Confessions of a Lacquer Addict

I have a few confessions to make.

 

I was a former nail biter and picker.  I would bite and pick at my nails when I was anxious, scared, or just bored.  It was only after I graduated college that I stopped because I was able to afford semi-regular manicures on my own.  I have learned to maintain the health and appearance of my nails and nail beds with cuticle oil and hand lotions.  Whenever I feel the urge to bite and pick at them again, I polish them.  The thought of ruining my manicure stops the urge immediately.

 

I have severe insecurities about my right hand being photographed.  Being right-handed, my right hand is significantly more worn than my left.    The sides of my fingertips are calloused and my middle finger has a rough spot that has persisted for as long as I can remember, the result of my nail biting and picking.  I am still extremely unsure if pictures of both my left and right hands will be as appreciated as pictures of my left hand alone.

 

I used to wear only red polish on my nails.  It is my comfort polish.  Even now, when I am having a mani-block, I always reach for my beloved bottle of OPI Big Apple Red.  I would seriously hoard all the bottles of this polish should Suzi (Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI’s former executive vice president and artistic director) ever announce that it will join her in retirement.

 

Something about a red manicure screams power to me.  It is a color that is confident and present.  When all else fails, red is always a go-to option.  Red just works because it is a classic like black pumps, or that little black dress.  If I am not too keen on announcing my red nails in the boardroom, or the staff lounge, variations of this color include deeper hues that still say I can hold my own, whatever business I am in.

 

The next set of pictures will showcase twelve of my favorite red polishes.  The first three pictures are true reds.  These reds are the primary hue of the red color family.  True reds are my holy grail nail shade.

OPI Big Apple Red
OPI Big Apple Red
Ruby Kisses True Red
Ruby Kisses True Red
China Glaze Poinsettia
China Glaze Poinsettia

 

The next three polishes lean coral.  These are a tinge brighter than the true reds and lend a bit of orange hue as well.  These reds are my favorite during the summer months and are probably the color that would most compliment olive skin tones.

China Glaze Igniting Love
China Glaze Igniting Love
Essie Silken Cord
Essie Silken Cord
Models Own Red Alert
Models Own Red Alert

 

Deeper reds lean darker and are probably the most popular colors to wear in the workplace.  These are not too in-your-face, but can still make a statement.

OPI Little Red Wagon
OPI Little Red Wagon
GOSH Hot n' Sweet
GOSH Hot n’ Sweet
China Glaze City Siren
China Glaze City Siren

 

Although red adds an instant festive touch to an overall look, there are red polishes with various finishes that can add a little more oomph to your classic red manicure.

NYC Chelsea
NYC Chelsea
This has a subtle shimmer that can be seen under certain lighting.
Picture Polish O'Hara
Picture Polish O’Hara
This has fine holographic glitter.
CrowsToes Hell Hath No Fury
CrowsToes Hell Hath No Fury
This is full of glitter in varying shapes, colors and sizes.

 

The last confession I have to make is that I still cannot say I have enough red polishes in my collection.  It is the color I most gravitate towards whenever a new collection is released.  I just cannot seem to say no to a good red polish.

 

What about you?  Do you have any confessions of the lacquer kind?

 

All images ©2014 Ann Itoralba

Written by: Ann Itoralba

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2 Comments

  • Oooh, Gosh Hot n’ Sweet is gorgeous! It’s funny, but red is probably the colour I wear least often. I like it, but it always seems so serious to me. :) When I do wear red, it’s usually dark, and often has some sort of metallic shine to it. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for that Gosh polish though! It is true that nothing really beats the classic, posh feeling of wearing the perfect red. I want to go do my nails red now!

    Great pictures, keep them coming! I always find something new in your articles.

  • Oooh I love a good red. My confession is that I hardly every clean-up around the edges of my manicure. It looks good sometimes, other times I need to do damage control in the shower! My other confession is that I used to peel off polish in sheets when I was anxious in the past. I try not to do that now but when one corner pops up, it’s SO hard.

    Love your pictures!!! Don’t change anything!

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