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Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014 – Get Ready for Orchid Madness

By on December 5, 2013
in News, Radiant Orchid Madness with 31 Comments
Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 – Radiant Orchid

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? 

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?

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