Mani Money

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Picture from Stylist.com These are not my nails!

Do you ever think, ladies, for one moment the reason men are so far ahead of us in this world has to do with their grooming habits?

I spend God knows how much on makeup, facials and hair maintenance each month and I guarantee it is much more than my male colleagues spend. Add fingernails to the equation and let's face it, ladies. We spend an exorbitant amount of hard earned cash trying to uphold some sort of standard set for us by the fashion and beauty industry. Remember, they are trying to make money off of our vanity.

Many women I know get a manicure each week. Many women I know also pay for a pedicure each week. I used to be one of those ladies. I preferred a French (white tip) manicure and pedicure. Years ago, I even had artificial nails.

What's changed? This. Men in my industry and yours too, I'm sure, do not paint their nails or toes and few of them get regular manicures and pedicures. I have stopped painting my nails and I likely will not take up the habit again. I will still get a manicure when I need one but it will be natural. Here's why: nail polish does not stay on. I absolutely hate looking down and seeing chipped polish. It is like nails on a chalk board (no pun intended) for me. I could get my nails painted and manicured every 5 days but I feel the money and time spent on this is a waste. I'd rather be saving $35 a week towards a vacation home or spending that extra hour working in the garden or learning something.

Will I stop wearing makeup and using conditioning treatment on my hair next? No. Will I stop paying a handful of hard cash for designer handbags? Maybe. I do enjoy being glamorous and spending money on my appearance but only when I have it to burn, which is rarely.

Manicure or pedicure anyone?

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