The weekend before last, while Miss Bekah was making a yummy watermelon salad, I was busy.
Doing very important busy type things.
Now, from the title of this post, you probably think I was painting my nails or doing something fluffy like that. But that was definitely not it. In fact I must disappoint you. if you were thinking of that The busy thing I was doing was so much more important.
I was taking very important photos of my nail polish collection…
Roll your eyes, laugh, do whatever you wish but trust me – this was important work. There was a very good reason. To make my case I enter the following photo as evidence #1. As you can see I have five bottles of purple nail polish.
To the untrained eye (yes, I’m talking about you – o scoffer of nail polish cataloguing), four of them appear the same but I assure you that they are not. Aside from the obvious brand differences – each of these was bought for a specific reason. The reason being that I just KNEW I needed purple nail polish and had forgotten if the one in my hand at the store was the same shade as the one(s) at home. I love purple so it is okay.
Two of the pinks – essie No Pre-Nup and essie Pink Glove Service are sheers which made me sad. I forgot to google them before buying. BUT there is hope. Layered over China Glaze Pink-ie Promise (a blue toned pink), I get a warmer result which you can see in this weeks manicure:
But really – can you see the problem now? And why the photos are necessary? If you cannot, let me spell it out for you. I need to know which colours I already own, along with other important details like type of polish, if I even liked the polish, did I find it easy to apply, etc. For example, a cream nail polish is not the same as a frost. The colours may look the same but I tell you that they are not the same. And when there are many many colours out there begging for a home, there is no need for me to purchase the same colours repeatedly (unless I have run out of a bottle I LOVE).
I don’t think I’ve bought a bottle of colour more than once unless it is because of my mom. Unlike Miss Bekah who is quite loyal to her essie Marshmallow polish ( I bought it on Friday so I can be cool like her too), I must have many many colours.
How else will I colour block?
Or have the essential glitter?
Or be ready for my 80s race?
I do not have a picture of this one but imagine neon stripes and triangles.
Even as I took the very important photos, Bekah laughed. Gently like you do when your puppy does something silly and amusing. I forgive her. Don’t get it twisted – she doesn’t play with her manicures either:
How to be a good daughter
In fact, speaking of momsie, this collection of nail polish is her fault. It is not that I wanted to buy the polish o. It is that I am being a dutiful daughter (Bekah you can skip this paragraph – you have heard this spiel before).
I am out there hunting and foraging for colours that my mom may like because inevitably she will collect some of this polish from me if I do not but her own. Kindly ignore the fact that she only wears mid-to-dark reds and fuschias while my haul is riddled with green, purple, etc. In fact that one too is her fault since she has kept most of the reds and plums. When I even told her I was on the way to buy polish she said “Oh that’s true, the polishes I have are dried up so when I visit, I need more polish”. Like mother, like daughter. Yet another thing we bond over (love you mummy)
As it is now, I am putting hers aside for the next time I see her.
Caribbean vacation time
Is there a point to this post? Yes and no. The yes part is if you are a nail person – here are some of my favourite things for a pretty manicure. I always use base and top coat. Always. As much polish as I have, I don’t want to change it too often – that takes time, And I want to protect my nails too.
Lots of fun highly pigmented colours. Almost everyone I have bought goes on smoothly. It’s often on sale at Sally’s Beauty but you can also get really good prices at head2toebeauty. I have too many that I like but Champagne Bubbles is often worn as an accent. They have a lot of great glitters too – I am rocking Champagne Kisses this week.
This one is growing on me. I went from one polish I bought last year to now owning 1 (go big or go home abi?). This is Bekah’s influence with all her talk of marshmallow. I have to admit I bout six of these in one trip last week. It helped that I found a store that carries essie for $4 a bottle instead of $8. I have managed to buy two bubblegum pinks that actually go on very sheer which means I still lack a proper bubblegum pink. I’m sure Pink Joy can recommend one but for now I will layer as I said above. My current favourite colours are Meet Me At Sunset and
I usually change my polish every five to ten days. Once it begins to chip, it’s not long before I peel or wipe it off. That or I get bored with the colour. I got a new base coat and my polish would last only a day before chipping. I tried different ones and finally took a chance on Orly Bonder. My polish stayed on for two weeks. That’s saying a lot for me. And it was only one colour of polish (essie mochachino)!!! That’s REALLY saying a lot. And it was a soft colour. That’s saying the most. This one is 20/10.
Orly Quick Dry
Yes – Orly again. I’m seriously digging them. I was using Seche Vite but that is prone to nail shrinkage so I fell out of love. This Orly one dries quickly enough and there is no noticeable nail shrinkage. Thumbs up. And it is high-gloss too
China Glaze Patent Leather
Makes the nail polish super high gloss. I’m on my second bottle I think. This is a repeat purchase for me.
Taking Care of Your Nails
Here’s a great link on how to get a good manicure. My tips are
- Moisturise frequently
- Use good, carcinogenic-free polishes – essie, China Glaze, OPI, Zoya are some of the popular ones
- Always use a base coat and topcoat
- Use cuticle oil (Thanks Bekah for explaining this one). I have China Glaze Orange Cuticle Oil but my hands are usually well moisturised so I just started using this
- Try not to change your polish too frequently. nail polish remove can be very drying.
- Allow your nails a few days of rest a month.
- Let the professionals give you a mani pedi once in a while.