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Hi guys! Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already… where does the time go!? I feel like it was New Years just yesterday. Anyway, today I wanted to share with you guys my review on Perfect Formula nail products, namely their Pink Gel Coat and Gel Coat Colors.

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I’m sure many of you have seen/heard about the infamous Pink Gel Coat. It claims to strengthen and brighten your nails while creating a sheer pink protein rich coating. It also seals and protects your natural nails so they can grow strong and long (um, yes please)! I’m currently still testing out the Pink Gel Coat as I wanted to give it time to work and deliver results but so far it seems to have protected and mended my nails. Huge essential during the colder, drier months! Way to go, Shari!

I was also lucky enough to be sent two Gel Coat Colors in Powder Pink and Light Taupe, which are lovely soft shades, perfect for anytime of the year. (I will swatch Powder Pink for you guys once I remove my Pink Gel Coat)

The great thing about these is that you don’t need a Base or Top Coat, you just apply straight onto clean, dry nails and you’re good to go! The formula is enriched with Keratin to create a thick, protein-packed coating that instantly seals, strengthens and protects your natural nails. I mean, who doesn’t want a formula that helps their nails grow long, strong, healthy and beautiful? I’m obsessing over Light Taupe as it gives the look of clean, neutral nails, plus it adds temporary thickness. These shades remove easily with any nail polish remover and it is recommended to remove the polish and re-apply once a week for full benefits. Check out the swatch below:

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Light Taupe | I love this shade! It applies flawlessly with two coats and I’m amazed at how much shine it gives without a Top Coat. I would definitely recommend it as a long-lasting, high shine and quick-drying polish.

Overall, I’m very impressed with their formula. Gel Coat Polishes are a great alternative to regular polish, especially if you want an all in one formula! I may have to figure out a may to get my hands on more colours!

Perfect Formula Nail Essentials are available at perfectformulas.com and select retailers. In Canada they are available at Sephora.

Have any of you tried their Pink Gel Coat or other products? I’d love to know!

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

Hi loves! It’s been (and still is) an odd, long Winter so I know a lot of you are dying to get your hands on some much deserved fresh new shades! The essie Spring 2016 collection will give you just that. With a mix of vibrant, fresh corals, neutrals and a forest green these colour pairings are unexpected to say the least… To be honest with you all when I first laid eyes on this collection I was a little underwhelmed, which totally sucked because 2015 was such a stellar year for essie. I felt like these colours were borderline boring and not Spring enough. I mean, where are all the pastels at!? That being said, once applied I changed my opinion – there are definitely some coup-de-coeur’s hidden in this bunch!

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“This season, the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris are filled… with jets. That’s right, from Heathrow to JFK, fashionistas and discerning travelers are packing up and taking off to the same place: Florida. With so many luxurious destinations to choose from, Florida offers every shade of fun in paradise. When Spring arrives, it’s impossible to resist the call of the beach – you really only have two options: head to the Sunshine State or if you can’t get away, try to cultivate a sunshine state of mind. Like the sun, fashion burns hotter in Florida. The six shades in essie’s newest collection reflect the spirit of Spring in chic retreats like Palm Beach. Striking the perfect balance between fashion forward and retro-glamour, this collection is bold, bright and up for anything. Splurge on a luxe resort? Of course. pool side service while you chat up the nearest lounge lover? Yes – that is definitely a do. It’s a high class affair and you’re on vacation, so live in the sun-drenced moment.”

Now that you’ve read the PR excerpt, let’s get to swatching!

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‘high class affair’ an amorous blush nude, I found this shade to be flesh-like and it took three coats to even out. Being so pale myself, I’m lucky that it has enough peach in it to balance it out. I’ve yet to see another essie in this shade, the closest I can think of is ‘perennial chic’ from last years Spring Collection.

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‘lounge lover’ pretty pink peach. I absolutely love this shade, it’s bright, fun and screams SPRING. The formula is great, too- can you believe that this is one coat!?

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‘sunshine state of mind’ blazing coral tangelo. I wasn’t sure about this one in the bottle but once applied it becomes a scorching hot coral! (Think neon minus the crappy formula) Again, this is ONE coat.

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‘shades on’ mysterious deep violet. A pretty shade, don’t get me wrong but I find it very blah… but I know a lot of you will love this one regardless! The formula is super, and opaque with one coat.

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‘poolside service’ refreshing cerulean blue. LOVE!! I think this is a great choice for Spring. Very transitional, and stunning! The formula is A+.

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‘off tropic’ lush grove green. This colour is AH-MAZING, but would better be suited in a Fall/Winter collection IMO. It reminds me of a mix between ‘stylenomics’ and ‘going incognito’.

My picks? ‘lounge lover’, ‘sunshine state of mind’ and ‘pool side service’. I honestly love ‘off tropic’ but don’t really see myself wearing it much during Spring. Do you guys want to see any comparisons? I’m also thinking of doing a giveaway for this collection, so let me know if you’d be interested!

