14 February 2013

On Reflection, Why Two Week Manicures Probably Aren't For Me

Do me a favour, will ya? The next time I start talking about getting a two or three week manicure, stop me and refer me back to this post. I mean: I love them and they look excellent and they really are convenient. Oh yeah - for the two to three weeks they are supposed to be on my nails, I am in love.

Remains of Two Week Manicure on Nails
The horror! Here I have painted over the gel and I am starting to pick it off from the bottom
And then this happens. My nails grow, or the polish chips a little, and I start to pick. I know I shouldn't, I know I am damaging my nails, and I certainly know I need to get back to the salon to get the stuff removed. Except I don't - I am too busy or disorganised or forgetful or a combination of all of the above, and I just never get around to it in time. Eventually I am shamed into a salon appointment by the sheer horror of what is happening at the ends of my fingers but by that time the damage is done. 

Short and Damaged Nails
Can you ever forgive me, my poor little nails? Will you ever recover?

The only thing for it is to cut off all my nails - which by this stage are damaged and peeling and pathetic, poor little things - and start again. Oh - and cover up the mess with a bright-as-bedamned shade of neon green, which is the only good thing about this sorry little tale. 


LVX Midori Nail Polish Swatches

Do they work for you or are you as disorganised as I am?

35 comments:

Rola said...

Sorry to hear that. I am currently addicted to gel polish, I know I should give it a break soon. The acetone remover is very harsh on the nails.

Not Just Inside said...

I couldn't bare to wear the same shade on my nails for more than 3 days, and Im a picker also, its certainly not the treatment for me

Sam said...

I can understand what you mean. But I do lurvvv that gorgeous bright shade of green!

Erin said...

I'm glad I read this! They always try to talk me into the gel manicures-and I always say no, bc I've heard about having to go back to the salon to get the gel properly removes-and let's be honest-I'm not the responsible when it comes to keeping my nails up!

xx

Erin @ http://www.truffles-ruffles.com/

Adele said...

Whoops! Whilst I wouldn't pick, I never get my nails done as I'm aware of the damage to them. Luckily I have nice nails & I am to keep 'em that way!
Happy Valentines Day Hun xoxo
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louisa llewellyn said...

Professional 2-3 week nails are pretty expensive for every day, plus damaging, but I'm planning to get it done as basically my only pre holiday prep, it's in rome so no beach/body type prep needed really.

Keit said...

Hahah, yup, always do this. My nail polish usually lasts one week max, then it gets ugly and I'm too lazy to do anything about it. So I put on an extra layer on top of the chipped layer..and it gets messy, and you get the point :D

Marilyn Walsh said...

I got a 2-week manicure done once last year - it lasted about a week before it started chipping, and being a recovering nail biter/picker, I picked the rest off.

These days, I enjoy doing my own nails too much to justify paying someone else to doing them for me, only to have to go back in to get it removed as well. Too much hassle!

The Dainty Dolls House said...

What a shame. I'm not organized at all when it comes to my nails. I need to spend more time taking care of them really. They split and break and I fix them and paint them and then it's ages before I do it again and they are left wrecked. Must get better at it. I love the neon colour on your nails, that is marvellous!! xx

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oh your poor nails though the neon green is pretty cool! I'm the same way - once it starts chipping slightly, I peel too!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Anastasia from Natbeesfashion said...

thats exactly what happens to me when I do long-term manicure! But still I believe it worths it!I love yellow!
Happy Valentine's Day!
xo
Anastasia
http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk

Anya Jensen said...

Ha ha I do the same as you - I used to have fake nails on and then I'd get annoyed and rip them off (oouch actually rather painful too:) Now i keep them short (natural) and pretty much change nail varnish 2-3 times a week. Not that I mind - lurve nail varnishes.
Happy Valentines day to you sweets,
Ax

Anonymous said...

Got mine done for Christmas, but my nails grew fast so ended up with massive gap at cuticles. Of course I took them off myself and now my nails are in bits.

Amy Fashion Blog said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Love the green color. It will be super fun for spring and summer

Anonymous said...

Oh ouch, poor nails... :-( I am horrible with manicures as well. They never ever EVER last as long as they should on me. I mean, I live, I work, I use my hands... not even the best mani survives on me.

Fashion Stylist_ka said...

I am exactly the same! always start picking on them and then my nails are just a total disaster... and embarrassment.
But I have no time to do my nails daily either! oh the drama ;)

Sunny & Star said...

I am the same way. They look amazing but when it comes to to remove it it is horrible for me.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Milex said...

perfection!

Cuti-CLUE-les said...

I know they are a it tired from the 2-3 week manicure but that green looks fabulous on your shorter nails. Really catches your eye x

Anonymous said...

Been there once, never again!

LUXESSED

Sam said...

Thank you for your kind visit, Happy Friday!

Bravoe Runway said...

Oooo no! Your nails look like they've been under a lot of pressure, so sorry. I have never tried the gel long lasting manicure.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

omg'd emma! that happened to me a long time ago when i got false nails. never ever again! take vitamins. they'll grow fast!
http://www.averysweetblog.com/

little t said...

Everyone does it Emma, it's just that one little chip that starts it.

I'm too much of a commitment-phobe for 2 week manicures anyway!

Ira Kharchenko said...

Amazing nailstyle! I love the lime color:)

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Johanna said...

It happened to me, too but they just look so dang good!

Coco said...

Hey hun, I've tried the 3 weeks mani recently, and I don't think I'll do it again. Pros: I managed to grow my super short nails to am acceptable length, and I have had great looking hands for one whole week. The problem is after one week my real nails are so frail that bend when colliding against an object (which happens a lot) and the gel gets awful looking streaks and it begins to peel off at the edges. So basically I resist max two weeks before going to the salon and having it removed.Sad story mine too. Plus, I forgot at the salon my new China Glaze nail polish, which the salon owner refused to apply because she said it totally sucks.One week since then, I have happily applied 3 different polishes, and had a lot of fun doing that. Loveeee

Anibani said...

I had gel nails once and it took my nails so long to recover... i think I will never do that again :(

Anonymous said...

I trained in gel and acrylic nails and I'll prob never have them on my nails again. Literally took my nails a year to repair from the damage, they went so thin the breeze even hurt :o Ive never had a 3 week maicre they just sound as bad as the gel/acrylic nails to me. Au natural all the way for me with the odd stick ons for special occasions :D I loooove that green polish, very unusual x

Anonymous said...

Love that green polish!

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Elle Sees said...

i am so bad at picking my polish off. it started as a kid when i would wear peelable polish. it was the best thing ever !

Kim Annabella said...

Oh jesus! You poor thing, I can never keep fake nails on cause my hands are in water so much.it must have been so uncomfortable once you had gotten them off.

On a lighter note-Love your blog, I am subscribing to you if you don't mind (am an irish mua student-its always nice to find other local-ish make up people to chat to : ) )

kim x

sorelle in style said...

Eek that's awful! They looked so pretty, too! :( But I'm loving that fresh new color :)


♡jilly
sorelle in style

HGV Driver Training said...

I do same as you. Actually most of the people don’t care their nails. They will end up with the damaged nails. We should care it by doing manicure.