Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nailing it

Happy almost-Friday everybody! I wanted to post a quick update today about a project I've been working on. It's called Project Stop Biting My Nails. :)

Remember how I told you that one of my New Years resolutions for 2010 was to stop biting my nails?

And then how just a few weeks before the year was up I realized that I hadn't accomplished that seemingly simple goal and decided to really and truly stop? (So I could say I did successfully meet at least one of my resolutions!)

Well, I've stuck with it and I'm happy to say, I have nice, long(ish) nails! Even through the stress of work and another editor change (Monday was a doozy to say the least), I haven't bitten all my hard earned white tips off.

Even happier, I received that free Zoya polish I told you about (except Kelly, she's still on backorder). Since I've always been a nail biter, I'm not so skillful at painting my nails. But practice makes perfect, right? Here's the colors I've been wearing:

For the past two weeks, while waiting for my three free to arrive, I was wearing Zoya's Laurie, a pale, sheer, creamy pink. Since I am so fair and have cool undertones in my skin, this polish is almost my perfect nude. It would be great for a French manicure, too.

Because Zoya received tens of thousands of orders during their three free promotion, it took a long time for them to get the polishes shipped. And I really needed some products to help me maintain my no-biting policy. So I ordered Laurie and Zoya's Color Lock System, which comes with remover, base coat, top coat and "HurryUp" drying drops. I have to say I love the remover-- it works so fast and has a fairly nice scent for nail polish remover! It's not overwhelming like some can be. I'm also in love with Zoya's base coat, called Anchor. It does what it says and dries within seconds.

I finally received Edyta and Isla-- two of my three free-- last week and I was so excited to paint my nails last weekend. But I was a bit too tired to be bothered. However, Laurie was starting to lose her luster-- though I have to say she did hold up well; hardly any chips!-- so I made the time last night to try out Edyta. (Which I am guessing was named after the sexy Polish dancer on "Dancing with the Stars." The color does remind me of her.)

Here's the results:

Though my dad and brother thought it looked black and "goth" at first, I showed them that in the light, it is actually a dark green with shimmering gold. I think it's unique and pretty. What do you think?

I'm so proud of myself for actually committing to this "project" and not relapsing into my bad habit. It's nice to be able to give myself a manicure and not worry while taking notes during an interview if the person notices my gnawed on nails.

There's only one problem: Now I want to buy tons of nail polish! Like I needed another beauty product to be obsessed with, right? Well, I have my eye on a few other shades: Ibiza, Charla and Julieanne. And I'm lusting after Zoya's entire spring collection, Intimate. (I especially want Marley!)

I probably would have quit biting my nails a lot sooner had I known how many beautiful nail polishes are out there! Thanks, Zoya, for the motivation.


Mo Pie, Please said...

Congratulations!! I'm very proud - I know it can be hard. My husband bites his nails and his skin around the cuticle. They're gross, always bleeding and scraped up and it makes me mad! So I wonder if you have any advice. Because nail polish doesn't really work for him but he does want to stop.

Nothing beats pretty painted nails!

bethany said...

Oh, good for you! That is a huge, huge thing to overcome! :) I've never had a struggle with it, but have several friends who's a difficult one to kick! Go you!

I, too, have recently fallen in love with painted nails. I stick mostly to the OPI brand...but I'm tempted to look elsewhere now that I see these cute shades!

rachel said...

yay for you! the colors look so pretty :)

Dionne said...

Woo hoo! Good for you! That's awesome. Hooray for growing nails!

Phoenix said...

Dark green nail polish? Totally hot. I bet you rocked it, Carissa!

I used to bite my nails when I was a kid, and that's the only reason I started painting them! When I got older I stopped painting my nails because they don't like actresses showing up to auditions with nail polish, so I kind of miss it. Anytime I'm on vacation I will paint my nails because, well, I'm on vacation and therefore don't have to audition! :)

Congrats on accomplishing a major goal, girl. Yay!

Shoshanah said...

Yeah I bite my nails too. Except when I wear nail polish it doesn't really help me. Because instead of biting my nails, as soon as it starts to chip I spend all of my energy peeling the polish off!

Helen said...

Love the nails, pretty colors! :)