Today I have a very special post for you. Back in April, I won a custom polish from You Polish through the April box. In thinking about what I wanted the polish to be, I realized that I wanted to do something to honor my mom.
My mom, Lucy, died suddenly in March 2011, and all of my family felt her death keenly. My siblings and I have all struggled to some degree or another with her death. I was very close to my mom, and still struggle and miss her every day. She taught me so much about what it is to be a mom, a strong woman, and a woman of faith – lessons that I still try to integrate in my every day life. My mom had a great sense of humor, and you always knew she was up to something because she had a sparkle in her eye – if you were lucky enough, she’d loop you in. And though I didn’t see it very often, my mom had a temper too – one that blew you over and left you feeling a little guilty that you provoked it (yes, I might have done that once or twice 😉 ).
My mom wasn’t much for doing her makeup or doing her nails. She did always tell me to carry bright lipstick with me, because if you were out and about without makeup on, you could always count on bright lipstick to make you look better. She had beautiful, long nails that I remember her sitting and filing every night, after dinner and all the chores and yardwork were done. In her younger years, my mom had lovely red hair, which most of her kids inherited to some degree or another, and for awhile she dyed it when she started to go gray. But then, she started just letting it be, and had gorgeous white hair. She had blue eyes, and dimples, and when she smiled, you couldn’t help but smile back. She was a classy, graceful lady, and I wanted a nail polish that would remind me of her when I had those days where missing her was just too much.
In talking with Lauren from You Polish, I knew that I wanted a blue base to the polish, as blue was my mom’s favorite color. I also wanted blue glitter to represent her blue eyes, and red to represent her hair. We tried using white for her hair later in life, but it didn’t look right. Lauren also added in iridescent glitters – representing my mom’s special opal ring that she wore and for her ‘sparkle’. Lauren added in just a few black pieces to even out the polish. I really love how the polish came out, and I am ever grateful to Lauren for being so patient with me as we got the polish ‘just right’.
Without (much) further ado, I present to you, Lucy’s Sparkle:
For the first time using Lucy’s Sparkle, I wanted to pair it with a great red polish, so I chose one of my favorites: Sinful Colors Pur Rouge. I used two coats of Lucy’s Sparkle and 2 coats of Pur Rouge.
I love everything about this – the creamy blue base, the sparkle that comes out as I move my fingers, the flash of red – it really does remind me of my mom, and I think she’d be tickled pink that I did this. I like how it looks matched up with the red, but I can’t wait to try it in designs, or with white, or perhaps purple. I bought a bottle for each of my sisters, sister-in-laws, and nieces, and told them the only price was a picture of their manicure when they received their bottle; expect more pictures soon!
Again, this wouldn’t have been possible without Lauren from You Polish, so if you are in the market for a custom made polish, I highly recommend her! As I said, she was so patient, and willing to work with the ideas that I had. Even if you’re not looking for a custom polish, she has amazing polishes in her etsy store, so be sure to check it out.
My mom was my rock, my sounding board, the shoulder I cried on, the person who understood so many of life’s heartaches – yet I never saw her use the shitty things that happen as an excuse to be bitter or mean or angry or rude. I hope that someday, I can be like that, and still be a strong, graceful, classy lady in spite of life. I don’t always live up to that ideal, but I try every day.