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Polish Box: The Color Box – Rainbow

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Rainbows are so pretty, aren’t they? They appear high in the sky after a rainfall and I don’t know about you but I always make a wish when I see one. I like to think of them as a sign of good luck and of course I always wonder, where does it start and where does it end? I also wonder do people in other parts of the world see the same rainbow? Are they making a wish too?

Well, no longer do I have to wait for rain to see a rainbow! Starting Oct. 20th, you don’t either! 6 makers were paired with 6 blogger to create the ultimate rainbow! One that you can wear on your nails!

And now through 11:59 et on Thursday, Oct. 19th, you can enter to win the Rainbow Color Box. Keep reading and click on the link below to enter!

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Polish Box: Fall Seasonal Indie Box

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 It’s looks like Mother Nature has finally read her ‘Seasons Changing’ memo and turned off the heat. Today’s the first day in about a week that we are having seasonal temperatures. The weatherman is calling for a high of 78 but this morning when I woke up it was 71 and the first thing I reached for was my sweatshirt. My bed was so cozy and warm, the perfect place that you’d want to stay in all day but alas, I must adult and do all those things I dread, mainly laundry.

Speaking of which, I was so very proud of myself yesterday when I turned my mountain pile of laundry into a molehill. I finally felt as though I had accomplished something in life. I was on a high! That was until 2 mysterious baskets of laundry appeared out of thin air, like seriously?!

 I can’t!!

I abruptly yelled, ‘this is a joke, right?!’ As my 14 year old just turned and ran away. He must have noticed my….. frustration and washed a load himself! Yay, one point for me for great parenting.

Only….. he left the clothes in the washer all night meaning… I have to re-wash them. Dude, SERIOUSLY?!

Anywho, on a brighter note, today’s my moms birthday and because I didn’t get prior, approval I won’t say how hold she is, but at any age she’s still my best girl! Happy Birthday Mom!!!

Now, turning our attention to polish, today I have the Fall Seasonal Indie Box featuring Colores de Carol, Anchor & Heart, Turtle Tootsie and special guest, Tonic!!!!

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October Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Breast Cancer Awareness

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Good Morning and happy Monday! This week we are starting things off with a little awareness. As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that’s when the whole world goes PINK in an effort to bring aware awareness and change to a terrible disease that one in eight, yes 1:8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

So think about if you gathered yourself and 7 other females in your life. This stat of 1:8 means that one of you will be diagnosed with breast cancer. I don’t know about you, but that crazy to me.

Here are a few more stats that just blow my mind!

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.*
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.*
  • Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.*
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.*
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.*
  • Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.*

I believe early detection is KEY!! Looks for signs:

  • A change in how the breast or nipple feels
  • A change in the breast or nipple appearance
  • Any nipple discharge—particularly clear discharge or bloody discharge

At-Home Self Breast Exams

Give yourself a breast self-exam once a month 7-10 days after menstrual period starts which is also when breasts are the least tender and lumpy.

If they are no longer menstruating, then select the same day of the month (first of the month for example) and mark it on the calendar to remind yourself when to perform this self exam.

What to look for is a change from last month’s exam to this month’s exam. It is not unusual to have lumpy or bumpy breasts. Look for any changes in breast tissue, such as changes in size, feeling a palpable lump, dimpling or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.

Note: If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes, it is very important that you see a physician immediately.

This is not to scare anyone, it’s simply to bring and raise awareness.

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Polish Box: The Cool as Shift, Fall Thermal Box

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What if I told you today’s post featured 8 polishes for the price of 4? That would be amazing right? Well… that’s kinda what I’m going to tell you.

You may be wonder how that is possible, well you see, today I have the pleasure of bringing you the Fall Thermal Box, Cool as Shift. THERMAL being the operative word!

This box features 4 phenomenal thermals from some of your favorite makers! If you’re not familiar with thermals, they are super cool because they allow you to have 2 polishes in 1 bottle. These polishes change color as they react to heat and cold. There’s some science behind it all but we’re here to talk polish, so let’s jump into it!

