Happy March!! Spring is in the air and that means flip-flops and open-toed shoes! Yippeeee!! For me, the warmer weather and exposure of my tootsies also means getting a pedicure on a regular basis and keeping my nails looking nice and fresh.
I have always worn nail polish. I take after my grandmother and mother in that you will always see me with a color on my nails and some sort of jewelry on my body. I can’t help it. They are my security blankets! For many years, Monday nights were Nail Nights for my mom and me. We would watch “Melrose Place” and do our nails so they would look good for the week. At that time, my favorite brand and color was Cover Girl’s Thunderbird Red. Most of the time, I remember the nail polish lasting for the better part of the week. Some of today’s nail polishes, however, seem to only last a few days, which is very disappointing. One kind I tried chipped THE NEXT DAY. I was not happy.
After trying many different types of nail polishes over the last six months, I found these to be the best ones – Revlon Colorstay and Zoya (Sally Hansen’s Complete Manicure is not too far behind). Both go on nicely, though I think I like the brush with the Zoya better. It is smaller and the color seems to go on smoother. Both are around $8.00 though the Revlon will go on sale for “buy one get one half off” which is when I stock up. The Revlon can be found almost any place that carries nail polish. Make sure you get the Colorstay. I’ve tried the other Revlon types of polish and they do not last as long. As for the Zoya, I had to go to Harmon’s to get it. I am not sure if they are sold outside of beauty stores, but they have a website (www.zoya.com) and are also available on Amazon. Both of these polishes usually last around 4-6 days for me. This week, I did my nails using a new Revlon Colorstay shade of hot pink on Tuesday. My nails look great and are just starting to lightly fade at the tips, but I think this is because I type a lot. I really only notice the slight fading because I am looking at them closely.
Here are a few tips when polishing your nails no matter what kind you use:
1. Use a base coat. It will protect your nails against staining. Last year, I polished my nails a beautiful orangy-coral color and did not use a base coat because I was in a rush. When I removed the polish, my nails had a yellowy-orange tint to them that looked gross. I had to wear darker colors to cover up that unflattering tint for about a month.
2. Put two to three THIN layers on. If you put on thick layers, they tend to take longer to dry and smear easier.
3. Use a top coat.
4. Give yourself time to let the polish dry. After about 20 minutes, I will sometimes run cold water on my nails to help them set. However, the nail polish and top coat must feel smooth and be relatively dry before you do this. Tap the nail and if it feels smooth, try the cold water on them. If they feel a little tacky, they’re not ready.
5. One of the biggest enemies of nail polish is cleaning products. Always wear gloves when doing the dishes, dusting or doing everyday cleaning using chemicals.
Good luck with these and think spring!!!