Is going to get your nails done...a bit, well, kind of rough?

(75 Posts)
MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 15:33:19

i go every ten days, there is not a hint of boden to be seen. wink

To the middle class DIY or sport an unpainted nail?

Girlinpearls Thu 10-Jan-13 15:38:30

Your post really made me smile. I don't think long, painted nails are a middle class 'thing'. Don't yummy mummies have short, smart nails and DIY with a slick of the latest OPI offering and Chanel topcoat?

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 15:39:17

thats what i have done there. am obv delicious wink but no braying about thePony club disco, nothign

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 15:39:38

Depends what you're having done. Are they long bejewelled talons? Bright white French manicured claws?

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 15:41:10

it doesnt really though. Just the occupants of the place are a little down at heel.

NB am sure are lovely etctc

usualsuspect Thu 10-Jan-13 15:42:07

My grown up DD has her nails done quite often. She is quite common though. grin

Savannahgirl Thu 10-Jan-13 15:42:18

My nails are awful. I never have time to sit and paint them, let alone wait for the polish to dry. I very occasionally treat myself to a manicure (once every couple of years) but otherwise they are just cut very short and left to their own devices!
Not at all yummy mummy grin

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 15:42:45

I had the best manicure ever at a really rough nail bar in Nottingham. I went rock climbing the next day and it survived with no chips at all. So who cares.

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 15:45:59

i kove those really spikey ones done in acid green glitter

I know i know!

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 15:46:31

But if they are just short with colour, why wouldn't you do it yourself?

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 15:47:16

x post in that case fair enough go to a salon grin

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 15:48:31

princess i am REALLY bad at painting.

i get a file and polish. ¢6

polyhymnia Thu 10-Jan-13 15:51:56

Have to admit that my favourite way of getting my nails done is at my hairdresssers - while my colour 'takes'. Gives plenty of time for the polish to dry. My hairdressers always have a good selection of the latest Essie colours too.

Failing that, can do neutral colours at home, but do go to a local beauty salon for darker colours, eg greys, which are harder to do.

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 15:52:45

That's so cheap! I'd go every week for a file a polish if it only cost that much envy

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 15:53:28

But I've been painting my own in dark colours since I was about 12 and am a genius at it now. Never have unpainted nails.

polyhymnia Thu 10-Jan-13 15:55:39

You are obviously very much more adept with your hands than I am princess! I'm ham-fisted to the point of dyspraxia. Luckily, I don't like to wear polish all the time anyway.

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 15:57:07

you need a vietnamese place

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 16:00:19

Yeah I'm quite good at painting my nails polyhymnia. Just uploaded my Xmas mani to my profile...it was preeetty grin

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 16:00:43

Unfortunately it's not a skill that looks good on a CV sad

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 16:00:55

UNLESS you are a beauty therapist of course.

I think people do see it as a bit rough.

I quite like going but only go for shellac or gels now.

I practised a lot at painting my nails and I am pretty cak handed generally but can do my nails no bother now.

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 16:02:59

Hmm, you can't really see the rainbow glitter in the photo. Boo

mimmytoz Thu 10-Jan-13 16:05:22

I have my nails done every 3 or 4 weeks I have gel acrylics atm I have dark green glitter on all but my ring finger on both hands which is silver glittrr and 3D flowers too.

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 16:17:21

that is well rough, though, isnt it? you have to agree

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 16:23:45

Rough combined with taste = fashion
Too much taste = frumpy/boring

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 16:25:34

well yes

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 10-Jan-13 16:38:01

DIY here coz locally its £££

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 10-Jan-13 16:38:35

But have noticed lots of the teachers at dc's school have gel manicures

beckhamz Thu 10-Jan-13 16:40:10

I think extensions are rough, aren't they? But shellac is probably okay.

MrsWolowitz Thu 10-Jan-13 16:42:58

I have French polish gel nails. They are as not very long though but I think they look naice.

<common as muck>

DeafLeopard Thu 10-Jan-13 16:44:11

I think a full on WAG-tastic style long french manicure nail extensions might be a bit rough, although I like a short squoval french manicure

TheBOF Thu 10-Jan-13 16:44:58

I get gel nails done once a month or so at my local one (it is run by a vietnamese family actually, I didn't know that was a 'thing') for a tenner. The young man who lightly holds my hands makes me feel oddly cherished,mbut never makes eye contact. It is the nearest thing to being in a Jane Austen novel you can get, rough or not.

teacher123 Thu 10-Jan-13 16:45:57

I love shellac-virtually indestructible and lasts 3 weeks, I like having French manicure but on quite short nails and not bright white so it's not too obvious. My mum thinks that manicures are common. But she also won't watch Downton Abbey as it is on ITV, so I tend to take much of what she says with a a pinch of salt...!

