Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kari Cares - MADD Mani

This will be my second mani for a cause, my first being last month's LGBT mani, which you can view HERE if you so desire. Several friends and I were talking in our polish group about causes and which one we would like to spotlight next. At this time, my new friend, Brittany, suggested the idea of doing manis in support of MADD (Mother's Against Drunk Driving) and shared her own personal story of how a drunk driver impacted her life and the lives of people she loved. Please click HERE if you would like to view her touching video on the subject. Drunk driving has personally impacted my life as well as my husband's mother and brother were tragically killed by a drunk driver over a decade ago. I never had the chance to know them as they were killed before my husband and I met and this is something I will always deeply regret.

My friend, Jeanie, brought the following information to my attention:

**"On July 14, 1984, Congress and President Ronald Reagan enacted legislation that set the national minimum legal drinking age at 21. This year, we celebrate the 27th anniversary of the passage of that lifesaving law.

The 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) has contributed to significant declines in fatalities on and off the road. Nearly 1,000 lives are saved each year by this legislation.

The law has also had an impact on underage drinking, the number one youth drug problem in the United States. Compared to those who wait until age 21, youth who start drinking before age 15 are twelve times more likely to be unintentionally injured while under the influence of alcohol, seven times more likely to be in a motor vehicle crash after drinking, and ten times more likely to be in a physical fight after drinking."

Therefore, several of us have decided to polish our nails red to show our support of MADD and the hard work they do to prevent drunk driving. For this manicure, I chose to use *China Glaze Phat Santa. This color had been eagerly awaiting review and I thought that it now would be the perfect time to try it. I applied base followed by two coats of Phat Santa, as you can see here:
I was very pleased with the smooth application of this lovely deep red shade. This color is quite opaque and shiny and definitely reads darker than your average candy-apple red. The formula was very easy to work with.

I was given a lanyard on my recent trip to NY and I included it in the next shot. It pretty much speaks for itself.

Though polishing one's nails is a small thing, if it makes even one person think about a cause or, even better, keeps someone who has been drinking from getting behind the wheel of a car, it CAN make a difference.
*Disclosure: Where indicated by an asterisk, the product(s) in this post were provided to me by the company for review. Please click HERE for further information.

**Information from MADD's website. For more information, visit MADD.


DebbyL said...


HollgyG222 said...

Good work Kari, Im gonna work on mine tomorrow

Definitely Addicted said...

Very pretty color for a very appropriate cause!

Kari said...

Thanks so much, ladies. I love you all! xoxo

Jeanie said...

I Love it Kari, thanks for giving us the background on things, some of this I didn't know! The polish looks great too, love the color!

Persnickety Polish said...

When I was in high school one of my classmates lost her life in a drunk driving accident. Tragic. I just finished painting my nails red, Essie's A List. Your manicure is lovely. :-)

Kari said...

Thank you, ladies. I guess it's not a far reach for any of us to find a connection to drunk driving. I'm very sorry for your loss, Persnickety. It infuriates me to think of how many lives have been lost due to circumstances that were TOTALLY preventable. :(