The Basics Behind the Girl
Hiya guys, I'm Rose!
- Name: Roselynn Mercedes
- Age: 28
- Marital Status: Engaged (living together)
- Hobbies: Nail polish, sleeping, and a lot of video games.
- Day Job: IT Dept
- Mom to
- Obsessed with funky hair colors and YouTube
Who am I?
I am not a licensed nail tech nor do I intend to be, this is strictly a hobby and passion for me. I have given thought about training to get a license, but at the end of the day it's not something I would pursue as a career. Confession, I actually loathe having to do anyone else's nails but my own.
Besides nail polish, I also have quite an obsession with video games and that's what I spend most of my time on when I am not blogging. I am a World of Warcraft nerd (and yes I do play a blood elf). But before games and polish in comes my true loves, my dogs. I am the proud fur-mom of four awesome pups: Chino (passed away Nov 2014), Brownie, Charlie, Sophia, and our newest addition (Oct 2016) Casper.
To be fair, I can't remember a time when I didn't have a passion for nail polish. I think my genes were meant for polish addiction as I've had long nails since I was a little kid. In fact, I remember my mother cutting my nails cause "little girls shouldn't have long nails", haha. Not that I could blame her. I was in 5th grade and I had freaking claws, it was intense! It wasn't until winter 2011 when I noticed nails and nail art as a "thing" on Instagram. Hashtags abound and I found myself neck deep in beautiful pictures of art on tiny canvases known as nails. I haven't looked back since.
What's this place about?
I love blogging. Due to never having a "real" topic to dish about, my blogs during the years have just died down. But after finally having the motivation and the encouragement of my Instagram followers, I made my nail art blogging debut. Keep in mind, this place won't be limited to nail art: I will be doing lots of swatches and product reviews for both indies and mainstream polishes.
The one thing I promise is to always deliver completely honest unbiased reviews on products. I will be marking what I receive as "blog sample", "blogger discount", "purchase" etc. More info about this can be found under my Disclaimer page.
Special thank you goes out to every single one of my friends that I have made in this amazing nail art community.
On August 30th 2013, I closed a "Name My Blog" contest and the winner (obviously) was Manicured & Marvelous which was suggested by the lovely @jesjosie on Instagram. Thank you so much for the name!
In March I decided to set an appointment with my hematologists (blood specialist) whom I hadn't seen in three years. This was when shit hit the fan pretty much. I was told by the doctor that I have severe anemia and B12 deficiency. It was to the point that if I didn't respond to treatment within the next few weeks I'd have to be hospitalized because I was at high risk of falling into a paralysis. And so began my new journey of daily B12 shots and iron supplements. By mid-April my body was barely responding to the iron pills and so the doctor decided to go to the next step... Iron Infusions. I would then begin my new treatment regime of weekly/bi-weekly bags of iron.
Fast forward to now (July/August) and I am still continuing my bi-weekly treatment of Iron Infusions. Unfortunately the end is no in sight just yet for me. I have at least another 2-3 months of treatment before I can begin to slow down on their frequency. But there is some good news... I finally feel... alive. For a while there I felt so lost in a world of pain I didn't even know who I was anymore. It sucked! The iron seems to be circulating and little by little I find myself with more energy for my every day tasks. Also my migraines have ceased for the time being as well. So all in all, I'm doing better. I'm not quite at the finish line and there are days where I do feel right back down to zero. But it's all part of the process and my goal/hope is that I'll be ending the year with a clean bill of health!