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St Patrick’s Day Nails with Morgan Taylor Later Alligator

St Patrick's Day Nails - Green Manicure via @alllacqueredup

St Patrick’s Day Nails

I’m a strong believer that there is no such thing as too much green. St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to put that theory to the test. From my bright green loafers to my pool felt colored pea-coat to my Lucky Charms tee and shamrock accessories, I’m ready to be faux-Irish for a day.

This year, instead of doing nail art, I just want to wear a glorious new green that I’ve never used before. A deep dive into my Helmer unearthed Morgan Taylor Later Alligator. And with the perfectly-timed arrival of the Nicole by OPI Coca-Cola collection, my St. Patrick’s Day nails were born!
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Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection Preview

Carrie Underwood nail polish collection for Nicole by OPI

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection

Even though I’m not into country music, I am a Carrie Underwood fan. I’ve followed her since her Idol days, I listen to her crossover hits and give her two thumbs up for marrying a NHL player (I live with a hockey goalie).

So, even though I’m not necessarily the target demo for Nicole by OPI, they skew towards a younger crowd, I’m curious to check out the Carrie Underwood Collection. Fourteen brand new shades, inspired by the country crooner, are headed our way this January, including a signature gold called Carrie’d Away.

Keep reading for bottle images and color descriptions.
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Nail News: Nicole by OPI to Partner with Carrie Underwood in 2014

When I think of Carrie Underwood, I always picture her in gold dress. Probably because she wears gold so well on a red carpet. Which is why I was thrilled to hear that in her new partnership with Nicole by OPI, there will be a signature gold nail polish shade created specifically for the country diva.

Nicole by OPI Announces Partnership with Six-Time Grammy Winner Carrie Underwood for 2014

Nicole by OPI announces 14 new nail lacquers inspired by award-winning superstar Carrie Underwood. Available in January, this collection features a colorful mosaic of hues ranging from soft pastels to dark sultry shades to playful glitters. Additionally, the line will include a signature gold textured shade called Carrie’d Away, created exclusively for Carrie.

Nicole by OPI partners Carrie Underwood in January 2014

“This is the first time Nicole by OPI has ever designed a signature shade for one of our celebrity partners! We are excited to share this news with both music and nail fans – isn’t that everyone?” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.

“In working closely with Carrie, we came up with 14 nail lacquers that truly encapsulate her soulful spirit and showcase different facets of her personality,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With shades as American as Apple Pie, you’ll get Carrie’d Away by her Southern Charm!”

I have to say, I’m pleased to see Nicole by OPI partnering with someone who is such a great role model for their younger demographic and I can’t wait to see what Carrie’d Away will look like. Even though I’m not a country music fan by any stretch of the imagination, I’ve always enjoyed Carrie’s catchier, pop tunes and loved her on American Idol, back when I still watched it religiously.

What do you hope this partnership will bring? Are you happy to hear that NOPI is working with Carrie Underwood?

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver from the Justin Bieber One Less Lonely Girl Collection

nicole by opi my lifesaver nail polish from the justin bieber one less lonely girl collection at walmart 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

You don’t EVEN have to say it. I already know what you’re thinking. But come on, you knew it would happen didn’t you? That eventually one of those damn Justin Bieber polishes would suck me in. And if you didn’t guess that it would be the green, it’s like you don’t even KNOW me.

The first set of Nicole by OPI Justin Bieber One Less Lonely Girl polishes had some cute shades but nothing that tempted me to twist off the cap. When I saw the bright minty green, My Lifesaver, I screamed, “UNCLE!”

Now what I didn’t know when I first learned about the collection is that it was created to raise awareness and funds for Pencils of Promise which helps to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world. How can I scoff at Nicole by OPI for partnering with the Biebs when it’s for a good cause? His tween fans are a guaranteed sell-out audience so even though it seems odd for Justin to be associated with nail polish, at the end of the day I get it.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Nicole by OPI Fresh Squeezed

nicole by opi fresh squeezed nail polish bottle 365 untrieds 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Three years ago, Rihanna stopped traffic on the Grammy red carpet when she paired an electric blue dress with nails adorned in traffic cone orange, kicking off the orange nail polish trend of Summer 2008.  Well orange is back people.  It’s one of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2011 though this time around it’s more about brights than neon.

I’ve worn a lot of orange polishes in the past so I wasn’t sure I would find anything that I haven’t at least tested on one nail and then I came across Nicole by OPI Fresh Squeezed.  Fresh Squeezed came out last year when I was all up in my turquoise phase and couldn’t get into it but, its time has come.

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