Friday, August 1, 2014

GLAM MY MANI: Nail Vinyl Review Part 1 [Stripes, Wavy, Lightning Bolts, & Chevrons]

Pin It First and foremost, I'd like to announce the winners of my Beauty Clutch Giveaway! Congrats to Bridget H., Natalie C., and Bethany N.! Please check your emails, I also shot you a tweet :] If you didn't win, there will be plenty of giveaways coming up, so don't give up!

Glam My Mani Nail Vinyls

Back to nails! I recently shared a giveaway for some nail vinyls from Glam My Mani! They saw I shared and asked if I'd like to review a few on my blog. I can always use more practice with vinyl decals haha. Today I'm reviewing half of the decals. Hope you enjoy the manis I came up with :]

Glam My Mani Stripe Nail Vinyls

For the Stripe Nail Vinyls mani, I sponged on a gradient using Revlon Electrified Web and Spidey Sense (PS: Shout out to Steph for sendin' me these Spiderman polishes!!!). Then, I applied the stripes and did the same gradient in the reverse. I must say, striped vinyls are 10x easier than doing stripes on your own or dealing with freakin' striping tape. Striping tape is da devil.

Glam My Mani Wavy Line Nail Vinyls

For my Wavy Line Nail Vinyl mani, I firs applied Sally Hansen Color Foil Sterling Silver, applied the nail vinyl and then applied China Glaze Keep Calm Paint On. Then, to match the silver polish I added some clear rhinestones! Not 100% sure I like this, I stared at it for awhile and I couldn't decide LOL. I do think these vinyls would be fun for like a drippy ice cream cone mani though!

Glam My Mani Lightning Bold Nail Vinyls

I've been wantin to try some nail vinyls in this shape, but I felt so awkward trying to use them LOL There's SO many different angles to use these Lightning Bolt Nail Vinyls. I'm kinda lol-ing in my head because they look like Z's and I used all Zoya polishes here hahahahha. Anyways, I used the Lightning Bold Nail Decals by applying them over Zoya Wendy and painting on Zoya Ling and Muse. Then, I went back with a striping brush and added a skinnier Z shape with Zoya Harper. I really like how this turned out!

Glam My Mani Chevron Nail Vinyls


Ahhh, the ever so popular Chevron Nail Vinyls! I uploaded this mani the other day. I used Zoya Raven and then did a tie dye design using the Color Club Poptastic Collection. Sadly, when I went to the beach, playin with the dog and digging in the sand gave me some pretty nice tip wear! But have no fear! I could easily save my tie dye design I worked so hard on by covering up the gross parts with the Chevron Nail Vinyls. All I did was apply them and then polished on some more Zoya Raven. Wham, bam, thank ya, ma'am!

POLISH INFORMATIONBrand: Glam My Mani
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Overall I really enjoyed these nail vinyls! I've used a few brands here and there in the past and I felt like these were more flexible and easy to work with. I still need to get down how long I should wait before I peel them off haha I'll get it one day! Stay tuned for the 2nd half of the review in a few days!

Have a great weekend!
These items were sent for review. My opinions of the brand are my own and are not influenced in any way. Please read the disclaimer tab for more information about my reviews.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TRUELIPIDS: Cheryl Lee MD TrueLipids Eczema Review + Giveaway [US ONLY ENDS 8/15]

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This is going to be a lot different than anything I've reviewed. While it isn't technically a beauty item, you see my hands so much... it might as well be LOL

Cheryl Lee MD True Lipds Relieve & Protect Ointment and
Eczema Experts Anti-Itch Hydrocortisone Barrier Cream

Hi, I'm Lacey and I have eczema.

No, it's not a big deal - I realize there are worse things in life - but it is something I have suffered from ever since I was born. I paid visits to multiple doctors and participated in a drug study throughout my childhood. I stopped visiting doctors about 10-15 years ago. Around 9th grade, puberty was a blessing and took my severe eczema to something I could at least live with. I could keep my flare ups and hot spots at bay with over the counter creams, natural beeswax salves and prescriptions from my little sister (who also has struggled with it all her life).

