Wednesday, November 27, 2013

SWEET HEART POLISH: Ameniphus, I, am a Librarian!, & O'Connell

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Sweet Heart Polish (L->R) Ameniphu,
I, am a Librarian!, and O'Connell
 
 Happy Thanksgiving Eve to all my fellow Americans out thurr! Today I have some polishes to share with you from a new-to-me brand called Sweet Heart Polish! I was sent 3 scattered holos to review and I'm happy to share them with you :] Check the trio out after the jump!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

WONDER BEAUTY PRODUCTS: The Sleigh Ride Wonderland Tour Collection [Ivycicle, Ugly Sweater Party, Whoville, Morphamas, Candycane Magique, Christmas Evie, & Mammoth]

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The Sleigh Ride Wonderland Tour Collection
by Wonder Beauty Products Super Chic Lacquer

Hihihi and good afternoon! Today I have the Sleigh Ride Wonderland Tour Collection by Wonder Beauty Products Superchic Lacquer. I really like this holiday collection because they're 1) Not typical holiday colors and 2) You can wear them at other times during the year! Check after the jump for swatches :]


Monday, November 25, 2013

11/25 Manic-ure Giveaways Monday

Pin It Hope everyone is having a great Monday afternoon! Here's the list of new giveaways for this week!




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!

Friday, November 22, 2013

ABOVE THE CURVE: Falling for Autumn Collection [ Anona, Akiko, Scarlet, & Aphaea]

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Above the Curve Falling for Autumn Collection
L->R Anona, Akiko, Scarlet, and Aphaea

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing and reviewing Above the Curve's Falling for Autumn Collection. This collection features 4 great fall appropriate colors. Check them out after the jump :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

YOU POLISH: Snow Mouse, Ice Cold, Let's Have a Party, I'll Be Back Again Someday, & Holoday in Heels

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L -> R: Snow Mouse, Ice Cold, Let's Have a Party,
I'll be Back Again Someday and Holoday in Heels

Are you ready for the holidays? Not a fan of the holidays (like moi)? These You Polish lacquers will put you in the holiday mood (maybe hahahah)! These are the Core polishes from You Polish this holiday season. You can also find these polishes in You Polish's December Monthly Box - releasing tonight at 7pm EST. After the jump I have swatches of each of the polishes above!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TWEE & HONEY/TARTANHEARTS: Tiny Treasures

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Twee & Honey and TartanHearts Tiny Treasures Collaboration

Good afternoon! Today I have a special collaboration set to share with you. TartanHearts jewelry and Twee & Honey have come together to make a polish jewelry set combo, Tiny Treasures, complete with the matching polishes! In the set you'll also find a sample of cuticle oil by Twee & Honey. Check out the set after the jump!


Monday, November 18, 2013

11/17 Manic-ure Giveaways Monday

Pin It GUESS WHO'S BACKKKK, well my Manic-ure Giveaways Monday post is haha. It's been awhile, eh? Thank ya'll for being patient during my move. I'm glad to see people missed these posts. Makes me glad they don't go unread ;] I've done my usual digging. I'm sorry if you've entered most of these, I missed the first half of the month...but/so I have quite a list haha 70 exactly - if you're counting ;]



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!

Friday, November 15, 2013

[CLOSED] ZOYA: Winter 2013 Zenith Collection (+GIVEAWAY!)

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Zoya Zenith Collection

HEY THERE! Today I'm reviewing the gorgeous Zenith Collection by Zoya. I don't know about ya'll but I was WAY EXCITE when Zoya announced this collection. Check out my review, and a somethin' somethin' for you being awesome at the end!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

RAINBOW HONEY: [The Final Battle] Sapphire Weapon, Meteor, Diamond Dust, Ruby Weapon, & Ultimate Weapon

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Rainbow Honey (L->R/T->B) Sapphire Weapon, Meteor,
Diamond Dust, Ruby Weapon and Ultimate Weapon

Hey guys! I'm back into the swing of things, well kindaaaaa! Today I have 5 polishes to show you from Rainbow Honey's The Final Battle Collection. This collection is packed with all kinds of great and unique polishes! I think you should take a peek :]

Also, please bear with me for the next month or so. I'm trying to adjust to having a new environment to take swatch pictures in... so they might look different from post to post until I get it perfect like at my last apartment! <3 In addition, the new iOS7 camera update has me lacking all sorts of strategies and techniques that I'm used to *sigh*

Friday, November 8, 2013

SERUM NO. 5: Samba-dy to Love, Second Spring, Best Witches, Rise and Grind

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(L->R) Serum No. 5 Samba-dy to Love, Second Spring,
Best Witches, Rise and Grind

Hey guys! Today I have the last 4 polishes from Serum No. 5's Fall/Winter Collection. GLITTERRRRR! These glitters contain 3 new glitters and a reformulated glitter. If you missed the other 2 parts, check here and here. Check tout the glitters after the jump!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Zoya 2013 MATTEVELVET Reissue

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SAVE THE DATE: Zoya Nail Polish - 11.08.2013 - PRE-ORDER reissue color!



