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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

U-Neek Polish Review: Brilliant Night & Chiari Awareness

Hi all! I know I'm a bit behind, I'm so sorry! So since this was suppose to go up last night, there will be a second, regularly scheduled Try It In Tuesday post a little later on, so I hope you come back to see that as well! Anyway, I have some lovely polishes to show you from U-Neek Polish this morning/afternoon. I am going to warn you now that this post is a lengthy one.

Brilliant Night: is described as a dark bluish/purple base with silver holographic bar and hex glitters.

All photos of Brilliant Night are shown as 2 coats topped with 1 coat of Mega Shine.

The color of this to me appears more black than bluish/purple, these pictures are color accurate to what I saw  in real life. The formula is excellent, no need to fish for the glitters and they slide on to the nail with ease. It is a bit on the thin side but it wasn't a problem, it didn't pool or flood my cuticles. The glitters, as you can see in some of the pictures, really put show off the rainbow even in my light box so out doors they would sparkle even more! 

The next polish is an awareness polish Janet, the owner and creative mind behind U-Neek Polish, wanted to create to help educate people on Chiari Malformation. I have attached some information that Janet sent me on this condition, I hope you find it as interesting as I did. 

"Chiari Awareness polish was created to help bring awareness to Chiari Malformation, as most people do not know what it is and how you “get it”.

Chiari Malformation (kee-AHR-ee mal-for-MAY-shun) is a condition in which brain tissue protrudes into your spinal canal. It occurs when part of your skull is abnormally small or misshapen, pressing on your brain and forcing it downward. Chiari malformation is uncommon, but improved imaging tests have led to more frequent diagnoses.

The adult form, called Chiari malformation type I, develops as the skull and brain are growing. As a result, signs and symptoms may not occur until late childhood or adulthood. The most common pediatric form, called Chiari malformation type II, is present at birth (congenital).
In the past, it was estimated that the condition occurs in about one in every 1,000 births. However, the increased use of diagnostic imaging has shown that CM may be much more common. Complicating this estimation is the fact that some children who are born with the condition may not show symptoms until adolescence or adulthood, if at all. CMs occur more often in women than in men and Type II malformations are more prevalent in certain groups, including people of Celtic descent.

Treatment of Chiari malformation depends on the form, severity and associated symptoms. Regular monitoring, medications and surgery are treatment options. In some cases, no treatment is needed. 

Chiari malformation occurs when the section of the skull containing the cerebellum is too small or is deformed, thus putting pressure on and crowding the brain. The lowermost portion, or tonsils, of the cerebellum are displaced into the upper spinal canal. The pediatric form, Chiari II malformation, is always associated with a myelomeningocele. The adult form, Chiari I malformation, results primarily from a too small back portion of the skull.

When the cerebellum is pushed into the upper spinal canal, it can interfere with the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that protects your brain and spinal cord. This impaired circulation of CSF can lead to the blockage of signals transmitted from your brain to your body, or to a buildup of spinal fluid in the brain or spinal cord. Alternatively, the pressure from the cerebellum upon the spinal cord or lower brainstem can cause neurological signs or symptoms.

There's some evidence that Chiari malformation runs in some families. However, research into a possible hereditary component is still in its early phase.

In some people, Chiari malformation can become a progressive disorder and lead to serious complications. In others, there may be no associated symptoms, and no intervention is necessary. The complications associated with this condition include: 

• Hydrocephalus. This accumulation of excess fluid within the brain may require placement of a flexible tube (shunt) to divert and drain the cerebrospinal fluid to another area of the body.
• Paralysis. This may occur because of the crowding and pressure on the spinal cord. Paralysis tends to be permanent, even after surgical treatment.
• Syringomyelia. Some people with Chiari malformation also develop a condition called syringomyelia, in which a cavity or cyst (syrinx) forms within the spinal column. Although the mechanism connecting Chiari malformation with syringomyelia is unclear, it may be associated with injury or displacement of nerve fibers in the spinal cord. When a cavity forms, it tends to be filled with fluid and can additionally impair the function of the spinal cord.
• Death. When a child is born with Chiari malformation type IV, death is common, usually early in infancy.

