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Manicure Monday: Halloween Nails

The Halloween countdown is on, only 10 days to go! I’ll admit that I have given no thought to my costume for this year – but my nails are definitely feeling the spooky spirit! This manicure is simple and fun. I’ll include a tutorial and a list of products used so you can give it a try! Halloween ManicureUsing essie blanc as a base coat, paint each nail entirely white. Once this base is dry, use a dotting tool (I use this Quo brush and dotting tool set, which can be found at Shoppers Drugmart) to create two black dots for eyes near your cuticle. Next use the smaller end of the tool to create the nose by painting two dots attached to each other. Finally, use the brush to paint five thin lines from just after the middle of your nail all the way to the tip. Allow the black to dry completely before adding a top coat to avoid colour bleeding.

If you’re rocking a fabulous manicure today, send some pictures my way. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren

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What’s Better Than A Weekend?

The answer to that question should be pretty obvious, the only thing better than a weekend is a LONG weekend! Having an extra day to relax and spend time with family and friends is always such a treat, but before we can celebrate the holidays (it’s Thanksgiving in Canada), let’s take a moment to appreciate the past seven days. High Five For Friday

1.  On Sunday I ran for a cure for breast cancer along with my family and friends. Thanks to you guys, I was able to raise almost $1600 to donate to the cause!
2. Do I even need to explain why this is awesome? Whiskey and fried chicken… You better believe I had a sore stomach the next day. It was worth every bite!
3. Just a tiny selection of my product sample collection. I love trying new products and these mini packages are just so cute. I’m already dying to splurge on the full size NUDE ProGenius Treatmeant Oil.
4. 5 AM elevator rides. My man is heading out west for a few days (actually a lot of day :(). I miss him already but I know he is going to have an amazing time!
5. Enjoy nature and each others company before Neil’s trip – I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Thanks again to Lauren for hosting this appreciation party! If you want to link your post of Friday reflections, head over to TheLaurenElizabeth.com. Have a wonderful weekend!

xo Lauren


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Five Beauty Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Okay, so maybe life-changing was a strong choice of descriptor, but I promise you that these five tips will help you out when it comes to your beauty routine!

1. Match Your Foundation To Your Neck, NOT Your Face.
Think about it, you will be covering your entire face in the stuff while your neck is left bare. Matching the colour to your neck will ensure that you never look like your wearing a face full of someone else’s make up!

2. Suck Your Thumb After Applying Lipstick To Avoid Getting It On Your Teeth.
I know this sounds weird, you don’t really need to suck your thumb, just put it in your mouth and lightly close your lips around it. If you do this immediately after applying lipstick, the area of your lips that tend to touch your teeth will be bare. Your lipstick application will be flawless and you’ll never have to worry about having red teeth again… unless you’re drinking red wine, but that’s a different story.

3. Lightly Touch Your Nails Together To See If They Are Completely Dry.
I’m sure you’ve been in this situation before. Your nails feel dry to the touch, but as soon as you resume your daily activities, your new manicure gets completely ruined. This happens because the under layers of the polish are not completely dry. Once your nails feel dry to the touch, you can confirm that you are no longer incapacitated by manicure hands by lightly tapping two nails together. If you feel any pull or stick, wait longer.

4. Blow Dry Your Eyelash Curler To Enhance Your Lashes.
First of all, make curling your eyelashes a regular part of your beauty routine. This tool helps to open up your eyes and create more visible lashes. To really amp up your eyes, heat the metal part eyelash curler with your blow dryer before using. A heated tool will create a curl much more effectively that an unheated tool which means that a warm curler will give the effect of longer-lasting, noticeably curlier lashes. Just don’t forget to test the temperature of the metal before putting the contraption near your eye.

