Friday, December 15, 2017

Nail Polish Canada Holiday 2017 Nail Art

It's a known fact that I am terrible at nail art but every once in a while I try. When Nail Polish Canada invited me to participate in their annual Holiday Nail Art challenge, I couldn't say no. Here is my contribution... I present to you Christmas leopard nails!

Nail Polish Canada Holiday Nail Art Challenge

For this "nail art look," I used a base of Girly Bits Jiminy Christmas from the other day. Then I dotted on China Glaze Flame Boyant (which you can buy directly from Nail Polish Canada).

I randomly applied the China Glaze to make leopard spots. It's pretty opaque but I had to go back and darken it with a second coat. I didn't use top coat because I felt like going with the textured look though I realize that might not be as visually appealing. 

If you feel so inclined, please vote for me here: Nail Polish Canada 2017 Holiday Nail Art. Full disclosure, I would not vote for myself because there are so many other amazing bloggers who did an even more amazing job by far. 

What will be on your nails for the Holidays?

China Glaze Flame-Boyant

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dollish Polish Psithurism Polish Pickup

Dollish Polish is one of the OG indie brands and when I saw this colour available in the September Polish Pickup, I had to take a chance. Greens are tricky but I got lucky and struck gold!

Dollish Polish Psithurism Polish Pickup

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cirque Colors Rioja Holiday 2017 Collection

Oh, Rioja! I have a gorgeous holo to share with you today. This is a new polish and it's very much available. If you like ruby reds then I suggest you scurry on over to Cirque Colors and grab yourself a bottle pronto. 

Cirque Colors Rioja

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Girly Bits Jiminy Christmas Review and Swatches

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for some, at least. I am finding this Christmastime to be hard because a lot has changed so quickly. It makes me realize that all that really truly matters is having your loved ones near and healthy and happy. Sparkly green nails help to make things feel a little better too.

Girly Bits Jiminy Christmas

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blush Lacquers Magician's Trick Limited Edition Trio (The Pledge and The Turn)

Ermagerd! I have the prettiest ever purples today from Blush Lacquers which is quickly becoming one of my new favorite brands. The two polishes I am sharing today are part of The Magician's Trick Trio from Polish Con Chicago 2017. I didn't pick up The Prestige but wish I had!

Blush Lacquers The Pledge

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Girly Bits Winter Whispers Fantasmic Flakies Group Custom

Provided for review
Winter is just around the corner and Girly Bits Cosmetics has created a beautiful tribute to Winter for the Fantasmic Flakies Facebook group.

Girly Bits Winter Whispers Fantasmic Flakies

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Girly Bits December 2017 CoTM Fir Realz and Slay Belle

Provided for review

December! It's here! Are you ready for what Girly Bits has to offer for this month's Colors of the Month (aka CoTM)? I'm so excited and grateful to be able to share these beauties with you. They are available now until January 1 at 11:59 PM EST on the Girly Bits Cosmetics website. Both of these polishes are cruelty free, and vegan.

Girly Bits December 2017 CoTM Fir Realz and Slay Belle

Monday, December 4, 2017

Girly Bits Festival of Lights Polish Pickup December 2017 Diwali

Provided for Review

It's the Holiday season which means glitz, gold and glamour! Girly Bits is participating in the December Polish Pickup which is themed around Holidays Around the World. The holiday that Girly Bits chose is Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights! 

Girly Bits Festival of Lights


Friday, December 1, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ever After Dear, Sweet Little Foot

A few years ago Ever After created a nail polish by the name of Little Foot for the Nail Whisperer’s April My Favorite Things subscription box (which is now defunct). Everyone wanted it! It was limited to the box and the nail world was pining for a way to get it for themselves. So Rachel and Miranda listened and brought back a sister polish... Ever After Dear, Sweet Little Foot.

Ever After Dear Sweet Little Foot

Monday, November 27, 2017

Blush Lacquers Lakeside Manor Polish Pickup

It must be the time of year because I've been gravitating toward greys quite a bit lately. Blush Lacquers is a relatively new brand but you've already seen them a few times on the blog because, well, Victoria makes wonderful polishes!




Friday, November 24, 2017

Supernatural Lacquer Fields of Emerald City

Wishing all my nail fiends good luck on this Black Friday. There are too many sales, too many LEs, too many promo codes... I can't keep up despite my best efforts. It's for the best. 

We're off to see the Wizard, the most wonderful Wizard of all!!! I loved The Wizard of Oz when I was younger but haven't watched the movie in years. I'm not much of a movie person so that stands to reason. I do love this nail polish from Supernatural Lacquer that also happened to be part of the August 2017 Old Hollywood Polish Pickup

Supernatural Lacquer Fields of Emerald City

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Colors by Llarowe Rendered Speechless

Nothing pleases me more than a beautiful shimmer. My nail pal Natalie recommended Colors by Llarowe this nail polish to me and it really is something special. It also happens to be on sale for $5 from the CbL website so...

