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Hi beauties! So excited to be able to share the CND Craft Culture Fall 2016 Vinylux Collection with you today!

The CND Craft Culture Vinylux Collection consists of 8 rustic shades, while the Shellac Collection consists of 6. I have to say that I am definitely noticing a theme forming this fall; grunge/rustic/vintage, which personally I find perfect – rough yet so chic!

As always, I’ll let you guys read the press release before we get to swatching:

“Embrace the beauty in raw imperfections, earthy colors and weathered textures with the new Craft Culture collection from CND. Hand-crafted artistry inspires a rich, one-of-a-kind palette that reflects authenticity, warmth and ruggedness.

This season, smoky red oranges, deep reds and weathered blues capture the unique character of custom made goods. These rustic tones give the Craft Culture collection a rich depth for timeless style. The nail silhouette is short and tight with industrial finishes, evoking the heritage of artisanal craftsmanship and honoring the enduring quality of artisan’s work.” CND Press Release

The Craft Culture Collection from left to right (below): Oxblood, Leather Satchel, Denim Patch, Brick Knit, Fern Flannel, Patina Buckle, Hand Fired and Brass Button.

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Oxblood

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Denim Patch

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Brick Knit

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Fern Flannel

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Patina Buckle

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Hand Fired

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Brass Button

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Leather Satchel

So what do you guys think? I love the inspiration behind this collection from denim to the patina and copper feel of aged metals. These shades mesh beautifully together and the formulas were amazing as always. Vinylux literally never disappoints me. 🙂

My picks? Patina Buckle and Leather Satchel

My tips? Start with ultra clean, bare nails – I like to use CND ScrubFresh to ensure this.

CND Vinylux nail polishes retail at $12.95 CAD at beauty salons across Canada (Chatters, Trade Secrets and Nail Polish Canada online as well). Be sure to check out CND Canada and @CNDCanada for more information and nail inspiration.

What are your favourites from this collection? Let me know in the comments below!

♡ Lauren

*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*

Hi loves! I have the Color Club Poptastic Neons and NEW Nailmoji Neons to share with you today, they are AH-MAZING and so easy to work with! These collections are perfect for end of summer / back to school especially if you’re not ready for dark, vampy shades yet. I’ve included swatches from both collections and some fun back to school looks that you can try with these collections.

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*Please note that neons are incredibly difficult to capture on camera, so I tried the best that I could. All of these polishes dried to a semi matte finish and were opaque with one coat.*

Color Club Poptastic Neons

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Color Club Nailmoji Neons

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How to: Nailmoji + Poptastic Neons 2 Ways:

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1. Apply 2 coats of black nail polish, I used OPI Black Onyx
2. Using a striping brush apply shades Mrs. Robinson, Yellin’ Yellow,Koo-Koo Cachoo and Jackie Oh! in a horizontal line near your cuticle and fill in, use a different shade for each nail.
3. Using shades Squad, SMH, OMG and JK go over your black base according to the colour you’ve painted near your cuticles
4. Seal in with your favourite topcoat or apply a matte topcoat for a velvet finish
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1. Apply 2 coats of Mrs. Robinson on 4 out of 5 nails, leaving your ring finger bare
2. Using Squad apply two coat to your bare nail to distribute Nailmoji‘s
3. Seal with your favourite topcoat for extra shine

My tips? Use tweezers to place your Nailmoji‘s – this makes it waaay easier! I also like to pair Nailmoji‘s with a black base or on bare nails to make them pop.

 

Overall, I am incredibly impressed with these collections from Color Club – the colours are spot on in terms of shade, formula and application. Best of all, you don’t need to apply a pesky white base! Will you wear neons for back to school? If so, which shade is your favourite?

 

The Color Club Nailmoji and Poptastic Neons retail for $10.95 CAD at Trade Secrets – be sure to check them out at Trade Secrets + @tradesecretsca for more information. Happy shopping! 😉

♡ Lauren

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

Hey beauties! September is almost here and besides dreaming of pumpkin spice lattes (ok- pumpkin everything) and fashion week, that means one thing: it’s time to go BACK TO SCHOOL! While it’s a no brainer that nails go side by side with your hair, makeup and outfit for that first day back, it can be tricky to nail down the perfect (Instagram-worthy) look.

To help you decide, I teamed up with Sally Hansen to create four, super easy nail looks! I used shades from their Miracle Gel line to ensure long-lasting, gel-like shine – easily removed with regular nail polish remover, which basically means less stress for you!  The zero-light Miracle Gel system takes only two easy steps to create super chip-resistant colour that can last up to two weeks! The brushes are amazing and align perfectly with your cuticle making any clean up virtually unnecessary. Also, did you know that Canada has over 70 shades of Miracle Gel? Trust me, you’ll never get bored – the nail art possibilities are endless!