5. Conceal Your Lips Before Applying Colour.
Yes you will look strange before you apply your lip colour, however, priming your lips with concealer will give the lipstick a blank canvas. Your reds will be more vibrants and your vampy colours will be taken to a whole new level. With this trick, you’ll never have to worry about whether the colour in the tube will look the same on your lips. And as a bonus, the layer of concealer acts as a bond and will make your lipstick last even longer!

What are your favourite beauty tricks? Have you ever tried any of mine?

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Chanel 601 Mysterious

When i came across the new Fall 2013 Chanel lacquers last week, I was a little disappointed. Of the three colours, two are completely over done. 589 Elixir is a red/pink combo with a bit of sheen – yawn, and 591 Alchimie, which is a slightly more green version of 531 Peridot. The third colour in the set caught my eye – 601 Mysterious. It appeared to be a deep olive green when I first saw the bottle in store – similar to the Khaki Green from the Les Khaki Collection which launched years ago, which is next to impossible to find for a reasonable price. Chanel Fall 2013This weekend was so crazy that I didn’t even get a chance to take the polish out of the box until Sunday night. As you can see from the picture above – it very dark, almost grey looking. Mysterious – fitting name, this was not the khaki olive green I was hoping for. I could have sworn this was not what I had seen before buying it. As with most Chanel polishes, the formula is easy to work with and two coats ensures opacity, but I am not sold on the colour. When I look quickly at my nails, they look black. With a closer examination, especially under bright sunlight, the dustiness makes it a deep grayish green. I am not sure if I like this polish. It is a nice vamp hue and will look great for Fall, however, it isn’t what I was expected and because of that, I am disappointed. Mani MondayI tried to add some studs to my mani for extra appeal, but my lackluster sentiments are obvious by just looking at the precision (or lack of) of my application.

If you’re rocking a fabulous manicure today, send some pictures my way. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Tiny Triangle Tips

When the essie Fall 2013 launched, I couldn’t stop swooning over After School Boy Blazer. Sure I have a few deep blues in my collection, but this one is so dark it almost appears black – until you take a close look, then the complexity of the hue will have you in awe. I finally purchased this shade last week and knew that it would combine perfectly with essie No Place Like Chrome to create a fun, futuristic and geometric nail art mani. essie nail art ellepottsie manicure MondayAfter two base layers of No Place Like Chrome, I used the weight of the brush to paint V shapes at the top of each finger and then filled in the bottom to create this look. Remember to take your time and breathe to keep a steady hand.

Now that the new Fall colours are readily available in stores, which hue are you coveting for the season?

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Galaxy Nails

Inspired by outer space, these dark but shimmery nails have been making quite a splash in the blog world. After watching a couple tutorials, like these (one and two), I couldn’t wait another day to try them out myself. I’m a huge fan of manicures that look complicated and unique but are easy to achieve – this is one of them.Galaxy Nails galaxy nailsFor this manicure you’ll need quite a few different polishes: a black for the base, then you’ll apply a dark blue, followed by purple, followed by white – using a sponge to dab the colours on. Once those layers have dried, you’ll need a translucent and sparkly polish to layer on each nail, followed by a polish with large silver glitter pieces. I highly recommend watching one the tutorials above to see how this manicure is achieved before ruling it out for its complexity.

If you’re rocking a fabulous manicure today, send some pictures my way. Tag me in your nail pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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Manicure Monday: Leopard Print Double Accents

After two weeks of black and white manicures, I figured it was time to move onto to something a little more interesting. Using OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts and You’re Such A Budapest, I created a double accent leopard print mani. manicure monday leopard double accent manicureThe leopard print design looks intricate and complicated, but it is arguably one of the easiest to complete with just a few pointers. First, paint your nail a solid base colour. Once this is completely dry, paint random, uneven dots all over nail. Using a third colour – I used the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, draw “c” and “u” shapes around the dots you painted before. Fill in any blank spaces with dots and lines in the third colour. leopard nail artIf you look closely you can see what I mean!

If you’re rocking a fabulous manicure today, send some pictures my way. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren