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Good Grief! Simple Charlie Brown Nail Art with OPI

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Happy Labor Day to my friends in the US. I hope you enjoy your day off. I’ll be spending today at the local Renaissance Festival. It’s not my first choice…but I’m taking one for the team! Today I’m sporting some easy nail art (thanks to nail art vinyls) using the OPI Limited Edition Peanuts Halloween Collection. (See original press release here.)

OPI Limited Edition Peanuts Collection (Halloween 2014)

So I didn’t have high hopes for this set. I’m not a fan of yellow…and clear-based glitters with itty-bitty black pieces remind me of spiders. But I was pleasantly impressed. Yellow polishes are notoriously poor polishers, but Good Grief was surprisingly smooth and covered in two coats. I used small chevron minis from Nail Vinyls (get them here) and Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? to create Charlie Brown’s iconic shirt. The other nails are topped with To Be or Not To Beagle, a mix of glitters including hexes in light and royal blue, pastel yellow, pastel pink, pastel orange and red, all in a clear base. It also includes a smattering of small hexes, round microglitters and bars in black. I must admit, I like the look over the yellow!

ALS Awareness…I’ve Been Challenged!

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It finally happened…I knew it would. Last week, Sarah of Chalkboard Nails was nominated by OPI to take the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge (see their challenge video to her here). And yesterday, she nominated me. It’s so amazing to watch this campaign travel the globe! And even more exciting to see the nail world taking part. Like Sarah, I’m a big, fat chicken (sorry, girl…you said it first). So in lieu of dumping a bucket of ice water on my head, I’m making a $100 donation to ALSA.org. In honor of the ALS Association, I painted my nails a classic red, OPI Red. This is a personal favorite polish and a great match to the ALS logo.

OPI Red Swatch

I encourage you to learn about ALS and the Association here and consider a donation to this great cause. Almost everyone I know has been challenged already (a good problem to have)!!! I’m going to nominate my Cosmoprof North America partners in crime: Krystal of Polish Galore, Judy of Beauty Judy and Melissa of The Daily Nail.

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“Have it All” Nail Party with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Fall Best Sellers + Giveaway

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I’m giving away a $100 Target gift card!! Details below.

Hi guys! This past weekend, my very best friend of over 30 years was in town. I rarely get to see her. Given my nail polish obsession, a mani party seemed like the natural way to celebrate…so a few girlfriends and I spent a low-key Sunday afternoon getting in the Fall mood using the season’s best selling shades from Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (CSM). Keep reading to learn how you can “Have it All” with CSM, see a few party pics, and enter to win a $100 Target gift card!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

I’ve been a big fan of Sally Hansen’s CSM polishes for a long time. I’m a licensed nail tech and can vouch for CSM’s salon-quality results with no fuss. The line truly let’s you “Have it All” in a single bottle which boasts seven benefits: Base Coat, Strengthener, Growth Treatment, Color, Top Coat, Chip Resistance, and Gel Shine. Super easy! Plus, the wide, curved brush helps even an inexperienced polisher get a perfect curve at the cuticle. I called a few girlfriends, put together some easy food and drinks (I’m especially proud of my Sally Hansen carrot cupcakes!), assembled a few nail art goodies and picked up CSM’s best selling Fall polishes.

Have it All with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

We ate, primped, polished, and laughed. So fun! As I was getting ready for the party, I realized that I already had three bottles of Pat on the Black!  (It’s an all-time favorite. See how shiny it is here?!) Back to the Fuchsia, Shell We Dance, Commander in Chic, Mermaid’s Tail, Red My Lips and Golden Rule were some of my friend’s favorites. I’m completely infatuated with Commander in Chic – in fact, I’m wearing it again today.

Have it All with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

Have it All with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

The Lacquer Legion: Weird Science…Staphylococcus aureus

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Hey all! It’s Lacquer Legion day and I’m getting this post up under the wire. The theme is Weird Science and boy did I struggle! And guess what? The theme was MY idea! (I obviously didn’t think this through ahead of time. LOL) Anyway, I was trolling for ideas and suddenly was inspired by microscopic images. As soon as I saw Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, I had visions of nail art! (Quite likely the first time in the history of the world that’s happened!)

Lacquer Legion Weird Science

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is frequently found in the human respiratory tract and on the skin. The presence of this bad boy doesn’t always equal infection, however it can lead to some serious issues…such as the dreaded MSRA, which is a methicillin (antibiotic) resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) pic below is magnified 20,000 times under a scanning electron micrograph. Who knew something so bad could be so pretty? I love a green/purple color combo…and I realize this is sounding completely ridiculous! [image source]

Neutral Nail Art with the Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Collection

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Ahhh…it’s Thursday. Just one more day to go in the work week. I’m such a rebel today! I did these nails last night and I didn’t take them off before coming into my ultra-conservative office this morning. But it’s not too blatant. I used polishes from the Zoya 2014 Summer/Fall transitional release, Naturel Deux (2) Collection (see original press release here), to make some sneaky and subtle nail art.

Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Collection Nail Art

I love, love, love the first Zoya Naturel Collection. I wear those polishes often to work. (Brigitte has emerged as my fave.) So when I got a sneak peek of the sequel at Cosmoprof North America…I was excited! These six polishes are a bit deeper than the first batch, but are all still beige-y brown and mauve tones.

NCLA Duchess of LA Collection Skittles and Review

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Hi all! This post was supposed to go up Monday, but I’ve been out of commission. All is well now. I hope you had a great weekend! I’m getting ready for a manicure party at my house next weekend. Friday night I practiced chocolate polish bottle-shaped garnishes for cupcakes. I’m the world’s worst cook ever…but I’m all about the crafty snacks! Stay tuned. I’ll have a big post about the party next week and a giveaway too!

So today I have some simple, but beautiful, skittles. I’ve been a huge fan of NCLA’s playful and considerate four-polish collections for awhile now. The Duchess of LA Collection has been patiently waiting it’s turn in my untried pile.  Each polish is a soft creme filled with just the right amount of small hex glitters and microglitters. I love how the glitters in three of them complement the creme base of the others – and so this mani was born. I’m holding Lavish Spender in the pic below. It includes fuchsia, white and green glitters that are suspended in a soft, minty base. This one is a surprising fave for me!

NCLA Lavish Spender from the Duchess of LA Collection

A Touch of Class is a a touch darker than what I would classify as pastel. The blue creme base is filled with glitters in fuchsia, gold, silver and blue. The formula on all of these was good, but this one was surprisingly extra-smooth to apply.

Glitter Jelly Gradient with KBShimmer Summer Polishes (plus KBShimmer Fall News!)

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It’s Friday! I thought this day would never come. It’s been a long week. I’m excited to finally share news of the KBShimmer 2014 Fall Collection! Get all the details at the end of this post. Seeing as I had KBShimmer on the brain, I created this glitter jelly gradient using polishes from the 2014 Summer Collections. I’m a bit obsessed with how this turned out. It looks so rich and gooey…like thick and glittery cough syrup.

KBShimmer Jelly Gradient

I started with one coat of Radiant Orchid from the KBShimmer 2014 Summer Collection. It’s a pretty, orchid creme with a great formula. Next I used two coats of Look High and Holo, also from the 2014 Summer Collection. Gah! This has all of my favorite things in one polish: berry pink color, glitter and holo!

KBShimmer Jelly Gradient