Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Canada Day Nail Vinyls by What's Up Nails (Free for 10 of my readers!)

Provided for review

Summer is almost here! In fact, it arrives some time tomorrow. I'm not sure I'm ready for Spring to end - it's my favorite time of year and now the days will start getting shorter again. But, with Summer comes lots of sun, fun and celebration! In order to help you celebrate Summer and, more specifically, Canada Day, I've got 10 free sets of What's Up Nail Stencils to giveaway to my Canadian readers.  

Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Vinyls Stencils


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

KBShimmer Harlow & Co. Exclusives Swatches Regal-ize It and Coral of the Story

Provided for review


On top of the amazing Wanderlust collection from KBShimmer (review + swatches here!) that's launching on Harlow & Co. this Friday, Christy created two adorable crellies exclusively for Harlow & Co. customers! My I present to you KBShimmer Coral of the Story and Regal-ize It.

KBShimmer Wanderlust Collection Summer 2018 at Harlow & Co. (Swatches and Review)

Provided for review

I am always so excited to see a new indie collection launch. For this week, I am sharing the new Wanderlust Collection from KBShimmer which is launching on Harlow & Co. on Friday, June 15 at 12pm EST.

KBShimmer Wanderlust Collection Summer 2018 swatches by Streets Ahead Style

Wanderlust, a strong desire to travel. Traveling can introduce you to new art, crazy good food, and interesting new experiences that inspire. KBShimmer owner, Christy, is full of wanderlust and after a west coast trip, came back inspired by the laid-back vibe of Ventura, California. There, Christy spent a week crafting, learning, and enjoying new adventures. This seaside location was full of lush nature, claiming beaches, and good times with friends, making this beach retreat the perfect place to envision shades of blue, green, pink and purple. So let the first Wanderlust collection by KBShimmer collection take you to the West coast shore, nail polish style.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Girly Bits Cosmetics Polish Con NYC White Plains 2018 LEs & VIP Swatches

Provided for review

I'm feeling a little hungover from all the excitement of Indie Expo Canada 2018 this past weekend! (I will have a fun recap on the blog in the next two weeks and I've added IEC to my highlights on Instagram (@streetsaheadstyle) - you can live through my day! I had an absolute blast and the event was even more awesome than last year! I just had so much fun! I hosted a workshop on blogging and Pam bestowed the privilege of emceeing the Speaker's Panel on Sunday afternoon which was awesome except I deafened everyone with a microphone mishap. But, it's all good and thankfully everyone still has their hearing intact. So, let's talk about the next exciting nail polish event which is happening THIS WEEKEND in White Plains, NY... The Polish Convention!

Girly Bits Polish Con Limited Editions 2018 swatches by Streets Ahead Style

Monday, June 11, 2018

Girly Bits Cosmetics Addicted to Love June 2018 HHC Custom

Provided for review

Pink is always my favorite. And iridescent flakes are also a favorite nail polish feature of mine. For the June Hella Handmade Creations shop, Girly Bits has created another Harry Potter inspired polish with two of my favorite things (pink and iridescent flakes)! 

Girly Bits Cosmetics Addicted to Love HHC

Saturday, June 9, 2018

My Indie Polish Hand Care Products Review

Provided for review

Hydrated hands are happy hands. My Indie Polish doesn't just make awesome polishes, they also make wonderful hand care items and deliciously scented wax melts! I've got a review of two of their hand care items (which are double duty items) so read on if you're in the market for some hand care items.

My Indie Polish Make Me a Lady review

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Girly Bits Cosmetics IEC 2018 Limited Editions Swatches

Provided for review

I have been dying to share these swatches with you because Girly Bits has, once again, knocked it out of the park with this gorgeous trio of Limited Edition nail polishes for Indie Expo Canada 2018. This year, Girly Bits has three IEC event polishes, and all are LE. They will be available online for a few months after the event beginning early July, with the exception of the thermal which will not be available on line during the summer months due to the instability of thermal pigments in the summer heat. 

Girly Bits Indie Expo Canada 2018 LE swatched by Streets Ahead Style

Friday, June 1, 2018

Girly Bits Cosmetics June 2018 CoTM Polishes

Provided for review

Hey! I've been busy preparing for my Indie Expo Canada presentation on June 9, 2018. It's so soon and I can't wait! I had a chance to do some swatching so I have the Girly Bits June 2018 CoTM polishes for your eyes. 

