by MYRA CHEAH and CORRIE KRUMDICK
Staff Writer and Promotions Editor
Nail Polish Forever!
Nail polish is an art that occupies many people’s times. In fact, youtube and blogs are filled with just nail polish blogs. From Nail Polish Giveaways to Nail Polish swatches, they’re all covered by millions of people. There’s celebrity-inspired nail polish like Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry for OPI, athlete-inspired nail polish like the Serena Williams OPI collection, to really anything a mind could think of. Nail polish is everywhere and it’s here to stay.
Nail polish really brings out a person’s creativity. Techniques such as water marbling, dotting, stamping, and others makes every nail unique and unlike any other.There are even different types of nail polish such as crackle, neon, matte, glitter, chrome, fleck-effects and so on. If no pre-existing nail polish suits your fancy, one can even make one in minutes!
The nail polish choices are really limitless. From every color possible from OPI’s Fiji Weejee Fawn to Butter London’s No More Waity, Kaity. There’s sheer colors to cremes. Base coats, top coats, nail polish stickers.
Really though, let’s be honest, nail polish just adds to the professionalism to a person. Cracked, poorly cared for nails is the exact same as messy hair, torn clothing, or even making a fashion faux pas and is simply just not professional. People might not say anything to your face, but biting one’s nails isn’t impressive and can be just the perfect little addition to one’s overall appearance.
There are haters everywhere in life and nail polish is just one of those items. The cost can be expensive, but only if you choose to buy the expensive nail polishes. That’s simply life, a house can cost millions, but one can also find one that’s really cheap and that same logic applies to nail polish. A nail polish can cost 46 cents to even 132,000 dollars! It just depends on the person buying. If they want to splurge they can or if they want to spend the two quarters found on the ground they can do that too.
In fact, nail polish is so awesome that to some people it’s not only for girls or people doing drag. That’s right, some men wear nail polish too. I’m not just talking about the clear nail polish that some men begrudgingly let their girlfriends put on them, but actual nail polish. They even blog about it too! Blogs like polished-men.blogspot.com and www.onegentsten.com both capture evidence of men wearing nail polish. Even celebrities like Dave Navarro are embracing the recent surge of men wearing nail polish. So nail polish is not only universal, but transgender as well.
Nail polish, in the end, is a harmless little thing. Sure, there might be a small odor when some nail polishes are open, but it’s merely like smelling gasoline at a gas station or perfume at a perfume shop. Really, nail polish is another lovely, beauty product and everyone should fully accept because nail polish is for all and that’s not going to change.
Down With Nail Polish!
Nail polish is an infectious disease that creeps into the hearts of women everywhere with promises beauty and appreciation. Really, no one cares. They are nails, ladies. It really shows the extent of our societies lust for vanity when we have to decorate the tips of our fingers and toes. From designers and pop stars who have their own lines of polish, to nail polish collections in honor of The Hunger Games, it’s really getting ridiculous.
When it comes to creativity, there are a thousand other ways in which we can express ourselves. We can write, draw, design, sing, paint… The possibilities are endless. People shouldn’t have to decorate their fingers in order to express themselves. Once the polish you choose is anything brighter than neutral, you’re just asking for attention. And no one likes that.
There are those that say nail polish adds a certain sense of professionalism to a person. I quite honestly agree with that, to a certain extent. Having chipped nail polish just looks trashy, and it looks even worse if a nail falls off. That being said, would it not it be easier to not put it on in the first place? Just keep your nails trimmed and your hands clean, and try not to bite them! Really, if your nails are painted, it increases the chance of something like a chip diminishing your professionalism.
Also, there is a matter of the cost. Nail polish is expensive. I don’t mean to say that every bottle is worth a thousand dollars, but some are worth that much. Others only cost fifty cents. The cost comes in when you embrace that nail polish is an addiction, just like caffeine or technology. Once you have one color, you decide you don’t like it, so you need another. There are also those who just buy a polish when they go to the store. That sounds fine, but let’s look at the math. Say for instance one bottle of polish is a dollar. Cheap, right? Now. Let’s say you are a compulsive buyer, and you get one every time you are at the store, and you go there four times a week. That’s four dollars, and we all know you bought an extra for fun. That’s five. Say there’s a dance that month, and you splurge on a four dollar polish. Over the course of four weeks, that’s twenty four dollars. It doesn’t seem like a lot to those with a lot of money, but to others, that’s food for a night. That’s gas money. And as with all addictions, your desire will increase, and the amount you spend will as well.
If men and women want to spend countless dollars on polish, that’s their problem, but there is a point when it becomes too much. For example, when girls put on polish in class. The smell is not only aggravating but can make some people sick. The classroom is not the time or place. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “My right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins.” In this case, your right to put on polish ends when it becomes a nuisance to others. As with everything, if you want to, go ahead. But there really is no point. It’s just a waste of your money, time, and effort, Myra. Whoops, I mean…. everyone.