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‘Tis the season to play dress up

Monday, 14 December 2009 | Tags: , , , , , ,

I was expecting it to be quiet on the party circuit this year, but not only is my social calendar packed, the party dress racks are wearing thin and it takes advanced planning to get in to see my manicurist.

Speaking of which, like many of you this is the time of year I tend to go for the darker nail colours. I always love the reds (I’m Not Really A Waitress by OPI is still one of the best party reds on the planet) and Chanel’s Blue Satin is delicious.

But wearing the darker colours reminds me of just what a flawed product nail polish is. Kristina and I have tested nail polish many times over the years and they all fade and chip. Plus it’s toxic (there are some non-toxic brands but they just don’t measure up in colour choices or durability.)

Why I choose one brand over another comes down to colour. A few hours after my last manicure and the polish already looked dull. Less than a day later and the stuff was chipping. A full day later and it had become embarrassing. I was at an important meeting and noticed the suit across the boardroom table staring at my chipped nails in disgust. He clearly doesn’t get that chipped nails are all the rage with the kids these days.

Embarrassing!

Nails Magazine (yes, there is a magazine for nails) states the U.S. nail services industry market size in 2008 was $6,356,163,856. This is based on the average number of services performed and the prices in four key categories (basic manicure, basic pedicure, acrylic full set and acrylic fill). This number doesn’t even include polish sales, let alone equipment like nail files and cuticle oil. It is a HUGE market!! That’s why it amazes me that the nail product scientists haven’t come up with a product that lasts. Is it a conspiracy to make us buy more polish?

So I’m hopeful about Minx Nails. It’s a new-ish nail product from California that doesn’t chip, smudge or stink. It’s a solid nail wrapping that’s applied to your fingertips and toes with heat. They are said to be durable and to keep their shine for as long as you want. To remove them, you have to return to the salon (or maybe a hairdryer would work?). Application of Minx is said to take about half the time of a traditional manicure.

At first I thought it looked a bit trashy as many of the nail coverings come in crazy patterns. Everything from tiger spots, to tartan to lightening bolts. You can even have a picture of your cat or your kid put on your nails! I love my cat Daisy, but I’m not sure how her big head would fit on my little pinky. But you can also get regular colours too, and that’s the part that’s piqued my interest.

So now my search begins for a salon in Vancouver that has Minx. Please let me know, dear Shopping Bags, if any of you out there have tried this technology, and I will report back after I get it done.

And my other question is, to any male readers out there who have read all the way through this blog…do men actually like it when women wear tiger spots on their nails??? And more importantly, how important are well-manicured hands?

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