Mani Monday| Build Me A Dreamcatcher

My loves,

I’m going to warn you right now I am away in Italy at the moment so my posts may be very limited! However, I could not wait to show you this manicure. Do you ever have those moments where you even impress yourself? And you are so proud of what you accomplished? That’s how I feel about this manicure. The concentration I had and the level of skill I had even impresses me! This design reminds me of a dreamcatcher.

IMG_0020IMG_0021IMG_0027IMG_0025IMG_0024It took me a good amount of time to create this manicure. Each line and dot had to be perfect. I just love the way it turned out though. I told my client after I finished that I thought this was my best manicure ever. I absolutely love the colours we chose as well, the white, pink and black really work well together.

What do you think my loves? Are you into the fine details?

Laurelle, xo

Hello Me&T Studio

My loves,

So it’s no secret that I’ve been an epic slacker at keeping up with my blog posts. So I’m going to share with you why I’ve been so busy. You all know that I recently started a new job managing a salon called Me&T Studio in midtown Toronto. Well, starting a new job always takes me some adjusting so I’ve been putting all my focus on my new job. So I’m going to pull up my socks and start keeping up with my lovely blog. Thanks to all my followers and continuing to read my blog, I really appreciate all of those who take an interest in my posts!

Here’s a little about Me&T Studio:

Shawna Rao, my lovely boss and owner of Me&T Studio is a registered critical care nurse who always had a love for the beauty industry and boy am I glad she did. With energy to burn and a desire to start an enterprise of her own, Shawna conceived of Me & T Studio, her own refreshing take on the types of beauty bars and spas that have populated our urban environments. With this new venture, Shawna aims to set a new standard of quality for nail treatments, nail enhancements, lash extensions, specialty hair services and spray tans in an environment that is attitude free, pristine, inviting and relaxing.

14724540887_f5ae872868_zI cannot even express how much I love my job. I work with three fabulously talented nail technicians that are experts at gel nail extensions, graphic nail art and even portraits. Shawna Rao my wonderful boss is extremely talented at eyelash extensions as well as spray tans. And then of course there is the lovely Tanya who is fab at giving you a faux glow.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 6.55.50 PMI absolutely love walking into work every single morning. The gray, pink and black decor is sleek and stylish and we pay extra attention to hygiene and cleanliness (which is key). We do not use jet tubs for pedicures only ceramic soaking tubs and a new file and buffer for each visit, which you are free to take home after your appointment. Not to mention we have a lovely variety of candy waiting for you at the front desk!

me-and-t-studio-01 me-and-t-studio-02 Me-T-Nail-RacksI cannot stress how important it is to do what you love. I learned very early on that the beauty industry was where I belong. I tried office work and it was just not for me. It may not be the most respected industry but I can tell you that I never feel like I’m working. I get to create pieces of art every single day and make people feel more beautiful. And I get to do it in the company of wonderful people, who share the same passion. I also get to meet new people every single day, which is something I cherish. I love my clients and I love my co-workers, what more could you ask for in a job.

Never give up on your dreams. Do what you love, Love what you do. I know I do.

Come visit me at Me&T Studio, I’d love to meet you! I specialize in Makeup, Nails, Eyebrow Waxing and Spray Tans!

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Ciao Bella

My loves,

Better late than never. Sorry about this late post this evening but I knew my wonderfully talented girlfriend was going to be doing my nails today and I wanted to share them with you all. SO I am leaving for Italy this weekend, which I am oh so excited about. I obviously had to have amazing nails for Italy, so we came up with something super glam and ready for Italy! I knew I wanted something sort of Fall themed and something chic.

IMG_9957 IMG_9959 IMG_9963 IMG_9964 IMG_9956That’s right my friends, we went with some tortoise nail art, which I’m obsessed with. I literally cannot stop staring at my nails. I love the colour combo and designs. I think they are perfect for my trip to Italy. It’s so convenient having a bestie who does awesome nails. Because as a nail tech trusting other people to do your nails can be a challenge!

