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.

August 18, 2017

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Opalescent Collection Swatches & Review


Femme Fatale Opalescent

Hello readers,
Today I have the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Opalescent collection to share with you. This collection features polishes inspired by various forms of the opal stone which means lots of flakie goodness. Let's take a look at swatches.

August 16, 2017

A Little Bit Of Everything Nail Art


Born Pretty Store BP-L014

Hello readers,
I didn't really have much of a plan going into this nail art look. I gathered some polishes with a cohesive mix of colours and it turned into a mix of glitter crelly, metallic and stamped gradient.

August 14, 2017

Holo Geometric Nail Art Featuring Born Pretty Store Galaxy Flakes


Born Pretty Store Galaxy Holo Flakes

Hello readers,
Today I have some holo nail art flakes from Born Pretty Store to share with you. I also just bought some Moyra Foil Stamping Polish from Beautometry and thought this would be a great chance to try them out together.

August 07, 2017

Iridescent Jellyfish Nail Art


Creative Shop stamping plate 28

Hello readers,
Have you ever been to an aquarium where they have a big jellyfish tank lit with soft coloured lights? The jellies end up looking like they are glowing and that's exactly what inspired this nail art.

August 04, 2017

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Luminous Matter Swatches & Review


BEGL luminous matter swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have one of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer exclusives for members of the BEGLove facebook group to share with you. I have a lot (like a lot) of navy blues in my polish collection so something in that colour family has to be really unique for me to need it. The combo of shimmer, shift and flecks in this polish is just that.

August 02, 2017

Leafy Stamped Nail Art Featuring Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L047


Born Pretty Store BP-L047 stamping plate

Hello readers,
Today I have another stamping plate from Born Pretty Store to share with you. I love natural themes, so this plate featuring an assortment of leaf designs was right up my alley.

July 27, 2017

Cirque Colors Vice 2017 Collection Swatches & Review


cirque vice 2017 collection

Hello readers,
Today I have the cirque Vice 2017 collection to share with you. Nail Polish Canada just got these shades in stock and were kind enough to send me them to review. This collection features six limited edition cremes along with a holo topper. Let's take a look at these perfect for summer shades.

July 26, 2017

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Visage July 2017 Unboxing & Review


Hello Waffle Visage July 2017 swatch review

Hello readers,
Today I have Hello Waffle Cosmetics' July Visage box to share with you. This month was inspired by Little House In The Big Woods which translated to a neutral earthy palette. Let's take a look at swatches.

July 25, 2017

Tonic Polish Enchanted Elixir Swatches & Review


Tonic Polish swatch

Hello readers,
Today I have my first ever shade from Tonic Polish to share with you. This brand has been on my radar for a little while, and the maker seems to love jewel tones as much as I do. I finally took the plunge at Indie Expo Canada and added some Tonics to my collection.

July 24, 2017

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Visage June 2017 Unboxing & Review


Hello Waffle Visage June 2017 swatch review

Hello readers,
Summer is here in full force, and I got a bit distracted by the sunshine and nice weather which means June's visage review was a bit delayed. No matter! There are still some really nice products in here to share with you. This month's inspiration was The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

July 23, 2017

Floral Stamped Nail Art Featuring Born Pretty Store Wine Stamping Polish & Plate BP-L067


Born Pretty Store BP-L067 stamping polish

Hello readers,
Today I have another shade from the Born Pretty Store stamping polish collection along with one of their stamping plates to share with you. You can never go wrong with a floral motif.

July 21, 2017

Zoya Wanderlust Collection Swatches & Review Part II


Zoya wanderlust collection

Hello readers,
A couple weeks ago I shared the first half of Zoya's 12 shade Wanderlust collection for summer 2017. Today I have the remainder of the shades to show you. Let's take a look at swatches.

July 19, 2017

Oil Slick Nails Featuring Born Pretty Store Chameleon Flake 2734


Born Pretty Store Chameleon flake

Hello readers,
Today I continue my experiments using gel effects flakes over regular polish. Last time I tested a different shade of Born Pretty Store's Chameleon Flakes I incorporated them into some nail art. This time I tried out a full coverage look with shade 2734. Let's take a look at how things turned out.

July 17, 2017

Clionadh Cosmetics First Impressions & EOTD


Clionadh paleo

Hello readers,
Today I have a new to me indie cosmetics brand to share with you. I was introduced to Toronto based Clionadh Cosmetics when I attended Indie Expo Canada. They were kind enough to give me a sample from their Aftershock highlighter collection. I also returned to throw my money at them and pick up some more irresistible shades. Let's take a look at what got added to my makeup collection.

