22 March 2011

Grown Up(ish) Nails

Hello there!

So, if you've been following the Facebook page, you might know that I had a job interview yesterday! Being me, I had to come up with an interview-appropriate manicure that still had a little bit of personality. This is what I ended up with.

Outside, sunlight. WTF weird shadow on my cuticle

It's 3 coats of Rimmel Steel Grey (which is NOT what I think of when I imagine steel or grey), one of those "greige" colours that have gained quite a bit of popularity. Before I bought it I ended up looking it up on the internet to see what other people have to say about it, and discovered that it's widely accepted to be a dupe of both Sephora by OPI Metro Chic and Sally Hansen Commander in Chic. So if you like Steel Grey but already have one of the other two, you really don't need it.

This isn't my favourite type of colour, it doesn't have nearly enough pop to it, but I don't think it's terrible either. As far as neutrals go, it's pretty nice. I know lots of other people go nuts for these sorts of shades, but they just don't do it for me.

Inside, "natural" light bulb

After Steel Grey and a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward Stinkfest had dried, I divided my accent nail in half diagonally with a piece of scotch tape and painted the exposed nail with my trusty Renova Venus Glaze. Venus Glaze is the clear glass-fleck polish that I picked up in Mexico and used in my Sparkle Overdose. I'm not sure I'd ever want to wear it alone, but it's good for adding a little extra sparkle to an ordinary manicure.

After Venus Glaze had dried, I put on another coat of topcoat and it was done!

Inside, "natural" light bulb

I really like the way this turned out. The sparkle from Venus Glaze didn't really show up all that much unless the light hit it, so it was like a secret little surprise. I don't know if this will make sense to anyone other than myself, but just having a teeny bit of subtle sparkle on my nails gave me a huge confidence boost for that interview.

Have any of you ladies ever done something like this for a job interview, done a "mature" manicure but given it a little bit of a twist of personality?

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If you're not familiar with her, I'd definitely recommend poking around her blog and looking at her pictures and posts. The fact that she's Australian is cool enough to warrant a visit IMHO, but she's also got some neat polishes that us non-Aussies don't get to see very often.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to reading and responding to your comments!

9 comments:

  1. Love it, i hope the manicure got you the job! LOL. Also I have Revlon Top Speed in Stormy and it looks like the exact same colour..I might have to get this to compare...

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  2. I absolutely LOVE the taupe-ish grays that are so in these days. I have Color Club's version of this color and it's GORGEOUS. Sadly it's also very runny -__-" I absolutely hate having to wait for polishes to dry.. so yeah.. not the best match for me. This one is gorgeous as well though : D

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  3. @Elizabeth: Thanks, I hope so too! I just looked up a comparison of Steel Grey and Stormy and they are quite similar, but Stormy is a bit darker and more grey. http://cilucia.blogspot.com/2011/01/revlon-stormy-and-rimmel-steel-gray.html

    @나니: I like these sorts of colours in principle, but I just don't feel like they look all that great on me. More for you then! I also hate waiting for polishes to dry, that's why I love my fast-dry topcoats. :)

    Thanks for reading!

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  4. @Silence is Loud: Thanks! I've got a handful of polishes in "mature" colours like this, and I think this is probably the one I like the most.

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  5. I think this color is very sophisticated! one of my faves from that brand... very job interview appropriate! goodluck on the job hunt

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  6. I 'tone down' my polish and my makeup when I interview. As someone that worked in HR, I know how someone looks is almost as important as what they have on their resume. I've been shocked, seriously, by what some people will wear (not to mention SAY!) to an interview. This color, as you have mentioned, gets interview approval marks. :) And on that, I wish you luck in your job search. :)

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  7. Thanks nicole, lol silly me I never thought to look for a comparison! And next yeah ugh I will be teaching aka probably will have to have more subtle colours (although i will konad the shit outta them) so i am keeping this in my back pocket as a "appropriate colour"

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  8. @Annette: Thank you! It's not the sort of colour I wear very often, but I like having a few of these toned-down colours for when I have an interview or when I'm just in one of those moods.

    @Kimberly: Thanks for the tips! When I interview I definitely make sure that my makeup is natural-looking and I don't do anything crazy with my clothes. I want to be remembered because I gave a good interview, not because I was wearing something crazy. :)

    @Elizabeth: No problem! Don't rule out cool polish just because you're going to be a teacher! My teacher in grade 2 sometimes wore interesting colours on her nails. She was also a terrible woman, but I don't think her nail polish had anything to do with that. xD

    Thanks ladies!

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