Nailing It on Vacation

I’ve never been one to wear cosmetics in general, and¬†nail polish, in particular, is an enhancement I generally tend to shy away from. The careful¬†brushstrokes, the waiting for polish to dry, the short-lived flawless finish, the¬†pungent¬†remover. Repeated ad nauseum, this process isn’t exactly my idea of time well-spent.¬†Save for color on my toes during sandal season, I’m usually happy to let the tips of my digits go bare.

A¬†strange transformation takes place, however,¬†when it’s time to go on vacation. I begin paying significantly more attention to my personal appearance: new clothing is purchased, makeup brushes get packed, and I start planning what I’m going to do¬†about my normally-naked hands¬†and feet.¬†Away from the restrictions and confinements of work-a-day life, a vacation offers unprecedented opportunity to try new things and give my fun side free rein for a few days.

There are still a few¬†weeks yet before I leave for a California Central Coast roadtrip, but I already know there will be more than a couple¬†Snapchats and¬†Instagram photos of me holding a cool, fruity drink or digging my toes into the sand. My hands and feet had better ready for their closeups. After rummaging around my rarely-used nail kit, I’ve settled on a selection¬†of colors for my grown-up spring break mani-pedi masterpiece.

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(left to right) Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Golden-I; Sally Girl colors #144, #127, and #120; NYC Long Wearing in French White Tip; Sinful Colors in Big Daddy.

On my toes, I’m keeping things simple with Sinful Colors‘ Big Daddy, a coral-orange-red that offers a nice visual complement to the turquoises and teals and navies that form the bulk of my wardrobe. On my hands, it’s going to be a bit of a free-for-all with some creative nail art¬†that¬†I haven’t yet decided on¬†but Pinterest! ¬†I found some really great nail art tutorials and design inspiration to help me take my fingers from yawn to yowza.

“Beachy Keen” by Halle Butler via Nailpolis¬†– Take the water and the sand with you wherever you go.

“Turquoise and Gold Stone” via the talented ladies at The Beauty Department.

Seafoam via Hey Nice Nails РSimple and easy to achieve.

Double-tipped French manicure via PopSugar featuring the negative-space nail trend that dominated the 2015 Spring runways.

On another nail-centric note

Have we talked about Seche Vite yet? We totally should. Recommended to me by a colleague, this fast-drying top coat is incredible! Nails are dry within minutes and on the very rare occasions I do paint my nails, I never need to worry about ruining the finish on my bedsheets. Great stuff.

Whether I decide to keep things simple and minimalist like these designs, or go a little crazy with something a bit more Sally Hansen-meets-Jackson Pollock, my main objective is to have fun. Stay tuned!

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2 thoughts on “Nailing It on Vacation

  1. I love all those beachy themed nails! I have a similar thing – when I’m about to go away on vacation I suddenly want to stock up on loads of nail polish and makeup!

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