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Polish Us Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness 2012 #3 China Glaze United

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 31, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

United
"China Glaze United is a medium mauve-toned pink glitter in a clear base... From the China Glaze United In Purpose, Breast Cancer Awareness Collection, 2012." - The Beauty Clutch

Hello mid-week and Happy Halloween!

I was torn on what to post for this last day of October - Halloween-inspired or #PolishUsPink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Since I've been a part of the #PolishUsPink with too few BCA manicures, I decided to continue with this last post for BCA 2012. Call it the last hurrah, if you may. Plus, I also hear that Pink Wednesday is quite a popular movement too.

This closing BCA manicure features China Glaze United, a glitter polish from the Breast Cancer Awareness Collection 2012 (how apt!). This was the only polish I picked up from that collection, at the recommendation of Susan of The Subtle Shimmer. And I'm loving the subtle shade with undeniable holo sparkles at the slightest tilt.

China Glaze United

I'll be brief with this post. Here's one coat of United over 1 coat of Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat:

China Glaze United, 1 coat

The concentration of glitter in this polish is quite dense, though I did get some bald spots with the first coat. The glitter did spread well with normal polish strokes and the viscosity was easy to work with.

Here's United in 3 coats:China Glaze United, 3 coatsIf one is not too particular about slight VNL, 3 coats should suffice.

China Glaze United3 coats of United on all nails except the index finger - 1 coat, no topcoat

This was taken under artificial light. Why do I feel this shades gives me 'lobster fingers'?

China Glaze United with striping tapeUnited in 3 coats on all nails, finished with Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat

I recently received my first set of striping tapes from my first purchase off eBay (I sense more devasting blows to my wallet to come), and decided to give the pink one a try.

The above simple design was inspired by this:

Sound bar

I've been listening to a lot of music I loved during younger days while blogging or painting nails, and thought this 'sound bar' would look cool. I think I might be wrong about this one.

Parting shot:

China Glaze United with pink striping tapeDoop dee doo.. the last boo-rah.

This limited edition shade was purchased at SGD 8.00 at DYON International. And relevant Breast Cancer Awareness/ support organisations in Singapore can be found in my first #PolishUsPink post here.

Got to give a final applause to Susan of The Subtle Shimmer for putting this #PolishUsPink collaboration together. I've enjoyed seeing so many creative and amazing BCA manicures and nail art.

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2 more sleeps till Friday. Hang in there, lovelies!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Polish Us Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness 2012 #2 feat. Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have Birthdays

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 18, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Darling Diva Polish: Bitches Have Birthdays
"Pretty pink polish full of holo and colored glitters, squares, hearts, and hexes, AND BUTTERFLIES."

Sooooo, I'm terribly late with this week's #PolishUsPink post for Breast Cancer Awareness (organised by Susan of The Subtle Shimmer). But it wasn't difficult selecting this week's star, a cute, girly glitter fest from Darling Diva Polish.

A little background:
I've been an ardent customer and fan of Darling Diva Polish, evident by the collection of over 20 of her creations in the last 6 months. I was introduced to Darling Diva Polish by the lovely Bridget of LuxeBeautyForever (previously Polish? Oh My...), who brought attention to Ringer (her signature creation, in my opinion), a dupe for Max Factor's Fantasy Fire. With reasonably-priced international shipping, her polishes are accessible. Her customer service has been consistently friendly and efficient. I've never had the chance to write about her polishes, I'm ashamed to say, until today.

In my first post for #PolishUsPink last week, I mentioned Nicole's (Young Wild and Polished) friend's ongoing battle with the disease. Current developments look positive as her condition improves, I was told, and this is pleasant news! I figured, how about an uplifting polish to match the mood. Darling Diva's Bitches Have Birthday was my immediate, undisputed choice.

First Impression
The regular round bottle most indies polishes come in holds 15ml of product, with a clearly printed sticker label. Nothing fancy to distract from the adorable polish it contains.

The suspension of rainbow-like confetti effect in a strawberry milk-ish (or a Bandung drink, for a local Singaporean to identify with) creme base creates a feeling of a little girl's birthday party. Fast-forward 20 years, which girly bitch wouldn't want to re-live that birthday (being totally presumptuous here)?
Think Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop, but younger, cuter and more fun!

