Monday, July 31, 2017

Clionadh Cosmetics Cermait Deity Series Pressed Pigment Highlighter

I'm sharing another Clionadh Cosmetics pressed pigment with you today - this is Cermait from the Deity Series. It's now two for two, folks because this is another awesome product from Clionadh Cosmetics. Let's take a look!

Clionadh Cosmetics Cermait

Cermait is a pressed pigment from the Deity Series which is inspired by goddesses and gods and has options for all skin tones. This specific shade, Cermait, is named after the Irish God of literature and inspiration. It is described as a cream base with a vibrant pale gold reflect. The description is very accurate and the gold reflect REALLY comes through in a very flattering way. I am quite white and pale but this shade isn't too overpowering as a highlight on the tops of my cheekbones. I can imagine it being very flattering on most skin tones, including ones much deeper than mine. 

Clionadh Cosmetics Cermait

Ceramit and all the Clionadh pressed pigments are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, 100% talc and paraben-free and can be used for face, eyes, lips and body. It's also handmade in Toronto by two sisters! This pressed pigment is available in a 6gram pan (which is huge, as you can see above) for $16 CAD on the Clionadh Cosmetics website. 

Here is another look at this gorgeous pigment and the gold reflect. I was very impressed with the wear on this too. It was going strong without becoming greasy or migrating after 12 hours and even after swimming! It barely budged until I intentionally removed it at the end of the day. Definitely check out Clionadh if you want a new vegan, cruelty-free highlighter though this can be used anywhere on the face, eyes, lips or body. 

Clionadh Cosmetics Cermait

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Hurraw! Lip Balm Review & My Picks

I was introduced to Hurraw! lip balms by my lovely nail polish (and real life) friend Natalie in 2014. It was either Chai Spice or Earl Grey that I first tried and now I'm hooked. I've been slowly trying all the varieties and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you today. 

First, a little bit about Hurraw! Lip Balm (in their own words)... "Hurraw! Balm started out of pure intent; an obsession to create the perfect balm: truly natural, vegan, made from premium raw and organic ingredients. It also had to meet some tough criteria. To ensure the quality and integrity of our product, we individually pour each tube of Hurraw! balm in our own facility. Our priority is to make Hurraw! the finest balm available... a great product to be used by everyone regardless of lifestyle. Let's put the concept ahead of the profit, the user ahead of the maker, the collective ahead of the individual."

What do I love about Hurraw!? It's vegan! and truly natural. If something is going on my lips, it should be natural and genuinely moisturizing. Hurraw! fits the bill. I have always struggled to find a lip balm that actually moisturized my lips without the rebound effect of drying them out even more. I also love that they use (post-consumer recycled material) for packaging. I also just love the shape of the tube too. It's a small quirk but I love it. The lip balms work VERY well and the scents are awesome. I want one of every "flavour."

So which are my favorite? I'd have to say... right now... Lime! It's so fresh and fruity and lime-y. Perfect for summer. The product is totally clear so you can put lipstick over top or just wear it fora nice, natural shine. 

However, when I'm out in the sun I love the Hurraw! Sun Balm. I am prone to sun blisters so have to be very careful about protecting my lips and this does the trick. It has SPF 15 and the formula is a little thicker than the regular lip balm but it works well and I can even put lipstick over top without issue. It's not totally clear but pretty darn close. I highly recommend! 

If I want some colour but don't want to committ to anything really I love the Black Cherry Tinted Lip Balm which has the tiniest bit of colour. It's perfect for an easy slightly reddened lip. Love!! It smells amazing too. Hurraw! really nails their scents which I appreciate. 

You can purchase Hurraw! on their website or like I did at my local health food store (Nature's Emporium) and The Detox Market. There are tons of other retailers which you can find listed on the Hurraw! website.
Purchased by me

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Girly Bits Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar

Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite Disney animated films. It probably IS my favorite Disney animated film. I did not see the live action remake and I don't really have any interest in doing so. The nail polish that you see here is inspired by Alice in Wonderland (the live action version by Tim Burton) but I have lots of love for this nail polish and the whole collection released in 2016 by Girly Bits Cosmetics.