A few words from Girly Bits about their shop for the month of June:
The shop is currently closed while we prep for Indie Expo and Polish Con. We will re-open for orders on June 1st, but we will remain closed for shipping, which means that everything will be on PRE-SALE UNTIL JULY 2ndThe colour of the month will launch on June 1st, with the early bird special from June 1-10 as usual.

Girly Bits June 2018 COTM swatch by Streets Ahead Style

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Paint It Pretty Polish Nail Swatches (New Canadian Indie Maker!)

Provided for review

Trying a new brand is always so much fun. I was thrilled when Sherri of Paint It Pretty Polish reached out to me to review some of her nail polishes. It's an extra bonus because Paint It Pretty Polish is a Canadian indie nail polish brand! I've got four of her pretty polishes for you and three of these will be at Indie Expo Canada!

Paint it Pretty Polishes are 5-free, vegan and cruelty free unless otherwise stated. 


Monday, May 28, 2018

Indie Expo Canada Returns to Toronto for 2018!

Happy Monday! I thought I should start the week with an amazing announcement. In June 2017, one of the coolest things to happen for Canadian nail polish fanatics happened... Indie Expo Canada. I had the privilege of attending last year's IEC and it was awesome (click the link to see that I'm not joking). I've got all the details on this year's event because, guess what, it's happening once again! In Toronto! In less than two weeks! And... I'm going to be hosting a workshop on Saturday, June 9 at IEC!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

My Indie Polish Indie Expo Canada 2018 Exclusive Trio

Provided for review

I'm so excited to share this post with you! Today, I have the swatches for My Indie Polish's Indie Expo Canada trio. These three polishes will only be available at IEC on June 10, 2018 (if there are any left over, they will be available onine). Set purchases (of all three) will include a mini lavender chamomile’s salve (which is awesome by the way!). 


Friday, May 25, 2018

Girly Bits Cosmetics Put Your Strap On June 2018 Polish Pickup

Provided for review


Girly Bits has been giving us some gorgeous crellies as of late. Do you remember the stunning April CoTM crelly? Refresh your memory by clicking the link and get ready for another gorgeous, shimmer-infused crelly only availble in the June Polish Pickup.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My Indie Polish Borderlands Video Game Polish Pickup June 2018

Provided for review

When a red is done right, it can never be wrong. Is that a riddle? I'm not sure. I just know that this My Indie Polish for the June Video Games Polish Pickup has me feeling giddy. 

My Indie Polish Borderlands Video Game

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Colores de Carol The Gifted Stone Nail Polish

Oh, god do I love me a good blue. A true cobalt blue gets me weak in the knees. Kind of like this one from Colores de Carol (which is becoming a new favorite brand of mine). 

Colores de Carol The Gifted Stone Nail Polish

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Beyond the Nail Soft Neon Collection Spring 2018 (2nd Release)

Provided for review

Remember when I posted that gorgeous set of four faded neons from Beyond the Nail a few months ago? If not, you better check those out and get ready for FOUR MORE perfectly bleached neons from my favorite nail polish making sisters at Beyond the Nail.



Also, fun fact... this is my 601st post on Streets Ahead Style! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Paint It Pretty Polish Indie Expo Canada 2018 LE & Exclusive

We're less than 4 weeks to Indie Expo Canada (IEC) 2018! I had such a blast last year and I will be back again this year presenting on Saturday, June 9 (all about blogging!) and shopping on Sunday, June 10. Today, I have the LE and Exclusive from Paint It Pretty Polish, a new-to-me Canadian indie brand!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Girly Bits Pocket Full of Fairies Road to Polish Con 2018

Provided for review

I can smell Summer in the air as we progress through May. I have a sweet nail polish to share with you from Girly Bits Cosmetics for The Polish Convention 2018 which is themed around Midsummer Night's Dream. It's week 9 of the Road to Polish Con and Girly Bits has this lovely LE polish available for this week (May 13-19).  


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Girly Bits Sparrow of the Dawn Concert Series Greta Van Fleet Inspired Nail Polish

Provided for review

Confession time. Until this nail polish, I had no idea who Greta Van Fleet was but I quickly remedied that by heading over to YouTube to check out one of their songs (Highway Tune). It's cool stuff and this nail polish is cool as hell.