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysAn attempt to break down the glitter content:
♥ mid-sized holographic hex glitter
♥ mid-sizedblue hex glitter
♥ mid-sized square green glitter
♥ small fuchsia hex glitter
♥ tiny hex gold glitter
♥ tiny hex holographic glitter
♥ large white, iridescent heart glitter
♥ large pink heart glitter
♥ the elusive white, iridescent butterfly glitter

Application
On the nails:

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have Birthdays1 coat Bitches Have Birthdays over 1 coat butter LONDON Nail Foundation

The glitter spread well, without having to perform the dab-and-spread routine. At 1 coat, the creme base was not sufficiently opaque. I also deliberately left out the large shaped glitters to avoid them from being buried under the second coat.

With a second coat:

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysAfter applying the second coat, the fishing game began for the butterfly glitter. The pink and white hearts clung onto the brush quite easily though. Also, these 3 glitter pieces had to be 'placed' instead of brushed on.

With large flat pieces on my rather curved nail bed, the finish looked very uneven. So in comes Glitter Food Topcoat by Nail Pattern Boldness (an indie label also on Etsy) to save the mani. Glitter Food is a hand-formulated 2-in-1 weapon (yes, I call it weapon) to tackle common glitter polish peeves - grittiness and flatness (sinking glitter). I recently got this from Shoppe EClecticCo, a Singapore stockist for Nail Pattern Boldness.

Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food Topcoat

The difference:Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysIndex finger: Without Glitter Food Topcoat, this was topped with 1 coat of butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat.

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysMiddle finger: With 1 coat of Glitter Food Topcoat, and 1 coat of butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat.

The glitter looked more sandwiched, as though in a jelly, with the addition of Glitter Food Topcoat, and much neater. I had to layer another topcoat over it as it dried pretty matte/ satin on its own.

More shots:
Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysA rare full frontal, which I normally avoid due to the irregular nail and cuticle shape (I 'cheat' by squashing my nails together). Hopefully, the polish distracts.

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysIn case you're wondering, all shots were taken indoors, at night, under a desk lamp. Time no longer allows me the luxury of photo-taking under natural lighting or the sun. *gestures fist at the sky*

Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have Birthdays

Parting shot:
Darling Diva Polish Bitches Have BirthdaysDarling Diva Polish is available on Etsy, with prices ranging from USD 8.00 to 12.00 for a 15ml bottle (before shipping).
Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food Topcoat in 15ml was purchased from Shoppe EclecticCo for SGD 14.00 (before shipping).

If you know someone going through breast cancer, try lifting their spirits this week!

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Till the next post (a very lengthy one; consider yourself warned!), have a wonderful mid-week, lovelies!

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Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

Polish Us Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness 2012 #1

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 8, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign organised by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer" - Wikipedia

How are my lovelies doing on this new week?

There are so many notable events and activites going on this month. But today, I would like to highlight a collaboration between a group of nail bloggers (and enthusiasts on Instagram) for the above cause, organised by The Subtle Shimmer. Every Monday for the month of October, we will post a pink manicure to acknowledge the cause, and to bring about awareness. Below is the logo for this collaboration. I will have this on my sidebar for the month of October, which will link to all (future) posts related to the BCA 2012.

Polish Us Pink Logo

You may look up the hashtag #PolishUsPink on Twitter or Instagram to look up news, individuals and manicures for this collaboration.

I'm delighted to participate, having seen a friend's mother lose her battle to breast cancer last year.

My first installment of this participation is rather different, with a little surprise at the end.

I did a guest post on Young Wild and Polished, a nail blog by an infectiously bubbly lady I got to know through Twitter. You will not see my pink manicure for this week here, but on her blog (please do click, and find the surprise we planned).

Oh, okay...maybe a little teaser just for you lovelies:

Polish Us Pink: BCA 2012 #1

In case you are interested to find out more about breast cancer, assistance or help, below are links of some of the related organisations in Singapore:

Breast Cancer Foundation
Pink Ribbon (Singapore)
Singapore Cancer Society

And here are the fellow nail bloggers participating in Polish Us Pink: BCA 2012:

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Have a wonderful week ahead, everyone!

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