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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.

OPI Red Swatch

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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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

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.

OPI_Ford Mustang Collection

“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.”

Digit-al Dozen Does Love & Heartbreak: Simple Heartbreak

For my third Digit-al Dozen Love and Heartbreak mani, I was going for dark and ominous. I didn’t expect it to be quite so subtle! You have to squint to see the nail art…but I really do like it. This is two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Pat on the Black with a-england Perceval hearts.

Heartbroken Valentine Mani: Sally Hansen Pat on the Black and a-england Perceval (work / play / polish)

Essie Sleek Stick in So Haute!

Today I’m wearing Essie Sleek Stick nail appliques in So Haute! (No, I’m not shouting that sentence at you…So Haute! actually has an exclamation point in the name!) (There, that last one…I was shouting.) I’ve not gone ga-ga over nail strips because I do nail art. And I’ve always thought polish strips were for people who don’t do nail art. But the texture on this design is really spectacular and I was surprised by how much I loved the look. On the first trip out of the house wearing them…I bet I got a half a dozen compliments! You can see full-sized pics in the gallery at the end of the post.

Essie So Haute! Sleek Sticks (work / play / polish)

Houndstooth Stamped Mani with Zoya Farah, Carmen and Raven

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More stamping today! Am I getting brave or what? I’m just so excited about these VividLacquer plates. Today I used the houndstooth pattern from VL005 (here’s a link to the plate in the VL Etsy Store). This look is entirely Zoya. The base is Farah, the red is Carmen and the black is Raven.

Houndstooth Stamp with Zoya Farah, Raven and Carment (work / play / polish)

Digit-al Dozen Does Art: Kandinsky

It’s Day 2 of Digit-al Dozen ART theme week. Today’s mani is my take on Wassily Kandinsky’s Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles (1913) [picture source]. Kandinsky is credited as being the pioneer of abstract art. One fun fact I remember from an art history class is that Kandinsky had synaesthesia (I had to look up the spelling!). This is a neurological condition where a person can essentially experience two senses at once. For Kandinsky, he could HEAR color! ISN’T THAT CRAZY!?!? I think I can hear nail polish. It says “buy me” and “you need me”.