Today, I am 25 years old. My eczema has become something I just contribute to who I am. People tell me "it's hardly noticeable", "I don't see what you mean", or "it's not a big deal". While it is comforting to hear those words, there are also those words that hurt. I don't take many things to heart. Comment about my hair, attitude, makeup, clothes, the way I talk, my race - whatever! Sweat off my back. But for some reason commenting on my skin hits close to home. "Granny hands", "When did you get burnt?", "what happened?", and when someone looks at my hand/their hand after a handshake... cancels all reassurance of having my eczema under control. And these are things I've experienced as early as 1st grade - and they're still things I experience about today.

I've prided myself on being a nail blogger with eczema. Eczema effects what day, what hour, and how long I swatch. Eczema effects what my pictures look like. Will my pictures look super lobster-esque? Will my cracks, raw, and rough patches show? And you know what? For over 2 years now - I still pride myself on my perseverance with this imperfection in an industry that strives for perfection.

I know other readers, people on I've known on Instagram, also struggle with eczema of different degrees. When this company declined my application to review their product - I wrote to them begging to see if their product could make a difference in MY hands. Why? To help myself of course  (won't lie!) and to help other who suffer with the same skin disorder.

Since I don't have enough product to cover all my problem areas - feet, hands, knees, neck, parts of my torso, back and face - I am going to give it a shot on my hands, since that's what you see the most.

I would like to let you know that after 10-15 years of doing this on my own with nonprescription topical creams and ointments. Those have entirely stopped working for me. It's like my body is tired of fighting eczema after all these years lol. I've thrown in the towel. I give up doing this alone. I decided to let a dermatologist take the reigns.

For the last month, I have been doing weekly full body light treatments. So take that for what it's worth, in case you might think it affects my review! I used The Cheryl Lee MD True Lipids system for 3 weeks. I would of gone 4 weeks but I received a prescription topical corticosteroid, for spots that popped up during the treatments, and I don't think it would be fair to review True Lipids with the ointment. Y'know?!

Here are my 3 week results (I apologize of the light sucks -.-)

True Lipids: Start - Week 1
True Lipids - Week 2
True Lipids: End - Week 3

I ditched my arsenal of 10 different lotions and ointments and used all True Lipid items in their places.

TrueLipids Relieve & Protect Ointment $49.99




First up is the TrueLipids Relieve & Protect Ointment. This was my go-to hand lotion for 3 weeks. Every morning, handwash, after shower, bedtime, or if my hands just felt dry - I applied this. It is meant to "work at the source of dry, cracked skin by providing a patent-pending blend of essential skin lipids. This ointment relieves and protects dry, itchy, chapped, cracked, wind-burned and irritated skin, and it is effective for all ages and skin types".



I didn't see a whole lot of improvement in my skin, to be honest. I saw a little, but nothing more than the usual - which is keeping the spots at bay but not healing. I really, really liked the formula though. I can see this being GREAT in the winter, for anyone. It has a thicker formula, similar to Aquaphor if you've used that. It isn't quick absorbing, but it really keeps your hands moisturized and protected. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I think if you have a mild, less chronic form of eczema this might work for you better than it did for me. I'm not sure this would be something I would repurchase.

TrueLipids Eczema Experts™ Anti-Itch
1% Hydrocortisone Barrier Cream $49.99

The 2nd part of the system is a Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream. This is "formulated for skin irritations such as itchy skin, inflammation and rashes". Hydrocortisone creams are a pretty common thing to find in a first aid kit and can be picked up for pretty cheap at any drug store. I've tried a store brand and Neosporin Eczema Essentials' Hydrocortisone creams in the past. To stop the itch during a flare up, none of those worked.

Since Hydrocortisone creams don't usually work when my hands are itchy, I didn't have toooo much hope for this product. But actually, it DID work when I had a flare up. I was quite surprised. I used this on other parts of my body too; my feet flare up quite often. It was a life saver, or a hand saver I should say since it prevented me from ripping into my own skin lmao. I would consider repurchasing this product. While it is a small size for the price, you only need a thin layer.

I did also receive a few samples of the TrueTherapy Ceramide+ Cream, TrueLips Lip Balm, and TrueLipids Hydrate, Correct, & Perfect Lotion. I only tried out the Hydrate, Correct, & Protect Lotion. It is made for body and face. I do have patches of eczema on my face, mainly under my eyebrows and between my eyebrows. So I gave it a shot. I don't think I used it enough to see a difference so I can't attest to how well it works. I do kind of want to purchase the full size and give it a shot. I would only use this at night since there is no sunscreen in it.

