Birthday Polish: Illamasqua Prosperity

Boy am I behind on getting up these birthday polish posts since my birthday was back in September! haha! I loved all the polishes that I received and played with them immediately, but I wanted to do a proper manicure and post to really showcase all their beauty. Purple really is one of my favorite colors. I am sure that I have mentioned, more than once, that sometimes I end up looking like a deranged Barney when I am decked out in purple from head to toe, but do you think I care? Nope! Well, today I have a purple beauty to share with you: Illamasqua Prosperity. This lovely polish was sent to me by the even more lovely Tara from Polishy Of Truth. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are really missing out. Seeing all her beautiful pictures really made me work on my photography skills which I hope keep improving. She also sent me a blinged out Essence polish that is screaming New Year’s mani at me so I’ll be sure to share that with you  later.

Illamasqua Prosperity Swatch

Did you think I was joking when I said this polish was beautiful? Well, look t how gorgeous Illamasqua Prosperity is up close and personal. This polish came out with the Rubber Brights collection and obviously has a satiny/rubbery/matte finish. The first coat is a tiny bit patchy, but the second coat levels out the polish. Looking back, I think I have two polishes in my stash that are pretty similar to this: Color Club Disco Dress and Sation Miss Emo Shun All. Despite these three being similar, I think the Illamasqua formula is probably the best.

Illamasqua Prosperity Swatch With Topcoat

I was hesitant to apply a top coat on this lovely polish since the rubber finish is what this polish collection is all about, but look at how gorgeous it looks when it’s shiny and glossy!

Illamasqua Prosperity Bundle Monster BM 319

Are you sick of my stamping yet? I just can’t get enough of stamping up my manicures so deal with it! I used a design from Bundle Monster plate BM 319 for this jigsaw puzzle design.

I’ve been completely emotional since last night because Alfie’s new family sent me some pictures, and he is sooooo big. Alfie was my wheaten terrier puppy that I gave up earlier in the year. This whole situation is still pretty devastating to me so any time I talk about him or get updates from his new family, I can’t help but feel sad. However, I know that I ultimately did the best thing for him because he has a new wonderful family and so many people who love him.

Alfie Wheaten Terrier

These are some pictures of my Alfie (short for J. Alfred Prufrock–yes, I am a lit nerd) when he was with me. He was my first pet ever, and I never knew how much you could love a pet until he came into my life. I never had a pet growing up because my mom was severely allergic to everything, but I always dreamed of having a dog. Since I have pretty bad allergies myself, I settled on a wheaten terrier because they don’t shed and are hypoallergenic.

Alfie Wheaten Terrier

These three pictures were taking shortly after Alfie was adopted into his new family. I loved seeing his new haircut and loved seeing him with his new best friend, Tommy. Aren’t they cute napping together?

Alfie Wheaten Terrier

And these are the pictures I got yesterday! Holy frijoles, look how big he is!! He is like double the size of Tommy!! I am told he is super energetic and loving and that him and Tommy are inseparable. I’m so happy to hear that he has a best friend to get into all sorts of trouble with.

Some of you who didn’t follow my blog when all of this went down might be wondering why I gave him up. Well, that is a long story, and I still haven’t gotten over it. When I was hospitalized for my depression, one of the things I got real joy out of was when we got visits from therapy dogs. It’s amazing how much a dog can feel your pain and how they can comfort you. Well, a few months after being released, I became obsessed with the idea of getting a dog of my own to help me get back on my feet. I had to jump through a million hoops because my landlord does not allow pets. I had to get documentation from my psychiatrist to show that he would be an emotional support pet in order for my  landlord to allow me to have him. The day that I went to pick him up was probably one of the happiest days I had had in years. Unfortunately, I was still an emotional mess and was not prepared at all for the challenges of bringing a puppy home. One of my main issues–besides the depression–was anxiety. I had so much anxiety about my poor Alfie that I felt I was going to have another breakdown. If you have an anxiety disorder, you can understand what I’m talking about–everything related to him would set me off: Am I doing a good job? Am I walking him enough? What if he gets sick? OMG he has parvo!  OMG he’s going to get distemper! What if the vaccines make him sick? Why isn’t he eating today? Why does he breathe so fast when he’s sleeping? What if he eats something that is lethal to dogs? I mean, I could go on forever… This probably sounds silly to you, but it was literally driving me crazy. That is when I realized that I had been incredibly selfish by getting a pet when I wasn’t ready. I was putting so many expectations on Alfie–as if he was supposed to be some sort of cure when all he wanted was to be loved. I made the decision to find a new family for him so I contacted The Wheaten Terrier Club of Southern California, and they put me in touch with a wonderful family who was looking to adopt a wheaten. They have always had wheatens so they knew the breed very well which was very important to me. They came to visit us and of course they instantly fell in love with Alfie. The day they took him was one of the saddest days ever, but I also knew that he was going to a wonderful home with wonderful people. They email me and update me on his progress and would welcome me to visit any time I want to–they truly are amazing people. Alfie will be 1 year old in January so I will hopefully get to see him then. I have been hesitant to go visit him because I felt it would be too emotionally devastating to have to leave him again, but I think I am now at the point where I know with 100% certainty that he is living a wonderful life and that I did what was best for the both of us. I wasn’t intending to write a whole novel here, but I’m glad I got it all out again–I feel better now. If you’re still reading–thanks for listening. I hope I wasn’t too much of a bummer!

Before I forget, I wanted to remind everyone that my giveaway ends in just a couple more days. Have you entered? There are 6 amazing prizes up for grabs so don’t forget to enter and share with your polish-loving friends.
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Thanks for visiting today and catching up with me.

