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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2015 sephora vib rouge gift – marc jacobs lip crème

marc Jacobs lip crème in so rougeOne of my goals for this year was to not hit VIB Rouge at Sephora for the 3rd year in a row… I failed miserably. 2 of my favorite ladies were in town for the weekend, and my husband offered to watch the kids so I just had to go shopping with them! ♥

To soften the blow to my bank account, I received this beautiful lip crème by Marc Jacobs in the exclusive shade ‘So Rouge‘. I’d love to link to it, but I can’t seem to find it on the new Canadian site (and I’m totally not surprised by that…). The packaging is gorgeous, and the lipstick is extremely creamy and applies very well. I couldn’t find my lip brush so my my lips below are not nearly as clean as I would have liked – but it shows how bad I struggle with red lipstick.

I also finally used some of my points and got the super cute ‘lipstick is the answer’ bag. If I’m ever able to find this on the site, it’s one I’ll be picking up, and I’ll be looking to test out more Marc Jacobs lipsticks in the future (the distant future… no more spending for me until I hit my weight loss goals)
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