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

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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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish Frankly, My Dear

I have a backlog of polishes I received through the Polish Pickup to share with you all. Is anyone else in the same boat? Are you a Polish Pickup fan? I love the Polish Pickup because it introduces me to new brands like Poetry Cowgirl! This gorgeous polish I'm sharing today was part of the August Polish Pickup and the theme was Old Hollywood. How glam!


Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish Frankly, My Dear can be described as a black jelly packed with red/orange/gold UCC flakies, iridescent chameleon glitters, silver holo micro glitters, and a red flash. It is inspired by the film Gone With the Wind and it beautifully captures a smoldering flame with the flakies and black jelly base. 


I am wearing three thin coats plus top coat. I really liked how this applied because it was easy in spite of all the flakies and glitters. It dries relatively smoothly but top coat is a must to bring out the shine though I imagine a matte top coat would look awesome too. This is very vampy and sexy and perfect for Fall. This polish wore really well for the few days I had it on. I also didn't get tired or bored with it which is a good sign for me. I will absolutely wear this again and I know my mom was itching to wear it too :)


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Girly Bits Wait For It Polish Pickup Nail Polish

Products sent for review by Girly Bits

Who's ready for a preview of one of the Polish Pickup polishes for November's theme of Fandoms? Do we have any How I Met Your Mother fans in the room? If so, this one's for you! I used to watch HIMYM (I think seasons 1 through 3) but I have commitment issues and it was going on for too long so I stopped watching. This is the story of my television watching life. Also, if you love blue then you are going to LOVE this nail polish. 

Girly Bits Wait For It Polish Pickup Nail Polish

 The theme for the November Polish Pickup is Fandoms and Pam created a polish inspired by How I Met Your Mother which, according to Pam, is one of the funniest shows she has ever watched. Below is the inspiration picture with some of the classic HIMYM running jokes.

How I met your mother wait for it

Girly Bits Wait For It is desrcibed as having a vibrant blue base, that shifts through violet, and magenta, to teal, and green at the edges. It is filled with holo flakes, and sparks of blue and green holographic microglitter. It will be available only through the Polish Pickup for $13 USD. This nail polish is 5 free, cruelty free, and vegan.

Girly Bits Wait For It Polish Pickup Nail Polish

I am wearing two coats plus top coat. This applies like butter and the finish is incredibly smooth. This polish is so intensely blue and so incredibly bright. I didn't do justice in capturing all the complex shifts in this polish but they're there. Magic will happen on your nails.  The photos above and below show some of the shift and the final bottle shot shows it too. I love the holo flakes because they catch the light and really sparkle. This is also my favorite shade of blue - very bright and bold. I think it really fits with the HIMYM feel. Removal was easy as the flakes are very small as is the microglitter. 

Girly Bits Wait For It Polish Pickup Nail Polish

Girly Bits Wait For It Polish Pickup Nail Polish

Girly Bits Wait For It Polish Pickup Nail Polish

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 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 (November 3, 2017), of each month and stays open for four days, through the following Monday (November 6, 2017) at Midnight EST.  This is the ONLY time frame in which the monthly polishes will be available for purchase. 

All polishes 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.
  
Girly Bits Wait For It Polish Pickup Nail Polish

You can purchase Girly Bits Wait For It from the Polish Pickup here from November 3 to November 6, 2017.  Follow Polish Pickup on Instagram and join the Polish Pickup Pack on Facebook to see all the other polishes available this month. 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Girly Bits October 2017 CoTM Duo Slay, Ghoul, Slay and No Pumpkin Way Nail Polish

Provided for review

Who's ready for some Halloween-inspired nail polish? I AM SO READY! I am a Halloween freak and having nail polish to match the occasion is an absolute necessity. Last October, I forgot to order the CoTM polishes and only recently found them after months of ISOs and begging... so, my wise words to you are these: do not forget to order these two gorgeous Colours of the Month from Girly Bits! You will regret it. Learn from my mistake and never skip the CoTM! Hold onto your witch hats... these beauties will rock your world. Also, both of these polishes are 5-Free, cruelty free and vegan.

Girly Bits October 2017 CoTM Duo Colours of the Month

The October Colour of the Month will be available for purchase from October 13th at 12noon EDT until November 30th at 11:59pm EDT. They will be $16.50 CAD each. 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 13th to the 22nd of October. After that, they will continue to be available for purchase individually at full price only. 

Girly Bits No Pumpkin Way

Girly Bits No Pumpkin Way is a fiery burnt orange with a violet shimmer and brilliant gold holo microglitter. So, this is quintessentially Halloween orange in a nail polish. Like, actually the perfect Halloween orange that glows from within. The violet shimmer is very visible and I caught just a peek of it in the below picture. I am wearing two super easy coats plus top coat. This dries with the teeeniest bit of texture from the microglitter but it smooths easily with top coat and removal is pretty easy but just a tiny bit of scrubbing is required. I am loving orange more and more lately and not just for Halloween. This is classic and elegant as the orange is really deep. Seriously love No Pumpkin Way.

Girly Bits No Pumpkin Way

Girly Bits No Pumpkin Way

Are you ready for the second half of the Girly Bits October CoTM?... 

Girly Bits Slay, Ghoul, Slay

 Girly Bits Slay, Ghoul, Slay is a dusty lavender holo with orange sparks and a sprinkling of bronze-copper metallic flakes. It leans a bit purple/grey for me (at least the base does). So, this is INCREDIBLY dreamy. I am wearing 2 coats plus top coat. It built up really well and the formula is typical awesome Girly Bits formula. I used top coat but it's a very smooth finish. Easy removal, too! I absolutely LOVE this polish and the combination of bronze-copper flakies in this base is just amazing. It leans mostly lavender on me but looks a touch more grey in some other lighting. It has some shimmer methinks too. 

