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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!


“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.

Check out more products from DAVIDsTEA at | IG: @davidstea | T: @davidstea

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!


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


essie ‘stylenomics’ topped with ‘matte about you’ top coat

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed that I am going through a matte phase lately! I mean, who doesn’t love mattified nails?! The only downside is that they tend to chip very easily and lose their matte texture. A lot of you have been asking how I make my matte nails last so I decided to make a post about it!


essie ‘berry naughty’ topped with ‘matte about you’ top coat

Here are my tips and tricks for long-lasting matte nails:

  1. Apply a ridge-filling base coat
  2. Apply two coats of colour
  3. Seal with a thick top coat
  4. Once dry, apply ‘matte about you’ top coat
  5. Enjoy long-lasting, flawless matte nails!

This also applies when using matte top coats over regular polish- I find that sealing in the polish with a good quality thick top coat and then applying your matte top coat really keeps them long-lasting! It also helps create a smooth and seamless base for your matte top coat to glide over. Matte top coats alone can be really tricky and they tend to chip fast! Also, make sure you cover the whole nail because if you miss even the smallest spot it will shine bright!

Will you be trying matte nails for your next manicure?

♡ Lauren


I’m not a huge fan of shellac or gel as I like to change my colour very often, but sometimes a girl just needs long-lasting polish! That’s where CND VINYLUX comes in handy- it’s a two step “system” which uses just colour and a top coat and the results are actually pretty amazing.

I had originally tested out this polish before going away because who has time to do their nails on vacation? But I really loved the results! If you are looking for a long-lasting polish without the hassle of a UV lamp or salon appointment then I highly recommend Vinylux!

Shown below is 2 thin coats of Winter Glow, from their 2015 Holiday Collection, topped with the Weekly Top Coat.


I loooove this colour, it applied evenly and opaquely with two thin coats! No joke, these nails lasted me two weeks without chipping. TWO WEEKS. It also removes with regular acetone nail polish remover. 🙂

Here is some more information about CND VINYLUX and their Holiday Collection:


Discover the beauty of the Arctic tundra with the NEW Holiday 2015 Aurora collection from CND. Colors crystallize into shimmering frozen pastels and surreal glacial hues.
“This holiday season, nail trends capture a crystalline essence with icy, glistening finishes,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Shapes range from the elegantly slender almond to a naturally subtle square, with shimmer that evokes the glint of sun setting across the snow.”
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You can buy CND products online, in salons or at select beauty retailers.
Have any of you tried CND Vinylux? If so, what are your thoughts?
♡ Lauren

“Scene-maker. Heartbreaker. tassel shaker. Every night is Saturday night when you’re out with this glam beauty. Setting flashbulbs off in fashion flares, and turning the fringe factor way up, essie is frilling me softly with killer top coats that add mesmerizing embellishment and put on the glitz. Kick up the wow factor this holiday season with glittering Luxeffects. Fringed, frilled, flared and tasseled, essie’s newest collection of highly embellished top coats was inspired by the hottest trend on the runways: hypnotic fringe. These 4 brilliantly sparkling Luxeffects capture free-spirited decadence with a boho touch. Featuring slivers and paillettes of essie’s signature metallic and iridescent glitters, these Luxeffects are a bubbly, confetti-fueled party for nails that push the fashion envelope. It’s an easy way to add breathtaking drama in seconds. Want to create even more luminous depth with the hottest new essie shades? Try these Luxeffects pairings with our Winter 2015 Collection: frilling me softly over virgin snow for sparkling style tassel shaker over après-chic for metallic magnetism fashion flares over shall we chalet? for irresistible charm fringe factor over haute tub for dark romance.”

This years luxeffects embody the fashion-forward trend of fringe (basically, bar glitter). With names like ‘frilling me softly’, ‘tassel shaker’, ‘fashion flares’, and ‘fringe factor’ they are sure to be a hit through this holiday season. Whether you wear them alone or layer them there’s no denying that these shades are captivating.

 This years luxeffects will be available starting November 10th across Canada!

♡ Lauren

<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>