For as long as I can remember people have commented on my nails; how long they are, what a lovely shape, questioned whether they’re real. I get a gel manicure every two to three weeks and have been for the last four years. Never once have I had acrylics or false nails as it’s just not necessary for me. My nails grow really fast and are strong. I sometimes think if I had a superpower it would be stabbing people with my nails, Wolverine-style – not that I’m in the habit of stabbing. Anyway, I digress. I’ve also never broken a nail *touch wood* and I find I look strange without any colour on.
A manicure for me is a form of self-care; it gets me out of the house and is a little pampering session, including a gossip with my nail technician. As my condition affects my hands and my nails grow shockingly quickly (I’m not even exaggerating) I can’t keep up the maintenance of them; I’m not complaining, I love manicures.
I get nail-art inspiration from Pinterest, even if it’s just the use of two colours and alternating nails, it gives you an idea of what shades work well together. At the moment I’m stalking Halloween-esque designs. I’ve been a fan of skulls for as long as I can remember and I will get a skull on my nails if it’s the last thing I do this October. I also really like the deconstructed French tips; I think I’ll end up having black nails with silver tips at some point, that’d be pretty badass. I upload my manicures to my Instagram, so check that out. I’m currently rockin’ a deep purple with micro-glitter and I love it. My salon uses Gelish but I’ve previously had Shellac and love both. They last for two to three weeks, or longer depending on nail growth and how well you look after them (I had my last polish on for almost four weeks because my nail tech went on holiday and didn’t tell me. Yes, I nearly cried but my nails held up and were LONG when I finally got them redone), and major bonus – they don’t chip. Although you know when they need redoing as they start to peel up on the edges and get caught in your hair; even the thought of it knocks me a bit sick. Fortunately, I hardly ever let it go that long.
As we’ve moved into Autumn you’ll notice a lot more darker colours in all trends; fashion, beauty, nails. As well as pulling out my vampy, burgundy lipsticks (let’s face it, I’ll wear that in June), I opt for dark nails. I always go back to black, (to match my soul). It’s timeless and goes with everything. You can’t go wrong.
If you enjoy having a manicure and haven’t in a while, treat yo’self!