Nail Care: My First Experience With Acrylic Nails


By 22, most girls are well accustomed to vigorous nail care routines. I am a bit useless with all that, I guess some things never change.

I love having pretty nails, but mine are so horrendously weak that as soon as I get some length to them, they snap. It is not a good time in the slightest.

After seeing my friend Anna get her nails done, the envy crept in. I had enough of being frustrated with trying to maintain my nails and had to get them done professionally, so I booked an appointment the next day.

I went to Amy Nails, in the Oxford town centre, enticed more so by an offer for acrylic nails for a very reasonable twenty pounds. She confirmed this would be the price (it wasn’t) and began to clip away.

My manicurist was a bit of a witch if I am honest, she didn’t talk much, tutted at me far too often (I clumsily smudged my nails at one point, oops) and was very efficient but miserable. At least she got the job done I guess.

I opted for an OPI varnish, which I found to be very similar (almost identical) to my favourite nail varnish, Arabian of the Aquarium Collection by Barry M.

All dried and finished I have to admit I love my new lengthy nails, she brushed them down with some oil and asked for twenty six pounds. I obliged and left, never again.

I have to admit, these acrylics have taken a little bit of getting used to but here I am typing away now. Just don’t ask me to open a jar…

Have you ever had acrylic nails? What is your favourite nail varnish?

Stephanie xox