Continuing on with this month’s theme of “Allyship”, today’s nails are inspired by this Instagram post by Indigenous beauty brand Cheekbone Beauty in honour of the strawberry or as the Anishinaabe First Nations call it, the “heart berry”. I loved this photo and the colour scheme creating the dotted heart and thought it would be pretty as a set of puzzle nails! Also if you haven’t shopped with Cheekbone Beauty before, they are FANTASTIC! They aren’t one of those brands that say all the “clean or green beauty” marketing and don’t follow through. They said last year they would endeavour to create sustainable beauty products and they have! From their newest packaging for their SUSTAIN Lipglosses to the wood their eye pencils are made from, they are a brand that has stuck to their guns and made a point of staying away from words like “clean” or “non-toxic”. They stick to science and research and on top of it all, donate 10% of their profits to Shannen’s Dream. A charity that I now support because Cheekbone Beauty introduced me to this touching cause.
I don’t have a whole lot to say about this manicure other than it was a lot of carefully placed dots that took some practice and thumbs and my right hand! In the end, I was pleased with the final creation with the pink glitter to “sandwich” the heart.
On My Nails:
(Base Coat) OPI Glitter Off!
(Pink Glitter) Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud
(Heart Berry) Sally Hansen Insta Dri White*, Sally Hansen Insta Dri Wild Strawberry*, Cirque Colors Fame*, Cirque Colors Socialite*, CND Vinylux Banana Clips* and Quo by Orly Summer Bisou*
(Top Coat) CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat*
For today’s bit of sharing what I have been learning with regards to Indigenous History Month, I have been reading “Seven Fallen Feathers” by Tanya Talaga. This book follows the stories of seven Indigenous high school students who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario under mysterious circumstances over 11 years and how their deaths were handled by the police. This is yet another uncomfortable, but MUST read when it comes to the many injustices that occur against Indigenous people. I am just at the halfway point of this book, but I cannot put it down everytime I pick it up. From the lack of support from the Canadian government when it comes to First Nations schools, reserves, basic access to water to systemic racism that is ever present in Canada, this book has so far given me a better understanding of the impact of the residential school system and what little has been done to investigate and support First Nations people.
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