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Cult Nails Secret Collection Swatches & Review

Cult Nails Secret Collection swatches via @alllacqueredup

Cult Nails Secret Collection

On Christmas Eve, I was taken with this manicure posted on the Cult Nails Instagram page using the “Secret Collection.” The concept being that you didn’t know the contents during the pre-sale. Now that the pre-sale is over, the cat is out of the bag.

A quick jump over to CultNails.com and I spied this “mystery” collection on sale for half off. With a green and blue in the lineup, it was a no-brainer for me.
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The Bronze Age – Bronze & Gold Lace Nail Art for My Blogiversary

By on January 2, 2015
in Bronze, Gold, Nail Art, Zoya with 29 Comments
Easy Lace Nail Art via @alllacqueredup

Bronze & Gold Lace Nail Art

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.

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Easy Holiday Hairstyles – New Year’s Eve Half Updo Tutorial

By on December 29, 2014
in Hair Care with 0 Comments
Easy and  Simple Hairstyle for Holidays - Half Updo via @alllacqueredup

Easy Holiday Half Updo

As 2014 comes to close, it’s time to get ready for New Year’s Eve. Whether you are going out on the town, attending a party or enjoying an intimate celebration at home, having simple, easy holiday hairstyles at the ready is a must.

If you have to work on NYE, the last thing you need is to come home and try to construct some complicated look on a moment’s notice. Today, I’m sharing a style Faith from John Robert’s Spa created for a recent wedding I officiated. It would be perfect for any soiree and it’s so much easier than it looks!
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a-england Elizabeth and Mary Swatches & Review

By on December 24, 2014
in a England, Blue, Green, Metallic, Purple, Red with 7 Comments
A-England Elizabeth & Mary collection via @alllacqueredup

A-England Elizabeth & Mary

Because I refuse to grow up, my DVR looks like it was programmed by a teen. The CW has my number and one of my fave shows is Reign, a fictionalized account of the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots. While I have no fascination with the modern day royals, I do enjoy shows/movies like The Tudors and Elizabeth, so the a-england Elizabeth and Mary collection intrigues me as much for its historical references as its gorgeous colors.

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DIY Nail Decals Tutorial – Winter Wonderland Snowflakes

By on December 23, 2014
in Nail Art, Sally Hansen with 16 Comments
DIY Nail Decals Tutorial - Winter Snowflakes via @alllacqueredup

DIY Nail Decals Tutorial

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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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