WOC Nude Series: essie ladylike

essie ladylike
my post-nail-rip thumb
Well, I'm done school thank god! And I did pretty kick-ass. Now I'm just going to be working over the summer hopefully to pay for rent and save a bit for tuition. Good old University life, eh? Other than that, I really hope to be posting more now in summer that I am near my good camera AND the lighting sitch is drastically better. Ironic, I didn't put on my darks in winter much now I'm just like, gimme all the dark maroons please.

BUT, my friend lent me this polish and I was real happy she did because I keep debating on whether spending the $8 is worth it or not (now that my income has changed to, well, nothing HAHA). I gotta say I think it's worth it. ladylike will make you feel like a fucking lady.

Also - I didn't intentionally do this as a post for the nude series but as I was looking at it, it actually is a good nude. Lemme tell you though, I was helping someone move into their place and I built a bunch of furniture (table, chairs, bed, sofa etc) after I did my mani. Funnily enough, I was checking every couple hours to see if I had sustained any major chips. I'm happy to report this paint job lasted through that! DEFZ worth the $8.


WOC Nude Series: OPI Hopelessly In Love

OPI Hopelessly In Love
direct sunlight, three coats
Here is another post that I have been sitting on. It's part of my WOC nude series, which are reviews of nail polishes that I think could constitute as a nude polish for women of colour. I don't think I have anymore of these sitting in the vault so I will have to do a bunch of swatches in the summer of more nudes to show you what they look like.

I know it can be a bit of a struggle to find nice nudes if you have dark skin. First of all, most bloggers have light/fair skin and then almost all the swatches you search for in google are white. So it's hard to know if buying that one colour is going to work for you. I think I've also bought so many polishes that I've just accepted that idgaf about what the colour will look like on me. If I really hate it, I'll trash it. Or I'll use one of those OPI sheer tints topcoats and give it a different colour.

That being said, I love this colour. I really do - I left it at home though because I couldn't bring all my nudes with me. And you know what, I love the name of the colour too. I think it's very fitting and definitely could be used as a bride. OPI describes it as "A pink as true as true love" awww. How cute.


ART: Spring Time Whimsy

Essie turquoise & caicos, Color Club Revealed, Revlon Whimsical
three polishes mixed together to get this look
I just am going to post the last few vault items I have as "art" mostly because I don't remember the way the polishes worked when I applied, and even more so because I used multiple nail polishes to get the desired look.

So this one… I saw the Deborah Lippman Glitter in the Air nail polish back when it was released and I remember wanting it soooooooooooooooooo bad. I was jonesin' for it! However, I couldn't justify spending THAT much on that polish (ironic now considering how much I have spent on polish). Some reviews of it were also kinda less than stellar so I got over it.

One day, I was just browsing the nail polish section in Shoppers (like I normally do), when I happened to come across Revlon's Whimsical! Now, damn y'all it's pretty much the closest dupe to the GITA polish in drug store brands. So I bought it and applied it and found that it wasn't opaque enough to give me that look I wanted. It actually made my nails look like I had a fungal infection or something because the polish has that greenish vibe in it.

So I tried different ways of wearing it. I put Whimsical over top of OPI Samoan Sand, and it looked alright but not the look I wanted. I will try that again with a more nude/neutral polish. I also put it over top of other aqua/green/teals but kind of left it alone after a while. Then I bought turquoise & caicos and came up with this mani. Since it's spring time and people are celebrating Easter soon, I decided now's a good as time as any to post this up. Enjoy!


QUICKIE: Old Trend Bridal

This is going to be my quickie post, just a simple picture of the mani and a few details of the polishes. I found this one lying in the vault for instagram but never did create a nail instagram so now I have all these single shots of mani's. Hope you don't mind!


Nasty Nails 2.0: How I Rehab'd my Nails

I wrote a post a while ago about how my nails were getting to a point of EW. When I used to work retail, a lot of women and girls would stop and talk to me about the nail colour I was wearing and they'd usually mention something about the fact they "can't" do that because their nails are too short, too raw, too etc. I found a lot of these ladies would make it seem like that's just how their nails were. Just, a simple fact that could never be remedied. But I used to tell them how nasty and gross my nails and cuticles used to be.

