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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>

I completely missed out on buying this advent calendar last year, so when I had the opportunity to pre-order this years, I totally went for it!

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“The Holidays are all about creating special moment, whether it’s a family dinner or some much needed solo time after a day of shopping. Create a special moment every day with a new tea to explore.”

This advent calendar is a tea lovers dream! Each day you’ll open a cute miniature gold tin filled to the brim with tea. I’ve noticed they included their entire 2015 Winter Collection as well as traditional holiday favourites! Oddly enough there are some iced teas mixed in…?

This advent calendar retails for $40 in Canada, and you can follow this link to find out which tea is revealed each and every day until December 24th.

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Do you prefer the traditional chocolate advent calendar? Or do you love all of the new, modern and exciting ones?!

♡ Lauren

OPI Starlight Holiday 2015 Collection swatches and review! This collection is Limited Edition for the Holidays. Whether you love a bold metallic with glitter or a traditional red this collection is sure to please!

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Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

Love is in My Cards

Love Is In My Cards | “This warm, romantic red is destined for me.” Your typical holiday red. Reds are tricky because if you happen to have any spill on to your cuticle it’s game over. This one stayed in the lines and with two coats you have an opaque cherry red.

Ro-man-ce on the Moon

Ro-Man-Ce On The Moon | “Rendezvous in the glow of this lustrous, rich red.” Shimmery and red, very festive! This would look nice mattified.

Guys & Galaxies

Guys & Galaxies | “This maroon beauty makes my world go ‘round.” I was actually surprised how opaque this was with one coat! Usually deep maroons apply sheer and you have to build them up, this took two THIN coats. 

I'm In the Moon For Love

I’m In The Moon For Love | “Simply because I’m wearing this plum.” Cute and festive. This applied well with two thin coats.

Cosmo with a Twist

Cosmo With A Twist | “Subtle sparkle adds depth to this purple.” My type of shade! Deep purple with almost iridescent shimmer throughout. LOVE.

Give Me Space

Give Me Space | “Night-sky blue with room to sparkle.”  I know. We all thought this would be a dupe for essie’s SSN. It’s not. It is, however, gorgeous on it’s own! Love it. 🙂

Comet Closer

Comet Closer | “May I take this warm, textured gold?” It’s very pretty, but I feel like I’ve seen this one before.

Is This Star Taken?

Is This Star Taken? | “Iridescent icicles fly in this smooth gold.” I can see where OPI was trying to go with this one, and to be fair in the bottle it looks GORGEOUS! However, it becomes a little clumpy when applied (I don’t mind as I like textured manis) and you definitely have to wait for it to dry between coats! 

I Drive a Supernova

I Drive A Supernova | “Hitch a ride on this lustrous sterling silver.” Okay, silver polish. No complaints but we’ve all seen this shade before!

By the light of the Moon

By The Light Of The Moon | “Silvery and sparkly…prepare to swoon” I really wanted to like this polish, because it looked so pretty in the bottle. BUT, once applied it globbed up and the sparkles disappeared. *Sad face* what you end up getting is a texturized metallic finish, where the sparkles are overwhelmed by polish.

Super Star Status

Super Star Status | “A spotlight-stealing silver and gold glitter.” Silver AND gold sparkles mixed into one polish, what more could you want for the holidays? …and this is one coat!

Center of the You-niverse

Center Of The You-Niverse | “Endless space black shimmer.” I feel like I’ve seen this before, but it’s still pretty. Application took a few coats for this one to even out.

Ce-less-tial is More

Ce-Less-Tial Is More | “This pink super-glitter shines with heavenly light.” I LOVE THIS SHADE. I seriously can’t stop staring at my nails when I’m wearing it. Smooth application, texturized finish and lots going on! Did I mention there are holographic sparkles throughout?! (It also applies as a OCW) YES OPI.

Let Your Love Shine

Let Your Love Shine | “Show it off in shimmery, red splendor!” I’m not usually a fan of red shimmery shades but this one is deep enough that it is passable in my books. Even application (which can be hard with shimmer). No complaints.

No More Mr. Night Sky

No More Mr. Night Sky | “An assertive, dark, shimmery gray” I’m definitely picking up some purple undertones, and I’m liking it… It’s borderline holographic. Very dark-but-festive.

Press * For Silver

Press * For Silver | “This warm, rosy silver really calls to me” The application for this one was flawless, which is rare for a metallic. LOVE.

Two Wrongs don't make a Meteorite

Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Meteorite | “Pink confetti and glitter” This and Infrared-Y To Glow (see below) are too similar for my liking, yet I still like them both. The perfect amount of chunky glitter that can be layered or worn alone.

Infrared-Y to Glow

Infrared-Y To Glow | “Strike up the glam with red confetti and glitter” I kind of like this one by itself and it’s definitely build-able (you can layer over a different shade)!

My tips & tricks: For METALLIC shades, I like to use a ridge filling base as it helps even out the application, and we all know how streaky metallic finishes can be! For GLITTER based shades, I like to use OPI Glitter Off as a base coat- this way you can simply peel them off once you’re ready to change polish. No more struggling with nail polish remover to remove those stubborn sparkles. 🙂

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OPI Starlight is available now in select stores and Beauty destinations worldwide. Oh, and guess what!? It’s available in GelColor, too!

So now that you’ve seen them all, which is your favourite shade from this collection!?

♡ Lauren