Yep, they’re all mine. And that’s after a clear-out (and not including at least 4 nude shades I deemed too boring to photograph). Ever since I grew my nails after years of biting them to the quick I haven’t been able to resist the lure of those shiny, rainbow-hued little bottles. I’ll happily spend ages choosing the exact right shade to match my mood, or my outfit, then Instagram-ing the results. My collection includes everything from cheapo Collection 2000 to spendy Chanel*.
Ringing the changes roughly once a week, I’ve come to really enjoy my home manicures. I relish the little bubble of time spent focussing on one thing, without the television, or Twitter, or that pile of washing I really should put in the machine distracting me. After too many botched rush jobs (smudging my nail varnish is one of the things guaranteed to make me use all the bad words) (you won’t catch me painting my nails on the tube or the bus – how do women do that without getting varnish everywhere?), now I make sure to take my time. Even so, I’m still fond of anything that speeds up the process a bit – so here are my home manicure tips:
My favourite varnishes at the moment are Illamasqua and L’Oreal Colour Riche. Illamasqua are expensive, yes, but have excellent sales on their website – I’ve picked up stuff for a fiver in the past. Their famed speckled ones are gorgeous, and I’m wearing Lament at the moment – a lovely bright coral that’s perfect for summer. L’Oreal have a great colour range (I have my eye on the new neon ones), with a wide brush that makes applying a doddle. And they are 3 for 2 in Boots at the moment! Both have great staying power.
Whether I’ve used a budget brand or that O.P.I pay day treat, seeing my colourful nails catching the light or clacking away on my keyboard lifts my mood. It may be frivolous, but hey, we all need a bit of that in our lives, don’t we?
*Oh, Chanel varnishes. Such beautiful colours, but they always always chip on me more or less immediately. So annoying. Save your money, and buy 3 drug store ones instead!**
**Maybe don’t take advice from a woman with an obvious nail varnish-buying problem…