Girly Bits Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar

This is Girly Bits Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar and its inspiration is self-explanatory and the execution is absolutely PERFECTION. I can't imagine a nail polish  more fitting for The Caterpillar (apparently he is named Absolem in the Tim Burton film). This is shifty, mysterious nail polish that really evokes the attitude of The Caterpillar in so many ways.

Girly Bits Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar

Girly Bits Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar is described as "a multichrome that shifts from purple to blue and teal, with added gold holographic micro-glitter." I am wearing 3 coats because it is a bit sheer but dries very quickly and takes no extra effort to apply. Of course, I added top coat though it's very shiny on its own. The shift is INTENSE. very strong and very obvious so if you're a fan of multichrome polishes then you should add this to your collection PRONTO.

Girly Bits Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar

I really struggled to capture this polish accurately. It looks so dark in my photos but it's not quite as blackened as it appears here but the shifts show through so that's accurate. I love the addition of the gold microglitter, it really creates the sensation of The Caterpillar. It adds to the illusion and mystery. I met a woman at Indie Expo Canada who told me this was her all-time favorite nail polish and I can imagine many others feel the same. It really is a wonderful nail polish, like almost all of the polishes Pam creates.

Girly Bits Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar

This last photo really shows the beautiful purple shift which is my favorite "face" of the polish, if you will. I just love how the gold microglitter pops through. Don't hesitate to pick this up if you're on the fence. It's still available for a little while longer as Pam tends to keep her collections around long enough for people to get what they want before retiring shades.

Girly Bits Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar

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Purchased by me

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Girly Bits A Kiss on the Chic

July has been impossibly rainy and dreary in Toronto this year. I spent the past weekend at the beach on the shores of Lake Simcoe and maybe saw the sun for a total of 5 minutes but it was still so nice to be near water and laying on the sand. The nail polish I am sharing today reminds me a lot of magical mermaid sand.

Girly Bits A Kiss on the Chic

Girly Bits A Kiss on the Chic is a relatively rare polish that was created exclusively for the UberChic Beauty launch party in 2016. I can't find an official description of this polish but it's a microglitter made of mostly champagne and gold in a clear base with purple shimmer and gold microglitter. I am wearing two coats plus top coat. For a microglitter, it was extremely smooth like most Girly Bits micros that I have tried in the past. 

Girly Bits Cosmetics A Kiss on the Chic

I am really loving these gold glitter/holos because they're neutral yet beautiful in various lighting. This one in particular worked really well with my skin tone and the shimmer really makes this polish extra special. If your nails are longer, I would say 3 coats would be needed but it's pretty as a light glittery coat over the nails too. It absolutely reminds me of a the sand on a beach fit for mermaids because of the purple shimmer. Pam really knows how to make a beautiful gold/champagne/neutral yet super glittery holo-y nail polish. The macro below really shows off the beauty in Girly Bits A Kiss on the Chic.

Girly Bits Cosmetics A Kiss on the Chic

I was able to find this polish secondhand but I don't often see it come up for sale so if you ever do see it... JUMP ON IT. If you're a fan at all of shimmer or microglitter, check this out because it's a masterpiece. 

Girly Bits Cosmetics A Kiss on the Chic

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Purchased by me

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cupcake Polish - Highlight It Up {The Holo Hookup February 2017}

If I can wear a nail polish for a week without tiring of it, I know it's a keeper. While I do consider myself a bit of a hoarder when it comes to nail polish, I am rather ruthless when it comes to critically assessing my stash and purging what I am unlikely to wear for a second time. 

As you will be able to see from the myriad of images in this post, Highlight It Up is a bit of a chameleon because of the metallic and holographic makeup of this polish. It's a super pretty, almost white linear holographic polish in the sunshine and in the shade, the metallic nature really shows as does the shimmer.

Cupcake Polish Highlight It Up is a dainty metallic linear pink/lilac linear holographic polish with pale pink (maybe pale lilac?) shimmer. See what I'm talking about in the sunshine? It's almost blinding in the politest way possible. I can imagine this being a wedding polish for those who are so inclined. It would also be very work appropriate. 

I love how Cupcake Polish took the inspiration of highlighter and turned it into a nail polish. I would much rather wear highlighter on my nails than my face. I don't wear foundation/concealer/blush so it looks a little weird if I ever do wear it on my upper cheekbones. I'm more of a mascara and eyeliner with the occasional eyeshadow look kind of person. But the translation of the inspiration into a polish is just perfect.

