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Hi essie lovers! I hope that you are all enjoying the holidays! 🙂 Today I have swatches of the new Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection. As with most seasonal releases, this collection contains 6 shades – in this case they are all gorgeous neutral cremes! (my favourite)!

“Fashion loves the ballet. The beauty, the wonder and of course, the style. At last, the ballet’s romantic femininity and uncompromising detail graces audiences with gel couture ballet nudes by essie. Take center stage with ballerina finesse in these six magnificently neutral, longwear shades. From misty rose pink to soft shimmer gray, captivate audiences with effortlessly elegant colour and a high quality performance that provides up to 14 days of wear.

Tutus, tights and ballet looks have inspired designers, fashionistas and creatives of all types to envision some of their most iconic creations. essie gel couture debuts these stunning crème nudes that deliver lust-worthy colour and impeccable gel-like shine. You can leap, plié and pirouette for weeks with a long-lasting essie manicure, and all in just 2 easy steps.

Step into your satin slipper and meet me at the barre – let’s dance a pirouette or two before closing night starts. when the curtain is drawn and the spotlight is on, hold the position with perfect posture like a prima ballerina. whether you lace me up or lace me down, my ballet nudes look on pointe.” – essie Canada press release

‘satin slipper’ This was the only shade in the whole collection that needed 3 (thin) coats – it is a really pretty pale pink/beige shade with the slightest shimmer throughout.

‘lace me up’ I am totally obsessed with pale pink shades and this one is no exception. 2 coats and you’re left with this cream perfection.

‘at the barre’ I really love this one also, it’s a great neutral and the formula is amazing!

‘hold the position’ Again, a perfect formula and I love the colour (I don’t know why but it seems to look much better in person).

‘perfect posture’ My favourite out of the collection (although how can I pick just 1?) I am currently wearing this shade right now and will be repeatedly through the new year.

‘closing night’ I also love how they included a grey/purple shimmer in this collection. It’s gorgeous!

I don’t know about you guys but I will be wearing these on repeat through January.. it’s the perfect post holiday collection and a great palate cleanser! As you can see I don’t have any complaints – the formulas are amazing and shade selection on point! I hope that you all love this collection as much as I do!

The essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection will be available at beauty salons and mass retailers starting January 2017. For more information be sure to check out essie Canada and @essiecanada.

♡ Lauren

With Christmas only one week away, I know I’m not alone when I say I’m spending my weekend holiday gift shopping. However, it can be tough to find the right gift for everyone. To make it easier for you I’ve compiled a list of perfect (beauty) gift ideas:



Philosophy Sparkling Hollyberries Gift Set


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Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge Gift Set


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Clarisonic mia FIT


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essie Winter 2016 Collection


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Though it may not seem like it, finding cute stocking stuffers is sometimes harder than doing your actual Christmas shopping! Try these beauty sets for a modern take on the usual chocolate and candies:

CND Vinylux Starstruck Sets – ‘Dark Diamonds’ & ‘Emerald Lights’


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NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette


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imPRESS Gel-Manicure Press On Nails


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Kylie Cosmetics – Holiday Edition


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Formula X To Go Mini Set


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What’s on your Christmas list this year?

♡ Lauren

Hi lovelies, I can’t believe that it’s officially holiday season! Between baking holiday treats, prepping for parties and spending time with family and loved ones it truly is the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also my favourite time of the year for nail art! Coordinating your *holiday nails* to match the traditional red-white-green shades of the season, however, may seem a tad over the top. I used to love painting all of that stuff on my nails growing up, but now? Not so much. But just because I’m not painting Santa Claus on my nails this year doesn’t mean that they won’t be festive!

I opted to stick with chic holiday themed nails this year using five gorgeous shades from Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Holiday collection: Bordeaux Glow, Boho a-Go-Go, Midnight Mod, V-Amplified and Game of Chromes. Miracle Gel is an easy two-step zero light gel system, more chip-resistant than regular polish. It can last up to 14 days so you won’t have to worry about your mani lasting through the holidays (and it removes easily with regular polish remover)!

Here are four of my favourite, festive and fun nail art looks to get you in the holiday mood:



Candy canes are a staple in my house during the holidays, so I decided to re-create them on my nails. I love this look because it’s festive yet so wearable (not to mention super cute)!

  1. Apply two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shade Get Mod
  2. With a striping brush create your “twists” using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shade Bordeaux Glow
  3. Repeat on each nail, you can use a striping brush dipped in acetone to clean up if any of your “twists” aren’t perfect
  4. Finish with a generous coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat for extra shine




One of the trendiest nail looks this season is this retro-chic 60’s inspired colour block, pair that with this season’s most coveted shades and your nails are sure to make a lasting impression!

