Up Close & Personal with Victoria Greathouse of Blush Lacquer 

Welcome back! It’s Humpday Wednesday AND it’s the 3rd Wednesday of the month so you know what that means….Indie Maker Interview!!!! This is one of the series that is getting a slight change in that I am no longer just calling this series Interview but from the title you can see that we are getting Up Close and Personal. So let’s get this party started with Victoria Greathouse of Blush Lacquer.

Victoria Greathouse
Lyons, Indiana
January 2nd

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I’m a pretty easy going person and not a lot bothers me, so this question is actually kind of difficult to answer! One thing that really annoys me though, is when you’re driving on the highway and there’s some sort of a road block up ahead where traffic has stopped or is backed up and everyone is having to get into one lane. Instead of just getting in line with everyone else, there is always that one person who thinks they can just cut in front of everyone and skip to the front of the line. I cannot stand it when people do that and I never let those people cut in front of me! 

If you could have dinner with any 5 past or present people, who would they be?
Well, I’m going to take “dinner” to mean “date” because I’ve always been the boy crazy type. So, I’d pick Tom Hardy, who is probably a bit of a jerk, but I’d really love to be his arm candy for a night. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who I’m sure is a perfect gentleman. Bruno Mars, who I’m positive would be utterly charming (I mean, those eyes, that smile, that voice!). Zac Efron, because, um, why not? And, finally, Garth Brooks. Yes, I know he’s like twice my age, but he was the first concert I ever went to and even to this day, I adore his music (even though I don’t really listen to country anymore). The charisma he has on stage is enchanting (and those blue eyes! lol)

If you had to lose one of your 5 senses, which would it be and why?
I’ve always had a slight fascination with being blind. Not that I would ever really want to be blind, but if I really had to choose, I think that this the one I’d go with. Which is also kind of weird because a lot of the stuff I do on a daily basis (like making nail polish) is really dependent on having sight. Maybe, I just like the idea of the challenge it would bring. lol

Favorite/ideal vacation spot and who would you take with you?
Anywhere with a warm sunny beach and clear sparkling waters. I’d probably take my boyfriend or my mom.

Would you rather have the ability to fly or the ability to read people’s mind?
Read people’s minds all the way! I am afraid of heights and have only recently gotten over my fear of flying in an airplane. Even if I was in complete control of my flying abilities, I’d probably pass out mid flight! haha Plus, being the introvert that I am, I’d love knowing what people were really thinking.

Do you have any hidden talents or traits?
I was a baton twirler (majorette) for my high school. I could twirl three batons at a time and I also twirled fire! I’m a little rusty because I don’t practice regularly anymore, but I can still do a lot of the moves I used to do! I was also a professional ballroom dancer for 3 years before I started making nail polish. 

Best gift received? Best gift given?
The best gift I ever received was for my ninth birthday. My family never owned horses or even knew anyone who had them, but for some reason I was that crazy child that was just absolutely horse crazy. Like, I talked about horses every single day since I was able to talk. In fact, I distinctly remember going through a phase when I was probably 4 or 5 where I’d ask my parents every night when they tucked me into bed if I could have a horse, or more accurately, why couldn’t I have a horse. lol Eventually they gave in and gave me a month’s worth of riding lessons (one a week) for my ninth birthday. I framed the certificate and everything! They thought that if I finally got on a horse I’d be afraid of horses and shut up about them. But they were wrong! It only fueled the fire and a couple years later I did actually get a horse. 🙂
The best gift I ever gave is probably not as exciting. I like to knit and crochet and a couple of years ago I made these really pretty crocheted shawls for the women in my family (I literally had to start in August!). I gave one to my boyfriend’s mom and she literally squealed when she opened it up and saw it, she was so excited! I’ve never incited that kind of reaction from a gift I’ve given before, so that was probably the best gift I ever gave!

Besides your own, what other brands do you own/wear/use?
Femme Fatale, Tonic Polish, ILNP, A England

What is one of you favorite collections or product you created?
My favorite collection that I’ve created was my Sea Water Shimmers collection. I was actually trying to make nail polishes that gave a mermaid effect without having to use a separate powder or polish to create it. I did not quite get that effect, but I fell in love with the colors that I did come up with. It took a lot of experimenting to figure out which shimmers would stand out against which colors, but it was well worth it!

How did you come up with your company name and logo?
I started out coming up with a bunch of ideas for my company name. I knew that I wanted something that was feminine, sophisticated, soft and elegant. Something classy, but also girly. I had a whole list of names, but nothing was really what I wanted. They fit the criteria, but I also wanted something that felt personal to me, without being unrelatable to other people. So, I thought about something that I felt defined me – surprisingly it’s something that I don’t really like about myself! I’m one of those people with fair skin and I have a tendency to blush at just about anything – when I’m embarrassed, nervous, panicked, excited, crying, upset, angry and the list goes on. It’s incredibly annoying, but it’s something I’ve dealt with my entire life and that I feel is kind of specific to me, yet happens to other people probably more than I’m giving them credit for. But, a blush can also have it’s upside. I thought about all the good examples of when people blush, like from your first kiss, when you receive a really sweet gift or someone compliments you on your dress. And it’s all of those feelings from those sweet blush’s that I was wanting to invoke in my company brand, and so “BLUSH Lacquers” was decided.

Besides your current business/company, what other product you would have liked to create?
I don’t know if this counts, but I’ve always wanted to be a fiction author and plan on pursuing that at some point in my life as well!

Any spoilers that you care to share about future collections, products, etc?
For everyone who loved Sea Water Shimmers, their will be a very similar collection coming up in either January or February! I’m still finalizing some things with it though and I’m not sure of the exact release date. I also have plans to add top coats to our line and potentially some non-nail polish, but nail related products for the future.

Favorite nail art technique?
I can’t do it to save my life, but I love the look of watermarbling! 

What is your greatest accomplishment to date with your brand?
Reaching 1,000 sales in our Etsy store! I was pretty excited about that!

What do you love most about being a business owner?
Nobody tells me what to do, I make up all the rules! (And, I can sleep in every morning 😉

Happy Belated Birthday Victoria and congratulations on 1000 sales, that’s an amazing accomplishment. We wish you much continued success and look forward to seeing what Blush has in store this year!

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