Wednesday, February 29, 2012

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

I used to be one of those people who was really loyal to one mascara. Lately, though I have been experimenting. I am so glad I branched out because I have found some great mascaras. Case in point: bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Blue Black.


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A New Favorite - Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Soft Rose

One of my all time favorite lipsticks, L'Oreal Diane's Tuberose, went off the market a couple of years ago. I still have two tubes of it, but it was my everyday go to lipstick. It worked perfectly on me with any outfit and any make up. Since then, I have been looking for colors that would give me a similar feel. I picked up Revlon's Soft Rose on sale a few months ago at Walgreens and fell in love. It isn't quite as mauve based as Diane's Tuberose, but it is simply lovely. Let's take a closer look.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Orly Cool Romance - My Picks

I have been looking for Orly Cool Romance collection for a while. To be honest, it is the only spring collection out this year that has really gotten me excited. It was supposed to be due out in January, but I didn't see it until I made a quick ULTA run today - specifically looking for this collection. Even then, it was stashed on the bottom shelf below the Zoya polishes. I almost missed it! I have gotten really choosey about my polishes. My stash has grown quite large (in my opinion), and I have decided that I can't get a new polish until I give one away that I don't like or wear much. After a bit of debate, I settled on two polishes from the Cool Romance Collection: Prelude to a Kiss and You're Blushing.

Prelude to a Kiss
You're Blushing













Friday, February 24, 2012

My First Jelly Sandwich

I have tried creating jelly sandwiches several times, but they always ended in disaster. Not this time! I have finally created a successful post worthy jelly sandwich. Woohoo! For this look I used OPI Don't You Think I'm Texy? and Color Club Platinum Record. I really love the result!

Monday, February 20, 2012

And Now For Something A Little Different

I have been very reticent to share with you products that are outside of my Big Three of Beauty philosophy. This is a blog about nails, eyes, and lips (though sometimes that is broadly defined). I don't want to stray from that. However, sometimes a product comes along that is life changing. You just need to shout it from the rooftops. I haven't had one of those product epiphanies in years, but I had one this past month. I'm talking about Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil.
Source: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/bazaar-blog/beauty-must-have-tarte-oil-041311

Blog Milestone - A Big Thank You!

Today my blog hit what I consider to be a pretty big milestone - 40,000 page views. I am astounded that so many people have visited my blog, and many of you continue to return! For those of you who regularly comment on The Lacquered Lady, thank you so much for your participation! I love hearing your thoughts and feedback and always try to respond thoughtfully. For those of you who follow, but are less apt to comment, I too would love to hear your thoughts. My blog is nothing without its readers, and I truly want to hear your insights! Finally, to you lurkers out there, I would also appreciate your thoughts. I value reader participation on my blog whether that be through following, commenting, or sharing the posts you like. Please don't be shy! I would love it if all of you readers could leave some suggestions in the comments below. What would you like to see more of on The Lacquered Lady? How do you feel about the new layout?

Thank you again my dear readers! Looking forward to sharing many more milestones with you!
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sinful Colors Rise and Shine

I realize my blog has been a bit nail heavy as of late. I have several tutorials and reviews planned, but I haven't had time to actually take the associated pictures. I hope to get my blog back to a more balanced mix of nails, eyes, and lips. Today, I wanted to show you a color I have had in my collection for years, but rarely wear: Sinful Rise and Shine

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Nails - Claire's Magnetix Nail Polish in Dark Pink

Happy Valentines Day! I hope you all take a little bit of time for yourself today. I will be spending my evening drinking wine and watching the conclusion of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It has been years since I did Valentine's Day themed nails. I'm pretty horrible at nail art, but wanted to do something fun. Enter my recent purchase - Claire's Magnetix Nail Polish.

**What is your favorite nail trend? Read my thoughts and cast your vote here!**

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fun with Layering = A Homemade Orly Fowl Play!

No, the title did not deceive you! In my experimentation with the recently released Finger Paints flakies, I tripped upon a close cousin of Orly Fowl Play. Let's take a look at the process, starting with China Glaze Crimson and using Finger Paints Asylum.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Everyday Favorites: bareMinerals Eye Shadows

Recently, I had a conversation with one of my friends about our favorite eye shadows. Some of my absolute favorites come from the bareMinerals loose eye shadow collection. Now, you might be saying "Hey this is a total cop-out! An entire line of eye products can't be an everyday favorite." Well, they are! If I could, I would own every single one of the bareMinerals loose eye shadows. And here is why:

Source: http://www.vibrantbeautynetwork.com/383/bare-minerals-eyeshadow/

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Spring is in the air with Orly Frolic!

We have had an incredibly mild winter here. In some ways it has been nice, but it has also made me want to wear my super vampy polishes as I never really felt like I had appropriate winter weather to wear them in. I am very much a seasonal nail color person, though I am trying to break out of this. A month or so ago, I picked up Orly Frolic, but it wasn't until this week that I decided to get out of my dark polish phase and go for something really pretty and perky.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Shhh...I have a secret!

Well, I guess it isn't a secret anymore, but I am slowly coming around to lip glosses. I have been a lifelong lipstick girl - with a fiery passion! Lately, though, I have found some excellent lip glosses that offer great coverage and longer lasting wear. My latest lip gloss discovery? Avon Smooth Minerals Lip Gloss with SPF 15.
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