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Happy Monday beauties! Super excited to have teamed up once again with Trade Secrets to host a spring giveaway! The thought behind this particular giveaway is to “Revamp Your Look for Spring” – meaning it includes everything you’ll need to pamper yourself from head to toe. Interested? Keep reading to find out the official rules and learn more about all of the included products!

Design.ME Hair: PowerDry.ME

PowerDry.ME is a lightweight hair mist that forms a thin layer around damp hair fibers which creates better cuticle alignment, therefore better air flow. Excess water is repelled allowing for up to a 50% faster dry time. It also offers heat + UV protection and frizz control

AG Hair Care: REVAMP Keratin Spray

The AG REVAMP volume finishing spray provides extra body and long lasting hold for dry, styled hair. “Hair-restructuring keratin amino acids build bigger, thicker and stronger hair, while a humidity-resistant, low alcohol formula provides maximum support and terrific shine. Ultra-fine misting and fast drying, Revamp also adds all day freshness with its hint of white tea ginger.” – I LOVE this because you can reapply as often as needed and it won’t way your hair down. Scroll to the bottom to learn how to snag one of these AG REVAMP sprays for free!

Wet Brush Pro: Detangle Hair Brush

I’ve been using the Wet Brush for years and no other brush compares. Seriously, even my salon uses them. If you want to flawlessly detangle/brush your hair out of the shower without any tugging, tearing, pulling or ripping then you NEED this. I have super fine, thin hair that I also highlight (aka bleach) and my split ends and hair loss have reduced dramatically since I started using my Wet Brush.

GS Professional oCurl. Twister: Ceramic Tourmaline Curl Perfecting Wand

The GS Professional oCurl Twister  has an “elliptical shaped barrel that creates an edgy wave.” It’s tourmaline-infused ceramic plates emit negative ions that help seal the cuticle, eliminate static and lock in moisture at the same time. If you want super trendy soft waves then you’ll just die over this curling wand, it’s almost like a modern day crimper (and I mean that in the best possible way!).

*Heats up to 450°F, has universal voltage and super easy for travelling. Want a unique, edgy look?

essie Gel Couture in ‘rock the runway’ and Gel Couture Top Coat

I mean, do I even have to go in to detail on this one? You all know how obsessed I am with essie and their gel couture line. 😉 So stoked to be able to share this gorgeous red, ‘rock the runway’ plus topcoat with one lucky winner!

Finally for makeup we have a DECA mascara in black along with a Tweezerman Lash Curler for extra dramatic lashes, DECA lipstick in ‘Lavender Rose’ and matching lip liner in ‘Pink Delight’. Here’s a little extra information about deca cosmetics in case you’re not familiar with the brand: “Deca Professional Cosmetics is a new, Toronto-based premium line of mineral-based makeup for the face, eyes and lips. Suitable for both the everyday user and professional makeup artist, Deca Professional Cosmetics was created to enhance the beauty of every woman. The research and development of Deca was lead by Lynda Gardiner, director of product development and training with 30 years of industry experience. Gardiner has worked with well-known cosmetic brands such as M.A.C., Elizabeth Arden, Faces and The Body Shop.”

This is an Instagram-only giveaway – here’s how to qualify:

*You must be following both @laurenslist and @tradesecretsca on Instagram

*You must like and tag two friends in the comments on this post

*Contest begings Monday, March 13th and ends Sunday, March 19th at 11:59pm. The lucky winner will be announced on Monday, March 20th

*Open to Canadian residents only

As mentioned, Trade Secrets is currently having a promotion where until March 24th, if you spend $55.00 or more at you’ll get a full-size AG Revamp Spray for FREE! Head on over to Trade Secrets for more information.

What do you guys like to see most in giveaways? Please let me know in the comments below!

