Everyone’s got their thing when it comes to being stressed out and procrastinating. Me? I do grooming. My preliminary qualifying exam for my doctoral program was a week-long take-home analysis, to be picked up at 9am on Monday, and dropped off at 5pm Friday. It was a marathon exercise, during which I slept very little and somehow churned out a 50-page coherent document. Somewhere around day 2, when I started to lose my focus, I would take a step back, and pluck my eyebrows or something. When it came time to turn in the godforsaken thing and throw back a few beers with my cohort-mates, everyone marveled at how I didn’t look totally ragged after all was said and done (and yes, in a fit of complete frustration and wordblock on Thursday, I flat-ironed my hair).
Anyway! I’m in the midst of prepping for my final defense, what did I do? Paint my nails in what is the most perfect fall color. Essie Power Clutch. On me, it reads a deep charcoal…like a great charcoal men’s suit…but when I’m out in the sunshine, it takes on a deep military green undertone. It’s a nice alternative to the Essie Wicked that I tend to wear, which feels a little vampy sometimes. Power Clutch is a wonderful neutral.
Coverage was good…2 coats were opaque, and I followed it up with a new topcoat I’m trying (Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri). Let’s hope it lasts for at least a few days without chips!
*Update: The Sally Hansen topcoat was a flop – I had chips in 2 days! This teaches me to stray from my beloved Essie 3-Way Glaze (or Essie Good-to-Go for a somewhat faster-drying topcoat).