Hi everyone! October is here and it is widely known all over the world as Breast Cancer Awareness month. I thought I would kick October off with a Breast Cancer Awareness mani 🙂 Let’s get on with it!
I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of L.A. Girl 3D Effects Dazzling Pink on all of my nails except my ring finger. Dazzling Pink is a gorgeous pink scattered holographic polish. It is very pigmented, even the 1st coat looked good. I firmly believe you don’t judge a polish by the first coat, but this one was great even then! It also dried very well. On my ring nail I painted 3 coats of Tip Top Melting Marshmallows. Once my index nail was dry I stamped over it using my essence white stampy polish and the right hand image on PUEEN 41. I used the interlocking hearts to symbolize how everybody has been touched by some form of cancer at some point in their lives. I painted a regular top coat on my middle nail and used 2 mm pastel pink round studs I purchased from Born Pretty store (purchase here*) to form the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon. I was quite pleased with how it turned out! Over the Melting Marshmallows on my ring nail I painted a coat of L.A. Girl Sprinkle from their Splatter collection. Sprinkle has bright pink and matte white glitter in varying sizes suspended in a clear base. This is definitely a blob and spread glitter. I sealed it all in with Seche Vite. I added a macro shot of Dazzling Pink to show you the holo goodness 🙂 I realize the polish itself is out of focus, but my camera completely freaks out when I show it sparkly things. The result:
I finally got the light tent and camera lenses I ordered. I am still getting used to them and learning how to get my lighting, etc right so please bear with me while I improve on my photos 🙂 I really loved how this mani turned out! I really am very chuffed with it 😀 I also think the Sprinkle looks awesome over Melting Marshmallows! Almost like the O.P.I. Breast Cancer polishes for 2014 layered over each other. I really wanted that set, but now I’m thinking I don’t need it!
What would the point of all this be if we didn’t do something more than just “create awareness”? I think there is sufficient awareness about cancer, like I said before…everyone has been affected or knows of someone that has had cancer. Personally, I lost my grandfather to cancer almost 4 years ago. More recently, this year @sanitashimmy‘s godmother passed away from cancer that started in her breasts. Cancer touches us all in one way or another. To donate to the Breast Health foundation, I sent an SMS to 40158 with the keyword nailcancer. SMS cost R20.00. Below is a screenshot of my confirmation SMS:
As always, early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. Examine yourself! Have yourself checked. If you are not sure how, you may check out this link which has pictures and an explanation on how to examine yourself in 5 steps. Did you know that breastfeeding helps reduce the chances of developing breast cancer and the longer you breastfeed the better the benefit? Of course there are never any guarantees, but it is nice to know that breastfeeding also has health benefits for me and not just my child/ren.
I hope that those that are able will also help to donate to this cause. Thanks so much for reading!
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