Just a Reminder!

makeupetcJust a friendly reminder to switch over to Makeup Etc. 🙂 Follow me there for my latest posts, as I will be deleting Lashes and Lacquer in the near future! Thanks everyone!



It’s here!

So my latest blog is up and running! You can find it at Makeup Etc.. I hope you’ll join me on my latest journey and tell your friends, too! It’s still in its beginning stage, so I don’t have a lot of content on it, yet, but I will be writing this week and sharing for you all to see. I am so happy to be starting not only 1, but 2, new phases in my life – Makeup Etc., and representing AVON. 2016 is shaping up nicely! I’d like to make the transition to Makeup Etc. as smoothly as possible, so follow me over there and see what new things I have in store for you. It will still include all of what you’ve come to love here at Lashes and Lacquer – skincare, makeup, nails, DIY, and product reviews. Makeup Etc. will have more of what you love.

Thank you, my lovely Lashes and Lacquer fans!



I thought maybe the newer followers could benefit from this past post if they haven’t yet read it! This post is originally from last November 21st and tells you how to take care of your brushes by cleaning them, and also the benefits of doing so. You’ll be glad you did! Read below to hopefully gain a little more insight on why it’s not only helping your brushes last, but also keeping YOU healthy when using them.

PS: For some reason when I hit the button to reblog it, it made the formatting look odd. Sorry! :\ Also, do you have a Poshmark closet? I’ve been looking to buy some new clothes! If you do, post the link in the comments so I can visit! You can visit mine here, or click the link on my sidebar. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for free! It is so fun and you can even find new makeup on there for discounted prices! 🙂

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Brushes make all the difference to a makeup user’s finished masterpiece. Whether you are an aficionado, or a novice, your brushes are a valuable investment! Brush bristles are the perfect medium for trapping oil, dirt, and bacteria. Thoroughly cleansing your brushes can prevent breakout-causing buildup, while also making your investment last longer! If you’ve bought expensive brushes like I have, you can appreciate this!

I clean all of mine once a week and I use Sephora Purifying Brush Shampoo, but whenever I’m out of that, I use a simple, inexpensive shampoo (just 1 ingredient!) that still does the trick just as well (I’ll explain that, too). My go-to set of brushes takes about 1-2 days to dry, so I recommend having a backup set of brushes. My second set of brushes is from e.l.f. makeup. Their professional line is VERY high quality, and best of all, affordable!

1. Run brush bristles under lukewarm water. Be careful not to get water between the metal on the brush!

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2. In a shallow dish/plate, put a little bit of brush shampoo. Swirl the brush in your palm, creating a lather. You can use your palm, as well.

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3. Rinse your brush under the water, again being careful to not get the brush wet beyond the base of the bristles! If you can see still makeup running off your brush, repeat step 2 again until the water runs clear.

4. Squeeze out any excess water and reshape the bristles. Lay flat on a towel or dry surface. (Don’t stand brushes up to dry, as this can cause water still left in the bristles to run into the metal, causing the glue to loosen!)

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For an inexpensive brush shampoo alternative, I’ve used Palmolive Free & Clear Concentrated Dish Liquid. You can also use Dawn instead if you have that, too. A lot of blogs are saying to mix this or that with RUBBING ALCOHOL. That will dry your brushes out, and potentially shorten their life. If you wash your brushes once a week, they’ll last much longer than if you let them sit around and accumulate dirt and oil. In the long run, it’s well worth the 10 minutes it takes to wash them.




There’s nothing worse to me about winter (aside from it being too cold) than having scratchy feet! It is one of my biggest pet peeves when I can actually FEEL the dryness on my heels scraping my blanket at night (ew, I know). But it happens – and this winter weather doesn’t help! Thankfully, there’s an easy fix with just a few ingredients you can find in your pantry. This DIY scrub will perfect your feet and leave them smooth during these frigid winter months and keep your pedicures looking pretty throughout the summer, too. After all, what’s a beautiful pedicure if your feet are rough and your heels are cracking? Even better, these common baking ingredients make the scrub smell like cookies!

You will need:

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


1. Whisk your sugars together in a bowl.


2. Add olive oil & vanilla extract and continue to whisk.


3. Scrub! In addition to your feet, this makes an excellent scrub for your entire body. Great for exfoliating prior to shaving, and especially great to rid your skin of any dead skin cells prior to applying self-tanning products!

I actually prefer to put on thick lotion & socks after using the scrub to absorb the moisture. Nothing better than waking up with soft feet! Treat your feet and relax – it’s Sunday!



Okay! First and foremost, I want to apologize for the belated MANI MONDAY!

Today’s mani is an updated, glitzy twist on a French manicure, using ULTA’s “Concrete Evidence”, with China Glaze’s “Pizzazz” for the tips! You can use any variation of colors you choose. The possibilities are endless and will look fab regardless!

1. As always, start with your base coat.

2. Apply 1-2 coats of ULTA’s “Concrete Evidence”


3. Once dry, apply China Glaze’s “Pizzazz” for your tips, gradually using more polish as you get to the end of the nail for a gradient finish.


4. When completely dry, finish with your top coat!




Today’s MANI MONDAY nails are simple and classy, and even the beginner nail artist can replicate this style. I’ve borrowed the idea from Sally Beauty Blog, and changed the accenting color from black to a nice, gold sparkle. All you need is a base/top coat, a neutral polish (I used OPI “San Tan-Tonio”), and a contrasting polish for the upper diagonal (I used Sinful Colors “All About You”). Have fun with your color combinations and see where it takes you!

1. Start with your base coat polish.


2. Next, apply 1-2 coats of your neutral polish.


3. Draw a diagonal line with your contrasting color. (My diagonals are harder to see because I used a glitter polish.) *If it’s easier for you, you can use a nail detailing brush or nail pen*


4. Fill in the top half.


5. Once dry, apply your top coat.

Let me know if you try this and what personal twist you give to it!


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With winter and its dry air approaching, it can leave our lips chapped and dehydrated. Before you go splurging on an expensive lip scrub, you might want to take a look in your pantry for this simple 2 ingredient DIY Exfoliating Lip Scrub. It’s an inexpensive alternative to the lip products you find at your local beauty retailer, and best of all, it’s all-natural.

188All you will need is sugar (brown or white) and olive oil. The sugar naturally exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, while the olive oil contains Vitamin E to moisturize and nourish your lips. Doing this up to 2 times a week can help your lip product application go more smoothly and last longer throughout the day.

1. Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.

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2. Gently massage on lips and leave on for 2 minutes.

3. Wipe off with a warm, wet washcloth and voila! Smooth, rejuvenated lips!