What do your vacation nails look like?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Oh So Glamorous!

My loves,

Anyone who knows me knows I am very crazy about my nails and I must have them done every two weeks. And I plan far ahead in advance what I want for each manicure. Coming into Fall I’ve been transitioning into Fall colours. I had a difficult time figuring out what colour and what sort of design I wanted on my nails this time around. Luckily I have my lovely co-worker to help me out! I settled with black nails with gold leaf over top. It’s oh so glamorous!

IMG_9745 IMG_9748 IMG_9739 IMG_9740 IMG_9736Originally when I pictured this manicure in my head it was more subtle. Which it of course is not! But I love it because of that. I love how glamorous and fab it looks. The contrast between the black and gold is just wonderful.

To achieve this manicure my lovely co-worker Liz used Entity Beauty ‘Little Black Bottle’ and loose gold leaf placed on top. I just love it!

What’s on your nails? Fancy some gold leaf?

Laurelle, xo

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler

My loves,

I have been wanting to get my hands on the Tangle Teezer for quite a while now. I have a lot of hair but it’s fine and it’s very curly, which unfortunately means my hair gets crazy tangly. Especially when I was colouring my hair. When I get out of the shower with wet hair it sometimes can take me 20 minutes just to brush my hair and get all the knots out. So when I heard about the Tangle Teezer I knew I had to try it. Charming Media was kind enough to send me this handy compact brush so I could give it a try!

A unique, palm-sized detangling brush with a protective cover.

Meet the detangling hairbrush loved by celebrities, hair stylists, and beauty-lovers. Winner of over 25 professional and consumer awards, Tangle Teezer instantly detangles wet or dry hair, making styling quicker, easier, and pain-free.

IMG_4570 IMG_4618 IMG_4615 IMG_4617“Tangle Teezer is an innovative tool that painlessly and easily removes tangles and knots as it styles and dries hair. The uniquely designed teeth flex and flick as they glide through hair, minimizing breakage, splitting, and damage. With patented technology, it adds shine and reboots style on the go. Ideal for use on wet or dry hair, it can be used for all hair types, especially fragile or color-treated hair, extensions, weaves, and the fine, tangle-prone hair of children. The click-on, click-off cover protects the tool’s teeth from dirt and damage.”

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler $25.00

IMG_4620This brush is easy to hold, de-tangles easily, painless, shine enhancing, and massaging. I love it. Nothing is more frustrating than having trouble brushing your hair and having it be painful. This compact tangle teezer is awesome because it’s small enough to throw in your purse and you don’t risk stabbing yourself with the bristles because it’s in a holder. I also really like that it’s pink. I just had to put that out there. It also comes in leopard print and various colours for your preference. You no longer have to be embarrassed when you pull out your brush in the women’s washroom. Every women should own this brush, it will change your life I promise.

It is available to purchase online HERE, as well as at Sephora.

Have you tried the Tangle Teezer? Which colour will you choose?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Can I Teal You a Secret?

My loves,

 It’s Mani Monday! I’m excited because I was so busy and exhausted last week, that Mani Monday sadly did not get posted! Shame on me. But do you know what that means? It means I have lots of fun nails to show. These particular nails I’m showing you today, I LOVE. One of the girls I work with was using fun colours the other day and I got inspired by her to use these colours! I think they look great together. And I love the design of this manicure. I might have to use it more often.

IMG_9505 IMG_9508 IMG_9510 IMG_9513IMG_9503Aren’t the two teal colours so freaking lovely together? I love the dark sparkly teal at the base I really think it makes the nails pop. I’m just obsessed with these colours together and how they are placed. I love the little line at the base of the nail. It looks so edgy and fun. But still simple enough that its not in your face, it’s fashionable. I just love it.

To achieve this manicure I used Artistic Colour Gloss ‘Charming’ and Entity Beauty ‘Jewel Tones’. I free-hand painted the line at the base of the nail and cleaned up with a detail brush to make sure it was perfect!

