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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.


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: GLAM…Glam Nails with Morgan Taylor Night Owl and It’s My Party

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I have two giveaways running right now. Have you entered? Win a Polished by KPT/Serum No. 5 Mother’s Day Box Set and more here (open internationally) and a 3-month subscription to Nailette here (US only).

It’s the fourth Lacquer Legion and the prompt is GLAM! Be sure to post your glamorous manis all over the web today with the #LLglam hashtag so we can find you! Check out the Lacquer Legion Facebook where we’ll feature some of our faves at the end of the day. My glam mani was created using a creme and a glitter from Morgan Taylor. Originally only available to licensed techs, this professional brand is now available to everyone online. Read on for how I did this design, including some helpful tips. And learn more about Morgan Taylor…including where you can get it!

Morgan Taylor Night Owl and It's My Party - Lacquer Legion

I have to give a shout-out to my my daughter. She hated my first attempt at a GLAM mani (it was red and hot pink). She steered me in a different direction. I used Morgan Taylor Night Owl, a super vampy purple creme, and It’s My Party, a complex mix of fine and small glitters in a load of colors. I think I see light pink, magenta, gold, green, blue and teal. The overall look is a rose gold. It’s really beautiful. [Morgan Taylor images]

Morgan Taylor Night Owl and It's My Party

Lovely Nails with the Incoco Sweet Surprise Collection

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Are you groaning at my pun in the title of this post? LOL. I couldn’t help it. Today I have a quick, easy mani using nail wraps from the new Incoco Sweet Surprise Collection for Valentine’s Day 2014. This Collection includes five, truly sweet designs that look snazzy on their own, but can also be used with traditional polish to create nail art…like I’ve done today. :)

Incoco Nail Wraps with Nail Polish Gradient

Here are all five designs that make up the Sweet Surprise Collection:

Incoco Sweet Surprise Collection

  • Made With Love: This sugar-spun red to pink gradient is a sweet Valentine treat.
  • Love Spell: Swooning, giggling, and lovey-dovey doodles are well-known side effects of a powerful Love Spell.
  • Yours Truly: Pink on pink gets even more romantic with an elegant love letter design.
  • Sweet Surprise: Match your nails to your dessert with this pale pink sprinkled with multi-color glitters!
  • Double Date: Opposites attract! Silver and pink hearts make the perfect pair in this glittery, playful dual pattern.

China Glaze Make an Entrance with Pelican Gray Dots

I winged it today. (Wung it? Wunged it?) I went hunting for a pretty darker pink cream and found China Glaze Make an Entrance. I have no idea how I came upon this polish. It was part of the Creme Couture Collection way back in 2007 (pre- my re-obsession with nail polish). I used two easy coats then came back in with a dotting tool and China Glaze Pelican Gray and made random dots in one corner of each nail.

China Glaze Make an Entrance with Pelican Gray Dots (work / play / polish)

Digit-al Dozen Does Art: Rothko

My Day 4 mani of the Digit-al Dozen ART theme week is based on a Mark Rothko painting called White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose) (1950) [image source]. You probably recognize it. It’s one of the most expensive pieces of art ever sold. $72.8 million! What a steal! David Rockefeller bought it for only $10,000 in 1960 and attended the auction when it was sold almost 50 years later. During the auction, I imagine he felt like I did in the last 5 minutes of my husband’s motorcycle listing on eBay! Talk about a nail biter!

Rothko White Center (work / play / polish)

Quick Change Artist: China Glaze Tranzitions

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by the manufacturer, their PR firm or retailer for my review.

Last week I received three colors from the new China Glaze Tranzitions Collection. These polishes react and change color wherever topcoat is applied. Sounds good to me – I figured it would be a quick way to make an interesting mani without a lot of effort. The application and wear of the three polishes I’m showing you today are similar. So let’s see the looks and then I’ll tell you what I think! BTW, I used a flash for the first time in these pics. It seemed to be the best way to capture the color change.

The first mani is Split Perso-Nail-ity with an accent in Modify Me. Split Perso-Nail-ity is a dusty lavender-leaning pink that turns almost magenta with the topcoat. The finish is a cross between a cream and a shimmer…almost satin.

China Glaze Tranzitions: Split Perso-Nail-ity and Modify Me (work / play / polish)

China Glaze Drawn to Me: Chevrons Two Ways

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by the manufacturer, their PR firm, or retailer for my review.

Hi all. I’m still getting back into the groove.  I was snowed in yesterday (which is heaven to a very part-time nail blogger). I’m always in such a rush.  Today I have some info about an awesome sweepstakes at BigDaddyBeauty.com. Keep reading to the end of the post for details on how to enter! For now…here’s today’s simple mani.

China Glaze Magnetix Drawn to You and pastel pink So Easy Stripe Rite (work / play / polish)