maniCURE is one of my favorite Lady Gaga songs from her ARTPOP album. This song is about getting ready for a hot night out so you feel confident and have a blast. Toni Collette’s line from In Her Shoes “…shoes always fit” is one of those quotes that always stuck with me. For me, manicures always fit. Fresh nail polish is that little pick-me-up that even when I’m not feeling my best, my manicure gives me that boost of confidence and squashes any doubts about my outfit for the day or night.
I’m not as ambitious as Lady Gaga with my choice of nail shape, I’m not a regular customer at a nail salon, and I don’t get a manicure on a regular basis. To be honest I can’t even remember the last time I paid for a mani/pedi. I look forward to painting my nails every Sunday to kick off the work week, it is one of the most relaxing parts of my weekly routine.
I also pay attention to this particular detail because I gesture and talk with my hands a lot. During the work day I go from one appointment to the next, meeting one-on-one with my students. We are usually sitting at my desk reviewing and editing their career related materials together. This means they are watching me red-pen their resumes, cover letters, and personal statements while I point to different areas on the page as I give my feedback. When I teach my students how to use online resources I am pointing things out on a computer screen. I also give a lot of presentations where I am gesturing to make my point (more out of habit than necessity.) So my hands are definitely seen up close and personal by a lot of people every day.
Working in career counseling, my outward professional presentation is very important to me. I like to put my best foot forward every day. For me that best foot forward includes a fresh manicure. While people may not notice the little things like the color of my nail polish, they will notice jagged nails, bitten nails, or dirty nails.
Right now my regiment starts with OPI Nail Envy Strengthener which I use as a base coat. I apply two coats of a color, I’ve been enjoying bright colors for the summer season. I finish off with Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat. Sephora’s Formula X Nail Polish Remover is great, I love the pump bottle, no spills. I use a concealer brush to tidy up the edges and cuticles.
My secret to keeping my polish fresh all week is the second top coat I apply the next day. On Monday night I apply Gelous Top Coat. I understand that not everybody enjoys painting their nails or has the time. If this is not your cup of tea, a quick trim and swipe of the nail file is all you need. Throw a clear coat of nail strengthener or top coat on for a little extra shine.
My other little secret, I get all my nail polish at TJ Maxx. They have fabulous, quality brands, OPI, Essie, Butter, Orly, and more for a career counselor’s budget. I rarely leave the store without a new bottle of nail polish.