The Spring 2016 Collection will be available as of February 16, 2016 in salons, drugstores and other beauty destinations across Canada. I’d love to know your thoughts on the essie Spring 2016 collection!

♡ Lauren

<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you all the Hello Kitty Collection by OPI (In stores as of January 2016). This collection contains 12 super cute limited edition shades which are available as regular polish and as GelColor.OPI-Hello-KittyPress Release:

“She’s a global symbol of friendship and fun. She made cuteness a culture in Japan and a fashion imperative everywhere.  Hello Kitty® is a pop icon with fans ranging from four to forever, and she is OPI’s newest muse. Hello Kitty by OPI celebrates all things happy, cute, colorful and sweet with 12 limited-edition nail lacquers and matching GelColor shades. “Hello Kitty generates happiness in a way that really resonates here at OPI, because we are seeking to do the same thing with color as our medium,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “We wanted to infuse this collection with all the charm and playfulness of its namesake,” adds Weiss-Fischmann, “Together with their names, these lacquers capture Hello Kitty’s world to perfection, and of course, many of the colors also echo runway trends we’ve seen for 2016.   Think delicious pinks, punchy primaries, pearly white and licorice black.” Indeed, OPI and Hello Kitty enthusiasts will face a candy store dilemma – which to choose from among Hello Kitty by OPI sweet and glittering pinks, bright reds, shimmering white shades, and more, for a limited time”

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Hello Kitty by OPI
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Kitty White | Pearl-of-a-girl white For someone who doesn’t like glitter or lots of shimmer I actually really like this one! It’s delicate, girly and you’re good to go with one coat! I also tried layering this one over other shades and it looked amaze.

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Charmmy & Sugar | Sparkly Pink for Pretty Pets This shade is like a medley of glitter/holo chunks and I’m loving it! It’s the epitome of Hello Kitty’s cuteness all bundled into one bottle. This is one coat but it looks equally as awesome layered.

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Let’s Be Friends! | This Cotton Candy Pink is my new Bestie What a gorgeous palate cleanser! Only downside is that it apply streaky if you don’t allow enough dry time between coats. That being said, this may be my favourite. It reminds me slightly of the OG essie ‘fiji’ formula.

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Look at My Bow! | This sweet-girl pink sits right at the top A cute mauve pink, I found this one to have a very thin formula with one coat, but two coats does the trick! What do you think? Isn’t she pretty?

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Small + Cute = ♥ | Do the math… This baby pink is perfect I couldn’t agree more! This is such a sheer, delicate and feminine pink! LOVE. One coat gives a soft girly hue, while two literally gives the perfect baby pink.

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Spoken From The Heart | I have deep feelings for this pretty coral Another thin formula but the colour is gorgeous! Who doesn’t appreciate a great coral?

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Starry-eyed For Dear Daniel | You will just love this fun pink super-glitter I do love it! This is one coat, and its jam-packed full of glitter. It kind of reminds me of those arts & crafts glitter bottles. Very fitting for this collection.

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Super Cute In Pink | The pinker, the better One can never have enough pink polishes. I have seen other swatches of this shade looking more *pink* but this is how it shows on my nails- almost highlighter purple. The formula is great, no streakiness.

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My Twin Mimmy | This sunny yellow is twice as nice I looove a great yellow polish every now and then and this is just that! Also an A+ for looking decent against my skin tone.

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5 Apples Tall | This apple red really measures up Another thin formula, as most reds usually are. Nothing stand out about this one. Your average red shade.

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My Pal Joey | This true blue is always there for you A tried and true cobalt blue that applies evenly and opaquely in one coat? I’ll take it.

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Never Have Too Mani Friends | Let’s “ink” a date for our next manicure Last but not least, your typical black shade… I can appreciate a darker hue being thrown in this bright mix & really, you can never have enough black polish.

Overall I really like this collection, the super cute pinks and glitters are what drew me in to begin with but it has just the right amount of edginess. I think it’s a perfect transitional collection to bring us from dark Winter hues to bright pops of colour for Spring… and who can resist Hello Kitty?

So now that you’ve seen them all, which ones will you be picking up? My personal favourites are Charmmy & Sugar, Let’s Be Friends! and My Twin Mimmy.

♡ Lauren

Hi lovelies,

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It’s the moment we’ve ALL been waiting for… STARRY STARRY NIGHT is back! Along with 5 other best-selling essie shades from the past 35 years, but let’s be honest SSN is the star of this collection (no pun intended). Honestly, who can blame us?! This shade has been lusted over ever since its release in 1985 (1997?) and has even been listed for over $700.00 on eBay!

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Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 7.59.29 AMAs you all know, I am completely and utterly OBSESSED with all things essie. 🙂 I just can’t help it… That’s why it pains me to say that this collection was met with mixed reviews. I mean, besides the fact that ‘starry starry night’ is finally back (for a limited time), most of the other shades are a bit too sheer. I guess that makes sense since they were best sellers in the past 35 years and trends are continuously changing! That being said, I still have SO much #essielove for this collection!! The concept of Retro Revival alone is mind-blowing. Between #essiebringback and this, it’s so cool to see a brand really listen to their fans and follow through.

