christmasMerry Christmas to all of those who celebrate! Enjoy your day with your loved ones!



20141219_072403So maybe you’re bored with your mani, but don’t want to ENTIRELY change it up. That’s how I felt about these simple Christmas nails I did the other day (below to the right).


China Glaze ‘Ruby Pumps’ with simple silver underline

I love them and wasn’t ready to completely part with them, yet. Plus, it really is a simple, beautiful mani; but I felt it needed a little end-of-the-week livening up! The easiest way to achieve this without overhauling the entire design or color, is to add glitter! I chose to add Funky Fingers ‘FRA-GEE-LAY’. It is the perfect combination of red, green, and white flecks of glitter. I knew as soon as I saw the bottle yesterday, that I would be using it to complement my holiday nails. Not to mention, I got it while I was shopping for stocking stuffers at Five Below, and their polishes were 3 for $5! Unlike some of the inexpensive brands I’ve tried in the past, I was really impressed with their polish’s quality. Just a simple speckling of this glitter polish on top of my China Glaze ‘Ruby Pumps’ tips, and I was good to go. Not only will it freshen up your mani to add some glitter, it will also prolong it. Don’t forget your top coat!


Funky Fingers ‘FRA-GEE-LAY’




With Christmas quickly approaching, it’s getting down to the last days to finish your shopping! For a couple of these, I used EBATES so I could earn some cash back! Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Here’s a list I compiled of 10 of my favorite gifts under $30 to hopefully make your last minute shopping a little simpler for the beauty lovers on your list, and a little bit less expensive!

tarte Sweet Dreams Best Sellers Collection – $19 – A limited edition collection that includes a deluxe Maracuja C-Brightener Eye Treatment, deluxe Maracuja Oil, and a deluxe Cheek Stain in the shade ‘Dreamer’. The box is already packaged to look like a gift, so there’s one less thing you need to do!

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tarte Ladies Who Lash Limited Edition Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler – $19 – This set is truly a steal. It comes with not only the limited edition eyelash curler (that has pearl-covered handles, by the way!), but also a deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara. Give the gift of beautiful lashes!

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tarte Eye Opening 12-piece Amazonian Clay Eyeliner Set – $25 – Every girl loves eyeliner and with this set, you have 12 colors to choose from and a chic bag to store them in!

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Smashbox O-Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper – $26 – This gloss actually goes on clear and adjusts to customly match YOUR lips! Even better, it also acts as a lip plumper and revitalizes lips.

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Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette – $18 – 12 gorgeous shades make up this limited edition eye shadow palette and are highly pigmented for lasting wear.

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Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette – $29 – If 12 shadows weren’t enough, this palette boasts 28 party-ready colors that are sure to last all night!

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Maya Mia Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills – $29 – A palette perfect for those beauty lovers who prefer more neutral hues!

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Tamanna Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills – $29 – A combination of warm and cool tones, this is a must-have for the holidays, whether the recipient prefers smoky looks or intricately done looks.

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Stila All That Glitters Makeup Duo – $10 – This duo includes Smudestick Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight Blue AND Deluxe Lip Glaze in Glitter. They also have 2 other sets to choose from depending on what colors you prefer!

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Wet Paint Nails – Starting at $6 –  These polishes are beautiful and come in a wide range of colors. Whether you like jellies or special effects top coats, they have what you need. From today through 12/31, polishes are 50% off, using code WPNICK50 .

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There you have it. Ten of my favorite presents that are not only sure to please whomever the beauty lover is that you are shopping for, but they are also easy on your wallet!

Are you finished with your Christmas shopping, yet?




Today’s MANI MONDAY is a simple Christmas themed manicure. For my base, I used two coats of the classically beautiful Wet Paint Nails ‘Crimson & Clover‘.
Next, I painted the green tips with Finger Paints ‘Sketch N Etch‘, which is the perfect shade of green for the holidays! Lastly, I drew a fine gold glitter line underneath the green polish to complete the Christmas-y look. As always, the mani is topped with a coat of topcoat and ready to go! This was a fun, yet simple, creation that anyone can achieve and it doesn’t take much time to do. So if you’re pressed for time during this busy season and still want your nails to look gorgeous, try this easy manicure for a polished look.






Lashes and Lacquer is welcoming a new piece, ‘Polish I Love‘, where a different lacquer will be showcased each week. This week is ‘Ruby Pumps’ from one of my all-time favorite lacquer brands — China Glaze. This beautiful shade of red has the perfect amount of glitter in it and is absolutely a favorite of mine for the holidays. (Think Dorothy’s slippers from the Wizard of Oz). Two coats of this and a top coat is all you need for a fabulous manicure. It has a long-lasting luster, and thanks to the the China clay in it, it strengthens and prevents chipping (one of my biggest pet peeves!). I actually had run out and was so happy when I went to CosmoProf today and they had it on sale as a featured color of the month. So naturally, I bought it and I’m proud it’s once again part of my always-growing polish collection.

Like all of China Glaze’s polishes, ‘Ruby Pumps’ is 3-free; meaning it does not include the 3 toxic chemicals DBP, Toluene, or added formaldehyde.

Of course I had to throw in a pic of this sensational polish with my Happy Holidays Peanuts mug! 🙂


What are your favorite holiday polish colors?



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Finally, I have found the perfect shade of holiday red! I was so happy while out shopping the other day when I came across this beaut. Even happier when I saw that it was only $1.99! The shade I’m wearing above is Sinful Colors’ “Sugar Sugar” from their HoliDazzled collection. It’s a beautiful, classic ruby red that is so fitting for the upcoming holiday season. The shimmer in the polish adds a nice touch, as well. I’m looking forward to purchasing the other colors in this collection and doing Christmas nail art with them. If you’re looking for a red polish or just another bottle to add to your collection, this is definitely a manicure must-have!

What color is on your nails right now?