Saturday, February 2, 2013


While we're tackling painting a guest room (trim and walls), painting stair risers and painting a credenza I bought at the thrift store for my husband's office, this post is about another kind of painting -- painting finger nails with nail polish!

I follow a lot of blogs, mostly about decorating and DIY, but I have a nail polish blog that I follow: More Nail Polish.  I also see some great polish colors and trendy styles on, where else, Pinterest! They got me motivated to make an effort to get my nails longer and polish them with some of the trendy styles I've seen on her blog and on Pinterest.  As a girl that rarely painted her nails, I tested the theory that keeping them painted helps them grow! My nails are weak, thin and brittle.

This past Fall, I bought a Living Social deal to a natural nail clinic, Atir. I also learned some things from the manicurist. You CAN file off those ridges. I thought it was really bad for you nails to file the tops, but with the right file (a very, very fine one) you can file the ridges. She compared it to giving yourself a facial scrub. You sloth off dead skin cells from your body and filing the tops of your nails is similar. You should only file the tops every 10-14 days. She also said that you should also always have something on your nails. Whether it's a ridge filler, base coat, top coat, or a full out base, color, top coat, your nails need a protective layer, like keeping your car waxed. Keeping a protective coat keeps them from breaking at the slightest impact. It also DOES allow them to grow longer due to the added protection. Here are some instagram pictures I've had over the last 6 or so months of trying to have nicer looking hands!

Funky French Manicure

VT Hokie Tribute

Steeler Nation Funky French with Accent Nail
Candy Corn for Halloween

Gray with Glitter Accent Nail

Nude with gold glitter polish and Seche's Collage Overlay which
has white large hexes and smaller holographic hexes and rectangular confetti
 Now if I could just make sure I fit in an actual cuticle maintenance in between some of the polish changes! Just ignore that little detail in the pictures please!