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

 press sample 
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!

Beweled Dragonfly Nail Art with OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection

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!)

OPI Miss Piggy's Big Number

I stamped OPI This Gown Needs a Crown from the 2013 Miss Universe Collection in a beautiful dragonfly pattern using Vivid Lacquer VL014. This polish is a slightly textured matte. It worked great to lay down the outline for me to follow, but I don't think you could stamp with it on it's own.

Beweled Dragonfly Nail Art with OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection

Finally, I used a small art brush and Muppets World Tour to fill in the pattern. I went over it twice to give it some depth. I love this glitter. Small and silvery with larger pink, blue, and white accents, the formula was really nice. I know the dragonflies are a little hard to figure out...but I still think this works as a more abstract design.

Beweled Dragonfly Nail Art with OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection

Muppets Most Wanted is available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail. Vivid Lacquer stamping plates can be purchased here for $8.00 each.

My New Lens...

Still reading? Then you must be interested in my new lens. It's the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8. I'm not super photography savvy...but I wanted to try it. It's very inexpensive for a DSLR lens (less than $100). It's a fixed focal length lens (no zoom) that can produce tack sharp images. The wide aperture works well in low light and allows for a shallow depth-of-field (focusing on a small area with the background blurred). The downside? You have to be a minimum of 1.5 feet away (from the end of the lens) to focus. Maybe I just have short arms, but this is nearly impossible when taking photos of your OWN hand. So I have it on a tripod with a remote switch. I pretty much took these photos "blind". This will make it tough to do consistently positioned swatch photos! I used a smaller aperture (more of the photo is in focus) for the swatch photo above and I definitely like that better. The other pics blur the edges too much. Bear with me as I continue to experiment. Even if this lens doesn't make a regular appearance on the blog, I love the bokeh effect and will get lots of use out of it.