Writer’s Workshop for 11.12.2020 – The Evolution of My Nails

The prompt I chose for this week’s Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop was “Share a recent photo or video you added to Instagram and give us the back story.”

In recent months, I’ve been posting pictures of my manicures, my second favorite form of self-care.

After many years of not being able to afford having my nails professionally done, I was finally able to start back up this past summer. You might think that I would just polish my own nails, but while my natural nails grow quick, they are weak, bendy (eggshell nails), and can’t be shaped right. My short, fat fingers need nails with a bit of length!

Okay, then. So why not just use glue-ons or press-ons? Because I have found that those just don’t stand up to my lifestyle. I think they’re great for maybe a special occasion, and some thrifty, creative people have even been able to make them last a while. When the time comes that I can no longer afford professionally manicured nails, I will absolutely give glue-ons and press-ons another try. But even recently, I haven’t known them to stand up very well for very long.

The photo above shows my most recent manicure. I’ve had at least mid-length nails throughout the summer, and just decided suddenly to cut them short and have them squared off. That manicure has gotten more Facebook likes than any other I’ve posted, and that kind of makes me sad because I loved my signature long stiletto nails and have had some really pretty manis. Here’s the evolution of my nails in a manicure photo timeline:

The first – a see through (jelly) metallic fuchsia. Not much, if any, longer than my current mani, and the same shape.

After that, I kept the length the nails had grown to and went for more of a coffin shape a metallic deep blue shade.

I had to have this sparkly purple next.

And then? My most favorite of all, this ombre stiletto that looked silver-to-black in certain light, but had loads of wow factor in most light with multi holographic tips. I am getting this one again one of these days!

Even though I LOVED that mani, I went from there to sparkly pink tips.

I didn’t like this one so much. It was a beautiful color, but I was going for more of a Tiffany Blue. This just reminded me of Easter eggs, and was much more appropriate for spring.

This was my first mani of autumn, and it had all the autumn colors! It was an iridescent rose gold chrome, but changed colors in different light. I managed to capture the rose gold, purple, fuchsia, and metallic mustard-y gold. It would also turn bronze, copper, and a slightly greenish gold, but I never could photograph any of that.

And that brings us to the short, square, orchid mani at the top. I kept the growth with each manicure until that one, so my nails had gotten quite long. Believe it or not, I had gotten used to doing everything with them long, and now having them short again is taking some getting used to. Despite how much everyone likes the new manicure (and I like it, too), I will definitely be growing them back out. I feel like the claws fit my personality better.

Which of these do YOU like best, if you have a favorite? What is YOUR favorite manicure shape/color?

12 comments

    • Kim says:

      Yay! DO ITTTT! No matter how much I love a color or design, I’ve been getting something different every time, just to keep things fresh. Unfortunately, I won’t do a pro pedi due to I literally will not let anyone else clip my toenails. My manicurist says to clip my own nails, then come in and let them soak, massage, file, and polish – so I might have to take them up on that one of these days.

    • Kim says:

      Thank you for letting me know! I hadn’t thought about how this might be completely foreign and/or boring for some readers. I get so excited over them, though!

  1. Liz A. says:

    I definitely like the claws. And the colors are way pretty. It’s nice to change them out from time to time, though, so the flatter tips are probably a nice break.

    • Kim says:

      Thank you! The flatter tips ARE a nice break, and it was good to change it up. I have no idea what I’ll do when I sit down in the manicurist’s chair next, though. Probably just rectangles, but that’s okay, too!

  2. Kim,

    I’m probably in the minority but I don’t like fake nails. I understand weak, fragile fingernails because that’s precisely what mine are like especially these days. I’m content with having my nature nails with a little length which makes my small hands more feminine looking. I don’t use nail polish. It seems to make my nails brittle and break easier than without anything. I’m glad you’re doing something for yourself, though. That’s always nice. Have a joyful day, my dear!

    • Kim says:

      I understand! I can’t even get any length on mine because they start bending right at the end of my fingertips. So gross looking. If I had a decent length where they’re actually attached to my fingers, keeping them cut at the tip wouldn’t be so bad. But I don’t. I barely have anything – they’re more like the length and width of toenails when cut and left natural. When I do wear them natural, I generally don’t polish them because I don’t like calling attention to them.

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