December 13, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics Winter Whispers Swatches & Review


Girly Bits Fantasmic Flakies swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have the new Girly Bits Cosmetics' polish exclusive to members of the Fantasmic Flakies Facebook group to share with you. This flakie filled shade captured the group submitted inspiration photo perfectly. Let's take a look at swatches.

December 12, 2017

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Spiced Plum Swatches & Review


Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Spiced Plum Review

Hello readers,
Today I have the Amuse Bouche holiday shade from Bite Beauty to share with you. The Amuse Bouche line in general has been mostly cremes, with the occasional fine shimmer in the past so I was intrigued by this shade which has a much stronger flecked shimmer. Let's take a look at swatches.

December 11, 2017

Emily de Molly December 2017 Release Swatches & Review


Emily De Molly December 2017 collection

Hello readers,
Today I have Emily De Molly's December 2017 release to share with you. This seven shade collection features everything from neutral shimmer to neon thermal. Let's take a look at swatches.

December 07, 2017

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Visage November 2017 Unboxing & Review


Hello Waffle Visage November 2017 swatch review

Hello readers,
Today I have Hello Waffle Cosmetics' November Visage box to share with you. This month was inspired by The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and features some classic autumn shades. Let's take a look at swatches.

December 06, 2017

Stamped Nail Art With Nail Effects Powder


Bundle Monster BM-2181

Hello readers,
Today I have the results of a nail art experiment to share with you. For the most part, I've been using effects powders in full nail looks, but today I tried them in combination with some nail stamping to get a shifty metallic design. Keep reading for all the details.

December 04, 2017

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Girly Bits Cosmetics Shop Exclusives Swatches & Review


Femme Fatale Girly Bits exclusives

Hello readers,
Today I have three new shades from Femme Fatale Cosmetics to share with you. These polishes are available exclusively at Girly Bits Cosmetics, their Canadian stockist. Let's take a look at swatches.

December 01, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics December COTM Swatches & Review


Girly bits Slay Belle

Hello readers,
Today I have the December COTM shades from Girly Bits Cosmetics to share with you. This month's duo sticks with some classic Christmas shades and definitely brings some sparkle. Let's take a look at swatches.

November 30, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics Festival Of Lights Swatches & Review


Polish Pickup swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have Girly Bits Cosmetics' contribution to Polish Pickup's December release to share with you. This month's collection was inspired by holidays around the world and Girly Bits chose the Hindu festival of Diwali. Part of the celebration involves lighting candles and lights in homes, outdoors, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. All those little lights coming together inspired this shimmery sparkly polish.

November 28, 2017

F.U.N Lacquer Moonlight Gala Collection Swatches & Review


FUN Lacquer Moonlight Gala collection

Hello readers,
Today I have the new F.U.N Lacquer Moonlight Gala collection, exclusive to Live Love Polish, to share with you. This collection feature a mix of shimmer and sparkle perfect for the holiday season. Let's take a look at swatches.

November 27, 2017

Chirality Polish After The Bonfire Swatches & Review


Polish Pickup swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have Chirality Polish's contribution to Polish Pickup's December release to share with you. This month's collection was inspired by holidays around the world and this polish was inspired by Guy Fawkes Night. Let's take a look at swatches.

November 24, 2017

Zoya Party Girls Collection Swatches & Review Part II


Zoya Party Girls collection

Hello readers,
Today I have the second half of the Zoya Party Girls collection for the 2017 holiday season to share with you. If you missed the first half, you can check it out here. All caught up? Let's take a look at swatches.

November 22, 2017

Tonic Polish Come Wander Swatches & Review


Tonic Polish swatch

Hello readers,
Today I'm digging into my pile of untrieds and have another Tonic Polish shade to share with you. If holos with a little something extra intrigue you, read on.

November 20, 2017

Double Stamped Nail Art


Creative shop 60

Hello readers,
Today I have my first ever attempt at double stamped nail art to share with you. I tended to avoid this style in the past since I hadn't found a clear stamper that I was really happy with. However, after playing around with the Clear Jelly Stamper I got from Beautometry over the last few months, I finally got the hang of it.

November 17, 2017

Zoya Party Girls Collection Swatches & Review Part I


Zoya Party Girls collection

Hello readers,
Today I have the first half of the Zoya Party Girls collection for the 2017 holiday season to share with you. This release features a mix of cremes, shimmers and metallics so there's lots to choose from. Let's take a look at swatches.