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Polish Box: #TeamAddieMae Benefit Box

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Adeline, better known as Addie Mae, is the daughter of 2-Bit indie polish maker Kiley Akers Underhill. This sweet, sassy and spunky 7 years old loves all things unicorn, pink, her goats and playing with her brothers. However, her sweet and innocent world changed forever July 30, 2017 when a MRI revealed Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG…a brain tumor.

Because surgery is the treatment for many other types of brain tumors, it is not possible for DIPG and even chemo is not effective due to limitations reaching a DIPG tumor. Therefore, Addie has been receiving radiation therapy for 6 of the 6.5 week treatment at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. Addie’s family has been faced with daunting expenses during this time including medical expenses beyond insurance, travel, loss of pay, and child care for their 2 other children and Addie Mae’s her brothers, Skyler & Xander.

By now, I’m sure you have seen Addie’s beautiful face and read her story all over social media as many support groups, organizations and of course family is calling out for your support and to raise awareness.  It didn’t take long before the indie nail polish community heard of what was going on and sprung into action. Swatcher/Blogger, Courney Everton Stemple (creator of M.A.P.B) and indie polish maker Crystal Churchill of POSHlish co-created and organized the #TeamAddieMae Benefit Box uniting 10 brands together for 1 purpose….Addie Mae! This box exudes compassion, love and support for Addie Mae and her family. Makers donated time and resources to make this happen all so one little girl could have a fighting chance.

PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THE FAMILY!!!!

Let’s take a look!

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September Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Ovarian Cancer

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Good Morning, loves! September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and In Loving Memory of Mrs. Annette Boyce 2/22/61-2/06/11, sister of Anetress Malone of Dainty Digits, I dedicate this post.

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Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers and an estimated 1 in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Each year, approximately 20k women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14k women will die from ovarian cancer 

You may be asking yourself what can you do to help it? Donate! Support! Volunteer! Raise Awareness! Cancer is a terrible, disgusting disease and it affects too many. Too many, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children! WE must stand up and fight to find a cure!

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Polish Box: Indies Outside the Box: Fan-tastic Customs

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Hello? Summer? Where did you go? I seemed to have misplaced summer you and I want you back. One minute my kids were just getting out of school and now I’m planning a birthday party for my youngest who will be 6 on the 17th and trying to find time to go back to school shopping. Luckily, the school system pushed back the first day of school until after Labor Day so that means I have 5 short weeks to hopefully find a day to spend at the beach. Let’s face it, a summer break without a beach trip is no summer at all.

I am excited about this school year though. With the pending move, I have changed my girls school so they wouldn’t have to once we moved. So they will be meeting new friends, teachers and a new school. They are looking forward to back to school night when we’ll be able to go in and tour the school before the first day. As for my son, he starts high school!! #insertwaterworkshere! I didn’t think the day would come so soon that I would be uttering those words. But it’s true, we have a highschooler folks.

But enough about me, let’s get to the polish. There’s something special when 4 makers work together to produce an amazing collab of polishes. Indies Outside the Box (IOTB): Fan-tastic Customs includes polishes from Polish M, Lollipop Posse Lacquer, Top Shelf Lacquer and Fair Maiden and with brands like these you can bet your bottom dollar that we are in for a treat!

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Polish Box: Indie-Galactic Box 2.0

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*announcer voice comes over the load speaker 🔊 “Welcome aboard the Indieship 2.0! This far out, galactic voyage is scheduled to take you on 5 different and exciting journeys.”

“Before we take off, be sure to have your ticket ready and your flight guide, Queen of Nails 83, will be around to check you in. If you need any refreshments during your trip, press the red button on the arm rest and someone will be right with you to take your order.”

“Now that the housekeeping items are out of the way, we want to remind you that what you’re about to see and experience may cause heart palpitations, dry mouth, blurred vision, perspiration and lightheadedness. We advise that you are seated at all times during this ride and have a pen, paper and alarm ready because you won’t want to miss anything!”
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August Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Epilepsy Awareness

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Good Morning all! This month the Monthly Awareness Polish Box (M.A.P.B.) is supporting Canine Partners for Life by donating 10% of all sales. Preorder starts July 26th and goes thru August 9th and shipping will begin mid month. Please note, at this time international orders will not be accepted (this may change in the future). The cost is $52/box including all 6 polishes, $40 for your choice of 4 or $11/individually (applicable shipping rates apply).

