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Nailbox – A New Online Nail Polish Shopping Destination

By on November 30, 2013
in News with 5 Comments

Nailbox online nail polish shopping merchant
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.
Nailbox social sharing and nail polish reviews
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 and sign up to be notified about the launch.

A new look for All Lacquered Up

By on November 15, 2013
in News with 18 Comments

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!

All Lacquered Up's New Design

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!!

Zoya MatteVelvet Is BACK! See Swatches of the Returning Nail Polish Shades

By on November 8, 2013
in Black, Green, Holiday 2013, Matte, News, Purple, Red, Zoya with 37 Comments

Zoya Matte MatteVelvet Nail Polish

Press Sample

With matte nails making a huge comeback this fall, it’s no surprise that Zoya is digging into their nail polish archives to resurrect the Zoya MatteVelvet lacquers. Four fan faves are going on pre-sale today, November 8th, at NOON with special pricing of $9 (reg. $10).

See which shades are making their triumphant return after the initial launch over four years ago!
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The China Glaze App – Now for Android!

By on October 14, 2013
in China Glaze, News with 8 Comments

Over the past couple years, I’ve been pitched numerous times about new mobile apps for nail polish fanatics and they have always been solely for iPhone/iPad users. Since I don’t recommend anything I can’t personally test myself, I haven’t posted about them, until now.

China Glaze launched their China Glaze App last spring and now us #TeamAndroid peeps can get in on the action.

China Glaze Mobile App for Android

China Glaze Mobile App for Android

What’s unique about this free app is the “Match A Color” functionality. You simply take a picture of an object, click on a spot you want to color match, and get a list of China Glaze nail polish suggestions.

I took a picture of the Bobbi Brown Navy nail polish I posted earlier today and Man Hunt and First Mate are great alternatives, though not dupes. Lighting definitely alters the suggestions you get.

China Glaze App Match a Color

China Glaze App "Match a Color"

The app also features the latest collection releases, videos and a “Try It On” feature that is, honestly, not that accurate as all the shades look like cremes. You can also “favorite” shades and share your finds on social media.

The China Glaze App is available now for free in the Google Play store and iTunes

Have you tried the app? Do  you have a fave app geared toward nail polish fans?

Wake Up Pretty with All Lacquered Up at Nordstrom’s Pretty Party

By on October 10, 2013
in News, Trends with 5 Comments

So the past few of days have been a bit nerve-wracking. I spilled water on my laptop and have been in full freak-out mode, hoping it would turn on. Obviously it did, thanks to advice from the Twitterverse, and I have some fun news to share.

My local Nordstrom at Beachwood Place, is hosting a Pretty Party next weekend and they’ve asked me to be a part of their “Wake Up Pretty” trend event next Saturday, October 19th! I’ll be presenting, along with speakers covering makeup and skin care, talking about nail color trends for Fall and Holiday 2013. So exciting!

Nordstrom Pretty Party at Beachwood Place

If you’re free next Saturday and would like to attend, there are 40 tickets left (out of 200) The event begins at 8:30 am (early, I know!) and your $20 ticket is redeemable for $20 worth of product PLUS you get an iPad case, a signature tote bag filled with a bundle of cosmetics and light refreshments will be served. If that’s not a reason to get up early on a Saturday, I don’t know what is.

After the event, manicurists will be on hand to apply any nail color purchases you make.

To purchase a ticket, stop by the Nordstrom Beachwood Place Beauty Department or call 216-378-2121.

If you can’t make it to the Wake Up Pretty event, the Pretty Party takes place all day on Friday (10/18) and Saturday (10/19). Beauty insiders and experts will be sharing the latest beauty tips and tricks while they pamper you with a complimentary makeup or skincare consultation. Get access to free customized samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts).

So come see me to hear about all the new colors and products for the season and meet other beauty aficionados, like yourself.

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