Blog: This or That: Nail Polish Edition


smith cult dark like me swatch
Gimme all the shiny, burgundy nails please! (This is Smith & Cult Dark Like Me, by the way.)

How to play

Pick one or the other for each of the questions below, and copy/paste your answers in the comments. Can’t wait to see your picks! Mine are listed below. 💋

Copy and paste

  • Treat yo’ self: fancy-schmancy spa manicure or pedicure?
  • Short or long fingernails?
  • Base coat or top coat?
  • Regularly scheduled manicure maintenance: at-home or salon?
  • Glitter or cream finish?
  • Cuticles: cut ‘em or leave ‘em alone?
  • Faux press-on nails or nail polish stickers?
  • Nude nail polish or dark nail polish?
  • Over the top nail art: Y or N?

Treat yo’ self: fancy-schmancy spa manicure or pedicure?

Well, the dream scenario, if I was *really* treating myself, I’d get both done, hahaha! And I’d be in robe and Keanu Reeves would be feeding me warm chocolate chip cookies. But if I had to pick just one I’d go with pedicure, since it would last longer.

Short or long fingernails?

Short please! I cannot deal with the sound (or the feel) of my fingertips clack-clack-clacking on a keyboard. Also, I swear the *second* they get just a touch too long, I start obsessing over cutting my nails. I can’t think about anything else. It’s also a practical thing, keeping them so short. Nothing gets stuck underneath them when I cook, garden or play outside with Connor, and I don’t have to worry about them breaking.

Base coat or top coat?

Top coat, baby! Essie Gel Couture ALL. DAY. LONG.

Regularly scheduled manicure maintenance: at-home or salon?

At-home, even before pre-pandemic times. I’m crazy picky about manicures, they’re easy for me to do at home, and woo hoo, I save a little money by doing ’em myself!

Glitter or cream finish?

I do love me some bling, but I’m going with cream, since it’s easier to remove.

Cuticles: trim ’em or leave ’em alone?

Leave ’em alone!

Faux press-on nails or nail polish stickers?

Both have come a loooong way in the last few years, I gotta admit. I’ll go with the nail polish stickers.

Nude nail polish or dark nail polish?

It’s fall, let’s do the dark!

Over the top nail art: Y or N?

I think it looks really cool and would love to try it at least once, but N for now. No patience for the process, plus my kids (plural because one girl child, one lady cat!) would TRASH all that fancy artwork in a hot second, and that would break my heart.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen 😘

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