Ok, so, am I the only one who has issues with nail polish? You would think that it would be a simple thing right? Just like colouring…but on your fingers. I mean, we mastered colouring in kindergarten. Painting our nails should be a snap. But there is actually an art to it that I am learning about. So, I want to take a few minutes today to talk to you guys about some common nail polish problems and how to fix them. Then I want to tell you guys about a really awesome line of nail polish that I recently tried out!
Let’s start with some common nail polish problems and solutions:
- You get nail polish on your finger. I empathize with kindergarteners. Youhave the whole colouring thing down pat, but sometimes you colour outside of the lines by mistake. It happens, yall. Instead of screaming in frustration and asking the nail polish gods why they hate you, simply grab a cotton swab, dip it in nail polish, and carefully wipe away your mess. No one has to know but you.
- The nail polish chips. This one is VERY annoying because once it starts to chip, the obsessive compulsive side of me has to redo the entire nail. Which involves breaking out the nail polish remover. Again. Then I usually end up redoing the entire hand. Don’t ask me why. Just let me be weird, okay? Anyways, one way to prevent nail polish from chipping is to apply a top coat once every couple of days. If it’s too late for evasive measures and you notice a dastardly chip, then throw on a layer of glitter nail polish. Make sure you do the same thing on the same finger of your other hand, though. That way you’re not walking around with a weird-looking manicure.
- The nail polish takes forever to dry. You know the saying “a woman is only helpless while her nails are drying”? It’s true, isn’t it? I swear it is within those minutes that your nails are drying that everything in the universe works against you and your newly fancified fingernails. Your nose itches. Your phone rings. You have a sudden and urgent desire to go to the restroom. But all of that must wait until your nails dry, because if you do anything, you risk smudging your polish. And that, my friends, is something none of us want. So…what’s a girl to do? Here’s a little tip for you: dip your painted fingers in cold water for 3-5 seconds. When you pull them out your nail polish will be hard as a rock. Yay!
Ok, hopefully that helped you guys to find some nail polish tricks to store away for your next manicure. Now let’s get on to the good stuff.
I was given the chance to try not one, but three nail lacquers from Nicole by O.P.I. Colours! The colours I was sent were all from the Carrie Underwood Collection: Sweet Daisy (a peach colour that I describe as being a muted pink), Carnival Cotton Candy (this one is a more traditional pink colour) and Goodbye Shoes (a gray-green colour). Here is part of the Carrie Underwood O.P.I. collection:
If I had to choose a favourite, I would have to say that it is the Sweet Daisy. However, I really like the quality of all three of them. One thing that bothers me about nail polish is when it is really thin and doesn’t provide a good amount of coverage. It’s like you have to use up half the bottle applying multiple coats just for one manicure. I didn’t have that problem with these. Another issue I have is when the manicure doesn’t last more than a day. With this it lasted a couple of days without me having to add a topcoat.
So…score one for Nicole by O.P.I. and the Carrie Underwood Collection. They get an A+ in my book. If you want to check out all of the colours offered in the Carrie Underwood Collection (and there are some really cute ones in there!) feel free to check it out here. You can also check out all of the other products that Nicole by O.P.I. offers on their website. I am so pleased to have received these nail polishes to check out!