When I was little, I used to fantasize about the day when I’d be all grown up, and could wear bright fingernail polish and pretty make-up and teeter around on high heels all day, every day.
Yesterday, New Experience #3 brought my daydream to life: spur of the moment, I made an appointment for 4 pm for an application of fake fingernails, with polish AND nail art. No going halves-ies with this project!
I think my flashback to FloJo last week awakened my inner nail diva. I just had to get my nails done yesterday, end of story!
I do like to wear nail polish. I have had a couple of professional manicures in the past, but rely on just painting my own nails. The problem is that I never let them dry long enough, so I usually have smudges within minutes and chips by day’s end.
I didn’t have to travel far for my appointment: right across the street, in the mall, is this nail salon:
I walk by here every single day when I do my grocery run. I just popped in on my way to work Monday morning and booked my 4 pm appointment.
I had no idea what to expect in terms of process, how long the nails would last, how I’d ever get ’em off…I sat down with Lee, my nail technician (and shop owner??) and asked a few questions. I was going to go with the Full Set Acrylic Nails, but Lee recommended the UV Gel Nails. Fine, they were almost the same price, and she’s the expert. Happily, Lee did not mind at all if I photo’d the entire experience!
[Sidenote: I’ll just say here that you would not choose this salon for their customer service, ambiance or friendliness; there was also a language/communication challenge in that Lee is of Asian origin, and her heavily accented English necessitated that I say “pardon” after everything she said or asked…to the point that I felt quite embarrassed. So the usual chichat that I enjoy at Gina’s or at The Waters was not present today. No biggie, overall – Lee did a great job on my nails, and I was satisfied with the level of cleanliness. She certainly demonstrated that she has had a lot of practice with nails!]
OK! Back to the process. Watch and learn…
Tangent: this University Girl kept me quite entertained – she talked non-stop on her cell while getting a mani-pedi. She was so stressed out that she needed to get her nails done…
Lee sent me over to choose a colour:
I came back with a lovely pink. But then I had to choose my nail art:
Lee then said some designs would take longer than others. I picked one pattern. She said, “long.” So I chose another one. She said, “longer.” I went for a third…”longer still.” At this point, I felt like that Seinfeld where Kramer is pretending to be a movie theatre answer phone and George thinks Kramer is an automated voice: “Why don’t you just TELL me which nail art to choose??,” popped into my head! Also, I could tell that Lee wanted a different colour. Which is how ended up with this:
The nail art portion of the appt was the biggest surprise – I guess I was surmising that the flowers were decals??? No!!! It’s all hand-painted on!…
And we’re done!
Total cost: $53 + $5 tip. Plus, I likely will have to go back in four weeks to have them professionally removed…if I understood (eesh!) Lee’s instructions, in about six weeks they will have grown out enough that I could chip away/remove them myself…but I’m thinking they’ll look pretty awful by then…we shall see!
My opinion: I’m TOTALLY HAPPY AND THRILLED with the final look! For a first-in-a-lifetime experience, no way was I going to go muted or low-key. I love the colour, love the nail art design. I need some more time with my new digit-additions to decide if I will do this again or not, but so far, much fun is being had!
B’s comments: I anticipated that B would dislike the nails…surprisingly, he really liked them! He didn’t think they look too ugly or tacky – wow! He DID say he thought I would have gotten orange polish and a palm tree motif (won’t he look when that’s what I come home with before Aruba! Now, there’s an idea…)
I was interested to see how my nails would perform last evening:
I’m definitely going through a learning curve! Now I totally understand why divas on TV or in movies pass on doing chores because “I just had my nails done.” I watched what I was doing to make sure I wouldn’t damage my beauties! That being said, I am impressed already with how much better fake nails + professional colour stand up than the DIY home method.
I’m sure that in a few days,
two inch claws my nails will feel much more natural.
OK! Going to stop typing as the clackety-clack is starting to drive me bonkers!