Before I left the US, I had to seriously downgrade my nail polish collection.
It was strewn across a desktop + cosmetic bag + a shelf or two...and the thought of toting twenty-two bottles of polish into a Middle Eastern country seemed ridiculous.** This lifestyle change wouldn't require a bevy of jazzy nail colors, given that my husband might be the only face I see most days. And perhaps a stray cat or two. So, I allowed myself four bottles of polish + a top coat. That's it.
Here are my four picks:
All Fired Up-Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. My staple punchy red...as you may have noticed! It has a nice shiny finish, and looks great after just one coat. Sally Hansen isn't trendy, I know, but there's something about the brush in all SH polish that just works for me.
I Pink I Can-Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. A newer acquisition...really fem and sweet. Ditto to previous comment about the brush. Paints on smooth as butter. And, like most of her polish: under $5.
Tart Deco-Essie. I adore Essie colors. (Who doesn't?) But I get the worst wear from them. Yet it seems Ol' Faithful Sally Hansen isn't exactly hip to the color of the season. So, I splurged on Essie's Tart Deco...worth it. Even if my nails chip after a day or two, the color is so much fun.
Mint Sorbet-Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear. The problem I've encountered with mint is that it often takes 3+ coats before the paint becomes opaque. Translucent polish just doesn't do it for me. But, this mint goes on opaque from the start. Love. And obviously, Sally doesn't disappoint with the brush here. Per usual. ;)
Finding myself a little bored on Friday, I finally tried the "party nail", which I've seen all over Instagram + Pinterest. (Best done by my friend, Jacin. Girlfriend knows how to rock the party nail!) Nine nails in Tart Deco, one nail in Mint Sorbet...and a few flakes of glitter. Such a fun little change from my usual self-manicure.
Turns out, I was right. No need for 22 bottles of polish here in Kuwait. Four hues + a little glitter works just fine for the eyes that see me daily: my husband doesn't care if my nails are red, mint or glittered...and the kittens?
Well, you can't judge the hand that feeds you.
**Not to mention that I've had problems with overweight international baggage in the past (what?...I travel prepared!), so every single ounce I packed was thoroughly analyzed before making the baggage cut.