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Manicure what ails ya

12 Mar

After years of serving and bartending, I had given up on keeping my nails painted, and through multiple moves I tossed all my neglected nail polishes. In a new line of work and with healthier nails, I get to start from scratch (there’s a pun in there somewhere). Here is my new fledgling collection, courtesy of Wal-Mart and Urban Outfitters (sale!). I was totally clueless that Essie polishes were at Target and Wal-Mart. What? I dig their matte topcoat. My current color obsessions are grey and orange. My favorite brand so far is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, because it really has lasted me the longest and I HATE chipped polish.

I haven’t jumped on that nail art bandwagon, though. I don’t think I can really do any of the really detailed stuff and my style is really about simplicity. I tried a crackle topcoat, which I’m not even sure if I like yet, I will always be down with glitter (but no rhinestones please), and I want to try the magnetic polishes next. One Urban Outfitters sale item sent me back to middle school and I LOVE it. Glow in the dark nail polish! They’re pretty thin on their own so I’ve been using them as a topcoat to make any manicure glow. Reminds me of when I had glow in the dark stars all over my bedroom or when I had the coolest pair of flare jeans with a glowing stripe down the side. I was soo cool, especially when I wore them in our little school planetarium.

Back to nails, no more about my nerdiness. Tell me your favorite brands and colors! I’m especially interested in finding a no-chip topcoat that actually holds up to the name. What are some easy art and effects I should try? And I mean easy.