Friday, June 5, 2015

Let me introduce you to Andrew Banar...
...a 24 year old that was recently named one of Canada's 2015 Down Syndrome Heroes. Andrew was born with Down Syndrome and has been challenged with many of the associated health issues. But that does not stop Andrew!

Together with his mom Karen Pickle, Andrew founded Group Hug Apparel, originally a t-shirt company featuring his hand drawn designs. His goal was to raise a little money so that he could go to college. His "little" company has grown in the last seven years to include totes, aprons, hoodies and baby onesies.
Andrew has also used his company as a way to give back. He donates a portion of his sales from various community festivals and events to a number of local charities. To date, Andrew has donated over $35,000 to such charities as W.E. Care For Kids, the Children’s Health Foundation at the London Sick Kids Hospital and many more.

Andrew spends a good part of his spare time working on his "Andrew's Helping Sick Kids One T-shirt At A Time Campaign" where he sends new teddy bears and Group Hug Apparel t-shirts (or onesies depending upon how tiny his recipient is!) to kids around the world who are sick in the hospital or going through treatment for an illness. Andrew sends his love and support in a personal letter with each package to keep them brave and strong. Say it together "Awe...!"
He also asks others to pay it forward every year for his birthday with his #bethereasonsomeonesmilesday. He sends out a request to all friends and family to celebrate his birthday with a random act of kindness for the day.

And the sweetness doesn't stop there!

Andrew is always looking for the perfect shade of pink polish for his girlfriend... he decided to partner with me to create a custom shade inspired by her.

I am extremely proud to introduce our collaboration…Julia. A bright bubble gum, hot neon pink shimmery polish with light microglitter, silver flakes and a smidge of holographic sparkle. Super girly!
Julia is available for pre-order starting NOW! 

$3.00 from the sale of each bottle will go toward Andrew's Helping Sick Kids One T-Shirt At A Time Campaign.

Orders containing Julia will be shipped beginning the week of June 22nd.

Check out this behind the scene shot of Andrew helping to create the first batch of Julia. If Andrew had more time on his hands I'd be hiring him! (You can see more pictures of our day HERE!)
What about college you ask? Did Andrew go?

YES HE DID! He proudly graduated from the St. Clair College Life Skills Program in June of 2014.
There is so much more that I could share about this awesome young man! I feel like I have barely touched on all of the great things he has accomplished! Take a moment and check out a short documentary on Andrew's story HERE.

Please be sure you check out his website Group Hug Apparel, and don't forget to follow him (and his many adventures) on FacebookTwitter (@grouphugapparel) andInstagram (@grouphugapparel).

Happy shopping!
Girly Bits Cosmetics
P.S. If you are local to Kingsville, Ontario Canada there is a celebration dinner being planned in Andrew's honour for Friday, June 19th starting at 5pm atColasanti's Tropical Gardens. Tickets can be purchased online HERE on the Group Hug Apparel site or locally at Beachcomber Hot Tubs Kingsville (149 Lansdowne Ave. Kingsville, ON 519-733-8826) or at ShopEco (378 Devonshire Rd. Windsor, ON 519-256-0220)

Don't live in or around Kingsville but still want to donate? Donations can be made in $20 increments by purchasing an event ticket on the Group Hug Apparel site. Please add the note DONATION ONLY upon checkout. For donations in other denominations, please contact Karen (Andrew's mom) directly.
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Can I Get A Hoop! Hoop! for Neon Brights?

Inspired by the hottest exercise craze (and my newest hobby), hula hooping, I am excited to announce the upcoming release of my latest collection "Hoop! There It Is".
"Hoop! There It Is" is a super fun, extremely colourful collection of neon brights, coming just in time to pretty up your pedi's for the warm weather!
The collection consists of 10 neon bright cremes and one silver/holo/black/white glitter topper to add more variety to your mani's and pedi's.
Hoop! There It Is Collection of 11 - Launch Promo Price
Save $1 off each polish for a limited time! That's $121CAD for the 11 piece collection.
{Did I mention that includes free shipping within North America}
Get your sunglasses ready and check out the beautiful, drool worthy swatches* below, courtesy of Lisa at Cosmetic Sanctuary!
(Bottle shots by GirlyBits Cosmetics)
*All of the swatches are over a bare nail, and not over a white base
I've Got High Hoops is a bright blue creme with purple undertones. Best described as a deep periwinkle.
Summer cannot come fast enough for my new hooping obsession, especially for my family and dog. My "high hoops" have bounced off the ceiling and walls of my living room so many times now that everyone clears the room when they see me get my hula hoop out!

Get Indie Flow is a vibrant grape purple creme.
The merging of my two current loves inspired the creation of Get Indie Flow. I love 'Indie' anything, from polish to bath and body, to jewelry. Independent artists have my heart. And flow arts in general are simply mesmerizing. Finding my hooping flow is my long term goal.

