3 Ways to Create a Gradient Manicure

     Today I thought I would take a look back and share with you the reason I decided to start a blog instead of just my facebook page. As some of you may know I started my page in March of 2011. I was just looking for someplace to share my nail art creations. Up until then I was sharing pictures on my personal page and people were starting to make comments about it, and not in a good way. So Lustrous Lacquer was born....more

Embossed metal manicure tutorial

*Nothing to Disclose*     Today I have a tutorial of sorts to share with you on how to achieve that embossed metal manicure look that has been floating around the internet lately. I say a tutorial of sorts because I didn't quite achieve the look I was going for and this is more of an experiment that I tried and decided to share. Plus I have an ulterior motive,  I'm hoping some of you talented ladies will have some tips or tricks to share so my next attempt will be a success. ...more

DIY felt hair clips * Clips per i capelli fai da te

If you too have an hurricane baby  as our Miss B, who is not yet two years old, but is most feminine than Jessica Rabbit and loves clothes, shoes, bags, clothes pegs and elastic (and really we can't imagine from who this love derives!) then this little project quick and low cost is for you! ...more

How Much Is Blogging Going To Cost?

The cost of good blogging is much less than it used to be! What you can expect to pay will vary depending on the tools you prefer, the amount of control you want to have, and your level of technical expertise. Here's a brief overview of the costs, pros, and cons of the top three free and paid blogging platforms....more

How to Go Vegan in 9 Easy Steps

SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take the plunge. Making a change like this can be really intimidating, especially when you realize that vegan is a lifestyle and not just a diet. But you're not alone! I'm here to walk you through all the basic steps. ...more
Wasn't there a show; several  New Yorkers went Vegan for a month?more

How To Clean Your Menstrual Cup

 Did you know that you don’t have to use the menstrual cup washes that are sold by companies like Lunette and DivaCup? You certainly can, and they’ll work just fine–but there are a plethora of ways to clean your cup and most of them are less expensive than the fancy washes. NOTE: I am talking here about silicone cups.  For latex ones or other materials, follow manufacturer instructions!  ...more
F-A-R too much effort in my opinion, I've been using menstrual cups for around 12 years now and ...more

Not Wrapped Too Tight | How NOT to Tie a Head Wrap

Check out my deceptively simple-looking head wrap masterpiece....more

Romantic Fall look with a Twist

This look is a basic neutral eye with a fun, fresh twist and a bit of unexpected color. Most of the makeup in this tutorial is NYX cosmetics. Everything other than the Mascara and lower lash line color, is all from my local CVS....more

Floral Monograms with What?!

Can you tell that Monograms make me happy? And tattoo paper? Tattoo paper is my newest love - it's so versatile - you can apply it to a variety of surfaces without much effort or prep. Now you know how I love Creative Market's weekly freebies? You can see a few here, here and here. These vintage flowers from Mia Charro? Divine!...more

How to do a fishtail braid!

Today I like to show you how to do a fishtail braid! Such a simple way to make your braid look so much more put together!...more