In the beauty world, nails have totally been stealing the scene lately.
OPI Shatter polish.
Katy Perry and her ever-evolving nail designs (seen above).
Sally Hansen patterned nail polish strips.
The Bad Girls Club and their special finger of different polish...
I don't think I've noticed people's nails this much since high school when everyone got tips, airbrush designs and exaggerated French manicures for school dances. I think back to those days and cringe at the tackiness. The difference today? Short nails are in and the designs don't take themselves too seriously - it's all about having fun with your nails.
The recent development (for me) is that I've decided to join the fun. See, I've been a nail biter since I was 3 years old. There are definitely worse things to be addicted to, but still...my nails are gross. It's a disgusting habit and I've never painted my nails bright colors for fear of drawing more attention to the issue. I've tried unsuccessfully to quit biting my nails about 15 times in my life, and it's never worked. Who knows if it'll last this time around, but I'm going on four weeks strong! It's helping that I'm not going with muted, plain colors - I want to play like everyone else is!
Week 1 - Princesses Rule! OPI (shimmery pink) with purple and green glitter on top
Week 2 - Princesses Rule! OPI with Crown Me Already OPI (silver glitter) on top
Week 3 - Essie Splash of Grenadine (bright berry)
Week 4 - Significant Other Color OPI (a lavender-mint oil slick)
After four weeks of no biting, my nails look healthy and are the perfect length - still short, but cute and respectable-looking. I've been using a great nail hardener base coat from my nail salon that I love, too - my manicures last a full week with zero chipping.
I can't wait to try out all these silly nail trends - now that football season is back (YES), you can bet I'm going to rock a gold glitter polish with black Shatter for Steeler Sundays. At age 26, I'm finally embracing girlhood full-on. Better late than never!