The disclaimer here is that I'm very new to nail polish. One of the reasons I wanted to start this journal is that so many of the other blogs & journals devoted to nails that I've seen so far are by people who seem to have been doing this forever and know everything. I know all of them must have started somewhere too, it's not a question of feeling inferior, exactly, so much as wanting to be able to document MY fumbling journey to...wherever it is that I'm going.
My mother had beautiful nails. The were long and strong and easily retained polish for weeks or months at a time without chipping. I, on the other hand, have teflon nails that throw polish off after a few days (I think four days is my record) and that, once a month, flake and peel to near-nonexistence. Having my mother as my exemplar, it was another of those cases where I felt like "why should I even bother to try?" if I was going to constantly fail so monumentally. But these days, I find myself a lot more philosophical about my nails' shortcomings. It's just an opportunity to change up colors more often, to change my look with my mood or my outfits. Whatever.
I'm currently not working and looking to have a career in writing, so most other make up is wasted on me, a good 80% of the time. I don't go around seeing my own face, as it were. I used to enjoy perfume, as another form of pampering and self care and beautification, but my husband is so violently sensitive to perfume that I kind of gave it up, except on rare occasions. Nail polish is, first of all, significantly less expensive (at least in theory) than perfume, and I get the pleasure of admiring my own hands as I perform my day to day whatevers. So. Nail polish.
I don't have perfect nails. I keep them kind of short and functional (and when I don't, they break on their own, because I am fairly active with my hands) and I'm not overly fussed about having them perfect or 100% perfectly cleaned up when I take pictures. (despite this, I spent an obscene amount of money today for a fine brush to be able to clean my margins with acetone *facepalm*)
I ended up with three different colors on my nails today. Four, if you count the Essie Shine of the Times that I layered over the Nubar. ( Nubar )
This is Nubar's Reclaim, part of their Going Green collection. It doesn't show much in the picture, but it's a holo green. It's really pretty and was a dream going on, but after the intensity of my previous polish, Essie's Aruba Blue, it felt a little drab. So, this morning, I ended up layering Shine of the Times by Essie over it (I didn't get a pic of that), but it was a disaster, the first time Shine of the Times hasn't made a polish immediately better. But the flakie muted the mild holo effect and it just ended up looking olive and kind of tarnished. Feh.
So I took that off and put on this:( NYC )
This is New York Color's East Village. It is an extremely watery and thin polish. I mean, really, the most watery polish I've run across so far. It took four coats to get decent coverage, there was still some visible nail line (VNL) and it ended up very bubbly (because I didn't wait long enough between coats), which kind of drove me crazy. It is a very pretty color; it's a teal that leans more green than blue and is a little duochrome, looking more blue or more green depending on the light and how I moved my fingers. I'll probably try this one again when I have more patience, but I'm really unhappy with how watery it is.
So I took that off. I was torn between a red creme that I'd recently acquired or a purple creme from the same collection, China Glaze's 2011 Metro collection, but I decided to go with the purple, because I've been on the prowl for a nice vibrant purple.( China Glaze )
This is China Glaze's Urban Night. It looks almost more brown on the nail, a beautiful chocolaty purple. I'm not sure how it will look in daylight. It's not very summery at all (which makes sense, as it's part of a fall collection) and I'm not sure how long I'll keep it on before I get bored, since I'm really into fun, summery shades right now.