I've fallen in love with painted nails. In my early years of waitressing and such, nail polish was a giant "no"...and after that I stuck strictly to conservative french manicures. Now that I've been in grown-up world for some years, I've opened up to deliciously punchy colored nails. But I'm sooo over fighting the battle with chips.
Are you with me? No matter how careful I am about drying time or daily coats of clear protector...the chips are pervasive and unpreventable. When I heard rave reviews about SH's Polish Strips (the word is they last chipless for up to ten days!), I hauled my lil' rear to the store and picked up "Raise Your Glass", then settled on my couch and tried to make the magic happen.
The magic never came. Giiiirrrrl, I was out $8 and lookin' like a hot mess. It seems I'm destined for coats of polish and daily damage control. So, I've been makin' lemonade and switching my colors every few days. Here's what's in my polish bag:
Kennebunk-port by OPI (seen here)...a deep red + merlot that works with most anything
The Thrill of Brazil by OPI (seen here)...punchy and flirty: think foxy 50's secretary
Eiffel for This Color by OPI (seen here)...dark, dark purple with a hint of shimmer
Vacation Time by Sinful Colors (seen here)...sweet and rosy, a perfect fallback
But, my new favorite overall is The Next CEO by OPI (in the photo above), a really warm glittery gold. This hue isn't disco-ball glittery...it would be grown up enough for the workplace, but still fun to wear out with the girls. And bonus: three days without a chip. Yay!
Do you have a polish fav? Or any time-tested tricks for keeping a manicure fresh for days?