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 16:48:55

you see for me watching ITV way outleagues nails in the common status ;)

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 16:50:50

i also like quite trashy fluoro colours on my short nails

I am like a Venn Diagram of nails

PrincessRagnhild Thu 10-Jan-13 16:52:37

But but...Downton Abbey is on ITV.

MaureenShit Thu 10-Jan-13 16:53:08

yes. its for commoners

* adjusts pince nez *

DeafLeopard Thu 10-Jan-13 19:23:57

Doesn't shellac ruin the nail underneath?

I don't mind doing my nails myself unless I'm going somewhere special and then I get them done. Oddly enough ours is a little Vietnamese place, small room in mall, no eye contact, no chat, face masks (them), brutal but spot on shaping - £6.50.

TheBOF Thu 10-Jan-13 19:37:14

Apparently not, DeafLeopard. Although acrylics are notorious for wrecking your nails.

InNeatCognac Thu 10-Jan-13 19:40:29

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Bonsoir Thu 10-Jan-13 19:41:35

I have a manicure/pedicure when I am at the hairdresser.

<nail salons? shudder>

TheBOF Thu 10-Jan-13 19:44:01

Pedicures at the hairdresser's? <shudder>

OohMrDarcy Thu 10-Jan-13 19:49:05

I get gel nails done occasionally gelerations (like shellac, but by jessica) I love them but can't afford to go every 3 weeks which is a BIG shame

They haven't cause me any problems with my nails except for the time I peeled them off instead of soaking!

Arisbottle Thu 10-Jan-13 19:49:27

I get my nails done, I do hope it is common.

TheBOF Thu 10-Jan-13 20:13:04

I think they're the ones I've tried, Darcy. I've only been a couple of times actually, but I'd definitely get them done for an event/night out etc, and I like that they last so long.

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 10-Jan-13 20:25:09

I don't like the fact that you can see where your nail is growing when I had gel nails done.

But if I could get them done for £10 I'd live with it.

TheBrideofMucky Thu 10-Jan-13 20:27:28

We DIY darling. grin

I don't even like French manicures now, it's all over. Just neat and painted will do me.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 10-Jan-13 20:30:17

envy can't have mine done because of work

they used to always be done envy

I have to be satisfied with painting my toe nails instead/.

suntodayplease Thu 10-Jan-13 20:36:36

I get mine done (bio gel type thing) every 3 weeks, my nails don't grow that fast thankfully. Only ever have short square nails, usually dark classic colours.

Salon is not chavvy, but not in best area either. I like the girls who work there and the gossip magazines

I figure I used to spend a lot more on nights out and fags pre DD so this is my one treat.

ggirl Thu 10-Jan-13 20:44:52

Yes it's rough , on a par with frosted lippy and yellow barmaid hair

monkeysmama Thu 10-Jan-13 20:45:25

I have gel over my natural nails and get them in filled every two weeks. Costs £13 at local Vietnamese place. I have them painted dark red or sometimes natural French. Have to take my own if I want Essie / Jessica / OPI.

Doshusallie Thu 10-Jan-13 20:49:49

Have mine done every 3 weeks, gels....had French manicure for years but now have a colour, currently sporting a rather on trend dark grey! Hate having chipped, tatty nails, and love having glossy, short, squared off nails.

ravenAK Thu 10-Jan-13 20:51:49

I'd get bored with 'done' nails.

I do mine every Sunday night, unless I've had a night out at the weekend & done them for that already.

I favour dark/dramatic colours & I'm shit hot at applying them. It is my one & only practical skill & also my only girly skill.

Currently wearing black, topped with clear with mauve glitter, topped with dark maroon, to create a 'rouge noir with trapped glitzy bits' effect. Looking forward to trying some rubber effect polishes from the Illamasqua £5 sale (I can tell people about it now I've put my order in!).

Chubfuddler Thu 10-Jan-13 20:52:52

Don't bits of hair stick to the varnish bonsoir?

Chubfuddler Thu 10-Jan-13 20:54:19

As I am going away this weekend I'm going to paint my toenails

Now that's common.

