I’m not a girly girl that is for certain, but when it comes to painting my toes I love to have them done. I normally pick a pink, which is weird,because I never wear pink. But this OPI color called Hot Hot Hot, is by far one of my favorite colors to wear. It’s not a neon pink, but it’s not to dull either. It sticks out, but it is very suttle.
I love going to the nail spa and getting my toes done. It just makes me feel better, and my feet and legs feel amazing afterwards. I’m on my feet 24/7 so getting to prop them up and a nice message is always good. My boyfriend knows I love getting a pedicure, so every once in a while he will leave a little note on the table and tell me to go get my toes done, or to take a friend with me. He’s so amazing and knows me so well.
I’m a bit of a nail polish a holic. Proof of this can be found in this spreadsheet, which chronicles my 180+ collection of nail polishes. My favorite brands of nail polish are Nicole by O.P.I., Zoya, and Essie. Julep almost makes the list, except that some of their polish formulas are a little runny. But let’s go back to Zoya. Zoya, generally, has beautiful, consistent coats that go on nicely. But I have had nothing but trouble with Zoya’s Pippa. It’s weird. It’s creamy, yet thick, goopy, streaky, and runny, all at the same time. It takes forever to try, and has a tendency to bubble a bit, even if two thin coats are applied with plenty of drying time allowed in between coats. Argh. I’ve tried this polish three times now, with similar results all three times. I’m a very busy work-at-home mother, dammit, I just do NOT have time for this.
The first two times I had issues, I wound up stripping the polish off the next day. This time I stuck it out, applied a clear top coat, and today, added a coat of white crackle from Sally Hansen, then another top coat. Crackle is great for not only creating a neat effect with any solid (or even glittery) nail polish, but also for hiding messes, haha.
A few years back I tried matte nail polish, on pure accident. I really liked the effect, but I did not like the fact that the polish chipped within a matter of hours. This happened on several occasions, regardless of the brand I used, how many coats I put down, how long I let each coat dry, brands, etc. So I gave up on matte. Then I discovered China Glaze Matte Magic – a special top coat that makes any type of polish look matte with 1-2 coats of Matte Magic on top of it. I read several good reviews of the stuff, so I went ahead and purchase a bottle.
I have used China Glaze Matte Magic over several polishes now – various colors, different brands (China Glaze, Essie, Sinful Colors, Julep), and it works beautifully. One coat is enough, but for added durability and to make sure that there’s no shine left from the original polish I’m using, I generally use two. I definitely recommend this stuff.
You guys. One thing that suffers the wrath of all of the work from home I do – housework, regular work – is my nails. Generally they just get long enough that the edges can be seen, and then they start to flake, chip, and crack. Even a clear base coat, followed by 2-3 coats of color, followed by 2-3 clear top coats, doesn’t seem to be enough to keep them hard enough to stand up to everyday wear and tear. Then, after asking around on Twitter, I purchased one bottle of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Instant Nail Hardener. HOLY CRAP. The stuff looks, feels, goes on, and dries just like a regular clear base coat. But it does a kick-ass job of protecting my nails! I’ve been using the stuff for two weeks (three nail polish changes), and look:
Consider this Jenn’s seal of approval. If you want longer nails that will stand up to flaking, peeling, cracking, chipping, and breaking, get yourself a bottle of Sally Hanson Diamond Strength Instant Nail Hardener!
If you own more than a dozen or so nail polishes (at last count I own 187 – I use a spreadsheet to keep track of them all!), then you may be wondering how exactly to store them. “Normal” nail polish owners may keep their polishes on their dresser, in their makeup box, or in a shoe box under their bed. But if you own several dozen, or a hundred or more, you’ll probably want to get some type of Rubbermaid storage container to put them all in. Actually, those under-the-bed containers that are long and shallow, with dividers, are the perfect choice, because they provide ample storage space while making use of your under-the-bed space; also, the dividers make it easy for you to separate polishes by brand, color, or finish.
As for me, I use large clear slide-clasp Ziploc bags (the Ziploc Brand Storage Bags with the Smart Zip, to be specific) to keep my different brands of nail polish separated (though I do have two “grab bags” for miscellaneous polishes that I don’t have several from the same brand of), and I keep all of the bags in a large domed storage chest.
This is the chest I keep all of my polishes in:
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