Thursday, March 26, 2015

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness

Hi Everyone.  I have a wonderful friend who I've never met in real life.  I've known her for almost 8 years.  Even though I've never met her she has  been with me through the death of my sister and father and my beloved cats.  She and I have a few things in common.  We both LOVE animals, we are chinchilla owners, we are definitely afraid of spiders and have a fear of heights.  She is one of the sweetest people I know.

For a few years now she has been trying to get the awareness out there about epilepsy.  Her life was changed when her oldest son, still in high school was diagnosed.  it was not an easy diagnosis and for a very long time no one was really sure what was happening.  I have seen her do EVERYTHING she could to help him.  She did special diets for him, she worked her butt off to help him in school and make his teachers aware that while he looks fine he is in fact having a seizure.  Many times, especially in the beginning, he suffered several seizures a day.

He is on so many medications to help him that he is often tired.  His memory and cognition are poor.  Because of this school is really hard for him.   He is socially shy.  He can no longer play sports.  And he cannot drive.  All teenagers want to drive and because of his epilepsy he can't drive a car.

And while her son has this--epilepsy--he is still a really great kid!  Despite the hardships of school for him, he is an excellent student, he is a loving son and a great big brother.  He enjoys watching sports and engaging in outdoor activities and will probably be a ping pong champion one day soon.  Despite his daily struggle he is a wonderful young man.

Today is Epilepsy Awareness and I wear purple to support my friend Jenn who goes through this struggle with her son Brandon.  Through Jenn I have learned some disturbing facts about epilepsy:

1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy.  
It can occur in anyone at any time.  
There is no cure.

Up to 50,000 deaths occur annually in the U.S. from seizure related causes.
This is more than deaths from breast cancer.

The mortality rate for people with epilepsy is is two to three times higher than the general population and the risk of sudden death is twenty-four times greater.

Research for epilepsy is severely under-funded.
Federal dollars  spent on research for epilepsy pale in comparison to those spent on other diseases, many of which affect fewer people than those with epilepsy.

My purple mani today is for Jenn and Brandon and the many people who are affected by this disease we know so little about and hear so little regarding.

I chose the beautiful Pahlish The Human Superpower for my purple.  Those struggling with epilepsy and those caring for them have to enlist their superpowers just to survive.



Even though there is such a daily struggle with epilepsy for those who suffer with the disease as well as those who love them and support them I chose the butterfly image for my mani.  Butterflies are resilient and despite their fragile appearance are strong.


Butterflies are true beauties much like my beautiful, strong, courageous and resilient friend, Jenn
Today's stamping is with Mundo de Unas Velvet and Uber Chic plates 1-02 and 1-03

In your day everyday try to remember there might be someone who's suffering you cannot see.  Just because their outside shows no sign of struggle understand the struggle is real.  Our best defense is always education.  The more we know the more we can do.  As with cancer, I hope someday soon to see a cure for epilepsy.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Heyyyyyyyy Baby!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Hump Day!  I'm super late posting tonight but I had quite the day and didn't have time until now.  A few weeks ago I snagged a couple bottles of Darling Diva's from the Bad Pick Up Lines collection.  I really love This Dress Would Look Great On My Bedroom Floor and I've used it before in my tribute to Mr Spock mani but it was really calling to me so I hauled it out again.

I can't help it, I love dark colors! 

I decided to use of of the awesome Messy Mansion Bridal plates I received for review and did some stamping with Mundo de Unas.  This is just a really, really pretty mani!

First Up Darling Diva's This Dress Would Look Great On My Bedroom Floor

It's a gorgeous black jelly base with blue and holographic micro glitter
I love it!

I stamped with 3 different Mundo de Unas polishes, Aqua, Figi and Turquoise.  Figi is from her Fall collection and I just love it!

I chose the rose image from Messy Mansion Bridal 02 plate for stamping and I just think this mani is so pretty
I think aqua and turquoise tones over black are amazing!
I love being able to rock a couple of accent nails along with a beautiful polish
 Look at the sparkles!!
Beautiful polish and beautiful stamping today!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monkey See, Monkey Do Monday--@Firefly5!

Hi Everyone!!! Happy Monday!  Good thing I had my flower power mani on yesterday because today we have snow again!  Not as bad as other areas in Wisconsin have I think we only got an inch or so but still our green grass is looking like a white blanket again.  The good news is with it being March and almost the end of March this snow is definitely not going stick around.

Today is the Monkey See, Monkey Do Challenge in the Advanced Nail Stamping group.  The group we all lovingly refer to as the ANUS group because despite being adults we are all totally juvenile lol!  A few of us got together and recreated a favorite mani we had seen from each other or online somewhere.  I knew right away what mani I was going to recreate.  My fab friend @firefly5 over on Instagram has the coolest manicures ever.  I just love her.  AND she's super nice so I really wanted to try to recreate something I had seen her do several months ago for a MoYou Contest.

Here's what I came up with
Yep just look at this!  I had to decal the heck out of this baby!
It wasn't easy I swear there is not a brush skinny enough to ever do something like this!
I used one of my new XL Bundle Monster plates though and loved it!
This is the XL03 plate it's really cool

Here's a close up of the mani
See what I mean about the skinny brush??? OH MY LANTA!

Now here's my inspiration the super cool mani by @firefly5
Why I love hers--it's so bright and cheery!  She switched up her colors instead of doing strictly rainbow colors in order like I did.  I guess I just don't have her creativity LOL!