Get all of the color, none of shine with MATTEVELVET, Zoya’s exclusive blend of matte base and subtle shimmer results in the most utterly wearable and truly stylish matte nail polish on the market today.

MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. For best results make sure to always prepare nail with Zoya Remove + (3-in-1 nail polish remover, nail plate cleaner and new color prep.) prior to applying color.

Zoya Nail Polish is BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Available at SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICING
STARTING 11.08.2013 (TOMORROW) exclusively on ZOYA.COM  while supplies last.


ZOYA IS THE NEW MATTE COLOR OF FASHION! Find over 300 stunning Zoya colors on www.zoya.com. Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

GUEST POST: Tara Heath - Nailed It: 6 Ways to Keep Your Nails in Tip-Top Condition

Pin It Hi guys! Today is something a little different. No swatches or reviews today, but today I have an article that Tara Heath specifically wrote for my blog to share with you guys on 6 ways to keep your nails looking great!

Tara Heath is a freelance writer in Southern California. With a background in beauty, she knows that keeping your nails healthy is very important and tries to implement these tips as often as she can.

You know those yellowish, frail nails that nobody wants to have and that a lot of women hide under layers of thick, opaque polish? And, on the other hand, what about those girls who always have the perfectly strong nails that never split even when they're pretty long? Fact is, a lot of all that is genetic. Some women were just born this way. If your mom has soft, peeling nails, yours are probably not far off. But having bad genes is no excuse, ladies. Nails are a business card and one of the first things people notice. So let's see how we can make them feel and look better with the tricks of the trade.   
 
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Respect your nails. If you want to change your nail color, but you're all out of nail polish, don't cut corners and try to get them clean by using your own nails or sharp objects from your beauty kit. This event is a trauma for your nails, because it breaks and hurts them. Nail polish remover is rather cheap and you can usually find it close to home, so make an effort and get some. Splits or tears can ruin a good day. If you're not one to miss out on your beautiful, long nails and refuse to just cut them when one abandons ship, then repair them with glue or clear polish immediately. Otherwise, you risk losing them, and who wants that?  

Understand your nails. Wear a base coat under your color to keep your nails from turning strange colors. A transparent coat is your best bet. It will protect your nails from the pigments in colored nail polish, which have the tendency to stain and leave your nails looking old and exhausted. File your nails from center to outside, never the other way around, or back and forth. The only way to not damage your nails or break them is the first, so keep to that. Many women break their nails simply when trying to make them look better, which is unfortunate and a bit ironical. Filing your fingernails' corners too much causes them to break, so refrain from doing so excessively.  

Care for you nails. Help your nails from the inside out. Vitamin B, potassium, iron, and calcium are great for the vitality of your nails and can easily be found in foods like spinach, bananas, eggs, seafood, and tofu. Yellow nails are easily fixed with lemon juice, but make sure you have no cuts close to your nails if you don't want to scream in pain. Another good way of cleaning your tinted nails is brushing them with a bit of toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide.  

Protect your nails. Use sunblock on your hands. This will prevent your nails from getting brittle in hot weather, not to mention your skin will be smooth. Wearing gloves is also a good idea. Take a tip from the ladies of the past and find some nice winter, autumn, and spring gloves which will protect your fragile skin from the damage the sun and pollution can make. Keep your nails hydrated with almond oil rubbed vigorously. Waxy lip balm can also be applied to your nails to keep them in top shape. It's just a matter of preference.  

Get the best out of your nails. For the best looking nails, apply two coats of nail polish. But even if you're late, or if the taxi is outside, wait for the first layer to dry before applying a second one. If not, you'll have the dreaded bubbly manicure and all your efforts will be in vain. Slightly rounded nails will make your fingers look longer, so choose a shape and a color that goes well with your hands. Almond nails are all the rage right now, but if your fingers don't look good with that shape, don't wear it. Nails are more about looking clean and beautiful than about fashion.

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Pamper your nails. Get a hand massage as often as you can if you've just cut your nails and want them back. This type of stimulation makes nails grow faster and we all know how slowly nails grow when all you want them to be is long and lovely. Finally, make sure you don't think about your nails obsessively. Many women make nails a top subject in their lives, but if you get into some basic rituals, you won't have to worry too much about perfection. Nails are sensitive and easy to hurt, but sooner or later they just grow back.