Thursday, September 10, 2015

Round 16: Bestie Twin Nails with The Little Canvas!

Hey guys!

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It's time for another Bestie Twin Nails with my buddy Alain from The Little Canvas. You know the drill: let's get to the good stuff.

Alaina mentioned something about how it was Childhood Cancer Awareness month and that gold was the color for awareness. She then found this picture on Pinterest and we both said "YES" immediately when the time came for selecting our manicure. I then had the brilliant idea to make some of our BTN's focus on charity/cause awareness because who doesn't love crying?! I'm only kidding about crying (sort of), but I thought it was a nice idea to do manicures that focus on awareness and if it helps to bring awareness to some people even a little, that is an accomplishment.

The first organization that pops into my head when I hear "childhood cancer" is St. Jude Children's Research hospital. I know there are many many many hospitals and organizations devoted to helping children with cancer but St. Jude is always the one I think of the most. I am so very blessed to have not personally dealt with such a situation such as childhood cancer and cannot imagine the stress, coupled with the crippling medical costs. St. Jude provides cutting edge medical options and care while freeing parents from the burden of the cost of these treatments. Did you know that 75% of St. Jude's budgeted costs are covered by public donations? I didn't realize until just at this moment of drafting this post that they relied so heavily on public contributions.

I'm giving you this information as a PSA to seek out an organization that you care about and donate! I don't have a lot of money to donate but even $10 is better than nothing. This sounds preachy and it is not intended to be but I know that a lot of people think if they can't donate hundreds and thousands of dollars, that it's not worth it to donate at all and that is not the case. Every little bit adds up!

Okay, longest post ever! Now onto the nails!!

I used Orly Highlight, Gumdrop and Bling, along with some KBShimmer Chevron Nail Guides.

To start, I painted all of my nails except my middle finger with Orly's Highlight and let that dry. I painted 3 coats of Orly Bling on my middle finger and applied two coats of top coat.

Once my other fingers were dry, I used Gumdrop and Highlight on a makeup sponge to apply a gradient to my pinky and index fingers, and applied the chevron nail shields to my ring finger and then blobbed on two quick coats of Bling. Topcoat all the nails and boom. Done.

I really love this manicure and I'm not sure if it's because the colors are so light but this gradient is one of the most perfect gradients I've ever done! LOVE!

Go check out Alaina's nails and leave her wordy comments :)

Talk to you soon!