In addition to being Day 3 of Pink Week it's also Twinsie Tuesday, and today's theme is our most hated nail trend. If I had to pick just one and only one it would probably be an exaggerated nail shape like duck feet, bubbles, or super-stilettos (like, the crazy long ones that look like they would snap off if you bumped your fingers into a thicker than average piece of paper), but I couldn't figure out how to alter the shape of my nails that dramatically for just one manicure without risking major damage ("Major Damage"). So, I reined the imagination back in and focused on nail polish, and I realized there really is a polish trend I am super hostile towards...and it is most definitely available in pink! I'm talking about frost.
Please join me for ranting and more pics, after the break!
More than a shimmer that's gone awry, frost is, in my book, a polish that came out wrong. When you've added so much shimmer that the brush has to sludge through it like a zen garden rake, you've gone too far. And the only possible point I can see to brushstrokes is to show off every single little hesitation and wobble you've made during application. I actually repainted two of these nails because the first efforts looked so juvenile and sloppy, thanks to those particles just sloshing around and lining up all awkward-like.
And then if the frost weren't enough? Sweet, fancy Moses, it's rose-scented too! I can not do rose-scented, so there's two, Two, TWO hated trends in
one! I mean, vanilla scented? Love. Other-scented? I'm more than happy
to discuss it. But rose-scented anything is a suffocating express train
straight to olfactory hell.
Hooray for Sasa's bargain bins because I was able to pick up this textbook frost on the crazy-cheap. I will say that if you're looking for a frosty, pink, rose-scented polish, this is definitely a good one! My personal feelings about frostiness and rose-scenting aside, honestly. It went on easily, good consistency, opaque in three, and they're two for about a buck-twenty USD.
It took so much self-control--especially with my hand reeking of rose farts--not to rush any top coat over this. Because with the brush strokes minimized, some frost-leaning polishes can take on a much more appealing, pearly sheen. I wanted to make sure it got nice and dry to really showcase all those gougey strokes inherent in the finish, though...and then I couldn't take it and had to try to see if I could make it look somehow less 1970s.
I sponged on another coat of polish to try to break up the strokes. I added some glitter and even some snowflake nail art. I gave the whole thing some matte top coat. But I don't know if it's any better. When it comes to frosty nail polish--even when it doesn't reek--I just can't.
The scented polish fad may or may not be one that sticks, but I thought we were, pretty much as a species, past the frosted polish age. Judging by this fall's collections, though, it may be trying to make a comeback. All I can say is, please, just no.
Please swing by some of my fellow Twinsies to see what they came up with for their Most Hated Trends!
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Traci at DrinkCitra
And because it's Pink Week, I have another piece of breast cancer info to share...
I've seen different figures on that percentage, but the point is clear--the overwhelming majority of diagnoses occur in people with no family history of the disease, so please discuss early detection strategy with your physician.