I LOVE nail polish. As a young girl I was not allowed to wear nail polish. At first due to my school’s rules and later due to rules of my parents. As I got older, around the mid teens my peeps lightened up and I started on my lacquer journey. Perhaps due to my late start, but most likely due to my shaky hand eye coordination skills I was never able to do a decent manicure on myself. I had girlfriends that could do their own nails in about ten minutes easy. Alas, not me. I vividly remember starting at night, taking my time, having to go back over to clean up the edges, then giving my nails about half an hour to dry, only to wake up with smudges and sheet marks. I kept trying and stumbled upon a trick that I used for years. I would use a coat of glitter polish as my last step to camouflage my mistakes.
When I started working at 16, I started getting my nails professionally done. From 16 to about 19, I went through a long acrylic with occasional nail art 🙂 phase. From there right around the time I started working professionally I went into a pink and white acrylic phase, which worked for me for a couple years because it provided a consistent polished look for work. After a while though I missed the different colors and realized that the process involved in getting the acrylics would eventually damage my nails. So I stopped and started looking for a manicurist who could do a regular manicure. It took many tries and several years before I found that person.
Nowadays I get my nails done weekly and I always bring my own colors. I wear my nails very short now and I am partial to cremes that are opaque on the first or second coat. I found out about the brand Rescue Beauty Lounge from reading the popular nail blogs. RBL makes a good product that applies and wears well. My manicurist loves it. I do still have some glitter polishes, but I can’t say the last time I wore one. After one time comes another..