Post # 1
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has become obsessed with nail polish since becoming engaged. For the first time in my life I have been able to keep my hands from looking like “I walk on them” (in the words of my dad lol). Painting my nails has turned into a fun way to relax and buying a new bottle is always an inexpensive pick-me-up 🙂
Show off your lovely nails and beautiful sparklies! Share the brand, color name, and any other details of your polish too in case someone else would like to give it a try. Also, feel free to post multiple photos of all of your favorites.
Mine is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in “Red Eye”. I saw a commercial for it and decided to give it a try. It lasts long, dries quickly, and you can even get away with a single coat if you are in a rush 🙂
Post # 2
I love Nicole by OPI nail polish, but cant remember the name of this one
Post # 3
pinkshoes: Gorgeous rings and gorgeous nails! I wish I could get mine that long. I’m rough and always end up breaking them lol
Post # 4
No, you are not the only one!! I started painting my nails about a month before the proposal, due to being in a friend’s wedding. I figured out that if they were painted I wouldn’t bite them. So I’ve been keeping them painted. Do you have any recommendations for good brands? I bought some cheap stuff (because I honestly didn’t think I would keep up with it), but now that I am I am wondering if I should buy something a bit better. How often do you repaint your nails. I am on a computer all day, but find that I am painting them about twice a week at this point.
Post # 5
So jealous of those of you who can paint their own nails. God help me, I try, but every single time, it ends up looking like I’m a toddler who just finished fingerpainting. Everything’s so streaky and all over my cuticles that I just end up taking it all off.
Post # 6
TheLadyA : Thx! It’s pretty rare that I can grow them all without breaking one. I haaate when I break one!
TheGridMonster: I used to be liek that too and never wore nail polish. For me, I found that only certain brands work for me and it’ll look great. Other brands will still go on like a 2 yr old did it!
Post # 7
Squirrelz15: I find that the saying “you get what you pay for” is true even when it comes to nail polish. I have my fair share of cheap-stuff and pricier polishes, and while they all can look good for a certain amount of time, the more expensive ones have always been easier to apply and last longer. Since I don’t mind painting my nails often though, I use any and everything lol. I know that it might seem crazy to buy designer polishes from a department store, but if you are searching for something specific, they always have colors or variations of colors that aren’t in drug stores.
My favorite drug store brands right now are Orly, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure or Miracle Gel. They don’t streak like more inexpensive polishes, last a long time, and the color saturation is really good. I hate when you have to apply a million coats for the color to look like it does in the bottle. Plus the Sally Hansen polishes that I mentioned have a shorter brush which makes it a lot easier for me to apply the polish neatly. I’ve also heard that Essie polish is good, but I haven’t used it enough yet to give an opinion 🙂
TheGridMonster: Hahahah! I used to be like that until my friend gave me these tips. To keep the polish off of your cuticles, place the brush kind of in the center of your nail and push up towards your nail bed, but don’t let the brush touch your cuticles. This causes the brush to fan out in a rounded shape that is perfect. Then pull the polish down towards the end fo your nail. If you look at my nails, you can see that there is a little bit of space between where the polish starts and my cuticle from doing this. When you are doing the sides, pull the skin back with a free finger while you paint. To avoid streaks, paint the sides of your nails first before doing the middle brush stroke. I only do that if I am using a metallic polish that shows streaks easily though. I hope these tips help! After my friend showed me these, I improved 100% 🙂
Post # 8
Sorry this is huge, don’t know how to resize. I actually posted this on my IG last night after I cut about half the length of my nails off and painted them. lol I find that the Sally Hanson brand and even the Essence brand at ulta stays pretty well throughout the week, and I work with lots of chemicals as well as typing on a computer during the week.
Post # 9
Love this thread already!! I am a bit of a nail polish addict. I probably should be ashamed of this, but I’m not. I am such a hoarder. I used to paint my nails all the time when I was younger (throughout high school and college). Once I got out of college and into graduate school, I kind of stopped doing it because I didn’t have the time. Then, once my daughter was born, I had even less time. And I was out of the habit. About a year or two ago, I decided to start painting them again and quickly rediscovered how much I love it. I find it a nice and relaxing way to spend a bit of time at the end of the day. It’s nice to take care of yourself, even in little ways.
My all-time favorite brand is OPI. I love the colors, the saturation of it, the formula, and the brush. But I wear other brands, too.
This is one of my new favorites. It’s called “Cinderella”, from Sinful Colors:
And another color I like quite a lot (which surprised me a bit) was this one. I think it’s called “Oy, Another Polish Joke” by OPI. (Love the goofy names on nail polishes — ha, ha!)
Edit to Add: I forgot to mention that I paint my nails, usually, about once a week. I typically have to do a touch-up mid-week. Sometimes, if I really like a color, I’ll stretch it for a couple of weeks by touching up and using extra top coat. I love the Seche Vite quick dry top coat. It’s like glass and wears really well for me.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium
This is what I have on right now (sorry for the glare on my nails). I used Revlon Barely Peach as a base then Essie’s Sand Tropez on the top half using hole reinforment labes and finally used a toothpick and Essie’s hors d’oeurves to make the center line.
Lately I’ve been obsessed with sand shades and am playing around with ideas for the wedding since I’m planning to do my own nails. Generally I can get away with painting once a week and if it starts chipping before that I just take it off and do something new
As for brands, I like Sally Hanson complete salon manicure, Essie, China Glaze… OPI for Sephora can be good if you don’t want to spring for OPI, but they seem to be cutting back on colors. I like the color choices pf Nails Inc, but I’ve always needed a few coats and it doesn’t last as long.
Post # 11
longtimemrs: Pretty! I love funny polish names too lol.
I need to try OPI, I’ve only heard great things about that brand. 🙂
MissCountryGirl727: Your nails look great! I would love to perfect the art of giving myself a french manicure, but my nails are too short :-/ lol
Post # 12
barrogten: That is gorgeous!! I love neutral colors like that and the hint of sparkle is perfect. Your ring is awesome too 🙂
Post # 13
I loved painting my nails before I got my engagement ring and now I’m just more on top of it!
Post # 14
barrogten: I LOVE your ring!