What’s on your nails? Are these nails tempting you?

Laurelle, xo

TIFF| Sibu Beauty-Age Defying Eye Cream

My loves,

Since I have been up far too late these past few nights and when I do manage to find my bed I haven’t been sleeping all that well! It makes for tired looking eyes, and tired eyes are never a good thing when you work in the beauty industry. Especially when like myself you have to attend more than one movie, multiple dinners and after parties. Thank goodness Charming Media sent me Age Defying Eye Cream from Sibu Beauty along with Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara. When you haven’t gotten much sleep there are two things that help you, good eye cream and lots of mascara.

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Sea Buckthorn Age Defying Eye Cream

“Our age defying eye cream is an all natural formula, specifically designed to gently support the delicate eye area. The time-tested plant oils of sea buckthorn and pumpkin seed, protect and firm the skin while refining fine lines. This botanical blend will leave the skin around your eyes feeling soft, smooth and youthful.”

  • Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  • Firms and supports
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Long-lasting hydration
  • Rich in plant-based antioxidants
  • Rich cruciferous blend of ingredients
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • For all skin types

Your eyes are usually the first thing people see and notice, especially when attending important events. I don’t know about any of you but a night after a party my eyes aren’t looking so hot. Sibu Beauty’s Eye Cream visibly reduces dark circles and puffiness while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles with its antioxidant, moisture rich formula. It is the perfect eye cream to have in your purse when you find yourself with sleepless nights. It’s also a perfect size that is easy to store in your purse without taking up too much room. This eye cream will leave the skin around your eyes feeling soft, smooth and rejuvenated. All ready for your next red carpet event.

Available at Loblaws, Whole Foods and The Shopping Channel.

Do you have tired eyes? Have you tried Sibu Beauty’s Age Defying Eye Cream?

Laurelle, xo

TIFF| ‘Too Faced’ Better Than Sex Mascara

My loves,

I must apologize for my lack of posts over the last few days. Let me please explain why I’ve been slacking so much! I just started a new job, managing a salon at Yonge and St.Clair called Me&T Studio. Needless to say my days and nights have been a little crazy trying to get settled in and adjust to my new job (which is amazing by the way). It’s also obviously TIFF and I’ve been lucky enough to see a couple of movies as well as attend some fun after parties. So you can only imagine what little sleep I have been getting. I promise many fun posts are coming and I will stop being such a slacker.

This past Sunday I got to attend the premiere of ‘The Theory of Everything’ which stars Felicity Jones (I love her so much) and Eddie Redmayne (amazingly talented). And of course both of them were there! Which was all very exciting. I obviously wanted to look my best and bring my Makeup ‘A’ game. I was lucky enough to receive Too Faced new ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara from Charming Media, what better night to try it out but the night of the premiere.

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Better Than Sex Mascara

Voluptuous Volume Mascara    $30.00

“Take home our Better Than Sex mascara and all your desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more. One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic.”

IMG_4552More To Love:

  • Film-forming Polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear
  • Acacia Senegal Tree Extract to nourish, thicken and lock curl in place
  • Unique Peptides for the deepest, intense black possible
  • 1,944% more volume*
  • 100% saw longer lashes**
  • 100% saw dramatic volume**
  • 93% saw base-to-tip curl**
  • 8 out of 10 say it’s the best mascara they’ve ever used**
  • 3.4 out of 10 say great lashes are better than sex**
  • 3.1 out of 10 agree that this mascara is so good, it’s better than sex**
  • Vegan Friendly
  • *results observed in a clinical study.
  • **results observed in a consumer study.

This mascara was absolutely perfect for this premiere I attended and it was even more perfect for the after party I attended on Monday night. Inspired by the curves of a woman’s body, the Better Than Sex Mascara hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to enhance the performance of this carbon-black, collagen-fueled mascara. My eyes looked stunning on the red carpet, during the premiere and straight through the evening. Absolutely fantastic. Thank goodness I had this eye-popping mascara since I was so incredibly close to Andrew Garfield, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones! My eyelashes looked full, defined, luscious and dramatic. What more could a girl ask from a Mascara?

