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Hi lovelies!

It’s finally starting to feel like Spring – yay! I wanted to share some of my current go-to body care products with you guys; Palmer’s new Coconut Oil Formula line! My skin gets SO dry during the winter months so I’m constantly looking for ways to hydrate without feeling greasy and to ensure my skin is ready for warmer weather!

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula line drenches your skin with decadently rich moisture for radiant, nourished skin that gives you that “lit-from-within” look. They contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï Oil, infused with Tiaré flower petals.  The Coconut Oil products are free of harsh chemicals while still instantly boosting hydration and giving your skin an overall healthy glow.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil deeply hydrates and replenishes your skin’s moisture and radiance! Bonus points for absorbing fully and leaving no streaks on my clothing!

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Lotion contains high levels of natural fatty acids and proteins which are essential in keeping your skin healthy looking and glowy. I use this lotion everyday as it’s also non-greasy (like the body oil) and it just smells SO amazing.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Cream is a richer formula that helps soften rough skin; I love this one for my elbows!

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula line is available now at your local Walmart! The Body Oil and Lotion retail for $5.99 CAD while the Body Cream retails for $7.99 CAD.

I’m always on the look out for new body lotions and/or creams! If you have any other suggestions for non-greasy body lotions, feel free to shoot me a comment below.

♡ Lauren

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Hi Beauties!

I know that you guys have been guessing about my Sally Hansen collaboration for months now and it’s been killing me not being able to share with you sooner! I feel so blessed to have opportunities like these, but it makes me even happier to see how excited and happy YOU guys are when you see the sneak peeks!

Back in November, I had the pleasure of shooting Sally Hansen’s two upcoming collections with them! I didn’t create the shades, as some of you guessed (although how amazing would that have been!?) but I’m so excited to share that I am the face of their brand new Beautifier Collection!! SO EXCITING!!!!!

The NEW Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Beautifier Collection is a Canadian exclusive and, trust me, it’s the beauty routine your nails have been waiting for! Inspired by skin-care regimes and makeup routines, it’s your solution to achieving a gorgeous manicure. Every. Single. Time.

I really love how Beautifiers makes caring for and beautifying your nails fun! I get so many questions on how to care for your nails and this collection is the perfect solution! Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Prime & Beautify

The Complete Salon Manicure Nail Primer and the Complete Salon Manicure Nail Corrector both help to prep your nails for a beautiful manicure, depending on your nail’s individual needs.

  • Use 1 coat of the Complete Salon Manicure Nail Primer to smooth and fill in any bumps or ridges and give your nails a unified canvas.
  • The Complete Salon Manicure Nail Corrector works just like a concealer! It covers up any nail ridges and/or imperfections – a serious MUST if you’re going for a sheer shade.
  • You would use either the primer or corrector for your routine, depending on the state of your nails at the time of the mani.

Step 2: Colour

Apply your favourite shade of nail polish (see the NEW Sally Hansen Blushed Collection from the Complete Salon Manicure line below for some ideas!)

Step 3: Seal & Go

  • For a velvety-smooth finish, apply 1 coat of Complete Salon Manicure Matte Top Coat for flawless matte nails.
  • Looking for long-lasting glossy shine? Use 1 coat of Complete Salon Manicure High Gloss Top Coat to make your nails shine oh so bright!
  • If you’re looking for a speedy fix, apply the Complete Salon Manicure Fast Dry Top Coat – you’ll be ready to go in a pinch.

Wearing shade Rose to the Occasion from the Complete Salon Manicure Blushed Collection with Matte Top Coat

Step 4: Hydrate

Keep your nails beautiful and healthy with the Complete Salon Manicure Nail + Cuticle Serum. I like to use it to hydrate and refresh my manicures by applying on my cuticles and nails both during and between manicures.

Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Beautifier Collection will retail for $9.95 CAD and will be available at mass retailers across Canada starting February 2018. I’d totally love it if you guys snap a pic when you see the collection in stores and tag me!

Sally Hansen is also introducing seven NEW Complete Salon Manicure shades just in time for some much-anticipated, warmer spring weather – yay!

“Say “hello spring” with your nails using these gorgeous new shades from the Blushed Collection

Know-the-Espa-Drille – Lace ‘em up with a creamy, gray nude tone that coordinates with everything from leather to silk.

Off-the-Shoulder – Show a little skin in a sultry peach nude.

Blush Against the World – A sheer clean pink is the new neutral that will enhance every ensemble.

Rose to the Occasion – Elongate your digits with this fresh-picked muted pink (also can we talk about how GORGEOUS Rose to the Occasion looks with both the new Matte Top Coat and the High Gloss Top Coat!? Slightly obsessed).

One in a Melon – Cultivate a unique mani moment with a bright take on coral.

Killer Heels – Walk tall in a perfectly punchy pink red cream.

Red It Online – Indulge in a little smartphone session with a deep red cream hue.

Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Blushed Collection retails for $9.95 CAD and is available in stores as of February 2018. I’m super excited for you guys to get your hands on these collections, I think Sally Hansen knocked it out of the park with these and can’t wait to see what else is in store for 2018!

♡ Lauren

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Today I wanted to share this AMAZING chocolate chip shortbread recipe with you! Trust me, there’s a good reason it was named “Cookie of the Year” in 2017!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chilled salted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet dark chocolate, chopped (you want chunks, not thin shards of chocolate)
  • 1 large egg
  • Raw sugar, for rolling
  • Flaky sea salt for sprinkling

Beat the butter, granulated and brown sugars, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour, and mix until combined. Add chocolate chunks and mix just until incorporated. Mixture should look crumbly.

Divide between two sheets of parchment paper and form the dough, using your hands, into log shapes about 2 to 2 1/4 inches in diameter. Chill dough until totally firm, about 2 hours.

Once dough is chilled, heat your oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly beat the egg brush it over the sides of your dough. Sprinkle some raw sugar onto parchment paper and roll the logs into it, coating them evenly.

Using a sharp serrated knife, cut logs into 1/2-inch thick rounds. You will hit some chocolate chunks, so be gentle. Arrange the cookie slices on prepared baking sheets one inch apart (they don’t spread much) and sprinkle each cookie with a few flakes of salt. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until cookie edges are beginning to get golden brown. Let cool slightly before transferring to wire racks.

Please note that this is not *my* recipe, but wanted to share for those of you who haven’t heard or tried it yet. It’s totally life changing, and oh so worth it! You can also freeze the dough logs for later use.

♡ Lauren

Happy New Year lovies!

Wow! It’s been a long time since my last post. As most of you are aware, 2017 was a crazy year for me – I got married, settled into a new house, adopted two kitties and finally took the plunge into YouTube (more on all of this to come, I promise)!

For now I thought I’d jump on here quickly to say hi and also share my recent SAS Bath & Body Works haul in which I *finally* completed my 2014 Sweet Shop Collection. Yes, along with all things beauty I’m also obsessed with… candles!

I picked up Bubblegum, Frosted Cupcake, Raspberry Peach Macaron, Lemon Drops, Lavender Marshmallow, Strawberry Sorbet and Honey Cinnamon Crumb Cake – some of these scents are still available on their website, but they’re going fast.

Are any of you as obsessed with candles as me!? I absolutely LOVE Bath & Body Works, Diptyque, Byredo, Jo Malone, Yankee Candle and DW Home. Let me know some of your faves below – I’m always interested in discovering great new brands/scents!

I’m so, so, SO excited for all to come in 2018; especially expanding LL to include recipes, fashion & decor!

Talk soon,

Lauren