Friday, July 19, 2013

My Mint Birthday Mani in Honor of Talia

*Lengthy post ahead*

It's my birthday today! Woo hoo! I turn 27 today, and while I'm happy it's my birthday, I think the older you get the less eventful birthdays become. Birthdays are a little more exciting when you're little, now it's just another day, but a day I choose to spoil myself rotten. Nevermind, it's kind of exciting!

Today is also the day many bloggers and I have chosen to post mint manis in honor of Talia Castellano. Talia was a 13 year old girl and beauty Youtuber who bravely fought cancer for 6 years of her life. Sadly, we lost Talia this past Tuesday, but she certainly impacted many of our lives.

I want to talk about what Talia has meant to me in my life. 2013 has been a very difficult year for me. Earlier this year, I faced the scariest moment of my life. Since then, things have been tough for me emotionally. My anxiety, depression, and emotions have been on high. I have found it difficult to live outside of my head and truly enjoy the moment.

This is where Talia comes in. I discovered Talia's videos in early March and I watched her segment on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. I immediately became inspired by Talia. Talia had faced unimaginable challenges at her age, yet she remained positive, energetic, and full of an absolute love for life and every moment. Talia became a tangible reminder to me to stop and smell the roses. Talia helped me to realize just because bad things may happen in life it doesn't mean your life stops. I couldn't allow negativity and fear to take away the joy I could experience.

What I also love about Talia is she was able to express herself , connect with others, and fulfill herself through her passion with makeup. There is so much more to beauty bloggers/youtbers than what we swatch or what we review. Our passion goes deeper because it allows us the platform to connect and share a part of ourselves with the world. The things we share with the world can potentially help, encourage, and inspire others. That is exactly what Talia did for me, and I know she touched many of us in the same way as well.

This is the mint mani I've done for my birthday in honor of Talia.

I started with Essie Mint Candy Apple and topped that off with Krafty Gurl Totally Neon and China Glaze Make A Spectacle. I wanted to make it lively because it is my birthday, and Talia was fun-spirited and full of life!
I think this is very fitting mani. It's a great start to 27 with Talia as my reminder to start living and enjoying my life. Talia's life, while unfairly cut short, was certainly not wasted. She positively touched my life in ways I will always be grateful for. Thank you Talia.

To see other bloggers sporting mint manis for Talia or want to add your blog to the list check out below!

Happy Friday!


  1. Lovely mint manicure for Talia.

  2. Thank you for this post, I hope today we are all reminded to live each day to the fullest and enjoy life and the people around us. Happy birthday dear!

  3. Love this post. And love the fun and whimsical glitter on top!

  4. Such a fun/spirited mani! Happy birthday :D

  5. Love this mani! It's a perfect tribute to Talia and a great birthday mani as well! Happy birthday, bestie! Hope your day is absolutely fabulous and full of fun. Love you, and wish I could spend your day celebrating with you! ♥

  6. I did the same Essie polish as you! Mine is 55 :)

  7. Definitely, I hope so too. Thank you!

  8. Thank you, Stef!

  9. I wish you could too. I miss you! Thank you! Love you <3!

  10. Lovely mani ♥ and a very touching post. Thanks for sharing ♥♥♥
    Many happy returns! :-*


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