Blue Skies Black Death - A Tribute with Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas, Faraway and Milani Black Swift Spun Sugar Nail Art
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,
<3 This is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Thanks Kat :*ReplyDelete
Bring tears to my eyes. This nail polish is both sad and beautiful! May your brother rest in peace!ReplyDelete
Beautiful mani to honour your brother. Condolences of the sad anniversary of your dear brother, Hugs ((xx))ReplyDelete
What a beautiful mani to commemorate your brotherReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this special mani with us. I think most of us, myself included, need to be reminded to cherish the ones we love.ReplyDelete
My condolences for your loss, Victoria. I lost my mother seven years ago, so I know just how hard it is to lose someone. Beautiful manicure, beautiful message. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous colours and mani, but sad occassion *hugs* Mine passed away in 2005 :'(ReplyDelete
The pain lessens to a point, but mostly you just learn how to live with it. That is a beautiful mani. Wishing you peace.ReplyDelete
I am sorry for you loss and think your mani is a perfect way to honor his memory and his passion. I'm sending you lots of internet hugs!ReplyDelete
I remember learning about this last year, and I find it amazing that you continue to honor and cherish him in every way possible. Lots of Love <3ReplyDelete
This is such a beautiful manicureReplyDelete
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I cannot imagine how hard it was to have your brother taken so young and so quickly. Your manicure is a lovely way to honor him. So sorry for your loss.ReplyDelete
I remember your manicure from last year, and I still want to send you a lot of hugs - I don't have any siblings but can imagine the hole his death must have left in your heart.ReplyDelete
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Thanks Erin <3ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear it. And thank you <3ReplyDelete
Hugs right back. Thank you <3ReplyDelete
So true. Thank you so much Patrice <3ReplyDelete
Thank you! <3ReplyDelete
Thanks Heather! <3ReplyDelete
Thank you Tess! <3ReplyDelete
Thanks Elizabeth <3ReplyDelete
Thanks Deborah for the sweet words and your continued readership <3ReplyDelete
Oh, Victoria, you have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your brother and your heartache. While you learn to go on, you never really get used to it. Thank God you'd had a good relationship with him while he was with you. Take care.ReplyDelete
This is beautiful!ReplyDelete
Many, many hugs to you. In 2002, when my 38 year old sister died unexpectedly, I realized that the hole in your heart never heals, you have to figure out a way to live with it. Losing a sibling sucks.