Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Guardian Angel

I won this polish in a giveaway.

Today I have something sort of special to share with you. First of all, as you may have noticed, on November 1st I changed my blog layout to a purple theme. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month! Hard to believe it's here again already. It seems like I was just typing up my posts for last year, which you can find here. This year I'm actually going to make a conscience effort to do almost all purple manicures this month :P

November 2nd would have been my grandmother's 93rd birthday. This was the first birthday since her passing last December. In her memory, I decided to kick off my purple manicures with Above the Curve's Guardian Angel. If you love holos and purple, this is the polish for you.

If you're familiar with my blog - yes, I cut my nails. Drastically. I woke up and one of my nails had broken severely so I said screw it and trimmed them all back. I'm really sick of them breaking! But you know what? I just read on Tip Top Nails South Africa's Facebook page about how some medications can cause nail problems. I'm not sure if my medicine does or not but it seems appropriate to mention it all things considered.

I decided this year I'm going to talk a little more about how epilepsy effects me in small ways. Since I wore Guardian Angel in remembrance of my grandma, I'm going to start from there: grandma and I had quite a bit in common. We didn't always know how to talk to people or what to say to them. I kind of miss having someone else around that understood what that's like. Another thing we had in common was not driving. For whatever reason, grandma never learned how to drive. I kind of suspect it might have been less common for her generation of women to drive; her sister June never drove either. So Grandma never learned how to drive, I've chosen not to learn to drive. Even though my seizures have been under control for 13+ years, I wouldn't want to risk it. I strongly encourage anyone with a history of seizures to think very carefully before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Yes, it's a pain to have to rely on others for rides but it's not worth putting your life or the lives of others at risk. This past summer I heard about a woman who was still driving even though her seizures were not under control. She felt she was safe driving because her seizures always happened when she was a sleep, at least in the past. The more seizures you have, the more likely you are to have seizures! Which means that just because your seizures used to follow a certain pattern, that doesn't mean it will always follow that pattern. I could not believe this woman was being so irresponsible and reckless. I seriously hope she's not still driving while having uncontrolled seizures. I'd hate to think she might one day kill someone because she didn't want to deal with her problems responsibly.

// Rant over!!!

OK, back to polish. I love the color of Guardian Angel and of course the holo effect. Gorgeous! For whatever reason, however, I had a lot of trouble working with this polish. The formula was thick and didn't want to apply evenly. Then it was taking quite awhile to dry. It was raining when I painted my nails, so I'm just going to assume it was the high humidity messing with the formula.

Thanks to Shawn and Angel for my prize! You can find Above the Curve Nail Polish on Facebook and Big Cartel.

* side note, no my grandmother did not have epilepy. I'm the one with it. Just want to mention that :P

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