There’s A First Time For Everything

This is the final post in my four part series about a mini grab bag that I got from Indie Polish. I love that buying these supports a lovely Canadian polish maker. It doesn’t hurt that the polishes are fantastic. I loved the surprise of not knowing what I was getting but still able to trust that I would like the majority of them. Thankfully “First Time” was no different from the rest in my mix of new polishes. It is different from my usual colours though.

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“First Time” is a sheer almost nude toned pink with amazing blurple iridescent glitters. In some lights I thought the glitters were blue and in others I thought they looked purple. I really liked them either way but they were so hard to capture on camera. That’s fine for the most part though. When the vast majority of people paint their nails it’s more about how it look in person than how it looks in the pictures that they send to their friends and the rest of the internet!

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Because It’s Better Than Sex…

I wasn’t too sure what to call this post. With a name like “Better Than Sex”, a polish will have a lot to live up to. Polish is a guilty pleasure of mine though. I like to indulge and when I think of something named “Better Than Sex” I think it should be something like chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised that this one ventured outside of the box a little bit though.

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“Better Than Sex” is a deep dark shimmer purple in the bottle. I had a clear idea of what it should look like on the nail when I looked at the bottle. At first I thought, “this is a polish I’ve seen about a million times before”. Oh Boy! Was I ever wrong! It’s not entirely my fault that I was wrong though. “Better Than Sex” dries to a matte finish. As a Result, it looks quite different than what it looks like in the bottle.

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Sipping Up Some Cocoa In My Cabin.

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“Cocoa In My Cabin” was the second polish from my mini grab bag that I tried on my nails. It’s not your typical brown colour and that’s what I really like about it. I really like these little mini bottles as well. The brush works and gives good coverage. It’s not difficult to handle. I can see why so many indie brands out there are using them for the mini sizes of their polishes. They also give a generous amount in them. It’s 5ml! Please ignore the 15ml label on the “Cocoa In My Cabin” bottle in the photo above. “Cocoa In My Cabin” is the polish from my grab bag that was already in the shop previous to my buying it. The etsy shop is currently closed but will reopen on Tuesday, February 4th with lots of new goodies in it.

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“Cocoa In My Cabin” was another perfect two coater. The first coat was a little patchy but applied nicely. The second coat evened everything out and gave a great shiny finish. The photo above was taken by a window inside my apartment. It was gross and raining outside. Usually I will venture out and take pictures if it is lightly raining but this time it was a full downpour outside. You do get the nice warm brown feel outside that you see in the photo above though. Continue reading

A Box Filled With Glamour

This is my first subscription box review. I’m not really new to subscription services but they’ve mostly been things that I kept to myself before now. My first experience with beauty subs specifically was the Canadian Glossybox. I found that to be a huge disappointment month after month. It was usually products that I didn’t want or wouldn’t use. Then when they upped the price in November of 2012, that’s when I jumped ship. That service is no longer with us. Americans and other companies still have Glossybox. The Canadian on just never lived up to the standards set by those boxes. After Glossybox, I tried Topbox for a while. I liked it but never loved anything that I received. I actually ended up giving away most of my samples for free to other people. This led me to take a hiatus from subscription boxes around my birthday last year.

At the end of last year, I decided to join up with Ipsy due to my extreme jealousy of the boxes that girls in a Facebook swap group that I am in were getting. I like Ipsy, for $15 per month, I get a lot of stuff and it’s better than what I was getting for the same price from Glossybox. I think I’ll keep them around for a while. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stay loyal to only them though. In December, I signed up for a brand new subscription out of the US!

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This review is for the January Glam Box. I loved my December box but there was no review because as soon as it came in, my mother pillaged half of it. I figured there would be no sense in doing a review that only included half of a box. It’s a big box after all. That’s one of the things that I like most here. Before jumping into the box, I want to talk price. For my first box, I paid $15 including shipping. When it was first launched, it was $10 for the box and then $5 for shipping to Canada. Not long after that, it went up to $10 for the box and $10 for shipping to Canada. I’m pretty sure that’s what I paid for this box. Recently, I received an email saying that they won’t be doing the recurring subscription anymore. So, it will be $15 for the box and $10 for shipping to Canada. It’s a little high but on par with what Glossybox Canada was charging when they jacked up their prices. I think what you get out of here is also better than what I was getting out of that service. when you consider shipping prices, it really helps me get on board with this service. The shipping for this box to get to me cost Glam Box $13.35. Continue reading

An Indie Spotlight On Judith Stein

Recently, Indie Polish had some mini grab bags on sale for $16 shipped. I really loved two out of the three polishes that I had bought from Indie Polish in September. So, for that price, I decided to take the risk. These mini grab bags included four mini polishes each. I was lucky enough to be sent four unreleased polishes from Tanya. Shipping came quite fast. When they arrived on my doorstep, I had to try them out as son as possible.

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The four polishes that I received are all in currently unreleased collections. They are “Judith Stein”, “Cocoa In My Cabin”, “Better Than Sex”, and “First Time”. I was aware that the minis that I would be receiving would be from unreleased collections. “Cocoa In My Cabin” is the only one of these four that’s already been in the store. The rest are from the Burlesque and Valentine’s collections that will be released soon. I also knew that there would be no glitter toppers coming in my batch as well. Tanya was kind enough to reach out after my disappointment with “Pish Posh”. Over the next couple of days, each of these polishes will have their own little spotlight here.

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