  1. Apply two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shade V-Amplified and let dry
  2. Using a striping brush and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shade Game of Chromes, create a diagonal line and fill it in, repeat on all nails
  3. Again using your striping brush take Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shade Midnight Mod and create another diagonal stripe this time going the opposite way and fill it in, repeat on all nails
  4. Seal your look with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat for an ultra-shiny, durable finish




Sometimes less is more during the holidays, I’ve been obsessing over purple nails this season and have been wearing this shade non-stop – adding a negative space aspect to this look really brings it all together in a modern yet edgy way!

  1. Apply two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shade Boho a-Go-Go on all nails except your ring and pointer finger nails
  2. Take a striping brush to create two parallel lines on your pointer and ring finger nails and fill them in leaving a bare space in the centre of your nails with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shade Boho a-Go-Go.
  3. Seal in your look for long-lasting shine with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat




The perfect look to pair with your LBD on New Years Eve! These nails bring an elevated sense of style and luxury to any outfit.

  1. Using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shade Game of Chromes and a striping brush create a horizontal line near your cuticle and fill in, repeat on all nails
  2. Follow with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shade V-Amplified to create another horizontal line, this time at the top of your nail, leaving a bare section in the centre of your nail and fill in, repeat on all nails
  3. Complete your look with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat, making sure to cap the edges


For those of you who prefer to keep things simple with a solid mani through the holiday season, the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Holiday Collection has some gorgeous shade choices!


‘Bordeaux Glow’ is THE perfect rich metallic red to get you in the holiday spirit! Unlike most metallic shades, this one applies evenly and doesn’t leave any streaks.


‘V-Amplified’ is a stunning deep red that becomes opaque with two thin coats. I love how shiny it becomes once paired with Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel topcoat.


‘Boho a-Go-Go’ is a gorgeous, glossy aubergine – I’ve been obsessed with purple polish lately and this shade has been my go-to!


‘Midnight Mod’ is a deep, dark blue hue and has been one of my favourite’s through fall and winter. It applies evenly with one coat making it an easy choice for a quick, polished look!


‘Game of Chromes’ isn’t your average gold polish as it has micro sparkles embedded throughout. I love wearing this shade alone, with nail art or even as an accent nail.

These fun, festive shades and minimally chic nail designs are sure to make you stand out this holiday season! Don’t forget to always start with clean, bare nails when using Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel polish. I like to use a quick swipe of acetone before starting, as this will help the polish adhere to your nail and last longer. If you feel your nails need a little more TLC you can start with a thin coat of Sally Hansen’s Nail Rehab as a base.

In Canada, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polishes retail at $11.95 and can be found at mass retailers and drugstores (with 70 shades to choose from)! Check out Sally Hansen Canada and @sallyhansenca for more information.

How will you be painting your nails this season? Let me know in the comments below!

♡ Lauren

*Post kindly sponsored by SALLY HANSEN CANADA. All opinions are always my own*

Hi guys! Earlier this year CND released their Creative Play range – unlike Vinylux it uses a base, colour and top coat and is great for those who like to change their polish frequently (guilty!). While I did post a few photos on Instagram of core Creative Play shades, today I have the entire Holiday 2016 Celebration Collection to share with you! Ranging from glitters to creams this collection has something for everyone (see below for swatches).

About CND Creative Play:

“At CND, we are always looking for opportunities to elevate the standard in professional nail colour,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Creative Play Nail Lacquer plays with dimension, pops with pigment and pushes outside the boundaries. This new line redefines traditional nail lacquer with colour that breaks the rules through emotive, energized shades that allow you to express your individuality.”



CND Celebration 2016 Holiday Collection:


Turquoise Tidings






Foilded Again


Revelry Red


Happy Holly Day


Naughty Or Vice



CND Creative Play polishes retail at $8.95 and are available now at select salons worldwide. Visit CND and @cndcanada for more information.

What do you guys think of CND Creative Play? Let me know in the comments below!

♡ Lauren

Hi my loves! I know, I know… I’m late on this but it just felt too early to blog about winter collections in October. I’m pretty sure that you’ve probably all seen or have gotten your hands on this collection already but it’s just too gorgeous not to share! Let’s jump right into it:


getting groovy


go with the flowy


oh behave


party on a platform


ready to boa


satin sister

I love this entire collection and will be wearing it throughout the holiday season for sure. What are your favourites?

♡ Lauren