Interview: Sandra Lyle of Love Lacquer

Many of you know about my passion and love for the Big Easy. I am not sure if it’s the music, the food, the people, the culture or what, but I LOVE New Orleans. I have never been there but trust me, it’s on my bucket list. My fear is that I will fall more in love with it and never want to leave. I literally have my first visit all planned out. I want to visit and take in Bourbon St. and have a warm, fresh beignet. Then I want to visit the Super Dome, home of the Saints and for dinner, I think I’ll indulge on some Crawfish Etouffee and Red Beans and Rice. I am going to be such a tourist it isn’t even funny! Meanwhile, I’d love to meet with this phenomenal maker, Sandra Lyle of Love Lacquer. Awhile back Sandra sent me Royal which I swatched and reviewed here and I thought, what a great opportunity to have her on the blog again for an interview.

With horns a playin’ and beads a throwin’, let’s give it up for Sandra and Love Lacquer!!!


Name: Sandra Lyle
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Birthday: Rocktober 2

Q: Are you an early bird or night owl?
A: Night owl

Q: Stranded on a desert island, what 5 things would you must have?
A: Music, My boux, An axe, dark chocolate, Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale

Q: What cartoon character best represents you?
A: I think Dexter because I love working in the secret laboratory, but it is probably DeeDee in reality

Q: Night on the town with friends or evening alone at home?
A: evening at home with bouxboux

Q: Favorite 90s TV show or artist/song?
A: ‘Exercise Yo Game’ — Coolio

Q: If you were an animal, what would it be and why?
A: A liger. Because they’re awesome

Q: Read a book or watch a movie?
A: Book

Q: When and why did you decide to start a nail polish line and what makes your brand different?
A: I have been making polish for a few years because I am a nail tech and nail artist and couldn’t find colors and effects I needed. I only decided to sell it this year because people loved my creations. And I wanted to make the world a prettier place.

Q: What is one thing you’re willing to share that your customers would be surprised to know about you?
A: I love to code

Q: What advice/tips/best practices would you give someone wanting to start their own polish company?
A: It is very competitive. Have a tight game plan. And just believe in yourself.

Q: Besides your own, what other brands do you own/wear?

Q: Describe yourself in 5 words
A: human, diverse, creative, hilarious, motivated

Q: What is one of you favorite collections or polishes you created?
A: This is the hardest question!!! I love them all!!! But let’s go with the Halloween collection…

Q: What are your top 3 favorite things to do? (Outside of making polish and filling orders…lol)
A: Cook, garden, paint

Q: How did you come up with your company name and logo?
A: There are LOVE signs all over New Orleans trying to spread LOVE where violent crimes happen. The power of LOVE is amazing and I wanted to help spread LOVE to the world. It is a powerful force, LOVE. 

Q: If you weren’t in the indie polish business, what’s another product you would have liked to create?
A: I am also a seamstress. I sew custom creations, pants, diaper bags, blankets, whatever my client needs. Or maybe take after my mom and make amazing pottery.  

Q: Any spoilers that you care to share about future collections, products, etc?
A: I am about to release a vegan oil that can be used on skin, lips, nails, whatever. i make the best lip balm in the world and soon will release tinted versions. I also have sugar scrubs coming. I would like at some point to have eyeshadow that matches the lacquer colors for the ultimate matchy matchy.

Q: In 10 words or less, what would be your brand slogan?
A: Inspired by the sights, sounds, and people of New Orleans.

Q: What do you love most about being an indie polish maker?
A: Everything- coming up with names, colors, effects, collections, wearing pajamas while I work

Q: What other brand (just 1) would you like to collaborate with or have already collaborated with?
A: Kathleen and Co., we are both in NOLA and could do the ultimate New Orleans collab.

Q: Favorite nail art technique?
A: Call me old school but I rock out freehand. I can do anything, even on the tiniest of nails. I call myself the Bob Ross of nail art. My work has been featured on websites and in magazines.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment to date with your brand?
A: Making ladies smile because they love the polish. 

Shout out to Sandra for taking the time out to be here with us today and being so candid about herself and her business. I hope that you all will go and show some love to Love Lacquer. And just in case you were wondering what a Linger is…lol!


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Disclosure: The questions above were sent to the featured maker (FM) for review and response. The FM was advised they could omit responses from any question they were not comfortable with answering. The responses are directly from the FM and have not been altered in any way, shape or form. The comments and responses expressed in this interview are those of the FM and the FM alone.