DeafLeopard Thu 10-Jan-13 21:27:31

Chub I keep the same colour on my toes so I can just repaint the grown out bits every couple of weeks - the top of my toe nails are about 3 inches thick [slight exaggeration] - now that is rough grin

Chubfuddler Thu 10-Jan-13 21:35:15

That's an erm interesting technique. But as I am by no means proficient I've probably achieved a similar look.

Arisbottle Thu 10-Jan-13 21:47:41

I always get mine repainted when I am in the hairdresser . I get my I fills done once a fortnight but painted every week.

StinkyWicket Thu 10-Jan-13 22:02:19

I don't really get what you mean tbh. I always have painted nails as I like them, but I do them myself. I like doing them myself!

My nails are actually quite long and squarish, they are my natural nails. I don't like really long fake ones.

Charliefox Thu 10-Jan-13 22:03:51

Yes, it's very common, especially if you have a certain kind of gel / false nail that's quite 'thick'.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 10-Jan-13 22:04:09

I think toe nails without varnish on look really strange and manky looking. Red is the way to go!

Arisbottle Thu 10-Jan-13 22:05:19

Charlie is that not just badly done nails?

PlumSykes Thu 10-Jan-13 22:19:21

My nail shop is where I go to talk about the Kardashians, listen to Rihanna, and eavesdrop on conversations about boys and clubs. Though I just have short, square dark claret Shellac, nothing glittery-yet.

Charliefox Thu 10-Jan-13 22:21:08

Yes, probably although even when very well done, I just think it all looks a bit passé now.

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 10-Jan-13 22:23:19

I have Shellac done at home. No people watching sad

TheBOF Thu 10-Jan-13 22:24:18

But women have been painting their nails since, when, the 1930s? How can you decree that 2013 is The End?

NewYearNewNagoo Thu 10-Jan-13 23:29:23

I do my own shellac. I like doing it.

I am not comfortable with the cherishing at the place in town.

I've always been a DIY kind of a person.

I love nail polish smile It's my favourite smile

Raven have you seen the nfu oh flakies? <swoons>

carmenelectra Fri 11-Jan-13 10:44:28

I quite like full on bling manicured although I can never have them because of work. In real life I have quite a paired down shellac thang going on. Either subtle neutral or pale french. Chic I thinkm

Sometimes do my own nails in varying shades of neutral/pink and maybe bit more full on for summer hols.

Toenails always painted bright colour, sometimes glitter top coat. Changed regularly rather than repainted until you need a chisel to remove. Even thick layered nail polish better than bare toenails as they always look yellow and fungusey(not mine- in general).

I do like the look of those wraparound nail sticker things, especially full on chavtastic animal prints. Wonder if they are any good?

carmenelectra Fri 11-Jan-13 10:45:15

pared down

AppleOgies Fri 11-Jan-13 10:52:00

To those of you who DIY... How do you do your right hand (if you're right handed) and not get it all up the top of the finger nail right up into the cuticle bit. I only use nail envy because I get colour everywhere.

CastingNasturtiums Fri 11-Jan-13 11:10:27

Just practise Apple! I think some people are naturally better at using their non-writing hand than others. I'm left handed, but I can write quite neatly with my right hand too, so maybe that's why I can paint my nails neatly smile

DeafLeopard Fri 11-Jan-13 17:48:03

Doing my right hand is harder, but I kind of position the brush on the nail, and then keep left hand still but move the nail along the brush as I have better control IYSWIM?

Then any mess I tackle with a cotton bud and NVR.

NewYearNewNagoo Sat 12-Jan-13 07:30:58

you can try putting the brush a couple of mm from the cuticle and pushing the colour down, rather than trying to go from the bottom up? You get less colour pooling at the bottom of the nail then.

It really is practice though. you can get the spodges off as well, the special pointy cotton buds from boots are good.

I used to do mine on a moving train grin

niceupthedance Sat 12-Jan-13 07:49:56

I've had acrylic nails for 12 years. I am not rough.

ScubaSarah Sat 12-Jan-13 08:00:01

I tend to DIY and used to be rubbish at doing my right hand with left until someone told me a trick. Do that one first so you're not also worried about the wet varnish on left hand. I got better overnight. Practice helps too.

I think it only looks 'common' with long think falsies or Chav-tastic decorations. Short neat painted nails are the epitome of style x

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