November 15, 2017

CND Creative Play Royalista Swatches & Review


CND Royalista

Hello readers,
Today I have a polish from a new-to-me line to share with you. I had tried the CND Vinylux line before but hadn't yet tried their Creative Play line which I've seen popping up in more places recently. Let's take a look a the shade Royalista.

November 13, 2017

Beyond The Nail Good Grief Swatches & Review


Beyond The Nail Good Grief

Hello readers,
I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate to Beyond The Nail from Spilled Polish and used it to snag a bottle of Good Grief. Let's take a look at swatches.

November 10, 2017

Emily de Molly November 2017 Release Swatches & Review


Emily De Molly November 2017 collection

Hello readers,
Today I have Emily De Molly's November 2017 release to share with you. This nine shade collection is a holo lover's dream with nine rainbow filled shades to pick from.

November 08, 2017

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Paper Clouds Swatches & Review


Femme Fatale Paper Clouds

Hello readers,
Today I have the Femme Fatale Cosmetics September 2017 COTM to share with you. It's springtime in Australia right now, so I'm switching it up from the darker fall colours I've been wearing lately. Let's take a look at swatches.

November 06, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics Fall Collection Part 1 Swatches & Review


Girly bits Fall 2017 collection

Hello readers,
A couple weeks ago I shared a bunch of stamped nail art looks I put together using the polishes from Part 1 of the Girly Bits Cosmetics Fall Collection. If you missed it, you can check them out here. Today I have the other half of my review using these five fall cremes as regular polishes to share with you.

November 02, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics Wait For It Swatches & Review


Polish Pickup swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have Girly Bits Cosmetics' contribution to Polish Pickup's November release to share with you. This month's collection was inspired by fandoms and this polish was inspired by one of Pam's favorite shows, How I Met Your Mother. You probably already guessed that based on the name though. Let's take a look at swatches.

November 01, 2017

Essie Gel Couture Caviar Bar & First View Swatches & Review


Essie Gel Couture Review

Hello readers,
Today I have a couple shades from the essie gel couture line to share with you. Though I switch up my polish pretty regularly when I'm at home, I always intrigued by long wearing options for when I travel and don't want to lug a bunch of nail supplies in my suitcase. Let's take a look at how these fared.

October 31, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics November 2017 COTM Swatches & Review


Girly bits Slay Ghoul Slay

Hello readers,
Today I have the November COTM shades from Girly Bits Cosmetics to share with you. These polishes will definitely get you in the mood for Thanksgiving dinner. Let's take a look at swatches.

October 30, 2017

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Visage October 2017 Unboxing & Review


Hello Waffle Visage October 2017 swatch review

Hello readers,
Today I have Hello Waffle Cosmetics' October Visage box to share with you. This month has a very halloween-ey vibe, which makes sense since it was inspired by the song of the witches scene at the beginning of Shakespear's Hamlet. Double, double, makeup and trouble.

October 27, 2017

Zoya Perfect Lipsticks Fall 2017 Swatches & Review


Zoya wanderlust collection

Hello readers,
Zoya recently added seven new shades to their Perfect Lipstick line up. Along with some classic pinks and berries I was really excited to see an adventurous blue shade in the mix. Let's take a look at swatches.

October 25, 2017

Stamping With Girly Bits Cosmetics Fall 2017 Collection Part 1


Girly bits fall 2017 collection

Hello readers,
Today I have the first half of the new Girly Bits Cosmetics Fall 2017 Collection to share with you. These polishes are described as one coat cremes that are also great stamping polishes. I'll test out the one coat aspect in a different post. Right now let's take a look at how they stamped.

October 23, 2017

Tonic Polish Alchemy Swatches & Review


Tonic Polish swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have another Tonic Polish shade to share with you. This one is a bit of a chameleon so if shifty polishes are your thing, be sure to read on.

October 20, 2017

Weleda Evening Primrose Skin Care Review


Weleda evening primrose

Hello readers,
Today I have a selection of products from the Weleda Evening Primrose skin care line to share with you. Having just turned 31, but still suffering from the occasional breakout, I'm pretty picky out what I put on my face. Let's see how these three items from Weleda worked for me.

October 18, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics October 2017 COTM Swatches & Review


Girly bits Slay Ghoul Slay

Hello readers,
Today I have the two COTM shades for October from Girly Bits Cosmetics to share with you. These polishes are the perfect mix of fall and halloween.

