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Around two years ago at this very same time of year I got my first set of fake fingernails. I reasoned that, being an author, doing book signings, I needed to have nice nails. So I kept up with it for two years, going every 3 to 4 weeks for a fill and a color change. I tried the acrylic, and the gel; the regular nail polish and the air brushing; the fancy tips and the not so fancy tips. At Christmas I even kicked it up a notch and did both red and green sparkly, one red, one green, one red, etc. You get the picture. My nails have always been a big part of R. K. Avery and I love the sparkles!
I was due for a fill last week and I didn't feel like going. When I first started, it was a treat, getting pampered for the hour or so I was at the nail salon but the last six months or so, it has felt like a chore; a very expensive chore and the longer it went, the more I hated going. So on Thursday evening, my daughter and I ripped off all my fake nails. It was a great reunion, seeing my actual nails after two long years but they were in sad shape. Very thin and rough, at first I didn't know if they were salvagable. And the skin just under the nail was so sensitive, I actually thought I was going to be heading to the nail salon for a new set.
But I got out the clippers and trimmed them down as far as I could, then I used the nail file and tried to smooth down the surface. Of course this made them even thinner but at least they weren't as rough. Then I applied a layer of clear polish which added back a little bit of shine because they were dull, dull, dull. On top of that I applied a layer of purple polish, followed by another layer of purple polish. Not finished yet. Then I added a layer of sparkles. It was actually clear polish with sparkles in it. The sparkles kinda hide the other blemishes that I couldn't remove with the nail file. So here is a picture of the finished product:
Now it has been a few days. I have several hang nails which I never had with the fake nails. The polish also seems to chip really easy. Does anyone know a way around this?
For now, I guess you have to take the good with the bad. At least I don't have to spend $25 - $40 every few weeks to get them done.
May life hand you a lot of sparkle moments!
R. K. Avery