They say that true love comes from within, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make that special someone fall in love at first sight. When it comes to making others swoon, it’s all in the wink of an eye and a kiss blown from a perfectly polished hand. This February, add a little spice to […]
Yay! It’s month two of The Lacquer Legion! I’ve looked forward to today so much! What a fun, no pressure way to do nail art, am I right? This month’s prompt is ADORATION (#LLadoration). At first glance my mani seems a little crazy. Do I adore stripes and dots? (Well, I DO like them, but “adore” is a strong word.) There’s actually a reason behind this madness. My inspiration? My adoration? It’s my daughter. I don’t discuss a lot of personal stuff on the blog…but I’ll give you a little glimpse today. I call her Adda. It’s been a nickname from birth. It was partly inspired by Princess Atta from A Bug’s Life, her first favorite movie, and partly conceived by a cousin (she was three when Adda was born) who called her “Adda Adda”.
Now my Adda is super special. I know every mother says that…LOL..but in this case, I can guarantee it’s true! First, she’s my one and only child. But more importantly, she’s the smartest, kindest, funniest, most talented 13-year-old I know! She’s runs track, plays a mean violin, tells hilarious jokes, paints like a master and has never gotten below a 98% on a school project…EVER (we were robbed on the 98, by the way!) She wears a uniform to school everyday and the only item that’s not regulated is socks. And so my free-spirited Adda sports the most ridiculous socks she can find. It’s not unusual to see her plaid-skirted self sporting a caped Batman knee-high on one leg and a caped Robin on the other. Or socks dotted with Star Wars Storm Trooper heads shaped like skulls and cross bones. Or Doctor Who 4th Doctor stripes or neon cats with mis-matched zippers. I LOVE that she knows what she loves and goes for it. I adore that she’s brave and confident enough to be herself. At just 13, she’s my hero…and I aspire to be just as carefree and self-assured as she is!
Good morning! I’m getting an uber-early start today. Is everyone freezing like me? It was -11 F when I left for work yesterday morning. That’s MINUS 11 degrees!!! I’m so over the cold. And my poor hands! Between the frigid weather and building a fully functional volcano in the evenings every night this week (yes, you read that right)…I’m working overtime to keep my hands from falling off. But I digress…
I’m in love with today’s simple skittle-ish mani. Probably because I LOVE every polish in the Gwen Stefani for OPI Limited Edition Collection (see the original press release here). As soon as I saw these four polishes sitting beside each other on the desk, I knew I wanted to use them together. The four shades are Hey Baby (pink), Push and Shove (silver), Love.Angel.Music.Baby (gold) and 4 in the Morning (black)
I’m a sucker for pretty pink cremes, so I was looking forward to Hey Baby more than anything. I used two easy coats on my pinky, pointer and thumb. Push and Shove requires the OPI Lay Down That Base basecoat. My ringer is one coat of base and two coats of polish. This gets more and more chrome as it dries. I would normally wear a ridge filling base coat with a chrome. In usual chrome fashion, you can see brushstrokes and nail ridges. And this is probably an anomaly…but my Push and Shove brush was totally wonky. I had to do some serious bristle surgery before I could use it. Nonetheless, I think it’s a super cool effect (even if it only lasts for a day). For my middle finger, I started with just one coat of Love.Angel.Music.Baby, a gold, satin-finish polish. This shade of gold is really flattering, I think. After it was completely dry (which required some patience since I didn’t want to shine it up with topcoat), I taped off the quilted pattern with striping tape and polished one generous coat of 4 in the Morning, a satin black. No topcoat on this finger nor the Push and Shove polish.
Brazil by OPI brings the colors of tropical rainforests and warm sandy beaches to nails and toes for Spring/Summer 2014. This new collection features a palette ranging from bright hues of red, pink, coral, orange and yellow to earthy tones of taupe, sienna, mocha and jungle green. In addition to 12 nail lacquers, the Brazil launch includes a set of four limited edition Beach Sandies Liquid Sand™ mini neon nail lacquers in bold purple, pink, turquoise and yellow shades with a textured, matte finish.