August Makers and Brands features:

  • LJ Stanford of All Mixed Up Lacquer
  • Hillary Wilson of Lifestyle Lacquer
  • Chrissy Gieringer of Turtle Tootsie Polish
  • Virginia Shaw of Pretty Beautiful Unlimited
  • Cynthia Decker of Alter Ego
  • Angie Cavaiuolo of Sassy Pants Polish

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July Monthly Awareness Polish Box: International Group B Strep Awareness

 

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Hey y’all, welcome back! Today I have swatches from the July Monthly Awareness Polish Box. July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month and if you’re like me, you have either never heard of it or maybe you have but still really don’t know or understand what is it.  

Let’s take a deeper look into Group B Strep.

What is Group B Strep?

“Group B Streptococcus (GBS), or Streptococcus agalactiae, is a type of bacteria that is naturally found in the digestive and lower reproductive tracts of both men and women.  About 1 in 4 pregnant women “carry” or are “colonized” with GBS.”

“Carrying GBS does not mean that you are unclean.  Anyone can carry GBS. GBS is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease or infection as it can occur on its own even in someone with no prior sexual experience. However, bacteria can be passed between sexual partners, including through oral contact.”

“Unfortunately, babies can be infected by GBS before birth and up to about 6 months of age due to their underdeveloped immune systems.”***

(For more information check out the referenced page at the end of the post.)

This month the Monthly Awareness Polish Box (M.A.P.B.) is supporting Group B Strep International by donating 10% of all sales. Preorder starts June 26th and goes thru July 9th and shipping will begin mid month. Please note, at this time international orders will not be accepted (this may change in the future). The cost is $52/box including all 6 polishes, $40 for your choice of 4 or $11/individually (applicable shipping rates apply).

July Makers and Brands features:

  • LJ Stanford of All Mixed Up Lacquer
  • Crystal Churchill of POSHlish
  • Carrie Lynn of Darling Diva Polish
  • Sophia Jewels of O My Jewels
  • Virginia Shaw of Pretty Beautiful Unlimited
  • Cynthia Decker of Alter Ego
  • Angie Cavaiuolo of Sassy Pants Polish

**ALL SWATCHES ARE DONE USING COMMITMENT ISSUE PEEL-OFF BASE COAT BY VAPID AND TONIC TOPPER BY TONIC (SHINY) AND MATTE ME BY JIOR COUTURE (MATTE). SWATCH PHOTOS ARE TAKEN USING ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS.**

LJ Stanford of All Mixed Up Lacquer

B Alert – is a lime green shade with multiple, different size and shape neon matte glitters, fine holographic glitter and green micro glitters.

Crystal Churchill of POSHlish

B Tested – is a pearl blue filled with matte and metallic glitters in turquoise and blues, pink and purples, and holographic glitter of multiple shapes and sizes.

 Sophia Jewels of O My Jewels

B Aware – is a creamy lavender with a flash of nearly hidden shimmer.

Virginia Shaw of Pretty Beautiful Unlimited

B Cautious – is a medium gray crelly with holo micro flakes, blue, pink and gold holo micro shreds with 2 different UCC flakies that shift lime-blue-gold and copper-gold-fuchsia. It also has blue to pink to gold chameleon pigment.

Cynthia Decker of Alter Ego

B Informed – is a pink base with micro red and black glitters. Most will probably use it as a topper but with patience it could layer nicely to full coverage. Swatch shown in 2 coats over a nude base.

Angie Cavaiuolo of Sassy Pants Polish

B My Baby – is a white crelly with an assortment of pink, blue, iridescent pink, and matte periwinkle glitters.

**More Swatches & Reviews**

Jessica Federoff of SloppySwatches – Blog / FB / IG

Courtney Stemple of nails_by_courtney.s – IG

Dianna Setterfield – IG / FB / Blog

 

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References
***https://www.groupbstrepinternational.org/what-is-group-b-strep.html