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The Lacquer Legion: REFLECTION…on the nails (literally), on the blog, and on the future of The Lacquer Legion

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Hello everyone! I hope you survived part one of the holiday season. I was super busy the entire week and then I totally vegged out this past weekend. Today is December’s Lacquer Legion and the prompt is, appropriately, REFLECTION. I had a lot of ideas for this one. I thought about recreating some looks from the past year, or documenting some of my favorite times…but in the end, I decided to take the literal route with my nails (chrome polish, of course!) and do the real reflecting via my words in this post. So first, let’s get to the nail art, then keep reading if you’re interested in my thoughts on 2014, what’s in store for WPP in 2015, and the future of the Lacquer Legion.

The Lacquer Legion: Reflection (OPI Push and Shove)

This blingstastic look screams New Year’s Party, doesn’t it? I seriously could not stop looking at my nails. The chrome is Push and Shove from Gwen Stefani for OPI. I used the associated base coat, Lay Down that Base, first – followed by two thin coats of Push and Shove. The chrome really develops as it dries and the result is a super mirrored finish. My accent nail is OPI I Carol About You from the holiday collection (also Gwen Stefani). It’s such a rich purple with a subtle, luxe shimmer.

OPI What’s Your Point-settia and Simple Holiday Chevron


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Today I’m sporting my favorite holiday red of 2014. What’s Your Point-settia from the Gwen Stefani for OPI 2014 Holiday Collection is a beautiful red cream…not too cool and not too warm. The formula is perfect. I got smooth, complete coverage in two easy coats. I love red polish in the winter, don’t you?

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I didn’t want to complicate the mani too much, so I added a single chevron accent nail using two other colors from the same collection: Rollin’ in Cashmere (gold) and Unfrost my Heart (silver).

OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 Collection Nail Art

OPI Frozen Cherry Blossoms Nail Art

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Hey there! It’s been swatchfest 2014 at WPP (I have a huge backlog of collections to get to you next week!) and I needed some nail art in my life. I was curious about how to use a fan brush. I have one…I’ve just never used it. So I came upon this video by Robin Moses. She’s so amazing with acrylic paint! She used a fan brush to put a wash of color over a white base. As I watched her finish her pink and red cherry blossom design, I got the idea to do a similar look with frosty whites and blues instead. And so this “frozen” version was born. I love how this turned out. Yet I’m bummed that my pics don’t show it very well. All of the OPI polishes I used have a shimmery sheen to them. The light reflecting off my nails obscured the design in many of my photos. There’s actually quite a bit of detail. Anyway, you’ll just have to trust me!

Frozen Blossom Nail Art

Breast Cancer Research is Key…but Awareness is Important Too

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. From pink nail polish to pink Cuisinart mixers, there are lots of ways to participate in the cause. Breast cancer statistics are truly sobering. In the U.S. alone, 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and a woman dies of breast cancer every 15 minutes. Worldwide, a woman is diagnosed every 19 seconds! Research dollars are paramount as we continue our quest for the cure. I encourage you to donate to charities which specifically support advancing our understanding of the disease through dedicated research. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) are both highly rated, research-focused charities.

Not everyone has the resources to donate. But I assure you that awareness is important too. It’s been estimated that if every woman over the age of 50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more. And when breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is over 95%. I implore you to perform routine breast self-examinations and get routine checkups and mammograms. Learn ways to increase your chances of early detection here.

So proudly sport that pink polish and use your pink products…and share the importance of early detection to the women (and men) you love!

My daughter and I are “thinking pink” this weekend with our matching Ballerina Pink Tieks! Tieks, makers of my fave shoes on the planet, has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to help educate women about early prevention and support all those affected by this disease.

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Our manis are cause-worthy too. I’m sporting Mod About You and The Power of Pink from the OPI Pink of Hearts 2014 Duo and Adda is wearing P.S. I Love You and Fight Like a Lady from the Morgan Taylor Fight Like a Lady Trio. Both OPI and Morgan Taylor are donating a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer research and awareness.

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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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.

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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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