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The Lacquer Legion: CRISP…Krispy Kreme Nails

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Hi guys. It’s September’s Lacquer Legion and the prompt is CRISP. I had so many ideas for this challenge. Potato chips. Fried chicken. Bacon. Can you see a trend here? (Apparently I’m hungry.) I ran with the food theme and settled on one of my favorite things: Krispy Kreme donuts! Beloved worldwide, if you haven’t had a hot one, you’re missing out. This nail art was so fun to do!

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The first step was creating the donuts. I made a few extras in case I needed some backups. I mixed gold and tan Sculpey polymer clay (I have this set). Then I rolled the clay into a few tiny balls and poked a hole through the center with the handle end of a nail art brush. I had to mold them just a bit to make them smoother and flatter. At this point I added some sheen using a few eye shadows from the NYX Love in Paris C’est La Vie palette. Then I baked them for 15 minutes in a 275F oven. After experimenting with a few different “glazes”, I finally settled on good ole’ Seche Vite. (Can you believe I actually struggled over which “shine” I wanted? LOL.) Below is a pic of the donuts after baking, but before “glazing”. After I finished this step, my daughter said, “Geez, I like totally want Krispy Kreme donuts right now.” I agreed!

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September 29, 2014 | 9 Comments Keep Reading. There's More

WPP Pro: OPI GelColor Nordic Collection Nail Art and Review

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I mentioned in my last OPI GelColor review that since my licensed tech readership has grown, I’ve decided to occasionally feature product reviews and demos of products designed for professional use. If you’re not a licensed tech like me, I think these posts will still be useful for you as you seek out new products and services offered by professionals in salons. Today I have some nail art and a review of the OPI GelColor Nordic Collection Add-On Kits (there are two). Each contains six shades. I was excited when these arrived because I LOVE the Nordic Collection lacquer colors and a few of my samples arrived broken (boo). So now I have them in gel! I’ve created some simple nail art and swatched the shades so you can see them in action.

Dip Dye Nail Art with the OPI Nordic Collection

I used three colors for this dip-dye design. After prepping my nails according to the instructions and polishing/curing a coat of GelColor Base Coat, I started with my favorite color of the whole bunch, Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? It’s a bright, but deep purple that leans blue. I’m SUPER picky about the line at the cuticle. So after two coats of color, I went back in with a third coat. This time I loaded up my brush and “pushed” a wave of gel toward the cuticle line. This gave me a crisper semi-circle of color. I didn’t worry about capping the free-edge. I knew there were more coats to come and I hate it when gel nails look thick.

September 22, 2014 | 5 Comments Keep Reading. There's More

OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection (Holiday 2014)

OPI announces the launch of 18 new limited edition holiday nail lacquers inspired by No Doubt singer/songwriter and L.A.M.B. designer Gwen Stefani. This seasonal collection includes an assortment of red, maroon, burgundy, and forest green hues, along with shimmer-packed silver, gold and black shades.

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“During the holiday season, women adopt a more glamorous beauty look,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “OPI’s 18 new shades are inspired by Gwen’s edgy, sophisticated style. There are several rich, warm reds – Gwen’s signature color – deep, jewel-toned amethyst, garnet and emerald, as well as silver and gold. I recommend wearing these festive nail lacquers to instantly accessorize party dresses and elegant winter-wear.

“Gwen Stefani Holiday for OPI also includes an array of unique glitters in shades of black and white, with iridescent and chrome accents,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “The holidays are all about indulgence, and these sparkly shades epitomize luxury!”

Gwen Stefani Holiday includes the following: [click to enlarge pics]

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OPI Limited Edition Don’t Speak Pure 18K Gold Topcoat (Holiday 2014)

OPI announces the release of Don’t Speak Pure 18K Gold Top Coat, inspired by No Doubt singer/songwriter and L.A.M.B. designer Gwen Stefani. Featuring gold leaf flakes dusted with iridescent glitter, Don’t Speak Pure 18K Gold Top Coat adds gold foil texture to nails when worn over any OPI lacquer shade. This genuine 18-karat gold leaf and glitter top coat comes packaged in a special limited edition collectable box.

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“As the name suggests, Don’t Speak Pure 18K Gold Top Coat will render you speechless. This luxurious top coat was inspired by Gwen Stefani’s chic, sophisticated style and is the must-have accessory for the holiday season,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “I recommend layering the top coat over a rich jewel tone like OPI nail lacquer in Just BeClaus, or pairing it with a charcoal brown like OPI nail lacquer in Love is Hot and Coal for a truly show-stopping effect.”

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September 17, 2014 | Comment Keep Reading. There's More

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.

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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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OPI Peanuts Limited Edition Collection (Halloween 2014)

Peanuts by OPI brings to life Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip characters for Halloween 2014. Inspired by “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the four new limited edition nail lacquer shades include seasonal yellow and black crèmes, as well as two black-based glitter hues.

“‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ is a classic, beloved film,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador.  “Peanuts by OPI celebrates the fun, youthful nature of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy with four limited edition nail lacquer shades designed to capture the spirit of Halloween. With two crème and two glitter options, you can switch between a cheery yellow or chic black look, or try adding a layer of glitter for a unique finish.”

Peanuts by OPI includes the following shades:

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