What I love about The Holo Hookup, month after month, polish after polish, is how innovative the creations are. And every brand involved BRINGS THE CREATIVITY. It's so hard to resist.

I know this polish was from February but I would suggest you try your luck in a resale group to see if someone has a bottle for sale. If you like light holos or are looking for a near white holo, this is for you. It isn't a white and it's not claiming to be but it's so much more that you could even dream of. Totally ethereal and whimsical.

You can purchase The Holo Hookup box here from the 21-28 of each month. Stay up to date by following The Holo Hookup on Facebook

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

Girly Bits has become a flakie maven. This is the second half of the January 2017 CoTM duo; the first half was Girly Bits In One Year and Out the Other which I shared a while ago on the blog. The duo is fan-flakie-tastic and I finally had a chance to wear the second half, Steely Resolution.

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM nail polish

Steely Resolution is a taupe brown/grey portabella mushroom holo, with added holographic sparkle and UCC flakes that shift from hot pink to violet to gold. Let me tell you, these flakies are magical. I was concerned I wouldn't love this polish out of the bottle but it's truly fantastic on the nail. I am wearing 2 coats and top coat. The application is buttery smooth and the flakies lay very flat.

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

The holo in this particular polish is really special. Maybe it's the holographic sparkle but it is very shifty and rainbow-y. There is no indication that there is shimmer in this polish but it has a shimmer-like quality to it that makes it extra special.

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

I love the varied sizes of flakies in this polish. Some are really tiny and once in a while you get a larger flakie which is fun. That might not be everyone's cup of tea but I enjoy it. You can see the larger flakies in my close-up shots.

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

So, yet again I am THOROUGHLY impressed by Girly Bits' CoTM offering even if it was from January. It's still available from Harlow & Co. if you missed it!

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude {The Holo Hookup April 2017}

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup box

Pardon the deep breathing. I'm still hyperventilating over this Glisten & Glow polish from the April 2017 Holo Hookup box. The polishes in this April box were themed around Bucket Lists and the maker behind Glisten & Glow, Jill, chose mountain climbing. I have a growing bucket list. There's nothing too wild like mountain climbing on it. I just decided this past weekend that I want to ride the Whirlpool Aero Car across the Niagara Whirlpools. I will probably have my eyes closed the whole time but I would like to try it out. YOLO and stuff, right?

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

A Little More Altitude is a light lilac linear holographic with flashes of blue and purple shimmers and a dazzle of silver holo micro glitters. It's is SO. FREAKING. SPARKLY. I have always been a fan of lilac holos ever since I tried Enchanted Polish Love the Way You Lilac back in 2013. This is a lilac holo on steroids though - the sparkle and shimmers are out of this world. It's definitely my favorite Glisten & Glow to date.

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

I am wearing 2 easy coats plus 2 layers of top coat. The one downside to this polish, which is by no means a deal breaker, is that it's a bit gritty from all the microglitters. I'm being a bit of a princess about that but it's so perfect in every other respect that I wanted it to be 110% perfect in every single way. This is more about my own expectations than the polish. I used to wear super chunky glitters all the time but now I hate those and begrudge wearing more than one coat of top coat. Life's hard, I know.

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

This is a magical nail polish fit for a unicorn and I'm in love with it. I will wear it again and again until the bottle is used up and I cry because it was LE and I can't find a replacement. Sometimes that happens. Nevertheless, I strongly suggest you find yourself a bottle and wear the crap out of it.

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

The glitters are practically JUMPING OFF MY NAIL. Can you see it?! I feel like there is some iridescence in the polish but maybe that's just the way the shimmers and microglitters play together or maybe it's just my eyes playing tricks on me. At any rate, I'm obsessed and a massive fan. Every time I try a new Glisten & Glow polish, I fall more deeply in love with Jill's creations.

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

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Monday, July 17, 2017

My Indie Expo Canada Nail Polish Haul - A Macro Look!

Indie Expo Canada Nail Polish Haul

How was Indie Expo so long ago? Here we are in the middle of July and the Summer is whizzing by. I've have naked nails for far too long but I'd just rather spend my time outside than inside painting them. All of the polishes I got at Indie Expo Canada in Toronto were very photogenic so I thought I would take some macros and share them with you all! Some of these were purchased at the event and some others were in the VIP bag.