Girly Bits Sparrow of the Dawn Concert Series

Friday, May 4, 2018

Contrary Polish Any Way You Slice It

I have a shamefully large pile of untried polishes from the Polish Pickup. I know, I know! It's bad. The polish I'm sharing today is from the January Gemstones theme. 

Contrary Polish Any Way You Slice It

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Girly Bits All the Wayans Back in the 90s Polish Pickup

Provided for review

My favorite Friday of the month is fast-approaching... the Polish Pickup! The theme for May is so awesome because it's the 1990s! I was a wee child in the 90s and I hold many fond, brightky coloured memories from that time. Pam of Girly Bits Cosmetics chose a super awesome inspiration for her polish so let's check it out.

Girly Bits All the Wayans Back in the 90s Polish Pickup

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Girly Bits May 2018 CoTM Summer Crush and Slushie Lips & Tips

Provided for review

I swear I blinked and now it's May! I can't really believe how quickly time flies when you're busy with work and life but I'm living it so I better believe it! Today I have the May 2018 Colour of the Month from Girly Bits Cosmetics and they will have you screaming for warmer days and sunshine. Both of these polishes are 5 Free, cruelty free, and vegan friendly. Let's get onto the swatches! 

Girly Bits May 2018 CoTM Summer Crush and Slushie Lips & Tips

Sunday, April 29, 2018

My Indie Polish Top or Bottom Duocoat 2-in-1 Top and Base Coat

Provided for review

I have an entire drawer in my Helmer dedicated to top coats and base coats. And it's pretty much full. I would wager a bet that, without actually counting, I have about 30 different top coats and probably 15 different base coats. That's not including all the myriad of tops and bases I've tried over the years. If you're looking to minimize your stash of tops and bases, My Indie Polish has created an all-new (and unlike anything else on the market) 2-in-1 top and base coat... introducing My Indie Polish Top or Bottom Duocoat 2-in-1 Top and Base Coat!

My Indie Polish Top or Bottom Duocoat 2-in-1 Top and Base Coat

Monday, April 23, 2018

Polish 'M Oh Pal, What a Gem Nail Polish

All the way back in the January Polish Pickup, I managed to grab a bottle of a very limited polish inspired by the Brazilian Opal. I am an opal fiend and own several pieces of opal jewelry so I had to have this. 

Polish'M Oh Pal, What a Gem Nail Polish

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

My Indie Polish Like, Oh My Caboodle 1990s Polish Pickup

Provided for review

Like, oh my gawd! How excited are you for the 1990s Polish Pickup for May 2018?! I am, like, totally excited. My Indie Polish have outdone themselves this month and it might be my new favorite that they've made for the Polish Pickup. Are you ready? Let's go!

My Indie Polish Like, Oh My Caboodle 1990s Polish Pickup

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Review

Provided for review by ChickAdvisor

Having "long" hair is kind of new to me. For probably 65% of my 28 years on Earth I've had my hair cut around my ears in some sort of pixie or bowl cut (back in the 1990s when it was the thing and then again with a modern take in 2010 and again in 2016). As I type, my hair is shoulder length and it's super fine and really dry. When ChickAdvisor announced the chance to try the Love Beauty and Planet line of hair and body care products, I knew I had to try my luck. Thankfully I was chosen to try the Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Did the hair care items work wonders for my fine, dry hair... click below to find out!

Love Beauty & Planet Volume and Bounty

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Siren's May Bouquet

Ahhhh... where have I been? I've been super busy with work and life. I have been taking a course for work in the evenings so that's one less night for blogging/painting my nails. But, I have a Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer for you and for nostalgia's sake. When I don't know what to paint my nails... I always pick a BEGL and it never lets me down.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Siren's May Bouquet

Friday, April 6, 2018

Girly Bits No Fawkes Given Hella Handmade Creations April 2018

Provided for review
Well, this is a super exciting kind of post. Hella Handmade Creations (pka Hella Holo Customs) has changed their format starting this month April 2018! Multiple makers will be participating each month with one nail polish and there will be an open window for purchases. I have more details later on in the post and lots of swatches of Girly Bits Cosmetics' creation for April!

