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?

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.

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!

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

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

You did a great job. smile

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

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?

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 ;)

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.

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.

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

They look much tidier! smile

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!

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

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 :-)

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.

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

Bunbaker Thu 27-Mar-14 09:49:36

I don't "do" manicures either. My nails are my own - no gels/sticks on etc, but I always keep them neat and tidy.

I'm sorry, but ragged nails are not a good look. They look unkempt and send the wrong message.

mrsjay Thu 27-Mar-14 09:47:16

I am sure your nails look fabulous ludways If i see somebody with nice nails i always admire them it distracts from the hair it is fine

Ludways Thu 27-Mar-14 09:45:50

Mrsjay, I pride myself on bonkers! I do sort of brush it, it's curly but goes frizzy if I brush too much. Lol

ArsePaste Thu 27-Mar-14 09:36:23

Myabe he just genuinely thought that women think manicures ARE a treat, and was trying to be nice? Many women do think they are, after all. Manicured nails aren't compulsory, however, but having ragged ones is a bit bogging, especially as it's the work of seconds to fix!

mrsjay Thu 27-Mar-14 09:35:48

do you brush your hair i assume you do i f you look like you fell out of a hedge but have nice nails id think you were bonkers grin

Ludways Thu 27-Mar-14 09:33:42

I love my nice long varnished nails and even to me having a manicure isn't a treat, I do it myself quickly so I can go back to whatever I was doing!

Tidy and clean is enough.

A quick question: as I day I love my nails and usually have them fairly long and painted. However, I don't wear make up and I don't do my hair, would you think I look odd? I often wonder but obviously don't care enough to do anything about it, lol

mrsjay Thu 27-Mar-14 09:29:11

MY dd buffs files and polishes every week i watch in awe and the patience she has for it

Buffing wrecked mine, I will never do it again. I think I probably overdid it, because the shiny effect never lasted more than a couple of handwashes.

mrsjay Thu 27-Mar-14 09:26:03

I cant stand nailvarnish on my my nails and the filing gives me the creeps

mrsjay Thu 27-Mar-14 09:24:54

i dont get the whole beauty as a treat thing go for a facial no it is gloopy, what about a mani pedi urgh no they will be touching my feet, oh a spa day i can sit in my dressing gown at home ta very much grin it really isn't for me

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