Friday, June 18, 2010

To paint, or not to paint?

do you ever go through fazes with nail polish where you are ON IT...and then you're not?  i love having my nails painted, fingers and toes.  something about having my nails painted seems the male equivalent of wearing a tie.  you're polished and complete.  and then after 2 hours your polish starts to chip, and in 24 hours it is beginning to look ragged, and in 48 hours you are dying to remove it rather than be seen wearing it because it is SO nasty looking.

following the steps to proper nail polish application really can extend the life of your nail polish and makes it easier to wear.  maybe you can go a week, rather than 2 days before having to remove it.  a couple of months ago a friend of mine taught a small class how to give ourselves and "moms" manicures. a few minutes of prep like filing, pushing back cuticles and applying a base coat help give your polish the staying power it needs.  try to apply as few coats as possible since that will help eliminate smudges. finish with a top coat and BAM! you're done.  that may seem like a lot of work but i tend to have some time at the end of the day where i am vegged out in front of the television watching the season finale of [insert tv show here] and that is when i like to do it.

maybe lacey can give us even more nail tips (no pun intended) since she is the expert. 



  1. That is exactly what happens with my nail polish (which is why my nails are usually bare). The OCDness in me goes nuts when I see chipped nail polish. What do you use as a base & top coat? Any brand you recommend?

  2. I just got the new OPI Axxium polish. It stays chip-free for 2-3 weeks! Plus, you can purchase the same polish color (I have princesses rule on now)...It costs about $35 for the manicure - but worth it if you hate the chipping!

  3. Deb, you have a picture! So cute. I just use Sally Hansen, they have a base/top coat all in one polish. I am sure nicer brands probably work better but even using the Sally Hansen makes a HUGE difference.
    Kelly- congrats on the vow renewal! Your comment earlier was so sweet. I would also love to hear more about the Axxium. I was just talking with a friend about that today. Where did you go to get it done?

  4. Thanks for the shout out! You are so nice! I am happy to provide any info you want on nails, (if I know it)! I just saw Ann Hathaway on a movie called Valentines day, she definitely needs to see your tutorial on dry shampoo!