I’m going to close my posting tonight with another Polish Pickup shade. This is Alter Ego Nail Enamel Not A Mother Day.
As always, we’re going to go through my spiel on Polish Pickup for those not familiar with it!
Before I get into this lovely shade shown above, we’re going to talk about this new Facebook group and I’m going to describe it’s concept. The group is Polish Pickup. Polish Pickup offers a fun, interactive experience that allows you to submit theme ideas, vote for your favorite theme, and selectively purchase your favorite polishes every month. It’s NOT a box though. I think when it formed that was the major misconception of it.
Now, I love polish boxes, however, some purchasers shared their frustration in only wanting 1 or 2 polishes from a box and needing to unload the polishes in the box they didn’t want. So essentially they were paying $40 and up for 1 or 2 polishes and hoping they could sell the polishes they weren’t interested in.
Polish Pickup is different. While the concept of picking themes and voting isn’t new, instead of buying the whole box, you can shop online for JUST the single polishes you want. There can be many indie makers involved with the theme, but you only have to pay for the exact polishes you wanted rather than 4-8 polishes you may not have been interested in.
Then every month the theme and makers change and you get a whole new set of polishes to pick and choose from. So while it has a box like feel (with the voting and themes) it doesn’t carry the box commitment.
This set of polishes will be available from December 1st at 11am EST through December 4th at 11:59pm EST.
The December theme is ‘Holidays Around The World’ so we’re going to see various holidays, some you might be familiar with, some you might learn a little something about through this Polish Pickup theme. I will be adding info about each holiday I cover this month. I know of many of them, but I’m not completely familiar with all of them so this is a learning experience for me as well. If I have inaccuracies about a given holiday, please don’t hesitate to correct me.
Here is the Alter Ego Nail Enamel inspiration photo!
So for Alter Ego Nail Enamel, she was originally going to cover Mother’s Day, but it was pointed out that no everyone is a mother. I’ve seen Mother’s Day and Father’s Day both come up when it’s a sadder holiday for them due to either losing their own mother’s or father’s or because they want so badly to have children, and it simply isn’t in the cards for them for one reason or another.
I was blessed enough to be able to have 1 child before my body said “you’re done” and I know how incredibly lucky I was. I’ve personally suffered numerous miscarriages and know firsthand how difficult it is and how heartbreaking it is. I rarely dip into my personal life on here, but this was something I know almost didn’t happen for me. My heart goes out to all those men and women who so desperately want a child. I know that struggle.
This is what Cynthia of Alter Ego Nail Enamel had to say on why she picked this inspiration:
The holiday Alter Ego chose really is not a holiday but I am making it one! A member mentioned in the iholiday inspo thread that those who cannot be mothers should have a day and another agreed, as I do too. Such a shame that women who truly want children but by whatever life hands them cannot have any children and as much as some would say, “why not adopt”, that is a costly and years long effort most cannot afford. So I went searching for some kind of recognition. After any pages later, all I found was a support group for those are childless-by-circumstance, whatever those circumstances are. Altho I never had children, I am old now & thought it may be deemed inappropriate for me to join so all I have is this link. The home page says it is US wide and offers support groups in several cities. “Not A Mother Day” will be the colors of this group’s logo. Please do not burn me at the stake for trying to give comfort, solace and recognition to those who need it
Here is a group for those who are childless by circumstance and would like to join a support group. This is the group that Cynthia found and used their logo as the color inspiration for her polish.
Let’s see her polish.
Alter Ego Nail Enamel Not A Mother Day
Alter Ego Not A Mother Day is a shimmery white base with black and red microglitters mixed in. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. Because of the shimmery base with the microglitters, this finish appears textured, but the top coat actually does smooth it over.
Where To Buy: Polish Pickup Shop
No cap on available bottles
Shop Dates: December 1st at 11am EST through December 4th at 11:59pm EST
Things are still rolling in (I received 4 more today!) so I am not sure how many I will have to show you this month, so far I believe I am expecting 13ish?
To see more swatches for December – check out the Polish Pickup Facebook group!