boy to a concierge. I didn't understand the impact of racism at such a young age, but I understood that he was a great man, and he had an amazing story and that I needed to accept everyone and work hard. Just thinking of this brings tears to my eyes. A lot of the stories are hazy as I was so young, but I still remember sitting out my grandmother's porch loving to listen to them.  He was so inspirational to one little girl and I don't know if he ever even knew it. I miss seeing the way he would look at my grandmother and the way she would look at him. Love knows no race or color. Phew - need to wipe my eyes and move along here... This is a deep chocolate brown (think Hershey bar) with gold micro glitter.

Limited Edition: Toxic Seaweed. This was a lab screw up that I loved, but of course had to make some changes to. We gave them a color and they missed the base, but then we added more glitter and brightened it up a bit and we had a Cult winner. I will tell you now, this has the same flake issue as Clairvoyant. So when this one sells out, it will not be coming back. This is truly a limited edition polish - completely out of my control. When it is gone, it is gone. So sad to just think about. But originally when I started Cult Nails, I wanted all colors to be limited edition and always have a rotating stock, so I guess I am getting some of that now. LOL! We are working on sourcing a different ingredient, but I can't make any promises so we are just playing it safe and calling it Limited Edition.

We will be starting the pre-sale soon on this collection. We would have already started, but we wanted to give you all notice to plan. The pre-sale will be for entire collection purchases only. We will ship out all pre-sales before making the collection available on our site. As with all pre-sales, we give a special price, so the pre-sale collection will sell for $40 (That's $10 off). From there each bottle will be available for purchase on our site for $10 a bottle. We don't have dates yet, but it will be some time this week! So keep an eye out for our emails and our announcement on Facebook! 

17 comments:

  1. Holy COW these are amazing! I don't think I've ever gotten this excited over nudes before! They are really spectacular, and omg, do I even have to say Toxic Seaweed is divine?? Man, you make some pretty polishes!

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  2. Girl, I cannot wait to own this collection. It's awesome and I love the idea behind it. Amazing.

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  3. I love the story behind the collection... I'm liking Cult more & more.... Congrats to you!

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  4. These are so pretty. I'm glad I'm not the only one who says Nekkid!

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  5. Love the stories! Can't wait for the presale :)

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  6. Wooohooooooo!!! Cannot wait! Let me know when I can come and get it!!

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  7. your story about your granddaddy made me almost cry. LOVE the concept behind these. i'll be preordering a ridiculous amount, as usual

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  8. Of Course I'm Luvin TOXIC SEAWEED....what a great summer color...Accidents sometimes happen for a reason!
    Keep up the great work...

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  9. Yay for a nail polish collection based on complexion. That's so beautiful. I have a great-Uncle in Louisiana who also a shoe shine boy and dealt with a lot of racism so I got a bit sentimental on that one. :) And Toxic Seaweed? Can't wait!!!

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  10. Great collection - but oh my - not another shade that will be super hot and only a few will end up being able to get it with Seaweed!

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  11. Gorgeous collection! This one will do just fine. It's perfect for the transition into summer

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  12. My family sounds something like yours. We are truly a beautiful rainbow! too love the bit on ugly racism and skin color and being a good person and how it all never matters what color your skin is. Too bad the world doesn't see it that way. Racism is such a waste of energy. No one can help how God made them and we are all precious in His sight! ALL! :) I can't wait to see the collection and I'll be one of the ones grabbing them all as soon as I can! Thanks for all that you do and sharing yourself with us!

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  13. Oh my goodness...I really wish I was not a broke college student. :( I know that Toxic Seaweed will probably be gone by the time the presale's over, so congrats to those who get it!

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  14. Ugh, why can't I unsee these swatches?!
    Y u no make crappy unwanted colors Maria!?

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  15. Yay I just pre-ordered! I kept thinking about it ALL NIGHT LONG and kept waking up to check the clock LOL

    *Doin the happy Cult dance*

    What a beautiful story behind these colors....if I had only seen the swatches, perhaps the only color I would have been crazy for was Toxic Swamp. But knowing the inspiration makes me love the rest (even though I rarely wear those shades--I will now!!)

    xoxoxo Thank you for sharing your love for your family AND your gorgeous polishes with us. You are an incredible woman and an inspiration!

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  16. So excited for this. Thanks Maria.

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  17. Loved reading these stories. It's so awesome to have such a great mix in your family.

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