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Breast Cancer Awareness Nails (Untried Polish Challenge – Creme)

I have had a pink polish lying among my untrieds since Ordinary Misfit sent it along to me with my birthday gift. I intended to use it for the creme category of this untried challenge. For those that don’t know, creme refers to the finish of the polish. What is a creme polish I hear you ask? Definition provided by Peachy Polish from their post called Polish Dictionary:

Creme:   A creamy, opaque polish with a glossy finish.  Usually opaque in 1-2 coats.

I also wanted to do a Breast Cancer Awareness mani for October and I figured I could combine the mani with my Untried Polish Challenge.

 

As usual I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of Rimmel Portobello Pink on all of my nails. I painted 3 coats on my pinky and thumb for it to even out to my satisfaction. This pink has a beautiful subtle shimmer that I did not notice in the bottle. As I would be covering the rest of my nails anyway I stuck to two coats on the three middle fingers. I added a coat of essence mr. big glitter from the twins range on my index and ring fingers. mr. big is a gorgeous dense glitter with red, pink and iridescent micro glitter. The red and the pink together is really pretty! I think three coats of this would make it opaque. I only used one coat and got loads of glitter onto the nail. I noticed other people doing Breast Cancer Awareness manis and most of them showed the breast cancer ribbon.  I don’t have any decals (or stickers) for a ribbon and I didn’t trust my freehand skills to paint a ribbon. So I started plotting a way to depict the breast cancer part of things without having to do the ribbon. Then it struck me! I decided to do “bra” nails 🙂 I searched on Pinterest and Googled and found very little to work with. There were only one or two examples to be honest, but they gave me enough of an idea for my concept. So I whipped out a nail art brush and dotting tool and set to work with my black polish. I only used the nail art brush to make the outline of the bra cups. I didn’t feel it worked as well as I would of hoped. Instead of painting like a polish brush the lines came out as if I was painting with a dry brush. So I used these lines as a guide and filled in the rest with the polish brush. I used my dotting tool to make dots around the cups to try and make the bra look lacey. I also used my dotting tool to make the bra straps for the same reason. After a little feedback from Michelle I decided to add polka dots and some more detail to the “lace”. I also stole a large glitter hex out of my Tip Top Rocky Road to add some sparkle to my bra. I sealed everything in with my beloved Seche Vite top coat. The result:

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness mani (Untried Polish Challenge – Creme)

I even managed to capture the gorgeous shimmer on the Portobello Pink. Look between the bra straps on this photo:

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness mani (Untried Polish Challenge – Creme)

 

Isn’t it pretty? I was glad that I was able to do a breast cancer awareness mani without compromising the challenge. I’ve been pretty strict with myself about it and am not doing any other manis until I’ve completed the challenge. People KEEP trying to get me to do Despicable Me minion nails! I don’t particularly want to, but might consider it once the challenge is over.

 

As for the breast cancer awareness. People, check your boobs. That goes for guys too. Check your pecs. Self-examination and early detection are vital for surviving breast cancer. Sometimes lumps are harmless and sometimes they are not. As you may have noticed I have become very pro-boobs in the last year or so and my breasts have taken on an entire new meaning to me. Did you know that breastfeeding for a year can reduce your chances of breast cancer up to 1/3? That is staggering! It also reduces the baby’s chances of breast cancer later in life. So for those of you who have the opportunity, don’t waste it. Get the help and support you need to breastfeed! For those who don’t, keep up with the self examination and don’t be afraid to go to the doctor if you find something. It does not have to be a death sentence. If there is anything weird going on with your boobs (swelling, redness, hardening, sensitivity) go and get it checked out. Cancer can present in many forms.

 

I hope you liked this mani! I am very proud of it myself 😀

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