Monday, April 30, 2012

Shifting perspectives-China Glaze Optical Illusion over 2 blues

China Glaze Optical Illusion, sunlight
People on the autism spectrum can have problems with empathy. In one experiment, researchers give autistic children a plastic candy container and fill it with something unexpected, like an eraser.  Afterwards, adults ask the kids what another child will expect to find in the container. The autistic kids say that other kids will expect an eraser. The reason? Kids with autism often have a hard time thinking from the perspective of other people. This lack of empathy is another example of how the workings of an autistic brain are different than the brain of someone without the condition.

For this post, I decided to try using China Glaze Optical Illusion over a couple of types of blues. Optical Illusion is a green based polish with multicolored glitters that has a purple color shift. I think the different underwear really changes the way the color shifts in this duochrome polish. For more pictures and to learn what I layered them over, keep reading!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Shattering some myths-OPI Turquoise Shatter over Color Club Factory Girl

OPI Turquoise Shatter over Color Club Factory Girl, sunlight
Just wanted to post these as I've done a lot of blue manis for Autism Awareness month, but haven't been timely with editing and posting them.

First, here are a couple of common myths about autism I'd like to debunk:
  1. Vaccines-Autism is not caused by vaccines. The study that started that idea has been proven to be scientifically inaccurate to the point of embarrassment. I think part of the reason this myth is so powerful is because the age at which children begin to get more vaccinations coincides with the age at which they begin to be diagnosed. However, correlation does not equal causation, as a great science professor always told me.
  2. Cures- There is no cure for autism. Period. There are many techniques that can be used that may vastly improve the functional capacity of someone on the spectrum, but there is no "cure." A healthy diet can definitely improve things for someone on the autism spectrum, as can things like speech therapy, occupational therapy and an autism-specific educational environment. All of these factors will be part our efforts to help those on the spectrum until we find a real cure.
  3. Celebrity- Just because someone is a celebrity, doesn't mean they are a scientist. I'm sure Jenny McCarthy truly believes she cured her son through good nutrition. She didn't! Either her son is on the autism spectrum and became much more functional, but not cured, after she changed his diet, or he was misdiagnosed as autistic in the first place. Jenny is a big proponent of the "vaccines cause autism" camp and also claims she cured her son's autism, but she has no scientific training in medicine, psychiatry, neurology, or any other science to back up her claims. Anytime someone makes any claims about a disease, you should really question their evidence for those claims. Celebrities should be no exception.
OPI Turquoise Shatter over Color Club Factory Girl, sunlight
And now, onto the polish. I tried this look out last summer and loved it so much I knew I'd make it one of my looks for Autism Awareness Month.  I started with 2 coats of Color Club Factory Girl and then applied a coat of OPI Turquoise Shatter.  Loove! Since I adore both pastels and the color turquoise, I couldn't help going gaga for this look. It's very bright and cheerful, so I really enjoyed sporting this manicure again.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Comparison-Milani Gray Tux vs.OPI Metallic 4 Life

OPI Metallic 4 Life on wheel, Milani Gray Tux on right
I spotted this possible dupe last Monday when I stepped into Walgreens. Gray Tux immediately stood out from the other polishes in the display because it looked so much like OPI Metallic 4 Life from the Nicki Minaj collection.  After comparing the two on a nail wheel, I'm pretty confident in calling them dupes. Both are black jellies with silver regular and hex glitter.  Looking at them in person, I can't tell them apart. I feel pretty confident in calling them dupes!

OPI Metallic 4 Life on wheel, Milani Gray Tux on bottom

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Revlon Sheer Seafoam= Why Bother?

Bare nail wheel on left, 3 coats of Revlon Sheer Seafoam on right

I understand that they put the word "sheer" in the name, but when a polish is still barely visible at 3 coats, I have to wonder why anyone would bother with it! I saw this polish as part of the Revlon Escapism display at my local Walgreens and was immediately drawn to the color. I happened to have my nail wheel on hand and started polishing. The color was invisible at 1 coat, so much so that I couldn't tell which of the clear nails on my wheel had the polish on it. It didn't get any better after a 2nd or 3rd coat. In case my nail wheel pics don't convince you, here's a few pictures I got of the polish in the bottle. It's too bad because it seems like an amazing color that could've been a great sheer if they'd gotten the formula right. The way it stands, I'd say this polish is a waste of money. Join me after the jump for a few more pictures.

Revlon Sheer Seafoam brush on neck: see the near transparency?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Definitely obsessed-Orly Sweet Peacock

Orly Sweet Peacock with China Glaze Cleopatra gradient, sunlight
People with autism often have a particular subject matter that they are really obsessed with. I've experienced a wide range of them, from a 6 year old who loves ocean creatures to a kindergartener who loved to talk Angry Birds to an 13 year old who did school work to get to look at pictures of trains on the internet . And in fact, Thomas the Train is very compelling to a lot of autistic children. I've worked with one preschooler that was totally obsessed and have heard specialists who was giving a talk about the autism saying something like, "there's always been a particular interest, even before Thomas." Not everyone with autism has a special topic that they love, but if you find yourself interacting with someone with autism, don't be surprised if they have a subject matter they're as knowledgeable about as we are about nail polish!

