Chatter: Nail Painting On the Go

The other day while putting together my Revised Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs post, I came across a tweet mentioning them that struck me as interesting:


Nail Painting on the Go

I’ve done my makeup at my desk at work before anyone else arrives. I wouldn’t dream, however, of nail painting on the go or in strange locations. Unlike this poster, I can’t just imagine doing it on the go. There are two key reasons:

  • Painting my nails = catharsis. Ergo, it just isn’t a beauty procedure that qualifies for on-the-go.
  • I’m an obnoxious, Type-A perfectionist. I want to do the best damn job I can which requires that I be calm and seated in an area without environmental variables.

I don’t object to doing so; it just isn’t a good fit for me and what I get out of doing my own manicures. For me, process isn’t just about having a nice set of nails when I’m done; it’s about the process itself, too.

The Bottom Line

How do you feel about painting your nails on the go? Is it a good way to save time on beauty routines, or does it disrupt your self-care process? What about other beauty procedures; where do you draw the line?

2 thoughts on “Chatter: Nail Painting On the Go”

  1. Yup, I’m totally on your team here. Catharsis and perfectionism.

    I need TIME. (Way too much of it.) But then my nails look not just *damn* good, but better than 99% of the salon work I see out there.

    On-the-go for me is only a quick touch up where my polish has chipped or a clear coat to refresh a dull mani/pedi that I can’t be bothered to redo at the time.

    Lately, I just find myself wondering how on earth I once (in a not-so-distant past!) found time to do my nails. They haven’t seen new polish in months. :(

    • We’re definitely on the same wavelength! On the go would be for ‘urgent’ scenarios like correcting a chip.

      And yeah, I feel that way too. I’ve been carving out time because its my one, “thing,” that makes me feel pulled-together, but I’ve just been repainting the same colors again and again to avoid decision fatigue.

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