Wednesday, 11 May 2016

ME/CFS & Fibro Awareness Day Mani (Link-Up)

Hi lovelies! Tomorrow, May 12th, is the official awareness day for ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatgue Syndrome) and Fibromyalgia. The lovely Kirsty from FairyTales Nails unfortunately suffers with both of these, so together we created a nail link-up to spread awareness. There is also an exclusive polish prize for one lucky participant, donated by Opulent Essences - find out more on our Facebook event page here. Here is my contribution. Read on to find out more!

ME/CFS & Fibro Awareness Mani @acertainbeccaa

As the awareness colours are blue and purple, I decided on a blue to purple gradient using China Glaze 'UV Meant To Be' and 'Violet Vibes'. I started with a base of 'UV Meant To Be', a gorgeous bright baby blue. The formula was smooth and opaque in two coats (except a few spots where I was overly heavy handed). Below is two/three coats with topcoat.

China Glaze 'UV Meant To Be' @acertainbeccaa

To prepare for the mess of a gradient, I generously applied liquid latex around all of my nails (except my ring finger), and let it dry.

ME/CFS & Fibro Awareness Mani @acertainbeccaa

I then applied stripes of both 'UV Meant To Be', and 'Violet Vibes' onto a make-up sponge. I lined the sponge up on my nail where I wanted the colours to be, and dabbed and smooshed to create and blend my gradient. I went over each nail twice to build up a solid colour before removing the latex.

ME/CFS & Fibro Awareness Mani @acertainbeccaa

As a finishing touch, I used an awareness ribbon vinyl from nail-mail.co.uk on my ring finger. I believe these were made exclusively for Octobers Lucky Dip Pink MeeBox (post here).

ME/CFS & Fibro Awareness Mani @acertainbeccaa

I applied the vinyl and painted over it with China Glaze 'Violet Vibes', then removed it straight away. Finally, I topcoated all of my nails to remove any texture and seal in the design.

ME/CFS & Fibro Awareness Mani @acertainbeccaa
ME/CFS & Fibro Awareness Mani @acertainbeccaa

What do you think? I'm quite impressed! This is only the third or fourth gradient I've done, and it blended more than I expected for such different colours. I really need to start doing nail art more often - it's so much fun just to have a play! Remember to check out our awareness link-up below, and the gorgeous Kirsty's post here to find out more about both illnesses.

Hope to see you in the next post!
Becca x



18 comments:

  1. Fantastic post hun, thank you so much for helping me with this and I love your mani xx

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    1. Thank you! Anything for my nail bestie ;) xx

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    1. Thank you! I'm quite impressed with how it came out x

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  3. The gradient is perfect! Lovely manicure to help bring awareness to these two diseases!

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    1. Awh thank you! It is so nice to try and bring a bit of support x

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  4. Gorgeous mani and for such a good cause! I love the gradient, it looks amazing 😄
    Vicky x
    @thepolishlist

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    1. Thank you Vicky, I'm really proud how it turned out! x

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  5. Love your mani, and your nails! Thank you for helping to bring awareness and show your support!

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    1. Thank you so much! It went so much better than I expected :) x

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  6. Great mani, and a great cause to raise awareness around. :)

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    1. Thank you, definitely a good cause! :) x

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  7. Great mani! Wow you have great nails!

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  8. Looks lovely! This has been a great link up :)

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    1. Thank you :) It really has, we had so much support from everyone :) x

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