July 14, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics July 2017 COTM Swatches & Review


Girly bits Sand Of A Beach

Hello readers,
Today I have the two Girly Bits limited edition COTM polishes for July to share with you. These shades instantly make me think of the beach; golden sand and turquoise water. Let's take a look at swatches.

July 13, 2017

Zoya Wanderlust Collection - The Lipsticks


Zoya wanderlust collection

Hello readers,
Today I have the three Zoya Perfect Lipsticks that were released alongside the new Wanderlust collection. These pink hues are great low maintenance options for summer. Let's take a look at swatches.

July 12, 2017

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation Review


MUFE Water blend Y325 flesh

Hello readers,
Today I'm testing out the Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation. This formula promises to be lightweight with sheer to buildable coverage. I'm a 'foundation is for special occasions' kind of person, so I was looking forward to testing out this foundation as an option for those days when my skin needs a little something more than powder.

July 11, 2017

Beyond The Nail Enchanted Unicorn Horn Swatches & Review


Beyond The Nail Enchanted Unicorn Horn

Hello readers,
Today I have a shade from the Beyond The Nail Mystical Dreams collection to share with you. This collection features complementary flakie and creme polishes in a variety of spring colours. Enchanted Unicorn Horn fills the spot of purple flakie. Let's take a look at swatches.

July 07, 2017

Born Pretty Store Dark Blue Stamping Polish & Plate BP-L060 Review


Born Pretty Store BP-L060 stamping polish

Hello readers,
I have another shade from the Born Pretty Store stamping polish collection along with one of their stamping plates to share with you. Let's take a look at the nail art I created using them both.

July 05, 2017

CANVAS Lacquer Northern Lights Swatches & Review


CANVAS Lacquer Northern Lights

Hello readers,
I recently reviewed (and loved!) CANVAS Lacquer Moonrock. Today I have its teal cousin Northern Lights to share with you. Get ready for some minty flakie goodness.

July 04, 2017

Girly Bits Cosmetics June 2017 COTM Swatches & Review


Girly bits Let's Do This Again

Hello readers,
Today I have the two Girly Bits limited edition COTM polishes for June to share with you. June's shade names were inspired by the range of emotions the GB team went through planning Indie Expo Canada. Don't worry if you see something you like, these are still available for sale until the end of July. Let's take a look at swatches.

June 30, 2017

Zoya Wanderlust Collection Swatches & Review Part I


Zoya wanderlust collection

Hello readers,
Today I have the first half of Zoya's 12 shade Wanderlust collection for summer 2017. This collection features a mix of cremes and shimmers. It ranges from bright pinks to muted greens so there's definitely lots to choose from. Let's take a look at the first six shades.

June 28, 2017

Seashell Gradient Stamped Nail Art


sharpie marble nail art

Hello readers,
I met Therese and Teresa from Beautometry (and representing Hit The Bottle) at Indie Expo Canada and they were kind enough to give me the limited edition stamping polish and Clear Jelly Stamper to test out. I also couldn't resist buying some more stamping polishes and a Creative Shop plate that had been on my wish list for a long time. Let's take a look at how it all came together.

June 26, 2017

White & Teal Chevron Nail Art


Konad white stamping polish

Hello readers,
Teal and white are one of my favorite colour combinations so I decided to incorporate it with some chevrons for this nail art look.

June 23, 2017

Ever After Polish Mother Of Dragons Swatches & Review


Ever After Mother Of Dragons

Hello readers,
I had the chance to meet Rachel and Miranda from Ever After Polish at Indie Expo Canada and they let me pick a polish to review on the blog. It was a tough decision, let me tell you, but I ended up choosing Mother Of Dragons because crelly + flakies is one of my favorite finishes. Let's take a look at swatches.

June 22, 2017

Great Lakes Lacquer June 2017 LE Swatches & Review


Great Lakes Lacquer Wandering NYC In A Coral Coat

Hello readers,
Today I have the June limited edition polishes from Great Lake Lacquer to share with you. I got these at Indie Expo Canada but they are also available on the GLL website. Let's take a look at swatches.

June 21, 2017

Watercolor Flower Accents


sharpie marble nail art

Hello readers,
Today I have some sharpie marble floral accent nails to share with you. This was a bit of an experiment but I think it turned out nicely.

June 19, 2017

CANVAS Lacquer Moonrock Swatches & Review


CANVAS Lacquer Moonrock

Hello readers,
Today I have one of the shades I bought from CANVAS Lacquer at Indie Expo Canada. I'd been drooling over it on their website for a while and was so happy that it hadn't sold out before IEC so I could throw my money at them in person. Let's take a look at swatches.