Category: Reviews

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.

Review: Cuter Cuticles Mani Bombs and Cuticle Oil

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Tonight’s Indie Appreciation Week post takes us back to when I made my first indie purchase. It was a time when my weekly manicures were increasing in frequency, and I found myself changing polish every 2-3 days. All that acetone took a toll on my nails and cuticles, and I was desperate for a fix. That’s when I discovered Cuter Cuticles and placed my very first order. Now, almost a year later, Sammy’s handmade cuticle oils and mani bombs have become a necessary part of my nail care routine.

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As you can see, my nails and cuticles get pretty dry after a round of swatching and mending a cracked nail. But don’t worry, Cuter Cuticles can save them!

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This Sweet Tarts Treasure Bomb is ready to drop into a bowl of warm water. Treasure bombs are a bit more special than regular mani bombs because they have a surprise hidden inside. Who doesn’t love surprises?

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The bombs fizz up and release an intoxicating scent. I honestly can’t say which scent is my favourite because there are just so many to choose from and they all smell divine.

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Now just soak your fingers and relax. Be sure to wear at least a clear coat of polish if you plan to soak for more than a few minutes – too much water can be damaging to your nails. This is also a good time to search for the treasure if you used a treasure bomb.

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After soaking for a few minutes, slather on some cuticle oil and enjoy your treasure. This smiley face ring was the perfect treasure, as it complements my happy, healthy cuticles.

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.

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.

Review: GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

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I’ve struggled with acne for most of my life, so I’m always looking for products to help clear my skin. GLAMGLOW is a brand often praised in the skincare world, but the price has made me hesitant in the past. At $76 CAD, those tiny little containers just didn’t seem worth it. I finally took the plunge and purchased the GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment earlier this month when Sephora had a 15% off deal. I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

The SUPERMUD formula is designed to heal problem skin and prevent future breakouts by drawing dirt and oils out of your pores. It sounds similar to those blackhead-clearing strips, but unlike the drying and sometimes irritating blackhead strips, SUPERMUD claims to also brighten and soften skin. I’ve been putting those claims to the test this past week and I’m quite pleased with the results.

The packaging says the mud can be used as a full face mask (17 uses) or a spot treatment (1000 uses). I want the product to last as long as possible, so I chose to use it as a spot treatment on my chin — my most troublesome area.

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I applied the mud to my chin and found that a little goes a long way, and it’s best to spread it on as thin as possible so that it fully dries. You can see in the above picture that certain areas didn’t dry completely because of the product being too thick. I learned from that mistake the second time around.

The first time I used SUPERMUD, I left it on for a full 20 minutes. The mask doesn’t smell great, but it’s definitely bearable, and the smell goes away as the mud dries. After only a minute or two, I could feel my skin tightening and there was a nice cooling sensation.  As I washed my face with warm water, the tight feeling disappeared and I was left with soft and smooth skin. I’ll be honest, I couldn’t see much of a difference immediately after the first use. My face definitely felt cleaner, and some of the redness had subsided, but I was looking for more visible changes.

Over the course of the next seven days, my skin had significantly fewer breakouts than usual, and it looked a lot brighter as well. So while there weren’t many instant changes, I was certainly seeing changes as the days went on. I decided to try it again on the seventh day, and only left the mask on for 10 minutes the second time. Again, my skin felt super smooth and clean, even though I had the mask on for less time (the package says to leave it for 5-20 minutes). A lot of face masks require 20-30 minutes, which is a bit of a pain, so I was happy to see results in a shorter period of time. I imagine my skin will keep improving if I continue using the mask 1-2 times per week, as it has made quite a difference in the first week alone. The pictures below are from day one: prior to the first treatment, and day seven: after the second treatment.

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Overall, I’m pretty impressed by GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment. I was expecting amazing results based on all the hype, and while I wasn’t disappointed, I still don’t know if it’s worth the price. The mask made my skin feel fresh and clean, and reduced breakouts and irritation, but I won’t be buying it at full price any time soon.

Final score: 8.5/10

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!