Monday, May 13, 2013

Duri, Grape Swirl. (7 Days of Purple for Cancer Awareness and Prevention)

Duri, Grape Swirl. 2 coats.

This is a great shade if you don't happen to be a 'color' person. This is a muted down lavender and it is very unique in my stash. It has a lovely micro shimmer. There are some visible brush strokes in the photo but they were unnoticeable in real life.

The formula was nice, but a little thin. The thin formula makes for easy application of thin coats but you will also want to be cautious of pooling at the cuticle and sides of your nail. The first coat went on pretty opaque with just a few bare spots so my second coat evened it all out. Dry time was pretty fast but I didn't use a base coat or top coat either. This polish does translate a little darker on the nail than in the bottle, in shade it looks like a dark grey but when the light hits it it lightens up to this mink lavender. Very pretty. Since I'm such a nut for neutrals this will definitely be a polish I will wear in the future. I bet it would be even prettier with a coat of top coat.

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Today is Day 1 of my 7 Days of Purple for Cancer Awareness and Prevention. While I know everyone is well aware of cancer these days I still want to bring awareness to some sides of cancer that are lesser known. For example there are still plenty of people who walk around outside without sunscreen on as well as people who continue to use harsh chemicals in their daily life without the realization that they contain carcinogens (substances that cause cancer). So, everyday I will share what I think is a helpful resource in providing you with some information on these topics. Don't get me wrong this is a free world where we can all make our decisions for ourselves and I'm not going to bash you or look down on you if you choose not to make these changes in your life. This is simply food for thought. Some of this is controversial as well and while I'm not intending to ruffle any feathers I still think there is some validity to these points and I feel it is a good idea to listen and take into account a lot of this information.

Today I am sharing some information on the benefits of having animals and pets in our lives; From our own animals in our home to the benefits of therapy animals. These links are some great reads:

Of course some people still feel pets are 'dirty' and cause disease; really, there is no way to overcome their arguments because in their minds they have already closed the door to any new information. Nikki (my registered therapy dog) and I encounter these types of people every now and then in our volunteering. I simply tell them to have a nice day and move on. I'm not in the business of arguing with people, but to provide education. I focus on the positive aspects; I am often asked open ended questions in regards to pet care, nutrition, and obedience training. I always explain the amount of time and work involved to give an accurate view of responsible pet ownership. I'm not necessarily discouraging them but providing them with the tools to make an informed decision because that really is the best way to go about it. I also love getting the chance to clear up myths and bad information that gets circulated.

Some people even tell me that I probably wouldn't like them because they don't want the responsibility of owning a pet... I'm quick to let them know that I actually love them for realizing that a pet does not fit into their life and for being responsible and making the right decision. First and foremost I am about responsible pet ownership. I hate seeing neglected pets. I hate seeing a dog chained up outside. I hate people who breed puppies to make a quick buck. I hate that people are constantly surrendering their pets to the local animal shelters. It makes me sick to see the human race treating lives as though they are disposable.

Nikki and I especially love visiting the Oncology Department; Nikki gets to comfort people going through chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and so much more. My favorite experience was when we were visiting a gentleman for about 20 minutes when he remarked 'I just noticed my leg isn't jumping.' He then explained that every time he came in for his treatment his leg would get this funny jumping sensation. His doctor told him it was normal, but it always persisted. With Nikki in his lap (and even afterwards for the remainder of his treatment that day) it didn't bother him. I was honored to have heard that story and that Nikki was able to provide him with some relief. It was better than a million bucks!

Every year we participate in the American Cancer Society's Bark For Life; a canine event to fight cancer. I have a fundraising goal of $100 and would be honored if you could help me reach it. You can donate online via this secure website:

Feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email if you have any questions; I'm always happy to help.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see my nails for Day 2!

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