I have a confession. I am obsessed with nail polish.
The worst part is, the picture below isn’t even all of the nail polish I own, just the bottles I brought to school. I don’t know exactly when the obsession started, but I think it was when I was a freshman in high school, and I wanted to be an “emo kid”. I wore black clothes, purple eye shadow, and kept my nails black 24/7. That’s teen angst for ya. But ever since I moved out of my emo phase (it only lasted a year, thank god), it has been impossible for me to go into Target without wanting to pick out a new color of nail polish.
Although, I refuse to pay more then $4. I just can’t justify spending $10-20 on a bottle of nail polish. It’s nail polish. I mean, maybe there is something to the really expensive brands. I don’t know. If someone knows the secret, please fill me in.
However, I am quite happy with my cheap nail polish. I almost always buy Sally Hansen because I am in love with their Insta-Dri colors. The Insta-Dri retails at about $3.58 at the Walmart near me, which is the perfect price for me. I like my nail polish to be noncommittal. If it turns out I don’t like the color, oh well. It was only 3 bucks.
The reason I love Insta-Dri is because I have no patience when it comes to painting my nails. The color has to be dry within a five minute period or I end up screwing it up. Luckily, a thin coat of Insta-Dri is usually dry in a minute or so.
I end up changing my nail polish about twice a week. However, because I change the color so often, base coat is pretty much a given when I am doing my nails. If I don’t use it then my nails get weak and start to peel, which is painful and annoying.
For base coat, I’ve been using the same bottle for almost a year. I have no idea what brand it is. It came from some manicure kit that I had as a teenager, and I never used base coat back then so now I still have it, and have no idea what kind it is.
These were my nails for the NFL playoffs (as a Baltimore girl, I was rooting for the Ravens). Pinning nail ideas on Pinterest is like my crack. P.S. – I never pay for manicures. I always just do my own nails. In fact, I haven’t gotten a manicure since my senior year of high school when I went to prom.
In other news, yesterday I ran 10 miles in some fabulous 50 degree weather. I am training for a sub 2-hour half marathon (13.1 miles). My fastest half marathon time so far has been 2:10, but I have been doing some speed work so hopefully, it pays off!
For Wednesday’s post, I hit up Sephora over the weekend, and I’ll be posting about some of my new beauty buys.
Do you wear nail polish regularly? What’s your favorite brand? Have you ever paid more then $5 for a bottle of nail polish?