♡ Lauren

Hello essie lovers! I know it’s been a while but I’m back! Again, a little bit on why I’ve been so MIA the past couple of months: my fiancé and I bought our very first house (that we are completely re-modelling) and we are also getting married this October!! So obviously this collection is very special to me – I always wondered what the essie bridal shades would be the year that I got married and now I finally know! I also love how they’re more “fall” appropriate shades (although I’m a firm believer that you can wear any shade, any season) – it’s as if essie and I are always on the same track. 😉

This year essie’s bridal collection comes in gel couture form and it’s also in collaboration with designer Monique Lhuillier! Besides being very special to me for personal reasons, this collection is essie’s first ever bridal designer collaboration… pretty exciting! Let’s find out a little bit more about the collection before we dive into swatching:

“From the moment a woman lays her eyes on her engagement ring, her manicure becomes the centerpiece of countless photos, special wedding moments. to help ensure she has a picture perfect manicure for every occasion along the way, essie is thrilled to introduce the new, limited edition essie gel coutureTM bridal collection by Monique Lhuillier. Monique Lhuillier, acclaimed couture bridal designer, has collaborated with essie to create the modern bride’s “something new” in six feminine and romantic longwear shades—ranging from traditional pinks and sheers to the more daring berry reds and soft sage crèmes. dreaming up a vision of romantic femininity, the essie gel couture™ bridal collection by Monique Lhuillier features the designer’s signature blush pink colour and incorporates elements of her favorite laces, bridal bouquets and whimsical aesthetic. “I was so happy to partner with essie for the gel couture bridal collection,” says Monique Lhuillier. “I created shades that fit every bride, perfectly complementing their dress and beauty. On my wedding day, that meant a traditional soft pink based manicure to complement the intricate detailing on the bodice and skirt of my dress. For some brides, that means a pop of berry red or metallic gold to balance a simple, elegant silhouette. This collection has something for every bride, bringing that ‘perfect fit’ feeling right down to her fingertips.” Lhuillier’s approach to couture bridal designs ensures her brides feel beautiful and glamorous. the designer incorporates luxurious fabrics and silhouettes to flatter a woman’s body with the perfect fit, paying close attention to every detail. this same attention to detail is intrinsic to the essie gel coutureTM bridal collection, offering an assortment of lust-worthy couture colours and top coat that perfectly apply to the nail in just two easy steps.”

“Experience bridal couture like never before. with every blush-worthy detail crafted to perfection you will instantly understand why dress is more. designed for you by Monique Lhuillier to fall berry in love, each bridal creation is a masterpiece full of elegance and flare that you will want to have & to gold. so before you sage you love me and lace to the altar, let’s enter our world of couture and get ready for your big day.”

‘lace to the alter’ “whether you walk, run or sashay down the aisle, you’ll love getting caught up in the rush of this soft elegant ivory sheer accented with iridescent pearls.” Okay a sparkly shade that becomes opaque with two coats?! This *might* be my favourite out of the whole collection!! Not only is ‘lace to the alter’ stunning on it’s own, it looks equally as nice (if not better!) layered over other shades.

‘dress is more’ “keep it simple? not this bride-to-be. in this sheer creamy white that’s dusted with pink, more is more when it comes to wedding nails.” This is definitely a classic bridal shade (not meant to be fully opaque), shown here is two coats. ‘dress is more’ is a soft sheer neutral perfect for any bridal season.

‘blush worthy’ “big day, fab dress, and this feminine peony pink speckled with gold – it’s blushing perfection for bridal nails, before you say “I do.”” Ahhh. This. Is. Gorgeous. ‘blush worthy’ reminds me of a blush toned jelly polish with fairy dust sprinkled throughout! SO elegant! I applied two coats here.

‘sage you love me’ “shout it from the rooftops: this soft dusty gray with a kiss of green undertones is the perfect match to your wedding bouquet.” This truly is a gorgeous sage shade, and the formula is perfectly opaque and even with two coats.

‘to have & to gold’ “love at first sight! from your wedding day forward, this chic vintage rose gold is yours for keeps.” LOVE. What a goregous rose-gold! It’s like ‘penny talk’ but amplified! Although it looked great with two coats I applied three for more impact.

