My current nails!
I have to admit. I stole this look from someone on Instagram. The dark color is Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI.
We live in a society where handshakes are the norm. We illustrate what we’re saying with hand gestures. We type on keyboards and navigate texting with ease thanks to our fingers. We point, hold our pens, carry our laptops and tousle our hair all with our hands. Do you ever really think about how much visibility your hands get? And more importantly how much attention your fingernails get?
Since our hands have a big presence every day it might be worth giving them a sprucing now and then. I am a huge fan of getting my nails done every three weeks. Over the years I’ve had acrylics, hard gels and now I am into soft gels. At one time I had bought the products and tools for acrylics. Yes, I entered a brief DIY acrylic nail phase. (That was a bad time in my nail history.) In full disclosure, I am not that talented and eventually went back to the salon. My goal has always been to complete my “professional” look down to my fingers. My rationale for creating a budget for nail primping is that I spend money and time on creating a specific appearance when it comes to my hair, makeup and clothing/accessories. Even though I’ve shared my norm and justification, I don’t think that everyone needs to use gel or even polish for that matter. Nor does everyone need to go to a salon. I am jealous and envious of anyone who can do their own nails. The reason I’m writing about this topic is that our hands are one part of us and they add to the impression we make. Whether you agree or not, I am sure there has been a time you’ve noticed someone’s nails. Like I said, if nails are not your thing, a simple file and trim will do. For those of you into doing your nails, I’ve put together a short list of some of the products I have loved using over the years.
Pro Tip: If your budget is tight you can extend the length between appointments or go with lighter colors.
I must add I am not the most conservative when it comes to my nails, despite what the pictures I've posted in this blog portray. (I've gone through a classic and matte nail phase lately.) I’ve taken daring risks and used bright colors, but I mix it in with classic looks to keep an overall professional vibe going.
- Classic nude or light pink colors like Ballet Slippers by Essie.
- Dark almost black colors like Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI.
- Anything with glitter – I don’t discriminate.
- Nail polish strips. I used these all the time during my DIY nail phase.
- Acrylic & more products by Tammy Taylor.
- Pinterest is the place I go to find nail inspiration.
Would love to hear what you all use! Please share.