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Fall 2011 Nail Polish Trend – Bold Beautiful Blues

Are we stuck in some kind of 2007 nail polish flashback? Did Chanel Blue Satin just launch? First we talked about grey nail polish, now we’re moving onto blue. Those of you who have been reading ALU since way back in its infancy will remember that blue and grey were big nail trends for Fall 2007 and as I approach my fifth year of blogging, it’s like it’s all coming full circle.


The past couple years there has been a greater focus on greyed slate blues and teal but this time around we’re looking at a more true blue range that varies from denim to sapphire to indigo. And as brands have continued to evolve their mixing techniques we are being treated to more unique finishes and sparkle combinations than we’ve seen in the past.
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Nail Art Tutorial – CND’s DIY River Rock Nail Decal Technique

By on September 20, 2011
in CND, Nail Art, Tips and Tricks with 82 Comments

How To - DIY Nail Stickers or Decals Tutorial and Video

Of all the amazing things I saw at New York Fashion Week, what I was most excited to come home and try is a look that never even appeared on the catwalk. It’s a new nail art technique that CND Co-Founder Jan Arnold discovered in Russia and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.

It’s a way to make your own nail art decals using nail polish that CND’s Russian Education Ambassadors created. Essentially you are designing your own version of Minx or Sally Hansen Salon Effects at home. It’s easy and fun and I just know you DIY peeps are going to love it.
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Win It! – Snag CND Poppyfield as seen on the Wes Gordon runway

By on September 14, 2011
in CND, Giveaway, NY Fashion Week S/S 12

The red-orange coral confection that is CND Poppyfield was such a hit at Wes Gordon Spring 2012 that CND is offering three lucky readers the chance to win a bottle for themselves.


To Win: Leave a comment on this post telling me which CND Effect you would layer over Poppyfield. I love a great Colour & Effect combo. Make sure you include your email address on the email address line in the form, not the comment body (for privacy reasons).

Rules: Giveaway is open to US Residents only and no P.O. Boxes (sorry International Fanatics). One entry per person. Winners will be selected via random draw. Winners must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

End Date: Entries will be accepted until Sunday September 18th at 11:59pm EST. Any entries after that time will not count.

Behind The Scenes – My Chance to Assist Team CND at Joy Cioci

By on September 14, 2011
in CND, NY Fashion Week S/S 12 with 28 Comments

Countless movies and television shows (both fictional and reality) have depicted the crazy whirlwind that is backstage at a fashion show. The models dashing to and fro. The dozens of hair, makeup and nail professionals wielding their tools to bring the designer’s vision to light. The model wrangler (for a lack of a better term) yelling for the girls to get in line. And, of course, the designer, in either an eerie state of calm or ball of frenetic energy, overseeing the whole process. If you’re like me, you’ve wondered what it’s really like to be a part of that amazing chaos.


This is my seventh season attending New York Fashion Week as a member of the media and even though I am able to go backstage, our time is limited due to the number of outlets that need access. I’ve never been able to see what it takes to make a show happen from start to finish… until now! As part of my Fashion Week partnership with CND, I was given the extraordinary opportunity to strap on a Team CND tool belt at the Joy Cioci Spring 2012 presentation and work right alongside the pros.
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CND at NYFW – Checkerboard Nails at Nicole Miller Spring 2012

By on September 11, 2011
in CND, NY Fashion Week S/S 12 with 15 Comments

With the rise in popularity of “scotch tape manicures” amongst the DIY nail art fanatics, I see a lot of checkered nail styles roll by on my Tumblr. So I was quite thrilled to see this popular look pop up on the runway. CND injected bright pops of color and pattern at Nicole Miller’s Spring 2012 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

For Nicole Miller, Wanda Ruiz crafted glam rock checkered manicures using CND Colour in Raspberry Parfait and a custom mixed blue comprised of CND Colours in Anchor Blue, Dark Ruby, Eclectic Purple and added blue pigment. Nails were finished with one layer of Ice Blue Shimmer Effect.

CND Says: Create this look at home by doing a vertical sweep of pink down your nail, and do the same with a sweep of blue so each half of the nail is covered with a color. Then go over with each color for the opposite corners. Top all nails with Ice Blue Shimmer for a dazzling finish.

If your hand isn’t steady enough to hand paint straight lines of color, create checkers utilizing scotch tape. Check out the tutorial on Chloe’s Nails for great tips on how to create this look.

What do you think of Checkerboard nails? Do you like the blue and pink combo? Do you have any great tricks for DIYing checkered nails?

If you want to keep up with my NYFW experience be sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest updates. Also, check out Jan Arnold’s Fashion Week Blog on and my Tumblr peeps should follow the new CND Fashion Tumblr.

Disclosure: All Lacquered Up’s coverage of CND at NYFW is sponsored by CND. For more info, view my Disclosure Policy.

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