Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wocka Wocka!

Last week's character in the OPI Mani Madness contest was Fozzie Bear.  There's something just so admirable about Fozzie.  No matter how hard he gets ragged on, he keeps joking.  He's a pretty brave bear if you think about it!

The winning design, "Fozzie Gets Heckled" was created by Michelle M.  Isn't it awesome?  Hers was the best entry by far!  I love how she was able to capture the texture of Fozzie's fur with her acrylic technique.  And Statler and Waldorf are SPOT ON!  You must check out the post about the mani over on her blog. Her step-by-step shots are very cool and she makes it look so easy!

This was my entry for the week.  I think my favorite part of Fozzie visually is his floppy polka-dot bow, so that's where I got my inspiration. Plus, I love brown and pink, so I really enjoyed doing this design. The silly thing is, every time I look at the "wocka wocka" nails, I think of Wonderbread. hee hee

P.S. Fozzie's nail color is San-tan-tonio from the OPI Texas collection.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Muppets Mani Madness!

Yes, I entered ANOTHER contest. A nail art contest. And while I don't actually do nail art, I thought the prize was pretty cool and there aren't a whole bunch of people who enter these things. So, I gave it a shot.

OPI is having a contest based on the Muppets collection and there are five chances to win. Each week, they'll highlight one Muppet--the first week was Miss Piggy--and challenge everyone to create a design inspired by that character. The prize is the entire Muppet collection.  The winners are chosen by popular vote, which is a bummer because it's only on facebook so you have to give the app access to your profile and not a lot of people want to do that.

I'm not even going to campaign for votes for the first three weeks.   I'm waiting for the real nail artists to win their prizes first and hope I'll have a better chance toward the end! After looking at the other designs, I can tell I'm going to have to up my game.

Anyhoo, until then I'm practicing my skillz. This was my Piggy-inspired entry. Très elegant, no?  I'll be posting my designs in the coming weeks, so come back, check them out, and I'll let you know when it's safe to vote!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Most Sensational Inspirational Celebrational Muppetational!

So, I can't tell you how excited I am to see the Muppets on the scene! They were my all-time favorite children's characters ever. I loved the Muppets so much that I got my hands on everything I could-- board games, coloring books, figurines, puppets, lunch boxes, tennis shoes. And I never missed an episode, or movie, or Muppet Babies cartoon.

Jim Henson was my idol. In fact, my dream was to be part of his Creature Shop. The first time I ever saved my money to purchase anything, it was for a Miss Piggy puppet complete with purple satin gown and gloves. I used to drive my parents crazy by forcing them to sit through puppet shows that I performed from scrunching down in the bathtub!

Anyhoo, as excited as I am to see the newest movie, I am thrilled that the nail geniuses at OPI have introduced a Muppet line of polishes! Score! My sister and I checked them out this week and I went home with a bottle of Warm and Fozzie. It's perfect for fall. Warm and sparkly with hints of pink flecks in it. Once I wore it for a few days, I decided to try a matte top coat on it and I LOVE it!  It's like a copper suede and my new go-to for November.

I'm thinking of going back to pick up Pepe's Purple Passion.  After seeing some swatches online, it looks much prettier than it does in the bottle and it's unlike any polishes I already have.

Most of the glitters were too chunky for my taste, but they are perfectly in time for holiday parties.  I might break down and get Fresh Frog of Bel Air, because, hello!  Kermit!  Did you know there is a city in Texas named Kermit? Wocka Wocka.  Fer real, look it up!