A few days ago, my family and I marked off seven years without my brother. Many of you who have followed me for a while know he was killed in a skydiving accident December 30, 2006. Though the years have dulled the pain, I do not miss him any less, and when the anniversary dates come around it's as if the hurt is brand new. I already posted this mani (and a personal photo) I created to honor my brother on my instagram (I'm @victoria_manicurator if anyone wants to find me there) and the outpouring of love and support is so heartwarming. Many of you have shared your losses with me too and for that I thank you and send back love and light to all those suffering. Losing my older brother (he was 40) has taught me compassion on a deep level. You never ever know the struggles of the stranger brushing past you. I can only imagine what people passing me may have thought to themselves when they saw me, throughout my first year of mourning his loss I was a complete and total devastated depressed wreck.
I've always been an optimist and someone who finds the things in life to be happy about instead of being sad about what I don't have. This life event challenged me to continue to do so. Challenged me to my very core. I am still a happy and grateful person. But now there's also a shadow.
My brother's favorite color was purple. This exact shade. Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas is a perfect rich purple that is nearly a one coater (I have two coats on here). I used Milani Black Swift for the "spun sugar". The skydiving community has a saying "Blue Skies Black Death". As much as I hated that my brother loved skydiving, he did love it. It was his passion. So for that, I honor him. I used Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway for the blue sky. Also a stunning shade with a perfect formula. I used Rescue Beauty Lounge base coat and top coat as well, and they are among my very favorite base and top coat that I've ever tried.
My once a year message to you...please...tell the people you love that you love them. Show them. I am extraordinarily grateful that my brother and I always told each other. When we were lucky enough to get a visit from him we were never shy with our hugs!! And at the end of every phone call, including our last, we told each other I love you.
All the best to you and yours,