Lupus Awareness Month

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Hello everyone. I’m in a pretty great mood today since I have tomorrow off so I’ll probably be spending most of my day off swatching so many new pretties. I have about 30 new polish that are in line to be swatched so it’s a little overwhelming, but I think I’ll be able to get through everything rather quickly as long as I break it down into manageable batches. I have something special today for you: as you may or may not know, May is Lupus awareness month. Lupus? What’s that? Ok, I have to admit that I knew about Lupus since I was a teenager because I used to watch One Life To Live and Marty Saybrooke had lupus on the show so I remember looking it up to find out what it was. (For once, a trashy soap opera was actually educational!) Well, yesterday I was chit chatting with my group of lovely ladies from a Facebook group I am part of *waving at all the beauties from PWRC* and my friend Holly asked me if I could feature some purple nails in support of Lupus Awareness Month. Of course I said yes and I decided to do them right away before I get bogged down with my planned swatch-a-thons. If you don’t know what Lupus is, here is a brief description from the Mayo Clinic:

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus — a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks — occurs in many but not all cases of lupus.

Some people are born with a tendency toward developing lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs or even sunlight. While there’s no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms.

No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly, may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent. Most people with lupus have mild disease characterized by episodes — called flares — when signs and symptoms get worse for a while, then improve or even disappear completely for a time.

The signs and symptoms of lupus that you experience will depend on which body systems are affected by the disease. The most common signs and symptoms include: Fatigue and fever, Joint pain, stiffness and swelling, Butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose, Skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure, Fingers and toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods (Raynaud’s phenomenon), shortness of breath, Chest pain, Dry eyes, Headaches, confusion, memory loss

 

For all those warriors out there who struggle with Lupus, I hope that treatment options continue to improve and that maybe one day we can find a cure.

 

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OPI Purple With A Purpose is really high up there on my list of most favorite purple polishes and that really is saying a lot considering that I regularly go on purple overload. While the formula on this seems a little thin upon the first coat application, a second coat really levels it out and gives complete coverage. Don’t tell me that you don’t like this polish because I will hurt you. Hurt you bad. I have swatched this polish on my blog before but I am kind of embarrassed because it was in my early days of blogging and the swatch is kind of atrocious. If you decide to search it out, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

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Don’t ask me about the China Glaze Classic Chromes polish because I know absolutely nothing about it. hahaha! I picked it up in some random beauty supply but it wasn’t labeled or anything. I’d love to find out more about it, but I never heard back from China Glaze when I emailed them about it. Hmmmpphhffff! I used a design from Bundle Monster Plate BM-321 for the ribbon design. I really like how these turned out.

I encourage you to visit the Lupus Foundation Of America and that you sign the petition to urge congress fund more Lupus research. I truly hope that you take a moment to do this and that you learn a little bit more about this chronic disease that affects so many people around the world. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

 

 

16 thoughts on “Lupus Awareness Month

  1. 14 May, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    That’s very fitting that the polish you chose to use is called “purple with a purpose!” These nails are really pretty and don’t worry- you don’t have to hurt me, I like that polish a lot! I have known a couple people with lupus and it’s pretty amazing how many people have it and how serious it is but lots of people don’t even know about it. I didn’t until my friend told me that she was up at the hospital w her bf’s sister who has lupus and who was in the hospital for quite a while w an episode. Happy swatching! Enjoy your day off tomorrow! :)
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    1. 16 May, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      I know, right? I was totally thinking that as well.

  2. Dominique
    14 May, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Waving back to you from PWRC. :)
    Such a pretty manicure to promote Lupus Awareness. I had a client with Lupus and Sickle Cell..unfortunately she passed at a young age.
    I hope to see more “awareness” nails. <3

    1. 16 May, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      I hope more people learn about this disease so hopefully they can do more research and maybe find a cure one day.

  3. 14 May, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Love it, especially the ribbons

    1. 16 May, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      I’m glad you like them! :)

  4. 15 May, 2013 at 5:46 am

    i think it is great you’re doing a lupus awareness manicure.. my aunt had it and died (the thing is that you never die because of it, she had renal failure due the medice she was taking because of lupus) and my mom was diagnosed of lupus 5 years ago.

    it is a weird disease you know, you never know when it’s going to strike, so you have to keep taking strong medicines.. :( the worst is that there’s no cure available for this disease, only medicines to treat it. :(
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    1. 16 May, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      It’s one of those diseases that people don’t really understand and I don’t think we hear enough about it. My hope is that we never stop looking for better treatment options. Sometimes the drugs that are used to treat it cause a lot of other problems so it’s not an easy thing to manage as you already know. I hope your mom is doing ok and that she doesn’t have many flares.

  5. 15 May, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Your swatches look bad? I don’t believe it ;) I am loving this purple! And the stamping looks ah-mazing! What a great manicure for a good cause :)
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    1. 16 May, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you! Uuufff…you should see some of my oldest swatches…they’re pretty horrible. But hey, we all have to start somewhere, right?

  6. Lesley
    15 May, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I agree with Nicole that the name of this polish is fitting. I also agree with Nicole that you don’t have to hurt me, because I do like it!
    I think you did a great job on this manicure and post for Lupus Awareness!

    1. 16 May, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad I don’t have to dole out knuckle punches. ;)

  7. 17 May, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I love this mani dedicated to bring awareness to the cause. I also absolutely LOVE this purple and the overall mani <3
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    1. 17 May, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you! <3

  8. ange
    9 February, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    i would give anything to track down all the china glaze classic chromes. *nostalgia*

    1. 13 February, 2014 at 11:16 am

      I think I finally have almost a complete set! :D

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