16 thoughts on “Birthday Polish: Illamasqua Prosperity

  1. Laure
    19 December, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I get really emotional reading about Alfie, because dogs are very dear to me. I’ve always had a dog since I was 6 years old and sadly I’ve lost some… But I’m really happy to hear Alfie is doing so well and was adopted into such a great family. :)

  2. 19 December, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I would love either prize 3 5 or 6… I would like to see some kind of stamping tutorial for beginners, I want to stamp but can’t figure it out… You’re the stamping queen!

  3. 19 December, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    first i want to say your nails are beautiful and teh color is amazing ! and second, i´m so happy you feel better about giving your puppy away, that is so hard, i´ve been through a similar situacion, and it took me time to feel better, but then i realized that he was better with the new family, as you did to :)
    i hope you can feel better, and in a not so far away day you can have a pet that brings you joy again!

    :) love from Argentina :) :*

  4. Regina
    19 December, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    That’s a pretty color I’m loving it and I’m happy to hear you’re former dog is doing ok

  5. Mavel
    19 December, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Alfie looks amazing. He is beautiful and his wheaten color is coming in! I think that you were the best dog-mommy ever and made the right decision for Alfie. It was a very difficult and painful decision, but you made the right choice. I’m so happy that his new family is very open and welcoming. They must be awesome people!

  6. Shoppingshon
    19 December, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Some of the best decisions are the hardest ones to make. Take solice in the fact that you were able to make a decision at all. Just think, Alfie has two families now, you & them. Maybe you can pet sit for a day or few hours, take him & tommy on a walk or to the doggie park one weekend. Since your a “lit nerd” written expression is a very powerful form of communication and your stamping is just another artistic expression of joy! Stamp on!

  7. Michelle
    19 December, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I would LOVE any of those prizes up there wink wink!
    Thank you so much for sharing your story as I am a more recent follower of your blog. I have had depression (for which I was initially hospitalized) which over a decade that is now thankfully under control. I think I’m pretty normal now barring the nailpolish obsession I have developed haha! Having perfectly and beautifully polished nails makes me feel good and makes me make time for myself, so I totally get your love of it!

  8. 20 December, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I totally get what you say. I love my pet, but God sometimes she stresses me.. I had a cute cocker spaniel, she has the perfect saddest eyes ever, her face makes you want to hug her ALL day long and tell her how much you love her. but that little bastard had the devil inside when she was a puppy, that dog destroyed our living room and bedroom. She was CRAZY.

    But you did the right thing, you don’t need to be stressed because of a dog, you’re supposed to enjoy the experience.. maybe later you’ll be able to have one and share the best moments with it, you weren’t ready for it and you shouldn’t be feeling sad for that..

    sometimes dogs are stressing, Bella was sick the last 3 weeks and it was awful..
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  9. 21 December, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I would any of the prizes listed seeing as I have never won anything!

  10. 22 December, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Awwww Alfie! A couple of weeks ago while driving I saw a dog being walked outside of the veterinary hospital here that made me think of you and Alfie. He/She was very Alfie-esque. I hope you get to visit him for his first Birthday, I’m sure he would be super excited and happy to see you :)
    P.S. Purple + Illamasqua = perfection!
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    1. 25 December, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Awwww! Every time I see a wheaten terrier (which is not very often), I go nuts. Last time I saw one when I was coming out of the grocery store and I got so excited I dropped my bags and ran over to pet him. Unfortunately, the spaghetti sauce bottle didn’t make it. hahaha! It was worth it, though.

  11. 22 December, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    WOW the polish is… No words! STUNNING!!!!

    AW :( I know how you feel about Alfie. Hubby had a bulldog that we adopted from a farmer and he wasn’t getting on with our other dogs so he had to give him up and G was devastated hey. He even cried so I know how sad it is when you have to give a pet up.
    But I really hope you do go visit him! How awesome would that be?!!! Do you think you’ll maybe one day in the future get another furkid?

    1. 25 December, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      It really is an amazing purple. I love it.

      I’m sorry you guys had to give up your dog too. It’s such a horrible feeling and I don’t think I will ever really get over it. I think that I would love to have another dog in the future but I would have to live in a place that has a yard. My apartment is small and I don’t think it is well suited for a dog. I know a lot of people have dogs in an apartment, but I would like to have a yard for him–that’s just my personal decision. I think I made everyone in my family fall in love with wheaten terriers because of Alfie–they are the best.

  12. 26 December, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I am totally not over your stamping, in fact I am quite jealous that you have such amazing stmaping skills! It always comes out perfection! :( Look how big Alfie got!!!! I know its tough but dont be sad he looks like hes got such an amazing life! Not that you didn’t give him that while you had him, please! but he looks like he is certainly well cared for and happy and thats allthat we can ask for right?
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  13. Lesley
    26 December, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    O…M…G! It looks good without topcoat, but with the shiny goodness? *DROOL!*
    Confession: I used to like jigsaw puzzles. I guess I still do. Nerd alert!
    One thing that I think is very important about the Alfie situation is that you did the right thing. You did the right thing for yourself by identifying that it wasn’t quite right and you did the right thing for him by being responsible about finding him a new home. You didn’t just abandon him, you found him a caring home with loving parents and doggie friends. Thankfully his new home is really awesome about allowing you to be a part of his life, too!

  14. Enjoli
    15 February, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Beautiful dog! I have been wanting another dog but I am still dealing with the death of mine from way back when I was in college. The pain never truly goes away. But the memories are priceless.

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