‘berry in love’ “over the moon for the honeymoon? this deep, dazzling plum red makes sweet hearts beat even faster.” One of the things I love most about this shade is that it applied so evenly, which is usually rare for deep berry toned shades. Shown here is two coats.

What do we think?! Do we love? Do we have a favourite? Personally, my favourite’s are ‘lace to the alter’ and ‘blush-worthy’. Oh and I need your help! Should I choose one of these shades for my bridal manicure or go with another essie bridal (or core) shade? Please let me know in the comments below!! (My theme is blush & burgundy and there are pops of sage in my bouquet, my wedding is in the fall – October 1st)

The essie gel couture Bridal 2017 collection will be available at salons and beauty retailers worldwide starting April 18, 2017 for $13.99 each. To see swatches of the Resort 2017 collection (out March 21st worldwide), click here. For more information on all things essie related please visit essie.ca.

♡ Lauren

Hello essie lovers! I have a special post to share with you today, not only do I have swatches of the new Resort 2017 collection I am also going to share a few highlights from my interview with Rebecca Minkoff!

Rebecca Minkoff is a fashion designer and all around girl boss who joined essie as their Global Colour Designer in 2015. They have actually been partnering together at fashion week since 2011 so it was a natural fit. Why are Rebecca and essie so perfect for each other? It’s simple, really, women come to both brands for their ability to predict trends, fashion authority and most importantly colour, colour, colour! I’ve always thought of essie as a luxurious yet affordable brand for nails and Rebecca’s style perfectly embodies that while bringing a fashionable, fun approach to each seasons must-have colours. You all know that I’ve been obsessed with essie ever since I can remember, but I have to admit that I’ve been even more excited for each collection ever since Rebecca joined their team!

Rebecca gets most of her inspiration for the seasonal collections from places she’s travelled, women she’s met and most importantly colour! She describes the inspiration behind the resort collection as a fantasy destination (this years inspiration is Italy’s Amalfi Coast). Think of a place you have been dreaming of travelling to – from the textures to the colours, food and landscapes your entire travel fantasy is translated into four gorgeous, must-have shades!

As for her favourite essie shade of all time? It’s obviously way too hard to choose just one but right now she likes to mix ‘licorice’, with ‘bordeaux’ or ‘after school boy blazer’ to create a deepened, extra-dark custom shade. Of course ‘flowerista’ will always have a special place in her heart as it was the first shade she ever created with essie. As for her current most desired shade? ‘backseat besties’ from the Spring 2017 collection, a creamy millennial pink (which is totally having a moment right now, by the way).

I also got the scoop on some lust-worthy up-coming collections but unfortunately I have to stay tight-lipped for now! Trust me you guys are going to LOVE what essie and Rebecca have in store for 2017!

Check out the Resort 2017 collection swatches below:

‘resort romanza’ a bright, optimistic red

‘strike a pose-itano’ a calm aqua blue

‘ciao effect’ a lavender purple with a pretty blue undertone

‘sorrento yourself’ a neutral earthy brown with hints of red

“These four new essie Resort 2017 shades set the mood for a getaway season filled with authentic linen moda, sleek sunglasses, and embellished sandals. Punch up the look and create classic beauty with camellia crimson, go fashion forward with a striking rose-tinged terracotta, flirt with a kiss of lilac, or just dive in with aquamarine blue. There’s a little bit of Italian coastal flare for everyone in this perfectly edited assortment.” – essie Canada press release

Once again I really enjoyed each shade in this collection – the formulas were consistent, easy two-coat cremes. I just LOVE ‘resort romanza’ and ‘sorrento yourself’ (Rebecca’s favourite from Resort!), which shade is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

The essie Resort 2017 collection will be available at beauty retailers and salons worldwide starting March 21, 2017 for $9.99 each. To see swatches of the Spring 2017 collection, which was also designed by Rebecca Minkoff click here. For more information about Rebecca Minkoff, visit rebeccaminkoff.com, for all things essie related please visit essie.ca.

