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Clearance Sale & New Launches

Midnight Hour Beauty has a lot planned for 2017, including exclusive collaborations, new formulas and brand new products! We’re kicking things off with a huge month-long clearance sale, starting February 27th and ending March 31st (or while supplies last). Inventory needs to be cleared out to make room for all the exciting new products and formulas coming your way, so everything in the shop is marked 50% off (excluding the Sins Lipstick Collection).

Along with the clearance sale, the second shade in the Sins Lipstick Collection – 02 Greed – is NOW AVAILABLE. Greed is a sheer gold shimmer with gold iridescence. It can be worn on its own or layered over another colour to add some luxury to your look.

Special thank you to our wonderful bloggers, Rebekah, Chantal, and Stephanie, for providing these beautiful swatches of Greed.

Girly Bits Cosmetics Mystery Pack

I recently ordered a mystery pack from Girly Bits Cosmetics, which includes three full-sized nail polishes and one mini nail care item of your choosing. The polishes in these packs are usually prototypes, unreleased colours, oopsies or limited edition over-pours. You can specify your preference for colour and finish, but there is no real guarantee on what you’ll receive. For the nail care item, I chose scented Frazzle Fixer cuticle oil.

I’ve purchased mystery packs before from a handful of brands and stockists, but have always found at least one item in the mix that just wasn’t my taste. Well, as someone relatively new to Girly Bits, my love for this brand grew beyond measure after receiving this mystery pack. The Frazzle Fixer came in a scrumptious Pumpkin Spice scent, which is perfect timing as we head into fall. The three small batch prototype (SBP) polishes are vibrant, unique and have amazing formulas. Each colour achieved opacity with an easy two coats, no fuss.


Final Countdown, the only named polish in this pack, is a SBP from June 2016. This polish has a fine silver holographic base with multi-coloured glitter in a variety of shapes and sizes. The bigger pieces of glitter are dispersed well throughout the polish, so they don’t overpower the silver base. This one is definitely a stunner in the sunlight.


SBP 1310 has a holographic pastel blue base with pink and blue holographic glitters. This polish is packed with ultra fine glitter, and while I achieved the best coverage with two coats, you could easily get away with applying only one coat.


SBP 1311 is probably my favourite of the three polishes and will be getting a lot of use this fall/winter. This polish is difficult to describe and even more difficult to capture on camera. The deep blue base has a multi-chrome feel to it, as it shifts between a purple, pink and green iridescence, with a holographic finish and tiny fuchsia flakes scattered throughout.


If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a mystery pack from Girly Bits, I hope this helps you decide. I know I’ll definitely be ordering more of these in the future.

Fiendish Fancies – The Worst of the Worst Collection

I recently purchased the Harley Quinn Duo from Fiendish Fancies’ Worst of the Worst collection, inspired by the movie Suicide Squad. The duo includes SSQ-03: I’m Quite Vexing, a metallic fuchsia with blue flakes, and SSQ-04: We’re Bad Guys, a metallic royal navy with magenta flakes.

harley quinn duo bottles

The formulas both allowed for easy application. I’m Quite Vexing was opaque in two thin coats, while We’re Bad Guys took three coats to reach full opacity. I noticed the flakes aren’t quite as prominent in the blue polish as they are in the pink. I would have liked the magenta flakes to stand out more, but that’s just my personal preference. I love the metallic finish on both polishes, and the colours match their inspiration really well. These polishes complement each other perfectly, so I had to use them both in this manicure.

harley quinn duo maniI’m Quite Vexing with We’re Bad Guys on the accent nail.

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30 Days of Manicures

Back in the fall, I decided to participate in a nail challenge that involved painting my nails every day for one month. There was a list of inspirations to use for each day, which felt a little restricting at first. I quickly became aware of how difficult it can be to stay inspired for that long, so by mid-month, I was thankful for the list of ideas.

Lately, I’ve been looking back on that challenge and recreating some of the manicures with slight variations, so I decided it was time to compile the entire challenge into one post for easy referencing.

The first 10 days of the challenge were inspired by colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, black & white, metallic, rainbow and gradient.

colours collage
Days 11 to 20 were inspired by styles: polka dots, stripes, animal print, flowers, delicate print, geometric, glitter, half moons, galaxy and water marble(which was a total disaster!).

patterns collage
The final 10 days of the challenge included a variety of inspirations, which required a bit more creativity: a colour, a song, a movie, a book, fashion, a pattern, artwork, a flag, the supernatural and nails you love(I recreated a mani by pawlished.kait).

inspired by collage

Canuck Box #3 Sneak Peeks and Pre-sale

All sneak peeks have been revealed and the Canadian pre-sale is now open, so head on over to the shop to grab yours! US sales will open on Friday, January 22nd. Sales will close January 31st or when all boxes are sold (whichever comes first).

