5.14.2013

No Worries Polish: Hand-Crafted by a US Army Wife!

Polishes provided for my honest review.

Hi all,

I have a really special post for you today.  I got in touch with Nicci from No Worries Polish through Etsy a few weeks ago, and we got to talking.  It turns out she is currently stationed way out in Saudi Arabia, as her husband is in the US Army.  Hats off to both of you! :-)

I asked Nicci if I could get some bloggers together to help promote her Etsy Shop as a thank you to her and her husband for keeping us and our great country safe.  Her story about how she got into nail polish is truly inspiring, and I really, really, hope you will read through it and let her know that we support her and her husband and all the troops that are away protecting our freedom.  I have five swatches to show you here, and you will also see them popping up on other blogs in the nail community, thanks to the wonderful bloggers who agreed to help spread the word about Nicci's polish shop.

An excerpt from her Etsy shop:

The polishes that you will find here are inspired by my life as an Army wife.

My other assorted interests, passions, and current obsessions will find their way into the bottles as well.

All of my polishes are 3 Free and NEVER EVER tested on animals.


Enjoy!

All swatches are topped off with NYC Grand Central Station.

First up is Coral Reef.  This polish is made up of an aqua blue/turquoise creme base, and two sizes of coral glitter.  Shown here is one glorious coat.  The application for this one was an absolute dream! Amazing colors.




Next up is Horizontal Running, made up of a shimmer light pink base, purple, gold, and a pinch of fine back glitters.  Here I used two coats.  Application was nice and even.




Sunny and Lionel is made up of a creamy white shimmer base, yellow, and orange glitter.  I used two coats here for full opacity.  I wish there was a little bit more yellow glitter in here! Beautiful!



Ariel (my name, eeeee!) reminds me of a mermaid (Ariel the little mermaid, duh!). It's made up of a peacock blue base, lavender hexes, smaller navy blue hexes, and holographic silver glitter.  I am linking it to Mermaid Dancing because it is very similar to this one.  Here it is in two coats:




Finally, we have Midnight Hour, which reminds me of exactly that: The midnight sky! I am in LOVE with the color combo of this polish.  It's a dark blue toned purple base with very fine holographic glitter powder.  There are also silver holographic glitters in there, but I had trouble capturing them in the sunlight! It is very sheer, so I used three coats to achieve this look:




Every single one of these polishes had fantastic application, and the drying time is great! Check out Nicci's links below, and then please read her story, which you'll find at the bottom of this post. She also takes custom requests, so go crazy with creativity!


Here is Nicci's story:

My name is Nicci, and I'm an Army Wife.

I met Bob, the man that is now my husband 3 years ago. He came into the small town store that I worked at to help his 8 months pregnant sister-in-law get balloons for her brother's 30th birthday. I was the girl that inflated the balloons.

If you would have told me that 3 months later he and I would be dating (thanks in large part to our sister-in-law), and that a year after that we would be married, and planning a move to a duty station in the Middle East, I would have told you, you were crazy.

But, that's what happened. And the funny thing is, my parents, grandparents, and his parents, knew it as soon as they saw us together.

My husband is my hero, and I would follow him to the ends of the Earth. He's something I had honestly believed I would never have in a spouse. I didn't think men like him existed, but I know now that they do. He supports me, he's proud of me, and he's my biggest fan. He's also one of the strongest people I've ever met.

He's a 2 time cancer survivor, and he found out he had cancer when he was deployed in Iraq, of all places. He had known there was something wrong before he left, but he didn't want to abandon his team, so, he ignored the warning signs and went anyway.

After they found the tumor he went through treatment at Walter Reed, not knowing if he was going to be diagnosed as terminal, and not knowing if he was going to suffer permanent damage. After his first tumor was resected, and he was given a clean bill of health, he put his uniform back on, and went back to work.

The second time was 6 months after we started dating. He went in for his checkup, and they found a tumor. I was with him, and we were both shocked. He had shown no symptoms, but there it was on film, clear as day. I promised him I would be there for him, because the last time he was largely alone because he didn't have a significant other, and he didn't want his family to see him in such a state, and told them not to come even though they wanted to. He can be stubborn, to say the least.

The day after he had his second tumor resected, he went back to work. He didn't even consider taking a day or two of leave, even though his bosses, and I told him it would be ok.

Most people don't even know he went through all of that. Because despite it, he was and is a happy person.

Before I met him I was a little neurotic, to say the least. I was maxed out on credit hours a semester at my university. I had to get out in 4 years or else my scholarship would run out, and I couldn't afford that. That mixed with some other things I'd rather not talk about affected me in a not so great way. I put a lot of pressure on myself, and I was a big worrier.

After we got together I noticed I started to mellow. Things didn't stick to me like they used to, and the biggest sign something had changed was, I had stopped biting my nails.

This was huge for me. It had been a habit ever since I could remember. Something I had tried countless times to stop, and failed. Then I just stopped. It took me a while to notice, by the time I did, my nails were long enough for me to paint them. I couldn't believe it.

I was so proud to have nails, and I started painting them a new color every 3-5 days. My husband let me buy whatever nail polish I wanted, because in his words I could be addicted to worse things, like crack, haha.

My nails and my polish collection got pretty famous here in our village in Saudi Arabia. Girls started to want to borrow pieces from my collection, and even started asking me if I would paint their nails because I was so good at painting mine.

Finally, one of my friends voiced something I had been thinking about for a while. "Nicci, why don't you make nail polish? You love it so much, you should."

I talked to my husband about it, and being the wonderful man he is, he told me to go for it. I read up on the process, got advice from a fellow nail polish creator, bought all the supplies, and soon I had my first collection started.

Nail polish for me represents something more than what it is. It represents a part of my change, my metamorphosis from a neurotic girl, to a calm and collected woman.

That's why I call it, "No Worries Polish." That's what my husband, and my happy, lucky life makes me feel. No worries.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I apologize for the length, but I hope now you know me a little better.



8 comments:

  1. What wonderful colors and Nicci's story was so touching to read.

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    1. I know! It is a really really wonderful story. And Nicci is such a sweetheart!

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  3. I know Nicci from when I was younger. Beautiful person inside and out! I love her polishes!
    Also, the Sunny & Lionel polish is named after both of our cats! Cute, huh?
    Great review for these polishes! :)

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