Girly Bits Slay, Ghoul, Slay

Girly Bits Slay, Ghoul, Slay

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Colors By Llarowe Did You Know You're My Hero

If you've been a longtime follower of this blog, you will remember that I used to post tons and tons of Colors by Llarowe manis (take a walk down memory lane here). It had been a while since I'd worn a CbL but I tried a few when I was at Indie Expo Canada and it rekindled the fire a little bit. 

Colors By Llarowe Did You Know You're My Hero?

Colors by Llarowe Did You Know You’re My Hero is described as a light blue crelly, with irridescent pink and gold shimmer/microflakes. I am wearing two coats plus top coat. It dries to a semi-gloss finish so I highly recommend top coat to bring out the shimmer though using a matte top coat would be super cool too. I really like the shimmer in this one because its so prominent. 

Colors By Llarowe Did You Know You're My Hero?

The combination of baby blue and the baby pink shimmer reminds me a baby shower in a very gendered way. This is a very sweet polish that applies easily and removes easily too. I find it interesting how the shimmer is so visible but also sort of flaked rather than a smooth shimmer throughout. It's a good thing! I just don't know if my description is making sense. While this was from a Spring/Summer collection, I also think it would work well in the Winter as the blue is somewhat icy with the shimmer. 

Colors By Llarowe Did You Know You're My Hero?

You can purchase Colors by Llarowe from their online shop or at Harlow & Co. and Girly Bits Cosmetics.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Supermoon Lacquer A Boy's Best Friend Polish Pickup August 2017

I almost feel embarrassed to say it but I've never actually seen Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Now that it's October (a.k.a. scary movie month), maybe I should check it out. The nail polish I am sharing today is inspired by Psycho and named after the famous line in the film: "A boy's best friend is his mother." To be honest, my pictures are shit and hardly do this polish justice. It's a bit lighter in person but not as light as the last picture. The sparkle is just LETHAL, in the best possible way.

Supermoon Lacquer A Boy's Best Friend

Supermoon Lacquer A Boy's Best Friend is described as a dark gray/black base that leans brownish-purple in certain lighting/angles and is filled with red color shifting shimmer, rose pearl flakies, red holo and metallic microglitter, silver holo microglitter and silver holo flakies.

Supermoon Lacquer A Boy's Best Friend

Now, that description is a mouthful but this polish packs a serious punch and has me wanting all the Supermoon Lacquers. The formula. The complexity. The uniqueness. I love it all. I am wearing two coats plus top coat and the application was so easy peasy. The shimmer in this is one-of-a-kind and I can't wait to wear it again soon. Maybe I will make a date night with myself where I paint my nails with this polish again and watch Psycho. Also, sadly, this is no longer available. Saweeee.

Supermoon Lacquer A Boy's Best Friend

You can purchase Supermoon Lacquer from The Howling Boutique.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Girly Bits Fall 2017 Cremes Collection (Part One)

Products sent for review by Girly Bits Cosmetics


Who's ready for some gorgeous fall cremes from the one and only Girly Bits Cosmetics?! Each one of these gorgeous polishes is shown in ONE COAT. I know I have short nails but even on longer nails these would be one-coaters because they are just that opaque. And I had no issues with staining to report so that should be a big cause for celebration. Fall colours are my absolute favorite and, along with the amazing names, these cremes are sure to make any creme lover smile.

Girly Bits Fall Cremes Collection 2017


Launching October 6, the first part of the Girly Bits Fall 2017 collection consists of 5 luscious cremes that are mostly opaque in one coat and stamp beautifully. They also watermarble, but due to heavy pigmentation the colours may bleed into one another. Each polish will retail for $15 CAD. You can purchase the entire collection of 5 cremes for a discounted price here from October 6-13.

Girly Bits Butternut Leave Me

First up is Girly Bits Butternut Leave Me, a mustard creme with orange undertones. One coat plus top coat. Delicious! Absolutely no issues with application - very fluid and smooth and no pooling whatsoever. This shade is also SUPER flattering on me. I imagine it will look awesome on lots of skin tones. I've never seen a polish like this so 100 points to Pam for innovation.

Girly Bits Butternut Leave Me

Girly Bits It’s Near Leaf All is a leaf green creme with yellow undertones. One coat plus top coat, absolutely no issues with application. LOOOOVE THIS ONE!

Girly Bits It's Near Leaf All

Girly Bits It's Near Leaf All

Girly Bits Sea You Next Fall is a teal leaning ocean blue creme. One coat plus top coat and a breeze to apply!

Girly Bits Sea You Next Fall

Girly Bits Sea You Next Fall

Girly Bits Stump up the Jam is a deep espresso brown creme. One coat plus top coat. OH  MY FREAKING GODDESS... I love this nail polish. I want to be buried in it. It's just so classy and sexy and vampy and shiny.

Girly Bits Stump Up the Jam

Girly Bits Stump Up the Jam

Girly Bits Walnuts About You is a mid tone mink brown creme. One coat plus top coat. This comes in close second as my favorite from Part One of the Fall 2017 Collection because it's just so elegant and literally the most perfect iteration of a mink creme ever. It almost applied itself, no joke. Girly Bits take the wheel.

Girly Bits Walnuts About You

Girly Bits Walnuts About You

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