Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday - Holiday Mani

Hello! I know I haven't been around much this month, but we're back with one final Twinsie Tuesday prompt inspired by the holiday season.  Last year I picked up Sinful Colors Holiday Rebel, a glitter topper made up of metallic red and green glitter, and holographic silver glitter.  I decided to do a glitter gradient on bare nails, a look I've never tried out before.

I started with a coat of base coat.  I then used the sponge technique to create the glitter gradient on each nail.  I then finished it off with two coats of Seche Vite to seal it in and smooth out the glitter.

I really, really love this look!  I will definitely have to try it out again with other glitters.  I never expected to be a fan of the negative space look.  As you may have seen on Instagram yesterday, this mani only lasted two days, but I did really love it while it lasted!  I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Claire at Kerruticles
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes


Monday, December 14, 2015

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs FSU

Hello!  I am back again today with my Gator nails for the Florida-Florida State game.  We ended up losing this game, our second for the season, and it was pretty ugly.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with my in-laws the evening of the game, so fortunately that made the evening bearable.  I even did my 7-year old cousin's nails to match mine!

For these nails I started with a base of China Glaze White on White.  I then used orange and blue acrylic paint to create the dots and chevrons, along with nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned.

Even though this was the last Gator game of the regular season, we won the Eastern Division of the SEC and also played in the championship game against Alabama.  We were out of town at a wedding the weekend of that game (which we also lost), so I wasn't able to do Gator nails.  I will likely do make-up nails for the game sometime soon since we still regularly attend Gator sporting events!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs FAU

Hello!  Sorry for falling off the face of the earth last week!  We were out of town attending a wedding Thursday-Saturday, so I haven't had a chance to get any posts written up!  I'm behind on my Gator nails, so slowly but surely I will be posting them in the next week.  Today I have the nails I wore to the UF vs. FAU game.  This was third game I attended this year, and as per usual we tried our hardest to lose, but did eventually beat them in overtime.

For these nails, I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff on my index and middle fingers, and China Glaze White on White on the other three nails.  Then using my Color Club orange and blue Gator polishes, I painted overtop the white.  While this dried I started making my stamping decals using Sinful Colors Black on Black and the Color Club polishes.  Once the decals appeared to be dried, I added a layer of topcoat to make them easier to pick up off the stamper and applied them to the nail.

I actually wore these nails when we went out with friends as well, and received a bunch of compliments!  This is definitely one of the few successful attempts at nail decals I've had.  I look forward to trying this technique more!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pearl Nails for Lung Health Awareness

Meet Heather Von St. James.  

As she approaches her 10 year anniversary of being cancer free after having her left lung removed, she reached out and asked to help spread the word about bringing awareness towards the very preventable disease of mesothelioma.

What is mesothelioma?

A rare form of cancer, mesothelioma occurs in the thin lining of the body's internal organs and in roughly 70% of all cases, is found in the pleural lining of the lungs.  Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the US alone and while early detection leads to higher rates of remission, the US suffers 2,500 mesothelioma-based deaths a year.

So how do we beat the odds and bring awareness towards such a preventable and treatable disease?

First of all, understand that 80% of all mesothelioma cases can be attributed to asbestos exposure.  Shockingly, neither the US nor Canada have any such bans on asbestos exposure which put as estimated 20 million people in the US at risk for developing this disease.  Given that the latency period between the first exposure to asbestos and developing mesothelioma is typically between 20 to 40 years, this is truly a long term problem affecting many people at potentially the weakest times in their lives.

Countries with Bans on Asbestos

In addition to educating ourselves of the laws in our own backyard, we can also educate ourselves on our own body health.  While focused on our lung health, we can also "double dip"; there are many charities that both give back while helping us keep our lungs healthy in the process.  For example, with Miles for Meso, you can can sponsor and partake in charitable 5Ks with proceeds going to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

There are simply so many options for us when attempting to spread lung health awareness!

Another way to bring awareness to this campaign is by wearing PEARL, so in honor of #pearlylungs #healthylungs, a number of bloggers and Instagrammers will be posting pearl manis.

For my pearl mani, I started with a base of LA Colors Color Craze Frozen, a sparkly, icy blue.  I then added pearl studs from Born Pretty Store to each nail, using three different sizes.  I previously reviewed these studs here.

I am really pleased with how this mani turned out and I hope you will join us in sharing a pearl mani in December to support lung health awareness.  If you or any family members have been exposed to asbestos, please be sure to get checked out and know the facts about mesotheliomaAlso, a shout out to Amanda for helping to organize this nail art campaign!


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