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Beweled Dragonfly Nail Art with OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection…and Experimenting with a New Camera Lens

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Lots of experimenting in today’s post. First, if you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen my behind-the-scenes photo editing pic where I lament the agony of making my skin tone look the same in every pic of a swatch post (while still getting the polish color accurate). If you’re a blogger, you probably know what I’m talking about. Same camera, same settings, same lighting, same pose, same angle…one pic has yellow skin and the next is completely washed out depending on the color of polish. Photography is definitely my biggest challenge as a blogger. Anyway, I bought a new lens for my Canon T3i and I used it for today’s pics. I LOVE the lens, but I’ll have to do some more futzing before I decide if it’s good for swatch pics. If you’re interested…I’ll tell you more about it at the end of the post. But first, let’s get to the nail art!

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So the second experiment is a textured pattern using glitter polish. The main polishes used are from the 2014 OPI Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted Collection. There are eight shades in the collection (press release here). If you want to see swatches, The PolishAholic and Chalkboard Nails have fab ones (of course!) The base is a magical shimmery, sparkly rich blue called Miss Piggy’s Big Number. I do believe this is a dupe of Chanel Bel-Argus (GASP!)

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OPI Releases New Limited Edition Major League Baseball™-Inspired Nail Lacquers (Summer 2014)

OPI announces the launch of seven new limited edition nail lacquers inspired by Major League Baseball (MLB), marking the first-ever professional sports league licensing agreement for the company. Featuring a range of red, orange, blue and white hues, MLB Collection by OPI shades are ideal to mix, match and wear while fans cheer on their favorite MLB team. 

OPI Fashion_Plate_MLB“Enjoying a baseball game is one of America’s most celebrated pastimes,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “For many years, men dominated the stands, but today, more and more women can be found in the crowds. Baseball boasts a lot of female fans looking to demonstrate their love of the game through fashion – from trendy, feminine sports apparel to themed accessories. Now, women can wear the limited edition MLB Collection nail lacquers to show support from head (and fingers) to toe!”

“Major League Baseball understands the importance of female fans in the growth and success of our sport, and so we continuously seek new opportunities to diversify our portfolio of licensed offerings to target this extensive fan base,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball. “We are beyond thrilled to partner with OPI, a premium brand in a unique category of business, to launch this new line of exclusive nail polish, giving fans yet another colorful way to show off their team pride at the start of the 2014 baseball season.”

MLB Collection by OPI includes the following shades:

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OPI Limited Edition Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted Collection (Spring 2014)

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OPI announces the launch of eight new limited edition nail lacquers inspired by Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted. With an all-star cast including Kermit the Frog, Constantine, Ricky Gervais, Miss Piggy, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and the whole Muppet gang, this family comedy is directed by James Bobin and written by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller. Muppets Most Wanted opens in theaters on March 21, 2014.

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“The Muppets are a fun-loving, colorful cast of characters. These eight new nail lacquers were inspired by their latest adventures in Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted, which include a glamorous international stage tour – and lots of surprises,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “Fashionable Miss Piggy is represented through soft pink, peach and pearlescent hues, as well as a frosty sapphire blue – Miss Piggy’s Big Number – to match her fabulous tour gown. The remaining four shades highlight the film’s unexpected elements and include a color-shifting mauve and three sparkle-packed lacquers – including my personal favorite Gaining Mole-mentum, a gold and rose chunky shredded glitter.”

OPI Limited Edition Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Collection

LOS ANGELES, CA, Mar. 4, 2014 – OPI Products Inc., a subsidiary of COTY Inc., and Ford Motor Company today announced a unique collaboration featuring the iconic Ford Mustang. The popular pony car – celebrating its 50th anniversary in April – will serve as the inspiration for a line of OPI limited edition nail lacquers that will launch internationally in July.

“OPI is thrilled to partner with one of the world’s top automotive companies in celebrating 50 years of Ford Mustang,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder and Executive Vice President. “For women, cars and nail lacquer offer a way to express personality. This new collection will deliver elements of sophistication, luxury, power and style fitting for both OPI and Mustang consumers.”

The collection’s hero shade, Race Red, is a tribute to one of Mustang’s most iconic colors.

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“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car, and we are excited to be working with OPI on an exclusive collection that captures the spirit of our iconic car,” says Melanie Banker, Mustang marketing manager. “There is no better way to express Mustang’s bold personality and the excitement it creates than through color.”

The Lacquer Legion: ADORATION…A tribute to my amazing daughter

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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”.

The Lacquer Legion Nail Art (Feb 2014) #LLadoration

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!

The Lacquer Legion Nail Art (Feb 2014) #LLadoration

OPI Spotlight on Glitter Collection (Spring 2014)

Glitter takes center stage with the launch of Spotlight on Glitter, a new collection of OPI’s best and brightest sparkling lacquers. The line showcases OPI’s most popular metallic and holographic lacquers in rainbow, gold, silver and pink iridescent confetti; these glitters may be worn alone or layered over any nail color for a dazzling effect.

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“Glitter isn’t just for wearing on New Year’s Eve! Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t still wear sparkle,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “Try creating an ombré effect or accent nails by adding a layer of sparkle for a fun night on the town.”
Spotlight on Glitter by OPI includes the following:

You Pink Too Much - I’m obsessed with this rosy glitter set in a shimmery base.

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Simple Nail Art with OPI Gwen Stefani Limited Edition Collection

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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)

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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.