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Swatches and Review: Sassy Polish – Assemble Collection

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of The Avengers, and I’m obviously a big fan of nail polish as well. Whenever I see a chance to combine two of my interests, I’m all over it. This past month I had the opportunity to purchase a nail polish collection inspired by the latest blockbuster hit, Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the way, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, do so now. I just watched it for the second time this week and it really is amazing.

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The Assemble Collection was created by an indie polish maker, Sassy Polish and Scrubs, and includes nine polishes. The polishes are made to order and shipped to me from California, so it was a long three weeks waiting for these beauties to arrive. The wait was totally worth it, because when that box showed up at my front door, I was amazed by the glory it held. Each polish in this collection perfectly embodies the character it’s named after.

America’s Hero

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Inspired by Captain America, it’s no surprise that this polish is filled with red, white and blue glitter. The shimmery blue base goes on a little bit streaky at first, then becomes opaque with a second coat. Putting on a third coat doesn’t seem to add any more depth to the glitter, so I’d say two is ideal. This polish has a nice shiny finish on its own, but a topcoat helps to smooth out the texture from the glitter.

Billionaire Powerhouse

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I’ll admit, Iron Man isn’t my favourite Avenger, but this polish sure is beautiful. The iridescent pearl base is solar reactive, changing to a cotton candy pink in the sun. The pink is a little spotty with only one coat, so I’d recommend two or three coats to get a more vibrant pink. The placement of the red and gold glitter also improves greatly when further coats are applied.

Throwin’ The Hammer Down

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Another solar reactive polish, this Thor-inspired colour has a smoky white base that almost looks silver. Sun exposure changes the base to the perfect periwinkle blue, which complements the blue and red glitter quite nicely. This polish provides great coverage in one coat and dries to a nice satin finish.

SMASH!!!

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This neon Hulk polish is my absolute favourite, with a green jelly base that’s filled with purple glitter. The jelly base gives this polish so much depth, especially when two coats are applied. The finish is a bit dull, so I definitely recommend using a topcoat to boost the vibrancy of the green and give it a bold, glossy look.

Bad Ass Bombshell

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Inspired by my favourite Avenger, Black Widow, this polish is a metallic, copper-toned red with fine black glitter and a touch of holo. One coat is enough to get full coverage, and you don’t have to worry about smudging your nails because the polish dries very quickly.

Straight Shooter

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This gorgeous Hawkeye-inspired thermal, filled with violet holo glitter, is dark purple when cold and a deep pinky-purple when warm. The polish is very sensitive, so it began changing colours as soon as I had it on my nail. One coat provides good coverage and greater thermal contrast, while two coats deepens the shades and doesn’t give as much thermal contrast.

Witchy Ways

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The intricacies of the Scarlet Witch’s character are well represented in this dark grey-purple duo chrome polish, and just when you think you understand her, night falls, and your nails glow in the dark. As much as I love the look of Witchy Ways, I don’t love the formula. The polish dries a little too fast, and becomes tacky and difficult to work with. Luckily, the formula is thick and opaque, so just apply one quick coat and be done. If you don’t have enough polish on your brush, or if you try to go over a spot again, you’ll have a tacky mess on your hands. If you prefer a second coat, just be sure the first one is completely dry before adding to it.

Quicker Than Quick

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I’m a total sucker for blue holo and, coincidentally, I’m also a sucker for Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays Quicksilver in the film. True to character, this holo topcoat is a blur of blue, white and silver. Although it’s a topcoat, the polish can also be worn on its own, ideally with two or three coats. I love how this looks over white polish, and will probably be putting it over a holo silver polish in the near future.

Human Extinction

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And finally, the star of the film and this collection: Ultron. This breathtaking polish contains red and holo glitter, and can be used on its own or as a topcoat. Whether you wear one, two or three coats, the formula goes on smooth and provides perfect glitter placement. The polish looks incredible over black and, quite frankly, will look great over any other colour as well.


This was my first purchase from Sassy Polish and Scrubs, and I’m quite impressed with the quality. There are at least four polishes in this collection that have become part of my usual rotation. Every colour looks fantastic and, with the exception of Witchy Ways, the formulas were all super easy to work with.

Final score: 9/10

Mail from an old friend

My old locker buddy from high school has been starting to get more into beauty products recently and we decided to do a little product swap. I sent her a package filled with various nail and makeup goodies, and she sent me one as well. I was thrilled to see a big envelope sticking out of my mailbox yesterday, and I ripped it open immediately.

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Inside the package was Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara, as well as two GOSH nail polishes and an adorable Revlon nail file. I’ve been wanting to try this Younique mascara for a while now, and decided to give it a quick test run this evening. My initial thoughts on the mascara are pretty good; it definitely makes my lashes longer. I still want to do some more testing on it, so I’ll be doing a full review in the next week with plenty of comparison photos.

These GOSH polishes really surprised me. I’ve never worn this brand, and I don’t think I can recall seeing any swatches for them at all, so I really didn’t know what to expect. The polishes claim to have a “glittery matt finish” and “frosted sand look.” I decided to try both colours at once, painting Frosted Soft Green on my middle and ring fingers, and Frosted Soft Coral on my thumb, index and pinky. I only needed one coat to get opaque coverage, which is pretty rare. I always appreciate single coat polishes for those days when I just don’t have the time or patience for a second or third coat.

