Post # 1
On my nails, that is…..for the past 2 months, I’ve been getting manicures and taking extra care of my nails in prep for an engagement. Well, still no ring, and I’m tired of manis, damnit! They dont’ stay very long, even the shellac/gel, and I feel like I’m wasting money. So, I just left them natural and long, and I seriously broke 5 of them in the first few days. Grrrrr!
So…I’m filing the suckers down to what they were before my waiting madness started, and I don’t care! 🙂
Post # 3
@hassle_J: I’m sorry the proposal hasn’t come and your nails are suffering for it 🙁 don’t give up on them or the proposal…I do my nails myself since I’m a student and have no money, but it works cause I end up finding random time to clean my cuticles and file so at least they’re decent. I hope it comes soon for you, but definitely don’t give up!!!
Post # 4
@hassle_J: oh man, I wish I could offer advice but I gave up a long time ago!!!
ETA: not the proposal! I am talking about the nails as well haahahaha, I tried sally hansen a couple months ago and was so pumped my nails were growing, than ONE broke and I was so upset by it I just gave up all together! lol
Post # 5
I’m not giving up on the proposal, for sure….just annoyed that I couldn’t keep up the perfect nail thing! 🙂 I was never a manicure girl!
Post # 6
My new found love of manicures and constant waiting are going to hurt my bank account. I totally feel your pain!
Post # 7
I’m so glad I never started… I’ve been waiting since October and still no sign of a proposal, *sigh*… I feel you.
Post # 8
Here’s my story about my nails…
In early January, then-BF and I went ring shopping. We were going on a cruise at the end of January and I just KNEW he was going to propose then. Before we left, I made sure I got a really pretty french manicure.
By day 6 of the cruise came around and he STILL hadn’t proposed, I gave up that he was going to do it on the cruise. He had had plenty of opportunities – Formal night, sunsets on the beach, lounging on the deck all alone. Clearly, he wasn’t going to do it.
One afternoon on day 7, we stood on the deck of the ship just chatting and I was chipipng away at the nail polish. It had already started to get slightly chippy, so I figured that it didn’t really matter and I might as well get it all off. Ended up looking worse than when I had started and was now half on, half off. It really looked awful.
Can you tell where this story is going? Yes, THAT was the night that now-FI proposed! And honestly, I didn’t care what my nails looked like. Everyone was looking at the bling instead of the nails anyway 🙂
Post # 9
JUst do it yourself!! I’ve been making sure i paint my nails once a week. I definitely dont do the full manicure or do anything to my cuticles ( i know know how nor do i have the time) but i have had fun picking new colours and changing it up!! i have a BRIGHT pink polish waiting in the closet for me to use tonight! I dont think a proposal is coming too soon but damned if i will have my nails look like crap when it does!
Post # 10
I purchased the stuff to do gel/shellac at home – cost me about $90 to get the full size UV light, top and bottom coats and Ph Bond, and two colors, but I’ve already started saving money vs. getting it at the salon. (Bought everything on Amazon/ebay.)
Normal nail polish only lasts 2 – 3 days on me before I start chipping it, and it just takes too much time/frustration to wait for it to dry to do it that often. Gelish lasts a good 10 days for me, sooooo worth it! I’m also surprised at how easy it is to do my own french with gelish – it is more workable and forgiving than regular nail polish in my opinion.
Ulta also has some GREAT colors by Red Carpet Manicure. They have an amazing red that is very similar to I’m Not Really a Waitress by OPI.
I have a hard time keeping my nails long too unless they are painted, so I feel for you! How was the gel not staying? Was it peeling up or chipping or cracking? I start to get miniscule cracks in the polish along the tips around day 7 or so but it isn’t really noticeable to anyone but me. If it’s peeling along the cuticle line, they are getting the polish too close to the cuticle/on it. If it’s peeling from the tip, they’re not dehydrating your nail properly before putting on the base coat. Are you using a cuiticle oil?
Anyway, short natural nails can look fantastic! But if you like having your nails done, I have to say – I am SO glad I got the stuff to do gel at home.
Post # 11
I say wait until you know he’s bought the ring, then get acrylics. I suck at growing mine out. I did recently discover manicure pens and I’m starting to get the hang of them. It’s really handy (get it? Handy?! Bahaha) and fast. Plus $3 for a pen that I’m sure I’ll get 30ish uses out of. You just draw on the French tip in 1-2 coats and then put a layer or two of clear polish on top. I’m brutal on my nails so within 5 days the stuff is looking jacked up if you look closely and okish at a distance. Then I just use the pen to fill in the jacked up edges and more clear coat and voila
Post # 12
Hopefully you can see this picture:
Post # 13
Kurzweil: Gel last about 9 days on me before I can’t stand them…usually after day 5 I notice they are “pulling away from my nail” around the sides and tips. I must be really hard on my nails!
Proposal is coming in the next 6 weeks, no idea when, so 2 months ago I vowed to keep my nails looking great. I really thought he was going to propose before now!
My friend has the gelish kit and she loves it, maybe I’ll look into that. Then at least I wont’ be spending $25-30 bucks to get the manicure in a salon.
allergicbee: I know what you mean! I had two break this week and I just gave up! ha! I’ll get a mani when I finally get the ring!
Post # 14
@smiles4jo: Hahaha of course! I’m inclined to keep my nails terrible-looking on purpose, I think it might up my chances…Murphy’s law!
Post # 15
Sally Hansen makes a gel/nylon topcoat that seriously makes any nail polish last with no chipping for 5 days. And then it ALL starts chipping off on day 5 lol. But still! I bite my nails when I’m stressed unless they’re painted, and I hate paying for regular manicures so that’s what works for me.
Post # 16
Althought I have a terrible confession… I am a nail biter / picker (have been since I was 3 years old). So stoppping at my age (over 50) isn’t easy.
When we talked marriage and getting engaged on a vacation last month… I stopped cold turkey hoping that there would be a proposal / ring soon.
A month later, and I’ve started biting again (and now vowed to stop again).
The whole frustration / stress of trying to find a ring just got the best of me. The current plan is to grow them out a bit, and then just go get acrylics put on. Hopefully, my nails, fingers, hands will look a dang-sight better than they do now, once there is a ring to show off.