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Winterize Your Hands & Nails – Cold Weather Hand Care Tips

Winter Hand & Nail Care via @alllacqueredup

Winter Hand & Nail Care

If you live in a cold, dry climate, you winterize your home, car and more than likely your skin care routine but what about your hands? Given the below-freezing windchill temps that typically plague Cleveland, I’ve become acutely observant of the state of my hands and nails during the winter.

Unless you wear gloves 24/7, your hands get almost as much air exposure as your face. And given the other downsides of winter, no one wants to add dry, chapped skin or brittle, peeling nails to that list. It’s time to rescue your hands from the effects of the frozen tundra and get your winter hand care routine on point, yes on point (I can’t with “on fleek”).

I’ve teamed up with Sally Hansen to share my favorite cold weather hand care tips with you.
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Valentine’s Day Nails – 4 Red Hot Manicure Ideas

By on February 10, 2015
in Essie, JINsoon, Milani, Nail Art, Red with 6 Comments
Valentine's Day Nail Art and Manicure Ideas via @alllacqueredup

Valentine’s Day Nail Art and Manicure Ideas

The countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun and, while I don’t really celebrate it, I like dressing up my nails for the occasion. Creating hearts was one of the first nail art techniques I mastered so I take advantage of any reason I can whip out that talent. And even if nail art isn’t your forté, I have some fun Valentine’s Day nails for you.
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New Year, New Nails! Tips to Improve Your Naked Nails

Manicure Tips for Naked Nails via @alllacqueredup

New Year, New Nails!

The first #NailGlossip chat of the year focused on bad habits and solutions to help your nails look better in the coming year. The best place to start is by nailing down (pun totally intended) a set manicure routine and scheduling a regular nail date with yourself.

To inspire you, I’ve teamed up with Sally Hansen to share the manicure steps that rescue my genetically weak digits from looking a hot mess. Using these simple tips, you can proudly take your naked nails in public.
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Drugstore Brand Wars – My Favorite L’Oréal Products

Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products from L'Oreal Paris via @alllacqueredup

Drugstore Brand Wars – L’Oreal Paris

Last year, the Makeup Wars crew embarked on our first ever Brand Wars, with each of us declaring our love for a particular makeup brand and sharing our favorites. This time around, we are splitting Brand Wars up into Drugstore and Prestige editions and today we are sharing our drugstore favorites.

Looking through my beauty stash, particularly the cart I keep in my bathroom for everyday use, you will see a lot of products from L’Oréal Paris. I find them to be consistently good and made from quality ingredients, so it’s hard not to love them. Keep reading to see which L’Oréal items are tops on my list.
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OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Nail Art Inspired by Lupita Nyong’o at the SAG Awards

By on January 27, 2015
in Gray, Nail Art, OPI with 23 Comments
Floral Watercolor Nail Art using OPI Fifty Shades of Grey via @alllacqueredup

SAG Awards Nail Art – Lupita Nyong’o in Elie Saab

Award shows are my idea of sports. I would much rather watch the red carpet action than the Cavs play, even with LeBron back in town. Between the E! red carpet coverage, Fashion Police recaps and the shows themselves, my DVR is a flurry of activity.

This past Sunday, the actor-centric SAG Awards aired and, per usual, I was live-tweeting the red carpetwaiting for my favorite film and tv show casts to win, and they did. Yay Birdman!

When Lupita Nyong’o stepped out on the carpet in this floral Elie Saab, I swear I could hear an actual gasp on Twitter. Her gorgeous gown stuck in my head and I just had to recreate it as nail art. And it just so happens that the OPI Fifty Shades of Grey collection was perfect for the task.

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