Girly Bits No Fawkes Given Hella Handmade Creations

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Why I Love the Nail Polish Community & Polishes from a Sweet Friend

The world of nail polish is strange. Jezebel even wrote about it back in 2014 and some things have changed but a lot has remained the same. Including the frenzy around "unicorn pee." But, the nail polish world and the community that surrounds it is also really wonderful. I have met amazing people that have become real life friends (I'm looking at you, Natalie) and I've met a lot of other awesome online nail addicts in person (for vegan brunch, in fact!). The polishes in this post were sent to me by another lovely friend (the beautiful Joanie) who I haven't met in person yet but one day we will make it happen! 

Lynnderella May Beauty Be

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Girly Bits April 2018 CoTM Bouquet Corral and My Peony Has A First Name

Provided for review

Spring has truly sprung in the land of nail polish! Today I have the absolutely gorgeous Girly Bits April Colour of the Month polishes. Both of these polishes are 5 Free, cruelty free, and vegan friendly so let's hop to it!

Girly Bits April 2018 CoTM Bouquet Corral and My Peony Has A First Name

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

B Polished Witches' Brew December 2018 Polish Pickup

I love this nail polish for many reasons. Vampy. So. Many. Flakes. Halloween-inspired. I am so glad I picked it up from the December Polish Pickup.

B Polished Witches' Brew December 2018 Polish Pickup

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Stronger Nails with Essie Treat Love & Colour

Provided for review

There's nothing I hate more than peeling nails. Sadly, it happens to the best of us - including me! In my case, my nails peel and then break a few days later because they're so weakened. When I heard about the Essie Treat Love & Colour line of nail polishes, I had to try a few to see if the claim of a strengthening nail polish was true. Oh, I should probably also mention it's a one-step system... almost too good to be true, right? 

essie treat love color power punch pink

Friday, March 23, 2018

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Eggos?

A few weeks ago I shared Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Curiosity Door which is part of the brand's "Something is Coming" Collection inspired by Stranger Things. The beeeeeeeeeautiful polish I am sharing today is also part of that collection.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Eggos?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Beyond the Nail Soft Neon Collection Spring 2018

Provided for review

I have been waiting (impatiently) to wear neons and now that Spring is FINALLY here I think it's high time for some neon nails. Luckily enough, Beyond the Nail is releasing their Soft Neon Collection for Spring 2018 on March 25. The collection contains four perfect faded fluorescent shades to spice up your spring look. Dream about warmer weather while applying these creamy shades. These neon pastels pack a powerful punch of colour, and they glow under blacklight for extra fun. 

All four of these had the same formula which I discuss after the swatches so read on if you're in the mood for some fun neons!

Beyond the Nail Soft Neon Collection Spring 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Colors by Llarowe You're A Little Firecracker

This nail polish isn't new by any means but it's new to me. Well, I borrowed it from Natalie a few months ago and I actually picked it up for her from Indie Expo Canada 2017! Oh, how polish changes hands in this crazy world of ours. 

Colors by Llarowe You're A Little Firecracker

Friday, March 16, 2018

essie Gel Couture Wear Test featuring the Enchanted Collection

Provided for review

I love shiny nails and, of course, I love when my nail polish stays looking good for days and days. I was really excited to try some of the new Essie Gel Couture polishes from the Enchanted Collection.

essie Gel Couture Good Knight review

Thursday, March 15, 2018

My Indie Polish My Perfect Matte Top Coat

Provided for review
Remember that super awesome My Indie Polish Space Invaders nail polish from the other day? Well, I'm sharing its perfect partner today... the My Indie Polish My Perfect Matte top coat!

My Indie Polish My Perfect Matte Top Coat

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss Review

Provided for review
Today is an exciting day! Urban Decay is releasing a new line of super shiny, super plush lip glosses. And I've got reviews and swatches of two of the new shades!

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Girly Bits Felt With the Heart April 2018 Polish Pickup

Provided for review

It's your lucky day because I have another April Polish Pickup creation to share with you today! This one is from Girly Bits Cosmetics and as soon as it warmed up from being in the cold mailbox... I had to get it right on my nails.

Girly Bits Felt With the Heart April 2018 Polish Pickup

My Indie Polish Space Invaders April 2018 Polish Pickup

Provided for review

It's about time we saw some neons around here, don't you think? Well, for the April Polish Pickup, My Indie Polish has created an eye-searing neon green crelly inspired by Space Invaders!

