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Join A New Nail Chat Party on Twitter – #NailGlossip

By on January 6, 2014
in News with 4 Comments

As I mentioned in my 2014 Resolutions, I want to amp up things here on ALU. One of the ways, is to create more opportunities for us to interact.

#NailGlossip Twitter Chat

Which is why, this Sunday, January 12th at 9pm EST,  I’m thrilled to be part of a new bi-weekly Twitter Chat called #NailGlossip with two fabulous co-hosts, Sarah from Chalkboard Nails and Jen from The PolishAholic.

Since it’s Golden Globes night, we’ll be talking Red Carpet Nails, Celebrity nail polish collaborations and more. Plus, there will giveaways throughout the hour as a thank you for joining us.

Join In The #NailGlossip Fun

Follow us on Twitter @AllLacqueredUp, @ChalkboardNails, @ThePolishAholic and tweet using #NailGlossip.

RSVP to the chat on Twubs to follow the conversation, interact with us and get updates about future chats. Visit to connect.

Giveaway Rules

In order to be eligible to win a prize during a #NailGlossip chat, you must be: A US Resident, follow @AllLacqueredUp @ChalkboardNails and @ThePolishAholic on Twitter and use the hashtag #NailGlossip.

Winners will be randomly selected. You must provide your address within 48 hours of prize notification. Prizes will ship within 6 weeks of Twitter chat.

So mark your calendars, friends, and join us for some #NailGlossip this Sunday night!

Is Nail Polish Just A Fad? Weigh In!

By on December 21, 2013
in News with 45 Comments

Is nail polish a fad?
There was an interesting article on 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 And Google searches would agree as “lipstick” has superseded “nail polish” for the first time in years.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

Get Ready for All Lacquered Up’s Season of Giving Giveaways

By on December 11, 2013
in Giveaway, News with 14 Comments

Holiday Nail Polish and Makeup Giveaways 2013
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!

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.

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