22 January 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Cervical Health Awareness

Today's Twinsie Tuesday is dedicated to raising awareness about some of the issues surrounding cervical health, including the causes, prevention, screening, and treatment of cervical cancer. January is, in fact, Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the signature "ribbon" colour for which is teal. But before I talk about nails, I would like to share a couple of things...

The vast majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, a virus for which there are currently two vaccines (really, vaccines that may actually prevent cancer). The odds of surviving cervical cancer improve greatly with early detection, and a regular Pap test can discover even minor abnormalities in cervical cells, allowing for treatment before they have the chance to turn into something scarier. Smear tests and vaccination shots may not be any fun, but they could literally save your life.

With that food for thought simmering away, it's time to turn to this week's nails! As I mentioned, teal is the colour of Cervical Cancer Awareness, so I decided to go teal-on-teal with some acrylic paint nail art roses, based on ones in this Robin Moses tutorial.

teal rose nail art with acrylic paint

Starting with a base of Skinfood BL514, I mixed some turquoise acrylic paint with a touch of white and started in. I ended up doing 4 layers of paint, though, as opposed to Robin's simple, pretty 2, because I'm still not that good at mixing my colours yet. "Okay, this is drying too close to the base, so I need to add more white...and now it's skewing more blue, so I should add a tiny bit of green...ack, too green now! Too green! Pull baaack!!"

teal rose nail art with acrylic paint

Colour-mixing issues aside, I have to say I'm satisfied with my first attempt at these. Loads of room for improvement, but they came out well enough that I can look forward to doing them again sometime. Plus they were a lot of fun to do, which is always a plus!

For more takes on teal, please check out some the other TT blogs! And for more information on Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, you can visit Cancer Connect by clicking here.


Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Jenn at All That is Gorgeous...
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

46 comments:

  1. You are just amazing. This is gorgeous! Next visit to Columbia you're giving me a course in Nail Art 101!

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    1. Aw! Thank you, Brandi! You are totally on for a nail art day. I should actually be there sometime this spring! :o)

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  2. This is beautiful Elizabeth!!! You make me laugh with your narrations, lol.

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  3. Elizabeth, these look fantastic! I love the colors of it and the design and everything about it!

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  4. Gorgeous mani and great that it's highlighting an important issue :)

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    1. I really appreciate that--thank you very, very much!

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  5. Your take at it is amazing! I absolutely love the effect and the colors you chose. Need to try this sometime soon :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much!! I was so intimidated before trying this, but Robin's video made it look like I might actually be able to wrap my brain (and fingers) around the idea. ;)

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  6. Beautiful <3 I'm going to have to try this for roses one day =)

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  7. This is lovely! I just love the variations of teal you used! Well done! :)

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  8. Gorgeous mani and a great reminder. :)

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  9. This is a beautiful post, from your words to the beautiful mani. This nail art is one of my favorites from you--and that's saying something! :)

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    1. Chelsea, thank you so, so much. I really do appreciate it! ♥

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  10. Holy cow! This mani is simply amazing! Your nail art skills are unbelievable, these look perfect enough to become a Sally Hansen nail sticker design!!

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    1. Oh my gosh, you are way too sweet, Katherine--thank you so, so much!!

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  11. So beautiful! I love how soft and romantic the roses look

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  12. It's so beautiful, I love the subtle color changes and the entire color family - very beautiful indeed!

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    1. Thank you so much, Maria! Teals are my favourite shades, so I had fun going all-teal with these.

      You know, the more I practice painting my nails with acrylics, the more I am flat-out AMAZED at the details you are able to do with yours. :D

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  13. Beautiful post about very important issue! Beautiful manicure! :-)
    I love flowers, I tried many flower designs of Robin Moses and Simply Rins, and I can tell you that I go back to this kind of rose design every time when I don't have some good inspiration but I still want something nice on my nails... so I change the colour of the rose, or I make it smaller/bigger, or I make more roses... always using this technique of painting them... :-)

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    1. Thank you, Tanja! I can already tell I'm going to love doing this kind of flower and painting, and you're so right--the possibilities for mixing it up are just about endless! I definitely need to check out more of Rins' designs too--she's really amazing. (^_^)

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  14. You did a great job mixing colors, I can distinguish all of them. Beautiful mani. Yeah, cervical cancer, I was watching Nancy Synderman MD on NBC news, she was saying that the vaccine is effective against HPV in the mouth and throat as well, which a pap smear won't detect. I know, sorry, so gross~! More of a reason to be vaccinated, but they seem to be pushing vaccines on younger people rather than older people... don't know why?

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    1. Thank you so much, Jenni! Good points about the vaccine. Given how common the virus is (just read that something like 25% of women 14-59 have already had it), I wouldn't be surprised if they were trying to concentrate their efforts on vaccinating younger people before they've already been exposed.

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  15. These look super cute!! I love it!

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  16. This is a beautiful post with a beautiful message :)

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  17. Beautiful rose nail art, and very informative about this important theme!

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