A Little Different Mani Monday

Hello lovelies!  Today’s post is going to be a little different.  I have something I have to get off my chest, but I promise I’ll follow with my regular Mani Monday in this post.

Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that companies can receive an exemption from the birth-control mandate provisioned by the Affordable Healthcare Act.  The ruling stems from Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties contesting having to cover birth-control based on religious beliefs.  The only thing I can find to be glad about is that the ruling was at least close.  I support religious freedom, but I also put people’s health above religion.  When you look at most things, I suspect that most people value health above religion.  You cannot overlook any kind of harm or abuse that is labeled as a religious act.  And that is what this is, a harm to women’s health.  Certain birth-control methods are used for other things.  I was on birth-control pills for a long time to manage my heavy periods, and later I took them to help manage my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  Now it seems that I probably have endometriosis.  My physician informed me that my Mirena IUD is used to help manage endometriosis.  As I understand the ruling, these things may not be covered if the employer my insurance is through decides that they don’t believe in birth-control due to religious beliefs.  I also believe that I would be able to get them covered for my medical issues, but it would take filling out and filing paperwork – basically jumping through hoops.

I read that the companies said they supported birth-control such as some pills, condoms, and sterilization procedures.   Pills and procedures would fall under birth-control as far as insurance is concerned.  How can you single out certain methods?  I also want to note that basic birth-control pills are relatively cheap – I think when I was had no insurance, I was paying about $15/month for the generic, standard birth-control pills.  Sterilization procedures would be a one-time expense, provided it went as planned.  To me it sounds like they approve the methods that would not be of much cost to them.  I had insurance at the time I had my IUD placed, and did not have to pay anything out-of-pocket.  I have no idea how much they cost to be placed, but I would bet that it’s not cheap.

Alright, that’s my opinion of the latest SCOTUS ruling.  On to something happier – Mani Monday!

In the VoxBox that I posted about last Friday, I received a bottle of Sinful Colors in Ocean View.  I decided to use that for my Mani Monday manicure.
Ocean View with Nail Junkie

I used Sinful Colors in Nail Junkie for the accent nail.  Quite appropriate I think, yes?

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My Thoughts On Textured Nail Polish

Hello lovelies!  The other day I read an article that was very condemning of textured nail polish and how it was a trend that must die. I think it’s pretty extreme to dislike a trend to the point of saying that it needs to “die.”  I also quite like the textured trend, and here’s why:

  1. It’s not as gritty as you think. – I’ll admit that when the trend first came into existence, I immediately thought, “Sandpaper texture on my nails, ick.”  After reading a few reviews, I decided to try out one that I liked the color.  I had seen that a top coat smooths out the texture, so the worst that could happen is that I acquire a polish that requires a top coat.  I applied the polish and was a little freaked out at first, but after a few minutes, it didn’t seem so bad, and I really liked the effect.
  2. After a few hours wear time, it smooths down some. – Yes, that is what I’ve come to find at least for myself.  Maybe it’s because I can’t stop rubbing it with my finger tips; maybe it’s just normal wear.
  3. Chip? No problem! – The beautiful thing about textured polishes is that when they chip, just slap some more on and go!  Because of the texture, there are no “touch up lines.”
  4. No time? No problem! – This is the other wonderful thing that I’ve found about textured polish: it is pretty quick-dry.  I’m not a big fan of regular quick-dry polish, there’s just something off about the formula to me.  I can think of very few exceptions – Sally Hansen Insta-dri in Red-io Active comes to mind.  Matte and textured polish is my go-to when I need a mani in a hurry.
  5. Don’t like it? Don’t wear it. – My final thought is that if you don’t like it, don’t wear it.  It’s as simple as that.  There have been a couple of textured flops that I would be interested in because I’m crazy like that.  China Glaze’s Snow One Like You, Essie’s Belugaria, and all of the China Glaze Crinkled Chrome collection are what I’m referring to.  I will admit to owning Snow One Like You and Chrinkled Chrome in I’m a Chromantic.  I haven’t tried either, so I cannot attest to how much I like or dislike them on experience.  I know that overall the polish community labeled these as flops.  (Or at least they were with the circles I’m in.)

All-in-all I like the textured trend and hope it stays around for awhile.  I may dig out my textures and do a texture feature.  Hmm…  Monday’s post maybe?

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