Usually the first thought that comes to mind when I think of beauty is someone’s face and their cosmetic routines. The beauty section of a department store is that glamorous place of gold and mirrors and beautiful shades to adorn ourselves with.
Whether you wear makeup or not, I’m sure you feel more beautiful when you are up-to-date with your grooming regime. Taking two minutes to shave my legs means they are beautifully smooth. Blow-drying my hair rather than tying it back wet means I can enjoy the silkiness of a fresh blow-dry plus it looks better.
Nails is an area where I’ve stepped up my game lately. In the past I’ve used the excuse that my nails would become chipped within one day at work so why bother doing anything with them except file them shorter once in a while. A couple of months ago I decided that was a lazy ole story I was telling myself so I got out my nail polish and painted them. I even invested in a base coat on the advice of a friend (I already had a top coat too).
What has made me love my painted nails more, aside from the fact that I think they look really feminine and yes, maybe a little bit French, because I imagine all Parisiennes wear nail polish (they probably don’t), is the fact that I decided to cut them really short and then paint them.
The colour lasts much longer, I think, because shorter nails don’t have any bend in them like a longer nail does. Plus, it looks très modern in my opinion. I always felt a bit 80s Dynasty with long(ish) coloured nails.
I have four colours, all crème (no sparkle or shimmer) – pink/nude, dark taupe, fuchsia pink and electric coral pink. I used to only wear pink/nude on my fingernails and saved the other three for my toes in summer, but I have been wearing the dark/bright colours on my fingers and enjoying the change.
With colour on my fingernails I treat my hands differently - I don’t use them as tools! I change them once a week and have had a ten day breather with no colour so far, because I don’t want yellow nails.
I also, on the same friend’s advice, apply a top coat most days and this keeps the colour glossy and stops the edges wearing. It dries really quickly so it’s not a big deal.
What about you? Are your nails lovely? What grooming area would you like to step up during our week of beauty?