October 16, 2017

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Dealer's Choice Swatches & Review


Revlon Gel Envy Dealer's Choice swatch

Hello readers,
My recent trip to explore the mountains and canyons of southwest Utah provided the perfect opportunity to test Revlon's long wear Colorstay Gel Envy formula. Let's take a look at swatches and I'll let you know how it wore on me.

October 13, 2017

Emily de Molly October 2017 Release Swatches & Review


Emily De Molly October 2017 collection

Hello readers,
Today I have Emily De Molly's October 2017 release to share with you. This eight shade collection has a little bit of everything in terms of colours and finish, so let's get straight to swatches.

October 10, 2017

Emily de Molly Halloween Trio 2017 Swatches & Review


Emily De Molly Halloween

Hello readers,
Today I have Emily De Molly's Halloween 2017 trio to share with you. This release mixes some classic Halloween shades with some less traditional colours. Let's take a look at swatches.

October 03, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics & Femme Fatale Cosmetics Collaboration Swatches & Review


Girly bits aussie what you did there

Hello readers,
Girly Bits and Femme Fatale just released a limited edition collaboration quad of polishes featuring two complementary shades from each brand. Today I have the Girly Bits half of the release to share with you.

September 29, 2017

BLUSH Lacquers Frosted Foliage Swatches & Review


Blush Lacquers Frosted Foliage Swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have my first even BLUSH Lacquers polish to share with you. Frosted Foliage is part of the upcoming BLUSH Beauties Fall Collaboration Collection that was inspired by photos submitted in the Blush Beauties facebook group. I was lucky enough to have my name suggestion picked for this shimmery flakie filled shade.

September 27, 2017

Spiderweb Stamped Nail Art


Spiderweb nail art

Hello readers,
Today I have a quick nail stamping look to share with you. Girly Bits Cosmetics Butterbeer Latte was quite pigmented on its own, so I thought I'd test it out as a stamping polish. Verdict? Success!

September 25, 2017

Emily de Molly Looks Can Kill Swatches & Review


Emily De Molly Looks Can Kill Swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have a polish from Emily de Molly to share with you. Looks Can Kill is made up of colours that I'm not normally drawn to. It's one of those shades that shouldn't work, but does. Who thought the mix of muted berry and green shimmer could look so good together.

September 22, 2017

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Visage September 2017 Unboxing & Review


Hello Waffle Visage September 2017 swatch review

Hello readers,
Today I have Hello Waffle Cosmetics' September Visage box to share with you. If you hadn't heard, the Hello Waffle brand is now being run by Caitlin of Shiro Cosmetics. This month's visage is the first one fully curated under the new ownership, brings together the Shiro and Hello Waffle brands, and was inspired by the tale of The Princess and the Pea. Let's take a look at swatches.

September 18, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics Polish Con Chicago 2017 LE's & Exclusive Swatches & Review


Girly bits polish con exclusive swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have the three new shades that Girly Bits is bringing to Polish Con 2017 in Chicago to share with you. The two LE shades What The EL? and Chicago Fair-ever will also be available on the Girly Bits website after the event, but the exclusive, Bean Me Up Scotty, will only be available at Polish Con itself. Let's take a look at swatches so you can start writing your shopping lists.

September 13, 2017

Born Pretty Store Chameleon Flakes #2734 Swatches & Review


Born Pretty Store Chameleon Flakes 2734

Hello readers,
Today I tried combining gel effect flakes with nail vinyls to create some super shiny nail art. It didn't turn out quite like I had hoped, but I definitely learned some things along the way. Let's take a look at what worked and what didn't.

September 11, 2017

Zoya Sophisticates Collection Swatches & Review Part II


Zoya Sophisticates collection

Hello readers,
Today I have the second half of the Zoya Sophisticates collection for Fall 2017 to share with you. If you missed the first six shades, check them out here. Let's take a look at swatches for the remaining polishes.

September 10, 2017

Fall 2017 Blog Sale

Hello readers,
It's time for me to get my collection under control which means destash! Please read the details below regarding how to contact me to buy some polish and shipping costs. Happy polishing!

