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My First Byline for Scratch Magazine

By on December 2, 2009
in Barielle, News, Press
scratch-december-09-cover-elle-barielle In spite of all the vicious downtime ALU has been experiencing as of late (it will be over soon, I promise!) today is truly fantabulous.  Why?  Because as of today, I am a published writer.  My first article for UK nail magazine Scratch hit stands and I’m beyond thrilled.

I’m sure you remember the lace nail trend I spoke about a while back.  The concept created by my friend Celebrity Manicurist Elle. Well Scratch chose Elle’s work for their December cover and asked me to write the accompanying cover story.  So cool, right?

You see, the lace nails were partially inspired by the Barielle All Lacquered Up collection.  During a shoot to promote the collection, Elle created some amazing fashion-forward looks that were an offshoot of concepts from the collection.  Read more about it and see my first print article, after the jump!


Some Close Ups (click for full size)



Aren’t those manicures amazing? Elle does such beautiful, meticulous work.  I love how Polished Princess pops against the purple and green clutch.  And I NEED to get to NYC so she can give me a set of lace nails.  Couldn’t you just see me wearing emerald green lace?

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing it. I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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  1. Mel says:

    CONGRATS! Too awesome.

  2. amanda says:

    Hi Michelle! Congrats on the article!
    I am really hoping that you can help me, or at least point me in the right direction. Today as I was prepping for my mani, I dropped my all-time favorite OPI’s “Kris Kringle Makes Me Tingle” and it broke and exploded all over my kitchen. Thankfully I was able to save one large broken piece with some polish left in it to complete my manicure, but I would really like to replace the bottle. The only place i have been able to find it is ebay, for a whopping $25! Would you by chance happen to know elsewhere that I could look to acquire this color, for a reasonable price?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Hey Amanda! I emailed you back about this and hope to find you a replacement somehow. Maybe another Fanatic can help you out.

  3. That’s wonderful! Congratulations!

  4. Andrea says:

    Gorgeous!! What is the name of that incredible color halfway down on the second page- with all the chains and gold rings?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      That is Blackened Bleu from the Barielle All Lacquered Up collection. All the polishes from the shoot are Barielle

  5. lia says:

    Anyone know what the gray polish is? (third picture on the second page)

    I tried looking through the article, but couldn’t find it mentioned… the green one on top is an interesting color too.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Gray? You mean the one in the bottle? That is U-Concrete-Me from the All Lacquered Up collection. Oh and the green is Polished Princess. The other colors shown are Blackened Bleu and Pin-Up. The striped manicure uses Monique Jet and Enduring. The other bottle shown is Falling Star.

  6. Ginger says:

    Congratulations! You did a wonderful job :)

  7. pinksoysauce says:

    Congrats! This is lovely. :) Look forward to reading more of you in print!

  8. Mary says:

    Congratulations on your article. Looking forward to reading more from you (book??…)

  9. Kendall says:

    I LOVE the green nail polish in this shot. What color is it and who makes it?


  10. Sarah says:

    Oh sweet!! Awesome hun, congrats!! :-D

  11. Anne says:

    That is just too cool. =]

  12. KML says:

    Nice article but wearing lace (or fabric) is not a new concept. I remember wearing it in the early 80′s and my mother remembers it from her youth.

  13. hontapocasgreen says:

    Congratulations! When you do get that emerald green lace mani, please post pics. I love the beautiful look to it & I wish I duplicate it easily. I wonder how popular it will become in the spring.

  14. Mc Huggs :) says:

    Oh Michelle:

    I think you have out done yourself, if that’s even possible. I love the lace nails and the manicures for the stars on the red carpet are spectacular. I love them!

    I have seen the lace nails in woman’s fashion magazines with flower patterns, stripes however, these designs (like the one pictured with the sandal) are just amazing. Also, congratulations on your by-line in Scratch magazine. Now, your showing your skill to nail magazines for the UK. Pretty impressive. I am so proud of you as a fan and a frequent reader of your web blog.

    I must share something with you. I recently ordered from the Illamasqua Baptiste nail varnish and it came yesterday. I can’t wait to do my toenails with the polish. But, I just couldn’t wait so I tried the color on my thumb and it’s so gorgeous looking. A fine choice, thank you for the recommendation. doesn’t just give you the nail varnish alone, they also provide you with free samples and I even received a silver flowered clutch purse and inside are more freebies, LOL. I was stunned and amazed. YOu have the best web blog for nail varnishes out there Michelle and I love reading about new products you show everyday. Kudos.

    ((((Love Michelle)))))

    Mc Huggs ;)

  15. Duffi says:

    Oh, Michelle, congratulations! I am so happy for you! and proud, too. I feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg for your upcoming success!
    and yes, yes, I can see you in emerald-green lace!

  16. ReaderRita says:

    Yay! Congratulations, Miss “Foremost-Authority-On-Nail-Color”… how cool is THAT for an intro?
    Plus, the story is great- informative and well written; but you know that we think that, otherwise we wouldn’t be subscribers to your blog!
    Kudos, and keep up the great work!

  17. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations! That is truly fabulous! :D

  18. Carol L says:

    Wow, congrats! Yes, the manis are amazing and so is that knuckle ring in the first pic. Do you by chance know what brand that ring is?

  19. Selina says:

    Woo-hoo – huge congrats! And can I just say how jealous I am – you’re a real published writer! You deserve it.