Friday, 28 November 2014



We are so excited about this Pop Up! So many original, and one of a kind products, all by local artisans - and yes! a nail art bar!
Come through!


Canadian Cottage Scene


More wintry themes from me!

I started with a base of Quo by Orly Prepster for the sky, Canvas lacquer Polar Bear Dip for the frozen skating pond, Elevation Polish Alpine Heights (Carlit) for the trees, Nails Inc Oxford St for the cabin with just a hint of bondi nyc Chasing the Sun for the warm glow through the window, a combo of CoverGirl Silver Lining and Sally Hansen Whiteout for the all the snow and smoke out of the chimney, then topped everything off with Canvas' Winter of '99 for the snow falling. Konad Gold Black for added depth. Phew! All freehand.

Let me do your nails next Saturday! Come by 224 Wallace Ave, Unit 104 on Dec 6 for our Pop Up event!


Wednesday, 19 November 2014



Wow. Winter has seriously walloped North America. I did this mani on Saturday, not realizing how fitting this would be today.

If you didn't already know, Polar Bear Dip is inspired by a frozen Lake Ontario, and here it is portrayed as a frozen Lake Ontario! Our Winter of '99 is inspired by the infamous year our mayor called in the national army to help us out of a storm - and here it is falling over the city skyline.

I started with a base of Colors by Llarowe Precious Metal, it has beautiful shimmer that didn't come through in my pix. The skyline and tree is freehanded with my Konad Gold Black. For a bit more silvery icy-ness I added a bit of CoverGirl Silver Lining on the lake and building up under the tree.
I'm so proud of this mani!

To be serious for a second though - our thoughts are with those in Buffalo right now. Please don't go out if you don't have to, keep your loved ones close and cuddle your fur buddies!

Stay safe!




First off, I'd like to say thank you. One always hopes that everything one creates is as perfect as it can be, but sometimes things don't always work out as planned, and I thank the people we work with for honest feedback so that we can improve - we're always striving to be better! Being an indie maker is a real learning experience!

As much as we love Nuit Blanche All Nighter, we've had reports that the large teal hexes have begun to curl. So sad. And we apologize.

We are pulling the rest of the stock from the store. If you bought Nuit Blanche All Nighter from us, and you've noticed curling in your bottle - please feel free to contact us directly for a discount on your next purchase - we want you to be happy with everything you receive from us!
That being said, we've been told that a good layer of top coat pretty much smooths it all out, but we understand curling is generally frowned upon.

We only have a handful of bottles left of this batch. At this point in time, we can't make any promises of when this will be restocked, but we definitely know what we need to do to fix this issue.

If you're in the Toronto area, we will be selling the last few bottles for only $5 at our holiday pop-up event. Come see us, get your nails did by 10/10, check out the other amazing local artisans, and have an awesome cup of hand blended organic cocoa.

Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Killer Customs!


Our incredibly supportive friend is turning the big three-oh!

To celebrate we decided to make some cheeky customs that highlight her sense of humour.
No Pants No Problem is an intensely sparkly raspberry loaded with gold holographic shimmer.
Swipe Right is a bright blue packed with gold glitter and more holo dust! 

We at CANVAS really do love to make polishes from things that inspire us, and making custom shades for someone can sometimes be challenging, but it's so rewarding to truly make something bespoke and special.

The holidays are coming so if you want to treat someone, or yourself (!), to a custom lacquer, please contact us sooner than later to ensure your order is on time. Anyone in the local area is welcome to pick up their purchases at our pop-up event on Dec 6 - you could even get your nails did with your custom that day by 10/10 Nail Design.

It's like win, win, win no matter what! (Didn't think you'd find T-Pain quotes on this blog, didja?!?)

See you soon!


Meet Aunt Opal - Sneak Peek!


Time for another preview of polish to come! The second installment to our Vintages collection is Aunt Opal - so classic!

Aunt Opal by CANVAS lacquer
This is a clear based topper that can turn almost any existing shade into an extraordinary opalescent gem for your nails! It's full of multi-coloured subtly shifting flakies, small iridescent hexes and a smidgeon of rainbow holographic shimmer.
I'm sure we all know someone that only wears sheer, mother of pearl type shades, so even the most conservative of lacquerists can wear this - might look actually kinda cool on a bare nail - not that I would know - can never go nekkie! ha!

This will be released with The Good Silver and one more shade (it's still under wraps right now!) in the coming weeks.

Don't forget about our pop-up event Dec 6 for all you local peeps!


Friday, 7 November 2014

Sneak Peek - The Good Silver (and winter is coming!)


So many exciting things brewing at the CANVAS lacquer labs!

We'll be releasing a Vintages Collection made up of 3 shades that we will also be using in collaboration with Keepsake Jewellery!

The Good Silver by CANVAS lacquer

I just die! All the fashion blogs are calling grey the IT shade this season so naturally y'all NEED this perfect neutral. Our version is smokey and shimmery, cool yet cozy.
I'm wearing three thin coats, if you have shorter nails you may only need two. I'm wearing top coat on my RING FINGER ONLY so you can see it already has a lovely finish on its own, but like any other polish, you'll want to top coat to if you're trying to maximize wear time.

And since this is such a perfectly wintry shade, here's a bonus shot of The Good Silver as the base for one coat of Winter of '99.

It catches the light so beautifully! This is the only type of snow storm I can enjoy!


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Introducing One Of A Kind Section


Today I'm introducing the One Of A Kind section of our Etsy store!

Sometimes when we're testing and creating new shades, we come up with something great that, for various reasons, can't be reproduced en mass.
We still think these are lovely lacquers that could use a forever home, so we'll be listing these one-of-a-kind bottles at the store and bringing them to our local events.

Here's a quick look at a couple of these shades:

Winter Green - very aptly named, this is a white crelly loaded with different sizes and shades of green glitters. This reminds us of a snow covered pine forest.

Lilac Luster - a beautiful pale purple full of icy blue shimmer and an ethereal soft holo glow.

More additions to come! Favorite our store on Etsy to stay updated - these are one of a kind so once they're gone, they're gone for good!


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Bling It On


We're getting into the spirit of things with the release of this super sparkly gold glitter topper.
The complexity and depth of this lacquer is impossible to capture in pictures, but the holo and metallic catch so much light you won't stop staring at your nails!


This is now available at our Etsy store!


Happy Holidays and Thank You Sale!

If you're in the Toronto area we are having a holiday pop-up event on December 6th where we'll be showcasing tons of collaboration pieces with Keepsake and 10/10 as well as special promos.
If you can't make it, message us directly to get a shipping discount or discuss pick up options!