First up is Girly Bits Freeze Frame. I was SO EXCITED to find this because Girly Bits put out a few one-offs and box exclusives. Freeze Frame was from the Indies Outside the Box and I have been looking for this FOR MONTHS! It was meant to be because I left the Expo to grab some lunch and then thought to myself... I should go back in for one last look before heading home. I visited the Girly Bits table again and THERE IT WAS. An IEC miracle, no less.

Girly Bits Mystery Pack Prototype

When I found Freeze Frame, I also spotted this Girly Bits prototype polish. It's a really beautiful golden caramel brown with purple iridescent glitters. I imagine this will be sheer but will build beautifully. I'm super pumped to try this one out especially in the Fall.

Girly Bits The Red Rocket Exclusive

Girly Bits The Red Rocket was the IEC Toronto Exclusive polish meaning it was only available at the event. It's a beautiful shimmery metallic red polish that I am excited to finally wear one day soon.

Girly Bits Lost on the PATH

Girly Bits Lost on the PATH is a really unique shimmery holo flakie hybrid and it's still available for purchase! Lost on the PATH is a deep blurple (blue/purple) shade with a strong gold shifty shimmer and silver holo flakes.

Girly Bits Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya (CoTM May 2017)

Girly Bits Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya (CoTM May 2017) is a really unique polish yet again from genius Pam. Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya is a sparkling purple scattered holographic with amazing holo flakes, a lovely pink flash of shimmer and pink flakes, and purple flakes. The second half of this duo was Because I Said So.

Girly Bits Shift Happens

Girly Bits Shift Happens is a polish I have reviewed and worn before, many moons ago on this blog. It was in the original bottle too! How cute :) I sold it a few years ago but a few bottles were available at IEC so I grabbed one. I purged it in a mood when I wanted to get rid of everything but the regret settled back in shortly thereafter. Shift Happens is made of the fated Unicorn Pee - it is a dramatic colour shifing topper in a sheer red-purple base. I'm excited to try this over lots of different bases.

Girly Bits Sugar Beach IEC

Girly Bits Sugar Beach is another IEC Toronto Limited Edition... and it's still available! Sugar Beach is a sparkling holographic with strong pink to gold shimmer, pink micro glitter, and pink-purple-blue UCC flakes, inspired by Sugar Beach in Toronto. This one is pretty awesome and I need to wear it really soon. I need to get my sh*t together and paint my nails :P

Girly Bits What the Hell Was I Thinking? June 2017 COTM

This one might look familiar because I have already reviewed it on the blog here; it is Girly Bits What the Hell Was I Thinking? part of the June 2017 CoTM.

Girly Bits Let's Do This Again! COTM June 2017

Previously reviewed here on my blog, this is Let's Do This Again! AND I'm giving away the June CoTM duo on Instagram so hop to it!

Colors by Llarowe Can We Have Trudeau?

I haven't worn a Colors by Llarowe in A LONG TIME so I thought I would check them out again and I am so impressed (still, again). This is Can We Have Trudeau? which is hilarious and beautiful. Can We Have Trudeau? is a deep black with holo prismatic flakes. I am excited to wear this - I sound like a broken record!

Ever After Polish License to Lacquer

An IEC Toronto LE from Ever After Polish... License to Lacquer is a blue duochrome that shifts from teal to royal blue to indigo/purple with scattered holo and silver shimmer. So pretteh!

Ever After Minty Me

These next two might be familiar to you because I've already shown them on here. This first bottle is Ever After Minty Me.

Tonic Polish One Million Flowers

Aaaaaand Tonic Polish One Million Flowers. The release date on these is still TBA but they're coming!

Tonic Polish Taking on Toronto

Tonic Polish Taking on Toronto is a fun brown holo but it's described as a gunmetal grey holo with pink/gold shifting shimmer, ultra holo micro glitters and color shifting flakies. I think my eyes are off but it's gorgeous no matter what you call it!

Alter Ego Generous Beauty

Lastly is Alter Ego Generous Beauty from the VIP bag which is a really pretty teal shimmer with holo flakies. The name was inspired by Pam, the woman behind Girly Bits and it's perfectly fitting.

All items purchased by me.