Colors by Llarowe Rendered Speechless

Monday, November 20, 2017

Girly Bits Walk on the Wild Side Polish Con NYC LE

It's not to early to start showing off some sparkly reds for the Holidays is it?! Good. I didn't think so. I've got a gorgeous gold and red sparkler from Girly Bits Cosmetics for you today.

Girly Bits Walk on the Wild Side Polish Con NYC LE


Sunday, November 19, 2017

My Indie Polish #1 Egg Hunter Polish Pickup December 2017

Provided for review

I have the honor of sharing another product from the December Polish Pickup. This time it's from My Indie Polish, a vegan and local (to me) brand made in Toronto! Let's see what My Indie Polish has up their sleeve for December...

My Indie Polish #1 Egg Hunter Polish Pickup

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cuter Cuticles Pan de Muerto Cuticle Oil December Polish Pickup Pack (Holidays Around the World)

Provided for review

Do you love baked goods? Do you love having healthy nails and soft hands? Do you love skulls? If you answered yes to at least one of those questions then you will want to keep reading!

Cuter Cuticles Pan de Muerto Cuticle Oil

For the December edition of the Polish Pickup, indie makers have come together to create nail products inspired by Holidays Around the World. Cuter Cuticles chose Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, as her inspiration for her contribution! I couldn't be more excited because I have always thought Día de Muertos to be a beautiful celebration. Sammy totally nailed the inspiration with the bottle and the scent of the cuticle oil... 

Cuter Cuticles Pan de Muerto Cuticle Oil

Sammy has the following to say about her Pan de Muerto Cuticle Oil: "My inspiration for Pan de Muerto is a traditional sweet bread that is eaten on Day of the Dead! There are many variations but it usually includes spices like cinnamon and lots of sugar. So that's what this cuticle oil smells like, with a bit of a kick! The bottle is inspired, of course, by traditional sugar skulls and each bottle has been hand-painted and baked by myself or Mr. Sammy."

Scent Description: "Sweet and spicy with the undertone of fresh baked goods. It's enough to make you want to eat your fingers!" (But, please don't! Because then you won't be able to paint your nails without fingers). This cuticle oil comes in a 15mL or 0.5 oz bottle. Contains nut oils!

Important note: there will be cap of about 70 bottles of Cuter Cuticles Pan de Muerto so be ready at 11AM EST on Friday, December 1 because I imagine these will go quickly. It will be available for $8 USD in the Polish Pickup shop and once it sells out, it's gone forever.

Cuter Cuticles Pan de Muerto Cuticle Oil

Cuter Cuticles Pan de Muerto smells exactly as I would have expected and it's absolutely delicious - slightly spicy from the cinnamon and subtly sweet. You definitely get the sense of freshly baked goods, too. When I first applied it, my mom walked into the kitchen (where I was sitting) and thought I had been baking because it smells so much like a sweet and delicious baked bread. The scent does linger for a long time on your nails which I appreciate (though I always feel awkward when someone sees me sniffing my fingers). The bottle is totally adorable and a great piece for displaying in your mani cave. The glass bottle is sturdy and the eyedropper applicator is easy to use, depositing as much or as little as you need. The cuticle oil itself is incredibly moisturizing and really does improve the overall health of your nails and cuticles with consistent use. I use Cuter Cuticles oils 4-6 times a day and I barely have any breakage, peeling, hang nails and rarely have to push back my cuticles. They're so healthy and well-nourished. I can't say enough good things about Cuter Cuticles and this scent in particular. 

Cuter Cuticles Pan de Muerto Cuticle Oil

The first picture shows my nails right after application and the second shows my nails a few minutes after rubbing the cuticle oil into my nails and cuticles. 

Cuter Cuticles Pan de Muerto Cuticle Oil

If you are not familiar with the Polish Pickup, here is a run-down: 

Each month Polish Pickup will bring you a variety of polishes, nail care and nail art items from indie makers based on a theme voted on by you. Indie makers can pick-up and join any month they please, and all are welcome.

Shop is live the first Friday, 11 AM EST (December 1, 2017), of each month and stays open for four days, through the following Monday (November 4, 2017) at Midnight EST.  This is the ONLY time frame in which the monthly polishes will be available for purchase. 