For more information about TrueLipids and products by Cheryl Lee MD, you can find them here:
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If you have any questions for me about these products, I'll try to answer them to the best of my ability! I know eczema can be frustrating, and I'd love to share my knowledge and experiences with anyone who needs help!

Wanna try these products for yourself? The price point is a little steep, I understand. They DO offer a 30 day money back guarantee though! BUTTTTTTTTTTT lucky for YOU, Cheryl Lee MD TrueLipids is allowing me to giveaway an Eczema Kit!

The giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older.
The giveaway prize is an Eczema Kit put together by TrueLipids. This giveaway
is sponsored by TrueLipids, Tomoson, and hosted by Lace & Lacquers. For full rules and details, click here.


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Hope you enjoyed this write up :]

See ya tomorrow!


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lace & Lacquers' June 2014 Favorites

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Loook guysss! I'm getting better at posting it when I should -.- hahaha  ENJOY!



Zoya Arlo: 

NYC Palm on the Beach: 

SuperChic Lacquer Lady Liberty: 

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue:  

Color Club Poptastic Collection: 

Byeeeeee!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

YOU POLISH: August Subscription Box [Party Place, Moon Pool, Blue Roses, & Off the Deep End]

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You Polish (L->R) Party Place, Moon Pool,
Blue Roses, and Off the Deep End

Today's swatches are from You Polish's August Sub Box (can also be purchased separately)! These are a group of 4 fun colored crelly polishes. In addition to fun colors, there are great glitter mixes that show nicely through the bases. You have to check 'em out :P


Monday, July 28, 2014

7/28 Manic-ure Giveaways Monday

Pin It Here's your list! I really think there's some good 'uns in this list, hope you enjoy. Good luck!



About MGM: These are the giveaways I've collected in the past week from my Facebook feeds, Twitter, blog feed, links that emailed to me, and I that I dig for Google.

If you'd like to submit your blog giveaway for next week here's the 4-1-1:


  • Please make sure your giveaway is nail, manicure, pedicure related. I will not post giveaways that don't relate to those categories, sorry.
  • Giveaways are posted ONCE. I STRIVE not to re-post giveaways each week and every week is a totally new list... BUT, I do provide back links and a master list of all my giveaways posts (found in my sidebar). Please check those to see if I've previously shared your giveaway before contacting me. If it doesn't look familiar, I don't check... but be honest! Thanks! 
  • Preferably giveaways open internationally or giveaways that include the US. 
  • Please fill out the contact form under "CONTACT ME" or email me (LaceandLacquers@gmail.com) your giveaway link along with the date your giveaway ends.
Good luck!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

7/21-7/25 In Case You Missed It! Weekly Recap

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JULY 21ST - JULY 25TH, 2014


MONDAY: More manic, mani-related giveaways for you to enter!

TUESDAY: Swatches of 2 polishes from Model City Polish's Summer Collection.

WEDNESDAY: Four more polishes from the new indie brand, Killer Queen Varnish.

THURSDAY: None.

FRIDAY: Swatch and review of some Barielle manicure items, PLUS a giveaway!

Friday, July 25, 2014

BARIELLE: Lace & Lacquers' Perfect Barielle Manicure [+ GIVEAWAY! Ends 8/2]

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Lace & Lacquers' Perfect Barielle Manicure items

I was asked by Barielle to create my Perfect Barielle Manicure! I stuck to the basics because 90% of the time when I do a manicure, it's quick and simple. Best part about this? While I get to try out these products I selected, Barielle was kind enough to provide a set for me to send to you to try, too!

Barielle Love Your Nails remover wipes

First step in my manicure is always to remove my polish. Weather it be an old mani, left over swatch, or 10 colors on one hand - it's gotta go! I used Barielle's acetone-free Love Your Nails remover wipes. I think these are great because if you're traveling or you just want to get polish off - they're ready to go and not messy at all. Not to mention they also moisturize your cuticles while you remove the polish. AWESOME. I used one wipe for my entire hand. It easily removed the creme polish I had on. I did have an indie shimmer polish that was a little difficult, but I got it off :P

Barielle Instant Nail Hardener

I don't know about you but a nail hardener is one treatment I can't skip for my nails. I'll regret it when I open the patio door if I do skip it! I to use Duri Rejuvacote as a base coat and it has been VERY kind to my nails. I was excited to see that Barille's Instant Liquid Nail Hardener is a similar product! It can be used as a base coat and a top coat (if you want, I don't but my mom does!). I can't wait to see how my nails respond to this! If you haven't tried a hardener - now's your chance.

