Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Indie Expo Canada 2017 June 3/4 in Toronto - The Hyatt Regency

Have you heard the news? The first ever Indie Expo Canada is happening this weekend in Toronto (June 3 and 4) at The Hyatt Regency. I will be there Saturday and Sunday so come by and say hello!

Tickets are still available if you haven't already gotten yours. I will be presenting a workshop with Zenorah on Saturday June 3 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on How To Be a Professional Blogger. I'm so excited.

On Sunday June 4, there will be shopping and a Speakers Panel with some amazing bloggers/vloggers and indie makers like Leah Ann from Colors by Llarowe

Some of the brands that will be selling their goodies on Sunday June 4 include: 


To top things off, Paint It Forward will be launching at Indie Expo Canada - a platform dedicated to raising money and awareness for charitable organizations through nail polish. The flagship fundraising effort will be a silent auction and I have selected Mount Sinai Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre as our first recipient.  A holographic decal-clad IKEA Helmer will be loaded with donated nail polishes and indie products and put up for auction on Sunday. The lucky bidder will get to take it home with them all the while supporting an amazing cause. 

For more information, visit the Indie Expo Canada Facebook group and Indie Canada Expo website.

Girly Bits Frazzle Fixer Review

Cuticle care is so so so important. For those who know nothing about nail care, this might seem ridiculous but oiling your cuticles is one of the best things you can do for your nails. Cuticle oil strengthens your nails which means less peeling and breakage. If you are looking to grow your nails or just ensure that your cuticles and nails look beautiful then cuticle oil is going to become your best friend. If you aren't yet sold on the benefits of cuticle oil, it can also help extend the life of your manicure!

Girly Bits makes amazing nail polish and I started using their Frazzle Fixer cuticle oil about a year ago. For the past 3 months I have been using it very consistently and regularly with amazing results. Overall, my nails are in great condition and Frazzle Fixer helps to make sure they stay that way. I don't have any nasty before pictures to show because I have always maintained my cuticles and nails. The blend of oils in Frazzle Fixer works wonders to keep my cuticles soft and nails strong. What I really love are the variety and authenticity of the scents, particularly Pistachio Macaroon and Pumpkin Spice. I also have Exotic Coconut in rotation and my mom is currently using Cranberry Fig.

Frazzle Fixer is available in a glass nail polish bottle with a brush applicator (my format of choice) and a plastic bottle with a dropper. Both are 15mL and retail for $8.25 CAD on the Girly Bits website.

Frazzle Fixer Cuticle Oil Ingredients: Calendula Infused Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Apricot, Vitamin E, may contain fragrance oil.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - (Heart)

It's such a privileged thing to say I'm upset by the fact that my perfect nude polish is SUPER limited edition. But nonetheless, it's a bummer. Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer <3 was an "apology" nail polish sent back in 2013 I think because of shipping delay. 

It's a jelly with some iridescent glitters and to amp up the sparkle I added a coat of Enchanted Polish Rainbow Juice with Pulp. Or maybe it was Rainbow Dust. I don't remember now. 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Different Dimension - From Cairo, With Love

I have been loving the nude holos lately. Different Dimension From Cairo, With Love is a gorgeous nude holo at that!

This nail polish is so incredibly complex and unique - it's described as a sandy nude linear holographic with added glitter, flakes and pink shimmer. It looks like the sand you'd find on a mermaid beach.

It's so neutral in indirect lighting but under incandescent lighting or with flash it darkens up. The sparkle is visible in all lighting though.

In the above photos, I tried to show the flakes which make this polish really, really special. This polish is opaque in 2 coats and top coat is recommended to bring out the sparkle and smooth it out ever so slightly.

I m really loving the Different Dimension formula - it lasts really well without any chipping or tip wear (in my personal experience).

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Girly Bits - Ladies and Magentlemen

Prepare yourselves, I took about 50 pictures of this gorgeous magenta sparklebomb from Girly Bits. I think there are 15 pictures in this post LOL. Nope, 11.

According to the Girly Bits website, "Ladies and Magentlemen is a glowing magenta jelly, LOADED with blue and violet glass flecks, teeny tiny holographic glitter and GORGEOUS holo flakes. It covers in two coats and dries down smooth and shiny. This is a MUST have for any pink lover."

I couldn't agree more about that last part - if you like pink... you need this.

While this was the COTM for February, it's still available from Harlow & Co. so RUN and buy this (if you are a pink lover).

This is so freaking shifty too. It looks purple at some angles and hot pink at others. It really does have a super smooth finish which is a bonus and it's easy to remove.

Almost done with the pictures, I promise ;)

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Cotton Candy Clouds

I was so excited to wear this nail polish because it has the most amazing green shimmer in the bottle. It's one of those polishes that I have pulled out countless times to stare at the bottle. I bet you know what I'm going to say... you can't see the shimmer on the nail :(

I really love this shade of purple though and the name is just amazing. It is described as a "pinky-lilac creamy holo with strong green shimmer." I really had a hard time seeing the shimmer in any lighting while on my nail which bummed me out because it's amazing in the bottle. I found application to be a bit awkward as the formula was really thick but only 2 coats were needed plus top coat to bring back the shine. 

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Ever After - Go Veg or Go Home

You may or may not know that I am a vegan. I have been for 4 years now and I dabbled in vegetarianism back in high school. Ever After's Go Veg or Go Home is a fun hot pink shimmer with a name close to my heart. This is perfect for Summer!

Go Veg or Go Home is a bright pink crelly with iridescent micro flakies and shimmer. I am wearing  coats but if you have more free edge than I do, you will probably need 3 coats. I finished off with top coat as it dries to a satin finish. I always love the Ever After formula... it's so smooth and effortless to apply.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Different Dimension - Amelia Earhart

Continuing with more polishes from the Women Stamped in History Holo Hookup Box, today I have Different Dimension's contribution: Amelia Earhart.

I remembering thinking how cool Amelia Earhart was back when I was a kid. I must have learned about her in school and she always stuck out in my mind as an admirable and courageous woman.

I think this nail polish is a beautiful, elegant tribute to her. This polish is a brick red linear holo with added red (I think) flakes. It's vampy but gentle. Two coats plus top coat. Great formula!

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ever After - Louisa May Alcott

Part of the Women Stamped in History Holo Hookup Box, Ever After's Louisa May Alcott is a gorgeous and unique holo (just like her box friend Eleanor Roosevelt). I don't usually order the whole Holo Hookup Box for myself but this particular edition was just too good to miss. Every single polish is unique and beautiful. 

As you can perhaps see from these pictures, Louisa May Alcott is hard to capture. It's hard to describe and it looks very different on different skin tones. I would say it's sort of a beige but it's more silver/greige to me. There's a strong pink flash which I love. 

I am wearing 2 coats plus top coat for this. It's just so unique and pretty. The rainbows in this holo are phenomenal. 

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