All products are pre-ordered and will ship a minimum of 3 weeks after sale commencement. Polish Pickup ships for a flat fee of $3 in the US and Canada (so cheap!).  International shipping is now available at cost. Polish Pickup will combine orders placed over the 4 day sale period.  This will happen automatically when shipping begins and you will then receive your shipping overage refunds.

Cuter Cuticles Pan de Muerto Cuticle Oil

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fresh Paint Blank Space Nail Lacquer

Time for a palette cleanser! Only Riley will think this is funny but when we recently went to the USA I became obsessed with Five Below. Every time we drove past a store, I had to go in and look. I passed up some pretty cool and trendy items and I'm mad at myself. But, I did buy a few nail polishes like this one...

Fresh Paint Blank Space Nail Lacquer

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monster Polish So This Is Love Nail Polish

Provided by maker as a gift

I have an adorable pink holo with an adorable label and generous maker. Diana from Monster Polish ever so generously sent this nail polish to me as a gift when I purchased another polish from her destash sale a few months ago. How sweet is that?!

Monster Polish So This Is Love Nail Polish


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cirque Colors Winter Bloom Nail Lacquer

In the nail world the words Limited Edition and Exclusive get thrown around a lot  but every once in a while a polish that you'd never thought would make a comeback does...

Cirque Colors Winter Bloom Nail Lacquer

Cirque Colors Winter Bloom was an LE from the Holiday 2016 collection and I recently borrowed it from my nail pal @nataliepostma. But, coincidentally enough, it's back as part of the Holiday 2017 collection from Cirque Colors along with Coronation which SADLY sold out even though it was a pre-order. 

Cirque Colors Winter Bloom Nail Lacquer

Cirque Colors Winter Bloom is described as a mint green with sparkling holographic flakes but methinks there's also a pinky shimmer in here because I see something pinky or maybe even just minty green shimmer in certain lighting. It's absolutely beautiful and I suggest you buy it if you like mint greens or super sparkly flake polishes. I am wearing three thin coats plus top coat. It applies like a dream and removes super easily. It makes me want more Cirque Colors!

Cirque Colors Winter Bloom Nail Lacquer

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blush Lacquers Hop on the Bandwagon Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

Almost all the polishes I've been sharing have come to me through the Polish Pickup. My love of this concept is well known and surprise, surprise... today's polish is brought to you by the Polish Pickup, albeit from a few months ago. So, sorry, this is no longer available.

Blush Lacquers Hop on the Bandwagon

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Londontown USA Lakur Nail Polish Review

My favorite kind of snow is the kind you find in a snow globe. Where we live, it snows during Winter and I hate it but I am trying to make peace with it. Londontown USA Lakur in Glasgow Glamour is exceptionally gorgeous and reminds me of snow, specifically snow globe snow.

Londontown Lakur Glasgow Glamour

Friday, November 3, 2017

Shleee Polish Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo Nail Lacquer

Shleee! I think you will recall many a Shleee Polish post on this blog a few years back. The archives are here for your perusal. I just perused myself and the last time I wore a Shleee Polish was November 2014! Wow. Time flies. So much has changed in my life since I last wore a Shleee.

Shleee Polish Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Colors by Llarowe Marilyn The Legend Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

For some reason, I love wearing pink in November. Hence why I am starting off the month with a pink polish. It feels appropriate for me which probably makes no sense to you. But, different strokes for different folks, right? Colors by Llarowe participated in the Polish Pickup for the first time this August and her contribution was the prettiest pink inspired by Marilyn Monroe.

Colors by Llarowe Marilyn The Legend Polish Pickup

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Girly Bits CoTM November 2017 Cran-bury the Hatchet and Turducken

Provided for review

Oooh wee have I got two gorgeous polishes for you today! Your eyes are in for a treat with the Girly Bits November 2017 Colour of the Month (CoTM) polishes. The November Colour of the Month polishes will be available for purchase from November 1st 12pm EDT until November 30th at 11:59pm EDT. Both polishes are beautiful, cruelty free and vegan so let's check them out, shall we?

Girly Bits CoTM November 2017

First up is Girly Bits Cran-bury the Hatchet (4-Free) which is described as a bright cranberry holo with vibrant red shimmer and flakes. This came across as more of a fuschia on me, a cranberry pink if you will. The holo is very intense and the shimmer and flakes really make this polish look ultra-dimensional, almost like it's popping off your nail. So cool. I am wearing 2 coats plus top coat. Amazing application and excellent dry time. No issues with removal. 