♡ Lauren

Hi my loves! Can you believe it will be February 1st tomorrow? I’m freaking out a little bit… I feel like January just flew by and now Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day is especially special to me as it marks my fiancé and I’s six year anniversary (lots of exciting stuff to look forward to this year) so I’m very excited.

Today I want to share some of my favourite Valentine’s nail designs with you all, using polishes from Trade Secrets (they’re having a HUGE nail polish sale right now!!). You guys continuously ask where I find/buy my nail polishes (when I don’t receive samples from companies) and it’s always Trade Secrets. I have yet to find another company with better prices, promotions and selection (both online and in store).

For these looks, I wanted to mix traditional V-Day nail art with a trendier touch, because whether you’re celebrating with your girlfriends or your significant other, cute nails are a MUST! Check out some of my current favourites below:

Wire Work ‘LOVE’ Nails

First there was the shattered glass manicure and now there’s wire work nails! Inspired by nail genius Eun Kyung Park, I used thin rose-gold wire to create this flirty wire look for Valentine’s Day. While you can opt for a clear base I paired mine with essie’s ‘blanc’ for a softer look.

Wearable Glitter Cuticle

Glitter cuticles are also having their moment but when I first posted about it a lot of you were wondering how long the glitter would actually last on your skin. To answer your question, not long at all! So I decided to create a wearable ruffian glitter “cuticle” nail look using essie’s ‘french affair’ & ‘bikini so teeny’.

Soft Kisses

Have you guys tried essie’s TLC line yet? They’re amazing for faking a perfect negative space base. I used essie TLC ‘sheers to you’ and ‘lovie dovie’ for the kisses giving the illusion of soft pink lip gloss.

A Touch Of Chrome

Sometimes understated is the way to go! Get this soft, girly look using ‘lace me up’ from essie’s Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection and chrome striping tape. I’ve heard a lot of you are having trouble getting your hands on the Ballet Nudes collection and they’re available right now in store at Trade Secrets.

XOXO Nails

Nothing says Valentine’s Day more than bold red nails. Re-create these fun, flirty XO nails using essie Gel Couture shade ‘rock the runway’ and ‘no place like chrome’.

Until February 24 Trade Secrets is having their nail polish sale where you can buy 2 polishes and get 1 for FREE!! There will be select essie, OPI, OPI Infinite Shine, Vinylux and Color Club shades to choose from- and if you don’t have a store near by ALL orders ship for free online (no minimum purchase required)! Visit Trade Secrets and @tradesecretsca for more information.

How will you be painting your nails this Valentine’s Day? Are there any other looks you’d like to see? Let me know!

♡ Lauren

Hi guys! Today I have the CND New Wave Collection to share with you all – this collection boasts high octane colour and gives iconic style a fresh, bold take aka it’s the perfect assortment of shades for spring! As always, CND Vinylux nail polish delivers 7-day, chip resistant wear. It’s also fast-drying and only takes 2 easy steps to achieve flawless coverage.

“This is the season to go for bright, vibrant extremes! Think 1980s style combined with the intricacy of 3D printing and laser light technology. Long gone is the simple ‘accent nail’ – the new trend for Spring is the ‘split-style mani’ featuring a unique and contrasting look on each hand as seen on the Libertine runway at New York Fashion Week!” Jan Arnold

Let’s take a look at CND’s vibrant New Wave shades (below)!

Video Violet

Pink Leggings

Blue Eyeshadow

Jelly Bracelet

Banana Clips

Ecstacy

I have to say that I am constantly impressed by CND’s Vinylux formula and shade range. It always delivers a full coverage application with 2 coats (with the exception of sheer shades, of course) and becomes extra shiny and durable once paired with the Vinylux Weekly Top Coat. This collection brings the perfect pop of vibrant shades needed for spring.

The CND New Wave Spring 2017 Collection is available now at Trade Secrets and select beauty salons for $12.95 CAD. To find out more about CND nail polishes visit CND.com.

♡ Lauren