Barielle No-Chip Speed Dry Top Coat and Intensive Nail Renewal Oil
Two manicure essentials for me I never skip, even when in a hurry: A top coat and cuticle moisturizer!

For my mani, I chose Barielle's No-Chip Speed Dry. If you're looking for a quick dry top coat similar to Seche Vite, this isn't it haha. It doesn't dry as fast... but I've read somewhere that a slower drying top coat can make your mani last longer. So, what the hey! Let's give it a shot. I don't recommend this for nail art. It smears it and it turned my white polish... purple? Yipes. But it's great over a solid color lol

Next is Barielle's Intensive Nail Renew Oil. Cuticle Moisturizer is a must for strong nails and nice lookin' cuticles! I'm not usually a big fan of oil but this absorbs nicely and quickly. It also has a nice, very light floral scent. Me likey.


Barielle Blue Capri

In my quick basic manis, I usually go for a fun color if I'm not adding glitter to it. I chose a fun bright, cobalt blue- Barielle Blue Capri! It's kinda weird though, because in my swatch (and other's) it's a bright awesome blue. But before you add a top coat - it's a dusty blue... haha it's really weird. Then, when I woke up this morning it was the dusty dark blue again. I'M SO CONFUSED Y'ALL!!! I mean, either way I'd choose either color for a quick mani, but what in the world? I've never had this happen... On the bright side, no staining haha. So take that for what it's worth? Sorry I chose such a crazy polish for you hahahaha


So today's your lucky day! You can win all 4 of these products to try for yourself. Sadly this is US only due to the nature of the giveaway. It ends on 8/2/2014. For full details on the rules, click here. Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below, if it is a butthead and doesn't show up - click here.
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Best of luck!
These polishes were sent for review/giveaway. My opinions of the brand are my own and are not influenced in any way. Please read the disclaimer tab for more information about my reviews.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KILLER QUEEN VARNISH: Flowers on the Wall, White Light/White Heat, Cold as Ice, & Lip Service

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Killer Queen Varnish (L->R) Flowers on the Wall, White Light/White Heat,
Cold as Ice, and Lip Service

Hey! Hey! Hey! Today I have more swatches of polishes from Killer Queen Varnish. If you missed the first 4 polishes, you can check them out here! I have 2 more glitter toppers, a sparkly pretty and a fun jelly to show you after the jump :]


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MODEL CITY POLISH: Venetian Sunset & Blue Hawaiian

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Model City Polish Venetian Sunset (L) and Blue Hawaiian (R)

Hey there! Today I have swatches of 2 sparkly polishes from Model City Polish's new Summer collection. Hopefully no one is sick of Summer polishes, I'm not! :P Check out Venetian Sunset and Blue Hawaiian after the jump. I even did a little tribal mani for ya!


Monday, July 21, 2014

7/21 Manic-ure Giveaways Monday

Pin It Happy Monday! Here's your list for the week of the 21st :]



About MGM: These are the giveaways I've collected in the past week from my Facebook feeds, Twitter, blog feed, links that emailed to me, and I that I dig for Google.

If you'd like to submit your blog giveaway for next week here's the 4-1-1:


  • Please make sure your giveaway is nail, manicure, pedicure related. I will not post giveaways that don't relate to those categories, sorry.
  • Giveaways are posted ONCE. I STRIVE not to re-post giveaways each week and every week is a totally new list... BUT, I do provide back links and a master list of all my giveaways posts (found in my sidebar). Please check those to see if I've previously shared your giveaway before contacting me. If it doesn't look familiar, I don't check... but be honest! Thanks! 
  • Preferably giveaways open internationally or giveaways that include the US. 
  • Please fill out the contact form under "CONTACT ME" or email me (LaceandLacquers@gmail.com) your giveaway link along with the date your giveaway ends.
Good luck!