Not to manicure my nails?

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I'm in a professional job, wear makeup and decent clothes to work, but I find beauty stuff all a bit of a drag and tend to do the minimum I can get away with. Recently my DH commented that I should "treat myself to a manicure" and I realised that I am probably not getting away with my unevenly trimmed unvarnished nails as well as I thought I was. However, for me, "manicure" and "treat" do not belong in the same sentence.

AIBU to just trim my nails? Or if not, to file them myself into something that resembles a symmetrical shape and then varnish them with clear polish? Or do I need to do more in order to not look like a messy weirdo? If you hate spending time on beauty treatments, what do you do with your nails? Basically, what is the minimum I can do and get away with?

RedFocus Thu 27-Mar-14 09:55:27

Clean, trimmed, filed with the cuticles cut back is perfectly fine. Add a little clear polish to protect.
Lots of people enjoy getting their nails done and I am one of them, every week without fail. wink

almondcake Thu 27-Mar-14 09:58:06

This thread makes as much sense to me as if the op had asked, AIBU to not get a gerbil when I don't one but dh said it would be a treat. Followed by umpteen gerbil owners describing their ten minute a night/once a month gerbil care routine. She still doesn't want a gerbil.

Mouthfulofquiz Thu 27-Mar-14 09:58:22

I always notice when nails aren't the same length or jagged - takes two minutes to do the minimum so you might as well! Get one of those four sided buffers from the supermarket - takes no time and makes your nails nice if you can't be arsed to put polish on :-)

mrsjay Thu 27-Mar-14 10:21:08

<looks down at nails as i type> MEH i dont know what a buffer is meant to do

Ok I went and got all the stuff and have clipped, filed (not really sure how to file but filed anyway), used a white pencil thingy and painted clear. Socially acceptable now? I will need to set a reminder on my phone for this or something!

TheTerribleBaroness Thu 27-Mar-14 12:44:54

They look much tidier! smile

CrabbySpringyBottom Thu 27-Mar-14 13:02:02

They look great, but you don't have to use varnish/pencil if you don't want to - as long as they're filed they'll still look fine.

I posted a link for you above on how to file them.

Thanks, Terrible and Crabby! And to everyone else who commented. Sorry for the most boring thread topic ever but it's been very helpful to me.

Pigletin Thu 27-Mar-14 13:25:36

They look great now - clean and tidy. Now you should ask your DH for the £35 you supposedly spent at the nail salon ;)

Dilidali Thu 27-Mar-14 13:38:15

What do you think OP? I think they look much tidier smile
It's one of those things that you need to find a time for. I do mine on a Sunday morning because they're all asleep and I just sit with a cup of coffee and listen to the radio and think of the week ahead. Maybe if you watch a certain program every week, once a week, you can bring your nail stuff bag in the living and do them while you're watching?

moomin35 Thu 27-Mar-14 14:47:13

This is such a sweet thread! I think they look fab NotJustACigar and loads better than before. It just makes you look tidy and presentable :-) Im with you I would never spend out on a manicure (Unless for a very special occasion) as I always feel its so expensive and I cant justify it but I think its important (workwise, and for your OH) to generally have tidy, filed and polished nails and clear is great because it can chip and it wont show for a while :-) x

MusicalEndorphins Fri 28-Mar-14 06:30:57

You did a great job. smile

Well done and not boring at all, you inspired me to get the polish out last night too, having not done it much recently smile

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 28-Mar-14 07:46:26

After a lifetime of nail-biting I finally gave up last year and booked a manicure at Christmas as a kind of personal reward. I thought it was lovely and I came out of it with neat, well-conditioned nails and hands (no talons here). Have since developed a bit of an expensive addiction to nail polish but that's a side issue!

fatlazymummy Fri 28-Mar-14 10:05:07

I just trim mine with nail clippers ,use hand cream and cuticle oil and buff them. Having short nails and not bothering with nail varnish and manicures feels kind of 'freeing', like wearing flat shoes instead of high heels.

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