Girly Bits Cran-bury the Hatchet

Girly Bits Cran-bury the Hatchet

Girly Bits Cran-bury the Hatchet

Girly Bits Cran-bury the Hatchet

The second CoTM is Girly Bits Turducken (5-Free) which is described as a warm bronze with low density holo, and red to gold shimmer. Oh momma, this is what I'm talking about! I have to say I've never seen a polish quite like this and it is LUXURIOUS. From the application to the finish to the way it makes my hands look... pure luxury. The shifts in this are just beautiful and I can't even deal with the shimmer. It looks like there are tiny little pink bits in the base which makes it out-of-this-world beautiful. Wow! I am obsessed and want to wear it every day in November and beyond. I really love this polish, can you tell?! I am wearing 2 coats plus top coat. Unf!

Girly Bits Turducken

Girly Bits Turducken

Girly Bits Turducken

Girly Bits Turducken

Early Bird Special: Pick up the duo from the Duo Early Bird Promo listing at a discounted price of $1.00 off each bottle from the 1st until the 10th. After that, they will continue to be available for purchase individually for $16.50 until the end of November.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CrowsToes Mr. Average Joe American Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

CrowsToes Nail Color is one of the first indie brands I bought from Llarowe back in 2013 or maybe even earlier! Laurie (the brains behind CrowsToes) is an OG indie maker and I have mad respect for all those ladies. True pioneers in the world of indie nail polish. It's been years since I've purchased a CrowsToes Nail Color so I picked up Mr. Average from the August Polish Pickup shop. 

CrowsToes Mr. Average Joe American Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

CrowsToes Mr. Average Joe American is inspired by the actor, Gary Cooper who has these super blue eyes! This lacquer is described as "a medium blue leaning slate scattered with a mix of tiny gunmetal, iridescent blue glitters, and a dusting of micro holo topped off with a tint of purple shimmer for good measure." 

CrowsToes Mr. Average Joe American Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

This description is very accurate and I am wearing 3 coats plus top coat. I struggled with the application on this one - I found it very clumpy and not super smooth. I had to apply 3 coats to cover bald spots and any imperfections. I also needed 2 layers of top coat to smooth it to my liking as it contains larger glitters. I can't say I loved this polish based on my experience but I really wanted to! I love the iridescent glitters and the colour but it just didn't feel like it was worth the effort so Mr. Average Joe American has been rehomed to someone who will love him more than I. Everyone is happy, all is well. 

CrowsToes Mr. Average Joe American Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Sea Turtle Polish Pickup Under the Sea June 2017

I've been decking out my digits in earth tones for the past month or so. I just can't seem to get enough of browns, taupes, greens (particularly olive greens) and golds. The polish I am sharing today is very earthy and screams Fall. It's also my first time trying Turtle Tootsie Polish so check out the pictures and read my review below!

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Sea Turtle Polish Pickup Under the Sea June 2017

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Sea Turtle is described as an olive green base with gold/bronze flakies and gold shimmer. I am wearing three thin coats plus top coat. The application was easy breezy and the coats dried quickly in between coats. 

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Sea Turtle

My experience with Turtle Tootsie Polishes leads me to want to try more and I bought another TTP from the October Polish Pickup so look out for that in the coming weeks on the blog or my Instagram @streetsaheadstyle.

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Sea Turtle Polish Pickup Under the Sea June 2017

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Sea Turtle Polish Pickup Under the Sea June 2017

Follow Polish Pickup on Instagram and join the Polish Pickup Pack on Facebook to see all the other polishes available this month.

You can purchase Turtle Tootsie Polishes here. Follow Turtle Tootsie Polishes on Facebook and Instagram.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Contrary Polish Just Whistle Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

Time for another Polish Pickup lacquer! This time it's Just Whistle from Contrary Polish which might be my new favorite neutral polish. Even though it's far from boring with the most incredible shimmer and flakies. This is a work of art!

Contrary Polish Just Whistle Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

Contrary Polish Just Whistle is a slightly greyed taupe base with bronze flakes and micro glitter, strong purple shimmer, and a bit of linear holo shimmer to add some extra sparkle. I am wearing two coats plus top coat. It has a smooth finish but you want the top coat to bring the shine to a maximum. I love the Contrary formula. While it is sheer, it builds so well and the shimmer is just stunning. You will see what I mean in the macro below.

Contrary Polish Just Whistle Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

The name of this polish comes from Lauren Bacall's film debut in To Have and Have Not, specifically from the highly memorable scene where she says to Humphrey Bogart, “You don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing.  Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put yours lips together and blow.”


Above is the inspiration picture of Lauren Bacall... isn't she gorgeous?! The translation of this photo into this polish blows my mind. The shimmer, her hair colour, her necklace. I don't know how Carrie did it but she's a nail polish magician. 

Contrary Polish Just Whistle Polish Pickup Old Hollywood

You can purchase Contrary Polish online. Follow Contrary Polish on Facebook and @contrarypolish on Instagram.