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In today’s post I’m sharing swatches of Sally Hansen’s new Miracle Gel Urban Dusk collection. Also launching with this collection is their new Miracle Gel Matte top coat – so fun!

As always, I’ve gone ahead and linked all of the shades to make it super easy for you guys to shop. Now let’s get into the swatches!

Neblue-la (shown here with both Miracle Gel Shine & New Matte top coat)

O-zone you Didn’t

Out of this pearl

Satel-lite Pink

Saturn It Up!

Finally we have Apollo You Anywhere – this shade is exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix for QC) in Canada!

♡ Lauren


If you’re looking for some exciting spooky reads to help with the post holiday blues, then you’re in luck! These books are interesting, well written, creepy and will keep you occupied and entranced through the winter months.

Here are the top thrillers to be cozying up with this winter:

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl follows Jessica Farris as she decides to make some quick money by entering into an NYU psychiatrist’s study about ethics and morality. Study leader, Dr. Lydia Shields, has Jessica mesmerized at first but as the expirements become increasingly manipulative and controlling in every aspect of Jessica’s life, it may be too late to stop.

A Stranger in The House by Shari Lapena

If you loved Shari Lapena’s ‘The Couple Next Door’, then prepare to be blown away by A Stranger in The House. Left with no memory after a terrible car accident, Karen Krupp sets out to piece together what happened and more importantly, why.

Call me Evie by J.P. Pomare

Seventeen year old Kate Bennet is held against her will in an isolated cabin by her captor, Bill, who claims he is hiding her there to protect her from something terrible she did back home in Melbourne. Bill says he’ll help her fill in the blanks of her shattered memory but something in his story just isn’t adding up.

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline’s Someone Knows is an addicting ride through Allie Garvey’s past that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat. Her dark secret has been eating away at her for over two decades, distancing her from everyone that she loves. The police were never involved but it seems that not getting caught is turning out to be a far worse punishment.

When The Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

In When The Lights Go Out, Jessie Sloan is forced to question her own identity after her ailing mother dies, leaving her to discover that her whole life has been a lie. As she begins making one bad decision after another, telling reality from illusion becomes increasingly difficult.

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

After surviving a family tragedy, Kennedy Jones sets out to keep her brother’s search through the cosmos alive when something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope. In a neighbouring county, Nolan Chandler picks up the same odd signal from his brother’s bedroom, the only problem is that his brother has been missing for two years. The two teens are drawn together by these signals and must work together to uncover the sinister origin.

♡ Lauren

Happy New Year everyone! Today I’ll be sharing a sneak peek of essie’s brand new Serene Slates Collection. This collection consists of 6 shades in Canada which much like last years Wild Nudes will become permanent (yay)! I haven’t been able to get my hands on these shades yet but I just couldn’t wait to share them with you guys so I did some digging and found some gorgeous swatches to share with you guys below!! UPDATE: I have all six shades to share with you below!

Here’s the lineup, now let’s dive into the swatches shall we? Oh and don’t worry, all of the shade names are shoppable links if you can’t wait to snag a few of these. 😉


Mindful Meditation is described as a dusky apricot beige cream


Toned Down is described as a steel grey cream with smoky cobalt undertones


Serene Slate  is described as a stone nickel grey cream


Gadget-free is described as a gun metal grey metallic


Generation Zen is described as a mauve taupe grey cream


On Mute is described as a charcoal grey cream

Super curious to know what you guys think of this collection? Will you be picking any up? x

♡ Lauren

*Polishes provided by essie for my unbiased consideration

If you want your nails to be ~on trend~ with Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 Living Coral, you’ve come to the right place!

Keep reading to discover my top 5 coral nail polish picks for 2019:

source Butter LONDON

Butter LONDON + PANTONE Colour of the Year Collection 2019

essie Gel Couture ‘exhibit a-line’, sadly unavail but a close match is Gel Couture ‘on the list’

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Malibu Peach

OPI Time for a Napa

essie ‘tart deco’

♡ Lauren

It’s no secret that I’ve been less than inspired by the beauty world lately – I find that companies are pushing out way too many products too frequently! That’s not to say there aren’t recent products or launches that I whole-heartedly love but I find myself gravitating more towards my non-beauty loves at the moment; anything home or style related and, of course, cooking. Or maybe that’s just life after getting married and buying + entirely renovating a house? Haha.

Ryan and I really let ourselves indulge after our wedding and it seems to have become a pattern since then (how has it already been over a year!?). As someone who’s had food sensitivities/intolerances and stomach issues my entire life this pattern has not done me or my body any good.  I decided that it’s time to start being more mindful of what I put into my body and as a result I’ve started posting more on my very neglected “food” account: @fromlaurenskitchen.  Feel free to follow me there if you want some healthier food inspiration! I’ve also decided to start posting more Life & Style photos on my main account; but don’t worry there will still be plenty of ~nail inspo~ ;).

My resolution for 2019 is definitely to put my happiness and health first and of course to focus on my blog and also very neglected YT channel. Do you find your priorities and interests change as you age? What are some of your resolutions? Let me know! x

♡ Lauren