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Hi Folks! Today is a special post – I was invited to take part in a collab organised by @tippedoffnails, who wanted people to design a mani promoting cancer awareness. She was diagnosed with cancer in September last year, and thankfully has been given the all clear since. Our designs could be any colour, but it had to include the cancer ribbon.
Like so many others, my family has been hit by various versions of this horrible disease. I lost my dad five years ago to lung cancer, and my nan survived breast cancer twice. We lost my partner’s granddad to prostate cancer a couple of years ago, closely followed by his cousin from ovarian cancer. The past few years have been rough.
I wanted to make my mani personal, so I decided to use colours that represent the cancers my family have dealt with. Probably everyone knows the pink ribbon for breast cancer, but there are lots of others too. Light blue is prostate cancer, teal for ovarian cancer, and I wanted a big white ribbon for lung cancer.
What I used:
- *Barry M Gelly Cotton (white creme)
- *Rimmel Ring A Ring O Roses (pastel pink creme)
- *Rimmel Pillow Talk (pastel blue creme)
- *Rimmel Nymph (teal crelly)
- CMHandmadeUK scattered holo glitter topper
- Dotting tool
- Nail art brush
- HK Girl Glisten & Glow topcoat
To start, I used two coats of Cotton on all my nails, then added a coat of holo glitter to all but my ring finger. On that one, I dry brushed each of the other polishes to make a coloured base, then added the glitter.
Next, I freehanded all the ribbons using a small nail art brush, then added a few dots of each colour to fill in the gaps. Everything was sealed in using G&G topcoat.
The more money we can raise for Cancer Research UK, the faster we can eradicate this horrible disease. Chloe (@tippefoffnails) is running a Race For Life, and you can help her raise funds here. Or if you’d like to donate directly, you can do so at https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ or visit one of their many charity shops around the country.
Here’s the full collab collage – over 100 ladies took part, it looks amazing! You can find individual shots and smaller collages by using the #cancerawarenesscollab on Instagram, or searching for @tippedoffnails.
See you soon,