This or That: Nail Polish Edition

smith cult dark like me swatch
Gimme all the shiny, burgundy nails please! (This is Smith & Cult Dark Like Me, by the way.)

How to play

Pick one or the other for each of the questions below, and copy/paste with your answers in the comments. Can’t wait to see your picks! Mine are listed below. 💋

Copy and paste

  • Treat yo’ self! Do you get a fancy-schmancy spa manicure or a pedicure?
  • Short or long fingernails?
  • Base coat or top coat?
  • Regularly scheduled manicure maintenance: at-home or salon?
  • Glitter or cream finish?
  • Cuticles: cut ‘em or leave ‘em alone?
  • Faux press-on nails or nail polish stickers?
  • Nude nail polish or dark nail polish?
  • Over the top nail art: Y or N?

Treat yo’ self! Do you get a fancy-schmancy spa manicure or a pedicure?

Well, in the dream scenario, if I were really treating myself, I’d get both done, hahaha! And I’d be in a robe, and Keanu Reeves would be feeding me warm chocolate chip cookies…but if I had to pick just one, I’d go with pedicure, since it would last longer.

Short or long fingernails?

Short please! I cannot deal with the sound (or the feel) of my fingertips clack-clack-clacking on a keyboard. Also, I swear the second they get just a touch too long, I start obsessing over cutting my nails. I can’t think about anything else.

Keeping them short is also a practical thing. Nothing gets stuck underneath them when I cook, garden or play outside with Connor, and I don’t have to worry about them breaking.

Base coat or top coat?

Top coat, baby! Essie Gel Couture ALL. DAY. LONG.

Regularly scheduled manicure maintenance: at-home or salon?

At-home, even before pre-pandemic times, because I’m crazy picky about manicures, they’re easy for me to do at home, and woo-hoo! — I save a little money by doing ’em myself!

Glitter or cream finish?

I do love me some bling, but I’m going with cream since it’s easier to remove.

Cuticles: trim ’em or leave ’em alone?

Leave ’em alone!

Faux press-on nails or nail polish stickers?

Both have come a loooong way in the last few years, I gotta admit… I’ll go with the nail polish stickers.

Nude nail polish or dark nail polish?

It’s fall; let’s do the dark!

Over-the-top nail art: Y or N?

I think it looks really cool and would love to try it at least once, but no for now. No patience for the process. Plus, my kids (plural because one girl child, one lady cat!) would TRASH all that fancy artwork in a hot second, and that would break my heart.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen 😘