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The finish is exactly as described, with a bit of a rough texture. The longer I wear this polish, the more I love it. I find myself looking at it constantly and I love how the sun reflects off of it. I’m really happy with the outcome and I’ll probably find myself purchasing more GOSH polish in the future.

A Very Canuck Swap – May 2015

Nail polish junkies are constantly looking for fun ways to feed their obsession, and participating in a polish swap is the perfect solution. Two lovely Instagram ladies (@canaildian_girl and @mynailsdid) organized A Very Canuck Swap, which is a polish swap for Canadians only. There are two categories to enter, $25 or $50, and each participant buys a minimum amount worth of polish (depending on which category they choose) for another swapper. It’s basically like Secret Santa, so the fun is all in the surprise. You can also add in extra goodies, on top of the minimum polish amount. Putting together a box full of polishes that your swap partner will love, and then waiting for the box to arrive on their doorstep, is such an enjoyable process. You also get to meet a bunch of amazing ladies along the way.

I participated in the $25 category when the first swap took place in February and it was a huge success. This time around, we had even more participants, and I moved up to the $50 category. I mailed my swapper’s box on Friday and it should arrive at her house any minute now. I also woke up to my own box at my doorstep this morning!

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As I unwrapped my box, it was like a nesting doll – each layer of wrapping revealed another beautiful layer underneath. I was thrilled to see a Sephora gift box at the bottom of all that wrapping. These boxes are perfect for organizing makeup, so this is a welcome addition to my collection.

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The top layer of the box contained a nice card from my swap girl, Annie (@anniepolishes), as well as some yummy Starburst candies and gummy bears. The box also held some sweet-smelling extras: Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Body Lotion and Japanese Cherry Blossom candle, ORLY Rich Renewal Hydrating Crème, and Clinique Happy. The ORLY crème feels so nice on my hands and the Clinique fragrance is a nice light summer scent. Plus, who doesn’t love Bath & Body Works products?

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One of the most thoughtful aspects of this swap box was the massive supply of nail stickers and vinyls. Annie did her research and ordered custom decals of some of my favourite things. My Nails Did Vinyls created these adorable custom vinyls of monkeys, bananas and daisies. Also included were maple leaf decals, which will be perfect for Canada Day celebrations. There were also spiral stencils, triangle stencils and ladybug decals from Eat. Sleep. Polish., spiral stencils and a mermaid decal/stencil set from YouPolish, and a variety of flowers and other cute nail stickers. I’ve been using a lot of vinyls in my nail art recently, so I can’t wait to try all of these.

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Included in this picture are two containers of red and yellow loose glitter, a wax pencil for picking up rhinestones (these little guys are super handy), and some much-needed cuticle remover. Now for the main event: the polish. Annie really outdid herself with this selection of polish.

Urban Outfitters’ Blue-Tie – This is a gorgeous deep blue with a subtle shimmer.

Finger Paints’ Leonardo’s Lime – A spring green crème that will make a great addition to my FP collection.

KleanColor’s Chunky Holo Fuchsia – I love how this colour changes depending on the lighting. It’s a deep reddish-pink jelly with orange holographic microglitter. So pretty.

MISSHA The Style Crystal Nail Polish in JBR01 – I don’t entirely know how to describe this colour, but I really like it. I guess you could say it’s a light brown with a hint of purple, but the holographic finish gives this colour a whole new dimension. The adorable heart-shaped bottle comes with an extra wide brush for easy application. I’m really looking forward to trying this one.

Beyond the Nail’s Comet – This green polish is from the 2014 Summer Galaxy Collection, which featured all neon, holo jellies. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Coco & Lulu’s Pied a Terre – I have an unhealthy obsession with Cake Beauty’s Delectable hand creams, and I had no idea they have their own polish line. I have no doubt I’ll love this taupe crème polish just as much as Cake’s hand creams.

Avant Garde Lacquer’s Big Red Candle – This sultry red polish has the perfect amount of shimmer and looks so pretty in the sunlight.

Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue (original formula) – Everyone knows the perfection of this colour and formula, and you can never have too many.

ORLY’s Sugar High Collection: Frosting, Cake Pop, Key Lime Twist, Sweet Dreams, Candy Shop, and Plum Sugar – This whole collection is just beautiful. I’ve had my eyes on it since the day it was announced and I am so excited to finally own it. I can’t even pick a favourite; they’re all just amazing.

Overall, I am absolutely blown away by the contents of this swap box. Annie did a great job picking everything out. I love it all. Thank you so much, Annie!

Welcome to Midnight Hour Beauty!

My name is Sarah and I’m a beauty-holic. I paint my nails at least twice a week and spend far too much money at Sephora. I’m currently building my freelance business as a makeup artist and nail technician, and am taking a makeup course to help me along that path.

I’m also a bit of an insomniac. It’s about 1am right now and, as usual, I’m sitting here working away on my computer. Most of my posts will probably go up late at night, as that is when my brain truly comes alive. But don’t worry if you’re not a night owl, you crazy morning people can just see the posts when you wake up.

The Midnight Hour Beauty blog is about pretty much anything related to cosmetics and beauty. Expect to see posts ranging from product reviews and tutorials, to daily looks and must-have favourites. I’ll even have a diary series to chronicle my days at beauty school.

Come back Tuesday to see my review of GLAMGLOW® SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment!

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