Hip Hoop Hurray! is a neon violet purple creme.
In my excitement to dive right into my new hobby the day my custom hoops arrived in the mail (Hip Hoop Hurray!! hoop mail!!),  I failed to consider the injury possibilities.  Note to self: polish name inspirations should come after beginning a new exercise regime - see Thump Your Melons!

Don't Paddle Break A Nail is a bright pink creme with violet undertones.
Paddle-breaks is a hula hooping trick that I am really excited to learn. There are so many crazy variations of it and it just looks so cool and FUN! I have yet to succeed (remember I've Got High Hoops?) but I keep practising breaks and reversals and in the process I have come really close to breaking a few nails instead. Seems fitting!


You're My Hooper Hero is a hot pink neon creme, with coral undertones. SO bright and fun.
I was inspired by @smashley_spins to begin my ‪‎hoop journey‬, and I have since met lots of other fabulous hoop mamas. 

Hoop! There It Is is a neon coral/pink creme.
Named just because there had to be one called Hoop! There It Is, and I would LOVE a hoop this colour!!

Thump Your Melons is a fun neon orange creme that is perfect for summer!
This beauty was inspired by some of my failed attempts at chest and shoulder hooping. And Thump Your Melons is a much funnier name than "Give yourself a fat lip with your hula hoop"!

These Hips Don't Lie is a vibrant neon yellow creme.
No exciting inspiration for the name on this one, other than the song name seemed to suit the collection theme well! And I bet Shakira can hula hoop in her sleep with those hips!!

Hooperchondriac is a bright neon green creme.
Marrying one addiction with another - hooping and polish. I need help, but that's nothing new!

It's Hoop To Be Square is a vibrant neon lime green creme.
I bet it's hard to hula hoop with a square hoop. Unless you are Shakira. I bet she can do it!

You Spin Me 'Round is a super sparkly glitter topper with various sizes of black and white glitter, silver flakes and silver holographic dust in a clear base.
Just like my hula hoops spinning 'round and 'round, this versatile glitter topper will get around too. Get around the whole collection that is.

 The 'Hoop! There It Is' collection also looks incredible with our matte top coat, Polish Matte'rs, and might even be my favourite way to wear it.

But wait, how do they water marble you ask?! I have been told "Water marbling with these are the best ever!!"
Check out the ah-mazing job done by @lylynails below. Stunning!

Mark Your Calendars!
This Amazing Collection Will Be Launching On Sunday, April 19, 2015 At 12noon EDT.

Happy Shopping!
The Girly Bits Team
NOTE: Neon bright shades are notoriously difficult to photograph, Girly Bits Cosmetics bloggers have shared the swatch pictures that they feel is the best representation of the polish as they see it. Please keep in mind that while these are as accurate as possible, monitor settings can vary and they will look different on different screens. Girly Bits Cosmetics reports finding the biggest differences when viewing the same picture on a tablet vs. a PC or laptop.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Top 25 Sellers of 2014: Part Two

Yesterday we brought you Part One of our Top 25 Sellers of 2014. Today we finish off the list with our Top 10!

#10 Seriously Sassy ~ a royal purple jelly, with blue to purple colour shifting glitter. Created in collaboration with Sassy Shelly, for her 2 year blog anniversary.
Swatch courtesy of Sassy Shelly

#9 Ho-Ho-Hope ~ a violet/magenta linear holo.
Swatch courtesy of IG @lacquerloon

#8 No Such Thing As A Purple Problem ~ a grape purple jelly micro glitter with silver holo sparks, dark purple, copper and aqua shimmer.
Swatch courtesy of Globe & Nail

#7 Protect Your Girly Bits ~ a purple scattered holographic polish, accented with flashes of red micro glitter.
Swatch courtesy of Schette

#6 Shift Happens ~ a dramatic colour shifing topper in a sheer red-purple base.
Swatch courtesy of Manic Talons

#5 Eggnogoholic ~ a soft winter white with just the right amount of gold glitter.
Swatch courtesy of Chalkboard Nails

#4 D!ck In A Box ~ a deep charcoal gray tightly scattered holo.
Swatch courtesy of Set In Lacquer

#3 Too Hot For Pants ~ a glowy fuchsia-red jelly, loaded with red and fuchsia shimmer and holo micro glitter.
Swatch courtesy of IG @honeybee_nails

#2 Get Weaponized ~ a teal linear holo with purple and magenta iridescent sparkles. Created in collaboration with Nicole from Nail Polish Wars for her Two Year Blogaversary!
Swatch courtesy of Nail Polish Wars

#1 A Stripper Has Been Sleeping In My Bed ~ a clear based holo micro glitterbomb that will knock your socks off, or your stripper boots, which ever you favour. It is dense enough to be worn in 2-3 coats alone, or in one coat layered over your favourite colour. Created in celebration of our 2nd Anniversary (September 2013).
Swatch courtesy of Peachy Polish

Thank you, thank you, thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your continued love and support. We are looking forward to bringing you many new and exciting shades in 2015!

Did your favourite make the Top 25? Let us know! 
(Even if it didn't, we would still love for you to share what your 
favourite Girly Bits shade is.)

~ The Girly Bits Team

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