In order to cater to everyone’s taste, there are two looks for those of you who don’t want to let summer go, and two looks for those of you who can’t wait for fall:

For the fall lover: PLAID NAILS

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You can never go wrong with plaid nails! It’s been a go-to of mine at this time of the year for as long as I can remember. Here’s a quick how-to:

1) Apply two coats of Midnight Mod and let dry for 5 minutes
2) Using a striping brush apply two horizontal lines using Off With Her Red, let dry and repeat vertically on each nail creating your plaid design
3) Seal in for gel-like shine with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat making sure to cap the tips

For the fashionista: NEGATIVE SPACE NAILS

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Burgundy nails are always classy and when you add a negative space concept it becomes ultra vampy (+ it won’t stain your cuticles when removing)! Here’s a quick how-to:

1) Apply two coats of Wine Stock, leaving a bare half-moon near your cuticles and let dry for 5 minutes – you can use a striping brush to achieve this as well
2) Seal in and cap the tips with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat 

To make this look really stand out, you can apply a coat of Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat for an ultrachic velvety smooth look (see below). Apply the Big Matte Top Coat over Miracle Gel Top Coat to ensure that your mani lasts up to 14 days

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For the girly-girl: GRADIENT NAILS

Miracle Gel x Sugar Rush Pinky Promise
For those of you who aren’t ready to let summer go, this soft gradient is a must. These Pantone inspired shades will make sure you stay stylish in 2016. Here’s a quick how-to:

1) Apply two coats of Get Mod (while this is optional, a white base will always help a gradient look pop) and let dry for 5 minutes
2) Layer Sugar Fix and Pinky Promise on a makeup sponge side by side vertically and repeat until sponge is covered
3) Dab sponge onto your nail until fully covered with colour
4) Finally, seal in your gradient for long-lasting shine with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat and cap the tips

For the minimalist: STRIPED NAILS

Miracle Gel x Prince CharMint Mauveolous
This look is so chic and easy, it’s sure to be foolproof for nail art beginners! Here’s a quick how-to:

1) Apply two coats of shade Prince Char-Mint (NEW from their Royal Splendor Collection) and let dry for 5 minutes
2) Using a striping brush, or toothpick, create a horizontal line above the cuticle on each nail using Mauve-olous, (also from the NEW Royal Splendor Collection)
3) For an ultra-plush finish, seal in with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, making sure to cap the tips

These are just some of my favourite back to school nail looks, I tried to keep them simple, well-rounded and easy to re-create. I know not everyone wants to paint rulers, school supplies or apples on their nails for back to school. If you prefer going with a solid colour, check out these shades from the Sally Hansen Plaid City Fall 2016 Collection:

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Shade names from L to R TOP to BOTTOM: Off With Her Red, Midnight Mod, Cream Of The Crop, Wine Stock

My tips? Make sure your nails are completely dry and bare before starting; I like to use a quick swipe of nail polish remover to help ensure this. If doing a gradient design, you can apply liquid-latex or tape to the area surrounding your nail so clean up will be easier.

I hope that these looks have helped inspire you guys! I know that this time of year is already stressful enough without worrying about how you’re going to style your nails.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polishes retail at $11.95 CAD at drug and mass retailers across Canada. Be sure to check out Sally Hansen Canada and @sallyhansenca for more information and endless nail inspiration.

What will your back to school nails look like? Let me know in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram (@laurenslist) I love to see your looks!

♡ Lauren

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

Attention Canadian babes! If you’re an OPI fiend like me, then today is your lucky day. I’ve teamed up with OPI Canada to celebrate their 35th Anniversary by giving THREE lucky winners the chance to win an INCREDIBLE bundle of THIRTY FIVE iconic shades!!

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You will also receive one of these super cute tank tops (shown below) which, if you don’t win, will also be available as a gift with purchase at Hudson’s Bay stores with the purchase of any 2 OPI products at regular price from August 22nd to September 11th. Yes, at long last OPI products are finally available at Hudson’s Bay in store and thebay.com in Canada! The tank tops come in three different shade names; Mod About YouMy Chihuahua Bites and I’m Not Really A Waitress.

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The tank tops are available in sizes small and medium, I wear a size small and find that they are fitted but very comfortable and stretchy. 🙂

This amazing giveaway will take place on Instagram starting today (August 18, 2016) until Sunday (August 21, 2016) here are the rules:

  1. Make sure you’re following me and OPI Canada on Instagram and like this post
  2. Tag 2 friend in the comments of this post and let me know your favourite OPI shade
  3. Open to Canadian residents only, must be 18 years or older
  4. Contest ends August 21 at 11:59pm and winners will be announced the following morning

Good luck!! Feel free to use #OPI35xHBC to share your favourite shades and be sure to keep up with OPI Canada herehere and here.

