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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.

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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:

OPI Peanuts Collection Halloween 2014

Tribal Nail Art with Polishes from the OPI Ford Mustang and Nordic Collections

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I was just working on my Lacquer Legion Fandom mani for Monday and it was a total fail. LOL. I dared not take a pic of it for fear it would get out on the interwebs and end up on some fail blog! It was bad. So take solace in the fact that we all do stinky manis. I’ll attempt Plan B in the morning. I hope you’ll join the fun and post your own Lacquer Legion Fandom look. Be sure to use the hashtag #LLfandom so we can find you! (Visit the Lacquer Legion Facebook for details.) Fortunately I redeemed my fail with this mani using shades from the the two newest OPI Collections…the Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Collection and the Nordic Collection. I love, love, love how it turned out!

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From the Ford set, I used Girls Love Ponies, a perfect pink, and 50 years of Style, a metallic gold. From the Nordic Collection, I used Do You Have This Color in Stockholm, a vibrant purple, and the lone glitter topper, My Voice is a Little Norse. KBShimmer tribal themed nail vinyls helped me create the pattern and keep it all neat. I’m suddenly addicted to these things!

WPP PRO: OPI GelColor Coca-Cola Collection Nail Art and Review

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As you may know, I’m a licensed nail tech. I also do some freelance writing for NAILPRO Magazine, a leading publication for professional nail techs (if you’re interested, you can check out my latest article in the current issue here). Since WPP’s licensed tech readership has grown, I’ve decided to occasionally feature product reviews and demos of products designed for professional use. These “WPP PRO” posts will have the banner below and can be accessed through the new “wpp pro” menu button above. If you’re not a licensed tech, I think these posts will still be useful for you as you seek out new products and services offered by professionals in salons.

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My first WPP PRO post is on a new-to-me product, OPI GelColor. Specifically, I’ll be showing you the GelColor Coca-Cola Collection Add-On Kit which contains six of the nine gel polishes available in the release (you can find info on the OPI lacquer Coca-Cola Collection here). I tested out the system by creating some simple striped nail art. I love how the colors came together.

OPI GelColor Coca-Cola Collection

GelColor is a 100% gel color, which means it wears and protects like a gel and retains a shiny finish for the duration of the manicure. The GelColor Base Coat contains both gel polymer and solvent-type polymers for faster removal. The GelColor Top Coat can be used as a fast way to shine and seal enhancements (just remember it must be filed off because soaking will break down acrylic or tips). Wear time can be 14+ days depending on the client’s nail condition and how they use their hands.

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Cosmoprof North America 2014: Everything You Need to Know about What’s New in Nail Polish

So I had such an amazing trip to Cosmoprof North America and I have so much news to share! I’ll be presenting my coverage in a few separate posts. In this post, I’ll give you the rundown on all things nail polish. Stay tuned for a post dedicated to gel polish and extended wear systems, a massive indie polish overview, a collection of non-polish things that caught my eye and a Cosmoprof “diary” that gives you a play-by-play of my trip with some crazy (but totally awesome) gals.

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For me, there were a few major lacquer trends that bubbled to the top. For the most part, the Fall collections were fairly predictable with warm colors and metallic accents. What was more surprising was the softer, muted shades for Winter – think pinks, corals and dusty mints (in addition to the glitzy deep holiday shades). I also saw lots of pink/red glitter combos (which I love). Many brands are expanding their number of gel colors that coordinate with shades in their core lacquer lines. (I’ll cover the specifics in my gel post.)  I have a ton to show you and I contemplated breaking this up into a few posts; but I decided it would be more fun and convenient to see it all in one place…so I’ve separated this post into three areas: Mainstream Brands, Emerging Brands and Pro Brands (that are available to consumers). Keep in mind that the lighting on the show floor was really inconsistent…but I did my best. Below are brand links so you can jump to your favorites.

BernadetteChina Glaze | Color Club | CuccioEssie | House of Holland | IBD |  Impala | Jessica | Londontown | LVX | Morgan Taylor | MoYouNubar | OPIOrly | Red Carpet ManicureRuby Wing | Seche | Salon PerfectZoya

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China Glaze

China Glaze brings us all sorts of new stuff (and most of it I can share!). First up is their collaboration with the feature film, The Giver. There hasn’t been much press about this collection. In fact, this was the first I’d heard of it. The movie debuts on August 15th and The Giver Collection will begin shipping soon.

China Glaze The Giver

China Glaze The Giver

Of these shades, The Outer Edge was the most interesting to me. It’s a really fine mix of matte white and silver glitters. I’m curious if it’s full coverage.

Coca-Cola by OPI Collection (Summer 2014)

OPI Partners with The Coca-Cola Company to Release New Limited Edition Nail Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of nine new limited edition nail lacquers inspired by some of the most recognized brands of The Coca-Cola Company. Coca-Cola by OPI offers a range of colors and hues representing everything from classic red for Coca-Cola to metallic silver for Diet Coke, dark red and black for Coke Zero, black cherry for Cherry Coke, cream and warm pink for Vanilla Coke, shimmering citrus green for Sprite and glitter-packed orange and deep purple for Fanta Orange and Fanta Grape. Coca Cola by OPI Collection