mani monday with crabtree & evelyn

mani monday with crabtree & evelynMy first mani monday of 2016! Honestly I haven’t even painted my nails since before Christmas, so I was excited to receive this adorable little package from Crabtree & Evelyn. They sent over 4 shades of their Neil Lacquers:

Beautyberry: When cheerful pinks mingle with bold reds, the festivities begin. Our brilliantly bright and festive shade is always the life of the party.
Orchid: Vibrant, bold purple hue is as wild and enchanting as the flower that inspired it. This fast-drying polish glides on smoothly.
Cranberry: We’ve added a bit of magic to the classic crimson red, creating a perfectly bold, glamourous and fresh colour for your nails.
Wine: An enchanting blend of opulent, deep reds create an intoxicating balance that pares perfectly with your party dress.

All 4 provided almost full coverage in 1 coat. The brush is small and firm and makes it very easy to apply without making a mess – typically after a long hiatus I feel like I’m starting over and end up spending more time cleaning up than applying nail polish, but I had next to none.

Swatches below are with 1 coat and with the flash on (darn sun setting at 5pm) – so they are a bit darker in person. I wouldn’t be able to choose a favourite of the 4, and they are absolutely perfect for Valentine’s day which is already somehow less than a month away!
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Product received for review.
All comments and opinions are honest and my own.

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mani monday – crabtree & evelyn peony with julep yumi

Engagement Ring Manicure - Crabtree & Evelyn Peony and Julep YumiHappy Monday everyone!! This week’s manicure is special. 4 years ago after returning to work from mat leave, I left my engagement ring on a side table and ended up throwing it away with a pile of kleenex. I was heartbroken. So since then I’ve only been wearing my wedding band – which was a very simple white gold band, but it was mine and I loved it. I still love it.

Fast forward to Friday. My amazing husband and I spent the night at the Fantasyland Hotel here in Edmonton and after getting ready to go for dinner he said to me ‘you look perfect, there’s only one thing missing…’ I assumed he meant my wedding band which I had left next to the bed and that he was going to grab it for me, but instead he came back with a little black box… opened it up… and I don’t want to type the words that came out of my mouth. (Something along the lines of ‘are you f’ing kidding me???’ followed by fighting back tears so I didn’t mess up my newly applied makeup). I didn’t even have time to realize he not only put a stunning diamond engagement ring on, he also put on the matching band. It’s so perfect I can’t put it in to words… Can’t. Stop. Staring.

So I had to pick a manicure to match – and I went with Crabtree & Evelyn Peony with some Julep Yumi on top.
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