I love, love, love nice beauty products but I also have a rule when it comes to them…
Nail polish is too pretty and tempting; you have to set rules for yourself when it comes to all the shiny, happy bottles winking at you.
My rule is that nail polish over $12 is a special occasion treat and must be treated as such. Therefore, it may only be purchased with bonus money (gift card, birthday cash, really good Easter egg, etc.).
Every season, I read about the hottest Chanel nail polishes. I might even stop by the counter and try one on to see if it’s worth lusting after. I know they are gorgeous and I know it takes a while for OPI to knock them off (and sometimes the knockoff just isn’t quite right). But even so…I still can’t bring myself to just fork over that much money for a bottle of nail polish.
But if it’s a gift? Well, then, that’s a different story.
I can count the number of times I’ve bought Chanel nail polish on one well-manicured hand and I’m OK with that.
A couple weeks ago, I bought another one. I had a gift card and I just went for it.
And honestly, Chanel Paradoxal might just be worth buying without a gift card. I’m actually considering buying it on the black market if it ever becomes unavailable.
Pictures of this do not even do it justice. It’s just the perfect fall color. I had a love affair with OPI “Over the Taupe” last year, and this just takes it to the next level as a perfect update. The shimmer is super, super subtle (believe me, I don’t do glitter) and the color is chic, grown-up, not too edgy (I’m so not edgy), and just right. I’ve been unable to convince myself to use any other color since I bought it. I need to get some more bonus money before this gorgeous polish is gone from stores — I want to stock up.
If you don’t have bonus money to blow on Paradoxal, then may I recommend Sephora by OPI in Studs & Stilettos?
This entire collection is really cool, but the other colors were a bit too edgy for me. This mahogany shade (which is a bit lighter and more red in person) is the perfect, “Yes I want to do dark, chic nails, but no, I cannot do bloodred and still keep my day job” color.
I wanted to buy all of it, but…we must set limits! Even the cheaper stuff is $9 a bottle — it can be an expensive habit! I try to stick to just one or two new bottles each season…but I always allow myself one more for really bad days, if buying that will keep me from buying a bunch of new clothes and crap at Target.
Although so much of the time I’m buying it while on a Target bender, and that’s part of the reason my trip in for a thank you card turned into an $87 receipt.