I am not good with nails. Not good. At all. My jaw drops at the very sight of a new post from You’ve Got Nail in my Google reader.
YGN’s Jacie is a mum to two boys yet still gives good nail. Seriously good nail.
Me, I realise my nails have to look half-way decent because it comes with the territory (my hands are often on show wrapped around a champagne glass … for *networking* purposes, you understand) so I’m always on the lookout for ways to achieve the half-way decent look with half-way decent effort on my part.
This lazy, good-for-nothing attitude has seen me become the biggest CND Shellac evangelist. I’ve had a CND Shellac colour on my nails for almost 12 months. Most times, the application is chip-free for two weeks; with lighter colours I get away with three weeks. I’m yet to try OPI’s answer to Shellac – Axxium – but it does sound like we could also be mani besties.
This winter I’ve splashed a bit of colour around on a whim – from deep reds to a gorgeous coral – but in between those showy colours I’ve been all about the neutrals, the beige-browns. They’re tougher than a pink-based neutral and work well with a cosy winter wardrobe.
Here are some you might like to give a try:
1. Orly Rich Creme in Prince Charming $18.95
2. CND Shellac in Cocoa (salon application, from $30) – this is also the colour photographed on my nails
3. RGB nail colour in Toast at HoneyHoney $24.95
4. OPI nail lacquer in San-Tan-tonio $19.95
In other nail news …
I had been concerned about my Shellac obsession and what it may or may not be doing to my nails (they were a little dry but still strong) so I went cold turkey for two weeks and indulged by nails with Orly Nailtrition ($19.95). It was like sending them on a two-week detox at a health retreat. My nails lapped up the daily application of Nailtrition, which is infused with collagen, bamboo extract, protein and keratin and at the end of the detox they were very happy nail campers indeed. What I loved throughout the process was that they looked fabulous while on retreat, thanks to the pink sheen and the quick-drying formula.
If you live in Melbourne or are planning a trip soon, then you may want to put a trip to the Bloom Cosmetics’ flagship store in Chapel Street on your must-do list. But before you do, phone to make an appointment with in-store manicure and pedicure therapist, Nadine Blamey. Nadine has been in the nail biz for 25 years so she really knows her nail shiz. To book in, phone 0411 477 281 or the Bloom Store on 9827 2977.
So, are you a nail tragic like me? If not, what colours have been on your talons this winter?