Tag Archive: nail polish


As I have mentioned before, I very rarely do my nails with colored polish, mostly because it tends to flake off and look terrible after about a day. The Thursday before I was set to go on vacation, one of the Mary Kay ladies who regularly come in to work stopped by with a basket of discounted items. While I very rarely wear any sort of make-up, I saw something that caught my eye.

Hello, beautiful.


I was feeling impulsive, so I bought it. The next morning I had a few minutes, so I swiped on a couple of layers before heading out the door, not really expecting anything miraculous. All day long I kept expecting to see it flake or peel off, but it didn’t.

So the relatively light use they got at work didn’t do anything, I was sure once my vacation started it would come off quickly. I was staying home for most of the week and catching up on my cleaning, so I did a lot of scrubbing and scouring and generally bad things for nail polish.

And it held.

Right thumb, nearly pristine.

right fingers, lots of wear to the index and little fingers but middle a ring are nearly pristine.

left thumb, also pristine

left fingers, surprisingly less wear than the right considering my left hand is my dominant one.



While it might look like a mess, this is actually quite impressive. Normally after a full week there is nothing but a few stray microscopic particles of color desperately clinging for all they are worth. I also received several complements on the color (Coral Stone); one from my niece Thing 2, who wants me to paint her nails this color the next time she comes over. I was very impressed by Mary Kay’s nail lacquer and plan on buying more.

(I should mention that I am not a Mary Kay representative, nor do I plan to become one. I was not compensated in any way for this review, but if Mary Kay would like to send my some nail polish I wouldn’t mind 🙂 )


Secretly Subversive

I painted my nails red this weekend.

Bright red. Fire engine red.

I normally don’t paint my nails, primarily because they tend to chip a lot. I’m pretty hard on my hands and the nails especially. Evolution did put the handy little tools at the ends of your fingertips for a reason. When I do paint them it’s usually clear or some boring shade. I actually own dozens of colors, but I only use them on my feet. On my toes I wear all sorts of colors; red, blue, green, multicolored sparkles – all of them.

I don’t wear a lot of bright colors, most of my work clothes are very drab and boring. Navy, khaki, black; somber and dull and not in any sense fashionable. They are very comfortable so there’s that at least. I choose clothes more for comfort than anything else, but it’s a sad fact that most comfortable clothes are not terribly attractive, and most attractive clothes are not completely comfortable.

So I add a little bit of color to my toes.

It doesn’t really do anything, it’s just a few drops of lacquer, and no one knows it’s there except me. Well, I guess anyone who reads this does, but that’s what? Five people? And judging from the search term hits I’ve gotten most of you are interested in knowing if the dental peeling stick thing works. What are you going to do, come up in the street and ask to see my feet?

Those ten little points of color are my little form of daily rebellion. Any time I start feeling a bit depressed or frumpyish, I just think about my toes.