Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hard Candy Fireworks: Memorial Day Manicure

I have nothing to disclose.

Today I'm sharing my Memorial Day manicure with you, yes a couple of days late. If you don't live in the US, this is a national holiday reserved for remembering those in the military who died during service. (Side note, if you haven't seen this video from Mark Dice, you should. It's quite disturbing!)

I'm late in posting, in part because I spent the weekend with my boyfriend, but also spent some time reflecting and thinking about all of those people who fought so hard to keep our country safe. For me, this is personal. One of my ancestors, Private William Slusser, was killed at Vicksburg during the Civil War. He left behind 1 son - my ancestor, a daughter, and wife. Perhaps more children I'm unaware of.

Fast forward about 50 years later, and his descendant, my great Uncle Mickey Slusser was born. Uncle Mickey joined the army at the age of 18, during World War II. He fought in both Korea and Vietnam. Twice he came very close to losing his life. One time in particular he was injured but refused treatment until he had first made certain all of his men were safe. I'm sure he did and saw things I couldn't even imagine. His wife Rita was a Nazi Holocaust survivor, the sole survivor among her family. They lived in Texas, so I never really knew either of them although I do remember meeting Uncle Mickey a few times. The little of their lives I do know is very inspiring. Fortunately Uncle Mickey was not a causality of war - his death came quickly from fast spreading cancer. Regardless, I cannot think of the military and all of our men and women who serve, without thinking of my uncle.

I spent part of the past weekend researching my family genealogy, and in doing so I found a picture of Uncle Mickey's tombstone. His sister, June, joined him in heaven this past weekend so my thoughts have turned to her as well.

Franklin George Slusser, Jr. 
US Army, Master Sergeant
Served in WW II, Korea and Vietnam

I do have a manicure to share with you today as well. I think since this post is already so long I'll just share a few pictures with you today and I'll share some more in my next post... along with the update to this manicure.

I applied 2 coats of Hard Candy Fireworks over Avon Blue Water Lilies. It looked pretty neat in person but on camera it turned out much more purple than in real life.. the blue really shine through with the flash unfortunately.

 This is much closer to how it actually looked! As usual, please pardon the mess :P

Mike really liked how this manicure turned out, he really liked the glitter. I, did not. I think I should have just used 2 coats. This polish definitely falls into the glitter bomb category I believe and maybe I'm just not used to so much glitter but I wasn't crazy about it. It's hard to tell from the pictures, but one of the weird things about this polish is the inclusion of red stringy glitter and no I don't mean bar glitter. This glitter is just weird and I've never seen anything like it. I'm not sure how I feel about it!

Next time, this one will be going over white to test out and definitely only 1 coat!

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