I've got Sweet Peacock back in November but it was one of my untrieds until now. It really shouldn't have been, given how much I love turquoise. I'm glad to report that this one is beautiful, and impressed me on the nail more than it did in the bottle.  I also sponged the tips to try out China Glaze Cleopatra. It's one of my friend Esmeralda Pearlfinish's favorites, and now I can see why. To see more pictures and learn how this mani came about, join me after the jump!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Judging by Appearances-Jordana Celestial over China Glaze Lemon Fizz

Jordana Celestial over China Glaze Lemon Fizz, sunlight
Autistic children do not look any different than any other kids. Because of this, parents of autistic children often struggle with being misjudged when their child acts out. This is also part of the reason that autism seems to be more prevalent than in the past. There were probably many people on the autism spectrum who went undiagnosed or misdiagnosed before this condition became better understood.

For this post, I'm sharing Jordana Celestial with you. I was surprised to find several Kmarts down in the LA area. (Both of the ones near me are about 30 minutes away.) I found Celestial when I stopped in at the Kmart in Carson City.  To see more pictures of this light blue glitter, and to learn what yellow it's over, keep reading!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Child's play? Silvery blue watercolor

Watercolor nails on China Glaze Luna
A common insult for modern art is that "it's so simple, a child could do it." Let me tell you, even the simple things like coloring and painting can be quite complicated for autistic children. Teachers and occupational therapists spend a lot of time in the early years of a child's life working on "hand grasp." Having a good hand grasp on pencils, pens and crayons is vital to a child being able to write and function as s/he gets older.

The second night I stayed at with my friend, she mentioned that she hadn't had much luck when she tried watermarbling.  Since I haven't exactly been successful myself, I suggested that we try watercolor nails, instead. This isn't my favorite look, but it's not too bad for a first try. To see more pictures of my mani, AND to find out how Daisy the dog dealt with all the polish, keep reading!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Easter egg (dog) hunt!

Easter egg manicure, dog not included ;)
First of all, I have to explain that I took a short vacation this last weekend to take advantage of my spring break. I was away from the internet and that's why I'm posting my Easter related manis today.

I wanted to do an Easter manicure that still fit into my blue scheme for Autism Awareness, so I chose to include lots of blue leaning pastels for this look. I was staying with a friend over my vacation and used her backyard to shoot my sunlight pictures of the mani. Daisy the dog was there and has graced us with her beauty in several of my pictures. To see more of her, join me after the jump for a pic (and dog) heavy post!

Daisy the dog.

Friday, April 6, 2012

I'm not listening:Jordana Cosmic over black

Jordana Cosmic over Wet n Wild Black Creme
As I mentioned in my post on Monday, those on the autistic spectrum mainly process things in their brain through visuals. Consequentially, someone on the autism spectrum may not be good processing what they hear. They often take a bit as their brain deals with auditory information, which makes it seem like they may not be listening. If you are ever dealing with someone with autism, give them a few seconds to understand what they just heard. Their hearing may be great, but those with autism are listening to sounds very differently!

For today's post I wanted to feature Jordana Cosmic. While I've done a comparison and shown a jelly sandwich with it, this awesome turquoise, green and silver glitter definitely deserves its own post. To see more pictures, including some with a matte topcoat, keep reading!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lorelei's Tiara half moon mani

China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara half moon mani
I swear, you guys, my plan is not to do 30 days of the *same* blue for Autism Awareness month. But my mani once again features Orly Stone Cold, Kleancolor Shining Sea, and China Glaze Blue Year's Eve. This time they are half moons peeking out from under China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara. Lorelei's Tiara was part of the Eye Candy collection that was released around the holidays, and it's a beauty. I'll tell you the unexpected places I got complimented on it and show you more pictures, after the break!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

4/4/12 Weekly Blog Roundup- Peridot comparison and Cult Nails reminder

This last Sunday, around the time I usually do my blog update, I thought I didn't have anything to share that would be all that helpful. However, I recently saw this post from Alizarine Claws swatching a few of the OPI Spiderman colors and comparing OPI Just Spotted the Lizard to Chanel Peridot. Even though it's the middle of the week, I figured this link was too good to not share!

Also, I had also forgotten that Cult Nails is having a 24 hour sale only on 4/7/12. Prices will be $5 for all their individual polishes except the limited editions, a 50% savings from their regular price of $10 per polish. Shipping is an additional fee. They are holding this sale in honor of their 5,000 followers on Facebook, and there are some restrictions to the sale. Here's a blog post from Maria, founder of Cult Nails, with all the details.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Think visual: comparison of Orly Stone Cold vs. China Glaze Blue Year's Eve

Orly Stone Cold on index and pinky, China Glaze on ring and Kleancolor Shining Sea on middle, sunlight
April is Autism Awareness month! People on the autism spectrum think visually, often described as thinking in pictures rather than words. While other people process information through words and images (and maybe more, I'm no expert), those on the autism spectrum mainly process through images.

I think only a very visual person would be really able to notice the differences between Orly Stone Cold and China Glaze Blue Year's Eve.  They are close enough for me to call them dupes, but I'll describe the tiny differences between them, after the jump!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Autism Awareness Day- Stone cold blues

Okay, so I've been really caught off guard by the fact that today is Autism Awareness Day. If I had known before a few minutes ago, I would have definitely planned a better look, but these are the pics I have of the manicure I happen to be wearing.  Autism Awareness is a very important cause that I hope I can inform readers about as Autism Awareness Month continues. I learned about April being Autism Awareness month from Megan over at A Polish Problem, please check out the blog for more insight about being the parent of an autistic child.

The mani I'm sporting is for a comparison I've been wanting to do since mentioning how close Orly Stone Cold and China Glaze Blue Year's Eve are. From the pointer finger, I'm wearing Orly Stone Cold, Kleancolor Shining Ocean, China Glaze Blue Year's Eve and Stone Cold.  A more detailed post about this comparison later.