I’ve long been a nail biter and I hate it. But for whatever reason, I can’t seem stop. I have found, however, if I paint my nails, I don’t chomp on my finger tips (as much). And now I’ve become a nail color fanatic!
I totally bought into the at-home manicure years ago and have quite the collection of fun colors, but there have been a few mishaps along the way. Like actually learning how to paint the nails on my right hand, taking better care of my cuticles and a few tricks of the trade, like nail prep. (Did you know that polish sets better an a nail that’s just been swiped by polish remover? Not super clean nails? Until a friend told me, neither did I.)
But as much as I love an at-home manicure, I still only get the stuff at the drug store. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Butter and Julep, but I tend to stick to the under $8 variety. There are certain brands of nail polish that I avoid, like Sally Hansen Xtreme (I noticed it flaked off a little too easily) and OPI (it never dries on my nails – sheet nails every time), but that doesn’t mean they don’t work for others. And there are some that I’ve come to like, the ones I keep finding myself browsing through – my five fave:
The four colors can easily be found at drug stores and Target (which is why I favor them) and the top coat, Poshé, can be found in beauty stores but I snagged it from Amazon. (It was a secret find from my friend, Susan, that I’ve told everyone about.) But here are the reasons I like them so much:
• Inexpensive but still quality polish.
• Good coverage (although Essie usually takes an extra coat).
• Dries quite quickly. And Poshé dries supah-fast! (Dry to touch in 30 seconds, fully dry in 5 minutes.)
• Wears well. (My at-home manicure last about six days. By then I’m ready for another color.)
• The colors they offer are wonderful! Traditional reds, pinks and neutrals, but the darker shades, vibrant hues and non-traditional colors are the ones I usually go for.
• Poshé’s top coat works with every nail polish I’ve used and stays very shiny throughout the week.
The only negative I have is with the top coat. I love it and use it, but it generally shrinks – I’ve started avoiding getting the polish on my skin so that the shrinkage isn’t as noticeable And it never fails, right around the six-to-seven day mark, it peels. But with as hard as I am on my nails and with as short as I like to keep them, it’s become my reminder to set some time aside and pamper myself.
I pampered myself this week. And uncharacteristically, my nails are a sheer neutral. (Unlike the teal that matched my new tissue paper last week.) I liked the name of the color – Sweet Nothings. Yes, I judge a horse by its name.