For me, growing up I used to bite my nails. I actually remember someone teasing me when I was in elementary about my hands. They said that I had been shoving my hands up my ass and that they were covered in poo. Look, when you have dark skin, sometimes it appears darker on your knuckles and around your cuticles. I remember that about my hands when I was a kid and I know that biting them made it worse. That remark actually made me feel even worse and I just ended up perpetuating the cycle. Overall, I remember I was stressed about life so I think I just turned to biting my nails and the skin around it as a coping technique. It worked, so why stop?

Some time before grade 8, I lived with family in Saskatchewan for a bit. While I was there, I met this really nice girl who I thought was the epitome of gorgeousness. She had these really nice long nails and always wore polish and a small part of me was so jealous. I had these stupid, ugly, short nubs of nails. Long story short we spent a lot of time together and she always told me that nail polish looks good on both short AND long nails and that I should stop saying "I can't wear nail polish". I mean, it's obvious now but when you're a young girl going through puberty and all those other changes I never realized it. I just needed someone pretty to tell me. So I began wearing some nail polish.

FFWD into high school and alas, the same problem existed. I still chewed on my nails and my BFF always told me not to because she was disgusted by it. Fair enough, she drilled it enough into my head that I really cut down. I didn't change or stop doing it, but I didn't do it as much and began picking at my nails instead.  I mean I always liked nail polish because it allowed me to express who I was. Before wearing dark colours was chic, you usually didn't see it on many people. And I liked that. FFWD into university and I was still doing the same thing. Especially during exams - I would just go to town and pick and pick and pick at them. It was gross! They were so raw! But that's just how I dealt with stress at the time.

Now, sometime along there I realized I just really wanted to have some pretty nails and I didn't want to deal with the sting of having raw cuticles. I mean, I don't really know what changed but I think I saw improvement in the condition of my nails and I realized that hey, maybe my nails will be ok. So I started to try to fix them. I don't have many pictures of my nails from when I was in junior high and high school but suffice it to say, they were WORSE than these.

Here's a collage of my nails from about 2009ish. You can see there are parts that are just raw, and areas where my cuticle is jagged and not one cohesive line of cuticle. I put these together to show that it took me time to get my nails to where they're at now and TRUST, they STILL have a ways to go. BUT, don't be discouraged if you're looking at blogs and jealous of other people's nails. Just find what works for you. Identify your problem first and then find a solution. A lot of people suggest eating Biotin or increasing your leafy greens intake. I didn't do that I just worked at it slowly. It wasn't until I started seeing results that I took my nail care more seriously.

Here's a step by step of roughly how I fixed my nails.

  1. Stopped biting my nails as much as I could.
  2. Stopped picking at my nails as much as I could.
  3. Began using hand lotion more frequently.
  4. Began to actually cut my nails regularly, and filed them after.
  5. Began wearing nail polish more often because I would damage my nails less when I had them polished.
  6. Started using Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails polishes.
  7. Started filing my nails in ONE direction.
  8. Started using OPI's Nail Envy.
  9. Invested in cuticle oil and cream. You can use whatever but I bought Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and OPI's Avoplex.
  10. I would carry the cuticle cream with me and apply when I could, and Avoplex before bed. I would try my absolute BEST to stay away from touching hangnails. When I saw them I covered them with cream and did intense treatment of them. Sometimes I even bandaged it up so I wouldn't pick at it while it healed.

When I get overwhelmed and stressed, my nails are the first thing to go. I will just ignore them. Usually I stop using the creams and lotions which makes my naturally dry hands that much worse. Then I pick at the dry cuticles and it gets worse and worse. I have to be conscious of how I treat them for sure. As you can tell from the blog, the quality of my nails and cuticles usually fluctuates. The biggest step forward is to stop picking at them. Once you can commit to that, everything else just seems easy peasy.

I hope this helps someone!

peace n love