“With sun-soaked shores, tropical fruits, and lush flora/fauna, Brazil is such an inspiring locale,” exclaims Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “I wanted women around the world to embrace the energy and playfulness for which Brazilian women are known. Through the Brazil collection, with shades drenched in color and charged with shine, women can express themselves, showing off their sexy, mysterious, fun and exciting natures.
“On spring runways, models were seen wearing lots of black and white, with bold accents of orange and yellow and muted elements of taupe and clay,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “Brazil by OPI provides vivid hues to add a pop of color to a neutral-toned wardrobe, as well as earthy tones that easily transition from day to night.”
Brazil by OPI includes the following shades in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas:
I’m so excited to show you my first mani as part of The Lacquer Legion. If you’re not on board…it’s easy…and there’s still time! The Lacquer Legion is a low commitment, monthly nail art challenge, designed to celebrate the range of talent in the nail art community. Just interpret the monthly prompt any way you want, share your mani, and use the designated hashtag. That’s it! Join when you can and no worries when you can’t. How fun is that? This month’s theme is REINVENTION (#LLreinvention). I was looking through my blog post commitments coming up and realized this was my one and only chance to get in a Valentine’s Day look. So with that…here’s my Valentine-hued gradient with a gradient.
This is actually a reinvention of last year’s Valentine’s mani that I produced for the 2013 Zoya Valentine’s Day promotion (see it on the Zoya blog here). If you can’t tell, I love striped manis. I also love pink and red together. I was toying around with the idea of layering a gradient going in two directions. For the base, I used the sponge technique to apply OPI Red and OPI If You Moust You Moust, placing the red at the cuticle. I gotta tell you, the hardest part about this mani was the clean-up. I had lobster fingers and cuticles that no amount of acetone would remedy. I ended up using topcoat, then waiting until this step was completely dry so I could give my hands a good scrub.
Good morning! Yuck…it’s Monday again. Did you all have a nice weekend? I decorated the house all weekend. You should see me…I decorate in rubber kitchen gloves to protect my hands. It’s so classy. LOL. So today I have a nail art look using polishes from the OPI Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey Collection. I got so much good feedback on the textured rose nail that I did for my OPI’s Minnie’s Closet mani (see it here), that I decided to try it again…this time on two whole nails! Sigh…one day I’ll have time to try it on a whole hand maybe? :)
The blue nails are Kiss Me At Midnight, a Liquid Sand polish. It’s a beautiful bright blue with silver glitter texture. Application was perfect. I used two coats. It did seem to take awhile to dry on me though. Which actually turned out to be an advantage when doing the rose nails. The black nails are OPI Black Onyx. I love how slick and shiny it is.
I had the pleasure of creating a guest post for the wonderful Judy at Beauty Judy. It went live today. Not only is Judy a very talented and well-established beauty blogger, but she is the absolutely sweetest gal ever…and so professional and knowledgeable. I got to meet her in person this year at Cosmoprof North America and can vouch first-hand. Judy is off on her honeymoon and I’m honored to be on her blog! Click the pic to see my post called “Old, New, Borrowed and Blue”. And while you’re there, show Judy some love and congratulate her on her recent nuptials!
Today I’d like to introduce you to Taylor’s Gift Foundation. Following a skiing accident in 2010 that cut young Taylor Storch’s life short, her parents made the difficult decision to donate her organs. This selfless act went on to help a number of people around the country. Taylor’s Gift Foundation was created to honor Taylor’s gift of life and make a difference in the lives of others. Earlier this year, OPI partnered with Taylor’s Gift and created Taylor Blue, an exclusive nail lacquer in the Foundation’s signature color. Taylor Blue will again be available starting on November 21st.
Purchasing Taylor Blue is an opportunity to join the Foundation’s efforts to increase organ donation registrations, change the conversation about organ donation and help fund the Foundation’s incredible mission.