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CVS Nail HQ, a Saran Wrap Manicure and a Giveaway, Oh My!

By on November 28, 2012
in Blue, Nail Art, Revlon

I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods but in my part of the CLE, shopping for nail polish in drugstores can be pretty time consuming. On average I’ll hit up to 3-4 stores looking for specific seasonal displays or brands. Well, thanks to the new CVS Nail HQ, those days are over, people!

Rolling out to CVS/pharmacy stores across the country, the Nail HQ is a nail-focused kiosk that showcases the latest trends in color and nail products. You’ll find the newest releases from brands like Essie, Revlon, Sally Hansen and more including the CVS exclusive Nuance Salma Hayek line, not to mention a wide range of core colors.

To celebrate the launch of Nail HQ, CVS asked me to create a nail art tutorial for their Beauty Club Facebook page and they want you to get involved with a fun giveaway. Keep reading for the deets.

When it comes to creating nail art, I’m the hand equivalent of a dancer with two left feet. A steady hand and artistic talent are not part of my genetic gifts so I’m all about goof-proof DIYs. Bonus points for techniques that don’t require special tools. Enter the Saran Wrap Manicure. I call this look the Midnight Marble Manicure and you can find out how I created it, today, on the CVS Beauty Club Facebook page so head on over to check it out.

Giveaway Alert! (Giveaway is now over) Now comes the real fun, peeps. CVS wants to see the nail art talents of all my ALU Fanatics. Show off your best DIY nail art, created with your fave CVS/pharmacy products, on Instagram and Twitter using the dedicated hashtag #CVSNails for a chance to win a CVS Gift Bundle, including a $100 CVS Gift Card and new exclusive nail products. Make sure you follow CVS Beauty Club on Twitter to keep up with what’s new in beauty @CVSBeautyClub. You have from now through December 4th to enter.

Fellow Cleveland Fanatics, the CVS/pharmacy at Cedar & Green has a Nail HQ kiosk which is where I spotted the new Revlon Brilliant Strength nail polishes used to create this look.

While you’re shopping don’t forget  to sign up for the CVS Beauty Club. You’ll receive $5 ExtraBucks Rewards for every $50 spent on beauty (including nail!), so sign up now and stock up!

Have you spotted a CVS Nail HQ near you? What’s your favorite DIY nail art technique? Have you tried the Saran Wrap Manicure before? What are your favorite colors to use for the look?

Disclosure: Reps for CVS/pharmacy contracted me to create a tutorial for their Facebook page and provided the products used. As a frequent CVS shopper I was happy to participate. The nail color/brand selection and opinions herein are entirely my own. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Julie says:

    One more reason that I LOVE CVS! What a co idea!

  2. AJ says:

    Just spotted this at the CVS across the street from where I work. Went in to grab some things for work and there’s all this nail polish! Pretty spiffy.

  3. Nice saran wrap mani! Doubt I’ll have time to get anything together before that deadline, but we’ll see!

  4. I havent seen an HQ near me, but I’m gonna try to find one now! Tks for the tutorial, it’s super easy!

  5. ruthie says:

    I love that look. It’s like a composition book pattern. I haven’t seen a Nail HQ on the westside yet. I don’t need the temptation though!

  6. Wow, I didn’t realize you were in the Cleveland area – I am too (Shaker Heights)! They just built a new CVS by my house. I should check to see if they have a nail HQ. :)

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Hey fellow East sider! I’m in UH, so not far from you. Where is the new CVS?

      • The new CVS is on Chagrin and Avalon in Shaker Heights. I went in the other day and didn’t see a nail HQ.

        • All Lacquered Up says:

          I went there yesterday, just to see. I guess the Cedar & Green one is the only one around us so far. Though I bet the one at Mayfield and 91 will have it. That one gets a lot of traffic and always has a great nail display. From what I understand 2,000 of their 7,000+ stores will get a Nail HQ. I’m sure it is based on the nail sales of the store.

  7. Heather says:

    I saw one a week ago at my local CVS and now I can never go back.

  8. I’ve been stalking my local CVSs hoping I’ll see one of those Nail HQs pop up, but nothing. I guess it shouldn’t be surprising seeing as my CVS has a pretty measly nail polish selection. I guess I have to widen my search to other CVSs in my area.

  9. Samantha C says:

    So jealous! I wish there was a drug store in Canada with THAT big of a collection!!

  10. purplelarkspur says:


  11. I only wish I could do some nail art so I could enter! Great giveaway and I love your marbled nails.

  12. beachgal says:

    OH MY! I never have been anywhere they have this kind of stock for polish! I about die when I get into a decent beauty supply that has all the current OPI shades and one I get to when I am out of town on medical has those and all the Essie shades too (proline shades and the drugstore ones too).

  13. Alexis says:

    That’s great news! CVS Nail HQ sounds like a delish candy shop to a sweet-toothed lil kid for us polish fanatics! Alas I don’t live in the US so I don’t have a CVS around me unfortunatly but it’s awesome for other people! :D And that mani you did is gorgeous, Saran Wrap or not! Vewyyyy Nice :))) Have a great day ALU ;)

  14. Jacquelyn says:

    No HQ at my CVS; maybe soon.
    Your saran nail mancure will so rock on me; just hope it looks as good as yours..

  15. Stephanie Smith says:

    There’s a CVS right around the corner from me, I’m going tomorrow to see if we have one of these things! I’m in CA, so I don’t know if we do. Heaven!!!

    Ps. Miss you and your reviews! Glad to see you’re back! :)

  16. Shaina says:

    I’d love to enter this, how many times can we enter? I have two different designs that I’m debating with and was wondering if I could tweet them both. I just don’t want to get elimanated!

  17. Medusa says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing one of these in real life; however, CVS stores are notoriously messy & I don’t think this idea will work out well. Half of the nail polishes on sale there have already been tested, even though they are not testers. The manufacturers need to seal them with plastic, or something. (Not that people won’t break the plastic seals, though). A good idea, but I just don’t think it will work out well.