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Enid Features

January 25, 2014

Valentine's Day with a local touch

ENID, Okla. — Every love is unique. Each love has its own story. And every lover is in a different chapter of their love story than they were last year.

With a holiday celebrating love fast approaching, it may be time to start thinking about finding a unique token of love for your unique loved ones.

Enid has been buzzing with excitement with the opening of several popular chain stores, but sometimes the perfect gift for a loved one can’t be mass-produced. Anyone who pokes their nose around town will find there are artists a-plenty to meet any needs for an out-of-the-ordinary gift.

Here are just a few of those artists:

Cameo Colours Lacquers

Anyone looking for something to add to a special gift basket or maybe small tokens of love to hand out to friends, might find exactly what they’re looking for from Cameo Colours Lacquers.

Enid resident Cameo Kingsbury makes unique and striking nail colors that can’t be found on any drugstore shelf. In her lab — at her home —  Kingsbury also will make custom nail colors for clients looking for a perfect color to go with an outfit. She’ll even help fanatics represent their fandom. After all, her first nail polish line was “The Wizard of Oz.”

“2011 is when I started researching on (making nail polish) because I couldn’t find a color that matched exactly what I wanted: Dorothy’s ruby slippers,” said Kingsbury. “May of 2012, I released my first collection, and that was my ‘Wizard of Oz’ collection.”

When Kingsbury began her research on making nail polish, she found out it was much more complicated than she thought it would be.

“It’s a lot of work,” Kingsbury said. She said she had to learn which materials could be mixed together and how to mix glitters so they wouldn’t sink to the bottom or bleed their colors.

Kingsbury created a nail lacquer lab in her home, and once she got the process down, the fun began.

“I definitely play around,” Kingsbury said. “I wake up in the middle of the night with ideas and I have a notepad by the bed.” She also said she takes a notepad everywhere so when she gets a good idea, she can jot it down right away.

One of the things that is very important to Kingsbury is that people know she does not mix existing nail polishes together to create new colors.

“That’s called ‘frankening’ and it’s actually something I can’t stand,” Kingsbury said. “I don’t see the point in taking something someone has already done and putting my name on it.”

In Kingsbury’s lab, there are many large bottles, bags and containers of various ingredients along with steel mixing balls, all of which she uses to create specific recipes for her unique colors.

Cameo Colours Lacquers are a vegan product and are not tested on animals. They also are made from a “3-free” base, which means they contain no dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde or toluene.

Kingsbury enjoys dreaming up new, unique colors, but she also creates custom nail polish for customers who have certain requests.

“I love customs, they are so much fun,” she said.

Cameo Colours Lacquers can be viewed and ordered at www.cameocolourslacquers.com and can even be shipped internationally. Kingsbury said she can deliver orders to local customers.

Starting in February, clients receiving manicures and pedicures at Regis in Enid will be able to choose from Kingsbury’s colors.

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