Category: Nail Polish (page 1 of 2)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 midnighthourbeauty.com. 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 midnighthourbeauty.com. 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.

MTL Creations Swatches: Bill, Apple Crush and Adilyn

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For day two of Indie Appreciation Week, I’d like to share some gorgeous polishes I received in my A Very Canuck Swap box last week. Kayla was so generous and gave me three polishes from MTL Creations.

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Bill is a shimmery blue jelly that actually becomes relatively opaque with three coats. I’m usually not a big fan of jelly polishes on their own (I prefer using them for nail art), but I love this shade of blue and was pleased to see it build up easily.

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Apple Crush is my favourite of the three, as it’s the perfect warm, shimmery red, without being orangey. The formula is a dream and only required two thin coats.

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Adilyn is a charcoal grey creme with fine silver glitter. It goes on completely opaque in two coats and is the perfect cold weather colour.

I’m really impressed by these polishes and will certainly be adding more MTL Creations to my collection in the future.

Daisy Nail Art

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For the first day of Indie Appreciation Week, I want to showcase some of my favourite and most used brands. I created this manicure using Easy Peel liquid latex, vinyls from My Nails Did Vinyls, and polishes from Echoes Polish and Beyond the Nail. Please excuse the bump on my index nail – I had to mend a crack.

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I first applied the base colour, I’m Trouble from Echoes Polish, and then put Nail Experiment’s Blue Easy Peel around my accent nails.

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Next, I placed my custom daisy chain vinyls from My Nails Did Vinyls, making sure to leave a bit hanging off the edge for easy removal.

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I then sponged on two coats of Beyond the Nail’s Holo Blue Microglitter. I removed the vinyls immediately, before the polish dried, to ensure crisp lines.

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Finally, I removed the Easy Peel and applied a top coat. As you can see, using Easy Peel made the cleanup for this nail art quick and hassle-free.

Reshaping and Striped Nail Art

My nails have been growing like crazy the past few months and, surprisingly, haven’t chipped or broken at all. They were getting out of control, so I decided to chop them off.

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My attempt at keeping the almond shape with a shorter length was a bit of a failure, so I chose to reshape them and go back to my classic square nails. A few minutes later, after staring at my horrifically short-looking nails, I started painting some freehand stripes to give the illusion of more length. I’m quite pleased with the outcome.


Polishes used:
China Glaze – I’m With The Lifeguard
Sally Hansen – Pacific Blue (original formula)

Five Products I Need ASAP

Every year around my birthday, I compile a little wishlist of cosmetics I’d like to add to my collection. Some of the products I’ve been wanting for quite some time, while others have just recently caught my eye. Whether it be for personal use or my professional kit, these are the items that I want desperately:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 11.27.55 PMToo Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fig ($25)
I have this lipstick in Melted Fuchsia, which is a vibrant hot pink, and I’d love to try this rosy orchid shade as well. These lipsticks are extremely pigmented, glide on smooth, and last for several hours without smudging or fading.

41877iA2A7DB4CF34D3D57Prada Candy L’Eau (2.7oz for $115)
I first discovered this fragrance when I was working at Cosmetics Magazine, and I’ve wanted it ever since. With notes of white musks, caramel, citrus, and oriental florals, this scent is both fresh and elegant.

ana033_anastasiabeverlyhills_proseriesbrowpalette_800x960Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pro Palette ($100)
This palette is a serious steal and will be perfect for my professional kit. For $100, you get 11 duo brow powders (individually priced at $30), as well as a brow primer. Every shade I will ever need is in this palette.

cc-poptastic-pastel-bottlesColor Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection ($8 each)
This gorgeous collection of pastel neon nail polish will look fabulous against my tanned summer skin. Of the seven colours, I’m most fond of the lime green ‘Til The Record Stops and the icy blue Meet Me At The Rink.

smashboxSmashbox Master Class Palette III – Color & Contour ($72)
I can’t get over how great of a deal this set is. The palette is valued at over $350, containing 32 eye shadows, three blushes, one contour powder, one bronzer, and one highlighter. There’s a nice mix of matte and shimmer eye shadows, and colours to complement every skin tone.

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