♡ Lauren

Hi my OPI lovers! I finally got my hands on the OPI Fall/Winter 2016 Washington DC Collection for y’all. Excited? I know I am! As you may already know, this collection was designed with their new Creative Ambassador, Kerry Washington. It includes the usual 12 shades plus 3 Special Limited-Edition Kerry Washington shades; making it a grand total of 15!

 

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“The Washington DC palette delivers a dramatic, sophisticated spin on classic fall hues. From the authorative red of Madam President to the treasury-worthy deep olive of Suzi – The First Lady of Nails, OPI boldly casts its ballot for color pure and powerful. Fashion-forward lush green Stay Off the Lawn!! adds a jolt of power to fall looks, while (air) traffic-stopping yellow Never Dulles a Moment curries favour with movers and shakers. As a bonus, three limited-edition coors bear Kerry Washington’s stylish imprimatur.” OPI PR Press Release

Ok BRB gotta go binge-watch Scandal!

No but seriously, these shades just scream fall and with gorgeous, bold crème formulas I think you’re gonna love ’em.

Let’s get down to swatching shall we?

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Stay Off the Lawn!! Don’t trespass on this deep, lush green. Two super easy, super creamy coats for this beauty. She did need a top coat for extra shine but guess what? No staining upon removal!

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Never a Dulles MomentA curry yellow seen on airport and fashion week runways. Three thin coats to level out. Gorgeous mustard yellow… and we all know by now that I love a great yellow. Love!

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Yank My DoodleGet a tawny copper mani and call it macaroni. Ugh. Colour is gorgeous, but the formula is a bit too jelly for my liking. Three thicker coats for this one. Also, I don’t have any dupes for this shade in my collection.

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Squeaker of the HouseA chocolate brown so yummy, it crosses party lines. This is the exact type of fall shade that I love, a muted brown. Three easy coats. I could’ve stopped at two, I swear she was perfectly even and opaque but I just couldn’t resist plumping her up a bit more.

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Madam PresidentA commanding red with real Oval Office power. Hmm, to me this shade falls into the berry family and not red at all. Either way the formula is AMAZING and I am obsessed. One coater right here y’all! The only downside is that she’ll stain if you twist while removing.

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We the FemaleYou are hereby authorized to wear this empowering garnet. Now this is a true garnet shade. Gorgeous, creamy and opaque in ONE coat. No complaints. 🙂

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Suzi – The First Lady of NailsCommand the political scene in this chic olive. Semi-sheer with one coat, opaque with two.

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Pale to the ChiefSo nearly nude, it’s almost scandalous.  Isn’t she gorgeous?  There is very a very fine iridescence throughout this one- perfectly opaque with two easy coats. Obsessed.

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Freedom of PeachWearing this creamy peach is your fashion right. This is exactly how I would describe a peach shade made for fall; Peachy? Yes. Dusty? You bet. Two quick coats will leave you with this extremely creamy goodness.

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Shh…It’s Top Secret!A deep, deep brown so dark, it’s incognito. Again, I wouldn’t exactly call this brown but I’ll take it! Opaque in two coats.

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OPI By Popular Vote It’s a landslide victory! This cool apple red is a real winner. A real winner indeed! One coat of berry perfection.

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CIA = Color is AwesomeA smart, dusky blue for secret agent fashionistas. Ugh. Swoon! I absolutely adore shades like this! So pigmented and complete coverage in one coat. Yes, yes, yes!!

…and finally, the three Special Limited-Edition Kerry Washington shades:

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Kerry Blossom – Accomplished stateswoman love this plum with capital flair. By far my favourite in the collection. She is so, so, sooooo pretty!

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“Liv” in the Gray –  This edgy, sophisticated dark gray makes a strong federal case. Another gorgeous one coater right here! In love!

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Inside the ISABELLEtway – Washington’s movers-and-shakers vie for this caramel crème. Flawless with two coats.

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Overall, these formulas are ah-mazing and the shades are so spot on for fall! If you love crème polishes then this collection is definitely for you!

My picks? Kerry Blossom, “Liv” in the Gray and CIA = Color is Awesome.

My tips? Apply a ridge-filling base if your nails have bumps and grooves.

Availability? Select salons, The BayTrade Secretsnailpolishcanada.comulta.com …

The Kerry Washington DC Collection will be available in regular polish and GelColor starting August 2016. Don’t forget to check out OPI.com and @opi_products for more information and updates!

Now, you know I need to know- which shades are you most excited for!?

♡ Lauren

*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*