The Details

A lot of the polishes have a buy x/$X price. Feel free to mix and match between brands in the same price group. There are also some free just pay shipping polishes. These free polishes still count towards your item total for shipping quotes. You can also request free polishes only and just pay shipping costs. All polish and shipping prices are in USD. To place an order please email manicuremanifesto@gmail.com with a list of the polishes you'd like along with your full mailing address for a shipping quote. I am in Canada and will be shipping via Canada Post. See below for shipping options. If you would like a shipping option that doesn't come with tracking, I require payment via paypal family&friends. If you choose a shipping option that comes with tracking, I can send a paypal invoice.

September 08, 2017

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection Swatches & Review


Mary Kay eye color palette

Hello readers,
Today I have the new collection from Mary Kay for Fall 2017 to share with you. This release includes three nail polishes, two eye color palettes and two lip suede lipsticks. Rose and plum shades dominate this color palette, which definitely fit my personal style. Let's take a look at swatches.

September 06, 2017

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Visage August 2017 Unboxing & Review


Hello Waffle Visage August 2017 swatch review

Hello readers,
Today I have Hello Waffle Cosmetics' August Visage box to share with you. This month was inspired by the movie Mean Girls which means lots of pink. Let's take a look at swatches.

September 05, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics September 2017 COTM Swatches & Review


Girly bits Butterbeer latte

Hello readers,
Today I have the two new limited edition Girly Bits shades for the month of September to share with you. I know I want summer to last a little longer, but I also love me some fall shades. Let's take a look at swatches.

September 04, 2017

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara Review & EOTD


Givenchy noir interdit review

Hello readers,
Today I have a new mascara from Givenchy to share with you.  The Noir Interdit formula promises extra length and volume and the wand bends up to 90 degrees to help you reach those hard to get lashes for even more coverage. I've never seen a bending mascara wand before so I was very curious to see if it made a difference.

September 01, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics + Crystal's Charity Lacquers September 2017 Limited Edition Swatches & Review


Girly bits Keep Calm Terry On

Hello readers,
Today I have two limited edition Girly Bits shades being released in collaboration with Crystal's Charity Lacquers to share with you. Two dollars from each bottle sold will be donated to The Terry Fox Foundation which raises awareness and money for cancer research. If you needed any extra motivation to buy new polish, now you've got it!

August 30, 2017

Zoya Sophisticates Collection Swatches & Review Part I


Zoya Sophisticates collection

Hello readers,
Today I have the first half of the Zoya Sophisticates collection for Fall 2017 to share with you. This collection features a mix of neutral and rich shades that are perfect for the cooler days of autumn. Let's take a look at swatches.

August 28, 2017

Vibrant Art Deco Stamped Nail Art Featuring Born Pretty Store's Double Ended Liner Nail Art Brush


Moyou London Steampunk Collection 07

Hello readers,
Today I have some detailed reverse stamped nail art I did using my new double ended liner brush from Born Pretty Store. I already had a nail art brush set that I bought off ebay years ago but found the really fine brushes were difficult to work with. Let's take a look at how my new brush worked out.

August 25, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics Chrysalis Swatches & Review


Polish Pickup swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have Girly Bits Cosmetics' contribution to Polish Pickup's September release to share with you. This month's collection is inspired by fall foliage. If you haven't heard of Polish Pickup before, here's how it works. Several makers come together for each release and contribute a shade inspired by a common theme. Instead of having to purchase an entire curated box, Polish Pickup allows you to pick and choose the shades that appeal to you.

August 23, 2017

The Green Beaver Company Lavender Natural Deodorant & Green Apple Lip Balm Review


The Green Beaver Company Deodorant Review

Hello readers,
Today I have a couple items from The Green Beaver Company to share with you. The Green Beaver Co. is a Canadian brand specializing in natural products that are good for you and good for the planet. Most of their items are vegan as well, with their local beeswax based lip balms being the exception. This is my first time trying anything from this brand though I have heard of them before. I'm looking forward to trying out some new natural options.

August 22, 2017

Tonic Polish Uniporn Swatches & Review


Tonic Polish swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have one of the shades from the recently released Tonic Polish UP Collection to share with you. Uniporn can be worn alone or as a topper and I have both looks to show you today.

August 21, 2017

Born Pretty Store Chameleon Holo Flakes #1 Swatches & Review


Born Pretty Store Chameleon Holo Flakes

Hello readers,
Today I continue my experiments using gel effects flakes with regular polish. I think I've finally got a good technique down so let's see the results with Born Pretty Store's Chameleon Holo Flakes in shade #1.