My mom instilled in me a lifelong love of and addiction to painted nails. You can read about some of my nail polish thoughts here and here, but as in all of life, I’m always in search of the perfect DIY manicure. Since I work from home with two littles, justifying the time or expense of a bi-weekly manicure…well, it’s not happening. Not to mention that I’m so darn good at painting my own nails, why pay someone else?
How’s that for a bit of honest humility? In the words of my sister Shaina (who has been pointing out reality in all it’s glory her entire life), “But it’s true!”
As I mentioned in this post, my mom and I purchased a DIY gel kit at Walmart a few years back, and it worked out okay. The last few manicures I did with it didn’t last long, so I gave up and switched to Jamberry, as you can read about here. But my problem with Jamberry is that I’m a picker, and once the tips start to fray and the base begins peeling up, I can’t leave the wraps alone and there goes my manicure.
Enter Finger Paints.
I don’t know if Mom discovered these on a trip to Sally Beauty Supply or elsewhere, but we all began experimenting with Finger Paints early this year. In the weeks leading up to Little Miss’s birth, I made sure every Sunday that my fingers and toes were hospital ready. (Because we all know that that’s what our nurses are going to judge us for, isn’t that right, Jak?) Toward the end my sister Hannah helped me with my toes, and when delivery day finally arrived, I was looking fine!
While I took about six weeks off during the early weeks of sleep-deprivation, now that we are nearing the four month mark I am back on track. I make a bi-weekly visit to my parents’ house for the express purpose of using the nail kit while someone in my ginormous family keeps an eye on my kidddos.
As this week free babysitting wasn’t an option, I did my manicure at home last night–between playing baseball with the Little Butt and giving Little Miss her before-our-dinner feeding. To do my fingers and toes took just under 45 minutes and–as those of you who do gel or shellac know–bam! The moment you’re done, you’re done! No dry time, no tiptoeing around, picking things up with the pads of your fingers and then cursing when you commit that unavoidable sin of marring a nail.
In preparing to write this post, I’ve tried three different colors of Finger Paints: Paint Me Oh-So-Modern!, Dada Kind of Day, and Pouring My Art Out. Some reviews mentioned different colors wearing better than others, but after using a minty green, pale pink, and fuschia, I haven’t found that to be the case. My experience is that Finger Paints give me a good two weeks. You can probably get 4-6 weeks on toes, but they’ve gotta match, so I redo those anyway. (Mom reports poor luck with the glitter polishes, but I have yet to try them.)
The Finger Paint kit comes with directions for application, which I follow to a T but increase each jaunt under the LED lamp to 60 seconds. However, in the interest of full disclosure I must confess: I do not follow removal instructions. Nope, this girl picks off her polish. You’ll find it laying around the house in various locations (hey, it’s incentive to vacuum). This is not something I recommend. Do what the box says, not what I do. My nails are thick thick thick and can handle this kind of abuse…currently.
You can find Finger Paints at Sally Beauty Supply (be sure to join the club for a discounted price) or you can purchase them here on Amazon.com. Happy polishing!
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