I find that grooming can be quite a challenge as you get older. At least it is for me. Or it just gets very expensive.
Take nails for example. How much time, effort and money do you put into them?
You may have noticed, for example, that I had red nails not too long ago. Since I was attending a few functions, I decided it was worth it going to a salson and have both my hands and feet done at the same time. Of course after a week or so, much of the red nail polish had chipped off so then it was time to decide if I wanted to repeat the process, and if yes, if I would do it yourself or go the a beauty store.
This second time I chose to do it myself in an attempt to save money and time. I went off to the local chemist and bought some nail polish. I carefully cleaned my nails and started the whole process of applying nail polish to them. Not an easy process I tell you. My flexibility is not what it used to be so just reaching my toe nails poses a challenge. At least I could use my right hand to apply the polish, which made the whole end result semi-decent.
That is not the case for finger nails of course. Applying nail polish in a straight line of my right hand proved too much.
In the end I ended up with nails that looked messy and a far cry from the well-groomed look that I was after. It did not save me any time either and it was a time-consuming process, which requires a lot of patience. I dread doing it ever again! I’d much rather get into a meditative state at the beauty salon and just sit back and relax! But to do that every week would be rather expensive!
Another option is to keep the grooming super simple. To this effect I bought a nail grooming set a while ago for natural looking nails. It’s a file block that allows you to polish your nails with 3 different sides and in the end you end up with very shiny but natural looking nails indeed. Although the end result is very nice (satin shiny nails), of course it can’t quite compare to well-manicured nails in the latest colour.
I’m also very tempted by all the latest nail art and want to give that a go. However, I find that keeping natural looking nails, combined with polishing them in bright colours every now and then, don’t really mix. The nail polish often leaves the nails with little marks, so it seems that you either have to go with the natural nails solution or the polished nails option.
So what to do? I’m still pondering it over for myself, but I would love to hear from you? How important do you feel nail care is for your personal style? Do you like your nails natural or polished?
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