Blue for Diabetes Awareness Month: Sephora by OPI Cartwheels on the Catwalk

Last week I received a touching email from a very inspiring woman named Hannah. Rae, Hannah’s 10 year-old daughter, was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Hannah describes her daughter as beautiful and incredibly resilient. Hannah’s email explained that November 14 is world diabetes day – around the world people encourage diabetes awareness by wearing the color blue. While I’ve never dealt with diabetes on a personal level, I have many friends and loved ones that have battled the diabetes. Hannah’s email prompted me to pull out the blue helmer drawer and select a fitting color to show support for Hannah, Rae and the 26 million other Americans that fight Diabetes everyday. So here are some more facts from the American Diabetes Association:

1 in every 400 children and adolescents have diabetes.

1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.

While Type 1 Diabetes is not preventable, a healthy diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of the Type 2 Diabetes.

I can only imagine how difficult it must for a parent and young child to cope with a disease as all-encompassing as Diabetes. So here’s Sephora by OPI Cartwheels on the Catwalk for Hannah and Rae! <3

I picked up Sephora by OPI Cartwheels on the Catwalk recently. I saw someone post it on twitter and immediately called Sephora to see if they had anymore bottles available. It was released as a part of the Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 Collection. At the time the collection was on clearance so I snagged it and a bottle of Sephora by OPI XOX Betsey for a mere 5 bucks a pop. *does a snoopy dance*

Cartwheels on the Catwalk is a gorgeous, intriguing shade of ultra light blue that leans towards green. Not exactly pastel, it’s a sleepy, muted light blue. I LOVE the color, it’s very flattering to my skin-tone. The application however… well, we have a word for it: PITA. I had to do battle with this one – it was a bit thick and chalky. As expected, it applied unevenly. Each coat pulled off the previous coat no matter how long I waited between coats. This even happened with the top coat, causing a lackluster finish. Usually I would have just left well-enough alone, but this time I decided to try to fix it. As it turns out, an extra coat of top coat solved the problem pretty well. This NOTD is 3 coats of color and 3 coats of top coat (Cult Nails Wicked Fast under Zoya Armor under Cult Nails Wicked Fast). I wouldn’t call this color work appropriate but it’s demure enough that if someone were so inclined, they could definitely sneak it into a work/office environment. (*wiggly eyebrows* Whaaaaat? It was for a good cause!)

Ultimately, I like the color enough that I’m willing to overlook my application woes. But I’m still hunting for the perfect shade of light blue. If you remember, I posted about my dream wedding shade. I didn’t know this at the time but Oscar de la Renta actually makes that polish!!!!! (I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me when I first saw that color… I mean a lot of big name designers have polish lines. I guess I just automatically assumed it was some sort of nail artist franken created especially for that runway show.) I ordered bottles of it recently, we shall see if it lives up to those gorgeous photos!



6 Responses to “Blue for Diabetes Awareness Month: Sephora by OPI Cartwheels on the Catwalk”

  1. Kaz Says:

    Fabulous post for a fabulous cause, Steph. My heart goes out to Rae and Hannah and I hope that one day, we can find a cure.

  2. Nailderella Says:

    I love your delicate manicure and glad to see you’re supporting diabetic people!
    Btw, I also did a blue manicure for this special day and added a link collector at the end of my post. If you want to add your blog post on my list, it would be very nice! you can also add the list on your blog post if you’re willing (you can find the html code link also on my blog post).
    As I don’t want to spam your post, I don’t add the link here in the comment, but you can have it since I added my website info on this comment ;D

  3. Victoria S Says:

    Where do you work that this color is considered inappropriate? This is a milk toast color, beautiful, but not loud or even bright. Thank God I am self employed so I wear wherever I want, when I want.

  4. Steph Says:

    Kaz – <3

    Nailderella – Awww!!! I’m sad I missed out on the link collector. What an awesome idea!!

    Victoria – My office itself is not very conservative and I don’t think anyone cares so long as you’re not wearing non-traditional colors to court. However, I don’t think I could wear anything blue to court, no matter how light.

  5. Ariadne Says:

    Yesterday I picked up “Jade” by Love & Beauty (Forever 21′s house brand) because I though it looked like a dupe for this (couldn’t find Catwalk at my Sephora). To my eyes, it does, so I hope this helps anyone else who can’t find “Catwalk” (and maybe the application won’t be a PITA ;-).

    Also I am very curious to see what that Oscar De La Renta polish looks like, so looking forward to the review / swatch post. =)

  6. Tricia Says:

    love this colour on you

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