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Let’s take a look below, so you can judge for yourselves:

RR swatches

“Here comes the life of the party, in a cocktail dress topped with a sequin sash for a touch of Vegas glamour. No doubt half the room is imagining her in her birthday suit – it’s not called The Strip for nothing. Anything goes in this town. Look over there: an “it” girl in a bikini with a martini is flirting with a hunky cabana boy. essie’s advice? Sit back and take in the celeb action from your corner table, this is one heck of a starry starry night.”

life of the party swatch

‘life of the party’ I have no complaints about this formula or shade, this “pinot noir pearl” really delivers in the sense of having pearl accents and applies evenly with two thin coats.

SSN swatch

‘starry starry night’ This was the first shade I tried (obviously) and it did not disappoint. Sheer midnight blue with tiny bits of silver sparkled embedded throughout. It’s not hard to see that this shade is mesmerizing. Like, can’t-stop-looking-at-your-nails mesmerizing. I may have to stock up on this one…

bikini with a martini swatch

‘bikini with a martini’ Ok. Not for me. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with the polish but frosted iridesent pink? Just not my style. That being said, if you layer on three coats of this shade it actually turns into a somewhat charming hue. Ok… maybe I like it a little. 🙂

sequin sash swatch

‘sequin sash’ Sheer glittery bronze. Although this one was born in 2005, it feel straight out of the 80’s. Unfortunately this is everything I do not like bundled into one nail polish. This took two thin coats.

birthday suit swatch

‘birthday suit’ LOVE this shade. The perfect delicate cheeky nude! I will definitely be wearing this again. This applied flawlessly in three thin coats!

cabana boy swatch

‘cabana boy’ Ultra-cool pearly white. Sounds like something your Grandma would wear, right? Wrong. This shade really stole my heart, and I’ve gotten so many compliments while wearing! The formula is amazing, too. You can wear one even coat, or layer it on for a more enticing look.

My picks? ‘starry starry night’, ‘birthday suit’ and ‘cabana boy’. Now that you’ve seen them all, what do you think of Retro Revival? … and how stoked are you that SSN is back?! Let me know!

Retro Revival will be launching in beauty salons, drugstores, and other beauty destinations across Canada and the US on January 5, 2016. Don’t forget to pre-order on Amazon, I have a feeling that these shades won’t last long on shelves. 😉

Which are you most excited for? (I’ll take a guess…)

♡ Lauren
<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

Hi lovelies!

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The holidays are right around the corner so I figured what better time to try out the nail stamping trend! It’s quick, easy and leaves you with flawless nail art.

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One of the best parts of nail stamping is that you don’t have to be good at nail art or have a steady hand! You can mix and match any shade that you like, add glitter, an accent nail, you name it – it’s all about letting your creative side show…

Keep in mind that I usually free hand my nail art so this is new for me, but I’ve become curious seeing the increasing amount of nail stamping that has taken over social media as of late.

Honestly, nail stamping kits are extremely hard to find in store, and usually when you order online you end up paying three times the amount in shipping and handling as they usually come from other countries (and take forever to arrive). Needless to say, I was super happy when I found out that Trade Secrets started carrying MoYou London! The MoYou London kits are priced at CAD $29.95 (they include a plate, polish and a separate bag with a squishy stamp and scraper) while single plates are priced at CAD $13.95. The stamp and scraper alone cost about CAD $16.95, while polishes vary from CAD $9.95 to CAD $19.95.  MoYou London is currently sold exclusively at Trade Secrets in Canada. I was lucky enough to receive the Holy Shapes starter kit, and The Pro stencil to get me started, but I also picked up the Festive stencil and starter kit because, well, it’s that time of the year and I couldn’t resist!

I’ll get right into my easy 5-steps to achieving flawless nail art using one of the designs in the Festive starter kit:

  1. Start with a base colour of your choice, I used OPI Love Is In The Cards as mine
  2. Fill in the section/design that you’d like to use in the stamping plate with your second shade, I used MoYou White Knight as mine
  3. Take your stamper and quickly roll it over the wet polish on the plate
  4. Transfer and roll onto your nail, again in a quick manner
  5. Clean up excess polish and seal in with a top coat

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If you’re into nail stamping or simply curious be sure to check out Trade Secrets (@tradesecretsca) for more information, as I mentioned before they are the only retailer in Canada that carries MoYou London. Fun fact: Trade Secrets is where I buy all of my nail polish, they always have really great deals and are usually the first to carry new collections! They will also be coming out with 6-9 new kits in the new year.

I am also doing a giveaway until December 16, 2015, see my Instagram for a chance to win your very own MoYou London ‘Festive’ Starter Kit! It’s perfect for the holidays- I can’t wait to see all of your designs! * GIVEAWAY CLOSED *

Happy Stamping! 🙂

♡ Lauren
*Post kindly sponsored by TRADE SECRETS. All opinions are always my own.*