Here's a side by side pic of them
She holds that blue thing in all her pictures.  I have no idea what it is!  I should ask her.  I had to improvise with a bottle.

I love doing Monkey See, Monkey Do mani's they are a lot of fun!  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flower Power

Hi Everyone!  Happy Sunday!  I've got another alcohol ink marker mani to show off today.  I did some Born Pretty Store Stamping and then colored in with some of my permanent markers to come up with this really pretty yet really simple and easy look today.  I paired these flowers with the super gorgeous and probably best blue creme ever, Nails Inc's Baker St.

Looks like my nails are ready for Spring even though we might get some snow later this evening!
I have to say I really have been enjoying using the markers for some nail art
And they are a lot easier to do than decals!
Have any of you tried using permanent markers and alcohol yet???

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Stained Glass!

Hi Everyone!!! Happy Friday!  And it is a glorious Friday at that!  I am happy to report no coughing at all so far today! Yes that is cause for celebration!  My strained voice is finally gone, no more coughing and I'm pretty sure I can smell again.  I sure hope so since tomorrow I'll have corned beef cooking in beer for several hours!

A couple of weeks ago I was thrilled when I received the entire Bridal Collection set from Messy Mansion to review.  Messy Mansion has been doing exceptional plates for sometime now and this Bridal Collection set is no exception.  They are the perfect size for my nails width wise and plenty long enough for my long nails too.   Not to mention they are etched to perfection!

I was really eager to get started on doing some mani's with them and then BAM struck down by cold from hell.  So naturally since I was feeling a lot better last night I sat down to start working with them.  I picked the 04 plate right off the bat as it has some really unique images on it.  With the help of some sheer tints from Polish 10.1 I did some leadlighting and came up with this fantastic stained glass look!
I stamped over Milani 3D Holographic Hi-Tech and then did some added leadlighting with 10.1 Polish in Blueberry Blue and Lemon Cupcake.  As it turns out Lemon Cupcake is not that visible in the light LOL!
If it was a sunny day out I'd get out there and get some pics outside but nope cloudy as all get out today
I really do love how this turned out!  The ease of a dotting tool made this leadlighting easy to do too.  Leadlighting is actually a technique the stamping world took by storm after Julia from Messy Mansion first coined it

I love this image from the Messy Mansion Bridal 04 plate.  It is perfect for a stained glass look and it has a ton of potential with decaling as well.  I know this is an image I will use again.

Messy Mansion plates can be found on their site HERE as well as through Amazon.com

If you're like me--too lazy to make your own sheer tints--you can find the 10.1 Polish sheers HERE 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring in my step

Hi Everyone!  I am happy to report I am hardly coughing the past two days!  OMG this cold from hell is finally on the run!  Man this sucker was brutal.  I still have the occasional coughing fit that I can't really stop once it's starts but I know it's just my body's way of getting rid of the residual crap in my lungs.  My voice is still a little janked and my throat is strained but still I am finally feeling good.  

And thank goodness too, this Saturday I have the epic meal of corned beef to make and spend quality time with the family.  I would also really love to spend time with my friend Emily on Sunday doing nails and listening to her play the piano and talking (okay arguing) about who's hotter Ben Affleck or Jason Momoa.  I mean come on Emily we all know it's Jason Momoa!

Since I am feeling better I decided to do just a nice little Spring mani to  cheer me up even more.  We had a 60 degree day here last week but now we are back down to the 40's.  No worries, it's been nice a sunny out and almost all of our snow has melted!

My base is actually a failed franken dupe of mine.  I thought I could dupe Illamasqua's Raindrops with SH Glass Slipper and ChG Pelican Spray but while it looks great in the bottle you really can't see any of the flakies in the polish.  It's still a pretty color though.  
I used one of my new Uber Chic plates--1-03 with some Mundo de Unas stamping in Iris.
Sometimes you don't need a fancy gradient or holos or glitters to make a really lovely manicure!
Just some nice tone on tone stamping will do nicely

Here's a close up pic where you can sort of see the flakies in the basecoat but again nothing like the original Raindrops so to me this one is called a fail 

I'm not really sure if we are actually moving into Spring or not.  It's been known to snow in both March and April here so only time will tell.  But I for one and am enjoying this weather we have right now!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St Patrick's Day!!

Hi Everyone!!!  Happy St Patrick's Day!!! I hope the luck of the Irish is with all of you this year!

I have a lovely marker alcohol ink  base with same cool Dashica stamping and even topped this mani with a way cool Celtic shamrock image from Messy Mansion.  
I started this marker art with a base of Sinful Colors Pistache first and then did some green, brown and black markers over it.  I love the look of this one!  I stupidly didn't get pics of just the base though
I'm really having a lot of fun with these markers I picked up albeit the pastel and neon ones really do not work.  Once the topcoat hits them they completely disappear so I might have to invest in some alcohol inks after all!
My decal is from Messy Mansion MM04 and I believe it was my first Messy Mansion purchase!!!  More than 20 plates later I'm still loving my Messy Mansions!

This upcoming Saturday is the annual epic corned  beef dinner with the family.  I've been doing this for a few years now and we look forward to it so much.  My Aunt Lynette came down for it last year and she told my mom it was the best corned beef she's ever eaten in her whole life so guess what??? She's coming back for more LOL!  She's a permanent fixture for the corned beef dinner she told us.

I hope this post finds everyone doing well.  May the luck of the Irish be with you always!