There was an interesting article on AdAge.com this week, citing that the nail polish market is plummeting, that lipstick is once again claiming the top spot in beauty and suggesting that nail polish is just a fad. So is it?
Granted, they mention that the biggest sales drop is in special effect polishes (Crackle, Matte, etc) rather than traditional nail polish but the massive overall growth seen in 2011 and 2012 is over. Since we are doing better economically, the fact that nail polish sales are declining would suggest that the “nail index” concept is true. And Google searches would agree as “lipstick” has superseded “nail polish” for the first time in years.
Of course, I’m not about to stop wearing nail polish anytime soon. And even though I’ve come around to the idea of nail art and enjoy my feeble attempts at it, I wouldn’t cry if it went away. I mean, if the spring runways filled with pale, muted nails are any kind of indicator, nail art’s glory days could be behind it.
Obviously, I’m a bit biased, as are most of you, being nail polish fanatics and all, but I’d love to hear your take on the article. Is this just the natural progression of business? A plateau and not a plummet? Will big brands stop creating new and innovative nail products to focus on a more profitable sector of the industry? What say you?image: CVS Saran Wrap Manicure
Exciting news, people! In honor of my mom’s birthday tomorrow (December 12th) and to celebrate The Season of Giving, I am kicking off a week of giveaways.
You see, my mom is one of the most giving people I know. I swear, she should have been a social worker. That’s just the type of person she is. Whether it’s driving to the sketchiest parts of town to get one of her employees to work, or bringing food to a family that has nothing at the holidays or buying boatloads of presents to donate to Toys for Tots, she always puts others first, sacrificing herself for everyone in her path. It’s that and her eternal optimism in people and in life that I truly admire.
So what about these giveaways I speak of? Starting on Thursday, December 12th, 2013, I will be hosting one giveaway a day, for seven days. Each giveaway will have a 48 hour entry period and multiple ways to enter. I’ve got some fun stuff lined up and it’s not just nail polish. Some of the giveaways will be international, some will have multiple winners. So tune in each day and good luck!
The next Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 was announced today and it’s Radiant Orchid. You guys know how I love purple and green so I’m all about it.
“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
You know what this means, right? A follow up to my Emerald Madness nail polish competition, featuring Radiant Orchid. I’ll host a bracketed nail polish smack down of the best orchid nail shades, similar to NCAA March Madness.
So as I start to curate the best representations of Radiant Orchid in the world of nail polish, I’d love to hear your suggestions. I don’t want to accidentally leave out a great shade.
So which nail polishes do you think best represent Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid? Are you happy with Pantone’s choice?
Has your wallet recovered from all the Black Friday torture? Then, I have some fun nail polish shopping news to share with you. Nailbox, a recently launched beauty e-commerce site, is all about nails. Carrying a range of commercial and boutique nail polish brands, its aim is to be a one stop shop.
They currently carry 11 lines including Cult Nails, Essie and NCLA with plans to expand in the future. What impressed me is the ability to sort by Brand, Color, Ingredients, Price, Coverage or Finish. They clearly did their research and understand the nail polish fanatic’s mind.
And on each shade’s page, they include Application Tips, Customer Reviews and Ingredients Lists with the ability to share on social media. So they’re fostering a community as well as selling nail color.
They currently ship to the US only (FREE shipping with $50 purchase) with plans to ship internationally in the coming year. The site definitely looks promising and I can’t wait to see what other nail polish brands they add in the future. Wouldn’t it be great to have just ONE place to buy all your polish from?
Their site teases a special collaboration with LA’s top manicurists, coming December 1st, so head to Nailbox.co and sign up to be notified about the launch.
Welcome to the all new All Lacquered Up. This site refresh has been a long time coming and so necessary. I didn’t want to make drastic changes, just some simple tweaks to make your experience better.
So what’s new?
First, my poor Gallery hadn’t been updated in eons due to technical issues but it’s FINALLY working again. Praise Jeebus! I’m in the process of adding my backlog of photos but have uploaded over 200 new images already. Images are arranged by color so you can see every blue nail polish I’ve ever photographed, in one place!
Second, I’ve made changes to the Navigation menu to help you find certain features or information easier. I’ve also made it easier to find my Social Media channels so we can connect on other platforms.
The biggest and most important change is something you’ll only notice if you view ALU on mobile or tablet devices. I don’t know about you but I’m glued to my phone and do a lot of my blog reading that way. Having a site that wasn’t mobile friendly was simply unacceptable to me. Now, no matter where you view ALU, the site will conform to your device.
Search – If you are looking for posts in a certain category, from a certain date or just want to search for a specific term, all of that is in one simple space on the right sidebar.
Finally, if you read something here that you like, I’ve made it easy for you to share it with your friends.
I really hope you like the new and improved All Lacquered Up and PLEASE report any technical issues you may experience so I can get them fixed right away. MWAH!!