Normally, I don’t like painting my nails. It’s not that it’s not aesthetically pleasing, just that I like my nails to be a certain length and a certain shape before I paint them. I hate the way my nails look with polish if they’re not long enough, since I don’t have naturally slim, oval-shaped nails without growing them out. It takes time and effort to grow out my nails and shape them accordingly, so I just end up trimming them regularly and skipping the polish. Besides, long nails get in the way and slow down my typing and interfere with taking notes. And they look icky without polish or proper shaping.
Every so often, I would go on a nail polish rampage and paint my nails constantly for a couple of weeks. I’m constantly re-applying polish because I hate the old nail polish look. You know what I’m talking about, where all that’s left of your polish is an unsightly irregular patch in the center of each nail. Drives me crazy – I have to either mend the chipped polish or to take it off completely. Or sometimes I just want to wear another colour. This happens consistently until my nails start to protest by breaking off from the side, or splitting into thinner layers. When that happens, I would remove my polish, trim my nails back down, wait for the split parts to grow out, and forget about polishes again for another few weeks. Or months, usually. And my nails are consistently weak until almost the entire nail has been regrown.
I leave my nails alone, mostly. I don’t use growth enhancers or any special moisturizers or treatments. I usually enjoy seeing the luminescence of the natural reflection off healthy nails. But it is lovely to glam up once in a while with beautiful polish.
The last time I went through a slew of nail polish, I noticed that my nails were slightly yellow. It turns out my nails were being stained by my nail polish. I have never used a base coat before. So I’ve been looking into getting a quality base coat for when I get the urge to paint my nails relentlessly. I’m considering trying Essie’s base coats, but I’m clueless as to which I should be using, as I don’t really know how to classify my own nails. Why are there so many options? And this is only one brand we’re talking about, here!