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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


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

♡ Lauren

Hi guys! I wanted to give you all a little life update as well as share my best of beauty for 2016, as some of you may know I had originally hoped to get this post up as one of my first YouTube videos but it seems my YT debut will have to wait a tiny bit longer!

This past year has been incredible, full of highs and lows and so many amazing opportunities! My now fiancé and I got engaged last April in Paris and bought our first home (which we are in the process of re-modelling) in December – that on its own has taken up so much of my time, so I apologize if I haven’t been constantly active on social media. I also travelled a lot in the past year so it was tough not having constant access to chat with you all! I have such a good feeling about 2017 though and so many new, fun and exciting projects in the works- can’t wait to share them all with you! I’m so grateful to be able to share bits my life with you all and to have met such amazing people…who would’ve thought that you guys would become like a second family to me ♡

All right enough rambling, let’s get into my BEST OF BEAUTY 2016! I’m not sure if *all* of these were in fact launched in 2016 but regardless these were some of my favourite, new products (to me, at least!) that I kept reaching for throughout the year:


essie Gel Couture range

essie x ‘lauren’s list’ – I mean, you KNEW this one would make the list right? 😉

Sally Hansen Color Therapy range

L’Oreal Le Vernis à l’Huile range


Maybelline Color Jolt Lipsticks

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks

Colourpop x KL Ultra Satin Lip ‘November’ – all ultra satin lipsticks, really

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

TARTE Creamy Matte Lip Paints – this stuff does not budge!!


Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy & Bronze Palettes

Colourpop x KL KathleenLights Eyeshadow

TARTE Tartelette In Bloom Palette

L’Oreal Voluminous Priming Mascara

Maybelline Push Up Angel Mascara

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara


Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer

Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil

Benefit Ka-Brow Cream Gel

ABH Brow Definer


Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

MUFE HD Foundation Stick – perfect for travelling!

TARTE Empowered Hybrid-Gel Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

TARTE Shape Tape Concealer – totally worth the hype

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – smells amaze

ABH Glow Kit

Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector ‘Light Peach’


Philosophy The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel Duo

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycoic Night Serum

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid & Cream

L’Oreal Pure-Clay Face Masks

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Cream

Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes – perfect for travelling or those late nights

TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Clarisonic MIA Fit Cleansing Device

Kate Somerville Exfoli-Kate Exfoliator – this has been around for ages but it’s just SO good

Bioderma ATODERM Body Cream

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer


OUAI Wave Spray

OUAI Texturizing Hairspray

Pantene Alcohol-free Hairspray

Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray

Garnier Whole Blends Range

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil

So that’s about it, although I’m pretty sure there are a few (lot) I forgot to mention! I’m honestly such a beauty junkie and LOVE discovering new products! Help a girl out and let me know what some of YOUR favourites were through 2016 🙂

♡ Lauren

Hi loves! I’m baaack and this time I have the essie Spring 2017 collection to share with you all! I’m going to just jump right in as I was planning on having this post up a few days ago but WordPress was giving me a hard time… Plus I’m sure you’ve already seen some of the swatches pop up on the web.

SPOILER ALERT: Every single shade in this collection has the same AH-MAZING formula: super pigmented smooth creme!! My ABSOLUTE favourite and they were really such a joy to swatch – opaque with 2 thin coats ,even though you could get away with 1 ;).

Before we start swatching I’ll let you guys read the PR excerpt to get a better feel about this collection:

essie SPRING 2017 swatches:

‘B’AHA moment’ an enlightening pink pomegranate

‘backseat besties’ a delicate pink plumeria

‘all the wave’ a sapphire indigo

‘on the roadie’ a vibrant kelly green

‘designated DJ’ a plum sangria creme

‘excuse me, sur’ a sun-kissed coral mango

So what so we think – do we love them?! Personally I’m obsesed (ya I know what else is new) and I can’t wait for you guys to try!! What are some of your favourite shades? Currently, I’m dying over the kelly green.

The essie Spring 2017 collection will be available in beauty salons and retailers worldwide starting February 21, 2017 for $9.99. If you haven’t already, check out the swatches of their Ballet Nudes Gel Couture Collection and new TREAT, LOVE & COLOR care line! For more information on all things essie feel free to visit

♡ Lauren

Hi my essie lovers! Today I am so excited to share with you essie’s new nail care line TREAT, LOVE & COLOUR! Yes, “essie brings a little TLC to its signature sheers”, how excited are we?! TLC is their first advanced 1-step nail care + colour range with 60% less peeling and 30% less breakage in just one week. No base or top coat required!

TREAT: Restore dry, brittle nails to a healthy look in just 1 week

LOVE: Pamper your nails with a formula that locks in moisture and perfects

COLOUR: Enhance nails instantly with visually brightening pigments for a healthy glow

Let’s jump right in to swatching: 

‘treat me bright’ – (one thin coat) caring formula with collagen & camellia extract, nails look instantly perfected with brightening sheer powder white pigments

‘sheers to you’ – (one thin coat) caring formula with collagen & camellia extract, nails look instantly perfected with nurturing pink blush pigments

‘laven-dearly’ – (one thin coat) caring formula with collagen & camellia extract, nails look instantly perfected with neutralizing adorable sheer lavender pigments

I have to say that these all really did neutralize and perfect the appearance of my nails. Keeping in mind that this is a CARE line (not regular polish) and is meant to have subtle sheer coverage I really, really love them! Another thing that I love about these TLC shades is that the brush is wider and similar to the Gel Couture brushes (minus the twisted stem) which I think is perfect for sheer shades.

Active ingredients include:

MSM: an essential component of healthy nails, helps maintain nail integrity

COLLAGEN EXTRACT: a protein that provides strength and structure, largely found in the human body

CAMELLIA LEAF EXTRACT: a natural antioxidant extracted from the green tea plant

VISUALLY BRIGHTENING PIGMENTS: colour technology uses micro-fine layering to create subtle luminous effects

I’m dying to know what you guys think? Personally, 2017 has only just begun and I’m already loving all of these new launches from essie (you can check out their new Ballet Nudes collection here).

essie TLC is available in salons and beauty retailers worldwide starting January 2017 (that means right now!) for $11.99. For more information be sure to check out

♡ Lauren