IMG_4546One coat will bring your lashes to new heights.

Two coats are more stirring than an Oscar-winning performance.

Three coats will make you believe in magic.

Now I don’t know that it’s better than sex, but it’s damn good mascara. I’ll definitely have to buy more when I run out of this one! Your lashes will be full, smudge proof and freaking stunning. Even if you are not attending any red carpet events, you’re going to want this mascara in your makeup bag.

Available for purchase at Sephora.

Have you tried Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara? What are your thoughts?

Laurelle, xo

The “Total Nail Treatment” For Back to School at Walmart

My loves,

Now I know many people do not think about Walmart as somewhere they can buy beauty products. I’m not going to lie I was 100% one of those people. I very rarely shop at Walmart, let alone for beauty products. I was approached by APEX PR to check out Walmart for its beauty products, specifically the nail products and accessories. As a nail tech I obviously loved the idea and I was curious to see what they might have and what there prices were like.

IMG_4514I was shocked by how many fun nail art options they had as well as a variety of packs to start you off for your own at home manicure kit. The prices were also incredible, I mean it really was a steal. I was sent a pretty pink color from the new Sally Hansen Gel Miracle Polish line and a $50.00 gift card to Walmart. I bought items that would help me create the best at home manicure. I have to say Walmart makes it really easy and affordable for you to either paint your nails, add fun nail decals, create nail art with easy tools or if you really struggle with polishing they have a wide variety of fun designs for press on nails. Nails made simple.

IMG_4490 IMG_4491So here is what I decided to buy and what I spent while shopping at Walmart:

Cosmetic Pads $2.97

Cosmetic pads are something that are obvious crucial when giving yourself an at home manicure. You need them to remove nail polish and make sure the surface of your nail is clean when applying a fresh coat of polish.

100% Pure Accetone $3.38

Now this Accetone I found at Walmart I was really excited about. Which sounds ridiculous to most normal people, but to a nail tech a decent sized bottle of 100% pure accetone for $3.38 is pretty amazing. And Walmart is literally the only shopping center where you can find it, besides a beauty outlet. Also, if any of you have been using nail polish remover and find it difficult to remove polish. 100% pure accetone will save your nail life. This is the stuff you want, not nail polish remover.

IMG_4510Sally Hansen No More Mistakes Clean-Up Pen $4.68

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to achieve a clean manicure when doing it on yourself, especially when you have to paint with your left hand (or right hand for those lefty’s out there). This pen will change all that! It’s awesome. If you make a mistake and don’t paint a clean line, this handy little pen helps you clean up your mess, making it look like you’re a pro. And it’s so cheap and comes with two replacement tips!

Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab $7.97

How many of you suffer from dry, cracked cuticles? It can be very frustrating when trying to create your own manicure when your cuticles are suffering. This Sally Hansen cuticle rehab helps restore dry, ragged cuticles. It helps smooth, soften and restore moisture to cuticles. Infused with Vitamin E, which helps reduce nail breakage.

IMG_4521Hoof At Home Manicure Set $3.98

I mean $3.98? Can you actually believe that? Because at first I could not. You get a manicure stick, cuticle trimmer, cuticle pusher, cuticle scissors, nail clippers, a file and a 3-way buffer file. FOR $3.98! That’s amazing, I’m just saying. It has everything you need to start you off with your own manicure set. And it’s pretty looking which is just an added bonus.

IMG_4502Sally Hansen Nail Art Tool Kit $4.97

Now of course I needed to add some nail art tools! I mean come on, it’s obviously a necessity. This little tool kit comes with two brush, a nail dotter with two different sizes and some stencils. Now I personally free-hand all my nail art. But for those beginners out there, these stencils can be really handy.

