Molly is the indie maker behind Shinespark Polish. We were not close friends, but I had purchased from her several times and we had interacted on Instagram. I admired her so much and love her polishes. I heard about her murder two days after it occurred. She was going to get married that weekend to a man she’d been dating for seven years. Instead, he’s now on trial for her murder.
And that’s the part the news will focus on. Her family will focus on how much they will love and miss her in their daily lives. And the nail art community will miss her in its way as well. All of the beautiful creations that she would have made over the years are now lost to us. All of the interactions filled with mutual admiration that are so intrinsic to the nail art community. Gone.
When something happens in the nail art community, be it a birthday, a medical emergency or a death, we often come together to make nail art for the occasion. @InternNails organized a collage of flower nail art for Molly. Those who could used her polishes in their design. Check out #FlowersForMollyWatson to see the individual posts:
I painted this right after I found out about her murder. It was before the collage for her funeral was announced so it was just me wanting to use her polishes and #WhenColoursCollide’s red/green prompt. I thought: What could be more perfect then to use my favorite polish of hers which was a red/green thermal? Well, it got rejected by the admins for not sticking to the color prompt enough. So I deleted it from the group and just a few minutes later found out about the collage. It was a perfect fit. Life is funny like that.
(Then I painted another red/green design with her polishes for #WhenColoursCollide. The heart wants what it wants!)
- Base Polishes:
Shinespark Polish’s “O Christmas Tree”
- Stamping Polishes:
Mundo de Unas’ “Green” and Revlon’s Moon Candy “Satellite”
- Advanced Stamping Polishes:
B. Loves Plates’ “B. a Cherry Lollipop” and Sinful Colors’ “Pink Smart” (also mixed the two together), OPI’s “Christmas Gone Plaid”, Sinful Colors’ Nail Art “Worn Before”, Sinful Colors’ Demi Matte “Chalk It Up”
- Stamping Plates:
ZJoy-035 (architecture and ladies) and Ya Qin An Y014 (flowers)
Far Eastern-themed stamping plates are one of my weaknesses. I keep buying them and not using them like a sad little hoarder. I’m trying hard to use them more often this year. Still. I kinda wish I’d used a darker green polish for the little chibi dancers (dressed in what I guess is a traditional Chinese style, but I am terrible at guessing). But I really love how it turned out on my thumb. Delicious architecture…
She may be gone, but Molly has left a beautiful legacy behind her. She will be missed.
Her brother has started a fund to help pay for the funeral expenses if you have anything to spare.