My grandmother had a spot for me to paint my nails, it was in the kitchen, in this kitchen i sat for hours as a young girl. when i think back i can still remember the the floral table cloth, and the feel of the cold heater i would sit on when i painted my nails, or how when my father would come in the house the breeze would always follow him in, but this kitchen, was the start of it all, a little girl sitting in the corner painting her nails with peel off nail polish, watching her grandmother cook , watching her do the dishes, and always thankful to be there with her, as i grew my grandmother had a dresser drawer full of cosmetics for me, (things she didn't like, things she just got tired of) this drawer was a magical thing for me each time i would come to her home, she had brands like estee lauder and clinique, hidden in the special place for me, i now wonder what made her love makeup and nail polish, my grandmother died back when i was 16 years old, she was one person in my life i will forever miss, and has forever given me a special gift, that gift was the love of nail polish, and now with that gift, I have done so many things , i went to cosmetology school, I have started my own polish company ( cutting edge polish) and this blog, this blog is for my grandmother and all the women who love polish, all the woman that polish has affected their life in some way,
there is only one story, this is my story and i would like to share several other women's stories of polish in there life,
I did an interview with a woman named rosemary, her story is so inspirational,
she says polish is her therapy, a young lady rosemary watched her father and uncles work as barbers, as she grew she knew this was in her blood, she loved the way people would come and go, and how happy they looked as each one walked out after her father would do a hair cut, she just knew deep down in her heart that this is what she wanted to do, during this time period she meet and married her first husband , After high school in 1994 she started going to school at her uncles barber school, she completed the course her husband hated the fact she wanted to work, he became abusive towards her , she gave birth to to her first child a beautiful baby girl. 2 years later she gave birth again to another beautiful baby girl, her husband still abusing her, her only outlet was nail polish, the feeling it gave her when she applied it to her nails, it was the feeling of beauty, of encouragement, in 1996 she left her husband, after all the years of abuse, her children then still small but older, watched their mother apply nail polish and they seemed curious, so she started giving them manicures and painting their nails with funny colors, adding dots and stripes, whatever they could think of there mother would try to paint on there small nails , this was a connection to her children that would last a lifetime, as the children grew they would have sleepovers with friends, the girls would pull all the polish out and have mom help paint their nails, even now, nail polish is a big part of their life, in 2006 rosemary found out that she is legally blind, She has 20/200 vision, this was due to all the abuse her husband had put her threw , but this did not stop this strong woman, in 2009 she started searching the internet for nail art, she found bloggs, and pictures, and then found friends who had the same passion, now rosemary paints her nails with all kinds of polish, she still paints her children 's nails, and love's every bit of it. Rosemary painting her nails makes her feel the best she can be, and no one can take that from her, it has made a bond between her and her children that no one will ever be able to break, it helps her with courage and her self esteem .
rosemary owns 150 polishes, her fav brand is sally hansen, her fav color is purple and she just loves anything with glitter,
you can check her out on instagram at krazycakes123
emily is a vibrant young woman, with all the creativity in the world,
emily loves color, glitters and anything bright. she makes nail polish, these polishes are called indie polishes, she lovers there uniqueness. emily does not per say collect polish, but she makes polish,
she has a wonderful creative spark when it comes to the polish she makes, emily makes her polish from home so she can stay home with her 2 year old child, before emily was making nail polish she knew she wanted to stay home with her child, and so from emilys creative mind came hand made nail polish, so she started searching for all the supplies, for all the glitters and pigments she needed, when she got all her supply's in she mixed polishes up for her self, then after 6 months of testing she opened a small shop on etsy, she was scared at first when she opened her shop but as time went on emily started to realized how many people loved her polish, emily now works from home and is able to spend the time she needs with her child, being a mother for emily is the most important job in the world, emily has learned that polish for her was not only a creative outlet but a way to communicate with the world, and meet new people, the community with in the nail polish world is a amazing thing for emily and loves all the interaction she has with so many people, if emily didn't make nail polish this would not have been possible for her, polish has opened a world to emily that is just simply amazing.
emilys owns 30 bottles of polish,
her favorite polishes are literary lacquers- im drinking stars. Or the devil wears polish- lady marmalade
if you would like to see the polish she makes here is her link https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarpeNoctemCosmetics
norma's story is of the kindness nail polish bring to the world,
In 6th grade norma was introduced to nail polish, her mother purchased a bottle for her sister,
she just thought this was amazing, so when she went to the salon with her mother she would ask questions,
all kinds of questions, : what are the new spring colors? should i use a base coat? what is that by the way? "
so many questions were asked, to these hairdressers and nail techs, as norma started high school she truly wanted to do cosmetology, but her father has other plans, norma was a daddy's girl all the the way, and so when her father told her doing nails wont make her money in the real world, he pushed her towards other things, such as welding, construction, wood working,. she knew this made her father happy, but there was a longing in her heart, something she could not explain, at the age of 19 she married a man who was not good for her, but she had a child with him, she stayed with him for many years until one night in october of 2004 he attacked her violently, stabbing her , after spending many nights in the hospital from not only the stabbing, but from a blood clot in her brain due to the stabbing, she knew at this point she had to leave, and so she took all she had and left with her child, fleeing for her and her child's life, norma painted her nails for peace, from time to time, she still thought about being a nail tech, but these were just dreams of a little girl lost in all the confusion the world had to offer. in 2010 norma's father passed away, her heart broken from his death, trying to find the courage to move forward, she started playing with nail polish. picking up a bottle here or there and painting her own nails. that was several years ago now, and norma has had many struggles in between yesterday and today, this past year norma was told she could die from the the epilepsy seizures
at any time due to the fact that she has degenerative disc disease so if she hits the base of her skull during a seizure or any other time she could sever the nerves in her neck and die, this was a scary thought for noma so this past fall norma made the big jump in the polish world, she now does her own nails and post photos on facebook and other such social media,
nail polish has impacted normal life in such away that it is one of the most positive things in her life, nail polish and nail art is her release, the way she speaks to the world, its her voice. norma feels pain all day long , but polish gives her some relief, from that pain, you may wonder what she means by this, its simple. she loves it, she loves doing her nails, and others nails, she does her friends nails weekly, the look when they see her work when she is done is amazing, there are no words to express the the happiness that is shared between her and her friends when doing nails, this small amount of joy brings norma the moments of life were she can just breath,
normas made a statement to me, about dreams,
It made me realize that no matter what age you are you can accomplish your dreams. The colors are amazing and each one has a different expression and one for every occasion.
It changes other peoples lives too, even if just for a moment. The smile on their faces when they see the final result of their nails is amazing. I wish I could photograph that moment instead of just the nails
norma Favorite brand for acrylic nails is China Glaze. Favorite brands for natural nails are OPI and FingerPaints
Purple is my all time favorite color, and now I really like linear holographic. Looking for color clubs silver holo
i hoped you like this first part of my nail history. if you would like to check out cutting edge nails here is the link https://www.facebook.com/cuttingedgepolish