Sally Hansen Nail Art Glitter Kit $4.97

Of course we have to have glitter! Sally Hansen has such a wide variety of different nail goodies, I just love it. From glitter to studs they have so many options. I chose to go with 3 different glitters, pink, purple and blue. I think they will be fun to play around with!

IMG_4507Sally Hansen Nail Pen in ‘Pearly White’ $5.97

Last but not least a Sally Hansen Nail Pen, nail art made much easier. Using a nail pen can make nail designs much easier. And Sally Hansen offers a wide variety of different colours to choose from. I decided to go with ‘Pearly White’ because I thought it would go well with the pink polish I was sent.

IMG_4524Look at everything I purchased and guess what it was still under $50.00. That’s pretty incredible. And some of the stuff I bought were just fun add-ons you really would only need some of these tools to create your very own at home manicure. Walmart makes it easy and affordable! You guys should check out what steals and goodies you might find.

Here is my nail creation with all the wonderful nail items I bought when shopping at Walmart!

IMG_4528 IMG_4535Have you been to Walmart’s Beauty Section? Tell me you thoughts!

Laurelle, xo

Tarte| Rainforest After Dark Limited Edition Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

My loves,

This palette is just absolutely wonderful. I’ve had my eye on this palette for quite some time now. I could not wait to get my hands on it. It’s such a perfect palette for traveling, because it has almost everything you need to complete your makeup look. It also has the perfect colours for fall and I like that there is a combination of both matte and shimmer shadows. The colours are pretty neutral but also have a little bit of spunk to them.

A limited-edition, colored clay eye and cheek palette for day to night looks.

IMG_4264 IMG_4281 IMG_4287“Inspired by the rain forest’s deep orchid hues at dusk, Tarte’s limited-edition eye and cheek palette has everything you need to create sultry and sophisticated day to night looks. Infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it supports oil control, this makeup provides longer wear and truer color payoff. This modern ingredient from the mountainous regions of Brazil brightens, evens, and soothes skin, while the velvety formula glides on and delivers rich color—without settling into fine lines and wrinkles.”

$46.00

This set contains:
– 0.14 oz Highlighter in Champagne
– 0.14 oz Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess™
– 0.21 oz Blush in Unleashed (nude rose)
– 6 x 0.035 oz eyeshadows in Bare to Explore (pink beige), Make a Mauve (plum mauve), Plum Away with Me (dark plum), Up to No Gold (gold), Tan-gled Up in You (tan), Don’t Turn A-Brown (dark brown)
– Step-by-Step Glamour Guide

I don’t know about any of you but I’m a little obsessed with this palette. I absolutely adore neutral tones and I think they did an outstanding job of creating this palette. You can literally do any look you want with these colours. From a causal day look to a dramatic evening look. You have your blush, bronzer and highlighter! So you can create the perfect sculpted face with a nice bronzed look.

IMG_4456IMG_4474I decided to try the plum/mauve tones since I don’t generally wear shades like this. But I absolutely love them! I generally wear very neutral tones staying within the taupe, brown shades. Since trying these shades I will definitely have to venture out and try new colours for my eyes more often. I didn’t go to heavy on the colours because I wanted more of a day look, but these colours have crazy amazing pigment and you could definitely create an amazing evening look.

I also used the bronzer, blush and highlighter combined with this look. I’m not a huge fan of the bronzer, but I might be biased because I truly love Benefit’s bronzer ‘Hoola’ and I wouldn’t switch to another. I love the blush it’s a nice natural pink, that gives you just enough colour. And the highlighter is perfect for your cheek bones and brow bone. It’s definitely worth the money.

IMG_4473If you like this palette it’s available at Sephora, but it is a Limited Edition palette so don’t miss it! I personally love it and I’m very happy I got my hands on it. The combinations you can make with this palette are wonderful as well are all high quality. I highly recommend this to everyone before time runs out!

Have you tried Tarte’s Limited-Edition Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette?

Laurelle, xo