Reducing pressure by surgery

Surgery is the approach doctors use most often to treat symptomatic Chiari malformation. The goal is to stop the progression of changes in the anatomy of the brain and spinal canal, as well as ease or stabilize symptoms. When successful, surgery can reduce pressure on the cerebellum and the spinal cord, and restore the normal flow of spinal fluid. 

In the most common operation for Chiari malformation — called posterior fossa craniectomy or posterior fossa decompression — your surgeon removes a small section of bone in the back of the skull, relieving pressure by giving the brain more room. The covering of the brain, called the dura, is then opened, and a patch is sewn in place to enlarge the covering and provide more room for the brain. This patch may be an artificial material, or it could be tissue harvested from your own leg or neck. The exact technique may vary, depending on whether a fluid-filled cavity is present, or if you have hydrocephalus. The operation takes about two to three hours, and recovery in the hospital usually requires two to four days. 

I was personally diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type I at 25. The doctors were trying to figure out why my left arm & shoulder hurt and was numb & tingling. During the many tests we did a MRI of my neck and I remember the people doing the test moving me in further & further. I later found out that was because they saw the Chiari and the syrinx (Syringomyelia) and where getting the images of the syrinx to see how long it is. 

This was the hardest news to take and process. Finding out this was something I was born with and that we don’t know of anyone else in my family that has ever had it. Then I had to wrap my head around knowing the next move was brain surgery. At this point in my life I had only had 2 C-sections. I was a wreck, but I scheduled the Chiari Malformation Decompression surgery for March 1, 2006. 

The surgery went well and I stayed in ICU for a few days then moved to a regular room. After that I went home. 

I was one of the lucky one as I did not have the normal symptoms and did not have to go through the pain or deal with Chiari controlling my life. If I would've chosen to wait on the surgery or not do it I would not have the quality of life I have now. 

There are some people with Chiari Malformation that aren't that lucky and don’t get a choice. That is why I created this Chiari Awareness polish. Purple is the color of the Chiari Awareness Ribbon. 15% of each bottle sold will be donated to Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation."

-Janet of U-Neek Polish

Chiari Awareness: Is described as a pearl purple base with black bar, purple rainbow and black micro glitter. 

All photos of Chiari Awareness are shown as 3 coats topped with 1 coat Glitter Food and 1 coat Mega Shine.

The formula on this was excellent, no fishing, placement of glitters, dragging or flooding of the cuticles at all. Also, I know the description says there are black micro glitters but, it appears that the micro glitters are silver. These photos just don't do this polish justice, Unfortunatly the sun was not out when I was taking the pictures so I was unable to capture the sparkle the hexes put off! This one was a bit on the sheer side as well, so if you want a more intense purple I'd recommend 1 coat of purple undies to give it a bit more depth! 

Both of these and many others can be found in U-Neek Polish's Etsy store here.
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I will be back soon with some more U-Neek pretties, a V-day Collection! So make sure to keep checking back in! I'll see you soon with TIOT! 

♥ Gini ♥

(This product was sent for review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by -Neek Polish in anyway.)


  1. I love your swatches, tooooooo! Like, Really Big Fan Girl here.

    Hey, these are gorgeous, I just wish there wasn't any bar glitter in 'em. Stuff creeps me out. But, I know I'm just weird that way. Still, I'm headed off right now to get a bottle cause I know someone who adores sparkly hairs in her polish. And...geez, I sure want to support that cause. Great story behind it.

    Thanks, darlin'!

  2. PS - fix your pinterest account. I'm doing some following and want to follow yours. Not as creepy as it sounds.

    Really does sound creepy.

    1. Lisa, what;s wrong with my Pinterest?? Is it not letting you follow?


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