SURPRISE: As a little treat, one random customer will receive a bonus full-size nail polish from Mrs. P’s Potions. This is a one-of-a-kind custom polish, created exclusively for this box. Will you be the lucky customer?

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Canuck Box #2 Sneak Peeks

We’ve been slowly revealing sneak peeks over the past few days, with the final ones coming out just as pre-sales open. Check out the photos below to see what’s included in the second Canuck Box, and then head over to the shop to order yours.

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 7.22.30 PMYou don’t need to make toys in Santa’s workshop to smell like an elf! This festive cuticle oil will be included in every box.

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 7.22.12 PMEvery box will contain one of these holiday-inspired polishes.

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 7.21.51 PMThese handy shave bars will be included in every box.

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 7.21.31 PMThis festive crelly will be featured in every box.

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 12.03.04 PMEach box will have one of these gorgeous limited edition thermals.

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 12.02.49 PMPamper your nails and cuticles with these luxurious mani bombs, included in every box.

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 12.07.59 PMThis sweet substance is the main ingredient in a delectable lip product that you can find in every box.

The Canuck Box #1 Pre-sale is Live!

Head to our shop now to order the very first Canuck Box, featuring seven talented Canadian indie brands. Quantities are limited, so don’t miss your chance. Pre-sale ends September 18th or when we’re out of stock. Boxes ship out October 13th.

Visit My Lacquer Cabinet for exclusive info on Canuck Box #2 and #3

Canuck Box #1

In only a few days, the first ever Canuck Box will be available for pre-sale right here on The pre-sale will run from September 8th at 12pm est until September 18th at 11:59pm est. There will be a limited number of boxes available, so don’t wait too long to order.

The boxes will ship out on October 13th and will contain seven products from a variety of Canadian indie makers. All products in the box will be full size and will include exclusive scents and some Halloween-themed items. Brands being featured in this first box are Blacklace Cosmetics, Cuter Cuticles, Midnight Hour Beauty, MTL Creations, My Nails Did Vinyls, Nail Experiments, and Steel City Reflections. The value of the box is $55, but you can get all these great products for just $40.

If you haven’t already, you can also enter our Instagram giveaway to win a Canuck Box for free. The giveaway ends Sunday, September 6th at 11:59pm est (that’s tomorrow night!), so don’t miss out!

Not ready to purchase a Canuck Box just yet? Don’t worry, Canuck Box #2 will be available for pre-sale at the end of October and will feature even more amazing indie brands. Follow @wemblore on Instagram to keep up with all the details.


Hairspray Water Marble

For today’s Indie Appreciation Week post, I decided to do a nail art method I’ve been wanting to try for some time now. Hairspray water marbling is similar to regular water marbling, except you spray the polish with hairspray rather than using a pointed object to make the design. The hairspray cuts through the polish and produces a cool abstract design. I decided to layer multiple colours for this look, so I used Steel City Reflections‘ Sun Bleached Bones as my base, Beyond the Nail‘s Supernova, Asteroid and Comet for the marbling, and Cuter Cuticles‘ Cutie Guard to help with the cleanup.

First, apply the base colour and let it completely dry. I used Sun Bleached Bones from Steel City Reflections, which is a satin white with a hint of shimmer. This polish can be opaque with two coats, but I love how it looks sheer, so I only applied one coat for this manicure.

I find it easiest to water marble one nail at a time, so I applied my Cutie Guard from Cuter Cuticles around my first nail only. Make sure to cover at least half way up your finger because polish tends to get everywhere when water marbling.

Add a few drops of the first polish colour (I started with Asteroid from Beyond the Nail) into a small dish of water. If your water is too cold, the polish will harden, so make sure it’s at least room temperature. Once the polish has spread out in the water, spray with liquid hair spray (not aerosol), and dip your nail into the polish faced down. Use a q-tip to remove excess polish from the water before pulling your nail back out. Repeat this step with all other polishes.

After layering all three colours, there is quite a mess of polish around the nail. At this point, peel off the Cutie Guard to reveal wonderful, clean skin – no cleanup required. Repeat this process on each nail and apply a top coat once dry.

I really love how this manicure turned out. Although time consuming, I find hairspray water marbling to be a lot easier than regular water marbling, so I would definitely recommend it to beginners.

REMINDER: Canuck Box #1 pre-sale begins this coming Tuesday, September 8th at 12pm est, right here on You still have time to enter the Instagram giveaway to win a free box as well, so check out my account (@wemblore) for details on how to enter. Contest ends Sunday, September 6th at 11:59pm est.

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