Friday, 11 January 2013

My love-hate relationship with nail polish...

 Nail polish is one of those things I want to embrace and be good at using, but it just won't work.  Like running, except I keep going and keep going with that in that hopes I'll finally get better (in fact I've had a bit of a running breakthrough in the past few weeks, fingers crossed!).  When I was trying to quit biting my nails a few years ago, I painted them a lot to stop me chewing on them, which actually worked - it didn't even occur to me to bite them when I couldn't 'see' them.  But the nail polish never lasted more than a day without chipping.  It probably didn't help that I had a fairly hands-on job at the time, plus I went to the gym loads so was showering more too.  Water and nail polish do not mix it seems...  I've tried painting with and without top coats, with and without more than one coat of colour, with and without a base coat...  The only thing that seemed to make a difference was that it chipped way quicker with a top coat.  Above is my full collection of polish - the No7 one is fab and can usually last at least 2 days without chips, but Boots discontinued it a while ago so, despite the help of a lovely guy at their email desk, it's nowhere to be found.  The Nails Inc ones were free with Mother's magazine and the Sally Hanson is a nice light colour so the chips are hardly visible... (the other one is a clear base coat.)
My collection grew slightly the other day when my flatmates mum gave me a Christmas pressie including this Models Own set.  Which is where my train of thought started.  I really want to test them out but it hardly seems worth it - even after painting over chips I'll still only get about four days worth of colour...and my already weak nails don't like nail polish remover...but... I love painted nails!  They look so pretty and I feel like a grown up with them done!  Plus it stops the biting!  (I have almost stopped but my nails break a lot, which inevitably leads to me picking and poking at the raggy bits...)

So - solve my completely pointless inner debate, To Paint Or Not To Paint?

:)

7 comments:

  1. Well you won't know unless you try! I haven't tried Models Own so don't know what they're like, but I don't like Nails Inc. Barry M ones are my all-time favourites - they apply evenly so you can just put a couple of thin coats on. I agree with the top coat theory - with a top coat the whole nail's worth of polish would sometimes peel off in one go!

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  2. I'm not really into nail polish on my fingernails as I find it never lasts long enough and I don't like using remover too much - like you. I do like painted toenails in the summer though, can't beat a classic bright red.

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  3. WIth swimming every morning and gym / spinning every evening I never bother as, like you say, it won't put up with two showers per day and the pool!

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  4. I love nail varnish on my finger nails - I tend to use either stragazer or rimmel, and they usually last me about 5 days with a top coat. My issue is that when it starts chipping, I pick like mad and end up ruining my nails! So as soon as it starts to chip I need to take it off, and my nails aren't keen on remover either.

    I don't wear it as often as I like because I find waiting for it to dry such a hassle and I inevitably end up smudging it on something!

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  5. I'm a bit like you - I'd love to be effortlessly good at nail polish, but I'm not and I'm too lazy to remove it when it gets chipped, and so I don't bother at all. Sometimes I consider making the effort to get good at it... but I can't face the months and months of badly painted nails in between.

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  6. I'm with you. I love the look of polish, but it doesn't stay on my nails for anything. And chips and smudges are just no good!

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  7. So glad I'm not the only one that struggles with nail painting, I love it when they're freshly painted (providing I haven't smudged it through impatience or splattered it all up my cuticles through unsteady hands) but once they've chipped, it just seems like a waste of time! I thought painting would stop me biting my nails a few years ago, turns out I wasn't all that bothered about getting nail polish in my teeth! xx

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