Happy New Year! It’s crazy to think that it’s been eight years since I started All Lacquered Up. Eight years! It was a time when 3-Free was barely a thing. When I discovered a basically unknown brand at a Seattle airport kiosk called butter LONDON.
When I was the only nail blogger. When all of my nail polish fit in one cabinet as compared to needing its own room. So many amazing things have happened since then, so many changes. But one thing remains the same, my love of nail polish and desire to share it with you.
The traditional 8th anniversary gift is bronze and the modern gift is lace so I decided to combine the two in a bronze & gold lace nail art look. Take a trip down memory lane with me and enjoy my tribute manicure.
It’s a beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland. Living in Ohio, I have a love/hate relationship with snow. For the most part, I appreciate the beauty of it and, given my hair’s hatred of humidity, I welcome the cool, crisp air. Granted, I’m fortunate to work from home so I’m not scraping ice off my car or shoveling my driveway on the daily.
Giving a nod to our current state of wintry bliss, I DIY’d a snowflake nail decal for a Winter Wonderland Manicure. When it comes to nail art, straight lines are easy-ish but, on a curved nail, a pattern like a snowflake can be a challenge to get even.
That’s why I like creating my own decals off the nail. I can perfect the pattern by having both hands free to steady the background and brush. Plus, I have a trick that takes the guesswork out of freehand nail art. Keep reading to see how I created this fun and simple look.
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Happy Mani Monday peeps! I hope you all had a fun weekend. Now that we’re into November the holiday collections are starting to roll out. The holidays, already, ugh! I’m so not ready for that. But I do love holiday nail polish colors and while I was playing with the new China Glaze Twinkle collection, I came up with this twist on a Sideways French Manicure. Enjoy!
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Have you guys been watching Nail’d It on Oxygen? I loved the piano key nails and bejeweled crescent that China created for her music industry client last week. It has officially earned a place on my DVR’s season pass list and I’m looking forward to tonight’s episode because it challenges the nail artists to create astrological nail art for psychics.
I’m a pretty pragmatic person but there’s something about astrology that intrigues me. I’ve had my natal chart read and studied astrology a bit. Maybe it was all those trips to my school’s planetarium as a kid. I just love staring at the night sky and wondering how forces outside our tiny planet affect my daily life.
Inspired by this week’s Nail’d It Quick Dry Challenge, I created my own take on astrological nail art with these Constellation Nails. Check out my nail art tutorial below. Continue Reading »
Happy Mani Monday! I hope you all had a fun weekend. I saw Gone Girl, twice, because it was that good. The movie really did the book justice and the casting was pretty spot on. I especially loved Carrie Coon as Nick’s twin, Go. If you are a fan of the book, see it! And if you didn’t read it, what are you waiting for? Though, I took the boyfriend, who hasn’t read it, and he thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Let’s kick off the week with a patterned Dotticure using the Nailbox Pre-Fall TrendBox, curated by my pal Sarah from Chalkboard Nails. I created this look as part of my work with Nailbox but it was so fun that I just had to share it here. I wore it all weekend and got so many compliments.