Most ladies without nursery school runs, cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, shopping, gardening, waste disposal, payment of bills, looking after a small business &c., all at the same time might not understand. This is a very productive, rewarding, tiring and stressful ‘juggling act‘ until our partners return home from full-time employment to assist with bathing children in the evening and lightening the load.
A lot of the time I feel like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards and went 15 rounds with Mike Tyson, let alone be in a position to look glamorous or feel sexy. The most glamorous I shall look and feel from 0800 – 1700 hours on a Monday to Friday is best categorised as on a ‘touch-up‘ nursery school run basis, after shower, face colour slightly and hair up.
To my single friends or pals in long-term relationships without children, they do not understand “momcoms” without a mom to translate the comedy for them. Momcommers such as I will say things such as, “You wouldn’t get it, you’re not a mom” or “I guess I just really got the comedy because I am a mom”. Karma has a natural way of letting a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, decide their fate in future existences, and it is not the first time I’ve heard my friends who have went onto get married and have children say, “I get what you were meaning now“, whilst looking like they’ve been hit either by a tornado or dragged through a bush backwards in their future life.
Taking cognisance of this “normal”, or abnormal week, depending on your view of the world, when the lights dim, kids are in bed, my husband is home to assist &c., there are certain things I take real serious when de-stressing at the end of the day. The first is to soak in a Lush bomb bath. The second is to regularly and slowly paint my nails whilst I have a cup of coffee. I find both pampering tasks very indulgent after a whirlwind of a day as a mother, wife, and business woman.
I have already published my ‘beauty product review‘ on my personal experiences with the Lush bomb bath, so therefore for the purposes of this blog I wish to focus on painting my nails, which is one of my favourite things to do to unwind and make an effort to look and feel almost lady-like and human.
In terms of doing my nails, I always wait for peace, harmony and tranquility, and I have set aside quality time to undertake this task. After all, if you fail to plan, plan to fail. If we’re rushing to do our nails or in a hurry to get dressed to go out, put on our face and stay smudge-free it is best to avoid me until the exercise is complete. The challenge is real.
As part of this ‘challenge’, preparing your nails is essential to prevent any chipping. Smooth out any ridges and eradicate any flaking nails before you start applying the nail polish. I would suggest using the smooth roller over clean nails to lightly smooth away lumps and bumps, leaving the nail primed for a perfect application.
How many ladies with insufficient time or in haste to get ready to go out after leaving this to lastminute.com land up doing a top coat and end up chipping, scraping and smearing our nails soon after we’ve dashed out the door to go to a social night out or special event?
When it comes to applying the nail polish, do not apply one thick and sticky layer. Any haste to do so and get the job done as quickly as possible, can result in air bubbles, which can have an imperfect and negative adhesion effect on the nail. Simply apply 2 – 3 thin layers. There is no need whatsoever to dry in between coats as your nail polish will dry together. This will ensure that there are no air bubbles, preventing a smaller chance of nail cracks and breaks.
Applying your top coat might take up a little more patience and time, but when it comes to stamina it’s the last decisive application of lacquer that truly counts. Using a hard-wearing top coat will extend the life of your manicure, protecting and preserving it against cracks and chips.
Nails normally start to chip at the top. This is where the main force of the wear and tear is open to the elements when typing at your computer keyboard and mobile phone all day. I recommend that all computer users seal the tip of the nail when you apply a top coat. If you’ve ever had a manicure from a nail artist you may have seen them doing this. Wiping the polish at the top of the nail to seal the edge and prevent tip wear is absolutely necessary to deliver optimum nail protection, preservation and durability.
To prevent you from imminent break down, I’ve published below my top picks of non-chip nail polish top coats to make sure your prayers are answered and nail applications have the best chance of surviving the weekend, as opposed to chipping these on your outwear as your about to leave your home.
I recommend using the Seche Vite Nail Top Coat from Boots because this will protect your polish, from cracking & chipping with a quick dry, high shine finish; and this is reasonably priced at £9.00.
Here’s a look at my top-5 non-chip nail polish top coats to ensure your manicure makes it until Monday after the weekend pampering session.
1. Nails Inc Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat (RRP: £15)
Let the nail salon come to you in the comfort of your home with Nails Inc’s leading selling top coat. In addition to delivering the professional wet look finish, this top coat will also protect and preserve your manicure from becoming less bright and marked. All in 45 seconds. Every woman, regardless of their schedule, has enough time for that. This leading top coat from Nails Inc is available online at FeelUnique by accessing website feelunique.com.
2. Jacava Top Coat (RRP: £15.50)
The Jacava crystal clear top coat is especially glossy. This top coat from Jacava is crack and scratch resistant. The unique selling proposition is the UV inhibitors which greatly assist keep the end product newly white. Secure the colour and seal out the rays without even the need for a filter. This leading top coat from Nails Inc is available online at Jacava London by accessing website jacava.com.
3. CND Super Shiney Top Coat (RRP: £5.99)
If you prefer a high-gloss look, CND Super Shiney delivers very impressive shine, preserve and protect nails. A UV absorber makes certain that your colour will not fade or discolour. It delivers an extra strong, long-lasting finish that withstands scratches and shines bright. This leading top coat from CND Super Shiney is available online at Nicely Polished by accessing website nicelypolished.co.uk. The selling price is much lower than other comparable brands.
4. OPI Rapidry Top Coat (RRP: £14.50)
High gloss without any fuss, which every busy lady needs in their pampering routine. Rapidry very quickly dries to a durable and high shine top coat within minutes, protecting and preserving your nails from smears, smudges, cracks and chipping. This OPI top coat never fails to impress me, albeit this is more expensive than the above CND Super Shiney product. This leading top coat by OPI is available online at FeelUnique by accessing website feelunique.com.
5. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (RRP: £9.00)
The Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat will dry within five minutes, which is a much longer time than the likes of the 45 seconds taken by the above Nails Inc Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat product. To be candid, whilst I do like to chill out over my nails with a cup of coffee near to hand, this is a long time without access to my FB or Twitter accounts, and I would become easily bored. Some might say that to extend nail polish wearability by protecting and preserving it from all the challenges we put in their way – such as mobile device keyboards – is well worth it with the Seche Vite topcoat. Users can enjoy a tougher, smoother-to-touch manicure that promises not to prematurely yellow around the nail edges. This leading top coat from Seche Vite is available online at Boots by accessing website boots.com, and the selling point is mid-ground between the other top coats that I have listed.