My Indie Polish Space Invaders

Friday, March 9, 2018

October 2017 Polish Pickup Haul Monsters & Mythical Creatures

I have been a Polish Pickup Packer since Day One. I love the concept, I love the creativity and I love the flat rate affordable shipping to Canada. I've got swatches I photographed MONTHS ago from the October Monsters & Mythical Creatures theme. Let's begin.  

Chirality Polish 1984


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Girly Bits March 2018 Colours of the Month (29 & Holding and I Shift You Not)

Provided for review

March has come in like a lion and with it comes the March Colours of the Month from Girly Bits Cosmetics! Hip hip hooray! I absolutely love the choices Pam made for March so let's check them out.

Both of these polishes are 5-Free, cruelty free and vegan friendly. These will retail for $16.50 each or grab them both for $31 through March 10th in the Early Bird Listing. After that, they will continue to be available for purchase individually for $16.50 until May 1, 2018.


Girly Bits March 2018 Colours of the Month


Fair Maiden Polish So Lazy Can't Move

Ever since the Polish Pickup began in April 2017, I have been buying Fair Maiden nail polish almost every month. The ladies behind Fair Maiden are also the geniuses who run the Polish Pickup and even though they are so super busy, they still manage to create gorgeous nail polishes month after  month. What you see before your eyes was their November contribution inspired by Pusheen.

Fair Maiden Polish So Lazy Can't Move


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Curiosity Door

Are there any Stranger Things fans in the house? I watched a few episodes but didn't get sucked in enough to continue watching. Please don't hate me. I am just the pickiest person when it comes to TV shows. And movies. And music. And fashion. And nail polish. Oh, but not food! As long as it's vegan I'll eat it. 

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Curiosity Door

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lollipop Posse Telephone Ice Cream

I haven't shared white nails in a long time. I used to be a big fan of white nail polish, more specifically shimmery white nail polish. When I first saw Lollipop Posse's take on a shimmery white I knew I had to try it for myself.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

ILNP Spring Collection 2018 at Harlow & Co.

Provided for review

Happy Friday Eve! Happy March 1st! Oh my, how time is flying. I'm so excited for Spring and what better way to welcome March than with the ILNP Spring Collection for 2018. I was sent this six-piece collection by Harlow & Co. who will have all the new ILNP shades available for PRE-ORDER starting March 2nd at 2pm EDT until March 4th at 11:59pm EDT. The ILNP Spring Collection 2018 along with the two other new collections will be available on the Harlow & Co. website with free shipping when you spend $35 CAD or more. 

The ILNP Spring Collection 2018 is a lovely mix of linear, scattered and metallic flake holographic nail polishes in delicate yet bold shades that have me dreaming of warmer and brighter days to come. I can't wait to see these nail polishes in the Spring sunshine! A note on formula and applications: I am wearing 3 coats plus top coat in all photos and the formula was consistently excellent across all six polishes (easy to work with, dried quickly between coats and build up perfectly in 3 coats which I would highly recommend).


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cupcake Polish Los Angeles and Tiki To My Heart

As I wait not-so-patiently for Spring to arrive, I am painting my nails in the brightest shades. These two Cupcake Polishes are fitting the bill and lifting my mood.

Cupcake Polish The Tiki To My Heart

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Enchanted Polish Vampires Suck

Time for an Enchanted Polish! It's been a while since I've worn an EP. I sold almost all the EPs I owned (including all the original square bottles like IKOABD, Lucy, Gummy Worm, etc.) but, for some reason, kept this one. I think it's because no one would buy it. This polish does not get enough love in the EP fandom circles. Vampies Suck is highly underrated and I think my pictures will make you question why it doesn't get more love.

Enchanted Polish Vampires Suck


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Girly Bits As You Wish Polish Pickup

Provided for review


Ready yourselves. I've got something extra special and awesome for your eyes (and nails). Are you ready yet? Behold! Girly Bits Cosmetics March Polish Pickup Book themed nail polish.

Girly Bits As You Wish March 2018 Polish Pickup

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Nine Zero Lacquer October 2016 and November 2016

I am sure you are all aware of jessFACE90 on YouTube. If not, she is one of the OG nail polish vloggers which are now a dime a dozen though Jess' videos are still my favorite for accuracy, quality and personality. I am sure you are all aware that Jess has her own line of nail polish and I have some swatches for you today!

Nine Zero Lacquer October 2016 and November 2016